Brooklyn Children’s Museum

Museum in Brooklyn: Prospect Heights, Crown Heights & Flatbush

A bright-yellow, L-shaped structure houses this hands-on kids' favorite, founded in 1899 as the world's first children's museum. The collection contains almost 30,000 cultural objects (musical instruments, masks and dolls) and natural-history specimens (rocks, minerals and a complete Asian-elephant skeleton). But Brooklyn is very much in the house, with a recreated bodega, a pizza joint, and a Caribbean market that kids can play-act in. The museum's next to Brower Park, about a mile from Grand Army Plaza.

'Pay as you wish' discretionary admission applies on Thursday from 2pm to 6pm and Sunday from 4pm to 7pm.