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TODAY'S FAMILY & KIDS ACTIVITIES IN LONG ISLAND-MARCH 18

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by Daily Kids Events Editor March 18, 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, March 18, 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 March 18. For even more free and low-cost upcoming events in Nassau, check out our complete calendar of events.

Family Bounce Night - BounceU-Farmingdale
March 18, 2015 - Farmingdale

The whole family can enjoy this time together having fun in a clean, safe, controlled environment.

Say the Word: Deconstructing Rubber Soul - Cinema Arts Centre
March 18, 2015 - Huntington

Acclaimed Beatles scholar Scott Freiman returns with a brand new entertaining live multimedia journey through the creation of The Beatles' legendary Rubber Soul with rare audio and video from the studio and the stage. Listen as classic tracks like "Norwegian Wood", "In My Life", and "Nowhere Man" come to life, and hear the stories behind the songs.

Woodworking/craft class - Tumbling Tunes
Through March 21, 2015 - East Northport

Children enjoy working with tools and paint to create an original wooden masterpiece. Previous crafts include a Halloween sign, a watermelon serving platter, a shell mobile, and a name plaque.

Jr. Iron Chef Competitions - Whole Foods Market - Lake Grove
Through March 21, 2015 - Lake Grove

Middle and high school students are invited to compete, in teams, to create unique dishes that feature local and USDA commodity ingredients. Sponsored by Cornell Cooperative Extension and Whole Foods. The goal is to create an awareness and appreciation of the sustainable food system and to get schools committed to providing quality, locally-grown foods for their students. Middle School teams will compete March 14th. High School teams will compete March 21st. Call for more information on how to participate.

The 2015 Spring Flower and Garden Show - Hicks Nurseries
Through March 22, 2015 - Westbury

Hicks Nurseries is Long Island's favorite garden center, and every year, it hosts the largest and most popular flower show on Long Island. This is the event for discovering the latest gardening trends, products and ideas. Re-ignite a passion for planting and growing seasonal flowers, vegetables, and plants The Spring Flower and Garden Show is also great for children. Each and every day offers up a variety of workshops and activities designed with younger gardeners in mind.

Sensory Jump Night - Pump It Up- Plainview
Through March 25, 2015 - Plainview

During this evening event, the play areas are reserved for kids on the autism spectrum and their families. Kids have a great time meeting new friends. Jump, slide, and play with sensory-friendly games in a safe and controlled atmosphere.

Art Smarts Mommy & Me Art Class - Safari Adventure
Through March 25, 2015 - Riverhead

Prepare your child to get messy at this art class for young children where they will enjoy exploring and experimenting with painting, sculpture, drawing and more.

LEARN TO DRAW - St. Lukes Lutheran Church
Through March 26, 2015 - Bay Shore

Step-by-step, your child can learn to draw animals, landscapes, people and masterworks while they experiment with chalk and oil pastels, watercolors and markers.

LEARN TO DRAW - United Methodist Church,
Through March 27, 2015 - Amityville

Step-by-step, your child can learn to draw animals, landscapes, people and masterworks while they experiment with chalk and oil pastels, watercolors and markers.

Parent's Night Out - Tumbling Tunes
Through March 27, 2015 - East Northport

Enjoy a night out while your children play in a gymnastics area, craft area, and play space. Experienced, fun staff and restaurant discounts.

Art Classes - Healing Tree Family Wellness
Through March 27, 2015 - Holtsville

Children of all ages and abilities will have the opportunity to explore their unique creativity through drawing, painting, collage and more. Students will be learning in mediums such as pencil, paint, oil/chalk, pastel and watercolor while exploring techniques and being guided in creative self expression. Creating beautiful pieces of art each week that they are proud of. This class is open to all ages and will be individually geared to each students needs and abilities. If your child loves to draw at home they will love this free form class that allows for self expression with guided direction from our art teacher Patricia. Registration required.

The Adventures of Peter Rabbit - Theatre Three
Through March 28, 2015 - Port Jefferson

Peter, Flopsy, Mopsy, Cotton-Tail, Benjamin Bunny, the McGregors and all their friends come to life in this adaption of the story by Beatrix Potter.

The Wizard of Oz - The Showplace at Bellmore Movies
Through March 28, 2015 - Bellmore

Join Dorothy, the Scarecrow, the Tinman, and the Cowardly Lion as they come to life in an adaptation featuring the music of the MGM movie. The performance runs for one hour, followed by a meet and greet with the cast.

The Other Side: A Photographic Memorial to the Slaves at the William Floyd Estate - Oyster Bay Historical Society
Through March 28, 2015 - Oyster Bay

The Other Side looks at the William Floyd Estate, a National Park unit of Fire Island National Seashore. Long Island plantation and slave owner William Floyd (1734-1821) represented New York in the First Continental Congress in Philadelphia, where he set his signature to the Declaration of Independence in July 1776. Photographs on exhibit provide landscape vistas of the estate grounds as well as intimate interior views of rooms not included in regular tours of the house.

Beauty and the Beast - Bayway Arts Center
Through March 28, 2015 - East Islip

An enchanting tale as old as time about how the love of one beautiful young girl helps to transform a hard-hearted monster back into a handsome prince.

The Open Studio for Families - Parrish Art Museum
Through March 28, 2015 - Water Mill

Explore art in the galleries and create projects in the studio. Each month, features different materials and techniques. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Winter Concert Series - Bayard Cutting Arboretum - Upper Carriage House
Through March 29, 2015 - Great River

The New York Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation invites you to come in from the cold and enjoy the comfort and warmth of fine classical music. For more information, call the Islip Arts Council at 631-224-5420. Seating is on first come, first serve basis.

Beginner Guitar Lessons for Teens Class 1 - Massapequa Library
Through March 30, 2015 - Massapequa

Want to be the next Guitar legend? Instructor Thomas Tucker will get you started in this five class series! Must bring own acoustic guitar!

Family Yoga - Healing Tree Family Wellness
Through March 30, 2015 - Holtsville

Children and parents/caregivers receive the benefits of yoga while bonding with one another. Release the built up emotions and tension of the day in a healthy way and enjoy a peaceful nights rest. Advance registration required.

Cool Cat Masks - Long Island Children's Museum
Through March 31, 2015 - Garden City

Celebrate Dr. Seuss’ birthday (March 2) all month long and create a “Cat in the Hat” mask inspired by his popular book!

Easter Bunny Photos - Green Acres Mall
Through April 04, 2015 - Valley Stream

Everyone loves the Easter Bunny. Make sure you get a photo to remember. The Easter Bunny will be available for photos in Macy’s Men/Kohl’s Wing. Stop by and say, "Cheese!"

“The George W. Bush Presidency: Points of Perspective” Exhibition - David Filderman Gallery
Through April 10, 2015 - Hempstead

This original HUM exhibition provides a balanced focus on seven points of impact to the nation which required George W. Bush administration responses and decisions. Works of art, documents, photographs and objects cover selected thematic areas including the 2000 Election, September 11, 2001, The War on Terror: Afghanistan and Iraq, Hurricane Katrina, the 2008 Economic Crisis, Social Security Reform, and AIDS and Malaria Initiatives in Africa. This exhibition is presented in association with the Hofstra Cultural Center international conference, The George W. Bush Presidency (March 24 - 26, 2015). The exhibition runs through April 10, 2015.

Elephant & Piggie's 'We are in Play' - Smithtown Center for the Performing Arts
Through April 11, 2015 - Smithtown

Get ready for a musical experience ripped from the pages of Mo Willems' beloved, award-winning, best-selling children's books that will leave audiences doing the "Flippy Floppy Floory" dance all night long. In Elephant & Piggie's "We Are in a Play!",

THE ADVENTURES OF PETER RABBIT - Theatre Three
Through April 11, 2015 - Port Jefferson

Peter, Flopsy, Mopsy, Cotton-Tail, Benjamin Bunny, the McGregors and all their friends come to life in this delightful adaption based on the characters created by Beatrix Potter. March 15 the show will be at 3pm. All other dates are 2pm.

Seal & Bird Watching Adventure - Riis Landing
Through April 19, 2015 - Breezy Point

Anyone interested in setting sail in search of beautiful seals and birds, should hop aboard The American Princess docked in Rockaway, Queens. Don't miss this unique opportunity to learn about the wildlife that exists so close to home. A naturalist will be aboard to provide insight and information about seals and marine life. Video/slide presentations will be available during the trip. Enjoy a large heated cabin, beverage and snack bar onboard. Weekends 3/1-4/19 and Fri. 4/3 No cruise Sunday 4/5.

Student Arts Festival Part II, Grades 9-12 - Guild Hall
Through April 19, 2015 - East Hampton

Schools from Bridgehampton to Montauk participate in this student exhibition. The museum features more than 3,500 works of student art that covers the gallery walls floor to ceiling salon-style.

KaleidoZone – Paint Me a Story: The Art of Javaka Steptoe - Long Island Children's Museum
Through April 26, 2015 - Garden City

Javaka Steptoe is an award-winning artist and book illustrator. The Harlem born, Brooklyn raised visual artist uses diverse and eclectic materials -- from candy wrappers to 14k jewelry -- to create playful images with three-dimensional qualities. Explore the different materials he uses to collage images that tell stories that delight children and their grownup companions.

Traveling Exhibit - Healthyville® - Long Island Children's Museum
Through May 03, 2015 - Garden City

Healthyville is a place for everybody. This bilingual (English/Spanish), interactive exhibit teaches health and wellness lessons through play-filled activities and educational messages that foster learning by doing. The young “residents” of Healthyville present fun facts about nutrition, fitness, safety, hygiene and the functions of the body. The exhibit encourages healthy living and making smart decisions. Be the first visitors to: • Ride and row with a skeleton • Discover Go, Slow and Whoa foods • Touch boogers inside a giant nose • Get the inside view of digestion • Measure your vertical leap • Exercise your heart

The New York Spring Spectacular starring The Rockettes, Laura Benanti and Derek Hough - Radio City Music Hall
Through May 03, 2015 - Midtown

This all new show stars the legendary Rockettes, Derek Hough, Laura Benanti, and the voices of Whoopi Goldberg and Bella Thorne. Billed as a whirlwind adventure across New York City, the production celebrates the wonder of springtime in Manhattan with a story about three New Yorkers who change each other's lives in unexpectedly wonderful ways. Exuberant and energetic, it features all new Rockettes dance numbers, 3D effects, live action puppets and a fun soundtrack of both new songs and classic hits. Spring Spectacular is sure to be an instant hit with dance and musical theater fans, as well as Rockettes aficionados. This brand-new live theatrical production is led by an award-winning creative team that includes Tony and Drama Desk Award winner Warren Carlyle as director and choreographer, Tony Award winning director and Artistic Director of the American Repertory Theater (A.R.T.) Diane Paulus and American playwright and Drama Desk Award winner Randy Weiner as the show's co-creative directors and up-and-coming playwright Joshua Harmon. Previews start March 12, opens on March 26.

“From Portraits to Tweets: Imagery, Technology and the U.S. Presidency” Exhibition - Emily Lowe Gallery
Through May 08, 2015 - Hempstead

From a Gilbert Stuart portrait of George Washington to a Rauschenberg print, to contemporary tweets depicting President Obama, this exhibition, developed by the HUM, traces the public’s shifting perceptions of the American presidency through the use of visual imagery. This exhibition is presented in association with the Hofstra Cultural Center international conference, The George W. Bush Presidency (March 24 - 26, 2015). The exhibition runs through May 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.

Tour of camp - Kenwal Day Camp
Through June 30, 2015 - Melville

Come down to Kenwal and meet with one of their directors. They will sit down and answer all of your questions and take you and your campers around their 20 acre campgrounds. Call to set up a personal tour.

Park Shore Country Day Camp & School Open House and Tours - Park Shore Country Day Camp & School
Through June 30, 2015 - Dix Hills

Three generations of the Budah family have watched Park Shore of Long Island create a 50 year history of leadership in day camp and pre-school programs. Their professional Leadership Team create opportunities for boys and girls attending day camp or pre-school to learn, grow, and develop the needed skills to feel good about themselves which adds to their future success. The professional staff supports their goals of enhanced skill development while maintaining fun and excitement in a safe environment. Boys and girls look forward to each Park Shore experience and remain energized while enjoying each day. Family owned and operated since 1959, three generations of the Budah family have dedicated themselves to providing an positive camp experience for all Park Shore campers and staff. The progams is dedicated to having a specialized staff of professionals who will give campers a program filled with enhanced skill development, innovative programs, modern facilities and individual attention.

Tiny Giants - American Museum of Natural History
Through July 05, 2015 - Upper West Side

Using the incredibly immersive power of specialist 3D cameras, audiences are transported to another world to experience the titanic battles tiny creatures face to survive. A chipmunk in a wild wood and a grasshopper mouse in Arizona's scorched deserts are both forced to grow up fast when they find themselves alone for the first time. Only by using their ingenious superpowers can these hidden creatures survive. Tiny Giants is produced by BBC Earth and narrated by Golden Globe nominee Stephen Fry (Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug). Tiny Giants will be shown daily in the Museum's Samuel J. and Ethel LeFrak Theater, in 2D at 10:30 am and 12:30 pm, and in 3D at 11:30 am, 1:30, 2:30, 3:30, and 4:30 pm. Times are subject to change.

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time - Barrymore Theater
Through September 06, 2015 - Times Square Theater District

This acclaimed National Theatre production brings Mark Haddon's internationally best-selling novel to life, and has wowed critics. Fifteen-year-old Christopher has an extraordinary brain; he is exceptionally intelligent but ill-equipped to interpret everyday life. When he falls under suspicion for killing his neighbor's dog, he sets out to identify the true culprit, which leads to an earth-shattering discovery and a journey that will change his life forever. The show transferred to London's West End, following a sold-out run at the National's Cottesloe Theatre in 2012. The production received seven 2013 Olivier Awards, including Best New Play and continues to play to sold-out houses at the Gielgud Theatre in London. Check out this record-breaking theatrical phenomenon before it sells out.

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.

Sky Zone Cares - Sky Zone Deer Park
Through December 31, 2017 - Deer Park

Sky Zone Deer Park Indoor Trampoline Park will be opening on the first Monday of each month exclusively for jumpers with special needs. Sky Zone Deer Park team members have been trained and certified by Missing Piece Awareness to be autism aware and accepting and special modifications have been implemented by the management team. On this day for children and adults with special needs, Sky Zone dials down the music, increases the staff ratio, and limits capacity. The Sky Zone team understands the need to provide families affected by autism with a recurring session time where individuals can learn the rules and practice them in a safe and comfortable environment so they can eventually generalize these skills and be fully integrated at any time. Takes place the first Monday of the month through June 2015.

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