- READER REVIEWS
Staten Island Children's Museum
Sep-May: Tue-Fri, noon-5pm; Sat-Sun, 10am-5pm; Mon, closed; Jun-Aug: Tue and Thu-Sun, 10am-5pm; Wed, 10am-8pm; Mon, closed
Take the Staten Island Ferry to the S40 bus at the ferry terminal. Take the S40 bus to the Snug Harbor Rd. stop.
- On Premise Parking
$6; free for children under 1
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First opened in a Stapleton storefront in 1974, the Staten Island Children's Museum moved to the 83-acre Snug Harbor Cultural Center in 1986. It stands out amidst the grounds' Smithsonian-affiliated art institutions thanks to a 100-foot-long glass breezeway that, since 2003, has connected the museum's two structures: a four-story, red-brick main building (originally a 19th-century sailor's home) and an 1890s barn, which contains exhibition space upstairs and a Community Gallery for birthday parties downstairs. The breezeway itself also houses exhibits—which, like all of the museum's displays, are low-tech and hands-on—while providing views of a nautical-themed playground on one side and park-like grounds on the other. Most of the exhibits rotate every couple of months, but a couple of permanent ones can be found on the main building’s first floor: a 1941 fire engine that kids can climb in, and Portia's Playhouse, where little ones can pretend they’re on Broadway by pressing sound-effect buttons from the stage manager's booth or snooping around the closet full of costumes. Fun, free activities like Paint Your Own Pollack and Kidz Cook mean youngsters 12 and under will appreciate the museum the most, though there are also events tailored specifically for toddlers.Note
Free admission for grandparents on Wednesdays.