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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 Teen Fitness Club
WHEN: Friday, Jan. 17, 4-5pm
WHERE: Floral Park Library, 17 Caroline Place, Floral Park
AGES: 13-17
WHAT: Join the library for games, competitions, and prizes! Snacks, drinks, and mats will be provided. Registration required.
WANT TO GO? 516-326-6330. floralparklibrary.org.

Frozen - Family Science Night
WHEN: Friday, Jan. 17, 5-8pm
WHERE: Cradle of Aviation Museum, Charles Lindbergh Blvd., Garden City
AGES: All
WHAT: Make messes, conduct experiments, learn new STEM skills, all in a winter wonderland.
WANT TO GO? $15 admission in advance with pizza and drink; $10 members pizza and drink; $10 admission only. 516-572-4111. https://cradleofaviation.org/plan_your_visit/event_calendar.html/event/2020/01/17/frozen-family-science-night/272197.

Winter Bird-Walk
WHEN: Saturday, Jan. 18, 2-3pm
WHERE: Garvies Point Museum, 50 Barry Drive, Glen Cove
AGES: All
WHAT: Many species of birds live on the Garvies Point Museum preserve year-round, for some birds, this is their wintering grounds! Join a Garvies naturalist on a casual walk to observe these winter residents.
WANT TO GO? $4; $2 children 5-12 years. 516-571-8010. garviespointmuseum.com.

FREE Chinese New Year Vegan Style (Teen Edition)
WHEN: Saturday, Jan. 18, 2:30-4pm
WHERE: Island Trees Public Library, 38 Farmedge Road, Island Trees
AGES: 9-17
WHAT: Celebrate Chinese New Year and the Year of the Rat the vegan way. Grades 5-12. Registration required.
WANT TO GO? 516-731-2211. Islandtreespubliclibrary.org.


FREE Welcome to My House - Time For Kids
WHEN: Saturday, Jan. 18, 11am-12pm
WHERE: Glen Cove Library, 4 Glen Cove Ave., Glen Cove
AGES: 3-8
WHAT: Join A Time for Kids, to play, learn, and grow in this fun and fast-paced music, movement, and storytelling program. There will also be a craft. Ages 2-5.
WANT TO GO? 516-676-2130. glencovelibrary.org.


Georgia Swarm @ New York Riptide
WHEN: Saturday, Jan. 18, 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 Free Crafts for Kids: Fast-Flying Glider
WHEN: Jan. 18-19, 11am-3pm
WHERE: Lakeshore Learning Store , 2079 Hillside Ave., New Hyde Park
AGES: 3-12
WHAT: Visit the store and make a Fast-Flying Glider to take home.
WANT TO GO? 516-616-9360 . lakeshorelearning.com.

FREE Music Exploration
WHEN: Sunday, Jan. 19, 10-10:45am
WHERE: Wantagh Public Library, 3285 Park Avenue, Wantagh
AGES: 3-12
WHAT: Help Hope and The Smiles Foundation will be hosting a special needs/autism friendly music workshop. Ages 4-10. Registration required.
WANT TO GO? 516-221-1200. wantaghlibrary.org.

FREE Jungle Bungle Friends
WHEN: Sunday, Jan. 19, 2-2:45pm
WHERE: Wantagh Public Library, 3285 Park Avenue, Wantagh
AGES: Newborn-5
WHAT: Families will enjoy guitar singalongs, animal puppets, and more. Ages birth-6 years. Registration required.
WANT TO GO? 516-221-1200. wantaghlibrary.org.

Sunday Science - Lithographic Printing!
WHEN: Jan. 19, 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/.

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.

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/.


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 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.



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 Rockin' Babies
WHEN: Friday, Jan. 17, 10-10:30am OR 10:45-11:15am
WHERE: Middle Country Public Library Selden Building, 575 Middle Country Road, Selden
AGES: 0-2
WHAT: There's no better way to spend the morning than with your little one sharing stories, songs, and rhymes. Ages birth-3 years. Registration required.
WANT TO GO? 631-585-9393. middlecountrypubliclibrary.org.

FREE Family Night Out
WHEN: Friday, Jan. 17, 6:30-8:30pm
WHERE: Brentwood Library, 34 Second Ave., Brentwood
AGES: All
WHAT: Bring the whole family to spend an evening out at the movies!
WANT TO GO? 631-273-7883. brentwoodnylibrary.org.


FREE Learn to Take Care of YOU
WHEN: Friday, Jan. 17, 6-7:30pm
WHERE: Middle Country Public Library, 101 Eastwood Blvd., Centereach
AGES: 3-5, 5-8, Adult
WHAT: Join Christine Lomangiano from "A Voice Above Wellness" to learn about taking care of yourself. Children 3 and older can participate in activities with library staff.
WANT TO GO? 631-585-9393. middlecountrypubliclibrary.org.


FREE Snack Around the World: Healthy and Organic
WHEN: Friday, Jan. 17, 7-8:30pm
WHERE: Northport-East Northport Public Library, 185 Larkfield Road, East Northport
AGES: 13-17
WHAT: Explore healthy, natural, and organic snacks from around the world. Registration required.
WANT TO GO? 631-261-2313. nenpl.org.

FREE Friday Night Teen Program
WHEN: Friday, Jan. 17, 6:30-8pm
WHERE: Middle Country Public Library Selden Building, 575 Middle Country Road, Selden
AGES: 13-17
WHAT: Get creative with other teens. Registration required.
WANT TO GO? 631-585-9393. middlecountrypubliclibrary.org.


FREE SaturPlay!
WHEN: Jan. 4-18, 1/4 and 1/18, 10-11am
WHERE: Brentwood Library, 34 Second Ave., Brentwood
AGES: Newborn-5
WHAT: You and your child will enjoy a variety of open-ended play activities that encourage exploration and learning. Ages 1-3.
WANT TO GO? 631-273-7883. brentwoodnylibrary.org.


FREE Babies Boogie
WHEN: Saturday, Jan. 18, 10-10:45am
WHERE: Middle Country Public Library, 101 Eastwood Blvd., Centereach
AGES: 0-2
WHAT: Boogie, wiggle, and giggle with your little dancing partner! Ages birth-23 months. Registration required.
WANT TO GO? 631-585-9393. middlecountrypubliclibrary.org.


FREE Toddlers Tango
WHEN: Saturday, Jan. 18, 11-11:45am
WHERE: Middle Country Public Library, 101 Eastwood Blvd., Centereach
AGES: Newborn-5
WHAT: Clap your hands, stomp your feet, and wiggle with the beat! 24 months-4 years. Registration required.
WANT TO GO? 631-585-9393. middlecountrypubliclibrary.org.

FREE Jungle Bob Storytime
WHEN: Saturday, Jan. 18, 11am-12pm
WHERE: Middle Country Public Library, 101 Eastwood Blvd., Centereach
AGES: 5-8
WHAT: Join Jungle Bob as he reads his new book, "Lenny, a most unusal reptile" and meet some real, live characters from the story. Grades K-2nd. Registration required.
WANT TO GO? 631-585-9393. middlecountrypubliclibrary.org.


Georgia Swarm @ New York Riptide
WHEN: Saturday, Jan. 18, 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 Magic the Gathering Tournament
WHEN: Saturday, Jan. 18, 2-3:30pm
WHERE: Northport-East Northport Public Library, 185 Larkfield Road, East Northport
AGES: 13-17
WHAT: Bring your favorite deck to the library to battle fellow teens in one-on-one duels. Prizes will be awarded! Registration required.
WANT TO GO? 631-261-2313. nenpl.org.


FREE Family Program: Historic House Tours
WHEN: Jan. 5-19, 1/5 and 1/19, 1-2pm
WHERE: Connetquot River State Park Preserve, 3525 Sunrise Highway, Oakdale
AGES: All
WHAT: Step back in time as you tour the Main House of the South Side Sportsmen's Club.
WANT TO GO? $4. 631-581-1072. https://parks.ny.gov.

FREE Tinker Lab
WHEN: Jan. 3-19, 1/3, 6:30-7:30pm; 1/19, 2-3pm
WHERE: Brentwood Library, 34 Second Ave., Brentwood
AGES: 5-8
WHAT: Create, code, and tinker in this STEAM-based program. Registration required.
WANT TO GO? 631-273-7883. brentwoodnylibrary.org.

Winter Run Series 5K
WHEN: Sunday, Jan. 19, 11am
WHERE: Robert Moses State Park, 600 Robert Moses State Parkway, Babylon
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. 631-321-3510. https://elitefeats.com/winterrun/.

FrozenFest
WHEN: Sunday, Jan. 19, 11am-2pm
WHERE: The Whaling Museum and Education Center, 301 Main St., Cold Spring Harbor
AGES: All
WHAT: Join this family-friendly event inspired by the “Frozen” films. Find out about arctic creatures, touch a walrus tusk and narwhal tusk, have fun creating lots of “Frozen” crafts, and enjoy a meet and greet with Elsa!
WHY WE LOVE IT: It's a Frozen fest, with a healthy dose of nature fun!
WANT TO GO? $6; $15 children; Family-level Members $10 Kid, Adults FREE.. 631-387-3418. cshwhalingmuseum.org.

Annie
WHEN: Through Jan. 20: check website or call box office
WHERE: Smithtown Center for the Performing Arts, 2 E. Main St., Smithtown
AGES: All
WHAT: Based on the popular comic strip, Annie has become a worldwide phenomenon and features some of the greatest musical theatre hits ever written, including "Tomorrow."
WANT TO GO? $38; $34 seniors; $25 students. 631-724-3700. smithtownpac.org.

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.

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.

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.

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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