Your kids may mean the sun, moon and stars to you, but how about teaching them about these orbiting planets around us as well? There are a few museums on Long Island offering an engaging learning experience that is simply out of this world. And for more enrichment programs, be sure to check out our Long Island Classes Guide.
Cradle of Aviation Museum
Charles Lindbergh Blvd., Garden City
The Cradle boasts two floors of Long Island's air and space history. The mission is to engages all ages in the exploration of aerospace heritage by preserving and displaying these massive exhibits. Interactive exhibits, museum classes (such as Lunar Explorers). The Planetarium Dome Theater offers a state-of-the-art viewing and sound system, playing educational films. The Junior Jet Club is the perfect place for little ones to crawl and tots to explore. It's a contained play area that's all space-themed. Birthday parties are also offered here.
1115 Main Bayview Road, Southold
This public observatory established in the early 1920s is open every Saturday night from dusk until midnight. The 22' diameter dome atop the Custer Observatory is an an astronomical observatory facing the Picnic Bay and Shelter Island. It offers some of the darkest skies on Long Island. A ground-based observatory shed contains a binocular telescope and a 14" Celestron telescope as well.
Vanderbilt Mansion, Museum, Planetarium
180 Little Neck Road, Centerport
The Planetarium’s William and Mollie Rogers Theater offers all-new programs for visitors of all ages. Year-round viewing of the night sky (weather permitting), Friday only, 9-10pm (free with show ticket; free without show ticket)They offer family events and children-based activities/workshops throughout the year.
Main Photo: Cradle of Aviation