The cost of admission at New York City's fantastic children's museums can be very frustrating -- in most cases, you have to pay for every family member and the short attention span of young children can often mean you'll only be spending an hour or two visiting the museum. Check out this list of free admission days and times at New York City's children's museums -- with a little planning, you can avoid paying too much for admission to these great museums. Do consider making a donation when you visit though -- it costs a lot of money to keep these great museums running.
Admission is free on Thursdays during certain hours. at the Brooklyn Children's Museum. Young kids will love playing in the pizza store, visiting the garden and exploring all the other interactive exhibits.
First Free Fridays offers free admission to the Children's Museum of Manhattan on the first Friday of the month during specific hours. This Upper West Side museum is a great destination for families with preschool and elementary school age kids with lots of hands-on exhibits, including one dedicated to Diego & Dora, as well as changing special exhibits.
DiMenna Children's History Museum
Admission at the DiMenna Children's History Museum is pay-what-you-wish on Friday evenings. Located on the lower level of the New-York Historical Society, the children's museum explores the history of New York through the stories of children who have lived here and offers interactive exhibits, games, and displays that present New York's history in an engaging and interesting way.
From September through June, free admission to the New York Hall of Science (located in Flushing, Queens) is offered on Friday afternoons and on Sunday mornings during specific hours. From toddlers to young teens, this museum has wonderful interactive exhibits and even a special space just for preschoolers.
Children's Museum of the Arts
You can "pay what you wish" at the CMA on Thursdays during specific hours. A kid-friendly gallery space, lots of hands-on crafts and even a ball pit will please visitors of all ages, with programming focused on kids 10 months to 15 years.
On Wednesdays, grandparents are admitted free to the Staten Island Children's Museum. Preschool and elementary school aged kids will love playing at the construction site and vet, as well as playing on a real fire truck when they visit.