Today's Family & Kids Activities in Long Island-July 12

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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, July 12, 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 July 12. For even more free and low-cost upcoming events in Nassau, check out our complete calendar of events.

Sit. Stay. Read! - Syosset Public Library
July 12, 2019 - Syosset

Animals make ideal reading companions. Bideawee’s Reading to Dogs program provides a fun, non-judgmental environment where children can improve their literacy skills. Registration required.

Family Fridays: Mermaids and Giants - The Common Ground
July 12, 2019 - Sayville

This acoustic duo sings children's songs for kids of all ages and their moms and dads. Please bring your own lawn seating. 

Girls 4CS' Coding Workshop - Oyster Bay East Norwich Public Library
July 12, 2019 - Oyster Bay

Join Elizabeth Ruggiero, a Junior at Syosset High School and learn fun, thought-provoking hands-on coding activities. Registration for OBEN PL Cardholders begins: Friday, June 14th at 9:30 am. Non Residents are welcome to sign up beginning Friday July 5th if room allows in person or by phone.

PlayHooray Toddlers - Merrick Library
July 12, 2019 - Merrick

Children ages 18-48 months and a caregiver with enjoy singing, dancing, and playing with PlayHooray.  Registration begins June 28th for Merrick residents. July 5th for non-residents.

PlayHooray Babies - Merrick Library
July 12, 2019 - Merrick

Children ages 0-17 months and a caregiver with enjoy singing, dancing, and playing with PlayHooray. Registration begins June 28th for Merrick residents. July 5th for non-residents.

Youth Open Mic Night with Nico Padden - Farmingdale Village
July 12, 2019 - Farmingdale

Farmingdale Village Cultural Arts Committee presents Youth Open Mic Night hosted by Nico Padden inside Village Hall. Music, poetry, comedy, magic, and other performances by youths. Various types of performers are welcome to participate (18 & younger), to register in advance, email [email protected], or sign-up that night Starting at 7pm, first come, first served.

Bayport Blue Point Heritage Association Presents a Free Concert - Bayport's Memorial Park
July 12, 2019 - Bayport

This evening concert will feature JK Hodge, a local Bayporter who plays the piano. Bring your beach chairs, picnic blankets and snacks. 

Summer Kick Off Sand Art Party - Stew Leonard's
July 12, 2019 - Farmingdale

Long Island Summer Festival - Smith Haven Mall
Through July 13, 2019 - Lake Grove

The Long Island Summer Festival is the premiere destination for hundreds of local vendors, diverse food options, a carnival experience with tons of rides to choose from, and famous hot air balloons available for high-flying rides! Visitors of all ages are welcome, with something for everyone to enjoy in this beautiful Long Island Summer atmosphere! 

Hot Air Balloon rides will be only available for purchase through A limited number of Hot Air Balloon tickets are  available. 

Huntington Arts Council: “Members Showcase” - Main Street Gallery
Through July 13, 2019 - Huntington

An exclusive exhibition that features the work of HAC artist members. This year's show highlights: Shain Bard, Holly Black, Anne Breitstein, Joyce Bressler, Lisa Cangemi, Fernando Carpaneda, Caryn Coville, Dawn Daisley, Oksana Danziger, Beth Drucker, J. DeMeo, Dudley Music, Patty Eljaiek, Clemente Ettrick, James Finlayson, Suzanne Hill, Susan Illions-Lee, Jan Guarino, Holly Gordon, Ron Janssen, David Jaycox Jr, Michael Lang, Jacques LeBlanc, Cory Lightfoot, Drew Lockwood, Annina Luck, Donna Marshall, Stan Mehlman, Kristen Memoli, Karen O'Donnell, Ann Parry, Scott Ross, Coleen Ryan-Rivera, Patty Schwarz, Michelle Sepanski, Hillary Serota Needle, Meryl Shapiro Shapiro, Meredith Smith, Karen Smullen, Susan Sterber, Nicholas Striga, Toxic/Nature Studios, Robert Stuhmer, Gail Swedberg, Susan Tiffen, Evelyn Ulex, Vyckie Van Goth, Stephen Wyler, Valerie Zeman. 

Kids Play Free Week! - New York Musician's Center
Through July 13, 2019 - Bellmore

Bring your kids to try out a lesson on piano, voice, guitar, drums, violin, viola, cello, bass, and more! 

31st Annual Sidewalk Sale - Cedarhurst Business Improvement District
Through July 14, 2019 - Cedarhurst

The stores of Cedarhurst’s beautiful Business District will be lining the sidewalks with great bargains during the 31st Annual Summer Sidewalk Sale. The summer sidewalk sale is an event you won’t forget, with its small-village charm and some of the newest and hippest stores and restaurants. Shop for everyone in your family--baby gifts, home furnishings, great clothes, and more. A weekend in Cedarhurst is a great summer getaway! See website for stores with Saturday hours. 

Blueberry Festival - Garden of Eve Farm
Through July 14, 2019 - Riverhead

Admission includes U-pick Blueberry Fields and free hayrides, as well as entry to the Family Fun Fields and a visit to the friendly farm animals, the pedal kart track, hay pyramid, spider web, and more. Farm Café open 10-5 and Farm Brewery open 11-4. Blueberries $4 per box pick your own.

Old Time Base Ball - Old Bethpage Restoration Village
Through July 14, 2019 - Old Bethpage

Watch as teams from the 1864 league play base ball (as it was spelled then) following the rules and customs of the 19th century in vintage uniforms.

Meet Our Robots! - Long Island Explorium
Through July 14, 2019 - Port Jefferson

Meet the robots! Then work together to get them through the obstacle course.

Middle Country Public Library: Gardening Crew - Bethel Hobbs Community Farm
Through July 17, 2019 - Centereach

For teens entering 6th - 12th grades. Teens will meet at Hobbs Community Farm and join Melissa Kurtz, Master Gardener, to learn the benefits of organic gardening and to serve the community by planting, caring for, and harvesting the farm's gardens.

Outdoor Films - Southampton Arts Center
Through July 19, 2019 - Southampton

Kick off the summer with family-friendly films like Star Wars IV – A New Hope, Finding Nemo, and Singin' in the Rain. Bring chairs and blankets and make sure to be on time for trivia! Refreshments, including full picnic meals, will be available for purchase through the Thyme Truck at all outdoor programs. Bar service will be provided by Southampton Publick House.

Presented with Hamptons International Film Festival and sponsored by Corcoran, Licensed Associate RE Broker Jennifer Mahoney and Licensed Associate RE Broker Mary Slattery

Aladdin Jr. - Gateway Playhouse
Through July 20, 2019 - Bellport

Aladdin discovers a magic lamp and the Genie who has the power to grant three wishes. Together with Jasmine, Aladdin and his foes embark on a musical adventure featuring "A Whole New World" and all the hit songs you love.

Marine Habitats Workshop - Vanderbilt Museum and Planetarium
Through July 22, 2019 - Centerport

Creative science workshop for children in Kindergarten-Grade 3. Tour the Marine Museum, learn about the distribution of life in the oceans, and make a fish using a repurposed water bottle. Advance registration is required.

MONDAY FAMILY MOVIES - Lynbrook Public Library
Through July 22, 2019 - Lynbrook

Bring the whole family to sensory friendly showings of movies including Wonder Park, Small Foot, How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World, and Kid Who Would Be King. Nut-free snacks and and water permitted.

Green Teens - Long Island Children's Museum
Through July 25, 2019 - Garden City

Explore the worlds of science and nature with the Green Teens this summer in the LICM Backyard! Each week, dig deeper into the unknown through hands-on learning experiences on alternative energy, water, habitats, and more. Check out the website for Green Teens updates. 

Farmingdale Music on Main 2019 - Farmingdale Village
Through July 25, 2019 - Farmingdale

Celebrate summer with outdoor music and fun along Main Street. The merchants are planning great nights of Music under the Stars, dine al fresco and shop local, with free admission!  The event will be held along Main Street. Bring family and friends and enjoy the Music under the Stars series - for all ages. Thanks to the Downtown merchants, clubs and restaurants who are organizing this event. Park in lots and surrounding area where permitted; LIRR/parking lots (after 4pm) just a few blocks away. 2 New Parking lots: opposite 7-11 north of LIRR tracks on Main & another lot, at Melville Rd/Jackson Ave, 2 blocks from Croxley's. Additional parking in Howitt School - Cherry Street lot behind the Village Green. 

Splish Splash, Animal Baths - Long Island Children's Museum
Through July 26, 2019 - Garden City

Learn what goes into the care of LICM’s animals. Join the Animal Program Educator to observe animal bath time.

Kids in the Kitchen Family Series - Long Island Children's Museum
Through July 26, 2019 - Garden City

LICM’s popular Early Childhood program expands in the summer to welcome older siblings who enjoy time in the kitchen. Little chefs use real cooking tools (with some help from adults) to make easy, yummy, kid-friendly snacks from start to finish. As they make their treat, kids gain experience measuring ingredients, following directions and building their vocabulary. Learn about healthy eating and fun ways to stay active with a new exercise activity every week! Dishes include Red, White and Blueberry Coconut Muffins, Summer Vegetable Whole-Grain Pasta Salad, BBQ Chicken Teriyaki Lettuce Wrap, and Baked Parmesan Zuccini Fries.

This program is made possible with the support of Cohen Children's Medical Center and Kohl's Cares. 

Lego Club - Oyster Bay East Norwich Public Library
Through July 26, 2019 - Oyster Bay

A generous gift from The Friends of the Library has enabled The Children's Room to purchase a terrific set of Legos. Tables will be set up in the Green Room where children can build whatever their imaginations can come up with! Children under 9 must  be accompanied by an adult. All Lego creations will remain in the Library. 

Through July 26, 2019 - Mt. Sinai

Heritage Trust is proud to sponsor free Movie in the Moonlight events this summer featuring The Incredibles 2 and Wreck it Ralph 2. Bring a blanket or chair and enjoy a great family event in the park watching a movie on a large screen. Movie refreshments will be available "The Shack" concession. Movies begin at dusk (approximately 8:15 pm).

Citizen Science: Monarch Larva Monitoring Project - Long Island Children's Museum
Through July 26, 2019 - Garden City

Be a citizen scientist and study monarch butterflies in LICM’s Milkweed Garden. By measuring plants, rainfall and monarch eggs you will be collecting real data that scientists at the University of Minnesota Monarch Lab can analyze! Your data will help them understand butterfly migration and will help conserve this threatened species. Each Friday afternoon meet at the front desk to collect information and see how these plants are habitat for visiting monarchs. This program is made possible with the support of the Rob and Melani Walton Sustainability Solutions Initiatives at Arizona State University.

Little Farmer Explorers - Garden of Eve Farm
Through July 27, 2019 - Riverhead

Tour the farm to see what's growing, taste the fruits of the field, and learn about how the plants grow. Walk around the field tasting as you go, some weeks you will harvest veggies or fruits, others you will collect eggs. Fun and educational activities for kids ages 4-10. Parents are welcome to come along, or kids can be dropped off for the program (or parents can wait at the Farm Market during the program).  Includes admission to Fun Fields play area. Part of a four week series 7/6, 7/13, 7/20, & 7/27. Not required to attend all sessions. Pre-registration recommended.

STEM Discoveries - Long Island Children's Museum
Through July 28, 2019 - Garden City

Explore the worlds of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math. Create, experiment, and tinker as you spark your curiosity. Join LICM for these free workshops each weekend. Check the website for program updates. Note: No session on 7/20.

Messy Afternoons - Long Island Children's Museum
Through July 28, 2019 - Garden City

Get up to your elbows in oobleck, clean mud and slime for the type of artistic activities that everyone loves, but no one likes to clean-up after.  Except LICM!  Stop by anytime between 3:30 and 5:00 for as long as you wish. Ages 18 months-4 years. 

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.

Movies on the Green - Farmingdale Village
Through July 30, 2019 - Farmingdale

See movies like Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax, Spiderman: Into the Spider-Verse, Small Foot, and A Dog's Way Home under the stars. 

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Winston Preparatory School Open House - Winston Preparatory School
Through July 30, 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. You are invited to learn more about the school and sign up for an upcoming Open House at

Exhibit: Salute to Music Legends of Color - African American Museum and Center for Applied Art
Through July 31, 2019 - Hempstead

The exhibit highlights Long Island's jazz greats Alice Coltrane, John Coltrane, Roy Eldridge, Freddie Green, Buddy Tate, and Lloyd Trotman. Panel discussions will be presented every Wednesday, in June, (6pm-8pm). Speakers include Paul Ramsey, Nat White, and Rubin Bankhead.

Mash-Up Banks - Long Island Children's Museum
Through July 31, 2019 - Garden City

Join LICM in the inner lobby for some animal mash-up fun as you create your own coin bank. Save your coins in a one-of-kind animal mash up creation. Use paint, foam and a variety of materials to make the ultimate creative creature! 

Music and Movement - Long Island Children's Museum
Through July 31, 2019 - Garden City

Enjoy creative movement exercises and interactive sing-alongs that get little bodies moving to the rhythm. Ages 5 and younger.

Wacky Water Wednesdays - Cold Spring Harbor Fish Hatchery & Aquarium
Through July 31, 2019 - Cold Spring Harbor

Kids can go under the Hatchery Sprinkler. Sprinklers, bubbles, lawn games. Bring towels.

Farmingdale Village Pops - The Village Green
Through August 07, 2019 - Farmingdale

Enjoy free concerts directed by Brad DiMilo, Wednesday evenings at the Gazebo. Bring chairs and blankets for seating. Weather permitting

Crafts in the Garden - Merrick Library
Through August 07, 2019 - Merrick

Children ages 2-5 years will create fun crafts while enjoying the outdoors! Program will be held in the Astarita Garden. Weather permitting. Registration is not required.

Yoga and Mindfulness Arts & Crafts - Oceanside Library
Through August 09, 2019 - Oceanside

Children must be the age or in the grades specified by the first date of each program you register for. Join yoga master, MaryClare, for a fun-filled yoga session, followed by a craft related to yoga and meditation. Registration required. 

Cinderella - Theatre Three
Through August 09, 2019 - Port Jefferson

Back by Popular Demand! THEATRE THREE opens the 2019-2020 children's theatre season with its original retelling of the poor waif Cinderella. The classic love story finds its power in a pumpkin, a palace, a prince, and a young girl whose belief in herself can overcome any obstacle. When her Fairy Godmother adds a dash of excitement, the magical possibilities are endless. Don't miss this musical enchantment for the entire family.

The Wizard of Oz - BroadHollow Theatre at Elmont
Through August 13, 2019 - Elmont

Follow Dorothy and her friends, the Scarecrow, the Tin Man and the Cowardly Lion as they venture to the Emerald City.

Kids Summer Movie Series - The Patchogue Theatre for the Performing Arts
Through August 14, 2019 - Patchogue

Enjoy a showing of Disney's "Finding Nemo," "Cinderella," "Monsters, Inc.," "The Little Mermaid," "Cars," and "The Incredibles" throughout July and August.

Películas Para Niños en Español - The Patchogue Theatre for the Performing Arts
Through August 14, 2019 - Patchogue

See children's movies in Spanish, including Finding Nemo, Cinderella, Monsters, Inc., The Little Mermaid, Cars, and The Incredibles.

Summer Workshops for Kids - Heckscher Museum of Art
Through August 16, 2019 - Huntington

Drop in and Create! Young artists will paint in an inspiring location in Heckscher Park or draw and collage in the Museum. Ages 5-10. Parents/Caregivers are welcome but not required to stay.

Queens Night Market - New York Hall of Science
Through August 17, 2019 - Corona

The Queens International Night Market is a large, family-friendly open-air night market in Queens, featuring up to 100 independent vendors selling merchandise, art, and food and featuring small-scale cultural performances, all celebrating the rich cultural diversity and heritage of NYC and Queens.

Photo: Queens Night Market // Storm Garner

The Travelin' Trunk Show - ThinkBIG! Theater Arts
Through August 18, 2019 - Patchogue

Each week, Miss Heather returns from a trip around the world with a new story to share! Through music, sound effects, and costumed play, help create a delightful improvised performance that's never the same show twice. This is Long Island's only episodic children's show, so see it each weekend for a new story with your favorite characters.

Family Storytime - Merrick Library
Through August 19, 2019 - Merrick

Children ages 0-5 years and their caregivers are invited to listen to a variety of stories and songs. 

Pajama Story Time - Emma Clark Library
Through August 21, 2019 - Setauket

Put on your PJs, grab your teddy bear and a parent, and come to Emma Clark Library for some great stories. Ages 2 years-Grade 2 with parent/caregiver.

Children's Story Time - East End Seaport Museum
Through August 22, 2019 - GREENPORT

The museum will host a weekly nautical-themed story time geared toward children ages 7 and younger in the Captain Bob’s Quarterdeck children’s room. Each story time will be followed by a simple craft. Registration is required. Please email [email protected] to reserve your spot.

Story Tots - Nassau County Museum of Art
Through August 23, 2019 - Roslyn Harbor

Children ages 3-5 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.

Movies on the Great Lawn - Westhampton Free Library
Through August 26, 2019 - Westhampton Beach

Spend an evening with the big screen on the Great Lawn in Westhampton Beach. Popcorn, mini-events, and giveaways are included. Schedule below: July 1: "Jaws" July 8: "Pitch Perfect" July 15: "King Kong" July 22: "Jurassic Park" July 29: "How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World" Aug. 5: "Lego Movie 2" Aug. 12: "Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory" Aug. 19: "Ralph Breaks the Internet" Aug. 26: "Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse".

Kids on the Green - Westhampton Free Library
Through August 27, 2019 - Westhampton Beach

Performances are geared for families with children ages 3-8, but all are welcome.

July 9: Prestino's Magic
July 16: The Uncle Brothers Band
July 23: Brady Rymer
July 30: Jester Jim

Aug. 6: Rock and Roll with Squeaky Clean
Aug. 13: The MickMags
Aug: 20: Goowin's Balloowins
Aug. 27: Petting Zoo (4:30-6:30 p.m.)

Teen Dungeons & Dragons - Main St. Board Game Cafe
Through August 27, 2019 - Huntington

Whether you're an experienced adventurer or a first-time dungeon delver, Dungeons & Dragons night is the perfect place for teens to play the most popular role-playing game in the world. The expert staff will be running short adventures (approximately 2.5 hours), and players can choose to participate in single sessions, or return each week to play in an ongoing story. 2 Groups: Grades 6-8 and Grades 9-12

Family Night Out - Westhampton Free Library
Through August 28, 2019 - Westhampton Beach

Enjoy some family fun every Wednesday night this summer. Schedule below: July 10: Phases of the Moon, July 17: Family Game Night, July 24: Out of this World Party, July 31: Family Movie Night, Aug. 7: Knock Em' Dead Comedy Game Show, Aug. 14: Family Game Night, Aug. 21: Robert Rivest and the First Mime on the Moon, Aug. 28: Mr. Poppin' Twist

Table Tennis League - Friedberg JCC
Through August 29, 2019 - Oceanside

Grab your paddle and get ready to play this fun, competitive, easy and social game! All levels welcome! Children younger than 16 must be accompanied by a parent.

Sand Castle Contest - Hither Hills State park
Through August 29, 2019 - Montauk

Hither Hills State Park hosts a weekly sandcastle contest, which is open to all ages. Sand, water, and natural materials native to the beach can be used to create sculptures. Each week prizes will be awarded for the best sculptors and castles in several categories. 

Afternoon Board Game Club - Main St. Board Game Cafe
Through August 29, 2019 - Huntington

In these 2-hour drop-off sessions, kids will learn a wide variety of strategic games with the expert staff while having a blast with friends. Game choices are custom-picked for each age group to highlight a range of cognitive skills, and students will boost their game knowledge in a fun, caring, and individualized environment. 2 Groups: Grades 1-2 and Grades 3-5 Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays during the summer.

Farmers Market - Good Shepherd Levittown Farmers Market
Through August 31, 2019 - Levittown

Support small local businesses and check out the fresh produce, fresh breads, cookies, cakes, pickles, and local handmade crafters.

Vanderbilt Mansion Living History - Vanderbilt Museum
Through September 01, 2019 - Centerport

This summer it's 1939 in the Vanderbilt Mansion. Guides in costume tell visitors stories of the Vanderbilt family and its famous guests.

Family Fluke Fishing On The Island Princess Captree - Island Princess Captree Fishing Boat
Through September 02, 2019 - Babylon

Squawk! The Amazing Bird Show - The Long Island Game Farm
Through September 02, 2019 - Manorville

Squawk! The Amazing Bird Show has made appearances on America's Got Talent and The Late Show with David Letterman.

National Geographic Photo Ark by Joel Sartore - Southampton Arts Center
Through September 08, 2019 - Southampton

The International Center of Photography and Southampton Arts Center are thrilled to co-present the National Geographic Photo Ark exhibition, featuring the compelling and visually stunning work of National Geographic photographer and Fellow Joel Sartore. The exhibition will highlight Sartore's images from his work in more than 250 zoos, aquariums, and animal rescue centers around the world. Founded by Sartore in 2006, the National Geographic Photo Ark aims to document event species living in zoos and wildlife sanctuaries, inspire action through education, and help save wildlife by supporting on-the-ground conservation efforts. National Geographic is showcasing this important project through multiple platforms, including this exhibition, to inspire people not just to care, but also to help protect these animals for future generations. In addition to creating an archival record for generations to come, this project is a hopeful platform for conservation and shines a light on individuals and organizations working to preserve species around the world.

Monday Mornings at Madoo - Madoo Conservancy
Through September 16, 2019 - Sagaponack

An hour of storytelling in the Magnolia Bosque featuring storytellers from the Hampton Library at the ready to keep your child enthralled with stories from near and far. Pack a picnic lunch and hang out a while. Please contact the Hampton Library to confirm dates and times, or if the weather is questionable. Instructor: Children’s librarians for the Hampton Library in Bridgehampton

Friday Night Car Show - Chamber of Commerce of the Bellmores
Through October 04, 2019 - Bellmore

Chamber of Commerce of the Bellmores and The Town of Hempstead presents The Bellmore Friday Night Car Show. See all types of cars at this weekly event.

Farmingdale Weekly Farmers' Market On The Village Green - Farmingdale Village
Through November 17, 2019 - Farmingdale

The Farmers' Market, by Schneider's Farm, returns to Farmingdale Village. Stop by the Village Green and browse and shop the fresh selection of produce, vegetables, and other items.

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.