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TODAY'S FAMILY & KIDS ACTIVITIES IN LONG ISLAND-DEC 27

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by Directories Editor December 27, 2013

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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!

Frosty the Snowman - BroadHollow at Elmont
December 27, 2013 - Elmont

Jenny and Frosty must save Chillsville from evil Ethel Peirpont who wants to melt all the snow. A delightful holiday musical.

Holiday Open House - Queens County Farm Museum
December 27, 2013 - Floral Park

Families can continue their holiday celebration, enjoy a tour of the decorated farmhouse, craft activity for children and mulled cider.

Cutting the Line - Long Island Children's Museum
December 27, 2013 - Garden City

Can a shaky line have personality? Experiment with the shape, thickness, and personality of line. Explore techniques used by the famous abstract expressionist artist Willem de Kooning to create many of his works. Choose specific lines to create a unique work of art using paint, ink, pastels, tape and collage materials. If you wish, leave your artwork for inclusion in the 2014 spring exhibit.

Bubble Trouble Show with Jeff Boyer - Long Island Children's Museum
December 27, 2013 - Garden City

Can you make a bubble volcano or a bubble roller coaster? Join bubble expert Jeff Boyer and learn some fun, advanced bubble skills to take out and use in LICM�s �Bubbles� gallery. Jeff Boyer takes bubbles to the max in this one-man bubble extravaganza. It�s the craziest, most creative bubble show around. Jeff juggles bubbles, sculpts and builds with bubbles, makes fog-filled bubbles and more. Mixing comedy, music and interactive bubble-magic, this performance delights audiences of all ages.

Frosty - John W. Engeman Theater at Northport
December 27, 2013 - Northport

Join Jenny and Frosty on their chilly adventures as they try to save the town of Chillsville from the mean old Ethel Pierpot and her evil machine that will melt all the snow. Jenny calls on her Mom, the mayor, and all of you to help her save her home, get Frosty to the North Pole, and make this holiday season a Winter Wonderland for one and all.

ANNIE, JR. - Smithtown Center for the Performing Arts
December 27, 2013 - Smithtown

The popular comic strip heroine takes center stage in one of the world’s best-loved musicals. With equal measures of pluck and positive attitude, little orphan Annie charms everyone’s hearts, despite a next-to-nothing start in 1930’s New York City. She is determined to find her parents, who abandoned her years ago on the doorstep of a New York City Orphanage run by the cruel, bitter Miss Hannigan.

Open Pop-In-Playtime - Pump It Up
December 27, 2013 - Plainview

Do your kids feel the itch to bounce around like crazy? Then join in for a Pop-In-Playtime session. The kids will laugh, bounce, slide, play and make new friends all in a safe, clean environment. Space is limited to 35 children.

ReMake the Holidays -Wire It - NY Hall of Science
December 27, 2013 - Corona

Bend, twist, light, sculpt and animate a new version of the holiday season with workshops, demos, artist installations and more. Every day includes a screening of Bag It The Movie with the nonprofit environmental group Skraptacular. Most activities are free with NYSCI admission; some activities require an additional fee. Each day of ReMake the Holidays focuses on a different theme: December 27: Wire It – Featuring circuitry-based projects December 28: Build It – 3D design, building and architecture, including 3D printing December 29: Animate It – Projects focusing on the moving image and animation December 30 – Wear It – Sewing and wearable projects

Exploring Our Planet - Floral Park Public Library
December 27, 2013 - Floral Park

Animals live on every continent. Children will take a trip around the globe without leaving their seats as they meet a variety of live animals from the Sweetbriar Nature Center.

Little Playmates - Floral Park Public Library
December 27, 2013 - Floral Park

This is an ideal way to spend your morning with your little one. This class is designed to engage and stimulate your kids as they play and socialize with others. It's a special time for play and a circle fun for babies ages 12-30 months with their caregivers.

School's Out! Holiday Camp! - CSTL Center for Science Teaching and Learning
December 27, 2013 - Rockville Centre

Join in for days of fun-filled, hands-on science and nature activities. There will be dinosaurs, live animals, science exploration, nature discoveries and more! Sign up for the days that work for you. 4-12 year olds. Aftercare (4-5pm) available.

NASCAR - Science Museum of Long Island
December 27, 2013 - Plandome

If you like fast paced fun, start your engines! You will train and qualify to be a race car driver and pit stop mechanic. Build your own model race car, modify it, and take it out for a test drive.

Frosty The Snowman - CM Performing Arts Center
December 27, 2013 - Oakdale

The classic tale of a snowman who comes to life bringing joy to the neighborhood kids. Watch as Frosty the Snowman comes alive when the kids put Professor Hinkles hat on Frosty's head.

Disney's Beauty and the Beast - The Patchogue
December 27, 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.

Let's celebrate the New Year! - The Maritime Explorium
December 27, 2013 - Port Jefferson

Explore the principles of geometry and design your own Times Square Ball.

Barnaby Saves Christmas - Theatre Three
December 27, 2013 - Port Jefferson

Join Santa, Barnaby, Franklynne and all of their friends for a wonderful holiday treat. As the littlest elf and his reindeer friend set off on their journey to save Christmas, they meet some new friends along the way and learn the true meaning of Christmas, Hanukah, and the holiday season.

Snowflake Week! - Long Island Science Center
December 27, 2013 - Riverhead

Winter has begun, the snow may be falling and school is out. Learn how snow flakes and crystals are formed.

SHREK THE MUSICAL - BayWay Arts Center
December 27, 2013 - East Islip

In a faraway kingdom turned upside down, things get ugly when an unseemly ogre--not a handsomeprince--shows up to rescue a feisty princess. Throw in a donkey who won't shut up, a bad guy with a short temper and a cookie with an attitude and over a dozen other fairy tale misfits, and you've got the kind of mess that calls for a real hero. Luckily, there's one on hand...and his name is Shrek. Full of all-new songs,dancing and breathtaking scenery, Shrek is part romance, part twisted fairy tale.

It's a Wonderful Life - A Live Radio Play - Studio Theatre
December 27, 2013 - Lindenhurst

George Bailey, the nicest guy in town, is perched precariously on a bridge threatening suicide. Enter Clarence, George's guardian angel who has not yet earned his wings. Clarence shows George what Bedford Falls would be if George had never been born. This favorite classic is brought vividly to life in a stage adaptation of Frank Capra's film of sacrifice and redemption in small town America. Set in a radio station in the 1940's with a live sound FX artist this poignant drama comes to life with five actors portraying 25 characters.

Gary Ferrar's Ah! Real Magic! - Studio Theatre
December 27, 2013 - Lindenhurst

Gary Ferrar, the studio's resident magician returns. Gary has trained with Jef Johnson(of Cirque du Soleil) and is a recipient of the Philip Rosenthal Grant for Comic Excellence.

Karaoke Night - Connetquot Public Library
December 27, 2013 - Bohemia

Come for an evening of singing at the library. You can either be the performer or the audience. A list of songs ranging from Disney favorites to popular titles on the radio will be available at the adult and children's reference desks prior to the program. Singers of all ages are welcome.

Holiday Vacation Art Workshops - Parrish Art Museum
December 27, 2013 - Water Mill

Students will create projects inspired by the works on view in the Museum. Space is limited and advance registration and payment are required

Holiday Break at the Hatchery & Aquarium - Cold Spring Harbor Fish Hatchery & Aquarium
December 27, 2013 - Cold Spring Harbor

Enjoy a hatchery tour, trout feeding demonstration and live animal encouters. Check the website for the schedule of events.

Pirate Camp - Whaling Museum and Education Center of Cold Spring Harbor
December 27, 2013 - Cold Spring Harbor

Learn about life at sea with games, crafts and piratey fun. Ages 5-8 campers, ages 9-10 crew leaders. RSVP 631-367-3418 x 10.

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.

Holiday Open House - Queens County Farm Museum
Through December 28, 2013 - Floral Park

Warm up by the fireplaces of the Adriance Farmhouse at this annual event. Grab a cup of mulled cider and enjoy tours of the decorated farmhouse. Kids' crafts throughout the afternoon.

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 lindsay@tapany.org.

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 reservations@amwny.com.


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