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

Grace McQuade

Plaza Theatricals Presents: “Annie”

Friday, Dec. 28, Saturday, Dec. 29 and Monday, Dec. 31 at 11 a.m. and Sunday, Dec. 30 at 12 p.m.

The popular, redheaded Little Orphan Annie takes center stage in this adaptation of one of the word’s best-loved and most-performed musicals.    

Where: The Showplace at Bellmore Movies, 222 Petit Ave., Bellmore | Info & Tickets: 516-599-6870 or 

The Big Bolt

Friday, Dec. 28 through Sunday, Dec. 31, 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. 

In this new production by Holly Hepp-Galvan, kids ages 3 to 8 will laugh along with aspiring engineer Jimmi on her misadventures and learn lessons about honesty, consequences and forgiveness.

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

Elf the Musical

Friday, Dec. 28 at 8 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 29 at 3 p.m. and 8 p.m., and Sunday, Dec. 30 at 2 p.m.

Based on the beloved film, “Elf the Musical” tells the tale of a young orphan who is mistakenly transported to the North Pole. With Santa’s help, the boy embarks on a journey to New York City to find his birth father, discover his true identity, and remember the true meaning of Christmas.

Where: John W. Engeman Theater, 250 Main Street, Northport
Info & Tickets: 631-261-2900 or

Jones Beach Magic of Lights Drive-Through Show

Friday, Dec. 28 through Sunday, Dec. 30, 5 p.m. to 10 pm.

If you haven’t yet experienced the Magic of Lights Drive-Through Show at Jones Beach, then head to the Holiday Festival Village where you can enjoy a winter wonderland filled with holiday music and movies, a hay maze, themed holiday displays and more. 

Where: Jones Beach State Park, 1000 Ocean Parkway, Wantagh
Info & Tickets: 516-785-1600 or

New Year’s Eve Bash

Sunday, Dec. 30, 11 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Children of all ages can join the countdown till 12 noon and make a time capsule for the year 2018. They will also enjoy hot chocolate and crafts as they think of resolutions for 2019. $12 per child; $6 per adult.    

Where: The Whaling Museum and Education Center, 279 Main St. (Route 25A), Cold Spring Harbor/ Info: 631-367-3418 or 

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