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Today's Family & Kids Activities in Long Island-January 6

January 6, 2015   |    

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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, January 6, 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 January 6. For even more free and low-cost upcoming events in Nassau, check out our complete calendar of events.

Little Learners Play Group - Open House and Registration - Community Church of Little Neck- Children's Center
January 06, 2015 - Little Neck

Looking for a great program where your little one will learn and you can bond with your child and other parents? Here's your opportunity to join the Little Learners at the Little Neck Children’s Center, led by certified teachers and parent coaches. This interactive program encourages social development along with listening and thinking skills, while providing time for parents to socialize. The Open House will answer your questions and help you register. Call Janet Pearson or email cclnsecretary@verizon.net for more information.

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.

GingerBread Lane - NY Hall of Science
January 06, 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.

Fish Tales - Franklin Square Public Library
January 06, 2015 - Franklin Square

Join the Long Island Children's Museum to learn about fish and fishing on Long Island.

COPE Parent Support Group-Daytime - Cope House
January 06, 2015 - East Meadow

COPE, a grief and healing organization dedicated to supporting parents and families living with the loss of a child, holds monthly support groups meetings for bereaved parents one Tuesday afternoon per month. Parents and siblings new to COPE must call and speak to COPE's Executive Director Karen Flyer prior to their first meeting.

Homework Help - Bellerose Library
January 06, 2015 - Bellerose

Move to the head of the class. Children in grades K-6, can spend time afterschool getting help with their homework.

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.

KaleidoZone – Sesheta Weaves Rainbows: Hand Woven and Loomed Beaded Jewelry - Long Island Children's Museum
Through January 18, 2015 - Garden City

Inspired by Native American and African beadwork, artist, Sesheta (Tanya) Holder creates handmade pieces incorporating symbols from ancient cultures. Using colors, crystals and beads, she looms and weaves a wearable piece of art that offers strength and encouragement. Come explore the symbols in her personal collection and discover which symbols hold meaning for you.

Polar Bear Pals - Long Island Children's Museum
Through January 30, 2015 - Garden City

Winter is here! Create a fluffy polar bear pal to keep you company this winter season! Runs Tues- Fri through January 30.

Café Gallery - Brentwood Public Library
Through January 31, 2015 - Brentwood

The talented students from the Brentwood School District will be displaying their artwork in the library's Café Gallery and display cases. Through January 31, 2015.

Bideawee's Love Your Pet Art Contest & Expo - Bideawee
Through January 31, 2015 - Westhampton

Bideawee invites artists grades 1-12 to participate in the organization’s 7th annual “Love Your Pet Art Contest & Expo.” All are encouraged to use their artistic talent to express their love for animals. This year, Bideawee has created a new, online photography and video contest for High School students. Students grades 1-8 can submit artwork representing any medium (drawings, paintings, sculptures, etc.). All artwork must be mailed or dropped off at the Adoption Center at Bideawee located at 118 Old Country Road, Westhampton, NY 11977 from 9am-5pm daily, before February 1, 2015. Students grades 9-12 are invited to submit photography and video for Bideawee’s new online contest. Students can enter photos and video at www.bideawee.org/loveyourpet from January 2, 2015 – February 1, 2015. Photography and video specifications are listed on the website. The first 300 art entries from grades 1-8 will be displayed at Bideawee’s Art Expo for viewing by the public at select times from February 9th – 15th. Winners will be determined by public vote. A $5 donation will grant entrance into the show and help continue to care for the pets in need at Bideawee. The online photography and video entries from grades 9-12 will be displayed at www.bideawee.org/loveyourpet from February 9th – 15th. All are invited to visit the website to vote for your favorites. All winners will be announced on February 16th. Prizes will be awarded in groupings based on children’s grade year in school: 1st & 2nd, 3rd & 4th, 5th & 6th, 7th & 8th and 9th -12th. Winning students from both the Expo and online contest will receive Gift Cards from our supporters: Target, Splish Splash, Tanger Outlets, Dave & Busters… and more! For more information, please visit www.bideawee.org/loveyourpet.

“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.

Free Trial Class with Kids' MusicRound! - Small World Connect Enrichment Center
Through February 11, 2015 - Manhasset

Each 45-minute class provides a variety of exciting activities that include singing, dancing, instrument play, chants, and much more. The music used is a combination of original music written for the program and traditional music from a variety of cultures. The children have a great time in a playgroup setting and the exposure to beat-comprehension and melody sets them up for a lifetime of music appreciation. Sign up for a free demo class at http://kidsmusicround-swc.com/sign-up-for-a-free-demo-class/

The Language Workshop for Children (Free Trial Class) - Small World Connect Enrichment Center
Through February 21, 2015 - Manhasset

The Language Workshop for Children’s Director/Founder François Thibaut invented the enriched play method to teach French, Spanish, Italian and Chinese to kids. Since 1973 his internationally-recognized LWFC has offered stimulating language lessons for babies, toddlers and elementary grades. Original music, vocabulary-building songs, language immersion, festive visual aids, action games and native-fluent language teachers are why the LWFC is the country’s leader in children’s language educational play. As Thibaut says, “Children remember the words that make them happy”. Whether it’s language immersion preschool, after-school lessons, school-break programs, toddler classes, baby education or summer day camp, the subtle details of the LWFC’s celebrated Thibaut Technique® and the quality of their colorful and professional take-home materials is what makes the difference. Call to schedule your free trial class today!

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.

Toddler Time - Sky Zone Deer Park
Through December 31, 2015 - Deer Park

Children ages 5 and under can jump and a parent/guardian may participate for free. For safety reasons at no point may an adult jump on the same trampoline as a child. During toddler time adults may sit/stand on the trampoline pads to accompany their children. This activities takes place Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays 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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