I don’t know who was happier on this trip – me or the boy.
The New York area definitely has its share of children’s museums, but I only recently learned that there was one in Brooklyn – and it turns out that it’s the oldest children’s museum IN THE WORLD! Once I got over my shame at not knowing this sooner, I took a look at the web site.
It looked to be quite awesome, so off we went.
And it was.
The museum was founded in 1899 and renovated 4 years ago. It is an enormous building, housing over 30,000 objects in their permanent collection, including fossils, masks and vintage toys.
Lots of easy street parking placed us right across the street from the building’s bold, bright yellow exterior. I like to get the lay of the land before we start exploring and the team at the front desk was super friendly and helpful in suggesting where Noah and I should begin.
We entered the central part of the museum through a long tunnel (called a “People Tube”). Noah loved this and was content to run back and forth under the neon lights for quite some time.
I finally convinced him to come out the other side and take a look around.
We started in “Neighborhood Nature”.
There was a hands-on water feature,
and lots of tanks filled with all manner of fish, lizards and turtles.
Next we explored “World Brooklyn”, featuring typical shops that one would expect to find in the immediate neighborhood.
An Italian pizzeria.
And an Afrikan bookstore, to name a few.
There was also a fully stocked grocery store with a working conveyor belt. And of course, produce bins (remember how much Noah loves things-in-bins?). Heaven.
We finished up in the “Totally Tots” area (for children 5 and under), containing a large water pond filled with buckets, tools and toys (and most importantly, smocks).
There were different levels for climbing up and down and needless to say Noah loved this the most.
After lunch (there is a large cafeteria upstairs) we checked out the greenhouse and garden.
Noah made a friend in the greenhouse.
And as the day was unseasonably warm we spent some time in the large children’s garden, where Noah was able to run,
water some plants,
and water some more.
A stop at the gift shop for some bin-organizing (you thought I was kidding?),
and we called it a day.
Was it fun?