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TODAY'S FAMILY & KIDS ACTIVITIES IN LONG ISLAND-MAY 2

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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!

Attack of the Bloodsuckers! - Long Island Children's Museum
May 02, 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.

McCarter Theatre Center presents 'Sunjata Kamalenya' - Long Island Children's Museum
May 02, 2013 - Garden City

One of the greatest legends of West African Mand? tradition is brought to life in a completely interactive experiential theater production. The tale of Sunjata is the saga of a boy who is prophesied to be the greatest king of his people, and his loving mother, who must help him to overcome the adversity of a very dangerous world of sorcery and hostility. Traditional music, costumes, and scenery set the stage for an unforgettable experience as students realize that they are not there merely to watch the production, but are being immersed and involved in helping to create the magical world of 12th century Mali.

Kids Yoga - Family Fitness Unlimited
May 02, 2013 - West Hempstead

A beginner's level class allowing children to explore their natural abilities in an active, safe and fun way. This class is excellent for promoting physical development, a positive attitude toward physical activity, building self-esteem, focus and concentration. (For the 2-5 years old group, a parent or adult is required to participate.)

Yoga in the Gardens - Old Westbury Gardens
May 02, 2013 - 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.

Chess for Children - Manhasset Public Library
May 02, 2013 - Manhasset

Join the group and learn to play chess or perfect your skills in these instructional sessions. All levels are welcome. Hosted by the Long Island Chess Nuts. Chess sets will be provided.

Live Music: The East End Trio - Manhasset Public Library
May 02, 2013 - Manhasset

Music from the 60's, 70's, 80's, 90's, 2000's performed with style, grace, and originality.

Mother's Day Craft - Floral Park Public Library
May 02, 2013 - Floral Park

Preschool children ages 3-5 with caregiver will make a Mother's Day craft.

Girl Scout Cookies Pop-Up - Holy Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church
May 02, 2013 - Bellerose

Have a craving for Samoas or Thin Mints? If so, don't miss the chance to get delicious cookies at this pop-up shop while supporting a local Girl Scout troop. The Girl Scout Cookie Program is the largest girl-led business in the country and generates immeasurable benefits for girls who participate. Through the Girl Scout Cookie Program, girls develop five essential skills that help them become strong leaders, including goal setting, decision making, money management, people skills, and business ethics. Proceeds from the Girl Scout Cookie Program in New York City remain in the five boroughs and fund the Girl Scout Leadership Experience locally. Revenue from the Girl Scout Cookie Program provides approximately 43% of the operating budget for Girl Scouts of Greater New York - so don't miss the chance to get delicious cookies while supporting your local Girl Scout troop! About the Girl Scouts of Greater New York The Girl Scouts of Greater New York (GSGNY) is New York City's largest girls-only leadership development program, reaching 26,500 girls ages 5 to 17 in every zip code of the five boroughs, two-thirds of which come from low-income homes. GSGNY serves girls in public and private schools, public housing, transitional housing, and community-based organizations with the help of over 9,000 volunteers. ,

Let's Discover Nature Hour: A Planting We Will Go - Caleb Smith State Park Preserve
May 02, 2013 - Smithtown

The "Let's Discover Nature" Hour is a special time for both parent and child to discover the wonders of their natural world together. Each program's theme will use nature explorations and hands-on activities as a springboard for learning. Reservations will be accepted two weeks prior to each program and may be made by calling the park office.

Meet the Animals - Screen Free Week Event at Sands Point Preserve - Sands Point Preserve
May 02, 2013 - Sands Point

Screen Free Week is a national initiative to encourage children, families, schools, and communities to spend seven days turning off entertainment screen media and turning on life. To support this initiative, Sands Point welcomes visitors to its beach, trails, Nature Explore Outdoor Classroom. “Meet the Animals” begins with a scavenger hunt, and continues with a pizza dinner and a live animal presentation. Admission is $20 per car or $10 with Annual Pass.

Family Yoga - Sands Point Preserve
May 02, 2013 - Sands Point

Bring your family for yoga classes at the Sands Point Preserve. It's a perfect way to strengthen family bonds and to relax from a stressful environment.

LEARN TO DRAW with ART TEACHER AMY- Children 9-12 - First United Methodist Church
May 02, 2013 - Amityville

Step-by-step, your child can learn to draw animals, landscapes, people and masterworks while they experiment with chalk and oil pastels, watercolors and markers.

Positive Parenting Workshops - Life Center Counseling & Health Services
May 02, 2013 - Huntington

As parents, we want to influence our children in positive ways, pass on values and guide them in ways that will contribute to their happiness and success in life. Everyone knows that actions speak louder than words. Studies show that only 5% of learning comes from instruction, whereas, 95% of what we remember comes from family and social interactions.Children need positive role models and parents who will love them unconditionally. Kids of all ages deserve to be heard, understood, accepted and respected. Parents need and deserve encouragement, tools, guidance and support in today’s busy world. Parenting skills can be learned. Make the commitment to yourself and your whole family to grow and develop together

Jr. Marine Biologist - Sport Fishing Education Center
Through May 18, 2013 - Babylon

Come for an adventure as you and your child learn about the marine environment. Program includes hands-on time with marine animals, beach activities and crafts. Call to register or e-mail tm353@cornell.edu.

Butterflies - Long Island Children's Museum
Through May 31, 2013 - Garden City

Come to the Inner Lobby and design your own beautiful butterfly with assorted materials to ?flutter? through your garden. This program runs through May 31.

Community Gallery - Long Island Children's Museum
Through May 31, 2013 - Garden City

Stop by the Community Gallery and view the mixed media artwork created by students from Columbus Avenue School in Freeport. This exhibit runs through May 31.

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.

Huntington Arts Council Exhibit: Living Color Art - Art-Trium,
Through June 17, 2013 - Melville

This exhibit features the work of four artists. Each artist selected focuses on the unique and varied ways that color lives in our lives.

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.

We Hold These Truths-The Great Art Caper - Hofstra University Museum - Emily Lowe Gallery
Through July 26, 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 We Hold These Truths and use the clues to complete a message. Please check the museum's website for summer hours. This program runs through July 26.

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.

Atlantis Explorer Tour Boat - Long Island Aquarium & Exhibition Center
Through October 31, 2013 - Riverhead

Add extra aquatic adventure to your visit with an interactive cruise aboard the Atlantis Explorer Tour Boat. Over the course of your trip, you and your family participate in hands-on exploration, including trap pulls, horseshoe crab encounters, and a stroll along a remote beach.

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.

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 reservations@amwny.com.


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