Today's Family & Kids Activities in Long Island-March 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, March 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 March 5. 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.

Mardi Gras Masks - Glen Cove Library
March 05, 2019 - Glen Cove

Using beautiful decorations, create a one-of-a-kind mask to wear or use as a decoration. Ages K and up.

Kite Mobile - Hicksville Public Library
March 05, 2019 - Hicksville

Enjoy creating this kite-themed mobile with Catherine Martin.  A perfect program to welcome in spring! Registration required. 

Preschool Crafts - Island Tree Public Library
March 05, 2019 - Levittown

Preschool Crafts is a fun class where kids can meet new friends, connect with their grown-up, and practice their motor and listening skills with Ms. Liz. Ages 3-5. Please note: the 12:15pm & 4pm programs feature the same crafts; you can only sign up for one per month. 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.

Cupcake Wars - Island Trees Public Library
March 05, 2019 - Island Trees

Teens will come up with an original theme and decorate cupcakes as a team. Winning team members will receive a certificate for best presentation. Everyone receives a prize! Registration for ITPL cardholders begins: February 21 @ 7pm. Non Residents are welcome to sign up as of:February 26th if room allows.

 

Open House for All Grades - The Waldorf School of Garden City
March 05, 2019 - Garden City

Parents of prospective students entering nursery through grade 12, are welcome to join us on Tuesday, March 5th at 6:30 pm for an Open House. Learn what a Main Lesson is, tour the school, and understand how the curriculum awakens students to the experience of knowledge and strengthens their sense of social responsibility.

Tiny Tots Nature Discoveries- Leprechaun's Rainbow - Jones Beach Nature Center
March 05, 2019 - Wantagh

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.

Barbara Streisand Tribute - Cinema Arts Centre
March 05, 2019 - Huntington

MUSIC LEGENDS LIVE Hosted by Bill Shelley Presents The BARBARA STREISAND TRIBUTE.  The fabulous Barbra Streisand gets this special showcase for Women's History Month, to celebrate her contributions to stage, screen, television, and recordings. 

Teen Connect: Kindness Rocks - Emma S. Clark Memorial Library
March 05, 2019 - Setauket

Come spread kindness in the Three Village Community! Design and decorate kindness rocks that will be available for our library members to take home. Grades 7-12.

International Women's Day - The Whaling Museum and Education Center
Through March 08, 2019 - Cold Spring Harbor

Celebrate the week of International Women’s Day with a pay-as-you-wish visit to this new exhibit, Heroines at the Helm, from March 5-8. Be inspired by the courage and resilience of trailblazing whaling wives. 

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.

 

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

Yoga - Fitness Incentive
Through March 17, 2019 - Babylon

A yoga class for all abilities by the NY Friendship Circle, sponsored by Fitness Incentive, with certified Yoga instructor, Lisa Zimmerman. Space is limited, please register early. This is an integrated class, although volunteers may be present, it is not a guarantee. You may bring your own support if needed. Ages 6-21. 

Preschool Yoga - Merrick Library
Through March 18, 2019 - Merrick

Learn yoga exercises, breathing, stretching and interactive exercises. Please bring a towel or mat. Ages 3-5. Registration is for all 3 sessions and begins February 19th for Merrick residents. Non-residents for February 25th.

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 [email protected]

Yoga for Kids - Merrick Library
Through March 19, 2019 - Merrick

An exciting yoga class to learn techniques and stretching. Please bring a towel or mat. Grades K-2. Registration is for all 3 sessions and begins February 19th for Merrick residents. February 26th for non-residents.

Glowga - Merrick Library
Through March 19, 2019 - Merrick

Learn yoga techniques and enjoy exercising. LED candles and glow sticks add a unique twist to this yoga class! Please bring a towel or mat. Grades 3-6. Registration is for all 3 sessions and begins February 19th for Merrick residents. February 26th for non-residents. 

Just Grandma/pa & Me - Middle Country Public Library-Selden
Through March 19, 2019 - Selden

For grandparents and their grandchildren ages 1 - 5 years old. Engage in interactive play with your grandchild, share stories with other grandparents, make crafts and lots of fun.

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.

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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. 

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. 

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.

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.

'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.

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.