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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, February 18, 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 February 18. For even more free and low-cost upcoming events in Nassau, check out our complete calendar of events.

Usdan Summer Camp For The Arts’ Open House - Usdan Summer Camp for the Arts
Through May 19, 2019 - Wheatley Heights

What does it look like when you combine the freedom of summer, the beauty of nature, the unbridled joy of kids creating without fear of failure, inspiration and mentorship from teachers who are themselves talented art-makers — oh yeah, and FUN? Join us at an upcoming Open House and learn just how special a summer at Usdan can be. During each event, the campus is yours to visit and explore. Refreshments, information, and 2019 registration will be available throughout the day. Families who sign up for the 2019 summer at an Open House will receive a chance to “spin to win” merchandise or a tuition discount. There is significant walking involved; please wear comfortable shoes.

Presidents Day: Colonial Crafts - The Whaling Museum and Education Center
February 18, 2019 - Cold Spring Harbor

Celebrate the birthday of George Washington and explore life in Colonial America, including how important shore whaling was for communities on Long Island (brief presentation at 12pm and 1pm). Get a glimpse of what children played with long before computers and television! Create a framed tin punch craft. Supported in part by the National Maritime Heritage Fund.

President's Week Workshops: Classic Pizza and Apple Crisp - The Baking Coach, Inc.
February 18, 2019 - Huntington

Learn how to make Classic Pizza and Apple Crisp at our Workshop. Please visit our website www.bakingcoach.com. Click on the schedules tab at the top of the web page and then click on Huntington. Scroll down to the workshop you are interested in and click where it says enroll here.

Creative Children's Workshops: Portraits - Vanderbilt Museum and Planetarium
February 18, 2019 - Centerport

Learn about the Vanderbilt family, make interesting observations about the portraits in the collections, and create a self-portrait. Advanced registration is required. 

KZAM Open Play - KZAM Farmingdale
February 18, 2019 - Farmingdale

Enjoy 2 Fun filled hours Of Open Play. Both Grand Arena & Event Room open! Dj, Gagaball, Parachute, Limbo, Dance, and more!

'Cinderella' - The Showplace at Bellmore Movies
Through February 19, 2019 - Bellmore

All the ingredients that have made this story a perennial favorite are here, including a zany Fairy Godmother, a trip to the Royal Ball, and a glass slipper. Cinderella continues to delight audiences everywhere.

Side by Side Storytime - Glen Cove Library
Through February 21, 2019 - Glen Cove

Join for storytime in the new Teen Room!  Stories, music, crafts, and fun with your little ones. Ages Birth to 5 with caregiver.

Aesop's Fables - Long Island Children's Museum
Through February 21, 2019 - Garden City

Author Mike Kenny brings Aesop’s well-known and beloved fables come to life on stage through a lovable band of traveling storytellers. Laugh and play along with fun songs and lively stories, while learning timeless lessons of patience, hard work, greed, and honesty. Join in the fun as they take you through classics like The Tortoise and the Hare, The Boy Who Cried Wolf, The Lion and the Mouse, and more. Ages 5-11. 

LOL Glitter Doll Paint Week - Key to My Art East Rockaway
Through February 21, 2019 - East Rockaway

Every day this week is a new LOL Glitter Doll character to paint. No experience necessary. This is a drop off event. Children ages 5 and up only. Price includes all supplies, canvas, paint, and step-by-step instruction. Must register online in advance. Dress for mess.

Pokemon Paint Week - Key to My Art East Rockaway
Through February 21, 2019 - East Rockaway

Every day this week is a new Pokemon character to paint. No experience necessary! This is a drop off event. Children ages 5 and up only. Price includes all supplies, canvas, paint, and step-by-step instruction. Must register online in advance. Dress for mess.

LOL Glitter Doll Paint Week - Key to My Art
Through February 21, 2019 - Amityville

Every day this week is a new LOL Glitter Doll character to paint. No experience necessary. This is a drop off event. Price includes all supplies, canvas, paint, and step-by-step instruction. Must register online in advance.

Pokemon Paint Week - Key to My Art
Through February 21, 2019 - Amityville

Every day this week is a new Pokemon character to paint. No experience necessary. This is a drop off event. Price includes all supplies, canvas, paint, and step-by-step instruction. Must register online in advance.

Musical Playalong - Not Just Art
Through February 21, 2019 - Oyster Bay

Sing, shimmy and shake out the winter ya-yas in this exuberant 45 minute music and movement class for babies, toddlers, and preschoolers and the grownups who love them! Contact Not Just Art to reserve your spot. 

Celebrate Presidents Week at the Fire Island Lighthouse - Fire Island Lighthouse
Through February 22, 2019 - Fire Island

Take advantage of reduced tower tour fees for children under 12 years old (must be 42 inches tall to climb) and a special activity for children from 10am to 3pm daily. Visit The Fire Island Light Station Fresnel Lens Building, which houses the original First Order Fresnel Lens. Also visit the boat house where you can view the collection of Maritime History.

Little Bookworms Storytime - East Hampton Library
Through February 22, 2019 - East Hampton

Hang with Miss Linda for a themed storytime with songs, flannel board activities, movement, and lots of fun! You will also make a special craft to take home. Ages 18-36 months, sign-up required.

February break SLime, Orbeez & Bracelet Making Week - The Lanyard Ladies
Through February 22, 2019 - OCEANSIDE

Make Slime: fluffy, Gooey, Clay, Snow, Floam & More! Make Orbeez projects, Friendship Bracelets, Lanyard. Pizza and drinks included. Sign up for 1 day or all 5. Register online at our website or call to register 516-578-2248

Engineering Week Family Activities - Cradle of Aviation Museuem
Through February 22, 2019 - Garden City

Winter Recess Clay Immersion Camps - Studio E Art Classes
Through February 22, 2019 - Miller place

Kids Clay Immersion (Ages 5-8) Meets Monday Feb 18-Fri Feb 22nd from 9am- Noon $50 Daily Tuition or pay $200 for the full week Students will build their own sculptures from natural Earth clay. Students may choose to make a different project from our idea book each day, or create our daily featured projects (to be announced). Students who have attended past clay days and ceramics classes may also glaze past project(s) (included in cost.) Please pack a snack and drink. Teachers: Mr. Justin and Miss Sarah

Jump For Joy - Hicksville Public Library
Through February 22, 2019 - Hicksville

Learn, dance, and sing along to popular songs with Joyce Oddo. AGES: 1 1⁄2 - 4 yrs.

February Break - Cold Spring Harbor Fish Hatchery & Aquarium
Through February 22, 2019 - Cold Spring Harbor

February Break special events:

Winter wonderland, make snow that won't melt Feb 18th; 11-3:00

Make Ice Cream, bring warm gloves! Feb 19 & 20th; 11-3:00

Slippery, Slimy science, make gooey slime and learn how animals use it Feb 21 & 22; 11-3:00

Winter Break Makers Space: Rainforest Adventure - Long Island Science Center
Through February 22, 2019 - Riverhead

Puck Shoot for Kids - Port Washington Skating Center
Through February 22, 2019 - Port Washington

Have some fun and work up a sweat at a puck shoot. Registration suggested. 

Saturdays Together Storytime - Glen Cove Library
Through February 23, 2019 - Glen Cove

Enjoy stories, music, crafts, and more. Ages Birth to 5 with caregiver.

'Sleeping Beauty' - BroadHollow at East Islip
Through February 23, 2019 - East Islip

Filled with jealousy, the evil witch Maleficent curses Princess Aurora to die on her 16th birthday. Thanks to Aurora's guardian fairies, she only falls into a deep sleep that can be ended with a kiss from her betrothed, Prince Phillip. To prevent Phillip from rescuing Aurora, Maleficent kidnaps and imprisons him. The good fairies are the last hope to free Phillip so that he can awaken Aurora.

Seatuck's Saturday Nature Explorers - Seatuck Environmental Center
Through February 23, 2019 - Islip

Here’s your family’s chance to get outside together and enjoy a nature fix after a long week. Programs will be geared around what’s happening and can include topics such as winter birds, tremendous trees and Winter Wonders.

Saturday Nature Explorers at the South Shore Nature Center - South Shore Nature Center
Through February 23, 2019 - East Islip

Join for exciting and informative nature programs at the South Shore Nature Center. Programs will center around what’s happening in nature that week. These programs are suitable for all ages and weather permitting will take place outdoors so come dressed for the weather. These programs will be taught by our Education Staff and Guest Instructors. 

SAT or ACT Practice Test - Sylvan of Mineola
Through February 23, 2019 - Mineola

If your child will be taking the SAT or ACT exam this spring then join us for a practice test so that you can see exactly where their strengths and weaknesses lie. Sylvan offers SAT and ACT Prep classes for those students who are looking to get ready for the big day!

'Jack and the Beanstalk' - Theatre Three
Through February 23, 2019 - Port Jefferson

The Boy Who Cried “Giant!” A handful of magic beans start our hero and his best friend Filpail the Cow on one of the best-remembered adventures. Come explore the castle in the sky with Jack and his many friends as he learns the importance of truth-telling in a hilarious original musical for the entire family.

'Sleeping Beauty' - BroadHollow at Elmont
Through February 24, 2019 - Elmont

Filled with jealousy, the evil witch Maleficent curses Princess Aurora to die on her 16th birthday. Thanks to Aurora's guardian fairies, she only falls into a deep sleep that can be ended with a kiss from her betrothed, Prince Phillip. To prevent Phillip from rescuing Aurora, Maleficent kidnaps and imprisons him. The good fairies are the last hope to free Phillip so that he can awaken Aurora.

Disney's 'Aladdin Jr.' - Smithtown Center for the Performing Arts
Through February 24, 2019 - Smithtown

The story you know and love has been given the royal treatment! Aladdin and his three friends, Babkak, Omar, and Kassim, are down on their luck until Aladdin discovers a magic lamp and the Genie who has the power to grant three wishes. Wanting to earn the respect of the princess, Jasmine, Aladdin embarks on an adventure that will test his will and his moral character. Disney’s Aladdin JR. is based on the 1992 Academy-Award®-winning film and the 2014 hit Broadway show about the “diamond in the rough” street rat who learns that his true worth lies deep within.

Bookhampton Story Time! - Bookhampton
Through February 24, 2019 - East Hampton

Children’s bookseller Lauren will read from the latest and greatest picture books – appropriate for all ages! A perfect Mommy-and-Me or Daddy-and-Me outing. Occasionally, Story Time will feature a special author or reader.

Teddy Bear Story Time - Freeport Public Library
Through February 25, 2019 - Freeport

Children ages 2 to 6, and a parent are invited to wear their pajamas and bring a favorite teddy bear to this story program.

 

Tiny Tots Storytime - Glen Cove Library
Through February 25, 2019 - Glen Cove

Twenty minutes of age-appropriate songs and stories for young children. AGES: 2 - 3 with participating caregiver.

Krafty Kiddies - Freeport Public Library
Through February 26, 2019 - Freeport

A story and craft program for 2- to 4-year-olds and an accompanying adult.

Stories in Spanish - Glen Cove Library
Through February 27, 2019 - Glen Cove

Presented by Maria Fernanda Pardo- a program for children up to 7 years of age accompanied by their parents. With the active participation of parents, your children will have the opportunity to practice Spanish in a fun way. There will be stories, games, songs, crafts and cookies. Register requierd. 

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Presentado por Maria Fernanda Pardo- Un programa para niños hasta de 7 años acompañados por sus padres. Con la participación activa de los padres, sus hijos tendrán la oportunidad de practicar el español de una forma divertida. Habrán historias, juegos, canciones, manualidades y galletas. Todos los miércoles de 4:30 a 5:30 pm. Regístrese! 

PLAYHOORAY - Hicksville Public Library
Through February 27, 2019 - Hicksville

Music and Fun for your little one! Come sing, dance, and PlayHooray with your baby. This 45-minute program is a lively introduction to nursery rhymes, books, music, and movement. Ages 6-18 months. Registration required. 

Sensory Play Day - Baldwin Public Library
Through February 28, 2019 - Baldwin

Join for a bunch of activities focused on sensory development. Ages 1 – 4 Years-Olds with Parent/Caregiver. Registration begins Monday, January 7.

Toddler Play - Freeport Public Library
Through February 28, 2019 - Freeport

A play program for children ages 1 to 3 with an accompanying adult, which wraps up with songs and finger plays.

Family Fun Time - Hicksville Public Library
Through February 28, 2019 - Hicksville

Enjoy an interactive hour with your preschoolers featuring singing, dancing, storytelling, a craft, and more. Ages 1 1/2-5. Registration required. 

Open House - Winston Preparatory School
Through February 28, 2019 - Dix Hills

Winston Prep is a highly individualized and responsive setting for 3rd through 12th grade students with specific learning differences. The student body is comprised of students with language processing disorders such as dyslexia, nonverbal learning disabilities such as Aspergers, and executive functioning difficulties such as ADHD. The school's unique model of education for the individual provides intense skill remediation while encouraging students to build independence, resilience, responsibility, self-awareness, and self-advocacy. Key to the development of each student is the focus on assessment-based remediation, the daily one-to-one Focus Program, a skill-based curriculum, small homogenous class groupings, an expert faculty, an emphasis on social-emotional development, and a supportive community. We invite you to learn more about our school and sign up for an upcoming Open House at www.winstonprep.edu/apply-now.

Zumbini at the Chabad of Port Washington - Chabad Port Washington
Through March 01, 2019 - Port Washington

For children ages 6-24 months, join for the winter session of our fantastic Mommy & Me class at Chabad PW. There'll be Zumbini and Challah braiding for the babes, and moms will have the opportunity to mingle and socialize with other local moms. Mommy & Me is held in a beautiful interactive multi-sensory indoor playground.

1-2-3 Full Steam Ahead - Baldwin Public Library
Through March 02, 2019 - Baldwin

An interactive, educational series for children and their adult caregivers that stimulates and engages thinking as they explore, play, and build together. Enjoy singing, dancing, creating, building, completing a craft activity, and much more! Registration begins Monday, February 4. Presented by A Time for Kids. Ages 2 ½  – 5 with Parent/Caregiver

Seussical the Musical - John W. Engeman Theater at Northport
Through March 03, 2019 - Northport

“Oh, the thinks you can think” when Dr. Seuss’ best-loved characters collide and cavort in an unforgettable musical caper! Join all of your favorite Dr. Seuss characters on a musical adventure from the Jungle of Nool to the Circus McGurkus to the invisible world of the Whos. Narrated by the Cat in the Hat, SEUSSICAL tells the story of Horton, a lovable elephant who discovers a speck of dust that contains the entire world of the Whos. This fantastical, magical, musical extravaganza is sure to delight the whole family!

Public Skating - 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.

Reframing Parenting; Suffolk Winter Series - Suffolk Independent Living Organization
Through March 09, 2019 - Holtsville

A free workshop series for adoptive and guardianship parents raising children with adverse childhood experiences or difficult past histories. During this six week series, parents will explore: Building connections with your child before correcting their misbehaviors by using an attitude of play, acceptance, curiosity, and empathy. Supporting your child through their sometimes difficult behavior to get them back on track to more socially acceptable behavior. Concepts of self-care, figure out where your relationship with your child is blocked and how to deepen connections with them. Refreshments and childcare provided. Open to all adoptive parents and relative caregivers who have guardianship of the child in their care. Foster parents and relative with custody also welcome depending on space. 10am-1pm on 1/26, 2/2, 2/9, 2/23, 3/2, 3/9 Register Now @ https://affcny.org/adoption-foster-events-ny/reframing-parenting-suffolk-winter-19/

Winter Engineer Club - Suffolk County Farm
Through March 09, 2019 - Yaphank

Kids ages 7-10 are invited to join us at the Suffolk County Farm in the Pole Barn for a six session engineer club presented by a STEM Educator. Through hands-on activities using Lego and common household items, kids will learn new and exciting skills while completing different engineering challenges each week.

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!

Blind Date with a Book! - Baldwin Public Library
Through March 15, 2019 - Baldwin

The librarians are selecting a variety of teen books and wrapping them so your date’s identity will be a surprise. Check your book out as you normally would, then take it home to unwrap. Will it be a romance, mystery, thriller? Each book comes with a rate your date slip, Stud or Dud. Write a brief comment about your date and return the slip to the Teen Zone by March 15 to be entered in a raffle for a prize.
 

Oh Shift for Teens - Mid Island Y JCC
Through March 19, 2019 - Plainview

OH Shift Teen workshop led by empowerment coach, Keith Senzer, is based on the book by Jen Powers, this interactive 6 week, FREE workshop helps teens become more confident, build self-awareness and learn how to take control of their actions/reactions. Sponsored by The Sophia Valsamos Foundation, a 501 (c) 3 non profit foundation, whose mission is to empower youth to take a stand against bullying, find support around challenges, and celebrate each others differences. The workshop takes place on Tuesday evenings during the dates stated except for February 19th and is open to teens in grades 5-8. To register, visit www.tsvf.org/events or email [email protected]

Afterschool Lego League - Children's Museum of the East End
Through March 21, 2019 - Bridgehampton

Everything is awesome during our weekly After School Lego League! With instruction and guidance from a member of Museum’s Play Staff, kids attending this drop-off workshop will put their Lego skills to the test with a new challenge every week. From architectures to zip lines, this program is designed for builders looking to get a little more out of their Lego. Ages: 6 – 9. 

Family Movie Night - Hicksville McDonald's
Through March 31, 2019 - Hicksville

Every Thursday is Movie Night at Hicksville McDonald's. See a different movie in their Movie room every week. Showtime is at 5:30p. Free Admission!

Seal Walks - Montauk Point State Park
Through March 31, 2019 - Montauk

Montauk Point State Park will host a series of walks to observe wintering seals. A State Park naturalist will lead visitors on a leisurely beach walk to an area where up to four species of seals can be observed. Along the way, there will be opportunities to see many winter birds and to explore marine geology. Binoculars are recommended. The walk is approximately 3 miles long and will take 2-3 hours to complete. Participants are asked to please dress appropriately, wear footwear appropriate for hiking, and meet at the Montauk Point Lighthouse Grill and concession stand at least 10 minutes prior to the start time. Reservations required. 

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.

Tot Spot - Children's Museum of the East End
Through April 17, 2019 - Bridgehampton

Your “Baby and Me” grad is happiest when he or she is moving all about and exploring! Celebrate your child’s newfound abilities and their increasing independence with Tot Spot! Led by the Museum’s Education Coordinator, Liz Bard, this weekly social-emotional development program provides toddlers with opportunities to explore, observe, and get moving in a program designed to encourage social emotional skills, fine motor skills and emerging language. Ages: 16 – 36 months. 

Rolling River Day Camp Prospective Family Day - Rolling River Day Camp
Through May 04, 2019 - East Rockaway

A unique opportunity for children to get a taste of camp while parents attend an interactive information session. Children ages 2-9 are treated to free camp activities including playground time, arts and crafts, gymnastics, Wii games or sports. Parents can focus on obtaining important camp information knowing their kids are supervised onsite by adult camp staff. All families who enroll for Camp 2019 that day will receive a free gift. You must pre-register to attend. Open House Days are 2/9, 3/2, 3/16, 4/13, and 5/4.

New Traveling Exhibit- Sonic Sensation - Long Island Children's Museum
Through May 05, 2019 - Garden City

Listen up! The newest LICM traveling exhibit offers children the opportunity to see, feel and hear sound. Visitors will experience our sonic world while exploring 14 interactive learning stations. Children will discover key listening skills through the science of sound and hearing.

What You’ll Do:

•    Test your lung power in the Scream Chamber! •    Create your own movie soundtrack  •    Conduct an orchestra with your whole body •    Learn about the anatomy and physics of how we hear. •    Explore decibels, amplitude, pitch and sound waves.  •    Find hidden “animals” in kitchen cupboards by listening (no peeking!)  •    Discover ways you can protect your hearing.

SAT & ACT Practice Exams - Sylvan of Huntington
Through May 25, 2019 - Huntington

Sylvan of Huntington will now be offering SAT and ACT Practice Tests every Saturday. If your child will be preparing to take their SAT or ACT exams this winter or spring, then what better way to start the process then by mapping out their strengths and weaknesses. Practice exams will run on Saturdays from 9:30-12:30 pm. Afterwards, families will be invited back to sit down with a director and get a detailed report which will analyze exactly how their child did and where they can improve. Sylvan offers prep programs year round for both the SAT and ACT and interested students can sign up for courses to help get ready for the big day.

DreamWorks Trolls The Experience - 218 W. 57th St.
Through May 31, 2019 - Midtown

DreamWorks Trolls The Experience transports guests into the glittery world of DreamWorks Trolls through a visually-stunning, interactive journey to Poppy’s Best Day Ever Celebration. Guided by a rainbow path, visitors will sing, dance, hug, and celebrate alongside DreamWorks Trolls before meeting Poppy while creating unforgettable family memories and sharable social media moments.

Sensational Kids (Autism Exclusive) - Bounce! Trampoline Sports
Through July 29, 2019 - Syosset

Every Monday from 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM we are open exclusively for children and adults with autism. We have staff members with experience working with special needs children and adults that have received sensitivity training from the Elija school.

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.