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

Long Island Ducks Opening Weekend Sunday Family Fun Day - Bethpage Ballpark
May 05, 2019 - Central Islip

Bring the family to enjoy a pregame autograph session on field, and then after the game, kids (and kids at heart) can be like their favorite Ducks player during Kids Run the Bases. The first 1,500 fans will receive 20th Anniversary Season Magnet Schedules, presented by the QuackerJack Foundation.

'Mame' - The Showplace at the Bellmore Movies
May 05, 2019 - Bellmore

This brassy, tuneful, hilarious, and touching Jerry Herman musical celebrates life with an award-winning score featuring "We need a Little Christmas," "If He Walked Into My Life," and of course, the title number, "Mame"!

Cinco de Mayo Paint Event! - Key to My Art East Rockaway
May 05, 2019 - East Rockaway

Celebrate May 5th with Key to my Art East Rockaway! Paint a Mexican scene. Your child will learn how to do it on their own. No experience necessary. This is a drop off event. Children ages 5 and older. Price includes all supplies, canvas, paint, and step by step instruction. Must register online in advance. Please arrive on time or your child will miss important instruction. Dress for mess. Refunds are not avilable for no-shows. 

Beth Sholom Day Camp Open House - Beth Sholom Day Camp
May 05, 2019 - Roslyn Heights

BSDC is a summer camp for children ages 3-15 serving Nassau and Queens. Door-to-door busing, lunch, and two snacks are included for all, as well as flexible four- to eight-week sessions. The 30-acre facility features three heated pools, adventure park, and state-of-the-art early childhood center. Campers participate in American Red Cross swim instruction, athletics, arts, STEM, and more.

Family Boat Building - Center for Science Teaching and Learning-Tanglewood Preserve
May 05, 2019 - Rockville Centre

Learn the science behind making boats float, then test your skills by building your own boat out of various materials provided. Will your boat stay afloat or sink in the stream?

Family Butterfly Day - Sands Point Preserve
May 05, 2019 - Sands Point

Venture into the immersive live butterfly exhibit in Hempstead House! More than 120 exotic butterflies will call the “Breakfast Room” home, complete with an indoor tropical garden and fresh citrus fruit on which to feed. See if you can identify all of the species. Butterfly crafts and educational activities will be available in the mansion – and, to help conserve the important Monarch butterfly, take home milkweed seeds to create your own butterfly garden.

Spring Festival - The Waldorf School of Garden City
May 05, 2019 - Garden City

Enjoy seasonal crafts, puppet show, seed planting, Maypole dancing, petting zoo, and more. For families with children from 2 years old – grade 6. Bring a picnic lunch (snacks available).

Super Family Sunday: Art on the Move with RADD Crossfit and Free Style Arts Association - Nassau County Museum of Art
May 05, 2019 - Roslyn Harbor

Run, skip, hop, or jump to the Museum for a day of art making inspired by movement and nature. Free Style Arts Association will engage families with messy movable art on the Museum’s grounds to flex your creative muscles. Then get your bodies moving with members of the RADD Fitness team of Glen Head in activities designed for all ages and abilities. Inspired by your time outside, families will create kinetic sculptures using a variety of recycled materials. Dress for art making and physical activity. Program will move indoors in case of rain.

Arts & Craft Fair - Northport High School
May 05, 2019 - Northport

This fair presents an array of artists and artisans featuring one-of-a-kind creations and designs. It is one of the finest and well attended Craft Fairs on Long Island. This year the fair is accepting 125 art and craft exhibitors with a limited number of exhibitors in each category.

Israelfest - North Hempstead Beach Park
May 05, 2019 - Port Washington

Israelfest, is a Yom HaAtzmaut community celebration of Israel's birthday. The largest celebration of Israel on Long Island features live Israeli music, dancing, food, activities, and rides for children.

Spring Bike Ride - Jones Beach Nature Center
May 05, 2019 - Wantagh

Bring your bicycles and your binoculars and join the Jones Beach Nature Center for a morning ride. Get some exercise while taking in some of the beautiful, springtime sights at the beach. For children ages 8 and older. Registration required.

The Cashore Marionettes - Patchogue Theatre
May 05, 2019 - Patchogue

Through a combination of virtuoso manipulation of sophisticated marionettes, beautiful music, theatrical illusion, and artistic insight, the original vignettes presented in Simple Gifts provide an entertaining and sensitive vision of what it is to be human. The performance explores a range of emotions with characters and actions that are amazingly convincing and set to stunning music by such composers as Vivaldi, Strauss, Beethoven, and Copland. The marionettes are engineering marvels and the quality of movement is extraordinary. Music & Arts will be in the lobby before the show with a special Instrument "Petting Zoo" with a variety of instruments available for students to look at up close, touch, and maybe even try to play.

The Silver Chords: Treasured Memories - Remembering Music We've Loved - St. Andrew's Lutheran Church
May 05, 2019 - Smithtown

Classics such as "In the Still of the Night", "Hallelujah", "Chattanooga Choo Choo," and "Moon River" will frame the centerpiece of the program: the Long Island premier of Arthur Frackenpohl’s “Mass” (1990).

Long Island Corvette Owners Association - Suffolk County Vanderbilt Museum
May 05, 2019 - Centerport

Owners display beautiful classic automobiles. Visitors pay only Museum general admission; there is no extra charge for the car show. 

Lindenhurst Spring Festival - The Lindenhurst Chamber of Commerce
May 05, 2019 - Lindenhurst

Great music and local vendors in one of the hippest towns on LI!

19th Annual Huntington Tulip Festival - Heckscher Park
May 05, 2019 - Huntington

An annual event in Huntington village, the Tulip Festival is a family-oriented, floral festival featuring more than 20,000 tulips, hands-on children’s activity booths, family performances on the Chapin Rainbow Stage, art exhibitions, lectures and demonstrations; refreshment sales booths. The event is rain or shine, although outdoor activities at the Festival can potentially be suspended for lightning.

Baby Animal Weekend - Suffolk County Farm
Through May 05, 2019 - Yaphank

Chicks! Piglets! Lambs! Goat kids! Calves! Enjoy unlimited wagon rides, visiting baby animals, hands-on activities for kids, food trucks, and more. Open-toed shoes will not be allowed in the animal areas so please dress accordingly.

Spring Pysanka Workshops - Hallockville Museum Farm
Through May 05, 2019 - Riverhead

Join instructor, Hannah Ritter, for the Spring Pysanka workshops, April 7th and May 5th! The Spring workshops will feature floral designs based on traditional motifs. Beginners will complete a Pysanka in approximately 2 1/2 hours. Several designs and color variations will be presented, and dye color choices will be available. Sessions will be suitable for both beginners and experienced eggers, and students can attend both sessions.

Walk On the Art Side: St. James Art Walk - Celebrate St. James
May 05, 2019 - Saint James

Stroll down Lake Avenue for artists of all kinds, entertainment, demonstrations, music, and food. Rain date May 19.

Long Island Private School Fair - Adelphi University Campbell Lounge
May 05, 2019 - Garden City

Fusion Academy Long Island and Adelphi University, in partnership with the participating schools, are proud to present the Annual Long Island Private School Fair. If you are a Long Island parent or professional and considering private school for your child or are merely curious about the landscape of private school offerings on Long Island, you do not want to miss this event. Attendees will have the opportunity to meet and speak with admissions representatives from private schools, as well as set up private visits to schools of interest. If you are a private school interested in participating, please reached out to Tiffany Belferder at [email protected] to inquire about space availability. This event is free to attendees, but all must register.

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.

YTE Production 'Wizard of Oz' - ThinkBIG! Theater Arts
Through May 05, 2019 - Bellport

Support the young actors ages 6-16 years old who make up the Youth Theater Experience Program at they perform The Wizard of Oz.

Baby Animal Days - Garden of Eve Farm
Through May 05, 2019 - Riverhead

Visit the baby farm animals, including lambs, bunnies, chicks, goats, and more. Family Fun Fields and hayrides, too.

Open House - Countryside Montessori School
May 05, 2019 - Great Neck

Learn about Countryside Montessori School. School tour and information available. Teachers will be on hand to answer questions. You may take a walk through of the room and bring your child with you.

Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood Live! King for a Day - Tilles Center for the Performing Arts
May 05, 2019 - Brookville

The grr-ific musical for little tigers and grown-ups alike is back! The hugely popular Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood LIVE!, based on the #1 PBS Kids TV series, has delighted live audiences on stages across the country. It’s an event filled with tigertastic fun, teaching the valuable lessons of kindness, helping others, and being a friend. Ages 2-4.

Sheep to Shawl Festival - Dr. Daniel W. Kissam House Museum
May 05, 2019 - Huntington

Join The Huntington Historical Society for this free family-friendly festival celebrating colonial farm life! The fiber festival-type event features demonstrations of sheep shearing, carding, spinning, knitting, and weaving – the processes of turning “sheep to shawl.” There will also be crafts, traditional games, face painting, storytelling, music, dancing, and items for sale.

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Making Art Move - South Fork Natural History Museum
May 05, 2019 - Bridgehampton

Mechanical engineering is a big part of the art of making things move. Before motors and electricity were invented, engineers used gears and human power to make things move. Learn to use simple materials to build a gear box to make a paper butterfly move! Advance reservations are required. Ages 8 and older. 

Come Draw With Us - South Fork Natural History Museum
May 05, 2019 - Bridgehampton

Do you think you’d enjoy drawing, but can’t seem to find the perfect time to do it? Hone your skills in a comfortable and relaxed place. 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. Ages 15 and older. Advanced registration required. 

CTREE Giddy-Up 5K - Sagg Main Beach
May 05, 2019 - Sagaponack

Enjoy a 5K through beautiful Sagaponack, supporting Center for Therapeutic Riding of the East End (CTREE). Medals for all, t-shirts, and fun Chinese Auction. Dogs welcome!

Maker Spotlight: Douglas Baldwin - Long Island Explorium
May 05, 2019 - Port Jefferson

Maker Spotlight features musician and artist Douglas Baldwin. View and create your own fractal art-infinite images with astounding colors and patterns. Sign up online.

Our Fabulous Variety Show Presents: Art - Guild Hall
Through May 05, 2019 - East Hampton

Our Fabulous Variety Show Presents: Art by Yasmina Reza starring Edward Kassar, Joe Pallister, and Sawyer Spielberg in an intimate black box setting at Guild Hall. Enjoy this wonderful play that explores art and friendship and how it may or may not bring us together.

Sakura Matsuri: Cherry Blossom Festival - Charles B. Wang Center
May 05, 2019 - Stony Brook

Welcome spring to Long Island with the blooming of sakura (cherry blossoms), the sounds of taiko drums, and a wondrous array of Japanese cultural exhibits at the Wang Center. The Wang Center will provide many exciting activities, including ikebana flower arrangement, tea workshops, manga drawing, origami paper folding, kimono dress-ups, and cosplay (costumed role-play of a Japanese manga character) for all ages. Please join in your favorite manga character costume. Space is limited for the performances and workshops, so make your reservation.

May 05, 2019 - Huntington

We Love Mom - Middle Country Public Library
Through May 06, 2019 - Centereach

For parents/caregivers and children ages 3 years old through kindergarten. You may drop in anytime for this program, but please register beforehand. Join the library in creating beautiful projects for Mom or a someone special.

Book Buddies - Middle Country Public Library
Through May 08, 2019 - Centereach

For children ages 3 - 7 years old. Enjoy a story time with MCPL's Teen Book Buddies.

Toddler Storytime - Merrick Library
Through May 08, 2019 - Merrick

A story time for toddlers ages 18-35 months. All toddlers must be accompanied by a caregiver. Sessions will consist of stories, songs, finger plays, music and playtime. Meet professionals who will answer child developmental questions.

Toddler Social - Glen Cove Library
Through May 10, 2019 - Glen Cove

A combination playtime and storytime for toddlers. Toddler Social will provide great opportunities for toddlers to socialize and make new friends. Ages 2 - 5 with caregiver.

Mother's Day Craft - Baldwin Public Library
Through May 11, 2019 - Baldwin

Decorate a craft for Mom or Grandma for Mother’s Day! Registration begins Monday, April 15. 

Broadway Commons Carnival - Broadway Commons
Through May 12, 2019 - Hicksville

This family-friendly event features midway rides for all ages, from whimsical kiddie rides to state-of-the-art thrill rides, carnival games, and a variety of fair food. Visit the website for coupon savings. Call for more information. 

Mother Goose - Freeport Public Library
Through May 15, 2019 - Freeport

A program of finger-plays, songs, and nursery rhymes for children ages 1-2 years old and an accompanying adult. 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.

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, [email protected] **NOTE: 5/5 OPEN HOUSE CANCELED DUE TO WEATHER**

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. 

'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.

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. 

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.

Open House Thursdays - Lawrence Woodmere Academy
Through June 07, 2019 - Woodmere

Lawrence Woodmere Academy is hosting Thursday Visit Days every Thursday April through June.

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.