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by Daily Kids Events Editor December 17, 2014


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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, December 17, 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 December 17. For even more free and low-cost upcoming events in Nassau, check out our complete calendar of events.

Sensory Jump Time - Pump It Up of Great Neck
December 17, 2014 - Great Neck

Pump It Up has partnered with Autism Speaks and is proud to offer Sensory Jump Time, a program for all children on the autism spectrum. Children who attend will have the opportunity to make new friends, jump, slide and play sensory-friendly games within a controlled, safe environment. This program is open to children on the autism spectrum and their siblings only. Advanced registration is encouraged as this program is not open to the general public in order to provide a safe environment for the children. Pump It Up is a proud supporter of Autism Speaks. For more information about autism, visit AutismSpeaks.org.

Tiny Tots: Nature Discoveries: Nature Gifts - Connetquot River State Park
December 17, 2014 - Oakdale

Explore the natural world around us. These programs will connect young children and their parents with the natural world through short walks, activities, and crafts. For ages 3-5. Call 631-581 – 1072 for reservations.

Peter Pan - The Noel S. Ruiz Theatre at CM Performing Arts Center
December 17, 2014 - Oakdale

Peter and his mischievous fairy sidekick Tinkerbell visit the nursery of the Darling children and, with a sprinkle of pixie dust, begin a magical journey across the stars that none of them will ever forget.

Hanukah Storytime - Barnes and Noble -Country Glen Center
December 17, 2014 - Carle Place

Join in for a Hanukah Storytime featuring Honeyky Hanukah by Woody Guthrie. It's Honeyky Hanukah time! A fun story celebrating Hanukah.

Family Bounce Night - BounceU Farmingdale
December 17, 2014 - Farmingdale

The endless excitement of these state of the art inflatables and games is perfect for the entire family, and there is no better place to bond than BounceU. Keep the fun going with dinner! Pizza and Drinks are available at an additional cost. Call or email to reserve a spot.

Cirque le Masque: Noel - The Patchogue Theatre
December 17, 2014 - Patchogue

This balance of theatrical wizardry, comic audience interactions and holiday cheer will leave you breathless. Cirque Le Masque brings together a multicultural group of entertainers from all corners of the globe. In 2009, the company received the Best Modern Circus Award at the International Festival of Circus Arts in Bucharest, Romania. Their performers have reached countless audiences through their appearances on NBC’s “Live at Five,” and through their sold out shows in venues worldwide, including headlining performances in Atlantic City, in Las Vegas and at Foxwoods Casino. Some have described their work as “tight, theatrical and intimate… touches all the emotions.” For others, “grace and beauty are the hallmarks of the show,” as the skill of the performers can be seen through their quick reflexes and impeccable timing.

Girl Scouts of Suffolk County's 11th Annual Holiday Light Show - Camp Edey
December 17, 2014 - Bayport

Drive a mile-long trail filled with beautiful holiday displays in the picturesque woodlands of Camp Edey in Bayport. New this year: Tickets must be purchased in advance online at holidaylightshow.org. Tickets will not be sold at the entrance of the show. Proceeds benefit the Girl Scouts of Suffolk County.

Mommy and Me Story Time - Happy & Healthy Wellness Center
Through December 18, 2014 - Mineola

Classes will be led by certified teachers, health and parent coaches. Children will be able to listen to seasonally appropriate stories. They will also be able to browse through books, play with toys, and listen to music.

Yoga with Alexis - Happy & Healthy Wellness Center
Through December 22, 2014 - Mineola

Alexis' yoga classes are open to all levels of practice. She will guide you through a full hour of vinyasa flow while offering various modifications of each pose for those who are beginners as well as for those who prefer more of a challenge. Please note that space is limited and pre-registration is required for either a series or single class at least 24 hours in advance.

Photos with Santa - Green Acres Mall
Through December 24, 2014 - Valley Stream

Have your photos taken with Santa - See Guest Services in the Mall. It will be a fun memorabilia.

Expanded Manor House and Garden Tour Schedule - Bayard Cutting Arboretum State Park
Through December 28, 2014 - Oakdale

Tours are led by trained docents and last approximately an hour and a half. Private group tours of ten (10) or more can also be arranged. Advanced registration is recommended by calling the park directly at 631-581-1002 with payment due upon arrival. Registration is accepted the day of the tour, on a first come basis, and is limited to 15 people. The Bayard Cutting Arboretum, located in Great River, was the former country estate of William Bayard Cutting and his family. Westbrook, their 68-room American Tudor style country home, was built in 1886. The home has magnificent fireplaces, elegant paneled rooms, exquisite carving and woodworking, many original fixtures and furnishings, and beautiful stained-glass windows created by the firm of Louis Comfort Tiffany. The Manor House is situated on almost 700 acres of landscape, originally designed by Frederick Law Olmstead, which includes sweeping views of the Connetquot River. September 11-December 28, 2014.

The Faux Sho' - Islip Art Museum
Through December 28, 2014 - East Islip

Curated by Beth Giacummo. Reception on November 9th from 1-4 pm.

THE WIZARD OF OZ - Smithtown Center for the Performing Arts
Through December 28, 2014 - Smithtown

Come join Dorothy, the Scarecrow, the Tin Man and the Cowardly Lion as they journey down the yellow brick road to see the Wizard of Oz in this delightful musical based on the classic story. Through Jan. 25. 2015.

Snug Bug Babywearing and Pregnancy Fitness - Happy & Healthy Wellness Center
Through December 29, 2014 - Mineola

Bring your baby or toddler (and carrier / wrap)or pregnant belly and come workout. Bond with your child and meet other moms, all while getting your sweat session in for the day!

Rocket Park Mini Golf - NY Hall of Science
Through December 31, 2014 - Corona

Putt your way through a nine-hole miniature golf course that teaches the science of spaceflight. Players will explore key science concepts such as propulsion, gravity, escape velocity, launch window, gravitational assist, and more.

The Science Playground - NY Hall of Science
Through December 31, 2014 - Corona

The nation's largest science playground features 60,000 square feet of exhibits for children of all ages. Slides, seesaws, climbing webs, a water play area, drums, mirrors, sand boxes and more allow kids to explore science by playing. Open weather permitting.

Christmas Tree and Poinsettia Sales - Queens County Farm Museum
Through December 31, 2014 - Floral Park

Popular varieties and sizes of trees, evergreen wreaths, poinsettia, Amaryllis, and paperwhites will be for sale with proceeds benefiting the Farm Museum.

Traveling Exhibit- Native Voices: New England Tribal Families - Long Island Children's Museum
Through January 04, 2015 - Garden City

Explore five thriving New England communities as they work to balance cultural traditions with life in a modern world. The hands-on exhibit takes visitors through four New England seasons and shares stories, songs, and cultural materials that illustrate strong and enduring connections between tribes and their traditional homelands. Toboggan down a winter hill, learn about daily life at the Nuweetooun Tribal School, experience the sights and sounds of Pow Wow and explore a natural cranberry bog on Martha’s Vineyard! Experience these activities and many more in the new exhibit Native Voices. Native Voices was produced by Boston Children’s Museum All underlying materials, including all artwork and the use of Native Voices characters are used with permission of Boston Children’s Museum. Native Voices: New England Tribal Families is sponsored nationally by Ocean Spray™ and the National Endowment for the Humanities™. Local exhibit support provided by Astoria Bank (logo).

Tours of the Decorated Vanderbilt Mansion - Vanderbilt Mansion
Through January 06, 2015 - Centerport

See the halls of the Mansion decked in holiday elegance by volunteer decorators and garden clubs. The spectacular results charm hundreds of visitors throughout the season. Through January 6, 2015.

Dance your Soul Mommy and Baby - Happy & Healthy Wellness Center
Through January 09, 2015 - Mineola

Come enjoy this class that gives moms a chance to bond with their little ones, get back in shape, and learn some slick new moves with the help of a professional dancer, choreographer and instructor. No dance experience necessary. Classes are designed to be fun, both for caregivers and babies. Runs through January 9, 2015.

GingerBread Lane - New York Hall of Science
Through January 11, 2015 - Corona

Jon Lovitch is a chef and the creator of GingerBread Lane, an annual display of homemade and handmade gingerbread houses that he drafts, designs, bakes, plans, builds, and decorates for an entire year. This season will be its 21st. The concept for Gingerbread Lane changes each year, depending on what Lovitch has seen at gingerbread competitions, in magazines, at holiday displays, sometimes even drawing ideas from houses he spots while driving. Lovitch purchases the materials after the holiday season, and begins designing and constructing the exhibit by March. All work is completed by late October and reviewed for detail until the exhibit begins. Beginning in November, Lovitch works between 80 and 90 hours for the final three weeks before GingerBread Lane opens for display. Each gingerbread house requires approximately three hours to complete and many of the complicated projects within the village require upwards of 35 hours. Each annual GBL takes about 1500 hours to make. GBL is made from only "real" edible ingredients: gingerbread, royal icing, and candy. In contrast, other gingerbread competitors use dried pasta, uncooked rice and beans, and edible clay, among other ingredients. This year, GBL uses both gingerbread bricks and candy bricks for the structures. The 2014 GBL weighs more than 1.5 tons, covers a continuous surface of nearly 300 square feet and is 11 feet high at its highest point. It will be competing for a Guinness World Record for largest gingerbread exhibit, and will be the largest GBL ever. While the layout and composition change yearly, GBL always includes Eggnog Bay, Gum Drop Row, Peppermint Central Park, Candy Cane Place, and Toffee Boulevard. New this year is Ribbon Candy Ridge and a "behind-the-scenes" window, giving a peek into the makings of GBL with ovens, models, and ingredients...made entirely from royal icing. Five two-foot-high nutcrackers, also made of royal icing, stand guard over the back of the exhibit. This year's village includes an estimated 1750 lbs. of icing, 400 lbs. of candy, and 500 lbs. of gingerbread dough; and comprises 152 gingerbread houses, 65 trees, four gingerbread cable cars, five gingerbread train cars, an underground candy subway station, candy trees, and sugar signage. GingerBread Lane always sits out in the open, rather than behind glass, a fact that can really be appreciated when one smells the homemade gingerbread. All gingerbread structures are given away free on the last day of the exhibit. Since December 2000, GingerBread Lane has also hosted annual workshops for families and after-school programs for children. Each year, Lovitch works with underprivileged and disabled children by shipping GingerBread Lane pieces across the country for those unable to view the display. gingerbread-lane.org; Twitter: @GingerBreadLane; Facebook: GingerBread Lane, #gingerbreadlane.

GingerBread Lane - NY Hall of Science
Through January 11, 2015 - Corona

Marvel at homemade gingerbread houses that are drafted, designed, baked, planned, built and decorated by chef Jon Lovitch over the course of an entire year. GingerBread Lane is made from only “real” edible ingredients: gingerbread, royal icing and candy. Last year’s GingerBread Lane at NYSCI was recognized as the largest gingerbread village in the world by the 2014 Guinness World Records. Children under 18 must be accompanied by an adult. Exhibit ends at 1pm on Jan 11, 2015.

“Exploring the Centuries: 7th – 20th Century Asian Art” Exhibition - Hofstra University Museum, David Filderman Gallery
Through February 08, 2015 - Hempstead

The exhibition focuses upon works of historic, spiritual, and artistic importance including woodblock prints, hand painted scrolls, metal works and sculptural works that highlight artistic traditions from the diverse Asian cultures of nations such as Japan, China, India, Tibet and Thailand. The exhibition runs through February 8, 2015.

Religious School Class for Children with Special Needs - Temple Chaverim
Through May 21, 2015 - Plainview

Religious (Hebrew) Education Classes for children with special needs leading to individualized Bar and Bat Mitzvah preparation. Small classes/low ratios and an emphasis on helping each child learn at their own pace allows each child to succeed and enjoy Hebrew School. Call for further information on this unique and successful program.

Religious School Class for Children with Special Needs - Temple Chaverim
Through May 21, 2015 - Plainview

Religious (Hebrew) Education Classes for children with special needs leading to individualized Bar and Bat Mitzvah preparation. Small classes/low ratios and an emphasis on helping each child learn at their own pace allows each child to succeed and enjoy Hebrew School. Call for further information on this unique and successful program.

Global Explorer Family Backpack - Emily Lowe Gallery
Through May 31, 2015 - Hempstead

Children and their families can explore and discover the beauty of the world’s cultures using an activity-filled backpack that enhances experiences with authentic objects from the Museum’s collections. While exploring specific works displayed at the David Filderman Gallery, children create their own keepsake artworks inspired by the art and cultures they discover along the new Fall theme: “Tell Me a Story.” Pick up materials in the Emily Lowe Gallery.

Preschool Place - NY Hall of Science
Through June 30, 2015 - Corona

The ideal space to explore, discover and build! Little ones can experience multi-sensory activities in a safe, protected area and is specially designed to meet the developmental needs of children ages birth to 6 years old. Sing-alongs, story times and art activities are featured during weekends and holidays. This program is available thru June 30, 2015.

Toddler Camp - Toddler Camp
Through December 28, 2015 - Huntington

Toddler Camp promotes early learning by organizing stimulating and themed activities at outdoor locations for toddlers. This provides the toddlers with an opportunity to explore new places, to learn new things in different environments, be exposed to new stimuli, and to interact with with the world around them. This can also provide parents with a much needed break from planning an early learning activity with a snack while offering them the opportunity to meet and connect with parents of kids in the same age range.

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. Year-round.

Behind-the-Scenes Tours - Long Island Aquarium and Exhibition Center
Through December 31, 2016 - Riverhead

Go behind-the-scenes and see firsthand all that's involved in creating a home for the aquatic residents, including helping to feed the clownfish. Takes place daily, year-round.

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