Today's Family & Kids Activities in Long Island-Jul 24

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!

2014 Sandcastle Contest - Hither Hills State park
July 24, 2014 - Montauk

Sand sculptors may use sand, water, and any other natural materials native to the beach. Prizes are provided by the Natural Heritage Trust and JR Water Corporation, the program's co-sponsors. Prizes will be awarded for the best sculptors and castles in several categories. Registration is held each Thursday from 9:30-10:30am. For more information call 631-668-2554.

The Oneg Shemesh Band - Rock Hall Museum
July 24, 2014 - Lawrence

Enjoy a fresh and innovative musical style. The band's engaging and interactive performance will invigorate your soul and energize your spirit.

Summer Storycrafters - Mineola Public Library
July 24, 2014 - Mineola

Kids will love these stories, favorite songs, and simple crafts. Ages 2 1/2 through kindergarten (with a caregiver).

Little Playmates - Floral Park Public Library
July 24, 2014 - Floral Park

This is an ideal way to spend your morning with your little one. This class is designed to engage and stimulate your kids as they play and socialize with others. It's a special time for play and a circle fun for babies with their caregivers.

Teen Quiz Bowl - Floral Park Public Library
July 24, 2014 - Floral Park

Jeopardy lovers beware. Back by popular demand, join in this exciting and frenetic competition to challenge yourself. Everyone is a winner. Prizes for all.Open to Grades 6-12.

Disney's The Little Mermaid Jr. - Broadhollow Theater at Elmont
July 24, 2014 - Elmont

An adventurous little mermaid, leaves her undersea realm for a sixteenth birthday excursion to the surface. She hopes to find the prince of her dreams but first she must face the evil sea witch.

Shakespeare In The Park: Two Gentlemen From Verona - Cunningham Park
July 24, 2014 - Fresh Meadows

The Hip to Hip Theatre Company presents this zany tale of romantic rivals with lightening changes in affection, a maiden in disguise, bandits, and one of Shakespeare's funniest clowns. "Kids & the Classics", a fun interactive workshop for children of all ages, which will precede each performance. Bring a low chair or blanket.

South Pacific - The Patchogue Theatre
July 24, 2014 - Patchogue

Set on a Polynesian island during WWII, social tensions of the era collide with a heated romance in this timeless Rogers and Hammerstein musical. Famous tunes like “Some Enchanted Evening,” “There is Nothing Like a Dame,” and “Younger Than Springtime,” make this musical one for the ages.

TOTS COOKING! - Garden of Eve Farm
July 24, 2014 - Riverhead

Children age 2-6 take a harvest tour of the farm to gather the things needed to prepare a dish and learn how they were grown. Then they head back to the Farm Market and turn them into a vegetarian dish. The class is led by Garden of Eve owner Eve Kaplan-Walbrecht or knowledgeable staff. Children make something new each week and practice a great variety of fine motor skills while experiencing new tastes. Call or go to the website to register.

Valley Stream Community Orchestra Concert - John M. Smith Band Shell, Village Green
July 24, 2014 - Valley Stream

Join the Singles Association of Long Island, ages 25 plus for an evening out. Bring a chair. Look for the SALI banner. Social gathering afterwards at the Concord Diner, Sunrise Highway, Valley Stream. No rain date. RSVP by 7/22.

Spy Science - Long Island Science Center
July 24, 2014 - Riverhead

What cool gadgets do spies use? Learn how to mirror write and make an invisible ink message to decipher and take home.

Southampton Kiwanis Bridgehampton Carnival - 1995 Montauk Highway
Through July 27, 2014 - Bridgehampton

Food, rides and games sponsored by the Southampton Kiwanis Club. Meet your local Kiwanians!

Moving Forward-Creating A Vision Workshop - Life Coaching For Women
Through July 31, 2014 - Bellmore

Gather your girlfriends together or come by yourself, for this fun and interactive workshop that will leave you feeling motivated and empowered to create the life that you want. There are reasons why most women find it difficult to move forward towards a goal. During this workshop you will become aware of exactly what it is that's holding you back, and see what you can do to make changes in order for you to move forward. Creating a clear vision as to what you want allows you to keep your focus and achieve your goal. Refreshments will be served. Conducted in Bellmore office or host a party at home. Contact for more details. 631-988-4001

Affirmation Cards Workshop - Life Coaching For Women
Through July 31, 2014 - Bellmore

Enjoy light refreshments as you are creating your very own unique affirmation cards. What is an affirmation? Affirmations are personal, short, powerful words or statements that create a shift in the way you think. Affirmations are uplifting and encouraging! They create a change on any negative perceptions you have. The more you affirm what you like and want for yourself, the more your mind is going to accept it. As your thoughts begin to change, your vision begins to change, and your actions begin to change. Get ready for positive changes to happen. Gather your girlfriends or come alone for this ongoing workshop. Contact

Creating a Vision Board Workshop - Life Coaching For Women
Through July 31, 2014 - Bellmore

Interior designers use a similar board to create visions of what they want a certain room to look and feel like. Today, more and more women are creating vision boards for the exact same reasons, except for their own lives! A vision board helps you create your life by having a vision of what YOU WANT in front of you every single day! They are fun, powerful tools, and the more you add to your board, the more likely you are to make it all happen! The sky is the limit. Call or contact, or visit the website.

Food Drive at Emma Clark Library - Emma S. Clark Memorial Library
Through July 31, 2014 - Setauket

During the month of July, teen volunteers will be collecting nonperishable food items to be donated to various food pantries in the area. Donation boxes will be located at Emma Clark Library, in the lobby to the left of the Circulation Desk. If you have any questions about the food drive or would like to become a teen volunteer, contact Nanette Feder, Teen Services Librarian, at 941-4080 ext. 116 or email her at July 1-July 31.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.