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Gingerbread houses, crafts and more for kids

A gingerbread house is decorated at a workshop

A gingerbread house is decorated at a workshop taught by baking expert Lisa Basini at the Island Trees Public Library. (Dec. 1, 2009) Credit: Joel Cairo

Holiday crafts are fun for kids and adults alike -- and there's no shortage of events around Long Island where you can learn how to decorate gingerbread houses, make a Christmas wreath, ornaments and more. The best part? You can wrap them up for a homemade holiday gift! Check out these craft-inspired events for children around LI:

Monday, Dec. 12
Holiday Craft Classes*
WHERE | WHEN Mastic Recreation Center, 15 Herkimer St., Mastic; 4:30 p.m.
INFO $5; 631-281-7655
Children ages 5 and up make festive centerpieces and candy cane ornaments to display or give as gifts. Must register.

*Holiday craft classes are also taking place:
Monday Dec. 12 at Henrietta Acampora Recreation Center, 39 Montauk Hwy, Blue Point; 631-451-6100
Tuesday, Dec. 13 at New Village Recreation Center, 20 Wireless Rd. Centerreach; 631-732-2338
Thursday, Dec. 15 at Robert E. Reid Sr. Recreation Center, Route 25A and Defense Hill Rd., Shoreham; 631-744-2601
Thursday, Dec. 15 at St. Michael's Recreation Center, Wilson Ave., Medford; 631-698-3254

Tuesday, Dec. 13 (and Tuesday, Dec. 20)
Holiday Crafts
WHERE | WHEN Floyd Memorial Library, 539 First St., Greenport; 3:30-4:30 p.m.
INFO Free; 631-477-0660;
Supplies will be available to make wreaths, ornaments, hats and scarves.

Wednesday, Dec. 14 and Thursday, Dec. 15
Holiday Wreath
WHERE | WHEN Hicks Nurseries, 100 Jericho Tpke., Westbury; 4 p.m.
INFO $9; 516-334-0066;
Children will decorate an artificial wreath with the symbols of the holiday and a big red bow. Reservations are required.

Thursday, Dec. 15
Holiday Mugs
WHERE | WHEN Babylon Library, 24 South Carll Ave., Babylon; 7-8 p.m.
INFO Free; 631-669-1624
For children in grades 6 through 12, decorate and wrap a mug filled with hot chocolate packets. Registration is required; must be a resident.

Edible Winter Forest
WHERE | WHEN Brentwood Library, 34 Second Ave., Brentwood; 7:30-8:30 p.m.
INFO Free; 631-273-7883;
Create a delicious winter scene using chocolate-dipped pretzels in a decorated mug. For children ages 7 to 9; must register.

Friday, Dec. 16
Gingerbread Man
WHERE | WHEN Farmingdale Library, 116 Merritts Rd., Farmingdale; 4:15 p.m.
INFO Free; 516-249-9090;
Come listen to stories and make a gingerbread man craft. For children in grades K-2; preference given to UFSD #22 residents.

Saturday, Dec. 17 and Sunday, Dec. 18
Gingerbread Decorating
WHERE | WHEN The Cupcake Corner, 61 New Hyde Park Rd., Garden City; 4:30-6 p.m.
INFO $12.95 to $39.95; 516-328-2253;
Make a traditional gingerbread house and enjoy cookies and hot cocoa. Must register in advance; groups are welcome.

Saturday, Dec. 17
Craft: Gingerbread Magnet
WHERE | WHEN Smithtown Library Nesconset Branch, 148 Smithtown Blvd., Nesconset; 11 a.m.
INFO Free; 631-265-3994;
For children ages 7 to 10. Read the story "The Gingerbread Boy," followed by making a gingerbread magnet. Registration required; Smithtown library card is required.

Fire & Ice Candles
WHERE | WHEN Caleb Smith State Park Preserve, Jericho Tpke., Smithtown; 10-11:30 a.m. and 2-3:30 p.m.
INFO $4 adults; $3 children; 631-265-1054;
Using hot wax and ice, create a unique candle just in time for the holidays, for ages 5 and up. Takes place the north side of the park; must register.

Holiday Workshop for Kids
WHERE | WHEN Rogers Mansion, 17 Meeting House Lane, Southampton; 10-11:30 a.m.
INFO $5; 631-283-2494;
For children ages 7 to 12, hands on learning of traditional holiday crafts. Registration is required; space is limited.

Sunday, Dec. 18
Wreath Making Workshop
WHERE | WHEN Old Westbury Gardens, 71 Old Westbury Rd. Old Westbury; 2 p.m.
INFO $10 (registration is required); 516-333-0048;
Work with evergreens and craft a one-of-a-kind Christmas wreath. Enjoy hot cocoa and gingerbread cookies. For ages 6 and up; cost includes materials and admission for one adult.

Wednesday, Dec. 21
Candy Houses
WHERE | WHEN Brentwood Library, 34 Second Ave., Brentwood; 3-4 p.m.
INFO Free; 631-273-7883;
Teens can build and decorate a delicious candy house. Registration is required.

Snow Globe Cupcakes
WHERE | WHEN Smithtown Library Nesconset Branch, 148 Smithtown Blvd., Smithtown; 7-7:45 p.m.
INFO Free; 631-265-3994;
For young adults, make snow globe cupcakes to take home. Registration is required; must show Smithtown Library card.

Thursday, Dec. 22
Family craft: Gingerbread House
WHERE | WHEN Brentwood Library, 34 Second Ave., Brentwood; 7-8:30 p.m.
INFO Free; 631-273-7883;
Spend an evening with you family decorating a gingerbread house to take home, for ages 3 and up with an adult. Registration is requred.

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