Long Island Kids' Activities November 17 & 18: Thanksgiving C'bration, Beauty & the Beast's Magical Christmas, Velveteen Rabbit

Things to Do for Kids and Families on Long Island the Weekend of November 17 and 18

Happy weekend before Thanksgiving! In between your preparations, this weekend you can take the kids to a Thanksgiving celebration at the Long Island Science Center, a nature walk at the Suffolk County Farm and Education Center in Yaphank, or how about a show? Beauty and the Beast's Magical Christmas is playing at the Vanderbilt Carriage House, and The Velveteen Rabbit is playing at the Tilles Center. As always, check out our events calendar for more great activities.


Thanksgiving Celebration
Long Island Science Center
11:00am - 4:00pm
Celebrate Thanksgiving at the Long Island Science Center. Learn about the turkey, and find out the difference between a turkey and a chicken!

Nature in November
Suffolk County Farm and Education Center
11:00am - 12:30pm
Take a nature walk to see local trees and animals and make a Thanksgving-themed nature craft.


"The Velveteen Rabbit" performed by Enchantment Theatre Company
Tilles Center for the Performing Arts
$22, $14               
With an original musical score, life-size puppets, masks and magic, Margery Williams's famous and much-loved literary classic comes to life. Recommended for ages 4 and up. Sponsored by NIC Holding Corp.

Family Sundays at the Museum
Nassau County Museum of Art
Roslyn Harbor
Free with museum admission, $10, $8, $4            
Now there's even more reason for families to plan the weekend around a visit to Nassau County Museum of Art. Each Sunday the museum offers a 1 p.m. docent-led family walk-through of the exhibition and supervised art activities for the whole family beginning at 1:30 p.m. Special family guides of the main exhibition are available in the galleries. Family Sundays at the Museum is free with museum admission, reservations are not needed. Weekends only there is a $2 parking fee (members, free).

Saturday and Sunday

Beauty and the Beast's Magical Christmas
Vanderbilt Carriage House
$10, children $8, children under 3 free   
Favorite characters from the Disney story celebrate the holiday.