Today's Family & Kids Activities in Long Island-Aug 11

Daily activities for kids and the family are abound in Long Island! Whether you want to spend the day with your children at a zoo, a museum, or just outdoors, we've got it all here. Want to see what's going on next weekend or when you have those few days off? Check out the NY Metro Parents' calendar!

Twilight Tour of Rock Hall - Rock Hall Museum
August 11, 2014 - Lawrence

Experience the beauty of historic Rock Hall in the museum's formal garden. Enjoy wine and cheese, followed by a twilight tour of the museum. Rain or shine. Space limited. Reservations requested and confirmed with receipt of full payment.

Monday Minnows - The Whaling Museum & Education Center, Cold Spring Harbor
August 11, 2014 - Cold Spring Harbor

Enjoy open playtime, storytime, and fun crafts about the ocean and nature. Ages 2 1/2 - 5 years. RSVP required.

The Buzz About Bees - Floral Park Public Library
August 11, 2014 - Floral Park

Learn all about honey bees. Try on beekeeper's equipment, touch, smell and see products of the hive, learn about bee behavior and bee biology.

Maker Mondays - Long Island Children's Museum
August 11, 2014 - Garden City

Calling all DIY kids! Are you a curious? Do you like to tinker? Come explore the creativity and innovation used in the art of making. Learn practical skills and spark your interest as you investigate different maker "mediums" from fabric to electricity to clay. Join in each week and become part of the grassroots maker movement to discover the inventor in you!

National Circus Project presents Solo Circus - Long Island Children's Museum
August 11, 2014 - Garden City

National Circus project is Long Island's own center for professional circus performers and educators and they are back again this summer to share the fun of circus. It's a circus-filled summer of family fun!

Pre-School Play Yoga - Goat On A Boat
Through August 12, 2014 - Sag Harbor

This class is designed for children ages 3-5. Through the use of music, art, song, puppets, pom-poms, bells and lots of yoga style games, children gain the benefits of yoga. Tuesdays, July 8-August 12, 2014.

Kid's Yoga Night - Goat On A Boat
Through August 14, 2014 - Sag Harbor

Drop your children off for an evening of yoga style fun. This special evening is designed for kids to play, discover and explore yoga. Children will play creative yoga style games, experience 'Lava Lamp Meditation', complete a yoga obstacle course, practice poses with a yoga balance ball and more. Thursdays, July 10-August 14, 2014.

VBS ( Vaction Bible School) - The Bridge Church
Through August 14, 2014 - Malverne

If you are 4-12 years old, join in on the Wilderness Escape VBS, where you'll explore what life was like for the ancient Israelites. They’ve escaped slavery in Egypt…but now what? You’ll craft cool projects in the Israelite Camp, race through the wilderness as you play games, visit with Moses, and eat some interesting new food. Plus, you’ll meet lots of new friends. Come Sunday, August 10th at 4:30pm for the Kick-off BBQ.

Don Resnick: Essence of Place - Hofstra University Museum, Emily Lowe Gallery
Through August 15, 2014 - Hempstead

Throughout his career, Don Resnick built an international reputation as a fine Long Island artist devoted to conveying the beauty of land, sea, and sky. This exclusive exhibition, curated for the Hofstra University Museum by its associate director of exhibitions and collections Karen T. Albert, features Resnick’s landscape paintings, drawings, watercolors, and sketchbooks while highlighting his interest in and commitment to preserving the natural environment.

Sensational Science Camp Days - Not Just Art
Through August 20, 2014 - Oyster Bay

A clever blend of art-based concoctions, science experiments, structural and design challenges for curious kids, based on the studio's year-long Crazy Concoctions, Science Magic, and Inventions programs. Choose your own schedule. Sign up for any days throughout the summer. The projects for all camp day programs vary each day all summer long, but favorites can always be repeated if needed for children who really love them! Please pack a healthy (peanut/tree nut free) snack for your child. Reservations are required, please call or email to reserve your spot!

Special needs camp - Friendly Kids Social Skills
Through August 21, 2014 - Greenlawn

The Friendly Kids Social Skills Group is offering a summer program in which elementary school children will learn social skills, make friends and have fun. Call Carrie, licensed clinical social worker at 631-988-0629. Mon-Thurdays 10am-11:30. Classes meet Monday-Thursdays July 7 - August 21.

Seeing Through Artist Eyes Camp Days - Not Just Art
Through August 21, 2014 - Oyster Bay

Travel around the world in 8 weeks! Each camp day offers a peek at a particular culture and art technique, which is used as a springboard for children to create their own inspired masterpieces! See the online calendar for each day's theme. Choose your own schedule! Sign up for any days throughout the summer. The projects for all camp day programs vary each day all summer long, but favorites can always be repeated if needed for children who really love them! Please pack a healthy (peanut/tree nut free) snack for your child. Reservations are required, please call or email to reserve your spot!

Creative Arts Camp Days - Not Just Art
Through August 22, 2014 - Oyster Bay

Explore and enjoy a fun rotating buffet of art projects, beautifully illustrated art-related stories, games and construction toys, and open-ended activities to stimulate children's creativity! Choose your own schedule! Sign up for any days throughout the summer. The projects for all camp day programs vary each day all summer long, but favorites can always be repeated if needed for children who really love them! Please pack a healthy (peanut/tree nut free) snack for your child. Reservations are required, please call or email to reserve your spot!

Green Teens- Energetic Environmental Explorations - Long Island Children's Museum
Through August 22, 2014 - Garden City

Join in for an energetic exploration of the environment. Each week the Green Teens will lead visitors through a variety of science and nature-related activities. Visit the website for program updates.

Peter Pan - The Musical - Smithtown Center for the Performing Arts
Through August 24, 2014 - Smithtown

The classic Family musical comes to life on stage. Join Peter, Wendy, John and Michael as they fly off to Neverland - where no one grows up and fairies and pirates and indians and mermaids and adventure abound. Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays June 28-August 24.

Kids Night Out - Honestly Delicious & HD Events
Through August 28, 2014 - Garden City

Calling all parents! It's time for date night. Kids ages 4-9 can watch movies every Thursday through 8/28. Admission includes 3 hours of entertaining your child, popcorn and iced tea or lemonade. Kids can wear their pajamas and bring a blanket. This is a drop-off program so you will have time for a date. Make your reservation today.

Bethpage Federal Credit Union Global Explorations at the HUM: The Great Art Caper - Hofstra University Museum, David Filderman Gallery
Through August 29, 2014 - Hempstead

Join your guide, Detective Art. E. Fact, at the David Filderman Gallery to uncover clues to help solve a mystery in the exhibition ‘Spirit and Identity: Melanesian Works from the Hofstra University Museum Collections.’ This original exhibition showcases, for the first time, an extraordinary aspect of the HUM collections, offering a range of ethnographic artworks and objects created by members of the distinct regional communities of the South Pacific. Works feature ancestral figures, ceremonial masks, warrior shields, and ritualized practical objects crafted from natural materials.

Portals to the Past Summer Programs - Smithtown Historical Society
Through August 29, 2014 - Smithtown

Children ages 6-12 take part in a variety of heritage driven activities taking place in a historic building set on 22 acres of park-like grounds. Morning and afternoon sessions available. Two day minimum required. Weekdays June 30-August 29, 2014.

Wonderland Dreams - Long Island Children's Museum
Through August 29, 2014 - Garden City

Take a wonderland journey, much like Alice did, as you design the pillowcase of your dreams! Use fabric paint, stencils, markers and stamps to create a one-of-a -kind keepsake. Listen to lullabies from around the world as you create the masterpiece of your dreams! Runs through August 29.

Puppet Play Groups - Goat On A Boat
Through August 30, 2014 - Sag Harbor

Children ages 3 and younger, accompanied by a grownup, can visit for free play, songs, games, Circle Fun, and a Minkie the Monkey puppet show. Mondays and Fridays, June 23-August 30.

Tot Art - Goat On A Boat
Through August 30, 2014 - Sag Harbor

Children ages 2-4 with their grown-ups enjoy an hour of crafty fun. Mondays, June 23-August 30, 2014.

Creative Movement - Goat On A Boat
Through August 30, 2014 - Sag Harbor

This class explores physical awareness through across-the-floor movement, games and exercises. The class starts with basic dance instruction mixed with improvisation and theater play and ends with a themed craft (masks, ribbons, hand props, etc.) that ties in with the daily lesson. Ages 5-7. Wednesdays June 23-August 30, 2014.

Alice's Wonderland: a most curious adventure - Long Island Children's Museum
Through August 31, 2014 - Garden City

Be the first to journey down the rabbit hole as you explore Wonderland in this award-winning traveling exhibit, based on Lewis Carroll's classic, Alice's Adventures in Wonderland. The exhibit inspires curiosity, encourages exploration, and helps make the unknown more familiar, maybe even logical, and certainly fun. The exhibit runs through August 31.

Cheerleading/Tumbling Classes - Legacy Gymnastics
Through August 31, 2014 - Rocky Point

Affordable classes in tumbling and gymnastics for children ages 5 and up. Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Saturdays June 1-August 31,2014.

Butterfly House - Suffolk County Farm and Education Center
Through August 31, 2014 - Yaphank

Come see butterfly species up close. July 1-August 31.

Living History tours - Vanderbilt Museum
Through September 01, 2014 - Centerport

Living History tours are given every saturday and sunday, beginning on Memorial Day weekend and running through Labor Day weekend. Historical characters, as well as household staff, are portrayed by Museum staff member-actors, in costume and in character -- in Downton Abbey fashion -- as upstairs guests and downstairs servants. The stories visitors hear are taken from the oral histories of local people who worked on the Vanderbilt household staff. The 45-minute tours are a summer highlight at the Mansion. Visitors step into a time machine where they might meet aviation pioneer Howard Hughes, fashion designer Coco Chanel or the Duke and Duchess of Windsor. They were among Willie and Rosamund Vanderbilt's prominent friends, and were summer house guests of the family. Weekends, May 24-September 1.

Hidden Pond Park Pool - The Rinx
Through September 01, 2014 - Hauppauge

Hidden Pond Park Pool at the Rinx is a great place to cool off in the hot summer months. Swim in anyone of three heated pools including the Kiddy Pool with interactive toys. Open daily, June 28-Sep 1, 2014.

Pekingese Dog Act Featuring Vanna The Baboon - Long Island Game Farm
Through September 01, 2014 - Manorville

David Rosaire and his Pekingese Dog Act is a stimulating and eye-catching circus show with endless tricks and stunts performed by his dogs. The Pekingese pups put on an elaborate show full of jumps, slides, and obeying outrageous commands. Daily, May 23-Sep 1, 2014.

Blue Star Museums Program - Old Westbury Gardens
Through September 01, 2014 - Old Westbury

Free admission to the Museum is available through Labor Day to active-duty military and immediate family members. Call for additional information. This program runs through September 1.

Science at the Fairs - NY Hall of Science
Through September 27, 2014 - Corona

In celebration of the 50th anniversary of the 1964-65 World�s Fair, NYSCI is collaborating with Queens Historical Society curator, Richard Hourahan, to bring the history of science at the World�s Fairs to NYSCI with a photo exhibit. Get a snapshot of how science was viewed and presented to the public 75 and 50 years ago. The ideas, the excitement, and the latest achievements, hopes and fears are told through a compelling series of black and white photographs and audio and video excerpts of the presentations, exhibits and visitors who flocked to the fairs. The exhibit runs through Sept. 27.

Sculpture Art Caper and Exploration Activity - Hofstra University Museum, Emily Lowe Gallery
Through September 30, 2014 - Hempstead

Adults and children can explore the outdoor sculpture collection on Hofstra’s beautiful campus with activity-filled animal, shapes or people-themed HUM Sculpture Exploration Backpacks or by solving an Art Caper mystery in which they unravel the clues found in the sculpture collection. Activity materials may be picked up at the Emily Lowe Gallery during museum hours (see website for current hours).

Bethpage Federal Credit Union Global Explorer - Hofstra University Museum, Emily Lowe Gallery
Through September 30, 2014 - Hempstead

Children ages 6 and up and their families can explore and discover the beauty of the world’s cultures using activity-filled backpacks that enhance experiences with authentic objects from the Hofstra University Museum’s collections. While exploring specific works displayed in the David Filderman Gallery, children create their own keepsake artworks inspired by the art and cultures they discover. Families may pick up the backpacks at the Emily Lowe Gallery during museum hours (see website for current hours).

School Days: Planting Fields as a University 1955-1972 - Planting Fields Arboretum- Coe Hall Mansion
Through September 30, 2014 - Oyster Bay

Relive the School Days of Planting Fields!Before Planting Fields was a State Park and arboretum, it was William Robertson Coe�s estate, purchased in 1913. Mr. Coe arranged for Planting Fields to be gifted to New York State upon his death, and used as a school of horticulture, and later was part of the State University of New York (SUNY) system for 16 years. This exhibition is open daily and runs through September 30.

Sky Zone Deer Park Special Needs Jump Event - Sky Zone Deer Park
Through December 01, 2014 - Deer Park

Sky Zone Deer Park Indoor Trampoline Park will be opening on the first Monday of each month exclusively for jumpers with special needs. Sky Zone Deer Park team members have been trained and certified by Missing Piece Awareness to be autism aware and accepting and special modifications have been implemented by the management team. On this day for children and adults with special needs, Sky Zone dials down the music, increases the staff ratio, and limits capacity. The Sky Zone team understands the need to provide families affected by autism with a recurring session time where individuals can learn the rules and practice them in a safe and comfortable environment so they can eventually generalize these skills and be fully integrated at any time. First Mondays of the month, June 2-December 1, 2014.

Penguin Encounter - Long Island Aquarium & Exhibition Center
Through December 31, 2015 - Riverhead

Imagine a close-up meeting with an African penguin ? a 45-minute interactive experience where children ages 5 and up and adults go behind the scenes and learn how animal experts care for these playful birds. You'll see the inner workings of the Penguin Pavilion exhibit,learn how staff cares for the exhibit's residents and enter the Penguin Preschool to meet the penguins. Reserve your spot at Year-round.

Behind-the-Scenes Tours - Long Island Aquarium and Exhibition Center
Through December 31, 2016 - Riverhead

Go behind-the-scenes and see firsthand all that's involved in creating a home for the aquatic residents, including helping to feed the clownfish. Takes place daily, year-round.