November GoList: The Best Things to Do with Long Island Kids

Family Events and Activities in Long Island, New York, November 2018

Say what you will about November, but few months are more, well, American. Our national celebration of thanks bonds citizens from Port Washington to Port Jefferson and from Manhasset to Montauk.

Long Islanders this month will vote in regional elections, honor our veterans, eat some turkey, maybe watch some football, and perhaps even engage in that all-American sport of Black Friday shopping. Who needs Amazon when you’ve got Roosevelt Field, right?

November heralds the arrival of the holiday season, but before rushing into Christmas, New Year’s, and the dead of winter, why not take a few moments to contemplate the majesty of the calendar’s 11th month. Grab a sweater, go for a hike, bear witness to the foliage, compete in a turkey trot, and remember all that we love about our overcrowded, traffic-strewn piece of island real estate. We at Mommy Poppins will be right there with you.

Here are our picks for the best in family entertainment in November. Our Long Island Events Calendar offers exciting family options as they develop throughout the month, and our Fall Fun Guide will keep you and your family moving right up until that first day of winter.

Here we go.

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See amazing displays of design creativity at Canstruction in Uniondale.

Canstruction Long Island — Uniondale
Through November 12
Come see the architectural creations of Long Island contractors, engineers, and student designers to benefit Long Island’s Interfaith Nutrition Network. Admission is one canned food good.

Night Sky Observation at the Vanderbilt Planetarium — Centerport
Fridays, November 2, 9, 16, 23, 30
Have a budding astronomer in your family? Or maybe just a Star Trek fan? Either way, the planetarium offers FREE viewings of the night sky from its rooftop observatory.

Family Fun Day — Southampton
Saturday, November 3
Southampton Youth Services presents this outdoor celebration. Enjoy inflatables, games, prizes, face painting, treats, and more.

I Love Chocolate Fest — Old Bethpage
Saturday, November 3-Sunday, November 4
Who doesn’t love chocolate? Head to Old Bethpage Village Restoration for a celebration of all things chocolate. Enjoy more than 50 exhibitors, old-time baseball, scavenger hunts, and more.

Habitat Exploration at Fox Hollow Preserve — Syosset
Saturday, November 3
Join naturalist Russell Burke in exploring Fox Hollow’s 26 acres in search of frogs, salamanders and toads. FREE

Sweet Bee’s Honey Festival — Garden City
Sunday, November 4
Enjoy honey tastings and sales, movies, face painting, honeybee seminars, and more at the Cradle of Aviation Museum.

Long Island Comic Book Expo — Melville
Sunday, November 4
Enjoy superheroes, cosplay, vendors, toys, light-saber training, and more at the Huntington Hilton.

Diwali Festival – Stony Brook
Friday, November 9
Celebrate the Hindu festival of lights at the Charles B. Wang Center on Stony Brook University's campus. The celebration includes a worship service and procession of lights.

Family Maker Space — Rockville Centre
Saturday, November 10
Bring the family to the Center for Science Teaching & Learning and become inventors for a day.

Hanukkah Fair — Cold Spring Harbor
Sunday, November 11
Get a head start on the holiday at Kehillath Shalom Synagogue with latkes, dreidels, Israeli treats, a holiday boutique, and music from Janice Buckner.

Pinocchio — Port Washington
Sunday, November 11
The beloved story of the wooden boy who comes to life comes alive at Landmark on Main Street’s stage.

Elf The Musical — Northport
Weekends beginning Thursday, November 16-Sunday, December 30
The cherished holiday tale of Buddy the wannabe Christmas elf comes alive on the Engeman Theater stage.

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Mickey and friends skate into Nassau Coliseum beginning November 15. Photo courtesy of Disney

Disney on Ice: Mickey’s Search Party — Nassau Coliseum, Uniondale
Thursday, November 15-Sunday, November 25 (no shows November 19-22)
Children can help Mickey and his friends find Tinker Bell by searching the spirit world with Miguel, sailing with Moana, and singing with Elsa.

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The holiday spectacular Magic of Lights returns to Jones Beach State Park, lighting up the night. Photo courtesy of Magic of Lights

Magic of Lights — Jones Beach State Park
Friday, November 16-Sunday, December 30
This holiday lights spectacular returns to the state park. Enjoy a two-mile drive amid seasonal music, hot cocoa, smores, and, of course, Santa. On Tuesdays, cars can drive through a second time for FREE.

The Nutcracker — Islandwide
Beginning Saturday, November 17
Usher in the holiday season with the time-honored classic. The American Dance Theatre of Long Island begins with a production on Nov. 17 in East Hampton.

Native American Feast — Glen Cove
Saturday, November 17-Sunday, November 18
Gather at Garvies Point Museum and Preserve for this celebration of Native American culture. Enjoy pottery making and fire building displays, too. Rain or shine. 

Turkey Trots — Islandwide
Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, November 22
These seasonal fundraisers are held in Garden CityMassapequa, Oyster BayMontaukBlue PointHuntington, and elsewhere.

Festival of Trees — Garden City
Friday, November 23-Sunday, November 25
Enjoy a gingerbread village, a display of Christmas trees, and, new this year, FREE ice skating at the Cradle of Aviation. By the way, the museum is just down the road from Roosevelt Field mall if you need a break on Black Friday.

Thanksgiving Weekend Children’s Theater — Islandwide
Friday, November 23-Sunday, November 25
Had enough of bargain-hunting? Why not treat the kids to a show over the holiday weekend? Enjoy Barnaby Saves Christmas and A Christmas Carol in Port Jefferson; Mooseltoe in Bellport; Once Upon a Mattress in Babylon; A Charlie Brown Christmas in Patchogue; Twas the Night Before Christmas in Smithtown; and The Headless Horseman of Sleepy Hollow (comic version) in Sag Harbor.

Polar Express Trolley — Riverhead, Southampton
Friday, November 24-Saturday, December 23
All aboard beginning Thanksgiving weekend. Join the train at the North or South Fork stops and enjoy Liam Neeson’s reading of The Polar Express. Afterward, enjoy cocoa and cookies with Santa.

Tree Lightings — Islandwide
Saturday, November 24-Sunday, November 25
Deck the halls at the Vanderbilt Mansion in Centerport; the Fire Island Lighthouse; and, of course, the Montauk Point Lighthouse.