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TODAY'S FAMILY & KIDS ACTIVITIES IN LONG ISLAND-JAN 26

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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!

Themed activities and crafts - Long Island Science Center
January 26, 2013 - Riverhead

Themed activities and crafts will be offered every Saturday this winter and spring.

An All Youth Production of Disney's The Little Mermaid, Jr - Smithtown Center for the Performing Arts
January 26, 2013 - Smithtown

In a magical kingdom fathoms below, the beautiful young mermaid Ariel longs to leave her ocean home to live in the world above. But first, she'll have to defy her father King Triton, make a deal with the evil sea witch Ursula, and convince Prince Eric that she’s the girl with the enchanting voice.

Cinderella - The Showplace at Bellmore Movies
January 26, 2013 - Bellmore

The most classic of all fairy tales springs to life in this fast-paced musical production. Featuring a professional cast and live music, all the ingredients that have made the story a perennial favorite are here – ragged Cinderella, her cruel stepmother and selfish stepsisters, the ball, the handsome prince looking for a bride, the fairy godmother, the glass slipper, the search for the foot that fits it, and the happily-ever-after ending. This musical will delight the young and “young at heart.”

Comic Books and Manga - Hempstead Library
January 26, 2013 - Hempstead

Join in for an instructional series on how to create and publish your own comics and manga. Attendees will learn much more than just drawing: Highlights include organizing art tools, developing characters and storylines, and prepping the final product for publication. This free program is open to adults and high school students. Registration at the Reference Desk is required.

Advanced Auto Parts Monster Jam - Nassau Coliseum
January 26, 2013 - Uniondale

The event will feature some of the most powerful monster trucks on the circuit, including the legendary Grave Digger, Monster Mutt, Advanced Auto Parts Grinder, El Toro Loco, Bounty Hunter, Scarlet Bandit, Aftershock and more. This four-wheeled extravaganza features heart-pounding racing and unbelievable freestyle driving. Standing at 12 feet tall and about 12 feet wide, monster trucks are custom-designed machines that sit atop 66-inch-tall tires and weigh a minimum of 10,000 pounds. Built for short, high-powered bursts of speed, monster trucks generate 1,500 to 2,000 horsepower and are capable of speeds of up to 100 miles per hour. Monster trucks can fly up to 130 feet (a distance greater than 14 cars side by side) and up to 35 feet in the air. The Party in the Pits gives fans the opportunity to view the trucks up close and meet the drivers of the massive monster trucks.

Music! - Madison Theatre, Molloy College
January 26, 2013 - Rockville Centre

Like many artists, to whom music is a life-long passion, Jaakko Kuusisto (violin) and Iiro Rantala (piano) have found no limits to their musical creativity, which brings them together also for this duo project. They are both amazingly versatile musicians, having not only remarkable solo careers but also a vast record of prizes in competitions, acknowledgments and nominations as well as astonishing lists of compositions in different genres.

Kids' Weekend Crafts - The Cupcake Corner
January 26, 2013 - 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.

Batty for Blood - Long Island Children's Museum
January 26, 2013 - Garden City

What has small ears and a short tail, lives in the dark and has front teeth that are designed for cutting into skin to drink blood? Vampire bats. Explore the new exhibit, Attack of the Bloodsuckers, and join a workshop where you will learn about different species of vampire bats and how they feed. Then, make a friendly bat project. It may have you feeling like Dracula.

Messy Afternoons - Long Island Children's Museum
January 26, 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.

Yesterday's Family Workshop - Suffolk County Farm and Education Center
January 26, 2013 - Yaphank

Take a step back in time. Churn butter, dip candles, create a tin luminary, groom a pony, and visit the farm animals. Call 631-852-4603 to register.

Pinkalicious The Musical - CM Performing Arts Center
January 26, 2013 - Oakdale

Pinkalicious can't stop eating pink cupcakes despite warnings from her parents. Her pink indulgence lands her at the doctor's office with Pinkititis, an affliction that turns her pink from head to toe - a dream come true for this pink loving enthusiast. But when her hue goes too far, only Pinkalicious can figure out a way to get out of this predicament.

ALICE IN WONDERLAND - BayWay Arts Center
January 26, 2013 - East Islip

Follow Alice down the rabbit hole as she encounters various Wonderland characters on their way to tea with the queen.

Raggedy Ann & Andy - Theatre Three
January 26, 2013 - Port Jefferson

The world's most famous rag dolls come to life in an adventure about friendship, loyalty and love. Setting out from the Tiwilliger Workshop, Raggedy Ann and friends embark on an adventure to bring a special little girl a very special doll.

Open House - Precious Lambs, Inc.
January 26, 2013 - Holbrook

Learn about the programs the pre-school and childcare center has to offer.

Sleeping Beauty - Studio Theatre
January 26, 2013 - Lindenhurst

The emphasis is on comedy in this musical adaptation of the classic fairy tale. Characters such as Chester the Jester, Typsy the Gypsy and the Royal Magician keep the laughs coming. And there's the evil Thornberry, who puts the curse on Princess Elaine and the brave Prince Dauntless who battles the fire-breathing dragon to break the magic spell.

Musical Performance - Music Institute of Long Island
January 26, 2013 - Manhasset

Long Island's most talented musicians will be performing on violin, viola, cello, flute and voice, guitar, and tuba. Ages 4-adult.

Sea Lion Kiss - Long Island Aquarium & Exhibition Center
January 26, 2013 - Riverhead

Get a kiss and a keepsake photo from Java the sea lion. Visit the ticketing desk to sign up and for more information. There are limited photos for each session. Those age 7 and older can be photographed by themselves; under 7 must be accompanied by adult (with adult receiving kiss).

LOST IN YONKERS - Theatre Three
January 26, 2013 - Port Jefferson

Neil Simon's nostalgic WWII comical coming-of-age story won four Tony Awards and a Pulitzer Prize. Two brothers are left to fend for themselves in a feuding household with their formidable immigrant grandmother, sweet but simple-minded aunt, and a hoodlum of an uncle.

Book Reading & Signing - Book Revue
January 26, 2013 - Huntington

Centerport children's author Scott Starkey will discuss, read, and sign his new middle grade novel, THE CALL OF THE BULLY -- a fun and exciting sequel to last year's HOW TO BEAT THE BULLY WITHOUT REALLY TRYING.

Disney's The Little Mermaid - Smithtown Center for the Performing Arts
Through January 27, 2013 - Smithtown

In a magical kingdom fathoms below, the beautiful young mermaid Ariel longs to leave her ocean home to live in the world above. But first, she'll have to defy her father King Triton, make a deal with the evil sea witch Ursula, and convince Prince Eric that she’s the girl with the enchanting voice. The show is followed with a meet and greet with the cast where you can recieve autographs and take photos at no additional charge.

Snip-its Grand Opening - Snip-its
Through January 27, 2013 - East Northport

Snip-its is a salon just for kids offering haircuts, spa services, birthday parties and more. Visit this grand opening weekend for face painting, music, balloons and treats. 20% of grand opening weekend proceeds will be donated to the EJ Autism Foundation. All stylists are trained to work with children with autism and special needs.

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.

Food for Food Drive - Cold Spring Harbor Fish Hatchery & Aquarium
Through January 31, 2013 - Cold Spring Harbor

Donate non-perishable food to help the needy and receive one free fishfood funtainer. January 1-January 31, 2013.

Long Island at Work and at Play - Society for the Preservation of Long Island Antiquities
Through January 31, 2013 - Cold Spring Harbor

Long Island's story of work and play comes to life when a farmer, dust flying, rushes to market, a boy swings a baseball bat, a peddler sells fish door to door and a family, wearing their Sunday best, poses for a portrait in their new car. This exhibit features images of early 20th century scenes including Manhasset, Brooklyn, Port Jefferson, Bayville, Setauket, East Hampton, Flushing and Mineola and East Norwich.

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.

Traveling Exhibit: Attack of the Bloodsuckers! - Long Island Children's Museum
Through February 03, 2013 - Garden City

Be the first to explore the science of what's eating you in this skin-crawling exhibition. Examine the what, why, when and how of mosquitoes, fleas, ticks, leeches and other parasites known as sanguinivores (creatures that eat blood). Learn why bloodsuckers are important to the ecosystem -- and how to keep them out of your system. Attack of the Bloodsuckers! offer visitors the chance to look a real leech in the mouth; pull off your socks and test your bug-appealing foot odor; receive a big hug from a giant, inflating tick; get itchy and knotty with the life-size game of "Twitcher" — a buggy variation on Twister. The exhibit runs through February 3, 2013.

Grand Opening - RetroFitness Syosset/Plainview
Through February 13, 2013 - Syosset

Want the convenience of a modern gym at a fraction of the price? Check out RetroFitness where the goal is health and fitness and the price is $19.99 per month for life. Classes are starting up now. Childcare is available. The Grand Openinruns through February 13, 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. 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.

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.

Math & Science Homework Help - Long Island Science Center
Through June 01, 2013 - Riverhead

Students in grades 1-8 may be dropped off on Saturdays to receive help with homework. No pre-registration required.

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.

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.

Feeding Nemo! Behind-the-Scenes Tour - Long Island Aquarium & Exhibition Center
Through December 31, 2013 - Riverhead

Go behind-the-scenes and see firsthand all that's involved in creating a hospitable environment for the aquarium's residents. And you may get a chance to help feed the clownfish. While the Seal Exhibit is under construction, you can visit them up close and personal on the tour.

Behind-the-Scenes Tours - Long Island Aquarium & Exhibition Center
Through December 31, 2013 - Riverhead

Go behind the scenes at the aquarium and see firsthand all that's involved in creating a home for the aquatic residents, including helping to feed the clownfish.

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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