A firefighter or an insect? New interactive exhibits at the SI Children’s Museum let kids use their imaginations.

STATEN ISLAND, NY—The Staten Island Children’s Museum recently added two new interactive exhibits designed to entertain and enhance young visitors’ critical thinking skills, while allowing them to exercise their imaginations.

“Put Out the Fire” is the newest addition to the Ladder 11 exhibit area. In this exhibit, kids become firefighters. They can sound the alarm, slide down the pole, carry gear, listen to the dispatch radio, hook up a hose, use the gauges and board the museum’s authentic 1941 Seagrave fire engine, refitted for a safe interactive entertainment.

And the “Ant Hill Bug Climber” was recently added to the museum’s insects and other arthropods. exposure. Little entomologists can get a bird’s-eye view of some of the world’s most interesting creatures. Children can crawl through a human-sized anthill, try on an exoskeleton and listen to the symphonies of the insect orchestra. The Children’s Museum has a living arthropod collection that houses crawling creatures from around the world, such as giant African millipedes and Brazilian tarantulas. Children can play games and watch exhibits that teach them about how insects survive in the wild.

In the museum’s new “Ant Hill Bug Climber” exhibit, children can crawl through a human-sized anthill. (Staten Island Children’s Museum)Staten Island Children’s Museum

“I am proud to work in an institution dedicated to informal early childhood education where young children are free to explore and touch the exhibits in a spirit of learning through play, especially at a time when the demand for creative outlets is strong,” said Dina Rosenthal, executive director of the Staten Island Children’s Museum, located on the grounds of the Snug Harbor Cultural Center in Livingston.

Funding from Staten Island Foundation, Richmond County Savings Foundation, Con Edison, National Grid, New York State Council on the Arts, New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, Assemblyman Charles Fall (D-North Shore) and museum administrators made the new exhibits possible.

“The Staten Island Children’s Museum is a valuable cultural resource for our community that promotes early childhood education,” Fall said.

The exhibits were part of a series of improvements that took place when the museum was closed due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Upgrades included: updated airflow system; replace water fountains with bottle filling stations; renovate two sets of bathrooms; restoration of the wooden exterior for maximum stability.

The Staten Island Children’s Museum is open Wednesday through Sunday for two sessions: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Admission for adults and children is $8; children under 1 are free. Tickets are available at https://sichildrensmuseum.org/tickets.