Nestled on Long Island’s Museum Row, in a converted airplane hangar at Mitchel Field, is a museum that takes fun and education to new heights. The Long Island Children’s Museum will entertain your family with its exhibits, and it also enriches local communities with its outreach programs.
The museum has 14 exhibit galleries, plus a professional theater, and 3 studios for workshops that are guaranteed to amuse the whole family, from toddlers to teens, and even adults. The main objective of the museum is to encourage hands on play, out of the belief that kids will learn the most when they actually touch, feel, or figure something out for themselves. The museum attracts over 250,000 visitors a year so they must be doing something right. In fact, they’re doing plenty right.
In addition to their in-house exhibits, the museum also has an “On the Go” outreach program where they bring the fun and learning to you. Schools, camps, libraries, and community centers, among others, can choose from 11 outreach programs that are divided by school grade, from nursery to 6th grade, and include age appropriate activities at each level. For more information on the museum’s outreach program, visit www.licm.org or call 516-224-5846.
The museum also has a program dedicated to familiarizing children and their families, who speak English as a second language, to the environment of the US education system at the kindergarten level. The goal of the program is to help kids feel comfortable in a school setting, in order to set them up for academic success. This program is as much for the parents as it is for the students. Parents also attend classes to learn what their role should be in their kids’ education. The program helps to break down language barriers for the entire family.
Once you visit the museum, you’ll see just how much it has to offer your family. You can even rent museum space for events. They also have birthday packages for kids age 2 through 12, which includes a private party room, 90 minutes of activities led by an enthusiastic museum staffer, invitations, and all guests get to explore the museum for free after the party is over.
Admission to the museum is $10 for children and adults. It’s important to note, adults are not allowed into the museum without children. There is also free parking. The museum hours are as follows:
September – June, Tuesday through Sunday: 10:00am – 5:00pm
During July and August, the museum will be open 7 days a week from 10:00am – 5:00pm
For more information on upcoming museum events, exhibits, and shows, check back here, or visit their website.