The Cradle of Aviation Museum
East Garden City (Mitchel Field)
It's celebrating Rocket Week and the opening of its new Junior Jet Club through Friday. From noon to 3 p.m. each day, visitors will be able to participate in a constellation quest and win prizes and construct their own rockets. The Junior Jet Club has been created for children 6 and younger to learn about early aviation, space and what it's like to live on the International Space Station. The IMAX theater is showing "Space Station," "Under the Sea" and "Grand Canyon Adventure." The museum is open Tuesday through Sunday from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Walt Whitman Birthplace
On New Year's Day, there will be a poetry reading marathon hosted by North Sea Poetry Scene, with music and refreshments. Noon to 4 p.m. $7 donation. The historic site also will be open Wednesday and Thursday from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. The birthplace offers tours, a short Whitman video, interactive period-era games for children, an exhibit of Whitman's signatures and a gift shop.
Through Jan. 3, exhibits "Norman Rockwell: American Imagist," "But Who Will Bell The Cats?" and works by Gordon Cheung & Jonathan Seliger. On Jan. 3, Family Sunday at the Museum will be held with a 1 p.m. family walk through of the exhibitions, followed at 1:30 by supervised arts activities. Free with museum admission. The museum is open New Year's Day at the regular hours, 11 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. for the main building; noon to 4:30 p.m. for the MiniArtMuseum.
Through January, visitors can observe as the staff mounts a new exhibit about ice scootering on Great South Bay. Entitled "Wings on Ice," the display features an early Great South Bay gaff-rigged scooter loaned by Dave Farrell. The exhibit opens in January. The museum is open Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday noon to 4 p.m.