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Staten Island Childrens Museum
1000 Richmond Terrace
Snug Harbor Cultural Center
Staten Island
NY
10301
Tel: 718-273-2060

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The Staten Island Children's Museum appeals to the intrepid explorer in every child. Interactive exhibitions and creative workshops offer plenty of opportunities for hands-on, first hand experiences that nurture children's natural curiosity and creativity. Visits to the museum launch children on a voyage of discovery - about themselves and the world around them.
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    Great place. There is so much to do here. Thus museum is well kept, organized and quiet. It's a great place for creative play.

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    $6 a person
    Dated, less then perfect condition. Waste of time for older than ~5 y.
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    if you live near or happen to be there
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    you child is 1-5 or you have a bunch of kids - place is great!
    Child proof, simple (bordering primitive), multiple sections.
    Child (better children) can spend half hour easy at each: huge dominoes (pillow sized and felt at touch), over sized checkers, tick-tack-tow; padded contraptions where kid engineers falling ping-pong ball route; over sized inter-lockable wooden LEGO (-like) build-able into child size house (or...Read More

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    Besides it being a chore to get there from Upper Manhattan (at least 2 hours) the place was run down and unappealing. The staff were not friendly and didn't seem to want to be there. The booths/play areas were broken and falling apart. The content of the particular areas were outdated and not really speaking to a children's level. It was a monumental waste of time. The surrounding buildings were also a little creepy and it was very desolate. Overall and bad experience.

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    As a parent, I really love this place. Especially the addition of the Barn and renovation within the main building. There is so much this museum has to offer and entertain young children. This place is not a bore and with seasonal events, this place is worth visiting repeatedly.

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    Most exhibits were broken. Don't waste your time.

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$6 a person
Dated, less then perfect condition. Waste of time for older than ~5 y.
BUT
if you live near or happen to be there
AND
you child is 1-5 or you have a bunch of kids - place is great!
Child proof, simple (bordering primitive), multiple sections.
Child (better children) can spend half hour easy at each: huge dominoes (pillow sized and felt at touch), over sized checkers, tick-tack-tow; padded contraptions where kid engineers falling ping-pong ball route; over sized inter-lockable wooden LEGO (-like) build-able into child size house (or else);
realistic, yet padded and simplified firetruck, gear you may try on, pole you swing down, buttons, sounds, lights, ***
Arctic zone where you travel behind dogs on a sled, wear snow boots;
forest (jangle) with sounds to identify and telescope to spot stuff;
submerging with aqualung, communicate with buddies through water wall using (provided) hand gestures, discovering hidden in depth darkness creatures with a spot light (broken: bring flashlight);
bugs zone big and creepy (good way), be a bug, wear bug exoskeleton, watch live roaches (huge too), beehive (currently perished, should be easy to re-establish), crawl as an ant, check out prehistoric insects, read books (quite a few there).
Along the way you can just lay down or sit and read while your little one jumps around.
There is a theatrical section with actual stage, some light and sound effects, costumes, changeable decorations, audience (got to fill out with viewers though). You may spend a day just there, but have to have some imagination and creativity. Although they have some kind of story-telling in their schedule: I assume to create a theatrical kind of story.
There are two outdoors sections also (dolphins and boats)
All that from the prospective of a 5 y.o.
We wondered in with 10 y/o an were bored, yet bowled a round, played checkers, built some Grommet-inspired monstrosity, fooled around at the "theater"

Bonus: outside is a big park you can walk all over, several museums (all tiny), botanical garden, maritime exhibition (open Th-Sn), nearby Staten Island ferry (commute and a view), tug boats sneaking around huge tankers, Manhattan view, we run into movie shutting: gangster times, Ford D parked around - surrounding houses and few buildings are mostly old and sometimes interesting; multiple rough looking new yorkers of the same time period (they need not to dress specially: they walk around like that..)

We did not like it, but when/if I have a few children 2-5 y.o. and another adult to tender the heard, I will make a day of it. Bring sandwiches and Sherlock Holmes (the book)

The Weather

Tuesday

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Humidity: 51 %
Wind: SW - 7 MPH

Wednesday

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Thursday

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