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!
Yoga for Children with Special Needs (5-10 yr olds) - Calliope Fitness & Arts
December 19, 2013 - Roslyn
These small group classes provide a consistent sequence of activities that recur in each session, offering predictability and structure. Lessons include a warm-up, calming breathing exercises, yoga poses with visual support, cooperative yoga games, creative guided imagery, mindfulness techniques, and calming relaxation techniques. The class is limited to four children. Classes are tailored to match the physical abilities and needs of the children. Call for complete class schedule.
Open Mic - Page One Restaurant
December 19, 2013 - Glen Cove
The weekly open mic, one of the most popular on Long Island, typically attracts 10-12 performers, most playing guitar and singing original material.
Host Tedeschi emphasizes, "You don't have to be a seasoned performer to showcase your work at the open mic. We definitely work at also making this venue a welcome place for those who are new at getting up in front of an audience. Having personally played at many open mics, I know how important it is to feel part of a welcoming atmosphere, especially for performers who show up for the first time and need to experience the feel of that kind of atmosphere. We also have any number of people who come in each week just to listen and be part of the scene."
Co-owner and executive chef, Jeanine DiMenna, has created a special open mic bar menu, with all entrees priced at $5 and ranging from special salads to a burger with fries, fish and chips, sesame chicken and more.
Behind the Scenes at Downton Abbey - Floral Park Public Library
December 19, 2013 - Floral Park
John Bosco, retired Library Director and lecturer of film discussion groups, returns to our library to lead a talk on a revealing look backstage at the hit TV show Downton Abbey. Taking insights from the book, Behind The Scenes at Downton Abbey, he will offer revealing perspectives and rare insights into the filming of this award-winning drama, as well as further insights into the actors� experiences on the set. Join in for a fun-filled, informative discussion. Register online or at the Reference Desk.
Cream Tea and Tour - Old Westbury Gardens
December 19, 2013 - Old Westbury
Call a group of friends and relatives and enjoy a cream tea, which features scones, clotted cream and jam, and tea. Then take a tour with one of our wonderful Volunteer Docents of the Magical Westbury House. Each room is designed and decorated by our very talented horticultural staff. Natural greenery is used extensively adding a wonderful aroma of the season. What a wonderful way to get everyone together at holiday time. End the tour shopping in the Gift Shop. Advance reservations required.
For registration please call 516-333-0048 X301, give date and time requested.
Holiday Magic - What's Cooking?
December 19, 2013 - Oyster Bay
Join the fun at What's Cooking? and celebrate the season with a special Christmas and Hanukkah menu. Children will decorate Gingerbread Houses, bake holiday cookies, create incredible potato latkes and applesauce, edible dreidels and hot chocolate with mini-marshmallows.
Brown Bag Lectures - Nassau County Museum of Art
December 19, 2013 - Roslyn
Bring a sandwich and enjoy lunch with friends as Museum Docent Riva Ettus presents an informative talk on the life and career of artist Peter Max. Afterward, join the 2pm public exhibition tour. Reservations are not needed; first come, first seated.
Disney's Beauty and the Beast - The Patchogue
December 19, 2013 - Patchogue
Be a guest at this Disney production which features the animated film's much loved characters and the well known academy award-winning score. Join Belle, Mrs. Potts, Lumiere and The Beast for an unforgettable journey where everyone lives happily ever after.
IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE--A LIVE RADIO PLAY - Smithtown Center for the Performing Arts
December 19, 2013 - Smithtown
Inspired by the classic film, thie live radio play is performed as a 1940’s live radio broadcast in front of a studio audience. Six actors perform the dozens of characters as well as produce the sound effects. All the magic of Bedford Falls comes to exhilarating life right in front of you as you are transported to 1940 and to George Bailey’s Christmas Eve.
Honor an Angel Mass - St. Francis de Sales Church - Patchogue
December 19, 2013 - Patchogue
The Students of Holy Angels invite you celebrate the holidays by honoring the important people in your life. If you would like to let a family member, teacher, friend, babysitter, etc. know how special they are to you, or honor the memory of a deceased loved one, or just let someone know you're thinking of them during this season, then honor them as your angel. Your honoree will receive a card informing them that they are a special angel in your life. All the honorees will be honored at a special Mass on Dec. 19 at 11am. If you would like to nominate anyone as your angel, send $5 donation per angel to the school at 1 Division St. Patchogue, NY, 11772 and their names will be included.
Snowball Buddies - Long Island Children's Museum
Through December 20, 2013 - Garden City
Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow! Take one large �snowball,� add some buttons and a carrot nose, maybe a hat and scarf as you create your own smiling, non-melting snow buddy. Through December 20.
Santa's Southampton Celebration - Southampton Center
Through December 22, 2013 - Southampton
Come meet Santa, his elves, Christmas carolers and musicians. Experience arts and crafts, storytelling and holiday delights for the entire family in Southampton Center. Shop the small indoor Farmers Market. Bring your ice skates or borrow a pair at the new otdoor ice skating rink. December 6-December 22, 2013.
Christmas Tree and Poinsettia Sales - Queens County Farm Museum
Through December 24, 2013 - Floral Park
Popular varieties and sizes of trees, evergreen wreaths, poinsettia, Amaryllis, and paperwhites will be for sale with proceeds benefiting the Farm Museum.
Make Holiday Ornaments - Cold Spring Harbor Fish Hatchery & Aquarium
Through December 24, 2013 - Cold Spring Harbor
Make holiday ornaments that you can display on the Hatchery's Christmas tree.
Theatre Three's production of A Christmas Carol - Theatre Three
Through December 28, 2013 - Port Jefferson
Celebrate the season with Long Island?s own holiday tradition. Follow the miser Ebenezer Scrooge on a journey that teaches him the true meaning of Christmas?past, present and future. As described by Newsday??There could scarcely be a finer tribute to [Dickens?] legend than A Christmas Carol at Theatre Three." November 16-December 28, 2013.
Girl Scouts of Suffolk County's 10th Annual Holiday Light Show - Camp Edey
Through December 30, 2013 - Bayport
Drive through a mile-long wooded trail filled with dazzling light displays and vignettes. The Holiday Light Show is entirely built, produced, and coordinated by staff and volunteers of Girl Scouts of Suffolk County. Along with the view, you can have photos taken with Santa, enjoy refreshments, explore the Hall of Trees and more. Proceeds benefit Girl Scouts programs and outreach services. Open daily,December 2-December 30 (Closed 24 and 25).
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.
'The Longest Night: A Winter's Tale' - Vanderbilt Museum and Planetarium
Through December 31, 2013 - Centerport
This new, seasonal show is a timeless fable of courage, generosity and renewal that also explores the concept that winter is a time for Earth to rest, waiting for new growth in the spring. The heroine, a young girl from a family of nomadic storytellers, embarks on a simple quest that leads her to a dragon's nest. What will she discover there, and how will it help her save her village? The production combines live-action puppetry with 3-D animation. November 23-December 31, 2013.
Heckscher Helps the Hungry - Heckscher Museum of Art
Through December 31, 2013 - Huntington
The Museum is partnering with Long Island Cares Inc., The Harry Chapin Food Bank, in support of those in need. Help collect food for people and pets in the community. Visit the Museum in November and December to drop off your non-perishable donations and receive half-price admission as a special thank you. November 1-December 31, 2013.
Zumba Birthday Party - The Dance Treatment
Through December 31, 2013 - Garden City Park
Visit this beautiful venue and plan an exciting time for your little one's birthday. The Dance Treatment will cater to all your party needs.
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.
GingerBread Lane - New York Hall of Science
Through January 12, 2014 - Queens
Jon Lovitch is a chef and the creator of GingerBread Lane, an annual display of homemade and handmade gingerbread houses that he drafts, designs, bakes, plans, builds, and decorates for an entire year. This season will be its 20th.
The concept for Gingerbread Lane changes each year, depending on what Lovitch has seen at gingerbread competitions, in magazines, at holiday displays, sometimes even drawing ideas from houses he spots while driving.
Lovitch purchases the materials after the holiday season, and begins designing and constructing the exhibit by March. All work is completed by late October and reviewed for detail until the exhibit begins. Beginning in November, Lovitch works between 80 and 90 hours for the final three weeks before GingerBread Lane opens for display. Each gingerbread house requires approximately three hours to complete and many of the complicated projects within the village require upwards of 35 hours. Each annual GBL takes about 1500 hours to make.
GBL is made from only "real" edible ingredients: gingerbread, royal icing, and candy. In contrast, other gingerbread competitors use dried pasta, uncooked rice and beans, and edible clay, among other ingredients. This year, GBL uses both gingerbread bricks and candy bricks for the structures.
The 2013 GBL weighs more than 1.5 tons, covers a continuous surface of nearly 300 square feet and is 11 feet high at its highest point. It will be competing for a Guinness World Record for largest gingerbread exhibit, and will be the largest GBL ever.
While the layout and composition change yearly, GBL always includes Eggnog Bay, Gum Drop Row, Peppermint Central Park, Candy Cane Place, and Toffee Boulevard. New this year is Ribbon Candy Ridge and a "behind-the-scenes" window, giving a peek into the makings of GBL with ovens, models, and ingredients...made entirely from royal icing. Five two-foot-high nutcrackers, also made of royal icing, stand guard over the back of the exhibit.
This year's village includes an estimated 1750 lbs. of icing, 400 lbs. of candy, and 500 lbs. of gingerbread dough; and comprises 152 gingerbread houses, 65 trees, four gingerbread cable cars, five gingerbread train cars, an underground candy subway station, candy trees, and sugar signage.
GingerBread Lane always sits out in the open, rather than behind glass, a fact that can really be appreciated when one smells the homemade gingerbread.
All gingerbread structures are given away free on the last day of the exhibit. Since December 2000, GingerBread Lane has also hosted annual workshops for families and after-school programs for children. Each year, Lovitch works with underprivileged and disabled children by shipping GingerBread Lane pieces across the country for those unable to view the display.
gingerbread-lane.org; Twitter: @GingerBreadLane; Facebook: GingerBread Lane, #gingerbreadlane.
Peter Max Exhibition - Nassau County Museum of Art
Through February 23, 2014 - Roslyn Harbor
This exhibition of work by famed pop artist Peter Max juxtaposes portfolios of his mostly black-and-white drawings on paper against many of his larger and more color-saturated works in a variety of media. This showing is the first in-depth look at Max�s original drawings. Covering a wide range of subjects � portraits of friends and political figures, ocean sunsets and undulating landscapes, characters from Disney and The Wizard of Oz, planetary and celestial bodies in space, angels and demons, flowers and hearts, as well as Mona Lisas and Statues of Liberty to name only a few � these never-before-seen drawings comprise one of the most recognizable and commercially successful artistic practices of our times. The exhibit runs through February 23, 2014.
AftermodernisM: Works on Paper - Nassau County Museum of Art
Through February 23, 2014 - Roslyn Harbor
This exhibition focuses on the exploration of the drawing skills and innovations of a number of artists. Some of these works on paper are preparation for larger works on canvas. The exhibition is organized for the museum�s Contemporary Collectors Circle (CCC) by CCC co-chairs Elaine Berger and Alison Wolfson. The exhibit runs through February 23, 2014.
Candy Craft Days - Sugarbeez Candy Store
Through February 28, 2014 - Huntington Station
Come be creative with candy. Build a chocolate house and decorate it for the holidays. Make a pretzel pizza or some pucker powder art. Special crafts every month. Sugarbeez supplies the candy and the space - you just need your imagination. Great for all ages. Check the website for open sessions or call to schedule your own private craft session.
Exhibit: Artist Kasmira Mohanty - Riverhead Town Hall Gallery
Through March 04, 2014 - Riverhead
The featured artisst, from Farmingville,will be exhibiting paintings created in classical and digital media. Although the majority of her work may be heavily affected by digitalization, Kasmira maintains a balance and enjoys working with traditional mediums as well. Some of her favorite mediums include ink, watercolor, acrylic, printmaking, photography, and spray paint. When the mood strikes or a project requires it, she scans hand-rendered elements into the computer and experiments with combining traditional and digital components. December 3, 2013-March 4, 2013.
Flight of the Butterflies in 3D - NY Hall of Science
Through April 11, 2014 - Corona
Join millions of real butterflies on an amazing journey to a remote and secret hideaway. Weighing less than a penny, the monarch butterfly makes one of the longest migrations on Earth. Follow the monarchs' perilous journey to the remote mountain peaks of Mexico in this 3D film. For the first time ever, witness the transformation from caterpillar to butterfly, inside a chrysalis, thanks to advanced MRI and micro CT scans.
The award-winning production team, including Oscar-winner Peter Parks, followed the year-long migration cycle of the monarch butterflies, from Canada, through the United States to remote 10,000-foot-high peaks in the Sierra Madre Mountains of Mexico.
The film has won numerous awards including the 2013 Grand Teton Award in the category of Best Immersive 3D/Large Format at the Jackson Hole Wildlife Film Festival and awards at the 2013 Giant Screen Industry Awards, including Best Film, Best Cinematography, Best Film for Lifelong Learning, and Best Educational Program.
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.
Saturday Respite - Theresa Academy of Performing Arts
Through June 21, 2014 - Lido Beach
Saturday Respite program runs each Saturday and students have a snack and participate three of the following activities: yoga, dance, drama, drumming, art, cooking, or music.
Students range in age and work with a 1-on-1 volunteer to guide and support the student. Students with special needs and typically developing students are welcome. Please RSVP at [email protected]
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).
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]