11 Davis Avenue, Garden City, NY 11530
(516) 224 - 5800
DescriptionIf driving, go past the entrance to the Cradle of Aviation Museum and LICM sign, to the second traffic light. Turn right into the paved, parking lot. Four handicapped parking spaces are close to the entrance. The street level entrance has a single door, small entry way, and another door to enter the lobby.
The two floor museum has smooth concrete floors throughout. An elevator takes one to the second floor. Galleries are spacious. Seating is available throughout. In good weather, an accessible outdoor garden and activity area is open.
Multi-stall, handicapped accessible restrooms, including a baby-changing station, are located on each floor. A single-occupancy/family restroom is located on the main floor, near the "Tot Spot."
A family friendly cafeteria allows outside food, as well as having several vending machines with snacks and drinks.
- Number of handicapped spaces: 4
Location of handicapped spaces: close to entrance
Surface of lot: paved
Distance to venue: close
Places to rest: bench outside entrance
Paths and walkways: concrete
Location of handicapped entrance: street level
Doors: single door
Number of floors: 2
Ramps: in ""Climb It""
Steps and staircases: to second floor
Width of aisles: spacious galleries
Places to sit: some seating on each floor
Location of restrooms: ** on each floor
Type of restroom: see comments
Ease of entry and exit: OK
Baby changing station: yes
Available food services: ***cafeteria on main floor
Friendliness of staff: pleasant and helpful
Notes: * Go to second traffic light after Cradle of Aviation, past LICM sign. Turn right into LICM lot. ** Multi-stall, handicapped accessible restrooms are located on each floor. A single-occupancy/family restroom is located on the main floor, near the ""Tot Spot."" *** Cafeteria allows outside food. There are some vending machines.
We had read about the Long Island Children’s Museum and decided to check it out for ourselves. We arrived without kids and were told that we needed to have children with us in order to go in. After explaining the reason for our visit we were treated to an intimate look around the museum with its enthusiastic Exhibit Director, Erik. He could not have been more gracious. He explained that one of the aims of the museum is to make it friendly and accessible to all. Everyone we saw seemed to be having a great time. The state of the art theater even has a ramp directly onto the stage for wheelchair access, and next to the “Climbit” Exhibit is a ramp that gives the sensation of climbing even if one is in a wheelchair. We walked up and really felt like we were climbing up hills.
The Museum is a wonderful place! Having visited the website before actually visiting we knew that they had many good things happening there. Being there made us realize that their website doesn’t do them justice. Fourteen hands-on interactive exhibit galleries reside in 40,000 square feet of a former airplane hangar, with a 145 seat state-of-the-art theater and 3 classroom learning studios. (website)
The website states, “The Long Island Children’s Museum is a hands-on museum for kids and their grown-ups. You will find places to play, learn and have fun.” It …”invites visitors of all ages, backgrounds and abilities to explore fully, discover their passions and appreciate the communities and world we share.” There are a great variety of things to keep children interested and engaged and the vast majority of them are handicapped accessible. This has been done in such an imaginative way that it isn’t even noticeable. All kids can partake of a myriad of activities, from block building and climbing, to bubbles, sound showers and a wood-working shop. There is an incredible musical instrument room as well as a place for kids to try performing. In good weather there is an accessible outdoor garden and activity area.
Benches throughout allow parents, grandparents and caregivers to rest a bit.
An inviting cafeteria allows families to bring their own food, have a snack or lunch and then return to the hard task of playing. Several vending machines have snacks and drinks.
A toddler area invites younger kids to try out different things. There is even a motorcycle that has steps to climb up so a little one can sit on the bike.
There is a comfortable mothers’ area for privacy while nursing. This area has brochures with information mothers might be interested in.
Getting to the Museum is not difficult. When driving down Museum Row do not turn into the first entrance for the Cradle of Aviation Museum. Go to the second light (just past sthe LICM sign and turn right into the paved parking lot. You will find four handicapped parking spaces close to the museum entrance. This entrance has a single door, small entryway ahd then another door leading to the spacious lobby and ticket counter. There is smooth concrete flooring throughout the building.
The two floor museum is fully accessible with an elevator, as well as steps, to the upper level. Multi-stall, handicapped accessible restrooms with baby- changing stations are located on both levels. A single-occupancy, family restroom is located near the Tot Spot.
The gift shop has some interestisng items.
We had a wonderful visit at this exceptional venue and hope to return again, with some kids.
As always, we at Destination Accessible, advise you to check a venue’s website, www.licm.org, when planning a visit, to “know before you go.”
Cradle of Aviation Museum