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Long Island Kids' Activities August 9-10: The Science of Ice Cream, Live Theater, Family Nature Club, LI Potato Festival & More

The summer is whizzing by, but there's still a few weeks left in August to make it a good one. Take in some live children's theater in Garden City, Smithtown or Port Jefferson. Explore the great outdoors with Seatuck's free Family Nature Club on Sunday. Smell, eat, see and play with all things potato at the Long Island Potato Festival in Cutchogue (kids under age 12 are free).

And for those of you out on the East End, be sure to check out CMEE's Summer Concert Series every Tuesday this month. Mommy Poppins Hamptons and North Fork Family Guide is a proud sponsor and we'll be on hand each week with a new prize to give away!

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Saturday, August 9

Shark Week Family Day - Riverhead. In preparation of the Discovery Channel's upcoming Shark Week, the Long Island Aquarium will host a shark expert, face painting, scavenger hunt and more at Shark Week Day. Cost: Regular admission (Optimum Rewards card holders receive 30% off admission.)

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Rubber Duckie Race - Flanders. Watch the rubber duckie race or donate $5 to race one of your own at the Big Duck. Cost: free to watch, $5 to race.

Family Art Day - Stony Brook. Adoptable animals, face painting, magic show, crafts, art work at the Stony Brook Village Center. Cost: Free.

Yoga at the Farm - Peconic. Join a yoga teacher in the fields of Sang Lee Farms for yoga followed by a fresh organic veggie juice. Children and adults welcome. Bring a mat or towel. Cost: $15/person.

Explore the Science of Ice Cream - Port Jefferson. Learn about the physics of making ice cream and create your own batch at The Maritime Explorium.

Butterfly Gardening - Bridgehampton. Learn how to create your own butterfly garden, which local butterflies you might attract and more at the South Fork Natural History Museum. Cost: $5 per child, $7/adult.

The Little Mermaid JR. - Garden City. Live performance on Saturday and Sunday at the Long Island Children's Museum. Cost: Tickets $12/each. Must be purchased in advance.

How I Became a Pirate - Oakdale. This book comes to life on stage in a theatrical performance. Show dates through Aug. 23. Cost: $12/ticket.

Eco Junior Program - Brookhaven. Southaven County Park, kids will explore ecosystems and learn about nature. Cost: free, advance registration required.

Engineering Activities for Kids - Garden City. Engineering camp for kids being held at the Cradle of Aviation Museum. Cost: $255

Craft for Kids - New Hyde Park. At Lakeshore Learning Store, kids can do a free craft. Cost: Free.

Swimmy Puppet Show - Sag Harbor. The kids will love to see Swimmy Vermont's PuppeTree's two shows based on Leo Lionnie's book, SWIMMY. Cost: Tickets are $8/$10/$12

Peter Pan: The Musical - Smithtown. This live musical theater performance is running through mid-August. Cost: $15-$30/ticket.

Pinnochio - Port Jefferson. Live performance of Pinnochio at Theatre Three. Cost: $10/ticket.

Train a Seal, Kiss a Sea Lion at the Long Island Aquarium - Riverhead. Bring the kids to the Long Island Aquarium in Riverhead on Saturday for a fun-filled day of behind-the-scenes action. During the event, which runs from 10:15am to 2:15pm, kids will be able to get up close and personal with some of the creatures that call the aquarium home. Cost: $155 per person.

Science Saturday at the Long Island Science Center - Riverhead. Kids can learn and play at the Long Island Science Center with over 30 hands-on exhibits. The center is open from 11am to 4pm. Cost: $5 per person.

Bullies: The Musical Puppet Show - Deer Park. This anti-bullying platform informs children about bullies and bullying in an light-hearted way. Cost: $10/ticket.

Our Lady of the Assumption Feast - Copiague. This weekend-long festival will feature games, rides and carnival food. Cost: free to enter, P.O.P. bracelets available. (All weekend)

Dragon Ball Z - Huntington. Film Cost: Children under 12 $5/ CAC Members $6/ Public $11/ Free for Young Film Fan Members.

Sunday, August 10

Sunday Seatuck Family Nature Club - Islip. These programs will be geared around the current season and include topics such as seasonal birds, tremendous trees and signs of the season. Cost: free.

Spoons and Tunes - Long Beach. Breakfast for adults and kiddies with a full cereal bar, plus a sing-a-long with Long Beach musician JAHSTIX. Cost: $20.

LEGO Club at CMEE - Bridgehampton. Children's Museum of the East End, Bridgehampton, 10am. Children can construct works of art using the thousands of Legos at the Museum. Cost: Free with admission.

Messy Afternoons at LICM - Garden City. Long Island Children's Museum, Garden City, 3:30pm-5pm. Work on a fun project at LICM. Cost: Free with admission. (All weekend)

Mommy/Daddy Me Anti-Gravity Yoga - Bellmore. Have your little one explore the Anti-Gravity hammocks while building basic motor skills. All kids AGY classes are structured to introduce basic life skills and build confidence in a light-hearted way while having fun. Cost: $20.

Family Sundays at the Nassau County Museum of Art - Roslyn. Each Sunday, Nassau County Museum of Art offers a 1pm docent-led family walk-through of the exhibition and supervised art activities for the whole family beginning at 1:30pm. Special family-friendly gallery guides of the main exhibition are available in the galleries.

Photo: Yoga at Sang Lee Farms. Courtesy of Jaime Sumersille

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