miniMATES and Open Play


  • Our new program – Open Play – began January 2017. Click here for details!

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    miniMATES | Summer mini-session starts May 18

    Ahoy matey! Join us on a voyage of discovery and fun through the South Street Seaport Museum’s interactive early childhood program, miniMATES! Through themed songs, stories, art projects, and hands-on activities, program participants and their caregivers will learn about the sea, boats, marine life, and museum objects in a playgroup setting. miniMATES targets key aspects of development for children ages 18 months – 4 years, including language, creativity, and fine-motor skills. In addition to our typical classes in the miniMATES space, this session will also include an outdoor component at the pier/on the ships (weather permitting) for the last two weeks.

    All children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.
    Children cannot be left with museum staff in the playspace.

    Program Schedule:
    Thursday, 10:00 – 11:00 am
    Summer miniMATES will run for 6 weeks from May 18-June 22.
    Class enrollment is capped at 12 children. If there is enough interest, a second session will be added and all families on the wait list will be notified.

    Cost: $150 for the 6-class session (10% discount for additional children from the same family)
    Family-level membership holders receive an additional $15 off total enrollment.

    For more information about miniMATES, please e-mail
    To begin the registration process, click below. Please note, the completion of the pre-registration form does not guarantee enrollment.



    Open Play | Starting January 4

    We are excited to announce the start of Open Play at the South Street Seaport Museum! During Open Play, parents/caregivers and their children can stop by the Museum to use the miniMATES space as their playroom. Children can enjoy having a large space to explore and a variety of toys to use (including a large dramatic play tugboat and a sand sensory table!), all while making new friends in our South Street Seaport neighborhood. Open Play sessions will be offered several times per week, allowing families the flexibility to drop in and play whenever works best with their schedules.

    Program Schedule:
    Open Play Club, (Open Play ends may 24th
    Wednesdays, 2:30 – 5:00pm | Thursdays, 2:30 – 5:00pm

    Open Play Punch Card – Good for 5 sessions of Open Play:
    $65 per card
    $60 discount card for additional child in family, current miniMATES families, and SSSM membership holders (family level or above)

    Drop-in fee:
    $25 per child
    $20 per each additional child in family


  • The last 2 Wednesday open play sessions will be morning sessions (10-12:30pm)
  • Families must complete an Open Play registration form before their child can use the play space.
  • All children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian designated on registration form. Children cannot be left with museum staff in the playspace.

    For inquiries, please email Use the button below to register.