Today's Family & Kids Activities in Long Island-November 23

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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, November 23, 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 23. For even more free and low-cost upcoming events in Nassau, check out our complete calendar of events.

Family Sunday at the Museum - Nassau County Museum of Art
November 23, 2014 - Roslyn Harbor

The museum offers a 1pm docent-led family walk through of the current exhibition and beginning at 1:30pm, supervised art activities for the whole family. Special family guides of the main exhibition are available in the galleries.

Tours of Falaise - Sands Point Preserve
November 23, 2014 - Port Washington

Falaise is one of the few intact historic houses remaining on Long Island's North Shore. The Gold Coast period of the 1920s was a time of opulence, when prominent families built great mansions and large estates as summer retreats on Long Island. The magnificent Falaise mansion is open for docent-led tours -- it is the perfect way to experience the Gold Coast lifestyle of luxury and opulence in this meticulously preserved historic home.

Fly Guy and Other Stories - Landmark on Main Street
November 23, 2014 - Port Washington

Theatreworks USA's new musical revue is based on favorite children's books. The show will include titles like Paper Bag Princess, Diary of a Worm, and Lilly's Big Day. Children's Series Sponsored by PM Pediatrics. Program Sponsored by Valley National Bank.

*Tilles Center for the Performing Arts Presents Dancing Pros: Live - Tilles Center for the Performing Arts
November 23, 2014 - Greenvale

Now you can experience professional dancing up close and personal as the world's finest dancers battle it out live on the stage and the audience picks the winner! Alan Thicke - hosting (Growing Pains, Golden Globe nominee, and now airing on TVGN: Unusually Thicke); Edyta Sliwinska - judging (Dancing with the Stars); Chelsie Hightower - competing (Dancing with the Stars).

Holiday Craft Fair - Green Acres Mall
November 23, 2014 - Valley Stream

Looking to purchase the perfect gift? How about something unique? Come out to this holiday craft fair presented by Peer Promotions. There will be something for everyone.

Kids & Family Programs: Pucker Up to Cranberries - Old Westbury Gardens
November 23, 2014 - Old Westbury

Cranberries have historically found a home sweet home on our Thanksgiving tables. Stroll the Gardens to learn how ornamental berries help fall’s migratory friends. Later, enjoy a tasting of cranberry sweets and create your own cranberry kissing ball to greet your guests this Thanksgiving.

Little Makers: D'ough - NY Hall of Science
November 23, 2014 - Corona

This program invites families with young children to tinker, design and create together. Participants will explore new materials, tools and processes as they make a project to take home. Sometimes creativity can get messy, so dress your little maker (and yourself) in old clothing that can be splattered with things like paint, ink and glue. Little makers explore new ingredients and spices to mix up a batch of dough. Materials fee $8 per family. Registration required.

Fly Guy & Other Stories - Landmark on Main Street
November 23, 2014 - Port Washington

LANDMARKids! loves presenting Theatreworks USA works because they have consistent high quality family programming. Their new musical revue featuring - Fly Guy and Other Stories is no exception. This show boasts songs written by Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez (the Academy Award-winning songwriting team of Frozen), Tony Award winners Steven Lutvak and Robert L. Freedman (A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder) and Tony nominees Benj Pasek and Justin Paul (A Christmas Story). Theatreworks USA is America's foremost professional theatre for young and family audiences, and this hour-long series of musical shorts will feature adaptations of seven delightful children’s stories - including Diary of a Worm, A Prize for Fluffy (based on Fluffy's Silly Summer), Horace & Morris But Mostly Dolores, Lilly's Big Day, Paper Bag Princess and, of course, the title Fly Guy Meets Fly Girl.

Thanksgiving Celebration the Old Fashioned Way - Old Bethpage Village Restoration
November 23, 2014 - Old Bethpage

Smells delicious. Come out and see demonstrations of a traditional Thanksgiving dinner prepared in old-fashioned wood-burning stoves, beehive ovens, and open hearths.

Thanksgiving Native American Feast - Garvies Point Museum and Preserve
November 23, 2014 - Glen Cove

Participants will enjoy hands-on activities including pottery making, primitive fire-building and on-site cooking demonstrations, authentic Native American food sampling, artifacts and tool technology, face painting with natural pigments, and use of the atlatl for spear throwing. Native American films will be shown hourly.

Who Took Tom Turkey - BayWay Arts Center
November 23, 2014 - East Islip

In this holiday musical, pilgrims meet Native Americans and learn the true meaning of Thanksgiving from a talking turkey.

Family Adventures: Make a Dream Catcher - Connetquot River State Park
November 23, 2014 - Oakdale

Each family member, age 8 and over, will make their own dream catcher. You will then decorate it with feathers, beads and/or shells. Call 631-581-1072 for reservations.

Charles Dickens' A CHRISTMAS CAROL - Theatre Three
November 23, 2014 - Port Jefferson

Celebrate the season with Long Island's own holiday tradition. Follow the miser Ebenezer Scrooge on a journey that teaches him the true meaning of Christmas—past, present and future. Adapted for the stage by Jeffrey E. Sanzel.

Peter Pan - The Noel S. Ruiz Theatre at CM Performing Arts Center
November 23, 2014 - Oakdale

Peter and his mischievous fairy sidekick Tinkerbell visit the nursery of the Darling children and, with a sprinkle of pixie dust, begin a magical journey across the stars that none of them will ever forget.

Holiday Portraits - Tumbling Tunes
November 23, 2014 - East Northport

A professional photographer will be in house for a Holiday picture session. Have a family portrait taken or individual shots for your christmas cards. Pictures will be emailed or drop boxed to you or you can pick up a disc if you prefer.

seal walk - Montauk Point State Park
November 23, 2014 - Montauk

A State Park naturalist will lead visitors on a leisurely beach walk to an area where up to four species of seals can be observed. Along the way, there will be opportunities to see many winter birds and to explore marine geology. The walk is approximately 3 miles and will take 2-3 hours to complete. Dress appropriately, and wear comfortable footwear for hiking. Binoculars are recommended. Meet at the Montauk Point Lighthouse Grill and concession stand 10 minutes prior to the start time. For reservations call 631-668-5000.

T'was The Night Before Christmas - Arena Players Repertory Theater at Vanderbilt Carriage House
November 23, 2014 - Centerport

The story behind the creation of this world-renowned poem comes alive in this holiday production.

Tiny Tom Turkeys - Long Island Children's Museum
Through November 26, 2014 - Garden City

Come to the Inner Lobby for a turkey time craft and build a cute little holiday tabletop-sitter. Through November 26.

Kids in the Kitchen - Long Island Children's Museum
Through November 30, 2014 - Garden City

Kids will mix things up in the kitchen to stir an interest in kitchen creativity and healthy eating. Each week, they will make an easy and yummy, kid-friendly snack (cookies, mini pizzas, etc) that the kids make from start to finish. They’ll practice using real cooking tools like small mixers and toaster ovens in their recipes -- of course, adult help will be required. Helping in the kitchen is a great learning tool as children practice measuring ingredients, following directions and building their vocabulary. Through November 30.

Hats Off to Dr. Seuss! - LaMantia Gallery
Through November 30, 2014 - Northport

In celebration of the 75th anniversary of Dr. Seuss’s second book, The 500 Hats of Bartholomew Cubbins, Dr. Seuss’s never-before-seen hat collection will be exhibited. The exhibit will also feature a collection of Ted Geisel’s original drawings, paintings, and sculpture, which will also be available for acquisition. Nov. 8 - Nov. 30.

Museum Scavenger Hunt - The Whaling Museum and Education Center of CSH
Through November 30, 2014 - Cold Spring Harbor

Visit the Whaling Museum and Education Center and the LI Maritime Museum this month, pick up a Scavenger Hunt sheet from the front desk (or online) and earn $5 certificate to spend at either gift shop. Through Nov. 30.

Mommy and Me Fall 2014 - Portledge School
Through December 08, 2014 - Locust Valley

Mothers and their little ones will have a real bonding experience as they participate in Mommy and Me classes at the Portledge School.

Mommy & Me Pilates - Happy & Healthy Wellness Center
Through December 08, 2014 - Mineola

Come enjoy a moderate to strenuous workout with your baby safely at your side in this unique, uplifting Mommy & Me Pilates class. Awaken and strengthen your body while baby plays with you in a nurturing environment. Class runs through December 8.

“Past Traditions/New Voices in Asian Art” Exhibition - Hofstra University Museum, Emily Lowe Gallery
Through December 10, 2014 - Hempstead

This multi-media exhibition focuses on contemporary Asian artists from nations such as China, India, Japan, South Korea and Vietnam who demonstrate the mixing or juxtaposition of traditional Asian subject matter and techniques with modern Western influences, and will include works by Bari Kumar, Sun K. Kwak, Dinh Q. Le and Ai Weiwei. This exhibition is presented in association with the major international conference titled Asia Transforming: Old Values and New Presences to be held at Hofstra University. It runs through December 10.

Open Houses for Toddlertime Nursery School - Toddlertime Nursery School
Through December 15, 2014 - New Canaan

Toddlertime is Giving Tours We invite you to come see our exciting classes in action, meet our teachers and hear from our Director, Carolyn Williams and ask questions regarding curriculum, schedules and enrichment programs. Toddlertime Nursery School provides innovative and active preschool and summer camp programs for children ages almost two until kindergarten in a secure and nurturing environment. Teachers are inspired to make the children’s learning experiences exciting and extraordinary. All Scheduled tours begin at 9:30am: 2's November 12th and December 4th 3's November 19th All Ages December 10th Please email or call to schedule a tour.

Mommy and Me Story Time - Happy & Healthy Wellness Center
Through December 18, 2014 - Mineola

Classes will be led by certified teachers, health and parent coaches. Children will be able to listen to seasonally appropriate stories. They will also be able to browse through books, play with toys, and listen to music.

Yoga with Alexis - Happy & Healthy Wellness Center
Through December 22, 2014 - Mineola

Alexis' yoga classes are open to all levels of practice. She will guide you through a full hour of vinyasa flow while offering various modifications of each pose for those who are beginners as well as for those who prefer more of a challenge. Please note that space is limited and pre-registration is required for either a series or single class at least 24 hours in advance.

Photos with Santa - Green Acres Mall
Through December 24, 2014 - Valley Stream

Have your photos taken with Santa - See Guest Services in the Mall. It will be a fun memorabilia.

Expanded Manor House and Garden Tour Schedule - Bayard Cutting Arboretum State Park
Through December 28, 2014 - Oakdale

Tours are led by trained docents and last approximately an hour and a half. Private group tours of ten (10) or more can also be arranged. Advanced registration is recommended by calling the park directly at 631-581-1002 with payment due upon arrival. Registration is accepted the day of the tour, on a first come basis, and is limited to 15 people. The Bayard Cutting Arboretum, located in Great River, was the former country estate of William Bayard Cutting and his family. Westbrook, their 68-room American Tudor style country home, was built in 1886. The home has magnificent fireplaces, elegant paneled rooms, exquisite carving and woodworking, many original fixtures and furnishings, and beautiful stained-glass windows created by the firm of Louis Comfort Tiffany. The Manor House is situated on almost 700 acres of landscape, originally designed by Frederick Law Olmstead, which includes sweeping views of the Connetquot River. September 11-December 28, 2014.

The Faux Sho' - Islip Art Museum
Through December 28, 2014 - East Islip

Curated by Beth Giacummo. Reception on November 9th from 1-4 pm.

Snug Bug Babywearing and Pregnancy Fitness - Happy & Healthy Wellness Center
Through December 29, 2014 - Mineola

Bring your baby or toddler (and carrier / wrap)or pregnant belly and come workout. Bond with your child and meet other moms, all while getting your sweat session in for the day!

Traveling Exhibit- Native Voices: New England Tribal Families - Long Island Children's Museum
Through January 04, 2015 - Garden City

Explore five thriving New England communities as they work to balance cultural traditions with life in a modern world. The hands-on exhibit takes visitors through four New England seasons and shares stories, songs, and cultural materials that illustrate strong and enduring connections between tribes and their traditional homelands. Toboggan down a winter hill, learn about daily life at the Nuweetooun Tribal School, experience the sights and sounds of Pow Wow and explore a natural cranberry bog on Martha’s Vineyard! Experience these activities and many more in the new exhibit Native Voices. Native Voices was produced by Boston Children’s Museum All underlying materials, including all artwork and the use of Native Voices characters are used with permission of Boston Children’s Museum. Native Voices: New England Tribal Families is sponsored nationally by Ocean Spray™ and the National Endowment for the Humanities™. Local exhibit support provided by Astoria Bank (logo).

Dance your Soul Mommy and Baby - Happy & Healthy Wellness Center
Through January 09, 2015 - Mineola

Come enjoy this class that gives moms a chance to bond with their little ones, get back in shape, and learn some slick new moves with the help of a professional dancer, choreographer and instructor. No dance experience necessary. Classes are designed to be fun, both for caregivers and babies. Runs through January 9, 2015.

GingerBread Lane - New York Hall of Science
Through January 11, 2015 - Corona

Jon Lovitch is a chef and the creator of GingerBread Lane, an annual display of homemade and handmade gingerbread houses that he drafts, designs, bakes, plans, builds, and decorates for an entire year. This season will be its 21st. The concept for Gingerbread Lane changes each year, depending on what Lovitch has seen at gingerbread competitions, in magazines, at holiday displays, sometimes even drawing ideas from houses he spots while driving. Lovitch purchases the materials after the holiday season, and begins designing and constructing the exhibit by March. All work is completed by late October and reviewed for detail until the exhibit begins. Beginning in November, Lovitch works between 80 and 90 hours for the final three weeks before GingerBread Lane opens for display. Each gingerbread house requires approximately three hours to complete and many of the complicated projects within the village require upwards of 35 hours. Each annual GBL takes about 1500 hours to make. GBL is made from only "real" edible ingredients: gingerbread, royal icing, and candy. In contrast, other gingerbread competitors use dried pasta, uncooked rice and beans, and edible clay, among other ingredients. This year, GBL uses both gingerbread bricks and candy bricks for the structures. The 2014 GBL weighs more than 1.5 tons, covers a continuous surface of nearly 300 square feet and is 11 feet high at its highest point. It will be competing for a Guinness World Record for largest gingerbread exhibit, and will be the largest GBL ever. While the layout and composition change yearly, GBL always includes Eggnog Bay, Gum Drop Row, Peppermint Central Park, Candy Cane Place, and Toffee Boulevard. New this year is Ribbon Candy Ridge and a "behind-the-scenes" window, giving a peek into the makings of GBL with ovens, models, and ingredients...made entirely from royal icing. Five two-foot-high nutcrackers, also made of royal icing, stand guard over the back of the exhibit. This year's village includes an estimated 1750 lbs. of icing, 400 lbs. of candy, and 500 lbs. of gingerbread dough; and comprises 152 gingerbread houses, 65 trees, four gingerbread cable cars, five gingerbread train cars, an underground candy subway station, candy trees, and sugar signage. GingerBread Lane always sits out in the open, rather than behind glass, a fact that can really be appreciated when one smells the homemade gingerbread. All gingerbread structures are given away free on the last day of the exhibit. Since December 2000, GingerBread Lane has also hosted annual workshops for families and after-school programs for children. Each year, Lovitch works with underprivileged and disabled children by shipping GingerBread Lane pieces across the country for those unable to view the display. gingerbread-lane.org; Twitter: @GingerBreadLane; Facebook: GingerBread Lane, #gingerbreadlane.

THE WIZARD OF OZ - Smithtown Center for the Performing Arts
Through January 25, 2015 - Smithtown

Come join Dorothy, the Scarecrow, the Tin Man and the Cowardly Lion as they journey down the yellow brick road to see the Wizard of Oz in this delightful musical based on the classic story. Through Jan. 25. 2015.

“Exploring the Centuries: 7th – 20th Century Asian Art” Exhibition - Hofstra University Museum, David Filderman Gallery
Through February 08, 2015 - Hempstead

The exhibition focuses upon works of historic, spiritual, and artistic importance including woodblock prints, hand painted scrolls, metal works and sculptural works that highlight artistic traditions from the diverse Asian cultures of nations such as Japan, China, India, Tibet and Thailand. The exhibition runs through February 8, 2015.

Religious School Class for Children with Special Needs - Temple Chaverim
Through May 21, 2015 - Plainview

Religious (Hebrew) Education Classes for children with special needs leading to individualized Bar and Bat Mitzvah preparation. Small classes/low ratios and an emphasis on helping each child learn at their own pace allows each child to succeed and enjoy Hebrew School. Call for further information on this unique and successful program.

Religious School Class for Children with Special Needs - Temple Chaverim
Through May 21, 2015 - Plainview

Religious (Hebrew) Education Classes for children with special needs leading to individualized Bar and Bat Mitzvah preparation. Small classes/low ratios and an emphasis on helping each child learn at their own pace allows each child to succeed and enjoy Hebrew School. Call for further information on this unique and successful program.

Global Explorer Family Backpack - Emily Lowe Gallery
Through May 31, 2015 - Hempstead

Children and their families can explore and discover the beauty of the world’s cultures using an activity-filled backpack that enhances experiences with authentic objects from the Museum’s collections. While exploring specific works displayed at the David Filderman Gallery, children create their own keepsake artworks inspired by the art and cultures they discover along the new Fall theme: “Tell Me a Story.” Pick up materials in the Emily Lowe Gallery.

Preschool Place - NY Hall of Science
Through June 30, 2015 - Corona

The ideal space to explore, discover and build! Little ones can experience multi-sensory activities in a safe, protected area and is specially designed to meet the developmental needs of children ages birth to 6 years old. Sing-alongs, story times and art activities are featured during weekends and holidays. This program is available thru June 30, 2015.

Penguin Encounter - Long Island Aquarium & Exhibition Center
Through December 31, 2015 - Riverhead

Imagine a close-up meeting with an African penguin ? a 45-minute interactive experience where children ages 5 and up and adults go behind the scenes and learn how animal experts care for these playful birds. You'll see the inner workings of the Penguin Pavilion exhibit,learn how staff cares for the exhibit's residents and enter the Penguin Preschool to meet the penguins. Reserve your spot at reservations@amwny.com. Year-round.

Behind-the-Scenes Tours - Long Island Aquarium and Exhibition Center
Through December 31, 2016 - Riverhead

Go behind-the-scenes and see firsthand all that's involved in creating a home for the aquatic residents, including helping to feed the clownfish. Takes place daily, year-round.

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