School’s out and children’s schedules need to be filled up. Long Island Children’s Museum has a schedule filled with art and science programs, workshops to ignite curiosity and develop important skills and exhibits that challenge kids and grownups to learn and play together.
NOTE: The Children’s Museum will be closed on Independence Day (July 4)
Program Schedule – July 3-9, 2017
The Puppet Project
Monday, July 3 and Wednesday, July 5 through Friday, July 7 from 1 to 3 p.m.
Did you know that puppets have been crafted for thousands of years and used for storytelling in all cultures? Join in the fun as you design and engineer your own stick and rod puppet. Use exciting materials to build your own character as you learn how to create and operate your new creation. Develop your puppet’s character and learn how to perform for family and friends. To ensure that visitors have ample time to create their puppets, timed tickets will be issued.
Ages: 3 and up. Fee: $5 with museum admission ($4 LICM members).
Make a Move with Willem de Kooning
Wednesday, July 5 at 11 a.m., 1 and 3 p.m.
Just as Willem de Kooning was influenced by his environment and the world around him, we’ll take inspiration from the movement of nature in our garden setting to explore his hands-on techniques. Join us in Our Backyard as we create al fresco art. This workshop is funded by The Willem de Kooning Foundation.
Ages: 3 and up. Fee: $3 with museum admission ($2 LICM members).
Music and Movement
Wednesday, July 5 from 11:30 a.m. – noon
Enjoy creative movement exercises and interactive sing-alongs that get little bodies moving to the rhythm.
Ages: 5 and under. Fee: $3 with museum admission ($2 LICM members).
Wednesday, July 5 from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.
Are you curious and do you like to tinker? Calling all DIY kids to join us to explore the creativity and innovation used in the art of making. Learn practical skills and spark your interest as we investigate different materials and get your creativity flowing. Take part each week and become part of the grassroots maker movement as you discover the inventor in you! This program is made possible with the support of PSEG.
Thursdays, July 6 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Explore the worlds of science and nature with the Green Teens this summer in Our Backyard! Each week dig deeper into the unknown through hands-on learning experiences on alternative energy, water, habitats and more. This program is made possible with the support of National Grid.
Ages: 3 and up. Free with museum admission.
stART (Story + Art)
Thursday, July 6 from 1-1:30 p.m.
Join us each week as we read childhood classics and introduce new favorites; followed by a take-home, book-inspired craft.
Ages: 3-5. Fee: $3 with museum admission ($2 LICM members).
On the Wings of Butterflies
Thursday, July 6 at 2 p.m.
Butterflies are one of the many examples of colorful, symmetrical patterns in nature. Their vibrant wings are more than just beautiful, they help butterflies to survive. Join us to discover many different species of butterflies and learn about their beautiful patterns, while creating a butterfly wall-hanging to display at home!
Ages: 5 and up. Fee: $3 with museum admission ($2 LICM members).
Citizen Science Fridays: Monarch Larva Monitoring Project
Friday, July 7 from 11 a.m. – noon
Be a citizen scientist this summer and study monarch butterflies in LICM’s Milkweed Garden. By measuring plants, rainfall and monarch eggs you will be collecting real data for scientists at the University of Minnesota Monarch Lab. Your data will help them understand butterfly migration and will help conserve this threatened species! Each Friday morning, take a walk through this garden and see how the plants grow and are a habitat for visiting monarchs. This program is made possible with the support of the Rob and Melani Walton Sustainability Solutions Initiatives at Arizona State University.
Ages: 4 and up. Free with museum admission.
Kids in the Kitchen Family Series
Friday, July 7 from 1:30 to 2 p.m.
LICM’s popular Early Childhood program expands in the summer to welcome older siblings who enjoy time in the kitchen. Have fun creating nutritious, simple dishes that will inspire kids and adults to get cooking together. Create tasty treats and enjoy your yummy creations at the end of each class. This week’s treat: patriotic cupcakes.
Ages: 3-8. Material fee: $5 with museum admission ($4 LICM members).
Saturday, July 8 and Sunday, July 9 from 3:30-5 p.m.
We’ll be up to our elbows in oobleck, clean mud and slime … and we hope you’ll join us for the type of artistic activities that everyone loves, but not one likes to clean-up after. Except us!
Ages: 18 months – 4 years. Free with museum admission.
Traveling Exhibit – Pattern Wizardry
Through Sunday, September 3
Pattern Wizardry is a wildly whimsical sensory experience presented entirely in rhyme that features four interactive areas, each focusing on a specific type of of pattern: Spiral Spells, Tessellation Station, Branch, Branch and Linear Lab. The exhibition also features a Wizard Library, a computer pattern station where kids can create their own patterns and Symmetry Sorcery, where children investigate how we use symmetry to organize patterns.
In this bilingual (English/Spanish) exhibit, children are introduced to the fundamentals of patterns as the building blocks of our natural and man-made world. Patterns teach children how to:
- Use patterns to organize and enrich our lives;
- Be creative by using their imaginations;
- Build awareness and appreciation for mathematics, nature and world customs;
- Work cooperatively;
- Gain skills in research and critical thinking
This exhibit is made possible with the support of Astoria Bank.
All ages. Free with museum admission.
Seasonal Exhibit – Our Backyard
Through September 3, 2017
Visit LICM’s award-winning outdoor exhibit; explore the sensory garden and play and experiment with the properties of water as you connect with your inner naturalist. Create summer showers “on demand” using a hand pump and showerhead. Try racing boats down two rills and splash in the streambed. Make evaporation art or take the helm of our weather boat.
All ages. Free with museum admission.
All activities will be held at the Long Island Children’s Museum, 11 Davis Avenue, Garden City, NY. For the safety of our visitors, Adults are not permitted in the Museum without children; all Museum visitors under 18 years of age must be accompanied by an adult at all times. Museum Summer Hours: Monday-Sunday from 10 am.-5 p.m. (except national holidays). Museum admission: $13 for adults and children over 1 year old, $12 seniors, FREE to museum members and children under 1 year old. Additional fees for theater and special programs may apply. For additional information, contact 516-224-5800.