Set in one of the few remaining buildings from the 1964 World’s Fair, the museum is a big hit with science-attuned youngsters, as most of the exhibits here are hands-on and interactive. And for those who just want to blow off steam, there’s a minigolf park in good weather and an excellent, science-themed playground. The only negative for most visitors—and it’s a serious one—is how remote it is from midtown Manhattan (it can take a good hour to get here from many parts of Manhattan). Still, if you’ve been to NYC with your kids a few times and want to try something new, this is definitely a good option.
- Pauline Frommer