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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!


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Editor's Picks for This Weekend

'Tis the Season for Photos with Santa

WHEN: Nov. 11 - Dec. 24, See website for daily schedule
WHERE: Roosevelt Field, 630 Old Country Road, Garden City, New York
AGES: All
WHAT: The ultimate holiday tradition is back: Photos with Santa! Make your reservation today! WANT TO GO? Photo packages start at $39.99 . 516-742-8001.
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ELF The Musical

WHEN: Nov. 11 - Jan. 2, Check website for performance schedule.
WHERE: The Argyle Theatre, 34 W. Main St, Babylon Village, NY
AGES: 5 and older
WHAT: This modern day holiday classic is brought to life onstage and is sure to make everyone embrace their inner elf. WANT TO GO? $49-$79; $40 Kids 12 and younger. 631-230-3500.
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'Tis the Season for Photos with Santa

WHEN: Nov. 12 - Dec. 24, See website for daily schedule
WHERE: Walt Whitman Shops, 160 Walt Whitman Rd, Huntington Station, NY
AGES: All
WHAT: The ultimate holiday tradition is back: Photos with Santa! WANT TO GO? Photo packages start at $39.99 . 631-271-1746.
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A Christmas Carol

WHEN: Nov. 13 - Dec. 26, See website for schedule
WHERE: Theatre Three, 412 Main St., Port Jefferson, NY
AGES: 5-17
WHAT: Follow the miser Ebenezer Scrooge on a journey that teaches him the true meaning of Christmas - past, present and future.  WANT TO GO? $35; $28 Seniors (65+) and Students (13+); $20 Children (5-12) . 631-928-9100.
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Magic of Lights

WHEN: Nov. 19 - Jan. 2, Sundays-Thursdays 5-10 pm; Fridays-Saturdays, 5-11pm
WHERE: Jones Beach State Park, 1 Ocean Parkway, Wantagh, NY
AGES: All
WHAT: Drive through the winding 1-2 Mile course to view sparkling LED displays depicting the favorite characters of the season, including animated snowmen, elves, poinsettias, candy canes, and more!  WANT TO GO? $30 per car any day in advance; $25 per car weekdays in advance; $60 limo in advance; Price increases after 11/30 to $40 weekdays and $45 weekends.
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Harry Connick, Jr.'s The Happy Elf

WHEN: Nov. 20 - Jan. 2, Check website for performance schedule.
WHERE: The Argyle Children's Theatre, 34 W. Main St, Babylon Village, NY
AGES: All
WHAT: This festive tale of overcoming adversity, friendship, the power of positivity and believing in yourself is the perfect treat for the whole family! WANT TO GO? $16 . 631-230-3500.
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Christmas House Long Island

WHEN: Nov. 20 - Jan. 5, Mondays-Wednesdays, 3-9pm; Thursdays, 3-10pm; Fridays, 3pm-1am; Saturdays, 11am-1am; Sundays, 11am-9pm
WHERE: Samanea Mall , 1504 Old Country Rd. , Westbury , NY
AGES: All
WHAT: Christmas House Long Island offers guests a wondrous 10,000 square foot multi-room walk-through experience featuring creative lighting and theatrical effects. WANT TO GO? Mondays-Thursdays, $25 for adults and $20 for children 10 and younger; Fridays-Sundays: $30 for adults and $25 for children 10 and younger.. 516-540-5282.
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Shimmering Solstice

WHEN: Nov. 20 - Jan. 9, See website for schedule
WHERE: Old Westbury Gardens, 71 Old Westbury Road, Old Westbury, NY
AGES: All
WHAT: Experience an unforgettable walkthrough event of seasonal sights and sounds. WANT TO GO? Peak: $32.95; $17.95 ages 3-17; Off Peak: $29.95; $16.95 ages . 516-333-0048.
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Frosty

WHEN: Nov. 21 - Jan. 2, See website for schedule
WHERE: John W. Engeman Theater, 250 Main St., Northport, NY
AGES: All
WHAT: Join Jenny and Frosty on their chilly adventures as they try to save the town of Chillsville from mean old Ethel Pierpot and her evil machine that will melt all the snow. WANT TO GO? $20. 631-261-2900.
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Dine With Santa

WHEN: Dec. 5 - 26, Saturdays and Sundays, Breakfast from 9am-11am or Brunch from 11am-4pm **NO SESSIONS 12/25**
WHERE: Glen Cove Mansion, 200 Dosoris Ln., Glen Cove, NY
AGES: All
WHAT: Meet and take photos with Santa at a special breakfast or brunch! WANT TO GO? Breakfast: $40, $25 child; Brunch: $55, $30 kid. 516-751-5623.
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Downtown Riverhead’s Holiday Parade & Riverfront Bonfire FREE

WHEN: Saturday, Dec. 11, 3pm
WHERE: Downtown Riverhead, Main Street, Riverhead, NY
AGES: All
WHAT: Watch the Holiday Parade, warm up by a bonfire, have some hot cocoa and drop off your wish list with Santa. WANT TO GO? 631-440-1350.
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Even More Weekend Fun

NYC Winter Lantern Festival: A Bug's Night Drive-thru Adventure

WHEN: Oct. 22 - Jan. 9, 5-10pm: Thursdays-Sundays from 10/28-12/09; Open Daily from 12/16-01/02
WHERE: Nassau County Museum of Art, 1 Museum Drive, Roslyn Harbor, NY
AGES: All
WHAT: A Bug’s Night will dazzle your friends and family as you roll through over 20 acres of vivid lanterns and holiday lights! WANT TO GO? $34.99 weekdays; $49.99 weekends; $59.99 week of 12/24-1/02.
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Hubble Space Telescope Exhibit

WHEN: Nov. 1 - Apr. 16, Tuesdays-Sundays, 10am-5pm
WHERE: Cradle of Aviation Museum , Charles Lindbergh Boulevard, Garden City, NY
AGES: All
WHAT: This 2,200-square-foot exhibit immerses visitors in the magnificence and mystery of the Hubble mission. WANT TO GO? FREE with Museum Admission: $16; $14 children 2-12 and seniors. 516-572-4111.
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Birth of Planet Earth - New Planetarium Show

WHEN: Nov. 6 - Jan. 8, Tuesdays-Sundays, 2pm
WHERE: Cradle of Aviation Museum, Charles Lindbergh Boulevard, Garden City, NY
AGES: 5 and older
WHAT: Birth of Planet Earth tells the twisted tale of our planet’s origin and explores some of the greatest questions in science today. WANT TO GO? $5 plus admission: $16; $14 children 2-12 and seniors 62 and older. 516-572-4111.
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White Christmas

WHEN: Nov. 11 - Jan. 2, See website for schedule
WHERE: John W. Engeman Theater, 250 Main St., Northport, NY
AGES: All
WHAT: This family classic features beloved songs by Irving Berlin including Blue Skies, I Love A Piano, How Deep Is The Ocean and the perennial favorite, White Christmas.  WANT TO GO? $75. 631-261-2900.
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'Tis the Season for Photos with Santa

WHEN: Nov. 11 - Dec. 24, See website for daily schedule
WHERE: Smith Haven Mall, 313 Smith Haven Mall, Lake Grove, NY
AGES: All
WHAT: The ultimate holiday tradition is back: Photos with Santa! Make your reservation today. WANT TO GO? Photo packages start at $39.99 . 631-724-8066.
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Visit with Santa

WHEN: Nov. 18 - Dec. 24, See website for schedule
WHERE: Westfield South Shore Mall, 1701 Sunrise Hwy., Bay Shore, NY
AGES: All
WHAT:

Santa will be arriving Nov 18th and will be at Westfield South Shore until December 24th in the Lord & Taylor Court! Pre-booking your Santa Magic photo experience in encouraged. Walk-up visits are available as space permits . The health and wellbeing of the staff, Santa and Guests is top priority.

WANT TO GO? Photo packages start at $39.99 . 631-888-3525.
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Rodgers and Hammerstein's Cinderella

WHEN: Nov. 19 - Dec. 19, Fridays and Saturdays, 8pm; Sundays, 2pm
WHERE: BayWay Arts Center, 265 E. Main St., East Islip, NY
AGES: All
WHAT: “Cinderella” enchants family audiences with its majestic score and magical story. WANT TO GO? $40; $35 seniors; $27 students. 631-226-8400.
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Santa Photos

WHEN: Nov. 19 - Dec. 24, See website for schedule
WHERE: Sunrise Mall, One Sunrise Mall , Massapequa, NY
AGES: All
WHAT:

Make sure to take the kids to see Santa before the big day!

WANT TO GO? Photo packages start at $39.99 . 516-795-3551.
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Riverhead Holiday Light Show

WHEN: Nov. 19 - Dec. 30, See website for schedule
WHERE: Splish Splash, 2549 Splish Splash Drive, Calverton, NY
AGES: All
WHAT:

Visitors are treated to more than a mile of larger-than-life holiday light displays (some more than 3 stores tall!) right from the warmth of their car

WANT TO GO? $35 per vehicle VIP; $23 per vehicle general admission .
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Photos with Santa

WHEN: Nov. 19 - Dec. 24, See website for schedule
WHERE: Green Acres Mall, 2034 Green Acres Mall, Valley Stream, NY
AGES: All
WHAT:

The magic of the holiday season comes alive with a visit to Santa’s winter wonderland.

WANT TO GO? Visit is free, photo packages start at $39.99 . 516-561-1157.
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Frozen, Jr.

WHEN: Nov. 20 - Jan. 17, See website for schedule
WHERE: Smithtown Center for the Performing Arts, 2 East Main St., Smithtown, NY
AGES: All
WHAT: Frozen JR. expands upon the emotional relationship and journey between Princesses Anna and Elsa. When faced with danger, the two discover their hidden potential and the powerful bond of sisterhood. WANT TO GO? $25. 631-724-3700.
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Barnaby Saves Christmas

WHEN: Nov. 20 - Dec. 26, Saturdays, 11am; 12/24 and 12/26, 11am **NO PERFORMANCE 12/25**
WHERE: Theatre Three, 412 Main St., Port Jefferson, NY
AGES: All
WHAT: As Barnaby and his reindeer friend set off on their journey to save Christmas, they meet some new friends along the way and learn the true meaning of Christmas, Hanukah, and the holiday season. WANT TO GO? $10. 631-928-9100.
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Photos with Santa

WHEN: Nov. 20 - Dec. 24, Saturdays-Fridays, 11am-7pm; Sundays, 12-6pm; Week of Dec. 17 11am-7pm; Dec. 24 10am-5pm; Closed Thanksgiving Day
WHERE: Broadway Commons, 358 N. Broadway Commons, Hicksville, NY
AGES: All
WHAT:

Santa will be sitting in his big chair at center court and wants to hear wish lists and take photos! Advanced reservations are strongly encouraged. An early visit will reduce your wait AND give Santa more time to gather all the gifts. When you book your reservation, you will also purchase your photo package.

WANT TO GO? $20 deposit with reservation. 516-822-6336.
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'Tis the Season For Pet Photos with Santa

WHEN: Nov. 21 - Dec. 19, Sundays, 7-8:30pm
WHERE: Roosevelt Field, 630 Old Country Road, Enter via the mall entrance near Dick's Sporting Goods.  , Garden City, New York
AGES: All
WHAT: Bring your pets to pose with Santa! Please make sure to have your pet on a leash or in a cage for the safety of all participants.  WANT TO GO? Photo packages start at $39.99 . 516-742-8001.
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'Tis the Season For Pet Photos with Santa

WHEN: Nov. 21 - Dec. 19, Sundays, 7-8:30pm
WHERE: Smith Haven Mall, 313 Smith Haven Mall, Lake Grove, NY
AGES: All
WHAT: Bring your well-mannered furry friends to visit Santa and capture a memorable photo! WANT TO GO? Photo packages start at $39.99 . 631-724-8066.
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Visits with Santa

WHEN: Nov. 26 - Dec. 19, Saturdays and Sundays, 10am-5pm (last admission is at 4pm)
WHERE: White Post Farms, 250 Old Country Road, Melville, NY
AGES: All
WHAT:

Take your own photo with Santa in a Santa Sleigh! Bring your Santa Letter for the North Pole mailbox along with a self-addressed stamped envelope and Santa will answer your letter. Fun for all ages.

WANT TO GO? Included with admission: $22.95; free for children younger than 15 months. 631-351-9373.
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Visits with Mensch on a Bench

WHEN: Nov. 26 - Dec. 19, Saturdays and Sundays, 10am-5pm (last admission is at 4pm)
WHERE: White Post Farms, 250 Old Country Road, Melville, NY
AGES: All
WHAT:

Take your own photo with Santa in a Santa Sleigh! Bring your Santa Letter for the North Pole mailbox along with a self-addressed stamped envelope and Santa will answer your letter. Fun for all ages.

WANT TO GO? Included with admission: $22.95; free for children younger than 15 months. 631-351-9373.
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The Holiday Market

WHEN: Nov. 27 - Dec. 18, Saturdays, 11am-4pm
WHERE: Gallery North, 90 North Country Road, Setauket, NY
AGES: All
WHAT: Find a diverse selection of affordable, exciting, original paintings, prints, photography, ceramics, pottery, woodwork, glassware, artisan created jewelry, handmade crafts, decorations, and clothing – perfect gifts for everyone on your list. WANT TO GO? Admission is free, prices vary for goods. 631-751-2676.
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Bright Lights

WHEN: Nov. 27 - Dec. 23, Fridays, Saturday, and 12/22 and 12/23, see website for exact times
WHERE: Vanderbilt Museum and Planetarium, 180 Little Neck Road, Centerport, NY
AGES: All
WHAT:

This Magical Holiday Celebration features themed displays, festive food, music, Santa and Friends and of course, Holiday Lights!

WANT TO GO? $25; $15 children younger than 12; free for children younger than 2. 631-854-5579.
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Victorian Christmas at Moran Studio

WHEN: Dec. 1 - 23, Wednesdays-Sunday, 11am-3pm
WHERE: Thomas & Mary Nimmo Moran Studio, 229 Main Street, East Hampton, NY
AGES: All
WHAT: Be transported back to the 19th century at Victorian Christmas, a very special holiday exhibition featuring festive décor, period clothing, antique postcards, beautiful silver, and period toys. WANT TO GO? $5. 631-324-6850.
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Crafternoons

WHEN: Dec. 1 - 31, Thursday-Sundays & Dec 26-31, 11am-4pm
WHERE: The Whaling Museum and Education Center in Cold Spring Harbor, 301 Main Street, Cold Spring Harbor , NY
AGES: All
WHAT: Explore exhibits and help yourself to seasonal, self-serve crafts in the workshop. WANT TO GO? FREE with admission: $6 Adults; $5 kids and seniors; free for members. 631-367-3418.
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Winter Wonderland

WHEN: Dec. 3 - Jan. 3, See website for schedule
WHERE: Bayville Adventure Park, 8 Bayville Ave., Bayville, NY
AGES: All
WHAT:

Bayville Adventure Park turns into Bayville Winter Wonderland! See a spectacular display of holiday lights and other festive family attractions celebrating the holiday season. Admission includes Santa's Toy Factory Funhouse, The Christmas Tree Forrest, Bayville Holiday, Express Train Ride, Ice Skating Adventure, Ice Skate Rentals, Rock Climbing, Holiday Character Meet & Greet, Holiday Arts And Crafts and the Magical Santa Expereince is available for an additional charge.



WANT TO GO? $24.75; $21.75 children 8 and younger. 516-624-7433.
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'Tis the Season for Photos with Caring Santa

WHEN: Dec. 5 - 12, Sundays, 10-11:30am
WHERE: Smith Haven Mall, 313 Smith Haven Mall, Lake Grove, NY
AGES: All
WHAT: Come meet Santa during this private photo experience exclusively for children with special needs. WANT TO GO? Photo packages start at $39.99 . 631-724-8066.
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Sensory Santa Photos

WHEN: Dec. 5 - 12, Sundays, 9:30-10:30am
WHERE: Westfield South Shore Mall, 1701 Sunrise Hwy., Bay Shore, NY
AGES: All
WHAT:

Autism Speaks is thrilled to be partnering with Cherry Hill Programs again this holiday season to provide sensory-friendly Santa Experiences for families. All families with children with autism and other special needs can enjoy the time-honored tradition of a visit with Santa, in a more subdued and calm environment. Sensory-friendly visits with Santa are free and keepsake photo packages will be available for purchase.

WANT TO GO? Visit is free, photo packages start at $39.99 . 631-888-3525.
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Home for the Holidays

WHEN: Dec. 9 - 19, Thursday-Sunday, 6-9pm; Saturday, 12/11 2-5pm
WHERE: Planting Fields Arboretum, 1395 Planting Fields Road, Oyster Bay, NY
AGES: All
WHAT: Experience the magic of the holidays next to a roaring fireplace, listening to live jazz with a big mug of cocoa in a 1920’s Tudor revival, decorated to fill your heart with the holiday spirit.  WANT TO GO? $40; $20 Youth 7-17; $38 Senior; $100 Family (2 Adults, 2 Kids); free for children 6 and younger. 516-922-8678.
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Family Holiday Gingerbread House Kits (Virtual)

WHEN: Friday, Dec. 10, 6pm
WHERE: Westhampton Free Library, 7 Library Ave., Westhampton Beach, NY
AGES: All
WHAT:

Work with your family to construct a holiday-themed gingerbread house (Registration required).

WANT TO GO? FREE with Westhampton FREE Library Card . 631-288-3335.
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Brookhaven Town Tree Lighting FREE

WHEN: Friday, Dec. 10, 6pm
WHERE: Holtsville Ecology Site, 249 Buckley Road, Holtsville, NY
AGES: All
WHAT: Hang out with costumed characters, enjoy hot chocolate and candy canes, music, and a special appearance by Santa Claus, who will arrive by helicopter to assist in the tree lighting. WANT TO GO? 631-451-5330.
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Wooden Snowmen Ornaments

WHEN: Friday, Dec. 10, 5pm
WHERE: Westhampton Free Library, 7 Library Ave., Westhampton Beach, NY
AGES: 9-17
WHAT:

Make and decorate your own cute snowmen (Registration required).

WANT TO GO? FREE with Westhampton FREE Library Card . 631-288-3335.
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Elf Jr. The Musical

WHEN: Dec. 10 - 12, Friday, 7pm; Sunday, 3pm
WHERE: Ballet Long Island, 1863 Pond Road, Ronkonkoma, NY
AGES: All
WHAT: See the heartwarming story of Buddy the Elf finding his true family and saving Christmas!  WANT TO GO? $18; $9 children and senior citizens. 631-737-1964.
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Breakfast with Santa

WHEN: Saturday, Dec. 11, 10:30am-12:00pm
WHERE: United Skates of America, 1276 Hicksville Rd, Seaford, NY
AGES: All
WHAT: Enjoy a full buffet breakfast and meet Santa and his friends, Frosty, the Gingerbread Man, The Wooden Soldier, Rudolph & Mrs. Claus! WANT TO GO? $22; $18 per child; free for children 2 and younger. 516-795-5474.
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Guided Nature Walks

WHEN: Saturday, Dec. 11, 10-11am
WHERE: Sands Point Preserve, 127 Middle Neck Road, Sands Point, NY
AGES: All
WHAT:

Explore different aspects of the preserve’s environment, encompassing its unique physical features and wildlife, as well as critical conservation issues and helpful practices to create a healthy, sustainable environment. Expert guides, environmental educator Hildur Palsdottir and Port Washington Monarch Alliance Founder David Jakim, bring a range of perspectives for each outdoor adventure. Participants must maintain social distancing and wear facemasks for everyone’s health and safety.

WANT TO GO? $15; $10 members; $5 children; free for children members. 516-571-7901.
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Festival of Games - Retro Holiday Shopping and Gaming Event

WHEN: Saturday, Dec. 11, 10am-9pm
WHERE: Cradle of Aviation Museum , Cradle of Aviation Museum, Garden City, NY
AGES: All
WHAT: Shop local small businesses for retro video games, toys, comics, and collectibles. Plus, enjoy free gameplay in the Arcade Age Exhibit featuring over 70 arcade classics. WANT TO GO? $20; $15 children 2-12 and seniors. 516-572-4111.
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Long Island Nets vs College Park Skyhawks

WHEN: Saturday, Dec. 11, 7pm
WHERE: Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum, 1255 Hempstead Turnpike, Uniondale, NY
AGES: All
WHAT: See the Long Island Nets of the NBA G League take on the College Park Skyhawks! WANT TO GO? Starting at $20. 516-231-4848.
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2021 Jingle Bell Run

WHEN: Saturday, Dec. 11, 9am
WHERE: Hofstra University, 1000 Hempstead Turnpike, Hempstead, NY
AGES: All
WHAT: Strut your stuff in your favorite holiday costume while raising money for a good cause.  WANT TO GO? $35. 908-347-6040.
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Aglow: A Holiday Experience at the Moran Studio

WHEN: Saturday, Dec. 11, 5-7pm
WHERE: Thomas & Mary Nimmo Moran Studio, 229 Main Street, East Hampton, NY
AGES: All
WHAT: Discover the origins of many of today's holiday customs, visit with Santa Claus, enjoy live Christmas music, and a make a small children's craft. WANT TO GO? $10; $5 children younger than 16. 631-324-6850.
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Gingerbread Holiday Event

WHEN: Saturday, Dec. 11, 10-11:30am, 12:30-2pm, 2:30-4pm
WHERE: Old Bethpage Restoration Village, 1303 Round Swamp Road, Old Bethpage, NY
AGES: All
WHAT:

Take in the sights and smells of the season! Throughout the historic village there will be numerous cooking and baking demonstrations, with each kitchen preparing different authentic to the time period foods and displays. From cranberry sauce to pies, and stuffing to a rotisserie turkey, you’ll get to see all the “fixin’s” of a 19th century Thanksgiving meal. Please note that these cooking and baking demonstrations are just that, demonstrations, and unfortunately the foods prepared are not available for public consumption.

WANT TO GO? $25 per gingerbread house. 631-930-9054 .
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Repair Cafe FREE

WHEN: Saturday, Dec. 11, 11am-3pm
WHERE: Patchogue-Medford Library, 54-60 East Main Street, Patchogue, NY
AGES: 9 and older
WHAT:

Bring your broken items and get them fixed with the help of expert volunteers, and learn how it is done! Volunteer repair experts will be available to help make repairs free of charge. Tools and materials will also be on hand. Bring along your broken items from home, such as toasters, lamps, hair dryers, clothes, bikes, toys, crockery, etc. If you would like to volunteer to repair items, specifically jewelry and sewn items, please email communityengagement@pmlib.org. Registration is encouraged, but not required.

WANT TO GO? 631-654-4700.
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Christmas Market

WHEN: Saturday, Dec. 11, 11am-3pm
WHERE: The Babylon Beautification Society, 244 W Main St., Babylon, NY
AGES: All
WHAT:

The Babylon Beautification Society is pleased to host a new event in the Village of Babylon. The Christmas Market will be held around the Village Gazebo and at Bayman Park. The Christmas Market will feature craft vendors selling fine gifts – just in time for the holidays! Snacks, hot cocoa, and fine baked goods will be available for sale.Make sure to have your camera ready for photos with Olaf and Santa! Plus, Dickens Carolers will be walking around singing holiday classics. 

 

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Community Healing Banner Project FREE

WHEN: Saturday, Dec. 11, 12-5pm
WHERE: Southampton Arts Center, 25 Jobs Ln. , Southampton, NY
AGES: All
WHAT: Led by Sag Harbor artist Mare Dianora, this collaborative project will address how the effects of the pandemic have impacted lives and how people are choosing to move forward. WANT TO GO? 631-283-0967.
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Princess Tea Party

WHEN: Saturday, Dec. 11, 1pm
WHERE: Ballet Long Island, 1863 Pond Road, Ronkonkoma, NY
AGES: 3-8
WHAT: Join the princesses and their friends for a tea party including cupcakes, candy canes, hot chocolate and more. Plus, take photos with the princesses and Santa! WANT TO GO? $19. 631-737-1964.
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Star Quest

WHEN: Dec. 11 - 31, Thursdays-Sundays and Dec 26-31, 11am-4pm
WHERE: The Whaling Museum and Education Center , 301 Main Street, Cold Spring Harbor, NY
AGES: 5 and older
WHAT: Hunt for star constellations around the museum with a spyglass to navigate your journey, just like mariners at sea. Solve puzzles to find your reward - a glittery star lantern you can decorate to light your way home. WANT TO GO? $10 or $5 members plus admission: $6; $5 seniors 62 and older and children 4-18; free for children 3 and younger and those with ​Active Military with ID. 631-367-3418.
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Brunch with Santa Beachside!

WHEN: Sunday, Dec. 12, 11am-1pm and 2:30-4:30pm
WHERE: Gatsby On The Ocean , 2000 Ocean Parkway, Wantagh, NY
AGES: All
WHAT:

Santa and his Elf will be meeting and greeting, taking photos with your little one(s), and giving a gift to each child! Parents, this event is for you too! Enjoy a Mimosa, Eat til your bellies are full and laugh til your heart is content!

WANT TO GO? $39.95; $19.95 per child. 516-785-0012.
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Greenland Nursery 6th Annual Community Tree Lighting FREE

WHEN: Sunday, Dec. 12, 5-7pm
WHERE: Greenland Landscape and Nursery, 292 Town Line Road , Commack, NY
AGES: All
WHAT: Be there for this special tree lighting featuring Mr. and Mrs. Claus, Christmas music, hot cocoa and more! Please bring an unrwrapped toy for children in need.  WANT TO GO? 631-368-7182.
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Breakfast With Santa 2021

WHEN: Sunday, Dec. 12, 11am-1pm
WHERE: The Royal Palm, 2143 Boundary Ave., Farmingdale, NY
AGES: All
WHAT: Celebrate the joys of the season with a festive celebration at Breakfast with Santa. WANT TO GO? $40; $22 children younger than 17; $20 additional child. 516-845-1151.
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Sunday Afternoon Concert: The Rock Underground Holiday Show FREE

WHEN: Sunday, Dec. 12, 2-3pm
WHERE: Patchogue-Medford Library, 54-60 East Main Street, Patchogue, NY
AGES: All
WHAT: Students from The Rock Underground, Patchogue's new music school, will be performing holiday tunes for your enjoyment! WANT TO GO? 631-654-4700.
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Gingerbread House Build 2021

WHEN: Sunday, Dec. 12, 12pm or 2pm
WHERE: Bailey Arboretum, 194 Bayville Road, Locust Valley, NY
AGES: All
WHAT:

Join the Bailey House for some delicious holiday fun! Families will enjoy a classic holiday storybook, followed by candy-filled gingerbread house decorating! Please note that this event is indoors. All adults and children over the age of 2 will be required to wear a mask for the entire duration of the event.

If you have any questions about the Gingerbread House Build, please call or email Caitlin Orellana at eduction@baileyarboreum.org 

WANT TO GO? $10; $7 members; free for adults. 516-801-1458.
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Gingerbread House Build 2021

WHEN: Sunday, Dec. 12, 12pm or 2pm
WHERE: Bailey Arboretum, 194 Bayville Road, Locust Valley, NY
AGES: All
WHAT:

Join the Bailey House for some delicious holiday fun! Families will enjoy a classic holiday storybook, followed by candy-filled gingerbread house decorating! Please note that this event is indoors. All adults and children over the age of 2 will be required to wear a mask for the entire duration of the event.

If you have any questions about the Gingerbread House Build, please call or email Caitlin Orellana at eduction@baileyarboreum.org 

WANT TO GO? $10; $7 members; free for adults. 516-801-1458.
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The Nutcracker Act II

WHEN: Dec. 15 - 18, Wednesday, 11am and 12:15pm; Saturday 1pm and 3pm
WHERE: Ballet Long Island, 1863 Pond Rd, Ronkonkoma, NY
AGES: All
WHAT: This 50 minute version of The Nutcracker brings you to The Land of Sweets where there is Chocolate from Spain, Tea From China, Coffee From Arabia and dancing Flowers.  WANT TO GO? $18; $9 children and senior citizens. 631-737-1964.
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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!

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Things to Do with Kids in Brooklyn this Weekend

Enjoy these fun weekend things to do with your kids in Brooklyn. Start planning your weekend now with our editorially curated list of the top things t...


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Home for the Holidays

Planting Fields Arboretum Dec. 09, 2021 - Dec. 19, 2021

Experience the magic of the holidays next to a roaring fireplace, listening to live jazz with a big mug of cocoa in a 1920’s Tudor revival, decorated to fill your heart with the holiday spirit. 



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Laser Bounce – Family Fun Center

Laser Bounce – Family Fun Center

Glendale, NY We are located at Atlas Park Mall Lower Level Regal Cinema Building NYC’s Premiere Indoor Fun Center featuring a Gigantic Arcade, Laser Tag, Virtua...

ABC Preschool

ABC Preschool

Woodside, NY At ABC Preschool, we believe all children can learn, and they do so by playing and building on the knowledge and experiences they already have. Teache...

Brooklyn Global Prep

Brooklyn Global Prep

Williamsburg, Brooklyn , We are a child-centric haven that utilizes language immersion, creating a path for happy, diverse, open-minded thinkers. We have an integrated curricu...

The École

The École

Flatiron, Manhattan, NY The École, formerly École Internationale de New York, is an intimate and independent French-American N-8 school located in New York’s vibrant Flatiron...