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TODAY'S FAMILY & KIDS ACTIVITIES IN LONG ISLAND-FEB 18

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by Directories Editor February 18, 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!

February Vacation Activity: Recycled Art - Cold Spring Harbor Fish Hatchery & Aquarium
February 18, 2013 - Cold Spring Harbor

Turn household items into fun crafts.

Pinkalicious - The Showplace at Bellmore Movies
February 18, 2013 - Bellmore

This is the tale, based on the popular book by Victoria Kann and Elizabeth Kann, of Pinkalicious, who can't stop eating pink cupcakes despite warnings from her parents. Her pink indulgence lands her at the doctor's office with Pinkititis, an affliction that turns her pink from head to toe - a dream come true for this pink-loving enthusiast. But when her hue goes too far, only Pinkalicious can figure out a way to get out of this pink predicament. Meet and greet the cast after the show. Reserve tickets online or by phone.

Feeling Color with de Kooning - Long Island Children's Museum
February 18, 2013 - Garden City

Red, indigo, violet, tangerine, periwinkle. How many different colors can you imagine? Take a journey where art and poetry come together in a beautiful colorful adventure. Play with the sound, feel, and story of color. Be inspired by art, poetry, and music as you brainstorm what mood you think Willem de Kooning was in when he created some of his abstract paintings. Create a colorful abstract painting using different mediums and shapes that express your feelings for the day.

President's Day Party - What's Cooking?
February 18, 2013 - Oyster Bay

Kids will love this 2-hour special workshop which includes a craft and a patriotic lunch fit for a President. Menu includes: all-American hamburger sliders, onion roasted potatoes, apple-cherry crisp, star and flag chocolate lollipops and patriotic punch.

COPE Bereavement Support Group - Elias Hicks Historical Home
February 18, 2013 - Jericho

COPE, a grief and healing organization dedicated to supporting parents and families living with the loss of a child, holds support group meetings for parents two Mondays per month. Please call for more information.

Winter Crafts - Center for Science, Teaching and Learning
February 18, 2013 - Rockville Centre

Your little one will have fun doing various winter crafts during this time. A great way to keep the winter chill off.

School's Out! Winter Camp - Center for Science, Teaching and Learning
February 18, 2013 - Rockville Centre

This full-day program is just the answer for your 4-12-year-old when there is no school. A day filled with exploring nature and science with hands-on activities. Bring lunch. After care is available from 4-5 pm. Pre-registration is required. Sign up for one or more days.

Children's Presidents' Day Activity - Walt Whitman Birthplace State Historic Site
February 18, 2013 - Huntington Station

This program includes role-playing while teaching social skills, self-esteem and confidence. Children learn dining manners such as how to properly hold a knife and fork. Apple juice will be substituted for the hot tea. Participants also practice table setting and introductions. Bring a friend, or your favorite doll, or come join new friends at the party. Dress up if you wish. Program concludes with a guided tour of the Walt Whitman Birthplace. Call for reservations.

Sea Lion Kiss - Long Island Aquarium & Exhibition Center
February 18, 2013 - Riverhead

Get a kiss and a keepsake photo from Java the sea lion. Visit the ticketing desk to sign up and for more information. There are limited photos for each session. Those age 7 and older can be photographed by themselves; under 7 must be accompanied by adult (with adult receiving kiss).

The Wizard of Oz - Smithtown Center for the Performing Arts
February 18, 2013 - Smithtown

Dorothy and Toto are over the rainbow and on their way to the land of Oz, hoping to find a way to get back home to Kansas.

President's Day Film n' Fun - Cold Spring Harbor Whaling Museum
February 18, 2013 - Cold Spring Harbor

Come out of the cold and create a sparkly fish craft. Enjoy the acclaimed Japanese film Ponyo, Disney's animated adventure about a boy and his friendship with a goldfish who longs to become human. By anime master Hayao Miyazaki. Free Snacks. RSVP.

President's Weekend - Montauk Lighthouse
Through February 18, 2013 - Montauk

The Montauk Lighthouse Museum and Gift Shop will be open for President's Weekend.

Presidents' Week Art Studio - Not Just Art
Through February 22, 2013 - Oyster Bay

Favorite winter creative activities and art projects to explore to your heart's content, including: easel painting, snowflakery, sculptures, twinkly snow doughs, prints, sticky art, beading,and other fun chilly stuff with ice and more! Phone reservations required. Children 4 years old and younger must have an adult onsite.

Family Sundays at the Museum - Nassau County Museum of Art
Through February 24, 2013 - Roslyn Harbor

Now there's even more reason for families to plan the weekend around a visit to Nassau County Museum of Art. Learn from a docent-led family walk-through of the exhibition and supervised art activities for the whole family beginning at 1:30pm. Special family guides of the main exhibition are available in the galleries. No reservations needed.

Artists in America - Nassau County Museum of Art
Through February 24, 2013 - Roslyn Harbor

Artists in America surveys 300 years of great American painting rarely seen on Long Island. Its 79 works dating from the early 1700s to the present include history painting, landscape, portraits, still life, and modernist abstraction with significant examples of photography, collage, and other media. Major artists from every era of American art are on view, including John Singleton Copley, Charles Willson Peale, John Singer Sargent, James Abbott McNeill Whistler, Edward Hopper, Georgia O’Keeffe, Norman Rockwell, Robert Motherwell and Sol LeWitt. All works in the exhibition are selected from the permanent collections of the New Britain Museum of American Art in Connecticut. The exhibition runs through February 24, 2013.

Family Sundays at the Museum - Nassau County Museum of Art
Through February 24, 2013 - Roslyn Harbor

Now there's even more reason for families to plan the weekend around a visit to Nassau County Museum of Art. Each Sunday the museum offers a docent-led family walk-through of the exhibition and supervised art activities for the whole family beginning at 1:30 p.m. Special family guides of the main exhibition are available in the galleries. Weekends only there is a $2 parking fee. This program runs through February 24, 2013.

stART (Story + Art) - Long Island Children's Museum
Through February 27, 2013 - Garden City

Each week Ms. Ashley will read a different story that relates to the season. Afterwards, the children will create a art project about the story they read. The program runs through February 27, 2013.

Love Rocks - Long Island Children's Museum
Through February 28, 2013 - Garden City

Come out to the Museum's Inner Lobby to decorate an adorable little rock "buddy" to show your love for a special person in your life. This program runs through February 28, 2013.

2013 Student Exhibition - Parrish Art Museum
Through March 03, 2013 - Water Mill

The exhibition includes submissions from public and private schools in the townships of Riverhead, Southampton, East Hampton, and Southold, as well as high schools from the township of Brookhaven. The exhibition will be on view from February 2 through March 3, 2013.

Journeys & Destinations - Main Street Petite Gallery
Through March 08, 2013 - Huntington

Over the years Vivian Hershfield, Virginia Edele, Grace Su, Nancy Fabrizio and Suzanne McVetty have journeyed together painting en plein air beautiful sites around Long Island, New York City, and the globe. All are members of the Nassau County Art League and the originators of the League's Plein Air Painters group, they love experiencing the out-of-doors, expressing their individual taste in their choice of views, and enjoying the camaraderie of like minds. The exhibit runs February 8-March 8, 2013.

DEADLINE TO TO ENTER LONG ISLAND'S GOT TALENT - Ward Melville Heritage Organization
Through March 08, 2013 - Stony Brook

Once again WMHO will showcase the vocal and instrumental talents of Long Island students 10 to 17 years of age in the first round of competition this March. Scholarships will be awarded from Five Towns College. There is a non-refundable entry fee of $25 and contestants must still be in high school at the time the final awards are given in October 2013. For an official entry form visit stonybrookvillage.com or call 631-751-2244. Deadline March 8, 2013.

Family Scavenger Hunt - East End Arts Gallery
Through March 08, 2013 - Riverhead

Families are invited to explore the gallery with an interactive Scavenger Hunt, where adults and children alike can search for items like mirrors and tic-tac-toe boards within the pieces of artwork in the current gallery show. Currently on display in the East End Arts Gallery is the juried, all media art show, Diversity, which will be up for viewing until Friday, March 8, 2013. This show embraces and explores the way in which we are all personally diverse be it culturally, socially, religiously, even psychologically.

Usdan's 'Duality,' free student art exhibit - The Lobby Gallery
Through March 08, 2013 - New York

Mixed media works by Long Island students from the "Portfolio Preparation Program," which prepares talented high school art students for college art programs, will be exhibited.

Art Exhibit Featuring Barbara Pascal - Riverhead Town Hall Gallery
Through March 10, 2013 - Riverhead

East End Arts presents an exhibit featuring the whimsical artwork of painter Barbara Pascal. In this collection of work, Barbara Pascal seems to be summing up a lifetime of personal impressions, as well as revealing her skills as an expressive painter. Runs through March 10, 2013.

Youth Art Showcase - Mills Pond House
Through March 15, 2013 - St. James

The Smithtown Township Arts Council’s Annual Youth Art Showcase opens February 16 at the Mills Pond House Gallery. Highlighting the creativity of young people in Suffolk County, the exhibit includes artwork created by more than 250 students who have used art to express themselves in a wide variety of creative and exciting ways. Gallery visitors will be treated to an eclectic glimpse into the lives these young community members who created their work in a wide variety of media including charcoal, mixed media sculpture, acrylic, graphite, watercolor, ink, digital photography, oil, and ceramic and photography. The exhibit continues through March 15. Public audiences are invited to attend an opening reception Saturday, February 18 from 2-4 pm to view the artwork and meet the exhibiting artists. Admission to the gallery is free. Regular Gallery hours are Monday-Friday, 10 am-5 pm, and Saturday-Sunday, 12 pm-4 pm. Closed Feb 18. The Gallery is located at 660 Route 25A, St. James, NY. Parking off Mills Pond Road (directly across from 199 Mills Pond Road). Call 631-862-6575 or visit www.stacarts.org This year’s participating school districts include: Amityville, Bay Shore, Brentwood, Huntington, Kings Park, Lindenhurst, Longwood, Middle Country, Mount Sinai, North Babylon, Northport-East Northport, Patchogue-Medford, Rocky Point, Sachem, Sayville, Smithtown, Three Village, William Floyd

Modernizing America: Artists of the Armory Show - Heckscher Museum of Art
Through March 17, 2013 - Huntington

In 1913, the American public was introduced to avant-garde European art styles at the International Exhibition of Modern Art, held at the Lexington Avenue Armory and known as the Armory Show. The Armory Show created a sensation; the controversial and radical art displayed there proved to be a watershed in the development of 20th-century American art. Modernizing America: Artists of the Armory Show focuses on American artists who participated in the Armory Show and explores the impact of European Modernism on American art in the early years of the 20th century. Through March 17, 2013.

Mirrored Images: Realism in the 19th and 20th Centuries - Heckscher Museum of Art
Through March 24, 2013 - Huntington

Throughout the history of art, artists have turned to the observed world as a source of inspiration. This exhibition, drawn entirely from the Museum's Permanent Collection, explores the various realist movements of the 19th and 20th centuries, beginning with the mid-19th century Barbizon movement in France and the concurrent Hudson River School in America, and progressing through later 19th-century realism and 20th-century movements, such as the Ashcan School, American Scene painting, Magic Realism, Photorealism, and East End (Long Island) realism. December 8, 2012-March 24, 2013.

50/50: Celebrating Fifty Years of the Hofstra University Museum - Hofstra University Museum
Through March 28, 2013 - Hempstead

This anniversary exhibition highlights the breadth and depth of the collection through just 50 of the 605 acquisitions donated since 2006. The featured works include paintings, prints, photographs and drawings by 20th and 21st century American, Latino and European artists such as Luis Cruz Azaceta, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Stanley Brodsky, Lucien Clergue, Yonia Fain, April Gornick, Robert Kipniss, Howardena Pindell, Robert Rauschenberg, Donald Resnick, Alison Saar, W. Eugene Smith and Stanley Twardowicz, among others. Additionally, the exhibition includes Pre-Columbian figures and vessels as well as early to mid 20th-century African masks.

50/50 The Great Art Caper - Hofstra University Museum - Emily Lowe Gallery
Through March 28, 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 50/50:Celebrating Fifty Years of the Hofstra University Museum and use the clues to complete a message. This program runs through March 28.

Building a Bunny Hutch-Chocolate or Gingerbread - Riesterer's Bakery
Through March 28, 2013 - West Hempstead

Sign up for classes to learn how to build a bunny hutch in chocolate or gingerbread. It's a great party for children and adults. Enjoy soda, treats and take home your own creation. See how they make some of Long Island's largest variety of Easter bunnies- up to 3 feet tall. It's a chocoholics dream. Call for exact days. Classes run through March 28.

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.

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.

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.

Feeding Nemo! Behind-the-Scenes Tour - Long Island Aquarium & Exhibition Center
Through December 31, 2013 - Riverhead

Go behind-the-scenes and see firsthand all that's involved in creating a hospitable environment for the aquarium's residents. And you may get a chance to help feed the clownfish. While the Seal Exhibit is under construction, you can visit them up close and personal on the tour.

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.


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