The Long Island Children’s Museum (LICM) is a great way to spend a family day. There are so many things to do there that the kids will love that you can visit multiple times without the kids doing the same thing twice. LICM has recently introduced two new exhibits that will run through January 8, 2012.
Community Gallery and KaleidoZone – My Country, My Village, My Story
Artwork by the Children from The Thang Long School in Viet Nam
Stop by and view original paintings created by students from The Thang Long School in Viet Nam. The students created the pieces using their everyday life as inspiration.
Traveling Exhibit – Dragons & Fairies
Exploring Viet Nam Through Folktales
Enter a magical place where five centuries-old folktales bring to life the culture and traditions of Viet Nam. Aspects of modern day life in Viet Nam are interwoven with the presentation of centuries-old folktale in interactive “theaters” where visitors view presentations of such popular Vietnamese folktales as:
- One Hundred Eggs (Lac Long Quan and Au Co)
- The Story of Chu Cuoi and the Banyan Tree
- The Story of Betel and Areca Nut (Cao sons)
- The Story of An Tiem and the Watermelons (King Hung and An Tiem)
- The Legend of the Rice Cakes (Emperor Hung Vuong and sons)
The facades of the folktale theatres represent three distinct geographic regions. In one, visitors explore what life is like in rural areas of Vietnam. In another, visitors experience the “streets” of a city and take part in preparations for Tet Trung Thu (Mid-Autumn Festival). In a third, visitors enter a houseboat and house like those found in Viet Nam’s urban and riverside regions and take part in preparations for Tet Nguyen Dan (Lunar New Year). Traditions explored include wedding ceremonies, ancestral worship practices, cultural dances and the Vietnamese bonds to their land and water. The exhibit demonstrates the connection between folktales and the enduring values and traditions they represent.
Both of these exhibits are for all ages and are free with museum admission. The Long Island Children’s Museum (LICM) is located at 11 Davis Avenue in Garden City. Museum admission is $11 for adults and children over 1 year old, $10 seniors, FREE to museum members and children under 1 year old; additional fees for theater and special programs may apply. For more information on these exhibits and other programs at the museum, call 516.224.5800 or visit www.LICM.org.