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TODAY'S FAMILY & KIDS ACTIVITIES IN LONG ISLAND-AUG 20

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by Directories Editor August 20, 2014

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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!

Sensational Science Camp Days - Not Just Art
Through August 20, 2014 - Oyster Bay

A clever blend of art-based concoctions, science experiments, structural and design challenges for curious kids, based on the studio's year-long Crazy Concoctions, Science Magic, and Inventions programs. Choose your own schedule. Sign up for any days throughout the summer. The projects for all camp day programs vary each day all summer long, but favorites can always be repeated if needed for children who really love them! Please pack a healthy (peanut/tree nut free) snack for your child. Reservations are required, please call or email to reserve your spot!

Pre-School Workshops: Ages 3-5 - Vanderbilt Museum
August 20, 2014 - Centerport

Projects include Elephant Paper Sculpture, Seashell Wind Chimes, Butterfly Lifecycle Mobile, Sailor's Valentine, Snake Diorama, Birdhouse, and Fish Print T-Shirt. Class dates July 2, 16, 23, 20. August 6, 13, 20, 27.

Tai Chi in the Gardens - Old Westbury Gardens
August 20, 2014 - Old Westbury

Tai Chi, a unique form of "moving meditation" calms the mind, relaxes the body and strengthens the spirit. Sessions taught by professional Tai Chi instructor, Linda Cafiero, are designed for all experience levels.

Baby Massage - Parents R Talking
August 20, 2014 - Mineola

Join these interactive workshops with a certified infant massage specialist. Infant massage is a great bonding tool. The massage helps little ones sleep better as well as relieve any colic symptoms they may be feeling. Please bring two baby blankets. Contact patti@wiggles[email protected] or call 516-607-1153.

Kidpix ID - Floral Park Public Library
August 20, 2014 - Floral Park

Senator Jack Martins and Nassau Co. Executive Ed Mangano have provided a free KidPix photo ID program in Floral Park. KidPix gives parents a convenient way to keep their children's important information on a single, wallet sized ID card. As well as a photo, the child's fingerprint is also included on the back of the card. Card will be given to you on this same day that photos and fingerprints are taken. Children of all ages can participate. Families will be served on a first come, first served basis. No appointments are required.

Green Teens- Energetic Environmental Explorations - Long Island Children's Museum
August 20, 2014 - Garden City

Join in for an energetic exploration of the environment. The Green Teens will lead visitors through a variety of science and nature-related activities. Visit the website for program updates.

'Abandoned Trunks' Exhibit -Clothing and Costumes of the Gold Coast Era - North Shore Historical Museum
August 20, 2014 - Glen Cove

"Abandoned Trunks" is an exhibit of costumes and accessories of the Gold Coast. Clothing items on display were worn by notable North Shore women of the 1920s such as the ladies of Woolworth, Tiffany, Hutton, and Woodward families, as well as the Countess of Bismarck. Most of these families lived in mansions during that era.

Crazy Campfire Day - Long Island Children's Museum
August 20, 2014 - Garden City

Have s�more fun as we keep summer alive with our campfire day at LICM. Explore and play as you sing songs, learn about animals and make creative crafts all inspired around the campfire. Keep your campfire spirit burning all year long as you make some tasty s�mores, learn about stargazing and think outside- no box required!

Wacky Water Wednesdays - Cold Spring Harbor Fish Hatchery & Aquarium
August 20, 2014 - Cold Spring Harbor

Kids enjoy sprinklers, bubbles and lawn games on the Hatchery grounds.

Balance and Gravity:Explore the forces of the earth and be an engineer! - Long Island Science Center
August 20, 2014 - Riverhead

Learn the differences between weight and mass, and make a see-saw style balance to take home.

Color War Camp - Frozen Ropes Syosset
August 20, 2014 - Syosset

Coed baseball and softball camp for a special half day trial rate. Players will be divided into 2 teams for the week and go head-to-head in multiple competitions until the winner is crowned! Call for more information and to register.

Born To Play Camp - Frozen Ropes Syosset
August 20, 2014 - Syosset

Coed activities include soccer, baseball, basketball, and much more in this state-of-the-art, air conditioned indoor facility. Call for more information and to register.

Kiss Me Kate - CM Performing Arts
August 20, 2014 - Oakdale

While a theatre company puts up a musical version of 'The Taming of The Shrew, a relationship develops between director/leading man Fred and his ex-wife/leading lady Lilli as they respectively portray the Shakespearean roles of Petruchio and Katharine (the Shrew to be tamed).

KidFEST #3: Nelson Illusions Smoke & Mystery Tour - Guild Hall
August 20, 2014 - East Hampton

Nelson Illusions is a one-of-a-kind theatrical spectacle that combines rare and original illusions from around the world with award-winning, jaw-dropping magic. Tickets online at GuildHall.org or at Box Office 631-324-4050; theatermania.com; or 1.866.811.4111.

KidFEST Workshop - Guild Hall
August 20, 2014 - East Hampton

Hands-on arts and crafts projects themed to accompany the KidFEST performance of Nelson Illusions Smoke and Mystery Tour in the John Drew Theater at Guild Hall at 5pm. Tickets online at GuildHall.org or at Box Office 631-324-4050; theatermania.com; or 1.866.811.4111.

Special needs camp - Friendly Kids Social Skills
Through August 21, 2014 - Greenlawn

The Friendly Kids Social Skills Group is offering a summer program in which elementary school children will learn social skills, make friends and have fun. Call Carrie, licensed clinical social worker at 631-988-0629. Mon-Thurdays 10am-11:30. Classes meet Monday-Thursdays July 7 - August 21.

Seeing Through Artist Eyes Camp Days - Not Just Art
Through August 21, 2014 - Oyster Bay

Travel around the world in 8 weeks! Each camp day offers a peek at a particular culture and art technique, which is used as a springboard for children to create their own inspired masterpieces! See the online calendar for each day's theme. Choose your own schedule! Sign up for any days throughout the summer. The projects for all camp day programs vary each day all summer long, but favorites can always be repeated if needed for children who really love them! Please pack a healthy (peanut/tree nut free) snack for your child. Reservations are required, please call or email to reserve your spot!

Creative Arts Camp Days - Not Just Art
Through August 22, 2014 - Oyster Bay

Explore and enjoy a fun rotating buffet of art projects, beautifully illustrated art-related stories, games and construction toys, and open-ended activities to stimulate children's creativity! Choose your own schedule! Sign up for any days throughout the summer. The projects for all camp day programs vary each day all summer long, but favorites can always be repeated if needed for children who really love them! Please pack a healthy (peanut/tree nut free) snack for your child. Reservations are required, please call or email to reserve your spot!

Green Teens- Energetic Environmental Explorations - Long Island Children's Museum
Through August 22, 2014 - Garden City

Join in for an energetic exploration of the environment. Each week the Green Teens will lead visitors through a variety of science and nature-related activities. Visit the website for program updates.

Peter Pan - The Musical - Smithtown Center for the Performing Arts
Through August 24, 2014 - Smithtown

The classic Family musical comes to life on stage. Join Peter, Wendy, John and Michael as they fly off to Neverland - where no one grows up and fairies and pirates and indians and mermaids and adventure abound. Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays June 28-August 24.

Kids Night Out - Honestly Delicious & HD Events
Through August 28, 2014 - Garden City

Calling all parents! It's time for date night. Kids ages 4-9 can watch movies every Thursday through 8/28. Admission includes 3 hours of entertaining your child, popcorn and iced tea or lemonade. Kids can wear their pajamas and bring a blanket. This is a drop-off program so you will have time for a date. Make your reservation today.

Bethpage Federal Credit Union Global Explorations at the HUM: The Great Art Caper - Hofstra University Museum, David Filderman Gallery
Through August 29, 2014 - Hempstead

Join your guide, Detective Art. E. Fact, at the David Filderman Gallery to uncover clues to help solve a mystery in the exhibition ‘Spirit and Identity: Melanesian Works from the Hofstra University Museum Collections.’ This original exhibition showcases, for the first time, an extraordinary aspect of the HUM collections, offering a range of ethnographic artworks and objects created by members of the distinct regional communities of the South Pacific. Works feature ancestral figures, ceremonial masks, warrior shields, and ritualized practical objects crafted from natural materials.

Portals to the Past Summer Programs - Smithtown Historical Society
Through August 29, 2014 - Smithtown

Children ages 6-12 take part in a variety of heritage driven activities taking place in a historic building set on 22 acres of park-like grounds. Morning and afternoon sessions available. Two day minimum required. Weekdays June 30-August 29, 2014.

Wonderland Dreams - Long Island Children's Museum
Through August 29, 2014 - Garden City

Take a wonderland journey, much like Alice did, as you design the pillowcase of your dreams! Use fabric paint, stencils, markers and stamps to create a one-of-a -kind keepsake. Listen to lullabies from around the world as you create the masterpiece of your dreams! Runs through August 29.

Puppet Play Groups - Goat On A Boat
Through August 30, 2014 - Sag Harbor

Children ages 3 and younger, accompanied by a grownup, can visit for free play, songs, games, Circle Fun, and a Minkie the Monkey puppet show. Mondays and Fridays, June 23-August 30.

Tot Art - Goat On A Boat
Through August 30, 2014 - Sag Harbor

Children ages 2-4 with their grown-ups enjoy an hour of crafty fun. Mondays, June 23-August 30, 2014.

Creative Movement - Goat On A Boat
Through August 30, 2014 - Sag Harbor

This class explores physical awareness through across-the-floor movement, games and exercises. The class starts with basic dance instruction mixed with improvisation and theater play and ends with a themed craft (masks, ribbons, hand props, etc.) that ties in with the daily lesson. Ages 5-7. Wednesdays June 23-August 30, 2014.

Alice's Wonderland: a most curious adventure - Long Island Children's Museum
Through August 31, 2014 - Garden City

Be the first to journey down the rabbit hole as you explore Wonderland in this award-winning traveling exhibit, based on Lewis Carroll's classic, Alice's Adventures in Wonderland. The exhibit inspires curiosity, encourages exploration, and helps make the unknown more familiar, maybe even logical, and certainly fun. The exhibit runs through August 31.

Cheerleading/Tumbling Classes - Legacy Gymnastics
Through August 31, 2014 - Rocky Point

Affordable classes in tumbling and gymnastics for children ages 5 and up. Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Saturdays June 1-August 31,2014.

Butterfly House - Suffolk County Farm and Education Center
Through August 31, 2014 - Yaphank

Come see butterfly species up close. July 1-August 31.

Living History tours - Vanderbilt Museum
Through September 01, 2014 - Centerport

Living History tours are given every saturday and sunday, beginning on Memorial Day weekend and running through Labor Day weekend. Historical characters, as well as household staff, are portrayed by Museum staff member-actors, in costume and in character -- in Downton Abbey fashion -- as upstairs guests and downstairs servants. The stories visitors hear are taken from the oral histories of local people who worked on the Vanderbilt household staff. The 45-minute tours are a summer highlight at the Mansion. Visitors step into a time machine where they might meet aviation pioneer Howard Hughes, fashion designer Coco Chanel or the Duke and Duchess of Windsor. They were among Willie and Rosamund Vanderbilt's prominent friends, and were summer house guests of the family. Weekends, May 24-September 1.

Hidden Pond Park Pool - The Rinx
Through September 01, 2014 - Hauppauge

Hidden Pond Park Pool at the Rinx is a great place to cool off in the hot summer months. Swim in anyone of three heated pools including the Kiddy Pool with interactive toys. Open daily, June 28-Sep 1, 2014.

Pekingese Dog Act Featuring Vanna The Baboon - Long Island Game Farm
Through September 01, 2014 - Manorville

David Rosaire and his Pekingese Dog Act is a stimulating and eye-catching circus show with endless tricks and stunts performed by his dogs. The Pekingese pups put on an elaborate show full of jumps, slides, and obeying outrageous commands. Daily, May 23-Sep 1, 2014.

Blue Star Museums Program - Old Westbury Gardens
Through September 01, 2014 - Old Westbury

Free admission to the Museum is available through Labor Day to active-duty military and immediate family members. Call for additional information. This program runs through September 1.

Science at the Fairs - NY Hall of Science
Through September 27, 2014 - Corona

In celebration of the 50th anniversary of the 1964-65 World�s Fair, NYSCI is collaborating with Queens Historical Society curator, Richard Hourahan, to bring the history of science at the World�s Fairs to NYSCI with a photo exhibit. Get a snapshot of how science was viewed and presented to the public 75 and 50 years ago. The ideas, the excitement, and the latest achievements, hopes and fears are told through a compelling series of black and white photographs and audio and video excerpts of the presentations, exhibits and visitors who flocked to the fairs. The exhibit runs through Sept. 27.

Sculpture Art Caper and Exploration Activity - Hofstra University Museum, Emily Lowe Gallery
Through September 30, 2014 - Hempstead

Adults and children can explore the outdoor sculpture collection on Hofstra’s beautiful campus with activity-filled animal, shapes or people-themed HUM Sculpture Exploration Backpacks or by solving an Art Caper mystery in which they unravel the clues found in the sculpture collection. Activity materials may be picked up at the Emily Lowe Gallery during museum hours (see website for current hours).

Bethpage Federal Credit Union Global Explorer - Hofstra University Museum, Emily Lowe Gallery
Through September 30, 2014 - Hempstead

Children ages 6 and up and their families can explore and discover the beauty of the world’s cultures using activity-filled backpacks that enhance experiences with authentic objects from the Hofstra University Museum’s collections. While exploring specific works displayed in the David Filderman Gallery, children create their own keepsake artworks inspired by the art and cultures they discover. Families may pick up the backpacks at the Emily Lowe Gallery during museum hours (see website for current hours).

School Days: Planting Fields as a University 1955-1972 - Planting Fields Arboretum- Coe Hall Mansion
Through September 30, 2014 - Oyster Bay

Relive the School Days of Planting Fields!Before Planting Fields was a State Park and arboretum, it was William Robertson Coe�s estate, purchased in 1913. Mr. Coe arranged for Planting Fields to be gifted to New York State upon his death, and used as a school of horticulture, and later was part of the State University of New York (SUNY) system for 16 years. This exhibition is open daily and runs through September 30.

Free Trial Class: French, Spanish, Mandarin Chinese and English - Language Workshop for Children-Manhasset
Through October 01, 2014 - Manhasset

Capture your child’s prime time to learn a new language. Call The Language Workshop for Children at 800-731-0830 to schedule your FREE trial class. This offer is also applicable to French, Spanish, Mandarin Chinese and English to ages 6M-9Y.

Free Music Trial Class - Kids Music Round at Small World Connect-Manhasset
Through October 01, 2014 - Manhasset

Well-structured music play spawns lifelong thinking skills. Maximize your child’s early potential by calling Kids Music Round at Small World Connect to schedule your FREE Demo class.

Sky Zone Deer Park Special Needs Jump Event - Sky Zone Deer Park
Through December 01, 2014 - Deer Park

Sky Zone Deer Park Indoor Trampoline Park will be opening on the first Monday of each month exclusively for jumpers with special needs. Sky Zone Deer Park team members have been trained and certified by Missing Piece Awareness to be autism aware and accepting and special modifications have been implemented by the management team. On this day for children and adults with special needs, Sky Zone dials down the music, increases the staff ratio, and limits capacity. The Sky Zone team understands the need to provide families affected by autism with a recurring session time where individuals can learn the rules and practice them in a safe and comfortable environment so they can eventually generalize these skills and be fully integrated at any time. First Mondays of the month, June 2-December 1, 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] Year-round.

Behind-the-Scenes Tours - Long Island Aquarium and Exhibition Center
Through December 31, 2016 - Riverhead

Go behind-the-scenes and see firsthand all that's involved in creating a home for the aquatic residents, including helping to feed the clownfish. Takes place daily, year-round.


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