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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 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 February 2. 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.

Open House - Our Lady of Wisdom Regional School
Through February 02, 2019 - Port Jefferson

Super Bowl 'Saturday' - Emma Clark Library
February 02, 2019 - Setauket

Kick off Super Bowl weekend with football-themed festivities on Saturday, February 2. Simply drop in the Children’s Department at Emma Clark Library between the hours of 2:00 – 4:00 p.m. Play games and enter for a chance to win a special raffle prize. The Library staff encourages visitors to wear a shirt or jersey with their favorite football team (but this is not required).

Chess Nuts Unite - Baldwin Public Library
February 02, 2019 - Baldwin

Join for a game of chess. There will be plenty of snacks for everyone. Registration is ongoing.

PlayHooray Family Music Class - Baldwin Public Library
February 02, 2019 - Baldwin

Ages 6 Months – 5 Years. Molly Mouse returns in this lively music and movement class! Registration begins Monday, January 7.

Long Island High School for the Arts Open House - Long Island High School for the Arts
February 02, 2019 - Syosset

Are you interested in pursuing the arts during and after high school? Visit Long Island’s only public high school for the arts and see what it's all about. The Long Island High School for the Arts (LIHSA) is a unique opportunity for Nassau & Suffolk High School students (Gr. 9-12). Supplement half of your school day with intense training in Dance, Music, Art, Filmmaking, and Theatre. 516-622-5678

Science Saturdays Workshop: Phenomenal Physics – Amusement Parks - Long Island Science Center
February 02, 2019 - Riverhead

Take Your Child to the Library Day - Glen Cove Library
February 02, 2019 - Glen Cove

Steve Petra of Petra Puppets is back for another wild and wacky puppet show. Animal Games is a ventriloquist puppet show for the whole family. Featuring comedy, illusions, music, and audience participation. 

Conservation Kids- Stingers, Claws and Fangs! - Center for Science Teaching and Learning-Tanglewood Preserve
February 02, 2019 - Rockville Center

Our planet is filled with different types of animals that need our help, but not all of them are cute and cuddly. Join us to learn about animals that have stingers, claws, and fangs because all animals are important and amazing! Registration required. Ages 5-12. Drop-off only.

Birding with Frank: Shinnecock Specialties - South Fork Natural History Museum
February 02, 2019 - Bridgehampton

The barrier beach area at Shinnecock is one of the few remaining undeveloped dune/salt marsh habitats on the eastern end of Long Island, an area that frequently has wintering Snowy Owls and Short-Eared Owls. Join Frank on this birding expedition at Shinnecock, one of SOFO’s most popular birding walks. If we’re lucky, we may see either of these two owls and even an American Bittern, Snow Bunting, or a lingering Clapper Rail. Bring binoculars and/or a spotting scope and a field guide to birds of the Eastern United States (if you have one). This walk is for adults and teens, although children over the age of 10 may attend. A shuttle bus will be available from SOFO to the birding location. Limited space is available on the bus; please register as soon as possible for this program if you would like a seat on the bus. Walk Leader: Frank Quevedo, Executive Director, South Fork Natural History Museum. For more information, reservations, and directions to meeting places, please call: (631) 537-9735.

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Little Mermaid Auditions - Huntington Center for Performing Arts
Through February 02, 2019 - Huntington Village

History of Rock and Roll, Featuring: The Marcels, The Crystals, and Jay Siegel's Tokens - Madison Theatre at Molloy College
February 02, 2019 - Rockville Centre

The History of American Rock & Roll returns for its sixth consecutive year with The Marcels, The Crystals, and Jay Siegel’s Tokens. The multi-talented Jay Siegel is best known for his soaring falsetto on the classic mega-hit, “The Lion Sleeps Tonight.” Two of the Top 50 most popular records in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame belong to The Crystals with hits like “Uptown,” “He’s a Rebel,” “He’s Sure the Boy I Love,” “Da Doo Ron Ron,” and “Then He Kissed Me.” The Marcels are, as advertised, the guys who put the “Bomp” in the “Bomp-A-Bomp” back in 1961 when their first recording, “Blue Moon,” sold over two and a half million copies. Joined by the Coda Band for an amazing night!

Groundhog Day Event - Sherwood-Jayne Farm
February 02, 2019 - East Setauket

If we see our own shadow in the woods, how many more weeks of winter remain? Try a little shadow fun and then take a walk to see what the animals are really doing on this winter day.

Cirque Éloize 'Saloon' - Staller Center - Stony Brook University
February 02, 2019 - Stony Brook

Sponsored by Times Beacon Record News Media, The Wild Wild West comes alive with Cirque Éloize’s newest creation, Saloon. Swing open the saloon doors and lasso up some fun for the entire family. Staller Center brings back the multi-talented French-Canadian cirque company that thrilled audiences with their shows “Rain,” “Nomade,” and “ID.”  

2019 Chinese New Year - Stony Brook Village
February 02, 2019 - Stony Brook

Celebrate the Year of the Pig with Taiko Drums, a Lion Dance, crafts for the kids, and more! Advanced registration required. 

Storytime and Activities Featuring Elmo's Super-Duper Birthday - Barnes and Noble - Smith Haven Mall
February 02, 2019 - Lake Grove

It's Elmo's birthday! Join for activities, stickers, and a craft. 

Under The Big Top Extravaganza - The Noel S. Ruiz Theatre at CM Performing Arts Center
Through February 02, 2019 - Oakdale

We waited all year for its return. The lights, the sounds, the glitter of...you guessed it: The Circus! It truly was "The Greatest Show on Earth". Now is your chance to create new circus memories with your family and join us this winter as we bring you our Under the Big Top Extravaganza. Seating is limited. Ticket price includes face painting, popcorn, games, and a water bottle. 

SOUPer Bowl XII - Archangel Michael Greek Orthodox Church
February 02, 2019 - Port Washington

Chase away the winter blues at Port Washington’s SOUPer BOWL! Everyone is invited to taste the delicious soups donated by Port Washington restaurants. Then vote for your favorite soup, and when all the ballots are tallied, the 2019 SOUPer BOWL Champ is determined. The winner will receive the “People’s Choice Award.” There will also be a select Judges’ Panel with celebrities and culinary experts. The winner, as determined by a vote of the Panel, is given the prestigious “Judges’ Choice Award.” The participating restaurants also provide bread and crackers for the tasters. The Port Washington Chamber of Commerce will be collecting non-perishable food which will be donated to local families in need.

Annual Groundhog Day Celebration - Holtsville Ecology Site
February 02, 2019 - Holtsville

Six more weeks of winter or an early spring? Hundreds will gather at the Brookhaven Wildlife and Ecology Center to hear Highway Superintendent Daniel P. Losquadro announce Holtsville Hal’s famous forecast. According to tradition, if a groundhog sees its shadow after stirring from hibernation on Groundhog Day, there will be six more weeks of winter weather; if not, spring should arrive early. Although he’s sure to be the center of attention, Holtsville Hal will not be the only animal available for viewing. Following the ceremony, residents are welcome to enjoy some free hot chocolate and visit the Animal Preserve, which will have more than 100 animals on display.

Play on the Farm - The Green School
February 02, 2019 - Sagaponack

Children can enjoy free play on the farm, visiting the animals, and occasionally groom a horse or snuggle with the bunnies. All ages with caregiver. Pre-registration required.

Storytime and Activities Featuring Elmo's Super-Duper Birthday - Barnes and Noble -Manhasset
February 02, 2019 - Manhasset

It's Elmo's birthday! Celebrate with activities, stickers, and a craft. 

Lunar New Year - Landmark on Main Street
February 02, 2019 - Port Washington

Landmark presents a day of cultural activities, with food and free crafts in the gym followed by Ba Ban Chinese Music Society of New York presents "RED" in the Jeanne Rimsky Theater.

'Charlotte's Web' - The Showplace at Bellmore Movies
Through February 03, 2019 - Bellmore

Charlotte's Web is the story of Wilbur the pig and his friendship with Fern Arable, the little girl who adopts him, and his barnyard friends but most importantly, Charlotte the spider.

Friday Night In - Westhampton Free Library
Through February 08, 2019 - Westhampton Beach

Every Friday from 5:00-9:00pm, the Library will be closed to everyone except Tweens and Teens (grades 4-12). Activities vary week to week. Participants must arrive before 7:00pm when the doors will be locked for the evening. Participants can leave when they wish, but re-admittance will not be allowed. During this time, we will have a variety of activities, including video games, board games, movies, and much more. In order to participate in Friday Night In, each child must have a permission slip signed by a parent/guardian and parents must come to the library to sign the permission slip in person. 

Crochet Club for Kids - Floral Park Library
Through February 12, 2019 - Floral Park

For kids in Grades 3 through 6. You will learn basic crochet stitches and techniques in this fun and interactive hour of instruction. Beginners and experienced crocheters welcome.

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. 

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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.