LICM Celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month

Mola is a colorful textile art form that originated in Panama and Colombia.

Long Island Children’s Museum reopens following its annual Fall Fix Up period just in time to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month. September 15 was chosen as the starting point for the month-long celebration because it is the anniversary of independence of five Latin American countries: Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua. 2018 marks the 50th anniversary of the establishment of this cultural celebration.

Join in the fun as you learn about Hispanic art traditions and cuisine.

Messy Afternoon

Saturday, Sept. 15-16, 3:30 to 5 p.m.

Get up to your elbows in oobleck, clean mud and slime, for some messy fun.

Ages: 18 months to 4 years. Free with museum admission.

stART (Story + Art)

Tuesday, Sept. 18, and Thursday, Sept. 20, from 11:30 a.m. to noon.

Join each week and read childhood classics and introduce new favorites; followed by a take-home, book-inspired craft. This week is Maisy Goes to School by Lucy Cousins. After the story decorate your own canvas tote bag.

Fee: $4 with museum admission ($3 LICM members).

Mola Mola

Tuesday, Sept. 18, through Friday, Sept. 21) from 2:30 to 4 p.m.

The mola is a colorful textile art form that originated in Panama and Colombia. Molas tell the stories of the indigenous Kuna people. They are made by layering pieces of fabric on and cutting out shapes through individual layers; creating beautiful, colorful patterns. Come celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month by making your own paper mola fish design with glue, scissors and brightly colored construction paper.

Ages: 3 and up. Free with museum admission.

Music and Movement

Wednesday, Sept. 19, from 11:30 a.m. to noon

Enjoy creative movement exercises and interactive sing-alongs that get little bodies moving to the rhythm.

Ages: 5 and under. Fee: $4 with museum admission ($3 LICM members).

Kids in the Kitchen

Friday, Sept. 21, from 11:30 a.m. to noon

Little chefs use real cooking tools (with some help from adults) as we make easy, yummy, kid-friendly snacks from start to finish. As they make their treat, kids gain experience measuring ingredients, following directions and building their vocabulary. This week, make caramel apple empanadas in honor of Hispanic Heritage Month.

Ages: 3-5. Fee: $5 with museum admission ($4 LICM members).

Long Island Children’s Museum is located at 11 Davis Ave., Garden City, NY. For more information, call 516-224-5800 or visit

—Submitted by the Long Island Children’s Museum

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