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

Grace McQuade

Butterfly and Bird Festival

Saturday, June 8, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Come to Sweetbriar’s grand opening of their enclosed Butterfly Garden, where children can get up close with the colorful flying critters. There will also be musical entertainment, crafts, games, face painting, animal shows, and craft vendors. Admission is $20 per family.

Where: Sweet Briar Nature Center, 62 Eckernkamp Drive, Smithtown
Info & Tickets: 631-979-6344 or

Story Time & Activities featuring ‘Moon’s First Friends: One Giant Leap for Friendship’

Saturday, June 8, 11 a.m. to 12 p.m.

From high up in the sky, the Moon has spent her whole life watching Earth and hoping for someone to visit. When is it her turn? Join this free story time and activities, and get a coupon from the Café for a grilled cheese sandwich with milk or juice for $4.

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

Musical: ‘My Butterfly’

Saturday, June 8, 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and 2 to 3 p.m.

When a newly-appointed yard elf accidentally pulls up a milkweed, she becomes responsible for a butterfly egg. With the help of a feisty fairy, she works to protect and nurture her new caterpillar friend through metamorphosis and onto a high-flying happy ending in this musical that encourages audiences to plant milkweed to transform butterflies into soaring sensations.

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

Butterfly Tea Party

Saturday, June 8, 2 to 4 p.m.

Discover what makes a butterfly an insect, make a cute craft and take a walk around the preserve in search of butterflies.  Fluttery friends may join the party as participants enjoy iced tea and tasty treats. $9 for adults and children.

Where: Center for Science Teaching & Learning, 1450 Tanglewood Road, Rockville Centre / Info & Registration: 516-764-0045 or

Museum Adventures

Thursday, June 13, 4:30 to 5:30 p.m.

Students in grades K through 4 can make the past come alive by engaging in crafts and activities in one of the museum’s galleries. $10 per person.

Where: The Long Island Museum, 1200 Route 25A, Stony Brook
Info & Registration: 631-751-0066 or

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