Main Page
Contact Us
twitterinstagramfacebook Say It! SupportDefinitionmap


A valid MCPL library card for each patron (adults, children and teens) is required at time of registration. Please let us know if you require any special accommodations because of a disability.

Children’s & Family Programs

  • Drop of Nature (J423)
    For children ages 3 and up with a parent/caregiver.
    Drop in for nature crafts the whole family can enjoy! If weather permits, these activities will take place outdoors. Please dress appropriately for the weather. This program is provided with support from NYCB Foundation.
    Fridays, April 13, May 18, June 15, 2018    
       10:00am – 11:00am      Centereach

    Mondays, April 23, May 7, June 1, 2018    
       4:30pm – 5:30pm      Centereach

  • Nature Buddies (J390)
    For children ages 4 – 7 years old.
    Enjoy nature activities with the Green Teens Environmental Club.
    Thursdays, April 26, May 24, June 21, 2018    
       5:30pm – 6:15pm      Centereach

  • Nature Exploration – Bats (J425)
    For children in K – 2nd grade.
    Are bats blind? Can they hear? Enter the world of this unique nocturnal mammal. This hands-on program includes a slide presentation along with discussion of echolocation and the bat’s special function in our eco-system. The Science Center’s very own “Echolocation Machine” demonstrates how bats locate their food. Children will make a “bat” to take home.
    Friday, April 13, 2018    
       5:00pm – 6:00pm      Centereach

  • Nature Mosaics (J445)
    For children in K – 2nd grade.
    Help create a community mosaic to display in our Nature Explorium and make a smaller version to take home.
    Thursday, May 31, 2018    
       5:30pm – 6:15pm      Centereach

    Monday, June 4, 2018   
       10:00am-10:45am      Centereach

  • Spring Jubilee (J431)*
    For families.
    Celebrate the season opening of the Nature Explorium with nature-based arts and crafts and live music.
    Friday, June 1, 2018    
      4:00pm – 7:00pm      Centereach
  • Sunflower Fun (J428)
    For children in K – 2nd grade.
    Learn about sunflowers and take home a decorated pot and some seeds to grow your own at home.
    Tuesday, June 5, 2018    
      5:00pm – 5:45pm      Centereach


  • Baby Chick Meet & Greet (T708)
    For teens in 6th - 12th grade.
    Drop in to the Underground to play with our newly hatched baby chicks!
    Wednesday, April 11, 2018    
       5:00pm – 7:00pm       Centereach

  • Green Smoothies (T704)
    For teens in 6th - 12th grade.
    Learn and taste recipes for healthy and delicious green smoothies.
    Thursday, April 12, 2018     
       7:00pm – 8:00pm       Centereach

  • Spring Planting in the Nature Explorium (T709)
    For teens in 6th - 12th grade.
    Help get our Nature Explorium in full bloom for spring by helping to plant flowers, fruits and vegetables. Community service hours will be awarded.
    Monday, May 14, 2018    
       5:00pm – 6:00pm      Centereach

    Wednesday, May 16, 2018    
       5:00pm – 6:00pm      Centereach

In extreme weather conditions the Nature Explorium may need to be temporarily closed and its programs moved indoors.