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!
Mulan - Broadhollow Theater at Elmont
March 02, 2013 - Elmont
Kids will enjoy this fully-costumed, staged version of the Disney cartoon, Mulan. Reserve tickets on line or by phone.
How I Became a Pirate - NYCB Theatre at Westbury
March 02, 2013 - Westbury
Shiver me timbers. Jeremy Jacobs' talent for building sand castles and digging moats has earned him an invitation to join the crew of Braid Beard's ship. Living the high life at sea, Jeremy trades manners for mayhem as he rolls in stolen treasure, sings sea chanteys, and practices his pirate talk with all his new pirate friends. It's a grand adventure, indeed, that is until Jeremy remembers all the things he left behind such as bedtime stories and goodnight kisses. And, what about soccer practice tomorrow? Surely, the pirates can be convinced to take him home. It's a story of adventure and finding one's own heart-- a path that can't be found on any treasure map.
Crafts For Kids - Cupcake Corner
March 02, 2013 - New Hyde Park
Bring your kids to the bakery/cafe for a free craft. Reservations not required. Craft changes every weekend. Craft takes anywhere from 15-45 minutes to complete depending upon the age of the child. Parents can enjoy lunch while their kids do activities.
PINKALICIOUS - John W. Engeman Theater
March 02, 2013 - Northport
Pinkalicious can't stop eating pink cupcakes despite warnings from her parents. Her pink indulgence lands her at the doctor's office with Pinkititis, an affliction that turns her pink from head to toe - a dream come true for this pink loving enthusiast. But when her hue goes too far, only Pinkalicious can figure out a way to get out of this predicament.
Freckleface Strawberry - Broadhollow' s BayWay Arts Cemter
March 02, 2013 - East Islip
In this musical version of the popular books, Freckleface Strawberry will do anything to get rid of her freckles. Will Freckleface be brave enough to finally face her complexion in the
The Three Little Pigs Out West - Studio Theatre
March 02, 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 02, 2013 - Centerport
In this audience participation play, a young puppet struggles to achieve his goal of becoming a real boy.
Tilles Center Presents 'A Chorus Line' - Tilles Center for the Performing Arts
March 02, 2013 - Greenvale
One singular sensation, with music by Marvin Hamlisch, A Chorus Line won nine Tony Awards and the Pulitzer Prize in 1975, and went on to become one of the longest-running shows in Broadway history. Don't miss this spectacular performance.
Saturday Art Studio - Not Just Art
March 02, 2013 - Oyster Bay
Designed especially for young artists ages 3-8 years old, children will have access to a wide range of inspiring materials and a variety of ways to explore them. Special featured activities and materials may include: play clays, painting and printmaking, beading, collage and construction, and assorted concoctions. One-time or ongoing studio play dates can be booked throughout the week. Phone reservations required.
Read Across America Celebration - Long Island Children's Museum
March 02, 2013 - Garden City
Do you have favorite book? Do you love to read? Come join big kids and little kids as they celebrate Read Across America and the birthday of the beloved children's book author Dr. Seuss. Meet Olivia the Pig and the Cat in the Hat as you join in on story times throughout the day. Have fun making creative crafts and activities to inspire reading all year long.
Messy Afternoons - Long Island Children's Museum
March 02, 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.
Dissect This! - Center for Science Teaching & Learning
March 02, 2013 - Rockville Centre
Kids will spend the morning discovering what's on the inside of a squid and more.
2nd Annual Polar Bear Splash - Bay Shore Marina
March 02, 2013 - Bohemia
Come out, splash and help make a difference in the lives of children and adults with developmental disabilities.
AHRC Suffolk is a not-for-profit organization which provides programs and services to children and adults with intellectual and other developmental disabilities on Long Island. Students can receive community service hours and money for their school club or team (AHRC will split the proceeds your team raises). For further information and to register, please contact Michelle Serrado at ext. 269 or visit the website.
The Adventures of Peter Rabbit - Theatre Three
March 02, 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.
Freckleface Strawberry the Musical - CM Performing Arts Center
March 02, 2013 - Oakdale
Freckleface the Musical is based on the New York Times Best Selling book by actress Julianne Moore. Freckleface Strawberry will do anything to get rid of her freckles - from scrubbing them with soap, to caking on makeup, and even wearing a ski mask to school. Will her schoolmates realize it's her under the mask? Will Freckleface be brave enough to finally face her complexion in the mirror?
Bone-a-fide Fun! - Long Island Science Center
March 02, 2013 - Riverhead
Find out how many bones are in the human body. Learn what your bones say about you. Compare your bones to other animals and make a Skeleton.
Open House - West Hills Day Camp - West Hills Day Camp
March 02, 2013 - Huntington
Learn about the programs available for kids in pre-k through high school.
Children's Program of Irish Dancers - Walt Whitman Birthplace
March 02, 2013 - Huntington
Children of all ages enjoy a performance of Irish dancing by teachers and students from the Mulvhill-Lynch Studio of Irish Dance, known regionally, nationally and internationally as champions on the competitive circuit. The award-winning dancers will also interact with the children—answering questions and teaching some Irish dance steps. Hear the history about the costumes and dances. A complimentary guided tour of the Walt Whitman Birthplace follows the dance program.
Music Together 25th Anniversary Benefit Concert - Knights of Columbus Hall
March 02, 2013 - Patchogue
To celebrate Music Together’s 25th Anniversary, several Music Together centers in Long Island and Queens will host a children’s music benefit concert featuring Music Together recording artist “Uncle” Gerry Dignan. Proceeds will benefit the Long Beach School District, which suffered tremendous damage from Superstorm Sandy.
2013 Student Exhibition - Parrish Art Museum
Through March 03, 2013 - Water Mill
The exhibition includes submissions from public and private schools in the townships of Riverhead, Southampton, East Hampton, and Southold, as well as high schools from the township of Brookhaven. The exhibition will be on view from February 2 through March 3, 2013.
Atlantic Audi Present ' An Eye For Fashion and A Heart of Compassion' Red carpet Runway Fashion Show - Atlantic Audi Auto mall
Through March 03, 2013 - West Islip
A Charitable Event Benefiting Long Island Families Impacted By Hurricane Sandy. An Eye For Fashion and a Heart of Compassion, The Runway Fashion Show Fall 2013 Collection, showcasing a Long Island emerging designer K. Borgella, For one day at West Islip Atlantic Audi. The runway show will feature ready to wear and couture. An Eye for Fashion and a Heart of Compassion Runway show will be a tribute to the Fashion Industry. This wonderful philanthropic event is designed to give back and empower minds and lives through fashion, art and compassion while showcasing the work of an emerging designer. The events mission, now in its second year is to encourage, give hope and restoration. This star studded event will show support to all impacted by Hurricane Sandy and will remind Sandy survivors that they are not alone, wishing them strength and courage along their journeys.
Journeys & Destinations - Main Street Petite Gallery
Through March 08, 2013 - Huntington
Over the years Vivian Hershfield, Virginia Edele, Grace Su, Nancy Fabrizio and Suzanne McVetty have journeyed together painting en plein air beautiful sites around Long Island, New York City, and the globe. All are members of the Nassau County Art League and the originators of the League's Plein Air Painters group, they love experiencing the out-of-doors, expressing their individual taste in their choice of views, and enjoying the camaraderie of like minds. The exhibit runs February 8-March 8, 2013.
DEADLINE TO TO ENTER LONG ISLAND'S GOT TALENT - Ward Melville Heritage Organization
Through March 08, 2013 - Stony Brook
Once again WMHO will showcase the vocal and instrumental talents of Long Island students 10 to 17 years of age in the first round of competition this March. Scholarships will be awarded from Five Towns College. There is a non-refundable entry fee of $25 and contestants must still be in high school at the time the final awards are given in October 2013. For an official entry form visit stonybrookvillage.com or call 631-751-2244. Deadline March 8, 2013.
Family Scavenger Hunt - East End Arts Gallery
Through March 08, 2013 - Riverhead
Families are invited to explore the gallery with an interactive Scavenger Hunt, where adults and children alike can search for items like mirrors and tic-tac-toe boards within the pieces of artwork in the current gallery show. Currently on display in the East End Arts Gallery is the juried, all media art show, Diversity, which will be up for viewing until Friday, March 8, 2013. This show embraces and explores the way in which we are all personally diverse be it culturally, socially, religiously, even psychologically.
Usdan's 'Duality,' free student art exhibit - The Lobby Gallery
Through March 08, 2013 - New York
Mixed media works by Long Island students from the "Portfolio Preparation Program," which prepares talented high school art students for college art programs, will be exhibited.
Art Exhibit Featuring Barbara Pascal - Riverhead Town Hall Gallery
Through March 10, 2013 - Riverhead
East End Arts presents an exhibit featuring the whimsical artwork of painter Barbara Pascal. In this collection of work, Barbara Pascal seems to be summing up a lifetime of personal impressions, as well as revealing her skills as an expressive painter. Runs through March 10, 2013.
Youth Art Showcase - Mills Pond House
Through March 15, 2013 - St. James
The Smithtown Township Arts Council’s Annual Youth Art Showcase opens February 16 at the Mills Pond House Gallery. Highlighting the creativity of young people in Suffolk County, the exhibit includes artwork created by more than 250 students who have used art to express themselves in a wide variety of creative and exciting ways.
Gallery visitors will be treated to an eclectic glimpse into the lives these young community members who created their work in a wide variety of media including charcoal, mixed media sculpture, acrylic, graphite, watercolor, ink, digital photography, oil, and ceramic and photography.
The exhibit continues through March 15. Public audiences are invited to attend an opening reception Saturday, February 18 from 2-4 pm to view the artwork and meet the exhibiting artists. Admission to the gallery is free. Regular Gallery hours are Monday-Friday, 10 am-5 pm, and Saturday-Sunday, 12 pm-4 pm. Closed Feb 18.
The Gallery is located at 660 Route 25A, St. James, NY. Parking off Mills Pond Road (directly across from 199 Mills Pond Road). Call 631-862-6575 or visit www.stacarts.org
This year’s participating school districts include:
Amityville, Bay Shore, Brentwood, Huntington, Kings Park, Lindenhurst, Longwood, Middle Country, Mount Sinai, North Babylon, Northport-East Northport, Patchogue-Medford, Rocky Point, Sachem, Sayville, Smithtown, Three Village, William Floyd
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.
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.
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.