Adults have spent countless hours and millions of dollars inventing robotic vacuum cleaners and touchless bathroom faucets in order to undermine children’s greatest invention: mudpies. Keep kids out of the mudpile by giving them a hands-on museum of fun to explore with today's deal: for $10, you get general admission for two (a $20 value) to the Long Island Children's Museum, located in Garden City. General admission opens the doors for one adult and one child or two doting parents and a baby (children under one year old get in free); children must be accompanied by an adult during their visit.
For the tiniest tots, there are foam towers to topple in the Tot Spot and instruments with which to make rhythms in the mUSic area. Toddlers and preschoolers sift and shovel on the Sandy Island, and older children can use a penny to watch a 100-year-old Mutoscope silent movie or use the Bricks & Sticks wire spinner to design their own 3D shapes. Click here to see the museum’s activity gallery and plan out a day trip. Or, simply show up with plenty of energy and your favorite child to discover the museum together, and help him or her build vital skills in social interaction, education, and colored-block identification. Schoolchildren can bolster their studies without realizing they're learning by organizing games in the ClimbIt@LICM structure, or by comparing barometric readings in the Our Backyard outdoor area. Get today's Groupon to treat a special proto-adult to a day of horizon expansion, enjoyment, and giant bubbles.
Long Island Children's Museum has gotten some great press, including a review in the New York Times. It was also listed second in About.com's list of the Top 10 Children's Attractions on Long Island. Three TripAdvisors give the museum 4.5 stars, and four Lila Guides give it four stars:
- …the museum is the first of its kind on Long Island, offering children opportunities to do things that make curators in adult museums turn pale, like write on the walls, touch and test the objects in the exhibitions and create art of their own. – Laurel Graeber, New York Times
- With 14 fabulously themed galleries and a 145-seat theater, you and the kids have a choice of fun activities. – Linda Tagliaferro, About.com
- Great addition to the long island experience. – jennasimone, Lila Guide
Long Island Children's Museum
An entire city can be built within Long Island Children's Museum. All it takes is a little imagination, and a basic understanding of architectural principles like balance and proportion. Luckily, the "Best of Long Island"-winning museum's Bricks & Sticks and Building Boom with KEVA exhibits teach those very concepts. Museum educators and interactive software provide inspiration as kids (and adults) design and shape skyscrapers, castles, bridges, and more out of blocks.
Those building activities are just two 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 galleries let kids explore outdoor gardens, step inside giant bubbles, and film mock-newscasts, complete with hard-hitting exposés 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.
East Garden City
11 Davis Avenue
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