miniMATES and Open Play


miniMATES | Winter Season Starts on January 9

Ahoy matey! Join us on a voyage of discovery and fun through the South Street Seaport Museum’s interactive early childhood program, miniMATES! Our early learning program uses themed songs, stories, art projects, and hands-on activities to teach program participants and their caregivers about boats and ships, marine life, and artifacts in a playgroup setting. miniMATES targets key aspects of development for children ages 18 months – 3 years, from language to creativity to fine-motor skills.



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


Program Schedule: Our winter sessions will run from January 9 through March 21. Families can choose from three time slots for the duration of the sessions:


Time Slots
Wednesday 10 am – 11 am
Thursdays 10 am – 11 am 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm




  • $250 for the 10-week session. (Family level Members get 10% off!)
  • 10% off enrollment for each additional child.(Family level Museum members receive an additional 10% off!)








Families enrolled in our miniMATES program are entitled to a discounted Open Play bundle, 10 Drop-in Open Play sessions are only $50! Contact us at for details.

For more information about miniMATES, please e-mail






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Open Play | Starts January 9

We are excited to announce a new season 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, all while making new friends in our South Street Seaport neighborhood. Open Play sessions will be offered twice a week, allowing families the flexibility to drop-in and play whenever works best with their schedules.

Drop-in rate is $15 per session, per child. Click the Single Session button below to reserve your child’s place.

5-Session Bundles are available for the discounted rate of $60 and provides 5 drop-in sessions that can be used anytime throughout the season. Click the 5 Session button below to reserve your bundle.
(For those children enrolled in our miniMATES program: 10 Open Play sessions are only $50! Contact us at for details.)





Open Play Schedule
Wednesday and Thursdays 11 am – 12:30 pm






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





Single Session Drop-In   

5-Session Bundle    





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Seaport Museum Birthday Parties

Birthday Parties

Come celebrate your child’s birthday at the South Street Seaport Museum with an interactive experience they won’t forget. Our birthdays are specially designed to be age appropriate for the birthday child, but guests of all ages will enjoy the fun.



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Family Ecology Sails

Family Ecology Sails

Board the historic 1885 schooner Pioneer and set sail past Governors Island for the fishing grounds of Bay Ridge. We’ll set a trawl net and participants will haul it in, bringing up a variety of creatures from blue crabs to flounder. Children and adults help raise the sails so we can continue our exploration the old fashioned way. While sailing past the Statue of Liberty we’ll learn about the sea creatures we caught, examine plankton through a view-scope, test the water to learn how animals live here, and learn about our marine ecosystem.


The 2018 sailing season has drawn to a close. Stay tuned for the 2019 Sailing Schedule!



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