Fairy Tale Festival, Long Island Children’s Museum


My apologies for this very long post, but if your child loves fairy tales, or if you are a fairy tale buff, check out the information below about the Fairy Tale Festival and fairy tale themed events going on at the Long Island Children’s Museum, now through January 3!

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After Hours Family Fundraiser, November 14

Once upon a time, a magical space opened on Long Island to inspire creativity, exploration and imagination in the kingdom’s youngest residents.  That space, known as Long Island Children’s Museum, will be the setting for a “Fairy Tale Festival” on Saturday, November 14 from 6-9 p.m.  The after-hours celebration will serve as a “Family Fundraiser” to support LICM’s programs and community outreach.

During the event, guests will meet favorite fairy-tale characters up close, take part in interactive story times, visit enchanted craft areas, watch a musical fairy tale come to life, sample magical potions and taste charmed treats, and much more.  Guests are encouraged to dress as their favorite story book character.  Proceeds from this Family Fundraiser will support the Museum’s year-round programs, performances and community outreach efforts.

“Once Upon a Time… Exploring the World of Fairy Tales,” Exhibit: Running through January 3

 Visitors to the Long Island Children’s Museum are literally stepping inside beloved stories from around the globe now that Once Upon a Time … Exploring the World of Fairy Tales is open.  From an African jungle to a giant’s castle, visitors to Once Upon a Time will enter larger-than-life pages of seven favorite fairy tales from around the world.  The bilingual (English/Spanish) traveling exhibit will be in residence at LICM through Sunday, January 3, 2016.

Once Upon a Time focuses on the power and significance of fairy tales throughout history. The seven stories featured in the exhibit were selected because of their impact and reach, as well as their ability to open a window into another time and culture. The tales included in the exhibit are:

  • Anansi and the Talking MelonIt’s a jungle in there as visitors enter the world of Anansi, a mischievous spider from African folktales. Visitors will cross a wooden bridge, sit on the monkey king’s throne, and play interactive games to discover all the ways that Anansi has tricked his friends.
  • Beauty and the Beast: One of literature’s oldest tales, this French story tells of Beauty, a selfless heroine who takes her father’s place as a prisoner in the Beast’s castle. Visitors will also get to enter the Beast’s opulent palace, where they can play the harpsichord, look inside Beauty’s dressing table and try on costumes to become the story’s characters.
  • Cinderella : This story with both Chinese and French roots is the classic rags to riches tale. Cinderella is mistreated by her stepmother and stepsisters until she meets her Prince Channing at a ball.  Just like Cinderella, visitors will climb inside the pumpkin coach and watch the scenery go by on their way to the ball, try on the glass slipper to see if the shoe fits and hear the clock chimes ring at the stroke of midnight.
  • The Elves and the Shoemaker 
  • Jack and the BeanstalkThis is an English story of a small boy who outwits a giant ogre. Just like Jack, visitors will climb up the beanstalk into the ogre’s oversized house. They’ll hide in a cubbyhole while the giant shouts out “Fee-fi-fo-fum,” play a magical talking harp and discover a hen that lays golden eggs.
  • Lon Po PoThis 1000-year-old Chinese tale is an early version of the Little Red Riding Hood story. Visitors will get to peer through a picture window and make the wolf pop up from beneath its covers, touch his bushy tail and use a rope to hoist him into a tree. Children will discover how this tale is different from the European and American versions, and even learn Chinese translations of English words.
    • WORKSHOP: Thorns & Tails (Saturday, November 14 at 2 p.m.), listen to the story of Lon Po Po and make your own shadow puppet
  • Thumbelina: Wishes come true in this Danish tale from Hans Christian Anderson of a tiny girl who uses her mind instead of muscle to make her way in the big world. Guests will become pixie sized as they crawl through the mole’s tunnel, pass the seasons with Thumbelina and search for the little fairy in her secret hiding places.
  • The Shoemaker and the Elves: This German tale from the Brothers Grimm teaches that it’s better to give than to receive. A poor shoemaker and his wife receive help from a crew of hardworking elves, so they make clothes for the elves in return. Visitors will get to recreate the story in a magical interactive picture box by changing the scene from day to night, and then get to work at the cobbler’s bench making some fancy footwear of their own.

In conjunction with the “Once Upon a Time” exhibit, the LICM Theater has commissioned the creation of a new musical for visitors.  “Princess Frog- A Musical Fairy Tale,” is a modern retelling of a classic Italian fairy tale, created by Long Island’s own Lena Pennino-Smith.  Performances will take place on:

Saturday, November 21 at 11:30 a.m. and 2 p.m

Sunday, November 22 and Sunday at 11:30 a.m. and 2 p.m

December 27 through Thursday, December 31 at 11:30 a.m. and 2 p.m.


Once Upon a Time…Exploring the World of Fairy Tales is a collaborative effort of The Magic House, St. Louis Children’s Museum and the St. Louis Public Library and is made possible by a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

All activities will be held at the Long Island Children’s Museum, 11 Davis Avenue, Garden City, NY. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Museum Hours:  Tuesday-Sunday from 10 am.-5 p.m. and most school holidays.  Museum admission: $13 for adults and children over 1 year old, $12 seniors, FREE to museum members and children under 1 year old. Additional fees for theater and special programs may apply. For additional information, contact 516-224-5800.



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