New York’s collection of great museums doesn’t neglect the wee ones. For your next family outing, head to the Brooklyn Children’s Museum, where a great day of discovery awaits. Thoughtful design greets you right off, with a stream and a glowing tunnel running right through the building. From there, the kids will be rushing off to explore a permanent collection that covers everything they love, from dolls to masks to musical instruments. There’s plenty of learning to be had, as minerals, dinosaur footprints, and a complete elephant skeleton capture the imaginations of young naturalists. This being Brooklyn, you’ll also find international flair, with playtime versions of a Chinese bookstore, Mexican bakery, and global market teaching them about cross-cultural commerce. A broad range of ages get in on the action, with the littlest ones having a run of water, sand, and crafts in the Totally Tots section, while all ages come together for real live exotic animals, a collection that thrills with Fantasia, the biggest snake in all of New York City. Schedule your visit around feeding time, if the kids–or you–aren’t too squeamish.