Stepping Out

Nautical adventures at Long Island Children's Museum

Exploring Long Island's maritime traditions this weekend


Family Fun

Saltwater Stories

The region’s maritime legacy comes alive at Long Island Children’s Museum during a weekend that explores Long Island’s seafaring culture through hands-on activities. Visitors will get the chance to meet the baymen, boat builders, clammers and maritime artists who are carrying on the traditions that shaped Long Island’s development. Learn about the positive changes to Long Island’s waterways since Hurricane Sandy from those who observe this area up close. Celebrate nautical traditions with Lena and her Happy Clam Band’s “The Happy Clam Show,” Saturday and Sunday, at 2 p.m. Lena brings songs from her award-winning CD “Happy as Clams,” as well as new nautical songs.

Saturday and Sunday, Jan. 11-12, 12:30-4 p.m. Free with museum admission. Long Island Children’s Museum, Museum Row, Garden City. (516) 224-5800 or

Exploring Nature

Special Places at Muttontown Preserve

Explore Muttontown Preserve on a guided winter hike. Visit the “Succession Field Trail,” one-time farmland that has been reclaimed over the years by woods; the “Tall Conifers,” consisting of white pine, spruce and larch planted in 1909; “Hidden Pond,” a kettle pond tucked away in the preserve that is a great spot for bird-watching; and “Glacial Kame,” a type of hilly deposit formed during the ice age. The walk covers three miles over somewhat rough terrain.

Sunday, Jan. 12, 10 a.m.-noon. $5. Enrollment is limited and registration is required. Bill Paterson Nature Center, Muttontown Preserve, Muttontown Lane, East Norwich. (516) 571-8500.