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

Grace McQuade

The Very Hungry Caterpillar & Other E. Carle Favorites

Friday, Jan. 11 at 10:30 a.m. and Saturday, Jan. 12 at 2 p.m.

Children in grades pre-k through 2 can enjoy three beloved stories by Eric Carle, retold on stage through the magic of black light and fanciful puppets, including “The Very Hungry Caterpillar,” “Little Cloud” and “The Mixed Up Chameleon.” 

Where: Tilles Center for the Performing Arts, 720 Northern Blvd., Brookville
Info & Tickets: 516-299-3100 or

Rubber Ducky Party

Saturday, Jan. 12, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Pre-k kids with adults can celebrate National Rubber Ducky Day by going on a ducky scavenger hunt and creating duck crafts.  $12 child, $6 adult.  

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

MAKEBreak Snowman Slime

Saturday, Jan. 12, 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

Children of all ages can spend a winter afternoon making snowman slime at Michaels, the place where creativity happens. 

Where: Michaels, Manhasset Center, 1350 Northern Blvd. in Manhasset, and Roosevelt Raceway Center, 1280 Corporate Drive in Westbury
Info: 516-627-2875 (Manhasset) or 516-693-0420 (Westbury) or

PBS Kids Live! Really BIG tiny Adventure presented by Zappos Adaptive

Saturday, Jan. 12 at 2 p.m. and 6 p.m.

PBS Kids Live! Really BIG tiny Adventure is the story of Dot, Dee, and Del, the brother and sisters seen every day on PBS programming. Many surprises are in store for the kids, including meeting and learning about the little creatures that live just under foot, music and interactive audience fun, and the solution to the “mystery of the missing tail.”

Where: The Space at Westbury, 250 Post Ave., Westbury
Info & Tickets: 516-283-5566 or

Workshop: ‘Owl’ Be Your Friend

Tuesday, Jan. 15 through Friday, Jan. 18 at 2:30 p.m.

Little ones ages 3 and up will have a hoot at this event where they will create a feathered owl friend using a Styrofoam cup.  The workshop is free with museum admission.

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

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