Long Island Children's Museum, Garden City

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The Long Island Children’s Museum (LICM) is a Children's museum located on the campus of Mitchel Field in Garden City, New York.

The museum was established in 1993 in the old Newsday building across from Roosevelt Field Mall in East Garden City. It moved in 2001 to a former airplane hangar with 40,000 square feet spread over two stories. It has 12 galleries with interactive exhibits, three studio workshops and a 150-seat theater. The museum can host over 250,000 visitors per year. The county provided the hangar rent-free under a 60-year lease and the museum is to keep all revenue.

The outdoor play area, known as "Our Backyard," opens each spring. The play area has become the most popular part of the museum and includes vegetable gardens where visitors can harvest various vegetables directly from the garden.
LICM is a recipient of the National Medal for Museum and Library Service and has been designated a "Primary Institution" by the New York State Council on the Arts.
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  • Positive - fantastic , educational space for both young and older children. I absolutely recommend it but im writing this in hopes a manager reads to correct issues with TOT SPOT. There needs to be....  more »
  • We were here for my granddaughters birthday. We all had a wonderful time. They have many different rooms with different activities. It is very hands on for the children  more »
  • Great place for children of all ages. Lots of sensory stimulation and exploratory play. Plenty to do for my 2 year old. It gets a little overwhelming if you're in a room where there is a large class of kids running around, but there are so many areas to explore that it isn't a problem. We have gone twice and will definitely continue to go back!
  • My kids had an amazing time! The exhibits are interactive and hands on. My kids spent 25 minutes helping staff members mod podge on an actual art price and felt so empowered! All of the staff was friendly and enjoyed being around children. Just wish the outdoor part was a bit more developed.

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