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free and low-cost things to do with kids in Nassau Find free and low-cost things to do with kids in Nassau today, April 8, including fun activities and events the whole family can enjoy. See what's going on today in Nassau's museums, galleries, and libraries for some educational fun; in the parks, for outdoor and nature activities; and in the theaters, for children's concerts and performances. Plus, get details and directions on any street fairs or holiday festivals happening April 8. For even more free and low-cost upcoming events in Nassau, check out our complete calendar of events.

Brick Fest Live - New York Hall of Science
Through April 08, 2018 - Corona

Kids and adults can get inspired, educated and entertained with LEGO bricks at this ultimate LEGO fan experience. Play with huge attractions built to set your imagination free and witness mind-blowing creations made entirely of this timeless toy at Brick Fest Live. Free with NYSCI admission.

On the Water Series: 'Working the Waters' - The Whaling Museum & Education Center
April 08, 2018 - Cold Spring Harbor

Meet local Baymen from the North and South Shores of Long Island and discover how they harvest oysters, clams and other shellfish. In Partnership with Long Island Traditions. Sponsored in part by the New York Council on the Arts

'Sleeping Beauty' presented by the Moscow Festival Ballet - Madison Theatre at Molloy College
April 08, 2018 - Rockville Centre

 A baby princess, condemned at her christening by an evil fairy to prick her finger and die on her 16th birthday, is saved by the gift of the good Lilac Fairy, who declares the princess will only sleep until awakened by the kiss of a prince. The fairy tale, replete with a king and queen, fairies both good and evil, a beautiful princess and dream prince, magical stage effects, and courtly splendor, lends itself perfectly to the full evening ballet.

'Disney Live! Mickey and Minnie's Doorway to Magic' - NYCB LIVE, Home of The Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum
Through April 08, 2018 - Uniondale

Open the door to reveal mesmerizing worlds of unforgettable Disney moments and grand illusions with Disney Live! Mickey and Minnie’s Doorway to Magic. Join Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse and the comical duo of Donald and Goofy as 25 of your favorite Disney characters surprise and captivate at every turn of the knob! See the Fairy Godmother transform Cinderella’s rags into a beautiful ball gown in a split second; the Toy Story gang defy the dimensions of Andy’s toy box with the help of the green army men; and the spectacular stage debut of Rapunzel and Flynn Rider as they rise into the sky amidst the floating lanterns. With special appearances by Snow White, Tinker Bell and Aladdin’s Genie, you never know what to expect or who might join in the fun. In Disney Live! Mickey and Minnie’s Doorway to Magic you hold the ultimate key to unlocking your imagination.

Macy's Flower Show 2018 - Macy's Herald Square
Through April 08, 2018 - Midtown

Macy's Flower Show has delighted generations of New Yorkers with over-the-top presentations of lavish gardens that showcase millions of live flowers, plants and trees from around the globe. This year's theme is a celebration of the iconic American carnival.

'In the Mood: A 1940's Musical Revue' - Tilles Center for the Performing Arts
April 08, 2018 - Brookville

The music of Glenn Miller, Tommy Dorsey, Artie Shaw, Benny Goodman, The Andrews Sisters, Frank Sinatra and other idols of the era.

'Awesome Allie: First Kid Astronaut' - Cradle of Aviation Museum
Through April 08, 2018 - Garden City

Plaza Theatrical Productions presents Awesome Allie: First Kid Astronaut Live Onstage In The Dome Theater! Grab your space suit and get ready for an adventure in space as live musical theater with audience participation comes to the Cradle! Join us during the Spring Recess from March 30 through April 8 as Allie takes over our Dome Theater daily at 11:00 am (and 2:00 pm on Wed. April 4 for our annual Astronomy & Space Day). The Plaza Theatrical Production runs 50 minutes so you'll have plenty of time to explore our Space Gallery afterwards! Combo Tickets (Show and Museum) $20 Adults $18 Children (2-12)/Seniors Show Only $15 Adults $13 Children (2-12)/Seniors Purchase tickets online via our event page http://bit.ly/Awesome-Allie-at-the-Cradle About Awesome Allie Book: Scott Elmegreen, Music and Lyrics: Drew Fornarola. Yesterday Allie was just a normal kid, but today she’s headed into outer space! With the help of her trusty talking dog Captain Chaos and Rover the Dancing Robot from Mars, Allie’s on a mission across the solar system to save Earth, and maybe learn some things about science along the way. But she’d better be home in time for dinner! Grab your space suit and get ready for an adventure that’s out of this world! About Plaza Theatrical Productions Plaza Theatrical Productions, Inc., founded in 1983 by Executive Producer, Kevin F. Harrington, is a Long Island based professional touring company serving public organizations, schools, camps, country clubs, convention centers and senior citizen developments. Plaza mounts fully-staged musicals, comedies, children's/educational theatre, and musical revues. For more information visit their website at http://plazatheatrical.com

Patchogue Family YMCA 5K Run/Walk - ShoreFront Park
April 08, 2018 - Patchogue

The YMCA of Long Island is excited to announce that registration for the Run for a Cause: YMCA 5K Series, has officially opened. The series of three 5K run/walk events, which will take place between April and June, are intended to help encourage Long Islanders to participate in events throughout Long Island; including Patchogue, Huntington, and Great South Bay; bringing all YMCA branches and their greater community together for a variety of great causes. The Run for a Cause: YMCA 5K Series will kick off on April 8th with the Patchogue Family YMCA race at ShoreFront Park, benefitting the Y’s Diabetes Prevention Program in honor of Brendan Barrett of the Sayville Running Company. The second installment of the series, at the Huntington YMCA on April 22, raises funds to support child abuse awareness, protection, and recovery programs, and services for children in need. The final event will be held at the Great South Bay YMCA facility on June 2, with proceeds benefiting cancer survivors through financial assistance. The final event will also pay tribute to Shardé Lamneck, who passed away after a battle with breast cancer back in September. Lamneck worked as the Director of Membership Sales & Engagement at Great South Bay YMCA.

Open House - Thomas School of Horsemanship
Through April 08, 2018 - Melville

Take a guided tour of the facility with a Camp Director, where you can meet some of horses and the warm welcoming community at Thomas School of Horsemanship.

After School Lego League - Children's Museum of the East End
Through April 12, 2018 - Bridgehampton

With instruction and guidance from a member of Museum’s Play Staff, kids attending this drop-off workshop will put their Lego skills to the test with a new challenge every week. From bridges to zip lines, this program is designed for builders looking to get a little more out of their Lego.


'The Wedding Singer' - BayWay Arts Center
Through April 14, 2018 - East Islip

The Wedding Singer takes you back to a time when hair was big, greed was good, collars were up and a wedding singer might just be the coolest guy in the room. Based on the hit Adam Sandler movie, The Wedding Singer's sparkling new score does for the 80s what Hairspray did for the '60s. It's 1985, and rock star wannabe, Robbie Hart, is New Jersey's favorite wedding singer. He's the life of the party until his own fiancée leaves him at the altar. Shot through the heart, Robbie makes every wedding as disastrous as his own. Enter Julia, a winsome waitress who wins his affection. As luck would have it, Julia is about to be married to a Wall Street shark, and, unless Robbie can pull off the performance of a decade, the girl of his dreams will be gone forever.

'Aladdin' - BroadHollow Theatre
Through April 14, 2018 - East Islip

Welcome to Agrabah, City of Enchantment and the fantastic tale of the street rat who became a prince. All of your favorite characters - Aladdin, Jasmine, Iago, Jafar, the Genie, and more - are here in a musical adventure filled with magic, mayhem, and flying carpet rides.

'The Adventures of Peter Rabbit' - Theatre Three
Through April 14, 2018 - Port Jefferson

Peter, Flopsy, Mopsy, Cotton-Tail, Benjamin Bunny, the McGregors and all their friends come to life in this delightful adaption suggested by the characters created by Beatrix Potter. 

Treasure That Trash - Ward Melville Heritage Organization
Through April 15, 2018 - Stony Brook

In commemoration of Earth Month, the Ward Melville Heritage Organization presents Treasure That Trash, a not-to-be-missed exhibit of impressive artistry created from a variety of common items including recycled materials, spray paint, glass and many more. In this popular cutting-edge genre, artists bring originality and imagination to their works and offer a whole new meaning to the phrase, “one man’s trash is another man’s treasure.” Artists from across Long Island will participate with their intricate masterpieces cultivated from a desire to preserve the environment while nurturing their passion for art. Artists to date include:

Bergés Alvarez - creates seascapes and landscapes from recycled materials such as plastic bags, aluminum foil and frayed packing materials. 

Janene Gentile - uses recycled glass, spray paint and reclaimed acrylic paints to create her works on canvas.

Ted Thirlby - will display a selection of his “plywood series” paintings using stain and oils on salvaged plywood pieces.

Michael Cole - aka “Copper Mike,” an artist and metal worker who incorporates those skills into his master motorcycle building.



Long Island's Best: Young Artists at the Heckscher Museum - Heckscher Museum of Art
Through April 15, 2018 - Huntington

Long Island’s Best features exceptional juried artwork from High School students across Suffolk and Nassau Counties.  It is the only juried competition on Long Island that culminates in a professionally mounted Museum exhibition.  The artwork, its subject matter, and accompanying descriptions are a window into what High School students care about and think.

Children's Carnival - Queens County Farm Museum
Through April 15, 2018 - Floral Park

Step right up for a kids' carnival in our orchard! Enjoy two full weekends of fun with carnival rides, hayrides, midway games, and prizes. Food vendors will be on the farm all day.

Mommy & Me - The Chai Center
Through April 19, 2018 - Dix Hills

Unique creative arts Mommy & Me is a time to bond with your child while exploring music, singing, arts & crafts, bubbles, parachute play and more. Registration required. No class April 2.

Baby Animal Weekend - Garden of Eve Farm
Through April 22, 2018 - Riverhead

Meet and pet  baby animals including rabbits, lambs, goats and chicks. Family Fun Fields includes hayride and many attractions.

Lego Club at the Children's Museum - Children's Museum of the East End
Through April 22, 2018 - Bridgehampton

Visitors are encouraged to create original designs. Kids 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 the Museum continue to build this program, they are looking for Lego donations. Call 631-537-8250 to donate.

Toddler Story Time - Queens Library, Bellerose Branch
Through April 27, 2018 - Bellerose

A fun time for the little ones and their caregivers featuring stories, songs and finger plays.

'Peter Pan' - The Showplace at the Bellmore Movies
Through April 28, 2018 - Bellmore

Join Peter Pan, Wendy, Michael and John as they travel to Neverland with Tinkerbell. Singing and dancing with the Lost boys, Pirates and Indians. April 6, 7, 8, 14, 15, 21, & 28.

Chess - Island Trees Public Library
Through April 28, 2018 - Island Trees

Learn to play chess from a member of the Long Island Industrial Chess League. Experienced players are also welcome. Register.

Kids Performing for Kids: 'Seussical Jr.' - Smithtown Center for the Performing Arts
Through April 29, 2018 - Smithtown

Based on the works of Dr. Seuss, "Oh, the thinks you can think" when Dr. Seuss' best-loved characters collide and cavort in an unforgettable musical caper.

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Photography Art Exhibit & Opening Reception - The Dolphin Bookshop
Through April 30, 2018 - Port Washington

Photography Exhibit. Willy Airaldi is an award-winning photographer who captures unique details of New York’s diverse neighborhoods. His work is on exhibit during the month of April. Join us for the opening reception April 7th, from 2:00-4:00pm.

Free Kids Activity for IKEA FAMILY Members - IKEA Long Island
Through May 01, 2018 - Hicksville

Join us the first Tuesday of every month at 6pm for a free kids activity! Whether arts and crafts or tasty treat decorating, you can be sure our kids activities are fun for all ages! Check our website or visit us in-store for more details. Tuesday, April 3rd, 6pm - Dining Department and Tuesday, May 1st, 6pm. Plus, don't forget Kids Eat Free Tuesdays! Get up to two kids meals with the purchase of one adult entrée. Kids 12 and under.

12 Angry Men - Theatre Three
Through May 05, 2018 - Port Jefferson

A 19-year-old man has just stood trial for the fatal stabbing of his father and it looks like an open-and-shut case—until one of the jurors begins challenging the others. Tempers get short and arguments grow heated. Life is in their hands as these jurors are forced to look past their prejudices to unearth the shocking truth. Reginald Rose’s electrifying classic explodes like twelve sticks of dynamite in one of the finest, most powerful dramas of all-time. Adapted by Sherman L. Sergel
Based on the Emmy Award-winning television movie by Reginald Rose

ARTful Adventures - Hofstra University Museum, Emily Lowe Gallery ( behind Emily Lowe Hall, South Campus)
Through May 12, 2018 - Hempstead

 (March 10, April 14, & May 12) *Check-in: 11:15 a.m. Look closely at masks from cultures around the world and create your own sculptural mask to wear home! Look, listen and do together! Bring your child to the Museum for a fun morning looking at and discussing art, listening to a story, and then engaging in a hands-on art project. Led by Museum educators, each month’s ARTful adventure focuses on a specific theme to explore and be inspired by. For children ages 5-10 with an adult companion.

Dinosaurs: Land of Fire and Ice™ - Long Island Children's Museum
Through May 13, 2018 - Garden City

Travel back to the Cretaceous Period and come face to face with dinosaurs of all sizes in their prehistoric environments. The immersive bilingual exhibit takes you to two dinosaur habitats (warm and cold environments), as well as a Field Research Station (complete with a Big Dig component), where junior paleontologists will experiment with materials and tools. What you’ll do: • Examine a touchable T-Rex and Triceratops and make observations and comparisons, important steps in scientific thinking • Climb into a Troodon’s nest and play with dinosaur eggs • Uncover dinosaur bones and examine fossils in a dig station • Cooperate and collaborate as you help complete an over-sized puzzle • Put on insect costumes and buzz around a swampy bog Dinosaurs: Land of Fire and Ice™ was created by Minnesota Children's Museum and nationally sponsored by The David B. Jones Foundation.

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 [email protected] or 516-432-0200.

Infant & Toddler Classes - M.A.T.S.S Kids' Gym- Syosset
Through June 15, 2018 - Syosset

Join a Baby & Me, Anyone & Me or Two's Company class designed to develop relationships through movement and safe tumbling techniques. Great way to prepare your little one for our Nursery School Program.

After School Classes for ages 2 - Teen - M.A.T.S.S. Kids' Gym- Syosset
Through June 15, 2018 - Syosset

From Cooking to Indoor Soccer and Acting Classes, M.A.T.S.S offers a rainbow of programs and classes all under one roof!

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.

Portfolios II: Offset Lithographic Prints - David Filderman Gallery, Joan and Donald E. Axinn Library, Ninth Floor, South Campus
Through June 27, 2018 - Hempstead

This is the second exhibition in a series that highlights portfolios of prints and photographs from the Hofstra University Museum’s permanent collections. For the portfolio on view, Offset Lithographic Prints, artists experimented using a commercial press for creating fine art prints. Works by Chuck Close, John Moore, Olga Moore, Italo Scanga, Salvatore Scarpitta, and Miriam Schapiro, among others, are included.

'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.

Anything Goes: The Jazz Age Exhibition - Nassau County Museum of Art
Through July 08, 2018 - Roslyn Harbor

Wild, hot, roaring, and free, the Jazz Age is immediately identified as the decadent heyday of such heroes as Zelda and Scott Fitzgerald, Ernest Hemingway, Cole Porter, Josephine Baker, e.e. cummings, Langston Hughes and other rebels who would “live it up to write it down” in New York, Paris and the Riviera. The gang’s all here in one multimedia exhibition that combines art, literature and music. Explore the masterpieces and experiments of a generation that changed the history of Modernism. The giants among the artists of the Twenties were Picasso, Léger, Miro, Gaston Lachaise, Stuart Davis, Florine Stettheimer and Tamara de Lempicka. Composers such as Gershwin and Porter were taking syncopation and the blues to new heights, while the Ballets Russes broke all dance conventions. The literature of the era included such masterworks as James Joyce’s Ulysses and F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby, which was begun in nearby Great Neck and inspired in part by a painting by Francis Cugat that is one of the highlights of the show. A gallery dedicated to the super-heroes of the age includes memorabilia related to Lindbergh and the original Hobey Baker trophy, college hockey’s highest honor named for a World War I flying ace who was the real-life inspiration for some of Fitzgerald’s characters.

With powerful paintings and sculpture, intimate drawings (some never before exhibited), bold posters, sheet music, fashion, eye-dazzling jewelry, sleek furniture, and musical instruments (including Victrola turntables and a piano playing Gershwin’s own piano rolls), the exhibition brings the Jazz Age vividly to life. “Living well is the best revenge” was the motto of an extraordinarily fortunate generation, anything but “lost,” that remains today the epitome of sheer creative freedom.

The exhibition has been underwritten by a generous gift from Americana Manhasset and Wheatley Plaza, with additional funding provided by the Ritz-Carlton Residences and Charles Scribner III.

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.

Hunting the Whale: The Rise and Fall of a Southampton Industry - Southampton Historical Museum - Rogers Mansion
Through August 04, 2018 - Southampton

This interactive and inclusive exhibit adds new discoveries to the accumulation of documentation and artifacts collected over more than 100 years to illuminate Southampton Village’s prominent role in the whaling industry at its mid-19th century height. Whaling tools, maps, illustrations, archival images and text will be displayed with an eye toward making the exhibit accessible to audiences of varied interests and all ages. Among those whose roles will be highlighted are local indigenous people, slaves, servants, whaling captains, and the families that were sustained by the whaling industry.  This exhibit takes place inside the historic Captain Albert Rogers Mansion, a 20 room Greek-revival house was built in 1843 during the peak of the whaling industry. It was built by Captain Rogers was one of the many prosperous whaling captains living in Southampton during the 19th century. The Rogers Mansion is a property of the Southampton Historical Museum.

Romare Bearden: Storyteller - Emily Lowe Gallery, behind Emily Lowe Hall, South Campus
Through August 17, 2018 - Hempstead

The narrative themes of Romare Bearden’s work spanned historical, political, and religious topics. Through his innovative works of art, Bearden communicated his ideas and thoughts about everyday African-American life in 20th century America. The exhibition includes prints in a variety of methods (aquatint, engraving, etching, lithograph, and silkscreen) from the Hofstra University Museum Collections.

Warrior Courses Wednesdays - Sky Zone Mount Sinai
Through December 31, 2018 - Mount Sinai

Take part in epic Nerf battles on trampoline courts.