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Visit your favorite kids' museums in NYC right from home

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Danielle Valente
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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! 

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."

The museum's OLogy science website lets families take a peek at different lessons and activities in a wide range of subjects—archeology, anthropology, astronomy and more. Plus, the attraction will host previously recorded tours of its halls and collections on Facebook Live at 2pm ET. Sounds like the perfect afternoon at the museum to us! (Get it?) 

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

This gem of a museum in SoHo now offers free online activities through CMA Live! Also, the CMA makes "Leon Bibel Collection" and "With Liberty and Justice for Some" available for viewing.

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 Guggenheim Museum

The Guggenheim Museum has taken its children's education programs online—enjoy art classes, family tours and more.

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. 

MoMath

The National Museum of Mathematics is giving kids a chance to learn at home with a variety of online offerings in neat subjects: think Rubik's Cubes, statistics and more. Check out the offerings on its website.  

New York Botanical Garden

Botanists of all ages will find something to love on NYBG's online hub. Little chefs will get a taste of  healthy recipes—fruit smoothies, herb popcorn, handmade tortillas—from the garden's Edible Academy while little artists can use the garden's herbarium (the largest in the world) as inspiration for fun crafts like connect the dots. Plus, kiddos can check out the fundamentals of gardening with tips and tricks from the pros. 

New-York Historical Society 

The Upper West Side attraction is keeping busy with a slew of activities for young learners: Little New Yorkers @ Home, which is available every Tuesday and Thursday at 3:30pm offers cool activities for kids while History @ Home provides real-time classes for students of all ages from kindergarten through high school. 

New York Hall of Science

The wide selection of at-home games, activities and projects from the New York Hall of Science is geared to all age groups, and are completely free. 

One World Observatory

The viewing station launched One World Explorer, stylized online vignettes with fun facts and cool trivia written by Jay McInerney covering more than 35 of the city’s most iconic sites and landmarks including the Central Park Zoo, Citi Field, The Museum of Natural History and more.

Snug Harbor

Staten Island's popular cultural center has plenty of digital fun to dig through (no shovel or topsoil required). Virtual tours, kids' activities (like identifying parts of a flower) and even live events are on the schedule, so take a peek!

South Street Seaport Museum

Tune in to social media on Fridays to explore #SeaportMuseumAtHome which gives patrons an inside look to what the museum staff is working on remotely.  

Wave Hill

While we can't attend weekly family art projects at Wave Hill right now, the experts are bringing the fun home thanks to its popular Branching Out hub. Check out the "Nature Activities from Home" and keep little farmhands/artists busy with projects like a biomimicry comic strip or a community science bird count. Each activity is split up according to age and grade levels.

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