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!
Story Time & Mommy Time - Parents R Talking
October 22, 2013 - Mineola
This interactive program encourages responsible and interactive listening and thinking skills. It is also a time for adults to socialize. In the span of 45 mins, up to 2 stories will be (actively) read with props, to encourage appropriate interaction by the children. After the stories adult and child will have a chance to play and interact. Moms are encouraged to bring along snacks for their children and themselves. Registration required.
New York Islanders vs. Vancouver Canucks - Nassau Coliseum
October 22, 2013 - Uniondale
The New York Islanders face off against this rival team. You don't have to hit the ice to come out and root for your favorite team.
Kids Yoga (5-7 and 8-10 yrs) - Calliope Fitness & Arts
October 22, 2013 - Roslyn
Children learn age-appropriate individual yoga poses, partner poses, group poses, cooperative yoga games, child-friendly breathing techniques, creative guided imagery, mindfulness skills, and relaxation exercises. Additional activities also include yoga-related arts and crafts, picture books along with discussions on how to be grateful, stay calm, and have positive thoughts. Older children do yoga journals, participate in discussions on how to be their true selves, have kind thoughts, be grateful and compassionate.
Decorate a House for Otto the Ghost - Hicks Nurseries
October 22, 2013 - Westbury
Children will create a house out of candy for Otto the Ghost. Hicks will supply the house and all of the candy and icing. It's a fabulous way to celebrate the fall season. Reservations are required. Please call 516-334-0066.
Language Immersion at LICM-Korean - Long Island Children's Museum
October 22, 2013 - Garden City
Children?s language skills develop rapidly, absorbing everything they hear. Why not introduce another language to your child while they are young and receptive to new things? Join us while we explore basic themes in a fun and relaxed atmosphere. Workshops are drop-in and do not require advance sign up.
This series will cover a different theme each week-days of the week, colors, animals, etc. A class project and song will be used each week to reinforce learning. For children 3-5 years.
Guided Tours - Stony Brook Grist Mill
Through October 27, 2013 - Stony Brook
Listed on the NYS and National Register of Historic Places, the Stony Brook Grist Mill, c. 1751, offers the experience of a working grist mill today with the only female "miller" in the U.S. as your guide. Saturdays and Sundays through October 27.
Haunted House - Darkness Rising
Through October 27, 2013 - Massapequa
A terrifyingly great haunt with fantastic special effects. Parents please use discretion when taking young children. Call before visiting. The proceeds are donated to charity.
F&W Schmitt Fall Family Fun - F&W Schmitt Family Farm
Through October 27, 2013 - Melville
The F&W Schmitt Family Farm’s Fall Family Fun Time is back for its 19th fall season. Come enjoy the fall and continue your family tradition or start a new one. Pick your own pumpkins, enjoy rides and slides, walk through the haunted mansion, and explore Gladiators in the 7-acre corn maze. Other features include free hayrides, farm animals, pony rides, and Long Island’s largest straw pyramid. The farm and pumpkin stand is open 7 days a week, and field trips are also available (call for info).
'Discovery' Wetlands Cruise - Boatworks Marina
Through October 30, 2013 - Stony Brook
Learn the importance and fragility of a wetlands ecosystem, enjoy the sweeping panorama of a salt marsh moraine and be amazed at the untouched beauty of Long Island's North Shore this summer aboard the "Discovery" Wetlands Cruise 90-minute sightseeing tours aboard a 27-passenger pontoon boat. A naturalist is on board to guide passengers through this experience embracing ecology, geology and history. The cruise also includes information on how Native Americans first settled here, views of a long sand pit with the historic Gamecock Cottage at its tip, the serpentine creek, tidal flow, grasses and various species of water fowl and other wildlife in the wetlands. Seating is first come, first served. For additional information or to make a reservation, call the museum or go online. Cruises run through October 30, 2013.
Rockin' Little Monsters - Long Island Children's Museum
Through October 31, 2013 - Garden City
�Rock out� this October in the Museum's Inner Lobby. Come create a special little monster using your imagination and a variety of little bits and pieces. Through October 31.
Fall Festival Family Fun - Hicks Nurseries
Through October 31, 2013 - Westbury
Take a picture with Otto the Ghost, enjoy a hayride down a decorated trail and visit with the farm animals. And while you?re there enjoy fresh picked apples, fudge, roasted corn, popcorn, apple cider, candy apples, and other fall treats! An animated children's story, featuring Otto the Ghost, leads children and adults through a new story each year that focuses on friendship, family, and Halloween cheer. In addition, children and adults are encouraged to grow their own pumpkins to enter in the giant pumpkin contest and get creative with carving and decorating for the annual pumpkin carving contest. This program runs through Oct. 31.
Gold Coast Mansion Tour - Sands Point Preserve
Through October 31, 2013 - Sands Point
Step back into a time of opulence when prominent
families built great mansions and large estates on
Long Island's Gold Coast. Take a guided tour of
Falaise, one of the few intact historic Gold Coast
houses. Purchase tickets at the Preserve Entrance Booth. No children under 10. Call for more information.
Haunted House - Darkness Rising
Through October 31, 2013 - Massapequa
A terrifyingly great haunt with fantastic special effects. Parents: Please use discretion when taking young children. The proceeds are donated to charity.
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.
Alex Katz: What About Style? - Nassau County Museum of Art
Through October 31, 2013 - Roslyn Harbor
For more than 50 years, painter Alex Katz has resisted trends in modern art to pioneer and refine his own style of flat, elegant, and realistic figure painting. What About Style? offers an uncluttered view of this American maverick. Filmmaker and art critic Heinz Peter Schwerfel captures the elusive Katz working in his Maine studio and his Soho flat, laboring over a 32-foot painting called The Black Brook. Interviews, archival footage, images of his subjects, and a virtual tour of 20 Katz paintings are combined to convey his unique style of art. No reservations. First come, first seated. The exhibition runs through October 31.
Haunted Laser Tag - Lazerland of LI
Through October 31, 2013 - Commack
Every Weekend in October there will be unlimited Haunted Laser Tag and an Unlimited Dodge Ball special. October 4- October 31.
Arts Alive LI -
Through October 31, 2013 -
Arts Alive is an Island-wide celebration of Long Island's arts, culture and cuisine and features a Family Series component including the Sag Harbor Music Festival, the Long Island African American Heritage Festival, the Jamboozi Festival at the Vanderbilt Museum, Viva L'Art at Hofstra University Museum, the Heckscher Museum of Art Free art activity on the Museum terrace, the Cinema Arts Centre's Cinema for Kids featuring Gustafer Yellowgold, Elska plus Arctic Animals Workshop at the Long Island Children's Museum, and the Craic Festival Stoked Fest in Long Beach. Over 35 in total will pay tribute to the visual, musical, and performing arts, community festivals and epicurean delights that take place on stages, in galleries, at film houses, and in neighborhood restaurants across Long Island. Many events are free. For a full calendar of events and to purchase tickets, visit artsaliveli.org. September 17-October 31, 2013.
2nd Annual 'Arts Alive LI ' Festival - Long Island Arts Alliance
Through October 31, 2013 - Woodbury
Arts Alive LI is a month-long showcase of Long Island's many art, entertainment and cultural attractions. The event is presented by the Long Island Arts Alliance (LIAA) and Bethpage Federal Credit Union. From visual, musical and performing arts, to community festivals and epicurean delights, Arts Alive LI is a tribute to Long Island's arts and entertainment world and will take place on stages, in galleries, at film houses, and in neighborhood restaurants across Long Island's Nassau and Suffolk counties.
Long Island families and visitors to the region are invited to attend and participate in the 35 + signature events, many offered for free. For a full calendar of events and to purchase tickets, visit artsaliveli.org.
Haunted House - Adventureland's Nightmare on the Midway
Through November 02, 2013 - Farmingdale
Debuting in October 2013, Adventureland's Nightmare on the Midway will be the premiere haunted destination on Long Island. It is an admission-based event. The premier ticket gives guests access to all rides and all four haunted attractions in the park. Parents please use discretion and call before visiting with small children.
Haunted Mansion of Melville - F&W Schmitt Family Farm
Through November 02, 2013 - Melville
The F&W Schmitt Family Farm?s Haunted Mansion of Melville is back for its 19th fall season. Get spooked by the ghouls and goblins at the Haunted Mansion, the Haunted Nighttime Corn Maze, and their newest attraction, The Experiment. Guests who post photos to Instagram with the hashtag #SchmittsHaunt will be entered to win VIP entry for 10. The farm has a dark and troubling history surrounding a particular doctor who resides there to this day. After a patient gave him a book of ancient texts, strange things began to happen. Murders, otherworldly creatures and bodies in the cornfields are just some of the oddities his ?guests? will see. Worse still, the doctor has a new project called The Experiment, where few test subjects have escaped with all their limbs.
Haunted House - Bayville Scream Park
Through November 03, 2013 - Bayville
Every year the doors of the Bay Family Mansion are unlocked. The ghosts and ghouls come out to play. They invade all of Bayville Adventure Park. Bayville Adventure Park transforms into a spooky world of frights and surprises to become Bayville Scream Park. Featuring Bloodworth Haunted Mansion, Uncle Needle's Fun House of Fear, Temple of Terror, Zombie Pirates and Evil in the Woods!
There is plenty to do for the younger kids this Halloween season. There are two "not so scary" haunted houses, the pumpkin bounce, the pumpkin patch and the spooky Halloween Express Train and Hay Ride. They can also get great Halloween snacks at the Creepy cafe like candy apples, cotton candy and popcorn and there are still all the regular attractions of the Adventure Park like Spooky Pirate Miniature golf all decorated for Halloween.
LES MISÉRABLES - CM Performing Arts
Through November 24, 2013 - Oakdale
This is the haunting, yet inspiring story of Jean Valjean, a burly thief who attempts to start a new life with the help of a kind bishop. But despite his change of heart, he still must live life on the run through this time of political redemption, while he is endlessly and relentlessly pursued by Police Inspector Javert. That pursuit, over decades through the tumult of revolutionary France, changes his life forever. Along this quest is a powerful examination of justice, passion, change, fateful decisions and moral redemption. October 19-November 24, 2013.
Self Care Coaching Session - Life Coaching for Women
Through November 29, 2013 - Bellmore
Are you balancing work and family? Coping with anxiety, fears and anger? Contemplating a career move? In college or have thoughts of going back to college? Now's the time to move forward with your life, to spend time alone and love who you are.
What are your goals? Where do you see yourself a year from now? Five years from now? Learn techniques that will move you forward to where you want to be in life. Get a one-hour
introductory coaching session on self care. This session will leave you feeling alive again and thinking of ways as to how you will begin to move forward! Call or email [email protected] to register.
Life After Divorce-The New You - Life Coaching for Women
Through November 29, 2013 - Bellmore
Sign up for a free one-hour life coaching session on life after divorce. Who are you now? What positive things have you learned about yourself? What does your future look like? What goals have you set? Learn techniques on how to move forward and enjoy life with the New You! Visit the website, call, or email [email protected]
Fall Learn and Play for Pre-schoolers - Suffolk County Farm & Education Center
Through December 12, 2013 - Yaphank
Age-appropriate 1 hour sessions have been designed to accentuate the child/parent learning experience. Mon, Tues and Wed are programs for children ages 15mos-3years. Thursdays classes are for children ages 2-5 and their siblings and Fridays classes are for children aged 3-5. Registration and detailed information pertaining to the classes can be found onliine at ccesuffolk.org (under Farm, Early Childhood). September 30-December 12, 2013.
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.
Saturday Respite - Theresa Academy of Performing Arts
Through June 21, 2014 - Lido Beach
Saturday Respite program runs each Saturday and students have a snack and participate three of the following activities: yoga, dance, drama, drumming, art, cooking, or music.
Students range in age and work with a 1-on-1 volunteer to guide and support the student. Students with special needs and typically developing students are welcome. Please RSVP at [email protected]
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]