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Things to Do with Kids on Long Island this Weekend

Things to Do with Kids on Long Island this Weekend

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


Enjoy these fun weekend activities with your kids on Long Island. Start planning your weekend now.


*Be sure to call venues ahead of time to make sure events are still happening in the wake of coronavirus concerns.*

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 counties. From storytimes and concerts to museum exhibits, crafts activities, seasonal events, and more, 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 (vritual and in-person) events happening throughout Long Island. And check out our ManhattanBrooklynQueensWestchester, and Rockland weekend roundups for more fun inspiration!

IN PERSON Mindful Journey: Toddler Sensory Story Time Saturdays
WHEN: Dec. 19 - Jun. 26, Saturdays, 10am
WHERE: The Nesting Place, 2043 Wellwood Ave, Farmingdale, NY
AGES: Newborn-5
WHAT:

Get ready for some messy fun! Each Week toddlers will experience a story in an exciting new way. Every story is paired with a unique sensory experience to stimulate young minds through all their senses. All classes offer open play, story time, and a variety of sensory experiences. Advanced registration required.

WANT TO GO? $20. 631-412-2994. https://mindfuljourneyny.com/bookings-checkout/toddler-sensory-story-time-saturdays.

IN PERSON and ONLINE Cook or Craft Take-Home Kits
WHEN: Jan. 1 - Feb. 28, any time
WHERE: The Whaling Museum & Education Center, 301 Main Street, Cold Spring Harbor, NY
AGES: Adult, All
WHAT:

NEW SEASONAL OFFER: SAILOR’S VALENTINE Did you know that whalers brought home a special souvenir for their loved ones called a Sailor’s Valentine? Learn to identify different shells that may have been used to create these beautiful works of art and design a Sailor’s Valentine for yourself or a loved one.

NEW FOOD FOR THOUGHT: MUG-CAKE EDITION Roll up your sleeves and join the museum to travel back in time to a Victorian kitchen. Discover what kinds of treats and sweets Long Islanders enjoyed 150 years ago, and how they kept food fresh before refrigeration. Cook up a modern version of a historic recipe in your very own microwave with a Museum Mug & cake kit from the museum.

SCRIMSHAW CARVING Explore scrimshaw, a true American folk art. See examples from the museums collection and discover how whalers carved teeth, bones and baleen into beautiful works of art. Sketch, carve, and ink a “fauxshaw” keepsake box.

CORN HUSK DOLL MAKING Explore the folktale of the corn husk doll, a traditional craft shared by Native American and colonist families. Learn how corn husk dolls were created and craft your own figure using corn husks and other materials provided in the craft kit.

SEAGLASS WHIMSIES Explore the fascinating history of glass and learn how to identify shards of seaglass by color. Create a beautiful, beachy ornament to hang up at home.

WANT TO GO? $10 per kit to be picked up at museum, virtual lesson is free. 631-367-3418. cshwhalingmuseum.org.

IN PERSON Public Skate
WHEN: Jan. 9 - 31, Saturdays and Sundays, 11:15am-12:45pm; Monday, 1/18 12-1:30pm
WHERE: Superior Ice Rink, 270 Indian Head Road, Kings Park, NY
AGES: All
WHAT:

Ice skate with the family every weekend in January! Advanced reservations recommended. 

WANT TO GO? $15 admission; $5 skate rental. 631-269-3900. http://superioricerink.com/.

ONLINE Saturday Night Snuggles & Stories FREE
WHEN: Jan. 9 - Mar. 27, Saturdays, 6pm
WHERE: Brookhaven Free Library, , , NY
AGES: Newborn-5
WHAT:

Put on your pajamas and snuggle with your favorite teddy while listening to these cozy stories. E-mail  bfl@brookhavenfreelibrary.org with any questions. Watch on Facebook, Instagram, or YouTube

WANT TO GO? 631-286-1923. brookhavenfreelibrary.org.

ONLINE Sunday Breakfast Club FREE
WHEN: Jan. 10 - Mar. 28, Sundays, 9:30-10:15am
WHERE: The New York Friendship Circle, , , NY
AGES: All
WHAT:

Practice connecting with our mind and bodies through stretches, breath work and positive thinking strategies. Advanced registration required. 

WANT TO GO? https://nyfriendshipcircle.com/templates/articlecco_cdo/aid/4893106/jewish/Sunday-Breakfast-Club.htm.

IN PERSON Student Art Festival 2021; PAST-PRESENT FREE
WHEN: Jan. 16 - Feb. 21, Fridays-Sundays, 12-5pm
WHERE: Guild Hall of East Hampton, 158 Main St., East Hampton, NY
AGES: All
WHAT:

The Guild Hall Student Art Festival (SAF) is a beloved tradition that encourages and showcases the artistic achievement and imagination of students, Kindergarten to Grade 12, on the South Fork of Long Island. As a celebration of both Guild Hall's 90th Anniversary, and the centennial of the Village of East Hampton, this year's festival, Student Art Festival 2021: PAST-PRESENT-FUTURE, looks to both the shared past and an imagined future. Through the practice of art and design, ranging from imagery of natural growth and metamorphosis to Futurism and Science-Fiction, students across the East-End will collectively produce an exhibit that reflects our past, acknowledges and celebrates the present, and imagines a changed and hopeful future. This festival begins with a free public opening of the exhibition, a series of weekend family workshops, and concludes with an awards ceremony for high school students.

WANT TO GO? 631-324-0806. guildhall.org.

IN PERSON Soccer Shots at World Gym in Wantagh
WHEN: Jan. 16 - Mar. 6, Saturdays, 9am
WHERE: World Gym, 3728 Park Ave , Wantagh , NY
AGES: 3-8
WHAT:

Join Soccer Shots for a winter soccer season full of fun. Take a break from zoom, put the screen down to run, dribble and learn. Children ages 2 to 8.

WANT TO GO? $25 per class. 516-558-2266. https://longislandwest.soccershots.com/search?txt=world%20gym.

IN PERSON Soccer Shots at St Nicholas in West Babylon
WHEN: Jan. 16 - Mar. 6, Saturdays, 9:30-10am
WHERE: St. Nicholas in West Babylon , 200 Great East Neck Road, West Babylon, NY
AGES: 3-8
WHAT:

Join Soccer Shots for a winter season full of soccer fun. Take a break from zoom, put those screens down and come run, jump, dribble and have fun with us. Children ages 2 to 8.



WANT TO GO? $25 per class. 516-558-2266. https://longislandwest.soccershots.com/search?txt=st.%20nicholas.

ONLINE Virtual Walk Through the Grades: Get a glimpse inside! FREE
WHEN: Friday, Jan. 22, 10am
WHERE: The Waldorf School of Garden City, 225 Cambridge Ave., Garden City, NY
AGES: All
WHAT:

Get a Glimpse of the Inside! Prospective families are invited to join us as Administrators provide insight into the progression of a Waldorf curriculum and how your child will be challenged and enriched through the grades. RSVP online. 

WANT TO GO? 516-742-3434. https://waldorfgarden.org/admissions/overview/open-house-tours/.

IN PERSON Mornings at NCMA for Teens and Young Adults with Autism
WHEN: Saturday, Jan. 23, 9:45-10:45am
WHERE: Nassau County Museum of Art, 1 Museum Drive, Roslyn Harbor, NY
AGES: 13 and older
WHAT:

Mornings at NCMA, an access program for teens and young adults on the autism spectrum (Autism Spectrum Disorder) ages 13 – 25, to be accompanied by a parent or care partner. Led by an art therapist, each session will take its inspiration from the art on view in the galleries. Family members and friends 12 years and up are welcome. This is a private guided experience that takes place in the Museum before it opens to the general public.

  • Each program limits the number of registrants so pre-registration is
    required
  • Each session will be unique with changing themes
  • Please download relevant Social Story and Sensory Map

For Information email: Llynch@nassaumuseum.org

WANT TO GO? $15; $10 seniors; $5 students. 516-484-9337. https://nassaumuseum.org/events/mornings-at-ncma-for-teens-and-young-adults-with-autism-2/.

ONLINE Kids' Saturday Yoga with Miss Christi FREE
WHEN: Saturday, Jan. 23, 9-9:30am
WHERE: Islip Public Library, , , NY
AGES: All
WHAT:

All ages with caregiver. Join Christi for family yoga! Yoga is a fun activity for all ages. It helps to connect mind, body and the inner playful spirit. Learn to dance, sing and do poses as well as get out the sillies! You will be able to see this virtual event LIVE on Facebook.

WANT TO GO? https://isliplibrary.org/.

IN PERSON Family Yoga
WHEN: Saturday, Jan. 23, 11am-12pm
WHERE: Planting Fields - Coe Hall, 1395 Planting Fields Road, Oyster Bay, NY
AGES: 3-5, 5-8, Adult
WHAT:

Bring the family to experience movement and meditation at Coe Hall. Partnering with Yogi Beans, Planting Fields is introducing an immersive, all-levels yoga class for parents and kids ages 3-10 to enjoy together. Please bring your own mats and blankets to class. Mats must be socially distanced and masks are mandatory. 

WANT TO GO? $20; $12 children; $10 members. 516-922-8666. plantingfields.org .

IN PERSON and ONLINE Prospective Family Day FREE
WHEN: Saturday, Jan. 23, 12-2pm
WHERE: Rolling River Day Camp, 477 Ocean Avenue, East Rockaway, NY
AGES: 3-17
WHAT:

Now is the time to enroll your child for summer camp! Rolling River operated for Summer 2020 with no COVID cases and we plan to continue implementing our successful strategies for Summer 2021. Parents can feel confident that their children can experience a fun and engaging summer while also remaining safe. Learn more about their summer program at their innovative “Prospective Family Day”- a unique opportunity for children to get a taste of camp activities while parents attend an interactive information session with the Directors. Due to the pandemic, Prospective Family Day will be hosted in one of three ways based on the health climate at the time: In person, socially distant “Parent Information Session” and supervised camp activities for the kids In person, private campus tours Virtual zoom information session Rolling River will confirm the format one week prior to the scheduled event. There is limited group space for Summer 2021 so don’t miss your chance to “sea” Rolling River is one of the top day camps on Long Island!

WANT TO GO? 516-5932267. 2021rollingrivernewfamilies.eventbrite.com.

IN PERSON Winter Woodland Walk
WHEN: Sunday, Jan. 24, 1:30-3pm
WHERE: Connetquot River State Park Preserve, 3525 Sunrise Highway, Oakdale, NY
AGES: All
WHAT:

Take a walk in a "winter wonderland", woodland style. Enjoy the tranquil trails of the preserve and breathe in the fresh winter air. Along the way, keep an eye out for winter wildlife. Due to Covid-19 safety parameters, space is limited. Reservations are required. Masks are mandatory. All programs are outside. 

WANT TO GO? $4. 631-581-1005. https://parks.ny.gov/events/event.aspx?e=8-28476.0.

IN PERSON Sunday Science – Junior Zoologists!
WHEN: Sunday, Jan. 24, 2:30-4pm
WHERE: The Center for Science Teaching & Learning, 1450 Tanglewood Rd, Rockville Centre, NY
AGES: 5-12
WHAT:

Zoos are exciting places to visit and observe exotic animals. If your child has ever wondered how these amazing animals are cared for, this is the perfect program for them! Attendees will be assigned a live animal in our exhibit, learn how we keep them happy and healthy, then take on the care themselves! Please note this program is for children ages 8-12. Drop-off only. Advanced registration required. 

WANT TO GO? $16 . 516-764-0045. https://cstl.org/event/sunday-science-junior-zoologists/.

ONLINE Virtual Family Hour
WHEN: Sunday, Jan. 24, 1pm
WHERE: Heckscher Museum of Art, 2 Prime Ave, Huntington, NY
AGES: 5-8
WHAT:

Explore exciting works of art on view in the Museum and create fun at-home art projects using simple materials! Advanced registration required. 

WANT TO GO? $10 per child; $5 child members. 631-380-3230. https://heckscher.org/visit/kids-families/family-hour-sundays/.

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