Schedule Of Fun, Affordable And Educational Winter Recess Activities Around Nassau

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County Executive Curran encourages families to enjoy a staycation

Never be bored in Nassau. From ice skating, to swimming, to bird walks, to face painting, to films—finding fun and affordable activities during public schools’ winter recess is easy in Nassau County. County Executive Laura Curran encourages parents and kids to take advantage of the wide variety of activities available in the county’s public parks, museums, cultural and educational institutions. 

Here’s the lineup of activities and entertainment while schools are out from Saturday, Feb. 16, to Sunday, Feb. 24, 2019. 

Ice Skating

Cantiague Park

  • Address: 480 W. John St., Hicksville
  • Phone: 516-571-7056
  • Pricing:
    • Skate Rental – $5
    • Resident Adult – $10
    • Non-Resident Adult – $22
    • Resident Child – $6
    • Non-Resident Child – $15
    • Resident Senior, volunteer firefighter, volunteer ambulance corps, police auxiliary units, persons with disabilities and veterans – $5
  • Schedule:
    • Monday Open Skate Session – 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. and 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.
    • Tuesday Open Skate Session – 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. and 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.
    • Wednesday Speed Skate Session – 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.
    • Thursday Open Skate Session – 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.
    • Friday Open Skate Session – 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. and 3:30 to 5:30 p.m.

Christopher Morley Park

  • Address: Searingtown Road, North of the LIE, Roslyn/North Hills
  • Phone: 516-571-8113
  • Pricing:
    • Skate Rental – $5
    • Resident Adult with Leisure Passport – $10
    • Adult without LP – $22
    • Resident Child with Leisure Passport – $6
    • Child without LP – $15
    • Senior citizen, disabled persons, veterans, volunteer firefighter/ambulance corps, auxiliary police – $5

*Season Skating Pass Available

  • Schedule:
    • Monday to Friday Open Skate Session – 1:15 p.m. to 3:15 p.m. and 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.
    • Thursday – Puck Shoot – 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.
    • Friday – Open Skate Session – 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.
    • Saturday – 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., 1:15 p.m. to 3:15 p.m., and 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.
    • Sunday – 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., 1:15 p.m. to 3:15 p.m., and 4 p.m. to 6 p.m./Puck Shoot 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Grant Park

  • Address: Broadway & Sheridan Avenue, Hewlett
  • Phone: 516-571-7821
  • Pricing:
    • Skate Rental – $5
    • Resident Adult with Leisure Passport – $10
    • Adult without LP – $22
    • Resident Child with Leisure Passport – $6
    • Child without LP – $15
    • Senior citizen, disabled persons, veterans, volunteer firefighter/ambulance corps, auxiliary police – $5

*Season Skating Pass Available

  • Schedule:
    • Monday to Thursday Open Skate Session – 1:15 p.m. to 3:15 p.m. and 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.
    • Friday – 1:15 p.m. to 3:15, 4 p.m. to 6 p.m., and 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.
    • Saturday – 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., 1:15 p.m. to 3:15 p.m., 4 p.m. to 6 p.m., and 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.
    • Sunday – 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., 1:15 p.m. to 3:15 p.m., and 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Swimming

Aquatic Center

  • Address: Eisenhower Park, East Meadow
  • Phone Number: 516-572-0501
  • Pricing for Day Passes:
    • Resident Adult with Leisure Passport – $8
    • Adult without LP – $22
    • Resident Child with Leisure Passport – $6
    • Child without LP – $14
    • Senior citizen, disabled persons, veterans, volunteer firefighter/ambulance corps, auxiliary police – $5
  • Public Swimming Schedule:
    • Monday to Friday – 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.
    • Saturday and Sunday – 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Cantiague Park

  • Address: 480 W. John St. Hicksville
  • Phone: 516-571-7056
  • Pricing for Day Passes:
    • Resident Adult with Leisure Passport – $9
    • Adult without LP – $25
    • Resident Child with Leisure Passport – $6
    • Child without LP – $20
    • Senior citizen, disabled persons, veterans, volunteer firefighter/ambulance corps, auxiliary police – $5
  • Public Swimming Schedule:
    • Monday to Sunday – 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Garvies Point Museum & Preserve

*Free admission for current Friends of Garvies Point Museum members.

*All programs, crafts, films are included with museum admission unless otherwise noted.

  • Schedule:
    • Saturday, February 16, 2019
      • 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. – Great Backyard Bird Count – Be a citizen scientist for a day and put your bird-watching skills to work. Reference guide of common birds & binoculars available. All skill levels are welcome.
      • 11 a.m., 1 p.m., 3 p.m. – Woodland Winter Walk and Bird ID
      • 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. – Animal Tracks Craft
        \10 a.m., 12 p.m., 2 p.m. – FILM: Snowbound: Animals of Winter
    • Tuesday, February 19, 2019
      • 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. – Games of the Northwest Coast – Learn and play authentic Native American games from different regions of the country.
      • 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. and 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. – Face Painting
      • 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. – Totem-Pole Craft – Make your own small-scale totem pole and learn meaning behind symbols.
      • 11 a.m., 1 p.m., 3 p.m. – FILM: The Loon’s Necklace
    • Wednesday, February 20, 2019
      • 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. – Games of the Southwest
      • 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. and 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. – Face Painting
      • 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., on the ½ hour – Pottery-Making – Make and take home your own clay pot using ancient methods. $5 per participant;
      • 11 a.m., 1 p.m., 3 p.m. – Film: Legend of Boy & Eagle
    • Thursday, February 21, 2019
      • 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. – Games of the Northeast – Learn and play authentic Native American games.
      • 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. and 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. – Face Painting
      • 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. – Native American Pouch Game Craft
      • 11 a.m., 1 p.m., 3 p.m. – FILM: How to Build an Igloo
    • Friday, February 22, 2019
      • 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. – Games of the Plains – Learn and play authentic Native American games.
      • 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. and 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. – Face Painting
      • 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. – Sand-Art Bracelet Craft
      • 11 a.m., 1 p.m., 3 p.m. – FILM: Princess Scargo and Birthday Pumpkin
    • Saturday, February 23, 2019
      • 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. – Geology Day! Learn to identify rocks like a geologist does. Hands-on workshops include scientific tests to ID minerals; observation station: rock types; learn & observe special properties including fluorescence and double refraction; rock-painting craft; bring in & show off your own rock collection; see and learn about local fossils; feel free to bring in items for ID. $5/person, 5 yrs. and older. Includes all activities and museum admission. Free for current members.
      • 11 a.m., 1 p.m., 3 p.m. – FILM: All About Rocks & Mineral

African American Museum

  • Address: 110 N Franklin St., Hempstead
  • Phone: 516-572-0730
  • Website: theaamuseum.org
  • Pricing:
    • Entry is free with a suggested donation.
  • Schedule:
    • Open Tuesday to Saturday – 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
    • Friday, February 15, 2019
      11:30 a.m. – Black Heritage Stamp Unveiling
    • Wednesday, February 20, 2019
      6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. – Family Paint Night – $10

Tackapausha Museum & Preserve

  • Address: 2225 Washington Ave., Seaford
  • Phone: 516-571-7443
  • Website: tackapausha.com
  • Pricing:
    • Adult – $5
    • Children – $2
  • Schedule:
    • Thursday to Sunday – 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

For more information, visit Nassaucountyny.gov/1796/Where-to-Go.

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