Winter break fun for kids on Long Island

Kids can have fun during their February break

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School's out for most kids -- at least for the week of February 17, which means parents have five days of planning on their hands.

Below is a day-by-day list of the top events across Long Island for winter break, plus the best places to take the kids to play.

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Fun Presidents Day ideas for kids

The School's Out / Winter Camp at the

The School's Out / Winter Camp at the Center for Science Teaching and Learning in Rockville Centre takes place on Feb. 17-21, 2014. (Credit: Center for Science Teaching and Learning)

Most schools are closed on Monday for Presidents Day, which kicks off the weeklong winter break. So if you're sticking around town for the long weekend, here are a few things to do on Presidents Day, including family friendly performances, crafts, indoor play, free events and more.

1. Celebrate the Winter Olympics at the Maritime Explorium (101 East Broadway, Port Jefferson). Kids can design their own ski jump and test it out from 1-5 p.m. Price: $5.

2. Disney's The Little Mermaid at Bellmore Movies (222 Pettit Ave., Bellmore). Follow a young mermaid willing to give up her life in the sea for the love of a human prince at 11 a.m. Price: $10.

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3. Paper Possibilities at Long Island Children's Museum (11 Davis Ave., Garden City). From 1-4 p.m., children ages 3 and up can make a sculpture using a variety of textured paper and other supplies. Price: Free with museum admission ($12).

4. School's Out / Winter Camp at Center for Science Teaching and Learning (1 Tanglewood Rd., Rockville Centre). Children ages 4-12 can experiment with hands-on science and nature activities. There will be live animal explorations, nature discoveries, projects and other activities. Price: $50; registration is required.

5. Washington's Birthday Party at The Whaling Museum and Education Center (301 Main St., Cold Spring Harbor). At 11:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m., children ages 5-12 will learn about whaling in colonial times and create a colonial craft. Price: $6, $5 ages 5-18 and seniors, $19 families.

6. Workshop: Winter Wonderland Snow Globe at Vanderbilt Museum and Planetarium (180 Little Neck Rd., Centerport). Children ages 3 and 4 with a caregiver will make a winter-themed snow globe and visit wildlife dioramas from 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Price: $20.

7. Black History Story Time at Barnes & Noble (91 Old Country Rd., Carle Place). At 11 a.m., kids will listen to a reading of "Henry's Freedom Box" by Ellen Levine and Kadir Nelson, as well as other activities. Price: Free.

8. Disney's Beauty and the Beast Jr. at Smithtown Center for the Performing Arts (2 E. Main St.). This musical based on the 1991 Disney film of the same name follows Belle, who must learn to love an enchanted prince trapped in the body of a beast; showing at 2 p.m. Price: $15.

9. Visit Le Play CafeOnce Upon a TreetopJump and other indoor places to play on Long Island. Here's our complete guide to indoor place spaces.

10. Check out your local library for storytime, crafts, workshops and more.

If you're still looking for ideas, check out 100 things to do with your kids on Long Island.

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