Heading to the museum Feb 18–25? Kids ages 12 and under go free when accompanied by an adult (one adult ticket purchase required). Every adult ticketholder who has purchased tickets under the promotion and visits during the above dates can be accompanied by up to two children ages 12 and under. Kids recieve the same package that the adult purchases. All ages.
Preschoolers flock to this exhibit based on the popular Nickelodeon show. Hands-on activities have little ones pretending to cook Latin American foods for a big fiesta at Dora's house, and exploring caves, beaches and a rain forest while helping Diego rescue endangered animals. Ages 2 to 6.
Families can celebrate the diversity of Muslim cultures in America and around the world in this interactive exhibit. Explore gorgeous mosques and design your own buildings inspired by Muslim architecture, learn to say "My name is..." in 15 languages and create original artwork. Kids can exchange ideas and goods along trade routes, make music in the courtyard and even barter at an international souk! Live performances and demonstrations will supplement the exhibition. All ages.
It's a balmy 80 degrees in the museum's 1,200-square-foot vivarium, which holds up to 500 tropical lepidoptera. The free-flying butterflies often land on the shoulders of visitors, allowing tykes to come into direct contact with the ethereal creatures. Outside the vivarium, youngsters can read up on the life cycle of butterflies, how to protect their habitats and what kinds of adaptations certain species have. All ages.
Learn about the Caribbean island’s diverse ecosystem through this bilingual exhibit that introduces its forests, caves, wetlands, and reefs. Live animals, specimens, artifacts, and models of animal species found only in Cuba will be on display in a variety of recreated habitats. And because Cuba is about so much more than fascinating wildlife, the exhibit also dives into the life and culture of the country. Stroll along an open boulevard that’ll plop you right in the middle of a vibrant Cuban street that’s come alive with music, dance, and performances. Learn about the spiritual teachings of Santeria and how to grow Cuba’s most important cash crop tobacco. If you were ever curious about what the island is about, then grab the family for an interactive lesson. You might just be booking a plane ticket right as soon as you arrive home. All ages.
Brooklyn-based Spellbound Theatre presents a show exclusively for the littlest set. In their latest original act, shadow puppetry, animated, and projected media tells the tale of Dog, an adventurous character who isn’t sure if he wants to be a dog anymore. Audiences will follow along as Dog and his environment morph into whatever his imagination desires. Ages 5 and under.
There’s no better place for this joyful event than one of the most history-rich train stations in New York. Train enthusiasts will love this 34-foot display of vintage Lionel model trains that zip past subway stations, around skyscrapers, through the suburbs and to the North Pole. The exhibit includes a selection of vintage “O gauge” and “N gauge” trains and half-inch–scale trolley models. All ages.
Minitrain aficionados are certain to be transfixed by the scenic components of this show, featuring trains from the Jerni Collection of handmade toys dating all the way back to 1850. Four large multimedia screens in the rotunda serve as a backdrop to take this trainscape the extra mile. Theatrical lighting and accompanying music immerse viewers in the exhibit on the museum's first floor as they browse model trains from decades past. The exhibit shows off more than 300 trains and toys, including eight overhead trains and a cool crawl-through space leading to a pop-up bubble, putting kids smack in the center of the display. Families can continue exploring the world of classic toys and trains through a slew of programs, including kid-friendly activities, storytelling, and crafts projects. All ages.
The floating museum hosts children for a week-long itinerary filled with science and art-based activities, interactive workshops, lives shows, and demonstrations. Kids will get a taste of how much fun STEAM (science, technology, engineering, the arts and math) can be and hopefully get them excited to explore these themes. They’ll create their own digital games and learn investigative science skills while they play; participate in the Rube Goldberg Speed Building Challenge; learn about the solar system; build a rocket; play a larger-than-life chess match; check out vintage toys; see live animal demonstrations (featuring a kangaroo!); catch a performance by the Gazillion Bubble Show and so much more. They’ll also get to interact with scientists, game developers, zoologists, and authors during these activities. All ages.
The exhibit showcases the works of renowned artist LeRoy Neiman and “The Greatest” boxer Muhammad Ali. The program will feature Neiman’s watercolors and sketches of Ali in and out of the ring, including Ali’s important matches “Fight of the Century” and “Thrilla in Manila” Not only did both figures enjoy the art of boxing, but Neiman taught Ali how to do draw and Ali’s own creations will be on display as well. All ages.