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Today's Family & Kids Activities in Long Island-January 8

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

Idea Squad - Brentwood Public Library
January 08, 2019 - Brentwood

Calling all kids! Come with your friends, talk about what you want to see in the library and have fun creating projects! Participants will receive one hour of community service credit. Ages 9-12. Sign up begins December 15th, 2018

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

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

Family Preschool Hour - Floral Park Library
January 08, 2019 - Floral Park

Enjoy an hour of singing, dancing, storytelling and a craft with our friends from A TIME FOR KIDS, INC. For families with little ones, age 18 months - Pre-School age.

Tales to Tails - Rockville Centre Library
January 08, 2019 - Rockville Centre

Build reading confidence! Kids read to specially trained dogs, who act as non-judgmental reading partners. Sign up for one 15-minute session of one-on-one reading time. Children grade 3 and under must have a parent or caregiver present in the Library during our programs.

Buckley Country Day School Open House - Buckley Country Day School
January 08, 2019 - Roslyn

 Families will hear from our Headmaster and current students about our programs at Buckley Country Day School for toddlers through eighth graders. The Open House will also consist of a tour of our beautiful school.

Library Mini Golf Decorations - Emma S. Clark Memorial Library
January 08, 2019 - Setauket

Create decorations for the Children’s Department library mini golf program scheduled for February 8. This program will be led by local Girl Scouts.

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

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

All Aboard! - Mineola Memorial Library
January 08, 2019 - Mineola

You're the conductor in this fun program!  Come dressed in your "choo-choo" best, listen to stories, play with our trains, and make a fun craft!! Ages 18 months to Grade 1 (with adult caregiver).

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

Come to get a taste of Zumba with certified instructor Desiree Durand. Zumba combines Latin and international music with dynamic, yet simple exercise moves and help the body to effectively burn calories, effectively tone all muscle groups, incorporate full range of motion, and improve the cardiovascular system.

Healthy Kids, Healthy Families: Parents Make a Difference (Bilingual) - Brentwood Public Library
Through January 10, 2019 - Brentwood

Presented by the Cornell Cooperative Extension, this free program is designed for parents who are caring for children between the ages 3-11. Discover goals to create a healthy/happy family, easy/fun recipes while learning the nutritional value of food, practical ideas to stay active and receive a certificate from Cornell University. Classes given in Spanish and English. Registration begins Saturday, October 20th.

Friday Night Teen Program - Middle Country Public Library
Through January 11, 2019 - Centereach

For teens 6th - 12th grade. Join us for Friday Night Teen Programs: Open Mic and Teen Game Night. Registration required. 

Italian Classes for Children, ages 3-11 - Camp Italia
Through January 12, 2019 - Garden City

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

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. 

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!

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.

'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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.