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TODAY'S FAMILY & KIDS ACTIVITIES IN LONG ISLAND-AUGUST 30

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free and low-cost things to do with kids in Nassau Find free and low-cost things to do with kids in Nassau today, August 30, including fun activities and events the whole family can enjoy. See what's going on today in Nassau's museums, galleries, and libraries for some educational fun; in the parks, for outdoor and nature activities; and in the theaters, for children's concerts and performances. Plus, get details and directions on any street fairs or holiday festivals happening August 30. For even more free and low-cost upcoming events in Nassau, check out our complete calendar of events.

START (Story + Art) - Long Island Children's Museum
August 30, 2011 - Garden City

Kids listen each week to a different story that relates to the season. After the story, all little hands are on deck to create an art project about the story that was read.

Feathered Family Fun - Long Island Children's Museum
August 30, 2011 - Garden City

Attend this unique workshop and design your own family birdhouse using wood pieces, bright paint, and other exciting materials. Hang your birdhouse at home to feed and watch Long Island's native feathered friends. This workshop runs through August 31.

Afternoon Tea Party - Cupcake Corner Too!
August 30, 2011 - Garden City

This hour-long tea party features finger sandwiches, scones with clotted cream and strawberry preserves, yogurt parfaits, fruit, cookies and cupcakes, gourmet beverages, sodas and juice. Reservations are required.

Feathered Family Fun - Long Island Children's Museum
Through August 31, 2011 - Garden City

Attend this unique workshop and design your own family birdhouse using wood pieces, bright paint, and other exciting materials. Hang your birdhouse at home to feed and watch Long Island's native feathered friends. This workshop runs through August 31.

Children of Divorce - Saltzman Community Center
Through August 31, 2011 - Hempstead

Through structured activities, games, stories, projects, and friendship, this group offers a safe environment for children who have gone through the difficult transition of divorce. Call to register.

Open Horsemanship Classes - Greenlawn Equestrian Center
Through September 02, 2011 - Greenlawn

Take advantage of the beginner open horsemanship series to learn and practice horsemanship skills including handling/safety, grooming, tacking, feeding/nutrition and exercise/lungeing. No reservation is required.

$40 Horsebackriding Lesson Special - Greenlawn Equestrian Center
Through September 02, 2011 - Greenlawn

Take advantage of this specially priced 30min private lesson. Reserve your lesson as slots fill up fast.

Open Pony Rides - Greenlawn Equestrian Center
Through September 02, 2011 - Greenlawn

Drop in for a pony ride. No reservations required.

3-Day Twisters Mini Camp - Twisters Gymnastics
Through September 02, 2011 - Westbury

It's the end of the summer. Sign up for a fun-filled time of tumbling, jumping, and playing at Twisters. Select three days, Monday through Friday, and call to reserve your space.

Grossology: The (Impolite) Science of the Human Body - Long Island Children's Museum
Through September 04, 2011 - Garden City

Bring the kids for a curiosity romp as they learn about the human body. Explore why the body produces mushy, oozy, crusty, scaly, and stinky gunk. Children will be fascinated with the answers. The exhibit runs through September 4.

RICHARD AVEDON: Photographer of Influence - Nassau County Museum of Art
Through September 04, 2011 - Roslyn Harbor

American photographer Richard Avedon worked in New York from the 1950s through to the 21st century. He is highly regarded for revolutionizing the genre of portraiture. Avedon created some of the most iconic works of the 20th century and his influence in the world of fashion photography created the transition to many of today's compelling images. The exhibition runs through September 4.

ROBERT HITE: IMAGINED HISTORIES - Nassau County Museum of Art
Through September 04, 2011 - Roslyn Harbor

Hite, a sculptor, painter, and photographer whose work reflects nature and the surrounding landscape, installed and photographed a series of mixed media architectural sculptures, from 2006 to 2010, called Imagined Histories: Hudson Valley Landscapes. The Contemporary Gallery exhibition includes a sculpture and black and white photographs from the series. The exhibition runs through September 4.

Grossology: The (Impolite) Science of the Human Body - Long Island Children's Museum
Through September 04, 2011 - Garden City

Explore why your body produces mushy, oozy, crusty, scaly and stinky gunk. Take a "Tour du Nose" to explore 10 nasal features, including how your nose acts as an air filter, a smell sensor and a mucus producer. Play the pinball game "Gas Attack" by scoring off bumpers dressed up as food items that cause gas. Mimic the build up of acid indigestion by causing the "Burp Machine" to release a giant belch. Take a ride on the GI slide, climb a large-scale replica of human skin, and discover other mysterious ways your body's biology does what it needs to do to keep you healthy. The exhibition runs through September 4.

KaleidoZone— Reconstructing Reality - Long Island Children's Museum
Through September 04, 2011 - Garden City

Discover the beauty of collage at this exhibition of artwork created by individuals with autism and other special needs participating in Art Therapy programs at Family Residences & Essential Enterprises, Inc. The artists are a courageous group of people who, in spite of their challenges, took the risk to "talk" through their art-making process. The exhibit runs through September 4.

Community Gallery – Colorsong: A Conversation - Long Island Children's Museum
Through September 04, 2011 - Garden City

Stop by the Community Gallery to view poems and art work by students of Jackson Avenue and Lakeville elementary schools inspired by artist Susan Ruth Cohen's new book "Colorsong." This exhibit runs through September 4.

Robert Hite: Imagined Histories - Nassau County Museum of Art
Through September 04, 2011 - Roslyn Harbor

Hite's work, as sculptor, painter, and photographer, reflects nature and the surrounding landscape. From 2006 to 2010, he installed and photographed a series of mixed/media architectural sculptures called Imagined Histories:Hudson Valley Landscapes. The exhibitions include sculpture and black and white photographs of works from the series. The work will be on view through September 4.

The 36th Annual Hampton Classic Horse Show -
Through September 04, 2011 - Bridgehampton

The show features daily hunter, jumper and equitation competitions, boutiques,pony rides, zoo animals and special attractions.

'From Prey to Protection' - Cold Spring Harbor Whaling Museum
Through September 05, 2011 - Cold Spring Harbor

For thousands of years, mankind has hunted whales. Fifty years ago, public opinion began to change, and commercial whaling came to a halt. What happened? Why? Explore the events behind this complete turnabout in public attitude through artifacts and historic film.

Blue Star Museums Program - The Heckscher Museum
Through September 05, 2011 - Huntington

The Heckscher Museum of Art is participating in the Blue Star Museums program, a partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts, Blue Star Families, and more than 1,000 museums across America. From Memorial Day (May 30) through Labor Day (September 5), free admission to the Museum is available to any bearer of a Geneva Convention Common Access Card (CAC), a DD Form 1173, or a DD Form 1173-1, which includes active duty military and five immediate family members. Open to Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, Coast Guard, National Guard and Reserve.

The World's Largest Resort - Ward Melville Heritage Organization
Through September 05, 2011 - Stony Brook

An interactive exhibit featuring local vendors showcasing the best Long Island has to offer.

Blue Star Museum Program: FREE Admission to Active Military Personnel and their Immediate Families - Guild Hall Museum
Through September 05, 2011 - East Hampton

Free admission is available to active-duty military through Labor Day. A valid military ID admits ID holder and five immediate family members.

From the Hand: Drawings from the Hofstra University Museum Collection - Hofstra University Museum, David Filderman Gallery
Through September 11, 2011 - Hempstead

This exhibition highlights some of the remarkable drawings from the Hofstra University Museum’s permanent collection. Artists represented will include Benny Andrews, Jean Cocteau, Harvey Dinnerstein, Arthur Gibbons, Charles Dana Gibson, Wolf Kahn, Ezio Martinelli, Philip Pearlstein, Diego Rivera, Norman Rockwell, Burton Silverman, Abraham Walkowitcz, and Benjamin West. The exhibit runs through September 11, 2011.

The Mommies - A Musical Blog - Landmark on Main Street
Through September 16, 2011 - Port Washington

A humorous look at the world of mommies…from pregnancy to empty nesting with laments about the postpartum blues, tween challenges, and a shout out to the Super Nanny for help with discipline. This production runs through September 16.

New York, New York - The Heckscher Museum
Through September 16, 2011 - Huntington

To commemorate the 10th anniversary of 9/11, "New York, New York" pays tribute to the fortitude of New York City and the courage of her people. The city’s multi-faceted allure is revealed in images of architectural landmarks and daily life in her many neighborhoods. Works by Berenice Abbott, Gordon Grant, N. Jay Jaffee, Edward Moran, John Sloan, Abraham Walkowitz, Guy Wiggins, Garry Winogrand, and others.

Spanish Speaking Parenting - Saltzman Community Center
Through September 19, 2011 - Hempstead

Enhance your parenting skills in this 6-week course. Topics include strengthening the parent-child relationship, effective discipline, raising healthy children, time management, and building a support system. Call for exact times and to register.

Pirate Snorkel Adventure - Atlantis Marine World
Through September 25, 2011 - Riverhead

Interactive Pirate Snorkel Adventure: help Captain Poseidon locate missing treasure. While searching the lagoon, you'll see tropical fish from all around the world. Call for reservations: maximum 15 participants per session. Daily from July 2 through Labor Day, then on weekends in September.

Thursday Family Fun Night - KZAM
Through September 29, 2011 - Farmingdale

Drop in every Thursday for a one-of-a-kind experience at this new foam ball interactive play facility with 3 stories to climb and thousands of foam balls to shoot out of volcanos or blasters. Reservations are required.

THE MANY FACES OF RICHARD GACHOT - Art League of Long Island
Through October 02, 2011 - Dix Hills

Gachot's work typically depicts people, animals, insects, flowers, and narrative compositions and are made from found objects, altered, modified, or re-combined in unexpected ways. Some pieces are kinetic, the artist having engineered them to function like machines.

New York, New York Exhibition - The Heckscher Museum of Art
Through October 16, 2011 - Huntington

To commemorate the 10th anniversary of 9/11, the city is celebrated in a selection of prints and photographs that record the transformation of New York over the decades and capture the common experiences of the city’s inhabitants.

Earth Matters - The Heckscher Museum
Through October 23, 2011 - Huntington

On Long Island, as elsewhere, the preservation of the environment is a significant community, political and ideological issue as human intervention continues to damage Long Island’s fragile ecology. Artists have responded in a variety of ways that focus attention on the processes, rhythms and beauty of the natural world and our relationship to it. This exhibition features the work of Long Island artists who explore our experience of the environment in installations created from natural and recycled man-made materials.

Stories with Kelsey - The Dolphin Bookshop
Through October 25, 2011 - Port Washington

Inner Art Creations founder, Kelsey Fox Bennett, will be sharing the delight of stories with infants, toddlers, and caregivers each week. Kids will be invited to engage in the process of story telling through rhythm, movement, and words.

Atlantis Explorer Tour Boat - Atlantis Marine World
Through October 31, 2011 - Riverhead

Discover the ecological wonders of Long Island's waterways aboard the Atlantis Explorer. Enjoy hands-on exploration such as trap pulls, close encounters with marine creatures, and an educational stroll along the shore. Daily: May through October (weather permitting).

Weekly Storytime - Barnes & Noble - Manhasset
Through November 22, 2011 - Manhasset

The store hosts a bi-weekly story hour full of books and activities for little ones.

Mill Neck Manor Campus and Mansion Tours - Mill Neck Manor
Through December 04, 2011 - Mill Neck

Tours of this Tudor Revival mansion are led by a docent and are available on Sundays, July 10, August 7, September 25, October 2, November 6 and December 4. Children and teens must be accompanied by an adult at all times. No pets are allowed. Sign language interpreters will be provided for deaf guests provided a request is made in advance.

Free crafts for kids every Saturday and Sunday - Lakeshore Learning Store
Through December 31, 2011 - New Hyde Park

Put little hands to work every Saturday and Sunday with fun craft activities at all Lakeshore Learning Store locations. This free program is ideal for kids ages 3 and up. The program runs through December 31.

Michael Jackson THE IMMORTAL World Tour - Nassau Coliseum
Through April 07, 2012 - Uniondale

Tickets are now available for Michael Jackson THE IMMORTAL World Tour. Jackson fans can expect a riveting fusion of visuals, dance, music, and fantasy that immerses audiences in Michael's creative world and literally turns his signature moves upside down in this Cirque du Soleil production. Aimed at lifelong fans as well as newcomers, the show captures the essence, soul, and inspiration of the King of Pop, celebrating a legacy that continues to transcend generations. The show debuts April 7, 2012 at 8pm.

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