The Only Place You’ll Find a Ball Pond, Quiet Room & Art Studio

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You’ve hit the gallery scene and shopped ‘til you dropped in SoHo. Now what? The northern edge of Soho always seems to be left off of strolling itineraries, but not anymore. Quiet Charlton Street is home to The Children’s Museum of the Arts, an amazing hands-on art museum solely dedicated to kids.

There’s so much to create in the fine art studio that offers sculpture, painting, drawing and so much more. We love that there are teaching artists on hand to help inspire the kids. And we must mention that it hosts the coolest multi-person sink in Manhattan!

A 2,000 square foot gallery features art by young artists and adult artists who wish they were kids. There’s also a ball pond play area, clay bar to get your hands dirty, and media lab and sound booth for the tweens in your life. After a visit to CMA, you might just add this spot to your weekly agenda this winter.

WEE Arts for the Wee Ones
Toddlers and preschoolers can visit the WEE Arts Studio before hitting the fine art studio for some age-appropriate art exploration. Play dough, paint and chalk are always on hand, in addition music, stories and little tables and chairs perfect for tykes.

During the week, you can visit the Wee Arts Studio before the museum opens. From 10:45 am – 12:00 pm, drop-in early and get some quality art time for $25 per family. If you decide to stay afterwards to explore the museum’s other highlights, you pay half price for general admission.

Don’t Miss the Ball Pond
Discover the joy of yoga balls big and small in the ball pond upstairs.  The stairway up and is just as entertaining as the ball pond where the kiddos can blow of some physical steam. Watch ‘em bounce, toss and hop around with the balls and their bodies. Just make sure to visit during your child’s designated 20-minute slot every hour divided by age to keep little ones safe.

You’ll Love the Quiet Room
Does your little one need a quiet escape or do you have a babe to breastfeed? You can escape to the cozy Quiet Room that is swathed in soothing blue and features books to peruse during your entertaining timeout. Get some rest and relaxation to recharge for even more exploration.

What else is parent-friendly at CMA? The huge room dedicated to stroller parking for your precious Maclaren or UppaBaby. It’s close to the restroom as well and next door to the Wee Arts studio dedicated to kids age 1 – 5.

Check Out the Chocolate Factory Around the Corner
Around the corner at 350 Hudson Street is the home of Mr. Chocolate himself, Jacques Torres. A kid-size table and awaits your little ones where they can enjoy chocolate-covered Cheerios, a frozen hot chocolate or a scoop of ice cream.  You’ll be grateful for the espresso bar and the chocolate factory that’s always in full swing. It’s better than watching any television show!

The Children’s Museum of Arts
103 Charlton Street
New York, NY

Adult $11/Child (1 year+) $11
Infants, Seniors (65+) and Members FREE
Pay as You Wish: Thursdays 4:00 – 6:00 pm

Open 12:00 – 5:00 pm on Sunday, Monday, Wednesday and Saturday
Open 12:00 – 6:00pm on Thursday and Friday
Closed Tuesdays

Tell us about your adventures at CMA!

–Sarah Choi

Photos courtesy of Ari Marcopoulos and Sarah Choi (photo #2)!