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  • Museum of Mathematics

    11 E. 26th St., nr. Fifth Ave.; 212-542-0566

    If the mention of algebra or geometry puts your kids in power-save mode, they’re not associating math with laser beams, memory games, and riding a square-wheeled tricycle. That’s the beauty of former hedge-fund analyst Glen Whitney’s MoMath: 19,000 square feet of interactive, often awe-inspiring exhibits driven by—you guessed it—mathematical concepts. The 30-plus stations let kids design 3-D images in a Colosseum-inspired computer studio, scatter across a digital floor that lights the shortest distance between each person, and glide a Plexiglas cart over acorn-shaped rubber balls (matching diameters make for a surprisingly smooth ride). Consider the toppled-over ticket machine (admission is $9 to $15) a hint to check all preconceptions at the door.

From the 2013 Best of New York issue of New York Magazine