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Visit your favorite kids' museums in NYC right from home

BCM World Brooklyn Bus
Photograph: Courtesy Wendy Connett

The coronavirus outbreak has sent the city—and the world—into a state of limbo. 

New Yorkers are resilient, but this new stay-at-home lifestyle is enough to make even the toughest urbanites go a little bonkers...especially when kids are in the picture. 

Apartments might start to feel smaller and smaller now that the little ones are home 24/7, but there's good news for parents who are starting to break a sweat: We might not be able to have physical access to our favorite family attractions and kids' museums right now, but Google Arts & Culture lets curious kiddos gain access to their favorite destinations with a click of a mouse. 

An afternoon or night at the museum (see what we did there) is possible, even amid these strange times. Google: City moms and dads thank you. Happy museum-hopping and stay safe! 

American Museum of Natural History

Home to our favorite dinosaur activities for kids, AMNH offers a virtual glimpse at the pre-historic creatures, mammals, insects and plenty other beloved areas of its Upper West Side digs. Be sure to peruse the online exhibit, "Picturing Science: Museum Scientists and Imaging Technologies."

Brooklyn Children's Museum

Although a trip to this interactive kids' museum—the first of its kind in the U.S.—is always a hit, a peek at home is pretty cool, too. Your mini geologists will love taking a gander at specimens in the online exhibit, "Fluorescent Minerals: Spices of the Mineral World."

Children's Museum of the Arts

There's a lot to learn, even from home, thanks to CMANY's "Leon Bibel Collection" and "With Liberty and Justice for Some." 

Children's Museum of Manhattan

This NYC favorite now offers CMOM from Home, a lineup of online programming that features a new video, game, sing-a-long or online activity every day!

The Cloister Museum and Gardens

Kids love perusing this medieval attraction, and they can get to the heart of the museum thanks to this Street View-like feature. It's pretty amazing what technology can do, huh? 

The Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum

Hop aboard the Concorde G-BOAD, check out the Submarine Growler and much more while visiting the (virtual) Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum

For more ways to keep the kids busy at home, check out these DIY activities and virtual storytimes. 

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