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

Grace McQuade

Very Princess Holiday

Saturday, Dec. 22 at 2 p.m. and Wednesday, Dec. 26 at 1 p.m. (additional performances on Dec. 28 and 29)

Children can watch their favorite princesses save the Christmas holiday at one of these afternoon performances.    

Where: Cultural Arts Playhouse, 170 Michael Drive, Syosset | Info & Tickets: 516-694-3330 or 

Ken Ludwig’s ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas’

Saturday, Dec. 22 at 2 p.m. and Sunday, Dec. 23 at 11 a.m. (additional performances through Dec. 30)

At this joyful tribute to the holiday season, a mouse, an elf, and a spunky little girl who just won’t take no for an answer embark on a quest to find out why Santa missed their house last year.     

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


Saturday, Dec. 22 at 2 p.m. (ongoing performances through Dec. 29)

Harassed mercilessly and excluded by his peers because of his luminous red nose, a youthful reindeer manages to prove himself one Christmas Eve after Santa and Mrs. Claus catch sight of his nose and ask him to lead his sleigh for the evening.

Where: Broadhollow Theatre Company, 700 Hempstead Turnpike, Elmont
Info & Tickets: 631-581-2700 or

Pajama Party at JCC

Tuesday, Dec. 25, 9:30 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Children can come in their pajamas for a morning of family fun where they will enjoy a bagel breakfast, crafts, playtime, community service projects, treats and a DJ dance party. Bring a new or gently used children’s book to donate to Book Fairies. $20 per family; members are free.

Where: Sid Jacobson JCC, 300 Forest Drive, East Hills
Info: 516-484-1545 or


Wednesday, Dec. 26 through Friday, Dec. 28, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

While kids in pre-K through 9th grade are on winter break from school, they can experience sessions in art, music, chess, dance and acting taught by experienced teachers on one or over several of these days.

Where: Gold Coast Arts Center, 113 Middle Neck Road, Great Neck
Info & Registration: 516-829-2570 or

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