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!
ALICE IN WONDERLAND - John W. Engeman Theater
April 21, 2013 - Northport
Mixing in a dash of popular culture to the original Lewis Carroll story brings this frolicking journey of a young girl who falls down a rabbit hole to a whole new level. Join Alice and all her friends as you become part of the story.
Chick-a-palooza Festival - Garden of Eve Organic Farm & Market
Through April 21, 2013 - Riverhead
Attend a workshop to learn about chicken-keeping, beekeeping, gardening, and cooking. Enjoy farm tours, fiber arts, and watch the sheep shearing. Live music and fun for the whole family. Buy a ready-to-lay chicken to take home for $10.
Open House - North Shore Day Camp
April 21, 2013 - Glen Cove
Tour the beautiful 14-acre Gold Coast Estate campus and meet the warm, friendly, and experienced leadership team. Get your questions answered while your kids enjoy arts and crafts, face-painting, a balloonist and snacks.
Nassau-Suffolk Honor Band and Wind Symphony - Tilles Center for the Performing Arts
April 21, 2013 - Greenvale
Presented by the Nassau-Suffolk Performing Arts, this band performs a variety of delightful numbers.
Nassau-Suffolk Performing Arts presents An Evening of Jazz - Tilles Center for the Performing Arts
April 21, 2013 - Greenvale
Make it an evening to remember with the cool jazz sounds of these musicians.
Children's Carnival - Queens County Farm Museum
April 21, 2013 - Floral Park
Enjoy an good ole-fashioned carnival in the apple orchard. Carnival rides, midway games, and prizes, hayrides,
and children's entertainment, and more. Admission per person includes entry to the farm grounds and carnival rides at no additonal charge. Note: height rules apply at all rides.
Operation Clean Sweep - Oyster Bay & East Norwich Bandstand
April 21, 2013 - Oyster Bay
Help keep our towns beautiful. Come to the Oyster Bay Bandstand/Gazebo across from OB Post Office. Light breakfast served. Bring work gloves, dust pans & broom. Great Community Service Project- All volunteers will receive a community service letter. Contact Dottie at the number listed.
Our Changing World- Earth Day Celebration - Long Island Children's Museum
April 21, 2013 - Garden City
Did you know that there are now more than 41,000 plants and animals in the world listed as vulnerable or endangered and on the brink of extinction? Join us for an Earth Day afternoon as we honor them and find out how we can help. Make earth-friendly resolutions to conserve nature and create reminders of our changing world.
Jigsaw 4 Mile Run/Walk for Autism - East Islip Marina
April 21, 2013 - East Islip
Children 13 and younger are welcome to run the 1/4 mile kiddie run. All ages welcome for the 4 mile run/walk which starts and finishes at the East Islip Marina, traversing throughout East Islip neighborhoods. Proceeds from the event support programs on Long Island that work with children diagnosed with Autism. Registration is available on line at ejautismfoundation.org.
Arena Players Repertory Theatre Presents: Treasure Island - Vanderbilt Carriage House
April 21, 2013 - Centerport
Follow the adventures of young Jamie who falls heir to a treasure map and soon sails with his masters to Treasure Island with a crew of pirates chosen from the audience. Call to reserve seats. This program has been postponed until July. This program has been postponed until July. Please check the website for details.
Cirque Du Solieil Presents 'Totem' - Citi Field Lot C.
Through April 21, 2013 - Flushing
Math Workshop - Science Math Learning
April 21, 2013 - Oceanside
Interactive workshops to hone math and math problem-solving skills. Ideal for Grades 6-8. Call to register.
Earth Day Wildlife Presentation - Cold Spring Harbor Whaling Museum
April 21, 2013 - Cold Spring Harbor
In honor of Earth Day, meet your neighbors - the furry, scaly, and feathery ones. Meet a variety of local wildlife, including an owl and opossum, and explore their role in the Long Island ecosystem. Find out why these animals checked into a wildlife hospital. RSVP.
Usdan Open House - Usdan Center for the Creative and Performing Arts
April 21, 2013 - Wheatley Heights
Learn about center's summer programs offering more than 40 programs in the arts, nature and ecology and chess, for children ages 6-18 and tour the 200-acre woodland campus.
Heckscher Family Hour - Heckscher Museum of Art
April 21, 2013 - Huntington
Join museum educator Tami Wood for family-friendly tour of the Museum's special exhibition Long Island's Best: Young Artists at The Heckscher Museum. Families will explore, experience, and learn about the artworks on view through close looking, lively conversations, and hands-on gallery projects. Registration is recommended. Space is limited.
Free Crafts for Kids - The Cupcake Corner
April 21, 2013 - Garden City
Bring your kids to this bakery/cafe for a free craft every Saturday and Sunday any time between 12-4pm. Reservations not required. Craft changes every week.
CPR/Frist Aid Training - Reflex Emergency Training @ Momentum Education
April 21, 2013 - Bay Shore
This is a certified American Heart Association course and is designed to teach the basic skills of how to properly and effectively perform CPR, use an AED (Automated External Defibrillator), and how to assist someone who is choking. The skills are taught for adults, children, and infants. The course is taught by NY City Paramedics with many years of emergency care experience.
Spring Princess Tea - Darlings & Divas
April 21, 2013 - Amityville
Party with Rapunzel and Cinderella. Party includes princess tiara to keep, mini-manicure, sparkling makeup application, glitter tattoo, lunch and dessert.
Celebrate Earth Day - Nassau County Museum of Art
April 21, 2013 - Roslyn Harbor
Calling all kids. You are invited to help create a gigantic group sculpture using recycled materials with artists from the NYC-based art collective, Free Style Arts Association. The Free Style educators work magic with everyday materials, transforming them into abstract art work, using crazy lines, shapes, and colors. Educators from The Science Museum of Long Island join in on the fun and will be bringing along some critters, maybe even a tortoise or a snake. They'll also work with nets to explore organisms in the Museum's ponds.
Also featured on Earth Day are family gallery tours of the Museum's current exhibition, AB-EX / RE-CON: Abstract Expressionism Reconsidered. Take the tour to check out how abstract expressionists employ elements and principles of art. The day's activities will be documented and posted to the Museum's Facebook page.
Museum admission plus $8 per family materials fee. No reservations needed, but please bring along some plastic supermarket bags to contribute to the project.
Weekend parking fee is $2 (members, free)
Wacky Wednesday - Theatre Three
April 21, 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.
Spring Craft Event - Safari Adventure
April 21, 2013 - Riverhead
Children enjoy making spring-themed craft projects to bring home to their friends and family. Children will also enjoy free milk and cookies in the craft room.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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@example.com.