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TODAY'S FAMILY & KIDS ACTIVITIES IN LONG ISLAND-JUL 22

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by Directories Editor July 22, 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!

'Rapunzel: A Tangled Musical' - BroadHollow Theatre Company
July 22, 2013 - Elmont

Let down your hair and join Rapunzel, her Prince, and the evil witch for an afternoon of hair-raising hijinx.

Harry Chapin Tribute - Harry Chapin Lakeside Theatre - Eisenhower Park
July 22, 2013 - East Meadow

Long Island�s top musicians pay tribute to the late singer-songwriter Harry Chapin with performances of his songs. Chapin is best known for his folk rock songs including �Taxi,� �W.O.L.D,� and �Cat�s in theCradle.� Bring a blanket or a folding chair.

Mets vs. Braves - Citi Field
July 22, 2013 - Flushing

Cheer on David Wright, Marlon Byrd and the Amazin's when they take on their Central Division rivals from Atlanta. The first 25,000 fans entering the game receive commemorative Mets Headphones.

Marionette Making Workshop - Long Island Children's Museum
July 22, 2013 - Garden City

Mirek Trejtnar, puppet master from Prague, will guide children and their parents through the process of making Czech-style marionettes (puppets that hang on wires). Children will receive pre-cut pieces of wood to make hands, legs, head and bodies. Then it�s time to paint and make costumes. Finally, you will connect your puppet to a controller, add strings, and voila; now you are a puppeteer. Adults will need to assist their children nail and screw together puppets parts as they finalize their puppets. Workshop length: 45 minutes.

Puppets in Prague present �Snehurka� (Snow White) - Long Island Children's Museum
July 22, 2013 - Garden City

Puppets in Prague is bringing a fairy tale across the ocean, from the romantic Czech forests to the coast of Long Island. Beautifully-carved marionettes will tell the well-known story of Snehurka (Snow Whilte), whose innocence and pure love triumphs over the egocentric wickedness of the Queen. Children will enter a magical world inspired by the rich tradition of European puppetry. After the show children will be invited onstage to to look more closely at the marionettes created by Czech puppet master Mirek Trejtnar.

MONKEY MONKEY MUSIC - Patchogue-Medford Library
July 22, 2013 - Patchogue

Monkey Monkey Music with Meredith LaVande performs with their special brand of musical magic. Monkey Monkey Music is known by millions of families who have seen her videos on more than 100 PBS member stations nationwide.

Summer Drop-In Play Group - Mineola Public Library
July 22, 2013 - Mineola

Children 4 months to 3 1/2 years, with caregiver,will have loads of fun as they make friends with others their own age in this loosely structured play group. The Library will provide the toys while you meet your neighbors and their children at this informal (not run by a librarian) play group. Come for one or all of the sessions.

Dinosaur Explore - Rockville Centre Public Library
July 22, 2013 - Rockville Centre

Kids in Grades 1-3 will explore the exciting world of dinosaurs this summer in a four-week workshop. Make fossils, dinosaur eggs, participate in an excavation and much more. Sign-up one week before each program.

Line Dancing - Hither Hills State park
July 22, 2013 - Montauk

Participate in line dancing on Mondays, July 15-August 12, 2013, Call for directions and more information.

Operation: Military Kids Summer Day Camp - Suffolk County Farm
July 22, 2013 - Yaphank

Children of military families entering grades 1-4 enjoy a week on the farm. Limited enrollment. Register in advance. Call 631-852-4605 for more information. July 22-July 26.

Full Moon Canoe Trips - Sears Bellows County Park
July 22, 2013 - Hampton Bays

Join Cornell's Peconic Dunes 4-H Camp instructors on a full moon canoe trip. Children under age 18 must be accompanied by an adult. All equipment will be provided. Call 852-8629 to register. Space is limited.

Monday Minnows - Cold Spring Harbor Whaling Museum
July 22, 2013 - Cold Spring Harbor

Toddlers ages 2 1/2-5 enjoy story time, open play, discoveries and colorful art-making exploring the ocean and nature.

Long Island International Film Expo 2013 - Bellmore Movies
Through July 23, 2013 - Bellmore

The Long Island International Film Expo (LIIFE) will hold its 16th annual installment at the historic Bellmore Movies from July 17-23. Past Expos have showcased between 50-100 independent films from around the world including short and feature-length, student and animated films, documentaries, and foreign films. Visit the website for specific days, film titles, and exact cost.

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.

Nature Nick's 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. 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.

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 [email protected]

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.

Long Island's Auto Racing Heritage - Ward Melville Heritage Organization
Through September 02, 2013 - Stony Brook

Come celebrate the five racetracks of Long Island: Bridgehampton, Freeport, Riverhead, Islip and Vanderbilt and see many of the cars that raced there.

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.

Guided Tours - Stony Brook Grist Mill
Through October 27, 2013 - Stony Brook

Listed on the NYS and National Register of Historic Places, the Stony Brook Grist Mill, c. 1751, offers the experience of a working grist mill today with the only female "miller" in the U.S. as your guide. Saturdays and Sundays through October 27.

'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]


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