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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

Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony FREE

WHEN: Friday, Dec. 9, 6-8pm
WHERE: Planting Fields Arboretum, 1395 Planting Fields Road, Oyster Bay, NY
AGES: All
WHAT:

The Planting Fields Arboretum State Historic Park will be celebrating its annual Holiday Tree Lighting this year with carolers singing on the south side of the Camelia Greenhouse followed by Santa Claus' arrival to light the holiday tree. Patrons can view the first floor of Coe Hall's exquisite interior and enjoy the view of the spectacular poinsettia display in the main greenhouse and meet Santa in the Hay Barn or enjoy refreshments in the café.

WANT TO GO? 516-922-8678.
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The Riverhead Holiday Bonfire and Parade FREE

WHEN: Saturday, Dec. 10, 3pm, Parade; 4-6pm, Bonfire and Santa House
WHERE: Downtown Riverhead, Main Street, Riverhead, NY
AGES: All
WHAT:

Frosty temps are no match for Downtown Riverhead’s Annual Holiday Parade + Bonfire. No matter what holidays you celebrate, all are welcome! Watch the Riverhead Lions Club 70th Annual Holiday Parade kickoff at Osborn Avenue and West Main Street, march east along Main Street and looping south to the Peconic Riverfront, where the Riverhead BID’s 22nd Annual bonfire awaits. Enjoy free hot chocolate and a community campfire that crackles, pops and lights the winter sky. Santa awaits in the town’s Gingerbread House, stop by to hand him your wish list and snap a photo with the jolly fella! BYOT (bring your own thermos), complimentary hot cocoa and goods accompany smiles and cheer at our downtown holiday celebration.

Rain Date: Saturday, December 17

WANT TO GO? 631-440-1350.
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Festival of Games: A Holiday Shopping & Gaming Event

WHEN: Saturday, Dec. 10, 10am-7pm
WHERE: Cradle of Aviation Museum, Charles Lindbergh Blvd. , Garden City, NY
AGES: All
WHAT:

Cradle-Con and Long Island Retro Gaming Expo are proud to present the 2nd annual Festival of Games – a holiday-themed extravaganza of shopping and gaming experiences in support of the Cradle of Aviation Museum’s Preservation and Education Programs. Shop a variety of local small businesses for retro video games, toys, comics, and collectibles and enjoy a slew of unique retro gaming experiences. Admission includes free unlimited gameplay in the Arcade Age Exhibit featuring over 70 arcade classics plus dozens of retro gaming console setups with competitive tournaments and holiday-themed games.

WANT TO GO? $20 ($25 at the door); $15 kids ages 2-12 ($20 at the door) . 516-572-4111.
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Brunch with Santa at Desmond's

WHEN: Dec. 11 - 18, Sundays, 10am-3pm
WHERE: East Wind Long Island, 5720 Route 25A, Wading River, NY
AGES: All
WHAT: Bring the kids and meet the jolly old elf himself. Visit with Santa while enjoying a hearty and delightful brunch. WANT TO GO? $49.95 ; $34.95 ages 3-10 + Tax & Gratuity for all diners . 631-929-6585.
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Even More Weekend Fun

Tails of Southampton

WHEN: May. 4 - Dec. 31, Wednesdays-Saturdays, 11am-4pm
WHERE: Southampton History Museum, 17 Meeting House Lane, Southampton, NY
AGES: All
WHAT:

The Southampton History Museum opens the 2022 season with a new exhibit that combines historic photographs of people with their pets from its historic collection along with digital images of caretakers and their animal companions. Also, pet inspired artwork by three professional Southampton artists will be shown. People living in Southampton began taking photographs of their animal companions in the 1870s and continue to do so today. Animal themed artwork and furnishings were either hand-made or manufactured for 150 years - objects in the exhibit are either donated or on loan to the Museum by local residents. A wide variety of pet themed toys, dishes, banks, pillows and doorstops from the Museum’s collection can be seen along with recent submissions of recently taken digital photographs.

Photo: Rose de Rose with pets c. 1910 Southampton History Museum Collections

WANT TO GO? $10; free for members and children 17 and younger. 631-283-2494.
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Tails of Southampton

WHEN: May. 4 - Dec. 31, Wednesdays-Saturdays, 11am-4pm
WHERE: Southampton History Museum, 17 Meeting House Lane, Southampton, NY
AGES: All
WHAT:

The Southampton History Museum opens the 2022 season with a new exhibit that combines historic photographs of people with their pets from its historic collection along with digital images of caretakers and their animal companions. Also, pet inspired artwork by three professional Southampton artists will be shown. People living in Southampton began taking photographs of their animal companions in the 1870s and continue to do so today. Animal themed artwork and furnishings were either hand-made or manufactured for 150 years - objects in the exhibit are either donated or on loan to the Museum by local residents. A wide variety of pet themed toys, dishes, banks, pillows and doorstops from the Museum’s collection can be seen along with recent submissions of recently taken digital photographs.

Photo: Rose de Rose with pets c. 1910 Southampton History Museum Collections

WANT TO GO? $10; free for members and children 17 and younger. 631-283-2494.
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Winter Lantern Festival's Drive Thru Adventure

WHEN: Nov. 3 - Jan. 15, Thursdays-Sundays, 5-9pm
WHERE: Nassau County Museum of Art, 1 Museum Drive, Roslyn Harbor, NY
AGES: All
WHAT: This immersive drive-thru experience brings you an unforgettable display of lights, with lit tunnels and handmade Chinese lanterns inspired by space!  WANT TO GO? $55 per car.
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Suffolk Winter Lantern Festival

WHEN: Nov. 4 - Jan. 8, Fridays-Sundays, 5:30-9:30pm
WHERE: Smithtown Historical Society, 239 E Main St., Smithtown, NY
AGES: All
WHAT: See a display of lanterns in the shape of flowers, animals, and many more; all handmade by artisans with decades of dedication to their craft. WANT TO GO? $22; $12 youth.
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LuminoCity

WHEN: Nov. 9 - Jan. 8, Wednesdays-Sundays, 4:30-9:30pm **CLOSED HOLIDAYS**
WHERE: Eisenhower Park, 1899 Park Blvd., East Meadow, NY
AGES: All
WHAT: Visit a world of magical light installations that brings art, light, and color to life through remarkable displays. WANT TO GO? $32; $19 ages 3-12; $68 Lumi's VIP Fast Pass Ticket.
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Time to Book Santa Photos at Roosevelt Field

WHEN: Nov. 10 - Dec. 24, See website for schedule
WHERE: Roosevelt Field, 630 Old Country Road, North Court on the Main Level near Dick's Sporting Goods and Primark, Garden City, New York
AGES: All
WHAT:

The ultimate holiday tradition awaits! Take photos with Santa that will bring you memories that will last beyond the holiday season. Save time by securing your spot today.

WANT TO GO? Visit is free, photo packages start at $39.99 . 516-742-8001.
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Time to Book Santa Photos at Smith Haven Mall

WHEN: Nov. 10 - Dec. 24, See website for schedule
WHERE: Smith Haven Mall, 313 Smith Haven Mall, Lake Grove, NY
AGES: All
WHAT:

The ultimate holiday tradition awaits! Secure your spot in advance to meet and take photos with Santa. 

WANT TO GO? Visit is free, photo packages start at $39.99 . 631-724-8066.
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Time to Book Santa Photos at Walt Whitman Mall

WHEN: Nov. 17 - Dec. 24, See website for schedule
WHERE: Walt Whitman Mall, 160 Walt Whitman Rd. , Huntington Station, NY
AGES: All
WHAT:

The ultimate holiday tradition awaits! Secure your spot today to take photos with Santa. 

WANT TO GO? Visit is free, photo packages start at $39.99 . 631-271-1741.
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Magic of Lights

WHEN: Nov. 18 - Dec. 30, Sundays-Thursdays, 5-10pm; Fridays-Saturdays, 5-11pm
WHERE: Jones Beach State Park, 1 Ocean Pkwy., Wantagh, NY
AGES: All
WHAT: This dazzling, drive-through holiday lights experience features favorite holiday scenes and characters of the season using the latest LED technology and digital animations. WANT TO GO? $20-$40 per standard vehicle .
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Riverhead Holiday Light Show

WHEN: Nov. 18 - Dec. 31, See website for schedule
WHERE: Splish Splash Waterpark, 2549 Splish Splash Drive, Calverton, NY
AGES: All
WHAT: Take a trip through Suffolk County's largest light show featuring dozens of dazzling, never-before-seen holiday themed displays to delight the entire family. WANT TO GO? $25 per carload; $62.50 season pass per carload.
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Beyond Van Gogh: The Immersive Experience Long Island

WHEN: Nov. 18 - Jan. 8, Tuesdays-Thursdays and Sundays, 10am-8pm; Fridays and Saturdays, 10am-9pm; Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, NYE, 10am-5pm
WHERE: Samanea New York, 1500 Old Country Road, Westbury, NY
AGES: All
WHAT: Immerse yourself in more than 300 of the greatest works of artist Vincent Van Goghwitness including such instantly recognizable classics as “The Starry Night,” “Sunflowers,” and “Café Terrace at Night,” as well as many revealing self-portraits. WANT TO GO? $29.99-$89.99. 800-441-0819.
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Photos with Santa at Green Acres

WHEN: Nov. 18 - Dec. 24, See website for schedule
WHERE: Green Acres Mall, 2034 Green Acres Mall, Located across from Kay Jewelers, Valley Stream, NY
AGES: All
WHAT:

The magic of the holiday season comes alive with a visit to Santa’s winter wonderland. A visit with Santa is always free and photo packages are available for purchase. Pre-Booking your visit is recommended to help reduce wait time.

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

The most wonderful time of year — Santa’s here! ‘Tis the season for pics with St. Nick. Don’t miss out capturing merry pics with Santa. Pre-booking your Santa Magic photo experience in encouraged. Walk-up visits are available as space permits.

WANT TO GO? Visit is free, photo packages start at $39.99 . 631-888-3525.
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Barnaby Saves Christmas

WHEN: Nov. 19 - Dec. 30, Saturdays, 11am; 12/28-12/30, 11am
WHERE: Theatre Three, 412 Main Street, Port Jefferson, NY
AGES: 3-8
WHAT: Come join Santa, Barnaby, Franklynne and all of their friends 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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Winter Wonderland

WHEN: Nov. 19 - Dec. 23, Wednesdays-Thursdays, 12-6pm; Fridays, 12-8pm; Saturdays, 10am-8pm; Sundays, 10am-6pm
WHERE: Waterdrinker Family Farm & Garden, 663 Wading River Road, Manorville, NY
AGES: All
WHAT:

This year the winter wonderland is bigger and better than ever. Waterdrinker Family Farm & Garden has almost doubled the size of the airstream area and added more festive lights, the Ice Skating Rink is ready to go and they added more holiday photo opp out in the field for the entire family to enjoy. Pick out the perfect Christmas tree under the lights and don’t forget the wreath for the door. Visitors can warm up by the fire, roast marshmallows and sip on hot cocoa while listening to holiday music by the Vintage Airstreams. When it gets dark, cozy up by the fire and watch holiday movies on the big screen. Play a round of mini golf and visit the animals all while taking in the beautiful decorations at the farm. This year Waterdrinker Family Farm & Garden is excited to introduce the Christmas Carol House of Lights in the greenhouse. Journey through Scrooge’s nightmare and visit with the 3 spirits and learn the true meaning of Christmas. After the House of Lights, guests can meet the Tortoises in the greenhouse and say hello to Finn and his friends in the Goat pen. Holiday movies will also be playing at the Haybale Theatre. After all the holiday activities, take a walk through the Waterdrinker Gift Shop and pick up a custom souvenir or freshly baked treats and candy at the Greenhouse Cafe.

Waterdrinker is right next door to Long Island Farm Brewery and they are serving up some Winter classics including beer, cider and wine. Something for everyone this holiday season at the farm! Exit 69 right off the LIE.

WANT TO GO? $20; free admission for ages 2 and younger. 631-878-8653.
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Pictures with Santa

WHEN: Nov. 19 - Dec. 24, See website for schedule
WHERE: Broadway Commons, 358 N. Broadway Commons, Hicksville, NY
AGES: All
WHAT:

Say cheese! Santa is at Broadway Commons and he wants to see you. Have your picture taken with Santa!

WANT TO GO? Photo packages start at $34.99. 516-939-0679.
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Pet Photos with Santa at Roosevelt Field

WHEN: Nov. 20 - Dec. 18, Sundays, 7-8:30pm
WHERE: Roosevelt Field, 630 Old Country Road, North Court on the Main Level near Dick's Sporting Goods and Primark, Garden City, New York
AGES: All
WHAT:

The ultimate holiday tradition awaits! Take photos with Santa that will bring you memories that will last beyond the holiday season. Save time by securing your spot today.

WANT TO GO? Visit is free, photo packages start at $39.99 . 516-742-8001.
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Pet Photos with Santa at Smith Haven Mall

WHEN: Nov. 20 - Dec. 18, Sundays, 7-8:30pm
WHERE: Smith Haven Mall, 313 Smith Haven Mall, Lake Grove, NY
AGES: All
WHAT:

Exclusively for children with special needs.  Reservations are required for this private photo experience. 

WANT TO GO? Visit is free, photo packages start at $39.99 . 631-724-8066.
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Shimmering Solstice at Old Westbury Gardens

WHEN: Nov. 25 - Jan. 1, 11/25-12/21: Friday-Sunday 5:30-9:30pm; 12/21-1/1: Wednesday-Sunday 5:30-9:30pm
WHERE: Old Westbury Gardens, 71 Old Westbury Road, Old Westbury, NY
AGES: All
WHAT: This unforgettable walkthrough experience of holiday lights, sights, and sounds is set along Old Westbury Gardens’ beautiful paths and will lead you through their world-famous gardens.  WANT TO GO? $34.95; $26.95, Senior Sundays (65+); $19.95 ages 2-13. 516-252-3392.
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Pictures with Santa FREE

WHEN: Nov. 25 - Dec. 23, November 25, 10am-1pm & 2-6pm. Regular Hours: Mondays-Fridays, 1-4pm & 5-8pm; Weekends, 10am-1pm & 2-6pm
WHERE: Hicks Nurseries, 100 Jericho Turnpike, Westbury, NY
AGES: All
WHAT:

Bring your own camera to take photos of your child with St. Nick! Children are welcome to sit on Santa’s lap, next to him or on a bench in front of him.

WANT TO GO? 516-334-0066.
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Pictures with Santa FREE

WHEN: Nov. 25 - Dec. 23, November 25, 10am-1pm & 2-6pm. Regular Hours: Mondays-Fridays, 1-4pm & 5-8pm; Weekends, 10am-1pm & 2-6pm
WHERE: Hicks Nurseries, 100 Jericho Turnpike, Westbury, NY
AGES: All
WHAT:

Bring your own camera to take photos of your child with St. Nick! Children are welcome to sit on Santa’s lap, next to him or on a bench in front of him.



WANT TO GO? 516-334-0066.
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A Christmas Carol - Experiential

WHEN: Nov. 25 - Dec. 30, See website for schedule
WHERE: Long Island Children's Museum, 11 Davis Avenue, Garden City, NY
AGES: 3-8
WHAT: Meet the Cratchit family, Mr. Scrooge, and the ghosts of past, present and future in this classic story of acceptance and understanding. WANT TO GO? $9 with $15 museum admission; $12 performance only. 516-224-5800.
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A Giraffe Christmas

WHEN: Nov. 25 - Dec. 18, Saturdays and Sunday and Friday 11/25, 10am-5pm
WHERE: White Post Farms, 250 Old Country Rd, Melville, NY
AGES: All
WHAT:

Visit Santa and the Giraffe Family. Great photo op for holiday cards. Holiday Magic Show Weekends Only.

WANT TO GO? $28.95. 631-351-9373.
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Girl Scouts of Suffolk County's 19th Annual Holiday Light Show

WHEN: Nov. 26 - Dec. 30, Mondays-Thursdays, 5-9pm; Saturdays and Sundays, 5-10pm; Closed 12/24 and 12/25
WHERE: Smith Point Park, 1 William Floyd Pkwy., Shirley, NY
AGES: All
WHAT: Drive-thru more than 100 dazzling holiday-themed displays with five new displays designed by Girl Scouts in Suffolk County. WANT TO GO? $22 per car; $42 per mini-bus; $72 per school bus.
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Girl Scouts of Suffolk County's Enchanted Forest

WHEN: Nov. 26 - Dec. 30, Saturdays and Sundays and 12/26-12/30, 5-9pm; Closed Christmas Eve and Christmas Day
WHERE: Southaven County Park, Gerard Road, Yaphank, NY
AGES: All
WHAT: Walk along 200ft of sparkling displays complete with music, games, hot cocoa, and a heated tent where you can grab a photo with Santa.  WANT TO GO? $10 in advance; $15 at the door.
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ChristmasLand

WHEN: Dec. 2 - Jan. 8, Fridays-Sundays, 12-9:30pm
WHERE: Tanger Outlets Deer Park, 152 The Arches Circle, Deer Park, NY
AGES: All
WHAT:

Explore the wonderland of Christmas cheer and be transported to an imaginative land with a one-of-a-kind experience. This interactive installation celebrates the vibrant colors and traditions of your favorite holiday! Enjoy over a dozen environments across 20,000 square feet with countless photo opportunities from Elf School to Santa's Workshop.

WANT TO GO? $37; $31 ages 4-12; free for children 3 and younger.
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Holiday Light Spectacular

WHEN: Dec. 3 - 18, Fridays and Saturdays, 5-9pm; Sundays 5-8pm
WHERE: Holtsville Ecology Site, 249 Buckley Road, Holtsville, NY
AGES: All
WHAT: Enjoy festive lighted displays during this indoor, walk-through light show. Photos with Santa may be purchased as well. WANT TO GO? $10; $8 seniors, veterans & children 4-12; free admission for children 3 and younger. 631-451-5330.
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Breakfast/Brunch with Santa

WHEN: Dec. 4 - 24, Saturdays and Sundays, breakfast begins at 8am and brunch begins at 1pm
WHERE: The Mansion at Glen Cove, 200 Dosoris Lane, Glen Cove, NY
AGES: All
WHAT:

Meet and Greet Santa and enjoy a delicious meal during this unforgettable experience!

WANT TO GO? Breakfast: $40; $25 children 3-10. Brunch: $62; $30 children 3-10. 646-518-8775.
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Brunch With Santa

WHEN: Dec. 4 - 11, Sundays, 10:30am-4pm
WHERE: Harbor Club at Prime , 95 New York Ave., Huntington, NY
AGES: All
WHAT:

Take the family on a delicious Christmas adventure with the renowned, restaurant-quality cuisine you love from Harbor Club at Prime and the big guy himself: Santa! Fun for the whole family, Brunch with Santa at the Harbor Club will be a sweet memory filled with premium food stations and a complimentary photo-op with Santa. 

BEFORE PURCHASING A TICKET: You must call and make a reservation. 

WANT TO GO? $75; $35 child. 631-271-5600.
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Celtic Angels Christmas

WHEN: Friday, Dec. 9, 7:30pm
WHERE: Mayo Performing Arts Center, 100 South Street, Morristown, New Jersey
AGES: 5 and older
WHAT:

This joyous celebration of traditional and contemporary Irish and holiday music captivates audiences of all ages with the magic of the season. Featuring the impeccable five-part harmonies of the Celtic Angels, the show-stopping step dancing of the Celtic Knight Dancers and music by Trinity Band Ensemble.

WANT TO GO? $39-$69. 973-539-8008.
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Sound Meditation

WHEN: Saturday, Dec. 10, 10:30am
WHERE: Southampton Arts Center, 25 Jobs Ln. , Southampton, NY
AGES: Adult
WHAT: Enjoy a soothing, deeply relaxing and immersive sound meditation led by bowl master and meditation DJ, Daniel Lauter. WANT TO GO? $25 . 631-283-0967.
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Stage 74 Jr. Company Presents: OLIVER JR!

WHEN: Dec. 10 - 11, Saturday, 7:30pm; Sunday, 2pm
WHERE: The Suffolk Y Jewish Community Center Inc, 74 Hauppauge Road, Commack, NY
AGES: 5 and older
WHAT:

Stage 74's Junior Company (Grades 1-6) presents Oliver! Consider yourself at home with Oliver!, Lionel Bart's classic musical based on Charles Dickens' novel, Oliver Twist. The Tony and Olivier Award-winning show is one of the few musicals to win an Academy Award for Best Picture and is widely hailed as a true theatrical masterpiece by actors and audience members alike. The streets of Victorian England come to life as Oliver, a malnourished orphan in a workhouse, becomes the neglected apprentice of an undertaker. Oliver escapes to London and finds acceptance amongst a group of petty thieves and pickpockets led by the elderly Fagin. When Oliver is captured for a theft that he did not commit, the benevolent victim, Mr. Brownlow takes him in. Fearing the safety of his hideout, Fagin employs the sinister Bill Sikes and the sympathetic Nancy to kidnap him back, threatening Oliver’s chances of discovering the true love of a family.

WANT TO GO? $20; $15 members, seniors and students; $25 at the door . 631-462-9800.
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Holiday Princess Tea Party

WHEN: Saturday, Dec. 10, 1pm
WHERE: Ballet Long Island, 1863 Pond Road , NY, Ronkonkoma, NY
AGES: All
WHAT: See Cinderella, Snow White, The Little Mermaid, Santa and more perform live and then join the Princesses and their friends for photos and a tea party. WANT TO GO? $20. 631-737-1964.
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Santa's Magical Workshop

WHEN: Saturday, Dec. 10, 10am
WHERE: Rolling River Day Camp, 477 Ocean Avenue, East Rockaway, NY
AGES: All
WHAT:

'Tis the season to be jolly! Santa Claus and his elves invite you and your family to his magical workshop. It's the perfect, local holiday event for kids! Ticket price includes a meet and greet with Santa, unlimited photos with Santa from professional family photographer Jodi Applebaum, holiday craft activities, cookie decorating, hot cocoa bar and more.

WANT TO GO? $35 per child; $5 per adult. 516-593-2267.
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Festival Of Lights: A Chanukah Celebration

WHEN: Saturday, Dec. 10, 3pm
WHERE: Rolling River Day Camp, 477 Ocean Ave, East Rockaway, NY
AGES: All
WHAT:

Come out for an afternoon of Chanukah music, crafts and more!

WANT TO GO? $35 per child; $5 per adult. 516-593-2267.
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Medford Christmas Parade FREE

WHEN: Saturday, Dec. 10, 4:15pm
WHERE: Medford Chamber of Commerce , 143 Tremont Ave., Medford, NY
AGES: All
WHAT:

See the Medford Christmas Parade with grand marshal Anthony Pelella of Axis Church Medford, and Head Elf Vinny of Vinny’s Minis. After the parade, head tp Medford Memorial Park for live entertainment provided by Elegant Dance Studio, Christmas caroling, tree lighting, menorah lighting, vendors selling goods, cookies, hot chocolate, awards, photos with Santa and more!

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Abstraction In Nature

WHEN: Saturday, Dec. 10, 3pm
WHERE: Southampton Arts Center, 25 Jobs Lane, Southampton, NY
AGES: All
WHAT:

A Celebration of Trees exhibition artist Kryn Olson will lead a workshop working with acrylic paint, gel medium, and water based crayons/ pencils; abstractions from nature will define themselves as you apply the different media.

WANT TO GO? $35; $30 for SAC members. 631-283-0967.
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Science Saturday: Rube Goldberg

WHEN: Saturday, Dec. 10, 1-2pm
WHERE: Long Island Science Center, 401 Tanger Mall Dr., Riverhead, NY
AGES: 5-12
WHAT:

Artist, engineer, creative thinker - come learn about Rube Goldberg and make your own machine to take home. Space is limited so advanced registration is suggested. Classes last 45-60 minutes. All children must be accompanied by an adult. Adults must purchase admission upon entry. This is not a drop-off program, an adult must be present at all times. Science Saturday's are free for members.

WANT TO GO? $20 includes admission; free for members; $15 admission for accompanying family member. 631-849-6500.
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Holiday Princess Tea Party

WHEN: Saturday, Dec. 10, 1pm
WHERE: Ballet Long Island, 1863 Pond Rd. , Ronkonkoma, NY
AGES: All
WHAT: Head to this magically enchanting event to celebrate the holidays with delectable cookies, cupcakes and candy canes. Dancing on stage is Cinderella, Snow White, Elsa, Santa, the Sugar Plum Fairy and more. WANT TO GO? $20. 631-737-1964.
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Holiday Walking Tours

WHEN: Dec. 10 - 30, Dec. 10-11, 17-18. 3 and 5pm; Dec. 30, 4:30pm
WHERE: The Whaling Museum and Education Center, 301 Main St. , Cold Spring Harbor, NY
AGES: All
WHAT: Grab hot cocoa in the museum and hit the pavement through the quaint, waterside village to travel back in time and learn about Victorian seasonal traditions. WANT TO GO? $15 Participant . 631-367-3418.
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Drop-In Crafternoon FREE

WHEN: Saturday, Dec. 10, 1:30-3:30pm
WHERE: Emma S. Clark Memorial Library, 120 Main St. , Setauket, NY
AGES: 3-12
WHAT: Make an adorable penguin. WANT TO GO? 631-940-4080.
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Menorah Making at the SYJCC

WHEN: Sunday, Dec. 11, 2-4pm
WHERE: The Suffolk Y Jewish Community Center Inc, 74 Hauppauge Rd, Commack, NY
AGES: All
WHAT:

Susan Buroker, artist in Residence, will guide you step-by-step as you create your very own ceramic Menorah keepsake. 

WANT TO GO? $50; $40 members. 631-462-9800.
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A Celebration of Trees Watercolor Painting

WHEN: Sunday, Dec. 11, 3pm
WHERE: Southampton Arts Center, 25 Jobs Lane, Southampton, NY
AGES: 5-12
WHAT:

Enjoy the fluid and colorful beauty of watercolor painting as you capture the essence of what a tree means to you!

WANT TO GO? $15; $10 for SAC members. 631-283-0967.
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Breakfast with Santa

WHEN: Sunday, Dec. 11, 8am, 10am, and 12pm
WHERE: Heritage Center, 633 Mount Sinai-Coram Road, Mount Sinai, NY
AGES: All
WHAT:

Enjoy a delicious gourmet breakfast buffet catered by Tuscany Gourmet Market, listen to holiday music, and don't forget to take pictures with Santa Claus himself! Children will also receive a special holiday gift. The buffet breakfast menu will include scrambled eggs, waffles, bacon, sausage, home fries, bagels with cream cheese and butter, fresh fruit salad, coffee, and orange juice.

Please account for any children in your party under the age of 2 by choosing the "add-on" option.

WANT TO GO? $25; $20 ages 2-16; free for children younger than 2.
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Sensitive Santa

WHEN: Sunday, Dec. 11, 9:30-11:30am
WHERE: Broadway Commons, 358 N. Broadway Commons, Hicksville, NY
AGES: All
WHAT:

Santa welcomes people of all ages and abilities to visit during dedicated hours! Sensory Santa provides a quieter experience, Sensitive Santa events are hosted prior to stores opening, center music will be off, and guest traffic is expected to be minimal.

WANT TO GO? Photo packages available. . 516-939-0679.
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The Nutcracker Act II

WHEN: Dec. 14 - 17, Wednesday, 11am and 12:15pm; Friday, 7pm; Saturday, 1pm and 3pm
WHERE: Ballet Long Island, 1863 Pond Rd., Ronkonkoma, NY
AGES: All
WHAT: Visit the enchanted "Land of Sweets" set to the famous and well-known music that everyone loves performed by dancers from Ballet Long Island. WANT TO GO? $20; $10 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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Closter, NJ At Lindgren Nursery School it is our mission to engage young children in direct and meaningful experiences with the natural world and other people. We...

Tenafly Pediatrics

Tenafly Pediatrics

Park Ridge, NJ Our practice offers comprehensive care from infancy to young adulthood.

Jill's Ceramics

Jill's Ceramics

West Nyack, NY Want a unique, inexpensive, one-of-a-kind birthday party?