We've hand-picked the best family events from our August 2011 calendar. Check out the top events to bring your kids to this month, including a princess tea party in Amityville, a performance by Billy Bones in Westhampton Beach, a jam-making workshop for tots in Riverhead, a Bari Koral concert in Bridgehampton, a meeting of the Mom's Club of Brookhaven, and a silly silent film in Huntington.
Also see: A roster of storybook-inspired shows playing this month across Long Island
Girls meet Cinderella, Aurora, and Belle while getting their makeup, nails, and hair done and enjoying tea sandwiches and cupcakes at Become a Princess Tea. Reservations required. August 7, 12-2pm. $29.99; $24.99 siblings. Darlings and Divas, 65 Merrick Road, Amityville; 631-608-4710.
Billy Bones teaches Pirate School, employing poems, songs, and competitions to demonstrate how to talk, laugh, sing, and swashbuckle like a pirate. Kids will encounter silly challenges, engage in nonsensical competitions, hear a pirate poem, and meet a life-like puppet -- Billy's furry first mate Rocky. August 9 at 5:30pm. FREE. West Hampton Beach Village Green, Main Street & Mill Road, Westhampton Beach; 631-288-3337.
Bon Appetite, Baby
Take your child to the farm where they will collect fruit to make jam that they will then bring home, in Tots Cook! Blackberry Jamming! In addition to creating jam, children ages 3-5 will develop their fine motor skills while mixing, measuring, pouring, weighing, stirring, and mashing the ingredients. August 10, 11am-2:30pm. $15. Garden of Eve Organic Farm & Market, 4558 Sound Avenue, Riverhead; 631-722-8777.
Rock On With Bari and her Band
Maybe you've seen them on PBS or YouTube. Now you can catch Bari Koral Family Rock Band live on stage as they perform from their new album, Rock and Roll Garden, which recently won a Parents' Choice Silver Award for best kids' album. August 23 at 6pm. $20. Children's Museum of the East End, 376 Bridgehampton/Sag Harbor Turnpike, Bridgehampton. 631-537-8250.
Being a parent is fulfilling, but it can often be lonely. What better way to spend part of your day than meeting others who may feel the same way? The last Thursday of every month, Mom's Club of Brookhaven meets for playgroups, field trips, and more so that moms can have quality time not only with their kids but with other moms, too. This month's meeting: August 25 at 11:30am. $25 yearly membership fee. Lake Ronkonkoma VFW Hall, 55 Lake Shore Road, Lake Ronkonkoma.
Between movie theaters, car theaters, and home theaters, your kids have probably seen current films many times over. If you're looking to have them see something a little different, take them to Anything but Silent: Classics from the Silent Age of Film, with live accompaniment by Ben Model on the cinema's Miditzer theater organ. Model has been playing piano and organ for silents at the Museum of Modern Art in Manhattan for the past 27 years. This month, he'll be accompanying Harold Lloyd in The Freshman, a 1925 comedy about a young man who joins his college football team in hopes of becoming popular. August 25 at 7:30pm. $13. Cinema Arts Centre, 423 Park Avenue, Huntington; 631-423-7611.