Families on Long Island have a seemingly endless supply of options for activities and events that their children will enjoy. One reason being that all of the fantastic Long Island museums are just a short drive away. Here’s a few of our absolute favorites.
Long Islands Museums that You Won’t Want to Miss
Long Island Children’s Museum
Garden City is home to some of Long Island’s most interactive, kid-friendly exhibits around, which you can find at the Long Island Children’s Museum. This large, brightly colored building contains playgrounds, exhibitions, galleries, studios, exhibits and a garden, too!
Children love just about everything it has to offer. As a bonus, every exhibit and activity is created with the purpose of teaching lessons and building skills. At the Long Island Children’s Museum, your child will learn and enjoy themselves at exhibits like:
- A massive climbing structure called Climb-It@LICM, which teaches children independence freedom and exploration.
- Sound Showers, a collection of different percussion instruments which encourage an understanding of rhythm, listening skills and cultural diversity.
- Tool Box, an interactive exhibit where children learn creative thinking, measurement skills and experimentation through simple machines.
You can also find plenty of cool events on their calendar. The museum is open Tuesday to Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and costs $13 to enter.
Tackapausha Museum and Preserve
If you’re looking for a pristine piece of Long Island nature at its finest, Seaford’s Tackapausha Museum and Preserve is the place for you. The 3,000 square-foot museum is comprised of animal exhibits, shows and interactive activities to showcase Long Island’s unique ecology.
After you finish exploring inside, you have to check out the 84-acre nature preserve that the museum is located on. Whether you choose to walk, run, hike or even bike through their five miles of marked trails, you will find:
- An oak forest
- Small mammals
- More than 170 species of birds
For anyone whose child loves the outdoors, they even host birthday parties!
Cradle of Aviation Museum
After you finish up at the Long Island Children’s Museum in Garden City, make sure you check out its neighbor, the Cradle of Aviation Museum. Through unique displays and exhibitions, you will learn all about Long Island’s role in the history of aviation and spaceflight. The museum is even located on the historic Mitchel Air Force Base.
During your visit, be sure to check out:
- Over 75 air and space crafts
- 12 cockpits
- 30 hands-on exhibits
Their two most famous crafts are a Navy Blue Angel and the Apollo Lunar Module. A trip to the Cradle of Aviation would be incomplete without a visit to their enormous JetBlue Sky Theater Planetarium and Dome Theater. You can check out all the current films that are playing here.
If you’re looking for a great activity for your entire family, why not visit one of the many terrific Long Island museums?