Top Things to Do with Kids on Long Island in November

Top Things to Do with Kids on Long Island in November

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

Big Apple Circus
WHEN: Oct. 12 - Feb. 2, see website for showtimes
WHERE: Lincoln Center, 10 Lincoln Center Plaza, Upper West Side, NY
AGES: All
WHAT: Catch the 42nd season of this world-renowned circus, celebrating the heartbeat, everyday delights, and spirit of New York City with astounding talent from around the world, led by Brooklyn-born singer and Ringmaster Storm Marrero.
WHY WE LOVE IT: All your classic circus delights in a climate-controlled Big Top tent with tiered seating, perfect for families with young children.
WANT TO GO? $35 and up; free for children younger than 3 (on lap). 212-721-6500. https://bigapplecircus.com/.

Islip Country Fair FREE
WHEN: Sunday, Nov. 3, 11am-5pm
WHERE: Islip Town Hall East Parking Lot, 655 Main St., Islip, NY
AGES: All
WHAT: Enjoy live entertainment, line dancing, pumpkin patch and decorating, kids costume parade and contest, charity pie eating contest, and more.
WHY WE LOVE IT: Kids will want to dig right into roasted corn and face painting!
WANT TO GO? Admission is free, prices vary for goods. 631-581-2720. https://islipchamberofcommerce.org/islip-country-fair/.

Long Island Comic Book Expo
WHEN: Sunday, Nov. 3, 10am-6pm
WHERE: Hilton Long Island, 598 Broad Hollow Rd, Melville , NY
AGES: 13-17
WHAT: Shop vendors, meet artists, take part in cosplay, and more!
WHY WE LOVE IT: It's the most family-friendly comic book show on Long Island.
WANT TO GO? $5; free for children 10 and younger. https://licomicbookexpo.com/.

Gold Coast International Film Festival
WHEN: Nov. 4 - 13, see website for schedule
WHERE: Gold Coast Arts Center and other North Shore venues, 113 Middle Neck Road, Great Neck, NY
AGES: All
WHAT: See more than 80 feature length and short films for people of all ages, in genres including drama, comedy, documentary, foreign film, short film, and family film.
WHY WE LOVE IT: Many screenings are followed by Q&As with filmmakers and special guests.
WANT TO GO? $0-$20. 516-829-2570. goldcoastfilmfestival.org.

The I Love Chocolate Fest
WHEN: Nov. 9 - 10, 10am-6pm
WHERE: Walt Whitman Shops, 160 Walt Whitman Rd, Huntington Station, NY
AGES: All
WHAT: Spend the day surounded by everything chocolate, plus enjoy live music, a chocolate donut eating contest, inflatable rides for kids, and more. 
WHY WE LOVE IT: There's something for everyone from chocolate-covered crickets to chocolate wine.
WANT TO GO? $15; $12 for seniors 62 and over, military, and VOLUNTEER EMT's and Firefighters; $11 for kids 3-12. 631-488-0521. https://lovechocolatefest.com/.

Matilda
WHEN: Nov. 14 - Dec. 29, See website for schedule
WHERE: John W. Engeman Theater, 250 Main St., Northport, NY
AGES: 5 and older
WHAT: Packed with high-energy dance numbers and catchy songs, children and adults alike will be thrilled and delighted by this Broadway hit.
WHY WE LOVE IT: A great holiday gift idea for little ones who love to see a show!
WANT TO GO? $75-$80. 631-261-2900. engemantheater.com.

Disney on Ice Presents: Road Trip Adventures
WHEN: Nov. 21 - 30, see website for showtimes
WHERE: NYCB Theatre at Westbury , 960 Brush Hollow Road , Westbury, NY
AGES: All
WHAT: Hit the road with Mickey Mouse and his pals for a high-octane ride.
WHY WE LOVE IT: Audiences can expect hilarious hijinks and up-close character interactions.
WANT TO GO? $20 and up. 516-334-0800. https://nycblive.com/events/detail/disney-on-ice-presents-road-trip-adventures-2019.

11th Annual Bethpage Turkey Drive Benefiting Island Harvest Food Bank FREE
WHEN: Friday, Nov. 22, 7am-6pm
WHERE: Bethpage Federal Credit Union, 899 S. Oyster Bay Ave., Bethpage, NY
AGES: All
WHAT: Donations of frozen turkeys and non-perishable goods will help feed thousands of families in need.
WHY WE LOVE IT: The New York Jets will also support this year’s Turkey Drive!
WANT TO GO? 516-263-6546 . bethpagefcu.com.

Fall Book Swap FREE
WHEN: Saturday, Nov. 23, 10am-2pm
WHERE: Children's Museum of the East End, 376 Bridgehampton-Sag Harbor Turnpike, Bridgehampton, NY
AGES: All
WHAT: During this free community event, kids will create their own bookmarks, enjoy warm apple cider, and discover new, interesting titles to take home and add to their collections.
 
WHY WE LOVE IT: A great way to inspire even more reading!
WANT TO GO? 631-537-8250. cmee.org.

Snow Sister's Breakfast
WHEN: Sunday, Nov. 24, 9:30-11am
WHERE: United Skates of America, Inc., 1276 Hicksville Rd, Seaford, NY
AGES: All
WHAT: Enjoy a full breakfast buffet while meeting the Snow Queen, Ice Princess, and their friends! Call for reservations. 
WHY WE LOVE IT: This is a non-skating event but you can lace-up and hit the ice later in the day!
WANT TO GO? $22; $15 per child; free for children younger than 2. 516-795-7454. unitedskates.com.

The Pajama Jammie Jam
WHEN: Friday, Nov. 29, 5:30-7pm
WHERE: Children's Museum of the East End, 376 Bridgehampton-Sag Harbor Turnpike, Bridgehampton, NY
AGES: All
WHAT: Kids (and grownups!) are encouraged to rock their PJs while enjoying pizza, playing in the exhibits, and dancing under the disco ball!
WHY WE LOVE IT: It's a great way to get moving as a family after that big Thanksgiving dinner.
WANT TO GO? $15; $5 members. 631-537-8250. cmee.org.

Festival of Trees
WHEN: Nov. 29 - Dec. 1, 10am-5pm
WHERE: Cradle of Aviation, Charles Lindbergh Blvd, Garden City, NY
AGES: All
WHAT: A holiday extravaganza that features live entertainment, Santa, free indoor ice skating, Star Wars Saturday, kids activities, and entrance to Cradle of Aviation museum.
WHY WE LOVE IT: Check out beautifully decorated trees and delicious gingerbread, all for sale!
WANT TO GO? $15; $10 for children; free for children 2 and younger. 516-572-4111. cpnassau.org.

A Christmas Carol
WHEN: Nov. 29 - Dec. 30, see website for showtimes
WHERE: Long Island Children's Museum, 11 Davis Avenue, Garden City, NY
AGES: All
WHAT: See this new version of Charles Dickens’ classic “A Christmas Carol” through the art of puppetry.  
WHY WE LOVE IT: Victorian-costumed holiday revelers welcome audience members to step back in time as they enter the Theater.
WANT TO GO? $14 museum admission + $9 show ticket; $12 show ticket only; free museum admission for members plus $7 show ticket. 516-224-5800. licm.org.

Annual Tree Lighting FREE
WHEN: Saturday, Nov. 30, 4:30pm
WHERE: Vanderbilt Museum and Planetarium, 180 Little Neck Road, Centerport, NY
AGES: All
WHAT: This popular event includes carol singing, a children’s ornament-making workshop, hot chocolate, and cookies.
WHY WE LOVE IT: Expect a visit from Santa and Mrs. Claus!
WANT TO GO? 631-854-5579. vanderbiltmuseum.org.

Looking for more events in your area? Search our comprehensive events calendar.

Weekend plans? Get local family events delivered to your inbox.