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Today's Family & Kids Activities in Long Island-Jun 19

June 19, 2017   |    

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!

Long Island FunFest - Suffolk County Community College - Brentwood
Through June 25, 2017 - Brentwood

The Second Annual Long Island FunFest offers Long Islanders an exciting 11-day festival experience. FunFest, which is hosted by Dreamland Amusements, features Fireworks by Grucci, World of Wonders Oddity Show and the Victoria Thrill Show Circus and much more family fun. Attractions at the event include the Hambone Racing Pigs, live bands, karaoke, carnival rides and the Commerford Petting Zoo, the largest of its kind in the country. There will also be 28 carnival rides, including some of the most popular thrillers: Dream Wheel; Delusion – the only ride of its kind east of the Mississippi River; Dream Catcher and Zipper. For the faint of heart, they can visit the Firehouse, Orange Whip and Merry-Go-Round. In addition to an array of games and craft vendors, FunFest will also be home to a wide variety of traditional fair food from local concessionaires, including grilled sausage and peppers, corn dogs, zeppoles and funnel cake, cotton candy, popcorn and other foods.

Sensational Kids Open Play Time: Autism Specific - Bounce Trampoline Sports
June 19, 2017 - Syosset

Bounce!® Trampoline Sports will host an exclusive Sensational Kids open play time every Monday from 5–7pm for children and adults with autism. While regular Open Bounce sessions can attract large crowds and feature bright lights and loud music, Monday evenings are tailored to create a more secure environment for individuals with autism. Bounce! staff have experience working with children and individuals with special needs and have received sensitivity training from the Elija School.

Emoji Decoupage Journals - Westhampton Free Library
June 19, 2017 - Westhampton Beach

Using a decoupage technique, participants design their own emoji-themed journal and then discuss fun journaling ideas.

Bilingual Rhyme Time - Riverhead Free Library
Through June 23, 2017 - Riverhead

Singing and dancing to traditional nursery rhymes in English and Spanish.

Crafts For Kids: Father's Day - Lakeshore Learning Store
Through June 24, 2017 - New Hyde Park

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

Oyster Bay Walking Tours - Oyster Bay Historical Society
Through June 24, 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 obhsdirector@optonline.net.

'Saturday Night Fever' - Theatre Three
Through June 24, 2017 - Port Jefferson

You should be dancing. Saturday Night Fever is the iconic story of Tony Manero, the kid from Brooklyn, who wants to dance his way to a better life. Fueled by the legendary Bee Gee score, this retelling of the classic story captures the energy, passion and life-changing moments that have thrilled movie audiences since 1977. Humble paint store clerk by day, dance king by night, Tony lives for Saturday night at the disco where each week the nightclub falls under the spell of the music's beat and Tony's astounding dance routines.

Open Studio for Families - Parrish Art Museum
Through June 24, 2017 - Water Mill

Explore the galleries and create art in the studio. Each month features different materials and techniques. Studio sessions are limited to 30 minutes.

Breakfast at Belmont - Belmont Park Racetrack
Through June 24, 2017 - Elmont

Breakfast at Belmont is fun for the whole family. Enjoy great buffet selection of all your breakfast favorites and watch the stars of our sport train throughout the morning on the Big Sandy. After breakfast, fans are invited to take a free tram ride (weather permitting) through the stable area, free Paddock Show and Starting Gate demonstration. The optional quick-service breakfast buffet includes coffee, tea, and juices and is available through 9:30 a.m in the trackside Belmont Cafe located on the 1st floor of Clubhouse.

Crafts For Kids - Lakeshore Learning Store
Through June 25, 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 June 25, 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 education@plantingfields.org to register.

Historic Old Time Baseball Matches: 1864 Rules - Old Bethpage Village Restoration
Through June 25, 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.

Tai Chi in the Gardens - Old Westbury Gardens
Through June 29, 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.

Yoga in the Gardens - Old Westbury Gardens
Through June 29, 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.

Art Exhibition - Cold Spring Harbor Library and Environmental Center
Through June 29, 2017 - Cold Spring Harbor

An exhibition of paintings by Diane Lundegaard. Both the Library and the Cold Spring Harbor Fish Hatchery & Aquarium will benefit from proceeds of the exhibition. The subject matter of these and other of the artist's freshwater ecology paintings has been influenced by Diane Lundegaard's work as an environmental educator at the Cold Spring Harbor Fish Hatchery & Aquarium and canoe trips throughout the State. "My concern for the preservation of our freshwater ecology began while I was a member of the Citizen's Advisory Committee for Long Island's Federal 208 Groundwater Study in the early 1980's. This experience opened my eyes to the importance of protecting the State's freshwater resources. Since then, local and nationwide reports continue to indicate the increasing need for the conservation and preservation of this particular water system not only for drinking but also for its recreational value," said Diane, who earned her B.F.A. and M.A. at SUNY at Stony Brook.

'Journey to Space' 3D Movie - New York Hall of Science
Through June 30, 2017 - Corona

This 3D movie celebrates space exploration, a tribute to international cooperation in space research, and a vision toward our near-term future beyond Earth’s orbit — a manned mission to Mars within a generation. Moviegoers will learn about the important role of the International Space Station, uncover what NASA and the space community are working on, and the challenges they face to carry out bold missions such as capturing asteroids and landing astronauts on Mars. Narrated by Sir Patrick Stewart. 20 minutes.

Maker Space Friday - New York Hall of Science
Through June 30, 2017 - Corona

Familes can explore different materials, concepts and ideas while making and tinkering together. Activities cover a wide range of topics including simple circuits, wind-powered racers, hand sewing and much more.

Exhibition: Upon These Shoulders - The African American Museum
Through June 30, 2017 - Hempstead

A timely exhibition about the pivotal role of African-American women/mothers in shaping the family. Call for more information.

Kids in the Kitchen - Long Island Children's Museum
Through June 30, 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.

Messy Afternoons - Long Island Children's Museum
Through July 02, 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.

Party at the Park at Belmont - Belmont Park Racetrack
Through July 07, 2017 - Elmont

“Party at the Park” is a Friday feature at Belmont with a special first race post time of 3pm for fantastic twilight racing and a party that includes food and drink specials along with a live concert following the conclusion of live racing.

Halston Exhibition - Nassau County Museum of Art
Through July 09, 2017 - Roslyn Harbor

This exhibition features the epic cultural and social changes of the 1970s as seen through the lens of the fashion world. Halston invented a chic minimalist style that was uniquely American, and that honored the active modern woman by freeing American fashion from European influences of the past. Guest Curator Lesley Frowick is author of the accompanying catalogue, Halston: Inventing American Fashion.

stART (Story + Art) - Long Island Children's Museum
Through July 27, 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.