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“fun for the whole family”

Staten Island Children's Museum
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Owner description: Interactive exhibits on a broad range of subjects, such as insects, computers, water and pirates.
new jersey
Level 4 Contributor
26 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“fun for the whole family”
Reviewed 7 May 2013

I went here with my nieces and nephews we had a lot of fun There is a lot of this to do here you get to interact with your children. It is a place were you can spend the whole day at. If the weather is nice there are a lot fun stuff outside to do. They also have day were there is events going on for the public to go do there.

Visited August 2012
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English first
Level 4 Contributor
42 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
“Great time”
Reviewed 21 April 2013

My five year old was thoroughly engaged for the whole afternoon. Lots of hands on exhibits. Great value! Beautiful place.

Visited April 2013
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Haverhill, Massachusetts
Level 5 Contributor
53 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
“So much fun!”
Reviewed 15 March 2013

Fun for the kids! Lots to do, many creative activities and very educational. We liked the pirate room and arctic area the best! Definitely worth a visit!!

Visited March 2013
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NJ
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77 reviews
32 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
“Fun, Unique Exhibits for kids”
Reviewed 13 January 2012

We went with our 2yo and (almost) 5yo, and both had a really wonderful time at this museum, which is located in the Snug Harbor Cultural Center. We've been to many children's museums before, most of which had the same basic kinds of "exhibits" - a play house, some kind of fire truck, jeep, or other vehicle to climb in, a supermarket, craft area, dance studio, etc. But the Staten Island Children's Museum was quite different, and is really the only children's museum that can actually be considered a "museum" for kids! Yes, there was a fire engine to climb in, but there was also a "working" fire hydrant and hose that allowed you to open the hydrant and see the water fill up the hose. And other rooms included a rainforest exploration room that contained puzzles consisting of (safe) shards of pottery that you had to put together to form a bowl and a cup to show how archeologists pieces things together, an artic exploration room with a dog sled to sit in or steer, an insect room with tanks filled with live insects - butterflies, tarantula, praying mantis, etc. plus a huge pretend ant hill that kids could climb into and pretend to be an ant, and lots of other activities (that my children were too young for) to learn about insects. Also a big home construction room that kids would pretend to shingle a room, drill and screw wood together, manuever a digger, etc. Free craft workshops, and so much more, I've only described a fraction of what they have here. Definitely worth a trip. If it were closer, we'd be going here all the time. Bring food if you go on the weekends, as there is no food available there on weekends!

Visited January 2012
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New Jersey
Level 3 Contributor
15 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
“Great place on a lazy afternoon”
Reviewed 27 June 2010

After our past visits to not so great children's museums in New Jersey and even Manhattan, I didn't pump up any expectations for my kids (ages 11 and 5) as we drove to the Staten Island Children's Museum for the first time. (See their respective reviews by other Tripadvisor members - they're on target.)

We were pleasantly surprised! The place was clean, well-lit and attractive. I think it's geared primarily to 2-8 year olds. The exhibits were child friendly, prompted curiosity, and were all functioning properly. There were no commercial tie-ins. Just simple but interesting exhibits that children naturally gravitated to. Our favorites included the "Explorations" and the "Insects" exhibits. Even my 11 year old son found interesting things to work with. The museum is part of the Snug Harbor Cultural Center, which is in itself a nice place with gardens and historic buildings.

Pack a picnic lunch, and enjoy the low key museum and the gardens. Although we drove in from NJ, it's a short bus ride from SI Ferry terminal if you're coming in from the city.

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