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TODAY'S FAMILY & KIDS ACTIVITIES IN LONG ISLAND-MAR 23

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by Directories Editor March 23, 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!

Mr. Easter Bunny - BroadHollow at Elmont
March 23, 2013 - Elmont

Kids will enjoy this delightful holiday favorite.

The Frog Prince - BroadHollow at Elmont
March 23, 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 Celtic Woman - Tilles Center for the Performing Arts
March 23, 2013 - Greenvale

Under the distinct musical direction of Emmy®-nominated music producer, David Downes, this spectacular musical experience features Celtic Woman performing traditional Irish tunes, timeless pop anthems and inspirational songs including the return of fan favorites "You Raise Me Up," "Orinoco Flow" and many more, all with the signature Celtic Woman sound. Don't miss this opportunity to see Celtic Woman as you've never seen them before.

Spring EGGstravaganza - Long Island Children's Museum
March 23, 2013 - Garden City

Hop on over to the museum for a special night of celebration. Meet Peter Cottontail, explore traditional Ukranian egg decorating, create bunny ears and other craft activities. Enjoy egg relays and face painting. Decorate your own sweet treat and collect eggs as you hop from activity to activity. Celebrate the arrival of spring by starting your own carrot garden.

National Circus Project - Long Island Children's Museum
March 23, 2013 - Garden City

Performers from the National Circus Project will be in the LICM Theater showing off their "eggcellent" clowning, juggling, spinning, and balancing skills. This evening is a family fundraiser for LICM to help them spring back from the impact of Hurricane Sandy.

Aesop's Fables - Long Island Children's Museum
March 23, 2013 - Garden City

In the tradition of comedy teams like the Marx Brothers and Abbott and Costello, wacky siblings Wolfie, Syd, Barry, and Harriet tell us classic tales with a slapstick twist. They invite everyone into their magical world where anything is possible when you use your imagination. Whether it's The Tortoise and the Hare or The Boy Who Cried Wolf, everyone knows at least one of Aesop's great fables. In this spell-binding production, storytellers use song, dance, and drama to bring these famous fables to life.

Messy Afternoons - Long Island Children's Museum
March 23, 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 23, 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.

Film: 'Eyewitness: Weather' - Garvies Point Museum and Preserve
March 23, 2013 - Glen Cove

This whirlwind tour of Earth's turbulent atmosphere reveals the forces that are constantly at work altering weather patterns, causing floods, heat waves, hurricanes, tornadoes, snow, hail and lightning through dramatic sequences and photographs.

World Water Day Celebration- Stream Table - Garvies Point Museum and Preserve
March 23, 2013 - Glen Cove

Celebrate World Water Day by observing a stream table demonstration. A stream table is an interactive and exciting way to illustrate how water erosion sculpts the landscape. The presentation is followed by a short hike down to the beach to observe these land features in nature.

3rd Annual Egg Hunt - Country Fair Entertainment Park
March 23, 2013 - Medford

Bring a basket and a camera as children hunt for eggs, visit with the Easter Bunny, go on a scavenger hunt and make an Easter craft. There's a moon bounce and obstacle course to enjoy as well. Advance registration required. To Register: go to CountryFairPark.com/events or call 631-732-0579.

Aladdin - BroadHollow's BayWay Arts Center
March 23, 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 23, 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 23, 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 23, 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 23, 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.

Springs Hatching! - Long Island Science Center
March 23, 2013 - Riverhead

Come visit the Science Center to see baby chickens. Learn about other baby animals born in the spring season.

The Tale of Peter Rabbit (and Benjamin Bunny) - CM Performing Arts Center
March 23, 2013 - Oakdale

The story written by Beatrix Potter follows the adventures of the mischievous Peter Rabbit as he is chased about Mr. McGregor's garden.

HITCHCOCK WEEKEND - TO CATCH A THIEF - Bay Street Theatre
March 23, 2013 - Sag Harbor

American expatriate, John Robie, living in high style on the Riviera, is a retired cat burglar. He must find out who a copycat is to keep a new wave of jewel thefts from being pinned on him. Starring Cary Grant and Grace Kelly. Directed by Alfred Hitchcock.

20th annual Spring Egg Hunt - Belmont Lake State Park
March 23, 2013 - North Babylon

Egg hunts will be every 15 minutes. Children will be hunting for eggs in three groups; ages 4 and under; ages 5-6, and ages 7-9. In addition to the hunt, there will be a petting zoo, temporary tattoos, pony rides, environmental crafts, a visit by the Spring Bunny and more. All activities are free.

Pinnochio - Carriage House Theater at the Suffolk County Vanderbilt Museum
March 23, 2013 - Centerport

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

Breakfast with the Easter Bunny - Applebee's
March 23, 2013 - Shirley

Easter Bunny is coming to town and he’s bringing with him a breakfast fit for a king. Join Easter Bunny and his pals from the League for Animal Protection of Huntington, Inc. for a hoppin’ good time. Spend the morning feasting on scrumptious pancakes, sizzling sausage, scrambled eggs, and a beverage of your choice. When you’re done dining, cozy up with cotton-tailed friend for some photos, and take some chances to win a basket full of fun! Whether you’re young, or just ‘young at heart’ this is an event that is sure to put you in the Easter spirit! The League for Animal Protection (LAP) is an all-volunteer, non-profit 501C-3 organization that has been dedicated to the rescue, care & rehabilitation of stray, abandoned and abused animals in Huntington Township since 1973. All proceeds from this life-saving event will benefit LAP and enable them to continue their mission of helping those that need them the most. For more info email events@laphuntington.org, call (631) 757-4517 or visit www.laphuntington.org.

Oliver! - CM Performing Arts Center
March 23, 2013 - Oakdale

The musical Oliver! vividly brings to life Dickens’ story of the boy who asked for more. From the orphanage to the mean streets of London, the ever-optimistic Oliver strives to survive while encoutering such memorable characters as Nancy, Fagin, Bill Sikes and the Artful Dodger.

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. March 19-April 14, 2013.

Family Scavenger Hunt - East End Arts Gallery
Through April 19, 2013 - Riverhead

Families are invited to explore the gallery with an interactive scavenger hunt, where adults and children alike can search for items like suns and paintbrushes within the works of abstract and figurative art in the current gallery show. This show features artwork that brings the subject back to some sort of beginning – its origin. March 15-April 19.

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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