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Things to Do with Kids on Long Island this Weekend

Things to Do with Kids on Long Island this Weekend

Fill your weekend with family fun in Nassau and Suffolk counties!


Enjoy these fun weekend activities with your kids on Long Island. Start planning your weekend now.


Editor's Picks for This Weekend

Glow in the Park at The Adventure Park at Long Island

WHEN: Apr. 2 - Nov. 5, Saturdays, 6-10pm
WHERE: Adventure Park, 75 Colonial Springs Road, Gate 3, Wheatley Heights, NY
AGES: All
WHAT: The evening Glow in the Park events allow you to zipline through trees lit up by glow attire, colored lights, music and more! WANT TO GO? $54. 631-983-3844.
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My Butterfly

WHEN: May. 7 - Jun. 12, Saturdays, 11:30am and 2pm and selects Sundays, 11:30am
WHERE: Long Island Children's Museum, 11 Davis Avenue, Garden City, NY
AGES: 3-12
WHAT: See this new musical comedy about an elf who becomes responsible for a butterfly egg after she accidentally pulls up its milkweed home. WANT TO GO? $9 with $15 museum admission; $7 members; $12 theater only. 516-224-5800.
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Fl!P Circus

WHEN: May. 20 - 30, Mondays-Fridays, 7:30pm; Saturdays and Sundays, 2pm, 5pm and 8pm
WHERE: Smith Haven Mall, 313 Smith Haven Mall, Lake Grove, NY
AGES: All
WHAT: With an enormous red and white circus tent, see the great motorcycles inside the Globe of Steel, and laugh like you never have before with the gleeful clowns. WANT TO GO? $25-. 631-724-8066.
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Fleece & Fiber Festival

WHEN: May. 21 - 22, Saturday and Sunday, 10am-4pm
WHERE: Hallockville Museum and Farm, 6038 Sound Ave. , Riverhead, NY
AGES: All
WHAT: The fair provides a fun-filled day of demonstrations, workshops, and local artisans selling handmade products that can be enjoyed by the whole family. WANT TO GO? $10; free for children younger than 12. 631-298-5292.
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Color Vibe 5K

WHEN: Saturday, May. 21, 9am
WHERE: Eisenhower Park, 31486 Merrick Ave., East Meadow, NY
AGES: All
WHAT:

Don't miss this amazing color run and paint race where you'll get blasted with color while you run.

 

WANT TO GO? $32.99; $50 day of race; free for children younger than 12 with paid adult (2 children per paid adult); $10 for kids day of event.
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Colonial Craft Day FREE

WHEN: Sunday, May. 22, 1:30-4pm
WHERE: Rock Hall Museum, 199 Broadway, Lawrence, NY
AGES: All
WHAT: Learn the art of colonial handwriting using goose feathers pens, candle making, assemble your own corn husk doll, and create wampum beads bracelets using clay. WANT TO GO? 516-239-1157.
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Build-a-Boat Workshop

WHEN: Sunday, May. 22, 1-3pm
WHERE: The Whaling Museum and Education Center, 279 Main Street, Cold Spring Harbor, NY
AGES: 5 and older
WHAT: Imagine, design and create unique wooden vessel models out of a variety of materials in this open-ended workshop. WANT TO GO? $10; $5 member plus admission: $6; $5 seniors 62 and older and children 4-18; free for children 3 and younger and those with ​Active Military with ID. 631-367-3418.
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Even More Weekend Fun

Traveling Exhibit: Age of the Dinosaurs

WHEN: Jan. 22 - May. 29, Tuesdays-Fridays, 10am - 3pm; Saturdays and Sundays, 10am-5pm-
WHERE: Long Island Children's Museum, 11 Davis Avenue, Garden City, NY
AGES: All
WHAT: Go back in tine and experience animatronic prehistoric creatures that look, move and make sounds as they did when they roamed the earth.  WANT TO GO? $15; $14 seniors 65 and older; free for members and children younger than 1. 516-224-5800.
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CSTL Dinosaurs! and Live Animal Exhibit

WHEN: Feb. 14 - Jul. 11, Thursdays-Tuesdays, 10am-4pm
WHERE: The Center for Science teaching and Learning, 1450 Tanglewood Road, Rockville Centre, NY
AGES: All
WHAT: See robotic and skeletal life size dinosaurs and live animals such as snakes, emus, turtles and lots more in natural settings! Hands on activities and a dino dig too! WANT TO GO? $15; $12 ages 1-12. 516-764–0045.
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Tea & Play: A free Parent & Child Class FREE

WHEN: Mar. 23 - Jun. 1, 9-11am
WHERE: The Waldorf School of Garden City, 225 Cambridge Ave., Garden City, NY
AGES: 3-5, Adult
WHAT: If you are interested in experiencing and learning about the Waldorf School's Parent and Child Program, the school invites you and your little one(s) between the ages of 1 - 3 years old to attend this free "Tea and Play" Parent and Child class.  WANT TO GO? 516-742-3434.
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Firepit Fridays

WHEN: Apr. 1 - Jun. 19, Fridays, 5-9pm
WHERE: The Adventure Park at Long Island, 75 Colonial Springs Rd. East Gate, Wheatley Heights, NY
AGES: All
WHAT: Climb high in the trees and then get cozy by the fire.  WANT TO GO? $49. 631-983-3844.
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Crafternoons

WHEN: Apr. 6 - May. 31, Thursdays-Sundays, 11am-4pm
WHERE: The Whaling Museum and Education Center, 279 Main Street, Cold Spring Harbor, NY
AGES: All
WHAT: Explore the exhibits and help yourself to seasonal, self-serve crafts in the workshop. WANT TO GO? $10; $5 member plus admission: $6; $5 seniors 62 and older and children 4-18; free for children 3 and younger and those with ​Active Military with ID. 631-367-3418.
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Scrimshaw Detectives

WHEN: Apr. 7 - May. 31, Thursdays-Sundays, 11am-4pm
WHERE: The Whaling Museum and Education Center, 279 Main Street, Cold Spring Harbor, NY
AGES: 5 and older
WHAT: Spy around the museum and look for clues to uncover secret meanings hidden in scrimshaw art on display then design and etch your own scrimshaw keepsake box to take home. WANT TO GO? $10; $5 member plus admission: $6; $5 seniors 62 and older and children 4-18; free for children 3 and younger and those with ​Active Military with ID. 631-367-3418.
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Tails of Southampton

WHEN: May. 4 - Dec. 31, Wednesdays-Saturdays, 11am-4pm
WHERE: Southampton History Museum, 17 Meeting House Lane, Southampton, NY
AGES: All
WHAT:

The Southampton History Museum opens the 2022 season with a new exhibit that combines historic photographs of people with their pets from its historic collection along with digital images of caretakers and their animal companions. Also, pet inspired artwork by three professional Southampton artists will be shown. People living in Southampton began taking photographs of their animal companions in the 1870s and continue to do so today. Animal themed artwork and furnishings were either hand-made or manufactured for 150 years - objects in the exhibit are either donated or on loan to the Museum by local residents. A wide variety of pet themed toys, dishes, banks, pillows and doorstops from the Museum’s collection can be seen along with recent submissions of recently taken digital photographs.

Photo: Rose de Rose with pets c. 1910 Southampton History Museum Collections

WANT TO GO? $10; free for members and children 17 and younger. 631-283-2494.
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Tails of Southampton

WHEN: May. 4 - Dec. 31, Wednesdays-Saturdays, 11am-4pm
WHERE: Southampton History Museum, 17 Meeting House Lane, Southampton, NY
AGES: All
WHAT:

The Southampton History Museum opens the 2022 season with a new exhibit that combines historic photographs of people with their pets from its historic collection along with digital images of caretakers and their animal companions. Also, pet inspired artwork by three professional Southampton artists will be shown. People living in Southampton began taking photographs of their animal companions in the 1870s and continue to do so today. Animal themed artwork and furnishings were either hand-made or manufactured for 150 years - objects in the exhibit are either donated or on loan to the Museum by local residents. A wide variety of pet themed toys, dishes, banks, pillows and doorstops from the Museum’s collection can be seen along with recent submissions of recently taken digital photographs.

Photo: Rose de Rose with pets c. 1910 Southampton History Museum Collections

WANT TO GO? $10; free for members and children 17 and younger. 631-283-2494.
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Aladdin

WHEN: May. 18 - 21, Wednesday, 11am, 12:15pm; Saturday, 1pm
WHERE: Ballet Long Island, 1863 Pond Rd, Ronkonkoma, NY
AGES: All
WHAT: This exciting adventure features a thrilling quest, with mysterious characters along the way including a magic genie, and a powerful Sorcerer. WANT TO GO? $18; $9 children and senior citizens. 631-737-1964.
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Westbury Street Fair FREE

WHEN: Saturday, May. 21, 10am-5pm
WHERE: Nassau County Fairs, 130 Post Ave., Westbury, NY
AGES: All
WHAT: Enjoy live music, check out the food trucks, and shop vendors and farmers market.  WANT TO GO? 516-442-6000.
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Rodgers & Hammerstein's Carousel, A Concert

WHEN: May. 21 - 22, Saturday, 2pm and 8pm; Sunday, 3pm
WHERE: Madison Theatre at Molloy College, 1000 hempstead ave, Rockville Centre, NY
AGES: 5 and older
WHAT:

Billy Bigelow, a swaggering, carefree carnival barker, falls in love with and marries the sweet but naive Julie Jordan. A stunning tale of hope, redemption, and the power of love. Richard Rodgers once wrote that of all the musicals he wrote, Carousel was his personal favorite. This American classic feature some of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s most iconic pieces, including “If I Loved You”, “Mister Snow”, “June Is Bustin Out All Over”, and the iconic “You’ll Never Walk Alone.” Carousel was Rodgers and Hammerstein’s second collaboration, and was adapted from Ferenc Molnar’s 1909 play Liliom. They transferred the Budapest setting of Liliom to the New England coastline, where Carousel takes place. The story tells of roguish carnival barker Billy Bigelow and mill worker Julie Jordan, both loners, who meet and fall in love. Their marriage ends up costing both their jobs, and things go downhill from there. Billy’s desperation makes him violent against those he loves most, and drives him to commit crimes in order to provide for his family. When Billy falls in with con-man Jigger Craigin, he ends up getting caught in the midst of an armed robbery and takes his own life. Billy is allowed to return to earth for one day 15 years later, and he encounters the daughter he never knew. Louise is a lonely, friendless teenager, her father’s reputation having haunted her throughout her young life. Yet Billy is able to instill in both the child and her mother a sense of hope. Voted the best musical of the 20th century by Time Magazine, Rodger’s and Hammerstein’s Carousel is the classic American musical, spanning heaven and earth in its exploration of human frailty, resilience, and the power of forgiveness. 



WANT TO GO? $40-$65. 516-323-4444.
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Baking Impossible FREE

WHEN: Saturday, May. 21, 2:00pm - 3:00pm
WHERE: Patchogue-Medford Library, 54-60 E Main St., Patchogue, NY
AGES: 5-12
WHAT: Baking meets engineering in this exciting challenge where kids will decorate a cupcake and build a device that will protect it from a crumbling catastrophe. WANT TO GO? 631-654-4700.
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14th Annual Sounds of Silence 5k/10k Run/Walk/Stroller Walk

WHEN: Saturday, May. 21, 8am
WHERE: Walker Beach, West Shore Road, Brightwaters, NY
AGES: All
WHAT: Walk to help the Postpartum Resource Center of New York support thousands of moms, dads and families in NY! WANT TO GO? $15-$45. 631-422-2255.
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CTREE Spring Open House FREE

WHEN: Saturday, May. 21, 9:30am-12pm
WHERE: CTREE - Center for Therapeutic Riding of the East End, 93 Merchants Path, Sagaponack, NY
AGES: All
WHAT: Watch therapeutic riding lessons. Meet the CTREE horses. WANT TO GO? 631-779-2835.
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GARDEN DAYS - Floral Design for Kids

WHEN: Saturday, May. 21, 10am
WHERE: Old Westbury Gardens, 71 Old Westbury Road, Old Westbury, NY
AGES: 5-12
WHAT:

Maura Brush, Horticulture Director for Old Westbury Gardens, will lead a 45-minute floral arranging class just for kids so they can explore their creative side. Fresh flowers will be used, and she will teach proper care and handling, water, and how to make sure your floral arrangement lasts and looks beautiful. She'll talk about flower names and some fun facts about each flower. Most appropriate for ages 5-12. Registration is required and class size is limited so sign up early. Fee includes ticket to Old Westbury Gardens for registrant and 1 caregiver and all materials.

WANT TO GO? $30. 516-333-0048.
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GARDEN DAYS - Drop-in Kids’ Planting

WHEN: Saturday, May. 21, 11am-2pm
WHERE: Old Westbury Gardens, 71 Old Westbury Road, Old Westbury, NY
AGES: 5-12
WHAT:

Kids can get their hands dirty as they participate in a take-home planting project. Access included with general admission. No registration required.

WANT TO GO? $14. 516-333-0048.
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Rodgers & Hammerstein's Carousel, A Concert FREE

WHEN: May. 21 - 22, Varies
WHERE: Madison Theatre at Molloy College, 1000 Hempstead Ave., Rockville Centre, NY
AGES: 5 and older
WHAT: This American classic features some of Rodgers and Hammerstein's most iconic pieces, including If I Loved You, Mister Snow, June Is Bustin Out All Over, and You'll Never Walk Alone.  WANT TO GO? $40-65. 516-323-4444.
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Ikebana Workshop

WHEN: Sunday, May. 22, 11am-12:30pm or 2-3:30pm
WHERE: Farmingdale Village Hall, 361 Main Street, Farmingdale, NY
AGES: 13 and older
WHAT:

Celebrate nature by learning about the Japanese art of flower arranging known as Ikebana. This year’s workshop will be led by Hiroko Uraga-Senese, an expert in the Misho-Ryu style of Ikebana, which she studied in Japan and has taught throughout Long Island. Ikebana is more than simply arranging flowers in a container.  It is an art form intended to encourage harmony between nature and humanity through an appreciation of flowers, seasons, and each container that is used.  The Misho-Ryu style dates back to 1807 and was developed in Osaka, Japan.  Ms. Uraga-Senese will demonstrate this art, and explain some of its history, philosophy, and techniques.  Workshop participants will have the opportunity to create their own individual flower arrangements, using seasonal flowers and plant materials. Seating is limited to 15 participants per session, and pre-registration is required by Friday, May 13.  The course fee includes the lecture, demonstration, workshop, vase, flower materials, and green foam frog to hold the flowers. To register, mail check payable to the “Incorporated Village of Farmingdale” to Ann Rodenburg, Farmingdale Village Hall, 361 Main Street, Farmingdale, NY 11735.

WANT TO GO? $25. 516-249-0093.
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Music from the Movies with Long Island reSound FREE

WHEN: Sunday, May. 22, 2-3pm
WHERE: Patchogue-Medford Library, 54-60 E. Main St., Patchogue, NY
AGES: 9 and older
WHAT: Enjoy the unique sounds of the Long Island reSound Handbell Ensemble as they play TV and movie themed tunes. Register. WANT TO GO? 631-654-4700.
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Keith Haring Painting Workshop

WHEN: Sunday, May. 22, 1:30-3:30pm
WHERE: Gold Coast Arts Center, 113 Middle Neck Road, Great Neck, NY
AGES: All
WHAT:

Gold Coast Arts celebrates pop artist Keith Haring's birthday this month! Join them to create and paint his whimsical pop art figures on a tote bag! Bring your friends & family and you'll all be toting a fabulous work of art around town. Workshop is limited to 16 students so save your spot! Be a part of this FAMOUS ARTIST SERIES workshops for all ages and enjoy a SPECIAL DEAL! Buy for 3 and get 1 person FREE- so mix and match workshops for family fun!

WANT TO GO? $60; $40 members. 516-829-2570.
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Looking for more events in your area? Search our comprehensive events calendar.

Looking to plan an awesome weekend on Long Island packed with fun for the whole family? Whether you are planning a day trip in close to the New York metro area or are looking for kid-friendly fun that's close to home, we've got you covered! There’s a lot of kid-friendly family fun planned for this weekend right here in Nassau and Suffolk counties. From storytimes and concerts to museum exhibits, crafts activities, seasonal events, and more, you'll find something to do that keeps the whole family having fun! Plan your weekend on Long Island with our guide that highlights the best family-friendly (vritual and in-person) events happening throughout Long Island. And check out our ManhattanBrooklynQueensWestchester, and Rockland weekend roundups for more fun inspiration!

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