Staten Island Children's Museum

Staten Island Children's Museum

Staten Island Children's Museum
4.5
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
About
The Staten Island Children’s Museum features 10 indoor and 2 outdoor exhibits, a dedicated art workshop and a performance space. Visitors can explore different climates, examine bugs and other arthropods, learn about construction, build with blocks, hop on board a fire truck and play games throughout the interactive exhibits. The 4-acre East Meadow offers a perfect outdoor setting to run, play and picnic. The Children's Museum is engaging, affordable and focused on STEAM learning. In addition to the exhibits, it hosts a variety of programs throughout the year, including cultural performances & celebrations, summertime "Boogie Woogie Wednesday" dance performances, as well as mini-camps during the summer and during NYC public school breaks.
Duration: 2-3 hours
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Ajay R
Bengaluru, India136 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019
The park around the museum is converted into a Winter Lantern festival. The view is amazing & a lot of efforts have gone in to create this surreal world with huge dinos, mammoths, dragons, flowers, fruits & vegetables all lit in multi coloured lights.
As this is a limited period temporary set up do not miss if you are in NYC during winter.
Written January 1, 2020
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ItineraryLady
Montclair, NJ120 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2012
We went with our 2yo and (almost) 5yo, and both had a really wonderful time at this museum, which is located in the Snug Harbor Cultural Center. We've been to many children's museums before, most of which had the same basic kinds of "exhibits" - a play house, some kind of fire truck, jeep, or other vehicle to climb in, a supermarket, craft area, dance studio, etc. But the Staten Island Children's Museum was quite different, and is really the only children's museum that can actually be considered a "museum" for kids! Yes, there was a fire engine to climb in, but there was also a "working" fire hydrant and hose that allowed you to open the hydrant and see the water fill up the hose. And other rooms included a rainforest exploration room that contained puzzles consisting of (safe) shards of pottery that you had to put together to form a bowl and a cup to show how archeologists pieces things together, an artic exploration room with a dog sled to sit in or steer, an insect room with tanks filled with live insects - butterflies, tarantula, praying mantis, etc. plus a huge pretend ant hill that kids could climb into and pretend to be an ant, and lots of other activities (that my children were too young for) to learn about insects. Also a big home construction room that kids would pretend to shingle a room, drill and screw wood together, manuever a digger, etc. Free craft workshops, and so much more, I've only described a fraction of what they have here. Definitely worth a trip. If it were closer, we'd be going here all the time. Bring food if you go on the weekends, as there is no food available there on weekends!
Written January 13, 2012
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traveler9904
New Jersey32 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
After our past visits to not so great children's museums in New Jersey and even Manhattan, I didn't pump up any expectations for my kids (ages 11 and 5) as we drove to the Staten Island Children's Museum for the first time. (See their respective reviews by other Tripadvisor members - they're on target.)

We were pleasantly surprised! The place was clean, well-lit and attractive. I think it's geared primarily to 2-8 year olds. The exhibits were child friendly, prompted curiosity, and were all functioning properly. There were no commercial tie-ins. Just simple but interesting exhibits that children naturally gravitated to. Our favorites included the "Explorations" and the "Insects" exhibits. Even my 11 year old son found interesting things to work with. The museum is part of the Snug Harbor Cultural Center, which is in itself a nice place with gardens and historic buildings.

Pack a picnic lunch, and enjoy the low key museum and the gardens. Although we drove in from NJ, it's a short bus ride from SI Ferry terminal if you're coming in from the city.
Written June 27, 2010
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Momwholvsherkids
New York City, NY63 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023
This is ok. My 4 year old liked it but didn’t love it. Could be a little be a little better …the block room I felt was a germ fest. The fire truck upstairs was cute. He likes the bugs,
Written December 31, 2023
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scrappyideas
Charlotte, NC3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2017 • Family
There are three or four levels to wander through. The top floor and the largest and most disgusting display of live Madagascar hissing cockroaches. A really nice place with hands-on activities for younger children.
Written December 12, 2017
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LT
Wales, UK13 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2017 • Family
We visited on a hot sunny day which meant we had the museum virtually to ourselves. The kids loved it. Highlights were the theatre and the fire engine but they thoroughly enjoyed all the different zones. There was plenty to keep them entertained for a few hours - my daughter (just 4) was very disappointed to leave. Trip over on the ferry was also exciting for them so I definitely recommend this as a day out for families visiting NYC.
Written June 5, 2017
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Elisa G
New York, New York, United States183 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2015 • Family
Probably the best place to spend a few hours indoors, learning and playing with your kids in Staten Island. There are things to do for boys and girls, a big firetruck to drive (and a fireman costume to wear, too!), a big ship with a cozy little kitchen in its belly, a stage with sounds and lights that you get to control, more costumes to wear and play dress up with, a house that needs construction work, and a veterinarian's office where to cure some stuffed animals suffering from stuffed sinuses. So many different rooms and so many different things to learn. You can even host a Birthday Party (which I prefer it to the usual bouncy rides places). Definitely a great place for kids.
Written March 2, 2015
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dimples_djls
Sheffield, UK423 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We enjoyed this interactive hands on museum.

The Staten Island Ferry is free & the price of entry is good.

Lots of fun to be had by all for all ages.
Written August 29, 2013
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ksu-ny
new york151 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019
I had to pass a couple of hours somewhere on SI with my kids, and Children's Museum was a good option. And it did not disappoint!
It is not a large space, but not crowded, with lots of thematic exhibits and scheduled events. A very nice place to spend morning or afternoon. We ended up staying until closing, the kids loved the activities so much!
Written December 2, 2019
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roadwarrior96
Ashburn, VA283 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2019 • Family
Went with six year old grandson. Maintained his attention for full day. Plenty of places for young kids to learn and role play. Chance to be interactive. Facilities, activities, and supplies were perfect for kids to play, build, imagine, and interact with others. Our 6 year old spent 4 hours and still wasn't ready to li eave when the museum closed.
Written March 31, 2019
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