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January events for kids on Long Island

Messy Afternoons at the Long Island Children's Museum

Messy Afternoons at the Long Island Children's Museum in Garden City takes place every weekend from 3:30-5 p.m. Photo Credit: Handout

From free library events to fun, seasonal performances, one thing's for sure -- there's no shortage of entertaining events for kids and adults alike. Here, a rundown of events for kids of ages on Long Island:

Tuesday, January 3 (runs for 10 weeks)
Mommy and Me Winter Play Session: Crawlers
WHERE | WHEN Chai Center, 501 Vanderbilt Pkwy., Dix Hills; 11 a.m. to noon.
INFO $110; 631-351-8672
Play session for children 6 to 12 months. Enjoy singing, dancing, bubbles, parachute play and more. Must register.
NOTE: A 10-week Walkers session takes place at 9:45-11 a.m. for ages 12 months and up.

Tuesday, January 3 (every Tuesday through February)
Teen Coffeehouse
WHERE | WHEN Floyd Memorial Library, 539 First St., Greenport; 3:30-4:30 p.m.
INFO Free; 631-477-0660; floydmemoriallibrary.org
Teens play Wii or board games, do homework, go online or make a craft.

Wednesday, January 4
Craft: Horse Galore
WHERE | WHEN Farmingdale Library; 116 Merritts Rd., Farmingdale; 4:15 p.m.
INFO Free; 516-249-9090; farmingdalelibrary.org
Children in grades kindergarten through fifth can decorate a horse-themed poster. Preference given to Union Free School District 22 residents.

Recycled CD Scrapbook
WHERE | WHEN Hampton Library, 2478 Main St., Bridgehampton; 3:30-5 p.m.
INFO Free; 631-537-0015
Children in grades 7 and up make a scrapbook using CDs as the cover; materials will be provided. Advance registration is required.

Wednesday January 4 and Thursday, January 5 (every Wednesday and Thursday through January)
Snow Puddle Pal
WHERE | WHEN Long Island Chidlren's Museum, 11 Davis Ave., Garden City; 2:30-4 p.m.
INFO Free with museum admission; 516-224-5800; licm.org
Children of all ages meet in the lobby to fashion a snow puddle pal using a variety of soft materials.

Saturday January 7 (and every weekend in January)
Messy Afternoons
WHERE | WHEN Long Island Children's Museum, 11 Davis Ave., Garden City; 3:30-5 p.m.
INFO $3 with museum admission; 516-224-5800; licm.org
Kids ages 18 months to 4 years will create a craft and enjoy art activities. Note: It will be messy, so dress appropriately.

The Patchwork Girl of Oz
WHERE | WHEN Long Island Children's Museum, 11 Davis. Ave., Garden City; 2 p.m.
INFO $4 with museum admission, $8 theater only; 516-224-5800; licm.org
Modern-day fable brings to life the adventures of Ojo as he tries to bring his uncle, who has been turned into marble, back to life.

Sunday, January 8 (and every Sunday in January)
Family Sundays at the Museum
WHERE |WHEN Nassau County Museum of Art, 1 Museum Dr., Roslyn Harbor; 1-3 p.m.
INFO $10; $8 seniors, $4 students ages 4 to 12 (weekend parking fee $2); 516-484-9337; nassaumuseum.org
Family walk-through of the exhibition and supervised art activities with a family-friendly guide.

Saturday, January 7 and Sunday, January 8 (and Saturday, January 14, Sunday, January 15)
Frosty
WHERE | WHEN John W. Engeman Theater at Northport, 250 Main St., Northport; 11 a.m., Saturday; 10:30 a.m. Sunday
INFO $15; 631-261-2900; johnwengemantheater.com
Enjoy a performance by everyone's favorite snowman.

Monday, January 9
Teen Book Club
WHERE | WHEN Elmont Library, 700 Hempstead Tpke., Elmont; 6:30 p.m.
INFO Free; 516-354-5280, ext. 247; elmontlibrary.org
Monthly featured book will be available at the time of registration. Refreshments will be served.

Tuesday, January 10 (and every Tuesday through January)
Grandparent Time
WHERE | WHEN Farmingdale Library, 116 Merritts Rd., Farmingdale; 10 a.m.
INFO Free; 516-249-9090; farmingdalelibrary.org
Special storytime for all ages and a grandparent. Grandparent or child must be a resident of Union Free School District 22.

Wednesday, January 11
Tie-Dye Pillowcases
WHERE | WHEN Babylon Library, 24 South Carll Ave., Babylon; 4-5 p.m.
INFO Free; 631-669-1624
Children in grades 6 to 12 create a tie-dye pillowcase; must register.

Chocolate Covered Everything
WHERE | WHEN Brentwood Library, 34 Second Ave., Brentwood; 7-8 p.m.
INFO Free; 631-273-7883
Teens hand-dip cookies, pretzels, candy and marshmallows in chocolate. Registration is required.

Thursday, January 12 (and every Thursday through February 17)
Children's Class: Musical Explorers II: Under the Sea
WHERE | WHEN Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Center, 76 Main St., Westhampton; 4-5 p.m.
INFO $135; 631-288-1500; whbpac.org
Children ages 5 to 7 learn about Calypso with your voice and dance moves.

Friday, January 13
Craft: Mitten Photo Frame
WHERE | WHEN Farmingdale Library, 116 Merritts Rd., Farmingdale; 4:15 p.m.
INFO Free; 516-249-9090; farmingdalelibrary.org
Children of all ages with an adult will create a mitten photo frame using provided materials. Preference given to Union Free School District 22.

Saturday, January 14 (every Saturday through January)
Saturday Songs
WHERE | WHEN Farmingdale Library, 116 Merritts Rd., Farmingdale; 10 a.m.
INFO Free; 516-249-9090; farmingdalelibrary.org
Children 6 months to 2 years with an adult; musical activities including singing. Preference given to Union Free School District 22.

Sunday, January 15
Children's Series: Ramona Quimby
WHERE | WHEN Landmark on Main Street, 232 Main St., Port Washington; 2 p.m.
INFO $18; 516-767-6444; landmarkonmainstreet.org
Beverly Cleary's character faces the challenges of childhood with support from loving family and friends.

Jack Hanna's Into the Wild Live
WHERE | WHEN NYCB Theatre at Westbury, 960 Brush Hollow Rd., Westbury; 1:00 p.m.
INFO: $29-$49; 800-745-3000; livenation.com
Learn about animal species and the wild adventures of Jack Hanna.

Tea with "T"
WHERE | WHEN Hampton Library, 2478 Main St., Bridgehampton; 2:30 p.m.
INFO Free; 631-537-0015
Program for children ages 4 and older. Enjoy tea, treats and stories with "T." Registration is required.

Wednesday, January 16
Performance: Pooh's Winter "Tail"
WHERE | WHEN Bellmore Movies, 222 Pettit Ave., Bellmore; 11 a.m. - noon
INFO $10; 516-599-6870; plazatheatrical.com
Enjoy the show and then meet the cast.

Pinkalicious Tea Party
WHERE | WHEN The Cupcake Corner, 61 New Hyde Park Rd., Garden City; 2-3:30 p.m.
INFO $12.95 per child 2 and up, $19.95 per adult; 516-328-2253; thecupcakecornergc.com
Enjoy a very pink afternoon tea party with pink linens, chocolate scones, pink raspberry tea, pink lemonade, pink cookies, finger sandwiches cut into flower and butterfly shapes, stories and more. Plus, a free craft for each child; reservations are required.

Tuesday, January 17
Board Game Flashback
WHERE | WHEN Hampton Library, 2478 Main St., Bridgehampton; 3-5 p.m.
INFO Free; 631-537-0015
Children ages 15 and up can play board games from their childhood. Treats will be provided; registration is required.

Grownup and Me Craft: Let it Snow Pail
WHERE | WHEN Island Trees Library, 38 Farmedge Rd., Levittown; 11:30 a.m.
INFO $3; 516-731-2211; nassaulibrary.org/islandtr/
Children ages 3 to 5 decorate a large plastic pail with snowflakes, gems and yarn.

Wednesday, January 18
Teen Cuisine: Pretzel Making Workshop
WHERE | WHEN Elmont Library, 700 Hempstead Tpke., Elmont; 6:30 p.m.
INFO Free; 516-354-5280; elmontlibrary.org
Learn to make pretzels to take home and enjoy.

Friday, January 20 (through Sunday, January 22)
Dinosaur Petting Zoo
WHERE | WHEN Tilles Center for the Performing Arts C.W. Post Campus, Route 25A, Brookville; show times vary, check website
INFO $22; 516-299-3100; tillescenter.org
Journey through prehistoric Australia and see dinosaurs and creatures that inhabited the landscape millions of years ago. Children can feed, water and care for these animals.

Saturday, January 21 and 22
Fairytale Follies (Fractured Fairytales)
WHERE | WHEN Clare Rose Playhouse at St. Joseph's College, 155 Roe Blvd., Patchogue; 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.
INFO $7; 631-654-0199
Familiar stories have been slightly altered by April Keough and Tony Walker and are performed by Drop Dead Comedy, with audience participation.

Sunday, January 22
Magic Emporium
WHERE | WHEN Dix hills Performing Arts Center at Five Towns College, 305 N. Service Rd., Dix Hills; 2 p.m.
INFO $10; 631-656-2148; dhpac.org
Thaddeus' Magic Emporium with Ted Plezia live on stage.

RR Lines Train and Toy Show
WHERE | WHEN Plattduetsche Park Restaurant, 1132 Hempstead Tpke., Franklin Square; 8 a.m.-1 p.m.
INFO $5, children under 12 are free with parent; 516-486-6658; parkrestaurant.com
Train and toy show for kids and adults; food and refreshments will be served.

Girls Instructional Lacrosse Clinic
WHERE | WHEN Half Hollow Hills High School East, 50 Vanderbilt Parkway, Dix Hills; 9-11:30 a.m. and 12:30-3 p.m.
INFO $55 for current U.S. Lacrosse members; 410-235-6882; uslacrosse.org, click "Education & Training."
U.S. women's national senior team conducts a youth clinic for girls; morning session for grades 3 to 8, afternoon session for grades 9 to 12.

Tuesday, January 24
Bingo Night
WHERE | WHEN Farmingdale Library, 116 Merritts Rd., Farmingdale; 7 p.m.
INFO Free; 516-249-9090; farmingdalelibrary.org
Children in kindergarten through fifth grade play games of bingo to win prizes. Preference given to Union Free School District 22 residents.

Wednesday, January 25 (every Wednesday through March)
Hot Cocoa and Marshmallows: Children's Authors Series
WHERE | WHEN Ward Melville Heritage Organization Educational and Cultural Center, Main Street, Stony Brook; 10:30 a.m.
INFO $3; 631-689-5888; wmho.org
Weekly author series, reading and book signing with hot cocoa and marshmallows served for children ages 3 to 5.

Stuffed Animal Sleepover
WHERE | WHERE Farmingdale Library, 116 Merritts Rd., Farmingdale; 7 p.m.
INFO Free; 516-249-9090; farmingdalelibrary.org
Children of all ages along with an adult can enjoy a bedtime storytime with their stuffed animals. Then, leave your favorite stuffed animals for a sleepover and pick them up after lunch on Thursday. Preference given to Union Free District 22 residents.

Thursday, January 26
Owl Embroidery
WHERE | WHEN Island Trees Library, 38 Farmedge Rd., Levittown; 7 p.m.
INFO $4; 516-731-2211; nassaulibrary.org/islantr/
Children ages 5 to 11 learn new stitches with thread, fabric, glue and ribbon.

Friday, January 27
Friday Fun
WHERE |WHEN Farmingdale Library, 116 Merritts Rd., Farmingdale; 1:30 p.m.
INFO Free; 516-249-9090; farmingdalelibrary.org
Open to children of all ages with an adult; enjoy craft activities with provided materials. Preference given to Union Free School District 22 residents.

Pajama Storytime
WHERE | WHEN Brentwood Library, 34 Second Ave., Brentwood; 7-7:45 p.m.
INFO Free; 631-273-7883
Children ages 3-6 can come in their pajamas to listen to stories, sing songs and dance. Registration is required.

Saturday, January 28
Family-Friendly Performance: Hudson Vagabond Puppets
WHERE | WHEN Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Center, 76 Main St., Westhampton; 3 p.m.
INFO $25, $20, $15; 631-288-1500; whbpac.org
Hudson Vagabond Puppets presents Jemima Puddle-Duck: The Story of a Fierce Bad Rabbit, which features giant puppets that dance and act in narrated ballets.

Read to a Dog
WHERE | WHEN Hampton Library, 2478 Main St., Bridgehampton; 2 p.m.
INFO Free; 631-537-0015
Children ages 5 and up can read to a certified therapy dog; registration is required.

Saturday, January 28 and Sunday, January 29
The Science of Ice Cream
WHERE | WHEN Maritime Explorium, 101 East Broadway, Port Jefferson; 1-5 p.m.
INFO $5; 631-331-3277; maritimeexplorium.org
Learn the physics of phase transitions while making a batch of ice cream, for Elmont Library cardholders in grades 7 to 12.

Monday, January 30
Ballet Workshop
WHERE | WHEN Farmingdale Library, 116 Merritts Rd., Farmingdale; 2 p.m.
INFO Free; 516-249-9090; farmingdalelibrary.org
Children ages 2 to 5 accompanied with an adult will enjoy ballet-themed storytime. First come, first served; preference given to Union Free School District 22 residents.

Beary Special Wreath
WHERE | WHEN Island Trees Library, 38 Farmedge Rd., Levittown; 4: 30 p.m.
INFO $4; 516-736-2211; www.nassaulibrary.org/islandtr/
Children ages 5 to11 make a wreath using beads, snowflakes and a bear.

Tuesday, January 31
Valentine's Cake Pops
WHERE | WHEN Island Trees Library, 38 Farmedge Rd., Levittown; 6:30-7:30 p.m.
INFO Free; 516-731-2211; www.nassaulibrary.org/islandtr/
Children in grades 5 to 12 learn how to make cake and fondant for cut outs.

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