Today's Family & Kids Activities in Long Island-May 8

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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 8, 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 8. 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.

Vegetable Prints for Mother’s Day - Westhampton Free Library
May 08, 2019 - Westhampton Beach

Create a special springtime art peace for Mom this Mother's Day. Registration required.

Meet the Ducklings Storytime and Craft - Mineola Memorial Library
May 08, 2019 - Mineola

Meet baby ducks that were hatched out of eggs in the library's incubator, listen to duck stories, and design a rubber ducky to take home. Ages 2 and older. Registration begins 4/22. 

Mother's Day Candle Workshop - Glen Cove Library
May 08, 2019 - Glen Cove

Create a beautiful candle for your special person. Grades K - 5.

Open House - The Waldorf School of Garden City
May 08, 2019 - Garden City

Parents of prospective students are welcome to join 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.

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**

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. 

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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. 

'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. 

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.