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Awesome Family Events This Weekend on Long Island

Awesome Family Events This Weekend on Long Island

Fill your weekend with family fun in Nassau and Suffolk counties!


Looking to plan an awesome weekend on Long Island packed with fun for the whole family? Whether you are planning a day trip in close to the New York metro area or are looking for kid-friendly fun that's close to home, we've got you covered! There’s a lot of kid-friendly family fun planned for this weekend right here in Nassau and Suffolk. From concerts and performances to museum exhibits, shows, crafts activities, seasonal events, and parades, you'll find something to do that keeps the whole family having fun! Plan your weekend on Long Island with our guide that highlights the best family-friendly events happening throughout Long Island.

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Weekend Activities in Nassau

FREE Films & Fun
WHEN: Jan. 10-24, Fridays, 4-4:45pm
WHERE: Syosset Public Library, 225 South Oyster Bay Road, Syosset
AGES: 5-8
WHAT: Join the library for a tasty snack and watch a short storybook film followed by a fun craft! Grades 1-2. Registration required.
WANT TO GO? 516-921-7161. syossetlibrary.org.

FREE PlayHooray Kids
WHEN: Friday, Jan. 24, 12:30-1:15pm
WHERE: Floral Park Library, 17 Caroline Place, Floral Park
AGES: Newborn-5
WHAT: Music, movement, and lots of fun with Molly Mouse. Ages 6 months-preschool age. Registration required.
WANT TO GO? 516-326-6330. floralparklibrary.org.

FREE Music by Genine - Preschool
WHEN: Friday, Jan. 24, 10:30-11:30am
WHERE: Glen Cove Library, 4 Glen Cove Ave., Glen Cove
AGES: Newborn-5
WHAT: Children will use age-appropriate instruments and props to learn about colors, counting, and rhymes. Ages 18 months-5 years.
WANT TO GO? 516-676-2130. glencovelibrary.org.

Studio Saturdays
WHEN: Jan. 4-25, Saturdays, 12-3pm
WHERE: Nassau County Museum of Art, 1 Museum Drive, Roslyn Harbor
AGES: All
WHAT: Drop into The Manes Education Center for hands-on activities inspired by current exhibitions.
WANT TO GO? $12; $8 seniors 62 and older; $4 children ages 4-12 and students with valid photo ID; free for members and children younger than 4. 516-484-9337. nassaumuseum.org.

FREE Prospective Family Day
WHEN: Jan. 25, 12-2pm
WHERE: Rolling River Day Camp, 477 Ocean Avenue, East Rockaway
AGES: 3-8
WHAT: A unique opportunity for children ages 2-9 to get a taste of camp while parents attend an interactive information session.
WANT TO GO? 516-593-2267. https://2019prospectivefamilydays.eventbrite.com/.

 

FREE Friends of the FP Library Book Sale
WHEN: Saturday, Jan. 25, 9am-4pm
WHERE: Floral Park Library, 17 Caroline Place, Floral Park
AGES: All
WHAT: Regular book sale sponsored by the Friends of the Floral Park Library in the Library Meeting Room.
WANT TO GO? Admission is free, prices vary for goods. 516-326-6330. floralparklibrary.org.

San Diego Seals @ New York Riptide
WHEN: Saturday, Jan. 25, 7:30pm
WHERE: NYCB Live, 1255 Hempstead Turnpike, Uniondale
AGES: All
WHAT: Box Lacrosse is back on Long Island!
WANT TO GO? $15-$65.50 . 516-402-3006. https://newyorkriptide.com/tickets/.

FREE Chinese New Year Tea Light Holder
WHEN: Saturday, Jan. 25, 2-3pm
WHERE: Island Trees Public Library, 38 Farmedge Road, Island Trees
AGES: 9-17
WHAT: Make a beautiful Chinese New Year Tea Light Holder to celebrate the Chinese New Year! Grades 5-12. Registration required.
WANT TO GO? 516-731-2211. Islandtreespubliclibrary.org.


FREE Family Program Lunar New Year Celebration!
WHEN: Saturday, Jan. 25, 2-3pm
WHERE: Glen Cove Library, 4 Glen Cove Ave., Glen Cove
AGES: 3-12
WHAT: Design a paper lantern and a dragon, and try your hand at Chinese calligraphy as you learn to write "whale" in Chinese!
WANT TO GO? 516-676-2130. glencovelibrary.org.


FREE Prospective Family Day
WHEN: Saturday, Jan. 25, 12-2pm
WHERE: Rolling River Day Camp, 477 Ocean Avenue, East Rockaway
AGES: 3-8
WHAT: A unique opportunity for children ages 2-9 to get a taste of camp while parents attend an interactive information session.
WANT TO GO? 516-593-2267. https://2019prospectivefamilydays.eventbrite.com/.


Family Sundays
WHEN: Jan. 5-26, Sundays, family tour at 1pm; drop in between 1:30-4pm
WHERE: Nassau County Museum of Art, 1 Museum Drive, Roslyn Harbor
AGES: All
WHAT: Reconnect while talking about and making art together.
WANT TO GO? $3 materials fee per child for Non-Members plus admission: $12; $8 seniors 62 and older; $4 children ages 4-12 and students with valid photo ID; free for members and children younger than 4 . 516-484-9337. nassaumuseum.org.

FREE Pierce Camps - Weekend Camp Tours
WHEN: Jan. 11-26, 1/11-12 and 1/25-26, 12-3pm
WHERE: Pierce Country Day Camp, 37 Mineola Avenue, Roslyn
AGES: 3-12
WHAT: Visit the beautiful camp and learn about their program and facilities with their very knowledgeable team and directors.
WANT TO GO? 516-621-2211. PierceCamps.com.

The Rainbow Fish Musical
WHEN: Jan. 18-26, Saturdays, 11am; Sundays, 12pm; 1/20, 11am
WHERE: The Showplace at Bellmore Movies, 222 Pettit Avenue, Bellmore
AGES: All
WHAT: See the international bestseller and award-winning book brought to life.
WANT TO GO? $12. 516-599-6870. plazatheatrical.com.


FREE Pierce Camps - Weekend Camp Tours
WHEN: Jan. 11-26, 1/11-12 and 1/25-26, 12-3pm
WHERE: Pierce Country Day Camp, 37 Mineola Avenue, Roslyn
AGES: 3-12
WHAT: Visit the beautiful camp and learn about their program and facilities with their very knowledgeable team and directors.
WANT TO GO? 516-621-2211. PierceCamps.com.

FREE Friends of the FP Library Bargain Book Sale 
WHEN: Sunday, Jan. 26, 1-4pm
WHERE: Floral Park Library, 17 Caroline Place, Floral Park 
AGES: All 
WHAT: Find your next great book...or books! 
WANT TO GO? Admission is free, prices vary for goods. 516-326-6330. floralparklibrary.org. 

FREE Baby Story and Rhyme Time
WHEN: Jan. 3-31, Fridays, 11-11:45am
WHERE: Floral Park Library, 17 Caroline Place, Floral Park
AGES: 0-2
WHAT: Introduce your baby to the magic that is books then enjoy free play. Birth-12 months. Non walkers.
WANT TO GO? 516-326-6330. floralparklibrary.org.


Story Tots
WHEN: Jan. 3-31, Fridays, 10-11am
WHERE: Nassau County Museum of Art, 1 Museum Drive, Roslyn Harbor
AGES: 3-5
WHAT: Listen to story books read aloud and nurture creative expression while exploring various art materials and processes.
WANT TO GO? $5; free for members. 516-484-9337. nassaumuseum.org.

Healthy Kids in the Kitchen
WHEN: Jan. 3-31, Fridays, 11:30am-12pm
WHERE: Long Island Children's Museum, 11 Davis Avenue, Garden City
AGES: 3-8
WHAT: Little chefs use real cooking tools as they make healthy and yummy, kid-friendly snacks from start to finish.
WANT TO GO? $5 plus admission: $14; $13 seniors 65 and older; free for members. 516-224-5800. licm.org.

FREE Sensory Fun for Little Ones
WHEN: Jan. 10-31, Fridays, 10-11:30am
WHERE: Island Trees Public Library, 38 Farmedge Road, Island Trees
AGES: 0-2
WHAT: A variety of sensory-related activities will be provided for babies to explore and grown-ups to bond with their little ones and meet other parents and caregivers. Ages 3-24 months.
WANT TO GO? 516-731-2211. Islandtreespubliclibrary.org.

FREE Floral Park CREW - Teen Yoga
WHEN: Jan. 10-31, 1/10 and 1/31, 4pm
WHERE: Floral Park Library, 17 Caroline Place, Floral Park
AGES: 13-17
WHAT: Have fun unwinding with yoga expert Micheline. Please bring a mat or towel. Registration required.
WANT TO GO? 516-326-6330. floralparklibrary.org.

Big Apple Circus
WHEN: Through Feb. 2: see website for showtimes
WHERE: Lincoln Center, 10 Lincoln Center Plaza, Upper West Side
AGES: All
WHAT: World renowned for its intimate one-ring and artistic style, Big Apple Circus is passionate about revitalizing the circus with unique and astounding human feats, innovative design, and technology.
WHY WE LOVE IT: All your classic circus delights in a climate-controlled Big Top tent with tiered seating, perfect for families with young children.
WANT TO GO? $45 and up; free for children younger than 3 (on lap). 212-721-6500. https://bigapplecircus.com/.

Cinderella
WHEN: Jan. 11-Feb. 15, Saturdays, 2pm
WHERE: THE MERRICK THEATRE AND CENTER FOR THE ARTS, 2222 HEWLETT AVE., MERRICK
AGES: All
WHAT: See this classic fairy tale come to life on stage.
WANT TO GO? $15. 516-868-6400. http://merrick-theatre.com/cinderella.



The Musical Adventures of Flat Stanley
WHEN: Jan. 25-Feb. 23, Saturdays, Sunday, at 2/21 at 10:30am
WHERE: The Argyle Theatre, 34 W. Main St., Babylon Village
AGES: All
WHAT: The Musical Adventures of Flat Stanley is filled with infectious songs and non-stop adventure, making this a perfect show to introduce young audiences to the magic of theatre. Sponsored by Good Samaritan Hospital Medical Center.
WHY WE LOVE IT: Based on the best-selling book series, Stanley folds his way around the world with his flat-tastic hijinks!

Seal Watching Cruise Long Island
WHEN: Through April 26: Saturdays and Sundays, 12-2pm
WHERE: Freeport Water Taxi & Tours, 211 Woodcleft Ave., Freeport
AGES: All
WHAT: Enjoy a leisurely tour of the local bays in the the comfort of a 44-foot enclosed boat and encounter seals and other wildlife.
WANT TO GO? $25; $15 children 5-10; free for children 4 and younger. 516-521-7744. https://freeportwatertaxi.com/cruises/seal-watching/.

Thomas and Friends™: Explore the Rails
WHEN: Jan. 18-May 10, 10am-5pm on operating days
WHERE: Long Island Children's Museum, 11 Davis Avenue, Garden City
AGES: Newborn-5
WHAT: Climb aboard a large model of Thomas the tank engine, race trains along a giant track, work together to sort and load cargo, and maintain engines.
WHY WE LOVE IT: Kids engage in a variety of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) challenges in this exhibit, from a simple sorting and shape identification to more complex engineering obstacles.
WANT TO GO? $14; $13 seniors 65 and older; free for members. 516-224-5800. licm.org.

Sunday Science - Lithographic Printing!
WHEN: Jan. 19-19, 2021, 2:30pm
WHERE: Center for Science Teaching and Learning-Tanglewood Preserve, 1450 Tanglewood Road, Rockville Center
AGES: 5-12
WHAT: Learn all about Lithographic Printing, which uses more science than you would think.
WANT TO GO? $14. 516-764-0045. https://cstl.org/event/sunday-science-lithographic-printing/.

 

Weekend Activities in Suffolk

FREE Podcast Club for Kids
WHEN: Friday, Jan. 24, 7-8pm
WHERE: Brentwood Library, 34 Second Ave., Brentwood
AGES: 9-12
WHAT: Share your thoughts and ideas and learn about audio recording and what it takes to make your own podcast. Registration required.
WANT TO GO? 631-273-7883. brentwoodnylibrary.org.

FREE Nintendo Night: Mega Man
WHEN: Friday, Jan. 24, 7-8:30pm
WHERE: Northport-East Northport Public Library, 185 Larkfield Road, East Northport
AGES: 13-17
WHAT: Discuss Nintendo games new and old, make fun gamer crafts, and participate in gaming competitions for prizes! Registration required.
WANT TO GO? 631-261-2313. nenpl.org.

Spinach & Artichoke Dip
WHEN: Friday, Jan. 24, 6pm
WHERE: Westhampton Free Library, 7 Library Ave., Westhampton Beach
AGES: 13-17
WHAT: Learn how to make this classic, cozy, and extra delicious winter dip. Registration required.
WANT TO GO? FREE with Westhampton FREE Library Card . 6312883335. westhamptonlibrary.net.

FREE School of Rock - Drumming
WHEN: Jan. 18-25, Saturdays, 3-3:45pm
WHERE: East Islip Public Library, 381 E Main Street, East Islip
AGES: 5-12
WHAT: Learn early drumming techniques and rhythms. Registration required. Grades 2-5.
WANT TO GO? 631-581-9200. eipl.org.

Cookies and Brownies Baking (Basic Skill Level)
WHEN: Saturday, Jan. 25, 3:45-5:30pm
WHERE: The Baking Coach, Inc., 320 Broadway-Greenlwan Road, Huntington
AGES: All
WHAT: Learn how to make a classic sugar cookie and sandwich them with jam creating a Linzer tart. Also make classic brownies.
WANT TO GO? $70; $25 sharing fee when taking class with child. 631-543-8608. bakingcoach.com.


FREE EXPLO Info Meeting
WHEN: Saturday, Jan. 25, 2pm
WHERE: Hilton Long Island, 598 Broadhollow Rd, Melville
AGES: 5 and older
WHAT: EXPLO info meetings give you and your family the opportunity to ask questions and get a first-hand feel for their programs.
WANT TO GO? 781-762-7400. https://explo.org/information-meeting-calendar-2/.


FREE 3D Design and Printing Workshop
WHEN: Saturday, Jan. 25, 10-11am
WHERE: Brentwood Library, 34 Second Ave., Brentwood
AGES: 9-12
WHAT: Learn the basics of TinkerCAD, a 3D computer-aided design software, and make something to take home at a later date. Registration required.
WANT TO GO? 631-273-7883. brentwoodnylibrary.org.

FREE Winter Celebration Festival
WHEN: Saturday, Jan. 25, 11am-3pm
WHERE: Connetquot River State Park Preserve, 3525 Sunrise Highway, Oakdale
AGES: All
WHAT: Celebrate the many wonders of winter through exciting experiments, hands-on activities, and crafts!
WANT TO GO? 631-581-1072. https://parks.ny.gov.

San Diego Seals @ New York Riptide
WHEN: Saturday, Jan. 25, 7:30pm
WHERE: NYCB Live, 1255 Hempstead Turnpike, Uniondale
AGES: All
WHAT: Box Lacrosse is back on Long Island!
WANT TO GO? $15-$65.50 . 516-402-3006. https://newyorkriptide.com/tickets/.

 

Winter Run Series 5K
WHEN: Sunday, Jan. 26, 11am
WHERE: Sunken Meadow State Park, 25A and Sunken Meadow Pkwy, Kings Park
AGES: All
WHAT: Each of the four races in the series will be 5K in length and will include an awards ceremony, refreshments, and raffle prizes. Register online.
WANT TO GO? $40 for all races in series; $15 individual race. 888-451-4948. https://elitefeats.com/winterrun/.


FREE Draw In! Winterfest at Heckscher Museum
WHEN: Sunday, Jan. 26, 12-4pm
WHERE: Heckscher Museum of Art, 2 Prime Avenue, Huntington
AGES: All
WHAT: Meet and create with artists Robin Cooper, enjoy an array of fun art projects, and explore their Locally Sourced exhibition!
WANT TO GO? 631-351-3250. Heckscher.org.

FREE Open House
WHEN: Sunday, Jan. 26, 10:30am-2:30pm
WHERE: Our Lady of Providence Regional School, 82 Carleton Avenue, Central Islip
AGES: All
WHAT: Tour the school, meet the students, faculty, and parents.
WANT TO GO? 631-234-6324. olprov.org.


FREE Nursery-Eighth Grade Open House
WHEN: Sunday, Jan. 26, 10am-12pm
WHERE: Our Lady Queen of Apostles Regional Catholic School, 2 St. John's Place, Center Moriches
AGES: 3-12
WHAT: Receive an individual or small group tour of the school building, given by their students and school families.
WANT TO GO? 631-878-1033. olqany.org.

Healthy Kids in the Kitchen
WHEN: Jan. 3-31, Fridays, 11:30am-12pm
WHERE: Long Island Children's Museum, 11 Davis Avenue, Garden City
AGES: 3-8
WHAT: Little chefs use real cooking tools as they make healthy and yummy, kid-friendly snacks from start to finish.
WANT TO GO? $5 plus admission: $14; $13 seniors 65 and older; free for members. 516-224-5800. licm.org.

Under The Big Top Extravaganza
WHEN: Jan. 25-Feb. 1, Saturdays, 11am
WHERE: CM Performing Arts Center, 931 Montauk Hwy., Oakdale
AGES: All
WHAT: Bring the family to "The Greatest Show on Earth!"
WHY WE LOVE IT: Admission includes facepainting, popcorn, water, and games.
WANT TO GO? $15. 631-218-2810. cmpac.com.

Little Red Riding Hood
WHEN: Jan. 18-Feb. 22, See website for schedule
WHERE: Theatre Three, 412 Main Street, Port Jefferson
AGES: 3-8
WHAT: Little Red Riding Hood learns a big lesson about safety in this modern musical telling.
WHY WE LOVE IT: It's a great intro to theatre for littlest ones!
WANT TO GO? $10. 631-928-9100. theatrethree.com.

The Musical Adventures of Flat Stanley
WHEN: Jan. 25-Feb. 23, Saturdays, Sunday, at 2/21 at 10:30am
WHERE: The Argyle Theatre, 34 W. Main Street , Babylon Village
AGES: All
WHAT: The Musical Adventures of Flat Stanley is filled with infectious songs and non-stop adventure, making this a perfect show to introduce young audiences to the magic of theatre. Sponsored by Good Samaritan Hospital Medical Center.
WHY WE LOVE IT: Based on the best-selling book series, Stanley folds his way around the world with his flat-tastic hijinks!
WANT TO GO? $15. 631-230-3500. argyletheatre.com.

Thomas and Friends™: Explore the Rails
WHEN: Jan. 18- May 10, 10am-5pm on operating days
WHERE: Long Island Children's Museum, 11 Davis Avenue, Garden City
AGES: Newborn-5
WHAT: Climb aboard a large model of Thomas the tank engine, race trains along a giant track, work together to sort and load cargo, and maintain engines.
WHY WE LOVE IT: Kids engage in a variety of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) challenges in this exhibit, from a simple sorting and shape identification to more complex engineering obstacles.
WANT TO GO? $14; $13 seniors 65 and older; free for members. 516-224-5800. licm.org.

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Films & Fun at Syosset Public Library

Jan. 10, 2020 - Jan. 24, 2020

Join the library for a tasty snack and watch a short storybook film followed by a fun craft! Grades 1-2. Registration required.