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Long Island Children’s Museum program aids special-needs kids

Kidsday reporter Hilary Heaney and her 7-year-old brother,

Kidsday reporter Hilary Heaney and her 7-year-old brother, Seamus, at the Long Island Children's Museum. Credit: Heaney family

The Long Island Children’s Museum in Garden City is a very fun, yet educational place that kids of all ages love to visit. The museum has an amazing new feature: the Friendly Hours.

The Friendly Hours is a program for kids with special needs and their families after hours, when the museum is almost empty. This gives these kids and their families a chance to explore the museum on their own, when it is a lot less crowded.

I know about the Friendly Hours because my little brother, Seamus, age 7, has special needs, and I have gone with him and my mom, and let me just say, we had an amazing time!

If you have a young family member or friend who has special needs, I would totally recommend visiting.

The next Friendly Hours is July 21.

You can learn more about the Friendly Hours by calling the museum at 516-224-5800, going onto their website,, or going to their Facebook page, which is @Long Island Children’s Museum. I hope that you consider going to the Friendly Hours or help spread the word. Thank you and have a great day.


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