Daily activities for kids and the family are abound in Long Island! Whether you want to spend the day with your children at a zoo, a museum, or just outdoors, we've got it all here. Want to see what's going on next weekend or when you have those few days off? Check out the NY Metro Parents' calendar!
10th Annual Young Child Expo & Conference - New York's Hotel Pennsylvania
April 19, 2013 - Midtown
NYMetroParents is proud to be a sponsor of the 10th Annual Young Child Expo and Conference, an event that brings together more than 1,000 principals, directors, teachers, and other early childhood professionals.
The focus of the conference is to provide useful information to professionals and parents in order to help all young children learn, grow, and reach their full potential. The event integrates learning about typically developing children as well as those with special needs.
EIP Scholarship, Early Bird, and group rates are available.
Pagliacci performed by Dicapo Opera Theatre - Tilles Center for the Performing Arts
April 19, 2013 - Greenvale
Performed by New York City's Dicapo Opera Theatre
Michael Capasso, General Director. In Italian with English supertitles and performed with full orchestra.
This classic tragic Italian opera uses lush melodies and soaring orchestration to tell a story of love and vengeance. The aria Vesti la giubba is a tour de force for tenors who both act and sing...music drama at its finest.
Kabbalat Shabbat - Temple B'nai Torah
April 19, 2013 - Wantagh
There will be a pre-service gathering at 6pm where people can mingle while enjoying light refreshments. The service will run approximately 60 minutes. The service is appropriate for all ages.
Parents Night Out - Pump It Up of Great Neck
April 19, 2013 - Great Neck
Eliminate the stress of finding a babysitter and drop the kids off at Pump It Up of Great Neck. Join in for an evening of playtime, dinner, crafts and fun all in a safe and secure environment. Parents Night Out includes arena playtime with free play, relays, and games. After all that jumping the kids are always hungry so we take a break and head in for dinner, a craft project and a snack. Then, just in case the kids still have energy to burn, there's time for even more jumping. For children ages 4-12. Children must be potty trained. Photo ID is required for pick-up of children. No exceptions will be made.
Yoga for Special Needs Children - Manhasset Public Library
April 19, 2013 - Manhasset
Manhasset SEPTA will offer a series of 30-minute yoga classes for children ages 4 to 9 years. The classes are taught by Maria Perez from Kids Yoga with Maria. Children will learn breathing and relaxation techniques. There are two sessions being offered. Please indicate a preference for a session when registering.
LEARN TO DRAW with ART TEACHER AMY- Children 6-9 - First United Methodist Church
April 19, 2013 - Amityville
Step-by-step, your child can learn to draw animals, landscapes, people and masterworks while they experiment with chalk and oil pastels, watercolors and markers.
Creatures of the Night Hike - Center for Science Teaching and Learning
April 19, 2013 - Rockville Centre
Explore the preserve and discover some of the nocturnal animals and visitors.
Mothers' Center Circle - Baldwin Public Library
April 19, 2013 - Baldwin
Part of the National Mothers' Center, this group provides a social outlet for mothers and their children. Discuss the challenges and joys of parenting, while the children enjoy a play group. The group provides a welcoming, non-judgmental environment where mothers can share insights and build confidence. Registration required.
Family Scavenger Hunt - East End Arts Gallery
Through April 19, 2013 - Riverhead
Families are invited to explore the gallery with an interactive scavenger hunt, where adults and children alike can search for items like suns and paintbrushes within the works of abstract and figurative art in the current gallery show. This show features artwork that brings the subject back to some sort of beginning – its origin. March 15-April 19.
Wacky Wednesday - Theatre Three
April 19, 2013 - Port Jefferson
A wild wish sends Amanda and her dad into a crazy cross adventure where they find that they have switched places. Hilarity and hijinx ensue as they learn that being someone else might be harder than it seems.
As Sly As a Fox - Connetquot River State Park Preserve
April 19, 2013 - Oakdale
Discover the habits and habitats of the fox inside. Then take a walk outside to look for signs of fox activity. Call for reservations.
Cirque Du Solieil Presents 'Totem' - Citi Field Lot C.
Through April 21, 2013 - Flushing
Tony Hawk / Rad Science - New York Hall of Science
Through April 22, 2013 - Corona
Find out how the physics of gravity, force, velocity and balance make radical tricks possible in action sports in this program that runs through April 22. Children under age 18 must be accompanied by an adult.
Rainbows - Long Island Children's Museum
Through April 30, 2013 - Garden City
Come learn the colors of the rainbow and how they are made. Have fun painting your own beautiful rainbow to brighten up April's spring showers. The program runs through April 30.
Poetry Month - Walt Whitman Birthplace
Through April 30, 2013 - Huntington
In honor of poetry month, Walt Whitman Birthplace is offering activities for kids who can "make and take" a poem in the Poetry Corner. Using spring themes of bunnies, tulips, chicks,
butterflies and Easter eggs, kids can create their very own poems. Craft supplies will be available. In addition, step back to the 19th century and, with a knowledgeable interpreter, tour the farmhouse in which Whitman was born. Also, hear a recording of Walt's voice reading his poem, "America." April 1-April 30,2013.
Jr. Marine Biologist - Sport Fishing Education Center
Through May 18, 2013 - Babylon
Come for an adventure as you and your child learn about the marine environment. Program includes hands-on time with marine animals, beach activities and crafts. Call to register or e-mail [email protected]
Math & Science Homework Help - Long Island Science Center
Through June 01, 2013 - Riverhead
Students in grades 1-8 may be dropped off on Saturdays to receive help with homework. No pre-registration required.
Huntington Arts Council Exhibit: Living Color Art - Art-Trium,
Through June 17, 2013 - Melville
This exhibit features the work of four artists. Each artist selected focuses on the unique and varied ways that color lives in our lives.
After School Arts - Theresa Academy of Performing Arts
Through June 19, 2013 - Lido Beach
Theresa Academy of Performing Arts for Students with Special Needs offers dance, drama, music, drumming, fine art, yoga, and drama classes for students with special needs and their siblings. Classes meet weekly after school and on weekends.
We Hold These Truths-The Great Art Caper - Hofstra University Museum - Emily Lowe Gallery
Through July 26, 2013 - Hempstead
Pick up Great Art Caper materials while in the Emily Lowe Gallery to enjoy self-guided super-sleuthing. Search for hidden clues in the works in the exhibit We Hold These Truths and use the clues to complete a message. Please check the museum's website for summer hours. This program runs through July 26.
Israel at 65 - Jewish Discovery Museum @ SYJCC
Through August 31, 2013 - Commack
This hands-on exhibit allows families to learn about Jewish life, history, values, traditions and heroes, as well as Israel and the Hebrew language. The interactive displays are designed to transform visitors into participants, offering adults and children a unique opportunity to discover the wonders of Jewish heritage. Through August 31, 2013.
Autism Spectrum Parent Support Group - Family and Children's Association
Through September 01, 2013 - Mineola
Family Center’s Spectrum Support Group offers caregivers mutual support by providing opportunities to meet with others also raising children who are dually diagnosed. To be eligible the child must have a primary Mental Health diagnosis and a secondary Spectrum diagnosis. Groups are facilitated by Parent Advocates, each having their own unique experience raising a child under the Spectrum. While caregivers attend group, respite can be provided to children ages 5-17. To receive respite, an intake is required. This ensures staff is familiar with the child, making caregiver’s participation more relaxing.
Meetings are held the first and third Monday of each month, except holidays. RSVP Miriam at 516-485-5914 xtn 2223
no later than seven days prior to the meeting date.
Friendship Bracelet and Lanyard Making Class - The Lanyard Ladies
Through October 03, 2013 - East Rockaway
Looking for a fun after-school or weekend activity? Does your child want to learn how to make friendship and lanyard bracelets? Kids can make as many bracelets as they want. Each child will also receive a special gift. 15% sibling discount. Please call to reserve your space. You can also book a private play-date(10 or more children needed). Call for more information.
Behind-the-Scenes Tours - Long Island Aquarium & Exhibition Center
Through December 31, 2013 - Riverhead
Go behind the scenes at the aquarium and see firsthand all that's involved in creating a home for the aquatic residents, including helping to feed the clownfish.
Sculpture Mystery: The Great Art Caper - Hofstra University Museum
Through January 01, 2014 - Hempstead
Uncover clues to help solve a mystery in the outdoor sculpture collection. Pick up your caper kit at Emily Lowe Gallery, have fun while discovering more about these works, and at the end of the caper return to Emily Lowe Gallery for a prize. For everyone ages 4-9 and their grown-up companions all year-round. The program runs through January 1, 2014.
Sculpture Exploration Backpack - Hofstra University Museum
Through January 01, 2014 - Hempstead
Kids and their grown up companions can stop in at the Hofstra University Museum's Emily Lowe Gallery, and pick up a backpack. At the end of your tour, return the backpack and each child will receive a small gift from the Museum. The program runs through January 1, 2014.
Outdoor Sculpture Biennial - Adelphi University
Through May 31, 2014 - Garden City
See the work of 10 skilled sculptors located throughout the scenic 75-acre arboretum on the Garden City campus.
This outdoor installation showcases the talents of Miggy Buck (NY), John Clement (NY), Maria Hall (NY), Ed Haugevik (NY), William King (NY), Anti Liu (NY), Johnny Poux (NY), Kim Radochia (MA), Christopher Saucedo (NY), and Hans Van de Bovenkamp (NY). Works of art encompass use of various materials-steel, bronze, aluminum, concrete and reflective mirrors. These man-made creations are transposed into poetic visual narrations.
The exhibition runs through May 31, 2014.
Penguin Encounter - Long Island Aquarium & Exhibition Center
Through December 31, 2015 - Riverhead
Imagine a close-up meeting with an African penguin – a 45-minute interactive experience where children ages 5 and up and adults go behind the scenes and learn how animal experts care for these playful birds. You'll see the inner workings of the Penguin Pavilion exhibit,learn how staff cares for the exhibit's residents and enter the Penguin Preschool to meet the penguins. Reserve your spot at [email protected]