Kid On The Town
Culture For City Kids
Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
2 East 91st Street
New York, New York
Upper East Side

Daily 10 am - 6 pm
Open Saturday until 9 pm

This newly renovated collection of historic and contemporary design is a high-tech, interactive dream for all ages. Explore innovative design – including blocks, cars and other kid favorites – through the centuries, play designer on high resolution touchscreen tables, pretend to talk on old-fashioned princess phones, and “collect” favorite objects that can be accessed online later with very cool electronic ‘Pens.’

$: $16, $14 online, $10/seniors, free/ages 17 & under
Free admission for 1 grown-up after storytimes

Annual Memberships: $75+.

Free Hours: Saturdays 6 - 9 pm

Favorite Spots: Draw your own wallpaper designs then see them projected lifesize in the Immersion Room

Current Kid-Friendly Exhibits:


Joris Laarman Lab: Design in the Digital Age (through Jan 15)

Working at the intersection of design, art, and science, Dutch designer Joris Laarman and his multidisciplinary team are known for their pioneering and elegant applications of digital technologies. From the iconic Bone Chair generated from algorithms that mimic bone growth to a pedestrian bridge built in midair using advanced robotic 3D printing, Joris Laarman Lab is revolutionizing the design process.

Storytimes: Storytimes include creative play, the reading of a design-focused book and hands-on projects (and free admission for one caregiver to the museum). Mondays & Wednesdays, 10 am & 11:30 am

Family Programs: Create under the guidance of art and design professionals in weekend Design Kids workshops for ages 5-12.

Strollers/Diapers: All of the galleries are accessible via ramp or elevator. Baby-changing tables can be found in all of the ground-floor restrooms. Outside snacks allowed in the Cafe seating area.

Eat & Treats: The excellent cupcakes and other sweet treats are the main lure at Yura on Madison (between 91st & 92nd Street) but delicious healthier entrees, sides & sandwiches are also available.

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