Are your children tired of walking around the city with you and looking at buildings? Do they want to have some ... More
Children's Museum of Manhattan
Are your children tired of walking around the city with you and looking at buildings? Do they want to have some “real” fun? Then a visit to the Children's Museum of Manhattan should be arranged. There are always special exhibits, such as 'Oh, Seuss! Off to Great Places', where you can celebrate the magic of Dr.Seuss or Dora the Explorer. Those 5 years of age or older can sign up for a workshop in the Computer Lab and use the latest digital imaging technology to create a digital design! For less technology-based creations, register for a program in the Creativity Lab and explore the visual and performing arts, science and literacy. Check the museum's website for a current schedule of performances in the theater--shows put on by all sorts of internationally renowned performers.
i took my 3 yr old here and he absolutely loved it. i had to carry him out screaming crying. they have a huge chalkboard wall that they can write all over, as well as a huge wall of light bright. they also had a really large area with sand that he spent most of his time in. its really for ages 6 and under, older than that wont like it.
I visited the place on Friday evening without paying the admissions. I have to thank the museum and Target for this opportunity. The place was understandably crowded, and my 5-year-old son liked it. But as a father who has taken him to other kids’ museums in the city, I would say that this one is for small children under five. The basement part, which is related to science and technology, seems to be the most impressive part, but we did not realize its existence until it was about to close. The most memorable one is a projector which allows you to use your shadow to guild your boat through the treacherous waters inhabited by Scylla and chrybdis (sp?). As a Staten Island resident, I would recommend the Staten Island Children museum. My son and I visited there for about ten times, and believe it or not, both of us learned something new every time.
My son had a great time. I am sorry that we only had two hours to explore the museum. All the activities were very interactive and allowed for independent as well as team play. The children were very pleasant as well as the parents. I enjoyed watching him understand new concepts. I learned more about my childs likes. By e way my son is three. I am sorry that the other reviewer did not find the place to be fun. But as they say different strokes for different folks.
I'm sorry the other reviewer had such a bad time here, it's hard for us to understand because we all had a BLAST. We literally had to drag our son away and are looking forward to going again next year. There were exhibits and activities for a variety of ages, some very simplistic for the little ones and some more challenging. The first time we went there was a fantastic exhibit put together by different NY artists (painters, photographers, etc.) that were fascinating for all of us (for different reasons). We left the museum feeling like the local kids are lucky to have such a cool play space and wishing we had something like it in our town!
Although our expectations were not high, we were very disappointed with this "museum". The staff at the ticket counter were pleasant, but from then onwards the experience was a complete waste of time and very disappointing for both my husband and myself as well as our 4 year old son. Clearly there is no interest or investment here. We spent less than 20 mins in the place, before asking for a refund which was declined. There were a number of likewise comments from other parents who were as disappointed as we were. I have seen some good reviews of this museum and can only assume that they were made by staff who work there.
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