The CMoM is an obvious choice for Upper West Side parents looking to introduce their youngest children to the wonders of museums and art galleries. While the museum has acquired a new space that will almost double its gallery size, it is not expected to be completed until 2021. In the meantime, it's long-time 83rd-street location remains open and welcoming to families looking to spend hours in interactive and educational exhibits appropriate for young children.
Play is often talked about as if it were relief from serious learning. But for children, play is serious learning. Play is really the work of childhood.
What You Will See
The museum invites children to dance, create art, explore the environment, and play in a range of safe, colorful, and educational galleries. Your kids will find themselves crawling through a digestive system, helping Dora the Explorer rescue animals, customizing the light design for their own dance routine, and even building their own city. Everything can be touched, thrown, and enjoyed in a family-friendly environment.
Why You Should Go
There are many child-friendly museums in the city, even for the very young. But only a few encourage the level of interactivity, play, and learning that kids enjoy at the Children's Museum of Manhattan. While this experience may not directly prepare them for a day at the Museum of Natural History, it is the perfect introduction to museums spaces for kids who may not yet be trusted not to try to climb the nearest Rodin. Convenient to the Upper West Side with easy access to subways, this is a great spot for a cold day with kids.