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!
Laughter Happy Hour - West East Bistro
July 13, 2013 - Hicksville
Laughter is the best medicine and Laughter Yoga promotes happiness, relieves stress, is therapeutic, and fosters community. Join the group to have fun, get silly, and simply laugh! It's easy and requires no yoga mat. All you need to do is have fun, breathe and laugh! Laughter Yoga is suitable for children and adults of all ages. You have nothing to lose but stress!
Master Hip Hop and Contemporary Master Class with Tyler Wall - Kings Park Dance Center
July 13, 2013 - Kings Park
Learn HipHop and Contemporary Moves From One Of The Best. Limited Spots Available. Call To Reserve Your Spot.
Country Music Concert- Lorrie Morgan / Joe Bayer - Harry Chapin Lakeside Theatre - Eisenhower Park
July 13, 2013 - East Meadow
Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano presents in association with Brian Rosenberg, a Country Music Concert. Country music legend Lorrie Morgan with special guests, Long Island's Best country band, Joe Bayer Band. Lorrie made her mark with what have now become timeless country standards, 25 hits including “Five Minutes,” “Something In Red,” “Watch Me” and “What Part Of No” to establish her place as a bright and shining country star—a modern woman making country music history. The songstress has sold over six million records and a trophy room adorned with reminders of gold and platinum successes (including fourteen top ten hits, twelve recorded albums and four Female Vocalist of the Year awards). Her duet partners have included the likes of Frank Sinatra, Johnny Mathis, Andy Williams and The Beach Boys. She’s performed on Broadway, The White House for 3 different Presidents and abroad. In 1984, she became the youngest singer ever to join the Grand Ole Opry. Don't miss this fantastic free concert. All ages admitted. Bring a blanket or a folding chair.
Crafts For Kids- Lakeshore - Lakeshore Learning Store
July 13, 2013 - New Hyde Park
Kids will have a ball making exciting crafts that they can use or display.
Nature Communities Walk - Garvies Point Museum and Preserve
July 13, 2013 - Glen Cove
Explore three different biotic communities with a Garvies Point Naturalist: woodland, meadow, and pond. Observe these diverse habitats that are home to many different types of plants, trees, birds, and wildlife. Fee includes program, museum, and film.
Festive Fireworks Badge - Long Island Children's Museum
July 13, 2013 - Garden City
Fireworks produce sparks of many colors, especially red, orange, yellow, green, blue and even silver! We use fireworks to celebrate special occasions like the 4th of July. Join in and create your own fireworks ribbon badge. Use cupcake liners, colorful ribbons and stickers to decorate this fun celebration token.
Disney's Winnie the Pooh Kids - Gateway Playhouse
July 13, 2013 - Bellport
DISNEY’S WINNIE THE POOH KIDS is a delightful new show based on the beloved characters of A.A. Milne and the 2011 Disney animated feature film welcomes audiences to the Hundred Acre Wood, where Winnie the Pooh is once again in search of honey. Along the way, he meets his pals Tigger, Piglet, Rabbit, and Owl, but soon discovers that Christopher Robin has been captured by the Backson! As they prepare for a rescue operation, the animals learn about teamwork, friendship, and sharing snacks.
Jay And The Americans - Theatre Three
July 13, 2013 - Port Jefferson
Jay And the Americans are one of the best rock n roll vocal groups from the 1960s and 1970s. Twelve Top 10 hit songs; "This Magic Moment", "Cara Mia", "Only In America" and "Come A Little Bit Closer". The group features three original members Sandy Deanne, Howie Kane, Marty Sanders, the voice of Jay Reinecke as well as the wonderful USA Band.
St. William The Abbott Family Festival - St. William the Abbott Church
July 13, 2013 - Seaford
Looking for a great way to spend a fun time with family and friends? Check out the Midway rides and games. Feeling more adventurous? There are Las Vegas games, plenty of entertainment, festival food and the popular 50/50 raffle.
Twin Mom Talk - Parents R Talking
July 13, 2013 - Mineola
"Twin Mom Talk" is a support group for mothers, or soon-to-be mothers, of twins, triplets, or more. Talk centers around growth and development of multiples, as well as providing support through fellowship. Some of the subjects covered: getting your infants into a daily routine, sleep issues, children's temperaments, potty training, positive discipline, parent child separation, sibling separation, entering school and so much more!
The office is located in a lovely pediatrics office. This is a place where you can get away, have a refreshment and talk to fellow mothers of multiples. Occasionally there is a special speaker or other presentation.
MidSummer Magic: Zeus� Garden-Dance - Nassau County Museum of Art
July 13, 2013 - Roslyn Harbor
A dance performance to delight the whole family. With narration by actress Shirley Romaine, Dance Visions NY presents MidSummer Magic: Zeus� Garden. Dance Visions is a traveling troupe of professional dancers and musicians who collaborate with child dancers. Much of the work in MidSummer Magic is by the legendary dancer and choreographer, Isadora Duncan, who brought a new naturalism and a classic Greek aesthetic to dance in the early part of the 20th century. This program is presented with generous funding from the New York State Council on the Arts. Admission is $15 (members, $5) and includes museum admission. Weekends only there is a $2 parking fee (members, free). Register at nassaumuseum.org/events.
Fun with Magic Al - The Suffolk Theater
July 13, 2013 - Riverhead
The Magic-Al Show combines magic and comedy, and is a fun-filled performance for all ages. The show is geared towards families looking for an enjoyable and fanciful experience. Magic-Al combines audience participation with children as well as witty jokes for the adults. Be prepared to be amazed - and laugh a lot too.
An Afternoon with Sheri Miller - Mineola Public Library
July 13, 2013 - Mineola
Singer and songwriter, who accompanies herself on both guitar and piano, Sheri Miller will entertain you with her newly released song, I Could Love you Still, featuring Will Lee, Paul Shaffer and Steve Cropper. Enjoy the Beatles, Patsy Cline covers and many more familiar songs.
South Pacific - John W. Engeman Theater
July 13, 2013 - Northport
Sailor hijinks, the danger of war, and the passion of young love are all joined together by Rogers and Hammerstein's score in one of the most popular musicals of all time.
GOODNIGHT MOON - John W. Engeman Theater
July 13, 2013 - Northport
Goodnight Moon, a book that has lulled children to sleep for over half a century, is celebrating its 66th anniversary. This musical adaptation with book, lyrics and music by Chad Henry was written by Margaret Wise Brown, with illustrations by Clement Hurd. This poem of goodnight wishes will be brought to life with fanciful song, dance and puppetry. Goodnight Moon will feature upbeat and charming songs, utilizing a live pianist and innovative puppetry to give life to the various objects in the bunny's room.
PINKALICIOUS - Smithtown Center for the Performing Arts
July 13, 2013 - Smithtown
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.
The Pirates of Treasure Island - Vanderbilt Carriage House Theater
July 13, 2013 - Centerport
Follow the adventures of young Jamie who falls heir to a treasure map and soon sails with his masters to Treasure Island with a crew of pirates chosen from the audience.
35th ANNUAL JONES BEACH VOLLEYBALL TOURNAMENT - Jones Beach State Park
July 13, 2013 - Wantagh
This tournament consists of a 6-player division on July 13 and a 4-player division on July 14. There is no rain date for this event. Registration begins on Saturday, June 1 and continues through 4pm Thursday, July 12, or until the roster is full. Players may only register for one team in either the 6-player division or 4-player division. Double registration will result in elimination of the second team. Registration will be conducted from 9am to 5pm weekdays, at the Long Island State Park Headquarters located in Babylon, Exit 37N off of the Southern State Parkway. Mail in registration can be sent to: Volleyball Tournament, Recreation Department, and P.O. Box 247, Babylon NY, 11702.
Fundraiser for the Kawasaki Disease Foundation - Long Island Game Farm
July 13, 2013 - Manorville
This event has been cancelled. The park will be open for guests to see hundreds of animals, including an 18-foot giraffe, red kangaroos, kinkajous, cougars, Barbados sheep, peacocks, and the only lemurs born and bred on Long Island. Proceeds will go to the Kawasaki Disease Foundation to help fund research for a cure. The disease targets young children. From 1-3pm, a special Kawasaki Survivors Celebration will take place in the park's Woodland Gardens.
Breakfast with the Princess - The Castle at Westhampton
July 13, 2013 - Westhampton
Enjoy breakfast with the Princess at The Castle. Fresh baked bagels, fresh fruit as well as organic coffee, tea or orange juice all followed by a round of games with the Princess. Tickets must be purchased in advance for children as well as adults. Gratuity not included. Maximum limit of 6 tickets per group. No refunds.
Medieval Science Week - Long Island Science Center
Through July 13, 2013 - Riverhead
Learn about the scientific technology, engineering capabilities, and scientific beliefs of the period. Participate in activities and crafts to take home.
Mommy & Me Music Class: Shake 'N Make Music - Safari Adventure
July 13, 2013 - Riverhead
A high-energy, fun filled music and movement program incorporating instruments, bean bags, bubbles, and more for little ones, ages 1 to 5 and their caregivers.
The Little Mermaid Jr. - CM Performing Arts Center
July 13, 2013 - Oakdale
Ariel, a fun-loving and mischievous mermaid, is off on the adventure of a lifetime with her best friend, the adorable Flounder, and the reggae-singing Caribbean crab Sebastian at her side. But it will take all of her courage and determination to make her dreams come true – to fall in love, become human and save her father's beloved kingdom from the sneaky sea witch Ursula.
Second Annual One Million Dollar Duck Race - Camp Pa-Qua-Tuck
July 13, 2013 - Center Moriches
The day features food, hayrides, bouncy rides, raffles, music, and a high-stakes duck race. Proceeds from the day benefit the camp which strives to help children and young adults ages 6-21 with both physical and developmental disabilities achieve equality, dignity, and maximum independence through a safe and quality program of camping, recreation, and education. Tickets may be purchased online at campduckrace.com.
Recovery Through the Arts – Play It Forward - Heckscher State Park
July 13, 2013 - East Islip
The Islip Arts Council will present the annual Free Concert at Heckscher State Park, East Islip, dedicated to friends, neighbors, and loved ones who are still putting their lives back together from the effects of Hurricane Sandy. The Islip Arts Council, in partnership with the United Way of Long Island, will use the net proceeds from this event to help those individuals get through this life-changing event. This year, Long Island artists will perform a concert of American band music. The Atlantic Wind Symphony will present some classical music, Sousa Marches, and patriotic tunes and the Swingtime Big Band will present swing music from the 40's and 50's. Sponsors from the building industry will be joined by other corporate sponsors to provide this annual free event. Fireworks by Grucci will end the concert with a spectacular show.
Mr. M's Movies - Rockville Centre Public Library
Through July 19, 2013 - Rockville Centre
Come out and see Quartet. PG-13, 98 mins.
At a home for retired musicians, the annual concert to celebrate Verdi's birthday is disrupted by the arrival of Jean, an eternal diva and the former wife of one of the residents.
Legends in Concert - Gateway Playhouse
Through July 20, 2013 - Bellport
This Vegas-style crowd pleaser features Neil Diamond, Liza Minnelli, Elvis Presley, Barbra Streisand, Tina Turner and Stevie Wonder.
We Hold These Truths-The Great Art Caper - Hofstra University Museum - Emily Lowe Gallery
Through July 26, 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 We Hold These Truths and use the clues to complete a message. Please check the museum's website for summer hours. This program runs through July 26.
Tunes For Tots - T&M Unique-Bow Tique
Through July 29, 2013 - Franklin Square
Tunes for Tots is a new program developed by two licensed teachers for infants ages 5 months to 1 year as a Mommy and Me program. The purpose is to develop rhythm, rhyme and song for babies. Classes are held on Monday mornings. Space is very limited. Please call Ms. Pat for details and to reserve a spot.
The Walter & Joan Hobbs Art Gallery: Artists' Shows and Receptions - Mineola Public Library
Through July 31, 2013 - Mineola
Join the library's staff downstairs in the Walter & Joan Hobbs Art Gallery. Each month, a different artists' work will be on display for public viewing. The featured artist for July is
Stephen Zimic, a photographer who uses high dynamic range photography (HDR) to capture scenic beauty. Come in to view nature, captured at its very best.
Nature Nicks Animal Adventure! - Long Island Game Farm
Through July 31, 2013 - Manorville
“Nature” Nick Jacinto is one of the most well-known animal handlers in the New York tri-state area. He and his animals have appeared on numerous TV shows and public events throughout the area. His TV credits include The Martha Stewart Show, The Wendy Williams Show, Petkeeping with Marc Morrone, and Good Morning America. Nick completed his undergraduate degrees in Early Childhood Education, Special Education, and Speech Communications at St. Joseph’s College in Patchogue, NY. In addition to being a certified teacher, he is also one of the few animal handlers in New York State who currently holds six permits from New York State Department of Environmental Conservation which allow him to showcase many rare and unusual exotic animals. The animals used in Nature Nick’s programs are either former zoo animals who were injured and could not be placed back on exhibit or confiscated exotic pets. His shows are fast-paced, originally scripted and interspersed with his own brand of humor. Each show features 10-12 animals from all corners of the world including, but not limited to, kangaroos, monkeys, alligators, gigantic snakes, owls and falcons. July 1-July 31, 2013.
Dance, Art, Yoga, Music Classes - Theresa Academy of Performing Arts
Through August 14, 2013 - Lido Beach
Summer classes at TAPA! Dance, Yoga, Art, Music.
Each class meets once a week for a 6-week period. Explore the arts after camp/summer school.
Mounted Cowboy Shooting Match - Old Bethpage Village Restoration- Fairgrounds
Through August 24, 2013 - Old Bethpage
Step back into the late 1800s and watch history come alive as cowboys saddle up and engage in a shooting match. Experience the excitement of the Old West and witness a fast action event in which cowboys with single action revolvers are scored on
accuracy and time.
Life After Divorce For Women - Life Coaching for Women
Through August 30, 2013 - Bellmore
Sign up for a free one-hour life coaching session on life after divorce. Who are you now? What positive things have you learned about yourself? What does your future look like? What goals have you set? Learn techniques on how to move forward and enjoy life with the New You! Visit the website, call, or email
Summer Camp - FastracKids / JEI
Through August 30, 2013 - Bellmore
Summer Camp for children ages 5-13 providing academic as well as fun physical activities. Full or half day programs are available and bus service. Working together with All American Gymnastics, LI Champion Tae Kwon Do, and World of Sports.
The Puppet Project - Long Island Children's Museum
Through August 30, 2013 - Garden City
Puppets have been crafted for thousands of years and used for storytelling around the world. Join in the fun as you design and engineer your own stick and rod puppet. Use exciting materials to build your own character as you learn how to create and operate your new creation. Develop your puppets character and learn how to perform for family and friends. This program runs through August 30.
Shell Swap - Cold Spring Habor Whaling Museum
Through August 31, 2013 - Cold Spring Harbor
Bring a shell, rock, or interesting beach item to swap at an outdoor swap table any time. Have fun making a trade with other shells and beach objects. Daily, July 1-August 31, 2013.
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.
Living History Tours: It's 1932 - Vanderbilt Museum
Through September 02, 2013 - Centerport
It's the summer of 1932 and William K. Vanderbilt II has just circumnavigated the globe in his new 264-foot yacht, Alva. He's purchased a mummy in Cairo and brought it back to display in his museum -- coinciding with the opening of Boris Karloff's latest horror movie, The Mummy. The famous fashion designer Coco Chanel is coming to New York to open a show of her first jewelry designs, and is a guest of the Vanderbilts at their Eagle's Nest estate on the Long Island Gold Coast. Also on the guest list is Elsa Maxwell, the notorious gossip columnist, an intimate friend of the Vanderbilt women. For more than a decade, Living History tours of the Vanderbilt Mansion have given summer visitors a kind of time-machine trip to the 1930s. Museum staff member-actors, in costume and in character as household servants and famous guests, take visitors through the sprawling 24-room, Spanish-Revival waterfront mansion and regale them with stories about the family, its guests and its adventures. Saturdays and Sundays through September 2, 2013.
Pirate Snorkel Adventure - Long Island Aquarium & Exhibition Center
Through September 02, 2013 - Riverhead
Locate missing treasure while experiencing the beauty and magic of tropical snorkeling. While searching, be sure to see how many different types of fish you can identify. The aquarium is stocked with plenty, including fish from all around the world. And when you're done, walk away with some booty of your own – a $2.00 arcade card good at the Family Fun Center. Contact [email protected] June 30-September 2, 2013.
Long Island's Auto Racing Heritage - Ward Melville Heritage Organization
Through September 02, 2013 - Stony Brook
WMHO Educational and Cultural Center celebrates the five Long Island racetracks, Freeport, Bridgehampton, Riverhead, Islip and Vanderbilt. July 13-September 2, 2013.
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.
Alex Katz: Selections from the Whitney Museum of American Art - Nassau County Museum of Art
Through October 13, 2013 - Roslyn Harbor
Alex Katz (b.1927) is one of the most important American artists alive today. The exhibition includes landscapes and collages from early in Katz?s career and continues through the 1960s and beyond with his hallmark paintings ? enormous, brilliantly-colored portraits of his family and friends. The exhibition draws on the Whitney?s large holdings and is augmented with works from NCMA?s own permanent collection and some on loan from other art institutions. The exhibition runs through October 13.
'Discovery' Wetlands Cruise - Boatworks Marina
Through October 30, 2013 - Stony Brook
Learn the importance and fragility of a wetlands ecosystem, enjoy the sweeping panorama of a salt marsh moraine and be amazed at the untouched beauty of Long Island's North Shore this summer aboard the "Discovery" Wetlands Cruise 90-minute sightseeing tours aboard a 27-passenger pontoon boat. A naturalist is on board to guide passengers through this experience embracing ecology, geology and history. The cruise also includes information on how Native Americans first settled here, views of a long sand pit with the historic Gamecock Cottage at its tip, the serpentine creek, tidal flow, grasses and various species of water fowl and other wildlife in the wetlands. Seating is first come, first served. For additional information or to make a reservation, call the museum or go online. Cruises run through October 30, 2013.
Atlantis Explorer Tour Boat - Long Island Aquarium & Exhibition Center
Through October 31, 2013 - Riverhead
Add extra aquatic adventure to your visit with an interactive cruise aboard the Atlantis Explorer Tour Boat. Over the course of your trip, you and your family participate in hands-on exploration, including trap pulls, horseshoe crab encounters, and a stroll along a remote beach.
Alex Katz: What About Style? - Nassau County Museum of Art
Through October 31, 2013 - Roslyn Harbor
For more than 50 years, painter Alex Katz has resisted trends in modern art to pioneer and refine his own style of flat, elegant, and realistic figure painting. What About Style? offers an uncluttered view of this American maverick. Filmmaker and art critic Heinz Peter Schwerfel captures the elusive Katz working in his Maine studio and his Soho flat, laboring over a 32-foot painting called The Black Brook. Interviews, archival footage, images of his subjects, and a virtual tour of 20 Katz paintings are combined to convey his unique style of art. No reservations. First come, first seated. The exhibition runs through October 31.
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.
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]