CULTURE: Rainy Day Activities For All Ages PART 2 (6.15.17)
In PART 1 of our 2-part series offering a rundown of rainy day ideas we covered everything from learning a new skill to indulging in an underground spa treatment.
In PART 2, we cover the museums and drop-in activities downtowners of all ages will enjoy.
Show Your Creative Side
Color Me Mine lets you pick out a piece of pottery (think a new coffee mug, a piggy bank), and paint it yourself. Walk ins are first come first serve, but they ask that if you have a group of 6 or more (including painters AND non-painters, children AND adults), please call or email to make a reservation.
Make It A Spa Day
Treat Yourself! Aire Ancient Baths in Tribeca offers access to a subterranean cavern of various pools (ranging from cold to hot to salt-based) based on the ancient Roman variety specializing in "thermally variant bathing.” They recommend you make a reservation but we’ve never had problems booking same day. There’s also add ons like massages, but you’re good to go with a regular pass. If you’re looking to really work something out we love Tribeca Spa of Tranquility for its no frills Korean body scrub that will take years of dead skin off your body and leave you feeling baby smooth.
Check Out Local Museums
Located at 48 Wall Street in a historic bank building, the Museum of American Finance is a great way to teach your kids about money from an early age. It features permanent exhibits on the financial markets, banking, entrepreneurship and Alexander Hamilton, as well as a series of rotating exhibits. When the weather is nice they also offer walking historical tours of the Financial District. The museum is open Tuesday - Saturday, from 10AM-4PM. Admission is $8 for adults, $5 for students/seniors and free for members and kids 6 and under.
The mission of the Museum is to educate people about the broad tapestry of Jewish life in the 20th and 21st centuries—before, during, and after the Holocaust. With both permanent and rotating exhibits, there’s things to see for all ages (we just don’t recommend bringing kids to the section called “The War Against The Jews.” The rest of it, including Jewish Life A Century Ago and the visiting exhibits, are all child-friendly. While they’re closed on Saturdays, there’s a great brunch/lunch spot, LOX, on site we highly recommend.
The National Museum of the American is quite fascinating, featuring one of the most extensive collections of Native American arts and artifacts in the world—approximately 266,000 catalog records (825,000 items) representing over 12,000 years of history and 1,200+ indigenous cultures throughout the Americas. The museum features permanent and temporary exhibitions, as well as public programs like music and dance performances that explore the diversity of the Native people of the Americas. It is open daily from 10 AM–5 PM, and Thursdays until 8 PM, and is always FREE!
Learn about the birthplace of American Government and bring them to where George Washington took the oath of office as America’s first President! The site was also home to the first Congress, Supreme Court, and Executive Branch offices (bet you didn’t know that). Here you can find exhibit galleries on George Washington, The Constitution and the federal government, and check out the bible George Washington used to swear his oath of office when he became the first president. There’s even a Junior Ranger Programs available for the kids. It is open Monday through Friday from 9:00AM-5PM and closed on Saturdays and Sundays.
Speaking of George Washington, this is a great spot for history buffs. The Tavern was built in 1719 as a private home and is most famous for being the place where General George Washington said goodbye to his officers once we won our independence. Don’t miss out on the chance to show your kids all about Colonial America, the American Revolution, and Early American history beyond the books! It is open Monday through Saturday 12-5PM, and admission is $4 for kids ages 6-18, $7 for adults and free for kids under 6. Free guided tours are offered with admission every Friday at 2PM and Saturday & Sunday at 1PM & 2PM. There’s also a restaurant in case you need a break!
Drop In On A Kid Class
Every day of the week there are classes you and your child can drop in on without committing to the entire program.
The drop-in classes allow kids to learn mechanical engineering and electrical principles while building a robot.