Staten Island Children's Museum
Housed in Staten Island's famous Snug Harbor Cultural Center, the Museum is a place where children of all ages can use their natural curiosity, creativity and imagination to explore many exciting aspects of the world around us. Since 1976 the Museum has given children the opportunity to enjoy a unique perspective on art, science and the humanities. Naturally, the Staten Island Children's Museum is a lot of fun.
Entering the museum, visitors encounter a six-foot long kinetic porpoise. Suspended in the atrium he perpetually arches his tail and snaps his jaw in pursuit of a school of minnows.
The exhibits here are interactive, designed to entertain kids as they educate them. They include:
Children can conduct a variety of interesting experiments, including weighing the water in their bodies, view the tiny life forms in drops of water through a video microscope, and "boil" water by speeding up a model of its molecules.
Bugs and Other Insects
A fantasy frigate with ten teaching artifacts allows children to turn a ship's wheel, ring the bell, and engage in other seafaring activities.
The Walk-In Workshop
School Groups at the Playhouse can explore improvisation under the direction of a museum educator using classic fairy tales and poems as the foundations of their performances.
These exhibits, combined with a number of others, will keep kids busy for hours, having fun and learning, too.
Throughout the year the Staten Island Children's Museum offers a variety of family programs and workshops, many of them emphasizing the visual and performing arts, and even the culinary arts! Call for a calendar.
The Museum also offers great Birthday Party packages, sleepover opportunities, and more. And there is a nice gift shop.
Other special activities for youngsters of different age groups are offered several times each week, throughout the year. Call for more information.
Programs for School Groups The Staten Island Children's Museum is the place to go for elementary school groups. A variety of great programs are available, including several that can be conducted at school. Call for details. The Museum also offers programs for children who are mentally or physically challenged, as well as Teacher Orientations and training.
When all is said and done, the Staten Island Children's Museum is an outstanding resource for youngsters.
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