Top Educational Activities for Kids on Long Island in July

Top Educational Activities for Kids on Long Island in July

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

Hunting the Whale: The Rise and Fall of a Southampton Industry
WHEN: Mar. 4 - Aug. 4, Wednesday-Saturday, 11am-4pm
WHERE: Southampton Historical Museum - Rogers Mansion, 17 Meeting House Lane, Southampton , NY
AGES: All
WHAT: Whaling tools, maps, illustrations, archival images, and text will be displayed with an eye toward making the exhibit accessible to audiences of varied interests.
WANT TO GO? $4; free for children younger than 18. 631-283-2494. southamptonhistory.org.

Treasures and Collectables Fair FREE
WHEN: May. 26 - Sep. 15, Saturdays, 9am-4pm
WHERE: Southampton Historical Museum, 17 Meeting House Lane, Southampton, NY
AGES: All
WHAT: 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.
WANT TO GO? 631-283-2494. southamptonhistory.org.

Our Backyard - Seasonal Water Exhibit
WHEN: Jun. 1 - Aug. 31, Tuesday-Sunday, 10am-5pm
WHERE: Long Island Children's Museum, 11 Davis Ave., Garden City, NY
AGES: All
WHAT: There are plenty of interactive elements including a pirate ship wheel, a hand pump to create summer showers on demand, a "fishing" setup, evaporation art, and even a boat race option.
WANT TO GO? $13; $12 seniors; free for children younger than 1. 516-224-5800. licm.org.

Walk-In Wednesdays FREE
WHEN: Jun. 6 - Aug. 29, 9-10am
WHERE: Friends Academy, 270 Duck Pond Road, Locust Valley, NY
AGES: All
WHAT: Come see Friends Academy for yourself. We are a coeducational independent school for ages 3 through 12th grade, located on an inviting 65-acre campus in the heart of Long Island's North Shore. No appointment necessary - just stop by the Admissions office any Wednesday in June, July and August between 9-10am for a tour of our campus.
WANT TO GO? 516-676-0393. fa.org.

TR's Laboratory Explorers - Registration Required FREE
WHEN: Jun. 9 - Aug. 19, 11am on 6/9, 7/22, and 8/19
WHERE: Sagamore Hill NHS, 20 Sagamore Hill RD, Oyster Bay, NY
AGES: 5-12
WHAT: Join us on a scientific expedition across the park to learn about the local flora, fauna, and bacteria, to learn how to take samples and "leave no trace" on the environment, and to gain hands-on experience using a microscope. Please arrive 30 minutes before the start time and wear appropriate clothes (high socks, long pants, sturdy shoes).
WANT TO GO? 516-922-4788. nps.gov/sahi.

Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney: Sculpture Exhibition
WHEN: Jun. 9 - Sep. 30, daily, 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. The artist is best known as the founder of the Whitney Museum of American Art, yet she had a significant career as a sculptor, exhibiting throughout the United States and Europe.
WANT TO GO? $5. 516-922-8678. plantingfields.org.

Astronomy Program FREE
WHEN: Jun. 15 - Jul. 13, 9pm 6/15, 7/13
WHERE: Sagamore Hill NHS, 20 Sagamore Hill RD, Oyster Bay, NY
AGES: All
WHAT: View stars, planets, and other celestial bodies through telescopes. Telescopes will be provided by the Amateur Observer Society of New York. Activities for children will be available. Register.
WANT TO GO? 516-922-4788. nps.gov/sahi.

Family Day Programs: Learn a Whaler's Skill FREE
WHEN: Jun. 22 - Aug. 31, Fridays, 3pm
WHERE: Southampton Historical Museum, 17 Meeting House Lane, Southampton, NY
AGES: All
WHAT: Families learn how to tie sailing knots, create faux scrimshaw art, write with quill and ink pens, and more.
WANT TO GO? 631-283-2494. southamptonhistory.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 while learning about the people, places, and processes that make a community work. Using activities that promote STEM themes, this interactive 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 our 50th anniversary, join us for a special exhibit of exquisite seashells from around the world.
WANT TO GO? $4; $2 children 5-12. 516-571-8010. garviespointmuseum.com.

Nature Sunday-Playing with Plants FREE
WHEN: Sunday, Jul. 1, 12pm
WHERE: Planting Fields Arboretum, 1395 Planting Fields Road, Oyster Bay, NY
AGES: 3-12
WHAT: Learn all about the life cycle of plants with one of our outdoor educators who will lead you on a multi-sensory adventure exploring colors, textures, smells, tastes and sounds. Listen as The Cat in the Hat explains how seeds grow
WANT TO GO? $8 parking. 516-922-8678. plantingfields.org.

Bug Bonanza
WHEN: Sunday, Jul. 1, 12:30-4pm
WHERE: Long Island Children's Museum, 11 Davis Ave., Garden City, NY
AGES: All
WHAT: Discover the amazing lives and natural history of insects, spiders, and other creepy crawly creatures. Learn about bug anatomy and fascinating insects that help make up three-quarters of all animals on Earth. A range of “insect-ivities” will be offered throughout the afternoon that allows visitors to see, touch, and feel insects.
WANT TO GO? $14; $13 seniors; free children younger than 1. 516-224-5800. licm.org.

'Good Bug/Bad Bug' - LICM Theater
WHEN: Sunday, Jul. 1, 12:30-2:30pm
WHERE: Long Island Children's Museum, 11 Davis Ave., Garden City, NY
AGES: All
WHAT: Find out what makes a bug good or bad, helpful or dangerous from an Arrow Exterminating entomologist. Explore the fascinating world of various insects including subterranean termites, carpenter ants, black widow spiders, and more.
WANT TO GO? $14; $13 seniors; free for children younger than 1. 516-224-5800. licm.org.

Polyglot Theatre presents 'Ants'
WHEN: Jul. 1 - 5, Sunday-Tuesday and Thursday, see website for times
WHERE: Long Island Children's Museum, 11 Davis Ave., Garden City, NY
AGES: 3 and older
WHAT: The roving “ants” scurry around the museum as they search for “food,” collect objects and make friends with visitors who soon join the “ants” in their building task. The production celebrates the nature of collaborative play and children’s relationship with their environment.
WANT TO GO? $14; $13 seniors; free for children younger than 1. 516-224-5800. licm.org.

Living History Tours
WHEN: Jul. 1 - 31, Sundays, 12:30; and hourly 1-4pm
WHERE: Vanderbilt Museum and Planetarium, 180 Little Neck Road, Centerport, NY
AGES: All
WHAT: Stories told on the tours are based on the oral histories of people who worked for the Vanderbilts as teenagers and young adults and stories originated in Mr. Vanderbilt’s books of his world travels and extensive sea journeys.
WANT TO GO? $8. 631-854-5579. vanderbiltmuseum.org.

Guided Tours
WHEN: Jul. 1 - 31, Wednesdays and Saturday-Sunday, 2-3pm
WHERE: Parrish Art Museum, 279 Montauk Hwy., Water Mill, NY
AGES: All
WHAT: Docent-led tours highlighting the permanent collection and special exhibitions on Saturdays.
WANT TO GO? $12; free for students and children. 631-283-2118. parrishart.org.

Kids & Family Programs: Imagination Station Sundays
WHEN: Jul. 1 - Aug. 26, 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 their young minds.
WANT TO GO? 516-252-3392. oldwestburygardens.org.

Children's Creative STEAM Workshops
WHEN: Jul. 2 - Aug. 14, Mondays and Tuesdays 10am-1pm; preschool age; 10am-12pm
WHERE: Vanderbilt Museum and Planetarium, 180 Little Neck Road, Centerport, NY
AGES: 3-8
WHAT:  In these fun, creative STEAM programs, students in grades K-3 explore land, sea, and sky and discover the wonders in our world.
WANT TO GO? $25; $20 preschool. 631-854-5579. vanderbiltmuseum.org.

Wampum Making FREE
WHEN: Saturday, Jul. 7, 10am-1pm
WHERE: Westhampton Beach Historical Society, 101 Mill Road, Westhampton Beach, NY
AGES: All
WHAT: Watch how wampum beads were made from quahog shell and how coins of the 1600’s and wampum were used to trade with Native people.
WANT TO GO? 631-288-1139. whbhistorical.org.

Chess
WHEN: Jul. 7 - Aug. 25, 10am, Saturdays
WHERE: Island Trees Public Library, 38 Farmedge Road, Island Trees, NY
AGES: All
WHAT: Join you neighbors for friendly chess matches.  This is a family program and children are free.
WANT TO GO? $8 for 8 sessions, free for children, $2 -walk-ins. 516-731-2211. islandtreespubliclibrary.org.

Calling Young Scientists: Wiggly Worms
WHEN: Monday, Jul. 9, 11am and 12:15pm
WHERE: Long Island Children's Museum, 11 Davis Ave., Garden City, NY
AGES: 5 and older
WHAT: Come learn how Red Wiggler Worms help you recycle your food scraps into compost as you set up your own compost bin to take home with you.
WANT TO GO? $4 with museum admission: $14; $13 seniors; free for children younger than 1. 516-224-5800. licm.org.

Duck Carving FREE
WHEN: Saturday, Jul. 14, 10am-1pm
WHERE: Westhampton Beach Historical Society, 101 Mill Road, Westhampton Beach, NY
AGES: All
WHAT: Watch an experienced wood carver craft decorative decoys with a block of wood.
WANT TO GO? 631-288-1139. whbhistorical.org.

Blacksmith FREE
WHEN: Saturday, Jul. 14, 10am-1pm
WHERE: Westhampton Beach Historical Society, 101 Mill Road, Westhampton Beach, NY
AGES: All
WHAT: See how the blacksmith reshapes iron using antique tools, a coal forge, anvil, tongs and post-vise.
WANT TO GO? 631-288-1139. whbhistorical.org.

Let's Learn to Sign FREE
WHEN: Thursday, Jul. 19, 10:30am
WHERE: Wantagh Public Library, 3285 Park Avenue, Wantagh, NY
AGES: Newborn-5
WHAT: Sign language is a great way to jumpstart communication, reduce frustration and develop literacy skills for your little one! 0-5 years.
WANT TO GO? 516-221-1200. wantaghlibrary.org.

Kids' Night Out/Parents' Night Off
WHEN: Friday, Jul. 20, 6-9pm
WHERE: ThinkBIG! Theater Arts, 42 S. Ocean Ave., Patchogue, NY
AGES: 3-8
WHAT: Enjoy a night off while your kids enjoy themselves at ThinkBig. Registration required.
WANT TO GO? $25; $20 each additional child. 631-307-4042. thinkbigtheaterarts.org.

Moon Rocks
WHEN: Friday, Jul. 20, 12:15pm
WHERE: Westhampton Free Library, 7 Library Ave., Westhampton Beach, NY
AGES: 9-12
WHAT: Celebrate the 49th anniversary of the first moon landing by creating your own moon rocks. Registration and Westhampton Free Library card required.
WANT TO GO? 631-288-3335. westhamptonlibrary.net.

Saturday Honeybee Workshops -Appreciating Apiculture
WHEN: Saturday, Jul. 21, 10:30am
WHERE: Sands Point Preserve, 127 Middle Neck Road, Sands Point, NY
AGES: 9 and older
WHAT:
The workshop includes a multi-media presentation in Castle Gould and a work session at the apiary.
WANT TO GO? Call for cost. 516-571-7901. sandspointpreserve.org.

Horn Working FREE
WHEN: Saturday, Jul. 21, 10am-1pm
WHERE: Westhampton Beach Historical Society, 101 Mill Road, Westhampton Beach, NY
AGES: All
WHAT: Observe a horn worker heating horn to soften, shape and smooth or flatten to make useful products.
WANT TO GO? 631-288-1139. whbhistorical.org.

Calling Young Scientists: Pollinator Pals
WHEN: Monday, Jul. 23, 11am and 12:15pm
WHERE: Long Island Children's Museum, 11 Davis Ave., Garden City, NY
AGES: 5-12
WHAT: Learn about the important role bees, butterflies, and birds play as pollintaors in nature and make a habitat to attract them to your outdoor space.
WANT TO GO? $4 with museum admission: $14; $13 seniors; free for children younger than 1. 516-224-5800. licm.org.

Chess Club for Kids FREE
WHEN: Jul. 23 - Aug. 27, 6:30pm, Mondays. No class on 8/13
WHERE: Floral Park Library, 17 Caroline Place, Floral Park, NY
AGES: 9-12
WHAT:  Chess can raise your IQ, exercise both sides of your brain, improves your memory, increases problem-solving skills, reading skills, your power of concentration, and teaches planning and foresight.
WANT TO GO? 516-326-6330. floralparklibrary.org.

Zooming with Color and Friction (Harley Davidson Series+ )
WHEN: Tuesday, Jul. 24, 2pm
WHERE: Long Island Children's Museum, 11 Davis Ave., Garden City, NY
AGES: 5 and older
WHAT: Using ramps, different textures, and rolling objects experiment to see how friction works. Then, with paint, golf balls, tennis balls, and super balls, use friction to create your own work of art to take home.
WANT TO GO? $4 with museum admission: $14; $13 seniors; free for children younger than 1. 516-224-5800. licm.org.

Family Seaside Adventure: Lens Building and Life Saving
WHEN: Wednesday, Jul. 25, 10am-12pm
WHERE: Fire Island Lighthouse, Robert Moses State Park parking field 5, Fire Island, NY
AGES: 3-8
WHAT: Discover the original first order Fresnel Lens that once shone brightly in the lighthouse many years ago. Reservations required.
WANT TO GO? $5. 631-661-4876. fireislandlighthouse.com.

Una Noche De Family Fun FREE
WHEN: Friday, Jul. 27, 7-8pm
WHERE: Brentwood Public Library, 34 Second Ave., Brentwood, NY
AGES: 3 and older
WHAT: Enjoy an evening of bilingual activities, time with family, and fun.
WANT TO GO? 631-273-7883. brentwoodnylibrary.org.

Think Up! Old Westbury Whodunits: Ecology A-Z
WHEN: Saturday, Jul. 28, 12pm
WHERE: Old Westbury Gardens, 71 Old Westbury Road, Old Westbury, NY
AGES: 5 and older
WHAT: Investigate the wonders of nature and history’s mysteries. Fact finding hunts through Westbury House and gardens uncover clues and solve riddles.
WANT TO GO? $12; $10 seniors; $7 children ages 7-17; free for children younger than 7. 516-252-3392. oldwestburygardens.org.

Historic Spinning FREE
WHEN: Saturday, Jul. 28, 10am-1pm
WHERE: Westhampton Beach Historical Society, 101 Mill Road, Westhampton Beach, NY
AGES: All
WHAT: Observe the methods of carding, drafting, and spinning unprocessed fleece into yarn. Hands-on activities included.
WANT TO GO? 631-288-1139. whbhistorical.org.

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