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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, March 2, 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 March 2. 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.

Dance Event - Spin DJ Academy
March 02, 2019 - Rockville Centre

Join Spin DJ Academy for their Dance Event featuring student performances. Admission includes trial DJ and music production classes. Email or call to RSVP.

Trout Unlimited Fishing Clinic - Connetquot River State Park
March 02, 2019 - Oakdale

Learn to fly fish with Trout Unlimited! Please call Connetquot River State Park Preserve for more information and reservations. (For ages 15 and older).  Call to register. 

Winter Beach Wander - Sunken Meadow State Park
March 02, 2019 - Kings Park

Leave your bathing suit behind and grab your winter coat! Breathe in the crisp winter air as you stroll the beach at Sunken Meadow. We will search for visiting wildlife along the way. Dress for the weather. Call to reserve your spot. 

Engineer Lego Creations - Glen Cove Library
March 02, 2019 - Glen Cove

Use Legos to build an Eiffel Tower or create a game, a maze, or other fun structures. Grade K and up.

Baby Palooza - Levittown Public Library
March 02, 2019 - Levittown

Young children and their caregivers are invited to play and socialize. Ages Birth-2.

Dr. Seuss Story Craft - Lynbrook Public Library
March 02, 2019 - Lynbrook

Today is Dr. Seuss’s Birthday! Come celebrate with stories & make a fun craft. Ages 3-7 with caregiver. Registration begins Saturday, February 16.

'Horton Hears a Who' Family Movie - Lynbrook Public Library
March 02, 2019 - Lynbrook

Sensory Friendly Show, meaning volume will be lower and some back lighting will remain on.  Nut-free snacks and water permitted.

The Wonders of Hydrogen - Center for Science Teaching and Learning-Tanglewood Preserve
March 02, 2019 - Rockville Centre

Learn about the amazing uses of hydrogen through hands-on experiments. Not only will you learn about the fuel that rockets use to launch into space, you will get the opportunity to launch a mini-rocket right here at CSTL! Ages 7-13. This program is drop-off only. Registration is now open!  

Jazz In Pink - Madison Theatre
March 02, 2019 - Rockville Centre

JAZZ IN P!NK is an all-star female ensemble of musical women in jazz that projects talent, beauty, power, and femininity as they embrace the stage! Their mission is to promote women in jazz, by providing live performance opportunities showcasing each other’s music.

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

Science Saturdays Workshop: Be a Botanist - Long Island Science Center
March 02, 2019 - Riverhead

Robotics Class - Extreme STEAM Science Kids
March 02, 2019 - Dix Hills

Does your child LOVE science and technology? Kids completing grades 1-5 can attend a one-of-a-kind free robotics class and learn about the Extreme STEAM Science Kids summer camp. This is not a drop off event. Parents/Guardians are invited to wait in the parent lounge. Tickets Required- get yours online. 

Erth’s Prehistoric Aquarium - Tilles Center for the Performing Arts
March 02, 2019 - Brookville

The creators of Erth’s Dinosaur Zoo Live want to take your family on an all new adventure – this time to the bottom of the ocean. Erth’s Prehistoric Aquarium Adventure is an immersive experience that invites you to jump in and explore unknown ocean depths where prehistoric marine reptiles lived eons ago – and maybe live still today! Erth shows are at the forefront of family entertainment, using actors, technology, puppets, science and imagination to create an amazing visual experience that connects young audiences to the real science of paleontology. Recommended for ages 5 and up.

Iron Man Paint Event - Key to My Art East Rockaway
March 02, 2019 - East Rockaway

Join Key to my Art and paint Iron Man. No experience necessary. This is a drop off event. Children ages 5 and up only. Price includes all supplies, 11x 14 canvas, paint, and step-by-step instruction. Must register online in advance. Dress for mess.

St. Patrick's Day Parade - Kings Park
March 02, 2019 - Kings Park

The St. Patrick’s Day parade steps off at 12pm at the intersection of Lou and Pulaski (Celtic Crossing bar). Please come and join the Nally Boys as the Grand Marshals.

Workshop: Be a Botanist- Life Scientist - Long Island Science Center
March 02, 2019 - Riverhead

Spring is just around the corner! Participate in this instructor-led workshop and a be a botanist for a day. Our botanists will have a chance to learn about plants and seeds and even plant one of their own to take home and watch grow. 

The Perils of Mr. Punch - Goat on a Boat at Bay Street Theater
March 02, 2019 - Sag Harbor

The Perils of Mr. Punch follows the troubles and travails of puppetry’s favorite loudmouth, Mr. Punch. Nothing ever goes right – his dog looks suspiciously like a skunk, his baba doesn’t behave, and crocodiles appear around every corner. The skillfully operated hand puppets are chock full of surprises and tricks, as is the elaborate stage. The show is rounded out with live music played on a variety of instruments, from the ukulele to the bicycle pump. It’s a low-tech old-time spectacle, entertaining to children of all ages: from one to one hundred.

Teen Open Studio: Oil Pastel Scratch Art - Parrish Art Museum
March 02, 2019 - Water Mill

Once a month, the open studio is reserved for intermediate and high school students. Young artists will explore different media and methods each session with guidance from teaching artist Pamela Collins. Ages 11 and up.  Call or go online to register. 

Migration Headache—The Dangers Birds Face—Could You Survive the Journey? - South Fork Natural History Museum
March 02, 2019 - Bridgehampton

Birds that migrate don’t travel all at once. Many migrating water birds—including ducks, geese, and herons—require more than one wetland habitat for nesting, resting, and wintering. The loss of even one of these habitats makes the journey that much harder for them. If you were a migrating water bird, do you think you would survive? Find out in this interactive migration survival game. Ages 6-8. Advance reservations are required for all events.

The Three Little Kittens - Theatre Three
March 02, 2019 - Port Jefferson

THE THREE LITTLE KITTENS may have to find their mittens—but what they really want is to be a singing trio. Teaming up with a show business hound (Barker Doggone), Lucy, Ricky, and Ethel embark on an adventure with the well-meaning penguin Waddles Greenway to thwart a rascally rabbit Harry Hoppit. Together they learn that friendship is the greatest bond and that dreams really can come true.

Tap to Table - Suffolk County Farm
March 02, 2019 - Yaphank

Learn how to make syrup by drilling and tapping maple trees and hanging buckets to collect the sap. Everyone can watch how the sugaring process happens, and kids of all ages will have fun making “Sugar on Snow”. Enjoy a wagon ride on the “Syrup Express” for a quick visit to the farm animals. Then, gather around a campfire to eat fresh, homemade pancakes with pure maple syrup*! (*real syrup takes time to make… there will be pre-made maple syrup on hand as well!)

'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.

Long Island Pet Expo - Suffolk Community College
Through March 03, 2019 - Brentwood

The Family Pet Shows are designed to educate and entertain the public about the wonderful World of pets. It promotes responsible pet ownership and care in a fun filled family event. There are demonstrations and special attractions such as high flying Frisbee dogs, reptile and bird shows, and much more. There is an outstanding venue of pet products and services for you to buy as well as pet adoptions.

Oobleck - Maritime Explorium
Through March 03, 2019 - Port Jefferson

Celebrate Dr Seuss's March birthday by investigating oobleck and all of the unusual things it can do.

Open House - Park Shore Country Day Camp, School & Extreme STEAM Science Kids
Through March 03, 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.

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.

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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!

Let's Talk it Out Moms & Dads! - Middle Country Public Library
Through March 11, 2019 - Centereach

For parents of children birth - 3 years old. Talk with other parents and share parenting tips. A facilitator will guide you through various topics. Free play is available for children.

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.
 

Rolling River Prospective Family Days - Rolling River Day Camp
Through March 16, 2019 - East Rockaway

Now is the time to learn more about Summer Camp 2019! Bring your family to Rolling River's innovative Prospective Family Day- 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.

Blue-Spotted Salamander Search with Andy - South Fork Natural History Museum
Through March 16, 2019 - Bridgehampton

Montauk’s vernal ponds are some of the few places in the world where the Blue-spotted Salamander, in its purebred form, can be found. Join Andy on this nighttime expedition as we search for this unique native species. Please bring a flashlight and wear boots, as late winter rains will make the ground soggy. This walk will take place only if there have been heavy rains. This program is for Family/Children ages 6 and older. Advance reservations are required for all events. Please call for more information, reservations, and directions to meeting places.

Photo by Greg Schechter

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. 

Italian Classes for Children - Camp Italia
Through March 23, 2019 - Garden City

Learn about Italian language and culture in this class for kids.

Objects Found - Huntington Arts Council
Through March 23, 2019 - Huntington

“Objects Found” features artwork that incorporates salvaged materials. Artists were asked to consider still lifes, Joseph Cornell’s ephemera-filled boxes, Tim Noble’s and Sue Webster’s discarded item assemblages, Jim Golden’s object photography, Jane Perkins’ 3D-collage portraits, etc. They were encouraged to use items they’ve found or collected—from twigs, buttons, and antiques to toys, textiles, etc.—to complete their work. Show juror Tara Leale Porter of Red Lotus Fused Glass Art creates a narrative in her own artwork through a dialogue of materials. She interweaves her fused glass with found objects that have a time-worn patina to construct stories of destruction and regeneration. She has a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Pratt Institute and a Master of Arts in Art Therapy via Hofstra University.

Crochet for Kids - Middle Country Public Library
Through March 25, 2019 - Centereach

For children in 4th - 5th grade. Learn the basic stitches of crochet and practice, practice, practice. Once you get the hang of it, you will make projects that will make you proud.

Merry-Go-Round - Long Island Children's Museum
Through March 29, 2019 - Garden City

Make your very own carousel as we get ready for spring and the first ride of the season. Take a seat and decorate your own paper horse and spin it around!

Story Tots - Nassau County Museum of Art
Through March 29, 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.

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.

'The Little Mermaid' - BroadHollow Theatre at Elmont
Through April 06, 2019 - Elmont

Journey “under the sea” with Ariel and her aquatic friends in a magical underwater kingdom, the beautiful young mermaid Ariel longs to leave her ocean home – and her fins – behind and live in the world above. But first she'll have to defy her father King Triton, make a deal with the evil sea witch Ursula, and convince the handsome Prince Eric that she’s the girl whose enchanting voice he’s been seeking.

Just Moms - Sands Point Preserve
Through April 15, 2019 - Sands Point

The Conservancy hosts "Just Moms", a weekly informational discussion group for parents of newborns to 12 months, created and facilitated by licensed therapists Amy L. Kates and Dr. Stacey G. Kaufman, who are also experienced moms. Inside the historic mansions, participants can meet fellow parents and share concerns during eight one-hour sessions. Parents are encouraged to register for all eight sessions, but are welcome to register for individual sessions. According to the co-creators, "This program is designed to make moms more comfortable in their parenting roles and, at the same time, allow them the opportunity to meet other moms in their community." Although the program is geared towards mothers who are looking to connect with other moms in the area, fathers are welcome to join.

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. 

Time for Play - Merrick Library
Through May 04, 2019 - Merrick

Special Needs Programming for grades K-6: Enjoy open play with a variety of games, toys, crafts, and sensory exploration for all abilities. A caregiver must remain in the room at all times. Siblings are always welcome. Registration is not required.

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.

Art Exhibit: May We All Grow Up to be Children - Sands Point Preserve
Through May 31, 2019 - Sands Point

A Special Exhibit Celebrating Friendship and Childhood Wonder On view daily. This magical exhibit features sumptuous illustrations by the noted British artist, George H. Lewis and quotes drawn from the forthcoming book, The Boy and the Boy King, co-created by George Lewis and A.D. Lubow. The book and the exhibition touch upon the value of friendship, art, spirituality, nature and childhood imagination, themes near and dear to the Sands Point Preserve Conservancy. It's a show your entire family can enjoy together. "Arthur and Bun-Bun in The Boy and the Boy King make a brilliant case for why we need to cultivate wonder in our lives, today more than ever", Jane Curley, Curator of the acclaimed New-York Historical Society exhibitions, "Eloise at the Museum" and "Madeline in New York: The Art of Ludwig Bemelmans."

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.