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Long Island Events for Kids - Presidents Week/Winter School Break 2014

Where to take the kids on Long Island during this week

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Wondering where to take the kids during Presidents Week? There are plenty of things to see and do on Long Island during this time. Here's a sampling of events that will keep the kids busy during their time off from school.

For more to do this month, also check out Free Things To Do With Your Kids on Long Island and Where Kids Eat Free on Long Island. In addition, please see February Calendar of Events on Long Island for more to do this month. If you know of other events that should be listed here, please email me at longisland@aboutguide.com

Note: This article is updated every year. Here are the Presidents Week events for 2014.

1. Nassau County Museum of Art

Photo © The Nassau County Museum of Art
Photo © The Nassau County Museum of Art
Wednesday, February 19, Thursday, February 20 and Friday, February 21, 2014 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The Nassau County Museum of Art, One Museum Drive, Roslyn Harbor, NY.

Family Art Making Days
Visit the museum to explore the galleries and make art with your family. A variety of art projects will be offered on each of the three days. Docents will guide families through the galleries and encourage kids to create their won artistic responses to the artwork on view. $8 per family materials fees, in addition to museum admission: $10/adults, $8/seniors 62+, $4/students and children 4 to 12 years of age, free for museum members. Reservations are not required.

Afterwards,  stroll around the museum's lovely sculpture garden if the weather (hopefully) gets a little bit warmer.

2. Cold Spring Harbor Whaling Museum

Cold Spring Harbor Whaling Museum
Linda Tagliaferro
Monday, February 17, 2014 at 11:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. Washington's Birthday Party. You're invited to a party for our founding father. Learn about whaling during Colonial times and create Colonial crafts including tin-punching. Finish off with birthday cake. For all ages. Free with paid admission ($6/adults, $5/seniors, $5 for children ages 4 to 18, free for children under 4, but $5 per event if participating in a program, family grow pod up to 6 individuals: $20, free for members, free for active military with ID.) Please make a reservation by calling (631) 367-3418.

Tuesday, February 18 through Friday, February 21, 2014 - Discovery Days. Visit the museum's Discovery Tables for fun, open-ended crafts and activities all week. For all ages, free with paid admission.

The Cold Spring Harbor Whaling Museum is located at 301 Main Street in Cold Spring Harbor, NY.

3. Fire Island Lighthouse

Photo © Linda Tagliaferro
Photo © Linda Tagliaferro

Monday, February 17 through Friday, February 21, 2014 Celebrate Presidents Week at the Lighthouse

Reduced fees for tower tours for children under 12. Kids must be at least 42" tall to climb the tower. There will be different activity statios and a scavenger hunt for kids. Come visit the Fire Island Light Station Fresnel Lens Building, which houses the original First Order Fresnel Lens. You can also visit the boathouse with its collection of historical objects.

 

For more details, visit Fire Island Lighthouse

4. Long Island Children's Museum

Long Island Children's Museum - Indoor slides
Photo © Linda Tagliaferro

There's always plenty of fun for kids at the Long Island Children's Museum. Go to the LICM website to see the full calendar. The Long Island Children's Museum is located at 11 Davis Avenue in Garden City. For more information, please go to Long Island Children's Museum or call (516) 224-5800.

Watch a video about the Long Island Children's Museum.

5. Long Island Aquarium (formerly Atlantis Marine World)

Photo © Christopher Paparo, Atlantis Marine World Aquarium
Photo © Christopher Paparo, Atlantis Marine World Aquarium

There's always lots of fishy fun at The Long Island Aquarium (formerly Atlantis Marine World Aquarium), including areas where they can pet an actual sting ray, see a living coral reef, watch sharks circle and much more.

Atlantis Marine World is located at 431 East Main Street, Riverhead, NY. For more information, please go to their website at Atlantis Marine World or phone (631) 208-9200.

6. Cradle of Aviation Museum

Photo © Linda Tagliaferro
Photo © Linda Tagliaferro

The Cradle of Aviation Museum, Charles Lindbergh Blvd., East Garden City, NY.

Monday, February 17 through Friday, February 21, 2014 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day.

Kids Learning Code Camp Join KidOYO instructors in partnership with the Cradle of Aviation Museum for a five-day February break event where kids aged 9 through 13 will be introduced to the mechanics of computational problem solving. $595 plus $25 fee for the week. More info: Cradle of Aviation Museum.

Friday, February 21, 2014 from 12 noon to 4 p.m. FREE with museum admission: February Break - Celebrating Engineering Week includes education workshops, demos and more.

Admission to the Cradle of Aviation Museum is $14/adult, $12 for children and seniors… or buy a combo, which includes the museum and a single planetarium show OR Dome Theater film : $19/adult, $17/child or senior.

More details at The Cradle of Aviation Museum or (516)572-4066.

7. Vanderbilt Museum

Monday, February 17 - Friday, February 21, 2014, the Vanderbilt Museum will offer children's workshops for children pre-K and grades K through 3. Advance registration is required for all workshops and a discount is available for registering early. Please call (631) 854-5539 to register or for more information.

For grades 1 - 3: from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Early registration: $30 per child per workshop. $35 if registering after February 10. Members receive a discount.

Monday, February 17, 2014 - Arctic Animal Paint-Resist Scene. Children visit wildlife dioramas and make their own winter scene.

Tuesday, February 18, 2014 - Mummy Beacs. Kids learn about life in ancient Egypt and then create a unique piece of jewelry.

Wednesday, February 19, 2014 - Marine Life Watercolor Illustration. In the Hall of Fishes, children learn about the museum's first curator and create a watercolor painting.

Thursday, February 20, 2014 - Polar Opposites Clay Figure an dDiorama - Kids visit the wildlife dioramas and create a clay scuptue and habitat of a polar animal.

Friday, February 21, 2014 - Bear Mask. Kids listen to a native story in the wildlife dioramas and create a mask.

 

Pre-school Workshops

from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. - Open to children ages 3 and 4 with a parent or caregiver. Early registration is $15 per child per workshop, $20 if registering after February 10th. Member receive a discount.

Monday, February 17, 2014 - Winter Wonderland Snow Globe. Kids visit the wildlife dioramas and make a wintry snow globe.

Wednesday, February 19, 2014 - Penguin Scupture - Kids visit the bird collection, learn about penguins and make a paper sculpture.

Friday, February 21, 2014 - Polar Bear Mask. Children listen to a native story in the wildlife dioramas and make a mask.

For more info and to register, please call (631) 854-5539. The Vanderbilt Museum is located at 180 Little Neck Road, Centerport, NY.

8. WMHO Educational & Cultural Center, Stony Brook Village

The Ward Melville Heritage Organization Education and Cultural Center, Stony Brook Village Center, Main Street on the Harbor, Stony Brook,

Wednesday, February 19, 2014 (and every Wednesday through March 5, 2014)and Thursday, February 20, 2014. Hot Cocoa and Marshmallows, a fun went for kids ages 3 to 5 and their caregivers. After listening to a story read by an author and/or illustrator, kids participate in a craft activity related to the story while enjoying a cup of hot cocoa.

Starts at 10:30 a.m. at the Ward Melville Heritage Organization Education & Cultural Center. $3 per person. Reservation not required.

Also this week and running through March 14, 2014 - Running Scared, Running Free: Escape to the Promised Land, 10 a.m. and 12 noon performances. Long Island's history comes alive with an interactive theatrical performance based on oral history. This live, onstage drama includes links between the Underground Railroad, secret codes hidden in quilts and more. General admission: $12/adult, $12/students (first 35), $4/student (over 35 students.)

More info: (631) 689-5888 or go to wmho.org/events.

More info and reservations: please call (631) 689-5888.

9. February Break Holiday Camp

Tuesday, February 18 through Friday, February 21, 2014 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. (with extended time available until 6 p.m. at an additional cost.) Parent drop-off and pickup. Transportation is included for field trips. Lunch not provided.

Rolling River Day Camp, 477 OCean Avenue, East Rockaway, NY, (516) 593-CAMP (2267)

Athletics like soccer, basketball, baseball and other sports, working with lanyards and beading, arts and crafts, cooking projects, Nintendo Wii games like Dance Dance REvolution, Rock Band and more, computer games and more.

More info: please visit rolling river.com or email Alison@rollingriver.com.

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