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Weekend family fun on Long Island: Cinderella, seals, crafts and more

Characters from The Showplace at the Bellmore Movies'

Characters from The Showplace at the Bellmore Movies' presentation of "Cinderella" (Credit: Handout)

Looking for things to do with the kids this weekend? From Cinderella and the Emperor's New Clothes to bloodsuckers, seals, crafts and more, there's much to do on Long Island. Here are my top five picks for fun, family-friendly activities this weekend:

1. Traveling Exhibit: Attack of the Bloodsuckers at the Long Island Children's Museum (11 Davis Ave., Garden City). Kids can explore the lives of mosquitoes, fleas, ticks, leeches and other parasites known as sanguinivores (creatures that drink blood) at the LICM's new exhibit, which opens Friday and runs through May 5. Price: Free with the price of admission ($12; children younger than 1 are free). 

2. Cinderella at Bellmore Movies (222 Pettit Ave., Bellmore). The classic fairy tale comes to live Saturday at 11 a.m., and kids can meet the cast following the show. Price: $10.

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3. Open Studio Arts and Crafts at Guild Hall (158 Main St., East Hampton). Budding young artists (ages 4-10) can enjoy free do-it-yourself crafts in the Boots Lamb Education Center on Saturday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and on Sunday from noon to 5 p.m. Price: Free

4. Fun for kids: Slippery Seals at Caleb Smith State Park and Preserve (Jericho Turnpike, Smithtown). Saturday at 10 a.m., kids and adults can learn about seals through creative games and activities. Price: $4, $3 children, younger than 3 is free. 

5. My Emperor's New Clothes at Take-One Performing Arts Academy  (1021 Portion Rd., Farmingville). Hans Christian Andersen's classic tale about two weavers and an emperor's new suit of clothes, Saturday and Sunday at 1 p.m. Price: $11. 

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