What To Do With Kids This Weekend On Long Island
By NYMetroParents Staff

What To Do With Kids This Weekend On Long Island

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From concerts and performances, to workshops and exhibits, plan your weekend with our round up of the best things to do with kids on Long Island this weekend, July 22-23, 2017. Check out our picks for kids' activites in Nassau and Suffolk counties. Also see our guides for weekend fun in New York City and Westchester, Rockland, and Bergen counties.

Nassau Weekend Activities

Long Island Comedy Festival
WHEN: Saturday, July 22, 8pm
WHERE: Madison Theatre at Molloy College, 1000 Hempstead Ave., Rockville Centre
AGES: 13 and older
WHAT: The 12th annual Long Island Comedy Festival returns for another evening of stand-up comedy, featuring a new lineup of top comedians.
WANT TO GO? $35. 516-323-4444. madisontheatreny.org.

Think Up! Old Westbury Whodunits: Stumping Sculptures
WHEN: Saturday, July 22, 12pm
WHERE: Old Westbury Gardens, 71 Old Westbury Road, Old Westbury
AGES: All
WHAT: Investigate the wonders of nature and history’s mysteries during fact-finding hunts through Westbury House and gardens to uncover clues and solve riddles.
WANT TO GO? $12; $10 seniors; $7 children ages 7-17; free for children 6 and younger. 516-333-0048. oldwestburygardens.org.

Oyster Bay Walking Tours
WHEN: Through July 22: Saturdays, 2pm
WHERE: Oyster Bay Historical Society, 20 Summit St., Oyster Bay
AGES: All
WHAT: Embark on a foot tour of Oyster Bay, featuring the historical sites along East and West Main Street, Audrey Avenue, and South Street in the heart of the hamlet.
WANT TO GO? $20; $5 children ages 12-17. 516-922-5032. oysterbayhistorical.org.

'Monet's Palate'
WHEN: Sunday, July 23, 2pm
WHERE: Old Westbury Gardens, 71 Old Westbury Road, Old Westbury
AGES: All
WHAT: Aileen Bordman will discuss the rebirth of Monet’s gardens at Giverny and the recipes inspired by his cooking journals and vegetable gardens following a screening of the film Monet's Palate.
WANT TO GO? $10; $8 seniors; $5 children ages 7-17; free for children younger than 7. 516-333-0048. oldwestburygardens.org .

'Hairspray'
WHEN: Through July 23: Sundays, 2pm
WHERE: The Showplace at the Bellmore Movies, 222 Pettit Ave, Bellmore
AGES: 9 and older
WHAT: "You can't stop the Beat" with this fast-paced musical which will have you on your feet!
WANT TO GO? $20 and up. 516-599-6870. plazatheatrical.com.

'Young Frankenstein'
WHEN: Through July 23: Saturdays, 8pm; Sundays, 2:30pm
WHERE: BroadHollow Theatre at Elmont, 700 Hempstead Turnpike, Elmont
AGES: 3-12
WHAT: The electrifying adaptation of Mel Brooks' monstrously funny film will leave you in stitches.
WANT TO GO? $13; $11 in advance. 631-581-2700. broadhollow.org.

Beech Tree Concerts
WHEN: Through Aug. 6: Sundays, 3pm
WHERE: Old Westbury Gardens, 71 Old Westbury Road, Old Westbury
AGES: All
WHAT: Bring a chair or blanket and relax under the cool shade of the West Porch Beech Tree listening to a variety of musical genres performed by artist-in-residence Suzanne Mueller and friends.
WANT TO GO? $12; $10 seniors; free for children 17 and younger. 516-333-0048 . oldwestburygardens.org.

FREE Women in Contrast Exhibition
WHEN: Through Aug. 18: Tuesday-Friday, 11am-4pm; Saturday-Sunday, 12-4pm
WHERE: Hofstra University Museum, 112 Hofstra University, Hempstead
AGES: All
WHAT: This original exhibition features iconic imagery captured by a selection of innovative modernist and contemporary female photographers, including Berenice Abbott, Diane Arbus, Marilyn Bridges, Nancy Burson, Imogen Cunningham, Donna Ferrato, Toni Frissell, Mary Ellen Mark, and Dorothy Norman.
WANT TO GO? 516-463-5672. hofstra.edu/museum.
 

Polo at Bethpage State Park
WHEN: Through Aug. 20: Sundays, 3pm
WHERE: Bethpage State Park, 99 Quaker Meeting House Road, Farmingdale
AGES: All
WHAT: Polo is a great competive sport. Come and enjoy an afternoon of excellent polo games at Bethpage State Park. A treat for the whole family.
WANT TO GO? $5; $8 vehicle fee. 631-669-1000. bethpagepolo.com.

FREE Yana Copek: Fine Art Photography Exhibit
WHEN: Through Aug. 20: Tuesday-Friday, 10am-2pm; Saturdays, 11am-3pm; Sundays, 1-4pm
WHERE: Oyster Bay Historical Society, 20 Summit St., Oyster Bay
AGES: All
WHAT: Freelance portrait and event photographer Yana Frangiskos Copek specializes in nautical photography and publishes an annual calendar of classic wooden yachts under sail in Oyster Bay.
WANT TO GO? 516-922-5032. oysterbayhistorical.org.

Yoga in the Gardens
WHEN: Through Aug. 26: Thursdays and Saturdays, 11:15am
WHERE: Old Westbury Gardens, 71 Old Westbury Road, Old Westbury
AGES: 13 and older
WHAT: Professional Kripalu Yoga instructor, Lorili Henry, will lead students through a dynamic, yet gentle, continuous flow of postures and conscious breathing.
WANT TO GO? $18. 516-333-0048. oldwestburygardens.org.

Sensory Garden Sundays
WHEN: Through Aug. 27: Sundays, 9am-5pm
WHERE: Planting Fields Arboretum, Coe Hall, 1395 Planting Fields Road, Oyster Bay
AGES: All
WHAT: Exciting new programming for families where children will have the opportunity to see, taste, touch, smell, and listen to the wonders of the Sensory Garden.
WANT TO GO? $8 per car. 516-922-8668. plantingfields.org.

Messy Afternoons
WHEN: Through Aug. 27: Saturday-Sunday, 3:30-5pm
WHERE: Long Island Children's Museum, 11 Davis Ave., Garden City
AGES: 3-5
WHAT: Kids will be up to their elbows in goop, guts, shaving cream, and play-doh. The afternoon will offer a variety of sensory activities for children.
WANT TO GO? $13; $12 seniors 65 and older; free for children younger than 1. 516-224-5800. licm.org.

FREE Crafts For Kids
WHEN: Through Aug. 27: Saturday-Sunday, 11am-3pm
WHERE: Lakeshore Learning Store, 2079 Hillside Ave., New Hyde Park
AGES: 3-8
WHAT: Kids will have a ball making exciting crafts that they can use or display. Every craft is educational and fun.
WANT TO GO? 516-616-9360. lakeshorelearning.com.

Tai Chi in the Gardens
WHEN: Through Aug. 30: Wednesdays and Sundays, 10:30am
WHERE: Old Westbury Gardens, 71 Old Westbury Road, Old Westbury
AGES: 13 and older
WHAT: Sessions taught by professional tai chi instructor, Linda Cafiero, are designed for all experience levels.
WANT TO GO? $18. 516-333-0048. oldwestburygardens.org.

Pattern Wizardry
WHEN: Through Sept. 3: Tuesday-Sunday, 10am-5pm
WHERE: Long Island Children's Museum, 11 Davis Ave., Garden City
AGES: 5 and older
WHAT: This bilingual (English/Spanish) exhibit introduces the fundamentals of patterns as the building blocks of our natural and man-made world and as a critical developmental tool for children.
WANT TO GO? $13; $12 seniors 65 and older; free for children younger than 1. 516-224-5800. licm.org.

Neiman Marcus Family Sundays at the Museum
WHEN: Through Sept. 24: Sundays, 1pm
WHERE: Nassau County Museum of Art, 1 Museum Drive, Roslyn Harbor
AGES: All
WHAT: Be inspired by the works in the galleries, explore new art materials. Family Sundays allow children and the adults in their lives to take time to reconnect while talking about and making art together.
WANT TO GO? $12; $8 seniors; $4 children ages 4-12; $2 weekend parking fee. 516-484-9338. nassaumuseum.org.

FREE Westbury Farmers and Artists Market
WHEN: Through Sept. 24: Sundays, 9am-2pm
WHERE: Piazza Ernesto Strada, Post and Maple Aves., Westbury
AGES: All
WHAT: Stock up on fresh produce, baked goods, pickles, breads, coffee, honey, and check out the crafts, original art, jewelry, music, from local artists and artisans!
WANT TO GO? 516-400-2787. westburyarts.org.

Mill Neck Manor House Tour
WHEN: Through Nov. 5: Sundays, 11am-12:30pm
WHERE: Mill Neck Manor House, 40 Frost Mill Road, Mill Neck
AGES: 9 and older
WHAT: Step back in time to experience and savor the mansion’s exquisite appointments and its 86-acre scenic estate overlooking the Long Island Sound. Learn about its history, the life of Lillian Sefton Dodge, and the Mill Neck Manor School for the Deaf.
WANT TO GO? $25; $20 seniors; $15 students; $5 for children 12 and younger. 516-628-4243. millneckmanorhouse.org.

 
 

Suffolk Weekend Activities

Stony Brook Film Festival: 'Ethel & Ernest'
WHEN: Saturday, July 22, 4pm
WHERE: Staller Center - Stony Brook University, 100 Nicolls Road, Stony Brook
AGES: 5-12
WHAT: The film, based on the graphic novel by Raymond Briggs, depicts his parents life during extraordinary events.
WANT TO GO? $12; $5 students. 631-632-6000. stallercenter.com.

FREE Revolutionary War Encampment: The Third New York Regiment
WHEN: Saturday, July 22, 10am-4pm
WHERE: Outdoors on the Great Lawn, 35 Main St., Westhampton Beach
AGES: All
WHAT: Catch demonstrations of firearms, military drills, cooking over open fire, and other typical camp activities.
WANT TO GO? 631-288-1139. whbhistorical.org.

Jackson Pollock Family Drip Painting Workshop
WHEN: Saturday, July 22, Saturday, 10-11:30am
WHERE: Pollock-Krasner House and Study Center, 830 Springs Fireplace Road, East Hampton
AGES: 5 and older
WHAT: Families tour the Pollock-Krasner House and studio, followed by a drip painting workshop for children. Pre-register online at imaginearted.com.
WANT TO GO? $35. 917-502-0790. imaginearted.com.

Mermaid Tea Party
WHEN: Sunday, July 23, 12-1pm and 2-3pm
WHERE: Whaling Museum & Education Center, 279 Main St., Cold Spring Harbor
AGES: 3-12
WHAT: Decorate a tiara, explore beautiful shells, make a craft, and enjoy treats and iced tea. The first session is for children ages 3-6 and second is for ages 6-12.
WANT TO GO? $15; $4 additional children. 631-367-3418. cshwhalingmuseum.org.

Stony Brook Film Festival: 'Fanny's Journey'
WHEN: Sunday, July 23, 7pm
WHERE: Staller Center - Stony Brook University , 100 Nicolls Road, Stony Brook
AGES: 9 and older
WHAT: Fanny and her sisters attempt to escape Nazi occupied France but many dangers are ahead of them.
WANT TO GO? $12; $5 students. 631-632-6000. stallercenter.com.

FREE Family Fun Day
WHEN: Sunday, July 23, 12-5pm
WHERE: Long Island Museum, 1200 Route 25A, Stony Brook
AGES: All
WHAT: Local author Cindy Sommer will read her book Saving Kate's Flowers, then enjoy nature-themed crafts and special guests from the Guide Dog Foundation for the Blind.
WANT TO GO? 631-751-0066. longislandmuseum.org.

Open Studio for Families
WHEN: Through July 29: Saturdays, 11am-1pm
WHERE: Parrish Art Museum, 279 Montauk Highway, Water Mill
AGES: All
WHAT: Explore the galleries and create art in the studio. Each month features different materials and techniques.
WANT TO GO? $12; free for children younger than 18. 631-283-2118. parrishart.org.

Sailin' Saturdays
WHEN: Through July 29: Saturdays, 11am-5pm
WHERE: Whaling Museum & Education Center, 279 Main St., Sag Harbor
AGES: All
WHAT: Through the month of July, come in on Saturdays during regular museum hours for open-ended, do-it-yourself crafts.
WANT TO GO? $6; $5 children ages 4-18; free for children younger than 4. 631-367-3418. cshwhalingmuseum.org.

Family Paint Night
WHEN: Through July 29: Saturdays, 4-8pm
WHERE: Mini Monet, 64 Railroad Ave., Sayville
AGES: 5 and older
WHAT: Step by step instruction to make a masterpiece. Paint a sea turtle on July 15 and a parrot on July 29.
WANT TO GO? $25. 631-218-9797. minimonetny.com.

Vanderbilt Shakespeare Festival: 'Macbeth'
WHEN: Through July 30: Wednesday and Fridays 8pm; Sundays 7pm
WHERE: Vanderbilt Carriage House, 180 Little Neck Road , Centerport
AGES: 5 and older
WHAT: The Carriage House Players (formerly Arena Players Repertory Theater) will present Macbeth on the Vanderbilt Mansion Courtyard stage, where the Spanish-Mediterranean architecture adds a touch of timeless charm and magic. In the tragedy Macbeth, the Scottish general receives a prophecy from three witches that he will become King of Scotland. Spurred on by his wife, the ambitious Macbeth murders King Duncan and takes the Scottish throne for himself and then becomes tortured by guilt and paranoia.
WANT TO GO? $15. 516-293-0674. arenaplayers.org.

'Little Red'
WHEN: July 22-Aug. 5, Saturdays, 1pm
WHERE: Carriage House Theater at the Suffolk County Vanderbilt Museum, 180 Little Neck Road, Centerport
AGES: Newborn-5
WHAT: See how Little Red and her family outsmart the humans in this animal-friendly play with audeince participation.
WANT TO GO? $10. 516-557-1207. carriagehouseplayers.org.

'Aladdin and the Lamp'
WHEN: Through Aug. 10: Check the website for specific times and dates. August 9 Sensory Senstive performance
WHERE: Theatre Three, 412 Main St., Port Jefferson
AGES: 3-12
WHAT: Teaming up with an outrageous genie, Aladdin thwarts the evil wizard and wins the hand of the beautiful princess.
WANT TO GO? $10. 631-928-9100. theatrethree.com.

FREE Huntington Summer Arts Festival
WHEN: Through Aug. 13: Tuesday-Sunday, 8:30-10:30pm
WHERE: Chapin Rainbow Stage, Heckscher Park, Huntington
AGES: All
WHAT: Various performing artists including dance, music, theatre, and more will be on the stage.
WANT TO GO? 631-271-8423. huntingtonarts.org.

Elephant & Piggie's 'We Are In a Play'
WHEN: Through Aug. 20: Saturdays, 2pm; Sundays, 11am
WHERE: Smithtown Center for the Performing Arts, 2 E. Main St., Smithtown
AGES: 3-8
WHAT: Get ready for a musical experience based on Mo Willems' beloved, award-winning, best-selling children's books.
WANT TO GO? $15. 631-724-3700. smithtownpac.org.

FREE Sunday Summer Concerts on the Green
WHEN: Through Aug. 20: Sundays, 7-9pm
WHERE: Stony Brook Village Center, 111 Main St., Stony Brook
AGES: All
WHAT: Bring the whole family to this ongoing concert series featuring a new band each week.
WANT TO GO? 631-751-2244. stonybrookvillage.com.

'Freckleface Strawberry the Musical'
WHEN: July 22-Aug. 27, Saturdays, 11am; Sundays, 10:30am
WHERE: John W. Engeman Theater at Northport, 250 Main St., Northport
AGES: 3-12
WHAT: With the help of her loveable schoolmates, Freckleface learns that everyone is different and that’s what makes everyone special.
WANT TO GO? $15. 631-261-2900. engemantheater.com.

'You're All Great' Bird Show
WHEN: Through Aug. 31: Saturday-Sunday, 11:30am, 1:15pm, 2:45pm, and 4:30pm
WHERE: White Post Farms, 250 Old Country Road, Melville
AGES: 3-8
WHAT: The birds of Extreme Parrots perform aerial displays and other extreme acts with help from the audience.
WANT TO GO? $18.75. 631-351-9373. whitepostfarms.com.

FREE Kindness Counts
WHEN: Through Aug. 31: Monday-Friday, 9:30am-9pm; Saturdays, 9:30am-7pm; Sundays, 12-5pm
WHERE: Westhampton Free Library, 7 Library Ave., Westhampton Beach
AGES: 13-17
WHAT: Teens can earn community service hours by accomplishing kindness tasks listed on Bingo boards supplied by the library. Teens can pick up a Bingo board during regular library hours.
WANT TO GO? 631-288-3335. westhamptonlibrary.net.

Meet Patches the Giraffe
WHEN: Through Sept. 17: daily, 10:30am
WHERE: White Post Farms, 250 Old Country Road, Melville
AGES: 3-8
WHAT: Come meet the newest farm family member Patches the Giraffe. She is sweet and loves to give kisses.
WANT TO GO? $18.75. 631-351-9373. whitepostfarms.com.

Guided Tours
WHEN: Through Oct. 25: Saturday-Sunday, 12-4:30pm
WHERE: Stony Brook Grist Mill, Harbor Road and Main Street, Stony Brook
AGES: All
WHAT: A “miller” dressed in period clothing will take you through the process of how grain was ground into flour in 1751.
WANT TO GO? $2; $1 children. 631-751-2244. stonybrookvillage.com.

Hunting the Whale: The Rise and Fall of a Southampton Industry
WHEN: Through Dec. 30: Wednesday-Saturday, 11am-4pm
WHERE: South Hampton Historical Museum, Rogers Mansion, 17 Meeting House Lane, Southampton
AGES: All
WHAT: Whaling tools, maps, illustrations, archival images, and text will be displayed with an eye toward making the exhibit accessible to audiences of varied interests and all ages.
WANT TO GO? $4. 631-283-2494. southamptonhistoricalmuseum.org.