The mission of the Staten Island Children's Museum is to nurture the creativity and curiosity natural to all children, to recognize and celebrate different learning styles, and to demonstrate vividly that learning can be exciting and fun. The museum is committed to achieving these goals through programming that emphasizes direct and authentic hands-on experiences conducted in an environment that is welcoming as well as aesthetically pleasing.
The museum encourages participation by visitors of all abilities and endeavors to reach beyond its walls to serve as an educational resource for the members of our diverse community, especially families and schools. With nine permanent exhibits, walk-in Up4Art weekend workshops, Kidz Cook workshops, as well as Tot's Time Plus and more, the Staten Island Children's Museum has been exercising children's minds, bodies and imaginations since 1974.
Full service cafe, serving lunch and child friendly meals Tues - Friday, 11:30 am to 2 pm. Large selection of vending machines, bring your lunch and enjoy sitting eating in our cafe, or picnic on the meadow. Young Einsteins and aspiring Picassos will find lots to enhance their creative and intellectual pursuits in the many workshops and programs offered at the museum. Featuring science, cooking, music, art, creative drama and storytelling, programs range from Tot's Time and The Walk-In Workshop for the youngest visitors to Up4Art weekend art workshops and and Friday Kidz Cook for children of all ages. There are also performances, exhibit tours and all-day events for the entire family. Fabulous birthday parties and 9 weeks of weeklong thematic summer mini camps.
On-Site Programs: Students explore their creativity by experimenting with a full range of materials which encompass science, language arts, social studies and the arts in exhibitions such as Bugs and Other Insects, Art Immersion, Ladder 11, It's a Dog's Life and Portia's Playhouse. In-service and pre-service teacher training programs are also offered, as are class residencies in the school.
Museum in a Suitcase: The museum comes to schools in this portable exhibition program that features hands-on activities.
School Admission: At museum: $3.50 per child, adults free; in-school: $560 per day
School Program Location: At facility and at schools and other locations