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:
•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. Inspiring, but be prepared to explain the significance of pussy hats.
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.
- Celebrate Pinkster, a Historic African American Holiday Saturday, February 24 11:00 am–4:00 pm
- New-York Historical Society Storytime Sunday, February 25 11:30 am–12:30 pm
- Celebrate Lunar New Year and the Year of the Dog Sunday, February 25 1:00 pm–3:00 pm
- Little New-Yorkers New-York Historical Society Storytime Tuesday, February 27 3:30 pm–4:15 pm
- Little New-Yorkers New-York Historical Society Storytime Friday, March 2 3:30 pm–4:15 pm
- New-York Historical Society Pay-As-You-Wish Hours Friday, March 2 6:00 pm–8:30 pm
- New-York Historical Society Storytime Sunday, March 4 11:30 am–12:30 pm
- Little New-Yorkers New-York Historical Society Storytime Tuesday, March 6 3:30 pm–4:15 pm
- Little New-Yorkers New-York Historical Society Storytime Friday, March 9 3:30 pm–4:15 pm
- New-York Historical Society Pay-As-You-Wish Hours Friday, March 9 6:00 pm–8:30 pm