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Today's Family & Kids Activities in Long Island-June 5

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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, June 5, 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 June 5. For even more free and low-cost upcoming events in Nassau, check out our complete calendar of events.

Exhibit: Freedom Riders - African American Museum and Center for Applied Art
Through June 05, 2019 - Hempstead

On loan from the Gilder Lehrman Institute, this exhibit acknowledges the 58th anniversary of the Freedom Rides. It tells the story of the courage, commitment, and sacrifice of Americans from all walks of life who fought to resolve racial issues in the South. 

Classic Film Series: 'Close Encounters of the Third Kind' - Patchogue Theatre for the Performing Arts
June 05, 2019 - Patchogue

Science fiction adventure about a group of people who attempt to contact alien intelligence. Roy Neary (Richard Dreyfuss) witnesses an unidentified flying object, and even has a "sunburn" from its bright lights to prove it. Roy refuses to accept an explanation for what he saw and is prepared to give up his life to pursue the truth about UFOs. Rated PG.

Alien Pops with The Baking Coach - Glen Cove Library
June 05, 2019 - Glen Cove

Get a head start on Summer Reading Club – “A Universe of Stories” by creating these great treats! Using chocolate, marshmallows, and other goodies, Susan from the Baking Coach will help you create an edible alien! Grades 2-5. Registration required. 

Yoga 4 Teens - Baldwin Public Library
June 05, 2019 - Baldwin

Helps reduce stress! All you need is some comfy clothing, a yoga mat or towel, and a water bottle. Register online.

Family Day - The Watermill Center
June 05, 2019 - Water Mill

Family Day @ The Watermill Center invites children and their families for an afternoon of creative workshops led by an international network of Artists-in-Residence. Join writer and artist Afua Ansong in creating printed tapestries inspired by Adinkra symbols from Ghana and make your own instrument and play in concert with Cleek Schrey and The Daxophone Quartet as they lead you creating a handmade saxophone.

Pajama Science Storytime: 'The Very Hungry Caterpillar' - Merrick Library
June 05, 2019 - Merrick

Enjoy books about metamorphosis, read The Very Hungry Caterpillar, and then experience a variety of butterfly science stations and crafts. Ages 3-6 with caregiver. Registration begins May 22nd for Merrick residents. May 29th for non-residents.

stART (Story + Art): 'Ten Little Fish' - Long Island Children's Museum
Through June 06, 2019 - Garden City

This week stART will be reading “Ten Little Fish" by Audrey and Bruce Wood. Count down from 10 to 1 with a school of colorful fish. Then create an underwater picture with ten little fish of your own!

Open House Thursdays - Lawrence Woodmere Academy
Through June 07, 2019 - Woodmere

Lawrence Woodmere Academy is hosting Thursday Visit Days every Thursday April through June.

'My Butterfly' - Long Island Children's Museum
Through June 08, 2019 - Garden City

Shai the elf, like all elves, loves to surprise humans with good deeds. But when he accidentally pulls up a milkweed, he becomes responsible for a butterfly egg and its needs for a new home! With the help of a feisty fairy, Shai works to protect and nurture his new caterpillar friend through metamorphosis and onto a high-flying happy ending. This new musical comedy is the latest work from award-winning songwriter Lena Pennino-Smith, the same artist behind such LICM favorites as “Happy as Clams: The Musical” and “The Princess Frog.” With a 90 percent decline in monarch butterfly populations over the last 20 years, this musical encourages audiences of all ages to plant beautiful milkweed: everything our local butterflies need to transform from adorable eggs to soaring sensations! Presented by Songs by Lena. Ages 3-10. 

Smith Haven Mall Carnival - Smith Haven Mall
Through June 09, 2019 - Lake Grove

Enjoy family entertainment with midway rides and games, fair food, and Victoria Circus thrill shows featuring high-wire and aerial acts and The Globe of Death motorcycle show inside a 15-foot steel cage. Unlimited ride wristbands (for riders 36 inches or taller) are $30 on site. Ride tickets are $1.50 each, $30/20 tickets or $60/50 tickets plus 1 free ride. (Rides take 2 or more tickets each.) Visit the website for pre-sale ride wristbands and coupon savings on rides and food.

Gardening in the Park - The Common Ground at Rotary Park
Through June 15, 2019 - Sayville

Join other dedicated volunteers to care for the beautiful gardens and grounds. Tools are provided. There are non-gardening tasks as well. 

Mother Goose Storytime - Oyster Bay East Norwich Public Library
Through June 18, 2019 - Oyster Bay

Babies 9-23 months will enjoy a stimulating mix of stories, songs, fingerplays, and rhymes. Registration required.

Tiny Tots Storytime - Hicksville Public Library
Through June 19, 2019 - Hicksville

Twenty minutes of age-appropriate songs and stories for young children. Ages 2-3. Registration required. 

Preschool Storycraft - Hicksville Public Library
Through June 19, 2019 - Hicksville

Enjoy stories and a simple craft. Ages 3-5 with an adult. Registration required.

Toddler Time - Oyster Bay East Norwich Public Library
Through June 19, 2019 - Oyster Bay

Bring your little ones 24-35 months for a stimulating mix of stories, songs, fingerplays, and rhymes. Registration required. 

Just for Us - Oyster Bay East Norwich Public Library
Through June 19, 2019 - Oyster Bay

Bring your little one 3-5 years for a stimulating mix of stories, songs, fingerplays, and rhymes. Registration required. 

Mother Goose Storytime - Oyster Bay East Norwich Public Library
Through June 19, 2019 - Oyster Bay

Bring the little ones 9-23 months for a stimulating mix of stories, songs, fingerplays, and rhymes. Registration required. 

Open House and Orientation - Long Island Voyagers Day Camp
Through June 22, 2019 - Wantagh

Long Island Voyagers Day Camp invites you to one of the June Open Houses and Orientation. Reserve your spot and meet the Director to receive $100 off and discounts. Call 516-238-4586

'The Wizard Of Oz' - Theatre Three
Through June 22, 2019 - Port Jefferson

"We're off to see the Wizard!" There is truly no place like home as the greatest family musical makes its way to Port Jefferson. In a spectacular celebration of the 1939 MGM film, follow Dorothy, the Scarecrow, the Tin Man, and the Lion as they journey down the Yellow Brick Road. From Munchkinland to the Emerald City, the ruby slippers to the broomstick of the Wicked Witch of the West. It's all here in this magical, marvelous adventure. Don't miss the chance to take your entire family over the rainbow with THEATRE THREE's production of THE WIZARD OF OZ. Please Note: Saturday matinees are at 2 pm; Sunday matinees are at 3 pm.

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Make It: One Block Challenge - New York Hall of Science
Through June 23, 2019 - Corona

Kids learn how to use simple woodworking tools to build an object out of a 3-inch block of wood. Tools used will include pull saws, rasps, files, sand blocks, vice clamps, and hot glue guns. RSVP required. 

Strawberry Festival 2019 - Garden of Eve Farm
Through June 23, 2019 - Riverhead

Admission includes U-pick Strawberry 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. Strawberries $6 per box pick your own.

Meet the Artists - Westhampton Free Library
Through June 23, 2019 - Westhampton Beach

Jump For Joy - Hicksville Public Library
Through June 25, 2019 - Hicksville

Learn, dance, and sing along to popular songs with Joyce Oddo. Ages 1 1/2-4. Registration required.

Music and Movement - Long Island Children's Museum
Through June 26, 2019 - Garden City

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

Studio Saturdays - Nassau County Museum of Art
Through June 29, 2019 - Roslyn Harbor

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

Saturday Nature Explorers - South Shore Nature Center
Through June 29, 2019 - East Islip

Join South Shore Nature Center for exciting and informative nature programs. 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 dress for the weather. These programs will be taught by the Education Staff and Guest Instructors. Register online. 

Seatuck's Saturday Nature Explorers - Suffolk County Environmental Center
Through June 29, 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. Register online. 

Family Sundays - Nassau County Museum of Art
Through June 30, 2019 - Roslyn Harbor

Converse, collaborate, and create together during Family Sundays. Each week explore new art materials, vocabulary, and ideas in the studio with a museum educator. Family Sundays provide children and the adults in their lives the opportunity to take time from their busy lives to reconnect while talking about and making art together. New Projects are featured every week. All Family Sundays will draw inspiration from the current exhibition.

Messy Afternoons - Long Island Children's Museum
Through June 30, 2019 - Garden City

Get up to your elbows in oobleck, clean mud, and slime … and join the museum for the type of artistic activities that everyone loves, but no one likes to clean-up after! This is a free, drop in program. Stop by anytime between 3:30 and 5:00 for as long as you wish. 18 months-4 years.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.