Your kid will think the Brooklyn Children’s Museum is so much fun! Founded in 1899 as the country’s first museum specifically made for children, today the BCM todayis one of the most comprehensive, with a permanent collection of 30,000 objects, including musical instruments, masks, dolls and fossils. Kids love the interactive “World Brooklyn,” a pint-size cityscape lined by faux stores where children can pretend to be working grownups. The recently-renovated play spaces upstairs is a great place to let your kids get their sillies out.
While many classic NYC museums—MOMA, The Museum of Natural History, The Met—offer programs and experiences tailored to the younger set, they still have an adult vibe that may be a little overwhelming for the kiddos. If you’re looking for things to do with the kids that happen to be educational as well as fun, these kids museums in NYC are the place to be. You’ll find interactive exhibits where kids can run, play and learn, and you don’t have to worry about getting the stink-eye from gallery docents (or even worse, knocking over a priceless piece of art).
Not only are these museums amazing family attractions that the whole crew will love, they’re also some of the best options for indoor activities when the weather isn’t cooperating. Kids actually love—and benefit from—brain-stimulating playtime, so for even more interactive fun, check out some of the epic playgrounds around the city that boast innovative designs that foster learning and creativity.