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Today's Family & Kids Activities in Long Island-May 22

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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, May 22, 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 22. For even more free and low-cost upcoming events in Nassau, check out our complete calendar of events.

Quesadillas for Tweens Presented by the Baking Coach - Freeport Public Library
May 22, 2019 - Freeport

Make your own tasty cheese quesadillas. You might add some delicious salsa and sour cream too. A nonrefundable materials fee of $1 is due at time of registration. 

Pizza Making Presented by the Baking Coach - Freeport Public Library
May 22, 2019 - Freeport

Do you like pizza? If you want to learn how to make it, then come to this workshop where you will make your own personal pizza to take home and enjoy. For students in 7th through 12th grade. Registration required. 

Mini MakerSpace - Long Island Science Center
May 22, 2019 - Riverhead

Mini MakerSpace is specifically geared towards preschoolers. Come in and enjoy a self guided space to learn, play, and experiment. Included with museum admission. Free for members

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. 

Pizza and a Book - Huntington Public Library (Station Branch)
May 22, 2019 - Huntington Station

Join the library for pizza and a book discussion of exciting titles. Please note when registering: Please enter your child's name and grade in the "Note to Instructor" box. Make sure your child fits the specific grade criteria. Arrive early to check in. Late arrivals are not guaranteed a spot. Grades 4-6

stART (Story + Art): 'Feathers for Lunch' by Lois Ehlert - Long Island Children's Museum
Through May 23, 2019 - Garden City

Read “Feathers for Lunch” by Lois Ehlert. Follow a sneaky housecat as he escapes to the backyard where he encounters many birds, but can only manage to catch feathers for lunch! Then decorate a craft birdhouse with colorful materials.

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.

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

Visual Art Reception May 10, 6-8pm Performance Art Reception May 16, 6-8pm High Arts Showcase XV is a component of the JOURNEY Program providing partner school students with the opportunity to feature their art work in a gallery setting. This year in addition to visual art, the Huntington Arts Council will be recognizing performance art with an additional reception featuring a selection of live performances. Participating JOURNEY partner school districts this year are Cold Spring Harbor, Commack, Harborfields, Huntington, Northport-East Northport, Plainview-Old Bethpage and South Huntington.

The Youth Experiencing Art Project presents: 'Les Miserables' School Edition - Smithtown Center for the Performing Arts
Through June 02, 2019 - Smithtown

Les Misérables is the world's longest running musical and a true modern classic based on Victor Hugo's novel, featuring one of the most memorable scores of all time.

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. 

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

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

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. 

'Planet Power 3-D' - New York Hall of Science
Through June 30, 2019 - Corona

Planet Power 3D explores the history of electricity – from the first spark created by man’s hand to today’s industrial power plants. We meet scientists who changed the world, like Faraday, Franklin, and Tesla and we glimpse the future, as Solar Impulse becomes the first plane to complete a round-the-world flight powered only by the sun. With a mix of chalk animation, CGI, archival footage and spectacular aerials, the film also explores the challenges ahead: how to meet the growing energy needs of our industrialized world, while also protecting the health of our planet.

Photo courtesy of nWave Pictures

'Flight of the Butterflies 3D' - New York Hall of Science
Through June 30, 2019 - Corona

The monarch butterfly is a true marvel of nature. Weighing less than a penny, it makes one of the longest migrations on Earth across a continent to a place it has never known. Follow the monarchs’ perilous journey and join hundreds of millions of real butterflies in the remote mountain peaks of Mexico, with breathtaking cinematography from an award winning team including Oscar® winner Peter Parks. Be captivated by the true and compelling story of an intrepid scientist’s 40-year search to find the monarchs’ secret hideaway. Unravel the mysteries and experience the Flight of the Butterflies in 3D.


Sensational Kids (Autism Exclusive) - Bounce! Trampoline Sports
Through July 29, 2019 - Syosset

Every Monday from 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM we are open exclusively for children and adults with autism. We have staff members with experience working with special needs children and adults that have received sensitivity training from the Elija school.

Queens Night Market - New York Hall of Science
Through August 17, 2019 - Corona

The Queens International Night Market is a large, family-friendly open-air night market in Queens, featuring up to 100 independent vendors selling merchandise, art, and food and featuring small-scale cultural performances, all celebrating the rich cultural diversity and heritage of NYC and Queens.

Photo: Queens Night Market // Storm Garner

Through September 16, 2019 - Sagaponack

An hour of storytelling in the Magnolia Bosque featuring storytellers from the Hampton Library at the ready to keep your child enthralled with stories from near and far. Pack a picnic lunch and hang out a while. Please contact the Hampton Library to confirm dates and times, or if the weather is questionable. Instructor: Children’s librarians for the Hampton Library in Bridgehampton

'Backyard Wilderness' 3-D - New York Hall of Science
Through September 30, 2019 - Corona

Backyard Wilderness will surprise and entertain viewers with the unexpected wonders of nature that are right under our noses – in our own backyards. Spanning a seasonal year around a suburban home, the film displays a stunning array of unique wildlife images and behavior – all captured by cameras mounted inside dens and nests, and moving along the forest floor and pond bottom, to reveal its inhabitants in rare and breathtaking intimacy.

We follow Katie, a young girl, and her modern family living next to the woods who are blind to the real-life spectacle around them, absorbed by an array of electronic devices in their busy lives. Katie gradually discovers the intricate secrets that nature has hidden so close to her front door and we experience the joy she finds in her interactions with this new world. The film reminds us that Wi-Fi is not the only connection that matters and that sometimes in ordinary places, you can uncover extraordinary things that could transform you forever – you just need to step outside.

Photo courtesy of SK Films

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.

Apollo 11: First Steps - New York Hall of Science
Through January 21, 2020 - Corona

Timed to coincide with the 50th anniversary of NASA's celebrated Apollo 11 mission, this film showcases the real-life moments of the first lunar landing. With never-before-seen footage and newly discovered audio recordings, the filmmakers reconstruct the exhilarating final moments of preparation, liftoff, landing and return of this historic 1969 mission, one of humanity's greatest achievements and the first to put men on the moon. Apollo 11: First Steps is directed by Todd Douglas Miller, produced by Statement Pictures in partnership with CNN Films, and presented by Land Rover and Samsung. The film is distributed by MacGillivray Freeman Films. 20 minutes.