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TODAY'S FAMILY & KIDS ACTIVITIES IN LONG ISLAND-MAR 16

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by Directories Editor March 16, 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!

The Frog Prince - Broadhollow Theater at Elmont
March 16, 2013 - Elmont

This ribbiting tale reborn on the bayou features an African American waitress who dreams of opening a restaurant but her dreams are put on hold when she meets the Frog Prince.

The Three Little Pigs Out West - Studio Theatre
March 16, 2013 - Lindenhurst

The famous Three Little Pigs find themselves in the midst of a crisis. The younger pigs, Hooey and Pigtail, have just lost their houses to the Big Bad Wolf. The two pigs seek help from their older brother, Sooey. He decides that it is the perfect time for a vacation to soothe their frayed nerves. They head out west to Baby Bear's Dude Ranch. Baby Bear (who still wears a diaper) and his critters are all set to turn these Easterners into true "Cow-pigs!" But the excitement really begins when Big Bad Wolf and his cousin show up.

Pinnochio - Carriage House Theater at the Suffolk County Vanderbilt Museum
March 16, 2013 - Centerport

In this audience participation play, a young puppet struggles to achieve his goal of becoming a real boy.

Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Presents Built To Amaze! - Nassau Coliseum
March 16, 2013 - Uniondale

Experience high-energy, high-jinx, and hilarity when Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey presents Built To Amaze! The colorful circus comes into town as ringmaster Andre McClain, leads his funny and mischievous crew to construct The Greatest Show On Earth. A fantastic design with more than 110 of the world's best performers representing 17 countries along with 95 exotic and domestic animals will be assembled, creating never-before-seen heart-pounding performances. Clutch your heart as aerial athletes do seemingly impossible feats to the amazement of the crowd. Cheer for a New York City unicycle troupe that mixes a competitive game of basketball while riding their unicycles. This circus is one not to be missed. Amazing.

The Frog Prince - BroadHollow at Elmont
March 16, 2013 - Elmont

No matter how many times they see it, kids will be delighted as they experience this live presentation of the classic fairytale.

Tilles Center Presents Beethoven Orchestra of Bonn - Tilles Center for the Performing Arts
March 16, 2013 - Greenvale

Be caught up in the music as the Beethoven Orchestra of Bonn presents works from this major composer. Included are Overture from The Ruins of Athens, Piano Concerto No. 4 and Symphony No. 7.

First Annual Junior Iron Chef Competition - Whole Foods Market
March 16, 2013 - Lake Grove

Co-sponsored by CCE of Suffolk and Whole Foods Market, this competition encourages local middle and high school age student teams to create recipes and compete in a one-day cooking challenge to be the first Junior Iron Chefs on Long Island and to win prizes. The educational event encourage youth to learn new skills in cooking, to lead a healthier lifestyle and promote the use of local food to support local farmers and the environment. Go to the website to download and fill out the registration. Call 631-852-4605 or or go to [email protected] for instructions on where to mail the registration. Teams must register by February 14.

Blarney Stone - Long Island Children's Museum
March 16, 2013 - Garden City

The Blarney Stone is a famous stone in Ireland that is thought to have a special power. Legend has it that if you kiss the Blarney Stone you will be given the gift of gab, also referred to as "Blarney Talk," and that you will become a very persuasive speaker. Come decorate your own Blarney Stone and test the legend out for yourself.

Messy Afternoons - Long Island Children's Museum
March 16, 2013 - Garden City

Kids will be up to their elbows in goop, guts, shaving cream and play-doh. It's the type of artistic activities that everyone loves, but not one likes to clean-up after. Except the museum staff. The afternoon will offer a variety of sensory activities for children ages 18 months to age 4.

Cirque Du Soleil: Totem - CitiField-Lot C
March 16, 2013 - Flushing

The mission of Cirque du Soleil is to invoke the imagination, provokethe senses and evoke the emotions of people around the world. A fascinating journey into the evolution of mankind. The world's most famous circus traces the human species from its amphibian state to its human desire to fly. Characters evolve on stage. This production traces the fascinating journey of the human species from its original amphibian state to its ultimate desire to fly. The characters evolve on a stage evoking a giant turtle, the symbol of origin for many ancient civilizations. Inspired by many founding myths, this show illustrates, through a visual and acrobatic language, the evolutionary progress of species. The word "totem" contains the idea of the order of species. We carry in our bodies the potential of all species, all the way to our desire to fly --like the thunderbird at the top of the totem pole. Somewhere between science and legend TOTEM explores the ties that bind Man to other species, his dreams and his infinite potential.

Open House - Center for Science Teaching & Learning
March 16, 2013 - Rockville Centre

Come and learn all about Nature's Kids Nursery School, Camp Discovery and Teen Venture summer camp. Take part in early bird registrations.

Aladdin - BroadHollow's BayWay Arts Center
March 16, 2013 - East Islip

Carpets are flying and a genie is on the loose in this live musical presentation of the Disney classic.

One World, One Sky - Vanderbilt Museum and Planetarium
March 16, 2013 - Centerport

Enjoy this show, produced by Sesame Workshop, the Beijing and Adler planetariums, and Liberty Science Center, in the newly renovated planetarium. Elmo and Big Bird live in the United States and Hu Hu Zhu lives far away in China, but they discover that they see the same stars at night. Major funding was provided by the National Science Foundation.

Solar System Odyssey - Vanderbilt Museum and Planetarium
March 16, 2013 - Centerport

Take a futuristic journey through the Solar System at the newly renovated Vanderbilt Planetarium. With Earth's resources being rapidly depleted, a tycoon sends hero Jack Larson on a mission to discover a new home to colonize. This character-driven show aligns with science curriculum objectives. This is an original production of the University of North Carolina's Morehead Planetarium and Science Center.

Stars - Vanderbilt Museum and Planetarium
March 16, 2013 - Centerport

Every star has a story. Some are as old as time, faint and almost forgotten. Others burn bright and end their lives in powerful explosions. New stars are created every day, born of vast clouds of gas and dust. Through every phase of their existence, stars release the energy that powers the Universe. Journey to the farthest reaches of the galaxy and experience both the awesome beauty and destructive power of Stars. The animation -- highlighted by astronauts, spacecraft, telescopes, nebulas, clusters, and more -- was created at the National Space Centre in Leicester, England, produced by Sudekum Planetarium and NSC Creative, and narrated by actor Mark Hamill. The Nashville Symphony Orchestra performed part of the soundtrack.

The Velveteen Rabbit - Smithtown Center for the Performing Arts
March 16, 2013 - Smithtown

Though the most modest toy in the nursery, the Velveteen Rabbit earns the love of a young boy and learns about the joys and pain of becoming "Real." Performed by adults for the entertainment of kids.

Pet Care Day! - Long Island Science Center
March 16, 2013 - Riverhead

The North Fork Animal Welfare League is visiting the LISC today. Come in to learn how to care for your pet, make a craft to take home and meet some adoptable animals.

MEL BROOKS WEEKEND - YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN - Bay Street Theatre
March 16, 2013 - Sag Harbor

A young neurosurgeon (Gene Wilder) inherits the castle of his grandfather, the famous Dr. Victor von Frankenstein. In the castle he finds a hunchback called Igor, a pretty lab assistant named Inga and the old housekeeper, frau Blucher.

The Adventures of Peter Rabbit - Theatre Three
March 16, 2013 - Port Jefferson

Peter, Flopsy, Mopsy, Cotton-Tail, Benjamin Bunny, the McGregors and all their friends come to life in this adaption of the story by Beatrix Potter.

Save-A-Pet To Host St. Pitty’s Day Party - Save-A-Pet Animal Rescue and Adoption Center
March 16, 2013 - Port Jefferson Station

Save-A-Pet Animal Rescue and Adoption Center, Inc. will be holding a “St. Pitty’s Day” Party at the shelter. For a $10 donation, guests will enjoy an authentic Irish buffet of corned beef and cabbage, Irish soda bread, delicious desserts, beer, and Irish beverages — and get to meet the sweet and playful Pit Bulls of Save-A-Pet that are all available for adoption.

Modernizing America: Artists of the Armory Show - Heckscher Museum of Art
Through March 17, 2013 - Huntington

In 1913, the American public was introduced to avant-garde European art styles at the International Exhibition of Modern Art, held at the Lexington Avenue Armory and known as the Armory Show. The Armory Show created a sensation; the controversial and radical art displayed there proved to be a watershed in the development of 20th-century American art. Modernizing America: Artists of the Armory Show focuses on American artists who participated in the Armory Show and explores the impact of European Modernism on American art in the early years of the 20th century. Through March 17, 2013.

Mirrored Images: Realism in the 19th and 20th Centuries - Heckscher Museum of Art
Through March 24, 2013 - Huntington

Throughout the history of art, artists have turned to the observed world as a source of inspiration. This exhibition, drawn entirely from the Museum's Permanent Collection, explores the various realist movements of the 19th and 20th centuries, beginning with the mid-19th century Barbizon movement in France and the concurrent Hudson River School in America, and progressing through later 19th-century realism and 20th-century movements, such as the Ashcan School, American Scene painting, Magic Realism, Photorealism, and East End (Long Island) realism. December 8, 2012-March 24, 2013.

50/50: Celebrating Fifty Years of the Hofstra University Museum - Hofstra University Museum
Through March 28, 2013 - Hempstead

This anniversary exhibition highlights the breadth and depth of the collection through just 50 of the 605 acquisitions donated since 2006. The featured works include paintings, prints, photographs and drawings by 20th and 21st century American, Latino and European artists such as Luis Cruz Azaceta, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Stanley Brodsky, Lucien Clergue, Yonia Fain, April Gornick, Robert Kipniss, Howardena Pindell, Robert Rauschenberg, Donald Resnick, Alison Saar, W. Eugene Smith and Stanley Twardowicz, among others. Additionally, the exhibition includes Pre-Columbian figures and vessels as well as early to mid 20th-century African masks.

50/50 The Great Art Caper - Hofstra University Museum - Emily Lowe Gallery
Through March 28, 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 50/50:Celebrating Fifty Years of the Hofstra University Museum and use the clues to complete a message. This program runs through March 28.

Building a Bunny Hutch (Chocolate or Gingerbread) - Riesterer's Bakery
Through March 28, 2013 - West Hempstead

Sign up for classes to learn how to build a bunny hutch in chocolate or gingerbread. It's a great party for children and adults. Enjoy soda, treats and take home your own creation. See how they make some of Long Island's largest variety of Easter bunnies- up to 3 feet tall. It's a chocoholics dream. Call for exact days. Classes run through March 28.

Community Gallery - Long Island Children's Museum
Through March 31, 2013 - Garden City

Stop by the Community Gallery and enjoy the mixed media artwork created by students from North Babylon Schools. Students were inspired by lighthouses on Long Island and the world.

Cirque Du Soleil: Totem - Citi Field, Lot C
Through March 31, 2013 - Flushing

The mission of Cirque du Soleil is to invoke the imagination, provokethe senses and evoke the emotions of people around the world. A fascinating journey into the evolution of mankind. The world's most famous circus traces the human species from its amphibian state to its human desire to fly. Characters evolve on stage. This production traces the fascinating journey of the human species from its original amphibian state to its ultimate desire to fly. The characters evolve on a stage evoking a giant turtle, the symbol of origin for many ancient civilizations. Inspired by many founding myths, this show illustrates, through a visual and acrobatic language, the evolutionary progress of species. The word "totem" contains the idea of the order of species. We carry in our bodies the potential of all species, all the way to our desire to fly - like the thunderbird at the top of the totem pole. Somewhere between science and legend TOTEM explores the ties that bind Man to other species, his dreams and his infinite potential.

21st Annual Student Art Festival, Part II: Grades 9-12 - Guild Hall
Through April 14, 2013 - East Hampton

The exhibition features over 3,500 pieces of student art from high schools from 11 participating public, private and home schools in the Amagansett, East Hampton, Greenport, Montauk, Wainscott, Southampton, Bridgehampton, Shelter Island, and Sagaponack districts.

Tony Hawk / Rad Science - New York Hall of Science
Through April 22, 2013 - Corona

Find out how the physics of gravity, force, velocity and balance make radical tricks possible in action sports in this program that runs through April 22. Children under age 18 must be accompanied by an adult.

Attack of the Bloodsuckers! - Long Island Children's Museum
Through May 05, 2013 - Garden City

Explore the science of what's eating you in this skin-crawling exhibition. Examine the what, why, when and how of mosquitoes, fleas, ticks, leeches and other parasites known as sanguinivores (creatures that eat blood). Learn why bloodsuckers are important to the ecosystem and how to keep them out of your system. Attack of the Bloodsuckers! offer visitors the chance to look a real leech in the mouth; pull off your socks and test your bug-appealing foot odor; receive a big hug from a giant, inflating tick; get itchy and knotty with the life-size game of "Twitcher" - a buggy variation on the game Twister. This exhibition runs through May 5, 2013.

Math & Science Homework Help - Long Island Science Center
Through June 01, 2013 - Riverhead

Students in grades 1-8 may be dropped off on Saturdays to receive help with homework. No pre-registration required.

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.

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.

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.

Feeding Nemo! Behind-the-Scenes Tour - Long Island Aquarium & Exhibition Center
Through December 31, 2013 - Riverhead

Go behind-the-scenes and see firsthand all that's involved in creating a hospitable environment for the aquarium's residents. And you may get a chance to help feed the clownfish. While the Seal Exhibit is under construction, you can visit them up close and personal on the tour.

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.


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