MLK Weekend Fun for LI Kids: Dream Big, Princess Brunch, Nature, and More

Things to Do for Kids and Families on Long Island, January 13-15, 2018

There are many places on Long Island to give your kids an introduction to the mission of Martin Luther King Jr., including crafts-centered destinations, painting, and more

If there's still snow on the ground this weekend, check out these sledding hot spots. Keep the kids from climbing the walls and have them explore these indoor play gyms/sports centers instead. Or hit the ice at these indoor skating rinks. If you're keeping an eye on your wallet after the holidays, check out these FREE indoor play spaces across Long Island.

For more activities to fill the three-day weekend, pop over to our January GoList or Winter Fun Guide to find more seasonal fun. Mark your calendars with our list of 50 things to do indoors with Long Island kids this winter.

Of course, our Event Calendar is loaded with fun daily events for Long Island kids. Don't see a great event listed here? Add it to our Event Calendar yourself

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Go on an icy adventure with Elsa and Kristoff when Disney on Ice comes to Nassau Coliseum. Photo courtesy of Disney on Ice

All Weekend

Disney on Ice —  Uniondale
Mickey and Minnie Mouse, Donald Duck, and Goofy set the stage for a star-studded extravaganza as Disney On Ice presents Reach For The Stars at Nassau Coliseum.

Circuits and Gears — Port Jefferson
Learn how to sew with circuits, and use gears to construct a merry-go-round at the Maritime Explorium. Create these and then meander around the hands-on museum.

Cinderella — Bellmore
Plaza Theatrical Productions presents the time-honored classic live on stage. Stay after for a character meet-and-greet. 

Remembering Martin Luther King, Jr. - Bridgehampton
In addition to a noon reading of Shane W. Evans’ “We March” on Saturday, Sunday, and Monday, kids will add their hand-prints to CMEE's commUNITY canvas, and learn more about the civil rights leader’s impact with a specially curated collection of age-appropriate books. 

Saturday, January 13

Winter Seal Walks — Wantagh
This program highlights the seals that visit our area each winter. Walk along the shoreline to see these amazing aquatic mammals. Note: Dress warmly and wear comfy walking shoes.


Enjoy a day of science activities and more at the Center for Science Teaching and Learning. Photo courtesy of the center

Physics Fun — Rockville Centre
Head to The Center for Science Teaching and Learning and become a physicist for the day, engaging in activities and experiments in topics such as sound, magnets and buoyancy. 

Wildlife Oddities — Smithtown
At Caleb Smith State Park Preserve, explore the lives of fun, odd, and interesting wildlife in and around the preserve.

Freckleface Strawberry — Syosset
Enjoy this fun and touching musical for the whole family, performed live on the Cultural Arts Playhouse stage.

101 Dalmatians — Merrick
Thrill to this fun-filled, live theatrical performance of 101 Dalmatians and stay for the character meet-and-greet afterward.


Enjoy ducky-themed activities as part of National Rubber Ducky Day at the Whaling Museum. Photo courtesy of the museum

Rubber Ducky Party — Cold Spring Harbor
Celebrate National Rubber Ducky Day at The Whaling Museum with fun ducky-themed activities, a scavenger hunt and plenty of crafts.

Sunday, January 14

Paradise Garden Festival — Oyster Bay
Can't make it to an island paradise this winter? Well, head to the Planting Fields Foundation's annual festival for a day of tropical plant life. Cozy up in the warm winter garden. The day's events include steel drumming and other live music, kids' crafts, and homemade food. FREE

Story Time & Craft — Port Washington
Enjoy a reading of A Small Blue Whale and stay at Dolphin Bookshop for a craft afterward. FREE

Bunces North Hike — Oakdale
Travel along a scenic portion of the Connetquot River, learning about the local and natural history at the center of the park. Start at the fish hatchery and pass by historic sites including Bunces Bridge and Shanty Line.


The whole family will thrill to Happy as Clams: The Musical at the LICM theater. Photo courtesy of the theater

Happy as Clams: The Musical — Garden City
Join LICM for a live musical adventure set on Long Island’s Great South Bay. Meet Clammy the Clam, who confesses she is not “happy as a clam,” and sets out to find happiness by wishing on a star. 

Mommy & Me Zumba — Bellmore
Shake a tail feather while torching some calories in this moms-and-kids exercise class offered by FITMixx. 

Once Upon a Time Princess Breakfast — Seaford
Meet your favorite princesses while enjoying a full breakfast buffet at United Skates of America. Note: This is a nonskating event. 


At Seatuck's Family Nature Club, kids can learn about seasonal birds, trees, and plenty more. Photo courtesy of the club

Seatuck's Family Nature Club — Islip
Join the Seatuck Environmental Association to learn about seasonal birds, tremendous trees, and other signs of the season. 

Family Volunteer Opportunity: Book Sorting — Freeport
Join the Book Fairies as they sort books for schools and students in need across Long Island and metropolitan New York. FREE

Monday, January 15

1-2-3 Andrés — Garden City
Singer/songwriter 1-2-3 Andrés' music promotes learning and cultural connections. He inspires everyone to sing and dance while learning about geography, language, and Latino culture.

Martin Luther King Jr. Day Paint Event — Amityville
Help kids remember MLK Jr. by painting a beautiful symbol of peace on canvas at Key to My Art. This is a drop-off event.

Dream Big at The Whaling Museum — Cold Spring Harbor
Whale ships carried the dreams of culturally diverse people from around the world. Celebrate this special day and commemorate Dr. King by crafting a special “dream pillow” to take home. 

Snowman Paint Class for Kids — Greenlawn
Kids learn how to create a snowman on canvas at Mini Monet. This event includes step-by-step instructions and all materials. 

School's Out Camp — Rockville Centre
The Center for Science Teaching and Learning offers full-day programs during school breaks that get kids involved in hands-on science experiments and exploration. 

Camp Pump It Up — Great Neck
Drop the kids off at Camp Pump It Up, where doors to imaginative play open through themed activities and events.

Dreaming With Martin Luther King Jr. — Garden City
Explore the life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. at the Long Island Children's Museum by creating a stained-glass collage to honor his vision.

Carnival Day Camp —- Syosset
Great Play hosts a carnival-themed prince and princess day camp for kids ages 3-6.

Top photo: Learn about circuits and more at the Maritime Explorium this weekend. Photo courtesy of the explorium

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