Kid-Friendly Museums in the New York Area By NYMetroParents Staff December 3, 2019 Indoor Activities for Kids Subscribe A comprehensive selection of kid-friendly museums in the New York City area, including Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, Westchester County, Rockland County, Long Island (Nassau County and Suffolk County), Fairfield County, CT, and beyond. Our museum guide features science exhibits, nature, transportation and technology innovation, and art exhibits; you'll find something for every member of your family. Find museums throughout the New York area, including the Bronx, Brooklyn, Manhattan, Queens, Staten Island, Nassau County, Suffolk County, Westchester County, Rockland County, Orange County, and Fairfield County, CT. For upcoming performances, exhibits, festivals, and more at these museums, check out our searchable calendar of events. NEW YORK CITY Bronx Museums Bartow-Pell Mansion Museum 895 Shore Road, Pelham Bay Park 718-885-1461 Hours: Wednesday and Saturday-Sunday 12-4pm; gardens/grounds are open 8:30am-dusk daily. Admission: $8; $6 students and seniors; free for children 6 and younger. Admission is free to the gardens/grounds. This historic stone mansion, built between 1836 and 1842, serves as a window into 19th-century life in the area, when many more grand country estates dotted the then-countryside. Visitors can take a tour of the mansion’s period-dressed rooms and view rotating exhibits that delve into significant periods of the site’s history. During the holiday season, the museum hosts various events. More information is listed on the website. The Bronx Museum of the Arts 1040 Grand Concourse (165th Street), Bronx 718-681-6000 Hours: Thursday and Saturday-Sunday 11am-6pm; Friday 11am-8pm Admission: FREE The flagship cultural institution of the Bronx, founded in 1971, this museum focuses on 20th-century and contemporary art. Brooklyn Museums Brooklyn Children’s Museum 145 Brooklyn Ave., Crown Heights 718-735-4400 Hours: Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday: 10am-5pm; Thursday, 10am-6pm; Saturday and Sunday, 10am-7pm Admission: $13; free for children younger than 1; admission free every Thursday 2-6pm and Sunday 4-7pm. This colorful museum includes permanent exhibits like Neighborhood Nature, where kids can take on the role of field scientists to observe life forms and document the environment of a freshwater pond, saltwater beach, urban woodland, and community garden; Totally Tots, an early learner exhibit for kids up to age 5 that includes Water Wonders, Art Studio, Building Zone, and Little Theater; and World Brooklyn, where visitors can take a trip through Brooklyn (or at least, a child-sized model of the city), to learn about its diversity through the stories of real people and places. Brooklyn Museum 200 Eastern Parkway, Prospect Heights 718-638-5000 Hours: Wednesday 11am-6pm; Thursday 11am-10pm; Friday-Sunday 11am-6pm Admission: Suggested contribution: $16; $10 students and seniors $10; free for ages 19 and younger Housed in a 560,000-square-foot Beaux-Arts building, it is one of the oldest and largest art museums in the U.S. with world-renowned permanent art collections. The museum is located close to Prospect Park, the Brooklyn Botanic Garden, and the Prospect Park Zoo. Jewish Children’s Museum 792 Eastern Parkway, Crown Heights 718-467-0600 Hours: Monday-Thursday 10am-4pm; Sunday 10am-5:30pm Admission: $13; $10 seniors; free for children younger than 2 This museum celebrates Jewish culture through hands-on exhibits focusing on Jewish holidays, biblical history, the land of Israel, and contemporary Jewish life. It features multimedia exhibits, an art gallery, two state-of-the-art computer labs, a game show studio, a 75-seat audiovisual theater, a miniature golf course, and a craft workshop. Micro Museum 123 Smith St., Boerum Hill 718-797-3116 Hours: Saturday 12-7pm; Sunday-Friday 9am-9 pm Admission: $2 Dedicated to big art, this small venue in downtown Brooklyn features interactive media and visual and performing arts. Above & Beyond: A three-year retrospective of the art of William and Kathleen Laziza, founders of the museum, that features never-before-seen works, including touch-sensitive sculptures, wearable art pieces, paintings, videos, and more. New York Transit Museum 99 Schermerhorn St., Downtown Brooklyn 718-694-1600 Hours: Tuesday-Friday 10am-4pm; Saturday-Sunday 11am-5pm Admission: $10; $5 children and seniors; seniors free on Wednesdays At the largest museum in the U.S. dedicated to urban public transportation history, galleries showcase the tale of building NYC’s 100-year-old subway system. Housed underground in an authentic 1936 subway station in Downtown Brooklyn, the Transit Museum’s working platform level spans a full city block and is home to a rotating selection of 20 vintage subway and elevated cars dating back to 1907. Courtesty New York Transit Museum Kids can get behind the wheel of a vintage bus in the On the Streets exhibit at the New York Transit Museum in Downtown Brooklyn. Manhattan Museums 9/11 Memorial Museum 180 Greenwich St. 212-312-8800 Hours: Sunday-Thursday 9am-8pm; Friday-Saturday 9am-9pm. Last entry: Sunday-Thursday 6pm; Friday, 7pm Admission: $26; $20 seniors, young adults ages 13-17, and college students; $18 veterans; $15 children ages 7-12; free for members and children younger than 7 The 9/11 Memorial Museum offers age-appropriate entry points into the history of the World Trade Center, 9/11, and its aftermath. On Saturdays, children can participate in drop-in activity stations tied to artifacts and themes. All programs are free to ticketed museum visitors. American Museum of Natural History Central Park West at 79th Street, Upper West Side 212-769-5100 Hours: 10am-5:45pm daily Admission: Suggested donation: $23; $18 students and seniors; $13 children ages 2-12 One of the largest museums in the world, the collections here are made up of more than 32 million specimens and artifacts. Currently on view: The Titanosaur, open through Jan. 19, 2020, the fossil remains of a recently discovered 122-foot-long dinosaur. Center for Architecture 536 LaGuardia Place, Greenwich Village 212-683-0023 The Center for Architecture promotes understanding and appreciation of architecture and design through educational programs for K-12 schools, families, and the general public. Learn more about the buildings and streetscapes that make up our city by visiting our free galleries with changing exhibitions on current topics in architecture, or by attending one of our hands-on design workshops. Children’s Museum of Manhattan The Tisch Building, 212 W. 83rd St., Upper West Side 212-721-1223 Hours: 10am-5pm Sunday and Tuesday-Friday; Saturday and Monday public school holidays 10am-7pm Admission: $15; $12 seniors; free for children younger than 1 CMOM inspires kids to learn about themselves and the world around them through interactive exhibits and programs such as Adventures with Dora and Diego, in which children ages 2-6 join a series of missions to save animals, build a bear’s nest, and get ready for a fiesta; and PlayWorks, in which children up to age 4 feed alphabet letters to a talking dragon, drive a fire truck, and more while exploring language, art, science, and imagination. Let’s Dance!: Visitors bounce, glide, and leap in an exhibit space designed to introduce children and families to the delights of dance. Children’s Museum of the Arts 103 Charlton St., Soho 212-274-0986 Hours: Monday and Wednesday 12-5pm; Thursday, 12-6pm; Friday, 12-5pm; Saturday-Sunday, 10am-5pm Admission: $13; pay as you wish for seniors; free for children younger than 1; pay as you wish Thursdays from 4-6pm A hands-on arts museum that engages young artists with a clay bar, fine art studio, WEE space (for ages 5 and younger), and a media lab and sound booth. DiMenna Children’s History Museum at New-York Historical Society 170 Central Park West at Richard Gilder Way, Upper West Side 212-873-3400 Hours: Tuesday-Thursday and Saturday 10am-6pm; Friday 10am-8pm; Sunday 11am-5pm. Admission: $22; $17 seniors/educators/active military; $13 students; $6 kids ages 5-13; free for kids younger than 4; pay as you wish Fridays from 6-8pm. Admission includes entrance into the New-York Historical Society. Located on the lower level of the New-York Historical Society, this is the first-ever museum that brings American history to life through the eyes of children. Targeted toward children ages 8-13, the museum features life stories of a diverse selection of youngsters who lived in NYC from the late 17th to the 20th centuries. Jewish Museum 1109 Fifth Ave. 212-423-3200 Hours: Saturday-Tuesday 11am-5:45pm; Thursdays 11am-8pm; Fridays 11am-4pm Admission: $18; $12 seniors; $8 students; free for children 18 and younger. Pay as you wish on Thursdays after 5pm, and free admission on Saturdays From excavating ancient replicas in a simulated archaeological dig, to designing mixed-media artworks, families enjoy a wide range of programs at the Jewish Museum. On Sundays and select weekdays, families can participate in the Museum’s Drop-in Art Workshop, attend music and theater performances, and explore art exhibitions together. They can also visit Archaeology Zone, an interactive exhibition designed for children, as well as engage in holiday programs and specialized art workshops during winter vacation weeks. Metropolitan Museum of Art 1000 Fifth Ave. 212-535-7710 Hours: Sunday-Thursday, 10am-5:30pm; Friday-Saturday, 10am-9pm Admission: $25; $17 seniors; $12 students; free for children younger than 12 The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s programs for kids and families are designed to spark imagination, creativity, and lifelong connections with art. Drop-in programs such as Art Trek and Sunday Studio offer fun through looking, learning, and creating art together. Sign up for classes taught by educators and artists who use the entire museum as an expanded classroom. Get started with #MetKids, a new digital art feature made for, with, and by kids ages 7-12 that includes an interactive map, videos starring kid reporters, and more. Find it at metmuseum.org/metkids. Courtesy The Metropolitan Museum of Art The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s programs for kids and families are designed to spark imagination, creativity, and lifelong connections with art. Mount Vernon Hotel Museum & Garden 421 E. 61st St. 212-838-6878 Hours: Tuesday-Sunday 11am-4pm Admission: $8; $7 seniors and students with ID; free for children younger than 12 Travel back in time to an early 19th-century country resort where New Yorkers came for a day of fun and relaxation. Family-friendly tours highlight activities that were popular in the 1800s. Museum of Mathematics 11 E. 26th St. 212-542-0566 Hours: 10am-5pm daily Admission: $18; $15 seniors ages 65 and older, students, and children ages 3-12; free for children ages 2 and younger At MoMath, discover the side of math you’ve never seen before with exhibits and activities like Seeing Math, an exhibit that shows math in a whole new lights, and Square-Wheeled Trike, a surprisingly smooth ride on square wheels. Museum of Modern Art 11 W. 53rd St. 212-708-9400 Hours: See website for hours. Admission: $25; $18 seniors; $14 students with ID; free for children 16 and younger. Free admission on Fridays from 5:30-9pm. Discover modern and contemporary art with your family at The Museum of Modern Art with programs and resources specially designed for families with kids ages 4-14. Spend time at free gallery talks, art workshops, and film screenings, or get creative at Art Lab, an interactive space. New York City Fire Museum 278 Spring St. 212-691-1303 Hours: Daily, 10am-5pm Admission: $10; $8 seniors and students with college ID; free for children younger than 2; $5 kids 3-12. Free admission military, FDNY, NYPD. The New York City Fire Museum displays the evolution of firefighting from the bucket brigades of Peter Stuyvesant's New Amsterdam through the colorful history of volunteer firefighters to modern firefighting techniques and equipment. The museum also houses a memorial to the 343 members of the FDNY who made the supreme sacrifice on 9/11. Fire safety tours are available for groups. Fire safety learning games for kids. New-York Historical Society 170 Central Park West 212-873-3400 Hours: Tuesday-Thursday and Saturdays 10am-6pm; Fridays 10am-8pm; Sundays 11am-5pm Admission: $22; $17 seniors, educators, and active military; $13 students; $6 children ages 5-13; free for children 4 and younger Experience the wonder of trains and toys with the whimsical train exhibition and family programs. The Train Hunt is available anytime families visit. South Street Seaport Museum 12 Fulton St. 212-748-8753 Hours: Wednesday-Sunday 11am-5pm Admission: Check website for prices. Learn all about New York Harbor and its science and history with South Street Seaport Museum. Visit the South Street Seaport Museum with your family for Tall Ships Tours and gallery exhibitions. Periodic family programs offer hands-on workshops for school-aged children on everything from boat design to plankton studies, and fun educational sails on the Schooner Pioneer. MiniMates program for toddlers and preschoolers and their care-givers offers fun and relaxed learning in a creative environment with music, movement, art, science, and free play. Whitney Museum of American Art 99 Gansevoort St., West Village 212-570-3600 Hours: Sunday-Monday, Wednesday-Thursday, and Saturday, 10:30am-6pm; Friday, 10:30am-10pm Admission: $25; $18 seniors and students; free for children 18 and younger. Focusing on 20th century and contemporary art, this West Village museum hosts interactive tours, art making workshops, and special events for kids, such as their Sketching Tours, Whitney Wees, and Open Studio on select Saturdays and Sundays. Free daily public tours are also offered. Queens Museums Queens Museum New York City Building, Flushing Meadows Corona Park, Flushing 718-592-9700 Hours: Wednesday-Sunday 11am-5pm Admission: Suggested donation: $8; $4 students and seniors; free for children 18 and younger. The museum is dedicated to visual arts and features six galleries. It offers regular artist workshops and lectures. Museum of the Moving Image 36-01 35th Ave., Astoria 718-777-6888 Hours: Wednesday-Thursday 10:30am-5pm; Friday 10:30am-8pm; Saturday-Sunday 10:30am-6pm. Admission: $15; $11 seniors and college students; $7 children; free for children younger than 3; free for all on Fridays from 4-8pm The only museum in the U.S. dedicated to the art, history, technique, and technology of the moving image in all its forms. Permanent exhibit: The Jim Henson Exhibition features a rare look into the creative mind and life of Jim Henson with 300 objects and 47 puppets on display, including Kermit the Frog, Miss Piggy, and more. New York Hall of Science 47-01 111th St., Flushing Meadows-Corona Park 718-699-0005 Hours: Monday-Friday, 9:30am-5pm; Saturday-Sunday 10am-6pm Admission: $16; $13 seniors, students, and children ages 2 and older; free for children younger than 2 Get your hands on more than 450 science-themed exhibits that engage learners of all inclinations and ages. Andrew Kelly/New York Hall of Science Sandbox, one of the New York Hall of Science’s Design Lab activities, allows families to work with simple machines and design systems using kinetic and potential energy. Queens County Farm Museum 73-50 Little Neck Parkway, Floral Park 718-347-3276 Hours: Grounds open year-round, 10am-5pm, daily. Saturday-Sunday: Farmhouse tours available. Admission: Free; fees apply for public events The museum strives to preserve Queens’ agricultural and horticultural past while heightening awareness of present-day sustainable agricultural and horticultural practices. Staten Island Museums Historic Richmond Town 441 Clarke Ave. 718-351-1611 Hours: Wednesday-Sunday, 12-5pm. Tours: 2 pm, daily Admission: $8; $6 seniors and students. $5 children ages 4-11 This living-history village allows visitors to recreate and interact with colonial history through guided tours, demonstrations, and hands-on activities. Follow a visit to the site’s museum, which hosts a rotating display of exhibits that highlight the historical importance of the area, with a guided tour of its 45 original buildings, including the oldest-known schoolhouse in America, where you might meet a few costumed demonstrators engaging in old-fashioned trades and day-to-day duties. Staten Island Children’s Museum Snug Harbor Cultural Center, 1000 Richmond Terrace 718-273-2060 Hours: Tuesday-Sunday, 11-5pm Admission: $8; free for children younger than 1; free for grandparents on Wednesdays from 3-5pm Interactive exhibitions and creative workshops here are launchpads for discovery, designed to nurture children’s natural curiosity and creativity. Permanent exhibits include: Bugs and Other Insects: Crawl through a human-size ant hill, try on an exoskeleton, watch butterflies being born and bees working on their hive, and jam with the Insect Orchestra. Block Harbor: Explore a fantasy port of call on a pirate ship, peep through a telescope, ring the bell, navigate the wheel, cook in the galley—or just make believe. Great Explorations: Kids learn about extreme environments as they explore a rainforest canopy and cave, drive a dogsled through the tundra, build an igloo, cross a river, walk on snow shoes, and drive a submersible. LONG ISLAND Nassau County Museums African American Museum 110 N. Franklin St., Hempstead 516-572-0730 Hours: Wednesday-Saturday 10am-5pm Admission: $5 self-guided tours. $8 docent-led tours; $10 workshop or video Art and culture collide at the African American Museum, where the mission is to educate and promote understanding and appreciation of African American culture, art, and tradition through education, exhibitions, and workshops for the public. Cradle of Aviation Museum Across from Mitchel Athletic Complex, Charles Lindbergh Blvd., Garden City 516-572-4111 Hours: Tuesday-Sunday 9:30am-5 pm Admission: $16; $14 children and seniors. Theater combo tickets: $21; $19 children and seniors. The museum features more 75 air and space crafts from hot air balloons to an actual Lunar Module, Long Island's only giant screen theater that houses the Jet Blue Sky Theater Planetarium and the National Geographic Dome Theater and Nunley's Carousel. A Retro Video Game Exhibit is on exhibit through February Break 2018, featuring classic consoles from 1972-1999 and arcade games from the ‘80s and ‘90s. Rod Leonhard This Grumman F-11A Tiger, developed in Bethpage in 1954, hangs in the museum's visitor center atrium. Garvies Point Museum 50 Barry Drive, Glen Cove 516-571-8010 Hours: Tuesday-Saturday 10am-4pm Admission: $4; $2 children ages 5-12 The museum is a center for research on Long Island geology and a valued resource in the study of local Native American archaeology. Educational and Scout programs, including archaeology, geology, and environmental themes, are offered during and after school hours. Jewelry workshops are offered every Wednesday. Special events held on select Saturdays. Long Island Children’s Museum 11 Davis Ave. Garden City 516-224-5800 Hours: Tuesday-Sunday 10am-5pm Admission: $14; $13 seniors; free for members and children 1 and younger The museum has exhibits and activities for young children, including ClimbIt@LICM, a two-story climbing structure for ages 4 and older, and Changes & Challenges, in which kids can experience how people with differing abilities adapt to daily challenges. Recent additions include: Feasts for Beasts: Discover the amazing ways animals find and eat their food and participate in themed activities. Plus, meet the new additions to the museum’s animal menagerie. Nassau County Museum of Art: The Art Space for Children 1 Museum Drive, Roslyn Harbor 516-484-9338 Hours: Tuesday-Sunday 11am-4:45pm Admission: $15; $10 seniors; $5 students and children ages 4-12; free for children younger than 4 View the permanent collection of more than 500 art objects from American and European art of the 19th and 20th centuries. The Sculpture Park features more than 30 large-scale works by artists such as Botero, Serra, Valdes, and many others, sited throughout the museum’s 145-acre Gold Coast property. Science Museum of Long Island 1526 N. Plandome Road, Plandome 516-627-9400 A science activity center located on the Leeds Pond Preserve, this museum offers hands-on science workshops for children. Current workshops include Winter Wonderland and The Science of You! All programs and workshops are by registration only; see the website for a full schedule. Tackapausha Museum 2225 Washington Ave., Seaford 516-571-7443 Hours: Thursday-Sunday 11am-4pm Admission: $5; $3 seniors and children ages 5-12; free for children younger than 5 The museum offers a variety of environmental education programs for all ages that involve all aspects of Long Island’s natural history. Visitors can see live animal exhibits and monthly scheduled presentations that include birds of prey, reptiles, amphibians, and small mammals. Birthday party packages are available as well as nature walks, campfire circles, bird-watching programs, and community service projects. Suffolk County Museums Children’s Maritime Museum at Port Jefferson 101 E. Broadway, Port Jefferson 631-331-3277 Hours: Saturday-Sunday 1-5pm Admission: $5 Housed in the historic Chandlery Building on Port Jefferson Harbor, this museum is a lighthouse learning center featuring interactive exhibits for kids in primary grades and adults. Learn about Long Island’s natural ecosystem and maritime heritage through permanent installations like Virtual Submarine—a computer program that allows visitors to virtually navigate the Port Jefferson harbor (both above and below water) while learning more about the natural attributes and history of the area. Children’s Museum of the East End 376 Bridgehampton/Sag Harbor Turnpike, Bridgehampton 631-537-8250 Hours: Monday and Wednesday-Sunday 9am -5 pm Admission: $12; free for children younger than 1 Kids ages 2-10 can learn through play at the museum’s permanent exhibits, which include a Crawler Garden with bugs, fruits, and vegetables, a Musical Forest, and a drop-in art studio. You can also sail the high seas, discover how a windmill works, try on costumes, and let off some pent-up energy in an indoor play space meant to nurture cognitive and physical development. Hallockville Museum Farm 6038 Sound Ave., Riverhead 631-298-5292 Hours: Self-guided walking tours of the grounds, including 28 acres of buildings, gardens, and collections, are offered from 12-4pm, Sunday-Friday. Group and private tours available by appointment. Admission: Self-guided tours: Free. Guided tours: $7; $5 children and seniors. The grounds feature 19 historic houses, barns, and outbuildings, including the mid-18th-century Hallock Homestead (entry into selected Hallockville buildings is by guided escort only). Visitors can experience farming on Long Island during that time period and meet Hallockville’s friendly cows, sheep, and chickens. Linda Burke The museum farm grounds feature 19 historic houses, barns, and outbuildings. The Heckscher Museum of Art 2 Prime Ave., Huntington 631-351-3250 Hours: Wednesday-Friday 10am-5pm; Saturday-Sunday 11am-5pm. Extended hours on the first Friday of every month from 5-8:30pm with free admission. Music performance at 7. Admission: Huntington residents: $6; $4 seniors and students ages 10 and older; free for children younger than 10. Non-residents: $8; $6 seniors; $5 students ages 10 and older; free for children younger than 10. The primary collection spans 500 years of Western, American and European art with emphasis on the 19th and 20th centuries. Locally Sourced Artists is a new exhibit running through March 15. Suffolk County Vanderbilt Museum and Planetarium 180 Little Neck Road, Centerport 631-854-5555 Hours: Tuesday, 11:30am-4pm; Saturday-Sunday, 11:15am-4pm Admission: $8; $7 students and seniors; $5 children younger than 12. Children 2 and younger are free. Tours available. The mansion, planetarium, marine museum, natural history exhibits, and grounds are open. The 24-room William K. Vanderbilt II Mansion (1910-1936) is open for tours. The Whaling Museum & Education Center of Cold Spring Harbor 279 Main St., Cold Spring Harbor 631-367-3418 Hours: Tuesday-Friday, 12-4pm; Saturday and Sunday 11-5pm Admission: $6; $5 seniors and children ages 4-18; free for children younger than 4 Explore the relationship between Long Islanders and the sea through the museum’s 6,000 objects and artifacts. Cold Spring’s current exhibits display the whaling history of the area. Highlights of the collection include New York State’s only fully-equipped 19th-century whaleboat with original gear. See scrimshaw and whalebone art and ship models, explore artifacts and tools used by whalers, stand next to a sperm whale jaw, see a diorama of Cold Spring Harbor in 1850, and touch whale bones. See the website for a schedule of family workshops. NYC SUBURBS Westchester County Museums Greenburgh Nature Center 99 Dromore Road, Scarsdale 914-723-3470 Hours: Grounds are open daily, dawn to dusk. Indoor exhibits: Monday-Thursday 9:30am-4:30pm; Saturday-Sunday 10am-4:30pm. Admission: $7; $6 students and seniors; $5 children ages 2-12; free for children younger than 2 This 33-acre preserve features nature trails, a pond, gardens, an indoor exhibit that includes a live animal museum with more than 100 specimens, a greenhouse with plants from all over the world, and a large exhibit room with seasonal natural history exhibits. Outdoors, in fair weather, you can find the unpaved Forest Trail and the Great Lawn with an organic garden area Hudson River Museum & Planetarium 511 Warburton Ave., Yonkers 914-963-4550 Hours: Wednesday-Sunday 12-5pm Admission: $8; $5 seniors and students with ID, $4 children ages 3-18; free for children younger than 3 Part of the Fairfield/Westchester Museum Alliance, this museum preserves the maritime history of the Hudson River, its tributaries, and the industries that developed around it, using this important natural landmark as a lens to view the history, science, and heritage of the region. The museum includes the Glenview Mansion, which features six period rooms decked in turn-of-the-20th-century style, and a planetarium that hosts many family-friendly shows and programs. Planetarium shows: Saturday-Sunday at 12:30pm, 2pm, and 3:30pm ($5; $4 seniors and students with ID; $3 children ages 3-18, plus admission). Children under 3 admitted to the shows for free. The Hudson Valley Center for Contemporary Art 1701 Main St., Peekskill 914-788-0100 Hours: Thursday and Friday, 11am-5pm; Saturday-Sunday, 12-5pm; Wednesday, appointment only Admission: $10; $5 children, seniors, students, and Peekskill residents; free for children younger than 8 and members HVCCA is committed to the enrichment of Peekskill, a multicultural community that has recreated itself as a major arts destination. The center operates a 12,000-square-foot exhibition space and is the primary sponsor of the Peekskill Project, an annual, citywide exhibition of site-specific artwork. Tours are available upon request. Hudson Valley Historic Sites 639 Bedford Road, Pocantico Hills 914-631-8200 Hudson Valley Historic Sites operate a group of architecturally beautiful historic sites including Philipsburg Manor, Van Cortlandt Manor, Washington Irving’s Sunnyside, and Kykuit. Visit hudsonvalley.org/historic-sites for a list of events at each venue. Katonah Museum of Art 134 Jay St. (Route 22), Katonah 914-232-9555 Hours: Tuesday-Saturday 10am-5pm; Sunday 12-5pm Admission: $10; $5 students and seniors; free for children younger than 12 With a focus on art and humanities, this museum offers lectures, films, workshops, and concerts for a general audience while the museum’s Children’s Learning Center serves as an interactive space where children can explore, interpret, and create art. Museum at the John Jay Homestead Note: At the time of press, the Museum at the John Jay Homestead is closed for renovations. This museum will reopen in Spring 2015 400 Jay St., Katonah 914-232-5651 Hours: Grounds are open from sunrise to sunset Admission: $10; $7 seniors and students; free for children younger than 12 The historic site now encompasses 62 acres, including formal gardens, woodland walks, rolling meadows, and a cluster of 19th-century farm buildings. An 1820s schoolhouse and an 1830s barn are open for touring. Historic house tours are available on a regular schedule year-round. Visitor Center and Discovery Center are open seasonally; see website for details. Check website for tour information. Moments in Time: Photographs from the Jay Family Collection: This exhibit features the Jay-Iselin family, who lived at the homestead from the 1850s to the 1950s. Neuberger Museum of Art 735 Anderson Hill Road, Purchase 914-251-6100 Hours: Wednesday, 12-8pm; Thursday-Sunday 12-5pm Admission: $5; $3 seniors; free for children younger than 12; free for all on the first Saturday of every month The Neuberger Museum of Art celebrates the return of some of its most precious treasures after being on national tour across the country for over a year. Included in Then and Noware works by some several artists. Trailside Nature Museum and Ward Pound Ridge Reservation Routes 35 and 121, Cross River 914-864-7322 Hours: Tuesday-Saturday, 9am-4pm Admission: Parking fee at entrance and other fees vary; no additional admission fees Exhibits spotlight the area’s natural features and the reservation’s history, including specimens of birds, mammals, plants, insects, and minerals. Hiking trails are open daily, dawn to dusk. Family programs and activities include guided hikes, a wildflower garden, Native American crafts, plant and tree identification, maple sugaring, and storytelling. The museum is located on the 4,400-acre Ward Pound Ridge Reservation. Westchester Children’s Museum Rye Playland Bathhouses (on the Long Island Sound) 914-421-5050 Hours: Wednesday-Sunday, 10am-4pm; Tuesday, 12-4pm; Monday-Tuesday, available for group visits by appointment only. Admission: $10 ; $9 seniors; free for members and children 1 and younger The museum caters to children up to age 12 and provides opportunities for continued growth for preteens and teens, with exhibits focused on pretend play, physics, science, art, music, and places to climb, build, and examine. It currently operates as a Museum without Walls and often partners with local organizations to offer family programs as well as fundraising events. Courtesy Westchester Children's Museum Children can participate in fun and education science activities and experiments throughout the museum. Westmoreland Sanctuary Nature Center & Wildlife Preserve 260 Chestnut Ridge Road, Mount Kisco 914-666-8448 Hours: Monday-Saturday 9am-5pm; Sunday 10:30am-5pm Admission: FREE The preserve includes more than 7 miles of trails that are open daily from dawn to dusk for hiking and leisure (use Chestnut Ridge Road entrance). The nature center offers a variety of nature-based public programs on weekends, including bird watching, maple sugaring, and guided nature hikes. The Yorktown Museum 1974 Commerce St., Yorktown Heights 914-962-2970 Hours: Tuesday and Thursday 11am-4pm Admission: FREE Woodlands Room: Step back into the time of Westchester’s first inhabitants, the Mohegan Indians, in this total environmental experience of the lifestyle and culture of these early settlers. Listen to the sounds of the forest and river as the settlement, portrayed through murals and replica of a longhouse, becomes more visible. The Bob McKeand Room: Railroading: A re-creation of the Yorktown Depot area circa 1950 features an HO scale model layout, a delight for railroad enthusiasts, be they historians or model train buffs. Rockland County Museums Edward Hopper House Art Center 82 N. Broadway, Nyack 845-358-0774 Hours: Wednesday-Sunday 12-5 pm or by appointment Admission: $7, $5 seniors; $2 students 17 and older; free for those 16 and younger This nonprofit art center is the birthplace of renowned American artist Edward Hopper (1882-1967). The center boasts an archive of Edward Hopper documents and memorabilia and hosts rotating art exhibits. Guided tours are offered on weekends or by appointment. Visit the website for a calendar of upcoming events and children’s workshops. A Photographic Journey through Hopper’s World: A visual comparison of Hopper’s paintings with pictures of their real-life counterparts. The Historical Society of Rockland County 20 Zukor Road, New City 845-634-9629 Hours: Wednesday-Friday and Sundays 12-4pm Admission: FREE Wednesday-Friday; $5 per person on Sundays The museum features a collection of 3,650 objects that date from the early 18th century to the present, including furnishings original to the Blauvelt House family and to the early farms and industries of Rockland County. Town of Ramapo Challenger Center 225 Route 59, Airmont 845-357-3416 Hours: Monday-Friday, 8:30am-5:30pm; weekend hours depend upon when missions and planetarium programs are scheduled—check website for details Admission: $10 per public mission and planetarium show; $5 seniors and children ages 8 and younger (when accompanied by a paying adult) Part of the Challenger Learning Center Network, the Challenger Center offers an interactive learning experience in science, technology, engineering, and math through performing tasks of real scientists, engineers, researchers, and astronauts. One of 4 Challenger Centers in the NY metro area, it’s the only center that offers space missions and planetarium shows to the public. Courtesy Lower Hudson Valley Challenger Center The core of the Lower Hudson Valley Challenger Center is an interactive, computerized simulator with a mission control room patterned after the NASA Johnson Space Center and an orbiting space station ready for exploration. Orange County Museums Bear Mountain Trailside Museum and Zoo Palisades Interstate Parkway (Exit 19), Bear Mountain 845-786-2701 Hours: Daily, 10am-4:30pm zoo hours Admission: $1 suggested donation per person; $10 parking fee per car. The 40-acre site features nature trails—including the first section of the Appalachian Trail—that link the homes of several birds of prey, the bear den, and habitats for beavers, river otters, foxes, and coyotes. The museum includes exhibits on Native Americans, the Revolutionary War, and the Boy Scouts. Fort Montgomery State Historic Site 690 Route 9W, Fort Montgomery 845-446-2134 Hours: Wednesday-Sunday 9am-5pm from mid-April through October Admission: FREE; Group tours: $3 per person This National Historic Landmark is a tribute to the Revolutionary War fortress built in 1777 by American soldiers to guard the entrance to the Hudson Highlands, which was destroyed by British forces the following year. Visitors can get a glimpse into the battle that raged here more than 200 years ago through self-guided tours of the grounds. Step inside the Visitors’ Center for a museum full of period artifacts and weapons, large-scale models of the fort and the attack, highly detailed mannequins frozen in poses of battle. Hudson Highlands Nature Museum Wildlife Education Center: 25 Boulevard, Cornwall-on-Hudson Outdoor Discovery Center: Muser Drive, across from 174 Angola Road, Cornwall 845-534-7781 Hours: Friday-Sunday 12-4pm Admission: $5; free for children younger than 3 The museum’s exhibits highlight the local ecosystem, including flora native to the Hudson Estuary and its resident reptiles and amphibians—kids can see the latter up close and learn about their life cycles, diets, habitats, and adaptations. The museum also offers a variety of animal- and nature-based programs for kids, including Meet the Animals on weekends at 1pm and 2:30pm. Storm King Art Center 1 Museum Road, New Windsor 845-534-3115 Hours: Check website for hours. Admission: $18; $15 seniors; $8 students and children ages 5-18; free for children younger than 5. Storm King complements its permanent installation of sculpture with a variety of special exhibitions. These may comprise large-scale sculptures in outdoor galleries or smaller works and supporting materials shown in the museum building. Storm King offers family programs, dance and music performances, poetry readings, themed tours, and more. A 1pm daily walking tour introduces various aspects of Storm King’s collection. Tram tours run every half hour on weekends and every hour during the week. An interactive family program is offered at 1pm each Sunday. Fairfield County, CT Museums Fairfield Museum and History Center 370 Beach Road, Fairfield 203-259-1598 Hours: 10am-4pm daily Admission: $5; $3 students and seniors; free for members and children younger than 5 The museum displays exhibitions and holds programs and activities that show how Connecticut developed into what is it today. Creating Community: 375 in the Past: A hands-on exhibit that explores the area’s roots from Native Americans, through the American Revolution, to the present day. Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum 258 Main St., Ridgefield 203-438-4519 Hours: Monday, Wednesday, Friday, 12pm-5pm; Saturday, 10am-5pm; Sunday, 12-5pm Admission: $12; $7 students and seniors The Aldrich is an independent, non-collecting museum that runs semester-long exhibits of contemporary art, the only one of it’s kind in Connecticut. The museum offers free (with admission) family workshops led by professional artists and museum educators art activities on the third Saturday of each month from 10am-3pm. The Barnum Museum 820 Main St., Bridgeport 203-331-1104 Hours: Thursday-Friday 11am-3pm Admission: FREE, but donations are appreciated The museum is dedicated to the preservation of Bridgeport’s industrial and social history, including the influence of historical resident P.T. Barnum, founder of the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus. The new exhibit is called Envisioning the Future!, featuring artifacts that belonged to P.T. Barnum, Tom Thumb, and others. For information on how you can donate to the museum’s recovery, visit the website. Bruce Museum 1 Museum Drive, Greenwich 203-869-0376 Hours: Tuesday-Sunday 10am-5pm Admission: $10; $8 students and seniors; free for members and children younger than 5; free for all on Tuesdays A regionally based institution that features art, science, and natural history in a dozen changing exhibitions each year. Permanent collections highlight the natural sciences. The Discovery Museum and Planetarium 4450 Park Ave., Bridgeport 203-372-3521 Hours: Tuesday-Sunday 10am-5pm Admission: $11; $9 children ages 3-17, students, and seniors; free for children 2 and younger The museum offers many opportunities for hands-on science and space exploration. Exhibits focus on energy, sound and light, sports science, and space. There’s an area especially for preschool-aged children. Small World Photomicrography: Explore the beauty and wonder of the micro-world through photographs in Nikon’s visiting exhibit. Earthplace, The Nature Discovery Center 10 Woodside Lane, Westport 203-557-4400 Hours: Monday-Saturday 9am-5pm; Sunday 1-4pm. Grounds are open daily, 7am to dusk. Admission: $7; $5 seniors and children ages 12 and younger. Grounds only: FREE. The 62-acre property features several nature trails, including The Universal Design Nature Trail, which is wheelchair accessible. The center includes hands-on exhibits that educate the public about nature and the environment. Kids can meet live animals during a Critter Encounter, do some nature hands-on activities in the Natureplace clubhouse, and visit a few feathered friends at the Connecticut Birds of Prey outdoor enclosures. Peabody Museum of Natural History at Yale University Science Hill section of the Yale campus (Whitney Avenue and Sachem Street), New Haven 203-432-5050 Hours: Tuesday-Saturday, 10am-5pm; Sunday, 12-5pm Admission: $13; $9 seniors; $6 children ages 3-18 and college students; free for children younger than 3 See the Birds of Connecticut and the Hall of Mammalian Evolution. Stepping Stones Museum for Children 303 West Ave. (in Mathews Park), Norwalk 203-899-0606 Hours: 10am-5pm daily, closed Mondays from Labor Day through Memorial Day Admission: $15; $10 seniors; free for children younger than 1; free for all on the first Thursday of every month from 5-8pm The museum caters to children ages 10 and younger, with five main galleries, more than 100 hands-on activities, and traveling exhibits. Visitors can explore nature and science in the Energy Lab, discover architecture and design in Build It!, learn about health and their bodies, and more. Hands-on parent-child classes are offered to enhance motor, cognitive, language, and social skills. Courtesy Stepping Stones Museum for Children Stepping Stones Museum for Children also has an Open Arms accessibility initiative for families of children of all abilities to participate in. Connecticut Science Museum 250 Columbus Blvd., Hartford 860-727-0457 Hours: Tuesday-Sunday 10am-5pm Admission: $23.95; $21.95 seniors; $16.95 children ages 3-17; free for children younger than 2. Movie-only and combo tickets are also available for purchase. Note: Children younger than 16 must be accompanied by an adult. Kids can explore science through 165 hands-on exhibits and daily programs in the educational galleries and 3D digital theater. A new exhibit that has been added in 2016 is Leonardo da Vinci: Machines in Motion. The museum hosts Vacation Exploration Camps for kids in grades 1-6; register online. 3D movies shown daily every hour starting at 1pm. A new exhibit, Bionic Me, will open in 2018.