Free Things to Do With Kids on Long Island in January

Free Things to Do With Kids on Long Island in January

They say the best things in life are free, and these family- and kid-friendly activities on Long Island, including things to do in Nassau County and Suffolk County, are no exception this January.

Holiday Poinsettia Display FREE
WHEN: Dec. 4 - Jan. 8, 10am-4pm
WHERE: Planting Fields Arboretum, 1395 Planting Fields Road, Oyster Bay, NY
WHAT: The Main Greenhouse will have a holiday poinsettia and cyclamen display to ring in the festive season. Be sure to take photographs of this magnificent arrangement.
WANT TO GO? 516-922-8688.

View the Lights FREE
WHEN: Dec. 10 - Jan. 6, daily, dusk
WHERE: Montauk Lighthouse, 2000 Montauk Highway, Montauk, NY
WHAT: Come view the lights at night at the lighthouse.
WANT TO GO? 631-668-5000.

New Year's Day Hike & Lighthouse Tower Tour FREE
WHEN: Monday, Jan. 1, 10am
WHERE: Fire Island Lighthouse, Robert Moses State Park parking field 5, Fire Island, NY
WHAT: Join this guided walk around the western end of the National Seashore. Reservations required. 
WANT TO GO? 631-661-4876.

Boat Builders at Work FREE
WHEN: Wednesday, Jan. 3, 9am-12pm
WHERE: Long Island Maritime Museum, 88 West Ave., West Sayville, NY
WHAT: Meet the volunteers as they build and restore various small craft.
WANT TO GO? 631-447-8679.

You're Not Here: Virtual Reality FREE
WHEN: Wednesday, Jan. 3, 4-5:30pm
WHERE: East Hampton Library, 159 Main St., East Hampton, NY
AGES: 13-17
WHAT: Try a virtual reality experience in the Young Adult department. Register online.
WANT TO GO? 631-324-0222.

Kids Workshop FREE
WHEN: Saturday, Jan. 6, 9am-12pm
WHERE: Home Depot, 600 Hempstead Turnpike, Elmont, NY
AGES: 3-12
WHAT: Kids learn to build or create a useful, fun product.
WANT TO GO? 516-488-8500.

Theatrical Performance: 'Once Upon A Snowflake' FREE
WHEN: Saturday, Jan. 6, 2pm
WHERE: Mineola Public Library, 195 Marcellus Road, Mineola, NY
WHAT: A heartwarming musical about solving the mystery of the missing Liza.
WANT TO GO? 516-746-8488.

Kids Play Free Week FREE
WHEN: Jan. 8 - 12, Monday-Friday, by appointment only
WHERE: New York Musician's Center, 701 Bedford Ave., Bellmore, NY
AGES: 5-17
WHAT: Call to schedule a free music lesson. Offer available to new customers by appointment only.
WANT TO GO? 516-515-0236.

Made with Love FREE
WHEN: Wednesday, Jan. 17, 11am-1pm
WHERE: Floral Park Public Library, 17 Caroline Avenue, Floral Park, NY
AGES: 9 and older
WHAT: Whether you're a beginner, an expert, or somewhere in between, Made with Love knitting and crocheting group welcomes all to their weekly group.
WANT TO GO? 516-326-6330.

Long Island Cares Food Truck FREE
WHEN: Saturday, Jan. 20, 9:30-11:30am
WHERE: Riverhead Free Library, 330 Court St., Riverhead, NY
AGES: Newborn-5
WHAT: The Long Island Cares-Harry Chapin Food Bank will provide free, ready-to-eat breakfast items for children.
WANT TO GO? 631-727-3228.

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