Today's Family & Kids Activities in Long Island-November 20
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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.
A CHRISTMAS CAROL - Theatre Three
Through December 28, 2019 - Port Jefferson
" I will honor Christmas in my heart …” Celebrate the season with Long Island’s own holiday tradition and broadwayworld.com 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.