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

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by Directories Editor January 18, 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!

ANNIE, JR. - Smithtown Center for the Performing Arts
January 18, 2014 - 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.

Crafts For Kids- Lakeshore - Lakeshore Learning Store
January 18, 2014 - New Hyde Park

Kids will have a ball making exciting crafts that they can use or display. Every craft is educational and fun.

Winnie the Pooh - Broadhollow Theater at Elmont
January 18, 2014 - Elmont

Join Pooh, Piglet, Kanga, Eeyore, Tigger and Roo for a fun-filled day in the Hundred Acre Woods as they get into trouble trying to trap a Heffalump and celebrate Eeyore's birthday.

Romeo & Juliet - Madison Theatre at Molloy College
January 18, 2014 - Rockville Centre

This nine-person production will bring the famous play to life with a live score, and the emotional journey you have to come to expect from the bard. With a doomed star-crossed romance, pulse pounding sword fights, and the tragic fate of two families, it is a story that will touch the hearts of young, the old, and everyone in between.

Anime Club - Rockville Center Library
January 18, 2014 - Rockville Centre

Kids in grades 7-12 will enjoy this workshop. All anime, all the time - reviews, discussions, and more. This is the time to show off your art.

Saturday Smash - Rockville Center Library
January 18, 2014 - Rockville Centre

Bring your friends and join the fun. A variety of games and activities will be offered. Registration is required.

My Reptile Guys Show - Mineola Public Library
January 18, 2014 - Mineola

Ready for a great show? This interactive show features 10 amazing reptiles and a petting zoo! All ages! Sign up begins Monday, December 30.

Red Baraat - Landmark on Main Street
January 18, 2014 - Port Washington

Red Baraat is a pioneering eight-piece band from Brooklyn, New York. Conceived by Sunny Jain, the group has drawn worldwide praise for its singular sound -- a merging of hard driving North Indian bhangra rhythms with elements of jazz, go-go, brass funk, and hip-hop.

Open Play - Chilibeans Party Place
January 18, 2014 - Hempstead

Games, fun, entertainment. Perfect for a family with kids to get together with friends. Call to reserve spot.

Cinderella - The Showplace at the Bellmore Movies
January 18, 2014 - Bellmore

The most classic of all fairy tales springs to life in this fast-paced musical production. Featuring a professional cast and live music, all the ingredients that have made the story a perennial favorite are here � ragged Cinderella, her cruel stepmother and selfish stepsisters, the ball, the handsome prince looking for a bride, the fairy godmother, the glass slipper, the search for the foot that fits it, and the happily-ever-after ending. This musical will delight the young and �young at heart.�

Beauty and the Beast - The Showplace at Bellmore Movies
January 18, 2014 - Bellmore

This Disney production 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 time of fun and excitement. Kids are invited to meet the cast after the show.

Messy Afternoons - Long Island Children's Museum
January 18, 2014 - Garden City

Join in for the type of artistic activities that everyone loves, but not one likes to clean-up after. Except the LICM staff. The afternoon will offer a variety of sensory activities for children ages 18 months to age 4.

Color Chromatography at the Maritime Explorium - The Maritime Explorium
January 18, 2014 - Port Jefferson

Break colors down to their chemical components for a peek inside to what makes a color a color.

Peter Pan and Wendy - BroadHollow's BayWay Arts Centre
January 18, 2014 - East Islip

The classic childrens' story about a boy who refuses to grow up comes to life.

Dorothy Meets Alice - BroadHollow's Studio Theatre
January 18, 2014 - Liindenhurst

Dorothy and Alice, two of the most popular characters on the page and on the stage, meet up and have a unique adventure together.

Saturday Open Studio for Families - Parrish Art Museum
January 18, 2014 - Water Mill

Families tour the galleries then create original works in the art studio through hands-on activities. Each month features a different theme and a variety of art materials and techniques inspired by the works on view. Free with museum admission, but tickets (available at the front desk)are required.

Thumbelina - Take One Performing Arts
January 18, 2014 - Ronkonkoma

This is the classic Hans Christian Anderson story of a girl as small as your thumb. Buy 4 tickets, get one free. Ticket price includes a drink and a snack.

Student Art Festival Part I Opening Reception and Live Student Performances on stage - Guild Hall
January 18, 2014 - East Hampton

Celebrate the opening of the Student Art Festival with a live show on stage in the John Drew Theater featuring musical groups from the local elementary and middle schools. The exhibition celebrates the artistic pursuits of young people from the community by exhibiting their work in a museum environment and salutes their teachers who cultivate and inspire the creative process.

CINDERELLA - Theatre Three
January 18, 2014 - Port Jefferson

Its the New Year with its very own musical telling of the world's favorite story. Once upon a time, not so long ago, lived the lovely Cinderella. Add an outrageous stepmother, two brawling stepsisters, a sparkling fairy godmother and a hapless but hopeful prince, and Cinderella makes for a magic musical.

Primitive Pursuits - Weekend Winter Wilderness Explorers - Manor Plains Nature Park
January 18, 2014 - Huntington

Calling all youth age 7 - 11. Put an end to your kids' winter hibernation by getting them outside having fun, warming up their senses and experiencing nature in all its beauty and wonder. They will uild shelters, play games, make fire from friction, craft with natural materials, search for animal tracks and more! Sign up at primitivepursuits.com/longisland. Primitive Pursuits is a not-for-profit organization that has expanded to Long Island after over 10 years of programs in Ithaca, NY. They offer nature connections for youth from preschool age through teens.

Shrek the Musical - Broadhollow Theater at Elmont
Through January 26, 2014 - Elmont

In a faraway kingdom turned upside down, things get ugly when an unseemly ogre—not a handsome prince—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.

LICM & Plaza Theatrical present �Go, Dog. Go!� - Long Island Children's Museum
Through January 26, 2014 - Garden City

P.D. Eastman�s classic beginner book "Go, Dog. Go!" comes to life on the LICM stage. Singing, dancing and plenty of humor surround Red Dog, Blue Dog, Green Dog and Yellow Dog. Watch these dogs at work and play, going in and going out, moving over the water and under the water and asking and answering that important question, "Do you like my hat?" The story is adapted for the stage by Steven Dietz and Allison Gregory with music by Michael Koerner. This event runs through January 26.

Art Gallery - Mineola School District - Mineola Public Library
Through January 30, 2014 - Mineola

Everyone is welcome downstairs in the Walter & Joan Hobbs Art Gallery for an artistic presentation of mixed media created by the students of the Mineola School district. The Supervising Art Teacher is Mrs. Andrea Antonelli.

Free Trial Classes in Italian, Spanish, French, and Mandarin Chinese - Language Workshop for Children
Through January 31, 2014 - Manhasset

Capture your child's prime time to learn a new language. Call The Language Workshop for Children at 212-628-2700 for your FREE trial class. Offering French, Spanish, and Mandarin Chinese, LWFC programs include Languages for Tots� (6M-3Y), Languages for Children (3-8Y), Regular Preschool (2.10-4Y), and Summer Camp (3-9Y). CNN called LWFC Director Francois Thibaut: "One of a very few experts in teaching languages to small children." Parents Magazine named the LWFC, "6 Programs Worth the $." Students absorb their new language in stimulating play groups using the LWFC's unique language building songs, immersion games, and older kids work with sentence building stories (and can bake and do arts and crafts too). LWFC learning materials won six major children's educational media awards.

Food For Food Drive - Cold Spring Harbor Fish Hatchery & Aquarium
Through January 31, 2014 - Cold Spring Harbor

Donate a non-perishable food item to the Hatchery's "Island Harvest Food Drive", and receive one free fish food funtainer, limit one per family. Call for more information. January 1-January 31, 2014.

Half-Price Admission to The Long Island Aquarium and Exhibition Center - Long Island Aquarium & Exhibition Center
Through January 31, 2014 - Riverhead

This January, enjoy Long Island Aquarium & Exhibition Center on Mondays through Fridays after 2:30pm with a discounted ticket price. You will receive half-off any admission to both the Aquarium and to the Exhibition Center's Butterflies & Birds. You must mention half-price discount at time of purchase; can only be purchased at ticketing and will not be available online. Through January 31.

Kids Yoga Class (8-10 yr olds) - Salutations Yoga Studio
Through February 10, 2014 - Glenwood Landing

Children learn individual yoga poses, as well as alignment, pose sequencing and learn to link the breath with movement. Team-building partner poses, cooperative group poses, collaborative yoga games, calming breathing exercises, mindfulness techniques, creative guided imagery, and deep relaxation complete this class. Additional activities also include yoga-related arts and crafts, yoga journals, along with discussions on the how to stay calm, positive and compassionate. Advance registration is required. Please call, text or email to sign-up.

Winners - Showcase
Through February 20, 2014 - St. James

The Smithtown Township Arts Council is pleased to announce Winners Showcase 2014, an exhibition featuring the work of award-winning artists from STAC’s 2013-juried exhibitions. The public is invited to an opening reception Saturday, January 18, 2-4 pm to meet exhibiting artists and view their work. Regular Gallery hours are Monday-Friday, 10 am-5pm; Saturday and Sunday, 12-4pm. Closed January 20 & February 17. Call 631-862-6575 for more information. Admission to the gallery is free. Stony Brook artist Judy Contrino is a self-taught artist who has been drawing and crafting all of her life. She paints with both acrylic and watercolor and enjoys using vibrant colors and contrast. She creates portraits in pencil and charcoal. Judith hopes her paintings move people and make them smile. Massachusetts Artist Alice Denison focuses on flowers in her art. “The flowers that interest me most are the ones on wallpaper, fabric, and paintings — the decorative ones, the ones that make no claim to meaning. The ones we walk on, sit on, eat on, sleep on, and wear…the backdrop flowers. Because these decorative flowers almost always remind me of something, some time, or someone, they have meaning. Because the meaning is associative, it is mysterious, and its mystery makes it more interesting still. It is this glimmering to life of an inert form that sparks my work.” Commack artist Lisa Fernandez has been a teacher and art educator on Long Island for 25 years. Working in oils, Lisa’s large-scale still life paintings use of bold colors and strong contrast. Lisa’s close attention to detail and composition skills allow her to create strikingly beautiful images. Amal is a fine artist and illustrator from Port Jefferson who delights in having brushes in her hands and bringing stories to life. Her illustrations sit somewhere between fantasy and realism and the theater has been an inspiration for many of her pieces. Amal has provided numerous illustrations to children's book publishers and editorial publications. She also teaches illustration and drawing. Port Jefferson artist Michael Kutzing is a self-taught painter who worked in the construction industry for 37 years. Over the years, he collected maritime paintings and was inspired to attempt painting himself. He was encouraged by those who saw his work to continue painting. Thirty paintings and several shows later he continues to grow as an artist. Setauket artist Elizabeth Louise sketched her drawings live during rehearsals at Theatre Three in Port Jefferson. “Capturing the character of actors on stage is a challenge. I do not have the luxury of having them pose for me during rehearsals. My degree from Maryland Institute College of Art gave me the training and confidence to combine, decades later, my sketching skills with my first love in the arts…theatre.” In the words of Brooklyn artist, printmaker, and bookmaker PD Packard, “There is an absolute law of harmony, accessible to all, which is an endless source of inspiration and knowledge that I rely upon when creating and executing my artwork.” A storyteller through her prints, watercolors and hand-bound books, PD Packard’s work is truly unique and thought provoking. Centereach artist Courtney Surmanek is a current bachelor of Fine Arts candidate at New York University, completing her final year. Courtney, who works in several different mediums including video, performance and material art, looks at art as a means toward community development and social change. She is excited to help young people develop the skills necessary to expand their scope of what art can do for the world Mount Sinai artist Burton Woods’ realistic paintings are inspired by places that are slowly changing or disappearing: quiet, flower-bordered lanes, brick walks, weathered wooden buildings and boats, sandy beaches and wind-swept marshes. Mr. Woods captures the essence of Long Island in his pastels and oils, sketching on site and completing his work in his home studio. STAC, a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization, is supported by Town of Smithtown and funded in part by Suffolk County and Suffolk County Legislator John M. Kennedy, Jr.

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.

Student Art Festival Part I - Guild Hall
Through February 23, 2014 - East Hampton

For twenty years, The Student Art Festival has helped nurture and encourage young talent on the East End. Over 5,000 students from kindergarten through high school from 11 participating public and private and home schools in the Amagansett, East Hampton, Montauk, Wainscott, Southampton, Bridgehampton, Shelter Island, and Sagaponack districts are invited to participate. The exhibition celebrates the artistic pursuits of young people by exhibiting their work in a museum environment and salutes their teachers who cultivate and inspire the creative process. Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, January 18-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.

Learn and Play - Suffolk County Farm and Education Center
Through March 27, 2014 - Yaphank

Interactive educational workshops for children ages 15 months - 4 years old and their parent or caregiver. Each session is designed with hands-on activities, stories, songs, crafts, and a wagon ride to visit the animals. Call for information. January 6 - March 27th.

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]

Kidtastic Kids Social Experience - Kidtastic Kids
Through June 30, 2014 - Farmingville

The Kidtastic Kids Social Experience is designed for children with special needs, social needs, or children who are having a hard time making friends. Programs are broken down by each child's needs and individuality. Call or check the website for more information. Jan 1-June 2014.

Create Dance Center - Zumba Fitness
Through June 30, 2014 - Amityville

A great calorie-burning, Latin-inspired, cardiovascular work-out. Work out at your own intensity-perfect for beginners.Tuesdays, January 7-June 30.

Special Needs Classes - Create Dance Center
Through June 30, 2014 - Amityville

Classes focus on social interaction, following directions, imitation skills, gross motor movement and dance techniques. Small classes with extra support. All taught by a NY State Certified Special Education teacher. For more information call or e-mail at [email protected] Classes: Wednesdays (8 and under), Thursdays (13 and older), Fridays (8 and older and 5 and under), Saturdays (8 and older). January 2-June 30, 2014.

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]

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