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Today's Family & Kids Activities in Long Island-November 20

free and low-cost things to do with kids in NassauFind free and low-cost things to do with kids in Nassau today, November 20, 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 November 20. For even more free and low-cost upcoming events in Nassau, check out our complete calendar of events.

Apple Cake Pops and Apple Cookies - Baldwin Public Library
November 20, 2019 - Baldwin

Make a sweet and healthy snack. Registration required. 

Teddy Bear Story Time - Freeport Public Library
November 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.

Giant Games for Teens - Freeport Public Library
November 20, 2019 - Freeport

Magic-Al Garber - Landmark on Main Street
November 20, 2019 - Port Washington

Magic-Al Garber has been wowing kids, adults and celebrities with his signature brand of slapstick entertainment for over 30 years. He has performed for the children of Robert DeNiro, Drew Barrymore, Howard Stern and Jerry Seinfeld – to name just a few – and has been praised by media outlets ranging from the New York Times to VH1 to WIRED for his uncanny ability to evoke belly laughs from his audiences. Whether you've been a longtime fan or just discovering his zany antics, it's time to pay attention, as Magic-Al's next act is about to begin! All tea refreshments provided thanks to SerendipiTEA.

Starry Nights November - Staller Center Main Stage
November 20, 2019 - Stony Brook

The Starry Nights concerts at Staller Center have become a well-loved tradition, with artistic director Colin Carr creating unique chamber music programs that bring together world-class musicians from the Stony Brook University Department of Music. Jennifer Frautschi, Arnaud Sussman, Matthew Lipman, and Colin Carr are among the stars of the show. Program to include: Mozart Viola Quintet in D major Mendelssohn Viola Quintet in B flat major. Sponsored by WSHU Public Radio.

Buckley Country Day School Open House - Buckley Country Day School
November 20, 2019 - Roslyn

Autumn Trees - Westhampton Free Library
November 20, 2019 - Westhampton Beach

Celebrate the beauty of autumn trees through a hands-on tree project (Registration required).

Buckley Country Day School Open House - Buckley Country Day School
November 20, 2019 - Roslyn

Please join Buckley Country Day School for their upcoming Admissions Open House. Meet their headmaster, principals, faculty, students, and alumni. You will also enjoy: An introduction and overview by the headmaster, Q&A with a panel of upper school students, a tour of the Buckley campus, and more!

PLAYHOORAY - Hicksville Public Library
Through November 21, 2019 - Hicksville

Music and Fun for your little one! 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. 

stART (Story + Art): 'Maisy's Thanksgiving' by Lucy Cousins - Long Island Children's Museum
Through November 21, 2019 - Garden City

This week in stART read “Maisy’s Thanksgiving” by Lucy Cousins. It’s Thanksgiving day, and Maisy and her friends are having a special dinner! Help everyone gather the food, decorate the house, and bake yummy pies. After the story, create a pretend Thanksgiving “meal” to take home! Ages 3-5. 

Winston Preparatory School Open House - Winston Preparatory School
Through November 21, 2019 - Dix Hills

Winston Prep is a highly individualized and responsive setting for 3rd through 12th grade students with specific learning differences. You are invited to learn more about their school and sign up for the upcoming Open House.

Valley Stream Farmers Market - Arthur J Hendrickson Park and Pool
Through November 21, 2019 - Valley Stream

The Valley Stream Farmers Market sells the following items: Fruit, Vegetables, Pies, Honey, Farm Eggs, Homemade Quiche, Fruit Tarts, Cider Donuts, Cider, Flowers, and Plants and more. 

DANCING JELLY BEANS - South Huntington Public Library
Through November 21, 2019 - Huntington Station

Shake your sillies out with Miss Janeth. You'll have lots of fun listening to groovy music, dancing, and playing with musical instruments. Drop-in. Ages birth-36 months. 

Family Fun Time - Hicksville Public Library
Through November 22, 2019 - Hicksville

Enjoy an interactive hour with your preschooler featuring singing, dancing, storytelling, a craft and more. Ages 1 1/2-4. Registration required. 

Story Tots - Nassau County Museum of Art
Through November 22, 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.

WHO TOOK TOM THE TURKEY? - BroadHollow Theatre at Elmont
Through November 23, 2019 - Elmont

A Thanksgiving musical, Tom Turkey has gone missing. Chief Clumsy Bull and the rest of the gang need to find him before the autumn festival.

Seaford Farmers Market - Seaford Railroad Station
Through November 23, 2019 - Seaford

The Seaford Farmers Market sells the following items: Fruit, Vegetables, Homemade Empanadas, Fresh Made Donuts (while you wait!), Hot Soup, Home Made Ice Cream, Fresh Limeade, Fresh Artisan Breads, Bagels, Rolls and Pastries (still warm from the oven), and more.

Baby & Me Storytime Featuring Sesame Street Friends - Barnes and Noble- Country Glen Center
Through November 24, 2019 - Carle Place

Baby & Me Storytime continues for caregivers and children 0-24 months old. Join Barnes and Noble to read a book and participate in activities featuring sensory growth for your little ones.

Fall Dance Adelphi: Cloven Kingdom - Adelphi University
Through November 24, 2019 - Garden City

This fall, the Department of Dance also honors the legacy of choreographer Paul Taylor by performing his classic work, Cloven Kingdom.  This program will also feature ballet and modern works choreographed by faculty including Frank Augustyn, Orion Duckstein, Adelheid B. Strelick and more to be announced.

Through November 24, 2019 - East Islip

A Thanksgiving musical, Tom Turkey has gone missing. Chief Clumsy Bull and the rest of the gang need to find him before the autumn festival.

Baby & Me Storytime Featuring Sesame Street Friends - Barnes and Noble
Through November 24, 2019 - Lake Grove/Bay Shore

Baby & Me Storytime continues for caregivers and children 0-24 months old. Join Barnes and Noble to read a book and participate in activities featuring sensory growth for your little ones.

Rockville Centre Farmers Market - Railroad Parking Lot Number 12
Through November 24, 2019 - Rockville Centre

The Rockville Centre Farmers Market sells the following items: Fruit, Veggies, Baked Goods, Cider, Home Made Peanut Butter, Home Made Ice Cream, Fresh Hot Donuts, Hot Soups, All Types of Flowers, Assorted Homemade Pickles and more.

Minecraft Mondays - Microsoft Store - Roosevelt Field
Through November 25, 2019 - Garden City

Players will be put their creativity, teamwork, and Minecraft skills to the test in this fun open play event.  Register on your own or with a friend. All skill levels are welcome! RSVP online.

Preschool Storycraft - Hicksville Public Library
Through November 26, 2019 - Hicksville

The Garden City Center Farmers Market - Garden City Farmers Market
Through November 26, 2019 - Mineola

The Garden City Center Farmers Market sells the following items by Conklin Farms and Pickles Me Pete: Fresh Pickles, Fresh Fruits and Vegetables, Donuts, Farm Fresh Eggs, Homemade Peanut Butter, Fruit Pies, Quiches (All Flavors), Honey, Small Fruit Tarts, and more. 

Tiny Tots Storytime - Hicksville Public Library
Through November 27, 2019 - Hicksville

Autumn Wreaths - Long Island Children's Museum
Through November 27, 2019 - Garden City

Create your own colorful wreath inspired by fall leaves to welcome autumn into your home! Free with admission. 

Music and Movement - Long Island Children's Museum
Through November 27, 2019 - Garden City

Enjoy creative movement exercises and interactive sing-alongs that get little bodies moving to the rhythm. Ages 5 and younger. 

Roslyn Farmers Market - Christopher Morley Park
Through November 27, 2019 - Roslyn

The Roslyn Center Farmers Market sells the following items: Fruits, Vegetables, Homemade Fruit Pie, Cider Donuts, Farm Fresh Eggs, Homemade Peanut Butter, Quiche, Cider, Honey, Biscotti and More!

Through November 30, 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. Drop in sessions are limited to 30 minutes. All ages must be accompanied by an adult. Free with Museum admission. No advance registration required.

Messy Afternoons - Long Island Children's Museum
Through November 30, 2019 - Garden City

Get up to your elbows in oobleck, clean mud and slime … and join LICM for the type of artistic activities that everyone loves, but no one likes to clean-up after.  Except them! This is a free drop in program for ages 18 months- 4 years. Stop by anytime between 3:30pm and 5pm for as long as you wish.


Splish Splash, Animal Baths - Long Island Children's Museum
Through November 30, 2019 - Garden City

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

Maker Mondays - Wantagh Public Library
Through December 02, 2019 - Wantagh

Collaborate, design and build using various kits and materials that encourage hands-on free play and learning. Registration required. 

Pet Photos with Santa - Roosevelt Field
Through December 15, 2019 - Garden City

Customers love their furry (and not so furry) friends! Here’s a chance to get their keepsake picture taken with Santa. The set receives extensive cleaning following the event to minimize potential risks to allergy sufferers.

Pet Photos with Santa - Smith Haven Mall
Through December 15, 2019 - Lake Grove

Bring your furry friend for photos with Santa!

Mail a Letter to Santa - Hicks Nurseries
Through December 16, 2019 - Westbury

Mail a letter to Santa and get a response! Please include a self-addressed stamped envelope to receive a response. Last day to mail a letter is Monday, December 16th.

Pet Photos with Santa - Broadway Commons
Through December 17, 2019 - Hicksville

It’s time…time to get an adorable, keepsake photo of your pet (and your family too!) with Santa Paws! Bring your furry friend down to Broadway for Paws & Claus night! *DOMESTIC PETS ONLY* Best entrance to bring your furry friend through is Entry 7 (by The Children's Place).


Mornings With Mommy & Me - Portledge School
Through December 17, 2019 - Locust Valley

A place for children to learn, make friends, and have some messy fun too! All are welcome, moms, dads, grandparents, and caregivers.

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.

ShaJam by Tkiya - Sid Jacobson JCC
Through December 20, 2019 - East Hills

Enjoy a fun and interactive family Shabbat experience with music, movement, parachute, shakers, bubbles, and challah! Ages birth-5. 

A Christmas Story, the Musical - CM Performing Arts Center
Through December 22, 2019 - Oakdale

The story from a cherished movie classic that’s enchanted millions is now a musical spectacular. In 1940’s Indiana, a bespectacled boy named Ralphie has a big imagination and one wish for Christmas--a Red Ryder BB Gun. A kooky leg lamp, outrageous pink bunny pajamas, a cranky department store Santa, and a triple-dog-dare to lick a freezing flagpole are just a few of the obstacles that stand between Ralphie and his Christmas dream. Produced by the film’s original Ralphie, Peter Billingsley, A Christmas Story, The Musical is holiday entertainment that captures a simpler time in America with delicious wit and a heart of gold.

Simon Santa Photo Experience - Smith Haven Mall
Through December 24, 2019 - Lake Grove

Families can make magical memories by taking photos with Santa.

Photos with Santa - Broadway Commons
Through December 24, 2019 - Hicksville

Visit Santa at Broadway Commons! See Santa sooner with Fast Pass this Holiday season. Pre-purchase your Santa Photo Package online, book your FastPass reservation and visit the FastPass line at Broadway Commons!

Santa Photo Experience - Walt Whitman Shops
Through December 24, 2019 - Huntington Station

Visit Santa and see the new Santa Set, sponsored by Lidl Grocery Store, featuring over 20,000 LED light bulbs and a16-foot-tall Christmas tree. Plus, Santa will be seated in the center for a 360-degree experience and ready to make family memories this holiday season.  Your child will also have the option of dropping off their special letters to Santa in a mailbox, which he makes sure to collect every night. Located in Center Court, the Santa Photo Experience will be open during regular mall hours now through December 24. Photo packages are available for purchase online and customers are encouraged to use Santa FastPass to save time and avoid the line by reserving your magical moment with Santa online.

Photos with Santa - Roosevelt Field
Through December 24, 2019 - Garden City

Stop by North Court and give Santa your wish list and take a photo. 

Through December 28, 2019 - Port Jefferson

" I will honor Christmas in my heart …” Celebrate the season with Long Island’s own holiday tradition and winner for Best Play. Follow the miser Ebenezer Scrooge on a journey that teaches him the true meaning of Christmas—past, present and future. Join Theater Three for their 36th annual production of the immortal classic in all of its thrills, music, joy, and spirit.

Matilda - John W. Engeman Theater
Through December 29, 2019 - Northport

The inspiring story of an extraordinary girl comes to life in Matilda, the Musical. Based on the beloved Roald Dahl novel, Matilda is the story of the courageous little girl with an unbounded imagination who proves that despite the odds, you can do anything you put your mind to—and change your destiny. Packed with high energy dance numbers and catchy songs, children and adults alike will be thrilled and delighted by this Broadway hit and winner of 16 Best Musical awards!

Animated Christmas Children's Story - Hicks Nurseries
Through January 01, 2020 - Westbury

Visiting the Christmas Children’s Story at Hicks has been a family tradition on Long Island for generations. Enjoy the ongoing story all day every day November 15th – January 1st. Admission is always free but Hicks Nurseries ask for the donation of a non-perishable food item to donate to Long Island Cares’ food pantry.

Holiday Tribute Show Celebrating Gene Kelly - Ward Melville Heritage Organization's Educational & Cultural Center
Through January 11, 2020 - Stony Brook

Gene Kelly was the ultimate showman – dynamic dancer, singer, innovator, director, choreographer and producer. He starred in numerous classic films such as For Me and My Gal, An American In Paris and, his signature film, Signing in the Rain. See the holiday show that celebrates this legend. Lunch, dessert, tea and water served. Reservations required.

Book Drive with The Book Fairies - Nassau County Museum of Art
Through January 12, 2020 - Roslyn Harbor

See the exhibition Picture This! The Art of Children’s Books and donate a new or gently used book! In collaboration with The Book Fairies, and in honor of the children’s book illustration exhibition, NCMA invites visitors to drop off book* donations at The Manes Art & Education Center. *The Book Fairies accept new and gently used baby through adult books. Collected books will be sorted and distributed to high poverty schools and organizations across metropolitan New York. (Magazines are not accepted)

ANNIE - Smithtown Center for the Performing Arts
Through January 20, 2020 - Smithtown

Based on the popular comic strip by Harold Gray, Annie has become a worldwide phenomenon and was the winner of seven Tony Awards, including Best Musical. The beloved book and score by Tony Award winners, Thomas Meehan, Charles Strouse and Martin Charnin, features some of the greatest musical theatre hits ever written, including "Tomorrow."

Prospective Family Day - Rolling River Day Camp
Through January 25, 2020 - East Rockaway

Now is the time to learn more about Summer Camp 2020! 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, 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 2020 that day will receive a free gift. You must pre-register to attend. Can't attend Prospective Family Day or looking for a one-to-one appointment? Schedule a private tour with one of their Camp Supervisors! Private tours are available Tuesday - Friday from 9:30am to 5:00pm and Saturdays from 10am-1pm.

Big Apple Circus - Lincoln Center
Through February 02, 2020 - Upper West Side

BIG APPLE CIRCUS is thrilled to announce their 42nd season, celebrating the heartbeat, everyday delights, and spirit of New York City with astounding talent from around the world, led by Brooklyn-born singer and Ringmaster Storm Marrero.

World-renowned for its intimate and artistic style, BIG APPLE CIRCUS is passionate about revitalizing the circus for modern-day audiences with unique and astounding human feats from performers with incredible real-life stories. The circus continues a long-standing tradition of inclusivity, highlighting the finest talent from around the globe for an equally diverse audience.

Featuring a magical set design touching every corner of the tent, Season 42 is ready to transport audience members upon entering, in addition to incorporating them into the theatrics of the pre-show experience. This year’s brand-new cast of performers were chosen as much for their astonishing talent as they were for their unique backstories and ability to define BIG APPLE as a circus of the 21st century. Led by the trailblazing, body-positive, Afro-Latina ringmaster Storm Marrero, the inspiring, super-hero acts - including multiple extraordinary New Yorkers - are:

  • A hand balancing duo of superhero level strength and agility Rafael Ferreira with partner Alan Pagnota in DUPLA MAO NA RODA in an unforgettable strongman routine highlighting the indomitable nature of the human spirit
  • The New York premiere of “America’s Got Talent” finalists SAVITSKY CATS, which consist of Svitlana, Marina, and Misha – and their ten adorable and wildly talented housecats

  • New York comedian AMY GORDON, who has travelled the world hilariously slaying audiences in 6 different languages

  • THE EXPLOSION DUO – the wildly fun act that defies gravity with an exacting precision most Broadway belters would kill for - finds Cuban natives Abel Driggs and Daniel Bridon Benitz swinging from a freestanding vertical pole with speed, grace, and a bit of Spidey-sense.

  • THE ALIEV TROUPE, composed of internationally acclaimed acrobats specializing in the spectacular art of aerial acrobatics and the Russian Barre

  • The TRICK RIDERS Caleb Carinci & Renny Spencer, and their horses – ready to take NYC commuting to new heights

  • The fastest feet north of FiDi, 79-year old comedic acrobat, NYU and Julliard Professor Hovey Burgess

  • More wired than the tour guides in Times Square, LOPEZ TROUPE on the hire wire

  • The DUO STRAP act featuring Maryna Tkachenko & Tetiana Yudina

  • Jayson Dominguez dominates his WHEEL OF DEATH

  • New Yorker and International Juggling Association Gold Medalist KYLE DRIGGS who invented umbrella juggling

  • And a mother/son directorial team – Cecil MacKinnon & Jack Marsh who directly reflect the circus’ core foundation of family, legacy, and creativity.

  • Circus of the Senses (December 5th and 6th) offers special enhanced inclusive experiences for audiences who are deaf, blind, low vision and more. The performances feature ASL interpretation, Live Audio description through infrared headsets, pre and post show tactile experiences and both braille and large print programs.

  • For one night only (December 5 at 5:30PM) there will be a completely empathetic and immersive experience where audiences will enjoy a 3-course dinner and the show – all while wearing a blindfold. The performance is full guided, audio described, and will provide the audience with the incredible perspectives afforded only to the blind.

  • Sensory-friendly Autism performances (October 26 and November 1st at 11 am ) feature lowered light and sound levels, a complete social story available for download with a descriptive picturebook showing the different areas and acts involved with the circus, a professionally staffed “calming center” and additional support that can be accessed at any point during the show.

  • As part of the Circus for All initiative, eighteen performances throughout the fifteen-week run will offer $10 tickets for every seat in the house to underserved schools and community groups. In addition to the tickets, BIG APPLE CIRCUS offers a complete study guide highlighting both CORE and STEAM curriculums for the students to learn about science, history, geography, and more first- hand as they experience the BIG APPLE CIRCUS.

Seal Watching Cruise Long Island - Freeport Water Taxi & Tours
Through April 26, 2020 - Freeport

If you love wildlife, you’re sure to love this seal watching and eco-tour! Enjoy a leisurely tour of the local bays in the the comfort of a 44-foot enclosed boat and encounter seals and other wildlife. This is a great tour for families! Each year, more and more harbor seals inhabit the bays on the South Shore from the late fall to the early spring. Here, they have no fear of predators and are free to find mates and give birth to pups. Once the pups are large enough to travel, usually by the end of April, the seals start the migration back north for the summer months. Please note that since seals are a migratory species that migrate into the area due to water temperature and the availability of food, Freeport Water Taxi & Tours cannot guarantee when they will arrive or leave the area. Due to the weather during the time of the year these cruises are offered, they recommend wearing water resistant boots and warm clothing.

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