Top Educational Activities for Kids on Long Island in September

Top Educational Activities for Kids on Long Island in September

Kids will gain serious brain power at these top educational activities for families on Long Island this September.

Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney: Sculpture Exhibition
WHEN: Jun. 9 - Sep. 30, 11:30am-3:30pm
WHERE: Planting Fields Arboretum, 1395 Planting Fields Road, Oyster Bay, NY
AGES: All
WHAT: More than 30 of Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney's sculptures and drawings will be featured.
WANT TO GO? $5. 516-922-8678. plantingfields.org.

Traveling Exhibit: Hands-On Harley-Davidson™
WHEN: Jun. 23 - Sep. 2, Tuesday-Sunday, 10am-5pm
WHERE: Long Island Children's Museum, 11 Davis Ave., Garden City, NY
AGES: All
WHAT: Visitors this summer can explore a pretend motorcycle dealership. Using activities that promote STEM themes, this exhibit provides hands-on opportunities to dream, build, and ride.
WANT TO GO? $14; $13 seniors; free for children younger than 1. 516-224-5800. licm.org.

Seashell...Nature's Inspired Design Exhibition
WHEN: Jun. 30 - Dec. 28, See website
WHERE: Garvies Point Museum, 50 Barry Drive, Glen Cove, NY
AGES: All
WHAT: In celebration of the museum's 50th anniversary, join for a exhibit of exquisite seashells from around the world.
WANT TO GO? $4; $2 children 5-12. 516-571-8010. garviespointmuseum.com.

Oyster Bay Walking Tour FREE
WHEN: Aug. 4 - Sep. 2, Saturdays-Sundays, 2pm
WHERE: Sagamore Hill NHS, 20 Sagamore Hill Road, Oyster Bay, NY
AGES: All
WHAT: Join a park ranger on a 1.5-mile stroll as they interpret the points of interest significant to Theodore Roosevelt.
WANT TO GO? 516-922-4788. nps.gov/sahi.

Huntington Arts Council Presents Wearable Art FREE
WHEN: Aug. 24 - Sep. 15, Check the website for specific dates and times
WHERE: Main Street Gallery , 213 Main St., Huntington, NY
AGES: All
WHAT: Wearable Art explores the intersection of fashion and fine art through design, costume, and culture.
WANT TO GO? 631-271-8423. huntingtonarts.org.

Bridge Building
WHEN: Aug. 29 - Sep. 2, Wednesday-Sunday, 1-5pm
WHERE: Long Island Explorium, 101 E. Broadway, Port Jefferson, NY
AGES: Newborn-5
WHAT: Using a variety of materials, design and build a structure that spans a river and supports as much weight as possible!
WANT TO GO? $5. 631-331-3277. longislandexplorium.org.

Guided Tours
WHEN: Sep. 1 - 30, Wednesday, Saturday, Sunday, 2-3pm
WHERE: Parrish Art Museum, 279 Montauk Highway, Water Mill, NY
AGES: All
WHAT: Enjoy 1-hour tours highlighting the Permanent Collection.
WANT TO GO? $12; free for children. 631-283-2118. parrishart.org.

Bilingual Family Gallery Talk & Art Workshop
WHEN: Sunday, Sep. 2, 2pm
WHERE: Parrish Art Museum, 279 Montauk Highway, Water Mill, NY
AGES: All
WHAT: Visitors explore art in the galleries then create projects inspired by the works on view.
WANT TO GO? $12; free for children. 631-283-2118. parrishart.org.

Adult Lecture: Tommy Hitchcock: American Hero
WHEN: Sunday, Sep. 2, 2pm
WHERE: Old Westbury Gardens, 71 Old Westbury Road, Old Westbury, NY
AGES: 13 and older
WHAT: This year marks the 100th anniversary of Tommy Hitchcock’s daring escape from a German POW camp.
WANT TO GO? $12; $10 seniors; $7 children 7-17; free for children 6 and younger. 516-252-3392. oldwestburygardens.org.

Imagination Station Sundays
WHEN: Sunday, Sep. 2, 12-4pm
WHERE: Old Westbury Gardens, 71 Old Westbury Road, Old Westbury, NY
AGES: All
WHAT: This changing discovery space provides children with an opportunity to build, observe, ponder, and foster young minds.
WANT TO GO? $12; $10 seniors; $7 children 7-17; free for children 6 and younger. 516-252-3392. oldwestburygardens.org.

Baby Sign Language 101 FREE
WHEN: Sep. 4 - Oct. 2, Tuesdays, 11:30am
WHERE: Mineola Memorial Library, 195 Marcellus Road, Mineola, NY
AGES: 3-5, Adult
WHAT: Learn more than 80 simple signs that will help your child to communicate more clearly.
WANT TO GO? 516-746-8488 . mineolalibrary.info.

Mothers' Center Circle FREE
WHEN: Wednesday, Sep. 5, 10am
WHERE: Rockville Centre Library, 221 N. Village Ave., Rockville Centre , NY
AGES: Adult
WHAT: Connect on the joys and challenges of motherhood and support each other through our own journeys.
WANT TO GO? 516-766-6257. Rvclibrary.org.

Hempstead House Tour
WHEN: Sep. 5 - 30, Wednesdays, 2pm; Saturdays-Sundays, 11am and 2pm
WHERE: Sands Point Preserve, 127 Middle Neck Road, Sands Point, NY
AGES: 9 and older
WHAT: See the grand rooms inside the massive 50,000-square-foot Tudor-style mansion. 
WANT TO GO? $10. 516-571-7901. sandspointpreserve.org.

Imagination Station FREE
WHEN: Thursday, Sep. 6, 11am
WHERE: Freeport Public Library, 144 West Merrick Road, Freeport, NY
AGES: 3-5
WHAT: There will be Play-Doh, building blocks, and STEM based challenges around the room for kids to explore.
WANT TO GO? 516-379-3274. freeportlibrary.info.

Falaise Mansion Tour
WHEN: Sep. 6 - Nov. 18, Thursday-Sunday, 12-3pm
WHERE: Sands Point Preserve, 127 Middle Neck Road, Sands Point, NY
AGES: 13 and older
WHAT: This cliff-side French Norman-style mansion was the residence of Captain Harry F. Guggenheim and Alicia Patterson.
WANT TO GO? $10 . 516-571-7901. sandspointpreserve.org.

Chess Club FREE
WHEN: Friday, Sep. 7, 4pm
WHERE: Wantagh Public Library, 3285 Park Ave., Wantagh, NY
AGES: 5-12
WHAT: Learn how to play beginner chess and play friendly games against other children with varied experience levels.
WANT TO GO? 516-221-1200. wantaghlibrary.org.

Coppersmithing FREE
WHEN: Saturday, Sep. 8, 10am-1pm
WHERE: Westhampton Beach Historical Society, 101 Mill Road, Westhampton Beach, NY
AGES: All
WHAT: See the creation of beautiful copper bowls using only hand tools and a primitive bench.
WANT TO GO? 631-288-1139. whbhistorical.org.

Lego Robot House
WHEN: Sep. 8 - 9, 1-5pm
WHERE: Maritime Explorium, 101 E. Broadway , Port Jefferson, NY
AGES: Newborn-5
WHAT: What kind of house would a robot like to live in? Come build a house for Venie, the Lego robot at the Explorium.
WANT TO GO? $5. 631-331-3277. maritimeexplorium.org.

Weekly Meditation Class for Kids (Dharma for Kids Class)
WHEN: Sunday, Sep. 9, 11:30am-1pm
WHERE: Kadampa Meditation Center Long Island, 282 New York Ave., Huntington, NY
AGES: 3-12
WHAT: Topics include dealing with conflict and frustration, learning to appreciate others, and learning how to develop happy, peaceful minds.
WANT TO GO? $3. 631-549-1000. meditationonlongisland.org.

Back to School Computer Skills FREE
WHEN: Monday, Sep. 10, 6pm
WHERE: Glen Cove Library, 4 Glen Cove Ave., Glen Cove, NY
AGES: 5-12
WHAT: Librarians will show students basic word processing skills including cutting and pasting, printing, and saving to a USB.
WANT TO GO? 516-676-2130. glencovelibrary.org.

Bubbles-n-Books Storytime FREE
WHEN: Monday, Sep. 10, 11:30am–12:15pm
WHERE: East Hampton Library, 159 Main St., East Hampton, NY
AGES: Newborn-5
WHAT: Enjoy stories, songs, movement and bubble fun with your little one.
WANT TO GO? 631-324-0222. easthamptonlibrary.org.

MS Word for Job Seekers FREE
WHEN: Tuesday, Sep. 11, 1pm
WHERE: Floral Park Library, 17 Caroline Place, Floral Park, NY
AGES: 13 and older
WHAT: This hands-on intro to Miscrosoft Word provides computer skills for those who are seeking employment in the current job market.
WANT TO GO? 516-326-6330. floralparklibrary.org.

ASLI Stargazers
WHEN: Thursday, Sep. 13, 8:30pm
WHERE: Old Westbury Gardens, 71 Old Westbury Road, Old Westbury, NY
AGES: 9 and older
WHAT: Join members of the Astronomical Society of Long Island for skywatching.
WANT TO GO? $12; $10 seniors; $7 children 7-17; free for children 6 and younger. 516-252-3392. oldwestburygardens.org.

Terry Bradshaw: Why Not Your Best?
WHEN: Thursday, Sep. 13, 8pm
WHERE: Tilles Center for the Performing Arts at LIU Post, 720 Northern Blvd., Brookville, NY
AGES: 9 and older
WHAT: The Hall of Famer shares his strategies for maintaining success through persistent self-improvement.
WANT TO GO? $45 and up. 516-299-3100. tillescenter.org.

Trivial Trivia FREE
WHEN: Friday, Sep. 14, 6pm
WHERE: Westhampton Free Library, 7 Library Ave., Westhampton Beach, NY
AGES: 9-17
WHAT: Test your knowledge during this trivia showdown.
WANT TO GO? 631-288-3335. westhamptonlibrary.net.

Culper Spy Day
WHEN: Saturday, Sep. 15, 9am-4pm
WHERE: Long Island Museum, 1200 Route 25A, Stony Brook, NY
AGES: All
WHAT: Activities include blacksmith demonstrations, schoolroom activities with a schoolmarm, Revolutionary War encampment, and cooking demonstrations.
WANT TO GO? $25; free for children younger than 6. 631-751-0066. longislandmuseum.org.

6TH Annual LEGO® Building Block Contest & Exhibit
WHEN: Sep. 15 - Oct. 14, daily, 10am-5pm
WHERE: Educational and Cultural Center, 111 Main St., Stony Brook, NY
AGES: All
WHAT: Grab your family and friends and start building. Creations are on display everyday until prizes are awarded.
WANT TO GO? $2-$4. 631-689-5888. wmho.org.

Countdown to College 2018 FREE
WHEN: Sunday, Sep. 16, 3pm
WHERE: Syosset Public Library, 225 South Oyster Bay Road, Syosset, NY
AGES: 13 and older
WHAT: Step-by-step guide of when and what to do throughout high school so your child maximize college acceptance odds without stress.
WANT TO GO? 516-921-7161. syossetlibrary.org.

Inaugural Literary Tea
WHEN: Sunday, Sep. 16, 2pm
WHERE: Madison Theatre at Molloy College, 1000 Hempstead Ave., Rockville Centre, NY
AGES: 13 and older
WHAT: In addition to specialty teas and baked goods by Flour Shoppe Café, Larry Davidson will moderate a discussion with three authors.
WANT TO GO? $50. 516-323-4444. madisontheatreny.org.

Long Island Author Series: Andrew Sparberg FREE
WHEN: Sunday, Sep. 16, 1:30pm
WHERE: Rock Hall Museum, 199 Broadway, Lawrence, NY
AGES: 9 and older
WHAT: View an illustrated lecture about the history of the Long Island Rail Road, the largest commuter railroad in North America, and its 186-year history.
WANT TO GO? 516-239-1157. friendsofrockhall.org.

Weather Windmill FREE
WHEN: Monday, Sep. 17, 10:30-11:30am
WHERE: Brentwood Public Library, 34 Second Ave., Brentwood, NY
AGES: 3-5
WHAT: Explore fun activities about different types of weather and make a moveable windmill craft to take home.
WANT TO GO? 631-273-7883. brentwoodnylibrary.org.

ABC: Learn With Me /ABC: Aprende Conmigo FREE
WHEN: Sep. 20 - 27, Thursdays, 10-10:45am
WHERE: Riverhead Free Library , 330 Court St., Riverhead , NY
AGES: Newborn-5
WHAT: In a dual-language program, librarians will introduce children to basic concepts such as shapes, letters, and colors.
WANT TO GO? 631-727-3228. riverheadlibrary.org.

From Birds to…Planes
WHEN: Saturday, Sep. 22, 2pm
WHERE: Long Island Children's Museum, 11 Davis Ave., Garden City, NY
AGES: 5-12
WHAT: Learn how birds were the inspiration for airplane design and take a closer look at their wings, shape, and method of flying, and create your own airplane to take home!
 
WANT TO GO? $4 with museum admission: $13; free for children younger than 1. 516-224-5800. licm.org.

CommUniversity Day FREE
WHEN: Saturday, Sep. 22, 12-4pm
WHERE: Stony Brook University, 100 Nicolls Road, Academic Mall , Stony Brook, NY
AGES: All
WHAT: Volunteers from Stony Brook University will share highlights of the campus through hands-on, interactive activities, fun entertainment, and thought-provoking mini-talks.
WANT TO GO? 631-632-9117. stonybrook.edu.

Think Up! Old Westbury Whodunits: Climate Quandaries
WHEN: Saturday, Sep. 22, 10:30am
WHERE: Old Westbury Gardens, 71 Old Westbury Road, Old Westbury, NY
AGES: 9-17
WHAT: Enjoy fact finding hunts through Westbury House and gardens to uncover clues and solve riddles.
WANT TO GO? $12; $10 seniors; $7 children 7-17; free for children 6 and younger. 516-252-3392. oldwestburygardens.org.

The Great Playdate  FREE
WHEN: Saturday, Sep. 22, 2–4pm
WHERE: Riverhead Free Library , 330 Court St., Riverhead , NY
AGES: Newborn-5
WHAT: This countywide early learning initiative offers a special day of music, crafts, stories, toys, and more.
WANT TO GO? 631-727-3228. riverheadlibrary.org.

Special Exhibit Opening Day: Heroines at the Helm
WHEN: Saturday, Sep. 22, 11am-5pm
WHERE: The Whaling Museum & Education Center, 279 Main St., Cold Spring Harbor, NY
AGES: All
WHAT: The exhibit explores the fascinating and little-known experiences of whaling wives who broke social bounds in a male-defined world. 
WANT TO GO? $6; $5 children ages 4-18; free for children younger than 4 . 631-367-3418 . cshwhalingmuseum.org.

The Long Island National College Fair FREE
WHEN: Sunday, Sep. 23, 11am
WHERE: NYCB LIVE, Home of The Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum, 1255 Hempstead Turnpike, Uniondale, NY
AGES: 13 and older
WHAT: Attendees meet one-on-one with college admission representatives and discuss individual needs with college experts at the fair’s counseling center.
WANT TO GO? 516-231-4848 . nycblive.com.

Common App Essay Writing Workshop Fall 2018 FREE
WHEN: Monday, Sep. 24, 7pm
WHERE: Syosset Public Library, 225 South Oyster Bay Road, Syosset, NY
AGES: 13-17
WHAT: This workshop will provide a systematic and analytical approach to tackling the common application essay questions.
WANT TO GO? 516-921-7161. syossetlibrary.org.

Mommy Mingle
WHEN: Sep. 26 - Oct. 23, 10:15-11am
WHERE: Long Island Children's Museum, 11 Davis Ave., Garden City, NY
AGES: Newborn-5
WHAT: Join in guided conversation where mothers can have open dialogue and socialize with one another as their child plays in the TotSpot area.
WANT TO GO? $13; free for children younger than 1. 516-224-5800. licm.org.

Parent-Child Workshop FREE
WHEN: Sep. 26 - Oct. 31, Wednesdays, 11:30am-12:30pm
WHERE: Wantagh Public Library, 3285 Park Ave., Wantagh, NY
AGES: Newborn-5
WHAT: This is a five-week program that allows parents and children time to play, relax, socailize, and develop new skills, plus meet with local resource professionals.
WANT TO GO? 516-221-1200. wantaghlibrary.org.

Respect: You Give it, You Get it FREE
WHEN: Wednesday, Sep. 26, 4pm
WHERE: Syosset Public Library, 225 South Oyster Bay Road, Syosset, NY
AGES: 3-12
WHAT: Children learn the importance and positive effects of respect.
WANT TO GO? 516-921-7161. syossetlibrary.org.

How to Monitor Your Child's Social Media FREE
WHEN: Thursday, Sep. 27, 6:45pm
WHERE: Floral Park Library, 17 Caroline Place, Floral Park, NY
AGES: Adult
WHAT: Sharper Training will show you how to set up and monitor the most common devices and programs. Bring your tablet, iPad, or smart phone.
WANT TO GO? 516-326-6330. floralparklibrary.org.

Cooking with Cover FREE
WHEN: Saturday, Sep. 29, 7 – 9 pm
WHERE: New York Hall of Science, 4701 111th St., Corona, NY
AGES: All
WHAT: Participants will have an opportunity to sample cover crop foods and learn about how they help the soil.
WANT TO GO? 718-699-0005. nysci.org.

Fall Into Art Studio Tour
WHEN: Saturday, Sep. 29, 10am-4pm
WHERE: Westhampton Free Library, 7 Library Ave., Westhampton Beach, NY
AGES:
WHAT: The tour will include visits to more than 25 local and professional artist studios. 
WANT TO GO? $10. 631-288-3335. westhamptonlibrary.net.

Childcare Center Open House FREE
WHEN: Sunday, Sep. 30, 12-2pm
WHERE: Trinity Episcopal Church Roslyn Childcare Center, 1579 Northern Blvd., Roslyn, NY
AGES: 3-5, Adult
WHAT: Come meet the teachers and see the spacious, cheerful facility with outdoor playground.
WANT TO GO? 516-626-0293. trinitychild.org.

How to Nail a Panel Interview FREE
WHEN: Monday, Oct. 1, 5:45 - 7:45pm
WHERE: Floral Park Library, 17 Caroline Place, Floral Park, NY
AGES: 13-17
WHAT: Bring your questions, your resume, your cover letter, your  LinkedIn profile, job interviews, job search strategy, salary negotiation, job/career change for a focused 15-minute One-2-One coaching session.
WANT TO GO? 516-326-6330. floralparklibrary.org.

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