Long Island Children's Museum

Long Island Children's Museum The mission of the Long Island Children’s Museum is to connect all our communities’ children, and those who care for them, to one another and to a life of wonder, imagination and exploration.

**We are temporarily closed through September 15 for our annual Fall Fix-Up. We reopen September 16 on our Tuesday through Sunday schedule.** LICM is home to 14 hands-on, interactive exhibit galleries, a 145-seat state-of-the-art theater and three classroom-size learning studios. Indoor and outdoor gallery spaces are interdisciplinary, age-appropriate, and intergenerational, fostering both independent and cooperative exploration, and encouraging concept development and skills building.

A shimmering end to our 25th Birthday Celebration Series.  Honoring: Michael Rodriguez, President, Alliance Building Ser...
06/25/2019

A shimmering end to our 25th Birthday Celebration Series. Honoring: Michael Rodriguez, President, Alliance Building Services. Event Co-Chairs: Scott Rechler, Chairman & CEO, RXR Realty and Frank Pusinelli, Executive Vice President, RXR Realty.

A shimmering end to our 25th Birthday Celebration Series. Honoring: Michael Rodriguez, President, Alliance Building Services. Event Co-Chairs: Scott Rechler, Chairman & CEO, RXR Realty and Frank Pusinelli, Executive Vice President, RXR Realty.

Heads up! 📢 In July and August, story + ART moves to afternoons at 1 pm. Kids in the Kitchen will be offered twice a day...
06/24/2019

Heads up! 📢 In July and August, story + ART moves to afternoons at 1 pm. Kids in the Kitchen will be offered twice a day at 11:30 am and 1 pm for an expanded age range of 3-8. Music and Movement continues in its 11:30 am time slot. Plus, get ready for BONUS Mondays, when the Museum will be OPEN July and August 10 am to 5 pm. Tip: Summer Mondays are some of our quieter days as people adjust to the new schedule.

Did you know a queen bee can lay up to 2,500 eggs per day during the summer months?  Learn all about insects at Bug Bona...
06/23/2019

Did you know a queen bee can lay up to 2,500 eggs per day during the summer months? Learn all about insects at Bug Bonanza, next Sunday, June 30, from 12:30 pm to 4 pm. ALL activities including the Theater are free for members and free with regular Museum admission for non-members. 🐜🐝🐞🦗 Join us as we make buggy crafts, whip up un-bee-lievably tasty snacks, and meet entomologists from Arrow Exterminating who will teach us all about insects. Get your face painted like your favorite insect, and catch a special theater performance of Good Bug, Bad Bug at 1, 2 or 3 PM. Tickets: http://bit.ly/2FmRrLb

Oberlin Interns Liz and Kara are working on the head of what will become a Turroo (a mashup of a Kangaroo + turtle)  🐢 +...
06/22/2019

Oberlin Interns Liz and Kara are working on the head of what will become a Turroo (a mashup of a Kangaroo + turtle) 🐢 + 🦘 = Turroo

#mashupmenagerie #internsrock #playlicm

06/21/2019
What is a Solstice? | National Geographic

Happy Longest-Sunshine-Day-of-the-Year up in the northern hemisphere, also known as Summer Solstice. 🌞 🤔 ☔ The sun may be hiding in all this rain, but we can still find out what makes this annual astronomical event special thanks to National Geographic

What is the definition of a solstice, and when do they happen? Is the winter solstice always the first day of winter? Find out what causes these bi-annual as...

Part 2 of 2: Scott Larrabee creates exhibits at LICM, and is this summer’s artist-in-residence. Visitors working side by...
06/20/2019

Part 2 of 2: Scott Larrabee creates exhibits at LICM, and is this summer’s artist-in-residence. Visitors working side by side with Scott will inspire each other as they build fantastical creatures together.
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“In Japan, I did exhibits in schools similar to the exhibit that will open here in July. One exhibit was designed to open up the conversation of cultural diversity. I took different types of animals and mashed them together to create something new. By using animals, we could take a softer approach to a sensitive subject. We want children to think about what is special about them. It leads to approving and acceptance, of yourself and others.
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For our summer exhibit here at LICM, we’ll be doing something similar. The kids are going to be building their own playground. They will papier mache, paint, cut, glue... It will spark questions as they make decisions about things that are different from what they see in their regular experiences.
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After they help make the sculptures, they get to play with them. They will involve different senses, like making noise… things that their parents might not approve of, but I want them to know it’s okay to make noise. Hopefully they experience the play structures with their different senses.
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The entrance to the exhibit will be a “Whion” (Lion Whale). You walk through the mouth of the lion. It may be a little scary, but kids conquer their fear by walking through. Another sculpture we’ll create is an OctoMoose (Octopus Moose), and there will be an EleRooster (Elephant Rooster). My hope is that these hybrid animals will make kids question things and promote daydreaming. Kids don’t have enough time to dream anymore.
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One thing that’s special about working here is that you get to see how people use things. The visitor is an active participant in the design process. Sometimes things aren’t used the way you intended, and you need to make adjustments. Other times, it is used in a way that’s better than you could have ever dreamed. That’s really rewarding. I’m very lucky to be here.”
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#humansoflicm #weloveourstaff #artistinresidence #playlicm

Scott Larrabee is a professional artist who creates exhibits at LICM and is this summer’s artist-in-residence. Visitors ...
06/19/2019

Scott Larrabee is a professional artist who creates exhibits at LICM and is this summer’s artist-in-residence. Visitors will have a unique opportunity to work side by side with Scott and collaborate with others to create a new exhibit.
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Part 1 of 2: “When I first came to New York, I worked for a Japanese designer doing windows and product launches. Then I started my own company doing similar things. Cole Haan and Bloomingdales were a couple of my clients. Parco, a big department store in Japan, was one of my clients, too. That’s when I started traveling to Japan, in 1989. For a time, I also worked for the Taiwanese government. They had a gallery in Rockefeller Center. It was an interesting challenge to speak to artists and curators who didn’t speak the same language. It worked. It was difficult, but it worked.
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After years of visual merchandising, I returned to grad school at Pratt to study interior design. I wanted to have an understanding of the psychology of space: how you influence people to feel a certain way when they go into spaces. Using lights is one way to move people’s eyes around. You can illuminate certain things and help guide people through space.
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Erik Schurink, the Museum’s Exhibit Director, was my one of the jurors for my thesis at Pratt. That’s how I came to work for LICM.
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One exhibit I designed here was called A Place Called Home. It allowed kids to compare what was in their homes to what was in other families’ homes around the world, and what it was like for people who didn’t have a home.
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I like taking complicated subjects and making them approachable. Visitors were encouraged to bring new toys and food that were added into the exhibit. It helped parents talk about what some people have and others don’t, and address the delicate subject of homelessness. Sometimes if you talk about difficult issues in a different way, it’s easier to talk about. In a way, I think that’s what the Museum is all about.”
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#humansoflicm #weloveourstaff #artistinresidence #playlicm
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Come see what all the buzz is about! Sunday, June 30, Bug Bonanza from 12:30 pm to 4 pm. 🐜🐝🐞🦗  ALL activities including ...
06/18/2019

Come see what all the buzz is about! Sunday, June 30, Bug Bonanza from 12:30 pm to 4 pm. 🐜🐝🐞🦗 ALL activities including the Theater are free for members and free with regular Museum admission for non-members. We will be making buggy crafts, whipping up bee-inspired snacks, and meeting entomologists from Arrow Exterminating who will be teaching us all about insects. Come on down and get your face painted like your favorite insect, and join us for a special theater performance of Good Bug, Bad Bug at 1, 2 or 3 PM.

#bugbonanza #LICMtheater #playlicm 

Repost 📸 @jhkidsinnewyork  -❤ #playlicm
06/18/2019

Repost 📸 @jhkidsinnewyork -

#playlicm

Tell us: Did the Field Trip Forecast help you this school year? How did it affect your museum visits or planning? This i...
06/16/2019

Tell us: Did the Field Trip Forecast help you this school year? How did it affect your museum visits or planning?

This is the final forecast for the school year, and your feedback matters. We are listening! 🙋👂

Note: This graph only reflects group visits currently booked with the Museum. Our cafeteria is busiest between 11:30 and noon. Please plan accordingly. 🍎

Happy Father's Day!
06/16/2019

Happy Father's Day!

Repost  📸 @richcaitlucamaverickcassar   #playlicm.  Every day we’re bubblin’ bubblin’ 💙💖💙💙@longislandchildrensmuseum #li...
06/15/2019

Repost 📸 @richcaitlucamaverickcassar #playlicm
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Every day we’re bubblin’ bubblin’ 💙💖💙💙
@longislandchildrensmuseum #licm #longislandchildrensmuseum #bubble #bubblestation #bubbles #sunday #sundayfunday #familyfun #licm

Finish this sentence: My favorite thing about LICM is...
06/14/2019

Finish this sentence: My favorite thing about LICM is...

Buses are here... Time to celebrate another great school year at Westbury Community Night!
06/13/2019

Buses are here... Time to celebrate another great school year at Westbury Community Night!

"I love volunteering at LICM. A bunch of my friends are filing papers for their volunteer work but I get to play." If yo...
06/13/2019

"I love volunteering at LICM. A bunch of my friends are filing papers for their volunteer work but I get to play." If your teen is looking for a volunteer position this summer, apply at www.licm.org

Meet the interns! The newest members of team LICM join us from Adelphi University, The George Washington University and ...
06/11/2019

Meet the interns! The newest members of team LICM join us from Adelphi University, The George Washington University and Oberlin College today. Some of our staff and co-founders welcomed them with a bagel breakfast this morning. We are excited to work with them in our Exhibits, Marketing and Education departments. Make sure to say hi when you see them around the Museum this summer!

Box Office Supervisor Taylor Pirone is one of the first faces visitors see upon entering LICM, and she loves being here ...
06/10/2019

Box Office Supervisor Taylor Pirone is one of the first faces visitors see upon entering LICM, and she loves being here to welcome people. Families often recognize her outside of the Museum, so much so that she feels like a local celebrity.⠀
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“My experience as a student athlete at Hofstra shaped who I am. When you’re an athlete, there’s a lot of emphasis on team-building and camaraderie, and I brought that mentality here with me. I want the staff’s positivity to set the tone for our visitors’ experience. I’m very proud that in our most recent visitor experience survey, the front desk staff ranked in the 90th percentile.⠀
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I played softball at Hofstra, and after I graduated, I went on to get a master’s in public relations there. I took a position as the graduate assistant for athletic ticketing and marketing. I didn’t grow up on Long Island, so the first time I came to the Museum was for my job interview. We don’t have anything like this where I grew up, but the first time I came to LICM, it was like walking into an indoor amusement park. I wish I had come as a kid, because it’s a really cool place.⠀
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The Museum does a lot for the surrounding community, and I believe in our mission. We make a positive impact on Long Island. Most importantly, we allow kids to learn in an unconventional setting. You can learn by touch; you can learn by moving your body. The Museum is a place kids can come and have fun, and not necessarily realize they’re learning.⠀
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At the front desk, we are interacting primarily with the adults. But we always try to engage the kids too. It’s important for kids to see social behavior modeled: simple things like saying “hello” and “how are you?” Since I’m not an educator working with kids on the Museum floor, I try to do what I can to help them build social skills through interaction. My favorite thing is when a kid comes out at the end of his or her visit and tells me about what they did at the Museum. That’s really fruitful for me.”⠀
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#humansoflicm #weloveourstaff #playlicm⠀

The school year is coming to a close, and so are school field trips. Note: This Field Trip Forecast graph only reflects ...
06/09/2019

The school year is coming to a close, and so are school field trips. Note: This Field Trip Forecast graph only reflects group visits currently booked with the Museum. Our cafeteria is busiest between 11:30 and noon. Please plan accordingly. 🍎

You'll laugh, you'll dance in your seat, you'll flutter around, and you'll fall in love with the characters of My Butter...
06/07/2019

You'll laugh, you'll dance in your seat, you'll flutter around, and you'll fall in love with the characters of My Butterfly. Final performance Saturday June 8. Don't miss it! 🦋 #LICMtheater #childrenstheatre #plantmilkweed #savethemonarchs #playlicm @ Long Island Children's Museum

Come meet our newborn Crested Geckos! Did you know they shed a layer of skin after birth, and that serves as their first...
06/06/2019

Come meet our newborn Crested Geckos! Did you know they shed a layer of skin after birth, and that serves as their first meal? Now they have moved on to rehydrated fruit. Like a smoothie, but for lizards!⠀

#crestedgecko #lizardsofinstagram #lizards #playlicm

The first Friday of every month: an allergy friendly Kids in the Kitchen recipe. June's special recipe is nut-free, dair...
06/05/2019
Calendar | Long Island Children's Museum

The first Friday of every month: an allergy friendly Kids in the Kitchen recipe. June's special recipe is nut-free, dairy-free and gluten-free, this Friday at 11:30 am.

Note: Ingredients contain soy, sesame and ginger. Ingredients may be manufactured in a facility that uses shared equipment. You can also use these recipes as inspiration for at-home cooking as a family.

Little chefs use real cooking tools (with some help from adults) as we make easy, yummy, kid-friendly snacks from start to finish. As they make their treat, kids gain experience measuring ingredients, following directions and building their vocabulary. This Week: Asian Quinoa Salad.

Support the community and the environment this month! Go to our neighborhood Stop & Shop stores at 2525 Hempstead Turnpi...
06/04/2019

Support the community and the environment this month! Go to our neighborhood Stop & Shop stores at 2525 Hempstead Turnpike, East Meadow NY or 50 Cherry Valley Ave, West Hempstead NY to purchase a Community Bag. These Stop & Shop stores will donate $1 to LICM for every bag purchased during the month of June.

Thank you to the East Meadow and West Hempstead store managers for recommending LICM as the beneficiary of this community support initiative.

School groups will be in the LICM Theater for "My Butterfly: A Musical Adventure" this week. 🐛🦋 Few tickets remain for w...
06/02/2019

School groups will be in the LICM Theater for "My Butterfly: A Musical Adventure" this week. 🐛🦋 Few tickets remain for weekday performances, so check licm.org for availability. 📢 Good news: We have a final weekend performance for families. The curtains close this Saturday, June 8!

Note: This Field Trip Forecast graph only reflects group visits currently booked with the Museum. Our cafeteria is busiest between 11:30 and noon. Please plan accordingly. 🍎

H2Oh! is open for the season in Our Backyard. Stop by for water play, weather permitting. ⠀.⠀.⠀#itsalmostsummer #ourback...
06/01/2019

H2Oh! is open for the season in Our Backyard. Stop by for water play, weather permitting. ⠀
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#itsalmostsummer #ourbackyard #outdoors #playlicm @ Long Island Children's Museum

Do you know anyone looking for a volunteer position this summer? Encourage them to apply to enjoy the Museum from a new ...
05/31/2019
LICM Volunteer Application

Do you know anyone looking for a volunteer position this summer? Encourage them to apply to enjoy the Museum from a new perspective of helping others. Applications now accepted!

Thank you for choosing Long island Children's Museum as a place to volunteer. After completing this application, an LICM staff member will contact you. Application Process: All applicants are required to attend an interview as part of the application process. The minimum age to volunteer is 14 years...

Catch butterfly fever this weekend! Take a look around and add your monarch butterfly sightings to Journey North's site ...
05/31/2019
Journey North Maps

Catch butterfly fever this weekend! Take a look around and add your monarch butterfly sightings to Journey North's site and you'll become a citizen scientist. 🦋

Our beautiful butterfly puppet from "My Butterfly" at the LICM Theater (on stage this Sunday) doesn't quite count, but you can keep your eyes open in Our Backyard after the show!

Jennifer Henriquez joined the LICM team in the fall of 2018, bringing with her extensive knowledge of the informal educa...
05/30/2019

Jennifer Henriquez joined the LICM team in the fall of 2018, bringing with her extensive knowledge of the informal education landscape from her earlier work at Nassau BOCES, the Science Museum of Long Island and Center for Science Teaching and Learning.⠀
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“I’ve always loved science, but I’ve also always loved working with children. The best part about my job here at LICM as Outreach Manager is getting out into the schools and the communities. I love bringing the programs to the schools and teaching kids who wouldn’t normally be able to come to the Museum. Sometimes it’s easier on the schools and the parents for us to bring the Museum to them. ⠀
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The children especially LOVE the bubbles lesson. We normally do it with younger kids, but I just did it with fourth graders, actually. We elevated it to talk about surface tension and refraction of light. Even the adults love these lessons–they play with the bubbles too! It’s one of 12 different options we have for outreach programs… I love ‘Game On!’ too.⠀
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I didn’t have the opportunity to experience LICM as a child, but as a mom, I’ve been bringing my children here for years. I brought them since before I started working here. My son recently became tall enough to use the Climb-It, and that’s all he talks about. He’ll easily spend half an hour in there.” ⠀
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#humansoflicm #weloveourstaff #licm #longislandchildrensmuseum #playlicm

Our program LICM4all provides accessibility resources for all visitors. #playlicm Repost 📸 @islandwidespeech...Spending ...
05/29/2019

Our program LICM4all provides accessibility resources for all visitors. #playlicm

Repost 📸 @islandwidespeech
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Spending the day at @longislandchildrensmuseum and loving all of the SLP related exhibits and accessibility options!

This Sunday, 6/2, catch a performance of My Butterfly, a Musical Adventure! Shows are at 11:30 am and 2 pm. 🦋.If you can...
05/28/2019

This Sunday, 6/2, catch a performance of My Butterfly, a Musical Adventure! Shows are at 11:30 am and 2 pm. 🦋
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If you can’t make it this Sunday, check our calendar to find another performance time.⠀
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Last chance to see My Butterfly will be June 8 at 11:30 am and 2 pm. Tickets on licm.org 🎟️⠀
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#LICMtheater #playlicm #longislandchildrensmuseum #savethemonarchs #plantmilkweed

We are closed today, Memorial Day 2019.
05/27/2019

We are closed today, Memorial Day 2019.

Prepare for a busier Tuesday, and there's plenty of room to explore the rest of the week. Note: This Field Trip Forecast...
05/26/2019

Prepare for a busier Tuesday, and there's plenty of room to explore the rest of the week.

Note: This Field Trip Forecast graph only reflects group visits currently booked with the Museum. Our cafeteria is busiest between 11:30 and noon. Please plan accordingly. 🍎

Our 2019 Scout overnight season has come to a close, but we'll open registration in August for a BRAND NEW theme for 202...
05/25/2019
Scouts | Long Island Children's Museum

Our 2019 Scout overnight season has come to a close, but we'll open registration in August for a BRAND NEW theme for 2020. Mark your calendars!

Address

11 Davis Ave
Garden City, NY
11530

By Bus Take the N16 bus (from Hempstead LIRR or Roosevelt Field) towards Nassau Community College to the Student Union Building. At the Student Union, walk west on Davis Avenue for two blocks to the museum (the last building on the left). Or Take the N24 (from Mineola LIRR or Roosevelt Field) towards East Meadow to Commercial Avenue. At Commercial Avenue, cross Quentin Roosevelt Blvd., walk across the parking lot, make right onto West Street for one block to Davis Avenue and the museum (first building on Davis Avenue on the right). By Train Taxis available from Garden City LIRR train station or the nearby Garden City Hotel, Hempstead LIRR train station, and Mineola LIRR train station.

Opening Hours

Tuesday 10:00 - 17:00
Wednesday 10:00 - 17:00
Thursday 10:00 - 17:00
Friday 10:00 - 17:00
Saturday 10:00 - 17:00
Sunday 10:00 - 17:00

Telephone

(516) 224-5800

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