Review: Children’s Museum of the Arts

Children's Museum of the Arts in SoHo

Get the arty started at the Children's Museum of the Arts.

Winter break is over — hallelujah! We barely made it out alive. By the end of the week, I was looking for new ground to cover, so we headed off someplace we hadn’t been before — the Children’s Museum of the Arts in SoHo. Here’s what we found.

What it is:

CMA is a place for your child to get creative in all sorts of ways. Explore and have fun through classes, exhibitions, open art and guided workshops, Wee-Arts (for toddlers), performing arts, a media lab, spring and summer arts programs, and more.

We went for the Open Art Studio and Guided Workshops — check the calendar for a daily update on what projects you might encounter. There are stations set up throughout the large space and your kid can move from table to table as he wishes — some projects are guided by an artist on hand and some are more free-form.

At one table, we made magic wands (a big hit) and at others we built a bridge, did self-portraits and dot art, and worked with watercolors and clay. You get to bring all projects home, of course, and they even had a roomy bag for me to transport them in (next time, I’ll remember to bring my own.)

Have your kids wear clothing you don’t mind getting dirty because, naturally, everything is super hands on — they’ll be diving into paint, glue, and goo of all kinds before you know it.

Children's Museum of the Arts

Children's Museum of the Arts

The art stations are only half of the picture — head downstairs for the Ball Pond and a mini-theater area where kids can dress up and see themselves on TV. The Ball Pond, you won’t be surprised to hear, was wild fun — Jasper, 5, loved it and got some good, exhausting physical play in; Magnolia, 3, was a little overwhelmed and eventually decamped to the theater.

Children's Museum of the Arts

Wildness in the Ball Pond.

What it costs:

Admission is $10 a person, so for a family of three, we paid $30, which includes all art project materials. (Pay what you wish on Thursdays from 4 – 6.)

Where it is:

CMA is in Soho at 182 Lafayette Street between Broome and Grand Streets. Here are their hours.

What we thought of the place:

We had an awesome time and are definitely going back! In fact, Jasper asked if we could go back the next day (the Ball Pond made a big impression.) It was two solid hours of entertainment and arty fun.

Another crafty destination:

Moomah Cafe in Tribeca

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7 Responses to “Review: Children’s Museum of the Arts”


  1. 1 Amy W February 22, 2010 at 4:42 pm

    Fun!!

    BTW, last night I made the cornflake chicken strips (from your post earlier this month) and both boys gobbled them up. Hubby’s out of town so I put what was left on top of a salad for myself. Very tasty. How can you go wrong with cornflakes, really?

  2. 2 John Mark February 25, 2010 at 7:28 pm

    If you’re ever lucky enough to be in San Diego with the kids, you must check out the mind-meltingly amazing New Children’s Museum. http://www.thinkplaycreate.org/

  3. 3 Melisa February 25, 2010 at 7:35 pm

    Amy, glad your crew liked the cornflake chicken! And John Mark, I would LOVE to find myself in San Diego with the kids — especially on this snowy New York City day! Thanks for the tip — I’m ready for the mind-melt. :)


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