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The Staten Island Children’s Museum is located on the grounds of Sailors’ Snug Harbor, where many of Staten Island’s cultural institutions can be found. The Museum, which has been serving Staten Island for close to 40 years, “appeals to the intrepid explorer in every child.” It is open Tuesday through Sunday and charges a minimal admission price.

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The Museum’s eight exhibits ensure that your children will be kept busy for hours:

  • Sea of Boats provides “some wet fun” while also allowing children to explore radar, Morse Code, fishing, and oystering.
  • Ladder 11 lets the children in all of us to explore an authentic 1941 Seagrave fire truck and enables our inner firefighter to come free. 
  • Actors and actresses are wanted at Portia’s Playhouse where costumes, props, and sound effects create memorable performances.
  • House About It puts homes into the spotlight with construction and all of the different people and tools necessary to build a house.
  • Extreme environments are brought to the fore in Great Explorations where children can drive a dogsled in the tundra or dive to the ocean floor.
  • Block Harbor is essentially an indoor playground where children can play make believe while simultaneously releasing their pent-up energy.
  • In Big Games, kids can play checkers, chess and dominoes with game pieces as big as they are.
  • Bugs & Other Insects gives kids the chance to handle (yuck) giant bugs and even play on a giant model anthill.

The Museum offers daily activities, weekend family workshops, and other programs on top of their interactive exhibits. The special programming, including a pajama party and an old-fashioned sock hop DJ dance party, will keep your children wanting to come back.


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