Top Educational Activities for Kids on Long Island in July

Top Educational Activities for Kids on Long Island in July

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

Vanderbilt Mansion Living History
WHEN: May. 25 - Sep. 1, see website for dates, 12:30-3:30pm
WHERE: Vanderbilt Museum, 180 Little Neck Road, Centerport, NY
AGES: 9 and older
WHAT: Guides in costume tell visitors stories of the Vanderbilt family and its famous guests.
WANT TO GO? $18; $17 seniors 62 and older and students with ID; $15 children 12 and younger. 631-854-5579. vanderbiltmuseum.org.

Exhibit: Salute to Music Legends of Color
WHEN: Jun. 7 - Jul. 31, Tuesday-Friday, 12-8pm; Saturday, 10am-5pm
WHERE: African American Museum and Center for Applied Art, 110 N. Franklin St., Hempstead, NY
AGES: All
WHAT: Learn all about Long Island's jazz greats. 
WANT TO GO? $5. 516-572-0730. nassaucountyny.gov.

Huntington Arts Council: “Members Showcase” FREE
WHEN: Jul. 1 - 13, 9am-5pm daily
WHERE: Main Street Gallery, 213 Main Street , Huntington, NY
AGES: All
WHAT: See this exclusive exhibition that features the work of HAC artist members.
WANT TO GO? 631-271-8423. huntingtonarts.org.

Over The Rainbow Fun! FREE
WHEN: Wednesday, Jul. 3, 11:15am and 1pm
WHERE: Middle Country Public Library Selden Building, 575 Middle Country Road, Selden, NY
AGES: 5-8
WHAT: Fine tune your learning skills with a variety of interactive centers. For children entering Pre-K through Kindergarten with a caregiver. 
WANT TO GO? 631-585-9393. https://mcplibrary.org/.

Baby Sign Language FREE
WHEN: Jul. 5 - 6, 10:30-11:15am
WHERE: Merrick Library, 2279 Merrick Ave., Merrick, NY
AGES: Newborn-5
WHAT: Learn baby sign language at the World of Sing and Sign Workshop. Ages 3 months-3 years.
WANT TO GO? 516-377-6112. merricklibrary.org.

STEM Discoveries
WHEN: Jul. 6 - 28, Saturdays and Sundays, 12-2pm **NO SESSION 7/20**
WHERE: Long Island Children's Museum, 11 Davis Avenue, Garden City, NY
AGES: 3-12
WHAT: Create, experiment, and tinker as you spark your curiosity.
WANT TO GO? $14 museum admission; $13 museum admission seniors 65 and older. 516-224-5800. licm.org.

Science Saturday Workshop: Bubble Mania
WHEN: Saturday, Jul. 6, 2-3pm
WHERE: Long Island Science Center, 40 PECONIC AVENUE, Riverhead, New York
AGES: 5-12
WHAT: Learn about interesting scientific facts such as surface tension while making BUBBLES!
WANT TO GO? $10 admission plus $5 workshop fee; free for members. 631-208-8000. lisciencecenter.org .

FROM GLACIERS TO WIGWAMS
WHEN: Saturday, Jul. 6, 11am-12pm
WHERE: Garvies Point Museum, 50 Barry Drive, Glen Cove, NY
AGES: 5 and older
WHAT: This gallery tour is an overview of Long Island geology, natural history, and prehistoric Native American lifeways. Ages 8 and older.
WANT TO GO? FREE with admission: $4; $2 ages 5-12. 516-571-8010. garviespointmuseum.com.

Harry Potter Creative Coding Camp FREE
WHEN: Sunday, Jul. 7, 12-4pm
WHERE: Microsoft Store - Roosevelt Field, 630 Old Country Road Space #1140A, Main Level near Bloomingdale's and across from Helzberg Diamonds, Garden City, NY
AGES: 5-17
WHAT: Students learn to make and then hack “spells” with the Harry Potter Kano Coding Kit wand. RSVP online. Ages 8 and older.
WANT TO GO? 516-368-0060. https://microsoft.com/en-us/store/event_registration/?eid=1072090237&locid=95009.

Calling Young Scientists: Eye Spy
WHEN: Monday, Jul. 8, 1:30pm and 3pm
WHERE: Long Island Children's Museum, 11 Davis Avenue, Garden City, NY
AGES: 5-12
WHAT: Learn all about the complex organ that is the eye. 
WANT TO GO? $14 museum admission plus $4; $14 museum admission plus $3 for members. 516-224-5800. licm.org.

Marine Habitats Workshop
WHEN: Jul. 8 - 22, 7/8 and 7/22, 10am-12pm
WHERE: Vanderbilt Museum and Planetarium, 180 Little Neck Road, Centerport, NY
AGES: 5-8
WHAT: Tour the Marine Museum, learn about the distribution of life in the oceans, and make a fish using a repurposed water bottle. Advance registration is required.
WANT TO GO? $20; $18 members. 631-854-5539. vanderbiltmuseum.org.

Scent and STEM FREE
WHEN: Monday, Jul. 8, 7-8pm
WHERE: Oceanside Library, 30 Davison Ave, Oceanside, NY
AGES: 9-12
WHAT: Conduct cool scent experiments while exploring fragrance chemistry, anatomy and the biology of scent. Registration required. For kids in grades 4-8.
WANT TO GO? 516-766-2360. oceansidelibrary.com.

Extraterrestrial Turtles FREE
WHEN: Tuesday, Jul. 9, 10:30-11:15am
WHERE: Oyster Bay East Norwich Public Library, 89 East Main Street, Oyster Bay, NY
AGES: 3-8
WHAT: Learn about these tiny creatures and make a floating turtle craft. Registration required.  Ages 3-5 years with adult.
WANT TO GO? 516-922-1212. oysterbaylibrary.org.

Wondrous Wings Workshop
WHEN: Tuesday, Jul. 9, 10am-12pm
WHERE: Vanderbilt Museum and Planetarium, 180 Little Neck Road, Centerport, NY
AGES: 5-8
WHAT: Visit the insect collection, learn about pollinators, and create a giant butterfly or moth wall hanging. Advance registration is required.
WANT TO GO? $20; $18 members. 631-854-5579. vanderbiltmuseum.org.

Future Scientists: Junior Be a Botanist
WHEN: Wednesday, Jul. 10, 2pm
WHERE: Long Island Science Center, 40 PECONIC AVENUE, Riverhead, New York
AGES: 3-5
WHAT: Little botanists will have a chance to learn about plants and seeds and even plant one of their own to take home and watch grow. 
WANT TO GO? $10 admission plus $5 workshop fee; free for members. 631-208-8000. lisciencecenter.org .

Fish Defenses Workshop
WHEN: Wednesday, Jul. 10, 10am-12pm
WHERE: Vanderbilt Museum and Planetarium, 180 Little Neck Road, Centerport, NY
AGES: 5-8
WHAT: Visit the Marine Museum, examine preserved specimens, learn about defense mechanisms, and make your own porcupine fish. Advance registration is required.
WANT TO GO? $20; $18 members. 631-854-5579. vanderbiltmuseum.org.

Meet Our Robots!
WHEN: Jul. 10 - 14, 1-5pm daily
WHERE: Long Island Explorium, 101 East Broadway, Port Jefferson, NY
AGES: 3-17
WHAT: Meet the robots! Then work together to get them through the obstacle course.
WANT TO GO? $5. 631-331-3277 . longislandexplorium.org.

Fins, Scales, & Tails Workshop
WHEN: Thursday, Jul. 11, 10am-12pm
WHERE: Vanderbilt Museum and Planetarium, 180 Little Neck Road, Centerport, NY
AGES: 5-8
WHAT: Learn about the anatomy of fish, examine preserved specimens, and make a tee shirt inspired by Japanese Gyotaku prints. Advance registration is required.
WANT TO GO? $20; $18 members. 631-854-5539. vanderbiltmuseum.org.

Astronomy in the Sun Workshop
WHEN: Thursday, Jul. 11, 10am-12pm
WHERE: Vanderbilt Museum and Planetarium, 180 Little Neck Road, Centerport, NY
AGES: 13-17
WHAT: Learn about the science of sunlight! Discover how our universe fits together and the basics of black holes during a planetarium show. Create a scale model of the known universe and make observations with a solar telescope.
WANT TO GO? $25; $22.50 members. 631-854-5579. vanderbiltmuseum.org.

Girls 4CS' Coding Workshop FREE
WHEN: Friday, Jul. 12, 11am-12pm
WHERE: Oyster Bay East Norwich Public Library, 89 East Main Street, Oyster Bay, NY
AGES: 9-17
WHAT: Learn fun, thought-provoking, hands-on coding activities. Registration required. For kids in grades 5-12.
WANT TO GO? 516-922-1212. oysterbaylibrary.org.

We Connect The Dot Recycling Event FREE
WHEN: Saturday, Jul. 13, 9am-2pm
WHERE: STEAM Research & Education Center , 180 Michael Drive, Syosset, NY
AGES: All
WHAT: Safely and securely recycle your electronic appliances.
WANT TO GO? 631-468-7475. https://we-connect-the-dots.org/.

Science Saturday Workshop: Floating
WHEN: Saturday, Jul. 13, 2pm
WHERE: Long Island Science Center, 40 PECONIC AVENUE, Riverhead, New York
AGES: 5-12
WHAT: Why do ships float? Find out with hands-on activities using a water tank.
WANT TO GO? $10 admission plus $5 workshop fee; free for members. 631-208-8000. lisciencecenter.org .

Bubblemania
WHEN: Saturday, Jul. 13, 12-2pm
WHERE: The Whaling Museum and Education Center, 301 Main St., Cold Spring Harbor, NY
AGES: All
WHAT: Join this annual celebration of bubbles and explore the many ways creatures use bubbles in their environments, then take home a bubbly craft.
WANT TO GO? $12. 631-387-3418. cshwhalingmuseum.org.

Calling Young Scientists: Marvelous Moon
WHEN: Monday, Jul. 15, 1:30pm and 3pm
WHERE: Long Island Children's Museum, 11 Davis Avenue, Garden City, NY
AGES: 5-12
WHAT: Celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Apollo Moon Landing as you learn more about the moon.
WANT TO GO? $14 museum admission plus $4; $14 museum admission plus $3 for members. 516-224-5800. licm.org.

Babysitting Workshop FREE
WHEN: Monday, Jul. 15, 2-4pm
WHERE: Oyster Bay East Norwich Public Library, 89 East Main Street, Oyster Bay, NY
AGES: 13-17
WHAT: Train in the responsibilities and skills required in childcare. Registration required. For kids in grades 6-12.
WANT TO GO? 516-922-1212. oysterbaylibrary.org.

Whimsical Wind Chimes
WHEN: Wednesday, Jul. 17, 3-4pm
WHERE: Long Island Children's Museum, 11 Davis Avenue, Garden City, NY
AGES: 5-12
WHAT: Learn about the history of wind chimes and the concepts of balance and movement then make your own. 
WANT TO GO? $14 museum admission plus $5; $14 museum admission plus $4 for members. 516-224-5800. licm.org.

Bridge Building!
WHEN: Jul. 17 - 21, 1-5pm daily
WHERE: Long Island Explorium, 101 East Broadway, Port Jefferson, NY
AGES: 3-17
WHAT: 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.

Jr. Lighthouse Keeper's: The Ecosystem on Fire Island
WHEN: Wednesday, Jul. 17, 10am-12pm
WHERE: Fire Island Lighthouse, Robert Moses State Park parking field 5, Fire Island, NY
AGES: 5-12
WHAT: This day is all about the important ecosystem on Fire Island, from learning about the important job that beach grass has to the dangers of poison ivy. Ages 7-12. Registration required. 
WANT TO GO? $10. 631-661-4876. fireislandlighthouse.com.

Code your own video game with MakeCode Arcade FREE
WHEN: Jul. 19 - 26, Fridays, 2-4pm
WHERE: Microsoft Store - Roosevelt Field, 630 Old Country Road Space #1140A, Main Level near Bloomingdale's and across from Helzberg Diamonds, Garden City, NY
AGES: 5-17
WHAT: Students will learn fundamental game and coding concepts—like sprites, variables, and coordinates. RSVP online. For ages 8 and older.
WANT TO GO? 516-368-0060. https://microsoft.com/en-us/store/event_registration/?eid=1530681365&locid=95009.

Science Saturday Workshop: Astronaut Academy
WHEN: Saturday, Jul. 20, 2-3pm
WHERE: Long Island Science Center, 40 PECONIC AVENUE, Riverhead, New York
AGES: 5-12
WHAT: Learn about the moon and what life would be like if you lived there. Then make your own moon rock to take home! 
WANT TO GO? $10 admission plus $5 instructor led workshop fee; free for members. 631-208-8000. lisciencecenter.org .

Apollopalooza
WHEN: Saturday, Jul. 20, 12-3pm
WHERE: Long Island Children's Museum, 11 Davis Avenue, Garden City, NY
AGES: 3-12
WHAT: Celebrate the anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing and learn about astronauts Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin, and more. 
WANT TO GO? $14 museum admission; $13 museum admission seniors 65 and older. 516-224-5800. licm.org.

Planets and Moons FREE
WHEN: Tuesday, Jul. 23, 6-7pm
WHERE: Oceanside Library, 30 Davison Ave, Oceanside, NY
AGES: 5-12
WHAT: Explore the depth of our solar system and create a lunar eclipse in this “mad” planetary tour! Registration required. For kids in grades K-5.
WANT TO GO? 516-766-2360. oceansidelibrary.com.

Sun Days Workshop
WHEN: Tuesday, Jul. 23, 10am-12pm
WHERE: Vanderbilt Museum and Planetarium, 180 Little Neck Road, Centerport, NY
AGES: 5-8
WHAT: Observe the sun with a solar telescope (weather permitting), and create your own sundial. Advance registration is required.
WANT TO GO? $20; $18 members. 631-854-5539. vanderbiltmuseum.org.

Portable Planetarium FREE
WHEN: Wednesday, Jul. 24, 6-7pm
WHERE: Syosset Public Library, 225 South Oyster Bay Road, Syosset, NY
AGES: 5-12
WHAT: Discover the majesty of our stars and the universe with digital technology. Registration required. 
WANT TO GO? 516-921-7161. syossetlibrary.org.

Animals of the Savannah Workshop
WHEN: Wednesday, Jul. 24, 10am-12pm
WHERE: Vanderbilt Museum and Planetarium, 180 Little Neck Road, Centerport, NY
AGES: 5-8
WHAT: Visit the natural history dioramas, discover the animals of the African savannah, and create an antelope mask. Advance registration is required.
WANT TO GO? $20; $18 members. 631-854-5539. vanderbiltmuseum.org.

Jr. Lighthouse Keeper's: The Properties of Light
WHEN: Wednesday, Jul. 24, 10am-12pm
WHERE: Fire Island Lighthouse, Robert Moses State Park parking field 5, Fire Island, NY
AGES: 5-12
WHAT: Learn all about how the properties of light work to keep ships safe out at sea. Call to register. Ages 7-12.
WANT TO GO? $10. 631-661-4876. fireislandlighthouse.com.

Night Sky Star Lab FREE
WHEN: Thursday, Jul. 25, 3-3:45pm
WHERE: Merrick Library, 2279 Merrick Ave., Merrick, NY
AGES: 9-12
WHAT: Enter a portable planetarium and learn about the beauty of the night sky and its constellations.  Registration required. For kids in grades 3-6.
WANT TO GO? 516-377-6112. merricklibrary.org.

Reptile Workshop
WHEN: Thursday, Jul. 25, 10am-12pm
WHERE: Vanderbilt Museum and Planetarium, 180 Little Neck Road, Centerport, NY
AGES: 5-8
WHAT: Learn about the variety of reptiles in the collection, and create your favorite clay reptile and habitat. Advance registration is required.
WANT TO GO? $20; $18 members. 631-854-5579. vanderbiltmuseum.org.

Science Saturday Workshop: Force & Friction
WHEN: Saturday, Jul. 27, 2-3pm
WHERE: Long Island Science Center, 40 PECONIC AVENUE, Riverhead, New York
AGES: 5-12
WHAT: Experiment with carpet skates, rollercoaster tracks, and more to learn about force and friction.
WANT TO GO? $10 admission plus $5 workshop fee; free for members. 631-208-8000. lisciencecenter.org .

Sail the Seas with Mr. V
WHEN: Tuesday, Jul. 30, 10am-12pm
WHERE: Vanderbilt Museum and Planetarium, 180 Little Neck Road, Centerport, NY
AGES: 5-8
WHAT: Learn about William K. Vanderbilt's boats and his adventures at sea, and create a model steamship. Advance registration is required.
WANT TO GO? $20; $18 members. 631-854-5539. vanderbiltmuseum.org.

Neptune of the Sea FREE
WHEN: Wednesday, Jul. 31, 6-7pm
WHERE: Oceanside Library, 30 Davison Ave, Oceanside, NY
AGES: 3-8
WHAT: See a shark jaw and design a colorful school of fish to hang at home. Registration required. For children in pre-K and K.
WANT TO GO? 516-766-2360. oceansidelibrary.com.

Big Cat Safari
WHEN: Wednesday, Jul. 31, 10am-12pm
WHERE: Vanderbilt Museum and Planetarium, 180 Little Neck Road, Centerport, NY
AGES: 5-8
WHAT: Learn about big cats and their habitats, and create a mask of your favorite. Advance registration is required.
WANT TO GO? $20; $18 members. 631-854-5579. vanderbiltmuseum.org.

Jr. Lighthouse Keeper's: Great South Bay-Seining Day
WHEN: Wednesday, Jul. 31, 10am-12pm
WHERE: Fire Island Lighthouse, Robert Moses State Park parking field 5, Fire Island, NY
AGES: 5-12
WHAT: Families are invited to join two experts and sein in the bay just north of the lighthouse. Registrartion required. Ages 7-12. Children must be accompanied by an adult.
WANT TO GO? $10. 631-661-4876. fireislandlighthouse.com.

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