Check out these great family events and activities scheduled for the month of August in Nassau County, Long Island. Whether you're looking to catch a kid-friendly show, get hands-on with museum activities, or just enjoy the great outdoors, we've got all the information a Long Island family needs.
Outdoor Movies on the Big Screen
Families can enjoy free screenings of their favorite films under the night sky. Unless otherwise noted, showings begin at dusk; call for exact times. Here's this month's schedule:
Michael Jackson's This Is It: August 5. Eisenhower Park, Lakeside Theatre, 1899 Hempstead Turnpike, Parking Field 6 and 6A, East Meadow. 516-572-0200. www.nassaucountyny.gov.
The Blind Side: August 7. 8:30pm. Martin Reid Park, Broadway Avenue and Urban Avenue, Westbury. 516-338-2787. www.northhempstead.com.
Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs: August 11. 8:45pm. Clinton G. Martin Park, Marcus Avenue and New Hyde Park Road, New Hyde Park. 516-869-6311. www.northhempstead.com.
Star Trek (2009): August 12. Eisenhower Park, Lakeside Theatre, 1899 Hempstead Turnpike, Parking Field 6 and 6A, East Meadow. 516-572-0200. www.nassaucountyny.gov.
Twilight Saga: New Moon: August 19. Eisenhower Park, Lakeside Theatre, 1899 Hempstead Turnpike, Parking Field 6 and 6A, East Meadow. 516-572-0200. www.nassaucountyny.gov.
How to Train Your Dragon: August 20. Newbridge Road Park, 2600 Newbridge Road, Bellmore. 516-783-2500. www.townofhempstead.org.
Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen: August 26. Eisenhower Park, Lakeside Theatre, 1899 Hempstead Turnpike, Parking Field 6 and 6A, East Meadow. 516-572-0200. www.nassaucountyny.gov.
Up: August 26. 8:30pm. North Hempstead Beach Park, West Shore Road, Port Washington. 516-TOW-N311. www.northhempstead.com.
A Bouncing Good Time
BounceU in Farmingdale is offering a Son & Daughter Day, when parents can visit their kids and bounce along on the party center's many inflatables. Buy one admission and the second child bounces for free. Reservations required. August 11. 5-7pm. BounceU, 101 Carolyn Boulevard, Farmingdale. 631-777-JUMP (5867). www.bounceu.com/cities/farmingdale.ny.
Tons of Wiggly Fun!
The Wiggles Wiggly Circus, featuring the children's music group from Australia, will include lots of singing, dancing, and audience participation. Catch the show at Nassau Coliseum, August 18, 2:30pm and 6:30pm. All ages; most appropriate for preschool and elementary school-aged children. Nassau Coliseum, 1255 Hempstead Turnpike, Uniondale. For more information or to get your tickets, call 800-745-3000 or visit www.nassaucoliseum.com.
Museum Tours on the North Shore
Take a tour and discover all kinds of things you might never have known at these nearby museums.
Family Sundays at the Museum
Each Sunday, the Nassau County Museum of Art offers a 1pm docent-led family walk-through of the main exhibition and, beginning at 1:30pm, supervised art activities for the whole family. Also, special family guides of the main exhibition are available in the galleries. Free with admission of $10, $8 seniors (62 and up), $4 students and ages 4-12, FREE under 4. Nassau County Museum of Art, 1 Museum Drive, Roslyn Harbor. 516-484-9337. www.nassaumuseum.org.
Inside the Mansion
Families can tour the historic Falaise Mansion, one of the few mansions left from Long Island's Gold Coast era. Thursday-Sunday, hourly noon-3pm. Through October 30. $5 per car. Falaise Mansion at Sands Point Preserve, 127 Middleneck Road, Sands Point. 516-571-7900. www.sandspointpreserve.org.
Heritage Craft Fair
Explore a fascinating exhibit of 19th-century party clothes and another of historic Huntington pottery in the barn at the Dr. Daniel Kissam House Museum. A Heritage Craft Fair sponsored by the Huntington Historical Society features traditional crafts demonstrations to show how the trades were supported in Colonial times. Watch potters, candle makers, wood turners, blacksmiths, and more. A variety of booths will be filled with mosaics, stained glass, jewelry, felting, photography, handcrafted soaps, fine art, textiles, and more. Kids can even get their faces painted. August 21. 10am-5pm. All ages. $5, children under 12 FREE. Dr. Daniel Kissam House Museum, 434 Park Avenue, Huntington. 631-427-7045 ext. 401.
Families can wear their pajamas to this end-of-summer party at the Long Island Children's Museum on August 26. Meet favorite bedtime storybook characters, create fun crafts, and participate in a variety of activities about sleep and dreams. All visitors who bring a new pair of pajamas to the museum will receive one free child's admission for future use. The donations will go to Pajama Program - a nonprofit organization that provides new pajamas and books to children in need.
Starts at 12pm. All ages. $10 museum admission. Long Island Children's Museum, 11 Davis Avenue, Garden City. 516-224-5800. www.licm.org.
"What's Cooking?" on Martha Stewart
Lynne Gerald of "What's Cooking?," a culinary school and party place in Oyster Bay, will be appearing on The Martha Stewart Show for a special "Back to School Lunches" segment. Lynne will be giving advice on nutritious but tasty meals and snacks for the kids to take to school. On the program, children will help her prepare an entrée, snack, and dessert to sample. The show airs on Friday, August 27, at 1pm. For more information about What's Cooking? programs and parties, visit www.whatscookingny.com.
Summer Shows for Kids
Sit back and enjoy these family-friendly performances.
A Midsummer Night's Dream
Arena Players perform this Shakespearian comedy that celebrates the humorous aspects of love outside in the museum's cobblestone courtyard. Fridays at 8pm, Sunday at 7:30pm, through August 29. All ages. $7, $6 students and seniors, $3 children 12 and under. Suffolk County Vanderbilt Museum, 180 Little Neck Road, Centerport. 516-293-0674. www.arenaplayers.org.
Alice in Wonderland
Enjoy the adventures of Alice, the white rabbit, and the Mad Hatter in Arena Players' performance of the classic Alice in Wonderland. Saturdays and Sundays through August 29. 2pm. All ages. $10. Suffolk County Vanderbilt Museum, 180 Little Neck Road, Centerport. 516-293-0674. www.arenaplayers.org.
See this classic Disney tale featuring Cinderella, the prince, and her evil stepsisters live on stage. August 2. 12:45pm. All ages. $10. Broad Hollow Theatre at Elmont Children's Theatre, 700 Hempstead Turnpike, Elmont. 516-775-4420. www.broadhollow.org.
See it again on August 17 at 11am at Theatre at Westbury, 960 Brush Hollow Road, Westbury. $15 per ticket or family four-pack for $10.75 each. 516-334-0800. www.livenation.com/venue/theatre-at-westbury-tickets.
The classic Disney fairytale, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, is performed live on stage in this musical for families. August 3. 11am. All ages. $15 per ticket or four-pack for $10.75 each. Theatre Westbury, 960 Brush Hollow Road, Westbury. 516-334-0800. www.livenation.com/venue/theatre-at-westbury-tickets.
The Wizard of Oz
Follow the Yellow Brick Road to the stage in Westbury with Dorothy, Toto, the Scarecrow, Tin Man, and Lion with this musical production for families. August 10. 11am. All ages. $15 per ticket or four-pack for $10.75 each. Theatre Westbury, 960 Brush Hollow Road, Westbury. 516-334-0800. www.livenation.com/venue/theatre-at-westbury-tickets.
The Jungle Book
Watch Mowgli and his cohorts come to life on stage. August 12. 12:45pm. All ages. $10. Broad Hollow Theatre at Elmont Children's Theatre, 700 Hempstead Turnpike, Elmont. 516-775-4420. www.broadhollow.org.
Watch as Annie, Daddy Warbucks, and the orphans perform beloved songs when this family favorite, which won seven Tony Awards, is featured live on stage. The play celebrates the 125th anniversary of James Whitcomb Riley's poem, "Little Orphan Annie," which inspired Harold Gray's comic strip. Weekends August 14-29. 7:30pm. All ages. $30, $28 seniors (over 65), $18 matriculated non-Hofstra students with ID, $15 kids 12 and under and Hofstra faculty and students with current HofstraCard. Hofstra University, John Cranford Adams Playhouse, South Campus, Hempstead. 516-463-6644. www.hofstra.edu/hofstraentertainment.
Scottish heritage will be celebrated at the Long Island Scottish Games and Festival at Old Westbury Gardens. Families can learn about Scottish culture and indulge in Scottish foods. They'll play traditional games like Caber Toss, Putting the Stone, and Tossing the Sheaf, and enjoy competitions, pipe band and Celtic dance performances, parades and concerts. Kids can take part in a variety of activities, including face painting, pony rides, balloon sculpturing, races, and tug-of-war. There will also be a magician and dog agility demonstrations and performances. August 28. 8am-5pm. All ages. $15, seniors (over 62) $10, children 7-17 $5, age 6 and under FREE. Old Westbury Gardens, 71 Old Westbury Road, Old Westbury. 516-333-0048. www.oldwestburygardens.org.
New Stroller Strides Location
Moms and moms-to-be who want to stay fit have another new location where they can work out with other moms. The women's fitness franchise, Stroller Strides, is now holding classes at Greis Park in Lynbrook. The program offers a 60-minute workout that moms can complete while holding or pushing their babies in a stroller. The classes are also offered on the Long Beach boardwalk and at the Long Beach and Island Park libraries, the Source Mall, Eisenhower Park, and other parks throughout Nassau County. For more information, contact Adele Arkin at 347-693-3399 or email her at Adelearkin@strollerstrides.net, or visit www.strollerstrides.net/longisland.
For even more family events in Nassau County, Long Island, visit our Online Calendar.