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NASSAU EDITION 2017-2018

All-in-One

Resource Guide LongIslandParent NYMETROPARENTS.COM

Helping Parents Make Better Decisions BIRTHDAYS • CLASSES • SPORTS • EDUCATION • HEALTH • SPECIAL NEEDS • CAMPS LongIslandParent

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A Private Practice With a Commitment To Personalized Women’s Health Care and Wellness

Introducing Dr. Karyn Wat Specializing in adolescent and mature women’s health care and obstetrics. Multilingual - English, Spanish and Chinese

Welcome to Mesbah OB/GYN.

We are dedicated to providing the highest quality health care to women of all ages. In this day and age of large impersonal medical groups, our goal is to maintain a personal connection with our patients.

Specializing in minimally invasive and robotic surgery

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877 Stewart Avenue Suite 3 Garden City, NY 11530 516-794-1500 www.mesbahobgyn.com


Caring for kids is what we do. Calm, comfortable dentistry for children and special needs patients.

Serving three generations of satisfied - and relaxed families on Long Island

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NYMetroParents Helping Parents Make Better Decisions

Contents

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Features

10 Plan Your Child’s Birthday Party Time-saving tips for busy parents 18 How Can I Help My Child Build Stellar Writing Skills? Advice to help your child with this crucial skill

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24 Should My Child Specialize in One Sport? Why your child should try multiple sports before settling on one 44 Choosing a Pediatrician Expert tips to choose the right docotor for your children 48 Choosing the Best School for Your Child with Special Needs Get an expert’s answers to questions about this important decision

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6 Editor’s Note 8 New Places, New Programs

Fun & Activities

28 When to Visit NYC’s Museums, Zoos, and Gardens for Free 31 Family Activities Calendar

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Birthday Party Directory Education Directory Classes Directory Sports Directory Health Directory Special Needs Directory Camp Directory Services Directory Professional Services Party Central Meet the Health Care Professional Family Resource Guide Advertisers’ Index

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JULY 2017 • Vol.9 • No.2

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EDITORIAL EDITORIAL DIRECTOR: Michael Kress MANAGING EDITOR: Katelin Walling

EDITOR’S NOTE

DEPUTY EDITOR: Caitlin Berens SENIOR EDITOR: Bethany Braun-Silva ENGAGEMENT EDITOR: Samantha Neudorf REGIONAL EDITORS: Samantha Beranbom (Rockland); Karen Demeter (Suffolk); Rosalind Muggeridge (Brooklyn); Jamie McGillian (Westchester); Dorette Saunders (Nassau); Emma Steven (Manhattan); Gail Warren (Queens) DIRECTORIES EDITOR: Alice Van Dyke EDITORIAL INTERNS: Jamie Bonchick, Julia Hyman, Amanda Marrone

The Many Decisions of Parenthood

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etween my three kids, they have five after-school or weekend classes and attend two schools and a day camp. They see a local pediatrician, dentist, and orthodontist regularly, a handful of medical specialists now and again, and unfortunately need visits to urgent care or the emergency room occasionally. There are, of course, three birthday parties to be planned, each fitting our girls’ passions (read: obsessions) at the moment. And the kids are cared for during workdays by a dedicated nanny, the fifth babysitter we’ve employed in the past decade, not counting occasional fill-ins and short-term hires. I cite these facts not because I think we are in any way unique. Quite the contrary, I can picture many of you nodding along. It sometimes seems as if parenthood today requires an advanced degree in logistical planning just to get our kids where they need to be and back home afterward. But even before that point, there are endless decisions to be made, large and small, about our kids’ education, health, interests and activities, child care, and so much else. It can be overwhelming. That’s where our annual All-in-One Resource Guide comes in. We can’t get your kids to school or practice or the doctor, but we can help you make some of the many decisions that parenthood demands: where to send them to school, where to find the best local after-school activities for their interests, how to find the right doctors and specialists, where to hold their birthday parties, and so much more. In the pages of this issue, you will find directories of child-focused Long Island businesses, professionals, and resources, broken down by the categories that define some of the big decisions of parenthood. All of these decisions, of course, can be draining on our bank accounts. As a bonus, we’re offering a guide to some cost-free fun: a list of New York City museums, gardens, and zoos that regularly offer free-admission times (p. 28). So when you need a break from all that decision-making for your kids, grab the family for a memorable outing. We hope that this resource guide will help you make better decisions all year round! Michael Kress Editorial Director

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Patients will always see Dr. Elbaz to ensure consistency and build trust.

Dr. Rania Elbaz, DDS Board Certified Pediatric Dentist Columbia Dental School Graduate

The Personal Attention Your Child Needs and Deserves. Participating with most major insurance plans. Comprehensive Dental Care for Infants, Children, Adolescents and those with Special Needs.

Our office is a warm and kid-friendly environment that our patients look forward to visiting! • Evening and Saturday appointments available • 24-hour emergency coverage for our patients • Sedation available when needed

1756A Merrick Avenue • Merrick • 516-547-1997 www.MerrickPediatricDentistry.com

Conveniently Located less than a mile south of the Southern State Parkway

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NEW PLACES, NEW PROGRAMS

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Who: Mesbah OB-GYN Women’s Health Care & Wellness What’s New: Obstetrician and gynecologist Karyn Wat, M.D., will join the women’s health care practice on July 24. Dr. Wat speaks English, Spanish, and Chinese, and provides obstetrical and gynecological care to women and teens. Michael Mesbah, M.D., was recently nominated to be the associate clinical professor of minimally invasive surgery at NYU Winthrop Hospital. He has been in private practice for more than 20 years. Mesbah OB-GYN Women’s Health Care & Wellness serves women of all ages, accepts most major insurance plans, and provides most services in-office. Want More Info: 877 Stewart Ave., Suite 3, Garden City; 516-794-1500; mesbahobgyn.com

Courtesy Mesbah OB-GYN Women’s Health Care & Wellness

New Doctor to Join Women’s Health Care Practice

Karyn Wat, M.D., and Michael Mesbah, M.D., of Mesbah OBGYN Women’s Health Care & Wellness

Who: Empire State Fair What’s New: The fair will make its first-ever appearance on Long Island for 11 days from July 20-30. Empire State Fair will have rides for all ages, food, games, free entertainment, a comic ventriloquist, a master hypnotist, and racing pigs. Families and young children will be able to enjoy Kiddie-Land’s 25 rides, including a classic double merry-go-round and a teacup ride. Visitors will also be able to ride on the largest traveling Ferris wheel, arriving on Long Island from Holland, and fly in the original Batcopter of TV show fame. “Empire State Fair is incredible, affordable family fun,” says Michele Tartaglione, managing director. Want More Info: NYCB Live, home of the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum presented by New York Community Bank, 1255 Hempstead Turnpike, Uniondale; 516-408-1500; contact@empirestatefair.com; empirestatefair.com

Courtesy Empire State Fair

Empire State Fair Is Coming to the Coliseum in Uniondale

Kiddie-Land will have 25 rides for younger children, including a teacup ride and a classic double merry-go-round.

Who: Tiny Sparkles Pediatric Dentistry What’s New: A pediatric dental practice for children ages 1-18 opened in February in Port Washington. The pediatric practice has three treatment rooms with a television in each and child-friendly safari, superhero, and ocean themes. Even the X-ray equipment is decorated with children in mind: one is a happy dragon and the other a curious giraffe. The practice’s waiting room has iPads and games, and owner Angie Chin, D.D.S., lets children decide what they want to watch during appointments.  Currently Tiny Sparkles Pediatric Dentistry has a $99 new patient special, which includes checkup, cleaning, fluoride, and X-rays. Want More Info: 164 Main St., Port Washington; 516-888-9789; tinysparkles.com

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Courtesy Tiny Sparkles Pediatric Dentistry

Pediatric Dental Practice Opens in Port Washington

The three treatment rooms at Tiny Sparkles Pediatric Dentistry have child-friendly safari, superhero, and ocean themes.


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BIRTHDAYS

Plan Your Child’s Birthday Party ›› 30 time-saving tips for the busy parent By Julie Revelant

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ant to throw an amazing birthday party, but short on time? No problem. We compiled the best advice for busy parents on how to throw an easy, amazing birthday party for your special girl or boy. Get all the tips you need, from planning the event to choosing the perfect decorations, food, and party activities.

Planning

1. Shut down your computer: Brainstorm with your children and you’ll have great ideas in no time. 2. Make a checklist and create a schedule for a smooth soirée. 3. Shopping can be quick: Make a list of everything you’ll need from beginning to end and then a list by store. 4. After sending the snail mail invitation (if you’re doing snail mail at all), send an email reminder—you’ll get a response quicker than by making individual phone calls.

5. Don’t write out each invitation by hand: Buy an invitation kit and print invites yourself. Or, for older children, create a private Facebook event page or send an evite; click send and you’re done! 6. Get your head count early: Send out invitations six to eight weeks in advance. 7. Give the professional photographer—or someone you designate to help with photo taking—a list of the people and key moments you want captured. 8. Don’t rush last minute: Choose a venue close to home and ask if you can arrive early to set up; or—even better—have the venue do the setup themselves.

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10. Have a stress-free start: Ask a sibling or parent to greet guests, make them feel welcome, and show them the first activity. 11. Assign your spouse, partner, or a grandparent to completely handle decorations, games, or cleanup.

Decorations

12. No need to worry about getting the perfect shot: Get a professional photograph taken of the birthday child beforehand, and display it at the party. 13. Instead of blowing up balloons yourself, have them delivered to the venue. 14. Don’t stress out about finding every party item with the licensed character: Choose one item and coordinate the rest with items of the same color.

Activities

15. Play a simple trivia game such as Who Knows the Birthday Kid? 16. Pack a cooler of refreshments, head to your local park or ball field, and play flag football or baseball. 17. Utilize your own talents or hobbies for the activities: Teach children how to paint, cook, or dance. 18. Ask around: Get quick recommendations for great entertainers from friends and family. 19. For a sleepover party, buy mini pillows for the girls to throw at each other and also bring home as favors.

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20. Pick up vegetable and fruit platters—no slicing, no fuss! 21. Ask parents to bring a special dish and make it a potluck. 22. Set up a pasta or chili bar, or have kids make their own sandwiches or mini pizzas. 23. Don’t spend the night before baking: Have children decorate individual mini cakes as you decorate the main cake. 24. Buy individualized cups of ice cream—they’re convenient and make cleanup a breeze. 25. Enlist the help of a pro: Purchase a designer cake or pick up a ready-made one and use colored gels and icings to decorate it.

Goodie Bags and Favors

26. For spa parties, gather cosmetic samples at store makeup counters, which double as favors. 27. Don’t spend time stuffing goodie bags: Pass out small cellophane bags and have guests collect candy from the piñata to take home.

After the Party

28. Don’t rush: Collect all cards and gifts at your venue and open at home. 29. Address, stamp, and have your child sign thank-you notes ahead of time. Then, make a list of the gifts as they’re opened and write a personalized note later. Or create a thankyou note template or fill-in-the-blank. Change the name and the gift, then sign it and it’s done! 30. Save the snail mail thank-you notes for family, and send quick emails to friends.


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BIRTHDAY PARTY DIRECTORY

BIRTHDAY PARTY ENTERTAINMENT @ Play Amusements

229 NY-110, Farmingdale 631-815-5355 atplayamusement.com info@playamusement.com Any theme you can dream! We are available for all special occasions from birthday parties to communions, bar and bat mitzvahs, sweet 16s, Scout events, corporate parties, and any special occasion. @ Play Amusements is here to plan your ultimate custom event. Bring us a theme that is your dream and we will take care of everything from décor, specially catered menu by our on-staff chef, and music with a live DJ to photography package, character appearances, and more! Call us today and let us make your dream a reality.

Clowns.com

Proudly Serving Westchester, Long Island, 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.

GameTruck Long Island

917-327-8700 gametruck.com david.schwartz@gametruck.com Whether you want a Video Game Party, your own laser tag arena, inflatables, or a game of bubble soccer, GameTruck’s unique mobile video gaming theaters and arenas can make your ultimate party wishes come true. With our expert GameCoaches

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and state-of-the-art equipment, your party will be as stress-free as it is spectacular!

Mad Science Of Long Island

Call for locations throughout Long Island 855-264-1672 madscienceli.com info@madscienceli.com For more than 30 years Mad Science has provided top-quality educational and fun science programs for children. Its hands-on, high-energy parties are performed by a trained Mad Scientist who brings all the necessary equipment to your home or location of your choice. All birthday party packages include Mad Science invitations and a take-home activity each child works on during the party. It also offers fantastic grand finales such as Bubbling Potions, Rocket Launching, and Science Goodie Bags.

Royal Events Princess Parties Inc. 516-729-4970 royaleventsli.com royal.events@aol.com Thank you for considering Royal Events! We are a family-owned company that provides Princess Performers for birthday parties, hospital visits, and all your special events! Our performers are professionally trained in theater arts, and our costumes are custom-made to ensure your party has just the right amount of fairy dust! We pride ourselves on making sure our packages suit your needs so that every client can have a glass slipper fit! Upon booking your party with us, mention this ad to receive a discount! Call us at 516-729-4970 or email us at royal.events@aol.com.

BIRTHDAY PARTY PLACES @ Play Amusements

229 NY-110, Farmingdale 631-815-5355 atplayamusement.com info@playamusement.com Have your next party at the newly renovated @ Play Amusements! It offers 40,000 square feet of fun ranging from arcade games, inflatables, bumper cars, and roller coaster to a carousel,

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disco room, and laser tag! It even provides all the paper goods, invites, thank-you notes, food, and private hostess! It features five glow-in-the-dark private party rooms that are sure to be a hit! The action-packed amusement center will make your child’s special day be one they will never forget! Fun for all ages!

Art Buzz Kids

35 Jackson Ave., Syosset 516-802-4954 21 N. Village Ave., Rockville Centre wineanddesign.com/locations/syosset syosset@wineanddesign.com Spark your child’s creativity and imagination! 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.

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, and brownies. Come in, call, or visit celebrationsinthekitchen.com for more information on parties and classes.

Cold Spring Harbor Fish Hatchery & Aquarium

1660 Route 25A, Cold Spring Harbor 516-692-6768 cshfishhatchery.org steved@cshfha.org Celebrate your child’s next birthday at the Cold Spring Harbor Fish Hatchery & Aquarium! See the hatchery and 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 partygoers will enjoy a 45-minute fishing bonanza. Fishing is catch-andrelease only. For children turning ages 4 and older. All parties will be followed by your desired festivities. Educational party hosts and goodie bags included.

Fabulosity at The Toddlewood Studios

818 Merrick Road, Baldwin 646-596-4227 toddlewoodparties.com parties@toddlewood.com Welcome to Toddlewood! Named “The Best Party Ever” by birthday girls from all of Long Island and beyond. This high-end fashion photo studio has a large hair and makeup station, nail station, arts and crafts, dancing, continued on page 16 ››


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music, and the best professional photography session for your next top model birthday girl. She and her friends will love posing on set and will take home their pictures to show everyone at school. This 2-hour party is the talk of Long Island and is hosted by celebrity photographer, Tricia Messeroux and her team. Call today!

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 3,000-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 stateof-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, light-up runway with a take-home runway photo. Starting at age 6, Fashion Class parties are fabulous for any age!

Key to My Art Inc.

10 W. Oak St., Amityville 631-608-9048 keytomyart.com info@keytomyart.com At Key to My Art, we have a birthday party package to fit all budgets. Your little artist will love celebrating with their friends. The guest of honor picks the theme, and we provide the instruction so that each guest leaves with a masterpiece! The studio is run by a certified art teacher who is also a mother. We host parties for all ages, and all types of children, from children with special needs to seasoned artists. We also cater to adults, and offer special rates for Scouts and fundraisers!

CATCH HIS ACT IN OUR DAILY SEA LION SHOWS! Don’t miss the show! Watch him clap, roar and soar through the air as his caretakers explain why teaching him husbandry behaviors are so important!

LEGOLAND® Discovery Center

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431 E Main St, Riverhead, NY 631.208.9200, ext. 426 Closed Christmas & Thanksgiving. *Admission must be used within 7 days of your birthday. No exceptions and no refunds for previously purchased tickets. Valid ID is required. No ID no admittance. Birthday offer cannot be combined with any other offer. Good for 2017.

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Located at Westchester’s Ridge Hill, 39 Fitzgerald St., Yonkers 866-243-0770 legolanddiscoverycenter.com/ westchester westchester@ legolanddiscoverycenter.com For an ultimate and fun-filled birthday to remember, LEGOLAND® Discovery Center Westchester offers standard and premium party packages.

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Each includes admission to the attraction for guests, a private party room, and host, cake, and beverages. The premium package includes a private Lego® workshop, and guests take home their creations. Call 866-243-0770 to book your party today!

The Little Ladies Club

246 W. Old Country Road, Hicksville 516-939-CLUB (2582) thelittleladiesclub.com party@thelittleladiesclub.com The Little Ladies Club has been dedicated to making birthday parties extra special for more than 18 years! Your 2-hour party includes a mini makeover with a glamorous hairstyle using a personalized comb, a take-home hair accessory, a manicure, and a pedicure. Boys will have their hair spiked and colored, along with a bandana and tattoos. Next is a Red Carpet Fashion Show, a Tea Party with pizza and drinks, and dazzling dance time! Party favors and invitations too!

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 Simulator and Discovery Tower rides and special seating at our Sea Lion Show, during which the birthday child will get a shout-out from one of the stars! Have lunch and an 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. Kids’ 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 M.A.T.S.S. Kids’ Gym offers a rainbow of themes and activities that will make your child’s next birthday party the ultimate celebration of their special day!


From themed party games to music, make-your-own sundaes, or face painting, each party can be customized to your child’s desire. Try an all-inclusive Princess Tea Party or Super Heroes theme party—add a moon-bouncer or inflatable. We can tailor parties, small to large, in any of our spacious gyms. And remember the birthday child is always free! Visit our website for more info or contact our party consultant at one of the locations nearest you. Enjoy your customized party, we’ll do the rest!

My Gym Children’s Fitness Center

1320 Stony Brook Road, Stony Brook 631-751-KIDS (5437) mgym.com/stonybrook 128 W. Jericho Turnpike, Huntington Station 631-427-GYMS (4967) mygym.com/huntingtonstation At My Gym the goal is to not only make your party amazing but to make it a wonderful memory for all that attend. Parties include special touches such as our “Birthday March,” and customized music and activities. You will also have exclusive use of

the gym, including a zip line, rock wall, trampoline, trapeze, climbing structures, and slides. The highly trained, enthusiastic instructors lead your guests through action-packed activities, with theme options such as Superheroes, Mickey Mouse, Princesses, or any theme you choose.

Not Just Art

183 South St., Oyster Bay 516-922-8300 notjustart.com create@notjust art.com Not Just Art has oodles of excellent music, art, and science parties for ages 1-12 and older. Choose from our treasury of super imaginative projects or use favorite themes and activities as a creative springboard. We customize the fun to your child’s interest! Each party is thoughtfully designed with variations and adaptations to make sure all children feel successful and included. Staffed by seasoned teachers and party helpers, our celebrations are unique and personalized experiences! Parties can be adapted for playgroups, Scout troops, field trips, and other events.

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!

The Village Artist

630 New York Ave., Huntington 631-271-0715 thevillageartist.com lori@thevillageartist.com Create art for your next birthday party! The Village Artist Fine Arts Center is proud to host your next birthday party. Enjoy a fun and creative time with your family and friends. Celebrate your child’s

birthday in a unique and fun way. Party services include 2 hours of studio time, creative art project of your choice (clay sculpture, painting, drawing, wood creations), step-by-step instructions, art supplies, free art class gift certificates for each child, invitations with directions, and separate dining area. Bringing creativity to Huntington Village since 1995.

What’s Cooking?

30 E. Main St., Oyster Bay 516-922-COOK (2665) whatscookingny.com info@whatscookingny.com Martha Stewart, Newsday, and News 12 boast What’s Cooking? is a No. 1 Choice Birthday Party Place where children can explore their creativity in culinary arts. Offering a wide variety of party themes, we exceed customer’s expectations with superior service, quality, and value. Hottest party theme: Cupcake Wars! Funtastic cookie, cupcake, chocolate, pretzel, or pizza parties can be customized in our spacious party room with an ice cream candy bar or chocolate fountain, making your party memorable!

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EDUCATION

How Can I Help My Child Build Stellar Writing Skills? ›› Expert advice to help your child with this crucial skill all year round By Emily Levy, Ed. D.

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elp Your Child Create Lists

For some students, initiating the writing process can be challenging. They often feel overwhelmed and intimidated by the thought of having to compose a well-written paragraph or essay. To combat these fears, encourage your child to start by simply jotting down ideas about a given topic. For instance, if your youngster is asked to write a paragraph on why he likes summer, he can start by listing ideas about the joys of summer. He might write in list format, for instance: one can play outside, spend more time with family and friends, go to camp, swim, travel, and lay at the beach. Once these ideas are on the page, he can then highlight the three or so points he plans to include in his writing.

Help Your Child Brainstorm

After your child has selected the points she plans to elaborate on in her paragraph or essay, she should brainstorm these ideas in an organized fashion. While there are various formats she can use for brainstorming, a web diagram is a useful tool. She can, 18

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for instance, brainstorm for a basic five-sentence paragraph by writing the topic in a rectangular box at the top of the page, then connecting it to three circular bubbles beneath it (for the three key points, such as playing outside, spending time with family, and swimming), and finally ending with another rectangular box at the bottom for the concluding sentence. Computer-based programs such as Kidspiration (for younger students) or Inspiration (for older students) can also serve as engaging multi-sensory options for brainstorming.

Start Writing

Once your child has listed his ideas and created a brainstorm diagram, he can turn those boxes and bubbles into complete sentences to form his paragraph. Have him turn the “topic” box into a topic sentence, such as, “There are many fun and engaging activities one can do during the summer.” Next, he can turn each detail bubble into a full sentence. For example, “You can play outside at a park or playground. You can spend more free time relaxing with friends and family. You can also swim in a pool or


at the beach.” Finally, he should turn the bottom box into a conclusion sentence, which can express his opinion on the topic, such as, “I love summer” or “Summer is my favorite time of year.”

Tools for Self-Checking

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Many students have a tendency to speed through their work to “get it over with” and often neglect to self-check their writing. Rather than telling them to simply “check” their work, teach them specific tools for how to go about doing so, such as the COPS acronym, which stands for Capitalization, Organization, Punctuation, and Spelling. Have her write the COPS acronym vertically at the bottom of her essay with a check box next to each letter. Once she is done writing her paragraph or essay, encourage her to go back and check for each individual item on the checklist (one at a time) and check off each one once she makes the relevant corrections.

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As students move through school, the writing demands increase quickly. Help your child learn to effectively express her ideas on paper in an organized, well-structured manner and she will be well on her way to academic success. Emily Levy, Ed.D., is the founder and director of EBL Coaching, a 1-on-1 tutoring program for students in pre-K through 12th grades based in New York City, Westchester, and Englewood, NJ. Dr. Levy received her undergraduate degree from Brown University and later received her master’s degree in special education and her doctorate degree in general education. She is also the author of the Strategies for Study Success and Flags and Stars Orton Gillingham student workbook series.

The Where GreenVale School Every Child is Known …and Inspired to Excel, to Lead, to Care

Superior academics and emphasis at every age on character education, athletics, performing and visual arts lead our graduates to excel in the top secondary schools and colleges nationwide. Visit our 40-acre campus to see why families from 30 Long Island school districts choose Green Vale as the foundation for their children’s education. Coed • Nonsectarian • Mommy & Me – 8th Grade 250 Valentine’s Lane, Old Brookville, NY 11545 • greenvaleschool.org LongIslandParent 19


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DAY CARE & CHILD CARE Absolute Best Care

40 Underhill Blvd., Suite 2E, Syosset 516-802-3780 absolutebestcare.com tmurtagh@absolutebestcareli.com Absolute Best Care specializes in placing the most qualified baby nurses, nannies, housekeepers, and babysitters. It provides live-in, live-out, full-time, and part-time caregivers. Working 1-on-1 with your family, Absolute Best Care strives to make the perfect match. Absolute Best Care has developed and utilizes its own proprietary Five Step Screening Process for all care specialists, including face-toface interviews with all candidates, solid references, background checks, and CPR training. Absolute Best Care is licensed, bonded, and a member of the International Nanny Association.

M.A.T.S.S. Kids’ 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-gym program. After-school classes provide movement, gymnastics, sports, and enrichment instruction for both our on-site center children and community schoolage (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. Diapers welcome. Dedicated teachers and staff are NYS-, CPR-, and first aid-certified. Since 1985, A Rainbow of Programs to Play, Learn, and Grow!

Variety Child Learning Center

47 Humphrey Drive, Syosset 516-921-7171 Variety Child Learning Center at the Gallow School

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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 8am-4pm. 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, Lower Level, Great Neck 516-466-8422 cmsgn.com; info@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

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is designed to encourage and aid the child’s natural curiosity.

Holy Family School

17 Fordham Ave., Hicksville 516-938-3846 x329 hfsli.org; mdoherty5577@hfsli.org Making a difference one child at a time. Students come from 31 Catholic parishes, 34 Long Island school districts to be a part of this one great school. Our nurturing yet challenging program educates the whole child in mind, body, and spirit. At Holy Family each child is known by name and loved for his or her God-given talents. Holy Family students share love, understanding, compassion, and kindness each school day. Fulland half-day nursery and pre-K, kindergarten through eighth grade, morning and after care, academic intervention and enrichment, after-school enrichment clubs. Call anytime for a tour.

M.A.T.S.S. Kids’ 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-gym program. After-school classes provide movement, gymnastics, sports, and enrichment instruction for both our on-site center children and community schoolage (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. Diapers welcome. Dedicated teachers and staff are NYS-, CPR-, and first aid-certified. Since 1985, A Rainbow of Programs to Play, Learn, and Grow!

Saint Aidan School

510/525 Willis Ave., Williston Park 516-746-6585 x9202 or x9302 staidanschool.org Saint Aidan School, in partnership with the home and parish, com-

mits itself to nurturing students’ lifelong faith formation, spirituality, compassionate service, and intellectual growth by promoting Gospel values and by fostering an environment of academic excellence. This is accomplished by a rigorous curricula. We offer extracurricular activities, several early childhood programs, fullday pre-K through eighth grade, and after-school care program. Tours are available upon request.

St. Christopher School

15 Pershing Blvd., Baldwin 516-223-4404 stchris-school.org St. Christopher School has been educating children for more than 90 years in a safe, caring, Catholic environment. Tours are always available. We offer programs for pre-kindergarten to eighth grades. We recognize that each child is unique and strive to help them reach their potential. We offer an AIS program, enrichment and STEM classes. Technology is integrated throughout the curriculum. Each student in sixth-eighth grades has their own Chromebook, and uses it in every subject. Extracurricular activities, before- and after-school programs are available.

St. Elizabeth Ann Seton School

2341 Washington Ave., Bellmore 516-785-5709; steas.com St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Regional School is a middle states accredited parochial school for nursery through eighth grade children providing a top quality education since 1992. We offer an early childhood program that consists of half-day nursery, half- and full-day pre-K and kindergarten, as well as Our Time, which is a transitional program for children age 2 with a parent. “SEAS” provides a comprehensive curriculum that includes language, music, art, computer technology, academic intervention services, sports, clubs, and after-school enrichment and care. At SEAS we learn and grow in respect, responsibility, and reverence.

PRIVATE SCHOOLS 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.

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

Green Vale School

250 Valentine’s Lane, Old Brookville 516-621-2420 greenvaleschool.org

17 Fordham Ave., Hicksville 516-938-3846 x329 hfsli.org; mdoherty5577@hfsli.org Making a difference one child at a time. Students come from 31 Catholic parishes, 34 Long Island school districts to be a part of this one great school. Our nurturing yet challenging program educates the whole child in mind, body,

Holy Trinity Diocesan High School 98 Cherry Lane, Hicksville

Providing Services For Over 45 Years

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

Fusion Academy Woodbury

260 Crossways Park Drive, Suite A, Woodbury 516-364-5414 fusionwoodbury.com Fusion Academy Woodbury is a revolutionary, accredited, private middle and high school where positive relationships unlock academic potential. With one teacher and one student per classroom, Fusion teachers are able to personalize curriculum and teach to students’ individual strengths and learning styles. Each campus includes a state-of-the-art recording studio, mixed-media art studio, and a Homework Café® at which students complete all homework before going home. Connect with our campus by visiting fusionwoodbury.com.

Holy Family School

and spirit. At Holy Family each child is known by name and loved for his or her God-given talents. Holy Family students share love, understanding, compassion, and kindness each school day. Fulland half-day nursery and pre-K, kindergarten through eighth grade, morning and after care, academic intervention and enrichment, after-school enrichment clubs. Call anytime for a tour.

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Countryside Montessori School

354 Lakeville Road, Lower Level, Great Neck 516-466-8422 cmsgn.com; info@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.

more about our uncommon core of excellence with an emphasis on character development.

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•Related Services: -Speech - OT/PT - Parent Training - Family Support Services

•Special Ed Classes: - Developmental Groups (2 -3) - Pre-School (3-5) - School-Age (5-11) - Inclusion

750 Hicksville Road Seaford, NY 11783 • 516-520-6000 Funded and regulated by Nassau County (NCDOH) and Suffolk County (SCDOH) Department of Health, NYS, NYS ED Department

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 21


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516-433-2900 x151 holytrinityhs.org jgovernale@holytrinityhs.org Holy Trinity High School is a private, coeducational Catholic high school founded in 1966 drawing students from Nassau, Suffolk, and Queens counties. We seek to educate the whole person—mind, heart, soul, and body—and to motivate all students in the pursuit of truth and academic excellence, preparing them for future educational opportunities and service to the church and to the world. We offer a wide range of advanced placement and college-level courses. We are also nationally recognized for our athletics, performing arts, and fine arts departments.

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, full-day kindergarten through eighth grade, before- and after-care programs are available. Weekday, evening, and weekend tours are available by appointment.

Saint Aidan School

510/525 Willis Ave., Williston Park 516-746-6585 x9202 or x9302 staidanschool.org Saint Aidan School, in partnership with the home and parish, commits itself to nurturing students’ lifelong faith formation, spirituality, compassionate service, and intellectual growth by promoting Gospel values and by fostering an environment of academic excellence. This is accomplished by a rigorous curricula. We offer extracurricular activities, several early childhood programs, full-day pre-K through eighth grade, and after-school care program. Tours are available upon request.

Sappo School

40 Kings Park Road, Commack 631-736-2146 sapposchool.com

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info@sapposchool.com Sappo School is a non-religious, private college-preparatory school that believes in a tailored learning approach to education. Students are taught using their individual strengths and interests. Because our classes have a maximum of 15 students, our teachers are able to get to know our students and how they learn best. Our school focuses on project-based learning. Students learn by doing as well as listening, reading, or watching. Real world projects allow students to develop independent thinking and problem-solving skills. This creativity is enhanced through our STEM computer programing courses and visual and performing arts program.

St. Christopher School

15 Pershing Blvd., Baldwin 516-223-4404 stchris-school.org St. Christopher School has been educating children for more than 90 years in a safe, caring, Catholic environment. Tours are always available. We offer programs for pre-kindergarten to eighth grades. We recognize that each child is unique and strive to help them reach their potential. We offer an AIS program, enrichment and STEM classes. Technology is integrated throughout the curriculum. Each student in sixth-eighth grades has their own Chromebook, and uses it in every subject. Extracurricular activities, before- and after-school programs are available.

St. Elizabeth Ann Seton School

2341 Washington Ave., Bellmore 516-785-5709 steas.com St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Regional School is a middle states accredited parochial school for nursery through eighth-grade children providing a top quality education since 1992. We offer an early childhood program that consists of half-day nursery, half- and full-day pre-K and kindergarten, as well as Our Time, which is a transitional program for children age 2 with a parent. “SEAS” provides a comprehensive curriculum that includes language, music, art, computer technology, academic intervention services, sports, clubs, and after-school enrichment and care. At SEAS we learn

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and grow in respect, responsibility, and reverence.

Vincent Smith School

322 Port Washington Blvd., Port Washington 516-365-4900 vincentsmithschool.org Located in Port Washington, the Vincent Smith School is a private, independent day school serving students in Nassau, Suffolk, and Queens counties in New York since 1924. The school is well known for its individualized program for students in first through 12th grades with ADHD, and learning disabilities such as dyslexia, dyscalculia, dysgraphia, auditory processing disorders, and language (expressive or receptive) processing disorders. Emphasis is placed on academic excellence, differentiated instruction, strong home-to-school connection, and college and career counseling in small supportive classes.

SPECIAL NEEDS Bakshi Law

Offices in the Financial District, Long Island, and Westchester 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 pro-

vides 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.

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 Westchester counties.

Long Island Whole Child Academy School for Twice Exceptional Learning

175 Wolf Hill Road, Melville 347-668-3676 liwholechild.org etrdream@aol.com The Long Island Whole Child Academy, School for Twice Exceptional Learning, is the only Long Island school dedicated to serving once highly capable students who also cope with anxiety; executive functioning, social cognition, and sensory processing challenges; ADHD; and high-functioning ASD youth, who do not thrive in a traditional school setting. Our mission is to provide a cutting-edge, integrated educational experience that raises the academic bar while building social and emotional strength and resilience through individualized attention and best clinical and gifted education practices. We also offer Saturday adventures and mid-week homeschoolers’ clubs.

Louis E. Mora, Ph.D., Psychologist P.C.

70 Glen Cove Road, Suite 201, Roslyn Heights 347-740-5690 lmoraphd.com; lmoraphd@gmail.com


Dr. Mora works with children and adults. He specializes in psychological testing, which helps improve diagnosing and treatment planning. Such testing includes neuropsychological testing, giftedness examinations, and evaluating for the presence of psychological disorders. This includes evaluating for ADHD and possible consequences of head injury. He has years of experience doing such testing with various populations. He earned his doctorate in clinical psychology and postdoctoral education in forensic psychology from St. John’s University. He is also an adjunct professor of psychology at St. Francis College.

Sappo School

40 Kings Park Road, Commack 631-736-2146 sapposchool.com info@sapposchool.com Sappo School provides a safe and nurturing environment for students who benefit from a tailored learning approach to education. For more than 20 years, our school has benefitted students with anxiety, ADD/ADHD, dyslexia, and high functioning students diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder. Our small class size provides students with the opportunity for individual attention. Our school focuses on educating the whole child, socially, emotionally, and academically. We provide support to students, allowing them to build self-confidence, which fosters academic achievement. Students learn social skills by working in groups and problem-solving skills through projects and real world examples.

Steps to Socialization

13 S. 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.

Strategic Staffing Works

Brooklyn and Long Island Locations 631-649-6573

strategicstaffingworks.com strategicstaffingworks@gmail.com Offers workshops designed to help parents, family, and friends aid people with diverse abilities in their search for employment and life-fulfilling volunteer opportunities. Either sign up for a no-cost workshop and learn all the tools necessary to strategically find fulfilling employment, or register for a nine-week class that will not only show you all the tools but immerse you in the process. Topics will include determining areas of interest, entrepreneurship, funding for privately owned businesses, and discovering three employment themes and 60 possible places for employment.

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.

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, and 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.

Vincent Smith School

322 Port Washington Blvd., Port Washington 516-365-4900 vincentsmithschool.org Located in Port Washington, the Vincent Smith School is a private, independent day school serving students in Nassau, Suffolk, and Queens counties in New York since 1924. The school is well known for its individualized program for students in first through 12th grades with ADHD, and learning disabilities such as dyslexia, dyscalculia, dysgraphia, auditory processing disorders, and language (expressive or receptive) processing disorders. Emphasis is placed on academic excellence, differentiated instruction, strong home-to-school connection, and college and career counseling in small supportive classes.

TUTORS & TEST PREP 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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Should My Child Specialize in One Sport? ››

Why your child should try out multiple sports before settling on just one By Monica Holmes

What age is best to specialize in a sport? Specialization in a single sport before the age of 10 is becoming more common. Parents and coaches often encourage this practice, thinking it will lead to athletic success and possibly an athletic scholarship. But less than 1 percent of high school athletes nationwide will receive an athletic scholarship and very few of those are “full rides.” Plus, specializing in a sport before the age of 10 can increase the chance of burnout. Therefore, experts believe that the ages of 12-13 are optimal to specialize in a sport.   My child really loves basketball; why should he play other sports, too? Before your child can be great at any sport, he or she must be an athlete first. Early specialization hinders overall athletic development, while playing different sports will help your child develop a variety of skills. A great approach is to have your child play a team sport and an individual sport, such as basketball and martial arts. Another possibility is to combine indoor sports and outdoor sports, such as ice hockey and soccer. It is positive to change up the activity. Laying the foundation between the ages of 6-12 is

beneficial so that when your child does find a single sport he wants to focus on, the fundamentals are already there. Basic athletic, tactical, and perceptual skills are transferable to all sports. Many successful athletes have backgrounds in sports other than the one they participate in, and most often they were involved in an activity that provided transferable fundamentals. How can I help my child choose other sports to play in addition to the one she loves? A few questions to ask before your child participates in a sport are: What is my child going to learn from it? Will this help build a foundation for future activities? Is she going to enjoy it? Choosing a sport for your child should not be a stressful process. Find out what your child is really interested in and start investigating. Children are often interested in what they see. Go to sporting events and engage in conversations about the activity with your child. Parents and older siblings involved in sports are great examples for younger children. The activity needs to be a learning experience, and it needs to be enjoyable. If the fun factor is missing—no matter how good they are—they will not be interested in it for very long.

Monica Holmes is a former NCAA Division I volleyball coach who served as head coach of the volleyball team at Columbia University. She is also the founder of Movement Consulting, a youth fitness consulting firm located in Manhattan.

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CLASSES DIRECTORY

ACADEMIC ENRICHMENT

Eye Level Learning Center-Williston Park

61 Hillside Ave., Williston Park myeyelevel.com Eye Level is a supplemental education program with a curriculum that is tailored to meet the needs of each individual student. We are the leading provider in supplemental education in the areas of math, reading, and writing. We enable students to realize their potential by bringing our instructional materials to the eye-level of your child and teaching them important skills they can take with them into their scholastic future and beyond. Call to schedule your free diagnostic placement test! 514-747-7700.

Fusion Academy Woodbury

260 Crossways Park Drive, Suite A, Woodbury 516-364-5414; fusionwoodbury.com Fusion Academy Woodbury is a revolutionary, accredited, private middle and high school where positive relationships unlock academic potential. With one teacher and one student per classroom, Fusion teachers are able to personalize curriculum and teach to students’ individual strengths and learning styles. Each campus includes a state-of-the-art recording studio, mixed-media art studio, and a Homework Café® at which students complete all homework before going home. Connect with our campus by visiting fusionwoodbury.com.

LIU Post Center for Gifted Youth

Dr. Lynne Manouvrier, director LIU Post, Brookville 516-299-2160; liu.edu/giftedyouth The Long Island University program for gifted children was established in 1979 in response to the increasing recognition of society’s special responsibilities for children with demonstrably superior intellectual ability. The Long Island University Center for Gifted Youth brings together two important elements of education for the gifted: extraordinary teachers recruited from leading high schools, middle schools, and elementary schools in the metropolitan area and university-level facilities. These two factors, combined with an administrative and psychological team schooled in the needs of gifted children, give the program at LIU Post unique strengths in producing positive benefits for young people admitted to the program.

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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.

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.

Not Just Art

ART

183 South St., Oyster Bay 516-922-8300 notjustart.com; create@notjustart.com

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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 handson 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.

FASHION 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 yearround in our bright 3,000-squarefoot fashion studio with separate classrooms for illustration, sewing, and more. Fall 2017 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.

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!

Green Vale School

250 Valentine’s Lane, Old Brookville 516-621-2420 greenvaleschool.org

The “Beginnings” Class at Green Vale is a Mommy-and-Me experience. It offers the very young child (9-23 months) the opportunity for exploratory, interactive, and parallel play with their caregiver as well as their peers. Parents and caregivers enjoy connecting with other adults as the children become more comfortable in the classroom and start to experience what school is all about. Our Beginnings class is led by Ginamarie Siciliano. Beginnings is offered Monday-Thursday, from 8:30-10am. Fees are one day per week, $250; two days per week, $500; 3-4 days per week, $750.

MUSIC

Music Institute of Long Island

90 Community Reformed Church P.O. Box 119, Manhasset 516-627-7052 milimusic.com; miligirls@aol.com Now in our 28th year, Music Institute of Long Island was Voted No. 1 Best Music School on the North Shore. 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-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—all levels, all instruments, two-week summer chamber music, July 10-21. Fall semester begins Sept. 8.

Not Just Art

183 South St., Oyster Bay 516-922-8300 notjustart.com; create@notjustart.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.

STEM RoboMindTech S.T.E.M. Education Center Creativity, Science, Robotics & L-EG-O Learning Fun

575 Jericho Turnpike, Jericho 718-264-7626 MPM Math Center 25 Cuttermill Road No.4, Great Neck 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 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, after-camp studios, group workshops, and after-school programs. 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, 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.

THEATER

Tower Talent

535 Broadhollow Road, Suite A2A, Melville 516-765-2400 towertalent.com towertalentclasses@gmail.com On-camera acting, modeling, and vocal coaching for kids and teens ages 4 and older. Build confidence, overcome shyness, and prepare your child for a future career in entertainment. Local auditions with NYC talent agencies, management and casting companies are held at our Melville location and are provided to students for potential jobs in commercials, TV, film, fashion shows, and print campaigns. Attend special guest workshops and learn from working actors, models, and casting directors. After school and on weekends. If your child has star quality, give us a call today.

SPORTS DIRECTORY

GYMNASTICS & CHEERLEADING M.A.T.S.S. Kids’ 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 NYS ED.-, CPR-, and first aid-certified. Since 1985, A Rainbow of Programs to Play, Learn, and Grow!

TAILORED LEARNING “ One size education does NOT fit all.”

Sappo School

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A young visitor to the Museum of Modern Art peers at Andy Warhol’s “Campbell’s Soup Cans”.

When To Visit NYC’s Museums, Zoos, and Gardens for Free ››

Have fun all year long without breaking the bank, thanks to these free admission times at some favorite area attractions. By Catherine Patwell The Bronx

The Bronx Zoo: General admission is free on Wednesdays. Visitors are asked to donate what they wish to support the zoo’s mission. Total Experience activities cost extra. New York Botanical Garden: Free grounds admission all day on Wednesdays, and Saturdays from 9-10am. Special exhibits cost extra. Wave Hill: Free on Tuesdays and Saturdays, 9am-12pm. The garden also hosts special free arts events throughout the year.

Brooklyn

Brooklyn Botanic Garden: Free all day on Tuesdays, and Saturdays from 10am-12pm; free on winter weekdays, December-February 28

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Brooklyn Children’s Museum: Free on Thursday afternoons from 2-6pm New York Aquarium: Pay what you wish on Fridays, 3-3:30pm, during the fall, winter, and spring; in the summer, free Friday hours run from 4-5pm.

Manhattan

Children’s Museum of the Arts: Pay what you wish on Thursdays, 4-6pm. Children’s Museum of Manhattan: Free the first Friday of every month, 5-8pm The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA): Free on Fridays, 4-8pm


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Sugar Hill Children’s Museum of Art & Storytelling: Admission for children ages 8 and younger is always free. Children ages 9-17 enter for $4; adult admission is $7.

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Whitney Museum of American Art: Pay what you wish on Fridays, 7-10pm

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The Staten Island Children’s Museum: Free on Wednesdays from 3-5pm Staten Island Zoo: Free on Wednesdays, 2-4:45pm

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Queens Botanical Garden: Admission is free every day, November-March. Admission is free Wednesdays, 3-6pm, and Sundays, 4-6pm, April-October.

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EDITOR’S HOT TICKETS 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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Eternal Con: The Long Island Comic Con

WHEN: July 1-2, Saturday, 10am-7pm; Sunday, 10am-5pm WHERE: NYCB Live at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum, 1255 Hempstead Turnpike, Uniondale AGES: All WHAT: Dedicated to bringing fans a more intimate convention experience, Eternal Con is the place where you can get up close and personal with your favorite stars and comic book celebrities. WHY WE LOVE IT: It offers a fun and educational experience for visitors of all ages. WANT TO GO? $12 and up. 516-900-4748. eternalcon.com.

New Kids On The Block – The Total Package Tour

WHEN: Friday, July 7, 7:30pm WHERE: NYCB LIVE, home of the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum Presented By New York Community Bank, 1255 Hempstead Turnpike, Uniondale AGES: 9 and older WHAT: Paula Abdul makes her momentous return to the stage for a hit-fueled set that includes an incredible seven hit singles, while Package Tour alums Boyz II Men will deliver their trademark, multiplatinum-selling sound. WHY WE LOVE IT: The assembling of this group’s artists is almost too hot to handle! WANT TO GO? $29 and up. 800-745-3000. nycblive.com.

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Gustafer Yellowgold Show

WHEN: July 11-12, Tuesday-Wednesday, 11:30am WHERE: Long Island Children’s Museum, 11 Davis Ave., Garden City AGES: 5-12, adult WHAT: Creator and Grammy Award-nominated artist Morgan Taylor brings the character Gustafer Yellowgold to life in a multi-media performance featuring animation and live music. WHY WE LOVE IT: Who knew cheese and cake could be so much fun? WANT TO GO? $9 with museum admission: $13; free children younger than 1. 516-224-5800. licm.org.

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‘Madagascar: A Musical Adventure’

WHEN: July 11-20, Tuesday and Thursdays, see website for times WHERE: BroadHollow Theatre at Elmont, 700 Hempstead Turnpike, Elmont AGES: 3-12 WHAT: Take a journey out of the zoo and onto the stage with your favorite crack-a-lackin’ friends from the blockbuster DreamWorks film. WHY WE LOVE IT: One of our favorite shows! WANT TO GO? $13; $11 in advance. 631-581-2700. broadhollow.org.

Long Island International Film Expo

WHEN: July 13-20, daily, see website for times WHERE: The Showplace at the Bellmore Movies, 222 Pettit Ave., Bellmore AGES: 9 and older WHAT: Held at the historic Bellmore Movies, LIIFE will show 130 short and feature-length independent films from the world over. WHY WE LOVE IT: There’s a good chance you’ll see your favorite Long Island celebrity! WANT TO GO? $8-$25 day pass. 516-783-3199. longislandfilm.com.

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Lucky Diaz and the Family Jam Band

WHEN: Tuesday, July 25, 11:30am WHERE: Long Island Children’s Museum, 11 Davis Ave., Garden City AGES: 3-12 WHAT: Lucky Diaz and Alisha Gaddis, a married cou-


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ple, create indie music sounds that are rooted in their whimsical and child-friendly imaginations. WHY WE LOVE IT: Children are encouraged to embrace silliness! WANT TO GO? $9 with museum admission: $13; free children younger than 1. 516-224-5800. licm.org.

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Make a Move with Willem de Kooning

WHEN: Wednesday, July 26, 11am, 1pm, and 3pm WHERE: Long Island Children’s Museum, 11 Davis Ave., Garden City AGES: 3-12 WHAT: Take inspiration from Willem de Kooning. Join us in Our Backyard as we create al fresco art. WHY WE LOVE IT: Nothing like the outdoors and the example of a great painter to get our artistic juices flowing. WANT TO GO? $3 with museum admission: $13; free children younger than 1. 5162245800. licm.org.

American Indian Mid-Summer Pow Wow

WHEN: July 28-30, 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. 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 New York City’s oldest and largest powwow! WANT TO GO? $16 weekend pass; $7 child weekend pass; $10; $5 children. 718-347-3276. queensfarm.org.

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Beech Tree Concerts

WHEN: July 9-Aug. 6, Sundays, 3pm WHERE: Old Westbury Gardens, 71 Old Westbury Road, Old Westbury AGES: All WHAT: Bring a chair or blanket and relax under the cool shade of the West Porch Beech Tree listening to a variety of musical genres performed by artist-in-residence Suzanne Mueller and friends. WHY WE LOVE IT: Sit back and relax to soothing sounds. WANT TO GO? $12; $10 seniors; free for children 17 and younger. 516-333-0048. oldwestburygardens.org.

Pattern Wizardry

SUNDAY, JULY 16 at 12 PM Huge KidZone Tent & Stage Pirate Camp • Arts & Crafts Educational Children’s Performers

Rolie Polie Guacamole • Lucy Kalantari Jason Didner & the Jungle Gym Jam • Miss Nina Erin Lee & The Up Past Bedtime Band • Songs by Lena Cheryl The One Women Circus • I Love Reading & Magic Didi Maxx Dance Party • Dagger DogVinci • Ye Pyrate Brotherhood

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4 Days • Over 65 Performers • 4 Stages also appearing

WHEN: June 6-Sept. 3, Tuesday-Sunday, 10am-5pm WHERE: Long Island Children’s Museum, 11 Davis Ave., Garden City AGES: 5 and older WHAT: This bilingual (English/Spanish) exhibit introduces the fundamentals of patterns as the building blocks of our natural and man-made world, and as a critical developmental tool for children. WHY WE LOVE IT: Children get the opportunity to investigate how we use symmetry to organize patterns. WANT TO GO? $13; $12 seniors; free for children younger than 1. 516-224-5800. licm.org. ››

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TAKING BACK SUNDAY POCO • EDDIE MONEY GOV’T MULE • 311 NEW FOUND GLORY Check the website for full schedule

Food Court • Craft Beer & Wine Artisans & Craftspeople Shorefront Park, on the beautiful Great South Bay in Patchogue

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Listen Up! Storybook Stroll: ‘The Magical Garden of Claude Monet’ by Laurence Anholt

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. Kids Workshop FREE

WHEN: Saturday, July 1, 12pm WHERE: Old Westbury Gardens, 71 Old Westbury Road, Old Westbury AGES: 3-5 WHAT: Open your ears to classic and modern tales while strolling the gardens and making a unique craft to take home. WANT TO GO? $12; $10 seniors; $7 children ages 7-17; free for children 6 and younger. 516-333-0048. oldwestburygardens.org.

Book Buddies FREE

WHEN: Wednesday, July 5, WHERE: Floral Park Public Library, 17 Caroline Place, Floral Park AGES: 3-8 WHAT: Children are invited to come and enjoy stories read to them by teens in the community. WANT TO GO? 516-326-6330. floralparklibrary.org.

WHEN: Saturday, July 1, 9am-12pm WHERE: Home Depot, 600 Hempstead Turnpike, Elmont AGES: 3-12 WHAT: Kids learn to build or create a useful, fun product. Workshops teach children do-it-yourself skills and tool safety, and instill a sense of pride and accomplishment. WANT TO GO? 516-488-8500. homedepot.com.

Family Preschool Hour FREE

Rockville Centre Art Craft & Gift Market FREE

Reading to Dogs FREE

Teen Babysitting Workshop FREE

stART (Story + Art)

WHEN: July 1-2, Saturday-Sunday, 10am-6pm WHERE: Long Island Rail Road Field 12, Corner of Sunrise Highway and Long Beach Road, Rockville Centre AGES: All WHAT: Art and craft vendors with unique handmade creations, and gift vendors with hard-to-find quality items. WANT TO GO? 516-442-6000. nassaucountycraftshows.com. WHEN: Monday, July 17, 11am WHERE: Floral Park Public Library, 17 Caroline Place, Floral Park AGES: 13-17 WHAT: You will learn about first aid and basic babysitting skills. Bring a doll or stuffed animal and receive a certificate of completion after the workshop. WANT TO GO? 516-326-6330. floralparklibrary.org.

Women in Contrast Exhibition FREE

WHEN: Through Aug. 18: Tuesday-Friday, 11am-4pm; SaturdaySunday, 12-4pm WHERE: Hofstra University Museum, 112 Hofstra University, Hempstead AGES: All WHAT: This original exhibition features iconic imagery captured by a selection of innovative modernist and contemporary female photographers, including Berenice Abbott, Diane Arbus, Marilyn Bridges, Nancy Burson, Imogen Cunningham, Donna Ferrato, Toni Frissell, Mary Ellen Mark, and Dorothy Norman. WANT TO GO? 516-463-5672. hofstra.edu/museum.

Free Concerts on Freeport’s Nautical Mile FREE

WHEN: July 6-Aug. 31, Thursdays, 7-8:30pm WHERE: Freeport’s Nautical Mile, Woodcleft Avenue, Freeport AGES: All WHAT: Free concerts with all styles of music every Thursday night during July and August at Freeport’s Esplanade on the Nautical Mile. Check the website for a list of performers. WANT TO GO? 516-223-2522. liacfreeport.org. 34

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WHEN: Wednesday, July 12, 11am WHERE: Floral Park Library, 17 Caroline Place, Floral Park AGES: 3-5 WHAT: Enjoy an hour of singing, dancing, storytelling, and a craft with friends from A Time for Kids Inc. WANT TO GO? 516-326-6330. floralparklibrary.org. WHEN: Monday, July 24, 11am WHERE: Floral Park Public Library, 17 Caroline Place, Floral Park AGES: 5-12 WHAT: This innovative program places a volunteer who owns a registered pet therapy dog with a child, enabling the child to read to a non-judgmental audience and improve his or her reading skills. WANT TO GO? 516-326-6330. floralparklibrary.org. WHEN: June 6- July 27, Tuesdays and Thursdays, 11:30am WHERE: Long Island Children’s Museum, 11 Davis Ave., Garden City AGES: 3-5 WHAT: Join in each week as children listen to the reading of childhood classics and new favorites; followed by literature-inspired activities and crafts. WANT TO GO? $3 with museum admission: $13; $12 seniors 65 and older; free for children younger than 1. 516-224-5800. licm.org.

Linda Fairstein Book Signing

WHEN: Sunday, July 30, 2pm WHERE: Madison Theatre at Molloy College, 1000 Hempstead Ave., Rockville Centre AGES: 9 and older WHAT: Linda Fairstein is best known as the New York Times bestselling author of the Alex Cooper mystery series for adults. Devlin Quick is her first book for children. WANT TO GO? $35. 516-323-4444. madisontheatreny.org. ››


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Catch the biggest and best 4th of July fireworks on the East River.

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The most famous 4th of July fireworks display in the U.S. returns to the East River for the third year running. The 41st Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks will again light up the Brooklyn Bridge and feature the most fantastic display of pyrotechnics around. There will also be musical entertainment from artists including Jamie Barton and Craig Campbell. Each year, nearly 50,000 pyrotechnic shells are used during the 25-minute synchronized display that takes months to plan. 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 to take in the extraordinary show. Or simply turn on your TV instead. July 4, 9:20pm. Age: All. East River; full viewing locations TBA. 212-494-4495. macys.com/fireworks.

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Double Dutch Championships in Fountain Plaza (Josie Robertson Plaza) in 1976

Pick Up Your Feet The Lincoln Center Out of Doors Family Weekend this year will be a celebration of double Dutch in NYC. Part of the Lincoln Center’s annual summer festival, the event will explore the women of color who’ve contributed to the cultural fabric of the city through this competitive sport turned art form. It will feature jumping demonstrations, jump-ins, panel discussions, a film screening, and exhibition. The highlight of the weekend will be the Double Dutch Summer Classic National Competition, with jumpers from all over the country competing for the national title. See website for event times. July 29-30. Age: All. Lincoln Center, 10 Lincoln Center Plaza, Upper West Side. 212-875-5456. lcoutofdoors.org.

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WHAT: Come learn about forms of alternative energy and how they are being used. Become an architect as you design your own “green” house. WANT TO GO? $3 with museum admission: $13; free children younger than 1. 516-224-5800. licm.org.

Build a Better World Library Quest FREE

SMARTY PANTS Halston Exhibition

WHEN: Through July 9: Tuesday-Sunday, 11am-4:45pm WHERE: Nassau County Museum of Art, 1 Museum Drive, Roslyn Harbor AGES: 13 and older WHAT: Halston invented a chic minimalist style that was uniquely American, and that honored the active modern woman by freeing American fashion from European influences of the past. WANT TO GO? $12; $8 seniors; $4 for children 12 and younger. 516484-9337. nassaumuseum.org.

H2O Investigator

WHEN: Sunday, July 9, 10-11am WHERE: Sands Point Preserve, 127 Middle Neck Road, Sands Point AGES: 5-12 WHAT: Participants can explore the states of water in liquid, gas, and ice; experiment with buoyancy; and create works of water art. WANT TO GO? $20. 516-571-7901. thesandspointpreserve.org.

WHEN: Tuesday, July 25, 5pm WHERE: Floral Park Public Library, 17 Caroline Place, Floral Park AGES: 5-12 WHAT: Track down hidden clues, materials, and designs, and then use them to build a world in the Children’s Room. WANT TO GO? 516-326-6330. floralparklibrary.org.

Green Teens

WHEN: July 6-27, Tuesday-Friday, 11am-3pm WHERE: Long Island Children’s Museum, 11 Davis Ave., Garden City AGES: 3-12 WHAT: Explore the worlds of science and nature with the Green Teens this summer in Our Backyard. Each week, dig deeper into the unknown through hands-on learning experiences on alternative energy, water, habitats, and more. WANT TO GO? $13; free children younger than 1. 516-224-5800. licm.org.

Jetsetter Kids FREE

WHEN: July 6-Aug. 10, Thurdays, 1pm WHERE: Floral Park Public Library, 17 Caroline Place, Floral Park AGES: 5-8, adult WHAT: You’ll learn a little about different countries and make a craft to celebrate each culture. WANT TO GO? 516-326-6330. floralparklibrary.org.

Calling Young Scientists: Dissect the Food Chain

WHEN: Monday, July 10, 11am and 12:15pm WHERE: Long Island Children’s Museum, 11 Davis Ave., Garden City AGES: 5-12 WHAT: Learn about carnivores, herbivores, and omnivores as you explore the food chain. Dissect an owl pellet to discover what they eat and take home your very own bone sorting guide. WANT TO GO? $3 with museum admission: $13; free children younger than 1. 516-224-5800. licm.org.

Tiny Tots

WHEN: Monday, July 17, 9:30-11am WHERE: Center for Science Teaching and Learning at Tanglewood Preserve, 1450 Tanglewood Road, Rockville Centre AGES: 3-5 WHAT: Each week brings a new theme and activities that delight and educate. WANT TO GO? $8. 516-764-0045. cstl.org.

Think Up! Old Westbury Whodunits: Stumping Sculptures

WHEN: Saturday, July 22, 12pm WHERE: Old Westbury Gardens, 71 Old Westbury Road, Old Westbury AGES: All WHAT: Investigate the wonders of nature and history’s mysteries during fact-finding hunts through Westbury House and gardens to uncover clues and solve riddles. WANT TO GO? $12; $10 seniors; $7 children ages 7-17; free for children 6 and younger. 516-333-0048. oldwestburygardens.org.

Calling Young Scientists: Green Architecture

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MUSICIANS Jazz at the Museum

WHEN: Saturday, July 1, 7:30-9pm WHERE: The African American Museum, 110 N. Franklin St., Hempstead AGES: 13 and older WHAT: Enjoy an evening of jazz and a range of styles. Musician Chuck Fowler and other artists perform. WANT TO GO? $20; $30 for two people. 516-572-0730. theaamuseum.org.

North Shore Pops Concert FREE

WHEN: Wednesday, July 5, 7pm WHERE: Chelsea Mansion-Muttontown Preserve, Muttontown Lane, East Norwich AGES: All WHAT: Hear the beautiful music of George Gershwin, the snappy tunes of Cole Porter, and the elegant jazz of Duke Ellington. Tap your toes to exciting Sousa marches and sing-along proudly with American patriotic selections. WANT TO GO? 516-571-8500. nassaucountyny.gov.

Shabbat Hallelu FREE

WHEN: Friday, July 7, 6:30 pm WHERE: Temple Sinai of Roslyn, 425 Roslyn Road, Roslyn Heights AGES: All WHAT: Accompanied by the Hallelu band, the sanctuary comes alive as Cantor Sergei Schwartz leads the group in song, dance, praise, and worship. WANT TO GO? 516-621-6800. mysinai.org.


Picnic Pops: Mitch Woods and His Rocket 88s

WHEN: Wednesday, July 12, 7pm WHERE: Old Westbury Gardens, 71 Old Westbury Road, Old Westbury AGES: All WHAT: This group breathes fresh life into the music that gave birth to rock ‘n’ roll. WANT TO GO? $12; free for children 17 and younger. 516-333-0048. oldwestburygardens.org.

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Kids Play Free Day FREE

WHEN: Thursday, July 13, 9am-5pm WHERE: New York Musician’s Center, 701 Bedford Ave., Bellmore AGES: 5-17 WHAT: Each child gets a free 30-minute piano, guitar, voice, drum, or string lesson. Registration required. WANT TO GO? 516-515-0236. nymcmusic.com.

Summer Concert on the Lawn with Steel Silk FREE

WHEN: Thursday, July 13, 7pm WHERE: Floral Park Public Library, 17 Caroline Place, Floral Park AGES: All WHAT: The Steel Silk Band, a nine-piece concert show band comprised of some of New York’s top musicians and vocalists, will bring its sounds to the library lawn. WANT TO GO? 516-326-6330. floralparklibrary.org.

Nassau Pops Concert FREE

WHEN: Wednesday, July 19, 7pm WHERE: Chelsea Mansion-Muttontown Preserve, Muttontown Lane, East Norwich AGES: All WHAT: The Nassau Pops Symphony Orchestra performs an exciting mix of popular and light classical music. WANT TO GO? 516-571-8500. nassaucountyny.gov.

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Picnic Pops: Dr. Zsa’s Powdered Zydeco Band

WHEN: Wednesday, July 19, 7pm WHERE: Old Westbury Gardens, 71 Old Westbury Road, Old Westbury AGES: All WHAT: The band features top NYC musicians with a diversity of influences who bring a love of the Louisiana Creole and Cajun tradition to the music. WANT TO GO? $12; free for children 17 and younger. 516-333-0048. oldwestburygardens.org.

Picnic Pops: George Gee Swing Orchestra

WHEN: Wednesday, July 26, 7pm WHERE: Old Westbury Gardens, 71 Old Westbury Road, Old Westbury AGES: All WHAT: In its more than three decades, the band has spread the “Gospel of Swing” to the far corners of the globe to circulate the joy of jazz. WANT TO GO? $12; free for children 17 and younger. 516-333-0048. oldwestburygardens.org. ››

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Long Island Comedy Festival

WHEN: Saturday, July 22, 8pm WHERE: Madison Theatre at Molloy College, 1000 Hempstead Ave., Rockville Centre AGES: 13 and older WHAT: The 12th annual Long Island Comedy Festival returns for another evening of stand-up comedy, featuring a new lineup of top comedians. WANT TO GO? $35. 516-323-4444. madisontheatreny.org.

‘Hairspray’

SHOW TIME! ‘Cinderella’

WHEN: Saturday, July 1, 11:30am and 2pm WHERE: The Long Island Children’s Museum, 11 Davis Ave., Garden City AGES: All WHAT: All the ingredients that have made this story a perennial favorite are here including a zany Fairy Godmother, a trip to the Royal Ball, and a glass slipper. WANT TO GO? $12 with museum admission: $13; free for children younger than 1. 516-599-6870. plazatheatrical.com.

Making Magic with Ethan at Fantasy Forest

WHEN: Sunday, July 2, 2pm and 4pm WHERE: Flushing Meadows Corona Park, 14 United Nations Ave. S., Flushing, Queens AGES: All WHAT: Guests can come out to see Ethan’s magic show. WANT TO GO? Rides and concession prices vary. 718-788-2676. nycgovparks.org.

Plaza Theatrical presents Disney’s ‘The Little Mermaid Jr.’

WHEN: Saturday, July 15, 11:30am WHERE: Long Island Children’s Museum, 11 Davis Ave., Garden City AGES: 3-12 WHAT: In a magical kingdom beneath the sea, the beautiful young mermaid Ariel longs to leave her ocean home to live in the world above. WANT TO GO? $12. 516-599-6870. licm.org.

WHEN: July 9-23, Sundays, 2pm WHERE: The Showplace at the Bellmore Movies, 222 Pettit Ave., Bellmore AGES: 9 and older WHAT: This fast-paced musical will have you on your feet! WANT TO GO? $20 and up. 516-599-6870. plazatheatrical.com.

‘Young Frankenstein’

WHEN: July 8-23, Saturdays, 8pm; Sundays, 2:30pm WHERE: BroadHollow Theatre at Elmont, 700 Hempstead Turnpike, Elmont AGES: 3-12 WHAT: An electrifying adaptation of Mel Brooks’ monstrously funny film. WANT TO GO? $13; $11 in advance. 631-581-2700. broadhollow.org.

Shakespeare in the Park Presents ‘Measure for Measure’ FREE WHEN: Wednesday, July 26, 7:30pm WHERE: Flushing Meadows Corona Park, 14 United Nations Ave. S., Flushing, Queens AGES: All WHAT: Shakespeare’s dark comedy examines the danger of placing power in the wrong hands. Kids & the Classics is a free interactive workshop designed for children ages 4-12 at 7pm. WANT TO GO? 718-760-6560. hiptohip.org.

SummerStrings! RockFest

WHEN: Wednesday, July 26, 7:30pm WHERE: The Space at Westbury, 250 Post Ave., Westbury AGES: 9-17 WHAT: SummerStrings! RockFest gives kids and teens who study orchestral stringed instruments the opportunity to play rock, blues, fiddling, and improvisatory styles of music. Young musicians collaborate with a professional rock band to present a full-scale concert. WANT TO GO? $25. 516-283-5566. thespaceatwestbury.com.

‘Animaniacs Live!’

WHEN: Saturday, July 15, 7:30pm WHERE: Tilles Center for the Performing Arts, 720 Northern Blvd., Brookville AGES: All WHAT: Animaniacs LIVE! is a musical revue starring original cast member Rob Paulsen, accompanied by composer Randy Rogel, who wrote and created many of those memorable songs you still can’t remove from your brain pan. WANT TO GO? $35 and up. 516-299-3100. tillescenter.org.

Sing-Along with Nappy’s Puppets

WHEN: Tuesday, July 18, 11:30am WHERE: Long Island Children’s Museum, 11 Davis Ave., Garden City AGES: 3-12, adult WHAT: Everyone is invited to sing-along as Nappy brings these songs to life; right in front of you through shadow puppetry. Join in the fun as Nappy’s Puppets presents some of the silliest songs around. WANT TO GO? $9 with museum admission: $13; free children younger than 1. 516-224-5800. licm.org. 38

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ANIMAL LOVERS On the Wings of Butterflies

WHEN: Thursday, July 6, 2pm WHERE: Long Island Children’s Museum, 11 Davis Ave., Garden City AGES: 5-12 WHAT: Join us to discover many different species of butterflies and learn about their beautiful patterns, while creating a butterfly wall-hanging to display at home. WANT TO GO? $3 with museum admission: $13; free children younger than 1. 516-224-5800. licm.org.

Art and Dogs in the Gardens

WHEN: Thursday, July 20, 5-9pm WHERE: Old Westbury Gardens, 71 Old Westbury Road, Old Westbury AGES: All WHAT: Guests are invited to enjoy the cool summer evening with their


leashed dog and stroll the grounds and discover Seward Johnson’s lifesize bronze sculptures in the gardens. WANT TO GO? $12; $10 seniors; $7 children ages 7-17; free for children 6 and younger. 516-333-0048. oldwestburygardens.org.

Amazing Animals

WHEN: Thursday, July 27, 10am-4pm WHERE: Center for Science Teaching and Learning at Tanglewood Preserve, 1450 Tanglewood Road, Rockville Centre AGES: All WHAT: Visitors to the exhibit can expect a more intimate, family-oriented experience than most zoos, as they interact with chatty parrots, look eye to eye with alligators, pet dwarf goats, hoot at owls, and even gaze into the inner workings of a live honeybee hive. WANT TO GO? $6. 516-764-0045. cstl.org.

Angry Birds Universe

WHEN: July 1-Aug. 27, Monday-Friday, 9:30am-5pm; Saturday-Sunday, 10am-6pm WHERE: New York Hall of Science, 47-01 111th St., Corona, Queens AGES: All WHAT: Attendees can use giant slingshots to launch Angry Birds in this summer exhibition, then test structures they have built by propelling balls adorned with the images of characters from the famous Angry Birds video game. Build and race handheld vehicles, learn about the creation of the Angry Birds video game, and discover real bird characteristics such as egg sizes and wingspan lengths. WANT TO GO? $16; $13 children ages 2-17. 718-699-0005. nysci.org.

Faces From the Southern Ocean

WHEN: Through Sept. 3: Monday-Friday, 9:30am-5pm; Saturday-Sunday, 10am-6pm WHERE: New York Hall of Science, 47-01 111th St., Corona, Queens AGES: All WHAT: View photographs by J.J. L’Heureux featuring some of the world’s most amazing creatures. The portraits feature the faces of unique birds and mammals from Antarctica, the Southern Ocean, and its islands. WANT TO GO? $16; $13 seniors and children ages 2-17. 718-6990005. nysci.org. ››

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Mounted Cowboy Shooting Match

WHEN: Sunday, July 16, 11:30am-1:30pm WHERE: Old Bethpage Village Restoration Fairgrounds, 1303 Round Swamp Road, Old Bethpage AGES: All WHAT: Watch as New York’s original mounted shooting club The Island Long Riders, dressed in Old-West attire navigate a course on horseback while shooting targets. WANT TO GO? $10; $7 children ages 5-12; free for children younger than 5. 516-572-8400. islandlongriders.com.

Super Soccer Stars FREE

MOVERS & SHAKERS

WHEN: Friday, July 21, 11am WHERE: Floral Park Public Library, 17 Caroline Place, Floral Park AGES: 3-5 WHAT: Basic soccer skills will be taught in a fun, non-competitive environment. WANT TO GO? 516-326-6330. floralparklibrary.org.

PlayHooray Kids FREE

Yoga on the Library Lawn FREE

Party at the Park at Belmont

Jump Up! Bonus Play Saturdays: Leaps and Bounds

WHEN: Friday, July 7, 12pm WHERE: Floral Park Public Library, 17 Caroline Place, Floral Park AGES: Newborn to 5 WHAT: Sing, dance, and Play Hooray with our friend Molly Mouse. Registration begins two weeks before each event. WANT TO GO? 516-326-6330. floralparklibrary.org. WHEN: Through July 7: Fridays, 3pm WHERE: Belmont Park Racetrack, 2150 Hempstead Turnpike, Elmont AGES: 13 and older WHAT: Party at the Park features twilight racing and a party that includes food and drink specials along with a live concert. WANT TO GO? $5. 718-641-4700. nyra.com/belmont.

New York’s Sports and Fitness Expo

WHEN: Saturday, July 8, 10am-5pm WHERE: Cradle of Aviation Museum, Charles Lindbergh Boulevard, Garden City AGES: All WHAT: Develop an active, healthy lifestyle at this expo, featuring vendors from clothing lines, supplement brands, gyms, health food stores, special guests, competitions, and demos. WANT TO GO? $15; $10 children ages 2-12. 516-572-4066. cradleofaviation.org.

Free-Play Imagination Days

WHEN: Sunday, July 9, 12-4pm WHERE: Old Westbury Gardens, 71 Old Westbury Road, Old Westbury AGES: All WHAT: Drop by the garden’s rotating discovery space to allow kids time to build, observe, ponder, and foster their creative minds. WANT TO GO? $12; $10 seniors; $7 children ages 7-17; free for children 6 and younger. 516-333-0048. oldwestburygardens.org.

39th Annual Jones Beach Volleyball Tournament FREE

WHEN: July 15-16, Saturday-Sunday, 9am WHERE: Theodore Roosevelt Nature Center, Jones Beach State Park, 1 Ocean Parkway, Central Mall, Field 4, Wantagh AGES: 13 and older WHAT: A free volleyball tournament that is played on sand courts. There are two divisions with four-player teams and six-player teams open to males and females. Registration required. WANT TO GO? 631-321-3510. nysparks.com. 40

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WHEN: Thursday, July 27, 7pm WHERE: Floral Park Public Library, 17 Caroline Place, Floral Park AGES: 13 and older WHAT: The breeze, the trees, and the warm sunshine combine to offer a once-a-year yoga-on-the-library-lawn event. WANT TO GO? 516-326-6330. floralparklibrary.org. WHEN: Saturday, July 29, 12pm WHERE: Old Westbury Gardens, 71 Old Westbury Road, Old Westbury AGES: All WHAT: Make the most of your extra Saturday outdoors. Test your family’s fun factor in a series of energetic, team relay races. WANT TO GO? $10; $8 seniors; $5 children ages 7-17; free for children younger than 7. 516-333-0048. oldwestburygardens.org.

Polo at Bethpage State Park

WHEN: Through Aug. 20: Sundays, 3pm WHERE: Bethpage State Park, 99 Quaker Meeting House Road, Farmingdale AGES: All WHAT: Polo is a great competive sport. Come and enjoy an afternoon of excellent polo games at Bethpage State Park. A treat for the whole family. WANT TO GO? $5; $8 vehicle fee. 631-669-1000. bethpagepolo.com.

CRAFTY KIDS Messy Afternoons

WHEN: Through July 2: Saturday-Sunday, 3:30-5pm WHERE: Long Island Children’s Museum, 11 Davis Ave., Garden City AGES: 3-5 WHAT: Kids will be up to their elbows in goop, guts, shaving cream, and play-dough. The afternoon will offer a variety of sensory activities. WANT TO GO? $13; $12 seniors 65 and older; free for children younger than 1. 516-224-5800. licm.org.

Family Jewelry Event for Tweens FREE WHEN: Tuesday, July 11, 4pm


WHERE: Floral Park Public Library, 17 Caroline Place, Floral Park AGES: 9-12, adult WHAT: Kids are invited to come and make a beautiful piece of jewelry for themselves or a loved one. WANT TO GO? 516-326-6330. floralparklibrary.org.

Kinder-Kids FREE

WHEN: Tuesday, July 18, 11am WHERE: Floral Park Public Library, 17 Caroline Place, Floral Park AGES: 3-5 WHAT: Kids will have fun practicing math, pencil, scissor, coloring, and pasting skills to get ready for school. WANT TO GO? 516-326-6330. floralparklibrary.org.

The Woven Art of Kente Cloth

WHEN: Thursday, July 20, 2pm WHERE: Long Island Children’s Museum, 11 Davis Ave., Garden City AGES: 5-12 WHAT: Learn about this beautiful art form as you create your own weaving using colorful paper and your own, one-of-a-kind patterns. WANT TO GO? $3 with museum admission: $13; free children younger than 1. 516-224-5800. licm.org.

Upcycled Jewelry

WHEN: July 18-25, Tuesdays, 6:45pm WHERE: Floral Park Public Library, 17 Caroline Place, Floral Park AGES: 13-17 WHAT: Join Cathy Buckley, the Library’s resident upcycled jewelry designer and creator, and make beautiful jewelry. WANT TO GO? $10 materials fee. 516-326-6330. floralparklibrary.org.

Made with Love FREE

WHEN: Wednesday, July 26, 11am WHERE: Floral Park Public Library, 17 Caroline Place, Floral Park AGES: 13 and older WHAT: A service-oriented group of knitters and crocheters who create hats, scarves, blankets, and other items for hospitals, shelters, and the military in a friendly atmosphere. WANT TO GO? 516-326-6330. floralparklibrary.org.

Legos FREE

WHEN: Monday, July 31, 3pm WHERE: Floral Park Public Library, 17 Caroline Place, Floral Park AGES: 5-12 WHAT: Children are welcome to come and build with the library’s Legos. You may build whatever you like and there is a suggested theme each week. WANT TO GO? 516-326-6330. floralparklibrary.org.

Summer Fun Wednesdays

WHEN: Through Aug. 2: Wednesdays, 1-3pm WHERE: A.C. Moore, 157 Glen Cove Road, Carle Place AGES: 3-12 WHAT: Celebrate a long, rigorous school year ending by creating innovative, family-friendly crafts. From tie-dying and wood crafts to painting and more, there’s something to spark everyone’s interest with a different project each week. WANT TO GO? $2. 516-294-8401. acmoore.com.

Crafts For Kids FREE

WHEN: July 1-Aug. 27, Saturday-Sunday, 11am-3pm WHERE: Lakeshore Learning Store, 2079 Hillside Ave., New Hyde Park AGES: 3-8

WHAT: Kids will have a ball making exciting crafts that they can use or display. Every craft is educational and fun. WANT TO GO? 516-616-9360. lakeshorelearning.com.

Neiman Marcus Family Sundays at the Museum

WHEN: July 2-Sept. 24, Sundays, 1pm WHERE: Nassau County Museum of Art, 1 Museum Drive, Roslyn Harbor AGES: All WHAT: Be inspired by the works in the galleries and explore new art materials. Family Sundays allow children and the adults in their lives to take time to reconnect while talking about and making art together. WANT TO GO? $12; $8 seniors; $4 children ages 4-12; $2 weekend parking fee. 516-484-9338. nassaumuseum.org.

LITTLE FOODIES S’mores Pies FREE

WHEN: Thursday, July 6, 4pm WHERE: Floral Park Public Library, 17 Caroline Place, Floral Park AGES: 13-17 WHAT: Teens can stop by to make s’mores into pies. WANT TO GO? 516-326-6330. floralparklibrary.org.

What’s Cookin’ in the Gardens: Picnicking with Seward Johnson

WHEN: Saturday, July 8, 12pm WHERE: Old Westbury Gardens, 71 Old Westbury Road, Old Westbury AGES: 3-8 WHAT: Discover tasty delights growing in the garden beds. Concoct and sample a simple recipe full of delicious seasonal flavors. WANT TO GO? $12; $10 seniors; $7 children ages 7-17; free for children 6 and younger. 516-333-0048. oldwestburygardens.org.

Teen Dessert Extravaganza FREE

WHEN: Thursday, July 13, 4pm WHERE: Floral Park Public Library, 17 Caroline Place, Floral Park AGES: 13-17 WHAT: Create Oreo crunch, berry brownies, s’mores pudding, or graham cracker parfaits. WANT TO GO? 516-326-6330. floralparklibrary.org.

‘Monet’s Palate’

WHEN: Sunday, July 23, 2pm WHERE: Old Westbury Gardens, 71 Old Westbury Road, Old Westbury AGES: All WHAT: Aileen Bordman will discuss the rebirth of Monet’s gardens at Giverny and the recipes inspired by his cooking journals and vegetable gardens following a screening of the film Monet’s Palate. WANT TO GO? $10; $8 seniors; $5 children ages 7-17; free for children younger than 7. 516-333-0048. oldwestburygardens.org.

Kids in the Kitchen

WHEN: July 7-Aug. 25, Fridays, 11:30am-12pm WHERE: Long Island Children’s Museum, 11 Davis Ave., Garden City AGES: 3-5 WHAT: Create tasty treats, take home recipes, and enjoy your yummy creations at the end of each class. WANT TO GO? $5 with museum admission: $13; $12 seniors 65 and older; free for children younger than 1. 516-224-5800. licm.org. ›› LongIslandParent 41


Mill Neck Manor House Tour

WHEN: Through Nov. 5: Sundays, 11am-12:30pm WHERE: Mill Neck Manor House, 40 Frost Mill Road, Mill Neck AGES: 9 and older WHAT: Step back in time to experience and savor the mansion’s exquisite appointments and its 86-acre scenic estate overlooking the Long Island Sound. Learn about its history, the life of Lillian Sefton Dodge, and the Mill Neck Manor School for the Deaf. WANT TO GO? $25; $20 seniors; $15 students; $5 for children 12 and younger. 516-628-4243. millneckmanorhouse.org.

THE GREAT OUTDOORS Make Up! Maker Projects: Sculpted Blooms

WHEN: Saturday, July 15, 12pm WHERE: Old Westbury Gardens, 71 Old Westbury Road, Old Westbury AGES: 5-17 WHAT: Join a guided gardens walk to unearth your inner artist. Gather natural inspiration to form a seasonally inspired take home craft. WANT TO GO? $12; $8 seniors; free children younger than 6. 516-3330048. oldwestburygardens.org.

Oyster Bay Walking Tours

WHEN: July 8-22, Saturdays, 2pm WHERE: Oyster Bay Historical Society, 20 Summit St., Oyster Bay AGES: All WHAT: Embark on a foot tour of Oyster Bay, featuring the historical sites along East and West Main Street, Audrey Avenue, and South Street in the heart of the hamlet. WANT TO GO? $20; $5 children ages 12-17. 516-922-5032. oysterbayhistorical.org.

Talk and Tour: Experiencing Art in the Landscape

WHEN: Wednesday, July 26, 12pm WHERE: Old Westbury Gardens, 71 Old Westbury Road, Old Westbury AGES: 9 and older WHAT: As you tour the gardens, a volunteer docent will speak about the elements of classical design which were incorporated into many of the English country estate gardens. WANT TO GO? $10; $8 seniors; $5 children ages 7-17; free for children younger than 7. 516-333-0048. oldwestburygardens.org.

Summertime Stargazers

WHEN: Thursday, July 27, 8:30pm WHERE: Old Westbury Gardens, 71 Old Westbury Road, Old Westbury AGES: All WHAT: Join members of the Astronomical Society of Long Island, a group of amateur astronomers and telescope makers, for skywatching. WANT TO GO? $8; $6 seniors; $3 children ages 7-17. 516-333-0048. oldwestburygardens.org.

Sensory Garden Sundays

WHEN: July 1-Aug. 27, Sundays, 9am-5pm WHERE: Planting Fields Arboretum, Coe Hall, 1395 Planting Fields Road, Oyster Bay AGES: All WHAT: Exciting new programming for families where children will have the opportunity to see, taste, touch, smell, and listen to the wonders of the Sensory Garden. WANT TO GO? $8 per car. 516-922-8668. plantingfields.org. 42

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HOLIDAY FUN July 4th Fireworks at Jones Beach

WHEN: Tuesday, July 4, 9:30pm WHERE: Jones Beach State Park, Ocean Parkway, Wantagh AGES: All WHAT: Spectators will be entertained with vibrant colors and awesome sounds simulcast to a musical array of patriotic songs. WANT TO GO? $10. 516-785-1600. parks.ny.gov.

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WHEN: Tuesday, July 4, 10am-4pm WHERE: Old Bethpage Restoration Village, 1303 Round Swamp Road, Old Bethpage AGES: All WHAT: Celebrate Independence Day at Old Bethpage Village Restoration with historic trade demonstrations, contra dancing, brass band concerts, military drills, fiddle music, and a parade and ceremony at 2:30pm. WANT TO GO? $12; $8 children. 631-930-9054. obvrnassau.com.

Omar’s Fourth of July Block Party at Fantasy Forest

WHEN: Tuesday, July 4, 2-6pm WHERE: Flushing Meadows Corona Park, 5351 111th St., Flushing, Queens AGES: All WHAT: At this party hosted by Omar Olusion, families can celebrate the holiday with live DJ music, dance contests, fun games, and magic shows. WANT TO GO? Rides and concession stand prices vary. 718-788-2676. nycgovparks.org.

41st Annual Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks FREE

WHEN: Tuesday, July 4, 9:20pm WHERE: East River, Manhattan AGES: All WHAT: The 41st Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks will again light up the famous Brooklyn Bridge and feature the most fantastic display of pyrotechnics around. There will be musical entertainment, including vocal talent from artists Jamie Barton and Craig Campbell. WANT TO GO? 212-494-4495. macys.com/fireworks.

Hot Jazz / Cool Garden: James Williams and The Swamp Donkeys

WHEN: Tuesday, 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 this musical performance by another of New Orleans’ talented musicians. Sample some of his favorite foods and sweet tea, plus a complimentary historic house tour pass. WANT TO GO? $20. 718-478-8274. louisarmstronghouse.org.


Breakfast at Belmont: Stars & Stripes Weekend

WHEN: July 8-9, Saturday-Sunday, 7-9:30am WHERE: Belmont Park Racetrack, 2150 Hempstead Turnpike, Elmont AGES: All WHAT: Breakfast at Belmont is fun for the whole family. Enjoy a buffet selection of all your breakfast favorites and watch the stars of horse racing train throughout the morning on the Big Sandy. After breakfast, fans are invited to take a free tram ride through the stable area for a free Paddock Show and Starting Gate demonstration. WANT TO GO? Admission and parking free, breakfast prices vary. 718641-4700. nyra.com/belmont. Promo Code: 171029 • Expires: 7/31/18

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HEALTH

Choosing a Pediatrician

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Tips from experts to pick the right doctor for your children

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hen should I start looking for a pediatrician? It’s a good idea to start looking for a pediatrician before your child is even born. Many parents begin looking when they are in the second trimester of their pregnancy. In most cases, your pediatrician or another pediatrician in their practice will see your newborn while you are still in the hospital after delivery. Having chosen a pediatrician will be helpful because you, your baby, and your pediatrician will start to form a relationship that will hopefully last for years. —Sanjiv Shah, M.D., chief medical officer of Fidelis Care, the New York State Catholic Health Plan What should I look for when choosing a pediatrician for my family? Look for someone who is board-eligible or, preferably, boardcertified in pediatrics. It is always a good idea to ask family and friends which pediatrician they have chosen and why. You may want to know what hospital your pediatrician is affiliated with in case your child has a medical emergency and needs to be admitted.

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After you’ve confirmed that the pediatrician or practice accepts your insurance, interview the pediatrician, either by phone or in person. That will give you a good sense of her bedside manner. If you have strong feelings about certain health topics, be up front with the pediatrician. If you don’t share the same philosophy, it might not be a good fit. Ask how emergencies are handled on the weekend or after hours, and how the pediatrician plans for coverage when he is on vacation. Also, find out what happens if you call the pediatrician with a medical question during the day. How quickly are calls returned? Would you be able to speak with a nurse if the pediatrician isn’t available? Visiting the office during its regular hours will give you a good sense of cleanliness as well as how courteous and personable the staff is. After visiting the office, it may be helpful to make a list of what you like or may not like about each pediatrician and practice. —Dr. Shah Comfort should also be a big part of choosing a pediatrician. How comfortable are you when you visit this doctor? Are you


going to be able to remember the answers he gives you? You also want a pediatrician who you feel is personable. It’s just like any other relationship—some people you like, some people you don’t like. So if it’s not an amenable situation, I think it is important to try an alternative. I wouldn’t go into a meet-and-greet with a pediatrician and pretend that you’re interviewing somebody for a job. Doctors have sat through many interviews before and it’s a little bit disconcerting. You can do the research online to get a feel for the doctor and how she approaches medicine and how she approaches kids. The most important thing is how do you feel when you leave a practice after a meet-and-greet. Do you feel like your questions were answered? Did you feel like you learned anything from the conversation? Did you feel at ease and comfortable in the office and while talking to the staff? —Hai Cao, M.D., a pediatrician at South Slope Pediatrics in Park Slope, Brooklyn What questions should I ask the doctor when choosing a practice for my child with special needs? Many offices will have no answers to these questions, but the manner in which they address your concerns will give you a lot of insight into how they will treat your family member, both medically and as a person. • Is the office accessible? • Is there an elevator? If so, what is the plan for when the elevator is not working? • Do they have scales to weigh patients with different levels of mobility? • Are there exam tables to accommodate patients with special needs? • What about patients with visual and hearing impairments? • Is there a doctor on call who will be familiar with my child’s special needs? • What 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 for Aetna The pediatrician I chose for my family seemed like a great fit, but now I am not sure I made the right decision. What should I do? 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. Again, ask family and friends for recommendations. Once you make the change, be sure to transfer your child’s immunization records and the results of tests. That will give your new pediatrician a good sense of your child’s health history. —Dr. Shah

TICKS AND LYME: WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW TO PROTECT YOUR KIDS Much has been in the news recently about ticks and tick-borne infections, particularly Lyme disease. The CDC has warned that this summer, ticks will be at an all-time high. So, what can you do to protect your kids from Lyme and other tickborne infections? The best treatment is prevention. To avoid tick bites, avoid high grass areas, keep your body covered, and use insect repellants. However, despite your best prevention efforts, a tick or two is likely to find your kids this summer. While there are many types of ticks out there, deer ticks can carry the bacteria that causes Lyme. A tick needs to be attached for more than 36 hours to transmit infection. Check your kids for ticks daily as a second line of defense. Don’t forget behind the ears, in the armpits, groin, belly button, and hair. If you find a tick on your child, don’t panic. Remove it immediately with a tweezer. Do not use a smoldering match, nail polish, petroleum jelly (Vaseline), liquid soap, or kerosene because they may irritate the tick and cause it inject bodily fluids into the wound. Don’t worry if a small piece of the tick gets left behind. Any small pieces left behind cannot transmit disease. After removing the tick, wash the skin and hands thoroughly with soap and water. Recognize the signs and symptoms of Lyme as your next line of defense. Even if you don’t remember a tick bite your child could still have Lyme disease. Typically, it is not the tick you find that causes an infection, it is the tick that attaches, feeds, and falls off before you’ve even noticed it. Early signs of Lyme include the classic circular rash and generalized, flu-like symptoms. The rash can occur 3-30 days after a tick bite. Later signs include multiple circular rashes, joint pain and swelling, and rarely neurologic problems like a facial droop also known as Bell’s palsy. If your child has symptoms of Lyme, see his pediatrician for an evaluation. Your child’s pediatrician will help make the diagnosis and treatment plan based on a combination of a detailed history, physical exam and blood work when needed. If your child has been treated for Lyme and still feels sick, something else could be causing their symptoms. Schedule an appointment with his pediatrician for a complete exam. Have a great summer, enjoy the outdoors but be on the lookout for ticks! Read more about how to keep your child safe at: http://alliedphysiciansgroup.com/ticks-lyme-need-know-kids/

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DENTISTS & DENTAL PROVIDERS

Ehrenman & Khan Pediatric Dentistry

959 Brush Hollow Road, Suite #101, Westbury 516-333-3033 kidsteeth4li.com kidds@optonline.net Your child’s dental health is truly important to us! The most common childhood disease is tooth decay, but most cases are preventable with early dental care. Drs. Ehrenman and Khan have two years of pediatric specialty training including care for the child with special needs, behavior management, sedation, and hospital dentistry. Our expert care, gentle touch, and fun office environment make us the dentists of choice for your precious child. Call us today and discover why we were voted 2016 Best Pediatric Dental Practice on Long Island!

Kidds on Park Pediatric Dentistry Dr. Jodi Guttenberg

111 N. Park Ave., Rockville Centre 516-678-7422 kiddsonpark.com info@kiddsonpark.com Choosing the right pediatric dentist for your child is a very important decision. Our board-certified pediatric dentists have the training and experience to treat any dental need your child may have ranging from cleanings to fillings to surgery and orthodontics. Our office is welcoming and provides a fun environment. Drs. Guttenberg, Sing, and Simoni welcome new patients and look forward to meeting your family! Find us at kiddsonpark.com.

Merrick Pediatric Dentistry

1756A Merrick Ave., Merrick 516-547-1997 merrickpediatricdentistry.com 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 the consistency that is so important to young

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children. The office welcomes and gives extra time and attention to patients with special needs. The office also participates with most major insurance plans.

Tiny Sparkles Pediatric Dentistry

164 Main St., Port Washington 516-888-9789 tinysparkles.com Dr. Angie Chin welcomes everyone to her new office in Port Washington. The office is modern and child-friendly with themed treatment rooms, iPads and games in the waiting room, movies and cartoons available during treatment, and digital animal X-rays. Dr. Chin’s practice philosophy is centered on promoting preventive care and helping parents and children develop a healthy and happy dental home. With her light-hearted approach and welcoming demeanor, kids of all ages have grown to truly love going to the dentist!

DOCTORS & MEDICAL PROVIDERS

Allied Physicians Group

3 Huntington Quadrangle, Melville 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.

ChiroMom

2874 Merrick Road, Bellmore 516-221-1212 mychiromom.com mychiromom@gmail.com Dr. Dana Walters, ChiroMom, is a chiropractor specializing in prenatal and pediatric care. Dr. Walters has brought her passion for helping families discover the benefits of chiropractic care to Bellmore and Great Neck. Chi-

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roMom 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.

Fidelis Care New York

888-FIDELIS (343-3547) fideliscare.org Fidelis Care offers quality, affordable coverage for children and adults of all ages and at all stages of life, including products available through NY State of Health: The Official Health Plan Marketplace. With more than 1.6 million members statewide, Fidelis Care was founded on the belief that all New Yorkers should have access to affordable, quality health insurance. For more information, call Fidelis Care at 1-888-FIDELIS (3433547) or visit fideliscare.org.

Healthy Spine Chiropractic

1308 Grand Ave., Baldwin 516-749-1758 healthyspinechiropracticpc.com Keeping you out of pain. At Healthy Spine Chiropractic of Long Island, we make sure we take care of our patient’s needs by helping them reach their full potential while keeping them out of pain. Services offered: adjustments for babies, kids, pregnant moms, all the way to the elderly! Soft tissue trigger point therapy, heat therapy, rock taping. We make sure our patients are educated and have a full understanding of chiropractic and why it is so important for our overall well-being. Call us today!

Mesbah OB-GYN Women’s Health Care & Wellness 877 Stewart Ave., Suite 3, Garden City 516-794-1500 mesbahobgyn.com Dr. Michael Mesbah founded Mesbah OB-GYN in 2001. His goal was to provide the very best personalized comprehensive care to women of all ages. To care for young women to seniors, treating each individual as “family” spending the time

to listen and provide the best treatments and care is of utmost importance. Dr. Mesbah is truly on the “cutting edge” of obstetrics and gynecology from high-risk obstetrics to the latest minimally invasive and robotic surgery. When patients call our office they will always speak to a professional who will take care of all concerns and questions.

Louis E. Mora, Ph.D., Psychologist P.C.

70 Glen Cove Road, Suite 201, Roslyn Heights 347-740-5690 lmoraphd.com lmoraphd@gmail.com Dr. Mora works with children and adults. He specializes in psychological testing, which helps improve diagnosing and treatment planning. Such testing includes neuropsychological testing, giftedness examinations, and evaluating for the presence of psychological disorders. This includes evaluating for ADHD and possible consequences of head injury. He has years of experience doing such testing with various populations. He earned his doctorate in clinical psychology and postdoctoral education in forensic psychology from St. John’s University. He is also an adjunct professor of psychology at St. Francis College.

LICE

Fairy LiceMothers

2463 S. Long Beach Road, Oceanside 1755 Deer Park Ave., Deer Park 679 Glen Cove Ave., Glen Head 866-561-0492 fairylicemothers.com fairylicemothers@gmail.com Lice affects 12 million Americans every year and is rarely spoken about. Fairy LiceMothers strives to eliminate the negative stigma. Every client is educated on the real facts. Our treatment centers are kid-friendly, equipped with flat screen TVs and other goodies. Products are 100-percent non-toxic, and treatments include two free rechecks. Whether or not you use our service, we are here to help you. Located in Oceanside, Deer Park, and Glen Head; open seven days a week. Covered under flexible health spending and may be covered under medical insurance.


CARING FOR KIDS FROM INFANCY THROUGH ADOLESCENCE Unique environment designed for your child’s enjoyment as we provide the highest quality care & meticulous sterilization. • Board Certified • Evening & Saturday Appointments Available • Most Insurance Plans Accepted as Partial Payment • Orthodontist on staff SERVING THE COMMUNITY FOR OVER 20 YEARS

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Choosing the Best School for Your Child with Special Needs ›› Get an expert’s answers to common questions about an important decision for parents of children with learning disabilities or other special needs. By Christina Vercelletto

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remember: Development is, by definition, fluid. The strengths and needs you identify now will almost certainly change over time. To that end, the flexibility of school personnel and their approach may be a key criteria.

I had a handle on preschool life, but the idea of elementary school is overwhelming me. What’s the most important thing to keep in mind? The key to choosing the right school is to be sure what your child’s strengths and needs are. Then, if a school can clearly and completely explain to you how they have been effective in providing good outcomes for a child such as yours, it may be a match. But

What are the main differences in how public schools and private schools support kids with learning disabilities? All public schools are mandated to search for and find any children who may have special needs. This is not a one-time thing, but an ongoing process of parent awareness activities, screening, and evaluation. This process is called Child Find and is part of IDEA (the Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act). If you suspect your child has a learning disability, you should call the school district and ask for an assessment. Once identified, such children are referred for Early Childhood Intervention (ECI) or Special Education and Related Services, depending on their age, at no expense to parents. IDEA/Child Find doesn’t apply to traditional private schools. Private schools, in general, do not have the resources

hen you are the parent of a child with a learning disability or other special needs, it can seem like your important decisions never cease. Just when you think you’ve got your bearings, you must get used to another new idea, situation, challenge—and you have to handle all of this while managing your own emotions. One of the most important decisions you’ll have to make when your child is young is choosing a school. So we went to Mark Griffin, Ph.D., a member of the board of directors of the National Center for Learning Disabilities, with the most common questions parents like you have about this potentially challenging decision.

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to provide the public school array of services under IDEA. But many private schools still support students with learning and attention issues. From tutoring to speech and language assistance to counselors and in-house experts, some private schools have made such support part of their mission. Others have not, and admissions personnel at those schools are typically open about the school’s limitations. When I’m visiting a potential school, what are key questions to ask? • What percentage of your students currently receive support? •W  hat are the demographics of that population? (This will tell you what the range of needs are—how often they work with children who have similar needs to your child’s.) •W  hat specific programs do you have in place for children with learning and attention issues?  • How and when are the supports delivered, and by whom? What level of training do those people have? • What have the outcomes been for children with profiles similar to my child (such as graduation rate, college or trade school attendance, employment)?   What are warning signs that my child is not getting what he needs from a school?  These will, naturally, vary by individual child, but you can spot a few general red flags. Common ones: an uptick in headaches or stomach aches on school days; comments such as “I’m stupid”; switches in friends to a less academically focused group; complaints that his teacher “hates” him; sudden refusal to do homework or study for tests; withdrawal from previously enjoyed activities. 

Things just aren’t working out as I’d hoped with the school we chose. What should I think about when weighing whether it’s worth it to transfer my child? It is always best to try to make things work out where you are, particularly if your child likes the school and has friends. Many children who struggle in school didn’t always struggle. As schoolwork becomes more demanding, and formal and more difficult standards need to be met, children who previously did fine may have trouble keeping up. The first thing to do is meet with school personnel and get a clear sense of what they are seeing in your child. It is likely that they have seen other children who have struggled in similar ways and will have suggestions as to what to do. If your child has not yet been formally assessed by an outside (unaffiliated with the school) professional, it may be brought up now. This is called an IEE, an Independent Educational Evaluation. Even if your child has already been identified as having learning disabilities, it may be useful to redo the testing to figure out what’s going on now. Meet with the school and discuss the results. You are now in a much better position to take stock of the school’s capability and desire to support your child. Your child will probably receive additional support for a finite period of time before changing schools is seriously considered. If that additional support works, great! If your child continues to fall behind despite everyone’s efforts, though, it might be time to consider another school.   The good news is that when you look for a new school, this time you certainly have a solid picture of your child’s needs, as well as testing to back that up. You want to change schools as infrequently as possible, so the goal is to be as sure as you can that the new school will be a fit for the long haul. Christina Vercelletto is a Long Island mom and a former NYMetroParents editor.

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SPECIAL NEEDS DIRECTORY

ADVOCACY & SOCIAL SERVICES Bakshi Law

Offices in the Financial District, Long Island, and Westchester 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.

Law Offices of Andrew Cohen

250 W. 57th St., Suite 1216, Manhattan 212-244-0595 1100 Franklin Ave., Suite 305, Garden City 516-877-0595 amcohenlaw.com ac@amcohenlaw.com Andrew Cohen’s vast professional and personal experience has led him to become an author and frequent lecturer on special needs planning. In order to legally protect loved ones with disabilities, a comprehensive estate plan must consider the following: eligibility for government benefits, a supplemental needs trust, guardianship proceedings, and the letter of intent. The Law Offices of Andrew M. Cohen can help you achieve your objectives through careful legal planning, regardless of the size of your estate. All clients are provided with high-quality service at a reasonable cost.

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

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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 Westchester counties.

Strategic Staffing Works

Brooklyn and Long Island Locations 631-649-6573 strategicstaffingworks.com strategicstaffingworks@gmail.com Offers workshops designed to help parents, family, and friends aid people with diverse abilities in their search for employment and life-fulfilling volunteer opportunities. Either sign up for a no-cost workshop and learn all the tools necessary to strategically find fulfilling employment, or register for a nine-week class that will not only show you all the tools but immerse you in the process. Topics will include determining areas of interest, entrepreneurship, funding for privately owned businesses, and discovering three employment themes and 60 possible places for employment.

CLASSES & FUN 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.

Steps to Socialization

13 S. Bayles Ave., Port Washington 516-767-0266

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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.

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.

Dr. Michael Gruttadauria, The Center for Integrative and Innovative Therapies (The CIIT Center) 131 Sunnyside Blvd., Suite 100, Plainview 516-243-8660 theciitcenter.com Dr. Michael Gruttadauria leads the operations at an advanced treatment center for autism spectrum disorder called The CIIT Center. The CIIT Center’s mission is to approach each child with autism as a total entity by enhancing the biomedical, neurological, nutritional, electrical, and immune system of each of our patients and combining this with occupational, physical, and speech therapies, along with applied behavioral analysis. Our comprehensive approach starts with identifying the underlying factors that may be holding the child back, not just treating their symptoms. This gives each child every opportunity to reach their potential.

Ehrenman & Khan Pediatric Dentistry

959 Brush Hollow Road, Suite #101, Westbury


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 Dr. Jodi Guttenberg

111 N. Park Ave., Rockville Centre 516-678-7422 kiddsonpark.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 Suffolk and Nassau: East Yaphank, Farmingville, Stony Brook, Commack, Jericho, Wantagh, and Lake Success lispeechandmyo.com Nassau: 516-216-1791 • Suffolk: 631689-6858 • Queens: 718-640-6767 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. Michael Gruttadauria, The Center for Integrative and Innovative Therapies (The CIIT Center) 131 Sunnyside Blvd., Suite 100, Plainview 516-243-8660; theciitcenter.com Dr. Michael Gruttadauria leads the operations at an advanced treatment center for autism spectrum disorder called The CIIT Center. The CIIT Center’s mission is to approach each child with autism as a total entity by enhancing the biomedical, neurological, nutritional, electrical, and immune system of each of our patients and combining this with occupational, physical, and speech therapies, along with applied behavioral analysis. Our comprehensive approach starts with identifying the underlying factors that may be holding the child back, not just treating their symptoms. This gives each child every opportunity to reach their potential.

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DAY CAMPS Countryside Montessori School

354 Lakeville Road, Lower Level, Great Neck 516-466-8422 cmsgn.com; info@cmsgn.com Countryside Montessori school runs a summer camp during July and August for children ages 18 months to 6 years. Camp has weekly themes that revolve around the projects and discussions the children have. Toddlers have playbased mornings spent in our playground. Primary (ages 3 years and older) spends part of the mornings doing academics then spends afternoons in the playground while toddlers nap. Camp is a great way to acclimate your child to a school environment. Please contact us for information on enrollment at 516466-8422 or info@cmsgn.com.

Kenwal Day Camp

100 Drexel Ave., Melville 631-694-3399 kenwaldaycamp.com Kenwal Day Camp is situated on 20 magnificent acres, and has the finest facilities and equipment, to ensure every camper hours of fun, exploration, and excitement. Our philosophy is based on a very simple yet profound statement made by one of our younger campers to his parent: “I didn’t win, but I did my best.” This positive attitude is exactly what Camp Kenwal is all about! Our aim is to provide an atmosphere filled with memories that your child—and you—will share and cherish forever.

Long Island Voyager’s Day Camp

516-238-4586 livoyagersdaycamp.com livoyagersdaycamp@gmail.com Long Island Voyager’s Day Camp offers an exciting, action-packed, and safe summer experience for your child. We offer free transportation in Suffolk and Nassau counties. Our activities include swimming, sports, arts and crafts, laser tag, bowling, horseback riding, talent shows, and movies, plus trips to Splish Splash, Adventureland, Mets and Yankees games, the Long Island Children’s Museum, iMax theaters, Bronx Zoo, Fire Island, Bayville Adventure Park, and mini golf.

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M.A.T.S.S. Kids’ 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 NYS ED., CPR-, and first aid-certified. Since 1985: A Rainbow of Programs to Play, Learn, and Grow!

Oasis Day Camps

Oasis at LIU Post 720 Northern Blvd., Greenvale 646-519-5066 liupost@oasischildren.com Oasis at Tully Park Jason Miradoli, camp director Michael J. Tully Park 1801 Evergreen Ave., New Hyde Park 718-596-4900 tullypark@oasischildren.com Oasis on the Sound Mike Caramanico, camp director 718-596-4900 Port Washington Senior Center 80 Manorhaven Blvd., Manorhaven onthesound@oasischildren.com oasischildren.com Oasis Day Camp is for ages 3-15. Early Start Imagination Camp for ages 3-5 (not yet started kindergarten). Socially, emotionally, and physically appropriate with traditional camp elements and sports, arts, music, pre-academics, and American Red Cross swim. Traditional Day Camp for kinder-

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garten-sixth grade. Designed to expose campers to new and exciting activities. Highlights include carnival, Olympics, theme days, choice activity time, sports, games, arts, and American Red Cross swim. Teen Travel for seventh, eighth, and ninth grade. Weekly trips are organized around a theme, allowing teens to choose what interests them most, and overnights.

SLEEPAWAY CAMPS Dorothy P. Flint 4-H Camp

3186 Sound Ave., Riverhead 516-433-7970 x11 ccenassau.org; gms8@cornell.edu cer237@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. Stay-over 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 LIU Post Center for Gifted Youth

Dr. Lynne Manouvrier, director LIU Post, Brookville 516-299-2160 liu.edu/giftedyouth The Long Island University program for gifted children was established in 1979 in response to the increasing recognition of society’s special responsibilities for children with demonstrably superior intellectual ability. The LIU Center for Gifted Youth brings together two important elements of education for the gifted: extraordinary teachers recruited from leading schools in the metropolitan area and university-level facilities. These two factors, combined with an administrative and psychological team schooled in the needs of gifted children,

give the program at LIU Post unique strengths in producing positive benefits for young people admitted to the program.

Long Island Aquarium & Exhibition Center 431 E. Main St., Riverhead 631-208-9200 xH2O (426) longislandaquarium.com Our Summer Adventure Days Camp program adds interactive excitement to summer vacation. Children ages 2-14 explore the wonders of the marine environment through age-appropriate learning and activities. A tour boat adventure, close encounters with marine creatures, the chance to catch fish on a deserted island—just some of the fun for children ages 8 and younger. Older kids can collect and identify marine specimens on our tour boat, hike the Pine Barrens, climb a rock wall, go canoeing and kayaking, take a Shark Dive, Snorkel Adventure, and more! Call 631208-9200 x426 for more details.

Long Island Whole Child Academy Mentoring Scientific Minds Summer STEM Program

175 Wolf Hill Road, Melville 347-668-3676 liwholechild.org info@liwholechild.org Looking for an exciting, flexible addition to your child’s summer adventure? Mentoring Scientific Minds3 offers three, two-week sessions guaranteed to engross the most curious minds. Build submersible ROVs, “see” underwater; study rescued sunken treasures; and learn orienteering and survival skills outdoors at Environmental Boot Camp. Join our Flight Team to fly any airplane to any airport in the world with our own “Captain Joe,” and flight simulator. Build mini drones and robots, and learn electronics and engineering at our own Makers’ Space. Call now for information: 347-558-3676.

Music Institute of Long Island

90 Community Reformed Church P.O. Box 119, Manhasset 516-627-7052 milimusic.com; miligirls@aol.com Now in our 28th year, Music Institute of Long Island was Voted No. 1 Best Music School on the North Shore. Programs include violin, viola, cello, guitar, piano,


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voice, clarinet, saxophone, trumpet, trombone, and tuba. Instructions in Traditional, Suzuki, and ABRSM methods for ages 3-99, beginner-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—all levels, all instruments, two-week summer chamber music, July 10-21. Fall semester begins Sept. 8.

RoboMindTech S.T.E.M. Education Center Creativity, Science, Robotics & L-EG-O Learning Fun

575 Jericho Turnpike, Jericho 718-264-7626 MPM Math Center 25 Cuttermill Road, No. 4, Great Neck 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 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, after-camp studios, group workshops, and after-school programs. Call to RSVP for our open house!

535 Broadhollow Road, Suite A2A, Melville 516-765-2400 towertalent.com towertalentclasses@gmail.com Got talent? This summer, develop your child’s on-camera acting, modeling, or vocal performance technique with Tower Talent! Meet with top NYC talent agencies and see if your child has what it takes to break into commercials, television, and modeling. Enjoy photo-shoots, film-making, acting for television, runway lessons, voice and stage presence development, comedy, and improv; all while preparing your child for the exciting opportunities the entertainment industry has to offer. Give us a call at 516-765-2400 for more info or check us out at towertalent.com.

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TRAVEL CAMPS Kenwal Day Camp

100 Drexel Ave., Melville 631-694-3399 kenwaldaycamp.com The Kenwal “Extreme Teens” travel program allows campers in seventh to 11th grades to enjoy a summer on the road with their peers. Additionally, “Extreme Teens” will enjoy the comforts of home during camp days and local day trips. Supervised by a mature staff, overseen by our highly experienced director, Lou Boccia (18 years of experience with top Long Island day camps). We believe camp should be a chance for children to be active, become more confident, gain resiliency, unplug from technology, develop lifelong skills, grow more independent, learn social skills, and make true friends.

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Dorothy P. Flint Nassau County 4-H Camp Summer 2017 Ropes Course Horseback Riding Waterfront Archery Farm Animals & Gardening Arts and Crafts Sports & Recreation And Much More!

Would you like to learn more about the admissions process for Catholic high schools on Long Island? Holy Trinity Diocesan High School will be hosting free information sessions over the summer for anyone who is interested in gaining information about Catholic education, the Catholic High School Entrance Exam, financial assistance, and much more! Attend one of three sessions: Wednesday, July 12th Tuesday, July 25th Wednesday, August 9th All sessions begin @ 6:00PM

Limited Seating - Registration is required! Go to our website to RSVP: www.holytrinityhs.org Questions? Jackie Governale Director of Recruitment jgovernale@holytrinityhs.org HTHS | 98 Cherry Lane | Hicksville, NY | 11801

Co-Ed Sleep-Away Camp for Ages 8 - 16 1-8 Week Sessions, “Mini-Camp” For First Time Campers and CIT Program Located At: 3186 Sound Avenue, Riverhead, NY 11901

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Your local guide to tutors, teachers, lawyers, financial planners, and other professionals. CHEFS & CATERING NEED A CHEF Serving all Long Island areas 631-578-0798 needachef.com grillhampton@gmail.com Need A Chef can provide you with the right kind of chef for any kind of event! Packages include: personal menu, food, shopping, chef service, setup, and cleanup! CLEANING & HOME IMPROVEMENT SPARKLE GRILL CLEANING OF LONG ISLAND Serving all Long Island areas 631-209-5688 sparklegrill.com peter@sparklegrill.com Sparkle’s two-man crews will arrive complete with the tools of the trade to restore your barbecue grill’s appearance or with the parts to make it fire up again! DOCTORS & MEDICAL PROVIDERS LONG ISLAND CENTER FOR SPEECH AND MYOFUNCTIONAL THERAPY Locations across Suffolk and Nassau: 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 Janine Stiene, speech-language pathologist, along with her group of therapists, 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. EDUCATIONAL CONSULTANTS STRATEGIC STAFFING WORKS Brooklyn and Long Island locations 631-649-6573 strategicstaffingworks.com strategicstaffingworks@gmail.com Offers workshops designed to help parents, family, and friends aid people with diverse abilities in their search for volunteer opportunities related to their field of college interest. 56

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BAKSHI LAW Offices in the Financial District, Long Island, and Westchester 917-244-6133 lawbakshi.com lara.bakshi@gmail.com Bakshi Law specializes in special education law, representing parents and children with disabilities, attending suspension hearings, CSE, and resolution meetings. Our attorneys offer assistance on a sliding scale.

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 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.

STRATEGIC STAFFING WORKS Brooklyn and Long Island locations 631-649-6573 strategicstaffingworks.com strategicstaffingworks@gmail.com Offers workshops designed to help parents, family, and friends aid people with diverse abilities in their search for employment and life-fulfilling volunteer opportunities.

LAW OFFICES OF ANDREW COHEN 250 W. 57th St., Suite 1216, Manhattan 212-244-0595 1100 Franklin Ave., Suite 305, Garden City 516-877-0595 amcohenlaw.com; ac@amcohenlaw.com The Law Offices of Andrew M. Cohen can help you achieve your objectives through careful special needs legal planning, regardless of the size of your estate. All clients are provided with high quality service at a reasonable cost.

LITTLE OPTICS INC. 192-07 Union Turnpike, Fresh Meadows, Queens 53-15 Roosevelt Ave., Woodside, Queens 718-468-7500; Hablamos Español littleopticsinc@yahoo.com We provide eyeglasses and professional eye care for children, including infants and young adults. We also alleviate any self-esteem issues associated with the stigma of wearing glasses. When your child leaves Little Optics, rest assured that they will feel confident.

LOUIS E. MORA, PH.D., PSYCHOLOGIST P.C. 70 Glen Cove Road, Suite 201, Roslyn Heights 347-740-5690; lmoraphd.com Dr. Mora specializes in psychological testing. This includes neuropsychological testing, giftedness examinations, and evaluating for the presence of psychological disorders.

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 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. SPECIAL NEEDS BAKSHI LAW Offices in the Financial District, Long Island, and Westchester 917-244-6133 lawbakshi.com lara.bakshi@gmail.com Bakshi Law specializes in special education law, representing parents and children with disabilities, attending suspension hearings, CSE, and resolution meetings. Our attorneys offer assistance on a sliding scale. DR. ELLEN T RICHER, EDUCATION CLINICIAN & COUNSELOR Convenient Long Island Locations 347-668-3676; etrdream@aol.com We co-develop strategies to improve executive functioning, sensory processing, and social cognition challenges, and provide enrichment opportunities to

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LONG ISLAND CENTER FOR SPEECH AND MYOFUNCTIONAL THERAPY Locations across Suffolk and Nassau: 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 Janine Stiene, speech-language pathologist, along with her group of therapists, 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. STEPS TO SOCIALIZATION 13 S. Bayles Ave., Port Washington 516-767-0266 Steps to Socialization was created to help children who have difficulty socializing. We teach children how to think socially, step by step. Working in small groups, we cover a variety of topics, including how to establish and maintain friendships and initiating and maintaining conversations.

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DR. ELLEN T RICHER, EDUCATION CLINICIAN & COUNSELOR Convenient Long Island Locations 347-668-3676; etrdream@aol.com We co-develop strategies to improve executive functioning, sensory processing, and social cognition challenges, and provide enrichment opportunities to engage and motivate highly capable yet underachieving children. TUTORS & TEST PREP JEI LEARNING CENTERS (NASSAU) Herricks-Williston Park: 516-742-5534 Hicksville-Jericho: 917-815-0977 Merrick-Bellmore: 516-308-4705; jei.com JEI Learning Centers 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. 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 provides after-school enrichment and private tutoring. Enriching every qualified, gifted child. We are also a John Hopkins CTY info and SAT testing center.


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students’ knowledge, develops creative and critical thinking skills, and offers children the opportunity to learn in an exciting and accepting environment.

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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!

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 non-stop excitement in a private party atmosphere.

KEY TO MY ART INC. 10 W. Oak St., Amityville 631-608-9048 keytomyart.com At Key to My Art, we have a birthday party package to fit all budgets. The guest of honor picks the theme, and we provide the instruction so each guest leaves with a masterpiece!

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, including cookie baking and decorating, cupcakes “from scratch,” muffin and scone baking, and brownies. Come in, call, or visit celebrationsinthekitchen.com for more information on parties.

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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.

ART BUZZ KIDS 35 Jackson Ave., Syosset 516-802-4954 syosset@wineanddesign.com 21 N. Village Ave., Rockville Centre wineanddesign.com Spark your child’s creativity and imagination! 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.

FABULOSITY AT THE TODDLEWOOD STUDIOS 818 Merrick Road, Baldwin 646-596-4227 toddlewoodparties.com parties@toddlewood.com Welcome to Toddlewood! This high-end fashion photo studio has a large hair and makeup station, nail station, arts and crafts, dancing, music, and the best professional photography session for your next top model birthday girl and her friends.

ROYAL EVENTS PRINCESS PARTIES INC. 516-729-4970 royaleventsli.com; royal.events@aol.com Thank you for considering Royal Events! We are a family-owned company that provides princess performers for birthday parties, hospital visits, and all your special events!

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THE LITTLE LADIES CLUB 246 W. Old Country Road, Hicksville 516-939-CLUB (2582) thelittleladiesclub.com party@thelittleladiesclub.com The Little Ladies Club has been providing glamorous makeover parties for girls since 1998! Her Majesty will be sure to receive the royal treatment! LONG ISLAND AQUARIUM & EXHIBITION CENTER 431 E. Main St., Riverhead 631-208-9200 xH2O (426) 631-208-9200 x186 longislandaquarium.com Have an Aquatic Birthday Party at the Long Island Aquarium! Take a private tour of the Aquarium, receive preferential treatment at our Submarine Simulator and Discovery Tower rides, and special seating at our Sea Lion Show! 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 M.A.T.S.S. Kids’ Gym offers a rainbow of themes and activities that will make your child’s next birthday party the ultimate celebration of their special day! MY GYM CHILDREN’S FITNESS CENTER 1320 Stony Brook Road, Stony Brook 631-751-KIDS (5437)

128 W Jericho Turnpike, Huntington Station 631-427-GYMS (4967) mygym.com/huntingtonstation mgym.com/stonybrook My Gym parties include exclusive use of the gym, including a zip line, rock wall, trampoline, trapeze, climbing structures, and slides. Instructors lead your guests through action-packed activities with theme options including Superheroes, Princesses, Mickey Mouse—any theme you want. NOT JUST ART 183 South St., Oyster Bay 516-922-8300 notjustart.com; create@notjustart.com Not Just Art has oodles of excellent music, art, and science parties for ages 1-12 and beyond. Choose from our treasury of super imaginative projects or use favorite themes and activities as a creative springboard. 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. Our parties offer 1 hour of sports and activities on a climate-controlled turf field, followed by 30 minutes of food, drinks, and birthday cake in a private room. THE VILLAGE ARTIST 630 New York Ave., Huntington 631-271-0715 thevillageartist.com lori@thevillageartist.com Create art for your next birthday party! The Village Artist Fine Arts Center is proud to host your next birthday party. Enjoy a fun and creative time with your family and friends including an art project of your choice. WHAT’S COOKING? 30 E. Main St., Oyster Bay 516-922-COOK (2665) whatscookingny.com info@whatscookingny.com Martha Stewart, Newsday, and News 12 boast What’s Cooking? is a No. 1 Choice Birthday Party Place where children can explore their creativity in culinary arts. Funtastic cookie, cupcake, Cupcake Wars, chocolate, or pizza party can be customized in our spacious party room making your party memorable!


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PROFESSIONAL To be in this section, call 516-883-4543 or email nympads@davlermedia.com 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 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. Michael Gruttadauria, The Center for Integrative and Innovative Therapies (The CIIT Center) 131 Sunnyside Blvd., Suite 100, Plainview 516-243-8660 ; theciitcenter.com

Dr. Michael Gruttadauria leads the operations at an advanced treatment center for autism spectrum disorder called The CIIT Center. The CIIT Center’s mission is to approach each child with autism as a total entity by enhancing the biomedical, neurological, nutritional, electrical, and immune system of each of our patients and combining this with occupational, physical, and speech therapies, along with applied behavioral analysis. Our comprehensive approach starts with identifying the underlying factors that may be holding the child back, not just treating their symptoms. This gives each child every opportunity to reach their potential.

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Mesbah OB-GYN Women’s Health Care & Wellness 877 Stewart Ave., Suite 3, Garden City 516-794-1500 mesbahobgyn.com

Michael Mesbah, M.D., is board-certified with more than 20 years of private practice experience. His experience and expertise in obstetrics has made him one of the most respected physicians on Long Island. He has extensive training in gynecological surgery, and is a certified robotic surgeon. Karyn Wat, M.D., is multilingual in English, Spanish, and Chinese. She has been trained in general and high-risk obstetric care, as well as gynecological surgery. She is compassionate, dedicated, and knowledgeable in issues pertaining to teenagers, family planning, menstrual and hormonal abnormalities, and menopausal symptoms.

Long Island Center for Speech and Myofunctional Therapy Locations across Suffolk and Nassau: 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

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.

Tiny Sparkles Pediatric Dentistry 164 Main St., Port Washington 516-888-9789 tinysparkles.com

Dr. Angie Chin welcomes everyone to her new office in Port Washington. The office is modern and child-friendly with themed treatment rooms, iPads and games in the waiting room, movies and cartoons available during treatment, and digital animal X-rays. Dr. Chin’s practice philosophy is centered on promoting preventive care and helping parents and children develop a healthy and happy dental home. With her light-hearted approach and welcoming demeanor, kids of all ages have grown to truly love going to the dentist!

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

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.


Allied Physicians Group - Neighborhood Pediatrics 1 Expressway Plaza, Suite 115, Roslyn Heights 516-759-1131 alliedphysiciansgroup.com/pediatric-medicine/ name/neighborhood-pediatrics

Lisa A. Cavanaugh, M.D., opened her solo practice in 1997, specializing in pediatrics and adolescent medicine. She is passionate about working with children with developmental disabilities and autism spectrum disorders. She is a doctor who still makes house calls when it’s deemed necessary. Dr. Cavanaugh is affiliated with Cohen’s Children’s Medical Center, Northwell Health North Shore University Hospital Manhasset, and Winthrop University Hospital. She is an Assistant Clinical Professor at Hofstra Northwell School of Medicine. She is certified by the American Board of Pediatrics as well as the American Academy of Pediatrics.

Kidds on Park Pediatric Dentistry Dr. Jodi Guttenberg 111 N. Park Ave., Rockville Centre 516-678-7422 drjodiguttenberg.com info@kiddsonpark.com

Dr. Jodi Guttenberg and her board-certified associates have been treating the dental needs of children since 1995. Their training and experience allow them to provide the highest quality of care for children. The office is “full service” offering routine dentistry along with orthodontics, cosmetic procedures, laser surgery, and even sedation when necessary. The environment is welcoming for both children and their parents. They provide stress-free treatment for children of all ages and are experts in special needs care.

Healthy Spine Chiropractic 1308 Grand Ave., Baldwin 516-749-1758 healthyspinechiropracticpc.com

Dr. Kronowitz graduated from New York Chiropractic College in 2015. She has been adjusted since she was 6 and believes in the holistic approach to wellness. She has a certification in Rock Tape, which she uses on patients who are athletes and musicians. She is certified in the Webster technique that is specific to pregnant moms. She does a great deal of prenatal care and helps mothers all the way until birth. Dr. Kronowitz also helps women with menstrual cramps and overall health and nutrition. She is a member of the International Chiropractic Pediatric Association and the International Chiropractic Association.

Louis E. Mora, Ph.D., Psychologist P.C. 70 Glen Cove Road, Suite 201, Roslyn Heights 347-740-5690 lmoraphd.com

Dr. Mora works with children and adults. He specializes in psychological testing, which helps improve diagnosing and treatment planning. Such testing includes neuropsychological testing, giftedness examinations, and evaluating for the presence of psychological disorders. This includes evaluating for ADHD and possible consequences of head injury. He has years of experience doing such testing with various populations. He earned his doctorate in clinical psychology and postdoctoral education in forensic psychology from St. John’s University. He is also an adjunct professor of psychology at St. Francis College.

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DEVELOPMENTAL Allied Physicians Group....................45, 61 C.I.I.T. Center...................................29, 60 Hagedorn Little Village School...............21 Janine Stiene Suffolk Center for Speech........................................29, 60 Louis Mora, Ph.D..............................59, 61 Sappo School.........................................27 Steps To Socialization............................12 Variety Child Learning Center.................49 EDUCATION Bakshi Law.............................................59 Barnes and Noble.....................................9 Buckley Country Day School..................17 Countryside Montessori School..............55 Diocese of RVC......................................63 Fusion Education Group - Woodbury.....39 Green Vale School..................................19 Hagedorn Little Village School...............21 Holy Family School.................................47 Holy Trinity Diocesan High School.........55 Law Offices of Brad H Rosken...............53 LIU Center for Gifted Youth....................57 M.A.T.S.S. Kids’ Gym.............................25 Mathnasium ............................................5 Music Institute of Long Island.................59 Our Lady of Mercy..................................55 RoboMindTech........................................23 Sappo School.........................................27 St. Aidan School.....................................43 St. Christopher School............................59 St. Elizabeth Ann Seton .........................54 Strategic Staffing Works.........................59 Variety Child Learning Center.................49 Village East Gifted..................................53 Vincent Smith School.............................57 FAMILY ENTERTAINMENT / EVENTS / OUTINGS @ Play Amusement................................35 Adventure Parks of Outdoor Adventures ...............................51

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