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:
•Feathers: Fashion and the Fight for Wildlife (through Jul 13)
Explore the history of the ground-breaking Migratory Bird Treaty Act of 1918 and its early environmentalist champions—many of them women and New Yorkers- through clothing and accessories, books, ephemera, photographs, and original watercolor models by John James Audubon for The Birds of America, accompanied by recorded bird songs from The Macaulay Library of the Cornell Lab of Ornithology.
•Walk This Way: Footwear from the Stuart Weitzman Collection of Historic Shoes (through Oct 8)
See over 100 highlights from shoe designer Stuart Weitzman’s extensive private collection that tell the story of the shoe from the perspectives of collection, consumption, presentation, and production and explores larger trends in American economic history, from industrialization to the rise of consumer culture, with a focus on women’s contributions as makers, designers, and entrepreneurs.
•Harry Potter: A History of Magic (through Jan 27)
See century-old treasures including rare books, manuscripts, and magical objects from the collections of the British Library and New-York Historical Society that capture the traditions of folklore and magic at the heart of the Harry Potter stories plus original material from Harry Potter publisher Scholastic and J.K. Rowling’s own archives. Explore the subjects studied at Hogwarts, rom medieval descriptions of dragons and griffins to the origins of the sorcerer’s stone, and see original drafts and drawings by J.K. Rowling and illustrator Jim Kay as well as costumes and set models from Broadways Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. Timed tickets sold in advance and expected to sell out so book yours now.
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.
- Walk This Way: Footwear from the Stuart Weitzman Collection of Historic Shoes Thursday, April 20–Monday, October 8 10:00 am–6:00 pm
- Feathers: Fashion and the Fight for Wildlife Friday, April 6–Friday, July 13 10:00 am–6:00 pm
- Stroller Tour Through History Sunday, May 20 10:15 am–11:00 am
- Living History: Happy 250th Birthday, Dolley Madison! Sunday, May 20 11:00 am–4:00 pm
- New-York Historical Society Storytime Sunday, May 20 11:30 am–12:30 pm
- Little New-Yorkers New-York Historical Society Storytime Tuesday, May 22 3:30 pm–4:15 pm
- Little New-Yorkers New-York Historical Society Storytime Friday, May 25 3:30 pm–4:15 pm
- New-York Historical Society Pay-As-You-Wish Hours Friday, May 25 6:00 pm–8:30 pm
- Living History Saturday, May 26 11:00 am–4:00 pm
- Living History Sunday, May 27 11:00 am–4:00 pm