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Children's Museum of the Arts, New York City, New York

182 Lafayette St, New York City, New York

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Submitted by: Adam V.

Went on a Friday afternoon so it was not overly busy. This is basically a creative art studio for kids. There is nothing for parents, but the kids all seem to like it. The art studio is beautiful and had sunshine pouring in which real...

Submitted by: Cristina S.

At first this place is underwhelming. There are no superior 'exhibits' here and the projects are of the type that could easily be re-created at home -- however so could the mess and the toddler squabbles! However, what is interesting is seeing what your children are attracted to and getting ideas for things to do at home. Kids get exposed to a variety of media throughout several visits. That to me is worth the occasional $5 for pay what you wish Thursdays (4-6) or homeschooling discount Fridays. Earlier is better there as the place can get crowded with grumpy toddlers in the afternoon or worse, grumpy parents. If possible, avoiding strollers is good, as the stroller parking at the entrance can remind you of ...

Submitted by: d l.

I think I have better art supplies in my closet from when I went to art school 20 years ago, I took my 2 year old daughter who loves to draw and paint and she didn't seem impressed. She loved the ball room downstairs though, would have rated the place higher but the place just seemed thrown together with left over art ...

Submitted by: Amy C.

The term museum is really unsuitable.  You don't go here to view kids art, you bring the kids here to be inspired to create art! The warm and caring staff enjoy the programming and the kids respond with every bit of themselves.  It really is an...

Submitted by: Pinky and the B.

This museum is  for ages 10 months to 12 years of age. It is one of  the oldest children's museums in the world. In my opinion it is best for the younger children. It is also quite crowded with strollers at the entrance. Children are invited to participate in hands on art activities that celebrate different mediums - paint, collage,  and 3D sculpture. Each day there are at least three open art tables where the children can work at their own pace with their adult care givers  and one guided workshop, where children work in small groups with a working artist. On weekends and holidays CMA hosts a variety of workshops and performances. CMA also has a great after school art program for children ages five to 12. T...

Submitted by: Richard D.

You can't hate on it.  Yes, it's tiny, and there isn't much to do if you're older than 10. This is like an overglorified daycare center, NOT a musuem. My boo and I strolled in here on their free day with the voluntary donation.  (Admission is normally 8 bucks.)  The girl working the desk looked at us and asked if we had a kid with us since we rode scooters over here.  We both said nope, and she just let us in without even mentioning anything about a donation. After about 2 minutes there we realized why she didn't ask for one. There's not much to do unless you wanted to finger paint, or play with blocks.   Not to come away empty handed, we found cute picture taking opportunities.  We took pics with the flubbe...

Submitted by: Nanna b.

Very disappointing. It is not a museum, it is a studio at best. There are not exhibits. We were there with two kids ages 5 and 8. The 8 years old did not find anything he wanted to do. They have a few tables with recycled materials (pieces of cardboard boxes, old envelops, etc), that kids can work at, and do the same things they can do at home.  It is shameful! Some of the so called stations were not manned at all, there was a sign with instructions of what to do. Two of the "instructors"  stood and talked, and did not bother to engage the kids. The parents had to ask one of them for help. The place was far form being crowded, and I understand why.  The pictures they post are deceiving. They charge $10 per p...

Submitted by: Eve S.

My friend was in town visiting from Portland, OR with her four year old daughter. They had been here on a prior visit. Many of the stations had themes of the Chinese Lunar New Year-year of the tiger. The two coolest things were the Ball Pen which has giant...

Submitted by: Li M.

I was babysitting this one time and the kids were really, REALLY unmanageable...so I brought the...

Submitted by: Gourmet G.

Established in 1988, this is a place where children between the ages of two and ten are encouraged to be wildly creative at spaces stocked with drawing, sculpting, and materials for making costumes and puppets. Live performances and ...

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