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Below is a list of the Suffolk County Libraries that participated in the second annual Great Playdate! Check back in late 2019 for news about The Great Playdate 2020.

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Amityville Public Library

Springtime Family Cookie Decorating Workshop
Saturday, March 30
10:00-11:30 am
Decorate 13 cookies and take home in a box. A great program for the whole family where you’ll play with sugar icings, candy and sprinkles.
Registration Required (AMJ17).  

Babylon Public Library

The Great Playdate at Babylon Public Library
Saturday, March 30 @ 2:00 pm
Join us for the second annual Great Playdate! Stop in for classic play activities including: playdo, lego, Giant Jenga, hopscotch and board games!
No registration required. 

Bay Shore-Brightwaters Public Library

Shake ‘N Make Music
Saturday, March 30 
Session 1: 10:00-10:45 am: Birth-23 months with a parent or caregiver
Session 2: 11:00-11:45 am: 2-5 years old with a parent or caregiver
A high-energy, fun-filled music and movement program incorporating instruments, bean bags, bubbles, and more for little ones and their caregivers. Registration required

Rainbow Craft
Saturday, March 30 
2:00-2:45 pm: 2-5 years old with a parent or caregiver
Make a rainbow craft to brighten up your day! Registration required. 

Brentwood Public Library

The Great Playdate at Brentwood Public Library
Saturday, March 30
10:30-11:30 am: children ages 1-4
Join us for the second annual Great Playdate, which is being celebrated at libraries all across Suffolk County! Your child will enjoy a variety of open-ended play activities and sensory stations that encourage exploration and learning. Registration required. 

Brookhaven Free Library

The Great Playdate: Seashore Safari 
Saturday, March 30
10:00 am-12:00 pm (drop in): 2 years old – PreK with a caregiver
A special day for our youngest patrons and their caregivers, we will experience the importance of learning, discovering and playing during an under-the-sea themed party, featuring a real marine animal touch tank from Cornell Cooperative Extension of Suffolk County! Registration is required. 

Center Moriches Free Public Library

The Great Library Playdate! CMJ222 (Siblings Welcome)
Thursday, March 28th at 1:00 pm
Ages 2-Not yet in Kindergarten
Join us for a day fun of and learning at the library with The Great Library Playdate! Starting with circle time songs and ending with a story, with fun free play and play dough fun in the middle!
Registration required. 

Cold Spring Harbor Public Library

Commack Public Library

Mother Goose on the Loose
Saturday, March 30th
10:30-11:00 am: Birth – 35 Months
Join us at the Library to share traditional and modern nursery rhymes, fingerplays, musical instruments and songs to help develop and strengthen motor, social and early literacy skills in a fun and nurturing environment. Registration required. 

Family LEGO® Club
Saturday, March 30th
2:00-3:00 pm: Families with children ages 3 years – 5th grade
Bring your family to the Library for a special LEGO® builders program. We supply the LEGO® and DUPLO® bricks, you supply the creativity! Registration required. 

Comsewogue Public Library

Family Fun
Saturday, March 30
10:00 am-4:00 pm. Join us for games, crafts, a scavenger hunt, and a prize!

CPL Saturday Family Fun! – The Great Playdate
Saturday, March 30
2:00-2:45 pm: Children of all ages with caregiver
Celebrate early literacy and spring flowers with Librarians Mrs. Quinn and Mrs. Metcalf as they share songs, fun activities, and a family craft. Registration required. 

Connetquot Public Library

Jump Bunch Imagination Playground
Saturday, March 30
9:30-10:30: children aged 18 months – 35 months
10:30-11:30: children 3 to 5 years old
Registration is required. 

Copiague Memorial Library

The Great Playdate at Copiague Memorial Library
Saturday, March 30
10:30 am-12:00 pm: ages 3-11
Make a date to play at the Copiague Library. Come to the library to discover all the wonderful toys, board games and computer games we have for your family to enjoy together!

Cutchogue-New Suffolk Free Library

The Great Playdate at Cutchogue-New Suffolk Free Library
Saturday, March 30
9:30 am-12:00 pm: There will be Preschool Play Stations that feature arts & crafts, science activities, dramatic play, puppets, blocks, and a gross motor play area. 

March Madness Jumpbunch Basketball!
Saturday, March 30
2:00 pm
North Fork little ones are all invited to play together as a team at this energetic and fun program! Winkie Schultz will coach us on basketball and how to play. Hang out with our friends from Southold and Floyd Memorial Libraries.
Registration is required

Deer Park Public Library

The Great Playdate at Deer Park Library
Saturday, March 30
10:00-11:00 am: children 2-6 years old with an adult
Join us for open play and socialization in a relaxed environment with library friends. Immerse yourself in educational games, puzzles, building blocks and toys galore. Registration required. One adult per family. 

East Hampton Public Library

Little Bookworms Storyime
Friday, March 29
10:30-11:15 am: children ages 18-36 months
Come join Miss Linda for a themed storytime with songs, flannel board activities, movement, and lots of fun! TYou will also make a special craft to take home. Registration required.

Emma S. Clark Memorial Library

Turtle Dance Music Show
Saturday, March 30
11:00 am-12:00 pm for families
A musical performance that will spark your child’s curiosity and imagination through interactive, inclusive musical performances that use a wide range of instruments, stuffed animals, games & music technology. Registration required

Floyd Memorial Library

March Madness Jumpbunch Basketball!
Saturday, March 30
2:00 pm
Location: Cutchogue-New Suffolk Free Library
North Fork little ones are all invited to play together as a team at this energetic and fun program! Winkie Schultz will coach us on basketball and how to play. Hang out with our friends from Cutchogue-New Suffolk and Southold libraries.
Registration is required.

Half Hollow Hills Community Library

Great Playdate: Messy Sensory Play
Friday March 29th, 2019
6:00pm – 7:30pm: 12 months – 5 years with a parent or caregiver
Looking to include sensory play with your little ones? This program features a variety of activities including different stations to engage your child’s senses. Drop in and dress for a mess. No registration required

Hampton Bays Public Library

The Hampton Library

Storytime
Saturday, March 30
10:00 am: children of all ages. 
Join our Children’s Department for a Saturday morning full of fun. Enjoy great stories and an art activity.

Harborfields Public Library

The Great Playdate at Harborfields Library
Saturday, March 30
Join the Harborfields Public Library as we celebrate The Great Playate, a county-wide event for children and caregivers. It will be a day filled with interactive play! Registration required. Registration begins March 15th @ 10:00 am. 
11:00-11:45 am: PLAYHOORAY! for children ages 12 months-5 years old and a caregiver
2:00-3:00 pm: SUPER SOCCER STARS FOR CHILDREN! for grades K-2
3:30-4:30 pm: SUPER SOCCER STARS FOR CHILDREN! for grades 3-5

Hauppauge Public Library

Kick and Play (HPJ1051)
Saturday, March 30
10:30-11:15 am: ages 12-36 months with a caregiver
Come and have an amazing time with your toddler, while helping to improve his/her balance, overall coordination, and kicking abilities. Little soccer balls and small goals are used during the program and children will participate in stretching and cognitive games. Registration required

Super Soccer Stars for Preschool (HPJ1054)
11:30 am-12:15 pm: ages 3-5 years
Learn soccer skills in a fun, non-competitive, educational environment. We use soccer to build self-confidence and to develop teamwork. Registration required. 

Super Soccer Stars for Kids (HPJ1085)
12:30-1:15 pm: grades K-3
Learn soccer skills in a fun, non-competitive, educational environment. We use soccer to build self-confidence and to develop teamwork. Registration required. 

Huntington Public Library

Imagination Playground
Saturday, March 30
Session 1: 1:00-2:00 pm: ages 2-5 with a parent/caregiver
Session 2: 2:15-3:15 pm: 6-10 years old with a parent/caregiver
Celebrate the Great Playdate! Use your imagination and see what you can create with these amazingly large blocks and connectors! Registration required. 

Islip Public Library

Lindenhurst Memorial Library

The Great Playdate at Lindenhurst Memorial Library:
The Travellin’ Trunk Show
Saturday, March 30
10:00 am-12:00 pm
The Great Playdate is celebrated annually by Suffolk County libraries to highlight the educational importance of creative play for young children. Play stations will be set up throughout the children’s department for parents and kids to play together from 10:00-11:00 am. After, a visit from Miss Heather and her Travelin’ Trunk concludes the day! The Travelin’ Trunk Show which is an interactive storytelling musical which includes costumed play, sound effects and of course music! Registration required. 

The Travelin’ Trunk Show

Saturday, March 30
10:00 am-12:00 pm

Longwood Public Library

Bouncing Babies
Saturday, March 30
10:00-10:30 am: children birth-23 months
Bring your babies for a morning of songs, stories and a craft you can do together! Registration required. 

Library Playdate
Saturday, March 30
10:30 am-2:30 pm: infants, toddlers, and children in preschool
Drop in to meet up with library friends for an open-play in our craft room filled with toys and blocks for your children to explore. No registration necessary. 

Saturday Storytime Fun
Saturday, March 30
2:30-3:00 pm: infants, toddlers, and children in preschool
Join us for a special Saturday storytime filled with stories, songs, and lots of new library friends!

Middle Country Public Library

The Great Playdate at Middle Country Public Library
Saturday, March 30
10:00 am-12:00 pm: families with children ages birth-5
The Great Playdate is a day for our youngest patrons and their caregivers to talk, sing, read and of course play at the library. Come join the fun! No registration required. 

North Babylon Public Library

Northport Public Library

The Great Playdate at Northport Public Library 
Saturday, March 30
10:00-11:00 am: children 1-4 years old with an adult; siblings welcome
The second annual Great Playdate is being celebrated at libraries all across Suffolk County. Organize a get-together with friends or meet new ones while children enjoy an open-ended play environment with a variety of play stations. Registration required. 

North Shore Public Library

Great Playdate: Lena and the Happy Clams Concert
Saturday, March 30
2:00-3:00 pm: children
Lena’s concert is ideal for young children; be prepared to laugh yourself silly! Happy As Clams has been chosen as a Parents Choice Awards® Winner. Registration required. 

Patchogue-Medford Library

Create a Puppet Show
Saturday, March 30
10:00-10:45 am: children ages 2 1/2 years-1st grade with parent/caregiver
Come make your very own colorful sock puppet and use our puppet theater to create fun stories and shows! Registration required.

Steve Petra Presents: The Super Silly Show
Saturday, March 30
11:15 am-12:00pm: families with children ages 3 years-3rd grade
Steve Petra is back with his Super Silly Show! Join us for fun, giggles, and audience participation. Registration required. 

Drop-In Free Play
Saturday, March 30
2:00-4:00 pm: children ages 3 years & up with parent/caregiver
Come celebrate The Great Playdate with a free play session with all of our toys! Get out your energy and have fun! No registration required. 

Port Jefferson Free Library

Great Playdate: Play All Day
Saturday, March 30
10:00 am-4:00 pm: all ages
Join us as the PJFL and all Suffolk County Libraries celebrate the 2nd Annual Great Play Date. There will be games, puzzles and coloring all day in the Children’s Department. Come with a friend or meet someone new to play with! Registration is not required.

Riverhead Free Library

The Great Playdate at Riverhead Library
Saturday, March 30
11:00 am-2:00 pm
The Great Playdate is an early learning initiative created by the Public Libraries of Suffolk County. Join the fun by entering the colorful world of Eric Carle! Children will listen to an interactive read aloud and engage in a variety of activities where they will be able to build important developmental skills. Registration required. 

Sachem Public Library

The Great Playdate at Sachem Public Library
Saturday, March 30
10:00-11:00 am: 1-5 years old, siblings welcome
The Great Play Date is a county-wide event for little ones and their caregivers. Come play with us, make new friends, check out some of our favorite toys and create a craft. No registration required. 

Sayville Library

The Great Playdate: Open Sensory Play
Saturday, March 30
1:30-3:30 pm: ages 2 1/2-5 years with caregiver
Be part of The Great Playdate, a day of fun and learning at Suffolk County Libraries, by dropping in anytime during this program to participate in different sensory activities. Registration required. 

Shelter Island Library

The Great Playdate @ Shelter Island Library
Saturday, March 30
All day: for families and teens
Prepare yourself for a DIY Shelter Island wide scavenger picture hunt! Visit the youth services desk for more information.  Registration Required.

The Smithtown Library

Smithtown Building

Nursery Rhyme Time
Saturday, March 30
10:00-10:30 am: children birth-35 months with a parent/caregiver
Enjoy a traditional time of nursery rhymes and songs for baby. A great introduction to the Library for the youngest of children. Siblings are welcome. Registration required. 

-Commack Building

Library Playdate
Saturday, March 30
10:30-11:15 am: children ages 2-4 with a parent/caregiver
Seize the play and keep the mess at our place. Join us for an informal playdate – meet other children and families while playing with toys and creating an art project. Registration required. 

-Kings Park Building

Library Playdate
Saturday, March 30
10:30-11:15 am: children ages 2-4 with a parent/caregiver
Seize the play and keep the mess at our place. Join us for an informal playdate – meet other children and families while playing with toys and creating an art project. Registration required. 

Nesconset Building

SaturPLAY
Saturday, March 30
10:00-10:45 am: children 12-35 months with a parent/caregiver
The weekend is made for play – participate in an open-ended, self-directed playtime and explore our creative art stations. Registration required. 

South Country Library

The Great Playdate at South Country Library
Saturday, March 30
10:30 am-4:30 pm (drop in): all ages
Celebrate play! It is integral for a child’s development. Enjoy extra toys, activities, resources and crafting. No registration required – drop in any time. 

South Huntington Public Library

Sing, Sign & Play
Saturday, March 30th
10:00-10:45 am: Ages 3-36 months
Learn baby sign language through singing, rhyming, and play. This is an inclusive program for children 3 months to age three accompanied by a grown-up. Register March 9. For South Huntington patrons only.

Petra’s Puppets
Saturday, March 30th
3:00 pm: for families
Join Steve Petra and his puppets for this show that will entertain the whole family. Go along with Ultra Duck on a heroic quest for the perfect ravioli. See Eric the mild-mannered sheep transform into Super Sheep. Valiant volunteers from the audience contend with the villainous Gorgonzilla and his nasty eyebrows. Learn the secret of the Hero Scope and play a mind-twisting game of Defeat the Cheese. South Huntington cardholders can get free tickets beginning March 2. Tickets are valid until 2:50 p.m., when non-ticket holders will be seated, if there is space.

Southold Free Library

March Madness Jumpbunch Basketball!
Saturday, March 30
2:00 pm
Location: Cutchogue-New Suffolk Free Library
North Fork little ones are all invited to play together as a team at this energetic and fun program! Winkie Schultz will coach us on basketball and how to play. Hang out with our friends from the Cutchogue-New Suffolk and Floyd Memorial Libraries.
Registration is required.

West Babylon Public Library

Let’s Move with PlayHooray
Saturday, March 30
10:30-11:15 am: children 2-5 years old with a caregiver
This family oriented “grown-up and me” light exercise program is a fun way to get everyone up and moving! Dance, march and move to the beat of contemporary and pop music. Registration required. 

The Great Playdate at West Babylon Public Library
Saturday, March 30
11:00 am-2:00 pm: children 2-5 years old with a caregiver
Join us in a county wide playdate! We will have all different crafts set up for you to create and take home, as well as giant games to play with! Stop by anytime between the hours above to have some fun! No registration necessary.

West Islip Public Library

Westhampton Free Library

The Great Playdate at Westhampton Free Library
–10:00 am-4:00 pm: show us your library card and we will give you a special gift! (infants through preschool)
Activity Centers
10:00-11:30 am: infants through preschool
Experience fine motor and gross motor activity centers with your librarians. For infants through preschool. Registration required.
Afternoon Games

1:00-3:00 pm: preschool to grade 6
Friends and family have fun experiencing different games together. We will offer life size Connect Four, Jenga, and much more! Registration required.