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!
Strawberry Fields Concert - Glen Cove Village Square
August 16, 2013 - Glen Cove
"Strawberry Fields" has been performing to audiences of all ages for over a decade and in the past has shared the stage with featured guests from the Broadway cast of "Beatlemania;" Steve Holly, drummer for Paul McCartney who was featured on his second solo album, "Back To The Egg;" Billy J. Kramer (one of Brian Epstein's original British Invasion stars); Tony Sheridan, who recorded an entire album with The Beatles, themselves; and Pete Best, who was, early in their careers, the drummer of The Beatles. Free parking in nearby municipal garage; bring a lawn chair.
Library Karaoke Night - Connetquot Public Library
August 16, 2013 - Bohemia
You can either be a performer or the audience. A list of songs for you to choose from, ranging from Disney to popular titles on the radio, will be available at the adult and children’s reference desk prior to the program
The Mr. Mouse Show by Katie's Puppets - Long Island Game Farm
August 16, 2013 - Manorville
Puppeteer Katie Polk injects humor into her puppets shows. Katie and her gang of puppets have received rave reviews from Long Island's Arts-In-Education Services, SCOPE, and many
THE FROG PRINCE - Theatre Three
August 16, 2013 - Port Jefferson
Pompous Prince Darnay crosses a kindly enchantress and finds himself in a lily pad of trouble. In his new-found (and rather clammy) skin, he learns lessons of life and love when he meets the smart, funny, and fiercely independent Princess Madrigal. Throw in a Frog King with a band of fidgety followers and you have a recipe for riotous doings.
FAMILY FRIDAYS: STRUMMIN' AND DRUMMIN' - The Common Ground
August 16, 2013 - Sayville
This a trio of Long Island musicians bring plenty of instruments so everyone can sing and play along. Bring your blankets and lawn chairs to enjoy the fun with your family. All events at the park are free and handicap accessible.
York Revolution - Long Island Ducks
August 16, 2013 - Central Islip
York Revolution takes on The Long Island Ducks.
Aladdin Jr. - CM Performing Arts
August 16, 2013 - Oakdale
In the heart of an enchanted city, a commoner named Aladdin and his mischievous monkey, Abu, battle to save the free-spirited Princess Jasmine. Aladdin's whole life changes with one rub of a magic lamp as a fun-loving, shape-shifting Genie appears and grants him three wishes, setting him on an incredible journey of discovery. Through his adventures, Aladdin proves that he is a prince where it truly matters most -- on the inside.
PARENT'S NIGHT OUT - Tumbling Tunes
August 16, 2013 - East Northport
Children ages 6 months-8 years enjoy games, free play, gymnastics, music and crafts.
Village of Freeport Movie Nights in the Park - Seabreeze Park
August 16, 2013 - Freeport
Get ready to enjoy an exciting,free movie under the stars. Grab some snacks or dinner from a local eatery, bring a chair, and you've got it made. Summer has never been this much fun. Bring your family and friends.
Gay Pearsall Memorial Concert - Long Island Banjo Society - Sunset Park
August 16, 2013 - Port Washington
Bring your friends, a blanket or chair, some picnic food and enjoy a fabulous evening of music, fun, and fellowshhip under the stars.
Baby and Me Time - Levittown Public Library
August 16, 2013 - Levittown
Your baby will love you for it. Spend some quality time with your child, Age 4 months to 18 months in this story time designed just for them. No registration required. Space is limited. Admittance is on a first come, first served basis.
Ice Cream Extravaganza - Seaford Public Library
August 16, 2013 - Seaford
Learn how to make ice cream the old-fashioned way and compare the taste of store-bought and homemade ice cream. Then make your own sundae. Lots of participation and fun. Recipes will be given out. For those ages 10-18. Registration at the Reference Desk.
International Music Nights Concert Series-Korean American Night - Harry Chapin Lakeside Theatre - Eisenhower Park
August 16, 2013 - East Meadow
Reflecting on Nassau County's diversity, a broad
range of cultural artistry is presented through this
popular musical series, sponsored for over three
decades by Canon USA Inc.
Half Note with Daniel Kelly - Long Island Children's Museum
August 16, 2013 - Garden City
What happens when a master musician meets a hapless fool ? in ONE person? The answer is Half Note, the alter-ego of award-winning pianist/composer Daniel Kelly. Inspired by a long tradition of musician-humorists, vintage silent film comedians, and the bizarre meanderings of his own imagination, Half Note takes us on a fun-filled romp into jazz, classical, silent film music, slapstick and more.
Daniel will be working on a larger project with LICM during the coming year; creating an original musical composition with your help to premiere February 18, 2014. Jump in and meet this talented musician and learn about the musical collaboration. This performance is part of the New York State Presenters Network Presenter-Artist Partnership Project with support from the New York State Council on the Arts, Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.
Nocturnal Week: - Long Island Science Center
Through August 17, 2013 - Riverhead
Learn about the animals that exclusively come out in the dark. Participate in activities and make crafts to take home.
Annie Jr - Patchogue Theater for the Performing Arts
Through August 18, 2013 - Patchogue
The popular comic strip heroine takes center stage in one of the world's best-loved musicals. With equal measures of pluck and can-do spirit, little orphan Annie charms everyone's hearts, despite a next-to-nothing start in 1930's New York City.
Green Teens: Great Garden Adventures - Long Island Children's Museum
Through August 23, 2013 - Garden City
Come to Our Backyard for fun-filled adventures that explore our natural world. Each week LICM Green Teens will lead visitors through an activity, craft, game or "cooking" experience with different nature-related themes. Learn fun ways to help the environment and enjoy outdoor experiences.
Mounted Cowboy Shooting Match - Old Bethpage Village Restoration- Fairgrounds
Through August 24, 2013 - Old Bethpage
Step back into the late 1800s and watch history come alive as cowboys saddle up and engage in a shooting match. Experience the excitement of the Old West and witness a fast action event in which cowboys with single action revolvers are scored on
accuracy and time.
Life After Divorce For Women - Life Coaching for Women
Through August 30, 2013 - Bellmore
Sign up for a free one-hour life coaching session on life after divorce. Who are you now? What positive things have you learned about yourself? What does your future look like? What goals have you set? Learn techniques on how to move forward and enjoy life with the New You! Visit the website, call, or email
Summer Camp - FastracKids / JEI
Through August 30, 2013 - Bellmore
Summer Camp for children ages 5-13 providing academic as well as fun physical activities. Full or half day programs are available and bus service. Working together with All American Gymnastics, LI Champion Tae Kwon Do, and World of Sports.
The Puppet Project - Long Island Children's Museum
Through August 30, 2013 - Garden City
Puppets have been crafted for thousands of years and used for storytelling around the world. Join in the fun as you design and engineer your own stick and rod puppet. Use exciting materials to build your own character as you learn how to create and operate your new creation. Develop your puppets character and learn how to perform for family and friends. This program runs through August 30.
Shell Swap - Cold Spring Habor Whaling Museum
Through August 31, 2013 - Cold Spring Harbor
Bring a shell, rock, or interesting beach item to swap at an outdoor swap table any time. Have fun making a trade with other shells and beach objects. Daily, July 1-August 31, 2013.
Holy Angles Regional School Registration - Holy Angles Regional School
Through August 31, 2013 - Patchogue,
Enroll at Holy Angels for Fall 2013-2014. Small nurturing classes taught by certified teachers. Registration runs August 1-August 31, 2013.
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.
A FUNNY THING HAPPENED ON THE WAY TO THE FORUM - Bay Street Theatre
Through September 01, 2013 - Sag Harbor
A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum is a musical inspired by the farces of the ancient Roman playwright Plautus (251–183 BC), specifically Pseudolus, Miles Gloriosus and Mostellaria. The musical tells the bawdy story of a slave named Pseudolus and his attempts to win his freedom by helping his young master woo the girl next door. The show stars Peter Scolari with Conrad John Schuck and Jackie Hoffman. The book is by Burt Shevelove and Larry Gelbart with lyrics and music by Stephen Sondheim; music direction by Ethyl Will; and directed and choreographed by Marcia Milgrom Dodge. August 6-September 1, 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.
Long Island's Auto Racing Heritage - Ward Melville Heritage Organization
Through September 02, 2013 - Stony Brook
Come celebrate the five racetracks of Long Island: Bridgehampton, Freeport, Riverhead, Islip and Vanderbilt and see many of the cars that raced there.
Living History Tours: It's 1932 - Vanderbilt Museum
Through September 02, 2013 - Centerport
It's the summer of 1932 and William K. Vanderbilt II has just circumnavigated the globe in his new 264-foot yacht, Alva. He's purchased a mummy in Cairo and brought it back to display in his museum -- coinciding with the opening of Boris Karloff's latest horror movie, The Mummy. The famous fashion designer Coco Chanel is coming to New York to open a show of her first jewelry designs, and is a guest of the Vanderbilts at their Eagle's Nest estate on the Long Island Gold Coast. Also on the guest list is Elsa Maxwell, the notorious gossip columnist, an intimate friend of the Vanderbilt women. For more than a decade, Living History tours of the Vanderbilt Mansion have given summer visitors a kind of time-machine trip to the 1930s. Museum staff member-actors, in costume and in character as household servants and famous guests, take visitors through the sprawling 24-room, Spanish-Revival waterfront mansion and regale them with stories about the family, its guests and its adventures. Saturdays and Sundays through September 2, 2013.
Pirate Snorkel Adventure - Long Island Aquarium & Exhibition Center
Through September 02, 2013 - Riverhead
Locate missing treasure while experiencing the beauty and magic of tropical snorkeling. While searching, be sure to see how many different types of fish you can identify. The aquarium is stocked with plenty, including fish from all around the world. And when you're done, walk away with some booty of your own – a $2.00 arcade card good at the Family Fun Center. Contact [email protected] June 30-September 2, 2013.
Long Island's Auto Racing Heritage - Ward Melville Heritage Organization
Through September 02, 2013 - Stony Brook
WMHO Educational and Cultural Center celebrates the five Long Island racetracks, Freeport, Bridgehampton, Riverhead, Islip and Vanderbilt. July 13-September 2, 2013.
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.
Alex Katz: Selections from the Whitney Museum of American Art - Nassau County Museum of Art
Through October 13, 2013 - Roslyn Harbor
Alex Katz (b.1927) is one of the most important American artists alive today. The exhibition includes landscapes and collages from early in Katz?s career and continues through the 1960s and beyond with his hallmark paintings ? enormous, brilliantly-colored portraits of his family and friends. The exhibition draws on the Whitney?s large holdings and is augmented with works from NCMA?s own permanent collection and some on loan from other art institutions. The exhibition runs through October 13.
Guided Tours - Stony Brook Grist Mill
Through October 27, 2013 - Stony Brook
Listed on the NYS and National Register of Historic Places, the Stony Brook Grist Mill, c. 1751, offers the experience of a working grist mill today with the only female "miller" in the U.S. as your guide. Saturdays and Sundays through October 27.
'Discovery' Wetlands Cruise - Boatworks Marina
Through October 30, 2013 - Stony Brook
Learn the importance and fragility of a wetlands ecosystem, enjoy the sweeping panorama of a salt marsh moraine and be amazed at the untouched beauty of Long Island's North Shore this summer aboard the "Discovery" Wetlands Cruise 90-minute sightseeing tours aboard a 27-passenger pontoon boat. A naturalist is on board to guide passengers through this experience embracing ecology, geology and history. The cruise also includes information on how Native Americans first settled here, views of a long sand pit with the historic Gamecock Cottage at its tip, the serpentine creek, tidal flow, grasses and various species of water fowl and other wildlife in the wetlands. Seating is first come, first served. For additional information or to make a reservation, call the museum or go online. Cruises run through October 30, 2013.
Atlantis Explorer Tour Boat - Long Island Aquarium & Exhibition Center
Through October 31, 2013 - Riverhead
Add extra aquatic adventure to your visit with an interactive cruise aboard the Atlantis Explorer Tour Boat. Over the course of your trip, you and your family participate in hands-on exploration, including trap pulls, horseshoe crab encounters, and a stroll along a remote beach.
Alex Katz: What About Style? - Nassau County Museum of Art
Through October 31, 2013 - Roslyn Harbor
For more than 50 years, painter Alex Katz has resisted trends in modern art to pioneer and refine his own style of flat, elegant, and realistic figure painting. What About Style? offers an uncluttered view of this American maverick. Filmmaker and art critic Heinz Peter Schwerfel captures the elusive Katz working in his Maine studio and his Soho flat, laboring over a 32-foot painting called The Black Brook. Interviews, archival footage, images of his subjects, and a virtual tour of 20 Katz paintings are combined to convey his unique style of art. No reservations. First come, first seated. The exhibition runs through October 31.
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]