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100 Things to Do in NYC with Kids Before They Grow Up
This life list is all the things I hope to experience with my kids in New York City before they grow up. Not just the stuff that is fun to do, but the stuff that I think will be important to do with them.
Curator’s Choice: Museums and Exhibitions in New York City and Vicinity
Tourists and New Yorkers alike want to know the “real New York.” These tours take visitors into areas not on the typical tourist map and connect them to local music, immigrant history, parks, waterways, architecture, cuisine, artists, murals, and one-of-a-kind stores.
Columbia County To Do
Pages of interesting things to see and do in Columbia County, New York.
Museums in New York City
Long list. No descriptions.
Though much going on here is of interest to adults, there are links to galleries, performance events, and interesting shopping.
by Angela Hederman
How to see New York City in a child-centered way… without passing up any of the city’s sophisticated food, sights, or shops just because the kids are along. Organized around EAT, PLAY, SHOP, and STAY, the authors take you to well-known museums and attractions, but also take you out of tourist-thronged Midtown and into corners of the city that New Yorkers themselves love to take their children.
Empire State Building
The 86th floor Observatory, 1,050 feet (320 meters), reached by high speed, automatic elevators, has both a glass-enclosed area, which is heated in winter and cooled in summer, and spacious outdoor promenades on all four sides of the Building. Or climb the 1,576 steps. Fifth Avenue at 34th Street.
Legoland Discovery Center Westchester
We have a special price for homeschooling groups that book via phone (866-243-0770) of $8 per child and 1 free Teacher with every 5 paying students. We have workshops around the subject of architecture: design, technology and the NY skyline.
Arts & Crafts
The Metropolitan’s branch dedicated to medieval art in northern Manhattan is a great place to visit with children! All family programs at The Cloisters are free with Museum admission, and do not require tickets or reservations unless otherwise noted.
Huge collection of toy boats, toy soldiers, Monopoly games from years gone by, and loads of weird trophies make this a young collector’s dream. Located on the lobby level of the Forbes Building. Our address is 62 Fifth Avenue, at the corner of Fifth Avenue and 12th Street, in New York City. Admission is free. To make sure it is open, call (212) 206-5548.
Greenwich House Pottery
A center for the Ceramics Arts in New York’s West Village since 1909, which reaches out to homeschoolers in our area who would be interested in classes, workshops or field trips. 16 Jones Street, New York, NY. (212) 242-4106.
Mill Art Gallery and Center
Our unique blend of classroom studios and gallery space encourages students to immerse themselves in art, with inspiration from instructors and the art that surrounds them. 61 North Main Street, Honeoye Falls, NY 14472. (585) 624-7740.
The Brooklyn Children’s Museum
Temporaily closed through Spring 2008. Site still fun. 145 Brooklyn Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11213, (718) 735-4400
The Children’s Museum of the Arts
CMA Homeschooler Fridays: 20% off admission for homeschool families every Friday, 12pm to 2pm. 182 Lafayette Street, New York, NY 10013. Tel (212) 274-0986.
Mid-Hudson Children’s Museum
The MHCM programs are presented by trained museum educators and are approximately 30 minutes in length. Most programs are for ages 6 to 12 unless otherwise noted. 830 South Rd. Suite 155, Poughkeepsie, (914) 297-5938
Children and families step into the past and experience a glimpse of life as it was a century ago. Visit site for its kids section. One Manhattan Square, Rochester, NY. 585-263-2700.
Fun and Games
Playing Chess in Washington Square Park
A marsh. A cemetery. A parade ground. A gathering spot for avant-garde artists. A battleground for chess enthusiasts. A playground for canines and children. Washington Square Park has served various roles for its community throughout the years, adapting to meet its needs.
Dolan DNA Learning Center
Field trips include hands-on laboratory experiments, interactive computer experiences, the museum exhibition “The Genes We Share,” and multimedia presentations in the auditorium. 334 Main St., Cold Spring Harbor, (516) 367-7240
The fort not only still exists, it is very much as it was when it held thousands of Confederate, Federal, and civilian political prisoners. Located on Pea Patch Island in the middle of the Delaware River. (302) 834-7941.
Museum at Eldridge Street
The museum is housed in the National Historic Landmark 1887 Eldridge Street Synagogue on the Lower East Side. We offer interactive tours and educational programs for children and adults of all ages, focusing on New York history, holidays, worship practices, and architecture. We see visitors from schools, synagogues, and other organizations from across the country and world, and we are currently looking to expand our homeschooling audience.
12 Eldridge Street
New York, NY 10002
The beautiful synagogue space allows visitors to step back in time to 1887 and engage in hands-on exploration of the rich history of the neighborhood and space.
New York Historical Society
Our highly trained museum educators use inquiry and object based learning techniques to provide a variety of interactive and meaningful educational experiences. 170 Central Park West, New York, NY 10024. Education Department: 212-485-9293.
Pedaling History Bicycle Museum
One of the world’s largest collections of antique and classic American bicycles, including thousands of items of cycling-related memorabilia. 3943 North Buffalo Road, Orchard Park, New York 14127-1841. (716) 662-3853.
Corning Museum of Glass
Try glassmaking at the Walk-in Workshop – advance reservations are available. Corning, NY. 1-800-732-6845.
Carnegie Hall Family Concerts
Recommended for children ages 5-12, are a wonderful way for parents to introduce their children to the world of music! For just $8 per ticket, audience members will enjoy a fun and educational afternoon at Carnegie Hall. Various venues in the New York City area.
Bird Watching in Central Park
Central Park is one of the best birding spots in the United States, attracting birders from all over the world. Birds migrating, spring and fall, along the East Coast find Central Park a welcoming place to rest and stoke up energy for the next leg of their journey.
The Bronx Zoo’s award-winning Education Department provides a wide array of programs for Adults, Families, and Children. Located at Fordham Road and the Bronx River Parkway, Bronx, New York. (718) 367-1010.
Friends of the High Line
Bring your kids! We love to see your children play, create, and learn on the High Line. Our programs for young park goers include weekly drop-in activities during the summer season and a special series of events in the spring and fall. Various entrances. Here’s how to visit. [Thanks to Harold Underdown, for the local tip!}
Homeschool Wild Days
Once a month get-togethers at a deep ecology center, featuring a science lesson, a craft, and a shared lunch. Located in Herkimer County, The Shawanagunk Nature Preserve is a reasonable drive from Utica, Rome and many other places in central NY. (315) 735-1329
Hudson River Museum of Westchester
Families with children can venture into The Hudson River Museum to experience our current exhibitions and collections, create an art project in the workshop, or embark on an interactive tour of the exhibits. 511 Warburton Avenue, Yonkers, NY 10701-1899, (914) 963-4550
Experience urban agriculture and forest farming at The Battery Urban Farm; then learn about our urban ecosystem and the City’s history with our oyster beds, bees, perennial gardens, and monuments.
Dyckman Farmhouse Museum
A number of inexpensive tours available for groups, with supporting educational materials. Today, nestled in a small park, the farmhouse is an extraordinary reminder of early Manhattan and an important part of its diverse Inwood neighborhood. 4881 Broadway at 204th Street. New York, New York 10034. Call (212) 304-9422.
Arrange for this mobile science laboratory to come to your Manhattan-area Park Day, perhaps just before or after your usual play time.
Buffalo Museum of Science
Visit the Museum and Tifft for sensational programs that interweave science, nature and culture by drawing on our rich collections, staff and sites during all four seasons. 1020 Humboldt Parkway, Buffalo, (716) 896-5200
Long Island ScienCenter
Interactive exhibits, demonstrations, and in-house and outreach programs for all ages. 11 West Main, Riverhead, New York (Long Island), (631) 208-8000
Milton J. Rubenstein Museum of Science & Technology
Features a Planatarium and a Telecommunications Laboratory. See the calendar for current programs and exhibits. (AKA TheDiscovery Center) 500 South Franklin St., Syracuse, (315) 425-9068
New York Hall of Science
The Hall features more than 400 hands-on exhibits. Visit us and explore the wonder and excitement of biology, chemistry and physics. 47-01 11th St., Flushing, (718) 699-0005.
Roberson Museum and Science Center
Exhibitions and Programs in Art, History & Science Education. 30 Front St., Binghamton, (607) 722-0660
Rochester Museum & Science Center
Join local scientists and explore hands-on activities. Meet some live animals and learn how we can protect our environment. Try your hand at experiments in biology, engineering, and chemistry. 657 East Avenue, Rochester, NY 14607-2177, (716) 271-4552
Schenectady Museum Association
Come to the Museum and discover a community with the power to change the world. It might just change the way you look at science, art, technology, and people all around you! Nott Terrace Heights, Schenectady, NY 12308, (518) 382-7890
We offer a fun, memorable, and educational experience for kids, teachers, and chaperones alike. 601 First Street, Ithaca, NY 14850-3507, (607) 272-0600
New York Transit Museum
One of the city’s leading cultural institutions is the largest museum in the United States devoted to urban public transportation history, and one of the premier institutions of its kind in the world. 130 Livingston Street, 9th Floor, Box E, Brooklyn, NY 11201, (718) 243-8601