A note from our President, Suzanne LeBlanc
Friday March 13, 2020
"At the Long Island Children’s Museum, the health and safety of our visitors, staff and community are paramount concerns. Like you, we have been monitoring rapidly changing circumstances and following guidelines recommended by local, state and federal agencies.
As an educational and cultural institution, we serve as a resource, and a respite, for families and schools in our community. Today our role has expanded to support our community in the face of a major public health crisis.
County Executive Laura Curran has made the decision to temporarily close all public museums, recreational facilities, preserves and historic sites. The temporary closing goes into effect as of 5 p.m. today. We support this decision, which was taken as a precautionary measure, to mitigate the spread of the coronavirus.
We will continue to communicate with local and state agencies on a daily basis and will keep you all updated on Museum operations through our website and social channels.
We know that uncertainty breeds anxiety, which the children in our lives pick up on. I encourage all of you to limit your children’s exposure to news stories about the coronavirus and be mindful of what they overhear in your discussions with other grownups on this topic.
We look forward to welcoming you all back for days of play very shortly."
What You Can Do
We encourage everyone to familiarize themselves with the recommendations of the medical experts regarding coronavirus, including everyday preventative behaviors:
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
- Cover your mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze and put used tissue in wastebasket.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
This article (“How to Talk to Your Kids about Coronavirus”) may be a helpful resource for discussions in your home. Follow along on Facebook for at-home activities to continue playing and learning with your children.