Today's Family & Kids Activities in Long Island-Mar 8

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!

Second Saturdays at the HUM: Shield It! - Hofstra University Museum, David Filderman Gallery
March 08, 2014 - Hempstead

Led by museum educators, kids and their grown up companions will explore works of art and then engage in a hands-on activity inspired by what they have seen and discussed. Registration required. Strollers not permitted. Let the designs of Melanesian shields inspire you, as families create their own shield.

Dear Edwina - A Musical Comedy - John W. Engeman Theater at Northport
March 08, 2014 - Northport

Dear Edwina is a heartwarming musical about the joys of growing up. Follow the adventures of advice-giver extraordinaire, Edwina Spoonapple as she directs the kids from her neighborhood in production number after hilarious production number of her ?Advice-A-Palooza? extravaganza.

Tiny Tots: Nature Discoveries ? Ages 3 ? 5 - Connetquot River State Park
March 08, 2014 - Oakdale

Explore the natural world around you. These programs will connect young children and their parents with the natural world through short walks, activities, and crafts. Call 631-581-1072 for reservations.

My First Movies -Tillie's Big Camping Adventure - Broadway Multiplex
March 08, 2014 - Hicksville

My First Movies is a giggly, wiggly playdate for children. Designed expressly for toddlers, each My First Movies event keeps the theater's lights on as children and parents dance, sing and enjoy an array of fun and educational films. Plus, at the close of each showcase, families receive a special 'goodie bag' and share in a Meet and Greet photo opportunity with the character Mitten the Kitten.

Nobody Loves A Dragon - CM Performing Arts Center
March 08, 2014 - Oakdale

Clarance, the golden tailed dragon, is a peace loving fellow who collects wild flowers and helps young Prince Robin with his homework and has poetry competitions with kindly old Sir Slipshod until ... evil Sir Cad and his accomplice, Lady Sorrowell, a sorceress, pursue him for his golden tail. Clarence is captured and forced to fight for his life in a tournament at court.

DISNEY'S BEAUTY & THE BEAST JR. - Smithtown Center for the Performing Arts
March 08, 2014 - Smithtown

The Brainy and Beautiful Belle yearns to escape her provincial life...and her brute of a suitor, Gaston. However, Belle gets more adventurous than she wanted when she becomes a captive in the Beast's enchanted castle. Dancing flatware, menacing wolves, and singing furniture fill the stage with thrills in this beloved fairy tale about very different people finding strength in one another and learning how to love.

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs - John W. Engeman Theater at Northport
March 08, 2014 - Northport

Old friends, plus a few new ones, are here in this marvelous musical adaptation. Meet the captivating Princess Snow White, the prince, the evil queen and, of course, the seven mischievous dwarfs — Sarge, Gabby, Gloomy Gus, Ticklish, Spritely, Snore, and Slowpoke. There’s also a hilarious palace cat and an enchanted vixen — a fox, you could say. Following the traditional storyline, the fairy tale is brought to life with an eclectic score of toe-tapping tunes.

MY FIRST MOVIES - Island 16 Cinema De Lux
March 08, 2014 - Holtsville

This fun and music filled theater experience is designed for toddlers and parents. The movie theater's lights are kept on and the movies are kept short. Mitten the Kitten emcees the program. This month's movie is Tilly's BIG Camping Adventure.

The Fab Faux - Kupferberg Center for the Arts
March 08, 2014 - Flushing

Couldn't make the historic 1964 Beatles debut? Come celebrate 'The Beatles On Ed Sullivan' at this performance featuring a mixed set of favorites. They will once again be joined by the Creme Tangerine Strings and the Hogshead Horn. "Tribute bands are sometimes better than the real thing. The Faux invigorate the artistry of even the Beatles' most intricate studio masterpieces with top chops and Beatlemaniac glee. The greatest Beatles cover band " without the wigs." Rolling Stone Magazine

The Wizard of Oz - The Showplace at Bellmore Movies
March 08, 2014 - Bellmore

Join Dorothy, The Scarecrow, Tin Man, and the Cowardly Lion as they come to life in a stage adaptation featuring the music of the MGM movie classic.

The Madison Theatre Presents: Jonathan Butler - Madison Theatre, Molloy College
March 08, 2014 - Rockville Centre

A life well lived is often the best foundation for compelling art and there�s no denying Jonathan Butler has been blessed with a fascinating life. A South Africa native whose expansive musical gift has earned accolades in the R&B, contemporary jazz and gospel fields, Butler�s new release �Grace and Mercy� is filled with the soulful sounds and insightful lyrics fans have come to expect from the veteran performer. The lead single, �I Stand On Your Word,� is a soaring ballad that reminds us of the power of God�s promises. �I love that song,� Butler says. �I hope that it hits home to a lot of people.� God�s word became real to Butler when he was just a teenager. At 19-years-old, Butler�s life forever changed when he became a Christian. �It was love that drew me to Christ,� he smiles, �the love of someone who cared enough to talk to me about Jesus and take me in when I was basically a broken young man in South Africa. It was my late brother-in-law, my wife�s brother, who led me to Christ. He was that person in my life that actually took the time to talk to me about Jesus, and it didn�t take me long to give my heart to Christ because of that.� In the past few years, his faith has sustained Butler during some difficult times. He lost his beloved mother and a very close friend in addition to helping his wife battle cancer. It�s been tumultuous time that saw the gifted musician leaning ever closer to God and pouring his experiences into his music. �Grace and Mercy� showcases Butler�s gift for taking potent lyrical messages and enveloping them in memorable melodies. �Give it up to God� is a soul-stirring slow jam that spotlights Butler�s warm, distinctive voice. �Simplicity always wins for me,� Butler says of the song. �There is such power in a simplistic lyric. You really reach people when you say simply, �Give it up to God.� We all go through those every day trials. We read the Proverbs and Psalms and most of the time we forget that the Bible says, �Trust in the Lord with your heart and lean not on your own understanding.� Every day we have to give it up to God, EVERY day.� Lyrically �Grace and Mercy� delivers the kind of biblically grounded, emotionally uplifting songs Butler has become known for, yet musically he says fans might be caught slightly off guard. �It�s going to surprise people a little bit coming from me because I think it�s much more of an edgier gospel record,� he says of the project, which was recorded at his home studio. �It�s more urban. Overall I feel it�s much more of a raw type of record. I didn�t grow up in church, but I�m a born again Christian. For the last 30 years I�ve been saved so I write from that place. I draw a lot from different elements and experiences and also my culture from South Africa, so I think it�s a little bit different.� Born in Cape Town, Butler was the youngest of 12 children. He discovered a gift for music early in life and began singing and playing guitar at age seven. As a child, he traveled all over South Africa performing with a troupe of 100 children, getting a first-hand look at the country�s disturbing dichotomy�devastating poverty and extreme affluence that existed under Apartheid. Butler signed his first record deal as a teen and became the first black artist played on white South African stations. �That was 1974 and it was a song titled �Please Stay,�� Butler recalls of the historic tune, which won a Sarie Award, the South African equivalent of a Grammy. �Back then I was with an independent label called CCP Productions.� Though Butler lived in England for 17 years and currently makes his home in Encino, CA, his youth in South Africa continually colors his artistry. �All those memories and all those experiences are what makes a woman or a man a stronger person,� he says. �It influences how they live their lives and their appreciation for life and freedom. That�s what shapes you and gives you that sensitivity of heart. Anyone who grew up in South Africa, or even in the 60�s in America, has a deeper appreciation for life and for freedom. It shapes their lives completely. I feel like all of the stuff that we grew up with in South Africa has made me a better person.� Butler has a lot to smile about these days. His wife of 30 years survived her battle with cancer, and they enjoy spending time doting on their little granddaughter. �With this record I�m really addressing where the Butler family has been and what we have gone through in 2010 and 2011,� he says. �My inspiration is definitely my family. They support me. They love me and they encourage me. I�m very, very excited about this record. I can�t wait for people to and connect with it because I believe that God has a lot in store for me and I�m heeding the call and obeying God.�

LIU Post Presents 'The Music of Ella and Ellington: Starring Patti Austin and the Duke Ellington Orchestra' - Tilles Center for the Performing Arts at LIU Post
March 08, 2014 - Greenvale

New York born and Long Island bred, Patti Austin has partnered with R&B legends from Quincy Jones and Ray Charles to James Ingram and Michael Jackson. At Tilles Center, she will reprise the legendary collaboration of Ella Fitzgerald and Duke Ellington.

Messy Afternoons - Long Island Children's Museum
March 08, 2014 - Garden City

Join in for the type of artistic activities that everyone loves, but not one likes to clean-up after. Except the LICM staff. The afternoon will offer a variety of sensory activities for children ages 18 months to age 4.

The Family Center For Autism Open House - Life's WORC Building
March 08, 2014 - Garden City

Don't miss this special Open House. This Center caters to the needs of autistic individuals. Come out and learn about the new "family centric" model and what it offers your whole family, and how it can enhance your life.

Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Presents LEGENDS! - Nassau Coliseum
March 08, 2014 - Uniondale

Circus performers from around the globe perform feats of strength and thrills of wonder to summon the mythical and mysterious creatures of the past: a unicorn, a Pegasus, and a Woolly Mammoth.

Impractical Jokers - Featuring The Tenderloins - The Theatre at Westbury
March 08, 2014 - Westbury

Holler out loud at the hilarious punch lines of this fast-paced, side-splitting comedy act.

Snow White - Broadhollow Theater at Elmont
March 08, 2014 - Elmont

Mirror, mirror on the wall, we all know Snow White is the fairest of them all. Join Snow White and the seven dwarfs through their adventure and a hopeful happily ever after.

Hello, Dolly! - Broadhollow Theater at Elmont
March 08, 2014 - Elmont

This musical comedy is full of memorable songs including Put On Your Sunday Clothes, Ribbons Down My Back, Before the Parade Passes By, Hello, Dolly, It Only Takes a Moment and So Long, Dearie. Take a whirlwind race around New York at the turn of the twentieth century, and follow the adventures of America's most beloved matchmaker.

Meet the Artist - Long Island Children's Museum
March 08, 2014 - Garden City

Meet the artist Sandra D. Dwileski and find out how she creates her own natural, magical worlds. Children will create a two-dimensional work of art that represents their idea of a magical space. They will use mixed media techniques to create a layered image with paint, paper and oil pastels.

Birdwatching for Beginners - Theodore Roosevelt Sanctuary & Audubon Center
March 08, 2014 - Oyster Bay

Children 11 years and older get the uinique opportunity to get acquainted with our feathered friends. Learn about these birds native to Long Island and their habitats and their habits. Bring binoculars.

It's All In The Angles - The Maritime Explorium
March 08, 2014 - Port Jefferson

Design a "rooftop" to withstand a winter snowstorm.

Mending Fences - Studio Theatre
March 08, 2014 - Lindenhurst

This is a sparkling comedy with wit and humanity. What happens when a son, estranged for 13 years, returns to his gruff and uncommunicative father's farm. In Norm Foster's deft hands, histories are revealed, vulnerabilities laid bare, and laughter is always close at hand. This is a refined piece of theatre that tugs heartstrings while tickling funny bones, but rises above sentimentality to tell an compelling story.

Transportation Inspiration! - Long Island Science Center
March 08, 2014 - Riverhead

Planes, trains, and automobiles. Learn how transportation technology advanced over the years through activities and crafts which children will be able to take home.

Kids Get Active Day - New York Sports Clubs
March 08, 2014 - Hicksville

Studies show that kids who exercise regularly are more likely to become fit, healthy adults. Help your kids pick up this habit early with these year-round fitness and recreational programs. We offer everything from summer camps and parties, to formal athletic training and sports leagues. You don’t have to be a gym member for your kids to enroll. Sample FREE classes in swimming, yoga, kickboxing, sports, circuit training, basketball, and more. Call to register.

Disney's Mulan - BayWay Arts Center
March 08, 2014 - East Islip

Travel back to the legendary days of ancient China with this action-packed stage adaptation of misfit Mulan and her mischievous sidekick Mushu.

The Wizard of Oz - Studio Theatre
March 08, 2014 - Lindenhurst

Follow Dorothy and her friends, the Scarecrow, the Tin Man and the Cowardly Lion as they venture to the Emerald City to find a brain, a heart, a home and nerve.

Peter Pan - Take One Theatre
March 08, 2014 - Ronkonkoma

The boy who never wants to grow up takes Peter, Wendy, and John on a trip to Never Never Land where they encounter pirates and crocodiles. Call for reservations 631-569-2148.

The National Theatre's original stage production of War Horse - John Drew Theater at Guild Hall
March 08, 2014 - East Hampton

The National Theatre's original stage production of War Horse will be broadcast live from London's West End to cinemas. Since its first performance at the National Theatre in 2007, War Horse has become an international smash hit, capturing the imagination of four million people around the world. Based on Michael Morpurgo's novel and adapted for the stage by Nick Stafford, War Horse takes audiences on an extraordinary journey from the fields of rural Devon to the trenches of First World War France. Filled with stirring music and songs, this powerfully moving and imaginative drama is a show of phenomenal inventiveness. At its heart are life-size puppets by South Africa's Handspring Puppet Company, who bring breathing, galloping, charging horses to life on stage.

Open Studio for Families - Parrish Art Museum
March 08, 2014 - Water Mill

Families are invited to spend time together learning about the art on view in the galleries and creating art in the Open Studio. Museum docents will take families on a tour of the galleries and then escort you to the Studio to create art through hands-on activities. Each month features a different theme and a variety of art materials and techniques inspired by the artwork on view in the galleries. Parrish staff and volunteers will be available for questions, but families are invited to work independently at their own pace.

32nd Annual Long Island Junior Soccer League Convention - Huntington Hilton
March 08, 2014 - Melville

There will be Sportsmanship Award presentations, meetings for club presidents, coaches and volunteers plus coaches and referee clinics and a college forum.

St. Patrick's Day Scavenger Hunt - Suffolk County Farm and Education Center
March 08, 2014 - Yaphank

Enjoy the annual Pot o' Gold Hunt. This family-friendly day includes a wagon ride and animal feeding. Call 631-852-4600 to register.

Kildare Academy 3rd Annual St. Patrick's Parade & Pot Luck Party - Kildare Academy of Irish Dance
March 08, 2014 - Bay Shore

The Kildare Academy will be hosting an open house. Visitors can watch the dancers march and dance in the 2014 Bay Shore Brightwaters St Patrick's Day Parade. After the Parade stop by the studio for for food, fun and Irish Dancing to celebrate St Patricks Day. Prizes and treats will be given out all day.

FIDDLER ON THE ROOF - CM Performing Arts
March 08, 2014 - Oakdale

Fiddler on the Roof features a score by Jerry Bock (music) and Sheldon Harnick (lyrics), with a book by Joseph Stein and based on the stories of Sholom Aleichem. Fiddler on the Roof is filled with the themes of tradition, family, love, marriage, regret and optimism represented through honest and funny characters. Trying to balance life - like a fiddler on a roof ? Tevye, a poor dairyman, attempts to preserve his family's traditions in a changing world. Tevye's daughter wants to marry a poor tailor instead of the middle-aged butcher her father has chosen for her in the tradition of arranged marriages. Tevye is forced to choose between his daughter's happiness and his culture's beloved tradition in this universal story of hope, love and acceptance.

Long Island's Got Talent 2014! - Ward Melville Heritage Organization
Through March 21, 2014 - Stony Brook

Attention Long Island students. Can you carry a tune? Is a musical instrument your specialty? If so get your audition DVD submitted now for Long Island's Got Talent 2014, hosted by the Ward Melville Heritage Organization. Created by WMHO's Youth Corps, the event gives Long Island students the opportunity to show off their talents this spring. It's open to students 10-17 years of age in Nassau or Suffolk County who must still be in high school at the time awards are given in October 2014. Talent must be non-professional vocal or musical instrument performances. The entry deadline is March 21 and there is a $25 entry fee. A total of $25,000 in scholarships will be awarded from Five Towns College and a $1,000 cash prize will be awarded to the 1st place winner, courtesy of Competition Automotive Group. Those contacted after submission of their DVD will be asked to perform at the first round on April 4 at WMHO's Educational & Cultural Center. Semi-finalists chosen will then perform at WMHO's Sunday Summer Concerts series and the finals take place in October 2014 when the winners will be chosen.

Snow Day in Oyster Bay - Oyster Bay Historical Society
Through March 23, 2014 - Oyster Bay

Snow Day in Oyster Bay features artifacts, images, and clothing from the Society's permanent collection, as well as costumes on loan from the personal collections of Monica Randall and other lenders. The exhibition highlights many of the traditional activities of Oyster Bay in winter, including sledding, bobsledding, skating, and skiing. The exhibit runs thru March 23.

Spring Flower and Garden Show - Hicks Nurseries
Through March 23, 2014 - Westbury

A breath of fresh air after a long cold winter, the annual Spring Flower and Garden Show provides inspiration and unique expert advice for gardeners. Beautifully designed display gardens, seminars, and children's workshops offer a first glimpse of the latest gardening trends, products and ideas.

Learn and Play - Suffolk County Farm and Education Center
Through March 27, 2014 - Yaphank

Interactive educational workshops for children ages 15 months - 4 years old and their parent or caregiver. Each session is designed with hands-on activities, stories, songs, crafts, and a wagon ride to visit the animals. Call for information. January 6 - March 27th.

Flag Fun - Long Island Children's Museum
Through March 28, 2014 - Garden City

�March comes in like a lion, and goes out like a lamb.� Breeze by the Inner Lobby and decorate your own mini-textured lion or lamb fabric flag.

Hot Off the Press--an Exhibition of 21st Century Prints - Art League of Long Island
Through March 30, 2014 - Dix Hills

The Jeanie Tengelsen Gallery at the Art League of Long Island presents an exhibition of 40 prints by 20 contemporary artists from Universal Limited Art Editions (ULAE), the esteemed fine art print publisher located in Bay Shore, Long Island. The exhibition displays intaglio etchings––some hand painted, mezzotints, traditional lithographs and pigmented inkjet prints, as well as three dimensional intaglio constructions and three dimensional lithographs and silkscreens. Feb 23-March 30, 2014.

Free Trial Classes in Italian, Spanish, French, and Mandarin Chinese - Language Workshop for Children
Through March 31, 2014 - Manhasset

Capture your child's prime time to learn a new language. Call The Language Workshop for Children at 212-628-2700 for your FREE trial class. Offering French, Spanish, and Mandarin Chinese, LWFC programs include Languages for Tots- (6M-3Y), Languages for Children (3-8Y), Regular Preschool (2.10-4Y), and Summer Camp (3-9Y). CNN called LWFC Director Francois Thibaut: "One of a very few experts in teaching languages to small children." Parents Magazine named the LWFC, "6 Programs Worth the $." Students absorb their new language in stimulating play groups using the LWFC's unique language building songs, immersion games, and older kids work with sentence building stories (and can bake and do arts and crafts too). LWFC learning materials won six major children's educational media awards.

Flight of the Butterflies in 3D - NY Hall of Science
Through April 11, 2014 - Corona

Join millions of real butterflies on an amazing journey to a remote and secret hideaway. Weighing less than a penny, the monarch butterfly makes one of the longest migrations on Earth. Follow the monarchs' perilous journey to the remote mountain peaks of Mexico in this 3D film. For the first time ever, witness the transformation from caterpillar to butterfly, inside a chrysalis, thanks to advanced MRI and micro CT scans. The award-winning production team, including Oscar-winner Peter Parks, followed the year-long migration cycle of the monarch butterflies, from Canada, through the United States to remote 10,000-foot-high peaks in the Sierra Madre Mountains of Mexico. The film has won numerous awards including the 2013 Grand Teton Award in the category of Best Immersive 3D/Large Format at the Jackson Hole Wildlife Film Festival and awards at the 2013 Giant Screen Industry Awards, including Best Film, Best Cinematography, Best Film for Lifelong Learning, and Best Educational Program.

Student Arts Festival, Part II - Guild Hall
Through April 20, 2014 - East Hampton

For twenty-two years, the Student Art Festival has helped nurture and encourage young talent on the East End. Over 5,000 students from kindergarten through high school from 10 public, private and home schools in the Amagansett, Bridgehampton, East Hampton, Montauk, Oysterponds, Sag Harbor Shelter Island, and Wainscott districts participate. The exhibition celebrates the artistic pursuits young people by exhibiting their work in a museum environment and salutes their teachers who cultivate and inspire the creative process. Student Arts Festival, Part II features art done by children in grades 9-12. Reception March 8 2-4pm. Exhibit runs from March 8- April 20, 2014.

EcoHouse - NY Hall of Science
Through April 24, 2014 - Corona

Step into the EcoHouse, a mobile, cutting-edge exhibit that lets visitors see behind the walls and underneath the floor of a home. Visitors can see how their house or apartment really works and learn how to save energy, save money and protect the natural world around you. EcoHouse is on display through April 14.

Secrets of Circles - Long Island Children's Museum
Through May 04, 2014 - Garden City

Circles are amazing shapes. If you look around, you�ll see that they�re everywhere: wheels, clocks, doorknobs, tortillas, Frisbees and tops. Be the first to explore an exciting exhibit, celebrating the math, science and beauty behind such a simple shape. Children and adults alike will uncover the secrets of the many circles in the world. The exhibit runs through May 4. Secrets of Circles offer visitors the chance to: �Draw circles on a glow-in-the dark table �Go on a circular scavenger hunt �Build a gear contraption to turn a dancing doll. �Climb into a circular boat �Play and pretend in a market full of circles from around the globe �Use mirrors to experiment with symmetry �Learn how circles aid engineers in solving problems.

Spirit and Identity: Melanesian Works from the Hofstra University Museum Collections - Hofstra University Museum, David Filderman Gallery
Through May 12, 2014 - Hempstead

Curated by collections manager Kristy L. Caratzola, this exhibition showcases an extraordinary aspect of the HUM collections for the first time. The original exhibit offers a range of ethnographic artworks and objects created by members of the distinct regional communities of Irian Jaya, Papua New Guinea, New Britain, Vanuatu, and the Kiriwina Islands located in the South Pacific. The selected works center upon ancestral figures, ceremonial masks, warrior shields, and ritualized practical objects crafted from natural materials sourced from sacred sites within the territory of each individual culture. The exhibit also includes sophisticated wooden sculptures carved and painted by revered artists, which serve to express complex ideological beliefs through stylized human and animal forms complemented with colorful, abstracted geometric designs. The vital connection between humans and ancestral spirits and their active role in providing guidance and protection is an essential concept shared among many Oceanic cultures and is a defining characteristic of Melanesian art.

All We Need is a Beat-Zumba Kids - Unlimited Sports Action
Through May 14, 2014 - Port Washington

The Zumba Kids program is the ultimate dance-fitness party for young Zumba fans ages 7-11, where they can play it loud and rock with friends to their own rules. This program features age-appropriate music and moves that get kids movin’ to the beat. It’s all about feeling fearless on the dance floor, reinforcing the idea that it’s okay to just be yourself and dance like no one’s watching. Classes run through May 14.

Zumba Kids Jr (Ages 7-11) - Unlimited Sports Action
Through May 15, 2014 - Port Washington

The Zumba® Kids program is the ultimate dance-fitness party for young Zumba fans ages 7-11, where they can play it loud and rock with friends to their own rules! This program features age-appropriate music and moves that get kids movin’ to the beat. It’s all about feeling fearless on the dance floor, reinforcing the idea that it’s okay to just be yourself and dance like no one’s watching! Classes run Thursdays through May 15.

Zumba Kids Jr (Ages 4-6) - Unlimited Sports Action
Through May 19, 2014 - Port Washington

Zumba® Kids Jr. classes are a dance ‘n’ play party for lil’ feet where pint-sized party animals get silly, dream big, and begin their journey to a healthy future. This program is where 4- to 6-year-olds just let loose and be themselves – little bundles of natural energy that are endlessly curious about new sounds and experiences! Here they can socialize, move to age-appropriate music and play games with other kids. Classes run Mondays (10 sessions) through May 19.

College Students Can Blow Off Some Steam at Bounce! at Discounted Rates Every Week - Bounce! Trampoline Sports
Through May 28, 2014 - Syosset

Bounce! Trampoline Sports hosts Wild Wednesdays every week from 7–9pm for college students. The special event night offers college students a chance to have some fun and reduce their homework stress at discounted rates. College students only need to show their ID and they will pay just $10.00 for the first hour and $5.00 for the second hour. Admission includes trampoline dodgeball, slam dunk basketball, open jump time and foam pit jumping as well as volleyball (not on the trampolines).

Outdoor Sculpture Biennial - Adelphi University
Through May 31, 2014 - Garden City

See the work of 10 skilled sculptors located throughout the scenic 75-acre arboretum on the Garden City campus. This outdoor installation showcases the talents of Miggy Buck (NY), John Clement (NY), Maria Hall (NY), Ed Haugevik (NY), William King (NY), Anti Liu (NY), Johnny Poux (NY), Kim Radochia (MA), Christopher Saucedo (NY), and Hans Van de Bovenkamp (NY). Works of art encompass use of various materials-steel, bronze, aluminum, concrete and reflective mirrors. These man-made creations are transposed into poetic visual narrations. The exhibition runs through May 31, 2014.

Open House - Crestwood Country Day Camp & School Open House
Through June 15, 2014 - Melville

Come and see what Crestwood has to offer children ages 2-15 for summer camp and school. Tour the 15 acres, meet the directors, and have your kids play on the playgrounds. Saturdays and Sundays, February 1-June 15, 2014.

Saturday Respite - Theresa Academy of Performing Arts
Through June 21, 2014 - Lido Beach

Saturday Respite program runs each Saturday and students have a snack and participate three of the following activities: yoga, dance, drama, drumming, art, cooking, or music. Students range in age and work with a 1-on-1 volunteer to guide and support the student. Students with special needs and typically developing students are welcome. Please RSVP at

Kidtastic Kids Social Experience - Kidtastic Kids
Through June 30, 2014 - Farmingville

The Kidtastic Kids Social Experience is designed for children with special needs, social needs, or children who are having a hard time making friends. Programs are broken down by each child's needs and individuality. Call or check the website for more information. Jan 1-June 2014.

Create Dance Center - Zumba Fitness
Through June 30, 2014 - Amityville

A great calorie-burning, Latin-inspired, cardiovascular work-out. Work out at your own intensity-perfect for beginners.Tuesdays, January 7-June 30.

Special Needs Classes - Create Dance Center
Through June 30, 2014 - Amityville

Classes focus on social interaction, following directions, imitation skills, gross motor movement and dance techniques. Small classes with extra support. All taught by a NY State Certified Special Education teacher. For more information call or e-mail at Classes: Wednesdays (8 and under), Thursdays (13 and older), Fridays (8 and older and 5 and under), Saturdays (8 and older). January 2-June 30, 2014.

Tour of Kenwal Day Camp - Kenwal Day Camp
Through June 30, 2014 - Melville

Call to set up a personal tour of the camp and learn about the activities available for children ages 3-15. March 1-June 30, 2014.

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.

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.

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).

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