The Island Today: The top events for kids for the coming week


Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Presents Out of This World

Friday, May 12 at 7 p.m. (ongoing performances through Sunday, May 21)
Before “the greatest show on earth” packs up its tents, come and see these final circus performances on Long Island. Prepare to blast off on a cosmic family adventure unlike any other.  Be the first to climb aboard and take the helm as a circus star seeker. And join the Circus Space Fleet on a journey so thrilling it could only be brought to you by Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey, an institution that dates back more than a century. Parking for this event is $15 upon arrival.
Where: NYCB Live, Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum, 1255 Hempstead Tpke., Uniondale Info: 516-231-4848 or; Tickets: (800)745-3000

DaVinci Group

Saturday, May 13, 10-11:30 a.m.
Children ages 6 to 9 can participate in this painting and drawing class at The Science Museum of Long Island, a science activity center that offers enrichment workshops for children located on the Leeds Pond Preserve. Must be pre-registered.  Weekly class/$75 per month.
Where: Visitor Center at the Science Museum of Long Island, 526 N. Plandome Road, Plandome Info: 516-627-9400 or

Mother’s Day Story Time and Meet
Skippyjon Jones

Saturday, May 13 at 11 a.m. and 12 p.m.
The first story time is a heartwarming tale about raising a happy, healthy mom that is filled with charming, role-reversal humor, creative ideas and lots of love. Then Skippyjon Jones, the Siamese kitten who thinks he is a superhero Chihuahua named El Skippito, will make an appearance.  Kids will read stories of his many adventures and get to take a photo with him.  Activities will follow.
Where: Barnes and Noble, 1542 Northern Blvd., Manhasset
Info: 516-365-6723 or

Eat Up! What’s Cookin’: Edible Flowers for Mother’s Day

Saturday, May 13, 12-1 p.m.
Discover tasty delights growing in these beautiful garden beds.  Youngsters of all ages will concoct and sample a simple recipe full of delicious, seasonal flavors.
Where: Old Westbury Gardens, 71 Old Westbury Rd., Old Westbury | Info: 516-333-0048 or

Mother’s Day

Saturday, May 13 and Sunday, May 14, 1-5 p.m.
Using a variety of interesting materials, children will design a special message in a bottle to give to their special mother on her special day!
Where: The Maritime Explorium, 101 East Broadway, Port Jefferson | Info: (631)331-3277 or



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