The Staten Island Children’s Museum (SICM) is finally back! After closing down due to the coronavirus pandemic last year, the Snug Harbor children’s locale plans to reopen its doors on weekends starting Saturday, April 10. New safety precautions, advance online ticketing, changes to the way guests explore the building, and new activities in the exhibits will all be implemented.
The staff has been outfitting the museum to respond to COVID-19 guidelines with new infrastructure such as air filters, touchless sinks and toilets in the 2nd floor bathrooms, and water fountains with touchless water bottle filling stations. Other new precautions and procedures include dozens of sanitation gel dispensers throughout the building, one way traffic flow on stairs, and a protective plastic divider at the front desk.
“We are really so happy to be ramping up to opening. We have been installing new components to our exhibits including an activity that reveals secrets about airflow, a large scale Kerplunk game, and a slide in House About It. We’ve also been booking outdoor performances and demonstrations for art and science programming,” said Dina Rosenthal, Executive Director of SICM.
To ensure appropriate social distancing, SICM will limit the number of guests visiting each day and strongly suggest visitors, including members, book tickets online in advance if possible. All staff and visitors over 2 years old will be required to wear masks.
Advance tickets through May 16 are available online at sichildrensmuseum.org/tickets. Admission is $8 per person and children under 1 year of age are free. On Saturdays and Sundays, SICM will offer two sessions for two hours each: the first at 10:00 am and the second at 1:00 pm. Between the sessions, the staff plans to conduct a thorough cleaning of the exhibits and common areas.
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