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.
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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. Please keep your comments family friendly! We are dedicated to respect, access for all, and nurture cooperation and kindess.We reserve the right to delete any post containing an advertisement or content that we deem inappropriate.

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11/08/2020

We are celebrating National STEM Day with an activity from our Green Teens! In posting weekly STEM-related activities, our goal is to help develop your STEM Explorers’ interests in science, technology, engineering, and math. Partaking in STEM activities enhances critical thinking and communication skills, while encouraging collaboration and teamwork.

This week, we are doing an experiment using leaves. During the fall, the green leaves on trees turn shades of red, orange, and yellow. Different colored pigments are hidden during the warmer months and only appear when the green chlorophyll pigment, which helps the tree make its own food, starts to break down as the weather gets colder. You and your STEM Explorers can figure out what pigments are found in leaves using just a few simple materials: leaves from the same tree, rubbing alcohol, a jar, plastic wrap, coffee filter, hot water, and a bowl. 🍁

Instructions:
1. Break up your leaves into tiny pieces and place them inside your jar.
2. Pour enough rubbing alcohol into the jar to cover the leaves.
3. Stir and mash the leaves until the liquid inside the jar looks green and your leaves are mushy.
4. Place plastic wrap over your jar, place it in a small bowl, and pour hot water into the bowl.
5. Leave it to sit for 30 minutes, occasionally swirling the jar to mix the contents. If after 30 minutes, the liquid is not dark green, wait a little longer.
6. Cut a strip from your coffee filter that is long enough to hang over the side of your jar while the bottom reaches to the liquid, taping it at the top if needed.
7. The liquid will travel up the coffee filter and as it moves, the different colored pigments will be separated from each other, creating beautiful bands!
8. Try this with another kind of leaf. Does it look the same or different?

Special thanks to our partner National Grid for their support of the STEM Explorers powered by Green Teens program.

We are celebrating National STEM Day with an activity from our Green Teens! In posting weekly STEM-related activities, o...
11/08/2020

We are celebrating National STEM Day with an activity from our Green Teens! In posting weekly STEM-related activities, our goal is to help develop your STEM Explorers’ interests in science, technology, engineering, and math. Partaking in STEM activities enhances critical thinking and communication skills, while encouraging collaboration and teamwork.

This week, we are doing an experiment using leaves. 🍁During the fall, the green leaves on trees turn shades of red, orange, and yellow. Different colored pigments are hidden during the warmer months and only appear when the green chlorophyll pigment, which helps the tree make its own food, starts to break down as the weather gets colder. You and your STEM Explorers can figure out what pigments are found in leaves using just a few simple materials: leaves from the same tree, rubbing alcohol, a jar, plastic wrap, coffee filter, hot water, and a bowl.

Instructions:
1. Break up your leaves into tiny pieces and place them inside your jar.
2. Pour enough rubbing alcohol into the jar to cover the leaves.
3. Stir and mash the leaves until the liquid inside the jar looks green and your leaves are mushy.
4. Place plastic wrap over your jar, place it in a small bowl, and pour hot water into the bowl.
5. Leave it to sit for 30 minutes, occasionally swirling the jar to mix the contents. If after 30 minutes, the liquid is not dark green, wait a little longer.
6. Cut a strip from your coffee filter that is long enough to hang over the side of your jar while the bottom reaches to the liquid, taping it at the top if needed.
7. The liquid will travel up the coffee filter and as it moves, the different colored pigments will be separated from each other, creating beautiful bands!
8. Try this with another kind of leaf. Does it look the same or different?

Special thanks to our partner National Grid for their support of the STEM Explorers powered by Green Teens program.

Our visitors share their thoughts after recent visits to LICM: "The Museum feels clean. When I came in, I saw people cle...
11/07/2020

Our visitors share their thoughts after recent visits to LICM: "The Museum feels clean. When I came in, I saw people cleaning the door handles. Also, the staff takes your temperature before they allow visitors in, which reassures me. The Museum doesn't allow too many people at one time so we can social distance." - Deja T., mom of a 3-year-old

11/06/2020
Avocado and Egg Toast (Healthy Kids in the Kitchen)

Avocado toast meets egg salad in this healthy, easy-to-assemble breakfast! 🥑 This filling meal will keep your family fueled throughout the morning thanks to healthy fats found in avocado and protein-rich eggs. Special thanks to our partners Kohl's Keeping Kids Healthy Program and Cohen Children's Medical Center Northwell Health for their support.

Make Avocado and Egg Toast 🥑 during our online video series of Kids in the Kitchen! Catch us Fridays on Facebook. This w...
11/05/2020

Make Avocado and Egg Toast 🥑 during our online video series of Kids in the Kitchen! Catch us Fridays on Facebook. This week's tasty recipe joins you in your kitchen, Friday November 6 at 11:30 am. #cookingwithkids #playlicm

The votes have been tallied! With 187 ballots submitted, we have a winner who captured a 58% majority. Our Octomoose is ...
11/04/2020

The votes have been tallied! With 187 ballots submitted, we have a winner who captured a 58% majority. Our Octomoose is officially named Otis! Thank you for participating.

The grown-ups have done their voting or will do it soon. Now it’s the kids’ turn! Our iconic Octomoose stands tall outsi...
11/03/2020

The grown-ups have done their voting or will do it soon. Now it’s the kids’ turn! Our iconic Octomoose stands tall outside our East Doors, delighting visitors as they leave the Museum. But the Octomoose is missing one thing...a name! Head over to our Instagram story so your kids can cast their vote. Will the Octomoose be named Obi or Otis? www.instagram.com/longislandchildrensmuseum

Join us for Story + Art this Thursday at LICM! Miss Ashley will be reading “Mouse Paint” by Ellen Stoll Walsh. One day t...
11/02/2020

Join us for Story + Art this Thursday at LICM! Miss Ashley will be reading “Mouse Paint” by Ellen Stoll Walsh. One day three white mice discover three jars of paint—red, blue, and yellow. But what happens when they splash in the colors, mixing the red and blue? Or dance in the blue and yellow? This playful introduction to colors will appeal to any budding artist or curious preschooler. After the story, decorate a mouse puppet inspired by the clever mice in the book. 🐭

📅 Story + Art: Thursday, November 5, 11:30 am-12 pm, Ages 3-5
Tickets are $3 for members/$4 for non-members, and must be purchased online in advance along with General Admission purchase or reservation. Get your tickets here: http://bit.ly/stART11_5
Class size will be limited to provide room for physical distancing.

We wanted to share another great book for kids about voting. “I Voted,” written by Mark Shulman and illustrated by Serge...
11/02/2020

We wanted to share another great book for kids about voting. “I Voted,” written by Mark Shulman and illustrated by Serge Bloch, explains the voting process and why it’s important using the relatable example of voting for a class pet, before exploring what happens in an actual American election. ⁠🇺🇸

Check out our Instagram story tomorrow to give your kids a chance to vote on the name of our Octomoose sculpture that lives outside LICM!

Have your STEM Explorers ever asked you how clouds form or what they’re made of? In this experiment, you’ll only need a ...
11/01/2020

Have your STEM Explorers ever asked you how clouds form or what they’re made of? In this experiment, you’ll only need a few materials to make your own cloud: a jar with a lid, hot water, ice cubes, and hairspray (aerosol cans work best). Your STEM Explorers will learn how water vapor condenses into water droplets, which then attach to particles in the air, such as dust, pollen and smoke. When millions of these droplets come together, they form a cloud. Here's how to make yours:

1. Heat up your water to a boil or hot enough to see steam. (Adult supervision required)
2. Pour some of your hot water into your jar and place the lid upside down on top of the jar.
3. Place a couple of ice cubes on top of the lid and let sit for at least 15 seconds.
4. Lift the lid and quickly spray a bit of hairspray into your jar before replacing the lid back on top of the jar.
5. Watch your cloud form in the jar!

Why does this work? When you heat up your water, some of it turns into steam, or water vapor. The water vapor then rises to the top of the jar where it hits the cold air, which is created by the ice cubes on the lid. The addition of the hairspray acts as the particle component that the water vapor (condensed into water droplets) attaches to, forming a denser cloud that will be more visible to the eye. Notice the movement of your cloud as it forms in your jar, along with the space between your water and cloud if any. Then remove your lid and watch your cloud escape! ☁️

Special thanks to our partner National Grid for their support of the STEM Explorers program.

Happy Halloween! Even Stormtroopers like to make festive crafts! 🎃 👻 This weekend, come make a spooktacular craft and tr...
10/31/2020

Happy Halloween! Even Stormtroopers like to make festive crafts! 🎃 👻 This weekend, come make a spooktacular craft and trick or treat at LICM. Today and tomorrow, allergy-friendly, non-food items will be given out as you walk through the Museum from 12:30- 2:30 pm (while supplies last). Costumes are encouraged! Please reserve your required timed-entry tickets here: bit.ly/getLICMtickets

10/30/2020
Spooky Snacks 👻 (Healthy Kids in the Kitchen)

These snacks so delicious(and packed with vitamin C, potassium, and fiber), it's scary! 🎃 Try this spooky spin on familiar fruits and keep monster appetites satisfied during snack time. Creative presentation is the only trick to making these healthy treats! Special thanks to our partners Kohl's Keeping Kids Healthy Program and Cohen Children's Medical Center Northwell Health for their support.

Trick or Treat! 🎃 👻 The Halloween fun continues tomorrow through Sunday! Come in for some allergy-friendly fun! Non-food...
10/29/2020
Long Island Children's Museum

Trick or Treat! 🎃 👻 The Halloween fun continues tomorrow through Sunday! Come in for some allergy-friendly fun! Non-food treats will be given out as you walk around the Museum on Friday 10:30 am - 12:30 pm, and Saturday/Sunday 12:30 - 2:30 pm, while supplies last. Costumes are encouraged! While you’re here, don’t forget to do your make and take craft, free with admission. Please reserve your required timed-entry tickets here: bit.ly/getLICMtickets

MEMBERS: Please sign in to request your free admission tickets. VISITORS: Please select a time below between 11:00 AM – 3:00 PM.

We're ready for you! Just a few little treats to get you in the Halloween spirit: allergy-friendly non-food trick-or-tre...
10/28/2020

We're ready for you! Just a few little treats to get you in the Halloween spirit: allergy-friendly non-food trick-or-treating while visiting the Museum, along with a make and take craft, free with admission. This Thursday/Friday 10:30 am - 12:30 pm, and Saturday/Sunday 12:30 - 2:30 pm, while supplies last. Get your Museum admission tickets in advance: https://bit.ly/getLICMtickets

With so many discussions about voting and elections happening around them, children in your life are sure to have their ...
10/28/2020

With so many discussions about voting and elections happening around them, children in your life are sure to have their own questions. This picture book, written by Kate Farrell and illustrated by Caitlin Kuhwald, is a path to opening those conversations and introducing new ideas.

An excerpt from "V is for Voting"
"A is for active participation.
B is for building a more equal nation.
C is for citizens' rights and our duty.
D is for difference, our strength and our beauty."

Visitor Tip: In the interest of the health and safety of our guests, our coatroom is temporarily closed. 🧥 You may want ...
10/26/2020

Visitor Tip: In the interest of the health and safety of our guests, our coatroom is temporarily closed. 🧥 You may want to leave your family’s coats in the car, or if you can leave them in your stroller if you have one. Thank you to our LICM community for your understanding as we all work together to play safely.

Timed-entry tickets are required for admission and must be reserved in advance. Click bit.ly/getLICMtickets to get yours. 🎟️

Many people use pumpkins as Halloween decorations, but have you ever used one for a scientific experiment? 🎃 In this act...
10/25/2020

Many people use pumpkins as Halloween decorations, but have you ever used one for a scientific experiment? 🎃 In this activity, you and your STEM Explorers will dissect a pumpkin and discover what’s inside. Before cutting open your pumpkin, see what you can observe just by looking at the outside. What colors do you see? How many lines does your pumpkin have? What shape is your pumpkin? Once you’re ready, cut open the top and dig in! How many seeds can you find? What does the inside feel like? Download and print your own Pumpkin Investigation Worksheet (http://bit.ly/pumpkinexperiment) to record all your discoveries. This festive activity is a good introduction to the scientific method: STEM Explorers will need to make observations, form a hypothesis and conduct an experiment to complete the worksheet.

Thursday through Sunday this week... non-food trick or treating in the LICM galleries! Thursday/Friday 10:30 am - 12:30 ...
10/24/2020

Thursday through Sunday this week... non-food trick or treating in the LICM galleries! Thursday/Friday 10:30 am - 12:30 pm, and Saturday/Sunday 12:30 - 2:30 pm, while supplies last. Put on your Halloween costume, and create a fun, green monster using your imagination and a variety of lite bits and pieces. You can even use your puppet to collect your non-food treats from Museum staff throughout your visit. https://www.licm.org/calendar/

10/23/2020
Cinnamon-Apple Sandwiches (Healthy Kids in the Kitchen)

Fall is in full swing, and the seasonal flavors in this sandwich won’t disappoint! 🍏 This recipe gets its sweetness from fresh apples that contain vitamins, antioxidants and fiber, and is paired with just the right amount of spice from ground cinnamon. It’s so tasty, you’ll want to enjoy it year-round! Special thanks to our partners Kohl's Keeping Kids Healthy Program and Cohen Children's Medical Center Northwell Health for their support.

Visitor tip: Be sure to try out our new rainbow writing tablets! Upon reopening, we removed the telephones from Communic...
10/22/2020

Visitor tip: Be sure to try out our new rainbow writing tablets! Upon reopening, we removed the telephones from Communication Station to ensure the safety of our visitors. Our tablets are similar to scratch boards, but without the mess. Children can practice writing their name or simply have fun drawing: both activities are great for developing fine motor skills. ✎

We are open today, so come play! Purchase your required timed-entry tickets here: https://bit.ly/getLICMtickets 🎟️

Did you know it’s Reptile Awareness Day? 🦎 Our collection boasts several reptiles, but today we wanted to check in with ...
10/21/2020

Did you know it’s Reptile Awareness Day? 🦎 Our collection boasts several reptiles, but today we wanted to check in with our gecko hatchlings who were born over the past few months. Sometimes locating them in their tank can be like a game of Hidden Pictures: they can be found in various nooks and crannies, and like to cling onto the glass of the tank using their setae, or small hairs on their toes and tail. Each seta is divided into hundreds of smaller hairs called spatulae, which help the geckos adhere to smooth surfaces.

For such small creatures, they have a fairly long life span of 15 to 20 years. Perhaps the strangest thing about them is that they lick their eyes to clean them! 👀

Join us for Story + Art this week at LICM! Miss Ashley will be reading “We All Sing With the Same Voice” by J. Philip Mi...
10/20/2020

Join us for Story + Art this week at LICM! Miss Ashley will be reading “We All Sing With the Same Voice” by J. Philip Miller and Sheppard M. Greene, a lyrical and joyful celebration of inclusion and respect that embraces the notion that no matter where children live or what they look like, they’re all the same where it counts—at heart! After the story, create a colorful heart collage that is as special as you are! ❤️

📅 Story + Art: Thursday, October 22, 11:30 am-12 pm, Ages 3-5
Tickets are $3 for members/$4 for non-members, and must be purchased online in advance along with General Admission purchase or reservation.
Class size will be limited to provide room for physical distancing. Get your tickets here: bit.ly/stART10_22 🎟️

It’s finally fall, which means there are plenty of apples to pick and eat, but have you ever thought about building with...
10/18/2020

It’s finally fall, which means there are plenty of apples to pick and eat, but have you ever thought about building with them? You and your STEM Explorers can keep busy with just a few materials including apples and toothpicks. Cut up an apple or two into small pieces (you may need to help with this part) to use as building blocks while using toothpicks to build a house, tower or any other type of building. After cutting, simply push toothpicks into your apple cubes to start your structure. Younger STEM Explorers can build by balancing the apple pieces on top of one another. 🍏

How tall can you build your apple structure? What makes your structure either stronger or weaker? Are more or less toothpicks needed for a tall structure? How about a short one? This activity will encourage your STEM Explorers to use their imagination to engineer their very own standing structure! 🍎

Special thanks to our partner National Grid for their support of the STEM Explorers program.

KEVA fun for everyone! When you come to LICM, your family will get a personal box of KEVA Planks to play with. What will...
10/17/2020

KEVA fun for everyone! When you come to LICM, your family will get a personal box of KEVA Planks to play with. What will you build on your next visit?

10/16/2020
Broccoli, Cheddar and Potato Soup (Healthy Kids in the Kitchen)

Did you know that eating soup can help increase your daily intake of vegetables? As the weather cools down, warm up with a bowl of this hearty soup! This recipe is not only full of flavor, it boasts fiber and antioxidants from fresh veggies. Pair that with tasty cheddar cheese for an easy and filling meal that the whole family will love! 🥣

Special thanks to our partners Kohl's Keeping Kids Healthy Program and Cohen Children's Medical Center Northwell Health for their support.

stART is back and we couldn't be happier! Join us next Thursday at 11:30 am EDT for this Early Childhood workshop combin...
10/15/2020

stART is back and we couldn't be happier! Join us next Thursday at 11:30 am EDT for this Early Childhood workshop combining literacy and creativity designed for children ages 3 to 5.

#earlychildhood #buildingliteracy #gettingcrafty #childrensbooks #playlicm

Visitor Tip: Timed-entry tickets are required for admission and must be reserved in advance. Click bit.ly/getLICMtickets...
10/14/2020

Visitor Tip: Timed-entry tickets are required for admission and must be reserved in advance. Click bit.ly/getLICMtickets to get yours! 🎫 Museum hours are Thursday through Sunday, 10am–3 pm, with the 10-11 am hour reserved for Members. Not a Member yet? Become one today: bit.ly/licmmembership

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.

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Please keep your comments family friendly! We are dedicated to respect, access for all, and nurture cooperation and kindess.We reserve the right to delete any post containing an advertisement or content that we deem inappropriate.

Opening Hours

Thursday 10:00 - 15:00
Friday 10:00 - 15:00
Saturday 10:00 - 15:00
Sunday 10:00 - 15:00

Telephone

+15162245800

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I want to thank Beth Ann Balalaos & Marissa Feldman for going out of their way for my son, Sam, during this difficult time of quarantine. You see, my son LOVES the Long Island Children's museum. He has autism and especially loves the sensory friendly events. Throughout this quarantine he has been asking to visit the museum and pick up pamphlets and booklets (as he always does when we visit). I explained to him that the museum is closed, but as soon as it opens we would be one of the first families to go. I decided to email Beth Ann, who organizes the sensory friendly events, and ask if there was ANY way I could get my hands on some brochures and booklets. I thought it was a longshot, but gave it a try. Well, not only did I receive reply the same evening of my email, but Beth Ann & Marissa created a care package for Sam the included, everything he loved AND personalized arts and crafts activities. They left the bag outside of the museum and we picked it up. He was SO HAPPY and I was beyond moved by their kindness. In this difficult time that we are living through, it is so uplifting to experience such an amazing act of kindness. Thank you Beth Ann & Marissa! I look forward to seeing you again when the museum re-opens.
Our first experience with messy afternoons was a success! Love being able to just pop in for an hour to enjoy some fun.. with no clean up!
Had a great time at the Ghostly Gala! It was Anthony’s first time and loved it.
Good Morning! I am a Farmingdale College Intern working for the Health & Welfare Council of Long Island (HWCLI). I chose to intern here as I so admire their dedication to improving the lives of Long Island’s most vulnerable residents through the promotion & development of public policies and direct services. On October 24th, 2018, they will be holding their 3rd Annual Halloween Ball at the Mansion at Oyster Bay. The goal of this event is to raise funds for our organization to continue to advocate for the betterment of our region. Now, more than ever, this work is expanding and is critical for the well-being of communities across Long Island. I am reaching out to you, as a company with a social conscience, for a raffle/auction item or the purchase of an electronic journal advertisement. Your business will receive recognition on our electronic journal during the event, as well as on our social media accounts. We will provide a donation receipt letter with HWCLI’s tax exempt ID number for your records. If you have any questions, please reach out to my supervisor, Celeste Hernandez at 516-505-4432; [email protected]. Thank you for your generosity! Stephanie Lopez
Disneys Imagination Movers back at the Great South Bay Music Festival!!!! Go to www.greatsouthbaymusicfestival.com to purchase tickets!!!
What an awesome night with the family!!! Thank You So Much!!! Kids loved the face painting!!! Everyone was so patient and nice !!! #foundeggs
Thank you LICM for a great party!! Andrew and his friends had a blast!!
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Memories from 4 years ago with my Lydia. You can't make a trip to LICM without building with the Kevas or going in the maze
Memories from 4 years ago with my Lydia. You can't make a trip to LICM without building with the Kevas or going in the maze
Memories from 4 years ago with my Lydia. You can't make a trip to LICM without building with the Kevas or going in the maze
Will you be doing the New Year's eve ball drops and party this year?