Celebrate the Luck of the Irish
Whether you come from an Irish heritage or just love to celebrate traditions from the land of saints and scholars, here are our suggestions of places to get your green on!
St. Patrick's Scavenger Hunt: Enjoy an annual Pot o' Gold Hunt and visit with farm animals. Includes wagon ride and light refreshments. March 13. 11am. $6. Suffolk County Farm and Education Center, 350 Yaphank Avenue, Yaphank. 631-852-4600. www.ccesuffolk.org.
Irish Tales and Tunes: Families celebrate St. Patrick's Day at this children's program featuring Irish tales and music. March 13. Call for time and pricing. Walt Whitman Birthplace State Historic Site, 246 Old Walt Whitman Road, Huntington Station. 631-427-5247. www.waltwhitman.org.
43rd Annual Westhampton Beach St. Patrick's Day Parade: This parade proceeds from Mill Road to Main Street. March 13. 12pm. Greater Westhampton Chamber Of Commerce, Mill Road to Main Street, Westhampton Beach. 631-288-3322. www.whbcc.org.
2010 Bay Shore/Bright Waters St. Patrick's Parade: Enjoy floats, clowns, mummers, horses, antique cars, and more. A public mass is offered at noon at St. Patrick's Church, where the parade will also conclude with awards for best float, pipes, and drum bands. March 13. 2pm. The Bay Shore Brightwaters St. Patrick's Parade Committee, Saxon Avenue to Main Street (Montauk Highway), Bay Shore. 631-666-8726. www.stpatricksparadebsbw.com.
Irish Elegance St. Patrick's Day Celebration in Stony Brook: Families enjoy an afternoon of Irish entertainment, starring singer/songwriter and comedian Ed Ryan and dancers from the Mulvihill-Lynch School of Irish Dance. Kids can participate in craft activities and enjoy Irish tea and Irish soda bread. Families can shop for gifts at Irish Elegance with a $5 coupon with admission. March 14. 1:30pm. 3pm Irish Soda Bread Competition. Craft activity: $13; $12 seniors; $10 kids under 10. Ward Melville Heritage Organization Educational & Cultural Center, Stony Brook Village Center, Main Street on the Harbor, Stony Brook. 631-689-5888. www.stonybrookvillage.com.
2010 Bayport/Blue Point St. Patrick's Day Parade: An estimated 25,000 spectators are expected at this annual St. Patrick's Day parade. Families enjoy nearly a dozen pipe bands, along with nearly 70 participating groups and free Irish food all day. March 14. 11:30am. Bayport/Blue Point Chamber of Commerce, Snedecor Avenue and continuing along Montauk Highway, Bayport/Blue Point. 631-363-0154. www.bayportbluepoint.com.
2010 Rocky Point St. Patrick's Day Parade: An estimated 50,000 spectators are expected for this 60th annual St. Patrick's Day parade, along 25A in Miller Place, heading east three miles to Rocky Point. March 14. 1pm. Rocky Point Chamber of Commerce, Harrison Avenue and 25A, Miler Place, Rocky Point. 631-821-1313. www.cdmlongisland.com.
76th Annual Huntington St. Patrick's Day Parade: The oldest and largest parade on Long Island features over 25 marching bands. The parade will start north of the train station, follow New York Avenue and turn west onto Main Street, ending at Saint Patrick's Church. March 14. 1pm. Huntington Ancient Order of the Hibernians, New York Avenue, Huntington. 631-491-4158. www.huntingtonhibernians.com.
St. Patrick's Day Special: Preschoolers enjoy a playdate and bounce session, 10am-12pm, while families are invited to Family Bounce Night, 5-7pm. Wear green at either session and receive $2 off! Call for reservations. March 17. $12.95 per child. BounceU, 101 Carolyn Boulevard, Farmingdale. 631-777-5867. www.bounceu.com.
Hampton Bays St. Patrick's Day Parade: This parade proceeds from Ponquogue Avenue to Montauk Highway, heading west and ending at Atrium. March 20. 11am-3pm. Hampton Bays Chamber of Commerce, Hampton Bays. 631-728-2921. www.hamptonbayschamber.com.
8th Annual Montauk Friends of Erin St. Patrick's Day Parade: The parade starts at the firehouse directly across from the LIRR, passes the judges' reviewing stand on the Green, and ends at the Montauk IGA. March 21. 12:30-4pm. Montauk Chamber of Commerce, Montauk. 631-668-2428. www.montuakchamber.com.
2010 Patchogue St. Patrick's Parade: This 15th annual St. Patrick's Day parade kicks off on Main Street with "May the Road Rise to Meet Ye" four-mile run starting from the same location. March 27. 11am. Patchogue Chamber of Commerce, Main Street, Patchogue. 631-207-1000. www.patchoguechamber.com.
The Little Puppet Boy Comes to Life
On March 6 at 2pm, catch CM Performing Arts Center's captivating production of Pinocchio, a live, family-friendly theatrical version of the story. All ages. $9. 931 Montauk Highway, Oakdal. 631-218-2810. www.cmpac.com.
Brothers Grimm Fairytale on Stage
Enjoy an afternoon with Theatre Three's production of The Golden Goose. Follow the young boy, Simpleton, as he sets off on an outrageous adventure, told in narration, song, and poetry, and learns that honesty and generosity are always the best policies. March 6, 7, and 13 at 11am. $8. Theatre Three, 412 Main Street, Port Jefferson. 631-928-9100. www.theatrethree.com.
Celebrate Easter and Passover
Easter Egg Hunt: Families enjoy an Easter egg and village scavenger hunt. March 27; rain date April 4. 12pm. FREE. Greater Westhampton Chamber Of Commerce, The Great Lawn, Main Street and Potunk Lane, Westhampton Beach. 631-288-3322. www.whbcc.org.
Spring Egg Hunt: Families enjoy an Easter egg hunt. March 27. 11am; rain date March 28 at 1pm. FREE. Orient Beach State Park, North Country Road, Route 25, Orient. 631-323-2440. www.nysparks.state.ny.us/parks/.
4th Annual Easter Egg-Stravaganza: Pal-O-Mine Equestrian, a therapeutic horseback riding program for children and adults with disabilities, hosts an Easter Egg-Stravaganza, including three Easter egg hunts with over 8,000 eggs. The first 50 kids to attend receive a free Easter basket. The event also features pony rides, a small animal farm/petting zoo, plant sale, a variety of prizes, and "Golden Eggs" for the whole family. March 28. Gates open at 12pm; hunt begins 12:30pm for ages 4 and under; 12:50pm for ages 5 and up; and 1:10pm for kids with disabilities. $5 per child. Pal-O-Mine Equestrian Facility, 829 Old Nichols Road, Islandia. 631-348-1389. www.pal-o-mine.org.
And in Nassau County:
Easter/Passover Feast: Kids will be cooking up the best foods from both Easter and Passover. They'll participate in egg decorating, and make and enjoy matzoh brie, macaroons, and Egg-cellent Easter cookies. $55 per child. March 22, 12:30-2:30pm and 5-7pm, at Little Chefs, 33 Jackson Avenue, Syosset. 516-496-0754. March 23, 12:30-2:30pm and 5-7pm, at Little Chefs, 9 Soundview Market Place, Port Washington. 516-767-7633. www.littlechefs.com.
Easter/Passover Party: Celebrate the season's holidays. Kids will make and enjoy Bunny Salad, matzoh pizza, Easter egg decorating, chocolate chip macaroons, and a chocolate Easter egg nest. March 23. 5-7pm. $49. What's Cooking?, 30 East Main Street, Oyster Bay. 516-922-COOK(2665). www.whatscookingny.com.
Cooking and Art for Kids
Roll up your sleeves for Get Creative! workshops in "Cooking & Art," March 13 and 27 at 10am, at the Children's Museum of the East End in Bridgehampton. Ages: TOD, YE. $12. 376 Bridgehampton/Sag Harbor Turnpike, Bridgehampton. 631-537-8250. www.cmee.org.
Darwin's Survival with Heart
Your children can live "Jurassic-ally" when they attend co-directors/co-creators/co-choreographers Ian Carney and Twyla Tharp's production of Darwin the Dinosaur. Learn about a wild and primitive dinosaur created by a scientist with magical powers who puts Darwin together piece by piece. To curb the animal's natural instinct, he discovers that compassion is missing and decides to give him a heart. Prepare for a show filled with puppetry, storytelling, and dance, as the electroluminescent characters come to life in a blackout setting at the Staller Center's main stage. Ages 7 and up. $12. March 14.. 3pm. Staller Center, off Nichols Road, Stony Brook. 631-632-ARTS. www.stallercenter.com.
Art Displays, Maritime History, and More
Creative Expressions Young Artist Showcase: Art from students in grades K-12 across Long Island will be displayed in this exhibit. View photography, sculpture, ceramics, painting, drawing, anime, printmaking and computer art. Through March 8. Ward Melville Heritage Organization, Stony Brook Village Center, Main Street on the Harbor, Stony Brook. 631-751-2244. www.stonybrookvillage.com.
High Arts Showcase: View artwork on display from students from six high schools on Long Island: Commack, Harborfields, Huntington, South Huntington, Northport/East Northport, and Plainview/Old Bethpage. On March 4, meet the young sculptors, painters, and photographers, and enjoy a musical performance from Huntington and Plainview/Old Bethpage high schools. On display through April 5. 7am-7pm weekdays; 8am-1pm weekends. Huntington Arts Council, Art-trium Gallery, 25 Melville Park Road, Melville. 631-271-8423. www.huntingtonarts.org.
Island Kids Preschool, Peanut Gallery Preschool and Humpty Dumpty Nursery School Art Displays: Check out the art displays made by the preschoolers of Island Kids Preschool, through March 13; Peanut Gallery Preschool, March 14-27; and Humpty Dumpty Nursery School, March 28-April 10. Opens 9am Monday-Thursday; 10am Friday; 9am Saturday; 1pm Sunday. FREE. Harbor Fields Library, 31 Broadway, Greenlawn. 631-757-4200. www.harborfieldslibrary.org.
Spring in My Step: Boys and girls can grab their butterfly nets and come into the Children's Room to search for butterflies decorated with all kinds of spring pictures. Successful detectives will receive a prize worthy of their hard work. March 28-April 11. 9am Monday-Thursday; 10am Friday; 9am Saturday; 1pm Sunday. FREE. Harbor Fields Library, 31 Broadway, Greenlawn. 631-757-4200. www.harborfieldslibrary.org.
Shain Bard: The artist's luminous landscapes, created in oils, entice the viewer to share nature's journey with the artist and reach a meditative, spiritual place. Through March 15. 9am-9pm. FREE. Huntington Arts Gallery, 213 Main Street, Huntington. 631-271-8423. www.huntingtonarts.org.
Saturday Drop-Off Program and Sundays Family Fun Hours: Every Saturday, at 1pm and 3pm, kids ages 3-10 enjoy hands-on science activities and complete a take-home science project while learning about Long Island's maritime history. On Sundays, family fun hours at the museum are 1-5pm. Reservations suggested; call Carole at 631-698-0767. $20 per person per session. Children's Maritime Museum at Port Jefferson, East Broadway, Port Jefferson. 631-331-3277. www.childrensmaritimemuseum.org.
Aquatic Adventures: Sea Lion Kiss: Each weekend, kids can get an up-close encounter - a kiss and keepsake photo - with a sea lion named Java. Saturdays and Sundays through Memorial Day, then daily in the summer. For kids 8 and up. Kids under 8 must be accompanied by an adult (with the adult receiving the kiss). 1pm and 2:45pm. $21.50; $18.50 ages 3-17 and 62+; FREE ages 2 and under; $16 Sea Lion Kiss and Photo. Atlantis Marine World, 431 East Main Street, Riverhead. 631-208-9200. www.atlantismarineworld.com.
And in Nassau County:
The Amazing Invisible Dog : Kids can meet in the inner lobby of the museum to build their own Invisible Dog. Laugh with your family and friends as you take your imaginary friend for a walk. March 2-26. 2:30-4pm. $10. Long Island Children's Museum, 11 Davis Avenue, Garden City. 516-224-5800. www.licm.org.
Kaleidozone - Light, Wind and Meryl Taradash: Families can explore this exhibit, which features the work of sculptor Meryl Taradash. Learn how she created "Wind Dancing," the sculpture located at the museum, and see other works she has produced. Through May 2. 10am. $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 will 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. $10, $8, $4, which includes admission to both museums; $5, $4 MiniArtMuseum only. Nassau County Museum of Art - Ridder MiniArtMuseum for Children, One Museum Drive, Roslyn Harbor. 516-484-9337. www.nassaumuseum.com.