Today's Family & Kids Activities in Long Island-March 23

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

Cooking With Stars Class - Park Shore Country Day Camp
March 23, 2019 - Dix Hills

Is your child an aspiring chef or just loves cooking and baking? Foodie kids can join Chef Paula for a free class to learn about Park Shore Country Day Camp's newest Specialty Camp. This is not a drop off event. Parents/Guardians are invited to wait in our parent lounge. Tickets Required- get yours online.

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.

Canta Libre Chamber Ensemble's Spring Equinox Concert - Vanderbilt Museum and Planetarium
March 23, 2019 - Centerport

The spring equinox repertoire includes music for septet: Angels in Flight by Marjan Mozetich; Distant Light by Joseph Russo; Cherry Blossoms by Gary Schocker; the world premiere of Abstract No. 1 by Joel Lambdin (composed to commemorate this special concert); and Maurice Ravel’s pivotal work, Introduction and Allegro. The performance will be accompanied by beautiful imagery on the Planetarium dome.

Art Happening - Middle Country Public Library
March 23, 2019 - Centereach

For parents/caregivers with children ages 3 years old - Kindergarten. Explore a variety of art media and a story in this creative "hands on" sensory program.

Wind Catchers - Caleb Smith State Park Preserve
March 23, 2019 - Smithtown

Wind plays an important part in our world. Discover advantages and disadvantages of the wind through hands-on activities and games. Afterwards, you’ll create your own unique wind catcher for your yard. Call to make reservations. 

80s Arcade & Karaoke Night - Cradle of Aviation Museum
March 23, 2019 - Garden City

Brought to you by: Cradle-Con, A Comic, Collectible and Pop Culture Con and the Long Island Retro Gaming Expo Relive the glory days of the 1980s while playing classic arcade games like Pac-Man and Donkey Kong and singing your hearts out to '80s karaoke music. No need to bring quarters as games are all set to free play, but please do bring the big hair, acid-washed jeans, shoulder pads, and Members Only jackets. And now we've added over 30 classic consoles from the 70s through the 90s so you can play all your retro favorites like Pong and games on the Atari 2600 all the way through to the Nintendo 64. - Play Games on Over 30 Classic Consoles and Over 30 Arcade Machines - 80s Karaoke - Retro Game Tournament - TBD - 80s Costume/Cosplay Contest - $1 Raffles - win a classic Console (Console TBD) - Drawing same night! - Cash Bar.

Wisconsin Herd at Long Island Nets - NYCB Live, home of the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum
March 23, 2019 - Uniondale

Join the Long Island Nets as they take on the Wisconsin Herd on Mach 23rd, at NYCB Live, home of the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum. What to expect at Long Island Nets Games: - Dale the Eagle - Free Kids Zone - On-court entertainment - Contests and Giveaways - Kids Dance Team & more! Parking for this event is only $5. Doors open at 6:00 pm.

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

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

Friends Academy Summer Camp Open House - Friends Academy
Through March 23, 2019 - Locust Valley

Friends Academy Summer Camp strongly believes in the unique worth of every child. Their goal is to support campers as they create, explore, discover and learn. Learn more about their STEM, sports, and arts program. Plus much more!

Science Saturdays Workshop: World Water Day Celebration - Long Island Science Center
March 23, 2019 - Riverhead

Did you know that March 22nd is World Water Day? This instructor led water quality workshop explores the world of real water quality science. Learn about National Sanitation Foundation testing methods and will be able to enter your findings on a international world water quality map. Build your own pocket microscope to take home and explore with. 

Family Coding - Westhampton Free Library
March 23, 2019 - Westhampton Beach

Westhampton Beach Library invites families to learn to code using some of the library’s coding toys and games, including robots Cozmo and Ozobot Evo.

Petland Traveling Pet Show - Massapequa Public Library- Central Avenue Builiding
March 23, 2019 - Massapequa

Petland will be at the library with 10-12 live animals for this fun and hands-on, educational show. Ages 5-12. Residents begin registration 3/9/19. Non-residents begin registration 3/16/19.


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.

Your Big Break Knockout Round 2 - Gold Coast Arts Center
March 23, 2019 - Great Neck

In round 2, see contestants give it their all as they perform before major players in the music business, while competing for great prizes, hoping to get discovered and become musics next big thing. Each evening is capped with a special headlining performance

51st Annual Brentwood St. Patrick's Day Parade - Brentwood American Legion Post
March 23, 2019 - Brentwood

Celebrate the 51st ANNUAL Brentwood ST. PATRICK’S DAY PARADE. The parade travels from Clarke Street & Washington Avenue to Ross Memorial Park starting at 1 PM.

The Rockville Centre St. Patrick's Parade - Rockville Centre
March 23, 2019 - Rockville Centre

The Rockville Centre St. Patrick's Parade will make its way down Maple Ave in Rockville Centre. 

Maker Spotlight: Artelier Artist - Maritime Explorium
March 23, 2019 - Port Jefferson

Ever stitch with a sewing machine or a big plastic needle? Create your own fabric art with resident artist Ms. Ama. 

Birding with Frank: Pond & Bay Waterfowl - South Fork Natural History Museum
March 23, 2019 - Bridgehampton

Southampton’s Dune Road is the perfect place to see a variety of freshwater and saltwater birds that prefer the calmer waters of the South Fork ponds and bays—rather than the ocean’s fury—this time of year. Mergansers, Grebes, Canvasbacks, and Gadwalls will be on the list to see, as well as many other species. Bring binoculars and a field guide to birds of the eastern United States (if you have one). This program is for adults and teens; however, children ages 10 and older may attend. A shuttle bus will be available from SOFO to the birding location. Limited space is available on the bus; please register as soon as possible for this program if you would like a seat on the bus. Advance reservations are required for all events. Call for more information, reservations, and directions to meeting places.

Design the Perfect Fish—Fish Adaptations - South Fork Natural History Museum
March 23, 2019 - Bridgehampton

Fish are specially adapted to surviving in their environment. Some have rounded bodies and some are flat. There are tails that are big and wide and ones that are pointy; some fish have huge shiny scales and some have none. See why fish are so special in so many ways. Create your own fishy creature with funny-shaped fins and tail, crazy mouths, and googly eyes. Make your fish as special or strange as you want. Limit 15 children. Ages 6-8. Material fee $3. Advance reservations are required for all events. Call for more information, reservations, and directions to meeting places,

The Wedding Singer at Roslyn High School - Royal Crown Players - Roslyn High School
Through March 23, 2019 - Roslyn Heights

Real Housewives of Cold Spring Harbor, Whaling Edition: Historic Walking Tour - The Whaling Museum and Education Center
Through March 24, 2019 - Cold Spring Harbor

In honor of Women’s History Month, stroll through historic Main Street to explore femalecentric stories of the whaling wives who lived here. Delve into local stories of Rosalie Gardiner Jones and other local suffragettes and discover moments that helped change history. Ages 8+. 

Let's Play Chess - Baldwin Public Library
Through March 24, 2019 - Baldwin

Children of all skill levels- join the Long Island Chess Nuts for a chess workshop. Can’t make both sessions? Sign up for each session individually. Grades 1-6. Registration begins Friday, March 1.

Come Draw With Us!—Art Workshop - South Fork Natural History Museum
Through March 24, 2019 - Bridgehampton

Do you think you’d enjoy drawing, but can’t seem to find the perfect time to do it? Come draw with Workshop Leader Muriel Appelbaum. If you’ve drawn before, come hone your skills in a comfortable and relaxed place and, if drawing is new for you, this is an enjoyable way to get started in an encouraging setting. Bring a 9”x12” drawing pad with a hard back for support and two drawing implements—for example, a very soft (dark) pencil (4B is good), conté crayon, or ballpoint pen. Teens 15+ and adults. Advance reservations are required for all events. Call for more information, reservations, and directions to meeting places.

Drawing by Susan Rubin

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.

Tiny Tots Storytime - Hicksville Public Library
Through March 25, 2019 - Hicksville

Twenty minutes of age appropriate songs and stories for young children. AGES: 2 - 3 with participating caregiver. Registration required. 

Family Storytime - Merrick Library
Through March 25, 2019 - Merrick

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

Tiny Tots Nature Discoveries - Caleb Smith State Park Preserve
Through March 26, 2019 - Smithtown

Explore the natural world around us. These programs will connect children and their parents with nature through short walks, animal visitors, and crafts. Children ages 3 -5.

Preschool Storycraft - Hicksville Public Library
Through March 26, 2019 - Hicksville

Children ages 3-5 will listen to some stories and do a simple craft. 

Toy Time - Merrick Library
Through March 26, 2019 - Merrick

Enjoy playtime with a variety of riding toys, blocks, a basketball hoop, and more. For ages 0-3 years. Registration is not required. 

Storytime - Island Trees Public Library
Through March 27, 2019 - Island Trees

Join Miss Amanda for this fun 45-minute story session with songs and crafts! Each week will have a special theme. Please note: each child can only be signed up for ONE Weekly program. Registration for ITPL Cardholders begins: Thursday, February 21 at 7:00pm. Non Residents are welcome to sign up beginning Wednesday, February 27, if room allows.

Separation Storytime - Island Trees Public Library
Through March 27, 2019 - Island Trees

Join Miss Amanda for this fun story session with songs and crafts! Each week will have a special theme. Registration for ITPL Cardholders begins: Thursday, February 21 at 7:00pm. Non Residents are welcome to sign up beginning Wednesday, February 27, if room allows.

Story Time - Baldwin Public Library
Through March 27, 2019 - Baldwin

Help your child get ready to read by enhancing their early literacy skills with stories, songs, fingerplays, and a craft. Ages 2-5 with caregiver. Registration begins Monday, February 4.

Playhooray - Hicksville Public Library
Through March 28, 2019 - Hicksville

Music and Fun for your little one! Come sing, dance and PlayHooray with your baby. This 45 minute program is a lively introduction to nursery rhymes, books, music and movement. AGES: 6-18 months. Registration will begin on Monday, February 18, 2019 at 9:15 AM     

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Jump For Joy - Hicksville Public Library
Through March 28, 2019 - Hicksville

Learn, dance, and sing along to popular songs with Joyce Oddo. AGES: 1 1⁄2 - 4 yrs. Registration will begin on Monday, February 18, 2019 at 9:15 AM  

Block Party - Baldwin Public Library
Through March 28, 2019 - Baldwin

Blocks of all varieties will be available for children to build with, plus circle time and sand play. Ages 16 Months – 4 Years with Parent/Caregiver. Registration required,

Little Playmates - Floral Park Library
Through March 29, 2019 - Floral Park

For families with little ones age 12 months through 30 months. Unstructured play that ends with a short storytime. NO REGISTRATION.

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.

Drop Of Nature - Middle Country Public Library
Through March 29, 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.

Preschool & Kindergarten Open House - Park Shore Country Day Camp & School
Through March 30, 2019 - Dix Hills

Visit Park Shore for a FREE Preschool and Kindergarten Open House featuring experiences in their Computer & Technology Lab, Extreme STEAM Science Lab, Music & Movement, and Circle Time. Learn firsthand what makes Park Shore the leader in preschool education.

Open Studio for Families - Parrish Art Museum
Through March 30, 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.

The Wizard of Oz - Cultural Arts Playhouse
Through March 30, 2019 - Syosset

Join Dorothy, Toto, and the friends they meet along the way as they search for the Wizard in The Wizard of Oz. 

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!

Family Sundays - Nassau County Museum of Art
Through March 31, 2019 - Roslyn Harbor

Converse, collaborate and create together during our Family Sundays. Each week explore new art materials, vocabulary and ideas in our studio with our 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.1:00 pm Family Tour in the Mansion. Drop in between 1:30 pm - 4:00 pm at The Manes Education Center.

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.

Story Time by the Bay - Long Island Maritime Museum
Through April 04, 2019 - West Sayville

Story Time by the Bay is a free program for children ages 3-5 and their caregiver. Listen to a story, create a fun, ocean-themed craft, and then explore the museum! Grown ups must stay the entire program. Space is limited and reservations are suggested. 

'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.

'The Little Mermaid' - BroadHollow at East Islip
Through April 06, 2019 - East Islip

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.

Babytime/Circletime - Island Trees Public Library
Through April 09, 2019 - Island Trees

This 30 minute multi-session program includes a series of songs, story time, & simple movement followed by free play & bubbles! Ages: 6mos. - 21mos. Registration for ITPL Cardholders begins: Thursday, February 21 at 7:00pm. Non Residents are welcome to sign up beginning Tuesday, February 26, if room allows.

Pajama Storytime - Levittown Public Library
Through April 11, 2019 - Levittown

Stories, songs, and activities for the family to enjoy together geared to a mix from ages 3-7. Registration begins for Levittown UFSD patrons on Thursday, February 28, at 6pm. Online registration is available for this program.

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. 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. 

Easter Bunny Photo Time - Walt Whitman Shops
Through April 20, 2019 - Huntington Station

Hop on over to Walt Whitman Shops to meet the Easter Bunny! See website to find out how to reserve your FastPass and skip the line to see the bunny. 

Easter Bunny Photo Time at Smith Haven Mall - Smith Haven Mall
Through April 20, 2019 - Lake Grove

Hop on over to Smith Haven Mall to meet the Easter Bunny! See website to reserve your FastPass & Skip the Line.

White Post Farms Eggstravaganza - White Post Farms of Melville
Through April 21, 2019 - Melville

Enjoy spring on the farm with a visit from the Easter Bunny (take your own pics), a chance to see new baby animals, Farmland Express and pony rides, bounce houses, and slides. Purchase an egg to decorate too!

Easter Bunny Photo Time - Roosevelt Field
Through April 21, 2019 - Garden City

Hop on over to Roosevelt Field to meet the Easter Bunny! See website to reserve your FastPass and skip the line. 

Disney's 'The Little Mermaid, Jr.' - Smithtown Center for the Performing Arts
Through April 29, 2019 - Smitthown

In a magical kingdom fathoms below, the beautiful young mermaid Ariel longs to leave her ocean home to 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 Prince Eric that she’s the girl with the enchanting voice.

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.

Toddler Tuesdays at L.L. Bean - Smith Haven Mall
Through May 28, 2019 - Lake Grove

Join L.L. Bean for storytime! During each session, explore a different nature or outdoor theme, followed by related activities, games, or crafts. Recommended for children ages 0-6. Caretakers must remain on-site and are welcome to join in the fun or spend the time shopping. Registration is required.

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

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.

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.