Today's Family & Kids Activities in Long Island-Jan 12

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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.

Kids in the Kitchen - Long Island Children's Museum
January 12, 2018 - Garden City

Did you know that different Native American tribes used their own styles of boats, rafts and canoes? On this special day, we commemorate the history of boats and the historic exporers who shared their knowledge of the land and natural resources. Assemble your own floating ships using sponges and picks, and go forth, Brave Adventurers, in the spirit of exploration!

Kids Play Free Week - New York Musician's Center
Through January 12, 2018 - Bellmore

Does your child like music? Are you getting them an instrument for the holidays? Give them one free lesson at Long Island's top music school, the New York Musician's Center. Call for your free lesson today! No purchases necessary. *New customers only

Origami Flying Discs - Westhampton Free Library
January 12, 2018 - Westhampton Beach

Create your own flying contraption to use indoors using the art of origami. Registration required.

We're Having a Pigeon Party - Mineola Public Library
January 12, 2018 - Mineola

 

 

Food allergens may be present in refreshments served.

Candid Camera’s 8 Decades of Smiles with Peter Funt - NYCB Theatre at Westbury
January 12, 2018 - Westbury

 

Combining timeless music with wit, charm, storytelling, and a dash of soft shoe and ukulele performances, Danza is accompanied by his talented four-piece band.  Danza performs a selection of his favorite standards from the Great American Songbook, as well as selections from the hit Broadway musical Honeymoon in Vegas (which he also starred in), while interweaving stories about his life and personal connection to the music. The New York Times raved “Tony’s a live wire who tap-dances, plays the ukulele, tells stories and radiates irresistible charm… He exudes the kind of charisma that can’t be taught!” Perhaps best known for his starring roles on two of television’s most cherished and long-running series, Taxi and Who’s The Boss, Tony Danza has also established himself as a song and dance man, and recently received rave reviews for his performance in the Broadway musical comedy, Honeymoon In Vegas, with the New York Times calling his performance “sly genius,” and a “career high”.  Among his past successes, Tony has starred on Broadway in the The Producers, A View from the Bridge, and opposite Kevin Spacey in The Iceman Cometh, and starred in beloved films such as Angels In Outfield, She’s Out of Control, and Hollywood Knights. It was recently announced that Tony will be making his long awaited return to television, starring in THE GOOD COP, a one hour dramedy from the creator of MONK for Netflix. The show will premiere on Netflix sometime in 2018.

Main Street Gallery presents 'Masters Show' Opening Reception - Main Street Gallery
January 12, 2018 - Huntington

 

Masters Show is an exhibit featuring work from artists who have received honorable mention or best in show recognition over the last year.  Exhibition is on view through February 3, 2018.

Winter Wonderland Puzzle Room for Families - ThinkBIG! Theater Arts
Through January 14, 2018 - Patchogue

That trickster Jack Frost is at it again. This time, he's worked his magic so that Long Island will be stuck in permanent winter. To ensure his success, he's captured some grown - ups in his icy castle, and it'll be up to clever boys and girls to free the adults.  Only then, as a team, can they make sure that Jack Frost's magical enchantment is broken so that Spring can follow.

 

 

Disney On Ice presents 'Reach For The Stars' - NYCB LIVE, home of the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum
Through January 14, 2018 - Uniondale

Unleash the magic with royal sisters Anna and Elsa and the hilarious snowman, Olaf, as they sing captivating songs like “Let it Go” and “In Summer.” Life is the bubbles when Sebastian strikes up his hot crustacean band and the Daughters of Triton make a splash as they introduce Ariel in an ‘80s pop montage. Get tangled up with a chorus of harmless hooligans when they get a visit from the spirited Rapunzel and her charming ally, Flynn Rider, on their journey to see the floating lights. Relive a tale as old as time when Belle opens her heart to new adventures as the Beast’s enchanted objects take center stage for a dazzling skating spectacle.

Read To A Dog - North Hills Library
Through January 18, 2018 - Little Neck

Children can select a book to read aloud to Jami, who has been certified as a therapy pet partner. Reading aloud improves literacy skills, and animals are ideal reading companions because they create a relaxed, comfortable, and safe environment. Space is limited and available first-come, first-served.

 

'Legion of Villains' - BroadHollow at Elmont
Through January 20, 2018 - Elmont

Villains as heroes? Is that even possible? The villains of the storybook community learn they have to put their differences aside and team up together to actually save the day. Can they do it? Follow along in this charming and funny musical adventure.

'Annie' - BroadHollow Theatre at Elmont
Through January 21, 2018 - Elmont

With equal measures of pluck and positivity, little orphan Annie charms everyone's hearts despite a next-to-nothing start in 1930s New York City. She is determined to find the parents who abandoned her years ago on the doorstep of a New York City Orphanage that is run by the cruel, embittered Miss Hannigan. With the help of the other girls in the Orphanage, Annie escapes to the wondrous world of NYC. In adventure after fun-filled adventure, Annie foils Miss Hannigan's evil machinations... and even befriends President Franklin Delano Roosevelt! She finds a new home and family in billionaire, Oliver Warbucks, his personal secretary, Grace Farrell, and a lovable mutt named Sandy.

'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.

 

 

Bay Buddies - Suffolk County Marine Environmental Learning Center
Through January 25, 2018 - Southold

This early childhood education programming is designed to reach future stewards. Through Bay Buddies series, caregivers and children 3-5yrs. will have an opportunity to discover and learn about elements of the marine environment through sensory activities, art + science projects, stories and more.  Pre registration for this series is requested. Register at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/bay-buddies-at-the-suffolk-county-marine-environmental-learning-center-tickets-39261763993.  Children must be accompanied by an adult for the duration of the program, it is not a drop-off program.

 

Nancy Atlas Fireside Sessions - Bay Street Theater
Through January 27, 2018 - Sag Harbor

Shake off the winter blues with Nancy Atlas and The Nancy Atlas Project as they heat up the stage with music.

Crafts For Kids - Lakeshore Learning Store
Through January 28, 2018 - New Hyde Park

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

LEGO CLUB - Children's Museum of the East End
Through January 28, 2018 - Bridgehampton

Join CMEE every Sunday any time between 10am and noon for Lego Club at the Museum.  Children are encouraged to create original designs and can leave their works-in-progress and plan future sessions with the staff.  The museum has thousands of Lego, but can always use more. To help CMEE continue to build this program, they are looking for Lego donations.  Call 631-537-8250 to donate.

 

Puppy Fun - The Chai Center
Through January 28, 2018 - Dix Hills

Enjoy some fun with rescue dogs. Special needs participants will be partnered with teen volunteers to assist with full integration into the class. Must be registered at nyfriendship.com. Special needs parents register under families. Volunteers register under Volunteers.

Zumba For All Abilities - The Chai Center
Through January 29, 2018 - Dix Hills

This class is for all abilities taught by a special educator. Special needs participants will be partnered with teen volunteers to assist with full integration into the class. Must be registered on website nyfriendship.com. Special needs parents please register under families. Volunteers register under volunteers.

 

Let's Speak Italian - Elmont Public Library
Through January 31, 2018 - Elmont

Manga lovers rejoice!  Come watch and discuss your favorite show! Register.

'The Kingdom of Hearts' - Riverhead Free Library
Through February 01, 2018 - Riverhead

Does your child like to sing and dance?  Each registered child receives a part in this first annual play. Performance is February 2.    

Teen Open Studio - Parrish Art Museum
Through February 03, 2018 - Watermill

With guidance from Pamela Collins, students ages 11-18, develop observation and mixed media techniques inspired by works on view in the Museum's galleries. Space is limited and advance registration is required. A minimum of five pre-registered students is required for the class to run. The Museum reserves the right to cancel any class which does not meet minimum enrollment requirements.

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.

LEGO Building Club - Bellerose Library
Through February 21, 2018 - Bellerose

This one-man play is based on the condensed version Dickens himself used on his historic reading tours of the United States and is adapted here to offer a unique theatrical experience. Actor Greg Oliver Bodine plays Dickens who must perform from memory the magical story of Scrooge's journey from miserliness to redemption. This show is rated G and is suitable for adults and children over ten (10) years of age.

Toddler & Preschool Playdate - Queens Village Library
Through February 22, 2018 - Queens Village

Hairy Lion Comics invites you to meet local artists, illustrators and representatives from your favorite comic stores from all over NYC.

Holiday Express: Toys and Trains from the Jerni Collection - DiMenna Children's Museum at New-York Historical Society
Through February 25, 2018 - Upper West Side

Discover the wonder of hundreds of toy trains, figurines, and miniature models from the renowned Jerni Collection at this annual holiday exhibition. Immersive scenes and displays captivate children and adults as they hearken back to a bygone era in our shared transportation history. Holiday Express begins at the West 77th Street entrance, where trains appear to roar through the museum with the help of four large-scale multimedia screens, and extends through the first floor.

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.

Sensory Bounce - Bounce Trampoline Sports
Through February 26, 2018 - Syosset

Autism Speaks. We have staff members with experience working with special needs children and adults that have received sensitivity training from the Elija School.

Baby Fingers Sign and Song Class - Theresa Academy of Performing Arts
Through February 27, 2018 - Lido Beach

Learn American Sign Language through songs and play with other parents, educators, and/or children close to your child's age. Go home each week with new vocabulary and new tunes to enhance communication between you and your child! Whether you intend to incorporate sign language in your life for the long term or simply during this pre-verbal/developing verbal time, watch in awe as your child discovers the world of language. See the research come to life, as music and sign language both aid in the development of language and literacy. Baby Fingers programs incorporate the research supporting the benefits of sign language at all ages and stages, for children with and without special needs. Stories, songs, games, and movement to music are included in our teaching methods. This "Sign & Song" class is open to ALL children and their families, aged birth through 5 years old. 

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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. 

'Paper Medium Rare: All Things Paper' - Nassau County Museum of Art
Through March 04, 2018 - 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.

Andy Warhol Art Exhibition - Hofstra University, David Filderman Gallery
Through March 11, 2018 - Hempstead

This original exhibition of works by Andy Warhol, a major pop artist and art celebrity of the 20th century, includes a selection of his screenprints and photographs from the Hofstra University Museum Collections. By juxtaposing his photographs with his screenprints, the exhibition contextualizes and reveals his working methods and artistic process. As a participant in the Andy Warhol Photographic Legacy Program since 2008, the Museum has received donations of 153 photographs (Polaroids and gelatin silver prints) and nine screenprints from The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts Inc. Funding has been provided by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

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.

Winter Playdate On The Farm - Suffolk County Farm and Education Center
Through March 15, 2018 - Yaphank

This Early Childhood Classroom is toasty warm and filled with lots of things to play with, craft supplies to use, and fun activities to discover. Get your friends together or come and make some new ones. Take part in some child guided exploration. Activities include, free play, access to a variety of art and craft materials, sensory stations. If the weather allows, there will be a visit with the animals and a wagon ride. In the case of extreme weather conditions, date may be rescheduled. Pre-registration is required. Call 631 852-4600 with Visa/MasterCard between 9am and 3pm Monday- Friday.

 

Seal Walks - Jones Beach State Park, Field 10
Through March 18, 2018 - Wantagh

The New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation is pleased to announce that Jones Beach State Park will be offering a series of walks to see wintering seals January through March. A State Park naturalist will lead visitors on an hour and a half leisurely beach walk to an area where up to four species of seals can be observed. Along the way, there will be opportunities to see many winter birds and to explore marine geology. Please dress appropriately and wear comfortable footwear for hiking. Binoculars are recommended. Meet at the Jones Beach Field #10. Reservations are required and will be accepted beginning two weeks prior to each date. Space is limited. Program fee is $4 per person. If you are unable to keep your reservation, please call and cancel so that others may have the opportunity to attend. Latecomers will forfeit their reservation. To make reservations, or for more information, please call (516) 780-3295. SEAL PROGRAM DAYS AND TIMES: January: Monday 1 1:30 pm Saturday 13 10:00 am Sunday 21 1:30 pm Saturday 27 10:00 am February: Sunday 4 1:30 pm Saturday 10 10:00 am Sunday 18 1:30 pm Saturday 24 10:30 am March: Sunday 4 1:30 pm Saturday 10 10:00 am Sunday 18 1:30 pm

Family Sundays at the Museum - Nassau County Museum of Art
Through March 25, 2018 - 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.

Fri-Yay Art Day! - Nassau County Museum of Art
Through March 30, 2018 - 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.

Hear It! See It! Draw It! - Nassau County Museum of Art
Through March 30, 2018 - 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.

Seal Walks - Montauk Point State Park
Through March 31, 2018 - Montauk

The New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation is pleased to announce that Montauk Point State Park will host a series of walks to observe wintering seals. Beginning in December and continuing through March 2018, a State Park naturalist will lead visitors on a leisurely beach walk to an area where up to four species of seals can be observed. Along the way, there will be opportunities to see many winter birds and to explore marine geology. The walk is approximately 3 miles long and will take 2-3 hours to complete. Participants are asked to dress appropriately, to wear footwear appropriate for hiking, strollers are not recommended and to meet at the Montauk Point Lighthouse Grill and concession stand 10 minutes prior to the start time. Binoculars are recommended. Reservations are required. To make reservations and/or for more information, call (631) 668-5000.

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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