Wednesday, August 12, 2009
One of my favourite outings in NYC last week was the Children's Museum of Manhattan in the Upper West Side. With five floors of colourful interactive centres, this museum is the perfect place for those who love the indoors on a rainy day. This museum targets kids from 6 months to 12 years old. Current exhibitions include Amusement Park Science, Gods, Myths & Morals: Discover Ancient Greece, and Little West Side. Each floor caters to a different age group and provides creativity and analytical thinking centres for all.
My husband and I enjoyed the area geared towards the older kids and spent time with the logic puzzles while our baby napped. Hannah had fun making music and gathering groceries at the make-believe store. She also enjoyed pushing the buttons on numerous displays and crawling on the carpeted floor. The older kids enjoyed the obstacle course, dressing up as firefighters and Greek gods, as well as exploring a special section devoted to Dora and Diego.
If you go, be sure to bring a baby carrier (sling, Baby Bjorn, etc.) as strollers are not allowed in the museum. They are checked at the front which makes the museum quite clean. No food is allowed either (babies can have their bottles) so you may wish to schedule your visit around feeding times. You can always pop outside to feed and come back in, but there isn't much in ways of a sitting area. You can try Cafe Lalo (where "You've Got Mail" was filmed) across the street for lunch or afternoon snacks (food was delicious).
If I lived in Manhattan, I would get a membership and be there everyday. There is so much to do and the constant stimulation was great. Hannah had lots of fun and I can't wait to go back there again. I highly recommended it for any parent who wants to provide an interactive experience for the little one.
Children's Museum of Manhattan is located at 212 West 83rd Street.
For subways, take B or C to 81st Street or 1 to 79th or 86th Street Station.
Children's Museum of Manhattan Admission:
$10 per person
$7 for seniors
Free for Children under 1
Free for Members
Buy one, get one free admission with Entertainment Book
Children's Museum of Manhattan Hours:
Tuesday - Sunday 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Also open the first Friday of every month from 5-8 p.m. with free admission as a part of Target Free Fridays