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Free (or cheap!) for kids in March on Long Island
Need weekend plans or something to do with the kids during the week? There are a ton of free children's events at local libraries, but we also found free and cheap things to do elsewhere this month. Whether you have one, two, three or more kids in tow, here's a roundup of fun, budget-friendly events in March.
Nature Tales at Seatuck Environmental Association (550 South Bay Ave., Islip) on Friday, March 7, and Friday, March 21, 2-2:30 p.m. Explore the natural world through books. Recommended for children ages 18 months to 5 years old, accompanied by a caregiver; registration is required.
Sculpture Art Caper and Exploration Activity Backpack at Hofstra University's Emily Lowe Gallery (Hempstead Turnpike, Hempstead) running weekly throughout the year, ending Sunday, Dec. 21. Times vary. Pick up a backpack and solve an Art Caper mystery by unraveling clues found while exploring the outdoor sculpture collection. Appropriate for children ages 5 to 10.
Toddler Arts and Crafts at Town of Oyster Bay Ice Skating Center (Stewart and Cherry avenues, Bethpage Community Park in Bethpage) weekly Mondays and Thursdays starting Feb. 24 through April 3 with two sessions each day, 10-10:45 a.m. and 11-11:45 a.m. Parents can choose one class per week, per child; recommended for kids ages 2-4. Registration is required.
Mommy and Me at Chai Center (501 Vanderbilt Pky., Dix Hills) on Tuesdays through March 25, 9:45-11 a.m. Stretch, sing, dance and bond with your child and meet other moms. Recommended for children 6-24 months; registration is required.
Cooking for Hope at Chabad Center for Jewish Life (2083 Seneca Gate, Merrick) on Tuesday, March 11, 7-9 p.m. Teens ages 13-18 will learn to cook a variety of kosher dishes, no previous cooking experience necessary; registration is required.
Seaside Stories and Crafts: Spring Equinox at Fire Island National Seashore on Saturday, March 15, noon-1 p.m. Children ages 5-7 can listen to a story about the coming of spring and create a seasonal craft to take home.
Teen Safe Driving Program at West Islip Fire Department (309 Union Blvd., West Islip) on Saturday, March 29, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. A program for parents and teens that includes hands-on demonstrations and presentations about the dangers of distracted driving; hosted by Good Samaritan Hospital and the Aram Chowdhury Foundation. Registration is required.
Happy Birthday Doctor Seuss at the Maritime Explorium (101 East Broadway, Port Jefferson) on Saturday, March 1, and Sunday, March 2, 1-5 p.m. Create your own Oobleck and learn about chemical interactions. Price: $5.
St. Patrick's Day Scavenger Hunt at the Suffolk County Farm and Education Center (350 Yaphank Ave., Yaphank) Saturday, March 8, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Families can head on a hunt followed by wagon rides and animal feeding. Price: $6 ages 2 and older.
Transportation Inspiration at the Long Island Science Center (11 W. Main St., Riverhead) on Saturday, March 8, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Kids can learn how planes, trains and automobiles have advanced over the years and make a craft to take home. Price: $5.
It's All in the Angles at the Maritime Explorium (101 East Broadway, Port Jefferson) on Saturday, March 8, and Sunday, March 9, 1-5 p.m. Learn how to design a rooftop that's strong enough to withstand a snowstorm. Price: $5.
Second Saturdays: Mask It at Hofstra University Museum David Filderman Gallery (Hempstead Turnpike, Hempstead) on Saturday, March 8, 1:30-2:30 p.m. Explore the works of art and discover the power of masks as used in Asian Pacific cultures, then create your own mask. Price: Free for adults, $5 children; registration is required.
Pet Care Day at the Long Island Science Center (11 W. Main St., Riverhead) on Saturday, March 15, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Learn about our furry friends and meet adoptable animals from the North Fork Animal Welfare League. Price: $5.
Irish Pirates and Flags Workshop at The Whaling Museum and Education Center (301 Main St., Cold Spring Harbor) on Sunday, March 16, at 2:30 p.m. Children ages 6-12 can learn about Irish pirates who ruled the Seven Seas. Price: Free with paid admission ($6 adults, $5 children ages 5-18).
Build a Leprechaun Trap for St. Patrick's Day at the Maritime Explorium (101 East Broadway, Port Jefferson) on Saturday, March 15, and Sunday, March 16, 1-5 p.m. Use simple machines to create a trap to catch leprechauns. Price: $5.
Constructing With Crystals at the Maritime Explorium (101 East Broadway, Port Jefferson) on Saturday, March 22, and Sunday, March 23, 1-5 p.m. Kids will learn to build their own ice house using sugar cubes. Price: $5.
Rainbow Almond Tree: A Celebration of the Tropical Rain Forests at Sweetbriar Nature Center (62 Eckernkamp Dr., Smithtown) on Saturday, March 22, 1-2:30 p.m. Join Sweetbriar naturalist, educator and writer Eric Young as he reads his story "The Rainbow Almond Tree." Price: $6.
MommaCon, 2014 at LIU Post (720 Northern Blvd., Brookville) on Sunday, March 23, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. An expo for moms featuring the best camps, where to go on a rainy Saturday, healthy foods for your family, birthday party ideas and more. Price: $5, a percentage of proceeds will go to the Ronald McDonald House of Long Island.
Thar She Blows! Family Day at The Whaling Museum and Education Center (301 Main St., Cold Spring Harbor) on Sunday, March 30, noon-3 p.m. Families can join in for festivities celebrating Ocean Week by creating arts of the sea, hearing live sea shanties, touching select artifacts and more. Price: Free with paid admission ($6 adults, $5 children ages 5-18; face-painting and scrimshaw $1).