Childrens_MuseumThe Children’s Museum of Manhattan is one of our favorite museums and has often been a great place to arrange a playdate. The museum offers a myriad of activity exhibits and hands-on workshops aimed at children ages 2-8. 

  1. PLAYMOBIL opens its first U.S. exhibit providing interactive play and large scale exhibits. Your kids will love the kid-size PLAYMOBI statues. Exhibit runs from February 4 – June 5, 2011.
  2. The Wizard of Oz exhibit offers kids the chance to follow the Yellow Brick Road and meet Dorothy’s friends, the Scarecrow, the Cowardly Lion and the Tin Man. Kids can create their own tornado in Dorothy’s bedroom or climb the mountain to the Wicked Witch’s castle.  Exhibit runs through Mother’s Day June 8.
  3. Playworks  for ages birth – 4 years, is centered around Alphie the talking dragon in a magical child-centered learning environment where art, science, math, language and imagination come together to provide your child hours of fun.  Supposedly, this floor is aimed for kids up to age 4 but my daughter who is almost eight had a grand time playing in the MTA bus, the Fire Truck and all the other sections of Playworks.
  4. Adventures with Dora and Diego for ages 2-6 is a place where your kids can step into the magical world of Dora the Explorer and her adventurous cousin Diego.
  5. Hand- Ons Classes  – There is a full calendar of classes where kids can get their creative groove on. Each class is centered around building a certain kindergarten readiness skill.

Tips for enjoying your stay.

  • Because  there is no café and you are not allowed to eat in the museum, you are allowed to leave  for lunch or a snack and use your ticket for re-entry to the museum so you can make a day out of your museum experience.
  • Have a Central Park picnic,  Pack a picnic lunch or stop a nearby deli or the above restaurant and  walk the few blocks to  Central Park.
  • The Children’s Museum of Manhattan is one Target’s First Free Friday Night (Free admission on the first Friday of the month). Word of warning, as you can imagine, it’s pretty crowded but you can’t beat free especially if you have a large family.

The Children’s Museum of Manhattan
212 W. 83rd Street
(212) 721- 1223

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