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TODAY'S FAMILY & KIDS ACTIVITIES IN LONG ISLAND-FEB 3

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by Directories Editor February 3, 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!

Vital Signs - New York Hall of Science
Through February 03, 2013 - Flushing

View original art inspired by our biological world with a special interest in what lies beneath its surface. Children under age 18 must be accompanied by an adult.

ASANTE'S AFRICAN SAFARI - Brentwood Library
February 03, 2013 - Brentwood

Asante, a storyteller and dancer, takes audiences on a journey to Africa. Accompanied by a percussionist, he explores African tradition with tales and dances featuring indigenous attire and music with traditional instruments.

Batty for Blood - Long Island Children's Museum
February 03, 2013 - Garden City

What has small ears and a short tail, lives in the dark and has front teeth that are designed for cutting into skin to drink blood? Vampire bats. Explore the new exhibit, Attack of the Bloodsuckers, and join a workshop where you will learn about different species of vampire bats and how they feed. Then, make a friendly bat project. It may have you feeling like Dracula.

Traveling Exhibit: Attack of the Bloodsuckers! - Long Island Children's Museum
Through February 03, 2013 - Garden City

Be the first to explore the science of what's eating you in this skin-crawling exhibition. Examine the what, why, when and how of mosquitoes, fleas, ticks, leeches and other parasites known as sanguinivores (creatures that eat blood). Learn why bloodsuckers are important to the ecosystem -- and how to keep them out of your system. Attack of the Bloodsuckers! offer visitors the chance to look a real leech in the mouth; pull off your socks and test your bug-appealing foot odor; receive a big hug from a giant, inflating tick; get itchy and knotty with the life-size game of "Twitcher" — a buggy variation on Twister. The exhibit runs through February 3, 2013.

ASANTE'S AFRICAN SAFARI - Brentwood Public Library
February 03, 2013 - Brentwood

ASANTE'S AFRICAN SAFARI Sunday, February 3, 2:00-3:30 p.m. Asante, a storyteller and dancer, takes audiences on a journey to Africa. Accompanied by a percussionist, he explores African fold tradition with tales and dances featuring indigenous attire and music with traditional instruments.

'We're Going on a Bear Hunt' - Tilles Center for the Performing Arts
February 03, 2013 - Greenvale

Michael Rosen's award-winning book, "We're Going on a Bear Hunt," comes alive with catchy songs, interactive scenes, and plenty of hands-on adventure, plus a few special surprises. Recommended for ages 3 and older.

Crafts For Kids - Cupcake Corner
February 03, 2013 - New Hyde Park

Bring your kids to the bakery/cafe for a free craft. Reservations not required. Craft changes every weekend. Craft takes anywhere from 15-45 minutes to complete depending upon the age of the child. Parents can enjoy lunch while their kids do activities.

Messy Afternoons - Long Island Children's Museum
February 03, 2013 - Garden City

Tots will be up to their elbows in goo, shaving cream, and Play Doh in this class full of artistic activities that makes being messy lots of fun. The session offers a variety of sensory activities for children ages 18 months to 4 years.

Norman Rockwell�s World, an American Dream (1972) - Nassau County Museum of Art
February 03, 2013 - Roslyn Harbor

A 30-minute Academy Award-winning film that uses archival film footage, dramatic reenactments and the artist�s work to show how Rockwell faithfully recorded the world around him. First come, first seated.

PINKALICIOUS - John W. Engeman Theater
February 03, 2013 - Northport

Pinkalicious 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 predicament.

Family Gallery Talks & Art Workshops - Parrish Art Museum
February 03, 2013 - Southampton

Take a tour in the galleries with an exploration of three to five works of art. Families are then invited into the studio to create projects inspired by the works on view. Visit the website for a complete list of dates. No advance registration is required.

Tracks �n� Traces - Connetquot River State Park Preserve
February 03, 2013 - Oakdale

Kids aged 5 and up learn how to �read the signs� of animals in a winter forest. Indoors & outdoors. Call for reservations.

Sea Lion Kiss - Long Island Aquarium & Exhibition Center
February 03, 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).

School-Business Partnerships of Long Island, Inc. Hosts FIRST LEGO League Qualifying Tournaments - Central Islip Senior High School
Through February 03, 2013 - Central Islip

Approximately 85 elementary and middle school robotics teams will compete in the FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) LEGO League (FLL) Qualifying Tournaments on February 2-3. The event is being sponsored by School-Business Partnerships of Long Island, Inc. and the Central Islip Union Free School. This year’s challenge is Senior Solutions, which focuses on solving problems that senior citizens face. Teams will partner with seniors, hold conversations with them about their struggles, and together create solutions as to how these setbacks can be improved. Upon completion, teams will come together and share the discussed solutions to their senior teammates’ problems. This activity will connect young students and the elderly together to help ensure that a stronger bond within the community is created.

Grand Opening - RetroFitness Syosset/Plainview
Through February 13, 2013 - Syosset

Want the convenience of a modern gym at a fraction of the price? Check out RetroFitness where the goal is health and fitness and the price is $19.99 per month for life. Classes are starting up now. Childcare is available. The Grand Openinruns through February 13, 2013.

Tying the Knot - Cold Spring Fish Hatchery and Aquarium
Through February 15, 2013 - Cold Spring Harbor

Practice tying fishing and boating knots at hand-on learning stations throughout the Hatchery. Enter a contest to win a free Hatchery T-shirt, make your own valentines.

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.

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.

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.

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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