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

Grace McQuade

Martin Luther King Jr. Skate Weekend

Friday, Jan. 18 through Monday, Jan. 21 (see venue website for a schedule of daily activities)

Children can celebrate the civil rights icon and have fun over the holiday weekend at the roller rink, where there will be early bird specials, pizza parties, princesses and more. 

Where: United Skates of America, 1276 Hicksville Road, Seaford | Info:
516-795-5474 •

Story Time & Activities featuring ‘The Duchess and Guy: A Rescue-to-Royalty Puppy Love Story’

Saturday, Jan. 19, 11 a.m. to 12 p.m.

This children’s book is inspired by real-life Princess Meghan Markle, who wed British Prince Harry, and her rescue dog Guy.  The story time includes a coupon for a grilled cheese sandwich with milk or juice for $4 at the Café.

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

Live Musical: ‘Jack and the Beanstalk’

Saturday, Jan. 19, 11 a.m. (ongoing performances through Feb. 23)

A handful of magic beans start Jack on one of the best-remembered adventures in this musical the whole family will enjoy.  Children can explore the castle in the sky with Jack and his many friends as he learns the importance of truth-telling.

Where: Theatre Three, 412 Main St., Port Jefferson
Info & Tickets: 631-928-9100 or

Disney’s ‘Aladdin Jr.’

Saturday, Jan. 19 and Sunday, Jan. 20 at 2 p.m. (ongoing performances through Feb. 24)

Aladdin is down on his luck until he discovers a magic lamp and the Genie who has the power to grant him three wishes. Wanting to earn the respect of Princess Jasmine, Aladdin embarks on an adventure that will test his will and moral character.

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

Peaceful Painting

Monday, Jan. 21 at 11 a.m., 1 p.m. or 3 p.m.

Every January, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. is honored at the  museum for his commitment to peace and equality. The white dove is a universal symbol of peace, love, and harmony. Children ages 5 and up can pay tribute to King’s message by creating a colorful collage of this symbol.

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

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