It’s summer, so there’s no reason to talk about school and test scores, right? The fact is that we’re entering the new era of Common Core Standards, so we must think about it. During these off-peak months, our kids’ brains need to be challenged and energized – especially when it comes to math. Worksheets? Academic camps? Sure, but let’s add some fun to the mix, and here’s how: The Museum of Mathematics.

MoMath, as it’s known, aims to get kids excited about math. Its two floors are filled with more than 30 interactive, hands-on (and even “get-on”) exhibits. This is one museum where the phrase “Don’t touch” will never pass your lips. While it’s geared toward children grades four and higher (string theory, anyone?), there are still plenty of cool things for younger kids to do. Keep reading to discover the ten best exhibits for the under-10 set.

Museum of Math Square-wheeled Trike Photo by Alice Perry

This is MoMath’s showstopper, or rather its “showstarter,” because every kid runs for it as soon as they enter the museum. Kids pedal the oversized tricycles around the bumpy yellow platform, expecting whiplash but experience just the opposite. Unlike a square peg in a round hole, these square wheels work in tandem with the rounded surface to create a gentle ride.

The Museum of Mathematics
11 East 26th Street
New York, Ny 10010
Phone: 212-542-0566
Hours: 10:00 am to 5:00 pm, seven days a week (MoMath is closed only on Thanksgiving Day). Special note: On the first Wednesday of every month, MoMath closes at 2:30 pm.
Cost: $15 for adults; $9 for children; free for kids under age 2. There is a one dollar surcharge at the door, so buy tickets online.

– Alice Perry
(Photos courtesy of Alice Perry and Museum of Mathematics)