Today's Family & Kids Activities in Long Island-September 21

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

Love of Learning Montessori Open House - Camp Alvernia
September 21, 2019 - Centerport

Visit their unique classrooms, talk to the passionate teachers, and find out how Montessori can unlock learning for your child!

The Big Chocolate Show - Resorts World NYC
Through September 22, 2019 - Queens

The Big Chocolate Show is returning to the New York City area for the fourth consecutive year! This multi-sensory, family-friendly event features a full weekend of samples, chocolate tastings, live demonstrations, classes, and more. From cacao to bar and beyond, families will enjoy the s'mores workshop, lollipop, truffle making, and cake decorating classes. It's also an opportunity to meet chocolatiers, artisans, chefs, and experts from around the world, as well as taste and purchase chocolate of all percentages, flavors, origins, and creations.

There will also be A Decadent Evening of Chocolate and Cocktails, a walk-around tasting of chocolate-friendly cocktails paired with sweet and savory desserts and dishes for adults 21+ kicking off the weekend on Friday, September 20. The Big Chocolate Show sets the stage for Chocolate Week NYC (September 20 – September 27, 2019), a celebration of all things chocolate taking place in restaurants, specialty shops, bakeries, and ice cream parlors throughout the five boroughs.

The Big Chocolate Show benefits Cookies for Kids Cancer, a national nonprofit committed to putting an end to pediatric cancers, the #1 disease killer of children in the U.S.

For more information or to purchase tickets, visit www.bigchocolateshow.com and follow the event on Instagram @thebigchocolateshow and Facebook @TBCSNYC #bigchocolateshow #chocolate.nyc.

The Wizard of OZ - The Argyle Theatre
Through October 20, 2019 - Babylon Village

Based on the beloved story by L. Frank Baum, The Wizard of OZ is brought to life on The Argyle stage as a musical comedy, containing adventure, friendly characters and humor. People of all ages will enjoy this colorful, classic fairy tale from somewhere over the rainbow. Sponsored by Good Samaritan Hospital Medical Center

Curious George: A Reading by Sen. Todd Kaminsky - Oceanside Library
September 21, 2019 - Oceanside

Hear Sen. Todd Kaminsky read Curious George!

Celebrate Curious George! - Oceanside Library
September 21, 2019 - Oceanside

Celebrate Curious George with a short movie followed by a craft. Registration will begin on Wednesday, August 28, 2019 at 7:00 PM. Ages 3-7 years.

Village of Hempstead Play Day - Kennedy Memorial Park
September 21, 2019 - Hempstead

Looking for fun activities for your kids? Enjoy a Family Play Day at Kennedy Memorial Park.

Dog Book Buddies - Merrick Library
September 21, 2019 - Merrick

Children in grades K-6 can sign-up for a 20-minute session to read to a trained reading assistance dog. While the dog gets to hear favorite stories, the children are actually improving their communication and reading skills. Appointments are scheduled between 10am-12pm. Registration begins September 3rd, you may call or visit the Children’s room to set up your preferred day and time. 

Steel Impressions Steelband Concert - Baldwin Public Library
September 21, 2019 - Baldwin

Join the library for an interactive concert featuring authentic Caribbean music including calypso, reggae, and soca tunes played on steel pans, as well as a lesson on the history of the steel drum. Registration required. 

Astronomy Night - Sagamore Hill NHS
September 21, 2019 - Oyster Bay

Get your folding chairs and flashlights ready for evenings gazing into the cosmos! This events includes a presentations on the magnificent celestial events you can plan to see and stargazing through telescopes about the grounds. All ages and skill levels of astronomers are welcome. Please bring flashlights, refreshments, chairs, and a blanket. Weather may impact the event, keep an eye on Sagamore Hill's website and social media pages for updates. Reservations required. 

CommUniversity Day - Stony Brook University
September 21, 2019 - Stony Brook

Get ready for CommUniversity Day! Join the University campus community as they share their fascinating, innovative and entertaining world through hands-on, interactive activities. Event will happen rain or shine.

Bike4Nature Festival - CEED - Center for Environmental Education & Discovery
September 21, 2019 - Brookhaven

CEED Fall Festival celebrates fall wildlife migration with earth-friendly vendors, live music, delicious and healthy BBQ, and of course a bike-a-thon with 1st, 2nd and 3rd place medals! Children games, crafts, live animals and more.

Yoga and Mindfulness - Wantagh Public Library
September 21, 2019 - Wantagh

Join the library for an engaging class that fosters a sense of community and fun! Kids will leave with a variety of tools to use at home and school to promote inner and outer strength, move their bodies to release stress, bloster confidence, and increase respect for themselves and others. Grades K-4. If registering more than one child please submit separate registration forms.  Registration for Wantagh card holders begins Saturday, September 7. Registration for out of district card holders begins Saturday, September 14.

Help Hope & Smiles - Wantagh Public Library
September 21, 2019 - Wantagh

STAR WARS FILM CONCERT SERIES – Star Wars: A New Hope - Tilles Center for the Performing Arts
September 21, 2019 - Brookville

John Williams’ Oscar-winning score is performed live to the complete film.

International Coastal Cleanup - Sands Point Preserve
September 21, 2019 - Sands Point

Help collect debris on the Preserve’s beautiful beach and be a part of the international initiative to clean up beaches and waterways around the globe. It is the 32nd anniversary of the Ocean Conservancy’s immensely effective program – debris is collected and analyzed, so valuable data about waste can be culled, and its impact on the environment can be assessed. It is important work for today and the future, so please join at any time between 10 am and noon. Free admission to the Preserve for all participants!

Fall Family Festival - St. Bernard's School Gym
September 21, 2019 - Levittown

Visit vendors, play games, and enjoy kids activities. 

Sand Candles - Caleb Smith State Park Preserve
September 21, 2019 - Smithtown

Have fun making unique candles using sand and wax. Then play with experiments using sand from the beach and learn a little something about the sand we walk on every day. Registration required.

Forest Explorers - Connetquot River State Park Preserve
September 21, 2019 - Bohemia

How often do you really look at the forest while walking? Discover all the little things that make it special during a stroll through the preserve. It might surprise you! Registration required.

INTERNATIONAL COASTAL CLEAN-UP DAY - Garvies Point Museum & Preserve
September 21, 2019 - Glen Cove

On this day, an estimated half million volunteers will join across the world in 119 countries to participate in cleaning the world’s coastlines. All are welcome to do their part and help clean up the shoreline along Hempstead Harbor. Light refreshments & complimentary live animal presentation for volunteers. 

6th Annual Highway Safety Day - Safety Town
September 21, 2019 - Holtsville

4-H Farm Fun Walk - Suffolk County Farm & Education Center
September 21, 2019 - Yaphank

Everyone can be a part of the 2nd Annual 4-H Farm Fun Walk with Animals Fundraiser to benefit the 4-H Scholarship Fund! Registration opens at 9am and the walk will begin at 10am at the Suffolk County Farm. Participants will receive a commemorative rubber bracelet and get a chance to walk with some farm friends! Free wagon rides with walk bracelets! Animal feed will be available for additional fee. Please wear close-toed shoes. After the Walk stay for the 4-H Open House!

Music for Aardvarks - Syosset Public Library
September 21, 2019 - Syosset

Join the library for this foot stomping, jingle shaking, drum drumming hullabaloo both kids and parents will love! Song, dance and rhythm combine for a rockin’ good time. No siblings, please. Ages 6 months to 5 years w/caregiver. Registration required. 

Tropical Fish of Shinnecock Bay - Shinnecock Bay
September 21, 2019 - Hampton Bays

Last September there a great variety of tropical fishes in Shinnecock Bay and Group for the East End is planning on a repeat performance this year! Join them on this adventure – timed during low tide -- and wade with seines and dip nets in search of these southern visitors. Please wear water shoes! There will be opportunities to view the creatures closely in a temporary aquarium; all animals are released at the end of the program. Limited to 15 participants; reservations are required.

LOL Doll Paint Event - Paint Teacher's Pet - Key to My Art East Rockaway!
September 21, 2019 - East Rockaway

Key to My Art East Rockaway does not use stencils or draw the images for your kids - they learn how to do it on their own! It's not about looking "perfect", it's about learning and having fun! No experience necessary. This is a drop off event. If you don't want to drop off, please wait until you are ready. Children ages 5 and up only. Price includes all supplies, canvas, paint, and step by step instruction. Must register online in advance. Please arrive on time or your child will miss important instruction. Dress for Mess!

National Ovarian Cancer Coalition 13th Annual Run/Walk to Break the Silence on Ovarian Cancer - Belmont Lake State Park
September 21, 2019 - North Babylon

Gathering for all ages to celebrate survivors of ovarian cancer and remember those who have passed. Activities for all ages and capabilities. Run/walk at Belmont Lake State Park, North Babylon. There is a parking fee of $8.00 cash only for the NY State Park. Vendor tents, refreshments and more.

25th Annual Covert Avenue Street Fair - Downtown Floral Park and Stewart Manor
September 21, 2019 - Stewart Manor

This annual festival features food, a rock wall, huge inflatables, live music, vendors and so much more. 

Family Apple Pie - Amityville Public Library
September 21, 2019 - Amityville

Families will make their own apple pie to take home and bake. Please sign up only one eligible family member. Registration required. 

Build Some Sweet Shapes - Long Island Explorium
Through September 22, 2019 - Port Jefferson

Back by popular demand: Play with marshmallow and toothpick shapes, and help figure out if there is relationship among the vertices, faces, and edges of these shapes!

MONTAUK SURF FISHING TOURNAMENT - Montauk Point State Park
Through September 22, 2019 - Montauk

Annual Bluefish and Striped Bass surf fishing tournament open to the public. Registration is required and can be done by mail in or in person at State Park Headquarters or Paulie’s Tackle of Montauk. Cash and equipment prizes will be awarded to winners. 9/22 Award Ceremony at 12:30pm. Registration required to participate. 

TOUCH-A-TRACTOR - Garden of Eve Organic Farm
Through September 22, 2019 - Riverhead

Come down to see and sit in some of Garden of Eve's collection of tractors, old and new! Included with Fun Fields admission.

Sesame Street Live! Make Your Magic - NYCB LIVE, Home of The Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum
Through September 22, 2019 - Uniondale

Your favorite Sesame Street friends are back in Sesame Street Live! Make Your Magic! When magician extraordinaire Justin visits the neighborhood to put on a magic show, Elmo wants to join in. But there’s one problem: Elmo doesn’t know how to do magic, so he teams up with Justin, Abby, and friends to practice his trick while discovering the magical moments in everyday life!

Bellmore Family Street Festival and Carnival - Chamber of Commerce of the Bellmores
Through September 22, 2019 - Bellmore

This year, as in past years, the plan is to close off a 25 square block area to vehicular traffic in order to turn the Festival grounds into one huge pedestrian mall full of wonderful sights, sounds, tastes and experiences. Included in the festival is a Business Expo, Sports Expo, Kids-Expo, Craft Fair, Carnival, Military Expo, Public Safety Expo, Entertainment, Food, Health and wellness expo, Home Improvement Expo and a large rest area where one can sit and relax and get off their feet. Carnival with rides and live music runs Thursday-Sunday, Fair and Expo is Saturday and Sunday only from 10am-6pm.

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Cow Harbor Weekend - Northport
Through September 22, 2019 - Northport

Cow Harbor Weekend is a celebration of the Northport Community. The weekend starts with Great Cow Harbor 10K race number pickup at the William Brosnan School on Laurel Avenue, Friday evening. The local Village population more than doubles Saturday morning with the running of the Great Cow Harbor 10-Kilometer Run that hosts 5,000 runners and twice as many spectators. The Great Cow Harbor 10-Kilometer Run is one of the most prestigious foot races in the country and nationally ranked. Runner’s World has named the Cow Harbor Race as one of the top 100 races in the USA. The 2K Fun Run / Walk has been a huge success. This event attracts families and participants of all ages. 

No sooner does the race end Saturday morning and the festivities of the weekend commence. Saturday afternoon is a transition period where the remnants of the race are removed and the set up for the Cow Harbor Day festival begins. Activities on the dock are plentiful as the Village is enjoyed by its many visitors. The Cow Harbor festival is an event sponsor by the Incorporated Village of Northport.  Saturday evening hosts the annual Cow Harbor Weekend concert in the Village Park at 8:00 PM. Simultaneously, on the Village Dock is the Lighted Boat display with trophies and prizes going to the best decorated boats. The boats and their crews decorate themselves in costume and accessories in accordance with an annual theme.

Sunday is a day whereby Main Street and the parking lots near the water are all closed and the cars give way to the 25,0000+ pedestrians that converge on Northport. There is a parade at noon, down Main Street, followed by sidewalk sales by Northport’s merchants,  Newton Shows provides rides and games, Arts & Crafts vendors and local not for profit groups take over the Village park hawking their wares and message. Music venues are spread throughout the Village and the Dock and waterfront is alive with contests such as the Crazy Boat Races.

Cow Harbor Day usually has some unannounced, unpublished surprises for both children and adults. In the past, some of those surprises have included the United States Merchant Marine Academy Band, a US Coast Guard Cutter on the Dock, open for tours, Helicopters in the parking lots, US Coast Guard Rescue Helicopter demonstrations, and antique Warbird Flyovers. Join the Village of Northport for this celebratory weekend. 

Family Storytime - Merrick Library
Through September 23, 2019 - Merrick

Children ages 0-5 years and their caregivers are invited to listen to a variety of stories and songs.

Toddler Time - East Hampton Library
Through September 25, 2019 - East Hampton

Make new friends, share a story, and take time to play. Ages birth-3 years. Registration required. 

Knit Lit Community Service Project - East Hampton Library
Through September 25, 2019 - East Hampton

Earn community service by knitting for charity. Supplies provided! Registration required. 

Baby Ballet - Great Neck Library
Through September 25, 2019 - Great Neck

Engage in age-appropriate dance, whilst learning rhythm, posture, co-ordination, and balance through a fun and structured class. For walkers to 4 years with parent/caregiver. Registration begins Wednesday, September 4 @ 9:30am Online only and 10:01am in person or over the phone at 516-466-8055.

Mothers' Center Circle - Rockville Centre Public Library
Through September 25, 2019 - Rockville Centre

A Mothers' Center Circle is a great way to connect with other moms. At each meeting facilitators help connect on the joys and challenges of motherhood and support each other through our own journey. Each month there is a new topic and each topic focuses on moms and their needs.

Imagination Playground - Great Neck Library
Through September 26, 2019 - Great Neck

Children will play with large blocks to create temporary worlds and their own games. For 2 - 12 years old. Registration required. 

Cookies and Coloring and Trivia - East Hampton Library
Through September 27, 2019 - East Hampton

Join the library for some relaxing cookies and coloring, now with trivia too! For High School Students. Registration required. 

BabyJam Music & Movement Class - Great Neck Library
Through September 28, 2019 - Great Neck

Guitar sing alongs, movement with bells and scarves, drum-time and rhythm sticks, early learning, and play with your little ones. For 6 to 36 months with parent/caregiver. Registration begins September 4 at 9:30am Online only and 10:01am in person or over the phone at 516-466-8055.

OPEN STUDIO FOR FAMILIES - Parrish Art Museum
Through September 28, 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.

Journey Through Time - The Educational and Cultural Center
Through September 29, 2019 - Stony Brook

See how our lives have changed since 1939 because of national, regional, and local events. Technology has affected our home, leisure, and workplace. From vintage radios to Google and Alexa; from Betsy Wetsy to Slinkys and Barbie dolls; from vespas to 1997 Moto-Guzzi motorcycles and much more.

Bethpage Polo at the Park - Bethpage State Park
Through September 29, 2019 - Bethpage

Played for over 2,000 years, Polo is one of the only sports that is celebrated and played worldwide. Bethpage Polo at the Park is the perfect way to finish up the weekend with friends, family, co-workers, or clients. Attire: Summer Chic.

Sunday Afternoon Chess - East Hampton Library
Through September 29, 2019 - East Hampton

Chess players - tired of playing online? Meet up and play face-to-face! For players of all ages 10 - adult. (non-instructional). Registration required. 

Long Island Fair - Old Bethpage Restoration Village
Through September 29, 2019 - Old Bethpage

Celebrating 177 Years of Agriculture! This year's Long Island Fair includes Circus Dubois, Swifty Swine Pig Racing, Aquabatics High Dive Show, Dialed Action Sports BMX Bicycle Stunt Show, Commerford Petting Zoo & Camel Ride, The Butterfly Experience, Musical Performances by Gathering Time, and Buddy Merriam (9/28 only), Magic shows featuring The Magic of Amore, Teddy Roosevelt’s Rough Riders, The Old Bethpage Village Brass Band, Children’s Flying Horse Carousel & more. 

Bubbles-n-Books - East Hampton Library
Through September 30, 2019 - East Hampton

Join the library for stories, songs, movement, and bubble fun with your little one! Ages birth-3 years. Registration required. 

Fun Fields Play Area & U-Pick Pumpkins! - Garden of Eve Organic Farm
Through September 30, 2019 - Riverhead

Enjoy roasted sweet corn and squash, fresh-squeezed lemonade, organic hot dogs, and more. Pick out a pumpkin and some beautiful fall mums, and enjoy live music every weekend as you try the homegrown Farm Cafe fare. Time will fly by as the kids disappear into the many attractions including the pedal kart track, maze, and lavender labyrinth, and friendly farm animals.

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.

Old Time Base Ball - Old Bethpage Restoration Village
Through October 06, 2019 - 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.

Huntington Arts Council: “Landscapes: Home and Afar” - Main Street Gallery
Through October 12, 2019 - Huntington

Free opening reception Aug. 30, 6-8pm. An invitational, small group show with artists Margaret Henning, Alexander Gordon, and Maxine Jurow. Henning uses inks, handmade paper, molding paste, and glazing mediums in her paintings. Gordon is a landscape and night photographer. Jurow's abstracted landscapes include acrylic paints, pastels, and oil crayons.

Pajama Story Time - John Jermain Memorial Library
Through October 15, 2019 - Sag Harbor

Snuggle up with a good book before bedtime at the library and feel free to come in your pajamas! Ages 2-5 years with an adult.

Crafting Corner: Knitting & Crochet - Baldwin Public Library
Through October 24, 2019 - Baldwin

Ever wanted to learn how to knit or crochet or just want to improve your skills? Now you can! Materials will be provided.  **NO SESSION 10/17**

The Amazing Maize Maze - Queens County Farm Museum
Through October 26, 2019 - Floral Park

Enjoy getting lost in NYC’s only corn maze! The adventure begins with a stalk talk to prepare you for the 3-acre challenge of finding clues, solving puzzles and making your way out of this interactive maze. Feel up to the challenge? A visit to the Amazing Maize Maze is must-see NYC!

Photo by Queens County Farm Museum

Dreamworks MADAGASCAR A MUSICAL ADVENTURE, JR. - Smithtown Center for the Performing Arts
Through October 27, 2019 - Smithtown

Based on the smash DreamWorks animated motion picture, Madagascar – A Musical Adventure JR. follows all of your favorite crack-a-lackin’ friends as they escape from their home in New York’s Central Park Zoo and find themselves on an unexpected journey to the madcap world of King Julien’s Madagascar.

Fall Festival Weekends - The Shoppes at East Wind
Through October 27, 2019 -

White Post Farms Fall Festival - White Post Farms
Through October 27, 2019 - Melville

Annual festival includes petting zoo, bounce'n'slides, hayrides, lots of great shows for kids.

Fall Festival - Hicks Nurseries
Through October 27, 2019 - Westbury

Hayrides, crafts, stories, animals, and more are all at Hicks Nurseries ready to help welcome in the Fall Season. Some events are free and others start at $5. Purchase access to select activities “a la carte” or buy our “Pay-One-Price” bracelet ($25) to enjoy a package deal that includes: (1) ticket for a bag of popcorn, (1) Otto the Ghost trick-or-treat bag, (1) face painting, (1) pumpkin decorating, (1) Sand Art and unlimited hayrides for the day.

Farmingdale Weekly Farmers' Market On The Village Green - Farmingdale Village
Through November 17, 2019 - Farmingdale

The Farmers' Market, by Schneider's Farm, returns to Farmingdale Village. Stop by the Village Green and browse and shop the fresh selection of produce, vegetables, and other items.

Family Movie Night - Hicksville McDonald's
Through November 21, 2019 - Hicksville

It's Movie night at McDonald's. Enjoy a movie with your McDonald's friends. Every Thursday night from 530p -730p they show a different movie.

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. 

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.

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.

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. 

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!
 

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.