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

Grace McQuade

Fancy Nancy Oodles of Kittens Story Time
Saturday, Jan. 27 at 11 a.m.

Fancy Nancy returns in a story about felines, canines, and making new, four-legged friends. Nancy’s new kitten meets her posh pup, Frenchy. Will her two pets ever get along? Will Nancy be able to love them both the same? Find out at this story time, with activities to follow.

Where: Barnes and Noble, 1542 Northern Blvd. in Manhasset and
91 Old Country Road in Carle Place | Info: 516-365-6723 (Manhasset),
516-741-9850 (Carle Place) or

Penguin Palooza!
Saturday, Jan. 27, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

What kind of penguins live in the Antarctic? Children of all ages can touch real penguin feathers, go on a scavenger hunt, and create lots of penguin crafts. $15 child, $5 adults, members half price.

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

Puppet Show: “Goodnight Moon” and “The Runaway Bunny”
Sunday, Jan. 28 at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.

Celebrate these two children’s classics — both featuring endearing rabbit characters, soothing rhythms of bunny banter, and dream-like imagery — performed using a variety of puppet styles to tell the stories. $25 per tickets, $22 friends.

Where: Landmark on Main Street, 232 Main St., Port Washington
Info: 516-767-1384 or

stART (Story + Art)
Tuesday, Jan. 30 and Thursday, Feb. 1 at 11:30 a.m.

Children ages 3 to 5 can join each week at this time to read childhood classics followed by a take-home, book-inspired craft. This week the featured book is “The Snowy Day” by Ezra Jack Keats. 

Where: Long Island Children’s Museum, 11 Davis Ave., Garden City
Info: 516-224-5800 or

Fix It Photo Event
Thursday, Jan. 25 through Sunday, Jan. 28 (call the studio to schedule a session)

Good under the hood is JCPenney Portrait Studio’s new fix-it photo theme during this special, four-day event. Get ready to roll with a license plate background, tool box with assorted kid-safe tools, red and blue bandanas, and a mini red wagon. Feel free to bring your own props, too, to personalize your child’s photo session.

Where: JCPenney Portrait Studio, Roosevelt Field Mall (use north parking deck in front of JCPenney or the mall entrance near Skinny Pizza), 630 Old Country Road, Garden City
Info: 516-877-1100 or

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