Book Your Field Trip Now: 3 Simple Steps!

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1. Select your field trip/theater options

Field Trips

Exciting exhibits, hands-on learning experiences and professionally trained staff make Long Island Children’s Museum a “must-visit” education destination … year after year. New field trip options and popular favorites are tailored to the New York State Learning Standards, your curriculum and the age group of your class.

Book early for preferred dates and times!

When you schedule a school visit, you will receive online access to pre- and post-visit activities that will enhance your Museum experience. Trained Museum Educators lead all guided school visits.

Double Your Learning @ LICM … And Save 20%!
Like you, the Long Island Children’s Museum seeks out new ways to inspire students and foster curiosity. LICM’s 2015-16 Educational Program offers new hands-on learning experiences and exhibits to supplement your classroom lessons and support learning standards. Make the most of the Museum’s offerings with a Double Your Learning Day!

Here’s how it works:
1 bus fee + 2 field trip options = Best Educational Value!

Select two LICM programs on the day of your visit to maximize the value of your bus investment. Consider adding a live theater performance to your day or a second exhibit exploration to create an unforgettable day for your students.

☛ TIP: For example, create a day-long, immersive science focus with LICM’s “STEM to STEAM” field trip, coupled with “The Science of Pirates” theater experience. Or plan a day at the Museum for your pre-readers by combining our “Play & Wonder” field trip with a performance of “Knuffle Bunny,” based on the popular Mo Willem’s picture book. These are just some of the popular combos available to your students when you Double Your Learning!

BONUS: When you book a Double Your Learning option, your schedule will include a 30-minute lunch break. The cafeteria usage fee will be waived for groups booking this option.

Fee: $16/student; includes guided morning and afternoon programs; cafeteria usage, pre- and post-visit activity manuals.

Play & Wonder—Nursery–Kindergarten
The educational value of play is immeasurable. Young children will naturally play in, and respond to, our developmentally appropriate galleries. Children, together with their chaperones, are invited to experience the benefits of tactile, socio-dramatic and scientific play.

Exhibits: TotSpot, Sandy Island, Sound Showers Workshop: “Animal Adventures” - children explore and learn about our natural world through close up animal encounters.

(NEW ) Explore & More—Kindergarten–Grade 5
Children will be immersed in learning through hands-on experiences and use critical thinking skills to solve problems found in everyday life. Using newly acquired skills of inquiry, creativity and collaboration, students will explore multi-sensory experiences that extend classroom learning.

Exhibits: Bubbles, Bricks and Sticks, Pattern Studio and Comings & Goings

(NEW) STEM to STEAM—Grades 1–6
Working together children will examine how science, technology, engineering, math and art combine to shape our natural world and built environment. Through active learning, students are encouraged to make predictions and discover the answers to questions using hands-on experiences.

Exhibits: Tool Box, KEVA, Feasts for Beasts, Communication Station

Mapping Your World—Grades 2–4
Children dig deep to take a closer look at the science of cartography (map-making). Students will explore geography in two hands-on exhibits and learn the tricks of the mapping trade, including cardinal direction points and graphing. Using this information, students will create a treasure map in an interactive workshop.

Exhibits: Pattern Studio, Communication Station

Workshop: Treasure Maps!—students will discover the meaning and function of the basic communication tools every map uses, then work together to create a treasure map to help the teacher find the hidden treasure in the learning studio.

Self-Guided Tour
Self-guided tours are available Tuesday–Sunday for groups with a minimum of 10 children. Reservations must be made at least two weeks prior to the tour date and are based on availability. The cost for a self-guided tour is $9 per person (children and adults).

A confirmation will be sent following receipt of reservations. This confirmation must be presented at the box office on the day of the tour to receive the group rate. All participants in a self-guided tour must be present to qualify for the discounted rate. Cafeteria reservations are not available to self-guided tour groups. Blackout dates may apply. Membership, coupons, guest passes, special offers, etc. are not valid for groups, school visits or self-guided tours. Special Needs Tours are available upon request.

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Theater Programs

LICM Theater’s School Performance season is growing; offering six unique productions that incorporate the performing arts into your curriculum. Themes and topics include the physical sciences, sociology, humanities, Long Island and literature. Performances are developed and chosen with relevance to you and your student’s educational needs.

All performances are professional and include supporting workshops and/or talkbacks as part of the total theater experience. Supporting materials will be available for download from the LICM website to aid you and your students. The cost per student is $10. (See chaperone policy) All performances are at 10 a.m. and noon.

BONUS: Special in-school, pre-visit programs are available for designated shows (★). An LICM Theater Educator will visit your classroom and prepare your students for their trip to LICM, at no extra cost.

Aesop’s Fables—Grades 1–6
By Mike Kenny
Wednesday November 4 through Friday November 6, 2015
Tuesday February 9 through Thursday February 11, 2016
Tuesday March 29 through Friday April 1, 2016

Aesop’s well-known and beloved fables come to life on the LICM stage to motivate and challenge children and adults alike! Students will learn the timeless lessons of patience, greed, friendship and honesty through song, dance and drama. Fables presented include such classics as The Tortoise and the Hare, The Boy Who Cried Wolf, The Lion and the Mouse, and more. Download activity pack

☛ TIP: If you are already planning a visit with your class, make it a full day by requesting our popular “Double your Learning” option. We may be able to add a performance of “Aesop’s Fables” to dates listed above.

Knuffle Bunny, A Cautionary Musical (★)—Pre-K–Grade 3
Based on the book Knuffle Bunny: A Cautionary Tale by Mo Willems Script and Lyrics by Mo Willems Music by Michael Silversher This play was commissioned by the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and was first produced at the Kennedy Center during the 2009-10 season.
Wednesday, December 2 through Friday, December 4, 2015
Tuesday, December 8 through Friday, December 11, 2015
Tuesday, December 15 through Thursday, December 17, 2015

Based on his beloved Caldecott Honor-winning picture book, six-time Emmy Award-winner Mo Willems joined Grammy Award-winning composer Michael Silversher to lovingly celebrate this childhood favorite. Knuffle Bunny: A Cautionary Musical tells the tale of firsts: getting to know the community, the park, the school and even the laundromat. What happens when Trixie’s favorite stuffed toy Knuffle Bunny is lost? How does she feel? What will she do? How do her parents help her? This charming musical celebrates the heart, heartache and challenges of being a small child. Knuffle Bunny: A Cautionary Musical is a joint production of LICM and Plaza Theatrical. Download activity pack

Pirate School: The Science of Pirates!—Grades 3–6
By David Engel
Tuesday January 12 and Wednesday, January 13, 2016
Thursday January 21 and Friday, January 22, 2016

“Pirate School: The SCIENCE of Pirates!” excites and motivates students with practical fun and comedy while exploring scientific principles needed to be a pirate on the high seas. Join good pirate Billy Bones on this swashbuckling interactive adventure as he shares how science made him a better pirate; learn about simple machines, optics, navigation/astronomy, aero/hydrodynamics and, of course, things that go BOOM! Download activity pack

☛ TIP: Your students will be ready to set sail by gaining a working knowledge of maps, the Bernoulli effect and so much more when you combine LICM’s “Mapping Your World” field trip with this performance as a “Double your Learning” combo.

The Boy Who Would be Captain Hook (★)—Grades 1–4
By David Harrell
Tuesday March 1 through Friday March 4, 2016

LICM Theater celebrates National Disability Month with an interactive solo show that highlights the values of acceptance, inclusion and respect for all.

The Boy Who Would Be Captain Hook is written and performed by professional actor David Harrell who brings to life a story of his own childhood. Born without his right hand and fitted with a prosthetic hook, he is kept on the sidelines at recess along with Wendy, a strong girl who wants super hero skills and James, the new kid in town. Things change the day his classmates’ play Peter Pan and David find his role as Captain Hook. But is this the only role that he can play? What happens when David, Wendy and James decide not to be defined by the circumstances and try to change the game?

Emilio and the Enchanted Cow (★)—Kindergarten–Grade 4
Presented by Marionetas de la Esquina
Monday May 2 through Wednesday May 4, 2016

This is a story about a boy named Emilio, who is challenged by and fearful of the many changes occurring in his life. Luckily, Emilio has a vivid imagination and an imaginary friend named “Cow” (Vaca). Together, Emilio and Cow begin to deal with the changes that have resulted from his parents' separation, going to a new school, trying to make new friends and living in a new home without his father. Written by Mexican playwright Amaranta Leyva, and performed by the Mexico City-based puppet theater company, Marionetas de la Esquina, this heartwarming story shows students how their imaginations can lead them to creative solutions. Ask about Spanish language performance option for this production.

Happy as Clams: The Musical(★)— Pre-Kindergarten–Grade 3
Music and Book by Lena Pennino-Smith; Musical arrangements by Brian Smith
Wednesday May 18 through Friday May 20, 2016
Tuesday May 24 through Friday May 27, 2016
Tuesday May 31 through Friday June 3, 2016
Tuesday June 7 through Thursday June 9, 2016

Join us for a live musical adventure set in Long Island’s Great South Bay. Meet Clammy the Clam who confesses she is not “happy as a clam,” and sets out to find happiness by wishing on a star. Along the way she makes friends and meets a feisty fiddler crab, a fluke, a jelly and a sea star. Join the cast on a multi-sensory storytelling experience as you learn facts about Clammy and the other creatures of the Great South Bay. Written by award-winning family performer/journalist and Long Islander Lena Pennino Smith, this show gets everyone singing, dancing and clamoring for more (while sneaking in some local science and geography). Back by popular demand after an amazing run last year! Happy as Clams is a joint production of LICM and Songs by Lena.

(★) Book this show and receive a free in-school, pre-show visit for your students!

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2. Review Cafeteria and Museum Store Add-ons


Advance reservations are required to use the cafeteria (vending service only). The cafeteria is available on a limited basis and by reservation only for groups bringing lunches. LICM can accommodate a maximum of 50 students in the cafeteria. Please note: a cafeteria usage fee will apply.

Museum Store:
Don’t forget to take home a memento from your trip! The LICM Store is packed with educational items that will help you bring home some of the fun.

No time to let the kids explore on their own? Ask about our school bags of fun! The Museum offers prepackaged, low-cost souvenir goodie bags featuring four souvenir items. Ordering is easy and simple: prepay for each student and pick-up when your tour is done. Call (516) 224-5814 at least one week prior to your scheduled visit for full details.

3. Fill out Reservation form

To reserve a summer visit please go to our Summer Camps Page.

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The Children’s Museum offers reduced admission rates for all school visit participants. The cost per student is $10 for a guided tour. (See chaperone policy.)

Would you like your students to spend extra time at the Museum? Ask the Reservation Manager about adding time for self-guided exploration. Additional fees will apply.

A 50% non-refundable deposit and signed “School Visit Contract” (sent to you when you register) must be received at the Museum 30 days before your visit to hold your reservation. LICM reserves the right to cancel a reservation if required materials are not received on time. Outstanding balances must be paid upon arrival on the day of your visit. If at least four weeks notice of cancellation is given, reasonable efforts will be made to reschedule your class on another date. No refunds are issued for school trips. All of the Long Island Children’s Museum’s school visits may be paid with Nassau County BOCES Arts in Education and Suffolk County BOCES funds. LICM is also an approved vendor with the New York City Board of Education.

Advanced Planning

Teachers are encouraged to visit the Children’s Museum prior to coming with their class. Educators with a valid school ID or other proof of teacher status are admitted free for these exploratory visits.

Please call (516) 224-5801 to set an appointment at least one week in advance during regular Museum hours to receive this professional courtesy.

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Guided Tour Group Size:
Minimum number of students per class is 10 children; maximum is 25.


  • One adult chaperone is recommended for every three Nursery school, Pre-K and Kindergarten students.
  • One adult chaperone is recommended for every five children in grades 1–6. These chaperones are admitted free and must stay with their group at all times. (Adult chaperones include teachers, classroom aides, etc.) Additional adults that exceed the ratios mentioned above will be charged at the group rate ($10 each). A limit of five additional adults per date is permitted for each organization.
In the event that a designated gallery cannot be made available, LICM reserves the right to provide a substitute exhibit.

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