Looking for fun and low-cost things to do with your kids this November in Suffolk County, Long Island? We've hand-picked the best kids' events from our November calendar and rounded them up here, including family-friendly shows, nature-themed programs, and Thanksgiving and holiday shows and events.
For even more upcoming family and kids events on Long Island and in the NYC area, check out our full, searchable calendar of events.
Don't Lose Your Head
This version of The Legend of Sleepy Hollow is unique in that audience participation is encouraged. Children can participate in school lessons with Katrina Van Tassel, become farmers with Brom, and tell ghost stories around the fire with the townspeople. The real story behind the legend of the headless horseman is revealed as well. Weekends, November 5-20. 1pm. $10; $8 children; free children younger than 3.
Arena Players, Vanderbilt Mansion Carriage House, 180 Little Neck Road, Centerport. 516-293-0674. www.arenaplayers.org.
Election Day Fun
Kids can spend Election Day learning about how to take care of the planet. Decorate a plant pot, then plant your own seed. Afterward, watch the film Wall-E. November 8 at 1:30pm.
Cold Spring Harbor Whaling Museum, 279 Main Street, Cold Spring Harbor. 631-367-3418. www.cshwhalingmuseum.org.
We may see squirrels outside our windows everyday, but that doesn't mean we know much about them. At a program called Squirrelology, take a nature walk and learn about these critters and how they prepare for winter. November 10, 10:30-11:30am. $6.
Seatuck Environmental Center, 550 South Bay Avenue, Islip. 631-581-6908. www.seatuck.org.
If you love to giggle while being thrilled by daring feats, you'll want to be there when The Handsome Little Devils Present Squirm Burpee Circus. This four-person circus takes you back to the days of vaudeville and features juggling, song and dance routines, silly stunts, gadgets, gizmos, and a mustache-twirling bad guy. November 13. 4pm. $15.
Staller Center for the Arts, Stony Brook University, Nicolls Road, Stony Brook. 631-632-2787. www.stallercenter.com.
Gobble Gobble...Ho Ho Ho
Ready or not, Christmas comes right on the heels of Thanksgiving. So it's no surprise that local venues have events going on throughout the month celebrating both holidays.
Donate turkeys and all the trimmings to the Bethpage Federal Credit Union's 3rd Annual Turkey Drive. Proceeds benefit Island Harvest, an umbrella organization that helps Long Island's nonprofits feed 25,000 local families. November 16. 7am. Bethpage Federal Credit Union Headquarters 899 South Oyster Bay Road, Bethpage. 631-427-1713. www.lovebethpage.com.
Create a nature craft for a Thanksgiving holiday decoration in Nature in November. November 19. 11am-12:30pm. $9; free children ages 3 and younger. Call to register. Suffolk County Farm and Education Center, 350 Yaphank Avenue, Yaphank. 631-852-4610. www.ccesuffolk.org.
Take advantage of the sales at Black Friday Drop & Shop. While you're out spending money, your divas enjoy crafts, lunch, mini-manicures, games, dancing, and more. November 25. 9am-1pm. $34.99. Darlings & Divas of Amityville, 65 Merrick Road, Amityville. 631-608-4710. www.darlingsanddivasofamityville.com.
Al Roker, John Cullum, and Christopher Plummer provide the voices for the live stage production of Mooseltoe, based on a popular storybook. November 25. 11am, 2pm, and 5pm. $16. Gateway Playhouse, 215 South Country Road, Bellport. 631-286-1133. www.gatewayplayhouse.com.
A little elf, his reindeer, and friends are on a mission in Barnaby Saves Christmas. November 25-26. 11am. $10. Theatre Three, 412 Main Street, Port Jefferson. 631-928-9100. www.theatrethree.com.
The season comes alive at the Fire Island Lighthouse Tree Trimming. Bring a handmade ornament relating to the sea, nature, or the lighthouse to add to the tree. Enjoy free hot chocolate and cookies. November 26. 10am-3pm. Then, later in the afternoon, work off some of those calories and catch the sunset during the Thanksgiving Weekend Evening Tower Tour. Reservations required. 4pm. $15. Fire Island Lighthouse, Robert Moses State Park, parking field 5, Fire Island. 631-661-4876. www.fireislandlighthouse.com.
A special guest turns on the Christmas lights in Lighting the Lighthouse, while you enjoy holiday music, caroling, and a visit from Santa. November 26 (rain date December 3). 4:30-7pm. The next day, enjoy Christmas at the Lighthouse, complete with cider and snacks. The gift shop is open and pony rides and Santa are on hand for little ones. November 27. 11am-4pm. Both events are FREE. Montauk Lighthouse, 2000 Montauk Highway, Montauk. 631-668-2544. www.montauklighthouse.com.
Educators from RARE (Rare Animals Really Endangered) suggest ways to help clean up the planet in Thanksgiving Origami: Be a Green Hero workshop, where you can enjoy a fun origami craft-making session. Reservations required. November 27. 2pm. Cold Spring Harbor Whaling Museum, 279 Main Street, Cold Spring Harbor. 631-367-3418. www.cshwhalingmuseum.org.
Belly Full of Laughs
It may be full, but hopefully your belly can still withstand a few chuckles during Laugh, Laugh Laugh, a Paper Bag Players presentation. This is an all-new production with an original story and sing-along songs, but the costumes and sets will be familiar to Paper Bag fans. November 26. 2pm. $16; $13 children.
Guild Hall, 158 Main Street, East Hampton. 631-324-0806. www.guildhall.org.