Hope that everyone stayed warm with our crazy deep freeze. I’m dreaming of summer already…
Hello Friday, I’ve missed you. I think that Friday is my most favorite day of the week, because I know that I have two full days of weekend ahead of me. Is that crazy?
The kids are all off from school on Monday, giving us a big 3 day weekend! I was surprised (and thrilled) to find out that my office is actually closed on Monday as well. Nothing like a surprise day off to really make you happy about the weekend.
As always, we’ve put together a great listing of some really fun things to do on Long Island with the kids this weekend (including Monday!). Don’t forget that as a subscriber, you’ll get a reminder newsletter each Friday morning with links to all of our best posts of the week (including this one!). Visit the colored bar at the top of the page and sign up!
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Things to do on Long Island – January 17/18, 2015
Some events require advance reservations and/or ticketing, so make sure to plan ahead!
- Free crafts for kids at Lakeshore Learning Center (New Hyde Park)
- Drop in to Michael’s and let the kids enjoy 30 minutes of craft time in the Kids Club. (Locations across Long Island)
- Looking to escape the freezing weather? Let’s spend some time in Egypt at the Long Island Science Center and learn about this ancient civilization. (Riverhead)
Be a shipbuilder! Adults and children can drop in to the Cold Spring Harbor Whaling Museum any time between 1pm and 4pm on Saturday and build a watercraft model out of wood. All materials are provided and you are free to imagine, design, and create! (Cold Spring Harbor)
- Kids can participate in FIT 4 Long Island‘s free cooking workshops this weekend that will promote a kid friendly approach to hands on cooking, tasting and team building activities at UFC Huntington (Friday night at 7pm, Saturday at 1pm) or Real Deal Fitness Gym (Sunday at noon). Advanced registration is required. (Huntington, East Setauket)
Through January 22, enjoy GingerBread Lane at the New York Science Center. The entire GingerBread Lane is made of edible ingredients – gingerbread, royal icing and candy. Look at chef John Lovitch’s gingerbread creations that he drafted, designed, baked, planned, built and decorated over the course of a year. Last year’s exhibit was the largest gingerbread village in the world, recognized by the 2014 Guiness World Records. (Corona, Queens)
- Family Fun Night at the Long Island Children’s Museum will be a ton of fun, including a family friendly dinner, exploration of museum exhibits, music entertainment, face painting, balloon artists and so much more. This is a special after-hours VIP event for families of all ages. Buy tickets in advance if you are looking to attend. (Garden City)
- Come to the Cradle of Aviation Museum and construct a balsa wood model airplane, and then fly it in the Flying Model Competition (for 3rd, 4th and 5th graders)! (Garden City)
- Children ages 6 and up and their families can explore and discover the beauty of the world’s cultures using activity-filled Global Explorer Backpacks that enhance experiences with authentic objects from the Hofstra University Museum’s collections. While exploring specific works found on campus, children create their own keepsake artworks inspired by the art they discover. (Hempstead)
- As part of their Cinema for Kids program, the Cinema Arts Centre will be showing Watership Down, the classic film adaptation of Richard Adams’ beloved novel about a group of rabbits who venture out in search of sanctuary and a new life free of feat and tyrannical leaders when their habitat is threatened by human development. (Huntington)
- Come and enjoy free crafts, entertainment, goodie bags, activities and more at Broadway Mall‘s Family Fun Day! (Hicksville)
- School special Open Jumps are happening all weekend (including Monday!) at Pump it Up. (Plainview and Great Neck)
Things to do on Long Island – MLK Day – January 19, 2015
Celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day at the Cold Spring Harbor Whaling Museum by learning about the contributions African Americans made aboard whaleships as boatsteerers, captains, cooks, blacksmiths, and seamen. Touch a harpoon designed by Lewis Temple, an African-American inventor, and create your own “I Have a Dream” catcher to take home! Grades 1 – 6. (Cold Spring Harbor)
- Frozen Ropes is holding a few MLK Day events. Kids between ages 5 and 12 can enjoy a half or full day of camp, while 7 through 12 year olds can participate in hitting, defense or baseball pitching clinics. (Syosset)
- Explore the remarkable life of MLK Jr., and get inspired by his vision of peace and change and create your own mosaic masterpiece of the Long Island Children’s Museum. (Garden City)
Children’s Theater on Long Island – January 17/18/19, 2015
There are so many shows at local theaters going on this weekend, it needed its own list:
- Showplace at the Bellmore Movies presents Peter Pan – performances on Saturday & Monday
- Smithtown Center for the Performing Arts presents The Wizard of Oz – performances Saturday, Sunday & Monday
- Bayway Arts Center (Bay Shore) presents The Little Mermaid (Saturday) and Aladdin (Monday)
- Broadhollow at Elmont (Elmont) presents Aladdin – performances Saturday & Sunday
- Merrick Theater & Center for the Arts (Merrick) presents High School Musical – performance Saturday
- Goat on a Boat Puppet Theater (Sag Harbor) presents Gustafer Yellowgold – 2 performances Saturday
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