Exceptional productions allow you to incorporate the performing arts into your curriculum and build on classroom content in a dynamic and memorable way.  Themes and topics include science, geography and language arts, as well as social and emotional skill building. All performances include workshops and/or talkbacks as part of the total LICM theater experience.

What to expect:

  • Morning or afternoon performance schedule (10 a.m. or noon)
  • Activity packets available for each theater program
  • Museum educator assigned to your class

Fee: $11 per student.  (See Planning Guidelines below) Minimum number of students per class is 10 children; maximum is 25.

All performances are at 10 a.m. and noon unless otherwise noted.

2017-18 School Performances 

The Mouse on the Move logo which features two gray mice in a red car in front of a large full moon.

Mouse on the Move

Pre-Kindergarten-Grade 1

By Kathryn Chase Bryer and Janet Stanford
Composed by Timothy Guilot

Tuesday, November 14 through Thursday, November 16, 2017
Wednesday, February 28 through Thursday, March 1, 2018
Tuesday, March 6 and Wednesday, March 7, 2018​

Two adventurous mice are ready to explore the world beyond their little mouse-hole. They decide to go to the moon because they believe it is made entirely of delicious, mouth-watering cheese. The pair learns to be resourceful, creative and brave as they discover a beautiful garden, navigate uncharted waters and travel through space in search of cheese. Created especially for young audience members, this multisensory and fantastically physical experience offers a wonderful introduction to the world of theater. The audience members become active in the storytelling as they use props and their imagination to help the mice.

Mouse on the Move Activity Packet (PDF)

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$11 per student

The Happy as Clams logo which features a gray clam with it's mouth open in front of a splash of blue water.

Happy as Clams

Pre-Kindergarten - Grade 4

Music and Book by Lena Pennino Smith
Musical arrangements by Brian Smith

Tuesday, December 12 through Friday, December 15, 2017
Tuesday, December 19 through Thursday, December 21, 2017
Tuesday, January 9 through Friday, January 12, 2018   SOLD OUT
Tuesday, January 23 through Thursday, January 25, 2018

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.” Clammy and her best friend Grabby the fiddler crab set out to find her happiness by wishing on a star. They learn about creating friendships when they befriend a love-struck fluke and float with a jellyfish. This new quartet of friends meets the hungry rock and roll performer, Sea Star, and the chase is on! Written by award-winning family performer/journalist and Long Islander Lena Pennino Smith, this popular STEAM-filled show gets everyone singing, dancing and clamoring for more (while sneaking in some local environmental science and geography).

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$11 per student

The Dino Whisperer sitting on top of a mechanical parasaurolophus dinosaur.

More Than Just a Dinosaur

Grades 1 - 3

Special "Double Your Learning" Package

Tuesday February 6 through Friday February 9, 2017 ONLY

Jump into immersive Dino Days at the Children’s Museum. Your exploration of dinosaurs features a live theater presentation starring “The Dinosaur Whisperer” combined with a tour of Dinosaurs: Land of Fire & Ice, featured in the Explore & More tour. Reserved cafeteria time is included in this full day educational package.

More than Just a Dinosaur with The Dinosaur Whisperer 

Every child delights in imagining the world of dinosaurs and they always want to learn MORE! We’ve brought dinosaur expert, YouTube star and author Dustin Growick, aka “The "Dinosaur Whisperer," to the LICM Theater to help us do just that! 

Did you know dinosaurs might still be here today? Learn which dinosaurs lived on the East Coast. What kind of food did dinosaurs eat? Why is it important to study the past? Students will be doing more than just blowing dust off fossils. Dustin will equip students with the tools they need to become junior paleontologists using hands on experiences, fun photo challenges and special prizes.  Students will use this explorative study of dinosaurs to apply scientific questioning to all aspects of living. 

Explore & More Guided Field Trip
Classes booking this special Dinosaur day will visit LICM’s winter traveling exhibit, “Dinosaurs:  Land of Fire & Ice,” along with such popular favorites as: Bubbles, Broken? Fix it! and Pattern Studio.

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$17 per student

Elephant and Piggie with their logo and the text "we are in a play."

Elephant & Piggie's: We Are in a Play!

Pre-Kindergarten - Grade 2

Book & Lyrics by Mo Willems; Lyrics by Deborah Wicks La Puma

Tuesday, April 10 through Friday, April 13, 2018
Tuesday, April 17 through Friday, April 20, 2018​

Enjoy a musical adventure, ripped from the pages of Mo Willems' beloved, award-winning, best-selling children's books. Willems’ classic characters Elephant and Piggie storm the stage in a rollicking musical romp filled with plenty of pachydermal peril and swiney suspense perfect for young audiences. Carefully cautious Gerald and spirited playful Piggie share a day where anything is possible in an imaginative exploration of the meaning of friendship. The comedic duo addresses such important questions as, What do you wear to a fancy pool costume party? Should you share your ice cream? And how can two friends play with one toy? Together with nutty back-up singers The Squirrelles, our duo even gets the audience involved in the action. Elephant & Piggie's "We Are in a Play!" is a perfect way to introduce young people to theatre.

Elephant and Piggie's: We Are in a Play! is a joint production of LICM and Plaza Theatrical.

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$11 per student

A shaggy yellow puppet with pink ears and large white eyes.

GRUFF! The Musical

Kindergarten - Grade 4

Concept and Text by Ora Fruchter and Christopher Scheer of Doppelskope
Music by Toby Singer 

Wednesday, May 16 through Friday, May 18
Tuesday, May 22 through Thursday, May 24
Tuesday, May 29 through Friday, June 1
Tuesday, June 5 through Friday, June 8

Gruff! is an interactive, family-friendly and puppet-filled musical about saving the world from environmental disaster! In this reinvention of The Three Billy Goats Gruff fairy tale, audiences learn the importance of environmental stewardship. In a world where goats have transformed their home into a junkyard, nothing green grows. On the verge of running out of food, the elder goats send young goats Gruff, Clancy and Grif to seek new food which grows from the ground.  Meanwhile, in the Valley of the Trolls, Aquifer and the troll community are protecting green plants from invaders.  Gruff and Aquifer meet on the bridge between their two lands and discover they have much in common. Can the elders see the benefits of working together for a new future?

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$11 per child

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BONUS: Special in-school, pre-visit programs are available for selected shows.  A Theater Educator will visit your classroom and prepare your students for their trip to the LICM Theater.  Available for:

  • Mouse on the Move
  • Happy as Clams
  • Elephant & Piggie's: We Are in a Play!
  • Gruff!

Fee: $50 per class

Tip:  All Long Island Children’s Museum 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.

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