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MUSEUMS EVENTS AND ACTIVITIES FOR KIDS AND FAMILIES IN NASSAU WEEK OF FEBRUARY 4

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by Kids Events Editor February 4, 2013

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Museum Events for Kids in Nassau Find free and low-cost things to do with kids at the museums in Nassau this week of February 4. Head to a children's museum for some fun and educational programs for your little ones, or bring the whole family to a museum exhibit for a fun cultural experience. Whether you live in Nassau or are just visiting during the week of February 4 check out these fun and cultural activities and events for some great ideas on how to keep the kids busy. For more free and low-cost upcoming family and children's events in Nassau, go to our complete calendar of events.

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Language Immersion at LICM-Spanish - Long Island Children's Museum
February 05, 2013 - Garden City

Why not introduce another language to your child while they are young and receptive to new things? These Spanish workshops are drop in and do not require advance sign up. A different theme will be covered each week and a class project and song will be used to reinforce learning. Take home activities will also be distributed at the end of each class.

Romantics & Realists: Whistler (2006) - Nassau County Museum of Art
February 05, 2013 - Roslyn Harbor

A 50-minute film exploring the wit and work of James Abbott McNeill Whistler, regarded by many as the forerunner of Abstract Art. A talented engraver, he produced many etchings, lithographs, and dry-points.

Music and Movement - Long Island Children's Museum
February 06, 2013 - Garden City

It's music, music, music. Musical instruments and catchy sing-along songs get the youngest children to move their bodies.

Great Women Artists: Georgia O�Keeffe (2000) - Nassau County Museum of Art
February 06, 2013 - Roslyn Harbor

A 45-minute film about this 20th-century American painter best known for her dramatic large paintings of desert flowers, cowskulls and the scenery of Northern New Mexico. First come, first seated.

Language Immersion at LICM-Spanish - Long Island Children's Museum
February 07, 2013 - Garden City

Why not introduce another language to your child while they are young and receptive to new things? These Spanish workshops are drop in and do not require advance sign up. A different theme will be covered each week and a class project and song will be used to reinforce learning. Take home activities will also be distributed at the end of each class.

Brown Bag Lectures - Nassau County Museum of Art
February 07, 2013 - Roslyn Harbor

Bring a sandwich and enjoy lunch with friends as Museum Docent Riva Ettus presents an informative talk on Artists in America. Then join the 2pm public exhibition tour of this exhibition of more than 300 years of American Art. No reservations. First come, first seated.

Discovery of Art: Maxfield Parrish (2008) - Nassau County Museum of Art
February 07, 2013 - Roslyn Harbor

A 45-minute film exploring the works of one of the greatest 20th-century American painters and illustrators, whose work was characterized by blue skies, pastoral landscapes and captivating figures. First come, first seated.

Music and Movement - Long Island Children's Museum
February 08, 2013 - Garden City

It's music, music, music. Musical instruments and catchy sing-along songs get the youngest children to move their bodies.

Robert Motherwell: Storming the Citadel (2010) - Nassau County Museum of Art
February 08, 2013 - Roslyn Harbor

A 55-minute film that profiles Motherwell in the context of Modernism through archival footage, photographs and film clips and also reviews the origins of Abstract Expressionism along with its links to Surrealism. First come, first seated.

Story Songs with Debbie and Friends - Long Island Children's Museum
February 09, 2013 - Garden City

This full-band performance takes you on a joyful jaunt through a variety of styles, from straight-ahead pop, to country, to rock, to reggae. This family concert will include Debbie and Friends songs and some classic favorites, delivered by a cast of top-shelf musicians. Get ready for some sing-along, dance-along, laugh-along fun.

Happy Hearts - Long Island Children's Museum
February 09, 2013 - Garden City

Come make an enjoyable Valentine's Day craft with your family. Use cupcake liners, fun heart shapes, and colorful ribbons to design a wonderful token for the person you love, and then personalize them with a heartwarming message.

Messy Afternoons - Long Island Children's Museum
February 09, 2013 - Garden City

Tots will be up to their elbows in goo, shaving cream, and Play Doh in this class full of artistic activities that makes being messy lots of fun. The session offers a variety of sensory activities for children ages 18 months to 4 years.

Realism in Twentieth-Century American Painting (1991) - Nassau County Museum of Art
February 09, 2013 - Roslyn Harbor

This 60-minute film uses work by Wood, O�Keeffe, Marsh, Hopper, Wyeth and Estes to examine the strong artistic current of American Realism, Regionalism and Social Realism through to contemporary photo-realism. First come, first seated.

Smelling Safari - Long Island Children's Museum
February 10, 2013 - Garden City

Do mosquitoes love you? Have you noticed that there are some people who get bitten by mosquitoes all the time and others who do not. One theory that scientists have tested is that mosquitoes are attracted to smelly feet. If you were a mosquito, could you identify different smells? Come test your sense of smell by identifying different scents.

Messy Afternoons - Long Island Children's Museum
February 10, 2013 - Garden City

Tots will be up to their elbows in goo, shaving cream, and Play Doh in this class full of artistic activities that makes being messy lots of fun. The session offers a variety of sensory activities for children ages 18 months to 4 years.

Norman Rockwell?s World, an American Dream (1972) - Nassau County Museum of Art
February 10, 2013 - Roslyn Harbor

A 30-minute Academy Award-winning film that uses archival film footage, dramatic reenactments and the artist?s work to show how Rockwell faithfully recorded the world around him. First come, first seated.

International Cultural Celebration - Parrish Art Museum
February 10, 2013 - Water Mill

The Parrish Art Museum, in collaboration with The Rogers Memorial Library, invites you to celebrate the multicultural East End at this festive gathering at the new home of the Parrish in Water Mill. Groups from the area will be invited to perform traditional folk dances and music throughout the afternoon. The activities also include family art workshops and tours of the Museum.

Family Sundays at the Museum - Nassau County Museum of Art
Through February 24, 2013 - Roslyn Harbor

Now there's even more reason for families to plan the weekend around a visit to Nassau County Museum of Art. Learn from a docent-led family walk-through of the exhibition and supervised art activities for the whole family beginning at 1:30pm. Special family guides of the main exhibition are available in the galleries. No reservations needed.

Artists in America - Nassau County Museum of Art
Through February 24, 2013 - Roslyn Harbor

Artists in America surveys 300 years of great American painting rarely seen on Long Island. Its 79 works dating from the early 1700s to the present include history painting, landscape, portraits, still life, and modernist abstraction with significant examples of photography, collage, and other media. Major artists from every era of American art are on view, including John Singleton Copley, Charles Willson Peale, John Singer Sargent, James Abbott McNeill Whistler, Edward Hopper, Georgia O’Keeffe, Norman Rockwell, Robert Motherwell and Sol LeWitt. All works in the exhibition are selected from the permanent collections of the New Britain Museum of American Art in Connecticut. The exhibition runs through February 24, 2013.

Family Sundays at the Museum - Nassau County Museum of Art
Through February 24, 2013 - Roslyn Harbor

Now there's even more reason for families to plan the weekend around a visit to Nassau County Museum of Art. Each Sunday the museum offers a docent-led family walk-through of the exhibition and supervised art activities for the whole family beginning at 1:30 p.m. Special family guides of the main exhibition are available in the galleries. Weekends only there is a $2 parking fee. This program runs through February 24, 2013.

stART (Story + Art) - Long Island Children's Museum
Through February 27, 2013 - Garden City

Each week Ms. Ashley will read a different story that relates to the season. Afterwards, the children will create a art project about the story they read. The program runs through February 27, 2013.

Love Rocks - Long Island Children's Museum
Through February 28, 2013 - Garden City

Come out to the Museum's Inner Lobby to decorate an adorable little rock "buddy" to show your love for a special person in your life. This program runs through February 28, 2013.

2013 Student Exhibition - Parrish Art Museum
Through March 03, 2013 - Water Mill

The exhibition includes submissions from public and private schools in the townships of Riverhead, Southampton, East Hampton, and Southold, as well as high schools from the township of Brookhaven. The exhibition will be on view from February 2 through March 3, 2013.

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.

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.

Modernizing America: Artists of the Armory Show - Heckscher Museum of Art
Through March 17, 2013 - Huntington

In 1913, the American public was introduced to avant-garde European art styles at the International Exhibition of Modern Art, held at the Lexington Avenue Armory and known as the Armory Show. The Armory Show created a sensation; the controversial and radical art displayed there proved to be a watershed in the development of 20th-century American art. Modernizing America: Artists of the Armory Show focuses on American artists who participated in the Armory Show and explores the impact of European Modernism on American art in the early years of the 20th century. Through March 17, 2013.

Mirrored Images: Realism in the 19th and 20th Centuries - Heckscher Museum of Art
Through March 24, 2013 - Huntington

Throughout the history of art, artists have turned to the observed world as a source of inspiration. This exhibition, drawn entirely from the Museum's Permanent Collection, explores the various realist movements of the 19th and 20th centuries, beginning with the mid-19th century Barbizon movement in France and the concurrent Hudson River School in America, and progressing through later 19th-century realism and 20th-century movements, such as the Ashcan School, American Scene painting, Magic Realism, Photorealism, and East End (Long Island) realism. December 8, 2012-March 24, 2013.

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.

Tony Hawk / Rad Science - New York Hall of Science
Through April 22, 2013 - Corona

Find out how the physics of gravity, force, velocity and balance make radical tricks possible in action sports in this program that runs through April 22. Children under age 18 must be accompanied by an adult.

Israel at 65 - Jewish Discovery Museum @ SYJCC
Through August 31, 2013 - Commack

This hands-on exhibit allows families to learn about Jewish life, history, values, traditions and heroes, as well as Israel and the Hebrew language. The interactive displays are designed to transform visitors into participants, offering adults and children a unique opportunity to discover the wonders of Jewish heritage. Through August 31, 2013.

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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