miniMATES and Open Play


  • miniMATES and Open Play Winter Sessions is underway!


    miniMATES | Winter session is underway

    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 – 4 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 session will run January 10th through March 22nd for 10 weeks. Families can choose among three time slots for the duration of the sessions:

    Time Blocks
    Wednesday 10:00 am – 11:00 am
    Thursdays 10:00 am – 11:00 am 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm

    Cost: $250 for the 10-class session (10% off enrollment for each additional child)
    Family-level museum members receive an additional $15 off towards Winter enrollment.
    (Families enrolled in our miniMates program are entitled to a discounted Open Play bundle, 10 Open Play sessions are only $50! Contact us at for details.)

    For more information about miniMATES, please e-mail



    Open Play | Starts January 2018

    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, 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 11:00 am – 12:30 pm

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