When it was established in 1899, people thought the Brooklyn Children's Museum was an odd creation. A museum just for kids? Today the museum, in a newly designed and "green" building, remains a dynamic resource for children throughout the region. A menagerie of resident animal friends and a permanent collection of more than 20,000 natural science objects and cultural artifacts enliven exhibits and presentations.
The new addition to the museum allows more room for families and school groups, and provides a larger home for Totally Tots, the museum's early-learning program for children five and under. The museum is next to Brower park, one mile from Grand Army Plaza.
The museum offers some programs, flyers and exhibition materials in Chinese, French, Japanese and Spanish.
Brooklyn Children's Museum offers hands-on activities and programs for children and families. In Family Workshops, children and accompanying adults investigate plants, animals, science, culture and the arts. Visitors can attend Drop-in Gallery Workshops, where they examine subjects and themes that are highlighted in current exhibitions. Weekend special events include dance, music, theater and puppetry, all with a distinct multicultural influence.
Family Admission: Family Workshops, special events and Drop-in Gallery Workshops: regular admission
School Group Adventures give children the opportunity to examine collection objects and resource materials. From Sounds Like Fun. . . Sounds Like Music (Pre-Kindergarten through grade 2) to Different Feasts for Different Beasts (grades 1 through 7), a wide variety of tours guided by museum educators is available. All tours include an opportunity for students to handle items from the museum's science or culture collections. Previsit materials are provided. The Summer Group Adventures offer summer camp groups a type of scavenger hunt: children (with personnel on hand to assist them) are led by clues through the exhibitions. Both programs are suitable for children in Pre-Kindergarten through grade 6.
The Brooklyn Children's Museum Portable Collection Kit and Mini-Museum Curriculum Kit turn a classroom into a museum gallery. Portable Collection: For two weeks, classes may borrow a set of objects to be observed and handled by students. Topics include the human skeleton, Inside India, fossils, Mexican folk art and land birds of New York. br>
Mini-Museum: On loan for two to seven weeks, kits include objects, resources, teacher and student guides, plus tools needed for investigation and research. Kits include Evi'dents: A Science Curriculum About Teeth in a Mystery Fornat and Take a Walk in My Shoes: A Global Awareness Curriculum Kit.
School Program Location: At facility and at schools & other locations
School Admission: School Group Adventures: $50 per class; Summer Group Adventures: $2 per person (50% deposit required at time of booking); Mini-Museum: $25 per week (2-week minimum); Portable Kit: call for information
School additional information: On-site programs: 1 adult for every 6 children