Today's Family & Kids Activities in Long Island-December 14

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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, December 14, 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 December 14. For even more free and low-cost upcoming events in Nassau, check out our complete calendar of events.

The Fresh Beat Band: Greatest Hits Live - NYCB Theatre at Westbury
December 14, 2014 - Westbury

The Fresh Beat Band, Nickelodeon’s preschool music group and stars of the hit Emmy Award-winning TV series of the same name, are bringing an all new concert to cities across the U.S. The Fresh Beat Band Greatest Hits Live features Kiki (Yvette Gonzalez-Nacer), Shout (Thomas Hobson), Marina (Tara Perry), and Twist (Jon Beavers) performing in this brand new production featuring new hit songs such as “Walk Like an Egyptian” along with fan favorites from their live-action TV show and recent albums. The band will perform all of their biggest hits that teach preschoolers about music appreciation and how to express their feelings through movement, song and instrumental music. Fresh Beat Band Party packages, which include a meet and greet with The Fresh Beat Band will be available.

Dinner and Social - Applebee's Neighborhood Bar and Grill
December 14, 2014 - Westbury

Singles Association of Long Island, ages 25 plus, celebrate the holidays. Separate checks will be given. Social hour gathering at 4pm at the bar. Dinner at 5pm. RSVP by 12/12.

Family Adventure: Winter Wildlife Safari - Caumsett State Historic Park
December 14, 2014 - Huntington

Enjoy a fun filled winter safari walk through the park searching for the wildlife that call Caumsett home. Dress appropriately.Call 631-423-1770 to reserve a spot.

Charles Dickens' A CHRISTMAS CAROL - Theatre Three
December 14, 2014 - Port Jefferson

Celebrate the season with Long Island's own holiday tradition. Follow the miser Ebenezer Scrooge on a journey that teaches him the true meaning of Christmas—past, present and future. Adapted for the stage by Jeffrey E. Sanzel.

My Companion & Me! Art With A Partner For Children & Young Adults with Special Needs - Art League of Long Island
December 14, 2014 - Dix Hills

Using a multitude of mediums, each young person will go home every session with a completed craft project. This workshop series will be led by Toni Neuschaefer, who for the past ten years has directed the Town of Huntington’s multi-faceted Saturday Recreational Program for Children with Special Needs. To register call 631-462-5400 ext. 222

Peter Pan - The Noel S. Ruiz Theatre at CM Performing Arts Center
December 14, 2014 - Oakdale

Peter and his mischievous fairy sidekick Tinkerbell visit the nursery of the Darling children and, with a sprinkle of pixie dust, begin a magical journey across the stars that none of them will ever forget.

Family Sunday at the Museum - Nassau County Museum of Art
December 14, 2014 - Roslyn Harbor

The museum offers a 1pm docent-led family walk through of the current exhibition and beginning at 1:30pm, supervised art activities for the whole family. Special family guides of the main exhibition are available in the galleries.

Amphion String Quartet - Tilles Center for the Performing Arts
December 14, 2014 - Greenvale

This favorite quartet returns with an afternoon of crowd-pleasing Russian masterpieces.

Scrooge - The Showplace at the Bellmore Movies
December 14, 2014 - Bellmore

This sixty-minute holiday musical tradition, based on Charles Dickens’ classic novel, A Christmas Carol, comes to life on the stage. Follow miserly Ebenezer Scrooge as he learns the true spirit of the holidays! Call the box office for tickets.

Songs by Lena presents “Happy as Clams, The Musical” - Long Island Children's Museum
December 14, 2014 - Garden City

Join in for a live musical adventure set in the Great South Bay of Long Island. Meet Clammy the Clam who confesses she is not “happy as a clam” and sets out to find happiness by wishing on a star. Along the way she makes friends and meets a feisty fiddler crab, a fluke, a jelly and a sea star. She discovers how to “go with the flow,” learns to love herself and the role that each of them plays in contributing to life in the sea. Written by award-winning family performer/journalist and Long Islander Lena Pennino Smith, this show gets families singing, dancing and clamoring for more. This is a joint production of LICM and Songs by Lena.

Love for the Holidays with Darlene Love - Landmark on Main Street
December 14, 2014 - Port Washington

Through the years, Darlene Love continues to captivate audiences worldwide with her warm, gracious stage presence and sensational performances. In 2011, she was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Rolling Stone Magazine has proclaimed her to be "one of the greatest singers of all time" and that certainly rings true. Perhaps Paul Shaffer says it even more concisely: "Darlene Love is Rock N' Roll!"

Long Island Youth Orchestra - Tilles Center for the Performing Arts
December 14, 2014 - Greenvale

An amazing concert with maestro Scott Dunn, conducting. The orchestra's repertoire includes FRANZ SCHUBERT: Overture to Rosamunde; GEORGE BIZET: L’Arlesienne Suite No. 2; MICHAEL GANDOFI: Chesapeake: Summer of 1814. The Long Island Youth Orchestra appears with guest high school choirs. Tickets on sale one hour before performance.

Holiday Weekend at Coe Hall - Planting Fields Arboretum- Coe Hall Mansion
December 14, 2014 - Oyster Bay

Experience Coe Hall decorated in holiday style. See Santa, make an old-fashioned gingerbread house, listen to the wonderufl Madrigal Singers, and watch Frosty the Snow Man by Plaza Theatrical Productions in the Great Hall. Show times for Frosty the Snow man is 2:30pm, both days and included in admission fee.

Cookies & Cocoa With Santa - BounceU Farmingdale
December 14, 2014 - Farmingdale

Kids will love hanging out with Santa during this session. Munch on cookies and enjoy cocoa while you support an excellent cause as you bring an unwrapped toy to donate to Toys for Tots. Call or email to reserve a spot. Payment required at reservation.

Model Train Show-Open House - Nassau Lionel Operating Engineers
December 14, 2014 - Levittown

See Long Island's largest operating 'O' gauge model train layout. The layout measures 80' x 35' and contains over 3000' of track. There are up to 5 trains continuously running--from vintage to the some of the latest models available. Visitors will see all kinds of trains including steam, diesel, freight, passenger and popular items such as Thomas the Tank and the Polar Express. Exhibit is located in the basement space of the building. Parking is available.

Hampton Ballet Theatre School Presents the Nutcracker - Guild Hall
December 14, 2014 - East Hampton

The Hampton Ballet Theatre School (HBTS), is excited to present their annual production of Tchaikovsky's beloved Nutcracker. The ballet is choreographed by the director of HBTS, Sara Jo Strickland and includes beautiful costumes designed and hand sewn by Yuka Silvera and lighting design by Sebastian Paczynski. It will feature the students of the Hampton Ballet Theatre School as well as some parents and local actors. Dancing the Sugar Plum and Cavalier Grand Pa De Deux will be special guest Nick Peregrino of Ballet Fleming and for the first time a HBTS Student Rose Kelly. To reserve tickets in advance call or visit the website.

My Companion & Me! Art With A Partner For Children & Young Adults with Special Needs - Art League of Long Island
December 14, 2014 - Dix Hills

This series will provide each participant and his/her special loved one a precious opportunity to bond together while creating something beautiful. Using a multitude of mediums, each young person will go home every session with a completed craft project. This workshop series will be led by Toni Neuschaefer, who for the past ten years has directed the Town of Huntington’s multi-faceted Saturday Recreational Program for Children with Special Needs. Toni is also the mother of a 23 year old daughter with multiple special needs. To register call (631) 462-5400 x222

The Minstrel Players Theatre Company 9th Holiday production A Christmas Carol - Houghton Hall - Trinity Episcopal Church
December 14, 2014 - Northport

The Minstrel Players of Northport perform Dicken's story about a man who is forced to reconsider his petty and stingy ways by the ghosts of Christmas past, present and future.

Menorah Workshop - Whaling Museum and Education Center of Cold Spring Harbor
December 14, 2014 - Cold Spring Harbor

Dive into the world of oil, from whale oil to olive oil. See different oil lamps from our collection, try testing seeds for their oil content and create a wooden menorah for Hannukah. Ages 5-12.

T'was The Night Before Christmas - Arena Players Repertory Theater at Vanderbilt Carriage House
December 14, 2014 - Centerport

The story behind the creation of this world-renowned poem comes alive in this holiday production.

New Usdan - 12/14 Open House - Usdan Center for the Creative and Performing Arts
December 14, 2014 - Wheatley Heights

Learn about this nationally acclaimed summer arts day camp that will offer many new courses for 2015.

Family Mindful Dancing - Healing Tree Family Wellness
December 14, 2014 - Holtsville

Does your child like to dance as soon as they hear music? Do you feel your child is a little reserved and you would like them to be more comfortable in social settings? Do you want your child to be more comfortable with who they are or with expressing themselves?In the family mindful dance class, children will learn to express themselves through the art of dance. They will learn more about themselves, what they like and don't like, and their emotions. We will explore different emotions through the use of music and express ourselves through creative dance. This is not an instructional dance class but instead a free form dance class that is guided in the practice of mindfulness meditation and self expression. Children will learn to identify different feelings and explore how to release those feelings through dance and using props. This is a great time for you and your children to have fun together and bond while releasing pent up emotions through physical movement and express creatively what they may struggle to express verbally. Advanced registration required.

Girl Scouts of Suffolk County's 11th Annual Holiday Light Show - Camp Edey
December 14, 2014 - Bayport

Drive a mile-long trail filled with beautiful holiday displays in the picturesque woodlands of Camp Edey in Bayport. New this year: Tickets must be purchased in advance online at holidaylightshow.org. Tickets will not be sold at the entrance of the show. Proceeds benefit the Girl Scouts of Suffolk County.

The Nutcracker Suite presented by Ovations Dance Repertory Company - Patchogue Theatre for the Performing Arts
Through December 14, 2014 - Patchogue

The Vision Of The Glittering Dancers And The Sounds Of The Famous Tchaikovsky Score Performed Live By The Atlantic Wind Symphony Will Delight Your Senses And Stay With You Forever! Toys Come To Life And The Enchanted Tree Reaches Heights Beyond The Theatre! The Young And The Young At Heart Will Be Captivated By The Dazzling Blend Of Choreography By Orlando Peña, Lavish Costumes And Brilliant Sets. Also joining the production this year will be the world renowned Syzokryli Ukrainian Dance Ensemble, under the artistic direction of Orlando Pagan.

The Nutcracker - Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Center
Through December 14, 2014 - Westhampton Beach

Don't miss Peconic Ballet Theatre's production of"The Nutcracker" held at the beautiful Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Center. This production of the Nutcracker will continue to have visions of sugar plum dancing through your head as you are swept away with the magical story of Clara and her Nutcracker prince.

Fine Art Partner Workshop for Children & Young Adults with Special Needs - Art League of Long Island
December 14, 2014 - Dix Hills

This series will provide each participant and his/her special loved one a precious opportunity to bond together while creating something beautiful. Using a multitude of mediums, each young person will go home every session with a completed craft project. This workshop series will be led by Toni Neuschaefer, who for the past ten years has directed the Town of Huntington’s multi-faceted Saturday Recreational Program for Children with Special Needs. Toni is also the mother of a 23 year old daughter with multiple special needs. More sessions will take place:January 25, 1pm-3pm; March 1, 1pm-3pm

Open Houses for Toddlertime Nursery School - Toddlertime Nursery School
Through December 15, 2014 - New Canaan

Toddlertime is Giving Tours We invite you to come see our exciting classes in action, meet our teachers and hear from our Director, Carolyn Williams and ask questions regarding curriculum, schedules and enrichment programs. Toddlertime Nursery School provides innovative and active preschool and summer camp programs for children ages almost two until kindergarten in a secure and nurturing environment. Teachers are inspired to make the children’s learning experiences exciting and extraordinary. All Scheduled tours begin at 9:30am: 2's November 12th and December 4th 3's November 19th All Ages December 10th Please email or call to schedule a tour.

Mommy and Me Story Time - Happy & Healthy Wellness Center
Through December 18, 2014 - Mineola

Classes will be led by certified teachers, health and parent coaches. Children will be able to listen to seasonally appropriate stories. They will also be able to browse through books, play with toys, and listen to music.

Yoga with Alexis - Happy & Healthy Wellness Center
Through December 22, 2014 - Mineola

Alexis' yoga classes are open to all levels of practice. She will guide you through a full hour of vinyasa flow while offering various modifications of each pose for those who are beginners as well as for those who prefer more of a challenge. Please note that space is limited and pre-registration is required for either a series or single class at least 24 hours in advance.

Photos with Santa - Green Acres Mall
Through December 24, 2014 - Valley Stream

Have your photos taken with Santa - See Guest Services in the Mall. It will be a fun memorabilia.

Expanded Manor House and Garden Tour Schedule - Bayard Cutting Arboretum State Park
Through December 28, 2014 - Oakdale

Tours are led by trained docents and last approximately an hour and a half. Private group tours of ten (10) or more can also be arranged. Advanced registration is recommended by calling the park directly at 631-581-1002 with payment due upon arrival. Registration is accepted the day of the tour, on a first come basis, and is limited to 15 people. The Bayard Cutting Arboretum, located in Great River, was the former country estate of William Bayard Cutting and his family. Westbrook, their 68-room American Tudor style country home, was built in 1886. The home has magnificent fireplaces, elegant paneled rooms, exquisite carving and woodworking, many original fixtures and furnishings, and beautiful stained-glass windows created by the firm of Louis Comfort Tiffany. The Manor House is situated on almost 700 acres of landscape, originally designed by Frederick Law Olmstead, which includes sweeping views of the Connetquot River. September 11-December 28, 2014.

The Faux Sho' - Islip Art Museum
Through December 28, 2014 - East Islip

Curated by Beth Giacummo. Reception on November 9th from 1-4 pm.

THE WIZARD OF OZ - Smithtown Center for the Performing Arts
Through December 28, 2014 - Smithtown

Come join Dorothy, the Scarecrow, the Tin Man and the Cowardly Lion as they journey down the yellow brick road to see the Wizard of Oz in this delightful musical based on the classic story. Through Jan. 25. 2015.

Snug Bug Babywearing and Pregnancy Fitness - Happy & Healthy Wellness Center
Through December 29, 2014 - Mineola

Bring your baby or toddler (and carrier / wrap)or pregnant belly and come workout. Bond with your child and meet other moms, all while getting your sweat session in for the day!

Rocket Park Mini Golf - NY Hall of Science
Through December 31, 2014 - Corona

Putt your way through a nine-hole miniature golf course that teaches the science of spaceflight. Players will explore key science concepts such as propulsion, gravity, escape velocity, launch window, gravitational assist, and more.

The Science Playground - NY Hall of Science
Through December 31, 2014 - Corona

The nation's largest science playground features 60,000 square feet of exhibits for children of all ages. Slides, seesaws, climbing webs, a water play area, drums, mirrors, sand boxes and more allow kids to explore science by playing. Open weather permitting.

Christmas Tree and Poinsettia Sales - Queens County Farm Museum
Through December 31, 2014 - Floral Park

Popular varieties and sizes of trees, evergreen wreaths, poinsettia, Amaryllis, and paperwhites will be for sale with proceeds benefiting the Farm Museum.

Traveling Exhibit- Native Voices: New England Tribal Families - Long Island Children's Museum
Through January 04, 2015 - Garden City

Explore five thriving New England communities as they work to balance cultural traditions with life in a modern world. The hands-on exhibit takes visitors through four New England seasons and shares stories, songs, and cultural materials that illustrate strong and enduring connections between tribes and their traditional homelands. Toboggan down a winter hill, learn about daily life at the Nuweetooun Tribal School, experience the sights and sounds of Pow Wow and explore a natural cranberry bog on Martha’s Vineyard! Experience these activities and many more in the new exhibit Native Voices. Native Voices was produced by Boston Children’s Museum All underlying materials, including all artwork and the use of Native Voices characters are used with permission of Boston Children’s Museum. Native Voices: New England Tribal Families is sponsored nationally by Ocean Spray™ and the National Endowment for the Humanities™. Local exhibit support provided by Astoria Bank (logo).

Tours of the Decorated Vanderbilt Mansion - Vanderbilt Mansion
Through January 06, 2015 - Centerport

See the halls of the Mansion decked in holiday elegance by volunteer decorators and garden clubs. The spectacular results charm hundreds of visitors throughout the season. Through January 6, 2015.

Dance your Soul Mommy and Baby - Happy & Healthy Wellness Center
Through January 09, 2015 - Mineola

Come enjoy this class that gives moms a chance to bond with their little ones, get back in shape, and learn some slick new moves with the help of a professional dancer, choreographer and instructor. No dance experience necessary. Classes are designed to be fun, both for caregivers and babies. Runs through January 9, 2015.

GingerBread Lane - New York Hall of Science
Through January 11, 2015 - Corona

Jon Lovitch is a chef and the creator of GingerBread Lane, an annual display of homemade and handmade gingerbread houses that he drafts, designs, bakes, plans, builds, and decorates for an entire year. This season will be its 21st. The concept for Gingerbread Lane changes each year, depending on what Lovitch has seen at gingerbread competitions, in magazines, at holiday displays, sometimes even drawing ideas from houses he spots while driving. Lovitch purchases the materials after the holiday season, and begins designing and constructing the exhibit by March. All work is completed by late October and reviewed for detail until the exhibit begins. Beginning in November, Lovitch works between 80 and 90 hours for the final three weeks before GingerBread Lane opens for display. Each gingerbread house requires approximately three hours to complete and many of the complicated projects within the village require upwards of 35 hours. Each annual GBL takes about 1500 hours to make. GBL is made from only "real" edible ingredients: gingerbread, royal icing, and candy. In contrast, other gingerbread competitors use dried pasta, uncooked rice and beans, and edible clay, among other ingredients. This year, GBL uses both gingerbread bricks and candy bricks for the structures. The 2014 GBL weighs more than 1.5 tons, covers a continuous surface of nearly 300 square feet and is 11 feet high at its highest point. It will be competing for a Guinness World Record for largest gingerbread exhibit, and will be the largest GBL ever. While the layout and composition change yearly, GBL always includes Eggnog Bay, Gum Drop Row, Peppermint Central Park, Candy Cane Place, and Toffee Boulevard. New this year is Ribbon Candy Ridge and a "behind-the-scenes" window, giving a peek into the makings of GBL with ovens, models, and ingredients...made entirely from royal icing. Five two-foot-high nutcrackers, also made of royal icing, stand guard over the back of the exhibit. This year's village includes an estimated 1750 lbs. of icing, 400 lbs. of candy, and 500 lbs. of gingerbread dough; and comprises 152 gingerbread houses, 65 trees, four gingerbread cable cars, five gingerbread train cars, an underground candy subway station, candy trees, and sugar signage. GingerBread Lane always sits out in the open, rather than behind glass, a fact that can really be appreciated when one smells the homemade gingerbread. All gingerbread structures are given away free on the last day of the exhibit. Since December 2000, GingerBread Lane has also hosted annual workshops for families and after-school programs for children. Each year, Lovitch works with underprivileged and disabled children by shipping GingerBread Lane pieces across the country for those unable to view the display. gingerbread-lane.org; Twitter: @GingerBreadLane; Facebook: GingerBread Lane, #gingerbreadlane.

GingerBread Lane - NY Hall of Science
Through January 11, 2015 - Corona

Marvel at homemade gingerbread houses that are drafted, designed, baked, planned, built and decorated by chef Jon Lovitch over the course of an entire year. GingerBread Lane is made from only “real” edible ingredients: gingerbread, royal icing and candy. Last year’s GingerBread Lane at NYSCI was recognized as the largest gingerbread village in the world by the 2014 Guinness World Records. Children under 18 must be accompanied by an adult. Exhibit ends at 1pm on Jan 11, 2015.

“Exploring the Centuries: 7th – 20th Century Asian Art” Exhibition - Hofstra University Museum, David Filderman Gallery
Through February 08, 2015 - Hempstead

The exhibition focuses upon works of historic, spiritual, and artistic importance including woodblock prints, hand painted scrolls, metal works and sculptural works that highlight artistic traditions from the diverse Asian cultures of nations such as Japan, China, India, Tibet and Thailand. The exhibition runs through February 8, 2015.

Religious School Class for Children with Special Needs - Temple Chaverim
Through May 21, 2015 - Plainview

Religious (Hebrew) Education Classes for children with special needs leading to individualized Bar and Bat Mitzvah preparation. Small classes/low ratios and an emphasis on helping each child learn at their own pace allows each child to succeed and enjoy Hebrew School. Call for further information on this unique and successful program.

Religious School Class for Children with Special Needs - Temple Chaverim
Through May 21, 2015 - Plainview

Religious (Hebrew) Education Classes for children with special needs leading to individualized Bar and Bat Mitzvah preparation. Small classes/low ratios and an emphasis on helping each child learn at their own pace allows each child to succeed and enjoy Hebrew School. Call for further information on this unique and successful program.

Global Explorer Family Backpack - Emily Lowe Gallery
Through May 31, 2015 - Hempstead

Children and their families can explore and discover the beauty of the world’s cultures using an activity-filled backpack that enhances experiences with authentic objects from the Museum’s collections. While exploring specific works displayed at the David Filderman Gallery, children create their own keepsake artworks inspired by the art and cultures they discover along the new Fall theme: “Tell Me a Story.” Pick up materials in the Emily Lowe Gallery.

Preschool Place - NY Hall of Science
Through June 30, 2015 - Corona

The ideal space to explore, discover and build! Little ones can experience multi-sensory activities in a safe, protected area and is specially designed to meet the developmental needs of children ages birth to 6 years old. Sing-alongs, story times and art activities are featured during weekends and holidays. This program is available thru June 30, 2015.

Toddler Camp - Toddler Camp
Through December 28, 2015 - Huntington

Toddler Camp promotes early learning by organizing stimulating and themed activities at outdoor locations for toddlers. This provides the toddlers with an opportunity to explore new places, to learn new things in different environments, be exposed to new stimuli, and to interact with with the world around them. This can also provide parents with a much needed break from planning an early learning activity with a snack while offering them the opportunity to meet and connect with parents of kids in the same age range.

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 reservations@amwny.com. 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.