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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 23, 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 23. 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.

In the Kitchen: Sweet Potato Pie - Children's Museum of the East End
February 23, 2019 - Bridgehampton

February’s “In The Kitchen” is dedicated to one of our favorite desserts…sweet potato pie! During the morning workshop, kids will learn how to take just a few simple ingredients— eggs, vanilla, cinnamon, sweet potatoes—and turn them into a delicious pie, perfect for the winter season. Ages: Parents and caregivers with children ages 3 to 6 years. Space is limited and pre-registration is strongly encouraged. 

Forest Therapy Walk - Sands Point Preserve
February 23, 2019 - Sands Point

Porteldge Summer Adventure Sampler - Portledge School
February 23, 2019 - Locust Valley

Join us for Summer Sampler. Meet teachers, sample programs, tour campus, classrooms, labs and grounds. Enroll in programs.

Black History Month Event– Freedom Quilts - Baldwin Public Library
February 23, 2019 - Baldwin

Celebrate black history by discovering the stories that quilts told in the days of the Underground Railroad to assist runaway slaves on their journey to freedom. Learn to “read” various quilt codes; then use mathematical patterns and fabric shapes to design a quilt that tells your very own personal story. For grades 2-6. Registration begins Monday, February 4.

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.

Family Movie- 'The House With a Clock in Its Walls' - Glen Cove Library
February 23, 2019 - Glen Cove

The House With a Clock in Its Walls (PG) is based on a thrilling book written by John Bellairs and featuring Jack Black and Cate Blanchett. Bring a snack to enjoy as you are watching the movie.

80's Arcade & Karaoke Night - Cradle of Aviation Museum
February 23, 2019 - Garden City

Relive the glory days of the 1980s while playing classic arcade games like Pac-Man and Donkey Kong and singing your hearts out to '80s karaoke music. No need to bring quarters as games are all set to free play, but please do bring the big hair, acid-washed jeans, shoulder pads, and Members Only jackets. And now we've added over 30 classic consoles from the 70s through the 90s so you can play all your retro favorites like Pong and games on the Atari 2600 all the way through to the Nintendo 64. Play Games on Over 30 Classic Consoles and Over 30 Arcade Machines; 80s Karaoke; Retro Game Tournament - TBD; 80s Costume/Cosplay Contest; $1 Raffles - win a classic Console (Console TBD) - Drawing same night!; Cash Bar

Brought to you by: Cradle-Con, A Comic, Collectible and Pop Culture Con and the Long Island Retro Gaming Expo

Rotting Log Wildlife - South Fork Natural History Museum
February 23, 2019 - Bridgehampton

Tiny friends from the summer months seem to disappear when the winter comes. Ever wondered where the spiders, slugs, and centipedes sleep when the snowfall covers the ground? Join Miles to learn more about a favorite hibernation hideaway of countless chilly creatures, as you explore the biodiversity of the wriggly winter wonderland in your backyards. Ages 9+. Reservations required. 

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. 

Science Saturdays Workshop: Earth Scientist – Dino Detective - Long Island Science Center
February 23, 2019 - Riverhead

Take a walk in a paleontologist’s shoes and learn about how scientists determine how dinosaurs moved, ate, and lived. Create your own fossil impression to bring home. Workshop fee is $5, free to members.

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!

Disney's D'Cappella - NYCB Theatre at Westbury
February 23, 2019 - Westbury

DCappella, Disney Music Group’s new a cappella group featuring 7 world class vocalists, will embark on its first North American tour in January 2019. Created by Disney and contemporary a cappella legend Deke Sharon (Pitch Perfect, The Sing Off and much more), the tour will appeal to fans of both Disney and a cappella with their modern a cappella versions of Disney hits. With Antonio Fernandez, Joe Santoni, Morgan Keene, Orlando Dixon, RJ Woessner, Shelley Regner (seen in Pitch Perfect movies), and Sojourner Brown.

Photo by Randall Michelson

Crafternoon - Open to all kids! - Emma Clark Library
February 23, 2019 - Setauket

Warm up at the library! The February "Crafternoon" at Emma Clark Library is a snowman coin purse. Stop by Saturday, February 23 anytime between 1 - 3pm for this free craft! No registration. All kids welcome. Questions? Email kids@emmaclark.org

'LEGO Movie 2 Event' - Barnes and Noble - East Northport
February 23, 2019 - East Northport

Join us for exciting activities including building a Mini Emmet's Dream House to take home with you, plus other giveaways while supplies last.

Storytime and Activities Featuring 'I Am Martin Luther King, Jr.' - Barnes and Noble - East Northport
February 23, 2019 - East Northport

Join us for our biography kids' book series as we read about Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., an inspiring leader who had a dream of peace and love for all children everywhere. 

'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.

Open House - Park Shore Country Day Camp, School & Extreme STEAM Science Kids
February 23, 2019 - Dix Hills

Visit Park Shore for a private tour and learn about their Day Camp, Travel Camp, Extreme STEAM Science Camp, Cooking with Stars Camp, and their Preschool and Kindergarten. Park Shore offers programs for children ages 2-14.

Marine Mammals Festival - Jones Beach Nature Center
February 23, 2019 - Wantagh

Learn about these unique animals - big and small. Move from station to station and participate in exciting activities, or join a seal walk and maybe spot one in person. Wander though a kelp forest and discover its many secrets.

LEGO Movie 2 Event - Barnes and Noble -Manhasset
February 23, 2019 - Manhasset

Join us for exciting activities including building a Mini Emmet's Dream House to take home with you, plus other giveaways while supplies last

Houston City Dance Company - Suffolk County Community College
February 23, 2019 - Brentwood

Houston City Dance's touring company performs their vibrant mix of jazz, hip-hop, and classical styles. The Company's performers are young adults of diverse ethnic, social, and cultural backgrounds, some of whom were at-risk students or high school dropouts from troubled backgrounds.

Storytime and Activities Featuring 'I am Martin Luther King, Jr.' - Barnes and Noble- Country Glen Center
February 23, 2019 - Carle Place

Join for the biography kids' book series to read about Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., an inspiring leader who had a dream of peace and love for all children everywhere. 

Best of Broadway - Adelphi University
Through February 24, 2019 - Garden City

Adelphi’s talented students showcase music from Broadway past and present. The Poole Family Broadway Series at the Adelphi PAC is generously sponsored by Mary Jane and Thomas Poole.

Photo by Peter Frutkoff

'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. 

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! 

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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

'The Little Mermaid' - The Showplace at Bellmore Movies
Through March 03, 2019 - Bellmore

In a magical kingdom fathoms below, the beautiful young mermaid, Ariel, longs to leave her ocean home to live in the world above.

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 LEGOs 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 rsvp@tsvf.org

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 the 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.