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Grab & Go Kids Planner: March 19-20

A guide to local events your kids will love.

After all the corned beef and cabbage has been eaten, you might want to take your family to some of these events that are happening in a town near you this weekend.

Don’t miss the St. Patrick’s Day parade right here in Rockville Centre. And if you aren’t in the spirit of Erin Go Bragh, we have a tea party, a circus-themed film festival and Beauty and the Beast the musical, a story that has a little something for everyone, to name a few.

St. Paddy's Parade

 Where:  Rockville Centre, Long Beach Rd. and Maple Ave.  (www.rvcstpatrick.com)

What:  The 15th Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade

When:  Saturday, March 19 at noon

Why go: The second largest St. Patrick’s Day Parade in New York!! RVC knows how to celebrate this holiday and you should definitely experience this parade first hand!

Age: All

Cost:  Free

A Tale As Old As Time

Where: West Hempstead High School Auditorium

What: Performance of “Beauty and the Beast”

When: Saturday, March 19 at 7:30 p.m.

Why go: A treasured classic retold by the talented students of WHHS. Come see Beauty, Chip, Lumiere and Beast and support the Arts program at West Hempstead High.

Cost: $10 in advance or $12 at the door

 Tea Time

Where: Elmont Public Library

What: Mother and Daughter Tea

When: Sunday, March 20 at 2 p.m.

Why go: What lady (young and not-so-young) doesn’t love a tea party?  Come to Elmont’s library and revisit the afternoon ritual of tea parties and all the grace and fun it has to offer! Bring your own tea cup and get ready for some quality ‘girl time.’

Registration is required. Please call 516-354-5280 x. 1002

Cost: free

Turn Those Thumbs Green 

Where:  Clark Botanic Garden (www.clarkbotanic.org/childrens)

What: Children’s Garden Workshop

When: Children will learn about different plants that grow from bulbs through hands-on activities and discussions. And each child will go home with a bulb that they planted. Includes a tour of the garden

Why go: Saturday March 19 10 a.m. – 11:30 am

Age: 7 - 11

Cost: $25, registration required

Circus Film Festival

Where: Long Island Children’s Museum

What: The Brooklyn Film Festival presents “Circus Fun”

When: Saturday, March 19 and Sunday, March 20 at 2 p.m.

Why go: A film festival celebrating all things “circus.” There are numerous short films all about the circus from mischievous “Mr. Shape” to a love story between a clown and a dancer. There is a tale for everyone here. 

Age: 3 and up

Cost: $4 with museum admission or $8 for the theater only

Digital Adventure

Where: Long Island Children’s Museum

What: The CYBERCHASE™  Challenge

When: Sunday, March 20  at noon

Why go: Join Digit from the hit show, CYBERCHASE™, as they solve fun and creative math problems to save Motherboard from Hacker’s virus. Children will learn algebra and geometry in the exciting interactive game show challenge, followed by an episode of CYBERCHASE™ on the big screen! Meet Digit and take a picture with him.

Age:  3 and up

Cost: free with museum admission

 Cupcake Craft

Where:  Michael’s Craft Store 3610 Long Beach Rd. in Oceanside (516) 855-0220

What: Craft event – Clay Pot and Saucer make-it and take-it

When: Saturday, March 19 from 10 a.m. – noon

Why go: Turn a clay pot and saucer into your very own giant decorative cupcake. Everything you need to make yours unique.

Age: 3 and up

Cost: free with the purchase of the pot and saucer

Wild Rhymes

Where: Nassau County Museum of Art (www.nassaumuseum.com)

What: Let's Have a Bite! A Banquet of Beastly Rhymes by Robert L. Forbes, Drawings by Ronald Searle

When: Saturday, March 19 and Sunday, March 20 

Why go: This exhibition of original drawings from Forbes' imaginative rhymes and Searle's fanciful illustrations are here to delight young visitors to the Art Space for Children.  It features whimsical animal characters, among them the baboon, Baker Betty; the somewhat nasty-tempered koala, Lala; and the rattler, Rory.

Cost: $5, $4 (members free)

Skate Under the Disco Ball 

Where: Hot Skates,  14 Merrick Rd, Lynbrook (www.hotskates.com)

What: open skating When: see schedule for skating sessions on their website

Why go: take a spin around the rink, who knows what new family tradition can begin when you tie on those roller skates?

Cost: Afternoon Session $10; Friday & Saturday night admission $11; Sunday night admission is $15

ONEG for Kids

 Where: BACH Jewish Center, 210 Edwards Blvd, Long Beach, NY 11561

What: BACH Jewish Center holds a special "Oneg for Kids."

When: Saturday, March 19 from 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Why go: This event will include games, sports, snacks and prizes. A great way to entertain the kids on a Saturday afternoon.


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