The Island Today: The top events for kids for the coming week

Grace McQuade

SMLI’s Holiday Program: Detectives on the Case
Friday, Dec. 29, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The science activity center located on the Leeds Pond Preserve offers enrichment workshops for children on weekdays and during school vacations, as well as field trips. This holiday workshop will have children putting their thinking caps on as they become little detectives. Must be pre-registered. Members: $65 per child; non-members: $75 per child.

Where: Science Museum of Long Island, 1526 North Plandome Road, Plandome
Info: 516-627-9400 or

“Noon” Year’s Eve Bash at the Little Gym of Roslyn
Friday, Dec. 29, 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Children will have the opportunity to create their own noise makers, participate in gym activities, and enjoy a countdown to the noon balloon drop. Light refreshments will be served.

Where: The Little Gym of Roslyn, 55 Lumber Road, Roslyn
516-513-0699 or

Let’s Celebrate the New Year!
Friday, Dec. 29 through Monday, Jan. 1, 1 to 5 p.m.

Kids will explore the principles of geometry and design their own Times Square ball!

Where: Maritime Explorium, Port Jeff Harbor, 101 East Broadway, Port Jefferson
Info: 631-331-3277 or

Stage Production: “Oliver!”
Friday, Dec. 29 and Saturday, Dec. 30 at 2 p.m. (ongoing afternoon performances through Sunday, Jan. 21)

Consider yourself in for a good time with Lionel Bart’s musical based on Charles Dickens’ classic novel, “Oliver Twist.” The award-winning show springs to life with some of the most memorable characters and songs ever to hit the stage. Adults: $25; children under 12: $15.

Where: Smithtown Center for the Performing Arts, 2 East Main St., Smithtown
Info & Tickets: 631-724-3700 or

New Year’s Family Bash
Sunday, Dec. 31, 11 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Join the countdown till 12 noon! Children will create a time capsule for 2017, enjoy hot chocolate, and make special crafts to ring in the New Year. The event promises fun for the whole family. All ages welcome; $12 per participant.

Where: The Whaling Museum and Education Center, 279 Main St., Cold Spring Harbor
Info: 631-367-3418 or

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