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Today's Family & Kids Activities in Long Island-May 16

free and low-cost things to do with kids in Nassau Find free and low-cost things to do with kids in Nassau today, May 16, 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 May 16. For even more free and low-cost upcoming events in Nassau, check out our complete calendar of events.

Empire State Fair - NYCB LIVE, Home of The Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum
Through May 19, 2019 - Uniondale

The Empire State Fair is a place where families can enjoy quality rides, plenty of free entertainment, exciting games, and prizes, as well as a wide and diverse selection of delicious foods. See website for special events and shows. Parking $5. 

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.

stART (Story + Art): 'The Tiny Seed' by Eric Carle - Long Island Children's Museum
Through May 16, 2019 - Garden City

This week in stART read “The Tiny Seed” by Eric Carle. Follow a tiny seed as it develops into a beautiful flower, despite the many challenges it encounters. After the story use colorful paper to create collage of a bright, blooming flower to take home!

Purple for Peace Day - Westhampton Free Library
May 16, 2019 - Westhampton Beach

Wear purple to the library and earn a prize. Make grape prints at 10am and purple box creatures at 4pm. Registration required.

Long Island Farm Life - Long Island Museum
May 16, 2019 - Stony Brook

Experience a day in the life of a child on Long Island in the mid-19th century.

Painting with Dog Vinci - Franklin Square Public Library
May 16, 2019 - Franklin Square

Yvonne Dagger will be bringing her painting dog and teaching children how to paint like Dagger. Registration required. Grades 2-4.

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Painting with Acrylics: Sunsets and Dreams - Freeport Public Library
May 16, 2019 - Freeport

Using acrylic paint, students will paint their own masterpiece called “Sunsets and Dreams”.  For grades 1 to 4.  A nonrefundable materials fee of $1 is due at time of registration.

Create Your Own Lush Inspired Bath Bombs! - Glen Cove Library
May 16, 2019 - Glen Cove

Bath bombs crackle, fizz, and hiss when they make contact with water leaving a trail of color in its wake. Using a gentle blend of skin-soothing ingredients and essential oils, create fizzy bath art that you will want to share! Grades 6 and older.

Creative Art - Hicksville Public Library
Through May 16, 2019 - Hicksville

Students will create a thumbprint terracotta pot for that special lady in their life. They will also do a “sound interpretation” painting in the style of Wasily Kandinsky. Join Tina Geller for these creative art programs. Ages 5-8. Registration required. 

Playhooray - Hicksville Public Library
Through May 17, 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 required.

Friends Academy Summer Camp Open House - Friends Academy
Through May 18, 2019 - Locust Valley

Friends Academy Summer Camp strives each year to provide campers with the opportunity to expand their horizons, challenge themselves, find their true passion(s), and excel at the activities that they are most interested in. Call for more information.

Be Our Guest: Tea Party & Storytime with Belle - ThinkBIG! Theater Arts
Through May 18, 2019 - Patchogue

Join Belle for some of her favorite stories and some of her favorite sing-a-long songs. Don't forget your cameras to capture some very special memories! Seating is limited. Includes tea service, mini bagels with assorted spreads, pasteries, fruit, and desserts.  

Open House - Long Island Voyagers Day Camp
Through May 18, 2019 - Levittown

Let's Play Chess Presented by Long Island Chess Nuts - Baldwin Public Library
Through May 19, 2019 - Baldwin

Children of all skill levels are invited for this chess workshop. Can’t make both sessions? Sign up for each session individually. Grades 1-6.

Tulipfest - Garden of Eve Farm
Through May 19, 2019 - Riverhead

Visit the Tulip Field for gorgeous photos and U-pick Tulips, $1 per stem.

Camp Kehilla Open House - Henry Kaufmann Campgrounds
Through May 19, 2019 - Wheatley Heights

Camp Kehilla has been a pioneer in special needs camping for 25 years! Join them at their Open House at the Henry Kaufman Campgrounds in Wheatley Heights. For more information, contact Cynthia Harrypersaud, Administrative Assistant, Special Needs Department, 516-484-1545 ext. 205, **NOTE: 5/5 OPEN HOUSE CANCELED DUE TO WEATHER**

Tiny Tots– Digging for Dinos! - Center for Science Teaching and Learning-Tanglewood Preserve
Through May 20, 2019 - Rockville Centre

Learn about something new -- boats, insects, dinosaurs -- each week! Class is led by a friendly staff member who will include at least one story and fun activity. Ages 18 months to 3.

Teddy Bear Story Time - Freeport Public Library
Through May 20, 2019 - Freeport

Children ages 2 to 6, and a parent are invited to wear their pajamas and bring a favorite teddy bear to this story program. Registration required. 

After School Storytime - Emma S. Clark Memorial Library
Through May 20, 2019 - Setauket

Escape after school with a good book and a craft. Grades K-2. Call or go online to register. 

Tiny Tots Storytime - Hicksville Public Library
Through May 20, 2019 - Hicksville

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

Family Storytime - Merrick Library
Through May 20, 2019 - Merrick

Families with children ages 0-5 years are invited to listen to a variety of stories and enjoy songs and other activities.

Krafty Kiddies - Freeport Public Library
Through May 21, 2019 - Freeport

A story and craft program for 2 to 4 year olds and an accompanying adult. Registration required. 

Jump For Joy - Hicksville Public Library
Through May 22, 2019 - Hicksville

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

Inspired by Walt Whitman - Long Island Museum
Through May 23, 2019 - Stony Brook

Using Walt Whitman's words as inspiration, create your own outdoor landscape.

Toddler Play - Freeport Public Library
Through May 23, 2019 - Freeport

A play program for children ages 1 to 3 with an accompanying adult, which wraps up with songs and finger plays. Registration required. 

Princess Storytime and Craft presented by Royal Events Princess Parties - Lynbrook Public Library
Through May 23, 2019 - Lynbrook

Princess Rapunzel is coming for a visit to read stories, sing, and make a craft. Share a special moment with Rapunzel and have your picture taken with her Presented by Royal Events Princess Parties. Ages 3-7 with caregiver. Registration begins Thursday, May 2 and you may only register for one of the weeks. 

Splish Splash, Animal Baths - Long Island Children's Museum
Through May 25, 2019 - Garden City

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

Open Studio for Families - Parrish Art Museum
Through May 25, 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' - BayWay Arts Center Children's Theatre
Through May 25, 2019 - East Islip

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

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.

'The Wizard of Oz' - BroadHollow Theatre at Elmont
Through May 25, 2019 - Elmont

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

Messy Afternoons - Long Island Children's Museum
Through May 26, 2019 - Garden City

Get up to your elbows in oobleck, clean mud, and slime! 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.

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.

Learn & Play - Baldwin Public Library
Through May 28, 2019 - Baldwin

Ages 1 - 3 Year-Olds with Parent/Caregiver. Playtime and circle time for tots. Professionals (speech pathologist, social worker, dietician, etc.) informally meet with parents/caregivers and answer questions. Registration required. 

Family Fun Time - Hicksville Public Library
Through May 28, 2019 - Hicksville

Enjoy an interactive hour with your preschoolers featuring singing, dancing, storytelling, a craft, and more. Ages 1 1/2-5. Registration required. 

B.A.R.K.- Books Are Read to K-9s - Emma S. Clark Memorial Library
Through May 29, 2019 - Setauket

Would you like to improve your reading skills? Visit the library and read some stories to a trained therapy dog. Ages 5-12. You can register in person in the children's department or by phone.

Story Time - Baldwin Public Library
Through May 29, 2019 - Baldwin

Help your child get ready to read by enhancing their early literacy skills with stories, songs, fingerplays, and a craft. Registration required. 

Parent Child Workshop - Middle Country Public Library
Through May 29, 2019 - Centereach

For parents/caregivers with children ages 12-36 months. Spend some time together, play, experience art activites and meet new friends. Community resource specialists discuss child development, speech and hearing, nutrition, play, and movement.

Baby Time - Baldwin Public Library
Through May 30, 2019 - Baldwin

Songs, fingerplays, and play time for babies birth to 15 months with parent/caregiver. Registration required. 

Sensory Play Day - Baldwin Public Library
Through May 30, 2019 - Baldwin

Join the library for a bunch of activities focused on sensory development. Registration required. Ages 1 – 4 Years-Olds with Parent/Caregiver.

Garden Hats - Long Island Children's Museum
Through May 31, 2019 - Garden City

Buzz into the Museum this month to decorate your own buggy garden hat to wear home. This is a free drop in program. Stop by anytime between 2:30 and 4:00. This craft takes approximately ten minutes to complete and it's yours to keep!

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.

Mommy & Me Sign Language - Lynbrook Public Library
Through May 31, 2019 - Lynbrook

Ms. Christina will help you learn signing in a fun way with songs and music. Registration Begins Friday, April 19.

Huntington Arts Council Presents “High Arts Showcase XV: JOURNEY Program Art” - Main Street Gallery
Through June 01, 2019 - Huntington

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. 

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. 

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. 

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.

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.

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.

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