The Jewish Children’s Museum is the largest Jewish-themed children’s museum in the country. Built in response to the Crown Heights Riots of 1991, the museum aims to educate kids of all faiths on Jewish heritage, tolerance, and understanding. It’s located in the heart of the Chabad-Lubavitch Hasidic community of Crown Heights.
Children displaying their crafts photo courtesy of Facebook.
The details: The museum is open Monday through Thursday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. It is closed on Friday and Saturday. Be sure to check their holiday hours when planning your visit. Tickets cost $13 for general admission and $10 for seniors. Children under two years get in free.
How to get there: The museum is located at 729 Eastern Parkway, off of the Kingston Avenue 3 train [GMAP]. (The subway exits right in front of the museum.) By bus, the B44 Bus stops two blocks from the museum on Eastern Parkway and New York Avenue. The B43 stops right in front of the museum on Kingston and Eastern Parkway. Parking is also available on nearby streets.
Recording a prayer in “Voyage through Jewish History” | Jewish Children’s Museum via Facebook
What to do: The Jewish Children’s Museum is known for its interactive, multimedia exhibits educating on Jewish life and Jewish history. Their gallery of educational games includes a six-hole miniature golf course with information on major Jewish life events. There’s also an activity center with craft workshops, a game show studio, theater, kid’s library, and the Discovery Synagogue.
Shofar Factory activities | Jewish Children’s Museum via Facebook
What to do after: You could take the 3 train a few stops to the Grand Army Plaza stop, where you’ll find the Brooklyn Public Library, Prospect Park, the Brooklyn Botanic Garden, and Brooklyn Museum all within walking distance. Or you could walk north through Crown Heights to the Brooklyn Children’s Museum.