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TODAY'S FAMILY & KIDS ACTIVITIES IN LONG ISLAND-DEC 9

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Daily activities for kids and the family are abound in Long Island! Whether you want to spend the day with your children at a zoo, a museum, or just outdoors, we've got it all here. Want to see what's going on next weekend or when you have those few days off? Check out the NY Metro Parents' calendar!

Beauty and the Beasts Magical Christmas - Arena Players Repertory Theater at Vanderbilt Carriage House
December 09, 2012 - Centerport

Favorite characters from the story celebrate the holiday.

Shirley Valentine - Queens Theatre
December 09, 2012 - Flushing

This event has been cancelled.

Shirley Valentine - Queens Theatre
December 09, 2012 - Flushing

This event has been cancelled.

Kids' Weekend Crafts - The Cupcake Corner
December 09, 2012 - Garden City

Bring your children to The Cupcake Corner any Saturday or Sunday (except for Holidays) and they will love creating a fun little craft. The craft differs each weekend and are themed around the holidays. No reservations necessary.

Holiday Weekend at Coe Hall - Coe Hall Mansion
December 09, 2012 - Oyster Bay

Experience Coe Hall Mansion decorated in holiday style. See Santa, Storyteller Jonathan Kruk and song-maker Andrea Sadler lead the holiday merry making at Coe Hall. No parking fee. Call for more information.

Messy Afternoons - Long Island Children's Museum
December 09, 2012 - 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.

A Christmas Carol - The Showplace at the Bellmore Movies
December 09, 2012 - Bellmore

Everyone will enjoy this holiday children's musical. Children are encouraged to meet and greet the actors after the show.

Seussical the Musical - Temple B'nai Torah
December 09, 2012 - Wantagh

See all your favorite Seuss characters, The Cat in the Hat, Mayzie, JoJo, The Grinch, Horton, Gertrude and the people of Whoville. The whole family will have a laugh-out-loud time.

21st Annual Toy Drive - John Thiessen Children's Foundation Center
December 09, 2012 - Wantagh

Many low-income families who have sick children experience financial hardships throughout the year, but during the holidays the strain is even greater. Parents are burdened with medical bills, the cost of medication and other treatments, household bills and other expenses. You can help by donating new toys for young children or gift cards,bath and body products, make-up sets, or small electronic items for teens. Financial donations are also accepted. Give so that children can experience the warmth and happiness of the holiday season. Call or visit the website for more information.

Circus Renaldo - Long Island Children's Museum
December 09, 2012 - Garden City

Witness the juggling, pranks, magic and humor of the Remarkable Renaldo, the ringmaster clown of Circus Renaldo. Renaldo has performed with leading circuses around the world. Come celebrate the holidays with humor. Renaldo's alter ego, Al Calienes will be present too, signing copies of his children's story book, "Renaldo Joins the Circus."

Annual Tree Lighting - The Maidstone
December 09, 2012 - East Hampton

The tree lighting event will feature activities such as live holiday music from a local choir, visits with Santa, cookie decorating, holiday refreshments and more. Non-perishable food items will be collected for the East Hampton Food Pantry. There will also be a toy drive for Toys for Tots. A collection box will be available for new unwrapped toys throughout the holiday season.

'Max & Ruby: Nutcracker Suite 2012' - NYCB Theatre at Westbury
December 09, 2012 - Westbury

The whole family will enjoy this child-friendly rendition of Tchaikovsky's Nutcracker Suite. Be part of the audience to experience this breathtaking Christmas show.

African Children's Choir - Tilles Center for the Performing Arts
December 09, 2012 - Greenvale

Enjoy a joyous holiday program of seasonal songs from Africa and the West, including gospel, spirituals and more. This girls and boys choir from Uganda and other East African countries celebrates the triumph of spirit through wondrous song and dance. Recommended for ages 4 and up.

Charles Dickens 'A Christmas Carol' - Houghton Hall Theatre at Trinity Episcopal Church
Through December 09, 2012 - Northport Village

The Minstrel Players of Northport perform Dicken's story about a man who is forced to reconsider his petty and stingy ways by the ghosts of Christmas past, present and future.

Theatre Three's A CHRISTMAS CAROL - Theatre Three
December 09, 2012 - Port Jefferson

Follow the miser Ebenezer Scrooge on a journey that teaches him the true meaning of Christmas—past, present and future.

Swingtime Big Band - The Madison Theatre
December 09, 2012 - Rockville Centre

This 20-piece authentic Swing Era band, led by Steve Shaiman, will thrill you with the brassy Christmas carols of Stan Kenton (in recognition of the Kenton centennial), and highlights from The Nutcracker Suite, as arranged by Duke Ellington, Shorty Rogers, and Les Brown (in recognition of Brown?s 100th birthday!), plus there will be some really swingin? Chanukah tunes to celebrate the Festival of Lights. Vocalists Bobbie Ruth and Jerry Costanzo bring it all home for the holidays with classic seasonal standards from the Great American Songbook.

The Hampton Ballet Theatre School Presents 'The Nutcracker' - John Drew Theater-Guild Hall
Through December 09, 2012 - East Hampton

The ballet is choreographed by director Sara Jo Strickland and features the students of the Hampton Ballet Theatre School as well as some parents and local actors. Dancing the Sugar Plum and Cavalier Grand Pa De Deux will be special guest artists. Call or go online for tickets.

Ovations Dance Repertory Company's production of 'The Nutcracker Suite' - Patchogue Theater for the Performing Arts
December 09, 2012 - Patchogue

The Patchogue Theatre is transformed by expert choreography, lavish costumes and sets and dancers from the Ovations Reperatory Theatre.

Vienna Boys Choir - Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Center
December 09, 2012 - Westhampton Beach

The choir's highly diverse repertoire includes classical masterpieces, pop songs, medieval chants and holiday favorites.

Bob's Your Elf - BayWay Arts Center
December 09, 2012 - East Islip

An elf named Bob with a bad attitude gets sent by Santa to a small town to help out with their Christmas Pageant where he is faced with a group of bumbling actors who are trying to put on the best Christmas show their town has ever seen.

Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer - John w. Engeman Theatre
December 09, 2012 - Northport

Come see a staged version of the classic holiday story of a reindeer who turns an obstacle into an opportunity to help Santa deliver presents on Christmas eve.

THE GREAT AMERICAN SONGBOOK - Dix Hills Performing Arts Center
December 09, 2012 - Dix Hills

Hear the music of the first 50 years of American popular music. The vocal stars of that era include Al Jolson, Judy Garland, Ella Fitzgerald, Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett and more. The national venues were the vaudeville stage, Tin Pan Alley, the radio and record player, in the Heartland of America, Hollywood's silver screen, and the Broadway Stage. The treasure trove of songs is comprised of the music of George Gershwin, Irving Berlin, Jerome Kern, Hoagy Carmichael, Johnny Mercer, Jimmy Van Heusen, Lorenz Hart, Richard Rodgers, Oscar Hammerstein and Cole Porter.

Santa Paws - Castaways
Through December 09, 2012 - Port Jefferson Village

Bring your pet to Castaways to have their picture taken with Santa. A professional photographer will be on hand to take the family portraits. You may have your picture taken with your pet and/or children. You will receive a 5x7-inch print the same day. All dogs should be placed on a leash and cats should be in a carrier. Donations are $10, with proceeds going to benefit Save-A-Pet and its animal rescue and adoption and spay-and-neuter programs. Additional prints are available.

Hanukkah Happening - Huntington Jewish Center
December 09, 2012 - Huntington

Sing-a-long with Cantor Gordan, make a craft and enjoy hot dogs, latkes, donuts and a book fair. There's fun for teens as well. RSVP to [email protected] by December 5th.

Paint Your own Holiday Ceramics - Mini Monet, Inc.
December 09, 2012 - Sayville

Have your children create painted holiday ceramics and ornaments that your loveD ones will cherish for a lifetime while you shop t Main Street in Sayville.

Newsday's Annual Holiday Lights Festival - Newsday Headquarters
December 09, 2012 - Melville

Visitors will enjoy more than 1,200 feet of illuminated holiday light displays including 58 brand new exhibits, as well as carnival games, crafts, photos with Santa, and a full size ice skating rink. Presented by Bethpage Federal Credit Union and Lord & Taylor, the festival is open to the public every weekend in December. For every ticket purchased, $1 will be donated to Newsday's Help-A-Family campaign, which helps Long Island families in need. Visit the website for tickets.

Indoor Boys Lacrosse League - Grade 2 - Pre-registration - Unlimited Sports Action
Through December 16, 2012 - Port Washington

Boys will be evaluated for 1 week and then placed on a team in order to make sure the teams are evenly balanced. This indoor league is fully recreational and offers athletes a competitive environment to play against their friends. Call for additional information. Registration is online only.

Cup o� Snow, Man! - Long Island Children's Museum
Through December 21, 2012 - Garden City

Meet in the Inner Lobby to build your own snowman to take home. Bring to life a �cute as a button� pal with its own unique personality using cups and other fun materials. This program runs through December 21, 2012.

Hallockville Museum Historic Farm Tour - Hallockville Museum Farm
Through December 22, 2012 - Riverhead

Step back in time to life as a North Fork farmer from the 1700's to the 1930's. Explore 28 acres along with 19 historic houses, barns and outbuildings ranging from the mid-18th century Hallock Homestead to the Depression-era Cichanowicz Farmhouse. Tour the museum's buildings, gardens and collections. Experience real farming in the museum's fields and meet cows, sheep and chickens. Through December 22, 2012.

Christmas Holidays at the Hatchery - Cold Spring Harbor Fish Hatchery & Aquarium
Through December 24, 2012 - Cold Spring Harbor

Make your own Holiday ornaments to hang on the Hatchery's Christmas Tree. Also, during Dec, the Hatchery is a Toys for Tots drop off, the U.S. Marine Program accepts donations of new, unwrapped toys for needy children.

Toys For Tots Toy Drive - Toys 'R' Us-The Hub
Through December 24, 2012 - Hempstead

The Marine Toys for Tots Foundation is the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve's premier community action program, collecting new toys to give to kids in need across the country each holiday season. Toys'R'Us, Inc. and Toys for Tots are united in their commitment to bring toys to children who might otherwise go without on Christmas morning. You may give a monetary donation online or you may choose to donate a new toy to the drop locations of Toys "R" Us nationwide, including this location. The toy drive runs through December 24.

Dance and Drum Classes for Teens and Children - Layla's Dance & Drum
Through December 29, 2012 - Valley Stream

Join Layla's Dance and Drum studio for a full day of teen and kids dance, drum and double dutch (jump rope) classes including hip-hop, creative movement, Salsa, African dance and more. Adult classes include Salsa/Mambo, Afro-Cuban and West African dance.

Parent's Night Out - Tumbling Tunes
Through December 29, 2012 - East Northport

Parent's can leave their children for up to 3 hours on these nights. Tumbling Tunes will provide entertainment for the kids in the form of games, crafts, music, gymnastics and free play. Reservations are required at least 1 day in advance.

Madison Square Garden's 'A Christmas Carol' - CM Performing Arts Center
Through December 30, 2012 - Oakdale

Based on the beloved classic novel by Charles Dickens, this whimsical ghost story follows Ebenezer Scrooge, a miserable, old miser, as he is visited by Christmas apparitions and is taken on the ultimate journey of self-redemption.

Girl Scouts' 9th Annual Holiday Light Show - Camp Edey
Through December 30, 2012 - Bayport

Drive through a mile-long wooded trail filled with light displays and holiday vignettes. After the show, warm up at the Holiday Village, where you can meet Santa, visit the Hall of Trees, and enjoy hot cocoa and snacks.(Closed Dec. 24 & 25.) Proceeds benefit Girl Scout programs and outreach services. November 29-December 30, 2012.

Mommy & Me Pilates - Evolution Pilates
Through December 31, 2012 - Port Washington

Here's a perfect way to bond with your little ones, 2-14 months. Sign up for the Mommy and Me Pilates class on Mondays.

Long Island- America's 1950s Frontier - Long Island Museum
Through December 31, 2012 - Stony Brook

The exhibit features compelling artifacts, photographs, and video oral histories, as well as a fashion gallery that displays trendy 1950s clothing. Other special artifacts include a working jukebox, a hat worn by famous developer Robert Moses, and popular toys from the era, like a Red Ryder BB gun. The exhibition will transport viewers to a time brimming with optimism, with difficulties just below the surface. It was a moment when Long Island was at the forefront of where the nation was-- and where it was headed. The exhibition runs through December 31, 2012.

Stroller Strides - The Source Mall
Through January 01, 2013 - Westbury

Fitness for moms, fun for baby. Workout with your little ones in tow, while they are entertained and having fun. Moms meet other moms, make strides in fitness, motherhood, and life. Your first class is FREE. Contact [email protected] for more information.

Building Boom with KEVA (Knowledge-Exploration-Visual Arts) - Long Island Children's Museum
Through January 06, 2013 - Garden City

Get ready to explore the simple and complex possibilities of construction as you move from the drawing board to the construction crew. Building Boom with KEVA encourages you to conceive, then build, the design project of your dreams -- bridges, skyscrapers, castles, airplanes, trestles, spirals and more. You?ll develop a first-hand understanding of the physical forces at work in the design process as you apply principles of balance, proportion and geometry to your design. Building Boom with KEVA brings out the designer, architect and engineer in each of us as you problem solve and think in three dimension. Uniform in size, KEVA planks use only gravity ? no glue or connectors. You'll dabble with physics to achieve balance, proportion and stability. Stumped for a design project? Draw inspiration from 50 permanent building models on display. This exhibit runs through January 6, 2013.

KaleidoZone - Chaos and Containment - Long Island Children's Museum
Through January 06, 2013 - Garden City

Chaos and Containment are two psychological states all human beings experience in varying degrees and intensity. This exhibit intends to inspire and foster conversations pertaining to the differences and parallels between art made by artists and art made by artists with mental disabilities. Visitors will see and appreciate each other�s qualities even if those go hidden behind us being distracted by out-of-the-norm behaviors caused by a disability. This exhibit features a selection of work that was created in an art therapy workshop at Family Residences and Essential Enterprises. The exhibit runs through January 6, 2013.

A CHRISTMAS CAROL: A Ghost Story of Christmas - John W. Engeman Theater
Through January 06, 2013 - Northport

Michael Wilson's adaptation is a creative re-telling of Dickens' classic tale of Ebenezer Scrooge, the heartless miser who discovers the true meaning of the holiday season after a Christmas Eve haunting. Wednesdays-Sundays, November 20-January 6, 2013.

Stroller Strides - The Source Mall
Through January 11, 2013 - Westbury

Fitness for moms, fun for baby. Workout with your little ones in tow, while they are entertained and having fun. Moms meet other moms, make strides in fitness, motherhood, and life. Your first class is FREE. Call to register. Classes run through January 11, 2013

ReGeneration - New York Hall of Science
Through January 13, 2013 - Flushing

This exhibition explores the connection of cultural vitality to immigration, urbanization, and sustainability through the intersection of art, technology, and science. Fourteen artists/groups will participate to connect audiences through active participation, aesthetic beauty, technology, culturally shared symbols, and vocabulary. Children under 18 must be accompanied by an adult.

Family Center's Spectrum Parent Support Group - Family and Children's Association
Through January 31, 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. Caregivers can attend sessions on the 1st and 3rd Mondays or the 2nd and 4th Mondays at 6:30-8:30pm. RSVP to Miriam 516-485-5914 x 2223 no later than seven days prior to the meeting date.

Vital Signs - New York Hall of Science
Through February 03, 2013 - Flushing

View original art inspired by our biological world with a special interest in what lies beneath its surface. Children under age 18 must be accompanied by an adult.

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.

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.

Friendship Bracelet and Lanyard Making Class - The Lanyard Ladies
Through October 03, 2013 - East Rockaway

Looking for a fun after-school or weekend activity? Does your child want to learn how to make friendship and lanyard bracelets? Kids can make as many bracelets as they want. Each child will also receive a special gift. 15% sibling discount. Please call to reserve your space. You can also book a private play-date(10 or more children needed). Call for more information.

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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