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!
Go Dog Go! - CM Performing Arts Center
November 03, 2012 - Oakdale
Adapted from the popular Dr Seuss Book, GO DOG GO! is about dogs of all colors, shapes and sizes that live in a magical world where dogs are kings.
Halloween Candy Buy Back for US Troops - Merrick Pediatric Dentistry
November 03, 2012 - Merrick
Would you like to bring a smile to the faces of our troops? Help bring a taste of Halloween to them. Merrick Pediatric Dentistry will buy back your child's candy at a dollar per pound (maximum 5 pounds per child). Last year 450 pounds of candy was shipped to Operation Gratitude. Children can bring letters, pictures, and art they have designed at home for these brave men and women. Your child will enjoy raffles, face painting, balloons, and more.
Wildlife Weekends - Queens County Farm Museum
November 03, 2012 - Floral Park
Enjoy a day on the farm at this pay-one-price event. Admission includes, Birds-of-Prey, Frogs, Bugs, and Animal Shows,
Hayrides, Pony Rides (80 lbs. rider limit), and Animal Feeding.
The Stinky Cheese Man - Madison Theatre at Molloy College
November 03, 2012 - Rockville Centre
THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELED. Poor Jack. He's got to use his wits to save himself from the terrible Giant, but a host of familiar fairytale characters keep messing up his plans-and then there?s that annoying Stinky Cheese Man. The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Tales deconstructs the tradition of the fairy tale. Characters slide in and out of tales; Cinderella rebuffs Rumpelstiltskin, and Goldilocks meets the Three Elephants. Nothing is quite the same as you remember it.
Messy Afternoons - Long Island Children's Museum
November 03, 2012 - Garden City
Tots will be up to their elbows in goo, shaving cream, and Play Doh in this class full of artistic activities that makes being messy lots of fun. The session offers a variety of sensory activities for children ages 18 months to 4 years.
Kids' Weekend Crafts - The Cupcake Corner
November 03, 2012 - Garden City
Bring your children to The Cupcake Corner any Saturday or Sunday (except for Holidays) and they will love creating a fun little craft. The craft differs each weekend and are themed around the holidays. No reservations necessary.
Joshua Bell and Sam Haywood play Bush-Brown Memorial Concert - Tilles Center for the Performing Arts
November 03, 2012 - Greenvale
Virtuoso musicians Joshua Bell (violin) and Sam Haywood (piano)
will perform works by Schubert: Rondo for Violin and Piano in B minor; Strauss: Sonata for Violin and Piano in E-flat;
Dvo?ák: Romantic Pieces; and Prokofiev: Sonata for Violin and Piano No. 2. Music aficianados will enjoy a delightful evening of great music.
Kids and Family Programs: Early Bird Walk - Old Westbury Gardens
November 03, 2012 - Old Westbury
Gather in the Gardens for a November stroll to spy fall resident and feeder birds. A wildlife expert from the Theodore Roosevelt Sanctuary and Audubon Center leads the outdoor tour and shares expertise on local species. Bring binoculars for a closer look. All ages welcome.
The Age of Flowers - Old Westbury Gardens
November 03, 2012 - Old Westbury
Westbury House floral designer and head grower, Scott Lucas, fashions one-of-a kind creations representing historic works of floral art from the early 1900s through the 1950s. Enjoy this self-guided visual history tour in Westbury House.
Meet the Artist: Julie Tremblay? - Nassau County Museum of Art
November 03, 2012 - Roslyn Harbor
Artist Julie Tremblay, whose sculpture and large scale installations are on view in the Museum's Contemporary Collectors Gallery, discusses her art and techniques. Registration is suggested.
Artworks 2012 - An Intergenerational Event - Garvies Point Museum and Preserve
November 03, 2012 - Glen Cove
Participants are offered two full Saturdays in November to explore Native American dance/storytelling, photography, the art of feather-working, and poetry. This Saturday, experience traditional song and dance performed by American Indians and capture the natural beauty of the preserve through photography. Registration required. Space is limited. One-hour lunch break from 12-1pm, bring your own lunch.
Disney's Beauty and the Beast Jr. - Studio Theatre
November 03, 2012 - Lindenhurst
You'll be transported back in time to a provincial French town in this stage version of the popular Disney movie with music by Alan Menken, Howard Ashman, and Tim Rice.
The Aristocats - Broadhollow's BayWay Arts Center
November 03, 2012 - East Islip
Madame’s jealous butler cat-naps Duchess and her Aristokittens, abandoning them in the Parisian countryside. Luckily, O’Malley and his bunch of Alley Cats come to their rescue.
Math & Science Homework Help - Long Island Science Center
November 03, 2012 - Riverhead
Students in grades 1-8 may be dropped off to receive help with homework; No pre-registration required.
The Ghost of Sleepy Hollow - Arena Players Repertory Theater at Vanderbilt Carriage House
November 03, 2012 - Centerport
Ichabod Crane and the fearless Headless Horseman come to life in this audience participation version of Washington Irving's classic tale.
Steinway Meets Broadway - John W. Engeman Theater
November 03, 2012 - Northport
Three Steinway concert pianists and four Broadway Performers combine their talents.
How I Became A Pirate - The Showplace at the Bellmore Movies
November 03, 2012 - Bellmore
This musical, based on the children's book by Melinda Long, teaches the value of finding out what is important. It tells the story of a young boy, who thinks the pirate life is for him until he realizes that the simple things in life, like love and affection, are among those that matter the most.
Egg Stripping Demonstrations - Cold Spring Harbor Fish Hatchery & Aquarium
November 03, 2012 - Cold Spring Harbor
Learn the centuries old process of hatchery trout reproduction with live fish demonstrations.
Halloween Candy Buy Back Event - Dix Hills Family Dentistry
November 03, 2012 - Dix Hills/Huntington Station
The Dix Hills Family Dentistry will buy your candy($1.00 per pound, up to 5 pounds). The candy is being donated to deployed soldiers through Operation Gratitude.
Sea Turtle Cold Stun Lectures - Theodore R. Nature Center
November 03, 2012 - Wantagh
"Cold-stunning” is a process that causes sea turtles to become immobile due to the dramatic decrease in water temperature (usually below 50°F) making it impossible for them to escape the cold water and migrate to warmer water. Once these turtles wash up on our beaches, it is a race for time. A cold-stunned sea turtle may appear to be dead, but may actually be alive! Without proper intervention a cold stunned sea turtle will inevitably die. Please join the Riverhead Foundation for Marine Research and Preservation for a Cold Stunned Sea Turtle Lecture and learn how you can help rescue sea turtles.
Last season the Riverhead Foundation recovered 11 cold stunned sea turtles thanks to the public and our volunteer beach patrollers. If you would like to attend a training lecture and learn how to help rescue sea turtles by patrolling your local beach, please register for one of our free lectures. You can register by calling our office at 631.369.9840 or email [email protected]
Exhibition: Marc Chagall - Nassau County Museum of Art
Through November 04, 2012 - Roslyn Harbor
Marc Chagall is a major exhibition that includes a significant selection of about half of Chagall’s 1957 series of hand-colored etchings of Bible stories, a series never before seen on Long Island. The exhibition portrays this important and loved artist as a storyteller, demonstrating how Chagall, throughout a long and distinguished career, incorporated facets of his early Russian-Jewish heritage into multilayered works. Chagall’s storytelling paintings portray a fantastic pictorial world where heaven and earth seem to meet. It’s a world where people and animals—cows, goats, donkeys, horses and birds—float upside down or sideways, irrespective of the laws of gravity, and couples are always in love. Chagall’s hypersensitive imagination is palpable as he shares with the viewer his memories of family in brilliantly colored works set amidst the houses and streets of his native Vitebsk. The exhibition runs through November 4, 2012.
BEEHIVE - BayWay Arts Center
Through November 04, 2012 - East Islip
Beehive features 35 of the biggest high energy tunes from the era of Beehive hairdos, including "It's My Party", "My Boyfriend's Back", "One Fine Day", Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow?", "Downtown" and "Respect".
Rhythm-Girls dance classes - Rhythmology Dance Studio
Through November 05, 2012 - Westbury
The Rhythm-Girls is a program series designed specifically for Girl Scouts by Rhythmology. Participating in dance is a great way for children to get exercise, develop social skills, and expand their horizons. This program allows each girl to develop a sense of creativity and self expression while also teaching discipline and focus. Dances taught include Latin ballroom, jazz, salsa, merengue and bachata. Call for more information. The classes run through November 5, 2012
Community Gallery -Presidents Helping Children - Long Island Children's Museum
Through November 06, 2012 - Garden City
Explore the contributions 11 United States presidents have made to the advancements of child well-being over the last century in areas of nutrition, health, education and child safety in this exhibit developed by Every Child Matters. The exhibit features 30 photographs chosen from an international photo competition to draw attention to the plight of children. The exhibit runs through November 6, 2012.
Robert S. Neuman's Ship to Paradise - Heckscher Museum of Art
Through November 25, 2012 - Huntington
This exhibition focuses on the colorful, large-scale, mixed-media drawings in which Robert Neuman addressed the timeless question of human folly. Through November 25, 2012.
Absorbed by Color: Art in the 20th Century - Heckscher Museum of Art
Through December 02, 2012 - Huntington
Drawn exclusively from the Museum?s Permanent Collection, this exhibition presents an overview of color theory and its manifestations in various art movements of the 20th century, including Pointillism, Fauvism, Synchromism, Neoplasticism, Abstract Expressionism, Minimalism, and Op art. Through December 2, 2012.
Indoor Boys Lacrosse League - Grade 2 - Pre-registration - Unlimited Sports Action
Through December 16, 2012 - Port Washington
Boys will be evaluated for 1 week and then placed on a team in order to make sure the teams are evenly balanced. This indoor league is fully recreational and offers athletes a competitive environment to play against their friends. Call for additional information. Registration is online only.
Hallockville Museum Historic Farm Tour - Hallockville Museum Farm
Through December 22, 2012 - Riverhead
Step back in time to life as a North Fork farmer from the 1700's to the 1930's. Explore 28 acres along with 19 historic houses, barns and outbuildings ranging from the mid-18th century Hallock Homestead to the Depression-era Cichanowicz Farmhouse. Tour the museum's buildings, gardens and collections. Experience real farming in the museum's fields and meet cows, sheep and chickens. Through December 22, 2012.
Dance and Drum Classes for Teens and Children - Layla's Dance & Drum
Through December 29, 2012 - Valley Stream
Join Layla's Dance and Drum studio for a full day of teen and kids dance, drum and double dutch (jump rope) classes including hip-hop, creative movement, Salsa, African dance and more. Adult classes include Salsa/Mambo, Afro-Cuban and West African dance.
Mommy & Me Pilates - Evolution Pilates
Through December 31, 2012 - Port Washington
Here's a perfect way to bond with your little ones, 2-14 months. Sign up for the Mommy and Me Pilates class on Mondays.
Long Island- America's 1950s Frontier - Long Island Museum
Through December 31, 2012 - Stony Brook
The exhibit features compelling artifacts, photographs, and video oral histories, as well as a fashion gallery that displays trendy 1950s clothing. Other special artifacts include a working jukebox, a hat worn by famous developer Robert Moses, and popular toys from the era, like a Red Ryder BB gun. The exhibition will transport viewers to a time brimming with optimism, with difficulties just below the surface. It was a moment when Long Island was at the forefront of where the nation was-- and where it was headed. The exhibition runs through December 31, 2012.
Stroller Strides - The Source Mall
Through January 01, 2013 - Westbury
Fitness for moms, fun for baby. Workout with your little ones in tow, while they are entertained and having fun. Moms meet other moms, make strides in fitness, motherhood, and life. Your first class is FREE. Contact [email protected] for more information.
Building Boom with KEVA (Knowledge-Exploration-Visual Arts) - Long Island Children's Museum
Through January 06, 2013 - Garden City
Get ready to explore the simple and complex possibilities of construction as you move from the drawing board to the construction crew. Building Boom with KEVA encourages you to conceive, then build, the design project of your dreams -- bridges, skyscrapers, castles, airplanes, trestles, spirals and more. You?ll develop a first-hand understanding of the physical forces at work in the design process as you apply principles of balance, proportion and geometry to your design.
Building Boom with KEVA brings out the designer, architect and engineer in each of us as you problem solve and think in three dimension. Uniform in size, KEVA planks use only gravity ? no glue or connectors. You'll dabble with physics to achieve balance, proportion and stability. Stumped for a design project? Draw inspiration from 50 permanent building models on display. This exhibit runs through January 6, 2013.
KaleidoZone - Chaos and Containment - Long Island Children's Museum
Through January 06, 2013 - Garden City
Chaos and Containment are two psychological states all human beings experience in varying degrees and intensity. This exhibit intends to inspire and foster conversations pertaining to the differences and parallels between art made by artists and art made by artists with mental disabilities. Visitors will see and appreciate each other�s qualities even if those go hidden behind us being distracted by out-of-the-norm behaviors caused by a disability. This exhibit features a selection of work that was created in an art therapy workshop at Family Residences and Essential Enterprises. The exhibit runs through January 6, 2013.
Stroller Strides - The Source Mall
Through January 11, 2013 - Westbury
Fitness for moms, fun for baby. Workout with your little ones in tow, while they are entertained and having fun. Moms meet other moms, make strides in fitness, motherhood, and life. Your first class is FREE. Call to register. Classes run through January 11, 2013
ReGeneration - New York Hall of Science
Through January 13, 2013 - Flushing
This exhibition explores the connection of cultural vitality to immigration, urbanization, and sustainability through the intersection of art, technology, and science.
Fourteen artists/groups will participate to connect audiences through active participation, aesthetic beauty, technology, culturally shared symbols, and vocabulary.
Children under 18 must be accompanied by an adult.
Vital Signs - New York Hall of Science
Through February 03, 2013 - Flushing
View original art inspired by our biological world with a special interest in what lies beneath its surface. Children under age 18 must be accompanied by an adult.
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.
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.