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TODAY'S FAMILY & KIDS ACTIVITIES IN LONG ISLAND-MAR 27

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by Directories Editor March 27, 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!

Family Art Making Days - Nassau County Museum of Art
March 27, 2013 - Roslyn Harbor

Enliven the spring break with three drop-in days of art at the Museum. Experience family-friendly gallery tours and hands-on art making for children of all ages and their adult companions. Different art projects will be offered each of the three days. Docents will guide families through the galleries and encourage children to create their own artistic responses to the art on view.

The FEMCHO Anti-bullying Program - Bet U Can Dance
March 27, 2013 - East Northport

Girls enjoy 40 minutes of dance fitness, 20 minutes of girl-talk and a lifetime of confidence in this program that follows a specific format to allow girls to openly express their feelings in a safe environment while still having fun and bonding together. The program adheres to FEMCHO which is an acronym for friendship, equality, mindfulness, compassion, honor,and open-mindedness.

Sensory Playtime - Pump It Up
March 27, 2013 - Plainview

Pump It Up is now offering special Pop-In Playtime sessions specifically for kids with special needs. Bring your child to bounce, jump and slide in our private arenas filled with gigantically fun inflatables. Have fun in a clean and safe environment where you can meet others or just play with your children. Pump It Up is ideal for support groups, play therapy and social events for individuals on the autism spectrum or other special needs, their family and friends, and the professionals who work with them.

Flamenco Workshop - Long Island Children's Museum
March 27, 2013 - Garden City

Let's Dance. Come out for an introduction to the rhythms and emotions of flamenco, its origins in Southern Spain, and its multicultural influences with members of the Flamenco Vivo II dance company. View the colorful, traditional flamenco costumes, and musical instruments used in this vibrant dance form.

Flamenco Vivo II - Long Island Children's Museum
March 27, 2013 - Garden City

Experience the passion and excitement of flamenco dance with Flamenco Vivo II, one of the nation's premier flamenco and Spanish dance companies. During its 30-year history, the company has used this multicultural art form to build bridges between cultures and inspire audiences from diverse backgrounds.

Knitting and Crocheting with Loving Hands - Long Island Children's Museum
March 27, 2013 - Garden City

Have you ever wanted to learn to knit or crochet? Join members of Loving Hands as you learn some basic stitches used in the art of knitting and crocheting. Learn about the process of making yarn and see wool spinning demonstrations by Bethpage Village Restoration. Loving Hands is an ongoing community group that meets monthly at the East Meadow Library to knit and crochet for charity.

Music and Movement - Long Island Children's Museum
March 27, 2013 - Garden City

Musical instruments and sing-along songs get the youngest visitors' bodies moving. Join in for a fun, friendly time.

Cirque Du Soleil: Totem - CitiField-Lot C
March 27, 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: Tree' - Garvies Point Museum and Preserve
March 27, 2013 - Glen Cove

Where can you find a tree older than the pyramids? Although trees are vulnerable to every attack from forest fire to fungus, they remain invincible. Especially suited for young people, this video presentation can be enjoyed by all ages.

Recycled Bird House Craft - Garvies Point Museum and Preserve
March 27, 2013 - Glen Cove

Make a beautiful bird house using recycled materials that your backyard birds will love to nest in.

Recycled Bird House Craft - Garvies Point Museum and Preserve
March 27, 2013 - Glen Cove

Make a beautiful bird house using recycled materials that your backyard birds will love to nest in.

Woods Walk: Looking for Signs of Spring - Garvies Point Museum and Preserve
March 27, 2013 - Glen Cove

Join in this fresh, clean spring walk through the woods and discover the fascinating rebirth of nature. This a delight for families who love nature and the outdoors.

School's Out! Spring Camp - Center for Science Teaching & Learning
March 27, 2013 - Rockville Centre

When all the school's are off, CSTL is open for School's Out Camp! Have a blast doing science experiments, getting up close and personal with all the animals in our animal exhibit, and hiking around the beautiful 17-acre nature preserve. Pre-registration is required. Come for 1 day or all 5 days, it's up to you.

Sensory Jump Time - Pump It Up of Great Neck
March 27, 2013 - Great Neck

Pump It Up has partnered with Autism Speaks and now offers Sensory Jump Time, a program for all children on the autism spectrum. Children who attend will have the opportunity to make new friends, jump, slide and play sensory-friendly games within a controlled, safe environment. This program is open to children on the autism spectrum and their siblings only. Advanced registration is encouraged as this program is not open to the general public in order to provide a safe environment for the children. Pump It Up is a proud supporter of Autism Speaks. For more information about autism, visit www.AutismSpeaks.org.

Pop-In Playtime - Pump It Up of Great Neck
March 27, 2013 - Great Neck

School is out so jump on in to Pump It Up of Great Neck. Come play on giant, soft, fun-filled interactive inflatables during Family Jump Time. Share quality time and promote physical fitness while bouncing, sliding, climbing and jumping. Enjoy spending time with your family, meeting other families, and making new friends in a safe, clean, climate controlled environment.

Spring Beach Walk for ages 9-12 - Sport Fishing Education Center
March 27, 2013 - Babylon

Children ages 9-12 can come and explore the sandy beaches of Long Island's South Shore to look for marine creatures that call the salt marsh and barrier beaches home, and learn some fun facts about them. Make sure to dress for the weather as the walk lasts for 1.5 hours and maybe go seining weather permitting. Space is limited. Pre-registration is required.

The Adventures of Peter Rabbit - Theatre Three
March 27, 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.

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.

DINOSAUR DAZE! - Ward Melville Heritage Organization
Through March 28, 2013 - Stony Brook

Kids will have fun while learning in this interactive program of songs and storytelling. Parents are encouraged to stay and participate. Call 631-689-5888 for information.

DINOSAUR DETECTIVE - Ward Melville Heritage Organization
Through March 28, 2013 - Stony Brook

Dinosaur Detectives will take participants on an actual fossil hunt, show how a paleontologist discovers fossils and where famous dinosaurs are found. Call 631-689-5888 for more information.

Vacation Ventures - Long Island Museum
Through March 28, 2013 - Stony Brook

Children in grades 1-3 learn different techniques and create projects inspired by different artists. Pre-registration is required by calling extension 283. Featured artists include Jasper Johns (March 27) and Charles Schultz (March 28).

Jr. Marine Biologists Camp - Cold Spring Harbor Whaling Museum
Through March 29, 2013 - Cold Spring Harbor

Kids ages 5-8 turn into scientists and explore habitats and marine ecosystems through fun experiments, games, and crafts. Crew Leaders, ages 9-10, have fun taking leadership roles in the activities. Reservations required.

Spring Break - Cold Spring Harbor Fish Hatchery & Aquarium
Through March 29, 2013 - Cold Spring Harbor

There will be live animal presentations on Monday and Friday and hands on nature programs Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.

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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