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FREE THINGS TO DO WITH KIDS IN NASSAU WEEK OF FEBRUARY 25

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by Kids Events Editor February 25, 2013

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FREE Events for Kids in Nassau Find FREE kids events and family events in Nassau this week, February 25, including fun activities and events the whole family can enjoy. See what's going on this week 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 free fairs or holiday festivals happening this week. For even more free and low-cost upcoming events in Nassau, check out our complete calendar of events.

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Tiny Tots - Hempstead Library
February 25, 2013 - Hempstead

This program is for children from 18 months to 30 months with a caregiver. Finger-plays, songs, and stories will provide fun for all.

Camera Club - Manhasset Public Library
February 25, 2013 - Manhasset

This program is open to all. There is no fee and membership is not a requirement. Please contact George Novello at [email protected]

Reception - 50/50: Celebrating Fifty Years of the Hofstra University Museum - Hofstra University Museum
February 26, 2013 - Hempstead

Anniversary Exhibition reception hosted by Hofstra University President, Stuart Rabinowitz, to introduce paintings, prints, photographs and drawings by 20th and 21st century American, Latino and European artists. Light refreshments will be served.

PreSchool Stroytime - Haverstraw King's Daughters Public Library
February 26, 2013 - Garnerville

Children ages 3-5 can come in for stories, songs, puppets, and more. Pre-registration is required. Tuesdays through May 14.

Toddler Storytime - Manhasset Public Library
February 27, 2013 - Manhasset

Toddlers 18 months - 2� years are welcome at this fun event where familiar rhymes, favorite songs, and gentle stories are the foundation of this fun-filled introduction to storytime for children and their caregivers.

Story Time - The Jumping Gym
February 27, 2013 - West Hempstead

Everyone is welcome to free storytime. If there is time after the story there will be arts and crafts projects.

After School Storytime - Manhasset Public Library
February 28, 2013 - Manhasset

Longer stories and crazy crafts are all part of the fun. This is a drop-off class for children in K-2. Registration required.

The Color Purple, by Alice Walker (1982), with Dr. Vivian Lynch - Manhasset Public Library
February 28, 2013 - Manhasset

For Black History Month, Dr. Lynch will discuss Walker's novel about Celie, a poor, Southern black woman who writes letters to God over 20 years of her life. Raped by her father, married to the abusive Mister, Celie eventually engages with a number of other black women. For her ingenious and ground-breaking work, Walker won the 1983 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction.

Picture Book Time - Hempstead Library
March 01, 2013 - Hempstead

The program includes stories, songs, animal friends, and fun.

Shabbat Across America - Temple B'nai Torah
March 01, 2013 - Wantagh

Join in the annual community Shabbat Across America celebration of Shabbat. All are invited to this family service which will be led by 6th grade students from the Susanna E. Heiman Religious School.

Crafts For Kids - Cupcake Corner
March 02, 2013 - New Hyde Park

Bring your kids to the bakery/cafe for a free craft. Reservations not required. Craft changes every weekend. Craft takes anywhere from 15-45 minutes to complete depending upon the age of the child. Parents can enjoy lunch while their kids do activities.

Open House - West Hills Day Camp - West Hills Day Camp
March 02, 2013 - Huntington

Learn about the programs available for kids in pre-k through high school.

Admissions Open House - Vincent Smith School
March 03, 2013 - Port Washington

Vincent Smith School, a private day school serving the reluctant learner and students with learning disabilities such as ADD, ADHD, Asperger Syndrome and expressive and receptive language is hosting an Admissions Open House. Students are offered differentiated instruction, hands-on-activities, interdisciplinary instruction, and social emotional learning skills in small supportive classes. The school prides itself academic success on their recognition that all children learn differently.

Purim Carnival - Tenple B'nai Torah
March 03, 2013 - Wantagh

The community is invited to come in costume to the annual indoor Purim Carnival. Carnival games with prizes for the kids. There is a nominal cost per game. Come in costume and get ready to have fun.

TAPA Open House - Theresa Academy of Performing Arts for Children with Special Needs
March 03, 2013 - Lido Beach

Join in on this grand re-opening celebration of the Theresa Academy of Performing Arts for Children with Special Needs. There will be open classes in Dance, Music, Art, and Yoga for all attendees. Arts and craft activities, face painting, entertainment, and snacks will be also be available. Faculty will also be available to provide information and registration for summer interim-camps which are held in June and August of 2013. A limited number of camp scholarships and tuition waivers are available for those who qualify. Studios are air-conditioned and private parking is available. Building is ADA compliant. Faculty is NYS certified and consists of certified educators and performing artists.

Community Purim Carnival - Friedberg JCC
March 03, 2013 - Oceanside

Join in on the annual Community Purim Carnival in partnership with the Oceanside Jewish Center and Temple Avodah. Admission is free to the community. There will be rides, food, carnival booths and all attendees are encouraged to come in their most creative and colorful Purim costumes.

School-Business Partnerships of Long Island's Junior FIRST LEGO League Expo - Longwood High School
March 03, 2013 - Middle Island

This year's program, Super Seniors, features a real-world challenge, to be solved by research, critical thinking and imagination. Guided by adult coaches, students work with LEGO elements and moving parts to build ideas and concepts and present them for review.

Spectrum Parent Support Group - Family and Children's Association
March 04, 2013 - Mineola

Family Center’s Spectrum Support Group offers caregivers mutual support by providing opportunities to meet with others also raising children who are dually diagnosed. To be eligible the child must have a primary Mental Health diagnosis and a secondary Spectrum diagnosis. Groups are facilitated by Parent Advocates, each having their own unique experience raising a child under the Spectrum. While caregivers attend group, respite can be provided to children ages 5-17. To receive respite, an intake is required. This ensures staff is familiar with the child, making caregiver’s participation more relaxing. Register by calling Miriam at the number listed.

Journeys & Destinations - Main Street Petite Gallery
Through March 08, 2013 - Huntington

Over the years Vivian Hershfield, Virginia Edele, Grace Su, Nancy Fabrizio and Suzanne McVetty have journeyed together painting en plein air beautiful sites around Long Island, New York City, and the globe. All are members of the Nassau County Art League and the originators of the League's Plein Air Painters group, they love experiencing the out-of-doors, expressing their individual taste in their choice of views, and enjoying the camaraderie of like minds. The exhibit runs February 8-March 8, 2013.

Family Scavenger Hunt - East End Arts Gallery
Through March 08, 2013 - Riverhead

Families are invited to explore the gallery with an interactive Scavenger Hunt, where adults and children alike can search for items like mirrors and tic-tac-toe boards within the pieces of artwork in the current gallery show. Currently on display in the East End Arts Gallery is the juried, all media art show, Diversity, which will be up for viewing until Friday, March 8, 2013. This show embraces and explores the way in which we are all personally diverse be it culturally, socially, religiously, even psychologically.

Usdan's 'Duality,' free student art exhibit - The Lobby Gallery
Through March 08, 2013 - New York

Mixed media works by Long Island students from the "Portfolio Preparation Program," which prepares talented high school art students for college art programs, will be exhibited.

Art Exhibit Featuring Barbara Pascal - Riverhead Town Hall Gallery
Through March 10, 2013 - Riverhead

East End Arts presents an exhibit featuring the whimsical artwork of painter Barbara Pascal. In this collection of work, Barbara Pascal seems to be summing up a lifetime of personal impressions, as well as revealing her skills as an expressive painter. Runs through March 10, 2013.

Youth Art Showcase - Mills Pond House
Through March 15, 2013 - St. James

The Smithtown Township Arts Council’s Annual Youth Art Showcase opens February 16 at the Mills Pond House Gallery. Highlighting the creativity of young people in Suffolk County, the exhibit includes artwork created by more than 250 students who have used art to express themselves in a wide variety of creative and exciting ways. Gallery visitors will be treated to an eclectic glimpse into the lives these young community members who created their work in a wide variety of media including charcoal, mixed media sculpture, acrylic, graphite, watercolor, ink, digital photography, oil, and ceramic and photography. The exhibit continues through March 15. Public audiences are invited to attend an opening reception Saturday, February 18 from 2-4 pm to view the artwork and meet the exhibiting artists. Admission to the gallery is free. Regular Gallery hours are Monday-Friday, 10 am-5 pm, and Saturday-Sunday, 12 pm-4 pm. Closed Feb 18. The Gallery is located at 660 Route 25A, St. James, NY. Parking off Mills Pond Road (directly across from 199 Mills Pond Road). Call 631-862-6575 or visit www.stacarts.org This year’s participating school districts include: Amityville, Bay Shore, Brentwood, Huntington, Kings Park, Lindenhurst, Longwood, Middle Country, Mount Sinai, North Babylon, Northport-East Northport, Patchogue-Medford, Rocky Point, Sachem, Sayville, Smithtown, Three Village, William Floyd

50/50: Celebrating Fifty Years of the Hofstra University Museum - Hofstra University Museum
Through March 28, 2013 - Hempstead

This anniversary exhibition highlights the breadth and depth of the collection through just 50 of the 605 acquisitions donated since 2006. The featured works include paintings, prints, photographs and drawings by 20th and 21st century American, Latino and European artists such as Luis Cruz Azaceta, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Stanley Brodsky, Lucien Clergue, Yonia Fain, April Gornick, Robert Kipniss, Howardena Pindell, Robert Rauschenberg, Donald Resnick, Alison Saar, W. Eugene Smith and Stanley Twardowicz, among others. Additionally, the exhibition includes Pre-Columbian figures and vessels as well as early to mid 20th-century African masks.

50/50 The Great Art Caper - Hofstra University Museum - Emily Lowe Gallery
Through March 28, 2013 - Hempstead

Pick up Great Art Caper materials while in the Emily Lowe Gallery to enjoy self-guided super-sleuthing. Search for hidden clues in the works in the exhibit 50/50:Celebrating Fifty Years of the Hofstra University Museum and use the clues to complete a message. This program runs through March 28.

Autism Spectrum Parent Support Group - Family and Children's Association
Through September 01, 2013 - Mineola

Family Center’s Spectrum Support Group offers caregivers mutual support by providing opportunities to meet with others also raising children who are dually diagnosed. To be eligible the child must have a primary Mental Health diagnosis and a secondary Spectrum diagnosis. Groups are facilitated by Parent Advocates, each having their own unique experience raising a child under the Spectrum. While caregivers attend group, respite can be provided to children ages 5-17. To receive respite, an intake is required. This ensures staff is familiar with the child, making caregiver’s participation more relaxing. Meetings are held the first and third Monday of each month, except holidays. RSVP Miriam at 516-485-5914 xtn 2223 no later than seven days prior to the meeting date.

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.

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