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!
DISNEY'S BEAUTY & THE BEAST JR. - Smithtown Center for the Performing Arts
March 30, 2014 - Smithtown
The Brainy and Beautiful Belle yearns to escape her provincial life...and her brute of a suitor, Gaston. However, Belle gets more adventurous than she wanted when she becomes a captive in the Beast's enchanted castle. Dancing flatware, menacing wolves, and singing furniture fill the stage with thrills in this beloved fairy tale about very different people finding strength in one another and learning how to love.
The Wizard of Oz - The Showplace at Bellmore Movies
March 30, 2014 - Bellmore
Join Dorothy, The Scarecrow, Tin Man, and the Cowardly Lion as they come to life in a stage adaptation featuring the music of the MGM movie classic.
LIU Post Presents 'Bring It On' - Tilles Center for the Performing Arts at LIU Post
March 30, 2014 - Greenvale
Bring it On: The Musical tells the story of the challenges and unexpected bonds formed through the thrill of extreme competition. With a colorful crew of characters, an exciting fresh sound and explosive dance with aerial stunts, this hilariously universal story is sure to be everything you hoped for and nothing like you expected. The New York Times calls it, "Impossible to resist!"
Messy Afternoons - Long Island Children's Museum
March 30, 2014 - Garden City
Join in for the type of artistic activities that everyone loves, but not one likes to clean-up after. Except the LICM staff. The afternoon will offer a variety of sensory activities for children ages 18 months to age 4.
Cirque Du Soleil: Amaluna - Citi Field, Lot C
March 30, 2014 - Flushing
This show invites audiences to a mysterious island governed by goddesses and guided by the cycles of the moon. The queen, Prospera, directs her daughter's coming-of-age ceremony in a rite that honours femininity, renewal, rebirth, and balance -- marking the passage of these insights and values from one generation to the next.
Cruise Buffet for Special Needs - Allegria Hotel and Spa
March 30, 2014 - Long Beach
CruiseOne is a Company that specializes in vacations for special needs families. This event is a Cruise Buffet fund raiser benefiting Camp Abilities and the Foundation Fighting Blindness. The event consists of a full lunch buffet and Fashion Show followed by guest speakers from the top cruise lines as well as testimonials from special needs travelers.
Peter Panda Melts Down! Author Reading and Book Signing - Barnes and Noble
March 30, 2014 - Manhasset
On the heels of author Artie Bennett's acclaimed children's book, Poopendous, comes Peter Panda Melts Down! Poor Peter Panda. He's only three and filled with frustration. And when things don't quite go his way, he's apt to throw a tantrum?in the car, in the library, in the supermarket, in the . . . He's the most meltdownable panda of all. It's a hoot for children and parents alike.
Aesop?s Fables by Mike Kenny - Long Island Children's Museum
March 30, 2014 - Garden City
Aesop's Fables follows in the tradition of comedy teams like the Marx Brothers or Abbott and Costello. The wacky team of Wolfie, Syd, Barry and Harriet use witty banter, slapstick comedy and song to bring to life the stories of Aesop. Whether it?s The Tortoise and the Hare, The Boy who Cried Wolf, or The Lion and the Mouse, everyone has learned a lesson from these classic tales. Join the cast as they bring these tales and many more to life.
Nano Days! - The Maritime Explorium
March 30, 2014 - Port Jefferson
Big days of small science. Come by the Maritime Explorium to check out all different types of activities that use nanotechnology and illustrate the need for the science of the small.
Sunday Family Gallery Talks & Art Workshops - Parrish Art Museum
March 30, 2014 - Water Mill
Discover the museum on these art-filled Sundays for families. Tours begin in the galleries with an exploration of three to five works of art. Families are then invited into the studio to create projects inspired by the works on view.
Hot Off the Press--an Exhibition of 21st Century Prints - Art League of Long Island
Through March 30, 2014 - Dix Hills
The Jeanie Tengelsen Gallery at the Art League of Long Island presents an exhibition of 40 prints by 20 contemporary artists from Universal Limited Art Editions (ULAE), the esteemed fine art print publisher located in Bay Shore, Long Island. The exhibition displays intaglio etchings––some hand painted, mezzotints, traditional lithographs and pigmented inkjet prints, as well as three dimensional intaglio constructions and three dimensional lithographs and silkscreens. Feb 23-March 30, 2014.
Thar She Blows! Family Day - The Whaling Museum and Education Center
March 30, 2014 - Cold Spring Harbor
Join in the annual festivites celebrating Ocean Week. Celebrate the arts of the sea, hear live sea shanties, touch select artifacts and enjoy face-painting. Face-painting and Scrimshaw $1 each.
There’s a “PAW-Raising Adventure” at bubble - Bubble Boutique & Learning Center
March 30, 2014 - Babylon
Join us at this super cool “PAW Patrol” party “No job is too big, no pup is too small”. As your kiddos arrive they will be encouraged to jump into their rescue gear, get finger printed to enter the Paw Patrol “Officer Training” facility & pick up their badges for security purposes. Your children will go through “officer training” to learn the importance of teamwork & good citizenship. Your little officer will create a personalized “Pup Pack” that will help him/her handle anything – from rescuing kittens to stopping a train from a rockslide. Each child will receive a stuffed animal “PET” to adopt, complete with an adoption certificate. Your child will be taught how to raise & train their animal to posses the same admirable qualities as they do. Don’t forget your camera.
Jungle Book - Vanderbilt Carriage House
March 30, 2014 - Centerport
A young man-cub named Mowgli is raised by a panther named Bagheera and pursued by his enemy, Shere Khan.
Free Trial Classes in Italian, Spanish, French, and Mandarin Chinese - Language Workshop for Children
Through March 31, 2014 - Manhasset
Capture your child's prime time to learn a new language. Call The Language Workshop for Children at 212-628-2700 for your FREE trial class. Offering French, Spanish, and Mandarin Chinese, LWFC programs include Languages for Tots- (6M-3Y), Languages for Children (3-8Y), Regular Preschool (2.10-4Y), and Summer Camp (3-9Y). CNN called LWFC Director Francois Thibaut: "One of a very few experts in teaching languages to small children." Parents Magazine named the LWFC, "6 Programs Worth the $." Students absorb their new language in stimulating play groups using the LWFC's unique language building songs, immersion games, and older kids work with sentence building stories (and can bake and do arts and crafts too). LWFC learning materials won six major children's educational media awards.
Flight of the Butterflies in 3D - NY Hall of Science
Through April 11, 2014 - Corona
Join millions of real butterflies on an amazing journey to a remote and secret hideaway. Weighing less than a penny, the monarch butterfly makes one of the longest migrations on Earth. Follow the monarchs' perilous journey to the remote mountain peaks of Mexico in this 3D film. For the first time ever, witness the transformation from caterpillar to butterfly, inside a chrysalis, thanks to advanced MRI and micro CT scans.
The award-winning production team, including Oscar-winner Peter Parks, followed the year-long migration cycle of the monarch butterflies, from Canada, through the United States to remote 10,000-foot-high peaks in the Sierra Madre Mountains of Mexico.
The film has won numerous awards including the 2013 Grand Teton Award in the category of Best Immersive 3D/Large Format at the Jackson Hole Wildlife Film Festival and awards at the 2013 Giant Screen Industry Awards, including Best Film, Best Cinematography, Best Film for Lifelong Learning, and Best Educational Program.
Student Arts Festival, Part II - Guild Hall
Through April 20, 2014 - East Hampton
For twenty-two years, the Student Art Festival has helped nurture and encourage young talent on the East End. Over 5,000 students from kindergarten through high school from 10 public, private and home schools in the Amagansett, Bridgehampton, East Hampton, Montauk, Oysterponds, Sag Harbor Shelter Island, and Wainscott districts participate. The exhibition celebrates the artistic pursuits young people by exhibiting their work in a museum environment and salutes their teachers who cultivate and inspire the creative process. Student Arts Festival, Part II features art done by children in grades 9-12. Reception March 8 2-4pm. Exhibit runs from March 8- April 20, 2014.
EcoHouse - NY Hall of Science
Through April 24, 2014 - Corona
Step into the EcoHouse, a mobile, cutting-edge exhibit that lets visitors see behind the walls and underneath the floor of a home. Visitors can see how their house or apartment really works and learn how to save energy, save money and protect the natural world around you. EcoHouse is on display through April 14.
Secrets of Circles - Long Island Children's Museum
Through May 04, 2014 - Garden City
Circles are amazing shapes. If you look around, you�ll see that they�re everywhere: wheels, clocks, doorknobs, tortillas, Frisbees and tops. Be the first to explore an exciting exhibit, celebrating the math, science and beauty behind such a simple shape. Children and adults alike will uncover the secrets of the many circles in the world. The exhibit runs through May 4.
Secrets of Circles offer visitors the chance to:
�Draw circles on a glow-in-the dark table
�Go on a circular scavenger hunt
�Build a gear contraption to turn a dancing doll.
�Climb into a circular boat
�Play and pretend in a market full of circles from around the globe
�Use mirrors to experiment with symmetry
�Learn how circles aid engineers in solving problems.
Spirit and Identity: Melanesian Works from the Hofstra University Museum Collections - Hofstra University Museum, David Filderman Gallery
Through May 12, 2014 - Hempstead
Curated by collections manager Kristy L. Caratzola, this exhibition showcases an extraordinary aspect of the HUM collections for the first time. The original exhibit offers a range of ethnographic artworks and objects created by members of the distinct regional communities of Irian Jaya, Papua New Guinea, New Britain, Vanuatu, and the Kiriwina Islands located in the South Pacific. The selected works center upon ancestral figures, ceremonial masks, warrior shields, and ritualized practical objects crafted from natural materials sourced from sacred sites within the territory of each individual culture. The exhibit also includes sophisticated wooden sculptures carved and painted by revered artists, which serve to express complex ideological beliefs through stylized human and animal forms complemented with colorful, abstracted geometric designs. The vital connection between humans and ancestral spirits and their active role in providing guidance and protection is an essential concept shared among many Oceanic cultures and is a defining characteristic of Melanesian art.
All We Need is a Beat-Zumba Kids - Unlimited Sports Action
Through May 14, 2014 - Port Washington
The Zumba Kids program is the ultimate dance-fitness party for young Zumba fans ages 7-11, where they can play it loud and rock with friends to their own rules. This program features age-appropriate music and moves that get kids movin’ to the beat. It’s all about feeling fearless on the dance floor, reinforcing the idea that it’s okay to just be yourself and dance like no one’s watching. Classes run through May 14.
Zumba Kids Jr (Ages 7-11) - Unlimited Sports Action
Through May 15, 2014 - Port Washington
The Zumba® Kids program is the ultimate dance-fitness party for young Zumba fans ages 7-11, where they can play it loud and rock with friends to their own rules! This program features age-appropriate music and moves that get kids movin’ to the beat. It’s all about feeling fearless on the dance floor, reinforcing the idea that it’s okay to just be yourself and dance like no one’s watching! Classes run Thursdays through May 15.
Zumba Kids Jr (Ages 4-6) - Unlimited Sports Action
Through May 19, 2014 - Port Washington
Zumba® Kids Jr. classes are a dance ‘n’ play party for lil’ feet where pint-sized party animals get silly, dream big, and begin their journey to a healthy future. This program is where 4- to 6-year-olds just let loose and be themselves – little bundles of natural energy that are endlessly curious about new sounds and experiences! Here they can socialize, move to age-appropriate music and play games with other kids. Classes run Mondays (10 sessions) through May 19.
College Students Can Blow Off Some Steam at Bounce! at Discounted Rates Every Week - Bounce! Trampoline Sports
Through May 28, 2014 - Syosset
Bounce! Trampoline Sports hosts Wild Wednesdays every week from 7–9pm for college students. The special event night offers college students a chance to have some fun and reduce their homework stress at discounted rates. College students only need to show their ID and they will pay just $10.00 for the first hour and $5.00 for the second hour.
Admission includes trampoline dodgeball, slam dunk basketball, open jump time and foam pit jumping as well as volleyball (not on the trampolines).
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.
Open House - Crestwood Country Day Camp & School Open House
Through June 15, 2014 - Melville
Come and see what Crestwood has to offer children ages 2-15 for summer camp and school. Tour the 15 acres, meet the directors, and have your kids play on the playgrounds. Saturdays and Sundays, February 1-June 15, 2014.
Saturday Respite - Theresa Academy of Performing Arts
Through June 21, 2014 - Lido Beach
Saturday Respite program runs each Saturday and students have a snack and participate three of the following activities: yoga, dance, drama, drumming, art, cooking, or music.
Students range in age and work with a 1-on-1 volunteer to guide and support the student. Students with special needs and typically developing students are welcome. Please RSVP at email@example.com.
Kidtastic Kids Social Experience - Kidtastic Kids
Through June 30, 2014 - Farmingville
The Kidtastic Kids Social Experience is designed for children with special needs, social needs, or children who are having a hard time making friends. Programs are broken down by each child's needs and individuality. Call or check the website for more information. Jan 1-June 2014.
Create Dance Center - Zumba Fitness
Through June 30, 2014 - Amityville
A great calorie-burning, Latin-inspired, cardiovascular work-out. Work out at your own intensity-perfect for beginners.Tuesdays, January 7-June 30.
Special Needs Classes - Create Dance Center
Through June 30, 2014 - Amityville
Classes focus on social interaction, following directions, imitation skills, gross motor movement and dance techniques. Small classes with extra support. All taught by a NY State Certified Special Education teacher. For more information call or e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org. Classes: Wednesdays (8 and under), Thursdays (13 and older), Fridays (8 and older and 5 and under), Saturdays (8 and older). January 2-June 30, 2014.
Tour of Kenwal Day Camp - Kenwal Day Camp
Through June 30, 2014 - Melville
Call to set up a personal tour of the camp and learn about the activities available for children ages 3-15. Saturdays and Sundays through June 30, 2014.
Moving Forward-Creating A Vision Workshop - Life Coaching For Women
Through July 31, 2014 - Bellmore
Gather your girlfriends together or come by yourself, for this fun and interactive workshop that will leave you feeling motivated and empowered to create the life that you want. There are reasons why most women find it difficult to move forward towards a goal. During this workshop you will become aware of exactly what it is that's holding you back, and see what you can do to make changes in order for you to move forward. Creating a clear vision as to what you want allows you to keep your focus and achieve your goal. Refreshments will be served.
Conducted in Bellmore office or host a party at home.
Contact for more details. 631-988-4001
Affirmation Cards Workshop - Life Coaching For Women
Through July 31, 2014 - Bellmore
Enjoy light refreshments as you are creating your very own unique affirmation cards. What is an affirmation? Affirmations are personal, short, powerful words or statements that create a shift in the way you think. Affirmations are uplifting and encouraging! They create a change on any negative perceptions you have. The more you affirm what you like and want for yourself, the more your mind is going to accept it. As your thoughts begin to change, your vision begins to change, and your actions begin to change. Get ready for positive changes to happen. Gather your girlfriends or come alone for this ongoing workshop. Contact email@example.com.
Creating a Vision Board Workshop - Life Coaching For Women
Through July 31, 2014 - Bellmore
Interior designers use a similar board to create visions of what they want a certain room to look and feel like. Today, more and more women are creating vision boards for the exact same reasons, except for their own lives! A vision board helps you create your life by having a vision of what YOU WANT in front of you every single day! They are fun, powerful tools, and the more you add to your board, the more likely you are to make it all happen! The sky is the limit. Call or contact
firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit the website.
Bethpage Federal Credit Union Global Explorations at the HUM: The Great Art Caper - Hofstra University Museum, David Filderman Gallery
Through August 29, 2014 - Hempstead
Join your guide, Detective Art. E. Fact, at the David Filderman Gallery to uncover clues to help solve a mystery in the exhibition ‘Spirit and Identity: Melanesian Works from the Hofstra University Museum Collections.’ This original exhibition showcases, for the first time, an extraordinary aspect of the HUM collections, offering a range of ethnographic artworks and objects created by members of the distinct regional communities of the South Pacific. Works feature ancestral figures, ceremonial masks, warrior shields, and ritualized practical objects crafted from natural materials.
Sculpture Art Caper and Exploration Activity - Hofstra University Museum, Emily Lowe Gallery
Through September 30, 2014 - Hempstead
Adults and children can explore the outdoor sculpture collection on Hofstra’s beautiful campus with activity-filled animal, shapes or people-themed HUM Sculpture Exploration Backpacks or by solving an Art Caper mystery in which they unravel the clues found in the sculpture collection. Activity materials may be picked up at the Emily Lowe Gallery during museum hours (see website for current hours).
Bethpage Federal Credit Union Global Explorer - Hofstra University Museum, Emily Lowe Gallery
Through September 30, 2014 - Hempstead
Children ages 6 and up and their families can explore and discover the beauty of the world’s cultures using activity-filled backpacks that enhance experiences with authentic objects from the Hofstra University Museum’s collections. While exploring specific works displayed in the David Filderman Gallery, children create their own keepsake artworks inspired by the art and cultures they discover. Families may pick up the backpacks at the Emily Lowe Gallery during museum hours (see website for current hours).
Penguin Encounter - Long Island Aquarium & Exhibition Center
Through December 31, 2015 - Riverhead
Imagine a close-up meeting with an African penguin ? a 45-minute interactive experience where children ages 5 and up and adults go behind the scenes and learn how animal experts care for these playful birds. You'll see the inner workings of the Penguin Pavilion exhibit,learn how staff cares for the exhibit's residents and enter the Penguin Preschool to meet the penguins. Reserve your spot at email@example.com. Year-round.