Sebastian’s preferred method of exploration these days is with his hands.  Which is a nice departure from the mouth but still challenging.

As kid-friendly as many places in the city are, I still find myself involuntarily yelling, “Don’t touch that!” a gazillion times a day. That’s why the Children’s Museums of Manhattan and Brooklyn are hands down my favorite places in the city to bring Sebastian.  All of the exhibits are designed to nurture creativity and discovery through hands-on play and running wild is actually encouraged.

CMO Manhattan just unveiled its newest exhibit, Eat, Sleep, Play, which is a series installations and activities enforcing the message of how important food, sleep, and physical activity are for our overall well-being.

Sebastian and I headed uptown last week to check it out and I have to say, it’s really interesting for adults too.  As I struggle with weight-loss, good eating habits, and getting enough sleep, it was good reinforcement and I think it’s an incredibly thoughtful way to introduce healthy lifestyle concepts to children.

There’s a computer game center where kids can make decisions about simple family routines that support and develop the brain’s ability to make healthier choices; a digestive system to crawl through and follow nutrients into the body and pump a giant heart; a play center with bikes for pedaling and a room for dancing and jumping, a game that shows why nothing can replace sleep for good health and disease prevention and the things that prevent you from sleeping well like t.v. before bed (guilty!) and soda (just lock me up) ; and a huge NYC green vegetable cart with a slide:

The new installation has even gotten the attention of The White House:

I am thrilled that the Children’s Museum of Manhattan is working on the Eat Sleep Play initiative, and I want to thank you for your commitment to improving the health of our Nation’s children. . . —Michelle Obama

I definitely recommend checking it out.  But not on a day when schools are closed, like we did.  Unless your kid loves to share.  Then you’re just fine.

{I was not compensated for this post. We received complimentary tickets to the museum for review purposes.}


  1. That last picture of Sebastian is priceless! Looks like so much fun, Jill. I think A would love it so we’re def gonna have to check it out, maybe over Thanksgiving break.
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  2. liz
    Twitter: bellebeandog

    I LOVE a good kids museum! This whole initiative seems like such a clever one.
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  3. This looks so fun! I need to get better at taking Peyton to stuff like this.
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  4. We love the CMOM!!! What a fun event!
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  5. we went to a kids museum here in LA and the little man loved it. I love the way this one works to teach kids about a healthy lifestyle.
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  6. Charlotte
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    Awww, I just love that last picture! He looks so happy and in awe :) Sounds like a fun day (though I’m sorry there were so many other kiddies present!).

    Hope you have a wonderful weekend, girly! XOXO
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  7. That looks so fun! I’m going to have to check it out with my girls once it gets warm again!
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  8. Bonnie
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    Our Science Center in St. Louis hosts events like this quite frequently. Even as a 23-year-old, I enjoy going to them. I always seem to learn something new!
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  9. I’ve been to that museum a couple of times (years ago) – this new section sounds really cool. Maybe time to bring my DD there.
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  10. we used to go to the CMOM all the time when we were upper west siders. we should definitely bring our suburban selves back in to check this new exhibit out.
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  11. how fun is this place! we have the Zimmer museum which is great for the kids because they can explore and touch everything!
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  12. SO fun…I am planning on taking Connor to a few Philly museums in the coming weeks….Please Touch Museum is awesome and I think he will love it…although I know I will be one exhausted chica at the end of the day….chasing after him is TIRING…I am sure you can relate.
    Hope you are having a great weekend.

  13. Mitch
    Twitter: gaynycdad

    Thanks for this info on a great new resource for families in NYC!

  14. That looks amazing! I really need to stop being so lazy and get the kids out to more museums!
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  15. Oh that museum looks awesome, my kids would have great time there!
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