What To Do With Kids This Weekend On Long Island

What To Do With Kids This Weekend On Long Island

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From concerts and performances, to workshops and exhibits, plan your weekend with our round up of the best things to do with kids on Long Island this weekend, Dec. 16-17, 2017. Check out our picks for kids' activites in Nassau and Suffolk counties. Also see our guides for weekend fun in New York City and Westchester, Rockland, and Bergen counties.

Nassau Weekend Activities

Winter Owl Prowl
WHEN: Saturday, Dec. 16, 4-5pm and 5:30-6:30pm
WHERE: Old Westbury Gardens, 71 Old Westbury Road, Old Westbury
AGES: All
WHAT: A wildlife expert from Volunteers for Wildlife brings live owls for a meet and greet and later leads the outdoor search.
WANT TO GO? $14; $10 children ages 7-17; free for children younger than 7. 516-333-0048. oldwestburygardens.org.
 

Celebrate with Candles
WHEN: Saturday, Dec. 16, 2pm
WHERE: Long Island Children's Museum, 11 Davis Ave., Garden City
AGES: 3-12
WHAT: Join us for a special workshop as we roll and decorate our own beeswax candles for the holidays we celebrate.
WANT TO GO? $3 with museum admission: $13; $12 seniors; free children younger than 1. 516-224-5800. licm.org.
 

Holiday Tablescaping
WHEN: Saturday, Dec. 16, 10:30am
WHERE: Old Westbury Gardens, 71 Old Westbury Road, Old Westbury
AGES: 9 and older
WHAT: A one-hour presentation on how to create a stunning tablescape for the winter holidays.
WANT TO GO? $15. 516-333-0048. oldwestburygardens.org.
 

 'A Charlie Brown Christmas'
WHEN: Through Dec. 16: Saturdays, 11am; Sunday, 12pm
WHERE: The Showplace at the Bellmore Movies, 222 Pettit Ave., Bellmore
AGES: 3-12
WHAT: When an attempt to restore the proper holiday spirit with a forlorn little Christmas fir tree fails, Charlie Brown needs Linus’ help to learn what the real meaning of Christmas is.
WANT TO GO? $12. 516-599-6870. plazatheatrical.com.
 

Ohman's New York Dance Theatre 'The Nutcracker'
WHEN: Dec. 16-17, Saturday-Sunday, 12pm and 5pm
WHERE: Hofstra University, 102B Adams Playhouse, Hempstead
AGES: All
WHAT: Ohman's The Nutcracker brings joy to young and old alike with added music, scenes, dances, and the only one on Long Island performed in the tradition of New York City Ballet's legendary George Balanchine. Special guest stars New York City Ballet's, Daniel Ulbricht and Brittany Pollack, performing Cavalier and Sugarplum Fairy.
WANT TO GO? $42; $32 seniors and children. 631-462-0964. ohmanballet.org.
 

Eglevsky Ballet in The Nutcracker
WHEN: Dec. 16-17, Saturday, 1pm and Sunday, 4:30pm
WHERE: Tilles Center for the Performing Arts, 720 Northern Blvd., Brookville
AGES: All
WHAT: The annual holiday classic returns, featuring Tchaikovsky’s beloved score performed by the Massapequa Philharmonic, conducted by David Bernard.
WANT TO GO? $48 and up. 800-745-3000. tillescenter.org.
 

Madison Theatre Christmas Celebration
WHEN: Dec. 16-17, Saturday, 2pm and 7pm; Sunday, 3pm
WHERE: Madison Theatre at Molloy College, 1000 Hempstead Ave., Rockville Centre
AGES: All
WHAT: This Christmas spectacular will have you singing along to your favorite holiday classics featuring Broadway's own performers and designers.
WANT TO GO? $30 and up. 516-323-4444. madisontheatreny.org.
 

Cirque Musica Holiday presents 'BELIEVE'
WHEN: Sunday, Dec. 17, 7pm
WHERE: NYCB LIVE, home of the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum, 1255 Hempstead Turnpike, Uniondale
AGES: All
WHAT: Cirque Musica is a concert and visual experience where audiences’ journey into a world of high-flying adventure with amazing acrobats, aerialists, hilarious hijinks and holiday cheer, too.
WANT TO GO? $39 and up. 800-745-3000. nycblive.com.
 

Just Kickin' It
WHEN: Sunday, Dec. 17, 2-4pm
WHERE: Long Island Children's Museum, 11 Davis Ave., Garden City
AGES: 5-12
WHAT: Design your own soccer player, complete with miniature soccer ball for a game of finger soccer.
WANT TO GO? $13; $12 seniors; free children younger than 1. 516-224-5800. licm.org.
 

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

FREE Meet Santa in Person
WHEN: Through Dec. 22: Monday-Friday, 1-4pm and 5-8pm; Saturday-Sunday, 10am-1pm and 2-6pm
WHERE: Hicks Nurseries, 100 Jericho Turnpike, Westbury
AGES: All
WHAT: Meet Santa and don't forget to bring your camera.
WANT TO GO? 516-334-0066. hicksnurseries.com.
 

'Scrooge'
WHEN: Dec. 17-23, Saturday, 11am; Sunday, 12pm
WHERE: The Showplace at the Bellmore Movies, 222 Pettit Ave., Bellmore
AGES: All
WHAT: This holiday musical tradition, based on Charles Dickens’ classic novel, comes to life on the stage. Follow miserly Ebenezer Scrooge as he learns the true spirit of the holidays.
WANT TO GO? $12. 516-599-6870. plazatheatrical.com.
 

FREE Santa at Roosevelt Field
WHEN: Through Dec. 23: daily, 10am-9:30pm
WHERE: Roosevelt Field Mall, 63 Old Country Road, Garden City
AGES: 3-12
WHAT: Children can stop by to whisper their wish list, then have their magical moment with Santa captured forever with keepsake photos.
WANT TO GO? 516-742-8001. simon.com.
 

Gettin’ Jegi With It!
WHEN: Through Dec. 29: Saturday and Friday, 2-4pm
WHERE: Long Island Children's Museum, 11 Davis Ave., Garden City
AGES: 5-12
WHAT: Jegichagi (Korean hacky sack) is a traditional outdoor game in which players kick a weighted paper sack (jegi) into the air and try to keep it aloft using their feet. Create your own jegi and practice your skills at playing this fun game.
WANT TO GO? $13; $12 seniors; free children younger than 1. 516-224-5800. licm.org.
 

'A Christmas Carol'
WHEN: Through Dec. 30: Friday-Sunday, see website for times
WHERE: Theatre Three, 412 Main St., Port Jefferson
AGES: 5 and older
WHAT: Celebrate the season with Long Island's own holiday tradition. 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 children ages 13-17; $20 children ages 5-12. 631-928-9100. theatrethree.com.
 

Christmas at Westbury House
WHEN: Through Dec. 30: Friday-Sunday, 10am-5pm
WHERE: Old Westbury Gardens, 71 Old Westbury Road, Old Westbury
AGES: All
WHAT: Make a visit to Westbury House part of your holiday tradition. With decorated period rooms, Santa, cookies, and cider, this holiday celebration is a must for the entire family.
WANT TO GO? $12; $10 seniors; $7 children ages 7-17; free for children younger than 7. 516-333-0048. oldwestburygardens.org.
 

'Frosty the Snowman'
WHEN: Through Dec. 30: Saturdays, 2pm; Sundays, 11:30am
WHERE: BroadHollow at Elmont, 700 Hempstead Turnpike, Elmont
AGES: All
WHAT: Frosty and his friend, Jenny, must save the town of Chillsville from Ethel Pierpot’s evil plan to melt all the snow.
WANT TO GO? $13. 631-581-2700. broadhollow.org.
 

Magic Of Lights
WHEN: Through Dec. 31: 5-10pm
WHERE: Jones Beach State Park, 1 Ocean Parkway, Wantagh
AGES: All
WHAT: Jones Beach will shine bright as guests weave through the spectacular 2½-mile drive through holiday lights display. Digital animations, including the 12 Days of Christmas, Winter Wonderland, and The Night Before Christmas, will have families amazed at the spectacular display.
WANT TO GO? $20-$30. 516-221-1000. magicoflights.com/jonesbeach.
 

FREE Trinkets, Treasures, and Trade: Exhibition Opening
WHEN: Through Dec. 31: Wednesday-Saturday, 10am-4pm; Sundays, 12-4pm
WHERE: Rock Hall Museum, 199 Broadway, Lawrence
AGES: All
WHAT: This exhibit comprises an array of 17th Century 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.
 

FREE Crafts For Kids
WHEN: Through Dec. 31: Saturday-Sunday, 11am-3pm
WHERE: Lakeshore Learning Store, 2079 Hillside Ave., New Hyde Park
AGES: 3-8
WHAT: Kids will have a ball making exciting crafts that they can use or display. Every craft is educational and fun.
WANT TO GO? 516-616-9360. lakeshorelearning.com.
 

Heart & Seoul: Growing Up in Korea
WHEN: Through Jan. 7, 2018: Tuesday-Sunday, 10am-5pm
WHERE: Long Island Children's Museum, 11 Davis Ave., Garden City
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.
 

FREE Holiday Poinsettia Display
WHEN: Through Jan. 8, 2018: 10am-4pm
WHERE: Planting Fields Arboretum, 1395 Planting Fields Road, Oyster Bay
AGES: All
WHAT: The Main Greenhouse will have a holiday poinsettia and cyclamen display to ring in the festive season. Be sure to take photographs of this magnificent arrangement.
WANT TO GO? 516-922-8688. plantingfields.org.

  RELATED: Our Guide to Raising Kids in Nassau County 

Suffolk Weekend Activities

'Wizard of Oz'
WHEN: Saturday, Dec. 16, 11am
WHERE: Cinema Arts Centre, 423 Park Ave., Huntington
AGES: 5 and older
WHAT: Follow the yellow brick road to enjoy the classic masterpiece, The Wizard of Oz.
WANT TO GO? $12; $5 children. 631-423-7611. cinemaartscentre.org.
 

'Northport Nutcracker Ballet'
WHEN: Dec. 16-17, Saturday, 4pm; Sunday 2pm
WHERE: Northport Middle School, 11 Middleville Road, Northport
AGES: All
WHAT: Northport Nutcracker takes place on Main Street in Northport Village during 1893. Music includes Tchaikovsky's The Waltz of The Flowers and Dance of the Snowflakes.
WANT TO GO? $25. 435-222-2849. tututix.com/poseyschool.
 

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

Chanukah Wonderland
WHEN: Sunday, Dec. 17, 9:30-11:30am
WHERE: The Chai Center, 501 Vanderbilt Pkwy., Dix Hills
AGES: All
WHAT: Celebrate with arts and crafts, games and activities such as decorating donuts, finding Judah the Maccabee, and making olive oil much the same way it was done during the time of the Hanukkah story.
WANT TO GO? $10. 631-351-8672. thechaicenter.com.
 

FREE Kwanzaa Celebration
WHEN: Sunday, Dec. 17, 1-3:30pm
WHERE: Brentwood Public Library, 34 Second Ave., Brentwood
AGES: 5 and older
WHAT: Norman Daniels, coordinator of Multicultural Affairs at Suffolk Community College, presents songs, music, poetry, and dancing that people enjoy on this cultural holiday.
WANT TO GO? 631-273-7883. brentwoodnylibrary.org.
 

The Royal Opera performs 'The Nutcracker'
WHEN: Sunday, Dec. 17, 12pm
WHERE: Cinema Arts Centre, 423 Park Ave., Huntington
AGES: 5 and older
WHAT: A young girl’s enchanted present leads her on a wonderful Christmas adventure in this beautiful classical ballet, danced to Tchaikovsky’s magnificent score.
WANT TO GO? $11. 631-423-7611. cinemaartscentre.org.
 

Holiday Light Spectacular
WHEN: Through Dec. 17: Friday-Saturday, 5-9pm; Sundays, 5-8pm
WHERE: Holtsville Ecology Site, 249 Buckley Road, Holtsville
AGES: All
WHAT: Come and enjoy festive lighted displays for the holidays during this indoor, walk-through light show. All proceeds benefit the Brookhaven Wildlife Center, Inc. and the animals residing at the Holtsville Ecology Site. Additional fee for photos with Santa.
WANT TO GO? $5; free for children younger than 4. 631-758-9664. brookhavenny.gov.
 

Seiskaya Ballet's 'Nutcracker'
WHEN: Dec. 15-18, Friday, 7pm; Saturday, 2pm and 7pm; Sunday, 1pm and 6pm; Monday, 7pm
WHERE: Staller Center, 100 Nicolls Road, Stonybrook
AGES: All
WHAT: The cast will be led by guest artist Nick Coppula, formerly with the Pittsburgh Ballet, plus Seiskaya's award winning principal dancers Jenna Lee, Diana Atoian, and Brianna Jimenez.
WANT TO GO? $40; $34 children . 631-584-0192. nutcrackerballet.com.
 

'Mrs. Claus Saves the Day!'
WHEN: Through Dec. 23: Saturdays, 2pm; Sundays, 11:30am
WHERE: BroadHollow Theatre, 265 E. Main St., East Islip
AGES: All
WHAT: Mrs. Claus has her hands full helping a youthful reindeer who possesses an unusual luminous red nose.
WANT TO GO? $13. 631-581-2700. broadhollow.org.
 

Live Performance: 'A Charlie Brown Christmas'
WHEN: Through Dec. 23: Friday-Saturday, 7pm; Sundays, 3pm
WHERE: SoLuna Studio, 659 Old Willets Path, Happauge
AGES:
WHAT: Charlie, Lucy, Sally, Linus, and all of their friends come to life in this holiday classic.
WANT TO GO? $15; $10 for children younger than 10. 631-761-6602. solunastudiony.com.
 

'Barnaby Saves Christmas'
WHEN: Through Dec. 29: Saturdays, 11am
WHERE: Theatre Three, 412 Main St., Port Jefferson
AGES: 3-8
WHAT: Barnaby and his reindeer friend Franklynne set off on their journey to save Christmas.
WANT TO GO? $10. 631-928-9100. theatrethree.com.
 

14th Annual Holiday Light Show
WHEN: Through Dec. 30: 5pm
WHERE: Smith Point Park, 1 William Floyd Pkwy., Shirley
AGES: All
WHAT: The Girl Scouts of Suffolk County and Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone present the annual drive-thru light show that promises lots of dazzling light displays. Proceeds support services for children.
WANT TO GO? $20 per car. 631-543-6622. holidaylightshow.org.
 

'Annie, Jr.'
WHEN: Through Dec. 30: Saturdays, 2pm
WHERE: Studio Theatre Long Island, 141 S. Wellwood Ave., Lindenhurst
AGES: 3-12
WHAT: Musical theatre performance of Annie that lasts approximately one hour.
WANT TO GO? $12. 631-226-8400. studiotheatreli.com.
 

Hunting the Whale: The Rise and Fall of a Southampton Industry
WHEN: Through Dec. 30: Wednesday-Saturday, 11am-4pm
WHERE: South Hampton Historical Museum, Rogers Mansion, 17 Meeting House Lane, Southampton
AGES: All
WHAT: Whaling tools, maps, illustrations, archival images, and text will be displayed with an eye toward making the exhibit accessible to audiences of varied interests and all ages.
WANT TO GO? $4. 631-283-2494. southamptonhistoricalmuseum.org.

'Frosty'
WHEN: Through Dec. 31: Saturdays, 11am; Sundays, 10:30am
WHERE: John W. Engeman Theater at Northport, 250 Main St., Northport
AGES: 3-12
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? $15. 631-261-2900. engemantheater.com.
 

FREE View the Lights
WHEN: Through Jan. 6: daily, dusk
WHERE: Montauk Lighthouse, 2000 Montauk Highway, Montauk
AGES: All
WHAT: Come view the lights at night at the lighthouse.
WANT TO GO? 631-668-5000. nysparks.com.
 

'Oliver'
WHEN: Through Jan. 21, 2018: Thursday-Sunday, see website for times
WHERE: Smithtown Center for the Performing Arts, 2 E. Main St., Smithtown
AGES: 5 and older
WHAT: Enjoy the award-winning musical based on Charles Dickens’ novel Oliver Twist.
WANT TO GO? $25; $15 for children younger than 12. 631-724-3700. smithtownpac.org.
 

From Frankenthaler to Warhol: Art of the '60s and '70s
WHEN: Through March 11, 2018: Wednesday-Friday, 10am-5pm; Saturday-Sunday, 11am-5pm
WHERE: Heckscher Museum of Art, 2 Prime Ave., Huntington
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.
WANT TO GO? $8; free for children younger than 10. 631-351-3250. heckscher.org.
 

Meditation for Kids
WHEN: Through July 30, 2018: Sundays, 11:30am-1pm
WHERE: Kadampa Meditation Center Long Island, 282 New York Ave., Huntington
AGES: 5-12
WHAT: Classes are presented in a lively, creative, and interactive way.
WANT TO GO? $3. 631-549-1000. meditationonlongisland.org.

RELATED: Our Guide to Raising Kids in Suffolk County   Subscribe to our newsletter to find more events in your area



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