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The Best Museums for Kids

NEWEST ADDITION

Last month marked the opening of the first phase of Westchester Children’s Museum with 4,000 square feet of interactive, handson exhibits. While construction continues, kids can enjoy a variety of hands-on exhibits including building a roller coaster and working with 15,000 KEVA Planks! And here’s a bonus, there is a pay-as-you-wish admission policy through the summer. Additional exhibits to be added include Toddler Beach, Luckey Climber and Water features.

Westchester Children’s Museum

Playland Parkway, Rye

421-5050

discoverWCM.org

ALL HANDS-ON

No parent will ever have to say, “don’t touch,” because this museum encourages hands-on exploration for children ages 10 and under. You’ll find more than 100 hands-on activities plus family programs and special events. For the youngest there’s Tot Town, a dedicated soft play space for infants and toddlers. For children with special needs there’s Accessibility Day with free admission from 9 to 11 a.m. on select Saturdays. Contact the Museum for details.

Stepping Stones Museum for Children

303 West Ave., Norwalk, Conn.

203-899-0606

steppingstonesmuseum.org

A PLANETARIUM TOO

This cultural complex consists of galleries, an education center, the Andrus Planetarium, with shows for all ages, and Glenview, a Victorian Hudson River home. The new outdoor Amphitheater features free weekend cultural events in July and August. Their weekend family programs and activities are especially fun. See the new Star Show, “One World, One Sky: Big Bird’s Adventure,” featuring Big Bird, Elmo and Hu Hu Zhu as they discover outer space.

Hudson River Museum

511 Warburton Ave., Yonkers

963-4550

hrm.org

BABY AND ME

This non-collecting museum features 10 to 12 new exhibitions annually. There are also concerts, lectures and art programs for all ages. The Learning Center allows children to participate in hands-on art projects, and weekend family art programs are a great way to introduce your children to art. With two small galleries, the size of this museum is perfect for youngsters. The Stroller Tours program invites adults to take a tour of the museum with babies in strollers.

Katonah Museum of Art

134 Jay St., Rte. 22, Katonah

232-9555

katonahmuseum.org

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