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.

Juneteenth is officially a New York State holiday as of yesterday, June 17, 2020. Named for the combination of June and ...
06/18/2020

Juneteenth is officially a New York State holiday as of yesterday, June 17, 2020. Named for the combination of June and Nineteenth, it also goes by the names Juneteenth Independence Day and Black Independence Day. Juneteenth commemorates freedom, and is a time for reflection and celebration. Local celebrations often include parades, sports competitions, speeches, and reading the Emancipation Proclamation. People of all backgrounds come together to recognize a time in our nation’s history that continues to influence our society today.

Image: JUNETEENTH “The news of liberation of slaves came to Texas more than two years after President Abraham Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation went into effect on January 1, 1863; African Americans across the state were made aware of their right to freedom on June 19, 1865, when Major General Gordon Granger arrived in Galveston with federal troops to read General Order No. 3 announcing the end of the Civil War and that all enslaved people were now free … The observance of Juneteenth honors the history, perseverance, and achievements of African Americans, and celebrates America’s progress and continuing commitment to realizing the principles of liberty and equality upon which our nation was founded.”⁠
- NY Executive Order 204, issued June 17, 2020⁠

#juneteenth #blackhistory #americanhistory #holidays #playlicm

06/18/2020

Get ready for some fun under the sea! Miss Ashley reads "Peek-a-Baby: Ocean" by Mike Orodan and shows us how to make an Octopus craft. 🐙

06/17/2020
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Cooking tutorials for children as young as three with a little guidance from their grown ups! Which is your favorite recipe? Special thanks to our partners Kohl's Keeping Kids Healthy Program and Cohen Children's Medical Center Northwell Health for their support. bit.ly/licmkitk

Congratulations to the Class of 2020! To all of our graduating seniors from both high school and college, we wish the be...
06/15/2020

Congratulations to the Class of 2020! To all of our graduating seniors from both high school and college, we wish the best to our educators, volunteers and Green Teens who are taking the next steps in their lives. Here are some of our graduates who shared photos with us: Dhiya, Sierra, Emil, Leah, Karla, Marjorie, Justin, Gaby, Kyle, Jasmine and Ryan!

Congratulations to the Class of 2020! To all of our graduating seniors from both high school and college, we wish the best to our educators, volunteers and Green Teens who are taking the next steps in their lives. Here are some of our graduates who shared photos with us: Dhiya, Sierra, Emil, Leah, Karla, Marjorie, Justin, Gaby, Kyle, Jasmine and Ryan!

06/14/2020
Name that Sound!

Play a sound guessing game with Miss Ashley! Can you use your ears to guess which household objects she has hidden in the coffee can? Play at home with whatever objects you like and see if you can stump your family members. 🔊 🤔

"Kids are not colorblind, so don't be color silent." Embracing diversity has always been one of LICM's core values. Here...
06/13/2020
Talking Race With Young Children : Parenting: Difficult Conversations

"Kids are not colorblind, so don't be color silent." Embracing diversity has always been one of LICM's core values. Here's a 20 minute podcast to help you address the questions your children have, and take a proactive approach to celebrating diversity. Listen: https://n.pr/2BYGTD7

Read our full statement of support from last week: https://bit.ly/3hnjWK8 We'll be sharing more family-focused resources on this page to continue important conversations we all need to be having.

Even babies notice differences like skin color, eye shape and hair texture. Here's how to handle conversations about race, racism, diversity and inclusion, even with very young children.

Please join us as we celebrate Pride Month! 🖤🤎❤️🧡💛💚💙💜 Did you know the colors of the pride flag have meaning?"June is......
06/12/2020

Please join us as we celebrate Pride Month! 🖤🤎❤️🧡💛💚💙💜 Did you know the colors of the pride flag have meaning?

"June is... Pride Month. Here's how to explain the meaning of the rainbow flag to your kid! The original flag, made in 1978 by Gilbert Baker, was created to fly in the San Francisco Pride parade. Its colors were meant to represent aspects of the LGBT movement. Red is for... LIFE. Orange is for... HEALING. Yellow is for... SUNLIGHT. Green is for... NATURE. Blue is for... SERENITY. Purple is for... SPIRIT. INCLUSIVE. Recently, black and brown were added to be more inclusive of people of color. The flag could continue to evolve!"

Proud to celebrate Pride month with the LGBTQ+ community 🌈 Teach your kids the meaning behind every stripe in the LGBTQ+ rainbow flag

06/12/2020
Kids in the Kitchen: Super Berry Smoothie

Join Miss Ashley as she whips up a nutritious and delicious Super Berry Smoothie! Can you guess the secret superfood ingredient? 🍓🍌🫐 🥛Special thanks to our partners Cohen Children's Medical Center and Kohl's Keeping Kids Healthy Program.

Hello to you on this #bookfacefriday! Many thanks to @bookfacekids of Instagram for this sweet photo. 📷“You Are New” is ...
06/12/2020

Hello to you on this #bookfacefriday! Many thanks to @bookfacekids of Instagram for this sweet photo. 📷

“You Are New” is an ode to the new babies of the world, and an important reminder that even when those babies grow up a bit, they are made new again each time they learn something different. 🚼

“You Are New”
By Lucy Knisley

06/11/2020

Join Miss Ashley as she reads "Little Yellow Bee" by Ginger Swift, with illustrations by Katya Longhi. After the story, Miss Ashley will show you how to make your own cute little bee finger puppet. 🐝

For this week's #staffpick, Access and Inclusion Manager Beth Ann shares her favorite LICM exhibit:"My favorite exhibit ...
06/10/2020

For this week's #staffpick, Access and Inclusion Manager Beth Ann shares her favorite LICM exhibit:

"My favorite exhibit is the ASL wall on the first floor. When I was a child, my favorite gallery at LICM was Changes and Challenges. Within this gallery, there was a similar component about ASL and signing the alphabet. I was lucky enough to learn ASL in college, and now I even get to teach some basic signs in ASL to our staff.

"This component gives our visitors a deeper understanding of another person’s life, especially such a vital piece of it, communication. I notice the widest age range of visitors interacting with this component, from babies all the way up to seniors. I always enjoy witnessing multi-generational play at the Museum; it shows that we are really doing our job." 🤟

Like many Educators at LICM, Karla Sabrozo is a creative person both when she is working at the Museum and in her person...
06/09/2020

Like many Educators at LICM, Karla Sabrozo is a creative person both when she is working at the Museum and in her personal life. Karla creates sculptures and installations that are made out of recycled unwanted materials, while reflecting on the environmental impact that human consumption has on our planet. 🌎 Karla’s ethereal sculpture, "The Tree of Life" (pictured here) makes an important statement regarding the volume of items we throw out. ⁠

Karla holds a BFA in Studio Art and a Minor in Art Therapy from Adelphi University, and we are excited to see what she will create next. To see more of Karla’s art, visit karlasabrozo.squarespace.com. ⁠

#artforchange #thefutureisbright #bethechange #LICMlovesearth #playlicm

As many Long Islanders tend to their own gardens, master gardener Maggie Gray has been tending to Our Backyard each week...
06/09/2020

As many Long Islanders tend to their own gardens, master gardener Maggie Gray has been tending to Our Backyard each week. Preparations for the Sunflower House begin.

#ourbackyard #nature #behindthescenes #nationalgardeningweek #nationalgardenweek #playlicm

Our #staffpicks series continues as Marissa, Museum and Animal Educator, tells us her favorite place to play at LICM:⁠⁠“...
06/06/2020

Our #staffpicks series continues as Marissa, Museum and Animal Educator, tells us her favorite place to play at LICM:⁠

“My favorite component is the Block Table in the Pattern Studio. I really enjoy that it’s an open invitation to be creative. Our visitors make the most imaginative creations. I always see a lot of cooperative play and families interacting with each other. It’s also a great opportunity to have fun conversations with kids about what they are building, why they chose that and to create a fun narrative.” 🏛️

It's #bookfacefriday, and we want to thank Here Wee Read who created this #bookcover photo.⁠⁠“Exquisite: The Poetry and ...
06/05/2020

It's #bookfacefriday, and we want to thank Here Wee Read who created this #bookcover photo.⁠

“Exquisite: The Poetry and Life of Gwendolyn Brooks” is the story of the first Black writer to win the Pulitzer Prize. ⁠

Brooks grew up listening to her father recite poetry, and by age seven, she began to write her own poems. She lived through the Great Depression, and later as an adult worked multiple jobs to survive. But she never stopped writing. One of her favorite subjects was Bronzeville, her South Side Chicago neighborhood. Brooks encouraged her readers to understand each other while also examining themselves. ⁠

Enriched by poetic language and lush illustration, “Exquisite” is an inspiring story of perseverance and determination. ✏️⁠

“Exquisite: The Poetry and Life of Gwendolyn Brooks”⁠
Written by Suzanne Slade⁠
Illustrated by Cozbi A. Cabrera⁠

Photo 📷 by @hereweeread⁠ of Instagram

06/05/2020
Kids in the Kitchen: 3-Ingredient Cookie Bites

Join Miss Ashley as she makes protein-packed 3-Ingredient Cookie Bites. No baking required! 🍪Special thanks to our partners Cohen Children's Medical Center and Kohl's Keeping Kids Healthy.

06/04/2020
story + ART: "Little Blue Truck Leads the Way"

Blue is back, and this time with a visit to the big city! 🏙️ Join Miss Ashley as she reads "Little Blue Truck Leads the Way," written by Alice Schertle and illustrated by Jill McElmurry. After the story, Miss Ashley shows us how to make a city out of recycled boxes. 📦 If you missed Miss Ashley reading the original "Little Blue Truck," check it out here: https://bit.ly/littlebluetruckstART

Sesame Street and CNN Will be hosting their second town hall this Saturday, June 6 10:00 a.m. Eastern to address racism....
06/04/2020
CNN and 'Sesame Street' to host a town hall addressing racism

Sesame Street and CNN Will be hosting their second town hall this Saturday, June 6 10:00 a.m. Eastern to address racism. You can watch it online without requiring a cable log-in, or on TV. More details and a space submit questions through this link.

As anger and heartbreak have swept across America over the killing of yet another black man at the hands of police, CNN and Sesame Street are refocusing their second town hall to address racism.

From Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, this resource helps us talk about race through...
06/03/2020
Talking About Race

From Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, this resource helps us talk about race through the lens of parents, educators and advocates committed to equity.

Who Am I? I Am an Educator Whether you are teaching infants, adults, or any age in between, you are an influential part of your students’ learning and development. Educators too have an important role in communicating our history and culture. What and how the history of race in America is presente...

06/02/2020
Animals of LICM: Rosie Makes a Movie

Rosie, LICM's rose hair tarantula, stretches her eight legs by heading over to the Museum's Communication Station gallery and starring in her own animated film! 🎥 ⭐

Are you confused about how to talk about race with your children? These books can be conversation starters to provide co...
06/01/2020

Are you confused about how to talk about race with your children? These books can be conversation starters to provide context for understanding the events of today. Visit https://bit.ly/kidsbooksaboutrace for more. According to many studies, children develop bias at a young age. It is important to talk about race and racism, often and early. For more children’s books about race and diversity, check out @hereweeread and @mattersofrepresentation on Instagram.

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We are all experiencing a lot of emotions right now. Some days are ok, other days...not so much. Our children are going ...
05/31/2020

We are all experiencing a lot of emotions right now. Some days are ok, other days...not so much. Our children are going through these ups and downs too, and it’s a lot to process. One great way to work through complicated feelings is to write in a journal. Even younger children who can’t write yet can partake by drawing. You can provide prompts (“I felt scared when..."), or leave it up to your child to choose what to write about.

For more ideas on different kinds of journals, check out https://bit.ly/moreaboutjournaling. 🖊️📔

You have your favorite spots at LICM, and so do we! Here’s Josh, our Together to Kindergarten Program/Visitor Experience...
05/30/2020

You have your favorite spots at LICM, and so do we! Here’s Josh, our Together to Kindergarten Program/Visitor Experience Coordinator talking about his happy place at the Museum.

“My favorite component is the fix-a-car from Broken? Fix it! I love it for two reasons: the first is that outside of the Museum I am very into all things automobile. I usually perform basic maintenance on all my cars, and love to work hands-on to fix small issues. The second reason is this is a great component to promote dramatic play. Kids may see adults working on cars either in real life or on TV and this is a great place to reenact those experiences together.” 🚗

Stay tuned for more staff favorites!

Happy #bookfacefriday, friends! This week, we are grateful to @bookfacekids of Instagram for this repost!After Lily find...
05/29/2020

Happy #bookfacefriday, friends! This week, we are grateful to @bookfacekids of Instagram for this repost!

After Lily finds a super cool cat mask, she decides to wear it all the time. It works when she wants to be noticed, and also allows her to be invisible when she wants to hide. But when her new teacher tells her that she cannot wear her cat mask at school, will Lily be able to make friends without it? 🐱

"Lily's Cat Mask"
By Julie Fortenberry

05/29/2020
Kids in the Kitchen: Tuna Salad

On Miss Ashley's menu this week: tuna salad! Perfect for a light lunch or tasty snack. Thanks to our partners @Cohen Children's Medical Center and Kohl's Keeping Kids Healthy Program. 🍽️

05/28/2020

Sharpen those STEM skills as you build your own marble maze with Jennifer, LICM's Outreach Manager

05/28/2020

Rosie, LICM's rose hair tarantula, stretches her eight legs by heading over to the Museum's Communication Station gallery and starring in her own animated film! 🎥 ⭐

Looking for some screen-free time for your kids? Try a Numbers and Letters Hunt! Tape various letters and numbers around...
05/27/2020

Looking for some screen-free time for your kids? Try a Numbers and Letters Hunt! Tape various letters and numbers around the house. For younger children, call out the numbers and letters and have them find them. Another idea is to tape sight words around the house and have new readers search for those. For older children, you can call out multiplication or division facts and have them find the answers. Happy hunting, and thanks to LoopDLoopkids for this great idea! ➗🔟 🔤✖️

05/26/2020
Animal of LICM: Meet Rosie

Many visitors shudder when they see Rosie, LICM’s rose hair tarantula, but should they be afraid of her? Marissa, our museum and animal educator, sets the record straight! 🕸️

The Museum is temporarily closed, but we have oodles of imaginative experiences you can enjoy at home. Visit www.licm.or...
05/26/2020

The Museum is temporarily closed, but we have oodles of imaginative experiences you can enjoy at home. Visit www.licm.org/athome/ to learn more.

Today we honor those who lost their lives fighting for our freedom. Thank you for your service and your bravery. Your sa...
05/25/2020

Today we honor those who lost their lives fighting for our freedom. Thank you for your service and your bravery. Your sacrifice will never be forgotten. 🇺🇸

05/24/2020
"Mouse on the Move" and Creativity

During "Mouse on the Move," the main characters use everyday objects in creative new ways. This video is ideal for children age six and under. Watch together to see which items your children recognize and what predictions they make about how each mode of transportation could be built with the items on hand.

This production was on stage at the LICM Theater fall of 2017, spring of 2018, and summer 2019.

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.

General information

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

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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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?