Why It’s Actually a Great Idea to Take Your Children to NYC Museums



The idea of taking your child to a museum in NYC might induce a subtle wave of terror to pass through you. We get it; we don’t blame you. Lucky for you, the city boasts a number of child-friendly museums that will keep both baby, and parents entertained. From history and art, to firetrucks and music, you’re sure to stumble across a museum that will help you educate, occupy, and engage your little one.

Bring History to Life

What are museums, if not great big interactive books full of fun stories? If you prioritize reading to your children, consider swapping bedtime stories for a trip to the museum. Your child will get to experience history, and learn about people and events that expand their little world. Check out the DiMenna Children’s History Museum to help bring U.S. history to life. DiMenna Children’s History Museum: 170 Central Park West; 212-873-3400

Encourage Creativity

The West Village’s Children’s Museum of the Arts offers an excellent opportunity for budding creatives to flex the right side of their brain. It features a 2,000 piece collection of international children’s art that is sure to empower your child to produce their next refrigerator masterpiece. Also, check out the museum’s excellent camps, workshops, and media labs. Children’s Museum of the Arts: 103 Charlton St; 212-274-0986

Start Conversations about Heritage and Culture

The Jewish Children’s Museum is an excellent place to bring your child if you’re looking to expose them to new ideas, or educate them about the history of their ancestors. Kids can learn all about the history of Hanukah, press fresh olive oil, and make and eat their own potato latkes. It’s an immersive experience that honors Jewish traditions and history. The Jewish Children’s Museum: 792 Eastern Pkwy; 718-467-0600

Encourage Conversations about Safety and Public Servants

If your child is obsessed with fire trucks and things that light up, the New York City Fire Museum is likely their dream vacation destination. It features an extensive collection of fire memorabilia, and a beautiful tribute to the 343 members of the force that gave their lives to help those in need on 9/11. It’s also an excellent opportunity to talk to your kids about fire safety, and the resources available to them in they ever find themselves in a dangerous situation. New York City Fire Museum: 278 Spring St; 212-691-1303

Other Museums We Love

There are so many museums in NYC. Introduce your children to the great masterpieces at the Met Museum or MoMA; or to America’s finest artists at the Whitney. Discover their planet in new ways at the Museum of Natural History,  or expand their thinking at the surprisingly engaging Museum of Mathematics. Talk to our team here at Roger Smith for our latest recommendations!

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