By age 8, John Stuart Mill had learned Latin, Greek, and had written a political treatise barring those with no knowledge of Latin or Greek from his tree house. Enliven your child's mind with today's Groupon: for $25, you get an unlimited summer family pass for up to two adults and four children to the Brooklyn Children's Museum (a $50 value).
A New York magazine Critics' Pick, the Brooklyn Children's Museum sports interactive exhibits and an almost 30,000-piece collection of awe-worthy wonders to help blur the line between education and recreation. Point Lilliputian learners toward Neighborhood Nature, where they can examine the habits and etiquette of live toads, monitor the fragile peace between fish and turtles in the freshwater pond, or come face-to-forked-tongue with a 20-foot burmese python. World Brooklyn highlights the borough's international influences with a passport-optional peek at a Mexican bakery, a West-African import store, and other global goodies. The museum's tiniest tour-takers can bask in their youth in the Totally Tots exhibit, which includes a Baby Hub for sprouts fewer than 18 months old, an art studio for pint-size Picassos, and the Little Theater, where kids can try on costumes and make extravagant demands of imaginary producers.
One of the world's first museums dedicated solely to kids, the Brooklyn Children's Museum was founded in 1899, predating children themselves by nearly a decade. In 2008, the museum completed an expansion that doubled its size and earned it a silver LEED certification.
Brooklyn Children's Museum
In 1899, program directors at what is today's Brooklyn Children's Museum decided to transform an old family mansion into a museum geared toward children. Anna Billings Gallup headed up the first crew of curators, who transformed the space into the Brooklyn Children's Museum, the world's first museum created expressly for children. While it is still New York City's only children's museum (and one of the few in the country to be accredited by the American Association of Museums), the success of Brooklyn Children's Museum has sparked the creation of 300 children’s museums around the world.
Today, the museum preserves Gallup's world-renowned passion for educating children along with award-winning, hands-on exhibits and innovative use of its collections, including more than 30,000 objet d'anthropology, from shark jawbones to tribal masks. The museum engages children from pre-school to high school in learning adventures featuring early childhood education, arts and culture, and natural science. The Sensory Room provides an interactive experience for special-needs children, with visual, auditory, and motor-skills-related activities. The museum also teaches future generations about sustainability with a curriculum based on the building's own inner workings, which are certified green by the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design.
145 Brooklyn Ave.
Brooklyn, New York 11213