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Get Free Admission to These Great Children's Museums in New York City

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.

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Brooklyn Children's Museum

In this photo provided by Brooklyn Children’s Museum, Russian dancers Alexandra Lyalikov, 8, and Dmitri Lyalikov, 6, of the Brighton Ballet Theater, celebrate the opening of the newly expanded Brooklyn Children’s Museum, Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2008, in the Brooklyn borough of New York.
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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.

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Children's Museum of Manhattan

Playing With Water at CMOM
Heather Cross

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.

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DiMenna Children's History Museum

DiMenna Children's History Museum
New-York Historical Society / Jon Wallen

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.

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New York Hall of Science

New York Hall of Science
Photo by Heather Cross, licensed to About.com

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.

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Children's Museum of the Arts

Printmaking at CMA
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.

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Staten Island Children's Museum

Staten Island Children's Museum
Photo by Heather Cross, licensed to About.com

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.

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