The Children's Museum of Manhattan (CMOM) is located in the Upper West Side and has a variety of exhibits and workshops for kids. Some of the exhibits include the PlayWorks™ floor for pre-schoolers and Gods, Myths and Mortals: Discover Ancient Greece designed as an introduction to art, science and literature for elementary aged kids on the first floor.
Closed major holidays. Strollers must be checked.
On the first Friday of every month free admission from 5pm to 8pm, Hosted by Target.
No food or beverages are permitted in the Museum.
There are worse ways to spend an afternoon in Manhattan, especially if the weather's bad, but this Children's Museum pales in comparison to the Please Touch in Philadelphia. There are age appropriate exhibits and activities for kids from toddler through 8 or so, but there's just not that much given the limits on space.
This was quite a find for us, and a great deal as we had a corporate discount here. I loved the layout of the building and how each floor was a different exhibit. We went during the Curious George exhibit and the kids had fun learning through play! The location is great as well, with lots of good eateries nearby. And parking was easy to find on a Sunday.
There are three floors with activities to keep your kid(s) busy and roaming to each play station. Check for their special weekend programs.
Not exactly top notch but worth a visit for folks who need a confined space for their kids to run around.
During the summer the outdoor water activity area is well worth a visit on a hot day in the city.
The monthly Target Free Fridays is a madhouse and over crowded but worth it if you want to see what the museum offers.
Our 2-year-old had a reasonable time here. It's a little small and crowded compared to children's museums in other cities, although I guess that is to be expected in New York. Probably a good place to kill 1-2 hours, not much more. If you happen to go on a nice day, be sure to check out the water play area in the back.
We tried going to the CMoM on a Tuesday night, which was a free night offered to families every week. This museum is perfect for younger kids, any older than 5 or 6, I think would find it a bit too young. Because it was a free night it was awfully crowded and though my little ones had a good time, I found it a bit hard to keep track of them and most of the activities were crowded.'
The museum itself is lovely, and they have new exhibits every once in awhile that are worth checking out. It's also a bit pricey without a membership. So, if you have more than 1 child like me, it might be worth getting one. Otherwise, if you want to take advantage of the free nights, do so knowing that, though fun, it is also very crowded.
The Children's Museum of Manhattan is a fun pit-stop for the younger set. It's not a must-see spot, but for my 2 year old, after 2.5 hours of play, we still couldn't get him to leave without a protest. This 5-floor museum is filled with hands-on exhibits for kids in the 1-7 age range.
For a 2 year old, I would recommend starting on Level 3 which is perfect for kids 4 and younger. They've got a NYC fire engine, NY MTA bus and grocery store. If the weather's nice, I would then head outside. There was a fun outdoor waterplay area that's got fishing rods to catch fish, a stone walls to paint with water, and a waterwheel. Level 2 is the Dora and Diego floor would be the next bet where my little guy went to town beating the bongos.
Level 4 is geared more for kids 4 and under. One of the rooms has a post office and mail delivery truck which is fun for imaginary play, but that's probably the 4th floor highlight. The bottom floor is currently exhibiting Greek Myths which is more for older kids. Good for families with older kids to explore. However, if your kids are older than 6/7, this museum will not be able to keep them engaged for long unless you're participating in one of their workshops.
The reason, I didn't give the museum 5 stars is because it's a good children's museum, but it is a bit small and gets crowded quickly. We were there on a Thursday and all of our NYC friends said that the weekends and rainy days are a bit crazy with kids. We got in at 10am when it was relatively empty. By 11:30, you definitely needed to be on parent watch to help with "sharing" and "taking turns."
I would recommend this to any family with kids under 7 and definitely to those with toddlers/preschoolers who aren't visiting NYC for the first or only time. If you're only in NYC once, go and see the Empire State Building and the Statue of Liberty. If you're able to bring your tots to the city when they're a little older, save those crazy crowded places for when they're older and chill out at the children's museum. Any toddler/preschooler will have a blast (that is unless you're a regular member of the Please Touch Museum. that would spoil any kid's expectation for a children's museum).
We took our 18 month old here and he loved it. They have a room dedicated to children of his age group and it was so much fun. There's a giant Lite Brite, a fun kitchen with lots of fake food, a bunch of blocks, a ball maze, a talking alligator that says the ABCs, a slide and jungle gym thing to climb on with bridges and lookout areas...and tons of other stuff. I know they have tons of stuff for older kids too. We will be back again!
Our toddler loved this place. We went two or three times a week during the winter. Gets crowded Friday thru Sunday and on rainy days. And not open on Mondays - boo. But in a great neighborhood and really fun. Our membership is reciprocal throughout the United States with many other kiddie museums, which made the yearly $200 some dollar membership well worth it. The exhibitions are fun and creative. I used to take the children I babysat there, so I can say that, they often change their exhibits.
With four floors of hands-on exhibits and activities, this is an imaginative and educational interactive place for younger kids to explore. Learn about language at Word Play; create a collage, craft, or painting at the Art Studio; make magic with musical instruments; explore the whimsical world of Dr. Seuss; climb the Urban Treehouse; or produce, write, and direct an original TV show at the Time Warner Center for Media. Special events are scheduled throughout the year.
We were really excited to check out our local children's museum only to be disappointed. Its not very big and they have limited space and activities. If its close and you have nothing better to do then you might enjoy it on a rainy day but otherwise probably not worth the trip! The Dora floor was ok for the toddlers but really nothing out of this world. Check it out of the free first friday of the month hosted by Target!
We were recently in Manhattan on vacation, and had planned to spend the morning in Central Park with our 14mo son, but the rain meant we were looking for an alternative. The CMoM was a fantastic place, and seems like it would be fun for children of all ages. There was an entire floor for babies and toddlers, which is where we spent our time. There is a water play area, a play store with groceries, and story-telling area, and lots of interactive baby-friendly exhibits. The bathrooms have big changing tables with lots of supplies handy. There wasn't really a convenient place to nurse a baby (no benches to sit on, really), but that is my only complaint.
This museum isn't located in a place most tourists get to, but it's absolutely worth the short trip. There are several floors of frequently changing exhibits that small kids will go crazy in. If the weather's nice, don't forget the outside space with all sorts of water-related activities!