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NYMetroParents Helping Parents Make Better Decisions

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All-in-One Resource Guide 2016-2017 ›› Features 10 Building Great Homework Skills Help your child build organization and time management best practices for success 16 Managing Your Child’s Busy Schedule Five tips to reduce the stress of a busy afterschool schedule

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24 Summer Camp and Taxes An expert shares whether you can claim summer camp on your taxes 46 Throw a Great Party for Any Age Three experts share their knowledge for planning the perfect birthday bash

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52 Our Best Advice A roundup of health and safety tips from local doctors and experts

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56 Staying Positive How to really help your child with special needs in everyday life

Connections 6 Editor’s Note 8 New Places, New Programs

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july 2016 • Vol. 8 • No. 2

NYMetroParents Publications EDITORIAL

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Editor’s Note

DEPUTY EDITOR: Bethany Braun MANAGING EDITOR: Katelin Walling ASSISTANT EDITOR: Samantha Neudorf EDITORIAL ASSISTANT: Catherine Patwell

Decisions, Decisions

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y kids—like yours, I am guessing—start planning next year’s birthday parties the moment this year’s parties end. Over the course of the next 11 or so months, they will change their minds approximately 100 times, cycling through party ideas such as pottery decorating, sports, dance, spa, and any number of others before starting back at the beginning and wanting each of them, intensely, for a short period once again. And while my wife and I wait for their final choices, we are going through our own grown-up version of this, as we debate such questions as where to send the toddler to nursery school, what the kids will do for the summer, and whatever else comes up in the moment. Parenting demands a series of decisions, large and small, some more consequential than others. Museum or amusement park this weekend? Private school or public? Little league or dance classes or STEM classes, or all of the above? Which pediatrician should we use? And what in the world is for dinner tonight anyway? Whether you’re choosing what to do this weekend or where to send your child to school, all this decision-making can sometimes feel overwhelming. Add in the fact that we are blessed to live in a metro area with an astounding, seemingly infinite number of choices—schools, doctors, after-school programs, birthday party venues, and, of course kids’ entertainment spots—and, if you’re anything like me, you may sometimes find yourself paralyzed with indecision. That’s why we’re bringing you this special issue of Long Island Parent, the All-in-One Resource Guide. In these pages, you will find directories listing local businesses and professionals in the categories in which you need to make decisions about your kids’ activities, education, health, and more. We’ve designed this guide for you to hang onto and refer to all year long. You can also find these directories and so many other useful resources on nymetroparents.com. We hope that these guides help make those many, many decisions a little bit easier. Michael Kress Editorial Director

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Who: Three Village Behavioral Medicine What’s New: The practice, which was founded by James Parles, M.D., PLLC. It opened in Stony Brook last month in order to treat children with behavioral issues such as ADHD, anxiety, and depression. Dr. Parles spent 27 years as a general pediatrician before devoting himself to treating these issues. Three Villiage Behavioral Medicine aims to provide the highest quality and most empathetic pediatric and young adult behavioral medicine services at a cost that is affordable to families. Want More Info: 1212 North County Road, Suite 4B, Stony Brook; 631-675-2989; threevillagebehavioralmedicine.com

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Who: Cousins Paintball What’s New: The location of the multi-sport facility, which offers paintball and golf as well as private events and parties. Cousins Paintball is now minutes from the Long Island Expressway and offers patrons Airball, Woodsball, and Scenario Fields, which are all supervised by professionally trained staff. The location has an on-site pro shop and food and drinks are available for purchase. Cousins Paintball is open weekends from 9am-5pm and private parties can be reserved seven days a week. Want More Info: 149 Edwards Ave., Calverton; 631-698-6230; cousinspaintball.com

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Who: Destination Science What’s New: Four themes in the camp’s summer programming. Campers build their own Super Hero Race Car in Super Hero Physics Science Camp, build their own Millennium Starship in Space Quest Science Camp, build their own T-Rex Roller Coaster in Roller Coaster Science Camp, and discover the scientific principles behind robotics and build their own robot in Robot Challenge Science Camp. Registration is now open for the summer. Want More Info: Locations in Babylon, Commack, Lindenhurst, Sayville, Setauket, and Stony Brook; 888-9092822; destinationscience.org

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Building Great Homework Skills By learning specific tools for time management, organization, and homework best practices, students will be well on their way toward homework success. ›› By Emily Levy, Ed.D.

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oes your child ever come home from school and complain that he has too much homework, has no idea how to complete the work, or says he has no homework at all? Kids invent all kinds of excuses to avoid sitting down and doing their homework. Some lack the academic abilities to complete their work independently. Others, however, simply need to learn effective homework strategies. By learning specific tools for time management, organization, and general homework skills, students will be well on their way toward homework success.

Time Management

Time management is one of the underlying components of effective homework skills. When students sit down to work on their assignments, they may feel overwhelmed by the number of tasks they need to complete. They may not know which order is best for completing them, and they might feel that they need frequent, or not frequent enough, breaks. Some may not write down their assignments at all, and may find themselves frantically looking through their notes or calling friends the night before the assignment is due.   To help solve this recurring time management problem, all students should first have some sort of daily planner or assignment 10

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book. This should be large enough to provide ample space for each day of the week. (It should not be a monthly or yearly calendar that has only a small box for each day). It should also have space not only for daily homework assignments, but also for any after-school or evening activities. Students should be able to see a global picture of all school-related, athletic, and social activities for that week.   In their assignment books, students should divide each day into five columns: ET (Estimated Time); AT (Actual Time); O (Order); D (Done); and a wide column for “Assignment.”    Students should create these columns in their assignment books, in advance, for about two weeks of time. The only place where students should write any information while at school is in the “Assignment” column. Once they arrive home from school and sit down to complete their assignments, their first task is to estimate how much time they think it will take to complete each assignment. They should write that estimated time in the “ET” column.   Next, based on the estimated time for each assignment, students should decide which order they will follow in completing the assignments. For example, they might feel that math will take 35 minutes, science will take 20 minutes, and English will take 40 minutes. Based on these estimates, they can choose to either


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complete the shorter assignments first to get them over with, or focus their energy on completing the longer assignments first. Either choice is fine, as long as they try to stay consistent with their approach. As they complete each assignment, they should time themselves, using a clock or stopwatch. In the “AT” column, they should write the actual time it takes them to complete each assignment.   Finally, when the assignment is completed, they should draw one side of an “X” in the “D” column, and once the assignment is put away in the right place to be turned in, they should complete the “X”. Often, when students begin using this strategy, they notice a large discrepancy between the estimated and actual times for each assignment. Many students initially have unrealistic expectations of how long an assignment might take to complete. The more they practice using this strategy, however, the more realistic they will become with their time.

Organization

Maintaining a well-structured organizational system is important for effective homework management. To organize homework assignments, all students should have a homework “inbox” and “outbox” contained in a two-pocket folder that they check on a regular basis. The pocket on the left is the “inbox” and the pocket on the right is the “outbox.” Younger students can have one homework inbox and outbox folder to use for all subjects, while older students usually benefit from a separate inbox and outbox folder for each class.    At school, when teachers pass out assignment sheets, students should place these into the “inbox” section of their folder. After they complete the assignments at home, they should put them into the “outbox” section on the right. Thus, when students are at school and are asked to turn in their homework assignments, they will know exactly where to look to find them.

General Homework Skills  

As a general note, students should choose a consistent place at home for completing their homework each night. A clean desk with basic supplies, including pens, pencils, erasers, notebook paper, a hole puncher, a pencil sharpener, and other materials for their classes is ideal. They should choose a consistent time to complete their homework, either right after school, after a social or athletic activity, or after dinner. They should stick with this time on a daily basis.    You may want to help them to break down large projects into small steps, and to enter each step into their assignment book. With practice, they will begin to use this strategy independently. Give them positive reinforcement and encourage them to try to complete as much of the assignment independently before you help them. If need be, help them complete an assignment by asking them questions that guide them to their own answers, rather than immediately telling them what to do.     Homework can be a challenging task. Yet with the proper strategies in place, this task can become easier, more efficient, and even enjoyable. Emily Levy, Ed.D., is the director of EBL Coaching, which offers one-on-one tutoring and small group workshops for students in pre-K through 12th grades. For more information, visit eblcoaching.com or call 646-342-9380.

Instilling Healthy Habits For Your Family -Nutrition & Wellness-

With diminishing outdoor playtime, a lack of healthy meal options in the school lunchroom, and a litany of high-processed food products marketed to children, it can be an uphill battle to instill in your family healthy, nutritious eating habits. According to the CDC, childhood obesity has more than doubled in the past 30 years, with more than one third of American kids now overweight or obese. The immediate and long-term health effects of carrying that extra weight is profound, including cardiovascular disease, bone and joint problems, sleep apnea, social stigmatization, and increased risk of many types of cancers. But just as overweight or obese youth are more likely to become obese adults, children who are taught healthy lifestyles and proper nutrition at an early age are likely to carry those healthy habits into adulthood. The 12-week Balanced Plate program coaches kids through weight loss with one-on-one lessons covering such topics as: What are macronutrients? How do we choose them appropriately? And why do we eat when we feel bored? Participants also receive an individually tailored meal plan, including recipes structured around their specific likes and dislikes. (Childhood weight issues often go hand-in-hand with other health problems, such as allergies, celiac disease, diabetes, or depression. In these cases, it is important that nutritionists work with general practitioners and physicians in addressing underlying medical problems that require nutritional support.) There is a psychological aspect of eating along with the physiological, which can lead to emotionally driven overeating. A crucial lesson all kids should learn is to listen to your body and understand what it really needs-how to perceive the sensation of real hunger and satiation. Before reaching for a snack, ask yourself, are you really hungry? Or do you just feel like eating because it feels good? Of course, no one wants to deprive their kids or institute a rigid diet on an adolescent. An important part of health and wellness is maintaining balance. Just like adults, kids must learn how to incorporate special treats-pizza and cake at a birthday party, for instance-into a successful wellness plan so they can enjoy and participate in real life. An active, physical lifestyle is an essential part of any health and wellness program. But exercise doesn’t necessarily mean an organized soccer game. It could be as simple as daily dog walks, family bike rides, or throwing a ball in the yard. Research has shown that when you make healthy changes collectively, there is greater success. Make health and wellness a family endeavor. Go to the supermarket together, learn how to read nutrition labels, iPhone cook meals together, be active users download our together, FREE grow your own fruits and vegetables-lay a healthy foundation in childSymptom Checker App: AlliedPG hood for your kids to take with them throughout their whole life.

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DAY CARE & CHILD CARE Brookville Center for Children’s Services

Brookville location at Children’s Education Center: 516-626-1000 New Hyde Park location at Marcus Avenue: 516-326-5600 Westbury location at Post Avenue: 516-326-5800 Westbury location on SUNY Old Westbury Campus: 516-333-8063 info@brookvillecenter.org brookvillecenter.org mmcnamara@ahrc.org Brookville Center for Children’s Services provides day care services and early childhood programs at four locations in Nassau County. Children are afforded an enriching experience with a play-based education aimed at stimulating overall development. Brookville Center operates high staff-to-student ratios with staff members being certified or licensed in their professional areas. Programs are approved and licensed by the New York State Education Department, the New York Department of Health, and the Office of Children and Family Services, and it is a recognized School of Excellence by the National Association of Special Education Teachers.

Prime Time Early Learning Center

270 Airport Plaza, Farmingdale 631-777-9090 primetimeschools.com/ farmingdale-day-care Prime Time Farmingdale offers expert child care for infants six weeks through pre-K, summer camp, and an enriching beforeand after-school program. Families are welcome to register for as little as 16 hours per week or for our full-time program that provides child care during any of our hours of operation. We are dedicated to fostering harmonious home-school relations through open, real-time communication, and strive to always be responsive to the needs of families and the community. Prime Time of Farmingdale is open Monday-Friday from 6:30am-7pm.

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Variety Child Learning Center

47 Humphrey Drive, Syosset 516-921-7171 Variety Child Learning Center at the Gallow School 72 Farmedge Road, Levittown 516-490-3301 vclc.org Variety Child Learning Center operates a child care center at which “children play, learn, and grow together to become the best that they can be.” Licensed by the NYS Office of Children and Family Services for young children ages 6 weeks to 5 years at VCLC’s Levittown site at the Gallow School, the center is open year-round, except for designated time off, from 6:45am-7pm. Lead teachers are certified teachers. Registered nurse on premises from 8am4pm. Email childcare@vclc. org or call 516-921-7171 for additional information.

Preschools Buckley Country Day School

2 I.U. Willets Road, Roslyn 516-472-2702 buckleycountryday.com Discover the Buckley Country Day School Early Childhood Program! Buckley Country Day School is an independent, coeducational day school providing a superior elementary education to an intellectually capable and diverse student body. Buckley provides the foundation that enables our students to achieve their full potential and excel as educated, ethical, and self-confident individuals. Our graduates are well-prepared for entry into, and success in, secondary schools and beyond. The Buckley Early Childhood program is comprised of our Toddler, Nursery, Pre-Kindergarten, and Kindergarten programs. Contact admissions to schedule a tour.

Countryside Montessori School

354 Lakeville Road, Great Neck 516-406-3623 cmsgn.com csmontessori@cmsgn.com Countryside Montessori School was founded in 1998. We were founded with the aim of

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providing a high quality early childhood education based on the philosophy, methods, and techniques developed 100 years ago by educational pioneer and Nobel prize nominee Dr. Maria Montessori. Our children become responsible for their own learning and their own behavior. They learn to respect themselves and others. Everything in our school is designed to encourage and aid the child’s natural curiosity.

7 months to 12 years. Summer Camp, Holiday Mini-Camps, Weekend Birthday Party, and Friday “Kids’ Night Out” events provide a year-round place to play and celebrate! Extended day available. Full day care (3 months and older) available at our Syosset location. Dedicated teachers and staff are N.Y.S. ED., CPR- and First Aid-certified. Since 1985: A Rainbow of Programs to Play, Learn, and Grow!

Long Island Lutheran Day School

Prime Time Early Learning Center

106 Vernon Valley Road, East Northport 631-754-4424 x224 longislandlutheran.org admissions@ludaynorthport.org LuDay’s preschool program serves children ages 2-5 in fulland half-day programs. Nursery classes emphasize learning through imaginative play and exploration as the means for cognitive, social, emotional, and physical growth. Attention is given to the student’s continued development of language and self-expression skills. Preschool curriculum includes tools for mathematics and reading readiness, and is designed to build a solid foundation for future learning. The Kindersteps program provides an extra year of preparation for a child who has a late birthday or is not quite ready for kindergarten.

M.A.T.S.S. Kid’s Gym & Early Childcare Education Center A Rainbow Of Programs Under One Roof!

2629 Grand Ave., Bellmore 516-221-1330 171 Eileen Way, Syosset 516-496-7765 matsskidsgym.com corporate@matsskidsgym.com Infant, toddler, and separation classes bridge development to a comprehensive Early Childhood Education-Nursery School and Gym Program. After-school classes provide movement, gymnastics, sports, and enrichment instruction for both our on-site center and community school children, ages

270 Airport Plaza, Farmingdale 631-777-9090 primetimeschools.com Prime Time Farmingdale offers an extensive pre-K program that prepares your child for their transition to school. Phonological awareness, vocabulary, comprehension, and critical thinking are emerging literacy skills we work on during the pre-K year. Characteristics such as staying on task, regulating behaviors, and a positive, confident approach to learning prepare your child for school success. Prime Time of Farmingdale is open Monday-Friday from 6:30am-7pm.

Private Schools Buckley Country Day School

2 I.U. Willets Road, Roslyn 516-472-2702 buckleycountryday.com Discover the Buckley Country Day School Early Childhood Program! Buckley Country Day School is an independent, coeducational day school providing a superior elementary education to an intellectually capable and diverse student body. Buckley provides the foundation that enables our students to achieve their full potential and excel as educated, ethical, and self-confident individuals. Our graduates are well-prepared for entry into, and success in, secondary schools and beyond. The Buckley Early Childhood program is comprised of our Toddler, Nursery, Pre-Kindergarten, and Kindergarten programs. Contact admissions to schedule a tour.


Catholic Elementary Schools of Long Island Diocese of Rockville Centre

128 Cherry Lane, Hicksville 516-678-5800 drvcschools.org Long Island’s Catholic elementary schools are 43 unique and beautiful schools in Nassau and Suffolk counties. Academically, the expectations of each student are high and the historical performance has been exceptional. The schools are differentiated from their public counterparts by their integrated program of learning and living the Catholic faith and values. We help instill the moral values, self-respect, and study habits that go on to serve our students well as they continue their education, and for the rest of their lives.

Countryside Montessori School

354 Lakeville Road, Great Neck 516-406-3623 cmsgn.com csmontessori@cmsgn.com Countryside Montessori School was founded in 1998. We were founded with the aim of providing a high quality early childhood education based on the philosophy, methods, and techniques developed 100 years ago by educational pioneer and Nobel Prize nominee Dr. Maria Montessori. Our children become responsible for their own learning and their own behavior. They learn to respect themselves and others. Everything in our school is designed to encourage and aid the child’s natural curiosity.

Green Vale School

250 Valentine’s Lane, Old Brookville 516-621-2420 greenvaleschool.org The Green Vale School is Long Island’s premier and largest independent elementary school. Families from more than 30 school districts are drawn here by the outstanding faculty, excellent facilities, and small classes in pre-nursery through eighth grade. Our mission—instilling confidence and competence, promoting respect

and responsibility, teaching a love of learning, and inspiring our students to excel, to lead, and to care—has been at the heart of a Green Vale education since 1923. Come learn more about our uncommon core of excellence with an emphasis on character development.

Long Island Lutheran Day School

106 Vernon Valley Road, East Northport 631-754-4424 x224 longislandlutheran.org admissions@ludaynorthport.org Long Island Lutheran Day School at St. Paul’s offers an outstanding early childhood and elementary program that combines challenging academics with a caring and nurturing faith-based environment. Classroom technology enhances and encourages innovative teaching that keeps students actively engaged in hands-on learning. Our caring and dedicated faculty and staff work to preserve a warm, family atmosphere. Faculty and staff alike share a deep commitment to the growth and success of each student. We are proud to foster children in a Christ-centered environment, helping them to become confident, lifelong learners.

Music Institute of Long Island

Community Reformed Church, Manhasset 516-627-7052 milimusic.com miligirls@aol.com Now in our 26th year, Music Institute of Long Island is “New York’s Premier Music School.” Programs include violin, viola, cello, guitar, piano, voice, clarinet, saxophone, trumpet, trombone, and tuba. Instructions in Traditional, Suzuki, and ABRSM methods for ages 3-99, beginner to advanced. MILI offers Chamber Music, Theory, Sight Reading, NYSSMA, and college preparation. Students perform eight times annually at Steinway Hall, Carnegie Hall, and for charities. First prize competition winners, soloists with orchestras. Outstanding faculty. Summer private lessons continued on next page

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in all levels and all instruments offered June-August. Fall semester begins Sept. 12.

Our Lady of Mercy

520 S. Oyster Bay Road, Hicksville 516-433-7040 olmshicks.org Our Lady of Mercy School strives in the spirit of service and love to inspire our students to grow spiritually, academically, and socially. Our goal is to enable all students to meet the challenges of the future through a strong faith-based academic program enhanced by extracurricular activities. A variety of early childhood classes, and full-day kindergarten-eighth grade programs are available. Weekday, evening, and weekend tours are available by appointment.

Portledge School

355 Duck Pond Road, Locust Valley 516-750-3100 portledge.org Portledge School is an independent, pre-nursery through 12th grade preparatory day school. The school’s coordinated sequential programs, beginning with the Reggio Emilia program in early childhood, provide a rigorous academic environment, preparing students to live responsible and productive lives. Dedicated teachers use small class size to deliver knowledge based on inquiry and inspired by a student-centered learning approach. Individual talents are nurtured through the arts, athletics, and a variety of community and travel programs that all emphasize the Portledge Pillars of passion, purpose, honor, and respect.

Special Needs Dr. Helene Agatstein Educational Consultant Inc.

Servicing Nassau, Queens, Westchester, Connecticut, and Boston, MA, Valley Stream 516-791-1324 schoolingadvocate.com helene@agatstein.com Your school district has a mul-

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titude of resources to which your child may be entitled. Dr. Helene Agatstein can partner with you to design an effective, long-term plan to ensure your child achieves academic success. Founder of Educational Consultant Inc., she has been helping parents secure services from school districts for more than 15 years, with 21 years of experience as director of special programs for the Hewlett Woodmere School District. Find out how she can help your child.

Bakshi Law

Offices in Long Island, the Financial District, Manhattan, and Westchester County 917-244-6133 lawbakshi.com lara.bakshi@gmail.com Bakshi Law specializes in special education law. We represent parents and children with disabilities, acquire correct classification under IDEA, ensure proper implementation of IEP, ascertain correct placement for children, and tuition reimbursement. We attend CSE meetings, resolution meetings, and suspension hearings, and all disciplinary hearings for special needs and general education students. Bakshi Law’s attorneys are passionate about your child’s education and offer assistance on a sliding scale for parents experiencing financial difficulties.

The Hagedorn Little Village School, Jack Joel Center for Special Children

750 Hicksville Road, Seaford 516-520-6000 littlevillage.org jon.feingold@littlevillage.org The Hagedorn Little Village School is a nonprofit school highly regarded for providing outstanding educational and therapeutic services for children with a wide range of developmental disabilities. HLVS provides year-round programs and services that include diagnostic evaluations and treatment, early intervention, a preschool, an elementary school, SEIT, and related services. Services

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provided on-site, in homes, nursery schools, and day care centers include speech, feeding, occupational, physical, and movement therapies; behavior management or Applied Behavior Analysis; counseling; and support groups.

Law Offices of Brad H. Rosken, P.L.L.C.

1772 E. Jericho Turnpike, Suite 2, Huntington 631-379-9569 specialedcounselor.com brad@specialedcounselor.com School districts consult their attorneys, why shouldn’t you? Brad H. Rosken is an experienced trial attorney. He’s also a parent of a child with special needs. He knows how far to push a school district to obtain the maximum that your child is entitled to under law. He’ll guide you, decipher lingo, and develop effective strategies. He’s also a New York state-certified impartial hearing officer who hears cases in New York City and Rockland and and Westchester counties.

Steps to Socialization

13 South Bayles Ave., Port Washington 516-767-0266 Steps to Socialization was created by Evelyn Kashinsky, a parent of children with special needs, to help children who have difficulty socializing. Steps to Socialization is more than just a social skills program. We teach children how to think socially, step by step. Working in small groups of three to four students, we cover a variety of topics, including how to establish and maintain friendships and initiating and maintaining conversations.

TUTORS & TEST PREP Eye Level Learning CenterWilliston Park

61 Hillside Ave., Williston Park 516-747-7700 myeyelevel.com Many parents today are facing educational challenges and looking for answers to help their children succeed academ-

ically. Whether the immediate goal is for early learning, remedial education, or academic education, Eye Level is the answer. Eye Level offers math and English programs for ages 3-12. Our instructors are able to tailor a curriculum by understanding the learning abilities of the students. With ongoing guidance of our instructors, each student will set attainable goals and learn at a comfortable pace. With each success, the student grows more self-confident, self-motivated, and self-directed in the quest for knowledge.

JEI Learning Centers

Herricks-Williston Park: 516-742-5534 Hicksville: 917-815-0977 Merrick: 516-224-3177 jei.com JEI Learning Centers have helped children achieve academic success around the world since 1977. We offer a variety of academic enrichment and tutoring programs for children in pre-K through ninth grade, including math, problem solving, English, reading, and writing. Our program is designed to elevate each student’s abilities to the next level and beyond. JEI’s scientific diagnostic system pinpoints the missing links in learning and prescribes individual study programs based on specific needs. Our curriculum is aligned with the Common Core Standards. Call us for more information.

Kumon Math and Reading

Multiple locations throughout New York 1-855-586-6687 kumonfranchise.com franchise@kumon.com As the world’s No. 1 education franchise, Kumon has helped thousands of franchisees build successful small businesses while unlocking the academic potential of children ages preschool to high school. The learning method uses an individualized approach that helps children develop a solid command of math and reading skills. Kumon is an ideal small business for individuals


with an entrepreneurial spirit and a passion for helping young children succeed. Visit kumonfranchise.com for a list of available opportunities in the greater New York and New Jersey area.

Kumon Math and Reading Centers – Albertson 1174 Willis Ave., Albertson 516-625-8666 2072 Front St., East Meadow 516-794-2870 267-06 A Hillside Ave., Floral Park 718-962-2574 400 Northern Blvd., Great Neck 516-504-0888 1586 Broadway, Hewlett 516-406-1000 495 S. Broadway, Hicksville 516-933-8533 3060 L Hempstead Turnpike, Levittown 516-520-1500 131 Jericho Turnpike, Mineola 516-478-8313 250 Merrick Road, Oceanside 516-992-0167 1163 Old Country Road, Store #9, Plainview 516-433-3434 925 Port Washington Blvd., Port Washington 516-448-1845 125 Jackson Ave., Syosset 516-364-1050 178 W. Merrick Road, Valley Stream 516-872-5772 kumon.com kzimmerman@kumon.com Kumon is a structured, proven self-learning program that gives your child the critical thinking skills and mindset to learn new materials independently. The key to Kumon programs is the individualized instruction, carefully planned by an instructor. Regardless of academic level, your child will progress through the individualized instruction at his or her own pace advancing step by logical step. Kumon’s disciplined, worksheet approach to learning advances your child’s abilities in the classroom and throughout life.

Mathnasium Learning Centers 1759 Grand Ave., Baldwin 516-544-2525 414 Central Ave., Cedarhurst 516-569-1500 11 Great Neck Road, Great Neck 516-482-MATH (6284) 661 Old Country Road, Plainview 516-881-7997 1003 Jericho Turnpike, New Hyde Park

516-616-MATH (6284) 217A Mineola Ave., Roslyn Heights 516-484-MATH (6284) mathnasium.com Do you want your child to avoid the “summer slide?” Summer is a great time to catch up on math and get ahead! In our relaxed, homework-free environment, Mathnasium enables kids to focus on sharpening their

mental math skills. Instead of the dreaded “summer slide,” Mathnasium students develop and maintain the knowledge and confidence needed to hit the ground running when school begins in the fall. Mathnasium is a learning center where kids go to catch up, keep up, or get ahead in math. Programs run year-round for kids of all ages.

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Managing Your Child’s Busy Schedule Do you worry that your child’s extracurriculars are taking up all of her free time? Here are five tips to help reduce the stress of a busy after-school schedule. ›› By Ann K. Dolin, M.Ed.

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f your after-school schedule feels more hurried, stressful, and complicated than you would prefer, try the following solutions to make life a little simpler for you and your child.

1. Reassess the after-school schedule.

I’m sure we can all agree that each child is different—some thrive on hectic schedules, whereas others crave downtime. Listening to our kids is the only way we’ll know how they feel. Take time to ask your child if his load is too stressful or just right.  The flip side of this equation is your personal situation. Perhaps more than children, parents feel overextended and exhausted. Managing kids, a job, transportation to sports, and of course, homework, is enough to put even the most organized and efficient parent through the wringer. If this feels too familiar, consider reexamining your children’s schedules. Can one activity go by the wayside? Is there a sport or lesson that your child doesn’t truly enjoy, but you insisted upon so that she doesn’t miss out on an opportunity? These are the activities you might want to reconsider.

2. Create a predictable schedule.

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schedule, it helps to create a family policy that homework must at least be started before leaving for an after-school activity. Getting a jump-start on homework significantly reduces procrastination and stress later in the evening.  

3. Use a white board.

It’s easy to keep track of assignments with a white board. Hang a large white board near an area that will be used for homework. When your children return from school each day, insist that they write their assignments on the white board. By using this tool, you or any other adult in the home will know of the assignments each child has for the day, what has been completed, and what is still left to do. When the homework assignment list is visible, unfinished work is less likely to slip through the cracks. This is a great solution for busy households.

4. Conduct an audit.

Busy parents know that it’s difficult to check every assignment each child has night after night. The Internal Revenue Service keeps taxpayers in line with random audits. You can do the same in your home by auditing homework a few times per week. Let’s say that


you have a family policy that all homework must be done by 9pm otherwise privileges are taken away the following day. At that time, ask to see your child’s homework. Praise him or her if the work is done. If it’s not done, rescind privileges such as leaving the house after school the following day to see friends or watching television.  

5. Take a one-hour timeout.

A one-hour timeout is meant to be time away from anything that flashes, beeps, or has a screen. Choose 60 minutes every weekday (the hour immediately following dinner works well) and make that a mandatory quiet time. In our fast-paced world, we’re bombarded by loud noises, which can cause over-stimulation, agitation, and anxiety. During this time, there should be no iPods, televisions, video games, computers, or phones. Instead, consider activities such as reading independently or together, doing a puzzle, or playing cards. You may find that simply leaving craft supplies out encourages creativity. A one-hour timeout also forces kids who would usually be glued to electronics to go outside to play or get together with neighborhood friends. It takes a concerted effort to manage stress. Choose one or two of these ideas that might work for you and implement them for at least 21 days to see change. Remember, research shows that it truly takes 21 days to modify a habit! Ann K. Dolin, M.Ed., is the founder and president of Educational Connections, Inc. and author of the book Homework Made Simple: Tips, Tools, and Solutions for Stress-Free Homework. Learn more at ectutoring.com.

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Behavior Therapy For Autism In Your Home Many health insurance plans are now required to pay for Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) in the treatment of autism. Children and adults with autism may be entitled to up to 20 hours per week or more of intensive behavioral therapies and ABA services. At ABA Psychological Services, P.C., our treatment programs are designed to teach children and adults with autism a wide range of skills that are required for success in life. Our Clinical Director, Dr. Tricia Moss, is a Doctoral-Level, Board Certified Behavior Analyst, as well as a New York State Licensed Psychologist and Licensed Behavior Analyst. Dr. Moss is a published author, and has served on the faculty of New York Medical College.

To find out whether your health insurance pays for these in-home services, please call us at 516-294-5000

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ACADEMIC ENRICHMENT JEI Learning Centers

Herricks-Williston Park: 516-742-5534 Hicksville: 917-815-0977 Merrick: 516-224-3177 jei.com JEI Learning Centers have helped children achieve academic success around the world since 1977. We offer a variety of academic enrichment and tutoring programs for children in pre-K through ninth grade, including math, problem solving, English, reading, and writing. Our program is designed to elevate each student’s abilities to the next level and beyond. JEI’s scientific diagnostic system pinpoints the missing links in learning and prescribes individual study programs based on specific needs. Our curriculum is aligned with the Common Core Standards. Call us for more information.

Kumon Math and Reading

Multiple locations throughout New York 1-855-586-6687 kumonfranchise.com franchise@kumon.com As the world’s No. 1 education franchise, Kumon has helped thousands of franchisees build successful small businesses while unlocking the academic potential of children ages preschool to high school. The learning method uses an individualized approach that helps children develop a solid command of math and reading skills. Kumon is an ideal small business for individuals with an entrepreneurial spirit and a passion for helping young children succeed. Visit kumonfranchise. com for a list of available opportunities in the greater New York and New Jersey area.

Kumon Math and Reading Centers

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400 Northern Blvd., Great Neck 516-504-0888 1586 Broadway, Hewlett 516-406-1000 495 S. Broadway, Hicksville 516-933-8533 3060 L Hempstead Turnpike, Levittown 516-520-1500 131 Jericho Turnpike, Mineola 516-478-8313 250 Merrick Road, Oceanside 516-992-0167 1163 Old Country Road, Store #9, Plainview 516-433-3434 925 Port Washington Blvd., Port Washington 516-448-1845 125 Jackson Ave., Syosset 516-364-1050 178 W. Merrick Road, Valley Stream 516-872-5772 kumon.com kzimmerman@kumon.com Kumon is a structured, proven self-learning program that gives your child the critical thinking skills and mindset to learn new materials independently. The key to Kumon programs is the individualized instruction, carefully planned by an instructor. Regardless of academic level, your child will progress through the individualized instruction at his or her own pace advancing step by logical step. Kumon’s disciplined, worksheet approach to learning advances your child’s abilities in the classroom and throughout life.

Prime Time Early Learning Center

270 Airport Plaza, Farmingdale 631-777-9090 primetimeschools.com Prime Time Farmingdale’s before- and after-school program provides homework assistance, supervised play, computers, group games, and playground time in a safe, educational, and relaxed environment. There is ample opportunity for children ages 10 and younger to study, socialize, do homework, rest, or engage in play activities. Our Farmingdale center offers an environment that is safe and loving, with a staff that is

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well trained, highly motivated, and dedicated to each child’s well-being. Prime Time of Farmingdale is open Monday-Friday from 6:30am-7pm.

Village East Gifted - Enrichment Center for the Gifted Learner

Village East Gifted of Huntington 33 Walt Whitman Road, Huntington Station 631-549-2313 Village East Gifted of Roslyn 216 Willis Ave., Roslyn Heights 631-549-2313 villageeastgifted.com info@villageeastgifted.com Village East Gifted® is a highly rigorous, creative and engaging academic enrichment program for gifted students ages 3-16. Its curriculum includes Latin, writing, geography, global studies, world history, STEM, advanced linguistics, SAT vocabulary enrichment, public speaking, art, and creative problem solving. Gifted pre-kindergarten (ages 3-4) is offered as well as parallel classes for bright children not classified as gifted. More than 400 students have enrolled in the program, all of whom have placed in the 90th percentile or higher on national tests with IQ scores between 130 and 155.

ART Art Buzz Kids

35 Jackson Ave., Syosset 516-802-4954 wineanddesign.com/locations/ syosset syosset@wineanddesign.com Spark your child’s creativity and imagination! Syosset Art Buzz Kids offers family-friendly painting and craft classes for children of all ages. Our birthday party themes are designed to inspire and excite all children. Art Buzz Kids is perfect for birthday parties, after-school classes, and summer camps. Our passion is art and inspiring children to have fun, get creative, and feel proud of their work! Your child’s inner artist is guaranteed to shine while being taught by a great

team of professionals. You’ll always take home a masterpiece with Art Buzz Kids.

The Fashion Class

1812 Merrick Road, Merrick 516-246-2000 thefashionclass.com Kids, ages 6-12, will learn to sew real clothing with real fashion designers at The Fashion Class! Classes run year-round in our bright 3000-square-foot fashion studio with separate classrooms for illustration, sewing, and more. Fall 2016 registration is now open with fun classes such as handbag design, evening wear illustration, fashion entrepreneurship, and of course sewing! All sewing classes end with a professional fashion show on our raised light-up runway.

Not Just Art

183 South St., Oyster Bay 516-922-8300 notjustart.com create@notjust art.com More than ever, children need places to wonder, discover, play, create, experience joy, and express their ideas! Engaging natural curiosity and imagination is the heart of our Music Together® art, science, and story arts programs. Inclusive hands-on activities emphasize learning process over product and performance. Staffed with experienced teachers, classes are developmentally appropriate and thoughtfully designed to nurture children and their families at each age and stage! Infants and toddlers, pre-K to elementary, after-school, home-schoolers, scouts, parties, drop-in studio, school vacation camps, and workshops. Music Together® locations in Nassau and Suffolk counties.

Renée Gallery of Art

1966 Jackson Ave., Seaford 516-785-7291 Drawing and painting instruction for children ages 7 and older once a week, 1½ hour classes, 4:30-6pm. Students are taught the basics of fine art at their individual level. Small


informal classes; beginners welcome. Evening class available for adults. Established in 1973.

COOKING Celebrations In The Kitchen

63 E. Old Country Road, Hicksville 516-396-2193 celebrationsinthekitchen.com celebrationsinthekitchen@ gmail.com The most unique, fun-filled, joyous event! We have created a true baking experience for everyone to enjoy—children, parents, family, friends, and boys and girls of any age. Guests enjoy our first-class facility complete with a huge exhibition-size kitchen, private party rooms, and a fabulous café and espresso bar for the adults to socialize! Baking experiences include cookie baking and decorating, cupcakes “from scratch,” muffin and scone baking, brownies,

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Kitchen Time’s Party Place

691 Broadway, Massapequa 516-795-4980 kitchentime.net kitchentimeparty@aol.com We’re all about cooking! And with 30 years of children’s cooking party experience, we do it right! For two hours, in addition to cake decorating, little chefs cook an entire meal, form chocolate, bake pretzels and teddy cakes, or create craft and food combos. Kids measure ingredients, break eggs, shred cheese, slice cucumbers, and decorate with a pastry bag. Real cooking, just like the chefs on TV, and your birthday child is the star! Call Terry for details, a kitchen tour, and information about our cooking classes. continued on next page

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DANCE M.A.T.S.S. Kid’s Gym & Early Childcare Education Center A Rainbow Of Programs Under One Roof!

2629 Grand Ave., Bellmore 516-221-1330 171 Eileen Way, Syosset 516-496-7765 matsskidsgym.com corporate@matsskidsgym.com Infant, toddler, and separation classes bridge development to a comprehensive Early Childhood Education-Nursery School and Gym Program. After-school classes provide movement, gymnastics, sports, and enrichment instruction for both our on-site center and community school children, ages 7 months to 12 years. Summer Camp, Holiday Mini-Camps, Weekend Birthday Party, and Friday “Kids’ Night Out” events provide a year-round place to play and celebrate! Extended day available. Full day care (3 months and older) available at our Syosset location. Dedicated teachers and staff are N.Y.S. ED., CPR- and First Aid-certified. Since 1985: A Rainbow of Programs to Play, Learn, and Grow!

North Shore Performing Arts Center

609 Jericho Turnpike, Syosset 516-364-1150 northshoreperformingartscenter.com nspac2009@aol.com Established in 1998, founder of North Shore Performing Arts Center, Pamela Roeske prides herself in helping children gain self-confidence, coordination, and self-expression. The instructors at NSPAC teach more than just how to dance—they teach their students the art of dance. It is the studio’s mission to encourage all students to reach their full potential physically, emotionally, and socially. Small classes, positive instruction, friendly service, and an educated staff allow us to have one of the best and growing performing arts programs in the area, with more than 150 weekly classes to choose from.

World Class Performance Center

1028A Old Country Road, Plainview 516-822-3903 wcpcdance.com

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wcpcdance@aol.com At World Class Performance Center, we strive to shape the young dancer’s body and mind in a positive learning environment. Our staff is made up of professionals with a continuing study in dance education. We help each dancer reach individual goals, whether professional-driven or recreational. Dance should be both fun and motivating, and we like each dancer to take with them a lifetime of great memories.

MOMMY & ME BounceU Farmingdale

101 Carolyn Blvd., Farmingdale 631-777-JUMP (5867) bounceu.com/cities/farmingdale.ny farmingdale.ny@bounceu.com It’s not your birthday yet? That’s okay! Our Open Bounces are perfect for children to come in with their parents and bounce to their hearts’ content. Every Friday morning we host a Preschool Playdate that includes bounce and snack for children ages 6 and younger, Wednesday nights we have Family Bounce Night, and Thursday nights are our All Ages Open Bounces. Sessions may be added or cancelled based on availability, so please make sure to call us at 631-777-5867 or go online to bounceu.com/ farmingdale-ny/calendar to reserve your spot!

Cold Spring Harbor Fish Hatchery & Aquarium

1660 Route 25A, Cold Spring Harbor 516-692-6768 cshfha.org steved@cshfha.org Pollywog Adventures: Tuesday and Wednesday at 10am. Join us for a fun-filled hour of nature activities (fish feeding included). Using live animals, crafts, stories, and games, we guide you and your little ones through nature adventures sure to last a lifetime. Juice and snack available to all participants. Enjoy Parent and Me time with your children ages 2-5 at the Cold Spring Harbor Fish Hatchery & Aquarium Pollywog Adventures program. Call us for details and registration information.

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MUSIC Music Institute of Long Island

Community Reformed Church, Manhasset 516-627-7052 milimusic.com miligirls@aol.com Now in our 26th year, Music Institute of Long Island is “New York’s Premier Music School.” Programs include violin, viola, cello, guitar, piano, voice, clarinet, saxophone, trumpet, trombone, and tuba. Instructions in Traditional, Suzuki, and ABRSM methods for ages 3-99, beginner to advanced. MILI offers Chamber Music, Theory, Sight Reading, NYSSMA, and college preparation. Students perform eight times annually at Steinway Hall, Carnegie Hall, and for charities. First prize competition winners, soloists with orchestras. Outstanding faculty. Summer private lessons in all levels and all instruments offered June-August. Fall semester begins Sept. 12.

Not Just Art

183 South St., Oyster Bay 516-922-8300 notjustart.com create@notjust art.com More than ever, children need places to wonder, discover, play, create, experience joy, and express their ideas! Engaging natural curiosity and imagination is the heart of our Music Together® art, science, and story arts programs. Inclusive hands-on activities emphasize learning process over product and performance. Staffed with experienced teachers, classes are developmentally appropriate and thoughtfully designed to nurture children and their families at each age and stage! Infants and toddlers, pre-K to elementary, after-school, home-schoolers, scouts, parties, drop-in studio, school vacation camps, and workshops. Music Together® locations in Nassau and Suffolk counties.

STEM CulturePlay

220 E. Meadow Ave., East Meadow 516-222-0031 cultureplay.org

A TechSpace for kids, tweens, and teens! Kindergarten through 12th grade. Have your child engage with 21st century technological tools. Our STEM curricular offerings after school and on Saturdays provide youth with a transformative learning environment that is engaging, interactive, and enhances their technological fluency. Take a class in robotics, animation, Minecraft, game design, digital music making, movie making and more. Enhance your child’s math, reading, and problem-solving skills. Our curriculum allows youth to integrate both their imagination and intellect to become knowledge creators and innovators of their generation. Classes are 1½ hours.

Eye Level Learning CenterWilliston Park

61 Hillside Ave., Williston Park 516-747-7700 myeyelevel.com Many parents today are facing educational challenges and looking for answers to help their children succeed academically. Whether the immediate goal is for early learning, remedial education, or academic education, Eye Level is the answer. Eye Level offers math and English programs for ages 3-12. Our instructors are able to tailor a curriculum by understanding the learning abilities of the students. With ongoing guidance of our instructors, each student will set attainable goals and learn at a comfortable pace. With each success, the student grows more self-confident, self-motivated, and self-directed in the quest for knowledge.

Long Island Lutheran Day School

106 Vernon Valley Road, East Northport 631-754-4424 x224 longislandlutheran.org admissions@ludaynorthport.org LUDay’s newly installed STEAM Lab provides students with a learning environment that encourages the creative freedom to explore sophisticated concepts using an inquiry-based model of teaching and learning. This lab is a unique space that is not only visually beautiful, but equipped with the technology, furnishings, materials, and equipment to


support high-level and engaging lessons and experiments. Our students participate in hands-on learning that helps them realize the connectedness of interdisciplinary project-based learning. Our STEAM program goes handin-hand with the characteristics of young children as learners and naturally curious problem-solvers.

Mathnasium Learning Centers

1759 Grand Ave., Baldwin 516-544-2525 414 Central Ave., Cedarhurst 516-569-1500 11 Great Neck Road, Great Neck 516-482-MATH (6284) 661 Old Country Road, Plainview 516-881-7997 1003 Jericho Turnpike, New Hyde Park 516-616-MATH (6284) 217A Mineola Ave., Roslyn Heights 516-484-MATH (6284) mathnasium.com Do you want your child to avoid the “summer slide?” Summer is a great time to catch up in math and get ahead! In our relaxed, homework-free environment, Mathnasium enables kids to focus on sharpening their mental math skills. Instead of the dreaded “summer slide,” Mathnasium students develop and maintain the knowledge and confidence needed to hit the ground running when school begins in the fall. Mathnasium is a learning center where kids go to catch up, keep up, or get ahead in math. Programs run year-round for kids of all ages.

that inspires young minds with engineering. From robotics, video game design, and coding to Lego® creative play, we offer a variety of immersive weeklong summer camps and after camp studios. Call to RSVP for our open house!

Village East Gifted - Enrichment Center for the Gifted Learner

Village East Gifted of Huntington 33 Walt Whitman Road, Huntington Station 631-549-2313

Village East Gifted of Roslyn 216 Willis Ave., Roslyn Heights 631-549-2313 villageeastgifted.com info@villageeastgifted.com The Village East Gifted® STEAM program integrates art into interactive workshops and experiments in the following areas of study: anatomy and physiology, biomedical studies, genetics, microscope analysis, infectious disease and pathology, engineering, astronomy,

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575 Jericho Turnpike, Jericho 718-264-7626 robomindtech.com robomindtech@gmail.com Build a Lego® amusement park ride or play sports in the Robot Olympics! Channel your child’s creative energy into exciting projects in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) with our unique, hands-on curriculum. Home to NYC FIRST Lego® League and National World Robot Olympiad Champions, RoboMindTech is an award-winning STEM education center

space flight, life sciences, and living environment. VEG STEAM classes and workshops are offered after school and on weekends for kindergarten-seventh grades. VEG offers highly rigorous, creative, and engaging academic enrichment in all subject areas. All gifted participants place in the 90th percentile or higher on national tests with IQ scores between 130-155. Convenient locations in Nassau and Suffolk counties.

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75 Colonial Springs Road, Wheatley Heights 631-983-3844 climbli.org The Adventure Park at Long Island features zip lines and challenge crossings between tree platforms. Perfect on your own, or with friends and family. Great for birthday parties. Ask about group rates. Children ages 7 and older. Choose from multiple color-coded trails from beginner (easier and lower to the ground) to advanced. Summer hours: seven days, day or night. See website for details. Use discount code MPL6 and save on your general admission ticket! Reserve your visit at climbli.org.

Unlimited Sports Action

30 Beechwood Ave., Port Washington 516-767-7675 unlimitedsportsaction.com info@unlimitedsportsaction.com Unlimited Sports Action is a 13,000-square-foot sports facility located in Port Washington. We provide youth sports programs, birthday parties, bar and bat mitzvahs, private parties for adults, vacation programs, summer day camps, and field rentals for teams and fundraising events. We provide classes and

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2629 Grand Ave., Bellmore 516-221-1330 171 Eileen Way, Syosset 516-496-7765 matsskidsgym.com corporate@matsskidsgym.com Infant, toddler, and separation classes bridge development to a comprehensive Early Childhood Education-Nursery School and Gym Program. After-school classes provide movement, gymnastics, sports, and enrichment instruction for both our on-site center and community school children, ages 7 months to 12 years. Summer Camp, Holiday MiniCamps, Weekend Birthday Party, and Friday “Kids’ Night Out” events provide a yearround place to play and celebrate! Extended day available. Full day care (3 months and older) available at our Syosset location. Dedicated teachers and staff are N.Y.S. ED., CPRand First Aid-certified. Since 1985-A Rainbow of Programs to Play, Learn, and Grow!

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• Returning Camper & Sibling Discount • Separate Program for Young Campers • Red Cross Swim Instruction: Wantagh Pool & Park

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Summer Camp and Taxes A tax professional shares whether you can deduct summer camp on your taxes. ››

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id you know that your children’s summer camp may qualify for a tax credit? Many hard-working parents need to enroll their children in summer camps while summer recess is in session. The IRS understands this hardship of working individuals and allows parents to deduct certain summer camp expenses as part of the Child and Dependent Care Credit. There are some exclusions and certain situations that do not apply to this credit. Here are six facts to help you determine whether your child’s summer camp expenses qualify for a tax credit: 1. The child must be younger than 13 years old. 2. The cost of day camp may count as an expense toward the Child and Dependent Care Credit. 3. Expenses for overnight camps do not qualify. 4. Whether your child care provider is a sitter at your home or day care or camp facility outside the home, you’ll get some tax benefit if you qualify for the credit. 5. The credit can be up to 35 percent of your qualifying expenses, depending on your income. 6. You may use up to $3,000 of the unreimbursed expenses paid in a year for one qualifying individual or $6,000 for two or more qualifying individuals to figure the credit. To claim the credit on your tax return you will need: • Company name or care provider name • Address of facility or home address of care provider • EIN (Employer ID Number) or Social Security number • Total fees spent on child care for each child Many summer camps, day cares, and child care providers will issue W-10s to parents to make it easier for them to include the information on their tax returns. If the camp does not supply you with a W-10, you may call the facility or child care provider and ask them for this information directly. If you have any questions about whether your child’s summer camp expenses qualify for the Child and Dependent Care Credit, get in touch with a tax professional. Rachel Michaelov, EA, is a licensed enrolled agent with Empire Tax Professionals, which has offices in Manhattan and Forest Hills, Queens. Empire Tax Professionals specializes in individual and small business tax returns, and offers professional guidance to parents filing taxes. For more information, visit empiretaxusa.com.

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SUMMER PROGRAM 2016

Movement • Aerobics • Tumbling • Sports • Skills

FALL NURSERY SCHOOL

Limited spots still available

Our "Camp for All Seasons" (2-12yrs.) runs 1-8 Weeks (6/27- 8/19) w/weekly fun themes!

• Indoor A/C classrooms & spacious gyms • Outdoor Playgrounds w/water-play activities • Lunch included • CPR/First Aid Certified Staff • Extended day available!

BIRTHDAY PARTIES

Our Summer Program also provides:

• "Anyone & Me"/Toddler Classes • MADScience on-site for ages 5-11yrs. (Syosset only)

PACKAGES START AT $349

• L.I Swim Classes available for Day Camp attendees (located across from Syosset loc.)

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SUMMER CAMP DIRECTORY

DAY CAMPS Camps ‘R’ Us Where Summer Vacation Is Our Job

Locations in Baldwin, Bellmore, Farmingdale, Hicksville, Valley Stream, and West Islip 516-935-CAMP (2267) campsrus.org info@campsrus.org At Camps ‘R’ Us, we provide families with the most safe, fun, and affordable summer day camp experience available. Our award-winning camp programs offer children ages 3-15 years, a diverse summer experience, including sports, arts and crafts, gaming, swimming, bowling, trips, and special events. Our premier facilities, top-notch staff, and unique affordability have earned us the reputation as one of the best summer camps on Long Island.

Long Island Voyager’s Day Camp 516-238-4586 livoyagersdaycamp.com livoyagersdaycamp@gmail.com Long Island Voyager’s Day Camp, for ages 4-14, offers your child a full range of specialties and fun-filled days of recreation. We provide free transportation in Suffolk and Nassau counties. Our amazing activities include swimming, sports, arts and crafts, laser tag, bowling, horseback riding, talent shows, and movies, plus trips to Splish Splash, Adventureland, Mets and Yankee games, museums, iMax Theater, Bronx Zoo, Fire Island, and Bayville Adventure Park! Staff members are CPR, First Aid, and AED-certified. Our caring staff builds campers’ self-esteem, self-confidence, and character.

M.A.T.S.S. Kid’s Gym & Early Childcare Education Center A Rainbow Of Programs Under One Roof!

2629 Grand Ave., Bellmore 516-221-1330 171 Eileen Way, Syosset 516-496-7765 matsskidsgym.com corporate@matsskidsgym.com

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Infant, toddler, and separation classes bridge development to a comprehensive Early Childhood Education-Nursery School and Gym Program. After-school classes provide movement, gymnastics, sports, and enrichment instruction for both our on-site center and community school children, ages 7 months to 12 years. Summer Camp, Holiday MiniCamps, Weekend Birthday Party, and Friday “Kids’ Night Out” events provide a yearround place to play and celebrate! Extended day available. Full day care (3 months and older) available at our Syosset location. Dedicated teachers and staff are N.Y.S. ED., CPRand First Aid-certified. Since 1985: A Rainbow of Programs to Play, Learn, and Grow!

Portledge Summer Adventures Portledge School

355 Duck Pond Road, Locust Valley 516-750-3104 portledge.org/summeradventures Portledge Summer Adventures offers weekly programs in science, arts, sports, and early childhood. Portledge campers of all ages can pursue activities ranging from the study of marine biology and sea life with a local fisherman, to a robust sports program, to exploring art, media, and fashion design. The emphasis is on the student experience. Perennial favorites, such as messy hands, animal adventures, and rocketry are still as popular as ever, and are taught by qualified and expert instructors.

Prime Time Early Learning Center

270 Airport Plaza, Farmingdale 631-777-9090 primetimeschools.com Our Farmingdale Summer Camp offers children the same benefits of the large outdoor camps, but with the safety and security of our year-round child care facility right in your back yard. Each camp week provides a theme for summer learning incorporating music, arts and

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crafts, exciting field trips, and swimming. Our flexible hours and schedule include beforeand after-care beyond the regular camp schedule of 9am5pm, with three- and five-day options. You can sign up for one week or the entire summer.

salt marsh, ponds, and woodlands. Turtle Trackers, Fly Fishing, and Outdoor Photography. One- to three-day camps are available. For more information, visit our website, cshfha. org, or call 516-692-6768.

SLEEPAWAY CAMPS

1517 Franklin Ave., Garden City 516-355-9400 fcautism.org info@familycenterforautism.org The Family Center for Autism: Where life-changing moments happen. Simple moments can be life changing ones for people with autism. These moments happen every day at the Family Center for Autism in Garden City. Long Island’s first venue offering a lifespan of services to people with autism and a lifeline to their families, the center’s new Summer Gap Camp provides awesome experiences and social enrichment—in one-week programs—to kids ages 5 and older, teens, and adults ages 23 and younger. Call 516-355-9400 or visit familycenterforautism.org.

Dorothy P. Flint 4-H Camp

3186 Sound Ave., Riverhead 516-433-7970 x11 ccenassau.org dpf4hcamp@cornell.edu Dorothy P. Flint 4-H Camp in Riverhead is a coed, recreational eight-week sleepaway camp. A three-day, two-night “mini camp” is also offered. Stayover weekends are available! We are located on 140-acres of woodland, farmland, and beachfront on the Long Island Sound. The location includes a 10-acre working farm, swimming, kayaking, adventure course, nature-science education center, horseback riding, archery, arts, and sports. The atmosphere fosters independence, leadership development, and self-esteem. We are a cellphone-free camp! Accredited by the American Camp Association and operated by Cornell Cooperative Extension of Nassau County.

SPECIALTY CAMPS Cold Spring Harbor Fish Hatchery & Aquarium 1660 Route 25A, Cold Spring Harbor 516-692-6768 cshfha.org steved@cshfha.org Give your young explorer a summer surrounded by nature. Encourage their love of science with our weeklong outdoor nature camps. Summer fun at a great price! Close Encounters (kindergarten) offers outdoor games and arts and crafts. Kids will enjoy Curious Naturalist (first-second grades), Field Explorers (third-fifth grades), and Junior Biologists (sixth-eighth grades). Prepare to get wet and muddy! Expeditions to nearby

The Family Center for Autism

Green Vale School

250 Valentine’s Lane, Old Brookville 516-621-2420 greenvaleschool.org The Green Vale School is pleased to host the following summer camps in 2016: No Limit Boys Lacrosse Camp (July 11-15), Chess Camp (July 18-29), and New York Yankees Baseball Camp (Aug. 1-12). Please visit greenvaleschool.org for details about each camp. For questions, please call 516621-2420.

RoboMindTech Summer S.T.E.M. Camp Premier Education Center/ RoboMindTech

575 Jericho Turnpike, Jericho 718-264-7626 robomindtech.com robomindtech@gmail.com Build a Lego® amusement park ride or play sports in the Robot Olympics! Channel your child’s creative energy into exciting projects in


STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) with our unique, hands-on curriculum. Home to NYC FIRST Lego® League and National World Robot Olympiad Champions, RoboMindTech is an awardwinning STEM education center that inspires young minds with engineering. From robotics, video game design, and coding, to Lego® creative play, we offer a variety of immersive weeklong summer camps and after camp studios. Call to RSVP for our open house!

first-seventh grades. Using our trademarked teaching approach, the follow topics will be covered: Practical Mathematics, Engineering and Structural Design, BioMedical Studies, Culinary Science and Construction, Underwater Archaeology and The Art of Saponification, and Earthly Elements of Magic and Jeweled Artifacts. The workshop dates are July

5-8, July 12-15, Aug. 9-11, and Aug. 24-26. Multiple workshops and siblings discounts are available.

World Class Performance Center 1028A Old Country Road, Plainview 516-822-3903 wcpcdance.com wcpcdance@aol.com At World Class Performance Center, we strive to shape

the young dancer’s body and mind in a positive learning environment. Our staff is made up of professionals with a continuing study in dance education. We help each dancer reach individual goals, whether professional-driven or recreational. Dance should be both fun and motivating, and we like each dancer to take with them a lifetime of great memories.

Usdan Summer Camp for the Arts

185 Colonial Springs Road, Wheatley Heights 844-818-6223 usdan.com Usdan Summer Camp for the Arts is the nation’s preeminent nonprofit arts day camp. TimeOut New York Kids declared Usdan a “Best Of” camp, and Usdan has been profiled in The New York Times and Time Magazine. Each day, 1,600 students, ages 6-18 years, travel to Usdan’s Wheatley Heights campus from all Long Island neighborhoods. Usdan offers 40 programs in music, art, theater, dance, writing, chess, and nature. Transportation to and from the camp is by air-conditioned buses. Three, four, or sevenweek sessions are offered from June 27-Aug. 12.

Village East Gifted Camp ThinkTank Summer Program

Village East Gifted of Huntington 33 Walt Whitman Road, Huntington Station 631-549-2313 Village East Gifted of Roslyn 216 Willis Ave., Roslyn Heights villageeastgifted.com villageeastgifted@gmail.com Village East Gifted and Talented is an enrichment program for gifted students offering classes year-round for ages 3-18. Its summer program known as Camp ThinkTank offers three- and four-day workshops for participants in

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Outings All Year Round

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Family fun for every season, all around the region ››

Check out this list of great family outings. While most can be visited year-round, we’ve suggested the best time of year to visit each one, to help organize your family’s calendar so you can discover new adventures all year long.

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1 As you stroll the Museum of the Moving Image’s galleries, you’ll get a peek at movie-making’s early days and develop an appreciation for how far the industry has advanced in the last century. 2 The annual Hallockville Museum Farm Barn Dance is fun for all ages—no dancing experience needed! 3 The American Folk Art Museum’s main gallery showcases works of American creative expression from the past and present. 4 Kids can get behind the wheel of a vintage bus in the On the Streets exhibit at New York Transit Museum. 5 Students participating in the Hudson Highlands Nature Museum’s Early Childhood Action in

Nature—a project that offers free pre-K and kindergarten programs during the school year as part of the Nature Play grant from the Institute for Museum and Library Services—excitedly enter Grasshopper Grove. 6 Alice Austen House is a Dutch farmhouse that was built in 1690, and is a National Historical Landmark.

winter American Folk Art Museum

Learn about America’s rich historical, social, and artistic culture at the American Folk Art Museum on the Upper West Side of Manhattan. See more at nymetroparents.com/afa-museum.

Museum of the Moving Image

Spring Alice Austen House

A historical landmark and vibrant cultural center, the Alice Austen House, located on Staten Island, exhibits parts of Austen’s extensive photography collection with the mission of keeping the spirit of early American photograpy alive. See more at nymetroparents.com/aah.

The Museum of the Moving Image in Astoria, Queens, is the only museum of its kind in the country. Visitors young and old can get a behind-the-screen view of films, TV shows, and video games, from classics to modern-day favorites. See more at nymetroparents.com/mmi-queens.

Hudson Highlands Nature Museum

New York Transit Museum

At the Hallockville Museum Farm in Riverhead, kids can learn about Long Island’s agricultural history. Visit farm animals, try your hand at old-fashioned crafts, and attend annual events such as the Fleece and Fiber Fair in spring. See more at nymetroparents.com/hmf.

Housed inside a historic subway station in Downtown Brooklyn, Brooklyn, the New York Transit Museum takes an interactive, educational look at how the city moves—literally. See more at nymetroparents.com/nytm.

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Wildlife abounds at Hudson Highlands Nature Museum in Cornwall, which was founded in 1959 with a focus on environmental education. See more at nymetroparents.com/hhnm.

Hallockville Museum Farm


summer

Is your child gifted...

Governors Island

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or an undiscovered prodigy?

An aerial view of New York Harbor and Governors Island

Governors Island offers summer days filled with outdoor fun, culture, and learning. A 72-acre island in the heart of New York Harbor, Governors Island opened as a military fortress in 1775, and remained a full-service base for the U.S. Army and Coast Guard until 1996. In 2003 it was land-marked and designated a national park, and in 2014, 30 acres opened to the public. See more at nymetroparents.com/gi.

Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo

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Beardsley Zoo in Bridgeport, CT, offers visitors of all ages the chance to experience nature with yearround family-friendly programming that emphasizes education, conservation, and fun. See more at nymetroparents.com/cbz.

Enriching Brilliant Minds Every Day...in Every Way

Bear Mountain State Park

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Enjoy a ride on Beardsley Zoo’s colorful indoor carousel.

Visit Bear Mountain State Park where there are plenty of outdoor activities to enjoy the warmer weather. Situated in Rockland County, the terrain is home to countless Bear Mountain Lodge was built in 1915. native animal and plant species, including the black bear—from which it gets its name. See more at nymetroparents.com/bmsp.

Enroll Today in Summer Workshops Grades 1 to 7

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and Inspired to Excel, to Lead, to Care

Scholar. Artist. Athlete. Citizen. Leader. Recognized for academic excellence since 1923, Green Vale’s exceptional teachers, extraordinary learning environment, and careful attention to each student lead to outstanding high school placements.

fall The Burr Homestead Built in 1755 and rebuilt in 1779 after the Revolutionary War, the Burr Homestead, in Fairfield, CT, has hosted visitors, such as George Washington and Samuel Adams, and events, such as John Hancock and Dorothy Quincy’s wedding. The venue now hosts several annual events for families See more at nymetroparents.com/bh.

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Where Every Child is Known

Located in the heart of the Fairfield Town Green historic district, the Burr Mansion is a historically renowned location offering a look into what was Fairfield’s cultural and social center.

For more information please call 516.628.5146

The GreenVale School 250 Valentine’s Lane, Old Brookville, NY 11545 • greenvaleschool.org

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Philipsburg Manor

Play games such as Ring a Cob at the CORNucopia festival in September at Philipsburg Manor.

Through historical interpretation and interactive storytelling, Philipsburg Manor, a living history museum in Sleepy Hollow, immerses visitors in the lives of colonial slaves on an 18th-century estate. See more at nymetroparents. com/pm.

Full day schedules Licensed by New York State Office of Child and Family Services Masters Level Teachers/Licensed and Certified Staff High Staff to Child Ratios Reasonable Rates New York State Learning Standards Creative & Educational Curriculum

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Cradle of Aviation Museum

This Grumman F-11A Tiger, developed in Bethpage in 1954, hangs in the museum’s visitor center atrium. The Navy’s Blue Angels aerobatic team flew Tigers for more than 10 years.

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Our calendar is full of great ideas. First, here are the 10 events we consider can’t-miss—the ones we’re taking our own kids to. Consider it your cheat sheet to the best of what’s great this month!

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The Lords of 52nd Street

WHEN: Friday, July 1, 7pm WHERE: The Space at Westbury, 250 Post Ave., Westbury AGES: 13 and older WHAT: Get ready to hear an eclectic mix of tunes from Long Island’s best musicians, Liberty DeVitto, Richie Cannata, and Russell Javors. WHY WE LOVE IT: Billy Joel hand selected this band to help create his classic hits and unforgettable tours. WANT TO GO? $45 and up. 516-283-5566. thespaceatwestbury.com.

WHEN: Saturday, July 16, 12pm WHERE: Old Westbury Gardens, 71 Old Westbury Road, Old Westbury AGES: All WHAT: Attend a birthday party for the Thatched Cottage and tour the inside for this special event only. WHY WE LOVE IT: The cottage is 100 years old...such history! WANT TO GO? $12; $10 seniors; $7 children ages 7–17; free for children 6 and younger. 516-333-0048. oldwestburygardens.org.

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WHEN: July 9-17, Saturday-Sunday, 11:30am and 2pm WHERE: Long Island Children’s Museum, 11 Davis Ave., Garden City AGES: All WHAT: Join Dorothy, the Scarecrow, the Tin Man, and the Cowardly Lion as they come to life in an adaptation featuring the music of the MGM movie. WHY WE LOVE IT: This classic tale is beloved by adults and children alike. WANT TO GO? $12. 516-599-6870. plazatheatrical.com.

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WHEN: Wednesday, July 20, 11:30am and 2pm WHERE: Long Island Children’s Museum, 11 Davis Ave., Garden City AGES: All WHAT: Audiences will hear a variety of styles, tempos, and forms, and learn the meanings behind them. WHY WE LOVE IT: Taiko drums are not just heard, but felt with rhythms that match the pulse of the human body. WANT TO GO? $9 with museum admission: $13; $12 for seniors 65 and older; free children younger than 1. 516-224-5800. licm.org.

Composer’s Night with Solomon Hoffman

Thatched Cottage 100th Anniversary Celebration

‘The Wizard of Oz’

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Taiko Masala: Thunder Drumming, Music of Japan

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WHEN: Thursday, July 21, 8-10pm WHERE: Sands Point Preserve, 127 Middle Neck Road, Port Washington AGES: 13 and older WHAT: An evening of contemporary chamber music produced by Port Washington native Solomon Hoffman, featuring original works for strings, winds, brass, and piano. WHY WE LOVE IT: His music synthesizes the classical tradition with elements of jazz, folk, and minimalism to produce an accessible and unique blend. WANT TO GO? $20. 516-571-7901. sandspointpreserve.org.

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Pat Darienzo: Comedy and Magic Show FREE

WHEN: Wednesday, July 27, 2pm WHERE: Landmark on Main Street, 232 Main St., Suite 1, Port Washington AGES: 13 and older WHAT: Pat Darienzo entertains and stuns audiences with demonstrations of unexplainable psychic powers and abilities. WHY WE LOVE IT: Pat’s performance must be seen to be believed— or disbelieved. WANT TO GO? 516-767-6444. landmarkonmainstreet.org.


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Blame It on the Movies

Cow’s Milk Allergy Study

Infants and Childr en needed for research study of a NEW investigational formula developed for children with allergies!

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WHEN: Saturday, July 30, 8pm WHERE: Madison Theatre at Molloy College, 1000 Hempstead Ave., Rockville Centre AGES: 5 and older WHAT: It’s a fun-filled homage to movie musicals, screwball comedies, shoot-’em-up westerns, sizzling screen romances, thrillers, actionadventure flicks, historical epics, and more. WHY WE LOVE IT: It’s a delicious romp through cinematic history. WANT TO GO? $39 and up. 516-323-4444. madisontheatreny.org.

If your child has a documented allergy to Cow’s Milk, but is otherwise healthy, and is between the ages of 2 months - 8 years, he/she may be eligible to participate.

• No cost to you. • Study visit reimbursement Provided. Please call for more details!

American Indian Mid-Summer Pow Wow

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For More Information Please Call or Email: Nicquelle Joseph (516) 622-5062 • nicjoseph@northwell.edu

WHEN: July 29-31, Friday, 6pm; Saturday-Sunday, 10am WHERE: Queens County Farm Museum, 73-50 Little Neck Parkway, Floral Park, Queens AGES: All WHAT: Features three days of intertribal Native American dance competitions and more than 40 Indian nations are represented at this event. A large selection of unique Native American art, crafts, jewelry, and food are available. WHY WE LOVE IT: This is NYC’s oldest and largest powwow! WANT TO GO? See website for prices. 718-347-3276. queensfarm.org.

Dr. Punita Ponda

Mysterious Lake

WHEN: July 29-31, Friday-Sunday, check website for times WHERE: Long Island Children’s Museum, 11 Davis Ave., Garden City AGES: 5 and older WHAT: See how spirits and humans learn to celebrate the old and new of our world. WHY WE LOVE IT: Colorful, mysterious puppets dance through the audience. WANT TO GO? $9 with museum admission: $13; $12 for seniors 65 and older; free for children younger than 1. 516-224-5800. licm.org.

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From Shore to Shore: Boat Builders and Boatyards of Long Island FREE

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WHEN: June 9–Sept. 4, Tuesday-Friday, 10am-2pm; Saturdays, 11am-3pm; Sundays, 1-4pm WHERE: Oyster Bay Historical Society, 20 Summit St., Oyster Bay AGES: All WHAT: This exhibit explores the traditions of working boat builders and boatyards found in the region. WHY WE LOVE IT: Twelve exhibition panels, accompanying audiovideo interviews, and a timeline highlight profiles of master craftsmen, their tools, and the historic boat yards where they work. WANT TO GO? 516-922-5032. oysterbayhistorical.org. ››

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Book Buddies FREE

WHEN: Thursday, July 28, 5pm WHERE: Floral Park Public Library, 17 Caroline Place, Floral Park AGES: 3-5 WHAT: Children are invited to share stories, rhymes, and make a craft. WANT TO GO? 516-326-6330. floralparklibrary.org.

Fun Fairs & Festivals Family Fun Extravaganza FREE

We can’t believe it’s FREE Think a freebie has to be ho-hum? Don’t let the price tag (or lack of one) fool you. Here are the five no-cost events we’re excited about now. You’re welcome. Made with Love FREE

WHEN: Wednesday, July 6, 11am WHERE: Floral Park Public Library, 17 Caroline Place, Floral Park AGES: 13 and older WHAT: Made With Love is a service-oriented group of knitters and crocheters who create hats, scarves, blankets, and other items for hospitals, shelters, and the military. WANT TO GO? 516-326-6330. floralparklibrary.org.

Open House FREE

WHEN: Friday, July 15, 1pm WHERE: Wantagh Pool and Park, 1 King Road, Wantagh AGES: All WHAT: Schedule a tour and learn about the LI Voyagers Day Camp, with swim instruction, sports, art, shows, and big trips including Splish Splash and a NY Yankees game, with door-to-door transportation. WANT TO GO? 516-238-4586. livoyagersdaycamp.com.

Young People and the Arts Series FREE

WHEN: Tuesday, July 19, 10:30am WHERE: Manorhaven Beach Park, Manorhaven Boulevard, Port Washington AGES: All WHAT: Listen to a band that those young and old will enjoy. WANT TO GO? 516-767-4618. northhempsteadny.gov.

Stomp It Up: Darlene Graham FREE

WHEN: Thursday, July 21, 1:30pm WHERE: Echo Park, 399 Nassau Blvd., West Hempstead AGES: All WHAT: Darlene Graham and the Shades of Green Band recall the fun and adventure of growing up in a modern family. WANT TO GO? 516-483-7400. toh.li. 36

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WHEN: Saturday, July 9, 4-10pm WHERE: Madison Theatre at Molloy College, 1000 Hempstead Ave., Rockville Centre AGES: All WHAT: Check out the many activities designed for the whole family until 8pm. Then finish the evening off with a family movie, Pitch Perfect 2, under the moonlight. WANT TO GO? 516-323-4444. madisontheatreny.org.

Louis Armstrong’s Wonderful World 2016 FREE

WHEN: Saturday, July 16, 1-8pm WHERE: Flushing Meadows Corona Park, 14 United Nations Ave. S., Flushing, Queens AGES: All WHAT: Celebrating the life and legacy of one of America’s musical icons, this is a day full of music, food, arts, crafts, and family fun. WANT TO GO? armstrongswonderfulworld.com.

5th Annual Fun On The Farm Day

WHEN: Saturday, July 16, 11am-4:30pm WHERE: Wickham’s Fruit Farm, 28700 Route 25, Cutchogue AGES: All WHAT: Visit Long Island’s largest fruit farm on Peconic Bay, ride an old-fashioned wagon, pick seasonal blueberries, and prepare jam and desserts with Chef Paula. Visit the only goat dairy on the North Fork, milk a goat by hand, and learn how cheese is made. Registration required. WANT TO GO? $40; $50 children ages 3-15; free for children younger than 3. 516-338-0552. funonthefarmday.com.

Lincoln Center Out of Doors: Family Day FREE

WHEN: Saturday, July 23, 11am-4pm WHERE: Lincoln Center, 10 Lincoln Center Plaza, Upper West Side, Manhattan AGES: All WHAT: A day of family fun as part of the Lincoln Out of Doors arts festival. Featuring dance and music performances and a chance to take part in a mass participation dance with the rest of the crowd. WANT TO GO? 212-875-5456. lcoutofdoors.org.


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ON SCREEN Cinema on the Bay: ‘Back to the Future’ FREE

WHEN: Saturday, July 9, 8:15pm WHERE: Sunset Park, Lower Main Street, Port Washington AGES: All WHAT: The featured presentation is Back to the Future. WANT TO GO? 516-708-5819. northhempsteadny.gov.

Movie: ‘Pete’s Dragon’ FREE

International Film Festival

WHEN: July 13-21, see website for dates and times WHERE: The Showplace at Bellmore Movies, 222 Pettit Ave., Bellmore AGES: 13 and older WHAT: Enjoy more than 160 short- and feature-length quality independent films from around the world. WANT TO GO? See website for prices. 516-599-6870. plazatheatrical.com.

Put a bit of ooh-la-la in your weekend at this French street fair.

Vive La Upper East Side Celebrate Bastille Day and enjoy the best of French culture at the French Institute Alliance Française’s annual street fair Bastille Day on 60th Street. From Can-Can to crafts for les enfants, macarons to cheese tastings, enjoy the transformation of the Upper East Side to Paris for the day. July 10, 12-5pm. Age: All. East 60th Street between Fifth and Lexington avenues, Upper East Side. 212-355-6100. bastilledayny.com. Dan Nguyen/Creative Commons

WHEN: Sunday, July 17, 7:30pm WHERE: Clinton G. Martin Park, 1650 Marcus Ave., New Hyde Park AGES: All WHAT: This fun movie is being shown indoors. WANT TO GO? 516-869-6311. northhempsteadny.gov.

Movie: ‘The Boxcar Children’ FREE

WHEN: Friday, July 22, 2pm WHERE: Franklin Square Public Library, 19 Lincoln Road, Franklin Square AGES: 5-8 WHAT: Read the book at home, then come in and see the movie. Snacks, candy, and popcorn will be provided and books will be available upon registration. WANT TO GO? 516-488-3444. franklinsquarepl.org.

Teen Movie Marathon FREE

WHEN: Monday, July 25, 12pm WHERE: Floral Park Public Library, 17 Caroline Place, Floral Park AGES: 9-17 WHAT: Watch High School Musical parts 1, 2, and 3. Pizza and snacks will be served. WANT TO GO? 516-326-6330. floralparklibrary.org.

Cinema on the Bay: ‘Pitch Perfect 2’ FREE

WHEN: Saturday, July 30, 8pm WHERE: Sunset Park, Lower Main Street, Port Washington AGES: All WHAT: The featured presentation is Pitch Perfect 2. WANT TO GO? 516-708-5819. northhempsteadny.gov. ››

Catch the July 4th fireworks on the East River.

Happy Birthday America! The most famous July 4th fireworks display in the U.S. returns to the East River, celebrating a milestone birthday of its own. The 40th Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks will explode from barges in two locations this year: South Street Seaport and Midtown. An amazing 45,000 pyrotechnic shells will be used during the 25-minute synchronized display! If you’re not lucky enough to live in a DUMBO penthouse and want to snag a good spot, arrive very early and be prepared to wait. Or simply turn on your TV instead. July 4, 9:20pm. Age: All. East River, South Street Seaport and Midtown. 212-494-4495. macys.com/fireworks. LongIslandParent 37


Hot Jazz/Cool Garden: The Gotham Kings

WHEN: Monday, July 4, 2pm WHERE: Louis Armstrong House Museum, 34-56 107th St., Corona, Queens AGES: All WHAT: Jazz extraordinaire and former Queens resident Louis “Satchmo” Armstrong always celebrated his birthday on the Fourth of July, so come and enjoy a musical performance by The Gotham Kings with tastings of some of Armstrong’s favorite foods. WANT TO GO? $18. 718-478-8274. louisarmstronghouse.org.

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TD Bank’s ‘Celebrate America’ Fireworks and Show FREE

WHEN: Saturday, July 2, 8pm WHERE: Eisenhower Park, 1899 Hempstead Turnpike, East Meadow AGES: All WHAT: Watch the show with family and friends. WANT TO GO? 516-572-0200.

1861 Independence Day Celebration

WHEN: Monday, July 4, 10am-4pm WHERE: Old Bethpage Village Restoration, 1303 Round Swamp Road, Old Bethpage AGES: All WHAT: The 1861 Independence Day is celebrated in the same fashion as it was 155 years ago. There will be a parade followed by speeches and ceremonies, historic trade demonstrations, Civil War era soldiers, and more. WANT TO GO? $10; $7 children ages 5-12; free for children younger than 5. 516-572-8400. nassaucountyny.gov.

40th Annual Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks FREE

WHEN: Monday, July 4, 9:20pm WHERE: East River, South Street Seaport and Midtown, Manhattan AGES: All WHAT: America’s most explosive Independence Day party will take place from two locations on the East River; midtown and the South Street Seaport district. Arrive early to secure your spot. WANT TO GO? 212-494-4495. macys.com/fireworks.

Fireworks Spectacular at Jones Beach

WHEN: Monday, July 4, dusk WHERE: Jones Beach State Park, 1000 Ocean Parkway, Wantagh AGES: All WHAT: There’s nothing like watching a spectacular fireworks show with the whole family. WANT TO GO? $10 per car. 631-321-3510. nysparks.com/parks.

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Animal Passport

WHEN: July 2-3, Saturday-Sunday, 11am-3pm WHERE: Cold Spring Harbor Fish Hatchery & Aquarium, 1660 Route 25A, Cold Spring Harbor AGES: All WHAT: Learn about eels, then children can make eel-related crafts and play games. WANT TO GO? $6; $4 children ages 3-12; free for children younger than 3. 516-692-6768. cshfha.org.

Calling Young Scientists!

WHEN: Friday, July 8, 2-4pm WHERE: Long Island Children’s Museum, 11 Davis Ave., Garden City AGES: 5 and older WHAT: Young scientists will dig into learning all about owls as they find bones and dissect an owl pellet. Get to the root of how owls eat, hunt, and ingest food, and discover the answers to many questions. WANT TO GO? $3 museum admission: $13; $12 for seniors 65 and older; free for children younger than 1. 516-224-5800. licm.org.

Radical Reptiles

WHEN: Saturday, July 23, 1pm WHERE: Tackapausha Museum and Preserve, 2215 Washington Ave., Seaford AGES: All WHAT: Featuring snakes, lizards, turtles, and more, then create a cool critter craft. WANT TO GO? $5. 516-571-7443. nassaucountyny.gov/parks.

David Rosaire’s World-Famous Dog Show

WHEN: Through Sept. 5: daily, 12pm and 3pm WHERE: Long Island Game Farm, 638 Chapman Blvd., Manorville AGES: All WHAT: New this year is the addition of Chinese-themed costumes and production elements that celebrate the heritage of Mr. Rosaire’s pups. WANT TO GO? $16.95; $14.95 children ages 3-12; free for children younger than 3. 631-878-6670. longislandgamefarm.com.


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Musicians Picnic Pops: The Harlem Speakeasy Orchestra

WHEN: Wednesday, July 6, 7pm WHERE: Old Westbury Gardens, 71 Old Westbury Road, Old Westbury AGES: All WHAT: The group presents the music of the Big Band Era. Bring a chair or blanket and your dancing shoes. WANT TO GO? $12; free for children 17 and younger. 516-3330048. oldwestburygardens.org.

North Shore Pops Concert Band FREE

WHEN: Tuesday, July 19, 7pm WHERE: Clark Botanic Garden, 193 I.U. Willets Road, Albertson AGES: All WHAT: This favorite Long Island band plays favorite concert and big band tunes. Bring a chair and a snack. WANT TO GO? 516-484-2208. clarkbotanic.org.

Astrograss FREE

WHEN: Tuesday, July 12, 10:30am WHERE: Clark Botanic Garden, 193 I.U. Willets Road, Albertson AGES: All WHAT: Listen to a range of music from classical to pop. WANT TO GO? 516-484-2208. clarkbotanic.org.

WHEN: Monday, July 25, 7:30pm WHERE: Mary Jane Davies Green, Plandome Road, Manhasset AGES: All WHAT: Astrograss will be a one-of-a-kind show mixing educational and cultural topics into this family performance, during which kids and parents will dance and sing with a blend of bluegrass, old time, and folk music. WANT TO GO? 516-869-6311. northhempsteadny.gov.

Picnic Pops: Vince Giordano and the Nighthawks

Picnic Pops: A Kornucopia

Young People and the Arts Series: Bach to Rock FREE

WHEN: Wednesday, July 13, 7pm WHERE: Old Westbury Gardens, 71 Old Westbury Road, Old Westbury AGES: All WHAT: The group plays classic, fun jazz from the 1920s and ’30s. WANT TO GO? $12; free for children 17 and younger. 516-3330048. oldwestburygardens.org.

Quickdraw Concert FREE

WHEN: Monday, July 18, 7:30pm WHERE: Mary Jane Davies Green, Plandome Road, Manhasset AGES: All WHAT: Nashville recording artists with new and old country, and southern rock music. WANT TO GO? 516-869-6311. northhempsteadny.gov.

WHEN: Wednesday, July 27, 7pm, gates open 5pm WHERE: Old Westbury Gardens, 71 Old Westbury Road, Old Westbury AGES: All WHAT: This band plays a repertoire steeped in traditional New Orleans jazz, Western swing, and American roots music. WANT TO GO? $12; free for children 17 and younger. 516-333-0048. oldwestburygardens.org.

Arcadia FREE

WHEN: Friday, July 29, 7:30pm WHERE: Manorhaven Beach Park, Manorhaven Boulevard, Port Washington AGES: All WHAT: Come out and hear this high-energy variety band. WANT TO GO? 516-767-4618. northhempsteadny.gov. ›› LongIslandParent 39


Sports Beads Bracelet

WHEN: Wednesday, July 20, 2pm WHERE: Franklin Square Public Library, 19 Lincoln Road, Franklin Square AGES: 5-12 WHAT: Take baseball, football, basketball, and soccer beads and combine them with regular beads to make unique bracelets. WANT TO GO? $1 materials fee. 516-488-3444. franklinsquarepl.org.

Spa-tastic Workshop FREE

WHEN: Tuesday, July 26, 4pm WHERE: Floral Park Public Library, 17 Caroline Place, Floral Park AGES: 13-17 WHAT: Create your own handmade, natural ocean-inspired creations to add to your wellness routine. WANT TO GO? 516-326-6330. floralparklibrary.org.

Shell Frames

WHEN: Tuesday, July 26, 7pm WHERE: Franklin Square Public Library, 19 Lincoln Road, Franklin Square AGES: 9-12 WHAT: Make a picture frame with lots of sea shells. WANT TO GO? $2 materials fee. 516-488-3444. franklinsquarepl.org.

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Crafty Kids Art & Soul

WHEN: Saturday, July 9, 2-4pm WHERE: Long Island Children’s Museum, 11 Davis Ave., Garden City AGES: 5 and older WHAT: Try your hand at miniature paintings. WANT TO GO? $13; $12 for seniors 65 and older; free for children younger than 1. 516-224-5800. licm.org.

Painted Piggies

WHEN: July 11-13, Sunday-Tuesday, 1-4pm WHERE: Long Island Children’s Museum, 11 Davis Ave., Garden City AGES: All WHAT: Come learn about the presidents on U.S. coins and paint a colorful piggy bank in which you can save your spare change. WANT TO GO? $3 with museum admission: $13; $12 for seniors 65 and older; free for children younger than 1. 516-224-5800. licm.org.

KEVA Castles

WHEN: Thursday, July 14, 11:30am and 2pm WHERE: Long Island Children’s Museum, 11 Davis Ave., Garden City AGES: All WHAT: Build a KEVA castle using a variety of materials. WANT TO GO? $13; $12 for seniors 65 and older; free for children younger than 1. 516-224-5800. licm.org. 40

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WHEN: Thursday, July 28, 2-3pm WHERE: Long Island Children’s Museum, 11 Davis Ave., Garden City AGES: 5 and older WHAT: Celebrate Japanese storytelling and learn how to draw manga characters. WANT TO GO? $3 with museum admission: $13; $12 for seniors 65 and older; free for children younger than 1. 516-224-5800. licm.org.

Connect the Dots with Keith and Andy

WHEN: July 25-29, Monday-Friday, 10:30am-2:30pm WHERE: Long Island Children’s Museum, 11 Davis Ave., Garden City AGES: All WHAT: Create your very own dot-to-dot portrait during a 1-hour art session. WANT TO GO? $3 with museum admission: $13; $12 for seniors 65 and older; free for children younger than 1. 516-224-5800. licm.org.

Little Makers: Make Some Noise

WHEN: Sunday, July 31, 10:30am WHERE: New York Hall of Science, 47-01 111th St., Corona, Queens AGES: Newborn to 5 WHAT: Discover the physics of sound and make musical instruments with recycled materials. WANT TO GO? $8 with museum admission: $15; $12 children ages 2-17. 718-699-0005. nysci.org.

Sensory Art Days

WHEN: July 5–Aug. 19, Monday-Friday, 9:30-11:30am WHERE: Not Just Art, 183 South St., Oyster Bay AGES: 3-8 WHAT: Explore summer themed art, activities, sensory play bins, bubbles, and construction to create joyful and artful creative experiences for young imaginations. WANT TO GO? $36 per workshop; $28 siblings. 516-922-8300. notjustart.com.


Summer SOULstice-YOGA FREE

WHEN: Thursday, July 28, 6:45pm WHERE: Floral Park Public Library, 17 Caroline Place, Floral Park AGES: 13 and older WHAT: Danielle Seuling will guide you through a series of basic body postures, breathing, and relaxation techniques. WANT TO GO? 516-326-6330. floralparklibrary.org.

Polo at Bethpage State Park

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WHEN: Through July 31: Sundays, 3pm WHERE: Bethpage State Park, 99 Quaker Meeting House Road, Farmingdale AGES: All WHAT: Enjoy an afternoon of excellent polo games at Bethpage State Park. WANT TO GO? $5; $8 vehicle fee. 631-669-1000. bethpagepolo.com.

Tours of Falaise

WHEN: Friday, July 1, 11am WHERE: Floral Park Public Library, 17 Caroline Place, Floral Park AGES: 3-5 WHAT: Special time for play and circle fun for babies and their caregivers. WANT TO GO? 516-326-6330. floralparklibrary.org.

WHEN: Sunday, July 31, 12-3pm WHERE: Sands Point Preserve, 127 Middle Neck Road, Port Washington AGES: 13 and older WHAT: The magnificent Falaise mansion is open for docent-led tours to experience the Gold Coast lifestyle of luxury and opulence in this meticulously preserved historic home. WANT TO GO? $10. 516-571-7901. sandspointpreserve.org.

Mounted Cowboy Shooting Match

Summer Mommy and Me Classes

Little Playmates FREE

WHEN: Sunday, July 10, 11:30am-1:30pm WHERE: Old Bethpage Village Restoration Fairgrounds, 1303 Round Swamp Road, Old Bethpage AGES: All WHAT: The show is based on the historical reenactment of shooting events held at Wild West Shows during the 19th century. WANT TO GO? $10; $7 children ages 5-12; free for children younger than 5. 516-572-8400. islandlongriders.com.

38th Annual Jones Beach Volleyball Tournament FREE

WHEN: July 16-17, Saturday-Sunday, 9am WHERE: Theodore Roosevelt Nature Center, Jones Beach State Park, 1 Ocean Parkway, Wantagh AGES: 13 and older WHAT: A free volleyball tournament that is played on sand courts. There are two divisions: four-player teams and six-player teams open to males and females. WANT TO GO? 631-321-3510. nysparks.com.

Tai Chi FREE

WHEN: Wednesday, July 20, 10:15am WHERE: Franklin Square Public Library, 19 Lincoln Road, Franklin Square AGES: 9 and older WHAT: Increase your strength, energy, and flexibility with tai chi. WANT TO GO? 516-488-3444. franklinsquarepl.org.

Walking Tour

WHEN: Sunday, July 24, 2pm WHERE: The Dodge House, 58 Harbor Road, Port Washington AGES: All WHAT: Tour and experience history at the brown-shingled Thomas Dodge House (c. 1721), which is most likely the oldest extant house in the Port Washington area. WANT TO GO? $5. 516-365-9074. cowneck.org.

WHEN: July 6–Aug. 11, Wednesdays or Thursdays, 10-11:30am WHERE: M.A.T.S.S. Kids’ Gym, 2629 Grand Ave., Bellmore AGES: 3-5 WHAT: Join in for a Mommy and Me Mini-Camp with gym time, snacks, crafts, and water activities. WANT TO GO? See website for prices. 516-221-1330. matsskidsgym.com.

Baby and Me Classes

WHEN: July 5–Aug. 18, see website for dates and times WHERE: M.A.T.S.S. Kids’ Gym, 171 Eileen Way, Syosset AGES: 3-5 WHAT: This nurturing environment and playful venue includes tumbling, music, playtime, and bubbles. WANT TO GO? See website for prices. 516-496-7765. matsskidsgym.com. ››

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Long Island Comedy Festival

WHEN: Saturday, July 16, 8pm WHERE: Madison Theatre at Molloy College, 1000 Hempstead Ave., Rockville Centre AGES: 13 and older WHAT: Enjoy stand-up comedy as it was meant to be at the 11th Annual Long Island Comedy Festival. WANT TO GO? $35. 516-323-4444. madisontheatreny.org.

International Music Nights: Italian American Program FREE

WHEN: Saturday, July 16, 6:30pm WHERE: Lakeside Theater, Eisenhower State Park, Merrick Avenue and Hempstead Turnpike, East Meadow AGES: All WHAT: Residents are given the opportunity to experience the broad range of cultures that Nassau County has to offer. WANT TO GO? 516-572-0200. nassaucountyny.gov/parks.

Stomp It Up: Darlene Graham FREE

WHEN: Wednesday, July 20, 10:30am WHERE: Rock Hall Museum, 199 Broadway, Lawrence AGES: All WHAT: Darlene Graham and the Shades of Green Band recall the fun and adventure of growing up in a modern family. WANT TO GO? 516-239-1157. toh.li.

Nassau’s Got Talent

Show time! ‘You’re A Good Man Charlie Brown’ FREE

WHEN: Tuesday, July 12, 7pm WHERE: Clark Botanic Garden, 193 I.U. Willets Road, Albertson AGES: All WHAT: A hilarious performance the entire family will enjoy, presented by Plaza Theatrical Production. Bring a chair and a snack. WANT TO GO? 516-484-2208. clarkbotanic.org.

National Circus Project

WHEN: Friday, July 15, 11:30am and 2pm WHERE: Long Island Children’s Museum, 11 Davis Ave., Garden City AGES: All WHAT: Meet one of the talented performers for a Solo Circus showcasing a variety of circus skills, including juggling, stilts, unicycles, and clowning. WANT TO GO? $5 with museum admission: $13; $12 for seniors 65 and older; free for children younger than 1. 516-224-5800. licm.org.

‘My Son Pinocchio Jr.’

WHEN: July 8-16, 10:30am WHERE: The Gateway, 215 South Country Road, Bellport AGES: 3-8 WHAT: In this updated version of the Disney classic, the story is told through Gepetto’s perspective. WANT TO GO? $12. 631-286-0555. thegateway.org. 42

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WHEN: Saturday, July 23, 5pm WHERE: Madison Theatre at Molloy College, 1000 Hempstead Ave., Rockville Centre AGES: 5 and older WHAT: The top 30 acts will showcase their talents, then the audience will help to decide the top 10 acts that will move on to the finale at 8pm, where the top three acts will receive prizes. WANT TO GO? $25. 516-323-4444. madisontheatreny.org.

‘Anything Goes’

WHEN: July 9-24, see website for dates and times WHERE: BroadHollow Theatre, 700 Hempstead Turnpike, Elmont AGES: 9 and older WHAT: This is an amusing story of boy-meets-girl and the complications that ensue wrapped around one of Cole Porter’s scores. WANT TO GO? $28 at door. 516-775-4420. broadhollow.org.

Lou Del Bianoc Presents ‘Make A Good Choice’ FREE

WHEN: Tuesday, July 26, 7:30pm WHERE: Clinton G. Martin Park, 1650 Marcus Ave., New Hyde Park AGES: All WHAT: A journey of joys, blunders, and dreams. WANT TO GO? 516-869-6311. northhempsteadny.gov.

The Magic and Comedy of Jim McClenahan FREE

WHEN: Thursday, July 28, 1:30pm WHERE: Echo Park, 399 Nassau Blvd., West Hempstead AGES: All WHAT: Enjoy the side-splitting comedy, spell-binding magic, and spirited sing-alongs of this wacky performer. WANT TO GO? 516-483-7400. toh.li.


smarty pants Ocean Explorers Camp

WHEN: Through July 1: Monday-Friday, 9:30am-1pm WHERE: The Whaling Museum and Education Center of Cold Spring Harbor, 301 Main St., Cold Spring Harbor AGES: 5-8 WHAT: Discover life at sea with nautical games, craft projects, and seaworthy activities. WANT TO GO? $30 per day; $80 for three days. 631-367-3418. cshwhalingmuseum.org.

Game On

WHEN: July 5-7, Tuesday-Thursday, 2-4pm WHERE: Long Island Children’s Museum, 11 Davis Ave., Garden City AGES: All WHAT: Design and build your very own arcade games. WANT TO GO? $3 with museum admission: $13; $12 for seniors 65 and older; free for children younger than 1. 516-224-5800. licm.org.

Energy Week

WHEN: Friday, July 8, 4pm WHERE: Floral Park Public Library, 17 Caroline Place, Floral Park AGES: 13-17 WHAT: Dust, lift, and analyze fingerprints by using real ostrich feather brushes and non-toxic fingerprint powders. WANT TO GO? 516-326-6330. floralparklibrary.org.

WHEN: July 18-22, Monday-Friday, 11am-3pm WHERE: Long Island Children’s Museum, 11 Davis Ave., Garden City AGES: All WHAT: Learn about energy conservation through hands-on STEM activities provided by LICM’s Green Teens and in connection with National Grid. WANT TO GO? $13; $12 for seniors 65 and older; free for children younger than 1. 516-224-5800. licm.org.

Glamorous Graffiti: Basquiat, Crash, Haring, and More

Bug Day

Super Heroes of the Sea

Hands on Science

Museum to You Program: Cold Spring Harbor Whaling Museum FREE

Great Ocean Liners 1900-1940 Exhibition FREE

Teen Forensic Fingerprinting Workshop FREE

WHEN: Through July 10: Tuesday-Sunday, 11am-4:45pm WHERE: Nassau County Museum of Art, 1 Museum Drive, Roslyn Harbor AGES: All WHAT: A look at the work of Kenny Scharf’s contemporaries in the exciting East Village graffiti and urban street art movement of the 1980s. WANT TO GO? $10; $8 seniors; $4 children ages 4-12; $2 weekend parking fee. 516-484-9338. nassaumuseum.org. WHEN: July 11-15, Monday-Friday, 9:30am-1pm WHERE: The Whaling Museum and Education Center, 301 Main St., Cold Spring Harbor AGES: 5-8 WHAT: Hone your superhero skills as you explore the amazing abilities of science and secrets behind ocean champions. WANT TO GO? $35 per day. 6313673418. cshwhalingmuseum.org.

WHEN: Tuesday, July 19, 2pm WHERE: Floral Park Public Library, 17 Caroline Place, Floral Park AGES: 3-5 WHAT: Explore the wet and wonderful world of ocean slime. Touch different kinds of seaweed from our local shores, discover the secret behind mucilage, and make your own stretchy, slimy polymer to take home. WANT TO GO? 516-326-6330. floralparklibrary.org.

WHEN: Sunday, July 24, 12-4pm WHERE: New York Hall of Science, 47-01 111th St., Corona, Queens AGES: 5 and older WHAT: Learn about and handle a variety of bugs. If you’re craving something more adventurous, eat some bugs at the Bug Café, at which you can taste different bug-based products and learn about entomophagy, the practice of eating insects. WANT TO GO? $15; $12 children ages 2-17. 718-699-0005. nysci.org. WHEN: July 11–Aug. 15, Mondays, 1:30-3:30pm WHERE: Not Just Art, 183 South St., Oyster Bay AGES: 5-12 WHAT: Each afternoon workshop is packed with themed explorations, experiments, and projects. WANT TO GO? $36 per workshop; $28 siblings. 516-922-8300. notjustart.com. WHEN: Through Oct. 2: daily, 11:30am-3:30pm WHERE: Planting Fields Arboretum, Coe Hall, 1395 Planting Fields Road, Oyster Bay AGES: All WHAT: The installation includes large-scale color photos of first class ocean liner public rooms to demonstrate the luxuriousness of first class quarters, and their design relationship with interiors at Coe Hall. WANT TO GO? $5; free for children younger than 12. 516-922-8678. plantingfields.org. ››

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THE GREAT OUTDOORS Walking History Tours

WHEN: Sunday, July 3, 11am WHERE: The Dodge House, Town Dock and Main Street, Port Washington AGES: All WHAT: Join a knowledgeable tour guide walking the shoreline while you see and learn the fascinating history of early Port Washington. Reservations required. WANT TO GO? $8; $5 seniors; $1 for children 12 and younger. 516-3659074. cowneck.org.

Great Tent Event

WHEN: Saturday, July 9, 12pm WHERE: Old Westbury Gardens, 71 Old Westbury Road, Old Westbury AGES: 5-12 WHAT: Junior naturalists enhance their outdoor skills. WANT TO GO? $12; $10 seniors, $12 for children 7–17, free for children 6 and younger. 516-333-0048. oldwestburygardens.org.

Folk Night In The Garden: Gathering Time and David Sear FREE

WHEN: Tuesday, July 26, 7pm WHERE: Clark Botanic Garden, 193 I.U. Willets Road, Albertson AGES: All WHAT: Bring a chair and a snack as you listen to these performers. WANT TO GO? 516-484-2208. clarkbotanic.org.

Nature Maker Space

Nature Walk Guided Tour

WHEN: Through Aug. 20: Saturdays, 1-2pm WHERE: Hoffman Center, 6000 Northern Blvd., Muttontown AGES: 13 and older WHAT: Enjoy a guided nature walk. WANT TO GO? $5. 516-922-3290. hoffmancenter.org.

Concert in the Park FREE

WHEN: Through Sept. 3: Saturdays, 6-7:30pm WHERE: Coe Hall, Planting Fields, 1395 Planting Fields Road, Oyster Bay AGES: All WHAT: Bring a chair, blanket, and an outdoor picnic to enjoy great upbeat music and the beauty at Planting Fields and exterior of Coe Hall. See website for performance schedule. WANT TO GO? 516-922-8678. plantingfields.org.

LITTLE FOODIES Teen Cupcake Wars FREE

WHEN: Wednesday, July 6, 4pm WHERE: Floral Park Public Library, 17 Caroline Place, Floral Park AGES: 13-17 WHAT: Team up and compete to create the most delicious cupcakes. WANT TO GO? 516-326-6330. floralparklibrary.org.

The Baking Coach FREE

WHEN: Thursday, July 7, 5pm WHERE: Floral Park Public Library, 17 Caroline Place, Floral Park AGES: 5-12 WHAT: Create fishbowl cookies using sprinkles, sugar glaze, and candy, and take three home to enjoy. WANT TO GO? 516-326-6330. floralparklibrary.org.

WHEN: July 25-29, Monday-Friday, 11am-3pm WHERE: Long Island Children’s Museum, 11 Davis Ave., Garden City AGES: All WHAT: Get inspired and learn about the environment. WANT TO GO? Museum admission: $13; $12 for seniors 65 and older; free for children younger than 1. 516-224-5800. licm.org.

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WHEN: Saturday, July 30, 4-6pm WHERE: Cold Spring Harbor Fish Hatchery & Aquarium, 1660 Route 25A, Cold Spring Harbor AGES: All WHAT: Enjoy free ice cream with a variety of toppings while meeting others who love the hatchery. WANT TO GO? $6; $4 children ages 3-12; free for children younger than 3. 516-692-6768. cshfha.org.

Beech Tree Concerts

WHEN: July 3-31, Sundays, 3pm WHERE: Old Westbury Gardens, 71 Old Westbury Road, Old Westbury AGES: All WHAT: Listen to a variety of musical genres under the cool shade of the West Porch Beech Tree. WANT TO GO? $12; $10 seniors; $7 children ages 7–17; free for children 6 and younger. 516-333-0048. oldwestburygardens.org. 44

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WHEN: Tuesday, July 19, 6:30pm WHERE: Floral Park Public Library, 17 Caroline Place, Floral Park AGES: 13-17 WHAT: Kids will be making fresh and yummy empanadas from scratch. WANT TO GO? 516-326-6330. floralparklibrary.org. WHEN: Friday, July 29, 2pm WHERE: Franklin Square Public Library, 19 Lincoln Road, Franklin Square AGES: 5-12 WHAT: Make ice cream in a plastic bag, then eat it! Bring gloves or a towel. WANT TO GO? $1 materials fee. 516-488-3444. franklinsquarepl.org.

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WHEN: Through Jan. 1, 2017: daily, 11am-5pm WHERE: Chocolate Works Garden City, 916 Old Country Road, Garden City AGES: All WHAT: Select and fill a chocolate mold with your choice of chocolate or make your very own candy bar by choosing the chocolate and selecting the toppings. WANT TO GO? $20 and up. 516-833-9198. gardencity.chocolateworks.com.


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WHEN: Wednesday, July 6, 6-10pm WHERE: Madison Theatre at Molloy College, 1000 Hempstead Ave., Rockville Centre AGES: All WHAT: Ballet to Broadway features Tara Schwartz of Joffrey Ballet, Anne Sandefur of Suzanne Ferrell Ballet, and other principal dancers who will delight the audience under the stars. WANT TO GO? 516-323-4444. madisontheatreny.org.

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WHEN: Sunday, July 10, 3pm WHERE: Sands Point Preserve, 127 Middle Neck Road, Port Washington AGES: All WHAT: The company of 10 dancers will perform a combination of Duncan’s works, as well as contemporary works by the company. WANT TO GO? $25. 516-571-7901. sandspointpreserve.org.

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lanning and hosting a birthday for a child of any age can be stressful and seem daunting. We’re here to help! A party planner, a party entertainer, and a mom who’s been in your shoes share their best tips to ensure everyone has a good time, no matter the age.

First Birthday

Time: Children get tired quickly so having a 90-minute party scheduled after naptime is preferred. You don’t want your child to have a meltdown, and this is when children have the highest energy level. —Linda Kaye, owner of Linda Kaye’s Partymakers and author of Bake a Cake Party Book Guest List: Limit it to no more than two or three children and their parents. Keep in mind that the more children there are, the louder the volume. —Jenna Higgins, author of Bashes on a Budget: Kids’ Birthdays Entertainment: It should engage your baby and use lots of music and instruments. Look for an entertainer who can use finger play, scarves, and parachutes, and involve the adults as well. —Janis Dionne McDavid, a.k.a. Ms. Janis, musician and birthday party entertainer 46

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Food: Bite-sized foods that don’t require sitting down and cutting are great options. Consider a buffet of mini-wraps, cheese, fruit, and mini water bottles. —LK Cake: Make or buy a cake with a design that your child will recognize, such as a favorite stuffed animal or toy. Having a separate mini-cake (or “smash cake”) for him has become popular, and he can get messy with that one. —LK Goodie Bags: Fun stickers that go with your theme or a coloring book and crayons are perfect. —JM Capture This Moment: Take a few family photos before your child gets cake all over her new outfit. Must-have photos include blowing out the candles, the entertainer with your child, and a group photo of all the children. —JH

Toddlers

Time: Ninety minutes is a good time frame. A light lunch, some running around, and then it is time for a nap. Guests won’t expect a long birthday. —JH Guest List: The number of guests should be between 12 and 20. Keep in mind: Children should be supervised by the parent, caregiver, or grown-up that brings them to your party. —JM


Entertainment: Clowns who arrive without any makeup and then put their makeup on in front of the children is fun because the children won’t get intimidated when they see that the clown is a real person. —LK Food: For the children, chicken tenders, applesauce, crackers, and fruit are great. Keep it simple for the adults with a chili or a taco bar. Something you can fix before the birthday is key. —JH Cake: Make your own birthday cake and get your child involved. Baking your own makes the cake that much more special, especially if it’s the first time you will be baking one together. —JM Goodie Bags: Incorporate the theme of the party and your child’s interests. For instance, if he loves robots, the children can build and decorate the robots and then take them home. —JM Capture This Moment: Children love watching themselves, so upload photos from the party to your computer and put together a simple slideshow the kids can watch on TV. —LK

Preschoolers

Time: Two hours works well for those parents brave enough to leave their children and pick them up later, and gives the children enough time to enjoy themselves without hitting the dreaded meltdown point. —JH Guest List: The number depends on where you’ll be having the party, but do invite the people significant in your child’s life. —LK Entertainment: Your child’s personality should reflect the entertainment. Themed parties are fun because the children jump right in and use their imaginations. Get creative and make up activities related to the theme. —JM Food: Individually wrapped items such as granola bars, fruit treats, and prepackaged crackers are all fantastic options to supplement your main meal. You can recycle what the children don’t eat, and it’s your best shot at getting them to eat something. —JH Cake: Ask your child what she wants and offer her options. She’ll feel like she has input and it will certainly get her excited. —JH Goodie Bags: Books related to the theme of the party along with a small bag of candy are great. —LK Capture This Moment: Shoot the times when your child is interacting without you. Independence is huge at this age, so try to get those moments from a distance if possible. —JH

Elementary School (ages 6-8)

Time: Ninety minutes to two hours is appropriate at this age, when many kids have parties outside the home. —JM Guest List: The number of guests won’t overwhelm your child, so decide based on the capacity of the party location. Families often opt for two parties: one for family and one for friends and classmates. —JH Entertainment: Places such as museums and skating rinks are great because the entertainment is built in. Or the party can be held at your child’s karate or dance school, and the children can take a class together, and then enjoy food and cake. —JM Food: A make-your-own sandwich buffet makes the food continued on next page ››

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experience fun and saves on the cost of catering. —LK Cake: Stick with your child’s tradition, but change it a little with sparkling, numbered, or unique candles. —JH Goodie Bags: Burn a CD of music that matches the theme of the party. —JM Capture This Moment: Children typically won’t have any problem playing it up for the cameras so ask them fun, silly questions on camera and make sure to get a group photo to remember the day. —JH

Tweens (ages 9-12)

Time: Two to three hours is ideal. —JM Guest List: Consider the space in which you are entertaining and then overestimate that amount. There tends to be a little wiggle room with RSVPs, and you should expect last-minute additions as well. —JH Entertainment: Children want to feel grown-up, so do a makeover party, a sleepover with an activity, or a baseball game. —LK Food: Cook your child’s favorite meal or have his favorite foods delivered. —JM Cake: You can make the cake the centerpiece of the party or get a cake that ties into the theme. —LK Goodie Bags: Try unexpected things such as a bag of microwaveable popcorn with soda and candy for a backyard movie-theme party or a jar of chocolate syrup and one topping with a label that reads, “After Party Indulgence.” —JH Capture This Moment: Give each party guest a disposable camera to take as many pictures as he or she wants. It’s fun for them, and you’ll end up with some great shots. —JM

Teenagers (ages 13-18)

Time: Between three and four hours, depending on the activity and how big the party is. —JM Guest List: Expect 20 or more teens, unless you are hosting a destination birthday party in which case your child should invite one or two friends. —JH Entertainment: Teens want to feel cool, so choose a place with a lounge-like atmosphere. A dance instructor can teach the group some moves. —LK Food: Serve fried chicken and easy-to-eat pastas, and a sundae or a smoothie bar. —LK Cake: Simply cut the cake and pass it out, or if your child can handle the attention, have a few friends carry out the cake and sing. —JH Goodie Bags: Gift cards such as $5 for Starbucks are the perfect fit. —JH Capture This Moment: Documentary style works well, so videotape the scene before the guests arrive, a few moments of your teen getting ready, and some candid moments with friends. —JH

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Now that your children are headed toward the pre-teen and adolescent years, party planning takes on a whole different hue. Here are some popular party ideas to help in your planning.

Party Ideas for Tween Girls

“Tween girls have very definite ideas about what they want for a party,” says Linda Kaye, owner of Linda Kaye’s Partymakers. “It’s important though—and this is also true for the parents of teens—for the parents to work with their daughters and offer direction.” Some favorite parties for girls of this age include: • Craft parties: Doll-making, jewelry design, ceramics, chocolate molding, and all kinds of structured craft activities. May be held at home or at a crafts studio or local Y. • Gymnastics, skating, and pool parties: Held at gymnastics centers, where the girls are instructed in the use of equipment such as hoops, balance beams, and trampolines; at ice-skating or roller rinks; or at community or backyard pools. • Makeover and spa parties: These are held either at home (in which a makeup and hair consultant is present) or in a beauty salon or spa. Girls get their hair and nails done, and may experiment with makeup application or a variety of skin-care products. • Sleepovers: Usually begin after dinner, and may include anywhere from three to 12 girls. Some parties are loosely structured with watching movies being the only planned activity. Others include some craft projects or organized games. Instead of (or in addition to) a birthday cake, many sleepovers include a make-your-own sundae bar. • Specialty parties: Zumba or other dance class party held at a dance studio, murder mystery, bake-your-own goodies party held at a bakery, or parties held at a comedy club that caters to this age group.

Party Ideas for Tween Boys

Since this tends to be a high-energy, boisterous age, most parties are held outside the home in some type of rented facility, such as: • Action-themed parties: “Boys like adventure and team playing,” Kaye says. “Anything from a scavenger hunt at home or through the city is fun.” Visiting a museum or some kind of science activity are always options, she adds. • Sports parties: Everything from basketball to miniature golf, soccer, roller hockey, and bowling. These can be held in a specialty facility (like a bowling alley or roller rink), but are increasingly held at large, multi-sports complexes where party guests can participate in a number of different activities. Parties at sporting events—Mets or Yankees, anyone?—are also popular. • “Hi-tech” parties: Activities may include laser tag, hyperspace simulators, and virtual reality games such as virtual skiing or motorcycle racing.

Party Ideas for Teens

Many teens are happy to forego parties until a bar or bat mitzvah or the big sweet 16 gala. Other than those times, birthday parties for teens tend to be lowkey and casual, such as: • Dinner parties: Host a party at your teen’s favorite restaurant for a group of their friends. • Sports parties: For 12- to 16-year-old boys, some variations on sports parties may still be popular, especially the ones that require a level of skill and dexterity. • Experience parties: Teen dance parties, karaoke events, going to a movie, or attending a sporting event are often popular with this age group. • Coed parties: Some teenage girls are definitely into large birthday parties, as long as they get to invite boys, and plenty of them! Entertainment usually includes music and dancing, and typical fare includes nachos, pizza, chips, and cake.


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Birthday Party Entertainment Clowns.com

Proudly serving Long Island, Westchester, Queens, Brooklyn, Manhattan, and the Bronx 516-577-0000 718-971-5862 clowns.com At Clowns.com, our goal is to create an unforgettable and memorable party experience for you and your family. We provide the highest quality children’s entertainment and rental services in the industry. If you’re looking for a professional, dependable, and enthusiastic team, you’ve come to the right place! We are a family-owned and -operated entertainment company, offering a wide range of party and entertainment services including clowns, inflatable bounce houses, characters, magicians, princesses, magic shows, face painting, and party concession rentals.

Kidz Party Fun

718-644-6518 kidzpartyfun.com events@kidzpartyfun.com Kidz Party Fun brings the party to you! We customize your party package to suit any budget. Themed party packages include your favorite princess, mascot character, or clown of your choice! Services include face painting, balloon sculpting, temporary tattoos, musical games and dancing, cotton candy, bubble fun, sand art fun, jewelry beading, and glitter art tattoos. Magicians are also available by request. Affordable rates. Call us today to book your party!

Slots-A-Lot Raceway and Party Place

1100 Hempstead Turnpike, Franklin Square 516-253-5379 slotsalotraceway.com info@slotsalotraceway.com Partygoers race 6-inch scale model cars around three 150foot, professionally built slot car tracks, in a safe, clean, brightly lit, and colorful venue.

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Newsday rated one of Long Island’s top five birthday places. Packages include a smiling, dedicated party host for each track, setup, serving, and cleanup. Bring your own food or have us supply it. Easy to get to, and easy to find. All will enjoy “going fast, having fun.”

Birthday Party Places The Adventure Park at Long Island

75 Colonial Springs Road, Wheatley Heights 631-983-3844 climbli.org The Adventure Park at Long Island features zip lines and challenge crossings between tree platforms. Perfect on your own, or with friends and family. Great for birthday parties. Ask about group rates. Children ages 7 and older. Choose from multiple color-coded trails from beginner (easier and lower to the ground) to advanced. Summer hours: seven days, day or night. See website for details. Use discount code MPL6 and save on your general admission ticket! Reserve your visit at climbli.org.

Art Buzz Kids

35 Jackson Ave., Syosset 516-802-4954 wineanddesign.com/locations/ syosset syosset@wineanddesign.com Spark your child’s creativity and imagination! Syosset Art Buzz Kids offers family-friendly painting and craft classes for children of all ages. Our birthday party themes are designed to inspire and excite all children. Art Buzz Kids is perfect for birthday parties, after-school classes, and summer camps. Our passion is art and inspiring children to have fun, get creative, and feel proud of their work! Your child’s inner artist is guaranteed to shine while being taught by a great team of professionals. You’ll always take home a masterpiece with Art Buzz Kids.

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BounceU Farmingdale

101 Carolyn Blvd., Farmingdale 631-777-JUMP (5867) bounceu.com/cities/farmingdale.ny farmingdale.ny@bounceu.com BounceU Farmingdale was voted “Best of Long Island” for Children’s Party Place and Family Amusement Center. We provide the ideal combination of inflatable structures, a clean environment, incredible customer service, and nonstop excitement in a private party atmosphere. We feature giant inflatable toys and a wide variety of activities for children and adults, including basketball and boxing, obstacle courses, and slides. We take pride in providing superior customer service. Private parties are meticulously planned and prepared by our knowledgeable staff, so parents can relax and enjoy themselves.

Celebrations In The Kitchen

63 E. Old Country Road, Hicksville 516-396-2193 celebrationsinthekitchen.com celebrationsinthekitchen@ gmail.com The most unique, fun-filled, joyous event! We have created a true baking experience for everyone to enjoy—children, parents, family, friends, and boys and girls of any age. Guests enjoy our first-class facility complete with a huge exhibition-size kitchen, private party rooms, and a fabulous café and espresso bar for the adults to socialize! Baking experiences include cookie baking and decorating, cupcakes “from scratch,” muffin and scone baking, brownies, and more! Come in, call, or visit celebrationsinthekitchen. com for more information on parties and classes.

Clowns.com

Proudly serving Long Island, Westchester, Queens, Brooklyn, Manhattan, and the Bronx 516-577-0000 718-971-5862 clowns.com At Clowns.com, our goal is to create an unforgettable and

memorable party experience for you and your family. We provide the highest quality children’s entertainment and rental services in the industry. If you’re looking for a professional, dependable, and enthusiastic team, you’ve come to the right place! We are a family-owned and -operated entertainment company, offering a wide range of party and entertainment services including clowns, inflatable bounce houses, characters, magicians, princesses, magic shows, face painting, and party concession rentals.

Cold Spring Harbor Fish Hatchery & Aquarium

1660 Route 25A, Cold Spring Harbor 516-692-6768 cshfha.org steved@cshfha.org Celebrate your child’s next birthday at the Cold Spring Harbor Fish Hatchery & Aquarium! See the Hatchery & Aquarium’s exciting live exhibits. Feed the hungry trout and learn about fish, reptiles, and amphibians with an up-close animal encounter. For children turning ages 3 and older. Fishing Parties available too! Fishing Party guests will enjoy a 45-minute fishing bonanza. Fishing is catch-and-release only. For children turning ages 4 and older. All parties will be followed by your desired festivities. Educational party hosts and goodie bags included.

CulturePlay

220 E. Meadow Ave., East Meadow 516-222-0031 cultureplay.org Looking for a memorable, exciting, and unique party experience? Celebrate your child’s birthday at Cultureplay, the Techspace for kids, tweens, and teens! Choose one or two advanced digital technologies and program a robot, design an animated character, or explore worlds in Minecraft. Looking for a cool tech idea for your tween or teen? Our staff will design a game tournament in


our GamePlay area. Experience our Virtual Reality Gaming. We lead your partygoers through hands on, interactive, and fun activities. Various packages are available and individualized to create the party experience you won’t forget.

The Fashion Class

1812 Merrick Road, Merrick 516-246-2000 thefashionclass.com Learn from real fashion designers with a runway or sewing party this year in our 3000-square-foot, bright, sunny, and pink fashion studio! Guests can choose from a variety of our most popular sewing projects, or put on a full runway show complete with makeup and hair styling. Sewers use our state-of-the-art touch screen Singer sewing machines, easy to use and complete with loads of safety features. Runway shows take place on our 24-foot, lightup runway with a take-home runway photo. Starting at age 6, Fashion Class parties are fabulous for any age!

Kitchen Time’s Party Place

691 Broadway, Massapequa 516-795-4980 kitchentime.net kitchentimeparty@aol.com We’re all about cooking! And with 30 years of children’s cooking party experience, we do it right! For 2 hours, in addition to cake decorating, little chefs cook an entire meal, form chocolate, bake pretzels and teddy cakes, or create craft and food combos. Kids measure ingredients, break eggs, shred cheese, slice cucumbers, and decorate with a pastry bag. Real cooking, just like the chefs on TV, and your birthday child is the star! Call Terry for details and a kitchen tour.

Long Island Aquarium & Exhibition Center

431 E. Main St., Riverhead 631-208-9200 x186 longislandaquarium.com Have an Aquatic Birthday Party at the Long Island

Aquarium! Take a private tour of the aquarium with one of our expert educators. Receive preferential treatment at our Submarine Simulator and Discovery Tower rides and special seating at our Sea Lion Show, where the birthday child will get a shout-out from one of the stars! Have lunch and a Friendly’s ice cream cake in your private party room. The party doesn’t end when the candles are blown out. Your guests have access to the aquarium for the entire day.

M.A.T.S.S. Kid’s Gym & Early Childcare Education Center A Rainbow Of Programs Under One Roof!

2629 Grand Ave., Bellmore 516-221-1330 171 Eileen Way, Syosset 516-496-7765 matsskidsgym.com corporate@matsskidsgym.com Infant, toddler, and separation classes bridge development to a comprehensive Early Childhood Education-Nursery School and Gym Program. After-school classes provide movement, gymnastics, sports, and enrichment instruction for both our on-site center and community school children, ages 7 months to 12 years. Summer Camp, Holiday MiniCamps, Weekend Birthday Party, and Friday “Kids’ Night Out” events provide a yearround place to play and celebrate! Extended day available. Full day care (3 months and older) available at our Syosset location. Dedicated teachers and staff are N.Y.S. ED., CPRand First Aid-certified. Since 1985: A Rainbow of Programs to Play, Learn, and Grow!

North Shore Performing Arts Center

609 Jericho Turnpike, Syosset 516-364-1150 northshoreperformingartscenter.com nspac2009@aol.com NSPAC takes the stress and the mess away from you with its 1½-hour hip-hop birthday party package. Join us and one of our professional hip-hop instruc-

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Slots-A-Lot Raceway and Party Place

1100 Hempstead Turnpike, Franklin Square 516-253-5379 slotsalotraceway.com info@slotsalotraceway.com Partygoers race 6-inch scale model cars around three 150foot, professionally built slot car tracks, in a safe, clean, brightly lit, and colorful venue. Newsday rated one of Long Island’s top five birthday places. Packages include a smiling, dedicated party host for each track, setup, serving, and cleanup. Bring your own food

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Unlimited Sports Action

30 Beechwood Ave., Port Washington 516-767-7675 unlimitedsportsaction.com info@unlimitedsportsaction.com Unlimited Sports Action offers sports birthdays for ages 2 and older. We provide everything (pizza, cake, drinks, paper goods, and invitations) so that parents can sit back, relax, and enjoy the party! Our parties are 1½ hours, consisting of 1 hour of sports and activities on a climate-controlled turf field, with a choice of three sports, followed by 30 minutes of food, drinks, and birthday cake in a private room. We also offer at-home parties! We can come to pool parties, backyard parties, or other outdoor venues year-round!

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Dealing with Colds “There are so many cold symptoms, but it’s ok to send your child to school with a runny nose, a little sneezing, and a slight cough with instructions to always cover your mouth when you cough or sneeze and always dispose of tissues. Send her with a hand cleaner or hand sanitizer for her to keep in her bag so she can constantly clean her hands.” —Sandyha Katz, M.D., an emergency medical associate of Nyack Hospital Emergency Department in Nyack, on when your child should stay home vs. when it’s okay to go to school (nymetroparents.com/symptoms) “Hand washing is one of the most effective things you can do to safeguard your health and should be done both before eating or drinking and before touching your mouth, eyes, or nose (these 52

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are entrance points for germs). For best results, wash hands to the tune of ‘Happy Birthday,’ sung twice, or about 15-20 seconds. Make sure to clean in between fingers, the top and bottom surfaces of hands, and under the nail bed.” —Philip Tierno, Ph.D., clinical professor of microbiology and pathology at NYU School of Medicine in Manhattan, on keeping your family healthy when one person is sick (nymetroparents.com/family-health) “Figuring out whether your child has the flu can be difficult. The common cold is associated with a runny nose, congestion, cough and occasionally a fever. It may also initially begin with a sore throat. Influenza usually causes fatigue, body and muscle aches, sore throat, congestion, cough, and fever.” —Gary Mirkin, M.D., CEO of Allied Physicians Group, which has practices in New York City, Long Island, and Westchester and Rockland counties, on determining whether your child has a cold or the flu (nymetroparents.com/cold-flu)

Choosing a Doctor “Your pediatrician becomes a member of your extended family in some sense. We don’t only take care of the babies—it’s


important to take care of the whole family unit and how the baby affects the family unit. So its really important that parents feel like they can trust the advice their pediatrician gives and feel like they’re not being judged by how they feel and what they’re bringing to the table.” —Hai Cao, M.D., a pediatrician at Park Slope Pediatrics in Park Slope, Brooklyn, on choosing a pediatrician (nymetroparents.com/pediatrician) “Ask yourself whether the pediatrician isn’t a good fit or whether it’s the whole practice. If you are interested in working with another pediatrician in the practice, it shouldn’t be a problem. You can ask for a different pediatrician when you make your child’s next appointment. If you wish to change to a different practice, don’t feel guilty or worry that you will hurt anyone’s feelings. Your child’s care is the most important consideration.” —Sanjiv Shah, M.D., chief medical director of Fidelis Care, which offers free and lowcost health insurance coverage, on changing pediatricians (nymetroparents.com/new-doc) “What, if any, training is given to staff regarding providing care for patients with developmental disabilities? What do you do if a patient becomes agitated or combative in the waiting room? How do you draw blood or give shots if a patient with a developmental disability objects? Do you have or participate in any programs to help desensitize a patient to these more invasive procedures?” —Lela Mayers, M.D., M.P.H., medical director at Aetna and former chief of medicine at Premier HealthCare in New York City, on some questions to ask when searching for a doctor for your child with special needs (nymetroparents.com/special-doctor)

Outdoor Health & Safety “Following swimming or bathing, dry the outside of the ear with a dry towel. Tilt the head to the side for 10 seconds to allow excess moisture to drain out. For adults only, if you or your child experiences water in the canal a hair dryer can be used on the lowest setting held at least 1 foot away from the ear. The warm air will dry the canal.” —Stefanie Wolf, Au.D., clinical audiologist at Audiology of Nassau County in Rockville Centre, on preventing swimmer’s ear (nymetroparents.com/swimmers-ear) “With the helmet level on your head, you should see the very edge or rim of your helmet when you look up past your eyebrows—approximately two finger widths above your eyebrow. The straps should meet and form a ‘V’ right under each ear lobe. To check, form a ‘V’ with two fingers around your ear. Once the straps are adjusted in a ‘V’, buckle them. The straps should be snug but not too tight. Adjust until you can put no more than two fingers between the strap and your chin.” —Dr. Katz, on making sure bike helmets fit properly (nymetroparents.com/proper-helmet-fit) “The American Academy of Dermatology recommends that anyone, kids and adults, wear an SPF 30 at all times. They also recommend avoiding midday sun whenever possible—try to seek shade when outdoors between 10am and 2pm. The American Academy of Dermatology also recommends that

children, whenever possible, wear sun-proof clothing—UPF 50 clothing. Sunscreen should be re-applied every two hours, assuming that one isn’t sweating a lot or swimming. Every time one is in the water or is sweating, they should reapply every 45 minutes. Sunscreen should also be purchased every year— most sunscreens are good for a year.” —Elizabeth C. Smith, M.D., board-certified dermatologist at Fairfield Dermatology in Fairfield, CT, on SPF and sunscreen guidelines for kids and adults (nymetroparents.com/sunscreen) “The American Academy of Pediatrics has a position statement on DEET that suggests that DEET in concentrations of 10 percent to 30 percent is safe for children. It should not be used on children younger than 2 months of age, and it should not be used in concentrations more than 30 percent.” —Adhi Sharma, M.D., a board-certified medical toxicologist and senior vice president of medical affairs and chief medical officer at South Nassau Communities Hospital in Oceanside, on preventing bug bites and stings (nymetroparents.com/bug-bites) “Although many people associate Lyme with the hallmark bull’s-eye rash, less than 50 percent develop one. If you develop what seems like a summertime flu, and you live in or have visited an area where deer ticks are found, it’s important that you see a doctor and get tested for Lyme and other tick-borne illnesses.” —Deborah Siciliano, co-president of Lyme Research Alliance, on how to tell if it’s the summer flu or Lyme disease (nymetroparents.com/lyme) “Explain to kids that they should bail out—by covering their face and head with their arms to protect their face and eyes, then rolling off the sled—whenever they lose control, lose visibility, or think they’re going to end up in a treacherous area, such as a pond, parking lot, or an area with trees and poles.” —Fidel Garcia, M.D., medical director of PM Pediatrics in Brooklyn and Staten Island, on sledding safety and preventing serious injuries (nymetroparents.com/sled-safe)

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More than 30 locations available. Please visit the website to find a location near you. 866-621-2769 alliedphysiciansgroup.com The more than 120 physicians that comprise Allied Physicians Group are among the top pediatricians throughout Long Island, New York City, Westchester County, the Hudson Valley, and beyond. When you bring your children to an Allied pediatric practice, you know they are getting the very best care. Our doctors have access to resources, technology, and support that other, stand-alone pediatric practices simply cannot offer. Our doctors have more time for what matters most: you and your child! For more information, visit alliedphysiciansgroup.com or call us at 866-621-2769.

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Staying Positive Feeling sorry for a child who struggles with a special need is understandable—but it’s not going to help. Here’s what will. ›› By Rita Eichenstein, Ph.D.

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ine-year-old Amanda walked into my office, a worried frown on her freckled face. She heaved a heavy backpack off of her shoulders, dropping it with a thud and blurting out, “I’m exhausted!” Her mother agreed, noting, “I feel so bad for her all the time. She is under so much stress!” As a parent, it’s hard not to feel sorry for your own child sometimes. It’s especially hard if your child has the extra burden of an atypical profile. Children with learning disabilities, physical disabilities, ADHD, autism, or developmental delays are additionally weighed down by the necessities of their diagnosis, which can often include extra tutoring, multiple therapies, socialization groups, or intensive behavior training programs. Parents may have to let go of typical fun activities, such as sports teams or school plays, in lieu of prescriptive interventions. It’s emotionally draining both for child and parent. No one wants her child to be different, and yet differences seem to drive the weekly calendar, continually reminding everyone of the “special needs” of the child. A major reason it is so difficult to keep a positive attitude when your child is atypical is because, like all parents, you worry. You 56

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worry that he will be bullied, have no friends, never go to college, or get married. That he’ll suffer. But yet, because children learn by watching their parents, it is critical to adopt a cheerful attitude. The way you see your child ultimately shapes her own self-perspective. On top of everything you’re challenged to do, you have to cultivate optimism, resilience, and confidence in your child’s outcome. Is that hard? You bet it is. But if you keep these tips in mind, you’ll find it easier.

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Don’t confuse feeling sorry for your child with support. There’s a big difference between pity and empathy. Stay positive and help him find resources to build resilience and confidence. Don’t see everything through the disability lens. Your kid is a whole person with different gifts and great potential. The special need aspect is just one aspect of her life. Don’t project. Sometimes, parents will worry about something that might happen—but it’s stemming from their own experiences or fears. Are you worried that he won’t be popular because you weren’t popular? Take some time to find out what your child is


worried about; you might be surprised to find out that she is much more at ease than you thought. Don’t overindulge to “compensate.” Extra video games or unlimited treats, for example, do not have anything to do with your child’s disability. Stick to “typical” rules, while allowing for occasional leniency in circumstances that really do relate to his disability. Don’t be too tough. Tough love doesn’t work with atypical kids. Atypical children are more fragile. Get to know your child and work with her consciously and gently.

What You Can Do To Help

Step in when necessary. Some atypical kids are prone to social isolation and depression. Teachers, even if unintentionally, can exacerbate the problem. Keep an eye on your child and have open communication so he’ll feel comfortable confiding in you. You are your child’s advocate, and your child will need assertive intervention at times. This is not “babying” your child. It’s part of your job as a proactive parent of an atypical child. Encourage participation. Don’t limit your child’s activity options based on what you think she can’t do. If she really wants to join that club or try that sport or take those lessons, chances are there is a way to make it happen. Enjoy the present. Staying in the moment and noticing your amazing child as he unfolds is an important—and joyful— exercise. Take a short break from the everyday jostle to savor small moments of just being together. Express gratitude daily. Before bed, perhaps at tuck-in time, encourage your child to think about what she’s thankful for. And always be sure to chime in with a few contributions of your own. Rita Eichenstein, Ph.D., is a leading pediatric neuropsychologist, renowned in the field of child development, and author of Not What I Expected: Help and Hope for Parents of Atypical Children (Perigee) and the popular blog Positively Atypical! by Dr. Rita Eichenstein (positivelyatypical.com). For more information, visit drritaeichenstein.com.

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APPLIED BEHAVIOR ANALYSIS ABA Psychological Services, P.C.

Servicing Nassau, Suffolk, and Queens 516-294-5000 abapsychologicalservices.com ABA Psychological Services, P.C. is a private professional agency providing high quality, Applied Behavior Analytic therapy to children and adults of all ages who have been diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder. Our goal is for individuals with autism to learn the skills necessary to reach their full potential by creating a treatment program that is specific to each person’s needs. Our clinical director, Dr. Tricia Moss, is both a doctoral-level board-certified behavior analyst (B.C.B.A.-D.), as well as a New York state-licensed psychologist.

The Hagedorn Little Village School, Jack Joel Center for Special Children

750 Hicksville Road, Seaford 516-520-6000 littlevillage.org jon.feingold@littlevillage.org The Hagedorn Little Village School is a nonprofit school highly regarded for providing outstanding educational and therapeutic services for children with a wide range of developmental disabilities. HLVS provides year-round programs and services that include diagnostic evaluations and treatment, early intervention, a preschool, an elementary school, SEIT, and related services. Services provided on-site, in homes, nursery schools, and day care centers include speech, feeding, occupational, physical, and movement therapies; behavior management or Applied Behavior Analysis; counseling; and support groups.

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47 Humphrey Drive, Syosset 516-921-7171 Variety Child Learning Center at the Gallow School 72 Farmedge Road, Levittown 516-490-3301 vclc.org Variety Child Learning Center

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provides programs and services to more than 750 children (ages newborn to 7) and their families annually, at two sites in Syosset and Levittown, and off-site, including Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA Home Program); special education preschool and K-2; Early Intervention; Evaluation Center to determine eligibility; Special Classes in an Integrated Setting (SCIS); SEIT (Special Education Itinerant Teachers) at nursery schools, child care locations, and homes; Family Center Sunday Respite and Recreation Program; Social Skills Training Groups; Lufrano Training Program for early childhood personnel; and Saturday Enrichment Groups.

ADD & ADHD Doris M. Aptekar, Ph.D.

516-484-6351 School psychologist, bilingual psychologist, licensed mental health counselor, psychotherapist, hypnotherapist, evaluator, certified master teacher nymetroparents.com/listing/ aptekardrdoris-m-ph-d doctordorisma@gmail.com Dr. Aptekar has more than 35 years of experience working as a school psychologist, psychotherapist, and hypnotherapist with children and adults of varying needs. Dr. Aptekar works in groups or individually to help you and your loved ones achieve goals such as motivation, socialization, self-esteem, academic achievement, social judgment, coaching, and life goals. She has worked with all age groups and with the special needs population. Dr. Aptekar is available for CSE, IEP, and 504 meetings. She also does couples and family therapy.

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Your school district has a multitude of resources to which your child may be entitled. Dr. Helene Agatstein can partner with you to design an effective, long-term plan to ensure your child achieves academic success. Founder of Educational Consultant Inc., she has been helping parents secure services from school districts for more than 15 years, with 21 years of experience as director of special programs for the Hewlett Woodmere School District. Find out how she can help your child.

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Offices in Long Island, the Financial District, Manhattan, and Westchester County 917-244-6133 lawbakshi.com lara.bakshi@gmail.com Bakshi Law specializes in special education law. We represent parents and children with disabilities, acquire correct classification under IDEA, ensure proper implementation of IEP, ascertain correct placement for children, and tuition reimbursement. We attend CSE meetings, resolution meetings, and suspension hearings, and all disciplinary hearings for special needs and general education students. Bakshi Law’s attorneys are passionate about your child’s education and offer assistance on a sliding scale for parents experiencing financial difficulties.

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School psychologist, bilingual psychologist, licensed mental health counselor, psychotherapist, hypnotherapist, evaluator, certified master teacher 516-484-6351 nymetroparents.com/listing/ aptekardrdoris-m-ph-d doctordorisma@gmail.com Dr. Aptekar has more than 35 years of experience working as a school psychologist, psychotherapist, and hypnotherapist with children and adults of varying needs. Dr. Aptekar works in groups or individually to help you and your loved ones achieve goals such as motivation, socialization, self-esteem,

academic achievement, social judgment, coaching, and life goals. She has worked with all age groups and with the special needs population. Dr. Aptekar is available for CSE, IEP, and 504 meetings. She also does couples and family therapy.

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Serving Nassau and Suffolk counties as well as the five boroughs of NYC 516-273-1961 dr-imber.com scimber1@aol.com Dr. Imber has more than 40 years of experience consulting, evaluating, and advocating for children, adolescents, and adults with various disabilities including autism (e.g. Asperger’s syndrome), attention deficit disorders, intellectual disabilities, emotional and behavioral disorders, and learning disabilities. Dr. Imber is a professor of special education and a special education expert. He addresses needs of students in public, private, and charter schools. Services are available to parents, students, pediatricians, and attorneys. A confidential complimentary phone consultation is available upon request (Nassau and Suffolk counties and the five boroughs of NYC).

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AUTISM SPECTRUM DISORDERS ABA Psychological Services, P.C.

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newborn to 7) and their families annually, at two sites in Syosset and Levittown, and off-site, including Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA Home Program); special education preschool and K-2; Early Intervention; Evaluation Center to determine eligibility; Special Classes in an Integrated Setting (SCIS); SEIT (Special Education Itinerant Teachers) at nursery schools, child care locations, and homes; Family Center Sunday Respite

and Recreation Program; Social Skills Training Groups; Lufrano Training Program for early childhood personnel; and Saturday Enrichment Groups.

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750 Hicksville Road, Seaford 516-520-6000

littlevillage.org jon.feingold@littlevillage.org The Hagedorn Little Village School is a nonprofit school highly regarded for providing outstanding educational and therapeutic services for children with a wide range of developmental disabilities. HLVS provides year-round programs and services that include diagnostic evaluations and treatment, early intervention, a preschool, continued on next page

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The Family Center for Autism

1517 Franklin Ave., Garden City 516-355-9400 fcautism.org info@familycenterforautism.org The Family Center for Autism: Where life-changing moments happen. Simple moments can be life changing ones for people with autism. These moments happen every day at the Family Center for Autism in Garden City. Long Island’s first venue offering a lifespan of services to people with autism and a lifeline to their families, the center’s new Summer Gap Camp provides awesome experiences and social enrichment—in one-week programs—to kids ages 5 and older, teens, and adults ages 23 and younger. Call 516-355-9400 or visit familycenterforautism.org.

Variety Child Learning Center

47 Humphrey Drive, Syosset 516-921-7171 Variety Child Learning Center at the Gallow School 72 Farmedge Road, Levittown 516-490-3301 vclc.org Variety Child Learning Center provides programs and services to more than 750 children (ages

The Hagedorn Little Village School, Jack Joel Center for Special Children (HLVS), is a not-for profit program that provides services for infants and children up to 11 years of age with learning language and social delays, motor impairments and autism with no direct cost to families: *Evaluations *Early intervention (Birth - 3) •SEIT *CSE Itinerant Services •ABA Home Programs

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Funded and regulated by Nassau County (NCDOH) and Suffolk County (SCDOH) Department of Health, NYS, NYS ED Department Early Intervention (EI) and Committee for Preschool Special Education (CPSE) services are for children who have or are suspected of having a developmental delay or disability. Evaluations must be referred by NCDOH/SCDOH for EI and/or to the local school district for CPSE. Services are provided based on an individual child’s eligibility as established by NYS DOH and/or NYS ED department and local government at no direct cost to parents. Parents are responsible for fees/costs associated with childcare. LongIslandParent 59


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an elementary school, SEIT, and related services. Services provided on-site, in homes, nursery schools, and day care centers include speech, feeding, occupational, physical, and movement therapies; behavior management or Applied Behavior Analysis; counseling; and support groups.

Steps to Socialization

13 South Bayles Ave., Port Washington 516-767-0266 Steps to Socialization was created by Evelyn Kashinsky, a parent of children with special needs, to help children who have difficulty socializing. Steps to Socialization is more than just a social skills program. We teach children how to think socially, step by step. Working in small groups of three to four students, we cover a variety of topics, including how to establish and maintain friendships and initiating and maintaining conversations.

Variety Child Learning Center

47 Humphrey Drive, Syosset 516-921-7171 Variety Child Learning Center at the Gallow School 72 Farmedge Road, Levittown 516-490-3301 vclc.org Variety Child Learning Center provides programs and services to more than 750 children (ages newborn to 7) and their families annually, at two sites in Syosset and Levittown, and off-site, including Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA Home Program); special education preschool and K-2; Early Intervention; Evaluation Center to determine eligibility; Special Classes in an Integrated Setting (SCIS); SEIT (Special Education Itinerant Teachers) at nursery schools, child care locations, and homes; Family Center Sunday Respite and Recreation Program; Social Skills Training Groups; Lufrano Training Program for early childhood personnel; and Saturday Enrichment Groups.

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Variety Child Learning Center Center Social Skills Training Programs for Children and Teens

47 Humphrey Drive, Syosset 516-921-7171 Variety Child Learning Center at the Gallow School 72 Farmedge Road, Levittown 516-490-3301 vclc.org Variety Child Learning Center offers Social Skills Training Groups for children and teens (ages 4–16) who are experiencing difficulties in social situations and forming friendships. It also offers Saturday enrichment groups (Sparkling Artists and Movement) focused on social and emotional development, for children ages 3-8, on Saturday mornings during summer, fall, winter, and spring sessions. Call or email for additional information and fees: 516-921-7171 x2179 or ahamel@vclc.org.

MEDICAL PROVIDERS & DENTISTS ChiroMom

2874 Merrick Road, Bellmore 516-221-1212 mychiromom.com mychiromom@gmail.com Dr. Dana Walters is a chiropractor specializing in prenatal and pediatric care. Dr. Walters has practiced in a variety of areas, including Manhattan’s Upper West Side, and has brought her passion for helping families discover the benefits of chiropractic care to Bellmore, as ChiroMom. ChiroMom offers chiropractic care utilizing techniques including immune boosting treatments, musculoskeletal and nutritional work, activator techniques, massage therapy, and lifestyle education. As a mom, Dr. Walters experiences first-hand how chiropractic care throughout pregnancy, birth, and childhood sets a solid foundation for greater health and well-being.

Ehrenman & Khan Pediatric Dentistry

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516-333-3033 kidsteeth4li.com kidds@optonline.net Why choose us? Our expert care and a compassionate approach. We have a special place in our hearts for children with special needs. We know they require and deserve care tailored to meet their unique needs. Our doctors have completed two years of specialty training in behavior management, sedation, and hospital dentistry. This clinical expertise, combined with our gentle touch, makes us the clinicians of choice for the dental care of children with special needs.

Kidds on Park Pediatric Dentistry

111 N. Park Ave., Rockville Centre 516-678-7422 drjodiguttenberg.com info@kiddsonpark.com Choosing the right pediatric dentist for your child is a critical decision. Our board-certified dentists have many years of experience treating children with special needs. Our office is welcoming and comfortable for patients and their families, and you will never be rushed. We provide all necessary dental procedures for children, including sedation dentistry without a hospital visit. Drs. Guttenberg, Simoni, and Sing welcome new patients and look forward to meeting your child!

Long Island Center for Speech and Myofunctional Therapy Locations across Nassau and Suffolk: Commack, East Yaphank, Farmingville, Jericho, Lake Success, Stony Brook, and Wantagh 631-689-6858 lispeechandmyo.com Janine Stiene, speech-language pathologist, is owner and operator of Long Island Center for Speech and Myofunctional Therapy. Along with her group of therapists, she supports families and children across Long Island, specializing in PROMPT, feeding, myofunctional therapy, voice disorders, fluency, augmentative communication, articulation, auditory processing disorders, and expressive and

receptive language disorders (adults and children). Intensive feeding therapy for individuals who suffer from texture and consistency aversions, and FEES—Fiberoptic Endoscopic Evaluation of Swallowing—are also offered. There is a total of seven affiliated offices across Long Island, all participating with most major health insurance companies and offering evening and Saturday hours.

PROFESSIONAL SERVICES Dr. Steve Imber, Psychoeducational Consultants

Serving Nassau and Suffolk counties as well as the five boroughs of NYC 516-273-1961 dr-imber.com scimber1@aol.com Dr. Imber has more than 40 years of experience consulting, evaluating, and advocating for children, adolescents, and adults with various disabilities including autism (e.g. Asperger’s syndrome), attention deficit disorders, intellectual disabilities, emotional and behavioral disorders, and learning disabilities. Dr. Imber is a professor of special education and a special education expert. He addresses needs of students in public, private, and charter schools. Services are available to parents, students, pediatricians, and attorneys. A confidential complimentary phone consultation is available upon request (Nassau and Suffolk counties and the five boroughs of NYC).

The Hagedorn Little Village School, Jack Joel Center for Special Children

750 Hicksville Road, Seaford 516-520-6000 littlevillage.org jon.feingold@littlevillage.org The Hagedorn Little Village School is a nonprofit school highly regarded for providing outstanding educational and therapeutic services for children with a wide range of developmental disabilities. HLVS provides year-round programs and services that include diagnostic


evaluations and treatment, early intervention, a preschool, an elementary school, SEIT, and related services. Services provided on-site, in homes, nursery schools, and day care centers include speech, feeding, occupational, physical, and movement therapies; behavior management or Applied Behavior Analysis; counseling; and support groups.

Long Island Center for Speech and Myofunctional Therapy

Locations across Nassau and Suffolk: Commack, East Yaphank, Farmingville, Jericho, Lake Success, Stony Brook, and Wantagh 631-689-6858 lispeechandmyo.com Janine Stiene, speech-language pathologist, is owner and operator of Long Island Center for Speech and Myofunctional Therapy. Along with her group of therapists, she supports families and children across Long Island, specializing in PROMPT, feeding, myofunctional therapy, voice disorders, fluency, augmentative communication, articulation, auditory processing disorders, and expressive and receptive language disorders (adults and children). Intensive feeding therapy for individuals who suffer from texture and consistency aversions, and FEES—Fiberoptic Endoscopic

Evaluation of Swallowing—are also offered. There is a total of seven affiliated offices across Long Island, all participating with most major health insurance companies and offering evening and Saturday hours.

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Variety Child Learning Center

47 Humphrey Drive, Syosset 516-921-7171 Variety Child Learning Center at the Gallow School 72 Farmedge Road, Levittown 516-490-3301 vclc.org Variety Child Learning Center provides programs and services to more than 750 children (ages newborn to 7) and their families annually, at two sites in Syosset and Levittown, and off-site, including Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA Home Program); special education preschool and K-2; Early Intervention; Evaluation Center to determine eligibility; Special Classes in an Integrated Setting (SCIS); SEIT (Special Education Itinerant Teachers) at nursery schools, child care locations, and homes; Family Center Sunday Respite and Recreation Program; Social Skills Training Groups; Lufrano Training Program for early childhood personnel; and Saturday Enrichment Groups.

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SHOPPING Once Upon A Child

1089 Hicksville Road, Seaford 516-579-4200 onceuponachildseaford.com kndkidsovac@aol.com We buy and sell gently used and new kids clothing, furniture, equipment, and toys! We pay cash for an amazing array of gently used name brand items. Each item brought into our store is individually examined and reviewed. We will purchase gently used and new items that meet current style and safety standards. As the safety of children is our first priority, the Once Upon a Child service team will inspect all equipment and toys for recalls. You will then be offered payment on the spot for all items that meet our standards.

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1660 Route 25A, Cold Spring Harbor 516-692-6768 cshfha.org; steved@cshfha.org Give your young explorer a summer surrounded by nature. Encourage their love of science with outdoor nature camps for pre-K to teens. Come meet the educators and learn more.

Long Island Voyager’s Day Camp

516-238-4586 livoyagersdaycamp.com livoyagersdaycamp@gmail.com Long Island Voyager’s Day Camp will be happy to meet with you to tell you and your campers, ages 4-14, about our exciting programs. Call for details.

Prime Time Early Learning Center

270 Airport Plaza, Farmingdale 631-777-9090 primetimeschools.com/ farmingdale-day-care Visit Prime Time Farmingdale and meet with our directors. Learn about our child care, preschool, and after-school programs for children ages 6 weeks to 10 years. Call us to schedule a tour.

RoboMindTech Summer S.T.E.M. Camp • Premier Education CenterRoboMindTech 575 Jericho Turnpike, Jericho

718-264-7626 robomindtech.com robomindtech@gmail.com Join us for an open house on Saturdays July 9 and 23 from 10:30am-12pm.

Usdan Summer Camp for the Arts

185 Colonial Springs Road, Wheatley Heights 844-818-6223 usdan.com Young artists flourish at Usdan. Join us for a Visit and Information Session; explore our wooded campus, learn about our many courses, and make a plan for your child’s summer.

Village East Gifted - Enrichment Center for the Gifted Learner

Village East Gifted of Huntington 33 Walt Whitman Road, Huntington Station 631-549-2313 Village East Gifted of Roslyn 216 Willis Ave., Roslyn Heights 631-549-2313 villageeastgifted.com info@villageeastgifted.com Our director will be happy to meet with you, to tell you about our unique academic Summer Workshops for the gifted and talented student ages 4-16. Call for details.


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Merrick Pediatric Dentistry 1756A Merrick Ave., Merrick 516-547-1997 merrickpediatricdentistry.com

ChiroMom 2874 Merrick Road, Bellmore 516-221-1212; mychiromom.com mychiromom@gmail.com

Long Island Center for Speech and Myofunctional Therapy Locations across Nassau and Suffolk: East Yaphank, Farmingville, Stony Brook, Commack, Jericho, Wantagh, and Lake Success lispeechandmyo.com Nassau: 516-216-1791 • Suffolk: 631-689-6858 Queens: 718-640-6767

Adelberg Montalvan Pediatric Dental and Orthodontics 1000 F. Park Blvd., Massapequa Park 516-798-1111 62 Lake Ave. S., Suite A, Nesconset 631-360-PEDS (7337) 615 Montauk Highway, West Islip 631-661-PEDS (7337) ampediatricdental.com adelbergped@optonline.net

Dr. Rania Elbaz is a board-certified pediatric dentist. She earned her dental degree from Columbia University. She then completed her pediatric dental training at UMDNJ-New Jersey Dental School. Dr. Elbaz loves working with children and strives to create a warm and fun environment that children look forward to visiting. Dr. Elbaz sees every patient in order to ensure consistency that is so important to young children. The office welcomes and gives extra time and attention to patients with special needs. The office also participates with most major insurance plans.

Janine Stiene, speech-language pathologist, is owner and operator of Long Island Center for Speech and Myofunctional Therapy. Along with her group of therapists, she supports families and children across Long Island, specializing in PROMPT, feeding, myofunctional therapy, voice disorders, fluency, augmentative communication, articulation, auditory processing disorders, and expressive and receptive language disorders (adults and children). Intensive feeding therapy for individuals who suffer from texture and consistency aversions, and FEES— Fiberoptic Endoscopic Evaluation of Swallowing—are also offered. There is a total of seven affiliated offices across Long Island, all participating with most major health insurance companies and offering evening and Saturday hours.

Ehrenman & Khan Pediatric Dentistry 959 Brush Hollow Road, Suite #101, Westbury 516-333-3033 kidsteeth4li.com kidds@optonline.net

Ehrenman & Khan Pediatric Dentistry cares for all of your child’s oral health needs in a fun, kid-friendly environment that includes iPads and chairside TV monitors. Drs. Ehrenman and Khan are dedicated and trained to ease dental anxieties for young children as well as patients with special needs. Their years of advanced training include hospital and sedation dentistry. Please visit kidsteeth4li.com to learn more about what Ehrenman & Khan Pediatric Dentistry has to offer!

Dr. Dana Walters is a chiropractor specializing in prenatal and pediatric care. Dr. Walters has practiced in a variety of areas, including Manhattan’s Upper West Side, and has brought her passion for helping families discover the benefits of chiropractic care to Bellmore, as ChiroMom. ChiroMom offers chiropractic care utilizing techniques including immune boosting treatments, musculoskeletal and nutritional work, activator techniques, massage therapy, and lifestyle education. As a mom, Dr. Walters experiences first-hand how chiropractic care throughout pregnancy, birth, and childhood sets a solid foundation for greater health and well-being.

We are Drs. Adelberg, Montalvan, Bennet, Pistilli, Postel, Schecter, and Abraham. Our purpose is to provide outstanding dentistry in a child- and family-friendly environment. We treat your family like they are our own. All of our doctors are board-certified specialists and offer the most combined laser dentistry experience on Long Island. We want your visit to our office to be an extraordinary experience that will make you say, “Wow!” Our three offices even look like a theme park. We hope to make your children love visiting the dentist.

Monica Melamedoff, M.D., F.A.A.P. Allied Physicians Group, MD Kid Care 380 N. Broadway, Suite L2, Jericho 516-931-1776; alliedphysiciansgroup.com

Dr. Monica Melamedoff is a board-certified pediatrician, and is a member of the American Academy of Pediatrics. She has been in private pediatric practice in Nassau County since 1988. In addition to her practice, Dr. Melamedoff is an attending physician at North Shore Hospital at Manhasset, Plainview Hospital, and Steven and Alexandra Cohen Children’s Medical Center. She is a member of Cohen’s voluntary teaching staff as well. Dr. Melamedoff received her medical degree from the University of Buenos Aires and continued her pediatric training at the Nassau University Medical Center. LongIslandParent 63


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Acrobatics / Gymnastics

North Shore Performing Arts Center.........2

M.A.T.S.S. Kids’ Gym.............................25

Renee Gallery.........................................54 RoboMindTech........................................45

Birthday / Party Services

Steps To Socialization............................22

Adventure Parks of Outdoor Adventures .....17

Village East Gifted..................................29

Art Buzz Kids..........................................22

World Class Performance Center.............9

BounceU - Farmingdale.........................35 Culture Play ...........................................57

Dance

Fashion Class (The)...............................13

North Shore Performing Arts Center.........2

Life’s WORC-FCA...................................21

Usdan Summer Camp for the Arts..........68

Long Island Aquarium & Exhibition Center.....................................................45

World Class Performance Center.............9

Long Island Parent Party Planner...........65

Developmental

M.A.T.S.S. Kids’ Gym.............................25 RoboMindTech........................................45 Unlimited Sports Action..........................49 Camps

ABA Psychological Services P.C............17 Aptekar Dr...............................................54 Brookville Center for Children’s Service..... 30 Hagedorn Little Village School...............59

Live Nation - NYCB Theatre at Westbury............................................24 Long Island Aquarium & Exhibition Center....................................45

Adventure Parks of Outdoor Adventures .....17 Health ABA Psychological Services P.C............17 Adelberg Montalvan Massapequa Office.................................63 ChiroMom.........................................57, 63 Ehrenman & Khan Pediatric Dentistry..............................3, 63

Special Events Great South Bay Music Fest...................31 Live Nation - NYCB Theatre at Westbury.................................................. 24 Long Island Aquarium & Exhibition Center....................................45 Variety Child Learning Center.................32 Special Needs ABA Psychological Services P.C............17

Fidelis Care New York............................31 Kidds on Park, Jodi Guttenberg, D.D.S...... 47

Adelberg Montalvan Massapequa Office.................................63

Merrick Pediatric Dentistry..................7, 63

Agatstein, Helen Dr.................................61

Mosquito Joe..........................................51

Aptekar Dr...............................................54 Bakshi Law.............................................57

Camps ‘R’ Us..........................................27

Steps To Socialization............................22

Countryside Montessori School..............49

Variety Child Learning Center.................32

Northwell Health ....................................35

Variety Child Learning Center Social Skills............................................55

Steps To Socialization............................22

Green Vale School..................................30

Education

Allied Physicians Group.................... 11, 63

JEI Learning Center - Nassau................15

Agatstein, Helen Dr.................................61

LI Lutheran Day School at St. Pauls.......53

Aptekar Dr...............................................54

Home Services

LI Voyagers Day Camp...........................23

Bakshi Law.............................................57

Mosquito Joe..........................................51

Fashion Class (The)...............................13

Once Upon A Child.................................32

Fairy LiceMothers...................................57

Janine Stiene Suffolk Center for Speech........................................49, 63

Dorothy P Flint 4-H Camp......................19

Tobacco Action Coalition of Long Island.............................................23 Retail

Fitness

Buckley Country Day School..................19

Culture Play ...........................................57

Research

Tobacco Action Coalition of Long Island.............................................23

Brookville Center for Children’s Service...................................30 ChiroMom.........................................57, 63 Ehrenman & Khan Pediatric Dentistry..............................3, 63 Hagedorn Little Village School...............59 Janine Stiene Suffolk Center for Speech........................................49, 63

Life’s WORC-FCA...................................21

Buckley Country Day School..................19

M.A.T.S.S. Kids’ Gym.............................25

Countryside Montessori School..............49

Legal Services

Mathnasium..............................................5

Diocese of RVC......................................67

Bakshi Law.............................................57

Music Institute of Long Island.................61

Eye Level Learning Center.....................47

Portledge School....................................55

Green Vale School..................................30

Music

Prime Time Early Learning Center.........61

Hagedorn Little Village School...............59

Great South Bay Music Fest...................31

RoboMindTech........................................45

JEI Learning Center - Nassau................15

Music Institute of Long Island.................61

Usdan Summer Camp for the Arts..........68

Kumon North America............................49

Usdan Summer Camp for the Arts..........68

Village East Gifted..................................29

Law Offices of Brad H Rosken...............55 LI Lutheran Day School at St. Pauls.......53

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Child Care / Day Care

Mathnasium..............................................5

North Shore Performing Arts Center.........2

Sports

Absolute Best Care.................................32

Our Lady of Mercy..................................61

Usdan Summer Camp for the Arts..........68

Camps ‘R’ Us..........................................27

Brookville Center for Children’s Service..... 30

Portledge School....................................55

M.A.T.S.S. Kids’ Gym.............................25

Prime Time Early Learning Center.........61

Play Spaces

M.A.T.S.S. Kids’ Gym.............................25

Prime Time Early Learning Center.........61

Psychoeducational Consultants.............41

Unlimited Sports Action..........................49

Variety Child - Child Care.......................25

Village East Gifted..................................29

Adventure Parks of Outdoor Adventures................................17 BounceU - Farmingdale.........................35

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Kidds on Park, Jodi Guttenberg, D.D.S....47 Law Offices of Brad H Rosken...............55 Life’s WORC-FCA...................................21 Northwell Health ....................................35 Psychoeducational Consultants.............41 Variety Child - Child Care.......................25 Variety Child Learning Center.................32 Variety Child Learning Center Social Skills............................................55

LI Voyagers Day Camp...........................23

Live Nation - NYCB Theatre at Westbury.....24

Art Buzz Kids..........................................22

Family Entertainment / Events / Outings

Religious

Culture Play ...........................................57

Art Buzz Kids..........................................22

Diocese of RVC......................................67

Tutors

Fashion Class (The)...............................13

BounceU - Farmingdale.........................35

LI Lutheran Day School at St. Pauls.......53

JEI Learning Center - Nassau................15

Music Institute of Long Island.................61

Great South Bay Music Fest...................31

Our Lady of Mercy..................................61

Kumon North America............................49

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