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This week we made the 7 hour trip south to visit Grammie C. on Staten Island, NY. I have to admit I was surprised to find a couple kid friendly gems on this very urban island.

On Wednesday we visited the Staten Island Children’s Museum located in the scenic Snug Harbor Cultural Center. Admission was only $6 per person over 1 year of age, and we lucked out as Wednesdays happen to be free admission for Grandparents!

Staten Island Children’s Museum

Staten Island Children’s Museum

“The mission of the Staten Island Children’s Museum is to nurture the creativity and curiosity natural to all children, to recognize and celebrate different learning styles, and to demonstrate vividly that learning can be exciting and fun.”

There is easily a half-day of fun to be had here with two levels of exhibits. A restored firetruck from 1941 that was retro-fitted for hands-on learning and play was one of his favorite exhibits, though he spent a fair about of time in in the “Great Explorations” area and in the “Sea of Boats” outdoor play space.

Staten Island Children’s Museum

1941 retrofitted firetruck

Staten Island Children’s Museum

Learning about an exo-skeleton

Staten Island Children’s Museum

The Captain of the Ship

Staten Island Children’s Museum

Snack-Time

Our visit coincided with a “Safety Day” expo which featured a couple dozen booths with various child safety organizations sharing information ranging from lead paint, proper bike helmets, oral hygiene, and the benefits of water over high sugar sports drinks. The highlight was getting to see the inside of an ambulance.

Staten Island Children’s Museum

Ambulance visit

After about 3 hours of fun we sought a late lunch at the nearby excellent Mexican restaurant, Adobe Blues. Very kid friendly, with some of the freshest Mexican food I have had this far north. If you find yourself on Staten Island with a couple little ones in tow, be sure to check out the SI Children’s Museum, we will certainly be returning whenever we are in town!

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