Located within Garden City in Nassau County, NY, Museum Row offers three terrific museums for the whole family, all located just steps from one another. Whether you and yours want to find out more about the history of flight and its Long Island, NY roots, or you're curious about the Island's firefighting traditions, or if you want the kids to expend some of that irrepressible energy in the amazing Long Island Children's Museum, then Museum Row has it all. Visit one museum and come back to see the others, or spend some time in each.
Just bring the whole family to Charles Lindbergh Boulevard in Garden City, near Nassau County Community College and also close to Mitchel Field and the Nassau County Veterans Memorial Coliseum. Follow the signs and you'll soon be enjoying the sights and sounds of this excellent group of museums.
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Learn all about Long Island, NY's important role in shaping the history of flight. From the first gallery, "A Dream of Wings," which showcases humankind's first attempts at taking flight with its gliders, kites and hot air balloons, and "The Hempstead Plains," which features aircraft from the early years of the twentieth century, to the last exhibit, "Exploring Space," which features an original lunar landing module built by Grumman in Bethpage in 1972, the Cradle of Aviation Museum encompasses a world-class collection of flying machines.
In addition, the museum's IMAX Dome theater features Long Island's only giant IMAX screen.
During the summer, there's space camp, and throughout the year, you can rent space for children's birthday parties. And there are also regularly scheduled museum sleepovers at the Cradle of Aviation.
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There's something for everyone at the Long Island Children's Museum, just steps away from the Cradle of Aviation Museum
on Museum Row.
With a wealth of exhibits on multiple floors, the museum features hands-on activities that are sure to keep kids busy even when it's chilly outside. And during the summer months, the museum's garden also features seasonally-appropriate things to do.
There's also an ample theater where live song, dance and acting performances will entertain the kids as well as mom and dad.
The Long Island Children's Museum also offers themed children's birthday parties, and regularly scheduled museum sleepovers.
From a Music Gallery where kids can take a hands-on approach to making melodies, to the ClimbIt LICM, where kids can slither and crawl, to an exciting bubble gallery where even the tiniest tots can blow rainbow colored orbs, the Long Island Children's Museum offers hours of fun for a variety of ages.
The Nassau County Firefighters Museum and Education Center spans close to 10,000 square feet of interactive family fun that features a variety of hands-on exhibits, fire trucks from the past and present, all in a setting that chronicles the history of Nassau County's firefighters.
With exhibits like "Stop-Drop-Roll," "Home Escape Planning" and more, this museum also offers important information for all ages about surviving during a fire.
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Also on Museum Row is Nunley's Carousel, a vintage whirling ride with over 40 horses that bob up and down to the delight of riders. For just $2, your kids can take a spin on one of the carved wooden steeds.