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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, August 2, 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 August 2. For even more free and low-cost upcoming events in Nassau, check out our complete calendar of events.

Earth, Moon & Stars - Wantagh Public Library
August 02, 2019 - Wantagh

Children will use their bodies to learn how the earth, moon and sun rotate and revolve. They will make moon craters, a moon model, launch a rocket, and experience what it might be like to live aboard the international space station. WPL registration begins: Friday, July 19, 2019. Out of district registration begins: Friday, July 26, 2019.

The Wizard of Oz - BayWay Arts Center
Through August 02, 2019 - East Islip

Follow Dorothy and her friends, the Scarecrow, the Tin Man, and the Cowardly Lion as they venture to the Emerald City.

Outdoor Film: Spider Man: Into the Spider-Verse - Southampton Arts Center
August 02, 2019 - Southampton

The Amazing Max - Gateway Playhouse
August 02, 2019 - Bellport

Celebrated Off-Broadway illusionist Max Darwin (Nickelodeon, National Geographic Channel) displays a unique brand of visual magic, comedy, and audience participation that will thrill audiences of all ages.

First Fridays on Love Lane - The Greater Mattituck Chamber of Commerce
August 02, 2019 - Mattituck

Love Lane is transformed to a pedestrian-friendly block party where family and friends enjoy artisanal food, craft beverages, live music, and unique products and services. All the while supporting local businesses and preserving North Fork Charm! 

Eat Smart New York presented by Cornell Cooperative Extension of Nassau County - Freeport Memorial Library
August 02, 2019 - Freeport

In this workshop for all ages, learn ways to eat more fruits and vegetables, drink fewer sweetened beverages, exercise every day, and maintain calorie balance. Recipes for all participants will be provided to get them to see how easy eating healthy can be.

Llamas - Franklin Square Public Library
August 02, 2019 - Franklin Square

Suffolk Cooperative Extension will teach you all about llamas before you get to meet them. Grades 1-6. Registration required. 

Summer Sunset Hike at Wertheim Wildlife - Wertheim Wildlife Refuge
August 02, 2019 - Shirly

Take a family-friendly hike in Wertheim National Wildlife Refuge. You'll enjoy a beautiful sunset over the Great South Bay and hear more about the park itself from L.L. Bean staff. ACTIVITY LEVEL: Easy. WHAT TO BRING: Weather- and activity-appropriate clothing (layers; no cotton) and footwear, daypack, snacks, water, personal medications, headlamp or flashlight. OPTIONAL RECOMMENDED ITEMS: Sunglasses, sunscreen, bug spray, camera.

Garden Tea Party - Riverhead Free Library
August 02, 2019 - Riverhead

Party Animals NY - Rock Hall Museum
August 02, 2019 - Lawrence

Party Animals NY is designed to educate youngsters about the importance of nature and science. The program provides a fun and educational experience that encourages children to learn more about all types of animals. Children will learn to respect these creatures, cast off their fears and accept them as part of our natural world.

Kids in the Kitchen Family Series: Strawberry Lemonade - Long Island Children's Museum
August 02, 2019 - Garden City

LICM’s popular Early Childhood program expands in the summer to welcome older siblings who enjoy time in the kitchen. Little chefs use real cooking tools (with some help from adults) to make easy, yummy, kid-friendly snacks from start to finish. As they make their treat, kids gain experience measuring ingredients, following directions and building their vocabulary. Learn about healthy eating and fun ways to stay active with a new exercise activity every week! This week: Strawberry Lemonade. Allergy Note: Dairy-free, Nut-free, Gluten-free, Soy-free. Ingredients may be manufactured in a facility that uses shared equipment.

Madden NFL 20 Launch Tournament - Microsoft Store - Roosevelt Field
August 02, 2019 - Garden City

Celebrate the launch of Madden NFL 20 and participate in a local tournament, meet local fans, and be one of the first to pick up the latest edition of Madden! Experience the added depth of Madden Ultimate and Franchise modes and get in the game!

Huntington Summer Arts Festival: Plaza Theatrical Productions Presents “Mame” - Heckscher Park
August 02, 2019 - Huntington

7:15pm: Pre-concert interview. 8pm: Show. This brassy, tuneful, and touching Jerry Herman musical, celebrates life with an award-winning score featuring "We Need a Little Christmas," "If He Walked Into My Life Today," and, of course, the title number, "Mame"!

Family Fridays: GRINS & GRINS - The Common Ground at Rotary Park
August 02, 2019 - Sayville

See a fast-paced variety show that incorporates magic, ventriloquism, whip-cracking feats of balance, circus skills, and more!

Robot Challenge - Brentwood Public Library
August 02, 2019 - Brentwood

Using robots, teams will engage in friendly competition while completing a series of challenges. Explore how scientists use robots to help them with science experiments at Brookhaven Lab. Registration required. 

St. Rocco's Feast 2019 - Church of St. Rocco
Through August 04, 2019 - Glen Cove

Earthquake Challenge - Long Island Explorium
Through August 04, 2019 - Port Jefferson

Design a building that can withstand a medium-magnitude earthquake.

Free Summer Concerts at Roosevelt Field - Roosevelt Field Mall
Through August 07, 2019 - Garden City

Be part of the 2nd Roosevelt Field Concert Series this Summer, sponsored by Garden City Mazda, featuring music by Bad Animals the Heart Tribute Band & Double Vision. The shows will take place on the top level of the purple parking garage (between Bloomingdale's and Dick's Sporting Goods) directly outside of the Dining District. Be sure to bring a folding chair to relax and enjoy an evening filled with music and fun!

Farmingdale Village Pops - The Village Green
Through August 07, 2019 - Farmingdale

Enjoy free concerts directed by Brad DiMilo, Wednesday evenings at the Gazebo. Bring chairs and blankets for seating. Weather permitting

Crafts in the Garden - Merrick Library
Through August 07, 2019 - Merrick

Children ages 2-5 years will create fun crafts while enjoying the outdoors! Program will be held in the Astarita Garden. Weather permitting. Registration is not required.

Yoga and Mindfulness Arts & Crafts - Oceanside Library
Through August 09, 2019 - Oceanside

Children must be the age or in the grades specified by the first date of each program you register for. Join yoga master, MaryClare, for a fun-filled yoga session, followed by a craft related to yoga and meditation. Registration required. 

Cinderella - Theatre Three
Through August 09, 2019 - Port Jefferson

Back by Popular Demand! THEATRE THREE opens the 2019-2020 children's theatre season with its original retelling of the poor waif Cinderella. The classic love story finds its power in a pumpkin, a palace, a prince, and a young girl whose belief in herself can overcome any obstacle. When her Fairy Godmother adds a dash of excitement, the magical possibilities are endless. Don't miss this musical enchantment for the entire family.

Pinocchio - Theatre Three
Through August 10, 2019 - Port Jefferson

Theatre Three presents its original musical re-telling of the puppet that dreams of becoming a real boy. Pinocchio will soon find out the challenges of being truly human. Come follow Pinocchio as he journeys down the road of misadventure and learns the importance of telling the truth.

The Wizard of Oz - BroadHollow Theatre at Elmont
Through August 13, 2019 - Elmont

Follow Dorothy and her friends, the Scarecrow, the Tin Man and the Cowardly Lion as they venture to the Emerald City.

Cosmic Teen Yoga - Oyster Bay East Norwich Public Library
Through August 13, 2019 - Oyster Bay

Join Peggy Adair for a cosmic themed yoga. Learn poses such as five pointed star, rocket pose, and moon walking. Explore cosmic meditation and, for fun, the Stars Wars sound will be a part of the playlist! Bring a yoga mat, beach towel, or small blanket! Registration for OBEN PL Cardholders begins: Friday, June 14th at 9:30 am. Non Residents are welcome to sign up beginning Tuesday July 16th if room allows in person or by phone.

Kids Summer Movie Series - The Patchogue Theatre for the Performing Arts
Through August 14, 2019 - Patchogue

Enjoy a showing of Disney's "Finding Nemo," "Cinderella," "Monsters, Inc.," "The Little Mermaid," "Cars," and "The Incredibles" throughout July and August.

Películas Para Niños en Español - The Patchogue Theatre for the Performing Arts
Through August 14, 2019 - Patchogue

See children's movies in Spanish, including Finding Nemo, Cinderella, Monsters, Inc., The Little Mermaid, Cars, and The Incredibles.

Sing and Swing Story Time - Port Washington Public Library
Through August 16, 2019 - Port Washington

Stories, rhymes and songs emphasize early literacy skills and help instill a lifelong love of learning. Ages 1 1/2 to 3 years with an adult. Admittance is first-come, first-served for 50 participants. Numbered tickets will be available 1/2 hour before start time. 

Summer Workshops for Kids - Heckscher Museum of Art
Through August 16, 2019 - Huntington

Drop in and Create! Young artists will paint in an inspiring location in Heckscher Park or draw and collage in the Museum. Ages 5-10. Parents/Caregivers are welcome but not required to stay.

Queens Night Market - New York Hall of Science
Through August 17, 2019 - Corona

The Queens International Night Market is a large, family-friendly open-air night market in Queens, featuring up to 100 independent vendors selling merchandise, art, and food and featuring small-scale cultural performances, all celebrating the rich cultural diversity and heritage of NYC and Queens.

Photo: Queens Night Market // Storm Garner

The Sound Of Music - The Gateway
Through August 17, 2019 - Bellport

The Hills Are Alive! The spirited, romantic and beloved musical story of Maria and the von Trapp Family will once again thrill audiences with its Tony®, Grammy® and Academy Award® winning Best Score, including “My Favorite Things,” “Do-Re-Mi,” “Climb Ev’ry Mountain,” “Edelweiss” and of course the title song. Content Advisory: May not be suitable for all ages. While there is no official rating system for live theatre, we encourage you to use your judgment based on age, maturity level, and subject matter.

THE EMPEROR'S NEW CLOTHES (A Children's Theater Presentation) - Smithtown Center for the Performing Arts
Through August 18, 2019 - Smithtown

Ahrens and Flaherty's "fractured fairytale" adds song, dance, and a castle full of characters to Hans Christian Andersen's delightful fable.

The Travelin' Trunk Show - ThinkBIG! Theater Arts
Through August 18, 2019 - Patchogue

Each week, Miss Heather returns from a trip around the world with a new story to share! Through music, sound effects, and costumed play, help create a delightful improvised performance that's never the same show twice. This is Long Island's only episodic children's show, so see it each weekend for a new story with your favorite characters.

Family Storytime - Merrick Library
Through August 19, 2019 - Merrick

Children ages 0-5 years and their caregivers are invited to listen to a variety of stories and songs. 

Pajama Story Time - Emma Clark Library
Through August 21, 2019 - Setauket

Put on your PJs, grab your teddy bear and a parent, and come to Emma Clark Library for some great stories. Ages 2 years-Grade 2 with parent/caregiver.

Summertime Slime Making Workshop - The Lanyard Ladies
Through August 21, 2019 - OCEANSIDE

Join The Lanyard Ladies for a fun two hours of making slime and summertime theme crafts. Each week new themes of slimes are made plus a surprise craft such as an Emoji Project, Unicorn Project, Squishy Project, LOL Surprise and more! 1 slice of pizza and drinks are included. Each day will have a different surprise dessert that will be made by your children such as a Donut Making Bar, Ice Cream Bar, Cookie decorating, Cupcake decorating, Cotton Candy decorating and more! All supplies included plus containers. For ages 5+ Please call or register online.

Green Teens - Long Island Children's Museum
Through August 22, 2019 - Garden City

Explore the worlds of science and nature with the Green Teens this summer in LICM's Backyard! Each week, dig deeper into the unknown through hands-on learning experiences on alternative energy, water, habitats, and more. Check out the website for Green Teens updates. 

Children's Story Time - East End Seaport Museum
Through August 22, 2019 - GREENPORT

The museum will host a weekly nautical-themed story time geared toward children ages 7 and younger in the Captain Bob’s Quarterdeck children’s room. Each story time will be followed by a simple craft. Registration is required. Please email [email protected] to reserve your spot.

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Mash-Up Banks - Long Island Children's Museum
Through August 23, 2019 - Garden City

Join LICM in the inner lobby for some animal mash-up fun as you create your own coin bank. Save your coins in a one-of-kind animal mash up creation. Use paint, foam and a variety of materials to make the ultimate creative creature! 

Citizen Science: Monarch Larva Monitoring Project - Long Island Children's Museum
Through August 23, 2019 - Garden City

Be a citizen scientist and study monarch butterflies in LICM’s Milkweed Garden. By measuring plants, rainfall and monarch eggs you will be collecting real data that scientists at the University of Minnesota Monarch Lab can analyze! Your data will help them understand butterfly migration and will help conserve this threatened species. Meet at the front desk to collect information and see how these plants are habitat for visiting monarchs.

Story Tots - Nassau County Museum of Art
Through August 23, 2019 - Roslyn Harbor

Children ages 3-5 and their adult companions investigate color, shape, form, and texture with art activities based on a new story each week. Listen to story books read aloud and nurture creative expression while exploring various art materials and processes. Begin with Story Time followed by an art project.

Family Sundays - Nassau County Museum of Art
Through August 25, 2019 - Roslyn Harbor

Converse, collaborate, and create together during Family Sundays. Each week explore new art materials, vocabulary and ideas in our studio with our museum educator. Family Sundays provide children and the adults in their lives the opportunity to take time from their busy lives to reconnect while talking about and making art together. New projects are featured every week. All Family Sundays will draw inspiration from the current exhibition.

Mondays on Main and Movies on the Great Lawn - Westhampton Free Library
Through August 26, 2019 - Westhampton Beach

Every Monday this summer the community is invited to take part in Mondays on Main featuring a variety of family-friendly activities, food, drinks, sidewalk sales, and movies on the Great Lawn. Bring a blanket or chair and see films like "LEGO Movie 2," "Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory," "Ralph Breaks the Internet," and "Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse." 

Kids on the Green - Westhampton Free Library
Through August 27, 2019 - Westhampton Beach

Performances are geared for families with children ages 3-8, but all are welcome.

July 9: Prestino's Magic
July 16: The Uncle Brothers Band
July 23: Brady Rymer
July 30: Jester Jim

Aug. 6: Rock and Roll with Squeaky Clean
Aug. 13: The MickMags
Aug: 20: Goowin's Balloowins
Aug. 27: Petting Zoo (4:30-6:30 p.m.)

Teen Dungeons & Dragons - Main St. Board Game Cafe
Through August 27, 2019 - Huntington

Whether you're an experienced adventurer or a first-time dungeon delver, Dungeons & Dragons night is the perfect place for teens to play the most popular role-playing game in the world. The expert staff will be running short adventures (approximately 2.5 hours), and players can choose to participate in single sessions, or return each week to play in an ongoing story. 2 Groups: Grades 6-8 and Grades 9-12

Family Night Out - Westhampton Free Library
Through August 28, 2019 - Westhampton Beach

Enjoy some family fun every Wednesday night this summer. Schedule below: July 10: Phases of the Moon, July 17: Family Game Night, July 24: Out of this World Party, July 31: Family Movie Night, Aug. 7: Knock Em' Dead Comedy Game Show, Aug. 14: Family Game Night, Aug. 21: Robert Rivest and the First Mime on the Moon, Aug. 28: Mr. Poppin' Twist

Table Tennis League - Friedberg JCC
Through August 29, 2019 - Oceanside

Grab your paddle and get ready to play this fun, competitive, easy and social game! All levels welcome! Children younger than 16 must be accompanied by a parent.

FAMILY MOVIE NIGHTS - Eisenhower Park
Through August 29, 2019 - East Meadow

Bring a blanket and watch a different movie every week, including: Instant Family (PG-13), The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part (PG), Smallfoot (PG), The Kid Who Would be King (PG), and Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald (PG-13).

Sand Castle Contest - Hither Hills State park
Through August 29, 2019 - Montauk

Hither Hills State Park hosts a weekly sandcastle contest, which is open to all ages. Sand, water, and natural materials native to the beach can be used to create sculptures. Each week prizes will be awarded for the best sculptors and castles in several categories. 

TOTS COOKING! - Garden Of Eve Organic Farm
Through August 29, 2019 - Riverhead

Tour the farm to gather the things for your recipe and learn about how they were produced. Then turn them into delectable delicacies while learning simple ways to incorporate fresh, farm-to-table eating at home. Pre-registration required online.

Afternoon Board Game Club - Main St. Board Game Cafe
Through August 29, 2019 - Huntington

In these 2-hour drop-off sessions, kids will learn a wide variety of strategic games with the expert staff while having a blast with friends. Game choices are custom-picked for each age group to highlight a range of cognitive skills, and students will boost their game knowledge in a fun, caring, and individualized environment. 2 Groups: Grades 1-2 and Grades 3-5 Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays during the summer.

Village of Hempstead Summer Concert Series - Kennedy Memorial Park
Through August 30, 2019 - Hempstead

Bring your chairs and blankets and expect an amazing show -- everything from R&B to Gospel music.

Splish Splash, Animal Baths - Long Island Children's Museum
Through August 30, 2019 - Garden City

Join LICM in the Yellow Studio in the Feasts for Beasts gallery to learn what goes into the care of the museums animals. Join LICM's Animal Program Educator to observe animal bath time.

Code your own video game with MakeCode Arcade - Microsoft Store - Roosevelt Field
Through August 30, 2019 - Garden City

In this free two-hour workshop, students eight and older use block coding to create a video game with MakeCode Arcade. Students learn fundamental game and coding concepts—like sprites, variables, and coordinates—and use their new skills to create and customize a playable game.  By the end of the workshop, students will have: Learned and used key game design and coding concepts, Shared their games with a partner for inspiration, Published their game via URL so they can continue to play and develop it after the workshop. The parent, legal guardian, or authorized adult caregiver of every participant under 17 years of age must sign a Participation Agreement upon arrival and remain in Microsoft Store for the duration of the event. Register online. Ages 8 and older.

STEMtacular Summer Coding - Sylvan Learning of Huntington
Through August 31, 2019 - Huntington

Looking for a fun educational activity for your child this summer? Sylvan’s Summer Coding Workshops for Kids bring the big-time fun! These hands-on programs equip elementary and middle school-aged kids with essential programming skills by teaching them how to design their very own video game. It’s a novel way to help your child develop valuable technical, creative and problem solving skills he or she can use in and out of the classroom.

Farmers Market - Good Shepherd Levittown Farmers Market
Through August 31, 2019 - Levittown

Support small local businesses and check out the fresh produce, fresh breads, cookies, cakes, pickles, and local handmade crafters.

LITTLE FARMER EXPLORERS - Garden of Eve Organic Farm
Through August 31, 2019 - Riverhead

Tour the farm to see what's growing, harvest fruits and vegetables, and maybe even collect some eggs from the chickens.

Vanderbilt Mansion Living History - Vanderbilt Museum
Through September 01, 2019 - Centerport

This summer it's 1939 in the Vanderbilt Mansion. Guides in costume tell visitors stories of the Vanderbilt family and its famous guests.

Family Fluke Fishing On The Island Princess Captree - Island Princess Captree Fishing Boat
Through September 02, 2019 - Babylon

The Island Princess Captree Fishing Boat Long Island (Open Fishing Boat Charter Boat) offers the most family friendly Half Day Captree Fishing Trips. The IP has the most friendly, helpful and experienced crew at Captree to assist you and is a true family owned local Long Island business. The IP is conveniently located at The Island Princess is family owned and operated with a long time dedicated crew. Owner and Captain Bryan Sorice has two young children of his own ages 4 and 1.5 years, and had worked as a captain on the IP for more than 20 years before purchasing it from his mentor, friend and neighbor Capt. Nick Manzari who fished the waters out of Captree State Park since 1973.

Squawk! The Amazing Bird Show - The Long Island Game Farm
Through September 02, 2019 - Manorville

Squawk! The Amazing Bird Show has made appearances on America's Got Talent and The Late Show with David Letterman.

National Geographic Photo Ark by Joel Sartore - Southampton Arts Center
Through September 08, 2019 - Southampton

The International Center of Photography and Southampton Arts Center are thrilled to co-present the National Geographic Photo Ark exhibition, featuring the compelling and visually stunning work of National Geographic photographer and Fellow Joel Sartore. The exhibition will highlight Sartore's images from his work in more than 250 zoos, aquariums, and animal rescue centers around the world. Founded by Sartore in 2006, the National Geographic Photo Ark aims to document event species living in zoos and wildlife sanctuaries, inspire action through education, and help save wildlife by supporting on-the-ground conservation efforts. National Geographic is showcasing this important project through multiple platforms, including this exhibition, to inspire people not just to care, but also to help protect these animals for future generations. In addition to creating an archival record for generations to come, this project is a hopeful platform for conservation and shines a light on individuals and organizations working to preserve species around the world.

Cold Spring Harbor Fish Hatchery & Aquarium Presents: Looking Back, Looking Ahead - Cold Spring Harbor Library
Through September 11, 2019 - Cold Spring Harbor

An art exhibit of paintings by Hatchery staffer, Diane Lundegaard is being held at the Cold Spring Harbor Library & Environmental Center. A donation of proceeds goes to the Hatchery's new Turtle Pond Exhibit. Paintings include fish, salamanders, and other aquatic life as well as a retrospective of the range of the artist's work from childhood to the present.

Imagine That! Family Art Workshops: Drip Painting - The Pollock- Krasner House and Study Center
Through September 14, 2019 - East Hampton

Imagine That! Family Art Workshops for children ages 4-12 and adult companions presents "Drip Painting!" Families explore Jackson Pollock's art and studio, and then drip and pour paint onto their own huge paintings outdoors on the grounds of his home. The program is directed by the award-winning children's book author formerly at The Museum of Modern Art, Joyce Raimondo. Adults try their hand at drip painting too. Following an interactive tour of the now famous house and studio -- a national landmark in East Hampton.
 

Old Time Base Ball - Old Bethpage Restoration Village
Through September 15, 2019 - Old Bethpage

Watch as teams from the 1864 league play base ball (as it was spelled then) following the rules and customs of the 19th century in vintage uniforms.

Monday Mornings at Madoo - Madoo Conservancy
Through September 16, 2019 - Sagaponack

An hour of storytelling in the Magnolia Bosque featuring storytellers from the Hampton Library at the ready to keep your child enthralled with stories from near and far. Pack a picnic lunch and hang out a while. Please contact the Hampton Library to confirm dates and times, or if the weather is questionable. Instructor: Children’s librarians for the Hampton Library in Bridgehampton

Journey Through Time - The Educational and Cultural Center
Through September 29, 2019 - Stony Brook

See how our lives have changed since 1939 because of national, regional, and local events. Technology has affected our home, leisure, and workplace. From vintage radios to Google and Alexa; from Betsy Wetsy to Slinkys and Barbie dolls; from vespas to 1997 Moto-Guzzi motorcycles and much more.

Bethpage Polo at the Park - Bethpage State Park
Through September 29, 2019 - Bethpage

Played for over 2,000 years, Polo is one of the only sports that is celebrated and played worldwide. Bethpage Polo at the Park is the perfect way to finish up the weekend with friends, family, co-workers, or clients. Attire: Summer Chic.

Friday Night Car Show - Chamber of Commerce of the Bellmores
Through October 04, 2019 - Bellmore

Chamber of Commerce of the Bellmores and The Town of Hempstead presents The Bellmore Friday Night Car Show. See all types of cars at this weekly event.

Farmingdale Weekly Farmers' Market On The Village Green - Farmingdale Village
Through November 17, 2019 - Farmingdale

The Farmers' Market, by Schneider's Farm, returns to Farmingdale Village. Stop by the Village Green and browse and shop the fresh selection of produce, vegetables, and other items.

Made with Love - Floral Park Library
Through December 18, 2019 - Floral Park

Whether you're a beginner, an expert, or somewhere in between, Made with Love knitting and crocheting group welcomes all to their weekly afternoon group. No sign-up - or experience necessary.