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!
Teen Babysitting Workshop - Floral Park Public Library
July 17, 2017 - Floral Park
Teens - would you like to earn extra money babysitting during the summer? Give yourself an edge & beome more knowledgeable.
Join us for this informative workshop with nurses JoAnn Tanck & Georgette Basso from the Maternal Care Unit of Winthrop University Medical Center. You will learn about first aid & basic babysitting skills. Please bring a doll or stuffed animal.
A certificate of completion will be presented after the workshop.
Sign up online or at the adult reference desk.
Tiny Tots - Center for Science Teaching and Learning at Tanglewood Preserve
July 17, 2017 - Rockville Centre
Each week brings with it new themes, and with each new theme come new activities that both delight and educate at every turn.
'Madagascar: A Musical Adventure' - Broadhollow Theatre
Through July 17, 2017 - Elmont
Journey out of the zoo and onto the stage with your favorite crack-a-lackin' friends from the blockbuster DreamWorks film.
'Madagascar: A Musical Adventure' - BroadHollow Theatre at Elmont
Through July 20, 2017 - Elmont
Take a journey out of the zoo and onto the stage with your favorite crack-a-lackin’ friends from the blockbuster DreamWorks film.
Long Island International Film Expo - The Showplace at the Bellmore Movies
Through July 20, 2017 - Bellmore
Considered the premiere filmmaking community on Long Island, LIIFE offers films, informative and entertaining panels by industry professionals, networking opportunities, filmmaker Q & As, celebrity sightings, and so much more.
Rocket Park Recess 2017 - New York Hall of Science
Through July 21, 2017 - Corona
Come to NYSCI this summer for outdoor, hands-on experiments and action. Gain new perspective on what it means to launch something, propel something, and grow something. Each day of Rocket Park Recess will focus on a different theme with activities, experiments (some messy…because we’ll be outside!) and workshops in Rocket Park, using household supplies for chemistry experiments and farming and every day objects as playground. Leave with a new experience of physics, chemistry and urban farming.
Oyster Bay Walking Tours - Oyster Bay Historical Society
Through July 22, 2017 - Oyster Bay
Join Oyster Bay Historical Society Director Philip Blocklyn and Howard Ehrlich of the Theodore Roosevelt Association on a foot tour of Oyster Bay, featuring the historical sites along East and West Main Street, Audrey Avenue, and South Street in the heart of the hamlet. No two tours the same. Interaction among members of the tour always welcome. Leisurely weekend pace. For more details, or to make a reservation, contact the Society at 516-922-5032 or email email@example.com.
'Young Frankenstein' - BroadHollow at Elmont
Through July 23, 2017 - Elmont
The electrifying adaptation of Mel Brooks' monstrously funny film will leave you in stitches. From the creators of the record-breaking Broadway sensation, The Producers, comes this monster new musical comedy.
'Hairspray' - The Showplace at the Bellmore Movies
Through July 23, 2017 - Bellmore
"You can't stop the Beat" with this fast-paced musical which will have you on your feet! In 1960's Baltimore, dance-loving teen Tracy Turnblad audtions for a spot on "The Corny Collins Show" and wins. She becomes an overnight celebrity, a trendsetter in dance, fun and fashion!
'Young Frankenstein' - BroadHollow Theatre at Elmont
Through July 23, 2017 - Elmont
It's alive! The electrifying adaptation of Mel Brooks' monstrously funny film will leave you in stitches. From the creators of the record-breaking Broadway sensation, The Producers, comes this monster new musical comedy. The comedy genius, Mel Brooks, adapts his legendarily funny film into a brilliant stage creation – Young Frankenstein!
Dungeons and Dragons - Brentwood Public Library
Through July 26, 2017 - Brentwood
Join your fellow fantasy freaks in this bi-weekly campaign where you can learn character creation and come together to try and stop the great forces of the forgotten Realms. For beginning platers or those who have campaigned before, prepare for battle.
Green Teens - Long Island Children's Museum
Through July 27, 2017 - Garden City
Explore the worlds of science and nature with the Green Teens this summer in Our Backyard! Each week dig deeper into the unknown through hands-on learning experiences on alternative energy, water, habitats and more. Check out our website for Green Teens program updates. This program is made possible with the support of National Grid.
Reality Check-Youth Advocates - Brentwood Public Library
Through July 27, 2017 - Brentwood
Reality Check is a statewide youth led initiative that focuses on educating and empowering youth to address the tobacco industry and their deceptive marketing practices. Join this free Youth Advocacy training opportunity, to learn the basics about the dangers of tobacco use. Learn what you can do to create the first tobacco free generation. Community service hours will be earned.
Children Funtastic Fridays - Brentwood Public Library
Through July 28, 2017 - Brentwood
Drop in to enjoy crafts, special events, and activities.
Sailin' Saturdays - Whaling Museum & Education Center
Through July 29, 2017 - Cold Spring Harbor
Through the month of July, come in on Saturdays during regular museum hours for open-ended, do-it-yourself crafts.
Family Paint Night - Mini Monet
Through July 29, 2017 - Sayville
Step by step instruction of a painting of a sea turtle.
Open Studio for Families - Parrish Art Museum
Through July 29, 2017 - Water Mill
Explore the galleries and create art in the studio. Each month features different materials and techniques.
Pirate Puzzle Room for Kids - ThinkBIG! Theater Arts
Through July 30, 2017 - Patchogue
Your group will have to navigate through a series of challenges and interactive puzzles in order to move through the room, unlock the treasure, and escape with the booty before the tide rolls in and washes away the clues. This 45 minute event is designed to provide safe, challenging and an incredibly fun experience for groups of children and families alike.
The Travelin' Trunk Show - ThinkBIG! Theater Arts
Through July 30, 2017 - Patchogue
Each week, Ms. Heather returns from a trip around the world with a new story to share. Through music, sound effects, and costumed play, help create a delightful improvised performance that's never the same show twice. This is Long Island's only episodic children's show, so come back each weekend for a new story with your favorite characters.
Vanderbilt Shakespeare Festival: Macbeth - Vanderbilt Carriage House
Through July 30, 2017 - Centerport
The Carriage House Players (formerly Arena Players Repertory Theater) will present Macbeth on the Vanderbilt Mansion Courtyard stage, where the Spanish-Mediterranean architecture adds a touch of timeless charm and magic. In the tragedy Macbeth, the Scottish general receives a prophecy from three witches that he will become King of Scotland. Spurred on by his wife, the ambitious Macbeth murders King Duncan and takes the Scottish throne for himself and then becomes tortured by guilt and paranoia.
Summer Fun Wednesdays - A.C. Moore
Through August 02, 2017 - Carle Place
A.C Moore arts and crafts stores' annual Summer Fun Wednesdays program is back! Looking for some kid-friendly, indoor entertainment this summer? Well look no further because there isn't a better way to celebrate a long, rigorous school year ending than by creating innovative, family-friendly crafts. From tie-dying, wood crafts, and painting and more, there's something to spark everyone's interest!
Pajama Story Time - Emma S. Clark Memorial Library
Through August 02, 2017 - Setauket
Put on your pj's, grab your teddy bear and a parent, and come to the library for stories. No registration required. Ages 2-6.
Historic Old Time Baseball Matches: 1864 Rules - Old Bethpage Village Restoration
Through August 06, 2017 - Old Bethpage
Watch as teams from the 1864 League play base ball (as it was spelled then) following the rules and customs of the 19th century in vintage uniforms and old style bats and balls.
Beech Tree Concerts - Old Westbury Gardens
Through August 06, 2017 - Old Westbury
Bring a chair or blanket and relax under the cool shade of the West Porch Beech Tree listening to a variety of musical genres performed by Artist-in-Residence, Suzanne Mueller and friends. In inclement weather, concerts will be performed in the beautiful Red Ballroom.
Children's Films - Douglaston Little Neck Library
Through August 09, 2017 - Little Neck
This summer film festival includes "Storks" (2016)July 12 and "Max 2: White House Hero" (2017)on August 9.
Summer Mommy & Me Class - Portledge Summer Adventures
Through August 10, 2017 - Locust Valley
The class offers toddlers and moms, dads, or caregivers a safe, nurturing environment that will inspire imagination, self-expression, social interaction, and physical development through a variety of shared activities, such as music, games, and crafts.
Jetsetter Kids - Floral Park Public Library
Through August 10, 2017 - Floral Park
For kids entering Grades 1 - 4 in September. You'll have so much fun traveling the world during this six-week program. You'll learn a little about each country and make a craft to celebrate each culture. Register.
'Aladdin and the Lamp' - Theatre Three
Through August 10, 2017 - Port Jefferson
Join Aladdin as he finds the magic of the world around him as well as within himself. Teaming up with an outrageous genie, Aladdin thwarts the evil wizard and wins the hand of the beautiful princess. There is a sensory sensitive performance on August 9.
Huntington Summer Arts Festival - Chapin Rainbow Stage
Through August 13, 2017 - Huntington
Huntington Arts Council and the Town of Huntington present the 52nd Annual Huntington Summer Arts Festival. Various performing artists including dance, music, theatre and more will be on the stage 6 nights a week. Tuesday Night’s Family Series is 7:30-9:30pm, featuring performances for kids of all ages. Visit the HAC website for details and the full line up.
Summer Workshops for Children - Vanderbilt Museum
Through August 16, 2017 - Centerport
Each workshop begins with an educator-led visit through the Vanderbilt Museum collections. These include marine and natural-history specimens, cultural artifacts Mr. Vanderbilt brought back from around the world, and his wild-animal habitats and dioramas. Following the tour, children make creative projects based on what they have seen and learned. Pre-registration is required for all workshops.
Women in Contrast Exhibition - Hofstra University Museum
Through August 18, 2017 - Hempstead
Curated by Kristy L. Caratzola, the Museum’s former collections manager, this original exhibition features iconic imagery captured by a selection of innovative modernist and contemporary female photographers, including Berenice Abbott, Diane Arbus, Marilyn Bridges, Nancy Burson, Imogen Cunningham, Donna Ferrato, Toni Frissell, Mary Ellen Mark, and Dorothy Norman.
Anyone & Me- Infant and Toddler Classes - M.A.T.S.S. Kids' Gym - Syosset
Through August 18, 2017 - Syosset
Come play and meet other babies and tots. Indoor/outdoor play allows for music, movement, and playtime. One day per week for 6 weeks and 2 days a week for 7 weeks are offered. Great way to build a child's social skills and separation to prepare for nursery school.
Polo at Bethpage State Park - Bethpage State Park
Through August 20, 2017 - Farmingdale
Polo is a great competive sport. Come and enjoy an afternoon of excellent polo games at Bethpage State Park. A treat for the whole family.
Elephant & Piggie's 'We Are In a Play' - Smithtown Center for the Performing Arts
Through August 20, 2017 - Smithtown
Get ready for a musical experience ripped from the pages of Mo Willems' beloved, award-winning, best-selling children's books that will leave audiences doing the "Flippy Floppy Floory" dance all night long. In Elephant & Piggie's "We Are in a Play!", Gerald and Piggie take to the stage in a rollicking adventure perfect for young audiences.Book and lyrics by Mo Willems, music by Deborah Wicks La Puma. Based on the Elephant & Piggie books by Mo Willems.
Sunday Summer Concerts on the Green - Stony Brook Village Center
Through August 20, 2017 - Stony Brook
Bring the whole family to this ongoing concert series featuring a new band each week. Opening up each event is a finalist to the Long Island’s Got Talent Competition
Yana Copek: Fine Art Photography Exhibit - Oyster Bay Historical Society
Through August 20, 2017 - Oyster Bay
Freelance portrait and event photographer Yana Frangiskos Copek specializes in nautical photography and publishes an annual calendar of classic wooden yachts under sail in Oyster Bay, New York. Sale of exhibited work helps support the public programming of the Oyster Bay Historical Society.
Community Yard Sale - Heritage Park in Mount Sinai
Through August 24, 2017 - Mount Sinai
Heritage Trust is hosting a Community Yard Sale every Thursday at Heritage Park with live entertainment most nights. Residents and vendors can sell, buy, or swap items. Vendors can register online at http://www.msheritagetrust.org. The Shack will be open each night to offer refreshments.
Kids in the Kitchen - Long Island Children's Museum
Through August 25, 2017 - Garden City
Calling all junior chefs! Have fun creating nutritious, simple dishes that will inspire kids and adults to get cooking together. Create tasty treats, take home recipes and enjoy your yummy creations at the end of each class.
Yoga in the Gardens - Old Westbury Gardens
Through August 26, 2017 - Old Westbury
Professional Kripalu Yoga instructor, Lorili Henry, will lead students through a dynamic, yet gentle, continuous flow of postures and conscious breathing. Participants must bring a yoga mat, yoga strap and towel.
Messy Afternoons - Long Island Children's Museum
Through August 27, 2017 - Garden City
Kids will be up to their elbows in goop, guts, shaving cream and play-doh. The afternoon will offer a variety of sensory activities for children.
Crafts For Kids - Lakeshore Learning Store
Through August 27, 2017 - New Hyde Park
Kids will have a ball making exciting crafts that they can use or display. Every craft is educational and fun.
Sensory Garden Sundays - Planting Fields Arboretum, Coe Hall
Through August 27, 2017 - Oyster Bay
Exciting new programming for families where children will have the opportunity to see, taste, touch, smell and listen to the wonders of the Sensory Garden. Call or email firstname.lastname@example.org to register.
Westhampton Beach Monday Night Movie - The Village Great Lawn
Through August 28, 2017 - Westhampton Beach
Bring blankets and chairs and enjoy complimentary popcorn courtesy of Westhampton Beach Library.
Tai Chi in the Gardens - Old Westbury Gardens
Through August 30, 2017 - Old Westbury
Tai Chi, a unique form of "moving meditation" calms the mind, relaxes the body and strengthens the spirit. Sessions taught by professional Tai Chi instructor, Linda Cafiero, are designed for all experience levels.
ZUMBA for Adults - M.A.T.S.S. Kids' Gym Syosset
Through August 30, 2017 - Syosset
Join Janet for Adult Zumba at MATSS Syosset.
stART (Story + Art) - Long Island Children's Museum
Through August 31, 2017 - Garden City
Join in each week as children listen to the reading of childhood classics and new favorites; followed by literature-inspired activities and crafts. Ages 3 to 5.
Kindness Counts - Westhampton Free Library
Through August 31, 2017 - Westhampton Beach
Throughout the summer, the Westhampton Free Library's teen department is promoting a new random acts of kindness initiative in the form of a BINGO game. The project provides the opportunity for teens to earn community service hours by accomplishing kindness tasks listed on BINGO boards supplied by the library. Kindness activities listed on the BINGO boards include, for example, planting a tree or flower, participating in a community event or food or clothing drive and dispensing compliments and encouraging words. Teens interested in taking part in the imitative can pick up a BINGO board during regular library hours.
Free Concerts on Freeport's Nautical Mile - Freeport's Nautical Mile
Through August 31, 2017 - Freeport
Free concerts every Thursday night during July and August at Freeport's Esplanade on the Nautical Mile. All styles of music - check our website for specific performers.
Wacky Water Wednesdays - Cold Spring Fish Hatchery and Aquarium
Through August 31, 2017 - Cold Spring Harbor
Bring a towel and sunblock and get ready for sprinklers, bubbles and lawn games.
'You're All Great' Bird Show - White Post Farms
Through August 31, 2017 - Melville
The birds of "Extreme Parrots" perform aerial displays and other extreme acts with help from the audience.
Summer Chocolate Fun-Candy Bar Making - Chocolate Works Garden City
Through August 31, 2017 - Garden City
Make your very own candy bar by choosing the chocolate and select the toppings from our 20’ candy wall. Also, enjoy a dip in our 4’ warm flowing chocolate fountain. Call ahead for parties of 3 or more. Project takes approx. 25 minutes.
Faces From the Southern Ocean - New York Hall of Science
Through September 03, 2017 - Corona
View photographs by J.J. L’Heureux featuring some of the world’s most amazing creatures. The portraits feature the faces of unique birds and mammals from Antarctica, the Southern Ocean and its islands. Exhibition organized through Katharine T. Carter & Associates
Picturing Female Robots and Androids - New York Hall of Science
Through September 03, 2017 - Corona
View images of female robots, mannequins and dolls in films, television, video games and more. Robots, androids, mannequins and dolls reflect our age-old efforts to create artificial beings that look amazingly lifelike. They also reveal to us our changing views of women. This exhibit, curated by Julie Wosk, is based on her recent book My Fair Ladies: Female Robots, Androids, and Other Artificial Eves.
Pattern Wizardry - Long Island Children's Museum
Through September 03, 2017 - Garden City
Throw on your pattern cape, pick up your magic wand and get ready to fall under the spell of... PATTERNS.
Visitors who enter this magical exhibit will become an “apprentice wizard” as they explore and play with the power of patterns. Presented entirely in rhyme, this wildly whimsical sensory exhibit features four interactive pattern areas: Spiral Spells, Tessellation Station, Branch, Branch and Linear Lab. The exhibition also features a Wizard Library, a computer pattern station where kids can create their own patterns and Symmetry Sorcery, where children investigate how we use symmetry to organize patterns.
This bilingual (English/Spanish) exhibit introduces the fundamentals of patterns as the building blocks of our natural and man-made world and as a critical developmental tool for children.
Send A Parent To Summer School - Elaine Lerner MSW CSW, ADHD Parent Trainer
Through September 07, 2017 - Garden City
As the school year ends, it's a great time to review the past year's school experience and prepare for Fall. My "Send A Parent To Summer School" Parent Training program helps you improve communication with your child while learning tools and techniques to improve focus and attention, impulsivity, hyperactivity, organization and social skills.
My programs focus on the specific needs parents face: a) ADHD Parenting Skills; b) Building A Strong Parent Partnership; c) Improving Child's Performance at School; d) Couples & Relationship Issues; e) Social Skills Coaching for Teens
Call today to schedule an appointment or register for a Complimentary 30-Minute Phone Session 516-487-0636.
Meet Patches the Giraffe - White Post Farms
Through September 17, 2017 - Melville
Come meet the newest farm family member Patches the Giraffe. She is sweet and loves to give kisses.
Neiman Marcus Family Sundays at the Museum - Nassau County Museum of Art
Through September 24, 2017 - Roslyn Harbor
Converse, collaborate and create at Family Sundays. Be inspired by the works in the galleries, explore new art materials. Family Sundays allow children and the adults in their lives to take time to reconnect while talking about and making art together.
Westbury Farmers and Artists Market - Piazza Ernesto Strada
Through September 24, 2017 - Westbury
Stock up on locally-grown produce, pickles, and baked goods – and check out the offerings from local artists and artisans!
Guided Tours - Stony Brook Grist Mill
Through October 25, 2017 - Stony Brook
A "miller" dressed in period clothing will take you through the process of how grain was ground into flour in 1751 and still is today. The Mill is on the NY State and National Register of Historic Places and is a designated NY State Revolutionary War Heritage Trail site.
Mill Neck Manor House Tour - Mill Neck Manor House
Through November 05, 2017 - Mill Neck
Experience all the grandeur of Mill Neck Manor at our docent-led, 90-minute tours, followed by light refreshments of custom-blended teas. Mill Neck Manor, (formerly known as Sefton Manor) is on the North Shore of Long Island. This Gold Coast mansion is set on an 86-acre scenic estate overlooking the Long Island Sound. Sefton Dodge and Mill Neck Manor School for the Deaf.
Converging Voices: Gender and Identity Exhibition - Hofstra University Museum
Through December 15, 2017 - Hempstead
This original exhibition, curated by Karen T. Albert, Hofstra University Museum deputy director and chief curator, focuses on issues of gender and identity, reflecting an international scope and featuring artists such as Ghada Amer, Mariam Ghani, Guerrilla Girls, Yee I-Lann, Zanele Muholi, Pinaree Sanpitak, and Carrie Mae Weems.
Open Bounce - BounceU
Through December 28, 2017 - Farmingdale
The sessions include music, games, and of course, play time on the giant inflatable toys. Supervision by experienced staff. Parents must remain on premises.
Hunting the Whale: The Rise and Fall of a Southampton Industry - South Hampton Historical Museum, Rogers Mansion
Through December 30, 2017 - Southampton
This interactive and inclusive exhibit adds new discoveries to the accumulation of documentation and artifacts collected over more than 100 years to illuminate Southampton Village's prominent role in the whaling industry at its mid-19th century height. Whaling tools, maps, illustrations, archival images and text will be displayed with an eye toward making the exhibit accessible to audiences of varied interests and all ages. Among those whose roles will be highlighted are local indigenous people, slaves, servants, whaling captains, and the families that were sustained by the whaling industry. This exhibit takes place inside the historic Captain Albert Rogers Mansion, a 20 room Greek-revival house was built in 1843 during the peak of the whaling industry. It was built by Captain Rogers was one of the many prosperous whaling captains living in Southampton during the 19th century. Opening Reception: Saturday, March 4th 4-6pm.
Sky Zone Cares - Sky Zone Deer Park
Through December 31, 2017 - Deer Park
Sky Zone Deer Park Indoor Trampoline Park will be opening on the first Monday of each month exclusively for jumpers with special needs. Sky Zone Deer Park team members have been trained and certified by Missing Piece Awareness to be autism aware and accepting and special modifications have been implemented by the management team. On this day for children and adults with special needs, Sky Zone dials down the music, increases the staff ratio, and limits capacity. The Sky Zone team understands the need to provide families affected by autism with a recurring session time where individuals can learn the rules and practice them in a safe and comfortable environment so they can eventually generalize these skills and be fully integrated at any time. Takes place the first Monday of the month through June 2015.
Special Olympics Bowling at the All Star - The All Star
Through December 01, 2018 - Riverhead
Bowlers with special needs are invited to bowl on the main lanes and experience the arcade with the latest games. Takes place year-round.
Sky Wars - Sky Zone Mount Sinai
Through December 26, 2018 - Mount Sinai
Take part in epic Nerf battles on trampoline courts.