New York has always been one of the most dynamic and diverse cities in the world. From language immersion preschools to parades that celebrate backgrounds of all kinds, there is no shortage of opportunities to teach tiny citizens about other countries and cultures. These days, it feels more important than ever to educate our future world leaders about respect and tolerance. Need some ideas on how to get started? Here are some of our favorite NYC spots that promote understanding and appreciation of different races, ethnicities and cultures.

Sugar Hill Children’s Museum of Art and Storytelling

Art workshops and inter-generational storytelling about Harlem and Northern Manhattan are just some of the offerings at this Harlem children’s museum. It was built by Broadway Housing Communities as part of the Sugar Hill Project, a development initiative merging housing, education and art to revitalize community. Catering to ages three to eight, Sugar Hill offers children a chance to learn about Harlem and Northern Manhattan, and celebrate the diversity found within its surrounding communities. History Tales is a program that takes place on the fourth Sunday of each month and shares stories about residents of Upper Manhattan. After the storytime, bring your little bookworm to the museum’s Reading Nook.

Hours: Thursday and Friday, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, 12 p.m. – 5 p.m. closed Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday.

Admission: $7; $4 for children ages 9 to 17; kiddos ages 8 and under are free.

Sugar Hill Children’s Museum of Art and Storytelling
898 St Nicholas Avenue

Photo: Sugar Hill Children’s Museum’s Facebook Page


What’s your favorite NYC spot to help kids learn about other cultures? 

–Michelle McIvor Cohen

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