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Review: Junior Officers Discovery Zone

The New York City Police Museum opens a permanent exhibit for kiddie cops.

  • New York City Police Museum

  • New York City Police Museum

  • New York City Police Museum

  • New York City Police Museum

  • New York City Police Museum

  • New York City Police Museum

  • New York City Police Museum

  • New York City Police Museum

  • New York City Police Museum

  • New York City Police Museum

  • New York City Police Museum

New York City Police Museum

Boosting its already significant kid appeal, the New York City Police Museum has unveiled its a fun-filled, interactive exhibition aimed at children ages three to ten. Intended to inform youngsters about the workings of the NYPD, the small but vibrant showcase features three educational, hands-on installations.

Upon entering, little ones will encounter a cartoonish, tot-sized police car, where they can rev the engine, sound the siren and learn how officers drive and care for their cruisers. The NYPD Emergency Services Truck offers similar edutainment, as kids climb inside to turn the wheel, play with the lights, hear radio calls and scope out real equipment displayed in cabinets and drawers (alas, no touching allowed). Both attractions are likely to inspire lots of make-believe.

For more challenging activities, aspiring officers should head to the Police Academy, where they can see how many stairs they can climb in 30 seconds, and hone their memory skills by studying a photograph for 20 seconds before being tested on its contents. And what children's exhibition would be complete without a dress-up corner? In a simulated NYPD office (which also doubles as a climbing structure), tykes can don a police uniform, complete with badge. Two years in the making, the Discovery Zone will certainly give kids a better understanding of and appreciation for the Big Apple's men in blue.

The Junior Officers Discovery Zone is permanently on view at the New York City Police Museum.

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