Transit Tots

Transit Tots

Join New York Transit Museum educators for transit-themed songs, stories and activities for the youngest transportation fans. Recommended for ages 2-5.

Tuesday, January 19th, 2021

How many ways do we use numbers when we think about transit? In today’s Transit Tots, practice counting everything from subway cars to pizzas with a New York-themed picture book, and then apply that number know-how to some transit-related counting challenges!

Tuesday, January 12th, 2021

How do trains and buses keep traveling safely through snowy weather? In today’s Transit Tots, learn about the special machines the MTA uses to clear tracks of ice and snow so we can keep moving around the city all winter long. Then, make your own snow-covered city and explore various methods of snow removal using items you can find around the house.

Tuesday, January 5th, 2021

Do you know the story of the secret subway, the very first subway train in New York City? In today’s Transit Tots, discover how this train moved using something called pneumatic power. Then, conduct a science experiment to explore pneumatic power at home and learn a new song all about the secret subway.

Thursday, December 31st, 2020

What does archaeology have to do with public transit? In today’s Transit Tots, hear about some amazing discoveries made by the workers who dug New York City’s subway tunnels. Then, learn how to make your own archaeological site out of flour and oil, and fill it with artifacts to dig up at home!

Tuesday, December 29th, 2020

Which signs in the subway can help us get where we’re going? In today’s Transit Tots, we’ll learn some tips for finding our way around the city, and then make our own transportation boards that show our favorite stops and routes using items we can find at home.

Thursday, December 24th, 2020

Did you catch Tuesday’s Transit Tots that was all about friction? Today, we’ll discover how friction can also make sound, and then we’ll sing and play along with an original song about this amazing force that helps power all types of transportation.

Tuesday, December 22nd, 2020

Why do some forms of transit make for smoother rides than others? In today’s Transit Tots, we’ll learn all about a force called friction and then make our own hovercrafts out of household objects.

Thursday, December 17th, 2020

Who decides what a city looks like? Today in Transit Tots, we’ll learn about two historical figures who had different ideas about what kinds of transportation were most important for New York City, and what kinds of spaces to provide for New Yorkers. Then we’ll plan and build our own cities using things we can find around the house.

Tuesday, December 15th, 2020

Have you been to the Chambers Street/Park Place subway station in Lower Manhattan? If so, then you may have noticed the artwork we’ll explore in today’s Transit Tots. Once we’ve taken a good look at some eyes made out of tiles, we’ll make our own mosaic eyes using scissors, colorful paper and glue.

Thursday, December 10th, 2020

Have you ever been to a sporting event in New York City? How did you get there? In today’s Transit Tots, our friend Pizza the Pug is back to show us the many ways we can take public transportation to catch a game in NYC!

Tuesday, December 8th, 2020

Have you ever taken a ride on a ferry boat? Join us in today’s Transit Tots to discover the history of ferries in New York City, and then make your own ferry that will actually float!

Thursday, December 3rd, 2020

Have you ever felt like you were lost? In today’s Transit Tots, we’ll read a story about a bird who gets lost in the subway and also talk to two friends who love that they get to help people in their roles with the MTA.

Tuesday, December 1st, 2020

What does it mean when we say that something is accessible? In today’s Transit Tots, we’ll talk about how important it is to make sure that our public transportation can be used by as many people as possible. Learn about how bumps and lines on the floor can help people find their way around subway stations, and then make your own tactile floor using objects you have at home.