Top Things to Do with Kids on Long Island in January

Top Things to Do with Kids on Long Island in January

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

'Oliver'
WHEN: Nov. 11 - Jan. 21, Thursday-Sunday, see website for times
WHERE: Smithtown Center for the Performing Arts, 2 E. Main St., Smithtown, NY
AGES: 5 and older
WHAT: Enjoy the award-winning musical based on Charles Dickens’ novel Oliver Twist.
WHY WE LOVE IT: You will be singing the songs long after the play ends!
WANT TO GO? $25; $15 for children younger than 12. 631-724-3700. smithtownpac.org.

GingerBread Lane
WHEN: Nov. 11 - Jan. 14, Monday-Friday, 9:30am-5pm; Saturday-Sunday, 10am-6pm
WHERE: New York Hall of Science, 47-01 111th St., Corona, NY
AGES: All
WHAT: Marvel at homemade gingerbread houses made entirely of edible gingerbread, royal icing, and candy. GingerBread Lane has won the Guinness World Record for 2013, 2014, 2015, and 2016 for the largest gingerbread village.
WANT TO GO? $16; $13 seniors, students, and children. 718-699-0005. nysci.org.

'Pinkalicious'
WHEN: Saturday, Jan. 6, 11am
WHERE: Landmark on Main Street, 232 Main St., Suite 1, Port Washington, NY
AGES: All
WHAT: Pinkalicious can't stop eating pink cupcakes despite warnings from her parents. Her pink indulgence lands her at the doctor's office with Pinkititis, an affliction that turns her pink from head to toe—a dream come true for this pink-loving enthusiast.
WHY WE LOVE IT: We were tickled pink because we love cupcakes, too!
WANT TO GO? $28. 516-767-6444. landmarkonmainstreet.org.

Winter Wonderland Puzzle Room for Families
WHEN: Jan. 6 - 14, Saturday-Sunday, 1pm, 3pm, and 5pm
WHERE: ThinkBIG! Theater Arts, 42 S. Ocean Ave., Patchogue, NY
AGES: 5-12, Adult
WHAT: Jack Frost has captured some grown-ups in his icy castle, and clever boys and girls must free them.
WHY WE LOVE IT: Audience participation makes sure that Jack Frost's magical enchantment is broken.
WANT TO GO? $15. 631-307-4042. thinkbigtheaterarts.org .

Disney On Ice presents 'Reach For The Stars'
WHEN: Jan. 11 - 14, Thursday-Sunday, see website for times
WHERE: NYCB LIVE, home of the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum, 1255 Hempstead Turnpike, Uniondale, NY
AGES: All
WHAT: Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Donald Duck, and Goofy set the stage for a star-studded talent extravaganza. Expect performances by Elsa, Anna, and Olaf from Frozen; Belle from Beauty and the Beast; Rapunzel and Flynn Rider from Tangled; and more.
WHY WE LOVE IT: You never know what unforgettable feats your whole family will discover with these adorable characters.
WANT TO GO? $18 and up. 516-231-4848. nycblive.com.

Candid Camera’s 8 Decades of Smiles with Peter Funt
WHEN: Friday, Jan. 12, 8pm
WHERE: NYCB Theatre at Westbury, 960 Brush Hollow Road, Westbury, NY
AGES: 9 and older
WHAT: Candid Camera holds a unique place in entertainment history as the only show to have produced new episodes in each of the last eight decades, from Allen Funt’s debut in 1948 through Peter’s recent run on TV Land.
WHY WE LOVE IT: Peter’s topical humor is blended with audience participation and special surprises to make the show a great night of fun.
WANT TO GO? $25 and up. 516-334-0800. thetheatreatwestbury.com .

Rubber Ducky Party
WHEN: Saturday, Jan. 13, 1-2pm
WHERE: The Whaling Musuem & Education Center, 279 Main St., Cold Spring Harbor, New York
AGES: Newborn-5
WHAT: Take part in a ducky scavenger hunt and make ducky crafts, including your very own rubber ducky to bring home.
WHY WE LOVE IT: Rubber duckies bring out the kid (and the giggles!) in all of us.
WANT TO GO? $5; $12 children. 631-367-3418. cshwhalingmuseum.org.

Complexions Contemporary Ballet
WHEN: Sunday, Jan. 21, 7pm
WHERE: Tilles Center, 720 Northern Blvd., Brookville, NY
AGES: 9 and older
WHAT: The program is set to include Star Dust, a touching tribute to David Bowie which premiered earlier this year at The Joyce Theater, set to Bowie’s iconic music, and featuring glam rock costumes. 
WHY WE LOVE IT: This group's amazing repertoire and stylistic genius will leave you asking for more.
WANT TO GO? $44 and up. 516-299-3100. tillescenter.org.

Happy as Clams: The Musical!
WHEN: Tuesday, Jan. 23, 10:15am and 12pm
WHERE: Long Island Children's Museum, 11 Davis Ave., Garden City, NY
AGES: All
WHAT: Meet Clammy the Clam who confesses she is not “happy as a clam.” Clammy and her best friend Grabby the fiddler crab set out to find her happiness by wishing on a star.
WHY WE LOVE IT: We are proud to celebrate the accomplishments of our own Long Island writer.
WANT TO GO? $9 with museum admission: $13; $12 seniors; free children younger than 1. 516-224-5800. licm.org.

Singer-Songwriter Night
WHEN: Thursday, Jan. 25, 7:30-10pm
WHERE: The Huntington Arts Council, 213 Main St., Huntington, NY
AGES: All
WHAT: Singer-songwriters of all skill levels are invited to hone their craft, sing their songs, and talk about their original music.
WHY WE LOVE IT: A wonderful evening for music lovers of all ages.
WANT TO GO? $5 suggested donation. 631-271-8423. huntingtonarts.org.

Imago Theatre - 'La Belle' (Family Fare)
WHEN: Saturday, Jan. 27, 4pm
WHERE: Stony Brook University, Staller Center for the Arts, 100 Nicolls Road, Stony Brook, NY
AGES: 5 and older
WHAT: Inspired by the story of Beauty and the Beast, the Imago Theatre brings elaborate puppets, actors, and a whirring ship, making the story into a Steampunk fairy tale taking place on a steamship in the 1920s.
WHY WE LOVE IT: Families will love this unique version of the popular story.
WANT TO GO? $20. 631-632-2787. stallercenter.com.

Penguin-Palooza
WHEN: Saturday, Jan. 27, 11am-2pm
WHERE: The Whaling Musuem & Education Center, 279 Main St., Cold Spring Harbor, New York
AGES: All
WHAT: Touch some real penguin feathers, go on a scavenger hunt, and create lots of penguin crafts.
WHY WE LOVE IT: We find penguins irresistible!
WANT TO GO? $5; $15 children. 631-367-3418. cshwhalingmuseum.org.

Rolling River Prospective Family Day FREE
WHEN: Saturday, Jan. 27, 12pm
WHERE: Rolling River Day Camp, 477 Ocean Ave., 477 Ocean Ave., NY
AGES: All
WHAT: Families can come in to learn more about summer camp. During the orientation, kids can do camp activities including playground time, arts and crafts, gymnastics, Wii games or sports while they wait.
WHY WE LOVE IT: A unique opportunity for children to get a taste of camp while parents attend an interactive information session.
WANT TO GO? 516-593-2267. rollingriver.com.

Dr. Seuss's 'The 5,000 Fingers of Dr. T'
WHEN: Saturday, Jan. 27, 11am
WHERE: Cinema Arts Centre, 423 Park Ave., Huntington, NY
AGES: 5 and older
WHAT: Bart must save the 500 other piano students from their teacher, the evil Dr. T.
WHY WE LOVE IT: This musical fantasy boasts a story, screenplay, and lyrics by Dr. Seuss.
WANT TO GO? $12; free for children younger than 12. 631-423-7611. cinemaartscentre.org.

'Goodnight Moon' and 'The Runaway Bunny'
WHEN: Sunday, Jan. 28, 11am and 2pm
WHERE: Landmark on Main Street, 232 Main St., Suite 1, Port Washington, NY
AGES: 3-8
WHAT: Goodnight Moon is a celebration of familiar nighttime rituals, while The Runaway Bunny's pretend tale of leaving home evokes reassuring responses from his loving mum. The performances employ a variety of puppet styles such as rod and table-top puppets to tell the two stories.
WHY WE LOVE IT: All of the puppets and scenic elements are manipulated by just three puppeteers!
WANT TO GO? $25. 516-767-6444. landmarkonmainstreet.org.

Laurie Berkner, Solo!
WHEN: Sunday, Jan. 28, 3pm
WHERE: The Paramount, 370 New York Ave., Huntington, NY
AGES: 3-5
WHAT: Laurie Berkner will bring such well-loved hits as "Bumblebee (Buzz Buzz)," "Victor Vito," "We Are The Dinosaurs," and "Pig on Her Head" to this performance, along with songs from her recent album, Superhero.
WHY WE LOVE IT: Laurie is the uncrowned queen of children's music and the power behind the progressive "kindie rock" movement.
WANT TO GO? $19.50 and up. 631-674-5300. paramountny.com.

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