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TODAY'S FAMILY & KIDS ACTIVITIES IN LONG ISLAND-AUGUST 31

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free and low-cost things to do with kids in Nassau Find free and low-cost things to do with kids in Nassau today, August 31, including fun activities and events the whole family can enjoy. See what's going on today 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 street fairs or holiday festivals happening August 31. For even more free and low-cost upcoming events in Nassau, check out our complete calendar of events.

Music and Movement - Long Island Children's Museum
August 31, 2012 - Garden City

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

Community Gallery - Long Island Children's Museum
Through August 31, 2012 - Garden City

Stop by the Community Gallery and celebrate family. Visit a wall sized, multi-family photo album created from photographs taken during photo workshops held at the museum.

Preschool Playdate - BounceU-Farmingdale
August 31, 2012 - Farmingdale

Whether you are looking to meet up with a friend, make new ones or just spend some time with mom or dad, BounceU is the place to be. Preschool Playdate includes bounce and snack for children 6 years old and younger.

High Flying Fun - Long Island Children's Museum
Through August 31, 2012 - Garden City

Kites have been around for thousands of years and they have been used as an educational tool around the world. Join us for some aerodynamic fun and a unique workshop as you design your own kite using bright paint and other exciting materials. Fly your kite and enjoy a high flying summer afternoon with your family. This event runs through August 31.

El Louie Show - Long Island Children's Museum
August 31, 2012 - Garden City

Louie Miranda is back. This multilingual performance is sure to delight both kids and their adult companions. With guitar in hand, Louie includes everyone in his performances and is sure to make you twist and shout.

START (Story+Art) - Long Island Children's Museum
Through August 31, 2012 - Garden City

Each week kids listen to a different story that relates to the season. After the story, all little hands are on deck to create an art project about the story that was read.

Friday Films - Merrick Library
August 31, 2012 - Merrick

Finish the summer with a cool movie. Call ahead for movie title. Refreshments will be served.

Game Time - Lakeview Public Library
August 31, 2012 - Rockville Centre

Bring your family and friends and indulge in all types of board games. Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult.

Summer Drop-off Pre-K Camp - Great Neck Arts Center
Through August 31, 2012 - Great Neck

This half-day program (Tuesday-Thursday)exposes children to a wide range of activities designed to exercise both their minds and bodies in the arts and creative movement. Sign up for as many days as you want and pre-register by the Monday before each camp week. Call for weekly fees.

Summer Drop-off Pre-K Camp - Great Neck Arts Center
Through August 31, 2012 - Great Neck

This half day program exposes children to a wide range of activities designed to exercise both their minds and bodies in the arts and creative movement. Sign up for as many days as you want for as many weeks as you want. Register by the Monday before each camp week. Call for weekly discount. This program runs through August 31, 2012.

Afternoon Tea Party - The Cupcake Corner
Through August 31, 2012 - Garden City

Parents can bring their children to an afternoon tea party in a beautiful garden setting. Feast on a meal of freshly baked English scones (chocolate for the kids), assorted finger sandwiches, fresh fruit, mini cupcakes and cookies, lemonade, tea and coffee (iced and hot). Each child receives a free craft during the party.

Hampton Classic Horse Show - Showgrounds
August 31, 2012 - Bridgehampton

The world's best horses and riders, including riders returning from the 2012 London Olympic Games, head the list of entries in the 37th annual Hampton Classic Horse Show. The Hampton Classic features six show rings, a Boutique Garden with more than 70 vendors, and a wide selection of dining options, all on its 60-acre showgrounds. Today's schedule includes the $50,000 Spy Coast Farm/Young Horse Show Series Grand Prix Qualifier, the $15,000 speed derby, the $10,000 junior/amateur-owner welcome stake, and Manhattan Mortgage amateur-owner hunter classes. The show features more than 100 classes of competition for horses and riders of all ages. A wide range of jumper, hunter, equitation, short stirrup, and leadline classes are part of the Classic's schedule, as well as competitions for riders with disabilities. The highlight of the Hampton Classic Horse Show is the $250,000 FTI Grand Prix and FEI World Cup Qualifier on Sunday, Sept. 2. The Grand Prix, open to horses that successfully complete Friday's $50,000 Spy Coast Farm/Young Horse Show Series Grand Prix Qualifier, features Olympians, world champions, and other show jumping veterans.

65th Annual Shinnecock Powwow - Shinnecock Indian Reservation
August 31, 2012 - Southampton

This annual gathering of Native Americans features drum and dance contest, award-winning performers, more than 100 vendors, Native arts and crafts, Native foods, raffles, and a sunset fire lighting ceremony.

KIDS BOWL FREE @ Farmingdale Lanes - Farmingdale Lanes
Through September 01, 2012 - Farmingdale

Go to the website or stop in and sign up for the Free Summer program. Each child gets a Kids bowl free card to redeem for a free game per day from June 1 to Sept 1.

Framed: Step into Art - Long Island Children's Museum
Through September 02, 2012 - Garden City

Enter the framework of famous paintings, arrange works of art into your own art gallery, create a chalk wall mural, and experience art like never before in Framed: Step into Art. This imaginative and interactive exhibit is sure to bring out the inner artist in everyone. Uncover your artistic side through a number of creative activities, including traveling back to the Canadian Rockies in 1916 and discovering camping gear like John Singer Sargent would have used; riding Clementine Hunter's Big Chicken and helping complete Diego Rivera's mural Corn Festival, and viewing original and famous parodies of "Mona Lisa. This exhibit runs through Sept. 2.

Kaleidozone-Everybody Needs Someone, The Aging-Out of Foster Care Project - Long Island Children's Museum
Through September 02, 2012 - Garden City

Explore a collection of black and white and color photographs giving an intimate look at struggles and triumphs of daily life for young people as they transition from foster care into independent lives. Through thought-provoking questions and statements accompanying the photos, visitors will be introduced to life after foster care. Professional photographers, writers and reporters from the New York area team up with SalaamGarageNYC to present Everybody Needs Someone, The Aging-Out of Foster Care Project. This humanitarian media project shares the stories of 15 young adults who have recently aged out the foster care system in New York City, Nassau, and Suffolk counties. For more information visit www.local.salaamgarage.com. This event runs through September 2.

America's Love Affair with the Car - Ward Melville Heritage Organization
Through September 03, 2012 - Stony Brook

In addition to classic cars, there is also old signage, gas pumps, slot cars model cars and Matchbox cars.

Johnny Peers Muttville Comix - Long Island Game Farm
Through September 03, 2012 - Manorville

Johnny Peers is a former professional clown with Ringling Bros. and the Barnum & Bailey Circus. His 15 dogs, most of which have been rescued from shelters, perform a variety of tricks, such as jumping rope, ladder climbing, tightrope walking and skateboarding.

Blue Star Museums Program - Cradle of Aviation Museum
Through September 03, 2012 - Garden City

Free admission to the Museum is available through Labor Day to active-duty military and immediate family members. Call for additional information. This program runs through September 3, 2012.

Living History Tours - Vanderbilt Museum
Through September 03, 2012 - Centerport

Travel back to 1938 and relive life in the Vanderbilt Mansion. Costume actors stay in character, re-enacting actual events that took place among the staff, famous guests and the Vanderbilt Family. The program runs weekends, May 28-September 3, 2012.

Shell Swap - Cold Spring Harbor Whaling Museum
Through September 03, 2012 - Cold Spring Harbor

Trade, explore, and share a shell, rock, or interesting beach item at our outdoor swap table any time throughout the summer. July 1-September 3, 2012.

Blue Star Museums Program - Long Island Children's Museum
Through September 03, 2012 - Garden City

Free admission to the Museum is available through Labor Day to active-duty military and immediate family members. Call for additional information. This program runs through September 3, 2012.

Blue Star Museums Program - Hofstra University Museum
Through September 03, 2012 - Hempstead

Free admission to the Museum is available through Labor Day to active-duty military and immediate family members. Call for additional information. This program runs through September 3, 2012.

Blue Star Museums Program - Old Westbury Gardens
Through September 03, 2012 - Old Westbury

Free admission to the Museum is available through Labor Day to active-duty military and immediate family members. Call for additional information. This program runs through September 3, 2012.

Local Color II - Gallery North
Through September 21, 2012 - Setauket

The exhibit features current work by contemporary local artists showcasing the natural beauty of Long Island's sea and skyscapes, woods, and fields, as well as the bustle and interplay of its roads and residents.

The Alef Bet of Being A Mensch - Suffolk Y JCC
Through September 30, 2012 - Commack

On Sundays, through September 2012, visitors can walk through the dictionary of the Hebrew Alef-Bet. Letters form the words that lead you and your children through the basics of being a Mensch. Visitors can test their patience on The Tolerance Sovlanut Scale, discover "Inner Peace" in the Shalom Corner and explore the Glow in the Dark Torah Scroll.

Fall Registration - Theresa Academy of Performing Arts
Through September 30, 2012 - Lido Beach

The Theresa Academy of Performing Arts for Children with Special Needs(TAPA)provides after-school classes in the arts, weekend respite programs and Sunday workshops for children from ages 3 through young adult who may have various developmental disabilities such as(but not limited to)Down Syndrome,ASD,Cerebral Palsy, ADD,and ADHD. The studio space is clean,spacious and ADA compliant. The faculty consists of State certified teachers (Dance, drama and music and art education) as well as Broadway professionals and professional artists(painting, sculpture, and fabrics). Classes run in 10-week sessions. A limited number of scholarships and financial aid is available.

Back to School Drive - Families and Children Association
Through September 30, 2012 - Mineola

Family and Children's Association, Long Island's human service agency, will be accepting donations of new back-to-school supplies and clothing. This Back-to-School Drive is part of an annual effort by Family & Children's to help financially struggling Nassau County families make ends meet and prepare area children for a successful school year. This year, the agency is asking everyone to consider donating sneakers, sweatshirts and jeans along with the pencils, calculators, markers, backpacks and notebooks. If you don't have time to shop but want to help, visit www.familyandchildrens.org/donate or call 516-746-0350 x336 for exact day and time to drop off.

Mommy/Daddy & Me - Trucks n Tiaras Inc.
Through October 03, 2012 - Mineola

Children 4-36 months will love this innovative and interactive workshop. They will be introduced to colors, shapes, blocks, singing, dancing, a bonding experience with their parent and much more. Classes meet Wednesdays; registration required. Please enter using the rear parking lot. Call or email Meera or Reena with questions.

Discovery Wetlands Cruise - Boatworks Marina
Through October 30, 2012 - Stony Brook

Learn the importance and fragility of a wetlands ecosystem while enjoying the sweeping panorama of a salt marsh moraine and the untouched landscape of Long Island's North Shore in this 90-minute sightseeing tour aboard a 27-passenger pontoon boat.A naturalist is on board to explain ecology, geology and history of the area. Seating is first come, first served. June 16-October 30, 2012.

Historic Stony Brook Grist Mill Tours - Stony Brook Grist Mill
Through October 31, 2012 - Stony Brook

Listed on the NYS and National Register of Historic Places, the mill, c. 1751, offers an authentic experience of a working grist mill today with the only female "miller" in the U.S. as your guide. Visit the country store for games, toys, recipes, jams and more and feed the ducks at the Mill Pond.

Great Neck Farmers Market: Open For Business - Village Green
Through November 01, 2012 - Great Neck

Looking for some fresh produce or eggs? For some pasta, tomato sauce, fresh baked breads and pies? Or maybe some locally made pickles or cheese? The Great Neck Farmers Market has a wide range of high-quality, locally-produced offerings. You can even purchase freshly made doggie treats. Call 516-487-2975, x 123 for more information.

Exhibition: Marc Chagall - Nassau County Museum of Art
Through November 04, 2012 - Roslyn Harbor

Marc Chagall is a major exhibition that includes a significant selection of about half of Chagall’s 1957 series of hand-colored etchings of Bible stories, a series never before seen on Long Island. The exhibition portrays this important and loved artist as a storyteller, demonstrating how Chagall, throughout a long and distinguished career, incorporated facets of his early Russian-Jewish heritage into multilayered works. Chagall’s storytelling paintings portray a fantastic pictorial world where heaven and earth seem to meet. It’s a world where people and animals—cows, goats, donkeys, horses and birds—float upside down or sideways, irrespective of the laws of gravity, and couples are always in love. Chagall’s hypersensitive imagination is palpable as he shares with the viewer his memories of family in brilliantly colored works set amidst the houses and streets of his native Vitebsk. The exhibition runs through November 4, 2012.

Robert S. Neuman's Ship to Paradise - Heckscher Museum of Art
Through November 25, 2012 - Huntington

This exhibition focuses on the colorful, large-scale, mixed-media drawings in which Robert Neuman addressed the timeless question of human folly. Through November 25, 2012.

Absorbed by Color: Art in the 20th Century - Heckscher Museum of Art
Through December 02, 2012 - Huntington

Drawn exclusively from the Museum?s Permanent Collection, this exhibition presents an overview of color theory and its manifestations in various art movements of the 20th century, including Pointillism, Fauvism, Synchromism, Neoplasticism, Abstract Expressionism, Minimalism, and Op art. Through December 2, 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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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