Top Educational Activities for Kids on Long Island in December

Top Educational Activities for Kids on Long Island in December

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

Heart & Seoul: Growing Up in Korea
WHEN: Sep. 30 - Jan. 7, Tuesday-Sunday, 10am-5pm
WHERE: Long Island Children's Museum, 11 Davis Ave., Garden City, NY
AGES: 3-12
WHAT: The growing popularity of all things Korean, from fashion and film to music and cuisine, called “Hallyu” (the Korean Wave) is on view during this exhibit's stay at LICM.
WANT TO GO? $13; $12 seniors; free children younger than 1. 516-224-5800. licm.org.

Trinkets, Treasures, and Trade FREE
WHEN: Oct. 9 - Dec. 31, Wednesday-Saturday, 10am-4pm; Sundays, 12-4pm
WHERE: Rock Hall Museum, 199 Broadway, Lawrence, NY
AGES: All
WHAT: This exhibit comprises an array of 17th- and 18th-century European and native houshold, personal, and trade items and tools. These objects describe aspects of colonial and native life in early New York.
WANT TO GO? 516-239-1157. toh.li.

From Frankenthaler to Warhol: Art of the '60s and '70s
WHEN: Nov. 18 - Mar. 11, Wednesday-Friday, 10am-5pm; Saturday-Sunday, 11am-5pm
WHERE: Heckscher Museum of Art, 2 Prime Ave., Huntington, NY
AGES: All
WHAT: Kids and adults will appreciate the colorful and iconic artwork created during this exciting era, but will have even more fun with the activities in the galleries.
WHY WE LOVE IT: Multiple Lite Brite stations—a toy introduced in 1967—will delight young and old.
WANT TO GO? $8; free for children younger than 10. 631-351-3250. heckscher.org.

St. James Model Railroad Open House
WHEN: Dec. 1 - 3, Friday, 6-9pm; Saturday-Sunday, 11am-5pm
WHERE: Mills Pond Gallery, 660 Route 25A, Saint James, NY
AGES: 3 and older
WHAT: The St. James Model Railroad Club presents a 38’ X 48’ O scale train layout represents Railroading from the Age of Steam to Present Day with many freight and passenger trains running simultaneously in a scenic, imaginative setting.
WANT TO GO? $2; $0.50 children. 631-862-6575. stacarts.org.

Dicken's Festival at the Maritime Explorium: Experience the Chandlery of the 1800's
WHEN: Dec. 2 - 3, Saturday-Sunday, 1-5pm
WHERE: Maritime Explorium, 101 E. Broadway , Port Jefferson, NY
AGES: 3-12
WHAT: Enjoy hot cider and freshly popped popcorn, watch as real steam-powered ships set sail, and build and decorate your own mini mag lev sled and test it on a magnetic track.
WANT TO GO? $5. 631-331-3277. maritimeexplorium.org.

Sunday Science: Pollution Solution
WHEN: Sunday, Dec. 3, 2-4pm
WHERE: Center for Science Teaching & Learning, 1450 Tanglewood Road, Rockville Centre, NY
AGES: 5-12
WHAT: Using only the materials provided, kids will design and test their plan to clean our “contaminated” water.
WANT TO GO? $14. 516-764-0045. cstl.org.

Lego Club FREE
WHEN: Friday, Dec. 8, 4pm
WHERE: Wantagh Public Library, 3285 Park Ave., Wantagh, NY
AGES: 5-17
WHAT: Build and design using Legos. Bring your imagination and share your ideas during this creative session filled with challenges and unstructured time to plan and collaborate.
WANT TO GO? 516-221-1200. wantaghlibrary.org.

Admissions Open House FREE
WHEN: Friday, Dec. 8, 9:30-11am
WHERE: Portledge School, 355 Duck Pond Road, Locust Valley, NY
AGES: All
WHAT: Join in for an information session and tour of the 60-acre campus. Head of School Simon Owen-Williams, as well as division heads and current students, will be on hand to share their perspectives.
WANT TO GO? 516-750-3200. portledge.org.

Open Houses in December FREE
WHEN: Dec. 9 - 13, Saturday 10am-12pm; Wednesday 6-8pm
WHERE: Long Island Whole Child Academy School for Twice Exceptional Learning, 175 Wolf Hill Road, Melville, NY
AGES: 5-12
WHAT: Join in for a general open house for all families on Saturday and Early Childhood for children in Grades 2-3 on Wednesday.
WANT TO GO? 347-668-3676.

Escape the Room
WHEN: Saturday, Dec. 9, 5pm
WHERE: Westhampton Free Library, 7 Library Ave., Westhampton Beach, NY
AGES: 13-17
WHAT: Participants will work together and use their imaginations to find hidden objects and earn freedom from the library’s escape room. Registration required.
WANT TO GO? FREE with Westhampton FREE Library Card. 631-288-3335. westhamptonlibrary.net.

Hello Hangeul
WHEN: Saturday, Dec. 9, 12:30-3pm
WHERE: Long Island Children's Museum, 11 Davis Ave., Garden City, NY
AGES: All
WHAT: Get an introduction to the art of calligraphy using a brush and ink.
WANT TO GO? $13; $12 seniors; free children younger than 1. 516-224-5800. licm.org.

Let's Celebrate Light!
WHEN: Dec. 9 - 10, Saturday-Sunday, 1-5pm
WHERE: Maritime Explorium, 101 E. Broadway, Port Jefferson, NY
AGES: 3-12
WHAT: Explore patterns while creating a luminary to light your path.
WANT TO GO? $5. 631-331-3277. maritimeexplorium.org.

Family Science Game Night
WHEN: Friday, Dec. 15, 7:30-9pm
WHERE: Center for Science Teaching & Learning, 1450 Tanglewood Road, Rockville Centre, NY
AGES: All
WHAT: Join us for our first-ever Family Science Game Night. Let your science lover show off their knowledge in a fun and exciting way.
WANT TO GO? $7. 516-764-0045. cstl.org.

Let's Celebrate Snow
WHEN: Dec. 16 - 17, Saturday-Sunday, 1-5pm
WHERE: Maritime Explorium, 101 E. Broadway , Port Jefferson, NY
AGES: 3-12
WHAT: Explore the science of snowflakes and make one to take home.
WANT TO GO? $5. 631-331-3277. maritimeexplorium.org.

Sunday Science: Siege the Castle
WHEN: Sunday, Dec. 17, 2-4pm
WHERE: Center for Science Teaching & Learning, 1450 Tanglewood Road, Rockville Centre, NY
AGES: 5-12
WHAT: Create catapults with some simple physics and engineering.
WANT TO GO? $14. 516-764-0045. cstl.org.

Poetry Workshop with Dr. Opyr FREE
WHEN: Thursday, Dec. 21, 4pm
WHERE: Elmont Public Library, 700 Hempstead Turnpike, Elmont, NY
AGES: 13 and older
WHAT: Participants in this workshop will have the opportunity to write poetry and share what they’ve written. Bring paper and a pen and the desire to expand your knowledge and enjoyment of writing good poems.
WANT TO GO? 516-354-5280. elmontlibrary.org.

Soohorang & Bandabi
WHEN: Wednesday, Dec. 27, 2-4pm
WHERE: Long Island Children's Museum, 11 Davis Ave., Garden City, NY
AGES: 3-12
WHAT: Join us as we make “masks” in the shape of the mascots in 2018 Winter Olympics in South Korea: Soohorang (white tiger) and Bandabi (black bear).
WANT TO GO? $13; $12 seniors; free children younger than 1. 516-224-5828. licm.org.

Tween STEAM FREE
WHEN: Wednesday, Dec. 27, 2pm
WHERE: Westhampton Free Library, 7 Library Ave., Westhampton Beach, NY
AGES: 9-12
WHAT: Tweens learn the science behind fidget spinners and then make their own. Call 631-288-3335 or go online to register.
WANT TO GO? 631-288-3335. westhamptonlibrary.net.

Children's Workshops: Celebrate the Solstice
WHEN: Dec. 27 - 29, Wednesday-Friday, 10am-12pm
WHERE: Vanderbilt Museum and Planetarium, 180 Little Neck Road, Centerport, NY
AGES: 5-8
WHAT: Children do a different art project each day. Registration required.
WANT TO GO? $20. 631-854-5579. vanderbiltmuseum.org.

Family Lego Challenge FREE
WHEN: Thursday, Dec. 28, 2-3pm
WHERE: Brentwood Public Library, 34 Second Ave., Brentwood, NY
AGES: 5 and older
WHAT: Work together with your family to complete different Lego building challenges.
WANT TO GO? 631-273-7883. brentwoodnylibrary.org.

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