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

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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!

Zumbatonic - Family Fitness Unlimited
May 27, 2013 - West Hempstead

Designed exclusively for kids, Zumbatomic classes are rockin', high-energy fitness-parties packed with specially choreographed, kid-friendly routines and all the music kids love, like hip-hop, reggaeton, cumbia and more. Parents love the Zumbatomic program because of the effects it has on kids � increasing their focus and self-confidence, boosting metabolism and enhancing coordination. The Zumbatomic program rounds out family fitness goals by giving parents a great reason to head to the gym � for themselves, for their kids, for a totally fun family experience.

Little Neck-Douglaston Memorial Day Parade -
May 27, 2013 - Little Neck

Do more than just show the flag on this holiday. Honor the great men and women who have made the ultimate sacrifice to keep the USA free. Drawing 80,000 spectators and participants, this parade is the largest in the county. Highlights include an interfaith service, wreath-laying ceremonies, local HS marching bands, civic groups, and military organizations. Honorary Grand Marshals for this year include Gov. Cuomo, Mayor Bloomberg, and Boro Pres. Helen Marshall. Route ends at Alameda Boulevard in Douglaston.

InterFaith Memorial Service - Community Church of Little Neck
May 27, 2013 - Little Neck

This service has traditionally been an integral part of the Little Neck-Douglaston Memorial Day Parade observations. It represents an opportunity for the community to come together in houses of worship to honor those who fought for the freedom of the country, and to offer thanks for those freedoms enjoyed by everyone. Following the service, a Wreath Laying Ceremony will take place at the Veterans Monument and Flagpole, on Alameda Avenue and Northern Boulevard.

Memorial Day Bash - What's Cooking?
May 27, 2013 - Oyster Bay

Join in the fun at What's Cooking? and enjoy a 2-hour party filled with red, white, and blue. Kids will do a craft with a patriotic theme and the day's menu will include homemade Mac N' Cheese, garlic knots, red, white and blue cupcakes, flag and star chocolate lollipops, apple crisp and patriotic punch.

Comsewogue For Students Foundation Carnival - JFK Middle School
Through May 27, 2013 - Pt. Jefferson Station

Rides, games and fireworks for the whole family.

Huntington YMCA 21st Annual Carnival - Huntington YMCA
Through May 27, 2013 - Huntington

BMX stunt show, exotic petting zoo, food courts, rides and magic illution shows.

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.

KaleidoZone - Feeling Colors with de Kooning - Long Island Children's Museum
Through June 05, 2013 - Garden City

View abstract paintings inspired by the famous artist Willem de Kooning created this year by local children in two different programs at LICM. Artists explored the design and rhythm of line, plus the sound, feel, and story of color to create the artwork you see on display. This exhibit runs through June 5.

AB-EX / RE-CON:Abstract Expressionism Reconsidered - Nassau County Museum of Art
Through June 16, 2013 - Roslyn Harbor

Artists of the Abstract Expressionist school rejected the mass cultural values which were being formulated in America at mid-century, searching for alternatives to the consumer and advertising culture prevalent in post-World War II America. AB-EX / RE-CON explores both the best known and less familiar practitioners of abstract and gestural painting who dominated the American art, criticism and commentary during the late 1940s and throughout the 1950s. Included in the exhibition are works by the stars of Abstract Expressionism, among them Richard Diebenkorn, Helen Frankenthaler, Hans Hofmann, Franz Kline, Robert Motherwell and Mark Rothko. AB-EX / RE-CON: Abstract Expressionism Reconsidered also offers viewers the excitement of discovering some of the lesser-known but highly-regarded artists of the movement including Fritz Bultman and Jon Schueler. The exhibition runs through June 16.

Asad Faulwell / Chris Johanson Exhibits - Nassau County Museum of Art
Through June 16, 2013 - Roslyn Harbor

Born in Indiana, now a resident of Los Angeles, Asad Faulwell�s intricate mixed-media art focuses on images of Algerian women, especially the freedom fighters who were involved in the 1954-1962 struggle to end French occupation. They are shown against highly-decorative floral and geometric patterns familiar in Middle Eastern art. California-born Chris Johanson gained attention in the 2001 Whitney Biennial and has since been widely exhibited in this country and abroad. Johanson employs an exuberant color palette for simple and imperfect geometric shapes. According to Artforum, his �rough-hewn cartoon style� taps the late New Age Northern California style. The exhibition runs through June 16.

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 [email protected]


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