Kid On The Town
Culture For City Kids
New-York Historical Society
70 Central Park West at 77th Street
New York, New York
Upper West Side

Tuesday-Thursday, Saturday 10am-6pm
Friday 10am-8pm
Sunday 11am-5pm

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:


Eloise at the Museum (through Oct 9)

Celebrates the feisty charm and audacious spirit of Eloise, who continues to be a picture book superstar more than 60 years after her debut. Learn about the creative collaboration between cabaret star Kay Thompson and the young illustrator Hilary Knight that brought the precocious character to life. The exhibition showcases more than 75 objects, ranging from original manuscript pages to sketchbooks, portraits, photographs, and vintage dolls. Be immersed into Eloise’s world with evocations of the grand lobby of the Plaza Hotel, her bedroom, complete with a storytelling corner, and her bubbly “bawthroom,” where she often made mischief. A host of family activities bring the Plaza’s most famous resident to life throughout the exhibition’s run including storytimes featuring Eloise at the Plaza.

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.

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