A Visit to Children’s Museum of the Arts

Like many NYC parents, I have a long list of kid-friendly attractions and activities I want to try out with my son (age 5 1/2) and daughter (age 8 1/2).  And I’ve found that with children with special needs,  it’s often easier and more enjoyable for me to take 1 kid at a time.  So on a recent weekend I took S. to try out the newly refurbished Children’s Museum of the Arts in Soho, a place that would probably be too young for R. (and by the way, apparently it’s a place that Katie Holmes and Suri Cruise enjoy visiting…though we did not spot them).  Here are some pictures from our visit:

S’s favorite part, by far, was the giant “Ball Pond” upstairs.  We had arrived early so he had it entirely to himself and he was overjoyed. It was a great sensory experience for him.

Then he tried out some drop-in art activities, including an old favorite, “Dot Art.”


If your kid (like mine) doesn’t like to sit for too long doing art projects, and likes to be up (and running and building and exploring) there’s plenty else to do, too:


One of the most unique parts of the Museum is the “Clay Bar” where the kids–guided step-by-step by Museum staff–create any object their heart desires (S. chose a skeleton).

I have to say I was very impressed with the Museum’s staff. They seemed very comfortable with S. (not everyone is when they first meet him, perhaps due to his speech delay). They kept him engaged, interested, and he finished the project start to finish–something that doesn’t always happen.

And here is the finished product.  He was very proud of himself:

For more information or to plan a visit, visit Children’s Museum of the Arts.

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