During the winter season, there aren’t as many family-friendly activities and locations to visit on Long Island. However, there are plenty of fun museums to visit until the weather warms up—none more popular than the Long Island Children’s Museum in Garden City. They have hands-on exhibits and activities to keep your kids (and maybe even you) busy all season long.
The Long Island Children’s Museum: Where Kids can be Kids
The idea for the Long Island Children’s Museum (LICM) was sparked in a 1989 conversation between local educators, artists and business people. One thing led to another and it opened as a private, not-for-profit institution in a 5,400-square foot donated demonstration site.
Years later in 2002, it officially moved to its current site among Museum Row at the historic Mitchel Field. These days, the museum is a year-round learning space devoted to enriching kids’ minds with 14 fun exhibits, interactive galleries, programs and performances.
Long Island Children’s Museum Exhibits
If you’re thinking about visiting the Long Island Children’s Museum anytime soon, here are a couple of their top current exhibits:
Tinkertoy: Build your Imagination
Focused on a classic toy that spans generations, this exhibit uses technology to find working solutions to real world problems. You can explore a walk-in re-creation of the iconic canister, view giant replicas of the classic Tinkertoy construction and create your own design.
At the Sound Showers, children can tap, clap, bounce and dance into a world of percussion instruments and everyday objects that make sound. They can explore rhythm, listening skills and cultural diversity with these wonderful instruments.
During your visit, you have to also make sure that you attend one of these excellent activities and demonstrations:
This 140-seat, proscenium-style theater offers a wide range of performances with a focus on audience and artist interaction. Here are some of the shows that they will be putting on stage this upcoming winter season:
- The Doubtful Sprout
- Jack and the Beanstalk
- The Big Bolt
- Meet Renaldo and Little Lou
- Aesop’s Fables
You can find the full calendar here.
Kids in the Kitchen
Kids in the Kitchen aims to teach your little learners math skills through counting, measuring and sequencing ingredients. Not to mention, the participants will develop listening skills and even expand their palate! It is designed for children ages three to eight.
The winter season is the perfect time to visit the Long Island Children’s Museum, especially if you or your kids have never been there.