Field Trips 2013–14

Discover exciting, hands-on learning experiences that support and enhance your curriculum! Long Island Children's Museum offers four school visit choices tailored to the New York State Learning Standards, your curriculum and the age group of your class.

Our exciting exhibits and professionally trained staff make Long Island Children's Museum a "must-visit" education destination … year after year. Book now for preferred dates and times!

LICM has prepared pre-visit and post-visit activities to extend the Museum experience to your classroom. All guided school visits are lead by a trained Museum Educator.

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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
*NEW! Workshop: Animal Adventures—Children explore and learn about our natural world through close up animal encounters.

Download pre and post visit materials for this field trip.

See Learning Standards Matrix

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Synergy Science
Kindergarten–Grade 6

Children working together will examine how the sciences of the natural world inspire art, technology, culture and our built environment. Using 21st century skills of inquiry, creativity, and collaborative problem solving students will explore multi-sensory experiences that examine science concepts that shape our world.

Exhibits:
Bubbles, Feast for Beasts, KEVA, and Comings & Goings

See traveling exhibit schedule

Download pre and post visit materials for this field trip.

See Learning Standards Matrix

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How Things Work
Grades 1–5

Science and engineering combine in this visit as children experiment with the concepts behind "how things work." Students explore simple machines and investigate the world around them as they discover the answers to questions using hands-on experiences.

Exhibits: Tool Box and
Bricks & Sticks
Theater Presentation: Simple Machines, Please—interactive, science-themed theater program exploring the impact six simple machines make on our daily lives.

Download Simple Machines, Please Activity Packet.

Download pre and post visit materials for this field trip.

See Learning Standards Matrix

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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 our interactive workshop.

Exhibits: Pattern Studio and Communication Station
Workshop: Treasure Maps!—by discovering the meaning and function of the basic communication tools every map uses, students will work together to create a treasure map to help the teacher find the hidden treasure in the room.

Download pre and post visit materials for this field trip.

See Learning Standards Matrix

Double Your Learning

Stretch your field trip budget and expand your classroom curriculum by booking two different LICM field trip options for your class on the same day. Your schedule will include a 30-minute lunch break. Cafeteria usage fee waived for groups booking this program.
Fee: $15/student.


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Theater Programs

Incorporate the performing arts into your curriculum during four special Theater residencies at LICM throughout the school year. Provide your students with unique opportunities to enjoy professional performances in the theater with supporting workshops as part of their total experience. Theater educators will lead performance-related workshops. Pre- and post-visit materials will be available for download from the LICM website.

The cost per student is $9. Theater field trip fee includes performance and workshop.
See chaperone policy.

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Go, Dog. Go!
Pre-Kindergarten–Grade 2
by P.D. Eastman, Playwrights: Allison Gregory and Steven Dietz, Music: Michael Koerner

Tuesday, January 14 through
   Friday, January 17, 2014
   at 10 a.m. and noon
Tuesday, January 21 through
   Friday, January 24, 2014
   at 10 a.m. and noon.
Tuesday, June 3 through
    Friday, June 6, 2014
   at 10 a.m. and noon.
Tuesday, June 10 through
   Friday,June 13, 2014
   at 10 a.m. and noon.

P.D. Eastman's beloved children's book comes to life on stage in an exploration of music, movement, color and space. The dogs delve into life with gusto. They sail. They howl at the moon. They ride a Ferris Wheel. They sing, dance and climb trees. Cars abound and it all ends with a fantastic celebration on top of a tree. This production is a wonderfully whimsical combination of music, dance and puppetry. Go, Dog. Go! is a joint production of LICM and Plaza Theatrical.

Download the Go Dog, Go! Activity Packet.

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State Puppet Theater presents "The Man Who Planted Trees"
Grades 2–6
By Richard Medrington and Rick Conte

Tuesday, February 11 through
   Friday, February 14, 2014
   at 10 a.m. and noon.

This multi-sensory theatrical adaptation of Jean Giono's environmental classic tells the inspiring story of a shepherd who plants a forest, acorn by acorn, transforming a barren wasteland. As much a touching tale as it is a hilarious puppet show, "The Man Who Planted Trees," shows us the difference one man (and his dog!) can make to the world. Touring from Scotland, take advantage of the last opportunity to share this powerful story of how individuals can shape their world and environment.

Download The Man Who Planted Trees Activity Packet.

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Aesop's Fables
Grades 1– 6
Adaptation by Mike Kenny

Tuesday, March 11 through
   Friday, March 14, 2014
   at 10 a.m. and noon.
Tuesday, March 25,
   Thursday, March 27 and
   Friday, March 28, 2014
   at 10 a.m. and noon.

In the tradition of comedy teams like the Marx Brothers and Abbott and Costello, wacky siblings Wolfie, Syd, Barry and Harriet tell us classic tales with a slapstick twist. They invite everyone into their magical world where anything is possible when you use your imagination. Whether it's The Tortoise and the Hare or The Boy Who Cried Wolf, everyone knows at least one of Aesop's great fables. In this spell-binding production, storytellers use song, dance and drama to bring these famous fables to life.

Download the Aesop's Fables
Activity Packet.

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World Premiere! Plaza Theatrical presents "The Elephant Letters"
Grades 3–6
Written by Kevin F. Harrington and Bill Holland based on the children's book "The Elephant Letters" by G.A. Bradshaw

Thursday, May 1 and
   Friday, May 2, 2014
   at 10 a.m. and noon.
Thursday, May 8 and
   Friday, May 9, 2014
   at 10 a.m. and noon.
Thursday, May 15 and
   Friday, May 16, 2014
   at 10 a.m. and noon.

Imagine if elephants wrote letters as people do. “The Elephant Letters” tells the story of two elephants in two different parts of the world, one in the wild and one in captivity. They share with each other reflections of their daily lives through their letters to each other. This live action, multimedia experience is a first of its kind. This production is a joint production of LICM and Plaza Theatrical.

Double Your Learning

Stretch your field trip budget by extending your Theater field trip into a "double feature." Add another LICM field trip option to your theater program for a double dose of Museum learning. A 30-minute lunch break is included in all double field trips.


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New Exhibit
Experiences 2013–14

Permanent Galleries:

Sound Showers
Have you noticed that sound is music and music is sound and that these unexpected rhythms are all around us? Immerse yourself in a shower of sound and music as you step into soundscapes of the imagination, create your own rhythms using instruments from around the world and experience the fun of creating sounds through hands-on exploration.

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Building Boom with KEVA® planks

Get ready to explore the simple and complex possibilities of construction as you move from the drawing board to the construction crew. Building Boom with KEVA® planks encourages you to conceive, then build the design project of your dreams—bridges, skyscrapers, castles, airplanes, trestles, spirals and more. You'll develop a first-hand understanding of the physical forces at work in the design process as you apply principles of balance, proportion and geometry to your design.

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Comings & Goings Gallery Schedule
Your LICM field trip may include a visit to our traveling exhibit gallery. Our 2013–2014 schedule features:

Broken? Fix it!

Through January 5, 2014

Immerse yourself in the art of repair as you learn to diagnose problems, then roll up your sleeves and tackle fix it activities from cars and bikes to toys and household items. This exhibit builds creative thinking and problem solving skills while fostering cooperation and teamwork. This exhibit, produced for the Youth Museum Exhibit Collaborative, is made possible with a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

Secrets of Circles

Friday, January 17 through
Sunday, May 4, 2014

Circles are amazing shapes. If you look around, you’ll see that they’re everywhere: wheels, clocks, doorknobs, tortillas, Frisbees and tops. This exciting exhibit, celebrating the math, science, and beauty of such a simple shape, helps children and adults alike uncover the secrets of the many circles in the world. This exhibit is produced by Children’s Discovery Museum of San Jose, for the Youth Museum Exhibit Collaborative.

Alice's Wonderland

Friday, May 23 through
Sunday, August 31, 2014

Journey down the rabbit hole to explore Alice’s Wonderland in this award-winning traveling exhibit, based on Lewis Carroll’s classic, "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland." The exhibit inspires curiosity, encourages exploration, and helps make the unknown more familiar, maybe even logical, and certainly fun! This exhibit is produced by Children’s Discovery Museum of San Jose, for the Youth Museum Exhibit Collaborative.

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