The Brooklyn Children's Museum was the first institution in the country dedicated to curating exhibits specifically for kids. In the 100 years since its founding, hundreds of similar organizations have opened up across the world, with six in New York City alone. Since 1974, children on Staten Island have been invited to explore and play in a variety of kid-friendly exhibitions and events.

What You Will See

The museum and surrounding grounds are filled with exhibitions intended to entertain, challenge, and educate small children. Installations include a make-believe forest, a puppet theater, a newsroom where children can hone their journalism skills, a giant chess set, and a full-scale firetruck. It is a comfortable, safe, and enjoyable place for children to be inspired for hours.

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 Staten Island Children's museum. It is the perfect introduction to museums spaces for kids who may not be quite as interested in the other Snug Harbor cultural institutions.