It’s easy to overlook poor, little February. Blink and you might miss all 28 days.
On Long Island, however, we can pack plenty of fun into those four weeks. All we need is equal parts imagination and preparation.
With that in mind, we offer you our top picks for family entertainment during the month. We start with a Lunar New Year jubilee and a Super Bowl party and continue with Valentine’s Day and even some winter break suggestions. In between, you might want to catch a train show, or even go on a nature hike (yes, we have some outdoor fun planned).
Either way, celebrate the last full month of winter with our help. And don’t forget to check out our Long Island Events Calendar for even more exciting family options as they develop throughout the month.
Lunar New Year Celebration — Port Washington
Landmark on Main Street
Join iSchool of Music and Art performers in a celebration of the Asian festival. Enjoy authentic Chinese food, theater performances by the Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company, and crafts in celebration of the Year of the Rooster.
"Nature Nick" Jacinto and one of his exotic friends, a kangaroo rat.
Saturday Morning with "Nature Nick" — Oyster Bay
East Woods School
“Nature Nick” Jacinto is News12 Long Island’s resident animal expert. He brings his show—and his exotic buddies—to East Woods, where parents can leave their children for a few hours under teacher supervision.
Weekend Open Art Studio — East Hampton
East End families will enjoy this interactive craft project, where children can work independently or with a caregiver.
Model Train Show — East Farmingdale
This 4,000-square-foot, O-gauge model railroad features 10 trains running over 19 scale miles of main lines, branch lines, subways and more. FREE.
Alice in Wonderland Follies — Brookville
Tilles Center for the Performing Arts
It's a fresh take on the classic story, performed for children 4 and older by New York Theatre Ballet.
Super Bowl Party — Wantagh
Dress your kids in their favorite team’s jersey for a fun-filled sports party that includes football drills, a game-related art project and, of course, munchies. Don’t worry, you’ll be home in plenty of time for the big game.
Full Moon Hike — Quogue
Quogue Wildlife Refuge
Join members of the nature refuge for a nighttime hike through the forest in a search of nocturnal creatures. Enjoy some night-vision activities, too. Reservations are required.
Be Mine Ball — Garden City
Long Island Children's Museum
Dress yourself and your little ones in red and join in the museum's early Valentine's Day celebration. Enjoy dancing, face-painting and love-based craft projects.
Disney's Beauty and the Beast — Patchogue
Patchogue Theatre for the Performing Arts
An abridged children's version of the Broadway classic is performed by the Ovations Dance Repertory Company.
"Prehistoric Hysteria" — Smithtown
Caleb Smith State Park Preserve
Kids 3 and older discover what it’s like to be a paleontologist during a search for fossils and a fossil-making exercise.
Treat your little princess to a tea party at Long Island Aquarium.
Princess Tea Party —Riverhead
Long Island Aquarium and Exhibition Center
A formal white-glove tea party awaits your little princess, who will dance and sing with her entire entourage.
Tiny Tot Valentine’s Ball —Nesconset
Nesconset branch of Smithtown Library
Enjoy a special afternoon with your special valentine. Kids ages 2 to 5 dance, sing, play, and create love-themed crafts. FREE.
Great Backyard Bird Count Walk — Mastic Beach
William Floyd Estate
This 3-mile walk for ages 5 and older helps wildlife experts observe and identify bird species found on the famous William Floyd property. FREE.
Washington’s Birthday Party — Cold Spring Harbor
The Whaling Museum and Education Center of Cold Spring Harbor
Kids of all ages can learn about the nation’s first president and the Colonial era. The party includes a Washington birthday cake.
Winter Sanctuary Adventure — Oyster Bay
Theodore Roosevelt Sanctuary and Audubon Center
Explore wildlife habitats, scientific investigation and, if weather permits, an outdoor marshmallow roast. Dress in layers and include snow boots. Come daily or for the entire week.
Native American Crafts and Games — Glen Cove
Garvies Point Museum and Preserve
Kids ages 5 to 12 can play authentic games and explore other aspects of Native American culture. FREE with museum admission; visit daily or all four days.
Winter Beach Botany Walk — Fire Island National Seashore
Wilderness Visitor Center
Fire Island’s not just for the summer. Kids 4 and older identify plants growing on the barrier beach, dunes and bay shorelines.
See fire jugglers and more at Harborfrost, Sag Harbor's annual celebration of winter. Photo by henryo11 via Instagram.
Harborfrost — Sag Harbor
Sag Harbor Chamber of Commerce
The community’s annual celebration of winter includes a polar plunge, jugglers, balloons, ice sculptures, live music and more. Adults can enjoy coffee, tea, pastries and wine tastings. FREE.
Maple Sugaring Demonstrations — East Setauket
Kids get an introduction to the sugaring process, from tapping trees to collecting sap. Afterward, enjoy hot chocolate and cider by a warming fire.
Unless otherwise noted, photos courtesy of the events.