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Brooklyn Children's Museum to Open DUMBO Annex in Brooklyn Bridge Park

By Nikhita Venugopal | October 10, 2016 1:54pm
 Brooklyn Children's Museum will open an annex in Brooklyn Bridge Park, officials said.
Brooklyn Children's Museum will open an annex in Brooklyn Bridge Park, officials said.
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DUMBO — The Brooklyn Children's Museum is expanding into Brooklyn Bridge Park with an annex on the East River, officials announced Monday.

The museum will open "Spark," an 1,850-square foot annex at the luxury residential development One John Street in DUMBO on Saturday, Oct. 15. — its first expansion outside its Crown Heights flagship.

Admission will cost $15 per child except during Thursday free hours.

“The opening of Spark represents an exciting moment in the Museum’s 117-year history," Stephanie Wilchfort, museum president and CEO, said in a statement.

"Forever committed to serving the families of Brooklyn, Brooklyn Children’s Museum will be able to reach tens of thousands of more children and caregivers.”

One John Street's developer and architect Alloy Development, in partnership with Monadnock Development, donated the space to Brooklyn Bridge Park, which is allowing the museum's free use.

The developers also covered costs for the design, fit-out, furniture and supplies, according to the announcement.

Brooklyn Children's Museum is bringing its popular Brooklyn Block Lab to the annex as its opening exhibit, according to a press release. Centered on building blocks, the "Lab" is a play space geared toward early childhood, with both indoor and outdoor areas. 

Spark will also have an art studio, a soft crawl space for young children and a "Discovery Den" for the museum's collection of kid-friendly science specimens and artifacts.

Drop-in, open-play sessions will be offered at Spark on Tuesdays from 1 to 5 p.m. and on Wednesdays from 1 to 3 p.m., the sessions will cost $15 per child; on Thursdays from 1 to 6 p.m., it is free; on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from 1 to 5 p.m., it is $15 per child. Adults enter for free during the sessions.

Admission at the main museum in Crown Heights costs $11.

For more information on morning classes and fall sessions, click here.