Things to Do on Long Island with Kids This Weekend 12/22-12/23

The last weekend before Christmas has arrived and while many will be finishing up shopping, holiday baking and wrapping gifts, some will still be enjoying the holiday kickoff with much needed family time. Check out our things to do on Long Island with kids this weekend and catch a local theater performance, a light show or walk in a winter wonderland and more. Enjoy and may your days be merry and bright!

Bridgehampton – Children’s Museum of the East End (CMEE) “Lego Club”
Children can construct works of art using thousands of Legos (donations of gently used Lego accepted).
When: Saturday, 12/22, 10 AM-12 PM
Age Group: All
How Much: Free for members, $9 admission
Where: 376 Bridgehampton/Sag Harbor Turnpike, Bridgehampton, NY
Contact: 631-537-8250


CenterportVanderbilt Carriage House “Beauty and the Beast’s Magical Christmas”
Children can enjoy this charming tale based on characters they and their parents know and love, all set to a Christmas theme.
When: Saturday, 12/22 &  Sunday, 12/23 at 1 PM
Age Group: All
How Much: $10 Adults, $8 kids, children under three FREE
Where: 180 Little Neck Rd, Centerport, NY
Contact Info: 516-293-0674

East Islip - Bayway Arts Theatre “Bob’s Your Elf”
A naughty elf gets ejected from the North Pole and finds himself among a group of actors determined to put on the best Christmas show ever.
When: Saturday, 12/22, 8 PM & Sunday, 12/15, 2:30 PM
Age Group: Elementary school children
How Much: $14-$25
Where: 265 E. Main Street, East Islip, NY
Contact Info: 631-581-2700


Garden City – The Cupcake Corner “Children’s Crafts”
At this event, kids can work on a craft and there’s a different one each week. Craft takes anywhere from 15-45 minutes to complete depending upon the age of the child. No purchase necessary.
When: Saturday, 12/22 and Sunday, 12/23 . Drop in anytime between 11 am-3 pm.
Age Group: 2-10 years
How Much: Free
Where: 61 New Hyde Park Rd. 
Garden City, NY
Contact Info: 516-328-2253


Garden CityLong Island Children’s Museum “Messy Afternoons”
Come play with Play-doh, paint, and slime. Have fun creating a masterpiece at this wonderful children’s museum.
When: Saturday, 12/22 and Sunday, 12/23, 3:30 PM-5:00 PM
Age Group: 18 months-4 years
How Much: Free with museum admission
Where: 11 Davis Ave., Garden City, NY
Contact Info: 516-224-5800

Garden City – Long Island Children’s Museum “Circus Renaldo”
Come see the famous (or is it infamous?) Renaldo the Clown, better known as the Remarkable Renaldo. Watch him perform pranks, circus tricks and magic all in an act full of humor.
Saturday, 12/22,  1 p.m. and 3 p.m.
Age Group:
How Much:
$4 nonmembers, $3 members (with museum admission), $10 theater only
11 Davis Ave., Garden City, NY
Contact Info: 516-224-5800
Garden City – Long Island Children’s Museum “Hoot & Annie”
Hoot ‘n Annie travel around the world entertaining folks of all ages with their traditional American music, folk songs & silly humor. They play multiple instruments at the same time often while singing and cracking jokes. They are described as a group, “who play 17 of America’s wackiest & weirdest instruments, many at the same time…performances including the washboard, nose flute, slide-whistle, washtub bass and musical saw.” Sounds nothing short of whole family entertainment!
When:  Sunday, 12/23, 3:30 PM-5:00 PM
Age Group: 3 years+
How Much: $4 nonmembers/ $3 members-with museum admission, $10 theatre only
Where: 11 Davis Ave., Garden City, NY
Contact Info: 516-224-5800


Melville  -Newsday Headquarters “Newsday Holiday Lights”
Bethpage Federal Credit Union and Lord & Taylor have teamed up to create a Winter Wonderland for families to enjoy. This 2nd annual festival of lights features displays, carnival games, photos with Santa, festive houses offering treats and a full-size ice skating rink. $1 from every ticket goes to Newsday charities like the “Help-a-Family Campaign.”  Want to read the full Long Island Mama’s Review?, Click here
Every Friday-Sunday in December, 5:30 PM-10 PM
Age Group: All
How Much: Holiday Lights Only – $4 Kids (2-12) & $6 Adults. Holiday Lights and Ice Skating – $6 Kids (2-12) & $8 Adults. Kids under 2 FREE
Where: Newsday Headquarters, 235 Pinelawn Rd., Melville, NY
Contact Info: 631-843-2666


Northport – John W. Engeman Theater “Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer”
It just wouldn’t be Christmas without the beloved reindeer. Through a family friendly musical, learn the story of how Rudolph came to lead Santa’s sled. Let the ambitious reindeer prove to us all that everyone is special in their own magical way and why he is the most famous reindeer of all. (Meet and Greet with the cast afterwards) Sponsored in part by the Bethpage Credit Union, Youth Theatre Series
When: Saturday, 12/22, 11:00 AM & Sunday, 12/23, 10:30 AM
Age Group: Preschooler
How Much: $15
Where: 250 Main St., Northport, NY
Contact Info: 631-261-2900


Northport – John W. Engeman Theater “A Christmas Carol”
Families will enjoy this classic Charles Dickens famous Christmas tale. To read the full review from Long Island Mamas Network, CLICK HERE
Saturday, 12/22 at 3 PM & 8 PM, Sunday 12/23 at 2 PM & 7 PM
Age Group:
Elementary school age+
How Much: $15
Where: 250 Main St., Northport, NY
Contact Info: 631-261-2900


Port Jefferson – Theatre Three “Barnaby”
Bring the kids to see Barnaby the elf and his good pal, Franklynne the reindeer, as he shows everyone the true meaning of the holiday spirit.
When: Saturday, 12/22, 11 AM
Age Group: Preschooler+
How Much: $10
Where: 412 Main Street, Port Jefferson, NY
Contact Info: 631-928-9100


Old Westbury - Old Westbury Gardens
Celebrate the Holidays at Old Westbury Gardens…steeped in old traditions, Old Westbury Gardens remains one of Long Island’s most festive places to visit during the holidays. Features St. Nick, decorated period rooms, cookies and cider and plenty of holiday cheer.

When: Saturday, 12/22, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Age Group: All
How Much: $8.00 general, $5.00 Seniors & children 2-12, members and children under 2 are FREE
Where: 71 Old Westbury Road, Old Westbury, NY
Contact Info: 516-333-0048


Roslyn Harbor – Nassau Museum of Art “Families Making Art Together”
Families are invited every Sunday to spend the aftern0on creating “masterpieces” while enjoying the art experience together. Includes special family-friendly gallery talks and docent-led guides. No reservations required.
When: Sunday, 12/23, 1 PM
Age Group: All
How Much: Free with museum admission. $2 parking fee on weekends for non-members (members free).
Where: 1 Museum Dr., Roslyn Harbor, NY
Contact Info: 516-484-9337


By Michelle S.





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