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The Brooklyn Children's Museum, New York City, New York

145 Brooklyn Ave, New York City, New York

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  • Visited: 2013-11-01
  • Submitted: 2014-01-26 22:42:10.0
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Fun, Small Museum

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Check the daily schedule for story times and craft-making sessions. Definitely bring your own food; the cafeteria is spacious, but the food is total junk (gross little pizzas under heat lamps, hot dogs, etc). I am so glad I packed a healthy lunch for my daughter in the hotel before we left. Nobody bothered me about bringing our own food into the cafeteria. Be aware if you're visiting from out of town that this museum is kind of out of the way of everything. Take a cab there, but bring directions because for some reason, none of the cab drivers I met had any idea where anything was, or refused to put the address I gave them into their GPS. Be prepared to give turn-by-turn directions yourself - frustrating. Also, the Prospect Park Zoo is a quick cab ride away. That's where we went after the museum and it was nice to get outside for a bit after having been in the museum all day.

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  • Visited: 2013-03-01
  • Submitted: 2013-04-03 22:12:02.0
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    Tots (0-2), Little Kids (3-5), Big Kids (6-8) and Tweens (9-12)

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Go early if you want to make it home (or at least to the car) by nap time.

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Submitted by: Maddie O.

The building resembles a giant pineapple, but the architecture is interesting nonetheless! I came here with a few grown-up friends just to check out the scene, and it really is a lovely museum for kids! My favorite part was the kid-sized store-fronts of actual stores that are in Brooklyn. Kids can play with fake fruit and products and get ...

Submitted by: John P.

We enjoyed the museum for  up until we saw a play. My 3.5 year old daughter has nightmares everynight thanks to the vicious big angry black cat that  that was featured in the show ...

Submitted by: Arlene D.

I took my seven year old son over spring break and he really enjoyed the museum.  We watched the Live Animal Encounter and strolled through many of the exhibits.  He absolutely loved pretend playing in the multicultural shops upstairs. The downside (not the museums fault at all) It was extremely crowded.  I understand it's a childrens museum but parents need to do a better job controlling their children.  During the show a young boy kept yelling at the instructor and his mother didn't correct him, the museum staff did a great job keeping their cool.   The supermarket stall on the first floor was a complete mess.  If parents supervised their children while they were playing and made sure the kids put all item...

Submitted by: Anchik I.

The museum seems really run down even it just opened..a year ago? Toys are dirty or broken, at times there were just not ...

Submitted by: df f.

A fabulous museum, And an especially great time for kids  that are a...

Submitted by: Krista T.

The museum is good, fun, interactive for kids, if smaller than I expected; but kids don't seem to notice since they fixate on one exhibit for half an hour anyway. However, the location is bizarre. I'd suggest out of towners who aren't very familiar with the city, and particularly the outer boroughs consider taking a taxi (or driving if you have a car) as the run-down commercial neighborhood you walk through from the subway (at least the line I took to Kingston Ave stop) is dicey in parts (AKA car full of people doing drugs with the doors open--not so kid-friendly). The cafe is abysmal; they should be ashamed of themselves. You're trapped in a residential area surrounding the museum with nothing to eat except...

Submitted by: Roza V.

Awesome museum for kids! Big area just for toddlers! Great place to go to in the winter when it is too chilly to enjoy the parks. Lots of hands on activities! I took my 18 month old daugh...

Submitted by: Duvell H.

Came here a couple times as a kid I reall...

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