Book Your Field Trip Now: 3 Simple Steps!


For school visit or outreach information contact us at reservations@licm.org.
To book a tour in July and August please visit our Summer 2017 Camp Visit Options page. www.licm.org/camps

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%!

Long Island Children's Museum knows that educators and administrators need to stretch budgets to provide enrichment opportunities for their students.  We want to ensure that all classes get the most out of their trip to LICM; that why we created our Double Your Learning program.

Here’s how it works:
Come for a field trip + Stay for a performance + Bus Cost = 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: Create a day-long, immersive science focus with LICM’s “STEM to STEAM” field trip, coupled with “Bats, Bees and Butterflies” theater experience. Or plan a day at the Museum for your pre-readers by combining our “Play & Wonder” field trip with a performance of “Goodnight Moon”.. 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.

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, Broken? Fix It!, 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: Communication Station, KEVA

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. If accomodations are needed, please let us know in advance.

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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.

Goodnight Moon (★)—PreK– Grade 2
Adaptation and music by Chad Henry
Wednesday November 2 through Friday November 4, 2016
Wednesday November 9 and Thursday November 10, 2016
Tuesday November 15through Thursday November 17, 2016

The book "Goodnight Moon," is a children's classic, delighting generations over 60 years. The crowning literary achievement of author Margaret Wise Brown, with adored illustrations by Clement Hurd, is brought vibrantly to life with fanciful song, dance and puppetry. The stage production brings to life this long poem of goodnight wishes set in Bunny's great green room as he is going to bed. Upbeat and charming songs, accompanied by a live pianist, and innovative puppetry give life to the various objects in the bunny's room. Watch as the red balloon floats around the room and the cow jumps over the moon. Children and teachers will delight in seeing this beloved book come to life. Students will learn about telling time, using a phone, and nursery rhymes. Goodnight Moon is a joint production of LICM and Plaza Theatrical.

Red Riding Hood—Grades K-6
Book by Mike Kenny
Music and Lyrics by Julian Butler
Tuesday December 20 and Wednesday December 21, 2016
Tuesday, January 10 through Friday, January 13, 2017

Don't see a date that works for your school? Other performance dates may be available for this production. Ask the reservation coordinator about availability when booking your school visit.

Two siblings on a sleepover at their grandmother's house have trouble falling asleep. To pass the time, they decide to act out their favorite story with items found in their room. Soon what's real and what's imagined begin to blur, and the children find themselves in the deep dark woods with a wolf tracking them down. Experience this innovative musical that offers an interactive take on a classic tale.

☛ TIP: If you are already planning a visit with your class, make it a full day by requesting our popular "Double your Learning" option. "Goodnight Moon" and "Red Riding Hood" are great content extenders if you are visiting the Your House, My House exhibit this fall.

Princess Frog — A Musical Fairy Tale (★)—Grades 1–4
Book, Music and Lyrics - Lena Pennino-Smith
Adapted from a story by Italo Calvino
Wednesday February 15 and Thursday February 16, 2017
Tuesday March 7 through Friday March 10, 2017

The "Princess Frog - a Musical Fairy Tale" is a musical adaptation of the Italian fairy tale "The Prince Who Married a Frog," written by Italo Calvino. The Queen needs her three sons to find their partners but the way they must do so is both hilarious and engaging. Students will be invited to participate, as well as help shape the story. Family is a complex cultural quilt and students attending will observe the relationships of siblings and parents. With 300 versions of this tale throughout Europe, this new twist by Long Island native Lena Pennino-Smith focuses on the values of family and reminds us all to trust our instincts.

Bats, Bees and Butterflies—Grades 1–6
Presented by Wildlife Expert Rob Mies
Tuesday February 28 through Friday March 3, 2017

Birds, insects and mammals are responsible for pollinating many of the important food we eat every day. Unfortunately, these pollinators are disappearing across North America, which will impact the health of humans. Learn about the fascinating world of these important creatures and what you can do in your backyard and neighborhood to help them.

Students will learn by studying three interconnected species... Monarch butterflies, native bees and insect-eating bats. Each of these animals is disappearing at an alarming rate. Students will have the opportunity to actively participate in discussions using the scientific method and discover what conservation projects are currently underway. See live bats including pollinating bats from South America, giant fruit bats from Africa, and local insect-eating bats from New York.

Journey to Oz (★)—Grades 1–4
Written and Directed by Christopher Parks of Experiential Theater Company
Based on the work of author L. Frank Baum and Illustrator W. W. Denslow
Tuesday May 16 through Friday May 19, 2017
Tuesday May 23 through Friday May 26, 2017
Tuesday May 30 through Friday, June 2, 2017
Tuesday June 6 through Friday June 9, 2017

Inspired by L. Frank Baum's original stories, this clever adaptation puts the audience front and center – really! In this fantastic new adaptation, you are invited to go to Oz with Dorothy. Audience members become part of the cast in this interactive production, singing, dancing and acting alongside professional actors. Students learn the art of storytelling while creating, analyzing and participating in this performance. When the cyclone comes, the entire theater enters the eye of the storm with whisking lights and exciting music created by lauded composer, Josh Totora. During the journey, student will be asked to become Dorothy, meet and help the scarecrow and tin woodsman, become citizens of the Emerald City and help the Witch of the West with her makeup. Come see Journey To Oz and find out why there's no place like home.

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2. Review Cafeteria and Museum Store Add-ons

Add-ons

Cafeteria:
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 2016-2017 school visit fill out the Reservation Form.

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Cost

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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Policies

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

Chaperones:

  • 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.
Galleries:
In the event that a designated gallery cannot be made available, LICM reserves the right to provide a substitute exhibit.

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