At the Museums: Kid-Friendly Exhibits
Arcadia/Suburbia: Architecture on Long Island, 1930-2010: This exhibit brings to light the impressive architectural history of Long Island, especially on the North Shore. It underscores the role Long Island played in the development of Modernist and Post-Modernist movements in the United States, and charts the region's development from a largely agrarian society and a significant leisure destination to a "mature" suburban culture. Children can experiment with their own architectural design. Huey wall text engages children and assists in understanding art and architecture. Through April 11. Wednesday-Friday 10am-4pm; Saturday and Sunday 11am-5pm. All ages. $8, $6 seniors, $5 students, children under 10 FREE. The Heckscher Museum of Art, 2 Prime Avenue, Huntington. 631-351.3250. www.heckscher.org.
Children's Pleasures: American Celebrations of Childhood: This exhibition focuses on the evolving depictions of American childhood pleasures and pastimes from the early 19th century to 2008. The paintings, drawings, works on paper, and sculptures by renowned American artists portray children experiencing pleasures of family and friends, the world of make-believe, holiday celebrations, games and toys, outdoor play, music and dance, and childhood mischief. Through April 18. Call for times and pricing. All ages. Hofstra University, Emily Lowe Gallery, 112 Hofstra University, South Campus, Hempstead. 516-463-6580. www.hofstra.edu/culture.
Daily Upstairs/Downstairs Tours of Coe Hall: Hour-long tours of the servants' quarters are offered daily through September 30. Families see how servants lived in the 1920s, and view the kitchen areas, wine vaults, flower room, and more. Mai Coe's bedroom is also now open, featuring new murals by Polly Wood-Holland and her assistant, Joyce Kubalak, which are based on lost originals by American artist Robert Winthrop.12:30pm, 2:30pm. All ages. $3.50; under 12 FREE. Planting Fields Arboretum State Historic Park and Coe Hall, 1395 Planting Fields Road, Oyster Bay. 516-922-8682. www.plantingfields.org.
Kaleidozone - Light, Wind and Meryl Taradash: Families explore this exhibit, which features sculptor Meryl Taradash. Learn her process to create "Wind Dancing," the sculpture located at the museum, and see other works she has produced. Through May 2. 10am. All ages. $10. Long Island Children's Museum, 11 Davis Avenue, Garden City. 516-224-5800. www.licm.org.
Under the Big Top: This exhibit features reproductions of circus art by Seurat, Léger, Prendergast, Toulouse-Lautrec, Picasso, Chagall and others, showcasing them alongside displays that guide the museum's young visitors through explorations of circus skills, endangered animals, and memory games using circus characters and activities. Through May 24. 12pm. All ages. $10, $8 seniors, $4 ages 4-12, which includes admission to both museums, or MiniArtMuseum only, $5, $4 seniors and ages 4-12. Nassau County Museum of Art - Ridder MiniArtMuseum for Children, One Museum Drive, Roslyn Harbor. 516-484-9337. www.nassaumuseum.com.