Today's Family & Kids Activities in Long Island-January 18

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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, January 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 January 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.

Idea Lab - Brentwood Public Library
Through January 18, 2019 - Brentwood

Join us in our makerspace as we create, program, code and more during this STEAM-based program! Each session we will learn and experiment with different technology, which can include littleBits, Ozobots, 3Doodlers, Spheros and more! Ages 9-12. Sign up begins December 15th, 2018

Music at the Mansion: The World Trad Orchestra - Planting Fields Arboretum State Park
January 18, 2019 - Oyster Bay

The World Trad Orchestra brings together four of the most inspired, inventive jazz musicians on the East Coast to play some of the world’s most inspiring, transporting songs. The band features Rob Curto on accordion, Jay Rattman on clarinet, Dan Monaghan on drums, and Dan Martin on bass. Each member has a long list of credits — Grammy nominations and film soundtracks, high-profile collaborations and performances at Coachella. They formed the World Trad Orchestra to give new life to music that has shaped them profoundly: Brazilian, Cuban, American and French music from the 1920s and 1930s The World Trad Orchestra is more than a jazz band — it’s an emotional weather system. It’s a party on Gatsby’s lawn. It’s a nightclub in Rio. It’s the early hours of the morning in Old Havana. It’s a cobblestone street in Paris at dusk. It’s a mood, an atmosphere, an experience

Meet & Play - Middle Country Public Library
January 18, 2019 - Centereach

For parents/caregivers with children ages birth - 5 years old. Drop-in, play and meet other families with young children. A brief circle time of finger plays and songs ends each class. Registration required. 

Drop Of Nature - Middle Country Public Library
January 18, 2019 - Centereach

For children ages 3 and up with parent/caregiver. Stop in for nature activities the whole family! If weather permits, these activities will take place outdoors. Please dress appropriately for the weather. This program is made possible with support from the Nature Generation. Registration required. 

Page Turners - Middle Country Public Library
January 18, 2019 - Centereach

For children in 4th -5th grade. Join our brand-new book club, where you get a vote on which books we all read! Registration required. 

Lego Club - Emma S. Clark Memorial Library
January 18, 2019 - Setauket

Connect with your friends over LEGO's! Ages 5 and up. 

LEGO CLUB Volunteer - Emma S. Clark Memorial Library
January 18, 2019 - Setauket

Share your love for LEGOS with children ages 5-10 years old. Earn community service credit. Registration required.

Hawaiian Pineapple Salsa & Soft Roast Chicken Tacos - Westhampton Free Library
January 18, 2019 - Westhampton Beach

Join Chef Rob Scott to make a sweet and spicy salsa to pair with soft chicken tacos. Registration required.

DIY Arm Warmers - Brentwood Public Library
January 18, 2019 - Brentwood

Use funky socks and iron on patches to create your very own arm warmers to wear this winter. Ages 13-17. Sign up December 15th, 2018

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.

Toddler Time - Brentwood Public Library
Through January 22, 2019 - Brentwood

Share stories, songs, playtime and lots of fun. Ages 9-23 months. Sign up begins December 15th, 2018

Toddler Playtime - Middle Country Public Library
Through January 22, 2019 - Centereach

For parents/caregivers and children ages 1 - 3 years old. Spend time together playing with the toys, experiencing our sandbox and meeting new friends. Registration required. 

Stories for 2's & 3's - Brentwood Public Library
Through January 23, 2019 - Brentwood

Enjoy stories, songs, and an art activity with your child. Sign up begins December 15th, 2018

Early Childhood Workshop - Middle Country Public Library
Through January 24, 2019 - Centereach

For parents/caregivers and children ages 1 - 5 years old. A play-based class where parents and caregivers of young chlidren can connect with other families, interact with an early childhood teacher, and get information about early literary sources and local community organizations. Registration required. 

On My Own - Middle Country Public Library
Through January 24, 2019 - Centereach

For children ages 3 1/2 - 5 years old without a parent. Art activities, free play and stories in a preschool setting. Registration required. 

Playgroup - Brentwood Public Library
Through January 25, 2019 - Brentwood

Your child will enjoy a large variety of toys and play activities designed to help coordination, motor skills, language development and social skills. Ages 12-47 months (walkers) Sign up begins December 15th, 2018

Time for Baby - Emma S. Clark Memorial Library
Through January 25, 2019 - Setauket

This program will be filled with songs and dance for both of you to enjoy. The 9:45am session is for babies on the move; the 11am session is for infants who are not yet mobile. The Age(s): 16 - 24 mos. Registration required.

Babies Boogie - Middle Country Public Library
Through January 25, 2019 - Centereach

For parents/caregivers with children ages birth-23 months old. Come boogie, wiggle, and giggle with your little dancing partner!

Toddler Tango - Middle Country Public Library
Through January 25, 2019 - Centereach

For parents/caregivers with children ages 2-4 years old. Clap your hands, stamp your feet, and wiggle with the beat!

Story Tots (3-5 years) - Nassau County Museum of Art
Through January 25, 2019 - Roslyn Harbor

Children and their adult companions investigate color, shape, form and texture with art activities based on a new story each week. Listen to story books read aloud and nurture creative expression while exploring various art materials and processes. Begin with Story Time followed by an art project.

Preschool Storybook Art! (Age 3-5) - Key to My Art East Rockaway!
Through January 25, 2019 - East Rockaway

We'll read a fun, interactive story, talk about the characters, plot and illustration, and then get creative - making a project to go with the story! Your child will use different mediums and techniques in this multi-curriculum class. Each week, your child will be introduced to a new book, and will come home with a new project!

Islip Elks Basketball Hoop Shoot for Boys and Girls - Islip Town Hall West
Through January 26, 2019 - Islip

The Islip Elks are inviting kids ages 8 - 13 (must be at age by April 1, 2019), to participate in its annual Basketball Hoop Shoot Contest. It is held on Saturday, January 12, 2019 at Islip Town Hall West, 401 Main Street, Islip. Registration is at 8:30 A.M. and the contest starts at 9:00 A.M. The winners will advance to the District competition, which will be held on Saturday, January 26, 2019 at the same location. Registration for that begins at 8:00 A.M. and contest at 9:00 A.M. The winners will then go on to the state contests. Contact for more information [email protected]

Holiday Model Train Exhibit - Town of Babylon History Museum
Through January 26, 2019 - Babylon

Marvel at a model train show of the former trolley system that travled between Amityville and Babylon Village. The display, rich with local landmarks, is a whopping 240-square-foot homage to the history of the Town of Babylon.

Open Studio for Families - Parrish Art Museum
Through January 26, 2019 - Water Mill

Take a tour of the galleries and create art through hands-on activities. Each month features different art materials and techniques inspired by the works on view. The last tour and studio time starts at 12:30. Drop in sessions are limited to 30 minutes. All ages must be accompanied by an adult. Free with Museum admission. No advance registration required.

'Tinkerbell' - BroadHollow Theatre at Elmont
Through January 26, 2019 - Elmont

Tinkerbell has always been Peter Pan's loyal sidekick but how much do we really know about this beloved fairy?  Not much is known about our pint sized heroine...until now.  Meet Tinkerbell live.

Studio Saturdays - Nassau County Museum of Art
Through January 26, 2019 - Roslyn Harbor

Drop into The Manes Education Center for hands-on activities inspired by our current exhibitions. Spend up to an hour exploring a range of materials, techniques, and themes before continuing out onto our lush grounds filled with trails, a sculpture park and gardens. 


Lego Club - Children's Museum of the East End
Through January 27, 2019 - Bridgehampton

Join CMEE every Sunday any time between 10am and noon for Lego Club at the Museum! We’re excited to share our love of all things Lego with CMEE visitors and encourage children to create original designs. Kids can leave their works-in-progress and plan future sessions with the staff.

Builders Club - Westhampton Free Library
Through January 27, 2019 - Westhampton Beach

Show us your building skills with Crystal Climbers, Keva Planks, Legos, Magic Nuudles and much more. Age: K-3.

Seatuck's Family NATURE CLUB - South Shore Nature Center
Through January 27, 2019 - East 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 in nature. Think of this as guided exploration!  Some of the programs will start finishing after dark giving us the opportunity to see different critters.  Register online. 

'Mary Poppins' - The Showplace at Bellmore Movies
Through January 27, 2019 - Bellmore

Everyone's favorite practically perfect nanny takes the stage in this “Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious” musical adventure! Audience members can meet the characters after each show.

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Joy of Water Color - Island Trees Public Library
Through January 28, 2019 - Island Trees

Enter the exciting world of watercolor painting with Julie Van Benthyusen.  Learn to communicate what you sense and feel about the world you see.  Beginner as well as intermediate students are welcome.  Bring the following to the first class: Arches Watercolor Pad (140lb cold pressed, size 11” X14”), 1 gray kneaded eraser, 2 plastic containers for water & paper  towels. Paint and brushes are available for purchase from the instructor.   Fee  includes use of teacher’s  supplies.

After School Storytime - Emma S. Clark Memorial Library
Through January 28, 2019 - Setauket

Escape after school with a good book and a craft. Ages Grades K - 2. Registration required. 

Breastfeeding Support Group- For Mothers and Babies - North Shore University Hospital- 4 Katz Family Lounge
Through January 29, 2019 - Manhasset

You and your baby are invited to attend our breastfeeding support group every week. A place where you can share, learn and support each other, mother-to-mother, in a warm and friendly atmosphere. Discussions are facilitated by a lactation consultant covering many topics including postpartum adjustment, feeding, sleeping, normal newborn behavior and going back to work.

Tuesday Night Crocheting with Miss Sara - Westhampton Free Library
Through January 29, 2019 - Westhampton Beach

Join Miss Sara on Tuesday nights for a relaxing hour of crocheting. Maybe a scarf or hat to stay cozy! Snacks will be provided. 

Afterschool Gaming - Brentwood Public Library
Through January 29, 2019 - Brentwood

Join your friends after school to play video games on our big screen TVs or to challenge each other at card and board games. Ages 13-17. No Registration Required 

Pre-School Story Time - Emma S. Clark Memorial Library
Through January 29, 2019 - Setauket

It's time for a little independence and to meet new friends. Ages 3.5 yrs. - 5 yrs. Registration required.  

Tot Storytime - Emma S. Clark Memorial Library
Through January 29, 2019 - Setauket

The class themes are designed to stimulate and reinforce all that your toddler enjoys about life. Age(s): 2 & 3 with parent. Registration required.  

Tot Spot - Children's Museum of the East End
Through January 30, 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

Movement & Literacy - Emma S. Clark Memorial Library
Through January 30, 2019 - Setauket

Have your child discover the joy of movement and embodied learning. These classes aim at increasing literacy & vocabulary while developing a child's basic motor skills, musculature, and balance. Age(s): 3.5 yrs. - 5 yrs. Registration required. 

B.A.R.K. Books Are Read To K9s - Emma S. Clark Memorial Library
Through January 30, 2019 - Setauket

Would you like to improve your reading skills? Head to the library and read some stories to a trained therapy dog. You can register in person in the children's department or by phone. Ages 5-12.

Parent Toddler Workshop - Emma S. Clark Memorial Library
Through January 31, 2019 - Setauket

This active hour will give your toddler time to experience sharing, group participation and play with toys that will stimulate his or her mind. Ages: 18 mos. - 3 1/2 with parent. Registration required. 

Facts & Fiction Story Time - Emma S. Clark Memorial Library
Through January 31, 2019 - Setauket

Join us each week for a story time that includes "facts and fiction". Your child will enjoy stories, along with cool facts, trivia, crafts, games and activities. Ages 4-7. Registration required.

Community Gallery – The Art of Keith Haring - Long Island Children's Museum
Through January 31, 2019 - Garden City

Keith Haring’s artwork is known for his use of universal figures. This symbol is popular among children who respond to the movement visible in the figures. After learning about the artist’s life and the impact of his art, fifth grade students from the Marion G. Vedder School in North Babylon created their own Keith Haring-inspired figures.

'Owl' Be Your Friend! - Long Island Children's Museum
Through January 31, 2019 - Garden City

Have a hoot this New Year and create your own feathered owl friend using a Styrofoam cup!

Weekly Story Time - Barnes and Noble- Country Glen Center
Through January 31, 2019 - Carle Place

Kids will love the fantastic stories and the activities that sometimes accompany each reading.

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.

Podcast Club - Brentwood Public Library
Through January 31, 2019 - Brentwood

Calling all teens! Come share your thoughts and ideas during our weekly podcast club! Learn all about audio recording, editing and become part of our Average Brentwood Teens podcast.

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.

Oh Shift for teens - Mid Island Y JCC
Through February 13, 2019 - Plainview

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

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.  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.

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

Sylvan of Huntington will now be offering SAT and ACT Practice Tests every Saturday, through May 25th. 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.

'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.


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.