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 Three Little Pigs Out West - Studio Theatre
March 09, 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 09, 2013 - Centerport
In this audience participation play, a young puppet struggles to achieve his goal of becoming a real boy.
Tilles Center Presents New York Theatre Ballet 'Peter and the Wolf' and 'Bark in the Park' - Tilles Center for the Performing Arts
March 09, 2013 - Greenvale
New York Theatre Ballet, the premier presenter of professional ballet for young audiences, fills the stage with the drama of Prokofiev's classic tale. This double bill also includes Bark in the Park, a new original ballet which tells the story of two young children as they search Central Park for their lost dog. Recommended for ages 4 and up.
Playing with Your Food - Long Island Children's Museum
March 09, 2013 - Garden City
Artist Julianne Zegers loves to play with her food. You'll learn how to turn your "lunch" into a one of a kind piece of art. Learn about a form of printmaking known as monotyping, as you transfer an image of your favorite meal from a flat surface, known as a plate, to paper to create your artwork. Be sure to visit the KaleidoZone Gallery to see Julianne's food-themed art on display.
Messy Afternoons - Long Island Children's Museum
March 09, 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.
New York Islanders vs. Washington Capitals - Nassau Coliseum
March 09, 2013 - Uniondale
Here's your chance to root for your favorite team. Watch them delight fans as they romp on the ice to settle old scores and win new victories.
Infant/Child CPR Class - South Nassau Hospital Parent/Child Education Classroom
March 09, 2013 - Baldwin
Learn how to take care of your baby or child during an emergency using the CPR technique. Call for more information and to register.
Radical Tricks with Torro! Skateboards NYC - New York Hall of Science
March 09, 2013 - Corona
Skateboard enthusiasts can enjoy this program created by Professional Skateboarder and Queens native Rodney Torres, as he brings to life the skateboarding tricks featured in the Radical Tricks section of the Tony Hawk | Rad Science exhibition. Activities include: Screening of TORRO! NYC Skate Team videos and demos.
Junior Women's Club of Bellerose Blood Drive - Bellerose Village Hall
March 09, 2013 - Bellerose Village
The Junior Women's' Club of Bellerose, in conjunction with Long Island Blood Services, will be holding their annual Blood Drive. Your donation will help to save up to THREE lives. Community hospitals need your help. Eligibility criteria include: Bring ID with signature or photo; Minimum weight 110 lbs; age 16 – 75 (16 year-olds must have parental permission. Age 76 and over need doctor's note); eat well (low fat) and drink fluids; no tattoos for past 12 months.
Please share this lifesaving gift. Thank you for caring. For more information or to schedule an appointment, please contact Marie Cappiello at the number listed. Walk-ins are always welcomed.
Aladdin - BroadHollow's BayWay Arts Center
March 09, 2013 - East Islip
Carpets are flying and a genie is on the loose in this live musical presentation of the Disney classic.
Free Social Skills and Parenting Groups - Kid Esteem
Through March 09, 2013 - Lindenhurst
Fun, playful, educational, clinical workshops teach your children, ages 3-18, communication skills, positive self-expression, confidence, how to deal with bullies, social skills, emotional intelligence and self-control. Parents learn effective, loving discipline and behavior management strategies for positive results. Classes for children with Anxiety, ADD/ADHD and Autism / PDD disorders as well. Visit the website or call 631-321-6675 for registration and information.
Fishy Facts for Pre-schoolers - Sport Fishing Education Center
March 09, 2013 - Babylon
Come explore the world of fish in this interactive program exploring what things make a fish a fish and makes them all different. Make a fun, fishy craft with your child to take home.
St. Patrick's Day Scavenger Hunt - Suffolk County Farm and Education Center
March 09, 2013 - Yaphank
The Pot o'Gold Hunt includes a wagon ride and animal feeding.
Call 631-852-4603 to register.
The Adventures of Peter Rabbit - Theatre Three
March 09, 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 09, 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?
Under the Sea Special! - Long Island Science Center
March 09, 2013 - Riverhead
Swim on down to learn about marine life. Participate in aquatic themed activities and crafts and win a goldfish.
PINKALICIOUS - John W. Engeman Theater
March 09, 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.
We're going GREEN Crazy! - Lyrical Children's Preschool & Learning Center
March 09, 2013 - Calverton
Go on a Lucky Treasure Hunt / Follow the Rainbow / Make an I spy bottle / Dance the Irish Jig / Can you make the color Green?
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.
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.
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.
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.