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This week we have safety seat checks, pajama night, an environmental hike, history brought to life and bargain matinee movies. Check out the list below to see what’s going on in your area:
1. Bargain Matinees at Seaford Cinemas
Where/When: Seaford Cinemas; Everyday before 6 p.m.
Why Go: Take the kids to an early movie and save some big bucks. Enjoy one of the many family friendly movies at the theater this weekend without breaking the bank. The popcorn here is always delicious and concession prices are affordable.
Pricing: $6.75 for matinee tickets.
2. Free Child Safety Seat Check
Where/When: Eisenhower Park in East Meadow; Friday, April 29 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Why Go: This is a great way for parents to ensure that their child is safe while riding in the car and that the seat is properly installed. Traffic educator Chris Mistron will be on hand to check for proper installation of the safety seats.
Pricing: Free, but an appointment is necessary. Call Senator Kemp Hannon's office at 516-739-1700.
Pajama Craft and Movie Night
Where/When: Party Palooza in Merrick; Friday, April 29 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Why Go: Parents – give yourself a break for a bit and bring your kids down to Party Palooza for a few hours this Friday evening. They can come in their pajamas and either participate in a craft project or watch a movie. There will also be singing, dancing and other fun, so they will definitely come home ready to go to bed.
Pricing: $25 per child.
Meadowbrook Environthon and Nature Hike
Where/When: Brookside School (1260 Meadowbrook Road, North Merrick); Saturday, April 30 from 8:30 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Why Go: Environmentalists and academics will be leading a presentation on the local ecosystem and nature. After the lecture, at 10 a.m., they will also bring participants on a nature walk from Brookside School through the Meadowbrook corridor to the Roosevelt Preserve. Children will have an opportunity to learn and exercise all in the same day.
Pricing: Free, but children under 16 must be accompanied by parent.
History Alive Children’s Program
Where/When: Old Bethpage Restoration Village; Sunday, May 1 from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Why Go: Take a trip back into 19th century life - even if it is just for an afternoon. Old Bethpage Restoration Village will host this program, which shows children how earlier Americans lived. Visitors will be able to make some fresh butter, card wool, play with wooden hoops and much more.
Pricing: $7 for children between 5 and 12, seniors and firefighters; $10 for adults and free for children under 5.