Today's Family & Kids Activities in Long Island-Dec 7

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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!

GingerBread Lane - New York Hall of Science
Through January 14, 2018 - Corona

Marvel at homemade gingerbread houses made entirely of edible gingerbread, royal icing and candy. The houses are drafted, designed, baked, planned, built and decorated by creator Jon Lovitch over the course of an entire year. GingerBread Lane has won the Guinness World Record for 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016 for the largest gingerbread village. Lovitch’s creation will again contend for this year’s Guinness World Record. Closed on Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day.

Barry Manilow: A Very Barry Christmas - NYCB LIVE, home of the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum
December 07, 2017 - Uniondale

Pop Music Icon Barry Manilow will perform his “A Very Barry Christmas” show.   This is a not-to-be-missed event. 

Holiday Cards for Heroes - Brentwood Public Library
Through December 07, 2017 - Brentwood

Express your gratitude to our troops overseas by sending them a card for the holidays. There will be a table in the Children’s Room with supplies to make a card. The library will send the cards to the American Red Cross, who will sort and deliver them to the troops.

East End Arts Presents 45th Anniversary Celebration Concert - Suffolk Theater
December 07, 2017 - Riverhead

The public is invited to attend this concert celebrating the people that have studied, taught, worked, volunteered and belonged to East End Arts – a full rich history of folks that believe in the power of the arts to change lives, create memories, build relationships, improve communities and guide artists towards amazing opportunities. This concert will showcase performances by faculty, students & families, and memorial tribute presentations. 

 

Kelly McMasters Book Launch - The Dolphin Bookshop
December 07, 2017 - Port Washington

Author Book Launch! Join Kelly McMasters and Beth Ain, two Port Washington authors, in conversation about the ways home makes, shapes, and break us to celebrate the publication of  This is the Place: Women Writing About Home. Books available for purchase and signing.

Swirl, Flower and Leaf Cake Decorating Class - Wantagh Public Library
December 07, 2017 - Wantagh

Infant massage helps babies sleep better and fussless.  Learn a simple routine to benefit you and your baby.

This class is for ages 0-pre-walkers and expectant parents.

'Felicity's Surprise: A Christmas Story' - Rock Hall Museum
December 07, 2017 - Lawrence

Children who love reading are invited to listen to the story of the American Girl, Felicity, in the parlor at Rock Hall. Refreshments included. Register.

Mitten Tree - Riverhead Free Library
Through December 08, 2017 - Riverhead

Donate gloves, hats, scarves, socks and hang them on the mitten tree. Items will be give to local agencies.

Christmas at Mill Neck Manor- Weekends - Mill Neck Manor
Through December 10, 2017 - Mill Neck

Experience all the grandeur of Mill Neck Manor at our docent-led tours, followed by light refreshments of custom-blended teas. Mill Neck Manor, (formerly known as Sefton Manor) is on the North Shore of Long Island. This Gold Coast mansion is set on an 86-acre scenic estate overlooking the Long Island Sound. Sefton Dodge and Mill Neck Manor School for the Deaf.


 

Art Compass: Building Social and Vocational Skills for Teens and Young Adults with Autism - Nassau County Museum of Art
Through December 12, 2017 - Roslyn Harbor

During this workshop series, teens will receive hands on training in basic artistic processes that can be translated into practical job skills. Based on current exhibitions in the galleries at Nassau County Museum of Art, these workshops will encourage participants to explore different methods of art making and design and how a museum can be a resource for creative inspiration. Students with autism will have the opportunity to apply their artistic skills and functional academic learning in a real world setting, while preparing to transition to after school life.

Mommy & Me Tot Shabbat - Chabad of Port Washington
Through December 15, 2017 - Port Washington

Come join us for our weekly Mommy & Me Tot Shabbat, held at our beautiful interactive, multi-sensory indoor playground. Each session includes music and movement, Challah-braiding, and tons of fun!

Holiday Light Spectacular - Holtsville Ecology Site
Through December 17, 2017 - Holtsville

Come and enjoy festive lighted displays for the holidays during this indoor, walk-through light show. All proceeds benefit the Brookhaven Wildlife Center, Inc. and the animals residing at the Holtsville Ecology Site. Additional fee for photos with Santa.

Ariella's NY Friendship Circle: Zumba Session 1 - The Chai Center
Through December 18, 2017 - Dix Hills

Special needs individuals will be paired with age appropriate volunteers to help them be successful in the class and form friendships. Come get in shape with Zumba. Register at nyfriendshipcircle.com.

Meet Santa in Person - Hicks Nurseries
Through December 22, 2017 - Westbury

Don't miss Santa. He'll be in the store daily through December 23rd. Don't forget to bring your camera!

'Mrs. Claus Saves the Day!' - BroadHollow Theatre
Through December 23, 2017 - East Islip

It's up to Santa's most famous reindeer to save the day when an evil queen conjures up a storm on Christmas.

Santa at Roosevelt Field - Roosevelt Field Mall
Through December 23, 2017 - Garden City

Where is Santa? Well, Santa Claus has landed at your favorite Simon mall! During Santa's brief time away from the North Pole, children can stop by to whisper their wish list, then have their magical moment with Santa captured forever with keepsake photos. Don't miss the quickest way to Be Merry! HO, HO, HO!

Santaland - Macy's
Through December 24, 2017 - Midtown

An annual tradition for so many families, visiting Santaland at Macy's means entering a fantasy world of glittering pine trees, snow-capped mountains, twinkling lights, cuddly animals, and gingerbread cookies. The 13,000-square-foot Christmas Village is filled with holiday treasures, the biggest of which is Santa Claus himself. After meeting Santa, guests can buy a photo package with images taken by on-site staff. This year, visits are by reservation only.

Open Bounce - BounceU
Through December 28, 2017 - Farmingdale

The sessions include music, games, and of course, play time on the giant inflatable toys. Supervision by experienced staff. Parents must remain on premises.

'Barnaby Saves Christmas' - Theatre Three
Through December 29, 2017 - Port Jefferson

As the littlest elf, Barnaby and his reindeer friend Franklynne set off on their journey to save Christmas, they meet some new friends along the way and learn the true meaning of Christmas, Hanukah, and the holiday season.

Friday Night 'Rock and Roll' Skate - The Rinx
Through December 29, 2017 - Hauppauge

Enjoy a fun night out skating with friends or family.

 

Christmas at Westbury House - Old Westbury Gardens
Through December 30, 2017 - Old Westbury

Make a visit to Westbury House part of your holiday tradition. With decorated period rooms, Santa, cookies and cider, this holiday celebration is a must for the entire family.

'Frosty the Snowman' - BroadHollow at Elmont
Through December 30, 2017 - Elmont

Frosty and his friend, Jenny, must save the town of Chillsville from Ethel Pierpot’s evil plan to melt all the snow.

'Annie, Jr.' - Studio Theatre Long Island
Through December 30, 2017 - Lindenhurst

Musical theatre performance of Annie that lasts approximately one hour.

GingerBread Lane 2017 Workshops - New York Hall of Science
Through December 30, 2017 - Corona

Marvel at homemade gingerbread houses made entirely of edible gingerbread, royal icing and candy. The houses are drafted, designed, baked, planned, built and decorated by creator Jon Lovitch over the course of an entire year. GingerBread Lane has won the Guinness World Record for 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016 for the largest gingerbread village. Lovitch’s creation will again contend for this year’s Guinness World Record. Closed on Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day.

Kelly Cunningham Art Exhibit and Opening Reception - The Dolphin Bookshop
Through December 30, 2017 - Port Washington

Art Exhibit and Opening Reception. Long Island Artist Kelly Cunningham communicates the beauty of animals and the ocean through form and color. Reception on December 2.

'A Christmas Carol' - Theatre Three
Through December 30, 2017 - Port Jefferson

Celebrate the season with Long Island's own holiday tradition. Follow the miser Ebenezer Scrooge on a journey that teaches him the true meaning of Christmas—past, present and future.

14th Annual Holiday Light Show - Smith Point Park
Through December 30, 2017 - Shirley

This annual drive through show that promises lots of dazzling light displays. Proceeds support programs for girls.

Trinkets, Treasures, and Trade - Rock Hall Museum
Through December 31, 2017 - Lawrence

Join Dutch historian and Curator Arthur Kirmss for a tour of this exhibit which comprises an array of 17th Century and 18th Century European and native houshold, personal, and trade items and tools. These objects describe aspects of colonial and native life in early New York. Reservations requested.

Magic Of Lights - Jones Beach State Park
Through December 31, 2017 - Wantagh

Jones Beach will shine bright as guests weave through the spectacular 2.5-mile drive-through holiday lights display. The Magic of Lights, presented by New York Community Bank, will feature all new themed light displays using the latest LED technology and digital animations, as well as returning favorites including 12 Days of Christmas, Winter Wonderland and The Night Before Christmas. Families and friends will experience the thrill of Magic of Lights from the comfort of their own cars as they wind through its course in one of New York’s most beautiful natural settings. A special feature of the 2017 Magic of Lights at Jones Beach is the Holiday Festival Village powered by the all new 2018 Toyota Camry, where guests will walk through a winter wonderland of hot cocoas, s’mores by the fire pit, holiday music & movies, hay maze and pictures with Santa himself.

'George Balanchine's The Nutcracker' - David H. Koch Theater, Lincoln Center
Through December 31, 2017 - Upper West Side

From Swan Lake to sugarplum fairies, the music of Tchaikovsky rings beautiful and clear in New York City thanks to this classic holiday performance. Watch stunning ballerinas flit across the stage in a magical world where mischievous mice besiege a battalion of soldiers and a blizzard leads to an enchanted Land of Sweets. 

'Frosty' - John W. Engeman Theater at Northport
Through December 31, 2017 - Northport

Join Jenny and Frosty on their chilly adventures as they try to save the town of Chillsville from mean old Ethel Pierpot and her evil machine that will melt all the snow. Jenny calls on her Mom, the mayor, and all of you to help her save her home, get Frosty to the North Pole, and make this holiday season a Winter Wonderland for one and all!

Crafts For Kids - Lakeshore Learning Store
Through December 31, 2017 - New Hyde Park

Kids will have a ball making exciting crafts that they can use or display. Every craft is educational and fun.

Sky Zone Cares - Sky Zone Deer Park
Through December 31, 2017 - 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. Takes place the first Monday of the month through June 2015.

'Christmas Spectacular' Starring the Radio City Rockettes - Radio City
Through January 01, 2018 - Midtown

A New York City tradition, the Rockettes will dazzle Radio City audiences once again this holiday season! Combining the old with the new, the Christmas Spectacular brilliantly takes audiences on a gorgeously choreographed journey from Santa's workship at the North Pole to the streets of Manhattan to a beautifully classic “Living Nativity.”

Guided Tours of Decorated Mansion - Vanderbilt Museum and Planetarium
Through January 02, 2018 - Centerport

The mansion of William and Rosamond Vanderbilt is decorated each year by local designers and garden clubs. Their creative touch brings additional charm and magic to the spectacular, 24-room, Spanish-Revival house, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

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Heart & Seoul: Growing Up in Korea - Long Island Children's Museum
Through January 07, 2018 - Garden City

The growing popularity of all things Korean, from fashion and film to music and cuisine, called “Hallyu” (the Korean Wave) is on view during this exhibit's stay at LICM. You can “hang out” with Korean kids and “text” them questions about what life is like in Seoul. You can “perform” with K-Pop stars in a K-Pop studio. Check out a stop-motion animation studio. Learn Taekwondo. Get a taste of Korea “trying” Korean dishes. Take a look at how they live and more! Traditional folktales, coupled with current day personal stories told by Korean children introduce visitors to time-honored cultural values that are still an integral facet of 21st century Korean life, including respect for elders; the importance of education; loyalty and hospitality. The LICM residency of Heart & Seoul is part of an eight-city, four-year national tour. Heart and Seoul: Growing Up in Korea is part of the Freeman Foundation Asian Culture Exhibit Series, funded by The Freeman Foundation, administered by the Association of Children’s Museums and created by the Children’s Museum of Houston. Additional major funding has been provided by Samsung. Local exhibit support is provided by Astoria Bank.

'Oliver' - Smithtown Center for the Performing Arts
Through January 21, 2018 - Smithtown

Consider yourself at home with Lionel Bart’s classic musical based on Charles Dickens’  novel Oliver Twist. The award-winning musical springs to life with some of the most memorable charactersand songs ever to hit the stage.

 

 

16th Annual Holiday Train Show - Transit Museum Gallery Annex & Store, Grand Central Terminal
Through February 04, 2018 - Midtown

Kids can watch in awe as little Lionel trains roll along a 34-foot-long, two-level track that looks just like a mini NYC with a nearby countryside. The scenery even includes its very own North Pole. Plus, parents will love spying vintage trains from the Transit Museum’s collection.

Gazillion Bubble Show - New World Stages / Stage 2
Through February 25, 2018 - Midtown West

Got bubbles? Families will get a kick out of watching bubbles expand, float, and take over the room at this Gazillion Bubble Show featuring so much more than soap spheres. Help celebrate the show in its tenth year of eye-catching, pop-able, reach-out-and-grab-them fun. Show runs more than 60 minutes without an intermission. Lasers and strobe lights are part of the performance.

Public Ice Skating - Wollman Rink
Through February 28, 2018 - Central Park

Ice skating out in the crisp city air with an amazing view of the Manhattan skyline is a classic NYC winter experience. And Central Park's famous rink is a tourist favorite, but completely worth doing even if you are a local. There is also a skating school, a hockey program, and birthday party offerings on the ice. Check out the nearby carousel for $3 a ride in between skates. 

From Frankenthaler to Warhol: Art of the '60s and '70s - Heckscher Museum of Art
Through March 11, 2018 - Huntington

Kids and adults will appreciate the colorful and iconic artwork created during this exciting era, but will have even more fun with the activities in the galleries.  Multiple Lite Brite stations (the toy was introduced in 1967) and more “create your own” fun will let young artists find their inner flower child.

Ice Skating Season - The Rink at Rockefeller Center
Through April 01, 2018 - Midtown

The new season opens with this ceremonial first skate hosted by the reigning Olympic Ice Dance Champions Meryl Davis and Charlie White. Youth skaters of Ice Theatre of New York and Figure Skating in Harlemwill join for this celebratory session. 

The Rink at Rockefeller Center is always the first New York rink to open each year and is open to the public daily from 8:30am-12am, from Columbus Day to Easter. First designed as a temporary attraction, The Rink has evolved into one of the city’s most legendary landmarks and one of the most visited sites in Manhattan.

 

After School in the Arts - Theresa Academy of Performing Arts
Through June 14, 2018 - Lido Beach

The Theresa Academy of Performing Arts, a beautifully unique program for children and young adults with special needs, announces its fall lineup of after school programming. An array of subjects are being offered after school on Wednesdays and Thursdays, including art, music, drumming, yoga, and Zumba. Classes are small in size, and taught by passionate, talented, certified teachers. Each student receives individual attention and also has a one-on-one buddy. Typically-developing siblings and friends are welcome. Classes begin on Wednesday, September 13th. Registration is ongoing and we offer a new student discount. To inquire about rates and to sign-up, and to learn more about our weekend respite programs, please contact Assistant Director Alyssa Sosnik at alyssa@tapaNY.org or 516-432-0200.

Kids Leagues - Massapequa Bowl
Through June 15, 2018 - Massapequa

Massapequa Bowls Kids Leagues are now forming !! Thursday and Fridays starting at 4pm. Saturday Instructional League starts at 10am. Sunday classes for adults and children start at 10am. Register.

Parents and Babies Meditation Class - Kadampa Meditation Center Long Island
Through June 21, 2018 - Huntington

Take a break and join this weekly class to deeply relax, enjoy guided meditations and explore some of Buddha's practical advice that can help you face the changes and challenges that come along with nurturing a new life. Come and find some inner peace, without having to find a babysitter! No one will mind if your baby is making sounds, moving around or needs to be rocked or walked. By the way, our meditation mats make really comfy baby beds – just bring your own blanket from home to cover them.

'Dream Big: Engineering Our World' - New York Hall of Science
Through June 30, 2018 - Corona

Narrated by Academy Award® winner Jeff Bridges, Dream Big: Engineering Our World will transform how you think about engineering. From the Great Wall of China and the world’s tallest buildings to underwater robots, solar cars and smart, sustainable cities, Dream Big celebrates the human ingenuity behind engineering marvels big and small, and shows how engineers push the limits of innovation in unexpected and amazing ways. With its inspiring stories of human grit and aspiration, and extraordinary visuals for the world’s largest screens, Dream Big reveals the compassion and creativity that drive engineers to create better lives for people and a more sustainable future for us all. DREAM BIG is a MacGillivray Freeman film produced in partnership with American Society of Civil Engineers and presented by Bechtel Corporation.

'Jean-Michel Cousteau’s Secret Ocean 3D' - New York Hall of Science
Through June 30, 2018 - Corona

Jean-Michel Cousteau, son of ocean pioneer Jacques Cousteau, offers a breakthrough look at a secret world within the ocean that is perhaps the biggest story of all – that the smallest life in the sea is the mightiest force on which we all depend. Alongside marine biologist Holly Lohuis, Cousteau invites viewers to dive into this whole new world that will leave them in awe of the beauty and diversity of the oceans and inspire an even stronger desire to protect what they have either seen for the first time or perhaps re-discovered along the journey. Narrated by renowned oceanographer Dr. Sylvia Earle, Secret Ocean 3D introduces audiences to over 30 species, illuminating behaviors captured for the first time thanks to the development of new tools that allow underwater filming in 3D, ultra- HD 5K, slow motion, macro, and with motion control, and takes them to remarkable and vibrant environments such as the Bahamas, Fiji, and Bimini. Duration: 20 minutes.

'Journey To Space 3D' - New York Hall of Science
Through June 30, 2018 - Corona

Journey to Space is a celebration of space exploration, a tribute to international cooperation in space research, and a vision towards our near-term future beyond Earth’s orbit — a manned mission to Mars within a generation. Learn about the important role of the International Space Station, uncover what NASA and the space community are working on, and the challenges they face to carry out bold missions such as capturing asteroids and landing astronauts on Mars. Narrated by Sir Patrick Stewart. Duration: 20 minutes.

'Conquest of the Skies 3D' - New York Hall of Science
Through June 30, 2018 - Corona

Marvel at homemade gingerbread houses made entirely of edible gingerbread, royal icing and candy. The houses are drafted, designed, baked, planned, built and decorated by creator Jon Lovitch over the course of an entire year. GingerBread Lane has won the Guinness World Record for 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016 for the largest gingerbread village. Lovitch’s creation will again contend for this year’s Guinness World Record. Closed on Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day.

Meditation for Kids - Kadampa Meditation Center Long Island
Through July 30, 2018 - Huntington

Classes are presented in a lively, creative and interactive way. The classes are suitable for children 6-14 years of age. Meditation for Children is an ongoing program every Sunday morning throughout the school year. Classes are held in the children’s meditation room at Kadampa Meditation Center Long Island in Huntington.

Special Olympics Bowling at the All Star - The All Star
Through December 01, 2018 - Riverhead

Bowlers with special needs are invited to bowl on the main lanes and experience the arcade with the latest games. Takes place year-round.

Sky Wars - Sky Zone Mount Sinai
Through December 26, 2018 - Mount Sinai

Take part in epic Nerf battles on trampoline courts.

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