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We've assembled a weekly calendar of kid-friendly activities and new places to try out with children. Each week, we'll give you the info on the five best family activities or events for the week.
You're time-pressed enough, so we're happy to do the research and find the best things to do and places to go, both locally and within reasonable striking distance.
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This week we have Bambi, a walk by the bay, messy afternoons, a performances of “Pippin” and a family hour. Check out the list below to see what’s going on in your area:
1. Family Film: Bambi
Where/When: North Bellmore Public Library; Friday, May 20 at 3:30 p.m.
Why Go: With delightful animation and a fantastic storyline, "Bambi" will entertain those from all generations. This G-rated Disney classic follows Bambi, his friend Thumper and a selection of other adorable characters. A great way for parents and children to bond together over a nostalgic piece of film history.
Pricing: Free, no tickets needed.
Where/When: Theodore Roosevelt Nature Center in Wantagh; Sunday, May 22 from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Why Go: Take a walk through the bay around the nature center and let children explore the fascinating creatures that inhabit the area. Everyone is encouraged to wear water shoes so that they can get the best experience possible from this workshop. The perfect way to spend a Sunday afternoon – exploring the outdoors as a family.
Pricing: $4 per person, children under 3 are free. Reservations are required, so call (516) 780-3295 today.
3. Family Hour at Cue Nine
Where/When: Cue Nine in Levittown; Saturday, May 21 and Sunday, May 22 from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Why Go: The whole family can enjoy an afternoon at Cue Nine on either Saturday or Sunday because the kids eat free. A wonderful way to save while filling everyone up with some delicious grub. Plus, the adults can indulge in a game of pool during dinner.
Pricing: Kids eat free, entrees vary for adults.
4. Messy Afternoons
Where/When: Long Island Children’s Museum in Garden City; Saturday, May 21 and Sunday, May 22 from 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Why Go: Bring the kids down to LICM and let them make a mess – with some else cleaning up. There will be goop, shaving cream, play-doh and more for the children to play with, just bring your kids and leave the cleaning to the museum staff. Sensory activities will be for children between the ages of 18 months and 4 years.
Pricing: Program is free with regular museum admission.
Where/When: Merrick Theatre and Center for the Arts; Saturday, May 21 and Sunday, May 22 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Why Go: Treat the kids to a performance of this musical right in Merrick, performed by the YPT teens. The story follows Pippin on a journey through life in a format appropriate for all ages.
Pricing: $10 per person. Call (516) 868-6400 to reserve.