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!
Freeport Community Band Concert - Freeport Memorial Library
May 19, 2017 - Freeport
Join the Singles Association of Long Island for the concert. Social gathering afterwards at the Freeport Diner, West Merrick Road, Freeport. RSVP by 5/17.
Movie Matinee: 'Hacksaw Ridge' - Floral Park Public Library
May 19, 2017 - Floral Park
This film is the true story of Desmond Doss who, in Okinawa during the bloodiest battle of WWII, saved 75 men without firing a gun. As an army medic, he was the only soldier in WWII to fight on the front lines without a weapon. Stars Academy Award nominated actor Andrew Garfield. Rated R. 139 mins.
Gospel Workshops International, Inc. Presents 'A Gospel Extravaganza' - Madison Theatre at Molloy College
May 19, 2017 - Rockville Centre
Timothy Riley, Founder and President of Gospel Workshops International, a (501c3 non-profit organization) and Gregory Kelly, Vice President, have brought together some of the tri-state area's finest gospel groups to give you an evening you won't soon forget.
* "Best of Harlem Gospel", an International gospel touring and indie recording group, who just returned from European Tour under the direction of Gregory Kelly.
*"Ernest Billups & Tribe of Levi" a group of young people dedicated to bringing a genuine, heartfelt, worship and praise type of atmosphere and experience to every performance venue they are invited to.
*The "Wednesday Sings! Mama Foundation for the Arts Choir", an enthusiastic and uplifting group of singers based in Harlem that touch the hearts of every person in the audience. This is the same "Mama Foundation for the Arts" organization that won an Emmy for their "Gospel for Teens" choir appearing on the TV show "60 minutes".
* "Vincent Bohanan and The Sound of Victory Fellowship Choir", Long Island's very own Indie Gospel recording artist, that has made his mark on the gospel music industry with his international hit "He Reigns".
Get ready for an unforgettable evening of authentic gospel music that embraces people from all walks of life, both young and old! You'll never be the same again after this foot stomping, hand clapping, experience of a lifetime.
Family Film Friday - North Hills Library
Through May 19, 2017 - Little Neck
Don't miss these wonderful family films. Pete's Dragon" (2016, PG) on May 5th at 2:45pm and "Middle School: The Worst Years of My Life" (2016, PG) on May 19th.
Mets T-Shirt Friday - Citi Field
Through May 19, 2017 - Flushing
Cheer on the Amazin's take on the Miami Marlins on May 5, and the Angels on May 19. All fans receive a free Mets T-Shirt.
'Journey to Oz' - Long Island Children's Museum
Through May 19, 2017 - Garden City
Inspired by L. Frank Baum’s original stories, this clever adaptation puts the audience front and center -- really! In this fantastic new adaptation, you are invited to go to Oz with Dorothy. Audience members become part of the cast in this interactive production, singing, dancing and acting alongside professional actors. Children learn the art of storytelling while creating, analyzing and participating in this performance. When the cyclone comes, the entire theater enters the eye of the storm with whisking lights and exciting music created by lauded composer, Josh Totora. Students help the scarecrow, the tin woodsman, and citizens of the Emerald City and also help the Witch of the West with her makeup. Come see Journey To Oz and find out why there’s no place like home.
Pokemon Night - Tumbling Tunes
May 19, 2017 - East Northport
Prepare to battle, trade, and learn how to draw your favorite Pokemon characters. Pizza dinner included.
Family Night Out Movie: 'Sing' - Brentwood Public Library
May 19, 2017 - Brentwood
Bring the whole family to spend an evening out at the movies.
Snacks and drinks provided. This event is sponsored by the Suffolk County Police Department.
Tween Paint Event! Cat Closeup - Key to My Art
May 19, 2017 - Amityville
Meow. Paint a closeup of a cat. Must be booked online, in advance. #event
Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Presents Out Of This World - NYCB LIVE, home of Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum Presented By New York Community Bank
Through May 21, 2017 - Uniondale
Prepare to blast off on a cosmic family adventure unlike any other. Join the Circus Space Fleet on a heroic quest of good versus evil in a journey so thrilling it could only be brought to you by Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey ®. Be the first to climb aboard and take the helm as a circus star seeker!
Tale of the Frog Prince - Theater 294
Through May 21, 2017 - East Farmingdale
Frog Prince is lonely, bored and unhappy as a frog. He secretly yearns to be the human he once was before being put under a spell. The only way to break the spell is to be kissed by a lovely maiden. But who wants to kiss a larger than life frog who ribits all the time? Watch how this lovable frog finally gets the kiss of his dreams in this charming and delightful audience participation play for the young and young at heart.
New Moms Group - Westhampton Free Library
Through May 22, 2017 - Westhampton Beach
Discussions will focus on feedings, nap times, tummy time and your emotions. Call or go online to register. May 1, 5, 19, and 22.
Read to a Dog - North Hills Library
Through May 25, 2017 - Little Neck
Children can select a book to read aloud to Jami the therapy dog, who has been certified as a therapy pet partner. Reading aloud improves literacy skills, and animals are ideal reading companions because they create a relaxed, comfortable and safe environment. Space is limited.
Mommy & Me Paint & Play - Mini Monet
Through May 25, 2017 - Sayville
Drop in for an hour of free paint, coloring, read storybooks, play games, and meet other moms.
Drawing and Painting 1 & 2 - Mini Monet
Through May 27, 2017 - Sayville
Learn to draw animals, people, landscapes and works by famous artists. Paint with watercolors, use oil pastels, chalk pastels, colored pencils, markers and more.
Parents Night Out - Tumbling Tunes
Through May 27, 2017 - East Northport
Enjoy a night out while your children enjoy a night featuring gymnastics equipment, crafts, music instruments, games, parachute and toys.
Yoga in the Gardens - Old Westbury Gardens
Through May 27, 2017 - Old Westbury
Professional Kripalu Yoga instructor, Lorili Henry, will lead students through a dynamic, yet gentle, continuous flow of postures and conscious breathing. Participants must bring a yoga mat, yoga strap, and towel.
Neiman Marcus Family Sundays at the Museum - Nassau County Museum of Art
Through May 28, 2017 - Roslyn Harbor
Converse, collaborate and create at Family Sundays. Be inspired by the works in the galleries, explore new art materials. Family Sundays allow children and the adults in their lives to take time to reconnect while talking about and making art together.
'West Side Story' - BroadHollow Theatre at Elmont
Through May 28, 2017 - Elmont
From the first notes to the final breath, West Side Story is one of the most memorable musicals and greatest love stories of all time. Arthur Laurents' book remains as powerful, poignant and timely as ever. The score by Leonard Bernstein and Stephen Sondheim is widely regarded as one of the best ever written. The world's greatest love story takes to the streets in this landmark Broadway musical that is one of the theatre's finest accomplishments.
Cute as a Button Flower - Long Island Children's Museum
Through May 31, 2017 - Garden City
May flowers are blooming in the Museum this month! Join us and create your own colorful, cute-as-a-button flower!
Petite Picassos Draw & Paint - Mini Monet
Through May 31, 2017 - Sayville
Use chalk and oil pastels, watercolors and markers while learning how to draw animals, people, and works by famous artists. Class reinforces recognition of colors and shapes, and builds fine motor skills.
Sculpture, Clay and Upcycled Art - Mini Monet
Through May 31, 2017 - Sayville
Use found objects in the Sculpture class to create fun animals out of clay, wood, bottle caps and more.
Tai Chi in the Gardens - Old Westbury Gardens
Through May 31, 2017 - Old Westbury
Tai Chi, a unique form of "moving meditation" calms the mind, relaxes the body and strengthens the spirit. Sessions taught by professional Tai Chi instructor, Linda Cafiero, are designed for all experience levels.
Creative Expeditions - Nassau County Museum of Art
Through June 06, 2017 - Roslyn Harbor
This program gives families a chance to witness their child experience success in a welcoming and creative learning environment. Throughout the course of this program parents and caregivers will gain skills in behavioral methods that they can employ when bringing their child into a community setting. Families will engage in fun interactive gallery experiences that provide opportunities for everyone to look at and talk about art in a group setting followed by hands on art making activities that encourage experimentation with new materials, processes and creative play.
Sport Academy - YMCA East Hampton RECenter
Through June 10, 2017 - Westhampton Beach
Children become not only better players, but better people as well. This progressive program, with multiple age-specific levels provides professional instruction to learn, lead and succeed. Fair play, positive competition, and family involvement are encouraged.
Teen Compass: Autism and the Arts - Nassau County Museum of Art
Through June 13, 2017 - Roslyn Harbor
During this workshop series, teens will receive hands on training in basic artistic processes that can be translated into practical job skills. Based on current exhibitions in the galleries at Nassau County Museum of Art, these workshops will encourage participants to explore different methods of art making and design and how a museum can be a resource for creative inspiration. Students with autism will have the opportunity to apply their artistic skills and functional academic learning in a real world setting, while preparing to transition to after school life.
Creative Arts Program - YMCA East Hampton RECenter
Through June 17, 2017 - East Hampton
Learn to paint, write, draw, or act. These programs offer a creative outlet that kids crave and require for a balanced life.
'Alice in Wonderland' - Studio Theatre LI
Through June 17, 2017 - Lindenhurst
Alice falls down a rabbit hole and takes a fantastic journey through Wonderland. Don't miss this musical adventure the whole family will be sure to love.
'High School Musical' - Smithtown Center for the Performing Arts
Through June 17, 2017 - Smithtown
One of the biggest pop-culture phenomena in recent memory, High School Musical topped the music charts and broke records within weeks of it's 2006 Disney Channel premiere. Follow the antics of East High's most popular student and "the new girl" as they fall in love and audition for the school musical. Troy, Gabriella, Sharpay, Ryan, Chad, Taylor and the rest of the gang are all ready to come alive on your stage in this fun-tastic, family-friendly show that only Disney can bring you.
Crafts For Kids - Lakeshore Learning Store
Through June 25, 2017 - New Hyde Park
Kids will have a ball making exciting crafts that they can use or display. Every craft is educational and fun.
Sensory Garden Sundays - Planting Fields Arboretum, Coe Hall
Through June 25, 2017 - Oyster Bay
Exciting new programming for families where children will have the opportunity to see, taste, touch, smell and listen to the wonders of the Sensory Garden. Call or email firstname.lastname@example.org to register.
'Journey to Space' 3D Movie - New York Hall of Science
Through June 30, 2017 - Corona
This 3D movie celebrates space exploration, a tribute to international cooperation in space research, and a vision toward our near-term future beyond Earth’s orbit — a manned mission to Mars within a generation. Moviegoers will learn about the important role of the International Space Station, uncover what NASA and the space community are working on, and the challenges they face to carry out bold missions such as capturing asteroids and landing astronauts on Mars. Narrated by Sir Patrick Stewart. 20 minutes.
Exhibition: Upon These Shoulders - The African American Museum
Through June 30, 2017 - Hempstead
A timely exhibition about the pivotal role of African-American women/mothers in shaping the family. Call for more information.
Women in Contrast Exhibition - Hofstra University Museum
Through August 18, 2017 - Hempstead
Curated by Kristy L. Caratzola, the Museum’s former collections manager, this original exhibition features iconic imagery captured by a selection of innovative modernist and contemporary female photographers, including Berenice Abbott, Diane Arbus, Marilyn Bridges, Nancy Burson, Imogen Cunningham, Donna Ferrato, Toni Frissell, Mary Ellen Mark, and Dorothy Norman.
Picturing Female Robots and Androids - New York Hall of Science
Through September 03, 2017 - Corona
View images of female robots, mannequins and dolls in films, television, video games and more. Robots, androids, mannequins and dolls reflect our age-old efforts to create artificial beings that look amazingly lifelike. They also reveal to us our changing views of women. This exhibit, curated by Julie Wosk, is based on her recent book My Fair Ladies: Female Robots, Androids, and Other Artificial Eves.
Meet Patches the Giraffe - White Post Farms
Through September 17, 2017 - Melville
Come meet the newest farm family member Patches the Giraffe. She is sweet and loves to give kisses.
Mill Neck Manor House Tour - Mill Neck Manor House
Through November 05, 2017 - Mill Neck
Experience all the grandeur of Mill Neck Manor at our docent-led, 90-minute tours, followed by light refreshments of custom-blended teas. Mill Neck Manor, (formerly known as Sefton Manor) is on the North Shore of Long Island. This Gold Coast mansion is set on an 86-acre scenic estate overlooking the Long Island Sound. Sefton Dodge and Mill Neck Manor School for the Deaf.
Converging Voices: Gender and Identity Exhibition - Hofstra University Museum
Through December 15, 2017 - Hempstead
This original exhibition, curated by Karen T. Albert, Hofstra University Museum deputy director and chief curator, focuses on issues of gender and identity, reflecting an international scope and featuring artists such as Ghada Amer, Mariam Ghani, Guerrilla Girls, Yee I-Lann, Zanele Muholi, Pinaree Sanpitak, and Carrie Mae Weems.
Open Bounce - BounceU
Through December 28, 2017 - Farmingdale
The sessions include music, games, and of course, play time on the giant inflatable toys. Supervision by experienced staff. Parents must remain on premises.
Hunting the Whale: The Rise and Fall of a Southampton Industry - South Hampton Historical Museum, Rogers Mansion
Through December 30, 2017 - Southampton
This interactive and inclusive exhibit adds new discoveries to the accumulation of documentation and artifacts collected over more than 100 years to illuminate Southampton Village's prominent role in the whaling industry at its mid-19th century height. Whaling tools, maps, illustrations, archival images and text will be displayed with an eye toward making the exhibit accessible to audiences of varied interests and all ages. Among those whose roles will be highlighted are local indigenous people, slaves, servants, whaling captains, and the families that were sustained by the whaling industry. This exhibit takes place inside the historic Captain Albert Rogers Mansion, a 20 room Greek-revival house was built in 1843 during the peak of the whaling industry. It was built by Captain Rogers was one of the many prosperous whaling captains living in Southampton during the 19th century. Opening Reception: Saturday, March 4th 4-6pm.
Sky Zone Cares - Sky Zone Deer Park
Through December 31, 2017 - Deer Park
Sky Zone Deer Park Indoor Trampoline Park will be opening on the first Monday of each month exclusively for jumpers with special needs. Sky Zone Deer Park team members have been trained and certified by Missing Piece Awareness to be autism aware and accepting and special modifications have been implemented by the management team. On this day for children and adults with special needs, Sky Zone dials down the music, increases the staff ratio, and limits capacity. The Sky Zone team understands the need to provide families affected by autism with a recurring session time where individuals can learn the rules and practice them in a safe and comfortable environment so they can eventually generalize these skills and be fully integrated at any time. Takes place the first Monday of the month through June 2015.
Open Call Audition for New Talent - Tower Talent
Through December 31, 2017 - Melville
Want to be on TV? Tower Talent Long Island is hosting open call auditions for new talent. If your child is the ham of the family and is looking for their big break, let them demonstrate their talent. The agency is looking for actors, models, singers, dancers and songwriters. Call 516-765-2400 to book an audition.
Special Olympics Bowling at the All Star - The All Star
Through December 01, 2018 - Riverhead
Bowlers with special needs are invited to bowl on the main lanes and experience the arcade with the latest games. Takes place year-round.
Sky Wars - Sky Zone Mount Sinai
Through December 26, 2018 - Mount Sinai
Take part in epic Nerf battles on trampoline courts.