Hello from Japan opening February 3!
Visit Alphie our alphabet-eating dragon in PlayWorks™
Twirl, spin, and leap in Let's Dance!

Let's Dance!


Lower Level

All Ages

Bounce, glide or leap to our exciting exhibition/dance space designed to introduce children and families to the delights of dance! Celebrate the beauty, spirit, and diversity of the form while learning about the important role dance can play in a child’s world. Discover dance from a variety of entry points: as an art form, as an expression of diverse cultures and traditions, and as a healthy physical activity.

  • Interact with the immersive video projection dome dance portal to watch, learn and dance along with  professional, community, and student dance companies from New York and abroad. Learn more about organizations featured in the dance portal.
  • Create multi-color shadow dances on the “stage” while exploring lighting design with a child-friendly lighting box
  • Choreograph a series of dance patterns while learning the language of dance and using movable signs, engaging props and fun costumes
  • Experiment with authentic percussion instruments, drumming unique beats and rhythms
  • Explore and capture new dance positions by manipulating poseable figures
  • Be inspired by photography and video that celebrates the breadth of the dance world, including the fabulous New York City Dance Parade and dance in New York City’s public schools as seen in PS Dance!
  • Participate in a dance workshop or take a seat to experience world-class performances!

Special dance programming and performances will complete this “moving” experience!

This exhibition is made possible with public funding from the Institute of  Museum and Library Services, the New York State Council for the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature, and the NYC Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council. Additional support comes from the Laurie M. Tisch Illumination Fund, and Jody and John Arnhold. Generous in-kind donations have been made by Casio America, Inc.Drum Workshop, Inc.Harlequin Floors (American Harlequin Corporation)Putumayo World Music, Steps on Broadway, and Traveling Tutus Inc.

The Children’s Museum is also grateful for the support and insight provided by its Dance Advisory Board.

Hello From Japan!

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First Floor

Ages 2 -10 Open February 3, 2018

The popular Hello From Japan! exhibit will return to the first floor gallery with new art and objects, a manga studio, and a hands-on origami workshop.  

Experience Tokyo’s vibrant culture in a new interactive exhibit!

Children will have fun learning about life in present day Japan in this playful, immersive environment. Hello from Japan! is a new interactive exhibit in the Museum’s First Floor Gallery. It will transport families to two distinct areas of Tokyo that exist side by side: one serene and exquisite, the other, too cute for words.

Kawaii Central is a streetscape inspired by Tokyo’s bustling Harajuku district, bursting with color, trendy shops and cuter than cute kawaii styles, (pronounced like Hawai’i). Kids sing karaoke, smile for the photo booth camera, serve up a seasonal Japanese meal, and design adorable mascots for their families.

The beautiful, natural Shinto shrine park invites children to build a bridge, crawl through a forest, encounter kami spirits, and make a wish at a wishing tree.

The exhibit highlights how old and new traditions coexist in Japan, giving visitors a family-friendly window into Japanese culture.

Learn more about contemporary Japan through our fun and educational programs for the public, free with admission.

There is also a fun app and game for your family to play: The League of Extraordinary Bloggers. It is a game developed for the Asian Culture Series to explore the Asian cultures featured in the five children’s museums traveling exhibits.

Love anime and manga? Visit anime-manga.jp to learn common Japanese expressions used in anime and manga. Created by the Japanan Foundation Japanese-Language Institute, Kansai.

This is exhibit was created by the Museum and is part of the Freeman Foundation Asian Culture Exhibit Series, funded by The Freeman Foundation and administered by Association of Children’s Museums.

Funding for programs is provided by the Japan Foundation, New York.

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EatSleepPlay™: Building Health Every Day


4th Floor

All Ages

Step into the Children’s Museum of Manhattan’s EatSleepPlay™: Building Health Every Day exhibit and experience interactive ways for families to create a healthier lifestyle together. All activities and information are based on the latest medical and behavioral research and are linked to most important elements of a child’s day. Learn the essential facts and skills to make simple changes to build a strong and healthy future. EatSleepPlay™ offers fun, tried and true solutions to help get your child to eat fruits and vegetables, prevent your child’s bedtime from getting later and later, and to help increase your child’s level of physical activity.

Learn by doing

  • Crawl through a digestive system, follow nutrients into the body and pretend balls are blood cells traveling through the amazing circulatory system.
  • Explore the power of play while pedaling, running, balance and jumping together as a family.
  • Meet the Super Sprowtz™, a team of super-powered vegetable heroes and explore the benefits of fruits and vegetables at a NYC Green Cart.
  • Pretend to drive a NYC bus to a city park or greenmarket!

Find out More

The Children’s Museum is pleased to welcome NewYork-Presbyterian as a supporter of the EatSleepPlay exhibit and as a partner in its important efforts to help New York children and families make healthy choices every day. Get toddler-friendly recipes and other tips on: Healthy Beverage Portions, Healthy Snacks, More Healthy Snacks, Reading Labels, Lightening up on Liquids, Picky Eating, Building Sleep HabitsMisconceptions about the Flu, Pediatric EmergenciesBullying, and Concussions.

EatSleepPlay™: Building Health Every Day is funded by the Laurie M. Tisch Illumination Fund; the Institute of Museum and Library Services, a federal agency; Goldman Sachs Gives and the Joan Ganz Cooney Fund at the New York Community Trust.


Alphie Smock

3rd Floor

Ages birth – 4 years

We’ve designed every aspect of PlayWorks™ to help families prepare children to enter school ready to learn and grow. By combining play and learning, PlayWorks™ creates a fun and rewarding experience for children.

As children explore PlayWorks™ and participate in free, daily, drop-in Art Lab programs, they build their physical, social, math, art, science, literacy and problem-solving abilities—as well as the self-confidence, independence and awareness necessary for them to become life-long learners.

For adults, PlayWorks™ provides an opportunity to observe each child’s unique learning style and appreciate how play creates a strong foundation for later learning. This innovative 4,000 square foot environment includes Alphie—a giant talking dragon who “eats” letters, a deli, a fire truck, an MTA bus, sand area, giant 6 ft. mural painting wall, soft space for crawlers and more!

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Adventures With Dora and Diego

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2nd Floor

Ages 2 – 6 years

Join Diego on a series of high stakes animal rescue missions. Learn facts about animals and their habitats by helping Diego rescue animals in trouble. Explore a cave, a beach and the rainforest, or rub animal footprints, even build a Spectacled Bear’s nest!

Get ready for a fabulous fiesta at Dora’s house! Drive Tico’s car, build the walls of Rainbow Bridge or jump across the lake to arrive at Dora’s house to play drums and pretend to cook Latin American foods.

By helping Dora and her friends get to the fiesta, your child will learn problem-solving skills, develop math and language abilities, and gain a greater appreciation and awareness of Latin American culture. ¡Vámonos! Let’s go!

Sponsored by Nickelodeon.

Collage Collaborations: Juan Hinojosa

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Opens February 27

Little makers and their grownups are invited to work with New York City’s up and coming professional artists! Collage Collaborations is an exhibition and family program series that introduces artists who use collage. In this technique, artists cut, tear and glue different materials to create a whole new image. Each Collage Collaboration introduces a different artist. Explore their unique artistic styles and learn about their processes as you help them create an artwork to go on display at the Children’s Museum of Manhattan.

Collage Collaborations: Juan Hinojosa
Artist Juan Hinojosa uses recycled materials and found images in his colorful collages. Familiar characters and objects are transformed into elaborate images of color and texture. Together with Juan, you will color in and cut out, shapes, superheroes, and other characters to help Juan create a collaborative mural.


Previous Collage collaborations:

Tai Hwa Goh is a Korean-born artist who works primarily with printmaking and paper installation. She has exhibited at the International Print Center, the DUMBO Arts Festival, Islip Museum, Gallery Aferro, AIR Gallery, and Snug Harbor Center for The Art, to name a few. Goh received the 2017 Gold Award of AHL’s Contemporary Visual Art Awards and the 2017 Artist of Year from Korean Culture Center in Washington, D.C.
December 2017 — February 2018

Alexandria Smith is a mixed media visual artist who creates monumental collages and installations. In her artwork, images such as ribbons, legs, shoes, pigtails, dresses and other symbols are collaged and attached directly to the wall. Smith is a co-organizer of the collective, Black Women Artists for Black Lives who has had exhibitions/interventions at the New Museum, Project Row Houses, and the Brooklyn Museum.
September — December 2017

Naomi Kawanishi Reis’s collage-based paintings create new spaces that exist where architecture and the natural world meet. Visiting formal gardens around the world— Reis takes photos inside these man-made landscapes. The photos are translated into multi-layered paintings of paper, paint, and fabric—balancing between interior and exterior, abstract and realistic, natural and artificial. Her work has been exhibited in venues such as Field Projects gallery and the Brooklyn Academy of Music.
April — August 2017

Collage Collaborations is made possible by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.

Dynamic H₂O

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In the Sussman Environmental Center

All Ages Closed for the season

This summer our splashy Dynamic H2O exhibition, in CMOM’s Sussman Environmental Center, is the hot place for children to cool off! With 800 sq. ft. of hands-on interactives and cool colorful graphics, the exhibit offers visitors a fun place to chill while they learn how New York City gets its water and the role water plays in our local environment.

An interactive water table helps children trace the path of New York City’s water as they play and explore. The story begins with the water cycle up in the clouds. Children can release a rain shower and place small floating droplets in the resulting river to follow as they progress downstream toward the city. As the water flows past floating lily pads, there’s an area where children can create waterfalls, build dams and pretend to fish. The opportunities for fun and discovery continue as the water streams toward a build-your-own city that awaits future engineers and architects.

Children can pump water to the top of a skyscraper, create their own 92 mile aqueduct, and construct a city at the water’s edge! They can even try their hand at water-focused careers playing the role of marine scientist, chemical engineer, or even sewage treatment worker.

This project was made possible in part by Carolyn Tisch Blodgett and Will Blodgett, and the Institute for Museum and Library Services. Additional support for education programs provided by the Catskill Watershed Corporation in partnership with the New York City Department of Environmental Protection.

Past Exhibitions