Long Island Children's Museum
An entire city can be built within Long Island Children's Museum. All it takes is a little imagination—that, and a basic understanding of architectural principals like balance and proportion. Luckily, the museum's Bricks & Sticks and Building Boom exhibits teach those very concepts. Interactive software and museum educators show kids (and adults) how to design and shape skyscrapers, castles, bridges, and more out of blocks.
Those building activities are just 2 of the 14 hands-on exhibits that take families across the museum's grounds. The TotSpot area lets the youngest visitors slide and play on age-appropriate equipment, while other spaces let kids explore outdoor gardens, step inside giant bubbles, and film mock newscasts that speculate on just who is the real John Jacob Jingleheimer Schmidt. Even the onsite theater has an interactive element. Here, actors and musicians often invite kids on stage to join in on the performance. In addition to these permanent attractions, the Long Island Children's Museum features rotating exhibits and gallery installations.