Top Things to Do with Kids on Long Island in December

Top Things to Do with Kids on Long Island in December

Our calendar editors have hand-picked the best family events and activities happening on Long Island this December, in both Nassau County and Suffolk County.

'Elf'
WHEN: Nov. 15 - Dec. 30, Check the website for specific dates and times
WHERE: John W. Engeman Theater, 250 Main St., Northport, NY
AGES: 5 and older
WHAT: Buddy embarks on a journey to New York City to find his birth father, discover his true identity, and help New York remember the true meaning of Christmas.
WHY WE LOVE IT: A modern-day Christmas classic!
WANT TO GO? $73. 631-261-2900. engemantheater.com.

The Big Bolt!
WHEN: Nov. 15 - Dec. 30, See website for times
WHERE: Long Island Children's Museum, 11 Davis Ave., Garden City, NY
AGES: 3-8
WHAT: Jimmi is a confident, curious girl and aspiring engineer who loves to build and explore the neighborhood with her friendly dog Conrad.
WHY WE LOVE IT: This show teaches valuable lessons about honesty, consequences, and forgiveness.
WANT TO GO? $23; $22 seniors and children; free children younger than 1. 516-224-5800. licm.org.

Pete the Cat
WHEN: Saturday, Dec. 1, 11am
WHERE: Landmark on Main Street, 232 Main St., Suite 1, Port Washington, NY
AGES: All
WHAT: When Pete the Cat gets caught rocking out after bedtime, the cat-catcher sends him to live with the Biddle family to learn his manners.
WHY WE LOVE IT: The characters have an adventure where they find friendship, all the way to Paris and back in a VW Bus!
WANT TO GO? $20. 516-767-1384 . landmarkonmainstreet.org.

Renaldo and Little Lou- Circus Clowns
WHEN: Dec. 1 - 2, 11am and 2pm
WHERE: Long Island Children's Museum, 11 Davis Ave., Garden City, NY
AGES: All
WHAT: Laugh and clap along with the juggling, pranks, magic, and humor of these world-class clowns. They engage with the audience directly and bring volunteers on stage.
WHY WE LOVE IT: It's a humorous, interactive show the whole family can enjoy!
WANT TO GO? $12. 516-224-5800. licm.org.

First Night and Tree Lighting
WHEN: Saturday, Dec. 1, 6:30-9pm
WHERE: Old Westbury Gardens, 71 Old Westbury Road, Old Westbury, NY
AGES: All
WHAT: Enjoy live holiday music, a performance by members of the Bethel Concert Choir, a visit from Santa Claus, a tree lighting ceremony, and refreshments.
WHY WE LOVE IT: The house will be enchantingly illuminated for this special evening!
WANT TO GO? $15; $8 children ages 7-17; free for children younger than 7. 516-333-0048. oldwestburygardens.org.

23rd Annual Charles Dickens Festival FREE
WHEN: Dec. 1 - 2, 10am-5pm
WHERE: Port Jefferson Station Chamber of Commerce , 118 W. Broadway, Port Jefferson, NY
AGES: All
WHAT: The Village of Port Jefferson will magically transform with streets filled with roaming characters such as Father Christmas, Dickens Mayor, Scrooge, the Town Crier, and the beloved chimney sweeps.
WHY WE LOVE IT: A family event with festivities the whole family will enjoy!
WANT TO GO? portjeffchamber.com.

Smithtown Children's Foundation 11th Annual Holiday Breakfast & Boutique
WHEN: Saturday, Dec. 1, 9am-1pm
WHERE: Great Hollow Middle School, 150 Southern Blvd., Nesconset, NY
AGES: All
WHAT: There will be pictures with Santa, holiday shopping, face painting, gingerbread cookie deorating, and more.
WHY WE LOVE IT: Meeting Santa and giving back to your community is a wonderful holiday combo!
WANT TO GO? $16 pre-sale; $20 at the door; free for children younger than 4 . 516-521-7234. smithtownchildrensfoundation.com.

Savor the Season: The Pleasure of Wine and Chocolate Pairing
WHEN: Friday, Dec. 7, 8pm
WHERE: Old Westbury Gardens, 71 Old Westbury Road, Old Westbury, NY
AGES: Adult
WHAT: Enjoy multiple flights of chocolates amongst the dazzling holiday décor of Westbury House.
WHY WE LOVE IT: Cheers! There'll be a chocolate sommelier on hand to explain the nuances of pairing artisan chocolates from around the world with wine.
WANT TO GO? $45. 516-333-0048. oldwestburygardens.org .

Pajama Storytime and Activities Featuring 'The Polar Express' FREE
WHEN: Friday, Dec. 7, 7pm
WHERE: Barnes and Noble - Smith Haven Mall, 600 Smith Haven Mall , Lake Grove, NY
AGES: Newborn-5
WHAT: The beloved Christmas story features a young boy who is on a magical trip to the North Pole to make his Christmas wish. plus, get free hot chocolate and a cookie.
WHY WE LOVE IT: A cozy story wearing cozy pajamas...the ultimate holiday treat!
WANT TO GO? 631-724-0341 . barnesandnoble.com.

'Annie'
WHEN: Dec. 8 - 31, Saturdays, Thursday-Monday 27th-31st, 11am; Sundays, 12pm
WHERE: The Showplace at the Bellmore Movies, 222 Pettit Ave., Bellmore, NY
AGES: 3-12
WHAT: The popular redhead, Little Orphan Annie, takes center stage in this adaptation of one of the world’s best-loved and most-performed musicals.
WHY WE LOVE IT: Don't miss Daddy Warbucks, adorable Annie, and the song "Tomorrow!"
WANT TO GO? $12. 516-599-6870. plazatheatrical.com.

A Magical Cirque Christmas
WHEN: Friday, Dec. 14, 7:30pm
WHERE: NYCB LIVE, Home of The Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum, 1255 Hempstead Turnpike, Uniondale, NY
AGES: All
WHAT: A Magical Cirque Christmas has it all– magic, circus acts, and angelic voices singing our favorite Christmas carols live on stage
WHY WE LOVE IT: It transports you to the golden age of entertainment with great talent and stunning costumes.
WANT TO GO? $38.50 and up. 516-231-4848 . nycblive.com.

Eglevsky Ballet in The Nutcracker
WHEN: Dec. 15 - 16, Saturday, 1pm and 5pm; Sunday, 2pm
WHERE: Tilles Center for the Performing Arts at LIU Post, 720 Northern Blvd., Brookville, NY
AGES: All
WHAT: The professional company along with students from the Eglevsky Ballet academy present the annual holiday classic.
WHY WE LOVE IT: It's a beautifully choreographed and graceful performance.
WANT TO GO? $48 and up. 516-299-3100. tillescenter.org.

A Charlie Brown Christmas FREE
WHEN: Sunday, Dec. 16, 2-3:30pm
WHERE: Brentwood Public Library, 34 Second Ave., Brentwood, NY
AGES: All
WHAT: Charlie Brown, Snoopy, and friends discover the real meaning of Christmas in this very special stage adaptation.
WHY WE LOVE IT: Enjoy everyone’s favorite holiday classic!
WANT TO GO? 631-273-7883. brentwoodnylibrary.org.

The Nutcracker 2018 - Seiskaya Ballet
WHEN: Dec. 20 - 23, Check the website for times
WHERE: Staller Center - Stony Brook University , 100 Nicolls Road, Stony Brook, NY
AGES: 5 and older
WHAT: The lavish sets and scenery are complimented by the work of the nationally recognized costume mistress, Haydee Morales. 
WHY WE LOVE IT: Check out choreography by world renowned, Russian-born choreographer, Valia Seiskaya.
WANT TO GO? $40; $34 children. 631-632-6000. stallercenter.com.

Let’s Celebrate the New Year!
WHEN: Dec. 22 - 31, daily except for Christmas Eve and Christmas, 1-5pm
WHERE: Maritime Explorium, 101 E. Broadway , Port Jefferson, NY
AGES: Newborn-5
WHAT: Explore the principles of geometry and design your own Times Square Ball.
WHY WE LOVE IT: Start the New Year with a teachable moment!
WANT TO GO? $5; free for children younger than 2. 631-331-3277. maritimeexplorium.org.

Holiday Open House FREE
WHEN: Dec. 26 - 28, 12-4pm
WHERE: Queens County Farm Museum, 73-50 Little Neck Parkway, Floral Park, NY
AGES: All
WHAT: Take a tour of this historic landmark and enjoy kids' crafts and hot mulled cider throughout the afternoon!
WHY WE LOVE IT: Let the spirit of the holiday warm your heart!
WANT TO GO? 718-347-3276. queensfarm.org.

The Original Harlem Globetrotters
WHEN: Friday, Dec. 28, 2pm and 7pm
WHERE: NYCB Live Home of The Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum, 1255 Hempstead Turnpike, Uniondale, NY
AGES: All
WHAT: A star-studded roster will have fans on the edge of their seats to witness the ball handling wizardry, basketball artistry, and one-of-a-kind family entertainment.
WHY WE LOVE IT: This must-see event is guaranteed to entertain the whole family.
WANT TO GO? $26.50 and up. 516-231-4848. ticketmaster.com.

'Go Home Tiny Monster' Puppet Show
WHEN: Saturday, Dec. 29, 11am
WHERE: Bay Street Theater, 1 Bay St., Sag Harbor, NY
AGES: 3-8
WHAT: Sylvie and her family of handmade creatures suddenly find themselves in need of a new home.
WHY WE LOVE IT: The story is silly, joyful, and poignant.
WANT TO GO? $15 cash/$18 credit. 631-725-9500. baystreet.org.

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