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!
Language Immersion at LICM-French - Long Island Children's Museum
June 13, 2013 - Garden City
Children's language skills develop rapidly, absorbing everything they hear. Why not introduce another language to your child while they are young and receptive to new things? Explore basic themes in a fun and relaxed atmosphere. Workshops are drop in and do not require advance sign up. The series will explore a different theme each week (numbers, fruits, animals, etc). A class project and song will be used each week to reinforce learning.
Yoga in the Gardens - Old Westbury Gardens
June 13, 2013 - 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.
June MINI-CAMP - M.A.T.S.S. Kids' Gym & E.C.E.C.
June 13, 2013 - Syosset
Come play at this great facility after school ends and before summer camp kicks in. Monday to Friday program includes daily specials, games, crafts, and lunch. Special 3-hour program for 2-year-olds. Limited multi-day and sibling discounts available. Visit the website for further information.
Horticulture Workshop: Roses in the Walled Garden - Old Westbury Gardens
June 13, 2013 - Old Westbury
In addition to the formal Rose Garden, a large collection of roses are grown in the 2-acre Walled Garden. Join Kim Johnson, Walled Garden Supervisor, for a tour and discussion of the variety of roses against a backdrop of flowering June borders. The different type of roses, culture, and year-round maintenance will be discussed. Advance registration required.
Afternoon Tea & Tour - Old Westbury Gardens
June 13, 2013 - Old Westbury
Enjoy an elegant full tea at Orchard Hill, featuring tea sandwiches, scones, seasonal desserts accompanied by a selection of our expressly prepared teas. A seasonal garden tour follows the meal. Advance tickets required.
Carnival - Eisenhower Park-Field 2
June 13, 2013 - East Meadow
Everyone loves a carnival. Enjoy games, fun foods, and an atmosphere of frivolity. The whole family is invited.
Creating Extraordinary Mind & Body Wellness - The Family Wellness Center
June 13, 2013 - Plainview
Sign up for this lecture and demonstration given by Dr. Michael Berlin and learn about an extraordinarily gentle method that literally resolves all the stress, tension, distortions, and traumas from your body and mind. Call for more information.
THE 25TH ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE - Theatre Three
June 13, 2013 - Port Jefferson
This Tony Award-winning comical musical follows the tale of six quirky competitors and three oddball adults and the championship of a lifetime. For each performance four audience volunteers will be recruited to participate on-stage as guest spellers.
Jr. Marine Biologist - Centerport Beach
June 13, 2013 - Centerport
Come for an adventure at Centerport Beach as you and your child learn about the marine environment. Program includes hands-on time with marine animals, beach activities, and crafts. Ages 3-5. (No strollers). Call to register.
South Pacific - John W. Engeman Theater
June 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.
AB-EX / RE-CON:Abstract Expressionism Reconsidered - Nassau County Museum of Art
Through June 16, 2013 - Roslyn Harbor
Artists of the Abstract Expressionist school rejected the mass cultural values which were being formulated in America at mid-century, searching for alternatives to the consumer and advertising culture prevalent in post-World War II America.
AB-EX / RE-CON explores both the best known and less familiar practitioners of abstract and gestural painting who dominated the American art, criticism and commentary during the late 1940s and throughout the 1950s. Included in the exhibition are works by the stars of Abstract Expressionism, among them Richard Diebenkorn, Helen Frankenthaler, Hans Hofmann, Franz Kline, Robert Motherwell and Mark Rothko. AB-EX / RE-CON: Abstract Expressionism Reconsidered also offers viewers the excitement of discovering some of the lesser-known but highly-regarded artists of the movement including Fritz Bultman and Jon Schueler. The exhibition runs through June 16.
Asad Faulwell / Chris Johanson Exhibits - Nassau County Museum of Art
Through June 16, 2013 - Roslyn Harbor
Born in Indiana, now a resident of Los Angeles, Asad Faulwell�s intricate mixed-media art focuses on images of Algerian women, especially the freedom fighters who were involved in the 1954-1962 struggle to end French occupation. They are shown against highly-decorative floral and geometric patterns familiar in Middle Eastern art. California-born Chris Johanson gained attention in the 2001 Whitney Biennial and has since been widely exhibited in this country and abroad. Johanson employs an exuberant color palette for simple and imperfect geometric shapes. According to Artforum, his �rough-hewn cartoon style� taps the late New Age Northern California style. The exhibition runs through June 16.
Huntington Arts Council Exhibit: Living Color Art - Art-Trium,
Through June 17, 2013 - Melville
This exhibit features the work of four artists. Each artist selected focuses on the unique and varied ways that color lives in our lives.
After School Arts - Theresa Academy of Performing Arts
Through June 19, 2013 - Lido Beach
Theresa Academy of Performing Arts for Students with Special Needs offers dance, drama, music, drumming, fine art, yoga, and drama classes for students with special needs and their siblings. Classes meet weekly after school and on weekends.
June Jumble - Long Island Children's Museum
Through June 21, 2013 - Garden City
Come in to the Inner Lobby and create your own individual �masterpiece� from a mixed array of craft supplies.
SNOW WHITE & The Seven Dwarfs - Smithtown Center for the Performing Arts
Through June 23, 2013 - Smithtown
This family musical contains a zany, wisecracking Mirror who will only answer if spoken to in rhyme, as well as a whole court full of funny and bubbling characters. It hums with 14 lively songs, including a scary forest ballet. Snow White runs away from the evil Queen and seeks refuge with seven little miners. But the Queen and her sister, a once-powerful witch, need "a locket from the pocket of a princess that is pure." They come after Snow White, but Mirror leads members of the Queen's court into the woods to thwart their evil plans. The Queen is trapped in an ugliness spell and forced to remain that way, as the entire court reminds her (in a rousing gospel song), "You're the mirror of every deed that you do!" Saturdays and Sundays, June 8-June 23
33rd Annual Juried Photography Show - Freeport Memorial Library
Through June 27, 2013 - Freeport
The Long Island Arts Council at Freeport is pleased to announce the winners of its 33rd Annual Juried Photography Show, co-sponsored by Astoria Federal Savings. This year�s juror, Jeff Harris, made the selections from the submissions received. Learn more about Jeff at www.jeffharrisphoto.com and jeffharrisphoto.tumblr.com. The Show will be on exhibit through June 27.
Mel Brooks' Young Frankenstein - Gateway Playhouse
Through June 29, 2013 - Bellport
The crazy comic imagination of Mel Brooks (“The Producers”) comes alive in this outlandish musical adapted from the film of the same name. This Tony-nominated show breathes new Schick into the franchise, thanks to expanded scenes and new gags. With such musical numbers as “The Transylvania Mania,” “He Vas My Boyfriend” and “Puttin’ On The Ritz,” it’s easy to see why Newsday called the Broadway production “a blissfully funny monster mash.” Tuesdays-Sundays, June 12-June 29, 2013.
Long Island Game Farm Kicks Off Summer with Awesome Animal Show - Long Island Game Farm Wildlife Park & Children's Zoo
Through June 30, 2013 - Manorville
Long Island Game Farm Wildlife Park & Children’s Zoo is kicking off its summer season with its Awesome Animal Show. The Awesome Animal Show will have a variety of animals: Macaws, Cockatoos, Piggies, and House Cats. Those in attendance will have the opportunity to communicate with Charlie the mini-donkey. They will also introduce its new master of ceremonies, Artium, a cute Jack Russell dog helper. The show runs from May 25 to June 30.
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.
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.
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.
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.
'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.
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]