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Today's Family & Kids Activities in Long Island-September 12

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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, September 12, 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 September 12. For even more free and low-cost upcoming events in Nassau, check out our complete calendar of events.

'Love, Gilda: The Eternal Spirit of Gilda Radner' Gold Coast Film Festival Screening - Soundview Cinemas
September 12, 2018 - Port Washington

In her own words, comedienne Gilda Radner looks back and reflects on her life and career. Weaving together recently discovered audiotapes, interviews with her friends, rare home movies and diaries read by modern day comediennes inspired by Gilda (Amy Poehler, Maya Rudolph, Bill Hader and Cecily Strong), Love, Gilda offers a unique window into the honest and whimsical world of a beloved performer whose greatest role was sharing her story.

Yom Kippur & Sukkot - The Chai Center
September 12, 2018 - Dix Hills

Learn from Rabbi Yakov Saacks, The Chai Center Director, about Yom Kippur and Sukkot customs and practices and High Holiday themes such as the fast, charity, the good, the bad and the Holy. What is the Jewish view of merit, sin and atonement?  Call or go online to RSVP.


Composition Mason Jar Tissue Holder - Island Trees Public Library
September 12, 2018 - Island Trees



 Shirley Ruby will show you how to create a clever tissue dispenser that looks like a composition book. Sneezes, we’ve got you covered! Please bring a box of tissues to class, and a shoebox to take home your project.

Library For All - Middle Country Public Library
September 12, 2018 - Centereach

Library for All is designed for adults with sensory issues, those on the autism spectrum, or those who have other specific needs. Everybody is welcome to attend. Let the library know if you have any special requirements.

An Afternoon with Warren Schein - Landmark on Main Street
September 12, 2018 - Port Washington

For over three decades, Warren Schein has performed in New York's most prestigious clubs, and toured throughout LA, Florida and the tri-state area. His voice over work includes the Pillsbury Dough Boy and the Lucky Charms Leprechaun. He's had featured rolls in Royal Pains, Boardwalk Empire, Saturday Night Live and Castle. He's appeared in films like Stepford Wives, Cinderella Man and Specter along side notable names like Russell Crowe and Al Pacino. On stage, he's played the roll of Igor in Mel Brooks' Young Frankenstein. He also tours with his own shows A Musical Tribute to Mel Torme and Spend An Evening With Mr. Saturday Night. Enjoy an afternoon of music and laughs as Warren performs some of his favorite songs from the Great American Songbook to familiar Broadway showtunes. Doors open at 1:30 for pre-concert tea and snacks.

Jackson Pollock Family Drip Painting Workshop - Pollock-Krasner House and Study Center
Through September 15, 2018 - East Hampton

Families tour the Pollock-Krasner House and studio, followed by a drip painting workshop for children. Pre-register online at

'Flashdance: the Musical' - Patchogue Theater for Performing Arts
Through September 15, 2018 - Patchogue

Long Island native Julia Macchio stars in The Gateway's production of Flashdance - The Musical.  Withth electrifying dance at its core, Flashdance - The Musical is the unforgettable story of 18-year-old Alex, a welder by day and "flashdancer" by night and her dreams of becoming a professional dancer. When love walks into her life, she uses it to catapult her drive for success. Based on the Paramount Pictures film of the same name, the score includes the hit songs from the movie musical, all of which became Top Ten hits on the radio around the world, including the Academy Award-winning title song “Flashdance – What a Feeling,” “Maniac,” “Gloria,” “Manhunt,” and “I Love Rock ‘N’ Roll.” In addition to these hits, 16 brand new songs have been written for the stage with music by Robbie Roth and lyrics by Robert Cary and Roth. Fresh off the national tour of the show, Julia Macchio will star as Alex. Julia was born and raised in Suffolk County by her parents. Her father is a Long Island native who is known to all as The Karate Kid.  She went to high school in Huntington and graduated with a degree in dance from Hofstra University. Flashdance features a book by Robert Cary and Tom Hedley (co-writer of the original screenplay with Joe Eszterhas) with music by Robbie Roth and lyrics by Robert Cary and Robbie Roth. 


Huntington Arts Council Presents Wearable Art - Main Street Gallery
Through September 15, 2018 - Huntington


Huntington Arts Council proudly presents an exhibition that combines its Exhibition and Decentralization Regrant programs. Showcased are six artists who received funding from the Creative Individuals category. These works span the artistic spectrum from the visual to the performing arts. HAC features works by Lucienne Pereira, Chanika Svetvilas, Tonito Valderrama, Nichelle Rivers, Napoleon Revels-Bay, and Kendra Mace Clark. 

Treasures and Collectables Fair - Southampton Historical Museum
Through September 15, 2018 - Southampton

Vintage furniture, jewelry, textiles, glass, ceramics, artwork, collectibles and more will be sold inside the Red Barn and on the grounds. All proceeds benefit the Museum’s Collection.

Little Shop of Horrors - BroadHollow Theatre at Elmont
Through September 16, 2018 - Elmont

A deviously delicious Broadway and Hollywood sci-fi smash musical, Little Shop Of Horrors has devoured the hearts of theatre goers for over 30 years. Howard Ashman and Alan Menken (Disney's The Little Mermaid, Beauty And The Beast, and Aladdin) are the creative geniuses behind what has become one of the most popular shows in the world.  The meek floral assistant Seymour Krelborn stumbles across a new breed of plant he names "Audrey II" - after his coworker crush. This foul-mouthed, R&B-singing carnivore promises unending fame and fortune to the down and out Krelborn as long as he keeps feeding it, BLOOD. Over time, though, Seymour discovers Audrey II's out of this world origins and intent towards global domination!

Fall Bird Watching Walks - Garvies Point Museum
Through September 22, 2018 - Glen Cove

Saturday, September 1, 8, 22• 10am, each day

Our preserve is known for the varied migratory birds that visit in the fall. A feast of berries, especially from Aralia trees attract an abundance of birds. Our outer exhibit hall deck offers a spectacular eye-level view of these magnificent birds! Join us for a short tour to observe these beautiful and fascinating animals. Feel free to BYOB, binoculars, that is! We have some available if needed.

'Saturday Night Fever' - The Musical - BayWay Arts Center
Through September 23, 2018 - East Islip

Tony Manero is a clerk in a paint store in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn. But he lives for Saturday evening and his visit to the local disco, 2001 Odyssey. At the disco Tony is no longer an inconspicuous employee, he is the king of the dance floor. There he meets dancer, Stephanie Mangano. The two decide to take part in a dance competition. Although Tony is interested in a relationship with Stephanie, she rejects him, thinking that she can pursue higher goals and meet a better selection of men in Manhattan. But Tony and Stephanie continue to rehearse and win the dance competition. However, Tony, not happy because a competing pair of Latino dancers was clearly better, hands the championship trophy to them. The dispute divides Tony and Stephanie. After some very tragic events, Tony and Stephanie decide to remain friends.


My First Storytime - Barnes and Noble - Bay Shore
Through September 26, 2018 - Bay Shore

This storytime geared towards babies, toddlers and preschoolers, but all ages are welcome. Adult supervision is required and participation is encouraged! It varies from week to week, but a typical Storytime includes a mix of short stories and favorite songs. 

Social Skills Classes for Teens - Carl's Candies
Through September 27, 2018 - Northport

This engaing class teaches teens how to present themselves with grace, integrity and confidence with a strong focus on respect, proper basic manners and communication skills.

Bird & Butterfly-Friendly Gardens - Garvies Point Museum
Through September 29, 2018 - Glen Cove


Our gardens are full of mostly native flowers that attract pollinators, bees, butterflies, moths, hummingbirds and songbirds! Make sure to visit the bird and butterfly-friendly gardens during the height of bloom. 

Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney: Sculpture Exhibition - Planting Fields Arboretum
Through September 30, 2018 - Oyster Bay

The artist is best known as the founder of New York’s Whitney Museum of American Art, yet she had a significant career as a sculptor, exhibiting throughout the United States and Europe.  We will feature over thirty sculptures and drawings.  This is the first exhibition of Whitney’s art since her death in 1942.  William R. Coe knew Mrs. Whitney and was involved in the commission of the larger than life equestrian sculpture of Buffalo Bill in Cody, Wyoming.

Guided Tours - Parrish Art Museum
Through September 30, 2018 - Water Mill

Docent-led tours highlighting the Permanent Collection. Tours last approximately one hour.


Open Studio for Families - Parrish Art Museum
Through September 30, 2018 - 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. All ages must be accompanied by an adult. Free with Museum admission. No advance registration required.


Yoga in the Park by Om Shanti Yoga and Reiki Center - The Common Ground
Through September 30, 2018 - Sayville

This  class is for all ages and skill. No experience necessary. Bring a towel and yoga mat.

Hempstead House Tour - Sands Point Preserve
Through September 30, 2018 - Sands Point

See the grand rooms inside the massive 50,000-square-foot Tudor-style mansion, the former summer residence of Howard Gould (1912-1917) and later Daniel and Florence Guggenheim (1917-1930).

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Baby Sign Language 101 - Mineola Memorial Library
Through October 02, 2018 - Mineola

Discover the many benefits of signing with your hearing baby. Learn over 80 simple signs that will help your child to communicate more clearly. Expectant parents welcome. No experience necessary. Ages birth and up with adult.

Sensory Sensitive Sundays - Chuck E. Cheese's
Through October 07, 2018 - Hempstead

Chuck E. Cheese's is open for two hours on the first Sunday of each month, specifically for children with autism and other special needs. The facility

 reduces the lighting and noise, and the time includes food and games, and a trained staff.


HeartBeet Farm Stand - Stony Brook Village Center
Through October 13, 2018 - Stony Brook

HeartBeet Farms produces fresh, organically-grown, nutritionally dense vegetables and fruits with a focus on nourishing families.

Polo at Bethpage State Park - Bethpage State Park
Through October 14, 2018 - Farmingdale

Polo is a great competive sport. Come and enjoy an afternoon of excellent polo games at Bethpage State Park. A treat for the whole family.

Yoga in the Gardens - Old Westbury Gardens
Through October 27, 2018 - Old Westbury

Professional Kripalu Yoga instructor, Lorili Henry, will lead students through a dynamic, yet gentle, continuous flow of postures and conscious breathing.  Participants must bring a yoga mat, yoga strap and towel. 

Farmer's Market - Tanger Outlets: The Arches
Through October 27, 2018 - Deer Park

Deer Park, NY is bringing back the Farmers Market at the Tanger Outlets, hosted by ‘Country Fresh’ every Saturday beginning in June through October. Located around the fountain in the Piazza area, the market will feature Long Island’s local farms, wineries and bakers offering local fruits, vegetables, wines and more. Visitors can meet and visit with local farmers and vendors while satisfying their appetites by snacking while they shop.



Winged Jewels of the Forest: Images of Birds in the Surrounding Hudson Valley - New York Hall of Science
Through October 28, 2018 - Corona

This exhibition features photographs of birds from Rockefeller State Park Preserve in Pleasantville, N.Y., 30 miles north of New York City. The Preserve provides habitat for thousands of birds and this exhibition highlights the diversity of the birds found there.

Joy of Water Color - Island Trees Public Library
Through October 29, 2018 - Island Trees

Enter the exciting world of watercolor painting with Julie Van Benthyusen.  Learn to communicate what you sense and feel about the world you see.  Beginner as well as intermediate students are welcome.  Bring the following to the first class: Arches Watercolor Pad (140lb cold pressed, size 11” X14”), 1 gray kneaded eraser, 2 plastic containers for water & paper  towels.  Paint and brushes are available for purchase from the instructor.   Fee  includes use of teacher’s  supplies.


In the Eyes of the Beholder: The Connection between Art, Nature, and Community - Oyster Bay Historical Society
Through October 31, 2018 - Oyster Bay

Featuring nature-inspired artwork created by students from the Bridges to Adelphi Program at Adelphi University and from the Oyster Bay Historical Society Collection.

Tai Chi in the Gardens - Old Westbury Gardens
Through October 31, 2018 - Old Westbury

Tai Chi, a unique form of "moving meditation" calms the mind, relaxes the body and strengthens the spirit.  Sessions taught by professional Tai Chi instructor, Linda Cafiero, are designed for all experience levels.  

Old Time Base Ball - Old Bethpage Restoration Village
Through November 03, 2018 - Old Bethpage

Watch as teams from the 1864 league play base ball (as it was spelled then) following the rules and customs of the 19th century in vintage uniforms.

Rockville Centre Farmers Market - Rockville Centre Railroad Station
Through November 18, 2018 - Rockville Centre

Come out for a delightful array of produce and products. Fresh fruit and vegatables, jams, jellies, cakes, coffee and a whole lot more! 

Falaise Mansion Tour - Sands Point Preserve
Through November 18, 2018 - Sands Point

This cliff-side French Norman-style mansion was the residence of Captain Harry F. Guggenheim and his wife, Alicia Patterson, founder of Newsday. Explore the exquisite artwork, antiques, and furnishings inside one of the most inviting mansions on the Gold Coast.

Garden City Farmers Market - Behind State Supreme Court
Through November 20, 2018 - Mineola

Take your pick: fruits, vegetables, eggs, soaps, oils, pickles, juices breads and more!

First Tuesdays - IKEA Long Island
Through December 04, 2018 - Hicksville

Join IKEA the first Tuesday of every month at 6pm for a free kids activity! Whether arts and crafts or tasty treat decorating, you can be sure these kids activities are fun for all ages!

Children's Yoga - Heritage Center
Through December 18, 2018 - Mount Sinai

Lilie Perito is a certified Yoga instructor, mother of two and a local Miller Place resident. She teaches various workshops in yoga and mindfulness across Long Island including Stony Brook Children's Hospital and Little Leaders preschool in Miller Place. To register contact Lilie at 631-275-6618 or [email protected]


Empire State Market - NYCB LIVE, Home of The Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum
Through December 23, 2018 - Uniondale

Discover Long Island's newest market destination, Empire State Market. This outdoor shopping and feasting mecca is conveniently located in the Ford Parking Lot of NYCB LIVE, home of the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum. Opening every Sunday from 8am-4pm. Admission and parking are free.

A fun venue for all ages, the Empire State Market will feature hundreds of vendors offering new and collectible goods. Shoppers can find a plethora of new and used goods including jewelry, apparel and fashion accessories, household items, various artwork and crafts. Additionally, foodies will be able to find all sorts of fresh food as well as prepared foods. Come out and join us every week to discover what is new.

Seashell...Nature's Inspired Design Exhibition - Garvies Point Museum
Through December 28, 2018 - Glen Cove

In  celebration of our 50th anniversary, join us for a special exhibit of exquisite seashells from around the world. From the collection of Garvies Point Museum, donated by Henry Dwyer and Alfred Wu.

Family Sundays - Nassau County Museum of Art
Through December 30, 2018 - Roslyn Harbor

Converse, collaborate and create together during our Family Sundays! Each week explore new art materials, vocabulary and ideas in our studio with our museum educator. Family Sundays provide children and the adults in their lives the opportunity to take time from their busy schedules to reconnect while talking about and making art together. New projects are featured every week. All Family Sundays will draw inspiration from the current exhibition. 

The Way It Goes: Nathan Slate Joseph - Nassau County Museum of Art
Through December 30, 2018 - Roslyn Harbor

An intimate documentary biography of an artist whose unconventional approach to metal and form will leave you wanting more. 60 minutes


Rothko: An Abstract Humanist - Nassau County Museum of Art
Through December 30, 2018 - Roslyn Harbor

This program offers a rare examination of the life and work of Mark Rothko. Rothko gave abstraction the emotional power of music 
and poetry. He painted ideas rather than objects and, in the process, created a deeply original pictorial language. One of the most important artists of his generation, Rothko is perhaps best known for his work in the style of the New York School and was a peer of many other illustrious abstract artists: Jackson Pollock, Barnett Newman, Clyfford Still, Franz Kline, and Robert Motherwell, to name only five. 52 minutes.

Seeing Color- Documentary - Nassau County Museum of Art
Through December 30, 2018 - Roslyn Harbor

Produced for the National Gallery, this HD video explores how painters use color. Featuring National Gallery curators and restorers, contemporary painters Sean Scully and Sam Gilliam, and more. 30 minutes.

True Colors- Exhibition - Nassau County Museum of Art
Through December 30, 2018 - Roslyn Harbor

Nothing in art is more powerful than color. From Matisse to Mark Rothko and Frank Stella, and onward to the huge Color Field canvases and pulsing neon sculptures of today, color as a means of expression is the keynote for this wildly exuberant show. Potent even to the point of being considered dangerous, it is the most exciting element of art, the strongest tool in the toolbox. “Color, above all, is a means of liberation,” Matisse declared. 

The full range of color’s magic is on display in this exuberant show of over 100 works from the nineteenth century to this moment’s hottest talents. The roll call is a hit parade of art history’s most exciting names: Kandinsky, Motherwell, Warhol, Wolf Kahn, James Nares, Richard Diebenkorn, Joan Mitchell, David Hockney, and many more. It all begins with a monumental painting by Titian, considered the original champion of color in art, in a dramatic installation.

Warrior Courses Wednesdays - Sky Zone Mount Sinai
Through December 31, 2018 - Mount Sinai

Take part in epic Nerf battles on trampoline courts.

'Flight of the Butterflies 3D' - New York Hall of Science
Through June 30, 2019 - Corona

The monarch butterfly is a true marvel of nature. Weighing less than a penny, it makes one of the longest migrations on Earth across a continent to a place it has never known. Follow the monarchs’ perilous journey and join hundreds of millions of real butterflies in the remote mountain peaks of Mexico, with breathtaking cinematography from an award winning team including Oscar® winner Peter Parks. Be captivated by the true and compelling story of an intrepid scientist’s 40-year search to find the monarchs’ secret hideaway. Unravel the mysteries and experience the Flight of the Butterflies in 3D.