Today's Family & Kids Activities in Long Island-May 5

Daily activities for kids and the family are abound in Long Island! Whether you want to spend the day with your children at a zoo, a museum, or just outdoors, we've got it all here. Want to see what's going on next weekend or when you have those few days off? Check out the NY Metro Parents' calendar!

Exclusive Book Signing with Carole P. Roman - Kush Kush Toys
May 05, 2013 - Woodbury

I will be at Kush Kush Toys - 7959 Jericho Turnpike, Woodbury NY 11797 - Sunday May 5th - 2PM to 5PM for an exclusive book signing. For every book you purchase, your child will receive a complimentary gift.

Join the Long Island Game Farm for Cinco de Mayo! - The Long Island Game Farm
May 05, 2013 - Manorville

Make your own fiesta-themed animal masks starting then create your own mini-piñatas.

ALICE IN WONDERLAND - John W. Engeman Theater
May 05, 2013 - Northport

Mixing in a dash of popular culture to the original Lewis Carroll story brings this frolicking journey of a young girl who falls down a rabbit hole to a whole new level. Join Alice and all her friends as you become part of the story.

The Butler Did It, Again! - Trinity Episcopal Church
May 05, 2013 - Northport Village

Classic mysteries are spoofed in this comedy about a society dowager who invites a group of detective writers to a gothic Southern Mansion where she plans to introduce her latest find--horror author, Ruth Dice. When the other authors realize that they are being supplanted by Ruth in Miss Maple's publishing company, they will do anything to stay in her favor even if that means solving a murder or committing one themselves.

ACROBATS OF CIRQUE-TACULAR - Staller Center - Stony Brook University
May 05, 2013 - Stony Brook

Aerialists, acrobats, contortionists, jugglers, illusionists and world record holders perform amazing feats in this family-friendly production.

Celebrate Queens Farm - Queens County Farm Museum
May 05, 2013 - Floral Park

Find out what springtime really means at this celebration of things Queens Farm. Watch sheep shearing and spinning demos, learn about the Community Compost Project, enjoy in-depth tours led by farmers, and pick up vegetable seedlings and flowers at the Spring Plant Sale. And be sure to visit the historic Adriance Farmhouse, open exclusively for this event with special treats for all! There will be live music, hayrides, and some of the city's best Food Trucks on the farm all day.

Hair - Tilles Center for the Performing Arts
May 05, 2013 - Brookville

The Public Theater's new Tony-winning production of Hair is an electric celebration on stage. This exuberant musical about a group of young Americans searching for peace and love in a turbulent time has struck a resonant chord with audiences young and old. Hair features an extraordinary cast and unforgettable songs, including Aquarius, Let the Sun Shine In, Good Morning, Starshine and Easy to Be Hard. Its relevance is undeniable. Its energy is unbridled. Its truth is unwavering. It's Hair, and it's time.

Mike Tyson: The Undisputed Truth - NYCB Theatre at Westbury
May 05, 2013 - Westbury

"Undisputed Truth" tells the story of Tyson's early life, boxing career, struggle with crime and finally his recovery. With an unparalleled charisma and a surprisingly profound knack for storytelling, Tyson brilliantly shares his memories of life in the fast lane with a comedic touch.

Kids Capoiera - Family Fitness Unlimited
May 05, 2013 - West Hempstead

This is a beginners class. Capoeira is a Brazilian martial art, accompanied by rhythm and song. Capoiera was developed by African slaves in Brazil to increase their chances for liberty and independence. It�s an art of self defense hidden in dance and music. Capoeira has harmony of forces that gives you strength, flexibility, endurance, and self-discovery. Capoeira balances the body, soul, and mind. The art keeps its strong traditions and enables you to break through limits, revitalizing you for everyday life. Capoeira builds your self-confidence, and the challenge is within anyone's reach regardless of age, race, gender or athletic experience. The energy for the game, the rhythm and speed are determined by music and songs.

Long Island Flute Club Spring Recital - Old Westbury Gardens
May 05, 2013 - Old Westbury

Come out for the annual spring recital of the Long Island Flute Club. The acclaimed LIFC concert series has become an integral part of the Long Island arts scene, attracting an audience of flutists and the general public.

Discovering Insects at Sands Point Preserve - Sands Point Preserve
May 05, 2013 - Sands Point

Wearing skeletons on the outside is one of the ways small, six-legged critters stay safe. Just when we think we have figured out ‘Who’s Who’ in the insect world, molting and metamorphosis change everything. Live and preserved insects and some of their relatives will be front and center in this interactive program.

May 05, 2013 - Wantagh

THE SHAVUOT EXPERIENCE a community celebration to commemorate receiving the Ten Commandments is appropriate for all ages. It will include a song session with Cantor Steve Sher, a discussion with Rabbi Marci Bellows, crafts, snacks and more. Advance reservations requested. Please call for more information.

Good Bug/Bad Bug - Long Island Children's Museum
May 05, 2013 - Garden City

Follow your seasoned entomologist, Bernard F. Wendell Jr. from Arrow Exterminating, Inc. as he leads you on an entertaining and educational expedition through the world of bugs. Find out what makes a bug good or bad, helpful or dangerous. Explore the fascinating world of various insects including Subterranean Termites, Carpenter Ants, Black Widow Spiders and more. Tickets are limited and can be obtained at the LICM Box Office on a first come, first serve basis.

Bug Bonanza! - Long Island Children's Museum
May 05, 2013 - Garden City

Join in for a Bug Bonanza at LICM. Discover the amazing lives and natural history of insects, spiders and other creepy crawly creatures. Learn about bug anatomy and fascinating insects that help make up three-quarters of all animals on Earth. Create fun insect crafts, participate in activity challenges and even enjoy a tasty treat made with edible insects.

Attack of the Bloodsuckers! - Long Island Children's Museum
May 05, 2013 - Garden City

Explore the science of what's eating you in this skin-crawling exhibition. Examine the what, why, when and how of mosquitoes, fleas, ticks, leeches and other parasites known as sanguinivores (creatures that eat blood). Learn why bloodsuckers are important to the ecosystem and how to keep them out of your system. Attack of the Bloodsuckers! offer visitors the chance to look a real leech in the mouth; pull off your socks and test your bug-appealing foot odor; receive a big hug from a giant, inflating tick; get itchy and knotty with the life-size game of "Twitcher" - a buggy variation on the game Twister. This exhibition runs through May 5, 2013.

Admissions Open House - Vincent Smith School
May 05, 2013 - Port Washington

Success begings at Long Island's premier school that addresses the needs of reluctant learners and students with learning disabilities such as ADD, ADHD, Asperger Syndrome, Expressive and Receptive Language issues. Parents can meet the Head of School, administrators, teachers, students, and also tour the campus and learn more about the program.

Mitzvah Day - Temple Sinai of Roslyn
May 05, 2013 - Roslyn Heights

Lend a hand on Mitzvah Day. Mitzvah Day brings the entire congregation together to volunteer in the community and participate in the task of repairing the world. Choose from projects such as Sandy Relief work, the Race for Remembrance, cemetery clean up, blood drive, among others. Call for information.

I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change - Broadhollow Theater at Elmont
May 05, 2013 - Elmont

The laugh-inducing, award-winning musical comedy about love in the suburbs is a touching and insightful look at love. This amusing revue pays tribute to the complexities and absurdities of awkward, intimate moments such as bad first dates, meeting the parents and family trips.

X Marks the Spot! - Caleb Smith State Park Preserve
May 05, 2013 - Smithtown

Hunt for long-lost treasure by deciphering word puzzles, encrypted clues, and following compass coordinates. (Recommended for ages 7 and up). Call for reservations.

2nd Annual Port Jefferson Boater's Maritime Festival - Port Jefferson Chamber of Commerce
Through May 05, 2013 - Port Jefferson

The entire village is the setting for this family-friendly celebration of the harbor and its maritime heritaage. There will be a boat show, live demonstrations, water activities, boat building, touch tank, sailing instruction, food, music and pirates.

Sleeping Beauty - Take One Performing Arts, LLC
May 05, 2013 - Ronkonkoma

Princess Aurora pricks her finger and she and the entire kingdom sleep for a hundred years until a handsome prince saves the day. Call for reservations 631-569-2148 or email

Town of Huntington 13th Annual Tulip Festival--Explore the Museum - Heckscher Museum of Art
May 05, 2013 - Huntington

During this annual collaboration with the Town of Huntington, docents will be in the galleries leading tours of current exhibits throughout the day.

Town of Huntington 13th Annual Tulip Festival--Live Model Figure Drawing & Children's Art Activity - Heckscher Museum of Art
May 05, 2013 - Huntington

In celebration of the Tulip Festival, live models and a children's art activity will be available on the Museum terrace. Children are invited to design their own "Art Car" and artists of all ages can practice their figure drawing skills, sketching in response to a series of poses. Use the museum's drawing supplies or bring your own. In inclement weather, activities will be located in the galleries. Charcoal is not permitted in the Museum, but all other drawing supplies will be available.

Acrobats of Cirque-tacular - Staller Center - Stony Brook University
May 05, 2013 - Stony Brook

Acrobats, jugglers and illusionists create an exciting show under the circus tent.

High School Musical 2 - Dix Hills Performing Arts Center
Through May 05, 2013 - Dix Hills

The season kicks off with the award-winning Five Towns College Theater Division presenting The Disney Channel's sequel to the blockbuster movie that led to some of the most popular shows of the same genre like Glee, American Idol and many others.

CINCO DE MAYO Celebration - Garden of Eve Farm
May 05, 2013 - Riverhead

Come on down for some tacos, tamales, virgin fruit daquiris and real Mexican music.

Sheep to Shawl Festival - Kissam House Museum
May 05, 2013 - Huntington

Sheep will be sheared, llamas and other fantastic animals will be there to enjoy and the Kissam House property will be alive with the spring. Enjoy traditional demonstrations such as weaving, spinning, rug hooking, and quilting. A face painter will be there with all the designs that everyone loves. Childrens old-fashioned games and crafts abound while the Long Island Traditional Music Association provides toe tapping music all day long.

Jr. Marine Biologist - Sport Fishing Education Center
Through May 18, 2013 - Babylon

Come for an adventure as you and your child learn about the marine environment. Program includes hands-on time with marine animals, beach activities and crafts. Call to register or e-mail

Butterflies - Long Island Children's Museum
Through May 31, 2013 - Garden City

Come to the Inner Lobby and design your own beautiful butterfly with assorted materials to ?flutter? through your garden. This program runs through May 31.

Community Gallery - Long Island Children's Museum
Through May 31, 2013 - Garden City

Stop by the Community Gallery and view the mixed media artwork created by students from Columbus Avenue School in Freeport. This exhibit runs through May 31.

Math & Science Homework Help - Long Island Science Center
Through June 01, 2013 - Riverhead

Students in grades 1-8 may be dropped off on Saturdays to receive help with homework. No pre-registration required.

Huntington Arts Council Exhibit: Living Color Art - Art-Trium,
Through June 17, 2013 - Melville

This exhibit features the work of four artists. Each artist selected focuses on the unique and varied ways that color lives in our lives.

After School Arts - Theresa Academy of Performing Arts
Through June 19, 2013 - Lido Beach

Theresa Academy of Performing Arts for Students with Special Needs offers dance, drama, music, drumming, fine art, yoga, and drama classes for students with special needs and their siblings. Classes meet weekly after school and on weekends.

We Hold These Truths-The Great Art Caper - Hofstra University Museum - Emily Lowe Gallery
Through July 26, 2013 - Hempstead

Pick up Great Art Caper materials while in the Emily Lowe Gallery to enjoy self-guided super-sleuthing. Search for hidden clues in the works in the exhibit We Hold These Truths and use the clues to complete a message. Please check the museum's website for summer hours. This program runs through July 26.

Israel at 65 - Jewish Discovery Museum @ SYJCC
Through August 31, 2013 - Commack

This hands-on exhibit allows families to learn about Jewish life, history, values, traditions and heroes, as well as Israel and the Hebrew language. The interactive displays are designed to transform visitors into participants, offering adults and children a unique opportunity to discover the wonders of Jewish heritage. Through August 31, 2013.

Autism Spectrum Parent Support Group - Family and Children's Association
Through September 01, 2013 - Mineola

Family Center’s Spectrum Support Group offers caregivers mutual support by providing opportunities to meet with others also raising children who are dually diagnosed. To be eligible the child must have a primary Mental Health diagnosis and a secondary Spectrum diagnosis. Groups are facilitated by Parent Advocates, each having their own unique experience raising a child under the Spectrum. While caregivers attend group, respite can be provided to children ages 5-17. To receive respite, an intake is required. This ensures staff is familiar with the child, making caregiver’s participation more relaxing. Meetings are held the first and third Monday of each month, except holidays. RSVP Miriam at 516-485-5914 xtn 2223 no later than seven days prior to the meeting date.

Friendship Bracelet and Lanyard Making Class - The Lanyard Ladies
Through October 03, 2013 - East Rockaway

Looking for a fun after-school or weekend activity? Does your child want to learn how to make friendship and lanyard bracelets? Kids can make as many bracelets as they want. Each child will also receive a special gift. 15% sibling discount. Please call to reserve your space. You can also book a private play-date(10 or more children needed). Call for more information.

Atlantis Explorer Tour Boat - Long Island Aquarium & Exhibition Center
Through October 31, 2013 - Riverhead

Add extra aquatic adventure to your visit with an interactive cruise aboard the Atlantis Explorer Tour Boat. Over the course of your trip, you and your family participate in hands-on exploration, including trap pulls, horseshoe crab encounters, and a stroll along a remote beach.

Behind-the-Scenes Tours - Long Island Aquarium & Exhibition Center
Through December 31, 2013 - Riverhead

Go behind the scenes at the aquarium and see firsthand all that's involved in creating a home for the aquatic residents, including helping to feed the clownfish.

Sculpture Mystery: The Great Art Caper - Hofstra University Museum
Through January 01, 2014 - Hempstead

Uncover clues to help solve a mystery in the outdoor sculpture collection. Pick up your caper kit at Emily Lowe Gallery, have fun while discovering more about these works, and at the end of the caper return to Emily Lowe Gallery for a prize. For everyone ages 4-9 and their grown-up companions all year-round. The program runs through January 1, 2014.

Sculpture Exploration Backpack - Hofstra University Museum
Through January 01, 2014 - Hempstead

Kids and their grown up companions can stop in at the Hofstra University Museum's Emily Lowe Gallery, and pick up a backpack. At the end of your tour, return the backpack and each child will receive a small gift from the Museum. The program runs through January 1, 2014.

Outdoor Sculpture Biennial - Adelphi University
Through May 31, 2014 - Garden City

See the work of 10 skilled sculptors located throughout the scenic 75-acre arboretum on the Garden City campus. This outdoor installation showcases the talents of Miggy Buck (NY), John Clement (NY), Maria Hall (NY), Ed Haugevik (NY), William King (NY), Anti Liu (NY), Johnny Poux (NY), Kim Radochia (MA), Christopher Saucedo (NY), and Hans Van de Bovenkamp (NY). Works of art encompass use of various materials-steel, bronze, aluminum, concrete and reflective mirrors. These man-made creations are transposed into poetic visual narrations. The exhibition runs through May 31, 2014.

Penguin Encounter - Long Island Aquarium & Exhibition Center
Through December 31, 2015 - Riverhead

Imagine a close-up meeting with an African penguin – a 45-minute interactive experience where children ages 5 and up and adults go behind the scenes and learn how animal experts care for these playful birds. You'll see the inner workings of the Penguin Pavilion exhibit,learn how staff cares for the exhibit's residents and enter the Penguin Preschool to meet the penguins. Reserve your spot at