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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 child safety kits, a Renaissance fair, endangered species education, Sesame Street characters and bugging out. Check out the list below to see what’s going on in your area:
1. Town of Hempstead Child Safety Program
Where/When: East Meadow Public Library; Friday, May 6 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Why Go: Get your child photographed and fingerprinted in a special kit that will give you the tools to keep them safe. This kit will provide proper documentation in case anything ever happens to them.
Pricing: Free for Town of Hempstead residents.
2. Chelsea Mansion Renaissance Fair
Where/When: Muttontown Preserve in East Norwich; Saturday, May 7 and Sunday, May 8 from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Why Go: Knights, maypole dancing, swordplay, crafts, children’s games and more… what could be more entertaining? This Renaissance fair will be a grand festival with queens, kings and musketeers – something that will keep all of the kids satisfied.
Pricing: Adults $7, children $4, under 4 free.
3. Endangered Species: On the Brink
Where/When: Theodore Roosevelt Nature Center at Jones Beach; Saturday, May 7 at 10:30 a.m.
Why Go: As spring comes out in full force, all of the area's animals are once again coming to life. The Theodore Roosevelt Nature Center will be educating kids on endangered species through games and other activities. They will also learn about what threatens them and what they need to do to survive.
Pricing: $4 per person, under 3 free.
4. Play with Abby Cadabby
Where/When: Le Play Café; Saturday, May 7 at 12 p.m.
Why Go: For all of those who love Sesame Street, Abby Cadabby will be at Le Play Café to meet and greet with children. This event will definitely delight all children and Abby will be available to play with all attendees.
Pricing: Event is free with regular admission.
5. Bug Out
Where/When: Levittown Public Library; Saturday, May 7 from 2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Why Go: With the warm weather in the air, children will have a chance to make an exciting bee themed craft to buzz around with outside. For those in kindergarten and first grade, there will be games and other fun activities for all.
Pricing: Free, but registration is required. Please call (516) 731-5728 for additional details.