New York, New York
Upper West Side
Tuesday-Thursday, Saturday 10am-6pm
This fascinating museum features an entire floor to interactive exhibits especially for kids (though accompanying grown-ups will probably learn something too). Weekly and special occasion family learning programs range from weekly storytimes to historical chocolate tastings, with frequent visits from living historians portraying Americans of the past.
$: $20, $6/ages 5-13, free/ages 4 & under
50% off with this link
Annual Memberships: $75+.
Free Hours: Fridays 6-8 pm
Favorite Spots: Ride an orphan train or play a newsies video game in the awesome DiMenna Children's History Museum. Hands-on exhibits tell the life stories of diverse youngsters who lived in New York City from the late seventeenth through the twentieth centuries. Immersive video projection, moving scenic elements, theatrical lighting and surround sound explore the history of New York during the eighteen-minute New York Story shown throughout the day.
Current Kid-Friendly Exhibits:
•Holiday Express: Toys and Trains from the Jerni Collection (through Feb 25)
Train enthusiasts of all ages can explore an immersive multimedia winter wonderland featuring theatrical lighting, an ambient audio “soundscape” and lots of historical model trains, scenic elements and toys. Pick up an “I Spy” Holiday Express trains and toys hunt to match pictures and rhyming facts with whimsical and intricate objects. See if for free and enjoy train0related actovities every Friday morning during Rise and Ride the Holiday Express
•Hotbed (through Mar 25)
Immersive installations and more than 100 artifacts and images explore the vibrant political and artistic scene of Greenwich Village in the early 20th century, where men and women joined forces across the boundaries of class and race to fight for a better world and women’s rights to control their own bodies, to do meaningful work, and above all, to vote. —drawn from New-York Historical’s archives and several private collections—bring to life the bohemian scene and its energetic activist spirit.
Storytimes: Hear tales of New York City past and present in a cozy library with a great selection of history-themed books, maps, and 'History Hunt' drawers. Sundays 11:30 am - 12:30 pm.
Family Programs: Tuesdays & Thursdays at 3:30pm, 3 - 5 year olds can hear NY-themed stories, do related craft projects and play with historic toys in Little New-Yorkers. There are always different interesting events related to holidays and current exhibits; check the family programs calendar to see what's coming up.
Strollers/Diapers: Strollers can enter on 77th Street and can get pretty much everywhere in the museum (though they have to be left outside some exhibits). Diaper changing tables are found on every floor.
Eat & Treats: Feast on antipasti, artisanal pastas and paninis ar Caffe Storico, the museum's classy but kid-friendly eatery. Get burgers and shakes at Shake Shack down the block (Columbus @ 77th Street).
Other Tips: Pick up 'Scavenger Hunt' guides on different themes from one of the friendly staff members. Find unique gifts and educational toys in the museum gift shop.
- DiMenna Children’s History Museum Wednesday, February 1–Sunday, December 31 10:00 am–5:45 pm
- Holiday Express: Toys and Trains from the Jerni Collection Friday, October 27–Sunday, February 25 10:00 am–6:00 pm
- Hotbed Friday, November 3–Sunday, March 25 10:00 am–6:00 pm
- Little New-Yorkers New-York Historical Society Storytime Tuesday, December 12 3:30 pm–4:15 pm
- Rise and Ride the Holiday Express Friday, December 15 7:30 am–9:00 am
- Little New-Yorkers New-York Historical Society Storytime Friday, December 15 3:30 pm–4:15 pm
- Living History Saturday, December 16 11:00 am–4:00 pm
- Living History Sunday, December 17 11:00 am–4:00 pm
- New-York Historical Society Storytime Sunday, December 17 11:30 am–12:30 pm
- Little New-Yorkers New-York Historical Society Storytime Tuesday, December 19 3:30 pm–4:15 pm