Sonic Sensations, the newest traveling exhibit at the Long Island Children’s Museum, takes up residence on January 26 and will be on display through May 5.
This fun exhibit that gives kids the opportunity to experience an entire sonic world that encompasses not only hearing sound, but also seeing it and feeling it through the science of sound and hearing. There’s also a wealth of interactive elements that will enable kids to:
• Test their lung power in the Scream Chamber!
• Create their own movie soundtrack
• Conduct an orchestra with their whole body
• Learn about the anatomy and physics of how we hear.
• Explore decibels, amplitude, pitch and sound waves.
• Find hidden “animals” in kitchen cupboards strictly by listening
• Discover ways they can protect their hearing.
The exhibit will be on display at Long Island Children’s Museum through Sunday, May 5. Sonic Sensation was developed by the Sciencenter in Ithaca, New York.
“Sound is the earliest way that children gather information and is vital to any full sensory experience,” explains Aimee Terzulli, LICM’s Director of Education & Visitor Experience. “Sonic Sensation teaches visitors the ‘hows and whys’ of sound and encourages us all to appreciate the sounds around us.”
In this interactive exhibit, families and school groups will experiment with pitch, test their own hearing, make a movie soundtrack and step into the ever-popular Scream Chamber. Fourteen exhibit components allows visitors to sort high and low pitches by hitting colored bells, create sounds by conducting an Invisible Orchestra, and launch a billiard ball to show how sound hitting our eardrums sends signals to our brain.
In a lively, engaging manner, Sonic Sensation presents a fun and informative opportunity to explore sound in our environment. Learn about the anatomy and physics of how we hear, find out about decibels, amplitude, frequency, pitch, sound waves, and what you can do to protect your hearing.
As children explore the gallery they will have a chance to measure the frequency of sounds, match mystery sounds and try to find hidden “animals” in kitchen cupboards by listening (no peeking!). Take some fun selfies in the the Ear This!section as you see how you would look with the ears of an elephant, rabbit, bat and more.
As always, LICM has planned a variety of complementary workshops to extend the themes introduced in the traveling exhibit. Upcoming programs include What Do We “Ear?”, (Saturday, January 26 and Sunday, January 27 from 1 to 3 p.m.) and more.
Sonic Sensations is a natural complement to LICM’s permanent exhibit “SoundShowers.” In this soundproofed gallery, visitors enter an immersive environment to explore soundscapes of the imagination, create rhythms using instruments from around the world and experience the fun of creating music using objects found all around us.
Learn how you hear, and discover how well you can listen in Sonic Sensation.
LICM says, “*For the safety of our visitors, Adults are not permitted in the Museum without children; Museum visitors under 18 years of age must be accompanied by an adult at all times.*”
All activities are held at:
the Long Island Children’s Museum
11 Davis Avenue, Garden City, NY
Museum Hours: Tuesday-Sunday from 10 am.-5 p.m. and most school holidays. Museum admission: $14 for adults and children over 1 year old, $13 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.
About the Long Island Children’s Museum
The mission of Long Island Children’s Museum is to connect all our communities’ children, and those who care for them, to a life of wonder, imagination and exploration. At LICM, children discover their passions and their relationship to the world we share. The 40,000-square-foot museum welcomes nearly 270,000 children and adults annually. The private, not-for-profit institution chartered by the New York State Board of Regents, offers museum-based educational programs and cultural experiences, as well as an extensive community outreach program offered in schools, libraries and youth centers across Long Island. The Museum is the recipient of the 2012 National Medal for Museum & Library Service, the highest honor conferred on museums for extraordinary civic, educational, economic, environmental, and social contributions.