February is right around the corner, and there are plenty of great interactive activities for the family on a budget. Kids can explore art and sculptures, create art, watch free movies, make Valentine's gifts, and get inspired by student-athletes - all for free! If you are looking to combine function and fun, free dental screenings are being held at the Long Island Aquarium, so you can bring your little one (one child per adult) and have their teeth cleaned and get a fluoride treatment, and be able to see some of the dditional fun activities included for the day, like a Lionel train exhibition and puppet shows! Check each event to see if you need to register in advance, then get ready for some fabulous free fun as a family!
Sculpture Exploration Backpack
Where: Hofstra University Museum, Emily Lowe Gallery – Hempstead Turnpike, Hempstead
When: Daily, February 1-28
Children ages 4-9 that are accompanied by a guardian can peruse Hofstra’s outdoor sculpture collection equipped with a backpack filled with activities. At the end of your hunt, return the backpack and receive a free gift!
Weekend Open Art Studio for Kids
Where: Guild Hall – 158 Main Street, East Hampton
When: February 1: 12-5 p.m, February 14: 11-5 p.m., February 15: 12-5 p.m.
Budding young artists ages 5 and up can come to Guild Hall to work on art projects independently or with an adult. Each craft comes with instructions, and materials are supplied.
Free Movie: Lady and the Tramp
Where: Town Hall West Theater – 401 Main Street, Islip
When: February 4, 10:15 a.m.
Bring your own snacks and drinks and take a seat for this classic Disney film. The theater will be kept dimly lit for young children who are just getting used to sitting in a theater. Tickets are not required, and the doors will open half an hour before the movie begins.
Give Kids a Smile Dental Screening
Where: Long Island Aquarium & Exhibition Center – 431 East Main Street, Riverhead
When: February 7, 10-3 p.m.
Celebrate Children’s Dental Health Month with a free dental screening and free admission to the Long Island Aquarium! To qualify, you must have one adult present per child (ages 1-17). Kids will get a free cleaning and fluoride treatment, a free goodie bag, free dental sealants if appropriate, a free puppet show, and a free Lionel Train exhibition. Pre-registration is encouraged.
Children’s Valentine’s Day Planting
Where: Hicks Nurseries – 100 Jericho Turnpike, Westbury
When: February 7-8, 11-4 p.m.
Stop by the main greenhouse with your kids to make a plant a small houseplant for Valentine’s Day!
Book Reading & Signing By Local Author Lee Seelig - "I Love Going To The Butcher"
Where: The Huntington Book Revue – 313 New York Avenue, Huntington
When: February 8, 12-2 p.m.
Lee Seelig, local author and owner of the Farmingdale Meat Market and Main Street Wholesale Meats will be here to read and sign copies of his new kids book.
National Girls and Women in Sports Day
Where: SUNY College at Old Westbury – 223 Store Hill Road, Old Westbury
When: February 21, 9-12 p.m.
Girls ages 7-12 who love sports or are interested in sports can join in on mentoring sessions held by the Old Westbury student-athletes and alumni. Lunch is provided, and all girls and their parents are invited to see the Old Westbury women’s basketball team play SUNY Purchase.