Arts & Crafts for Kids in Manhattan

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    • Manhattan offers plenty of kid-friendly activities.Manhattan image by Ritu Jethani from Fotolia.com

      Manhattan may be known for its nightlife, but during the day, the city is ripe with educational and entertaining activities just for kids. Central Park has playing fields, a carousel and even a zoo. Several museums, including the American Museum of Natural History and the Tenement Museum, provide children with hands-on learning experiences. Other museums offer children the opportunity to embrace their creativity through arts and crafts.

    Children's Museum of Manhattan

    • The Children's Museum of Manhattan is dedicated to helping children ages 7 and under develop their creativity and curiosity. In addition to exhibits that teach children about math, science and language, the museum also offers classes that enable children to use their imagination and develop their artistic skills.

      Classes include the Mural Wall, Surprise Masks, Funky Fabric Collage, Jack-in-the-Box, Butterfly Toy and the Toy Building Workshop. The Mural Wall allows children to create and paint their own designs, while Surprise Masks and Funky Fabric Collage enable children to choose from a variety of fabrics, feathers and other materials to make masks and unique fabric creations. In the Jack-in-the-Box, Butterfly Toy and the Toy Building Workshop classes, children construct their own toys with the help of the staff.

      Children's Museum of Manhattan

      212 W. 83rd St.

      New York, NY 10024

      212-721-1223

      cmom.org

    Children's Museum of the Arts

    • The Children's Museum of the Arts conducts an annual summer art colony as well as midday and after school art programs. The museum's programs are designed for children 10 months to 14 years.

      The summer art colony provides children 6 to 14 years old the opportunity to immerse themselves in activities like sculpture-making, claymation, animation, architecture, robotics, drawing and painting, in 1- and 2-week programs.

      For children 10 months to 3 1/2 years old, the museum offers the Wee-Arts program, which introduces children to the basics of artistic creations like sculpting and drawing.

      After school programs include animation, Japanese arts, printmaking, sculpture, painting and costume-making.

      Children's Museum of the Arts

      182 Lafayette St.

      New York, NY 10013

      212-274-0986

      cmany.org

    The Metropolitan Museum of Art

    • At the Metropolitan Museum of Art, children have the chance to simultaneously learn about drawing techniques while creating their very own works of art. The Drawing in the Galleries program guides children through the various museum galleries and introduces them to the use of different artistic mediums and styles. Children can then use what they have learned and try their hand at drawing portraits, landscapes or other types of pictures.

      The Start with Art at the Met program teaches children about the meaning of different works of art and the stories behind the works. Children are then encouraged to sketch the works of art they found to be the most interesting.

      The Metropolitan Museum of Art

      1000 5th Ave.

      New York, NY 10028

      212-535-7710

      metmuseum.org

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