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

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


Friday, May 18 through Saturday, June 9 (weekdays at 10:15 a.m. and 12:15 p.m.; weekends at 11:30 a.m. and 2 p.m.)

Gruff! is an interactive, family-friendly and puppet-filled musical about saving the world from environmental disaster. In this reinvention of “The Three Billy Goats Gruff” fairy tale, children ages 3 and up will learn the importance of taking care of the environment. 

Where: Long Island Children’s Museum, 11 Davis Ave., Garden City
Info & Tickets: 516-224-5800 or

Maker Up! Maker Projects: Feathers and Friends

Saturday, May 19, 12 to 1 p.m.

Children ages 6 and up can join a guided walk in the gardens to unearth their inner artist. They will gather natural inspiration to form a seasonally-inspired take-home craft. The event is free with admission. 

Where: Old Westbury Gardens, 71 Old Westbury Road, Old Westbury
Info: 516-333-0048 or

Roald Dahl’s Willy Wonka, JR.

Saturday, May 19 at 2 p.m. and Sunday, May 20 at 11 a.m. (ongoing performances through June 24)

Roald Dahl’s Willy Wonka, JR. follows enigmatic candy manufacturer Willy Wonka as he stages a contest by hiding golden tickets in five of his scrumptious candy bars. Whoever comes up with these tickets wins a free tour of the Wonka factory, as well as a lifetime supply of candy, but the children involved in the hunt must follow Mr. Wonka’s rules — or suffer the consequences. All seats $15.

Where: Smithtown Performing Arts Center, 2 East Main St., Smithtown
Info & Tickets: 631-724-3700 or

Water Safety Day at Goldfish Swim School

Saturday, May 19, 4 to 6 p.m.

According to the Centers for Disease Control, drowning is the leading cause of accidental-injury death among children ages 1 to 4. Goldfish Swim School will host a free Water Safety Day, where children and families will receive information about ways to stay safer in and around the water this summer.

Where: Goldfish Swim School, 650 Stewart Ave., Garden City
Info: 516-267-5120 or

Art Compass: For Teens and Young Adults with Autism

Tuesday, May 22, 4 to 5:15 p.m. (also on June 5 and 12)

Based on current exhibitions at the museum, this workshop encourages teens with autism to explore different methods of art making and how a museum can be a resource for creative inspiration. They will receive hands-on training in basic artistic processes that can be translated into practical job skills.

Where: Nassau County Museum of Art, One Museum Drive, Roslyn Harbor
Info: 516-484-9337, [email protected] or

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