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

PlayHooray Kids! - Floral Park Library
December 07, 2018 - Floral Park

For families with little ones age 6 months - Pre-School age. Music, movement, and loads of smiles and fun with our friend Molly Mouse.

Idea Place Tinkers - Westhampton Free Library
December 07, 2018 - Westhampton Beach

Children explore endless possibilities with blocks and age-appropriate manipulatives while using their imaginations. Registration required.

Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony - Bayard Cutting Arboretum
December 07, 2018 - Great River

Everyone is welcome to participate in the twenty-second annual Yuletide Celebration at Bayard Cutting Arboretum. Join in a sing-a-long of traditional holiday carols while awaiting the arrival of Santa Claus. Upon his arrival, Santa will light the tree for the 2018 holiday season. Hot beverages will be served outside after Santa lights the tree. All activities will take place outside so dress accordingly. The Manor House will not be open. In the spirit of giving,  bring canned goods or a new, unwrapped toy for those in need in our community.

Orient Beach Tree Lighting - Orient Beach State Park
December 07, 2018 - Orient

Help Santa light the tree in celebration of the holiday season. The Oysterponds Elementary School chorus will sing holiday songs and hot chocolate and cookies will be served. All activities will take place outside so dress accordingly. In the spirit of the season, winter coats and non-perishable food items will be collected for families in need.

 

Giant Wooden Snowflakes - Westhampton Free Library
December 07, 2018 - Westhampton Beach

Construct giant snowflakes out of wooden craft sticks. Registration required.

The Mavericks - Tilles Center for the Performing Arts at LIU Post
December 07, 2018 - Brookville

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The genre-defying, Grammy-winning group makes a return appearance for the holidays. Please be advised this show has a DANCE ALERT.  Audience members will be standing, participating and dancing.

Adelphi Jazz Ensemble - Adelphi University Performing Arts Center
December 07, 2018 - Garden City

Mandy Gonzalez takes the night off from her role as Angelica Schuyler in the hit musical phenomenon Hamilton to kick off the second half of the Adelphi University Performing Art Center’s (Adelphi PAC) 10th Anniversary season. Mandy Gonzalez will perform on Friday, February 2 at 7:30 p.m. on the Westermann Stage, Concert Hall in the Adelphi PAC, 1 South Avenue, Garden City, New York. One of the most powerful and versatile voices in musical theatre, Mandy Gonzalez originated the role of Nina Rosario in Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Tony Award-winning musical In The Heights, a role she created Off Broadway at 37 Arts and for which she received a Drama Desk Award. Ms. Gonzalez has appeared as Princess Amneris in the Elton John and Tim Rice musical Aida and in the Broadway show Lennon. She was recently seen starring as Elphaba in the Broadway production of Wicked, for which she was awarded a Broadway.com Award for Best Replacement. Ms. Gonzalez can be seen on the CBS hit “Madam Secretary.” She is also a Warner Music artist and recently released her debut album, FEARLESS, which debuted at #13 on the iTunes pop charts. Mandy founded the social media movement #FearlessSquad, which works to create a sense of belongingness, inclusiveness and positivity in social media. Ms. Gonzalez will perform songs from throughout her musical theatre career, as well as songs from her album FEARLESS. She will be joined onstage by students from Adelphi University and Garden City High School. The Adelphi PAC is one of Long Island’s premier cultural arts venues for entertainment of all kinds. Tickets are currently on sale for $45/$40 with discounts available to seniors, students and alumni. Information is available online at pac.adelphi.edu or at the Lucia and Steven N. Fischer Box Office at 516.877.4000 or [email protected] Regular box office hours are Tuesday through Friday from 1:00-6:00 p.m. The box office is also open two hours before most scheduled performances. About Adelphi: A modern metropolitan university with a personalized approach to higher learning. Adelphi University is a highly awarded, nationally ranked, powerfully connected doctoral research university offering exceptional liberal arts and sciences programs and professional training with particular strength in its Core Four—Arts and Humanities, STEM and Social Sciences, Business and Education Professions, and Health and Wellness. Adelphi is dedicated to transforming students’ lives through small classes, hands-on learning and innovative ways to support student success. Founded in Brooklyn in 1896, Adelphi is Long Island’s oldest private coeducational university. Today Adelphi serves over 7,900 students at its beautiful main campus in Garden City, New York—just 23 miles from New York City’s cultural and internship opportunities—and at dynamic learning hubs in Manhattan, the Hudson Valley and Suffolk County, and online. More than 100,000 Adelphi graduates have gained the skills to thrive professionally as active, caring citizens, making their mark on the University, their communities and the world beyond.

Mommy & Me Tot Shabbat - Chabad of Port Washington
Through December 07, 2018 - Port Washington

For children ages 6-24 months, join us for the fall session of our fantastic Mommy & Me class at Chabad PW. There'll be music and movement and Challah braiding for the babes and moms will have the opportunity to mingle and socialize with other local moms - fun for all! Mommy & Me is held in our beautiful interactive multi-sensory indoor playground, as recently featured in Newsday.

Hanukkah Happening - Music Together style! - Chance To Dance
December 07, 2018 - Setauket

A Special time to join as a Community and celebrate with favorite songs from Hanukkah in Music Together style!  We'll sing, dance, jam and more!  Bring a non perishable food item to support a food drive.  Each donating family receives a free egg shaker.  Proceeds help to support the Lyrical Children Music Together Scholarship Fund. Advanced tickets suggested as event sells out quick.  Tickets available here:   https://lyricalchildrenmusic.yourvirtuoso.com/components/CourseInfo.html?curriculumId=2501296

 

Savor the Season: The Pleasure of Wine and Chocolate Pairing - Old Westbury Gardens
December 07, 2018 - Old Westbury

Through a guided tasting, New York's Chocolate Sommelier, Roxanne Browning will pair the pleasure and fine nuances of exceptional artisan chocolates from around the world with wine. Enjoy the fusion of aroma, texture, and flavor in multiple flights of chocolates amongst the dazzling holiday décor of Westbury House. Participants must be over 21. Space is limited. Advanced registration required.

Chris Young Concert - NYCB LIVE, Home of The Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum
December 07, 2018 - Uniondale

After playing more than 30 sold-out arena and amphitheater dates, being named an ACM Male Vocalist nominee and scoring his 10th No. 1 single, Chris Young has added 15 more shows to his “Chris Young Losing Sleep 2018 World Tour,” with a stop at NYCB LIVE on December 7.

Gift Making Workshop- Ages 4-6 - Picasso Kidz
December 07, 2018 - GREENLAWN

There’s nothing better than home made gifts for the holidays. In this workshop your child will make 2 gifts from the heart for those they love. All Supplies included.

Holiday Extravaganza - Chamber of Commerce of the Bellmores
December 07, 2018 - Bellmore

Come join us as we light our Christmas tree! Enjoy the evening with horse and buggy rides and a trolley ride Thru the streets (for a small fee).

A Darlene Love Christmas - Patchogue Theater for Performing Arts
December 07, 2018 - Patchogue

The New York Times raved …“Darlene Love’s thunderbolt voice is as embedded in the history of rock and roll as Eric Clapton’s guitar or Bob Dylan’s lyrics.” Through the years, Darlene Love continues to captivate audiences worldwide with her warm, gracious stage presence and superb performances. This has been a banner season for Darlene. Her new cd, released via Sony/Columbia/ Wicked Cool Records has been greeted with sensational critical reaction and numerous TV presentations. Produced by fellow musician and long time friend Steven Van Zandt, it includes selections written for Darlene by Bruce Springsteen, Elvis Costello, Jimmy Webb and many others including two notable songs by Stevie himself. At the Academy Awards, Darlene sang her powerful acceptance speech on behalf of all of the performers in the winning film “Twenty Feet From Stardom.” As she raised the Oscar, the entire house stood with a cheering ovation lead by the wildly applauding Bill Murray. It was another special moment in a great career. A Grammy award soon followed for the soundtrack of the film. Since the early sixties, as part of Phil Spector’s wall of sound hit factory, this great lady has done it all...from major motion pictures like the highly successful Lethal Weapon series to Broadway hits like Hairspray and Grease. She even starred as herself in Leader Of The Pack, credited as Broadway’s first ‘jukebox musical.’ Darlene has appeared on numerous television programs, running the gamut from her weekly appearances on Shindig to a recent guest spot on the PBS special entitled Women Who Rock. An autobiographical film is currently on the drawing board with a development deal from Oprah Winfrey based on the book “My name is Love”… written by Darlene. In the early years, Darlene’s background vocals as lead singer for The Blossoms behind The Righteous Brothers, Dionne Warwick, Marvin Gaye, Frank Sinatra and Elvis Presley (to name but a few) set the stage for her emergence as a star in her own right. Her Billboard hits include: He’s A Rebel, The Boy I’m Gonna Marry, Wait ‘Til My Bobby Gets Home, He’s Sure the Boy I Love and the #1 holiday classic Christmas Baby Please Come Home, a song that she performed annually with Paul Shaffer and the CBS Symphony Orchestra on The Late Show With David Letterman for some 29 years before David retired last December. Darlene Love received her industry’s highest award when Better Midler, a great fan of her work, inducted her into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. During the celebration, the two ladies enjoyed performing “He’s A Rebel” together. As part of the festivities, Darlene also sang “He’s A Fine, Fine Boy” backed by another distinguished fan, Bruce Springsteen. Rolling Stone Magazine has proclaimed Darlene Love to be “one of the greatest singers of all time” and that certainly rings true, but perhaps Paul Shaffer says it even more concisely: “Darlene Love is Rock N’ Roll!”

Tree Lighting and Visit from Santa - Planting Fields Arboretum
December 07, 2018 - Oyster Bay

FREE Admission!  Free Activities!  No Parking Fee!

Tree will be lit outside on the Camellia House Lawn at 6pm sharp and takes place outdoors! Delight in all kinds of holiday excitement at Planting Fields Arboretum.  Coe Hall decorated for the season, will be open for self-guided visits.  Enjoy live music with Jack Kohl in the Great Hall and the House of the Red Hart Singers who will stroll around.  Visit with Santa until 7:30pm inside the Hay Barn!   For more information, email [email protected] or call (516) 922-8688 or (516) 922-8678.

Family Night Out: 'Teen Titans Go!' - Brentwood Public Library
December 07, 2018 - Brentwood

Bring the whole family to spend an evening out at the movies. Snacks and drinks provided.

Pajama Storytime and Activities Featuring 'The Polar Express' - Barnes and Noble - Smith Haven Mall
December 07, 2018 - Lake Grove


Our heroes' entry for the snowman contest has magically come to life. Will the snowman teach our heroes a lesson they'll never forget? 

Italian Classes for Children - Camp Italia
Through December 08, 2018 - Garden City

Italian classes for kids ages 3-5, 5-7, 8-11 years old.

Kids Play Free Week! - New York Musician's Center
Through December 08, 2018 - Bellmore

Have you ever wanted to try out music lessons? Come play or sing for FREE with our top notch music teachers and have some fun! Piano, voice, guitar, drums, violin and more!

Nassau Lionel Operating Engineers Fall and Winter 2018 Open House - Nassau Lionel Operating Engineers
Through December 09, 2018 - Levittown

 

 

Do you love trains?  Here's your chance to check out some authentic model trains.  Bring the family for a fun time as you view these trains, including working models. Log on to facebook.com/NassauLionelOperatingEngineers for more information. Specific days and times are: Friday, November 30th 8-10pm, Saturday, December 1st 1-4pm, Sunday, December 2nd 1-4pm, Friday, December 7th 8-10pm, Saturday, December 8th 1-4pm, Sunday, December 9th 1-4pm.

Hampton Ballet's Tenth Annual Production of 'The Nutcracker' - Guild Hall
Through December 09, 2018 - East Hampton

The ballet is choreographed by director Sara Jo Strickland and includes beautiful costumes designed and hand sewn by Yuka Silvera and lighting design by Sebastian Paczynski. Hampton Ballet Theatre School’s Nutcracker will enchant all ages, as the students of HBTS transport the audience to a land where angels, snowflakes and flowers dance and Clara saves the Nutcracker Prince from the evil Mouse King. The Nutcracker will produce holiday cheer for all, as everyone celebrates in the Land of Sweets.  To reserve tickets in advance call 888-933-4287 or go to hamptonballettheatreschool.com and for more information please email  [email protected]

 

Evening Tot Time - Wantagh Public Library
Through December 10, 2018 - Wantagh

Children ages 18 months to 5 years old will participate in songs, simple movement, hand manipulative toys, and create a craft with a caregiver.

Ready, Set, Story Time - Wantagh Public Library
Through December 11, 2018 - Wantagh

This interactive storytime session will introduce literacy practices through stories, songs, movement activities and rhymes.

Parent/Child Workshop - Wantagh Public Library
Through December 14, 2018 - Wantagh

This is a five-week program that allows parents/caregivers and children ages 1-3 years time to play, relax, socailize and develop new skills.  Parent/caregivers will also have the opportunity to meet with local resource professionals during each session.  Infant and preschool siblings may attend with a registered toddler.

Speech Services for Toddlers - Hofstra University, Joan and Arnold Saltzman Community Services Center
Through December 14, 2018 - Hempstead

The Speech-Language-Hearing Clinic at the Joan and Arnold Saltzman Community Services Center is recruiting members for "Speaking of Toddlers," a language stimulation group for toddlers and preschoolers. Through developmentally appropriate play, sensory-based activities, and snack/craft/story time, children develop vocabulary and social communication skills. Language facilitation strategies, peer to peer interactions in small group settings, and parent training are used to achieve each child's individual language/communication goals. Groups meet once a week for an hour. Contact Kristin Masterson M.A. CCC-SLP at 516-463-7042 or [email protected] for more information.

Annual Brookhaven Town Holiday Spectacular - Holtsville Ecology Site
Through December 16, 2018 - Holtsville

Enjoy festive lighted displays for the holidays during this indoor, walk-through show. Photos with Santa available for additional fee.

Holiday Theater Treat: Carriage House Players Present 'Jacob Marley's Christmas Carol' - Suffolk County Vanderbilt Museum
Through December 16, 2018 - Centerport

You know the story of Ebenezer Scrooge in Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol. But what about his infamous partner, Jacob Marley? Just in time for the holidays, the Carriage House Players will presentJacob Marley’s Christmas Carol by Tom Mula.
This is the story of A Christmas Carol told from a different perspective. Chained and shackled, Marley is condemned to a hellish eternity. To escape his own chains, he must first redeem Scrooge. This riotously funny and touching evening of theater proves redemption is possible for anyone.

 

'Scrooge' - Showplace at the Bellmore Movies
Through December 16, 2018 - 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!

 

 

Mail A Letter to Santa... And He'll Respond! - Hicks Nurseries
Through December 17, 2018 - Westbury

Mail a letter to Santa in the North Pole mailbox at Hicks Nurseries and he will respond! Please include a self-addressed stamped envelope. The last day to leave a letter for Santa and receive a response is December 17th.

Baby Time - Wantagh Public Library
Through December 17, 2018 - Wantagh

 

Bring your little one to a morning of stories, songs, and rhymes. 

Kids Can Code - Riverhead Free Library
Through December 17, 2018 - Riverhead

Kids learn the basics of computer language, code structure and implementation. Register in advance.  Grades 3 and 4.

Preschool Pals - Wantagh Public Library
Through December 18, 2018 - Wantagh

This is an independent storytime, activity and craft session designed to reinforce preschool skills.

Children's Yoga - Heritage Center
Through December 18, 2018 - Mount Sinai

Lilie Perito is a certified Yoga instructor, mother of two and a local Miller Place resident. She teaches various workshops in yoga and mindfulness across Long Island including Stony Brook Children's Hospital and Little Leaders preschool in Miller Place. To register contact Lilie at 631-275-6618 or [email protected]

 

Kids in the Kitchen - Long Island Children's Museum
Through December 21, 2018 - Garden City

Little chefs use real cooking tools (with some help from adults) as we make easy, yummy, kid-friendly snacks from start to finish.

The Pajama Project  - Riverhead Free Library
Through December 21, 2018 - Riverhead

Consider donating new PJ’s and a book for local children and teens up to 17 years old. The collection box is located at the Library entrance. Sponsored by The Woman’s Club of Riverhead. 

Empire State Market - NYCB LIVE, Home of The Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum
Through December 23, 2018 - Uniondale

Discover Long Island's newest market destination, Empire State Market. This outdoor shopping and feasting mecca is conveniently located in the Ford Parking Lot of NYCB LIVE, home of the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum. Opening every Sunday from 8am-4pm. Admission and parking are free.

A fun venue for all ages, the Empire State Market will feature hundreds of vendors offering new and collectible goods. Shoppers can find a plethora of new and used goods including jewelry, apparel and fashion accessories, household items, various artwork and crafts. Additionally, foodies will be able to find all sorts of fresh food as well as prepared foods. Come out and join us every week to discover what is new.

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Christmas at Westbury House - Old Westbury Gardens
Through December 23, 2018 - Old Westbury

The Phipps family’s prized taxidermy tiger has gone missing! Who the devil stole him from Westbury House? Race through the mansion during this timed team event to solve puzzles, unlock clues, and crack the case. Costumed characters greet you in each room for an immersive experience of historic proportions! Register.

Meet Santa In-Person! - Hicks Nurseries
Through December 23, 2018 - Westbury

Meet Santa in person! . Don’t forget to bring your camera! Santa’s hours are Monday-Friday 1pm-4pm & 5pm-8pm; Saturday & Sunday 10am-1pm & 2pm-6pm. Special Hours on Friday, 11/23 are 10am-1pm and 2pm-6pm.

Santa's Winter Wonderland - White Post Farms of Melville
Through December 23, 2018 - Melville

Visit the animals, Santa, Monkey Barn and maybe even the outdoor Bird Aviary (weather permitting). Holiday craft included with admission. For an additional fee you can ride the Safari Express Train, take a pony ride or bottle feed a goat. All activities are in indoors and heated, except for the bird aviary.

'Annie' - CM Performing Arts Center
Through December 23, 2018 - Oakdale

Based on the popular comic strip by Harold Gray, Annie has become a worldwide phenomenon and was the winner of seven Tony Awards. With equal measures of pluck and positivity, little orphan Annie charms everyone's hearts despite a next-to-nothing start in 1930s New York City. She is determined to find the parents who abandoned her years ago on the doorstep of a New York City Orphanage that is run by the cruel, embittered Miss Hannigan. With the help of the other girls in the Orphanage, Annie escapes to the wondrous world of NYC. In adventure after fun-filled adventure, Annie foils Miss Hannigan's evil machinations ... and even befriends President Franklin Delano Roosevelt! She finds a new home and family in billionaire Oliver Warbucks, his personal secretary Grace Farrell, and a lovable mutt named Sandy. 

Children's Animated Christmas Story - Hicks Nurseries
Through December 24, 2018 - Westbury

Visiting the Christmas Children’s Story at Hicks Nurseries has been a family tradition on Long Island for generations. This year we invite you to come and see our all-new story titled, “Something Special for Santa”. Admission is free but we would greatly appreciate donations of non-perishable food items for Long Island Cares. Open daily November 14th through December 24th, during holiday store hours.

Santaland - Macy's
Through December 24, 2018 - Midtown

An annual tradition for so many families, visiting Santaland at Macy's means entering a fantasy world of glittering pine trees, snow-capped mountains, twinkling lights, cuddly animals, and gingerbread cookies. The 13,000-square-foot Christmas Village is filled with holiday treasures, the biggest of which is Santa Claus himself. After meeting Santa, guests can buy a photo package with images taken by on-site staff. This year, visits are by reservation only.

Toddler and Preschool Playdate - Queens Village Library
Through December 27, 2018 - Queens Village

Children and their caretakers can drop in for circle time, stories, and open play. Come join this great opportunity for socialization and early literacy development.

 

 

 

Seashell...Nature's Inspired Design Exhibition - Garvies Point Museum
Through December 28, 2018 - Glen Cove

In  celebration of our 50th anniversary, join us for a special exhibit of exquisite seashells from around the world. From the collection of Garvies Point Museum, donated by Henry Dwyer and Alfred Wu.

Craft Corner - Wantagh Public Library
Through December 29, 2018 - Wantagh

 

Stop by each week to make a craft with a Wantagh buddy, while supplies last!  Children ages 3 and up with a caregiver.
 

'Rudolph' - BroadHollow at East Islip
Through December 29, 2018 - East Islip

Everyone has their hands full helping a youthful reindeer who possesses an unusual luminous red nose. Harassed mercilessly and excluded by his peers, he manages to prove himself one Christmas Eve after Santa and Mrs. Claus catch sight of his nose and ask him to lead his sleigh for the evening.

'Rudolph' - BroadHollow at Elmont
Through December 29, 2018 - Elmont

Everyone has their hands full helping a youthful reindeer who possesses an unusual luminous red nose. Harassed mercilessly and excluded by his peers because of this trait, he manages to prove himself one Christmas Eve after Santa and Mrs. Claus catch sight of his nose and they ask him to lead his sleigh for the evening.

'Barnaby Saves Christmas' - Theatre Three
Through December 29, 2018 - Port Jefferson

Come join Santa, Barnaby, Franklynne and all of their friends for a wonderful holiday treat. As our littlest elf and his reindeer friend set off on their journey to save Christmas, they meet some new friends along the way and learn the true meaning of Christmas, Hanukah, and the holiday season.

'Elf' - John W. Engeman Theater
Through December 30, 2018 - Northport

Based on the beloved film, Elf the Musical tells the hilarious tale of Buddy, a young orphan child who mistakenly crawls into Santa’s bag of gifts and is transported back to the North Pole. Unaware that he is actually human, Buddy’s enormous size and poor toy-making abilities cause him to face the truth. With Santa’s permission, Buddy embarks on a journey to New York City to find his birth father, discover his true identity, and help New York remember the true meaning of Christmas. This modern day Christmas classic is sure to make everyone embrace their inner Elf.

'Frosty' - John W. Engeman Theater
Through December 30, 2018 - Northport

Join Jenny and Frosty on their chilly adventures as they try to save the town of Chillsville from mean old Ethel Pierpot and her evil machine that will melt all the snow. Jenny calls on her Mom, the mayor, and the audience must help her save her home, get Frosty to the North Pole, and make this holiday season a Winter Wonderland for one and all!

Family Sundays - Nassau County Museum of Art
Through December 30, 2018 - Roslyn Harbor

Converse, collaborate and create together during our 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 schedules 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. 

'The Way It Goes: Nathan Slate Joseph' - Nassau County Museum of Art
Through December 30, 2018 - Roslyn Harbor

An intimate documentary biography of an artist whose unconventional approach to metal and form will leave you wanting more. 60 minutes

 

'Rothko: An Abstract Humanist' - Nassau County Museum of Art
Through December 30, 2018 - Roslyn Harbor

This program offers a rare examination of the life and work of Mark Rothko. Rothko gave abstraction the emotional power of music 
and poetry. He painted ideas rather than objects and, in the process, created a deeply original pictorial language. One of the most important artists of his generation, Rothko is perhaps best known for his work in the style of the New York School and was a peer of many other illustrious abstract artists: Jackson Pollock, Barnett Newman, Clyfford Still, Franz Kline, and Robert Motherwell, to name only five. 52 minutes.

'Seeing Color' Documentary - Nassau County Museum of Art
Through December 30, 2018 - Roslyn Harbor

Produced for the National Gallery, this HD video explores how painters use color. Featuring National Gallery curators and restorers, contemporary painters Sean Scully and Sam Gilliam, and more. 30 minutes.

True Colors- Exhibition - Nassau County Museum of Art
Through December 30, 2018 - Roslyn Harbor

Nothing in art is more powerful than color. From Matisse to Mark Rothko and Frank Stella, and onward to the huge Color Field canvases and pulsing neon sculptures of today, color as a means of expression is the keynote for this wildly exuberant show. Potent even to the point of being considered dangerous, it is the most exciting element of art, the strongest tool in the toolbox. “Color, above all, is a means of liberation,” Matisse declared. 

The full range of color’s magic is on display in this exuberant show of over 100 works from the nineteenth century to this moment’s hottest talents. The roll call is a hit parade of art history’s most exciting names: Kandinsky, Motherwell, Warhol, Wolf Kahn, James Nares, Richard Diebenkorn, Joan Mitchell, David Hockney, and many more. It all begins with a monumental painting by Titian, considered the original champion of color in art, in a dramatic installation.

Guided Tours of Decorated Mansion - Suffolk County Vanderbilt Museum
Through December 30, 2018 - Centerport

Take a guided tour of the Vanderbilt Mansion, decorated elegantly for the holidays by local designers and garden clubs.

The Big Bolt! - Long Island Children's Museum
Through December 30, 2018 - Garden City

Jimmi is a confident, curious girl and aspiring engineer who loves to build and explore the neighborhood with her friendly dog Conrad. Her curiosity can sometimes get her into trouble, though. While visiting a local construction site, Jimmi decides to take a big, important-looking bolt home with her. A hilarious chain of events unfold, involving a confused mail carrier, a melodramatic opera singer and an overly confident construction supervisor. With Conrad’s guidance, Jimmi learns to take responsibility for her choices. Laugh along with Jimmi in this comical romp, and learn important lessons about honesty, consequences and forgiveness.

2018 Gingerbread Lane Workshops - New York Hall of Science
Through December 30, 2018 - Corona

Make a GingerBread Lane house or train! This year’s GingerBread Lane workshops will give participants the option to design and build their own ginger bread house or train — it’s up to you to decide which one you want to create. Each participant will receive a kit with all of the materials that Chef Jon Lovitch uses to create his GingerBread Lane exhibit including: gingerbread pieces, icing, and candy.

Please note: While this workshop is about building, and not consuming, the gingerbread, icing and candy provided, parents of children with food allergies should email [email protected] to decide if this workshop is appropriate for them.  Children must be accompanied by an adult. Limit of two structures per customer. Registration required.

 

A Children's Theatre Presentation: 'Twas the Night Before Christmas' - Smithtown Center for the Performing Arts
Through December 30, 2018 - Smithtown

The wild holiday adventures of a mouse, an elf, and a spunky little girl who just won't take no for an answer, on their quest to find out why Santa missed their house last year. A joyful tribute to the holiday season!

Irving Berlin's 'White Christmas' - Smithtown Center for the Performing Arts
Through December 30, 2018 - Smithtown

Based on the beloved, timeless film, this heartwarming musical adaptation features seventeen Irving Berlin songs and a book by David Ives and Paul Blake. Veterans Bob Wallace and Phil Davis have a successful song-and-dance act after World War II. With romance in mind, the two follow a duo of beautiful singing sisters en route to their Christmas show at a Vermont lodge, which just happens to be owned by Bob and Phil’s former army commander. The dazzling score features well known standards including Blue Skies, I Love A Piano, How Deep Is the Ocean and the perennial favorite, White Christmas.

 

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

Take part in epic Nerf battles on trampoline courts.

Huntington Arts Council Presents 'Discovering Long Island' - Main Street Gallery
Through January 05, 2019 - Huntington

Inspired by Long Island’s history, work in the exhibition focuses on an aspect of Long Island’s cultural and natural heritage: seaside industry, farm life, Native Americans, the American Revolution, art colonies, etc. Exhibition juror Stephanie Gress is the Director of Curatorial Affairs for the Suffolk County Vanderbilt Museum in Centerport, New York. A graduate of the State University of New York at Stony Brook with a master’s degree in art history, Stephanie believes that visual arts convey the spirit of the time in which they were produced.  Opening Reception December 14, 6-8pm

Traveling Exhibit -TINKERTOY®: Build Your Imagination™ - Long Island Children's Museum
Through January 06, 2019 - Garden City

 

 

With LICM’S 25th birthday approaching, we wanted an exhibit in place that would highlight the innovation, collaboration and play LICM is known for!  Giant replicas of the classic TINKERTOY construction set provide the framework for fun, educational activities inspired by GE technologies that turn imagination into working solutions to real world challenges. Visitors can explore a walk-in size replica of the iconic canister, create their own designs in an open play area, experiment with renewable energy and water filtration and take part in a special scavenger hunt.

Financial Planning Series: 529 College Savings Program - Sid Jacobson JCC
Through January 08, 2019 - East Hills

Over the next three months, Sid Jacobson JCC, in partnership with Project S.A.F.E., will host a three-part Financial Planning Series aimed at educating the sandwich generation on how to maintain financial security while balancing the responsibilities of raising children and caring for aging parents. The first session will focus on a 529 College Savings Plan and will take place on Tuesday, November 6 at 7:30pm. The best line of defense against the rising cost of higher education is to start saving early, and a 529 College Savings Plan can help do that. The plan, which is part savings program and part investment program, is an account that can be used for college and other eligible post-secondary education institutes. Attendees will have the opportunity to take part in discussions about the 529 College Savings Plan led by special guest Jack Schnirman, Nassau County Comptroller, and other financial professionals including: John Ryan, CLTC and partner at Ryan & Janowsky Financial Strategies Group; Peter Janowsky, Accredited Investment Fiduciary and partner at Ryan & Janowsky Financial Strategies Group; and Eric Fracasso, regional vice president at INVESCO. The second session in this three-part series will cover the benefits of a long-term care insurance policy and an aging plan for your parents. This session will take place on December 5, 7:30pm at Sid Jacobson JCC. The third and final session in this series will cover the importance of not forgetting about yourself and the need to fully fund your retirement account and the power of annuities. This session will take place on January 8, 7:30pm at Sid Jacobson JCC. The November 6 session is free to members. Tickets for non-members are $10 and can be purchased at www.sjjcc.org/parenting. For more information on the Financial Planning Series, contact Jodi Adler, 516.484.1545 ext. 117, [email protected]

New York Islanders vs. Carolina Hurricanes - NYCB LIVE, Home of The Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum
Through January 08, 2019 - Uniondale

Come out and cheer for your favorite team as the Islanders take on the Hurricanes!

Zumba with Desiree - Wantagh Public Library
Through January 10, 2019 - Wantagh

 

Come to get a taste of Zumba with certified instructor Desiree Durand. Zumba combines Latin and international music with dynamic, yet simple exercise moves and help the body to effectively burn calories, effectively tone all muscle groups, incorporate full range of motion, and improve the cardiovascular system. Class dates: September 13, 20, 27; October 4, 11, 18, 25; November 1. A class fee of $44 is payable by check only at the time of registration.

Gingerbread Lane - New York Hall of Science
Through January 21, 2019 - Corona

Visitors marvel at homemade gingerbread houses made entirely of edible gingerbread, royal icing, and candy. The houses are drafted, designed, baked, planned, built and decorated by creator Jon Lovitch over the course of an entire year. GingerBread Lane has won the Guinness World Record for 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016 for the largest gingerbread village.

In Saturn's Rings 2D - New York Hall of Science
Through January 31, 2019 - Corona

Narrated by LeVar Burton, In Saturn’s Rings is a grand tour of the universe starring Saturn. Seven and a half million mostly unseen images from the Cassini-Huygens Mission to Saturn, Sloan Digital Sky Survey, Hubble Telescope and Milky Way time lapses are brought to life in a groundbreaking epic immersive journey across space and time. 40 minutes.

Video Game Tournament - Glen Cove Library
Through January 31, 2019 - Glen Cove

Teens will compete against other teens in a video game tournament.  Winner will be awarded a 25 dollar gift card to Gamestop. Register.

- The Rinx at Wyandanch Village
Through March 03, 2019 - Wyandanch

Join us for a skate around the new ice rink in the beautiful Wyandanch Village, Long Island's most convenient downtown.  The Rinx has been servicing Suffolk County for many years as a prominent destination for recreation in Hauppauge, Port Jefferson and most recently, Bethpage.  We at The Rinx are very excited to bring Public Skating, Lessons, and Party Opportunities back to Wyandanch Village and the surrounding areas this season.

Hidden in Sight: Photographing Incarceration - Hofstra University Museum
Through March 10, 2019 - Hempstead

The United States has the highest rate of incarceration of any country in the world, with over 2 million people currently imprisoned. This exhibition features photographs spanning more than 50 years by three artists, Danny Lyon (American, born 1942), Jessica Earnshaw (Canadian, born 1983), and Isadora Kosofsky (American, born 1993), highlighting the varied critical issues within the prison system in America.

 

Public Skating Sessions - The Rinx at Harborfront Park
Through March 10, 2019 - Port Jefferson

The Rinx at Harborfront Park offers the unique experience of Skating on the Harbor!  From November through March join us in the beautiful Village of Port Jefferson for Ice Skating right on the Harbor!

ICE SKATING AT TANGER OUTLETS DEER PARK - Tanger Outlets Deer Park
Through March 31, 2019 - Deer Park

Enjoy Ice Skating at Tanger Outlets for the entire family or your special group! 

Crafts For Kids - Lakeshore Learning Store
Through March 31, 2019 - New Hyde Park

Kids will have a ball making exciting crafts that they can use or display. Every craft is educational and fun.

'Flight of the Butterflies 3D' - New York Hall of Science
Through June 30, 2019 - Corona

The monarch butterfly is a true marvel of nature. Weighing less than a penny, it makes one of the longest migrations on Earth across a continent to a place it has never known. Follow the monarchs’ perilous journey and join hundreds of millions of real butterflies in the remote mountain peaks of Mexico, with breathtaking cinematography from an award winning team including Oscar® winner Peter Parks. Be captivated by the true and compelling story of an intrepid scientist’s 40-year search to find the monarchs’ secret hideaway. Unravel the mysteries and experience the Flight of the Butterflies in 3D.