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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.


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Arts In The Plaza FREE

WHEN: May. 28 - Oct. 29, Saturdays, 10am-3pm
WHERE: Kennedy Plaza, 1 W Chester St., Long Beach, NY
AGES: All
WHAT: Arts In The Plaza is Long Beach's Weekly Arts Festival featuring handcrafted art by Long Island artists and live music! WANT TO GO? 516-476-2473.
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Swim with the Mermaids

WHEN: Jul. 1 - Sep. 5, Mondays and Fridays, 10:30am; 11:45am; 1:30pm; 2:45pm
WHERE: Long Island Aquarium, 431 East Main Street, Riverhead, NY
AGES: All
WHAT: Your little one will be delighted to swim with a real, live mermaid, as she navigates the Shark Reef Lagoon which is filled with gorgeous tropical fish from all over the world. WANT TO GO? $49 plus admission to the aquarium: $42.99, $31.99 seniors 62 and older; $29.99 ages 3-12. 631-208-9200.
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Long Island Retro Gaming Expo

WHEN: Aug. 12 - 14, Friday, 4-10pm; Saturday, 10am-10pm; Sunday, 10am-5pm
WHERE: Cradle of Aviation Museum, Charles Lindbergh Blvd. , Garden City, NY
AGES: All
WHAT:  Get ready to play all your retro favorites, browse retro gaming vendors, participate in panel discussions, bring your best cosplay, enter tournaments, and win prizes! WANT TO GO? $10-$15 single day child tickets; $15-$30 single day adult ticket; 4 pack tickets and VIP tickets available. 516-572-4111.
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Paumanauke Pow Wow

WHEN: Aug. 13 - 14, Saturday, 10am-9:30pm; Sunday, 10am-5pm
WHERE: Tanner Park, 400 Baylawn Avenue, Copiague, NY
AGES: All
WHAT:

Experience two days of Native American culture featuring Aztec Dancers, Traditional Dancers, Audience Participation, Traditional Drums, Native Food, Dance Competitions and Quality Traders. You are encouraged to bring your own seating, such as lawn chairs. Benches around the dance circle are reserved for dancers. Please be courteous to leave space for dancers' families and guests when choosing seating. Always ask permission to take photos and/or video of dancers and of others. Stand during special songs, including the Grand Entry, Flag Songs, Veteran's Songs, Memorial Songs, Prayer Songs, or other songs designated by the emcee. It is appropriate to remove hats that you may have on during the duration of these songs. The emcee will provide you with instruction and information regarding special songs.

WANT TO GO? $10; $5 seniors 60 and older and teens 12-16; free admission for children younger than 12. 631-587-3696.
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Bubble Palooza & Color Fun Run Festival

WHEN: Saturday, Aug. 13, 8:15am registration and check in; 9am first wave time begins
WHERE: Tanger Outlets Deer Park, 152 The Arches Circle, Deer Park, NY
AGES: All
WHAT: Run, walk, or stroll through bubbles, throw color, eat from local food trucks, explore interactive vendor experiences, take pictures, play games, enjoy fun-foods, and more! WANT TO GO? $29 per person early bird; $59 regular fee; $18 ages 4 and younger with a swag bag; free for children 4 and younger without the swag bag. 631-833-3364.
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Back to School Bash FREE

WHEN: Saturday, Aug. 13, 12-2pm
WHERE: Green Acres Mall, 2034 Green Acres Mall, Valley Stream, NY
AGES: 3-8
WHAT: Bring your littles one out for some games, activities face painting and more with the first 100 children to arrive receiving a complimentary Backpack and School Supplies. WANT TO GO? 516-561-1157.
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Even More Weekend Fun

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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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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Firepit Fridays

WHEN: Jun. 24 - Sep. 2, Fridays, 6-10pm
WHERE: The Adventure Park at Long Island, 75 Colonial Springs Rd. Gate 3, Wheatley Heights, NY
AGES: 5 and older
WHAT: Get cozy by the campfire after an evening of climbing. 7 and older.  WANT TO GO? $49. 631-983-3844.
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Pirate Quest

WHEN: Jul. 1 - Aug. 31, Thursdays-Sundays, 11am-4pm; **No session July 4 & August 7**
WHERE: The Whaling Museum & Education Center, 301 Main Street, Cold Spring Harbor, NY
AGES: 5-12
WHAT: Use a compass and a treasure map to solve puzzles and hunt for hidden treasure around the museum in this pirate-themed self-serve program. Complete your quest and decorate your very own treasure chest 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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Tots Cook Classes

WHEN: Jul. 7 - Aug. 26, Thursdays and Fridays, 11am-12:30PM
WHERE: Garden Of Eve, 4558 Sound Ave., Riverhead, NY
AGES: 3-8
WHAT: Cildren will go on a harvest tour of the farm to gather everything needed for the day and learn about how they were produced then turn them into delectable delicacies. WANT TO GO? $20 per child. 631-722-8777.
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Berry Weekends

WHEN: Jul. 8 - Aug. 28, Saturdays and Sunday, 9am-6pm
WHERE: Garden Of Eve, 4558 Sound Ave., Riverhead, NY
AGES: All
WHAT: Blueberries, Raspberries, Blackberries, oh my! Indulge in ripe goodness, nature's desserts, as organic berries ripen throughout July and August WANT TO GO? $10.95 per person. 631-722-8777.
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Pop-Up Saturdays

WHEN: Jul. 9 - Aug. 20, Saturdays, 2-4pm
WHERE: Stony Brook Village Center, 111 Main Street, Stony Brook, NY
AGES: All
WHAT:

The Ward Melville Heritage Organization (WMHO) will be hosting seven Pop-Up Saturdays (rain dates: Sundays) in Stony Brook Village on Saturdays. This family friendly event is filled with animals, magic, music, art and even Tai Chi! Pop-Up Saturdays are free to the public and except where noted, will take place in Stony Brook Village’s Inner Court (by the Rustic Loft and Crazy Beans). Pop-Up Saturdays are a family friendly event series sponsored by Edward Jones in honor of their 100th anniversary throughout 2022!

July 9th, experience the Magic of Amore from 2pm to 3pm, and North Fork Country Kids Rescue Vixen from 2pm to 4pm.

July 16th, Sweetbriar Nature Center will bring birds of prey and touchable animals from 2pm to 3pm. Silent Mind Tai Chi will take place from 3pm to 4pm.

July 23, Burke and Brenda will be performing original and cover songs in the genres of R&B, Roots, Blues and Contemporary Acoustic from 2 to 4pm at the Post Office, and Silent Mind Tai Chi will take place from (3pm to 4pm).

July 30, Characatures by Marty Macaluso (no rain date) will visit the village and draw caricatures of individuals and groups from 2pm to 4pm.

August 6, Sweetbriar Nature Center returns with birds of prey and animals to touch from 2pm to 4pm.

August 13, enjoy storytelling and singing by Johnny Cuomo from 2pm to 3pm, enjoy the music of Burke and Brenda at the Post Office from 2pm to 4pm.

August 20, the last pop-up Saturday, Little Shelter Animal Rescue and Adoption Center will visit the center with adoptable dogs from 2pm to 4pm and the last Silent Mind Tai Chi class will take place from 3pm to 4pm. 

WANT TO GO? Admission is free. Prices vary for goods and games. 631-751-2244.
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Summer Concert Series on the Village Green FREE

WHEN: Jul. 9 - Aug. 21, Sundays, 7-9pm
WHERE: The Village Green inStony Brook Village , across from 129 Main Street, Stony Brook, NY
AGES: All
WHAT:

The Ward Melville Heritage Organization (WMHO) is excited to announce the long awaited return of the Summer Concert Series on the Village Green. Performances include the Precisions, a vintage rock group performing songs from the golden age of rock and roll on July 10; the Rustlers, a high energy group performing southern rock songs on July 17; the Cluster, a super group performing hits from the 50s through the 80s on July 24; Linda Ipanema, performing traditional jazz songs on July 31; the Brooklyn Bards, performing acoustic traditional Irish music on August 7; the NY Exceptions, a doo-wop band performing songs from the 50s, 60s and 70s on August 14; and Country Rhythms, a country music line dance instruction group on August 21. In the case of rain, the concerts will be cancelled.

WANT TO GO? 631-751-2244.
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Summer Concert Series on the Village Green FREE

WHEN: Jul. 10 - Aug. 21, Sundays, 7-9pm
WHERE: The Jennie Melville Village Green, 129 Main Street, Stony Brook , NY
AGES: All
WHAT:

The Ward Melville Heritage Organization (WMHO) is excited to announce the long awaited return of the Summer Concert Series on the Village Green. Performances include the Precisions, a vintage rock group performing songs from the golden age of rock and roll on July 10; the Rustlers, a high energy group performing classic and contemporary country and rock and roll songs on July 17; the Clusters, a super group performing hits from the 50s through the 80s on July 24; Linda Ipanema, performing traditional jazz songs on July 31; the Brooklyn Bards, performing acoustic traditional Irish music on August 7; the NY Exceptions, a doo-wop band performing songs from the 50s, 60s and 70s on August 14; and Country Rhythms, a country music line dance instruction group. In the case of rain, the concerts will be cancelled.



WANT TO GO? 631-751-2244.
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Family Treasures with Tales to Tell: Summer Exhibit 2022 FREE

WHEN: Jul. 22 - Oct. 10, Fridays-Sundays, 11am-3pm
WHERE: Hallockville Museum Farm, 6038 Sound Ave., Riverhead, NY
AGES: 5 and older
WHAT:

Does your family have treasured keepsakes? Heirlooms with long-lost stories waiting to be discovered? Hallockville Museum Farm presents “Family Treasures with Tales to Tell,” an exhibition of historic quilts, spinning wheels, butter churns, and other artifacts contributed by North Fork families. A highlight of “Family Treasures with Tales to Tell,” is a collection of historic quilts that were donated recently to the Hallockville Museum Farm. Each quilt on display features a story about its maker, the owner, and the individuals’ histories. 

WANT TO GO? 631-298-5292.
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Sunflower Festival

WHEN: Jul. 23 - Aug. 28, 9am-6pm, daily
WHERE: Garden Of Eve, 4558 Sound Ave., Riverhead, NY
AGES: All
WHAT: Explore a 5 acre sunflower field, fun photo ops, Family Fun Fields, pedal karts, hay tower, farm animals, spider web, and more. WANT TO GO? $10.95. 631-722-8777.
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Pirate Crafternoons

WHEN: Aug. 2 - 31, Tuesdays-Sundays, 1-4pm
WHERE: The Whaling Museum & Education Center, 301 Main Street, Cold Spring Harbor, NY
AGES: 3-12
WHAT: Lads and lasses are invited to enjoy the exhibits and help themselves to seasonal, self-serve swashbuckling crafts in this workshop WANT TO GO? FREE with admission: $6; $5 children and seniors; free for members. 631-367-3418.
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Sleeping Beauty

WHEN: Aug. 5 - 13, Fridays, 11am; Saturdays, 11am and 2pm
WHERE: Theatre Three, 412 Main Street, Port Jefferson, NY
AGES: 3-8
WHAT: When Briar Rose falls asleep because of a wicked fairy's evil spell, all will be lost. Until true love's first kiss breaks the spell. A memorable story for this or any time. WANT TO GO? $10. 631-928-9100.
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Urban Air Lake Grove Celebrates National Friendship Day

WHEN: Aug. 7 - 11, 10am-8pm
WHERE: Urban Air Trampoline and Adventure Park Lake Grove, 3147 Middle Country Road, Lake Grove, NY
AGES: 5-12
WHAT:

In celebration of National Friendship Day, Urban Air Lake Grove, the only 50,000 sq. ft. indoor adventure park of its kind on Long Island, will offer a ticket special on Sunday. Visitors who purchase an ultimate or platinum pass at Urban Air Lake Grove can bring a friend to the park for $10 (friend will receive the same access). Offer can only be redeemed in person. The main attractions are the Sky Rider zip line, High Ropes obstacle course, Spin Zone bumper cars, and a full set of rock-climbing walls. 

WANT TO GO? $30.99. 631-861-4125.
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Celebrate Exercise with Your Child Week

WHEN: Aug. 7 - 19, Sunday-Thursday, 10am-8pm; Friday and Saturday, 10am-9pm
WHERE: Urban Air Trampoline and Adventure Park Lake Grove, 3147 Middle Country Road, Lake Grove, NY
AGES: 5-17
WHAT:

In celebration of Exercise with Your Children Week, Urban Air Lake Grove, the only 50,000 sq. ft. indoor adventure park of its kind on Long Island, will offer a ticket special from Sunday, August 7, 2022 from 10am to 8pm through Saturday, August 13, 2022 from 10am to 9pm. Visitors who purchase an ultimate or platinum pass at Urban Air Lake Grove can bring a friend to the park for $10 (friend will receive the same access). Offer can only be redeemed in person. Urban Air Lake Grove is a unique destination for Suffolk County families. The main attractions are the Sky Rider zip line, High Ropes obstacle course, Spin Zone bumper cars, and a full set of rock-climbing walls. 

WANT TO GO? $15.99-$39.49. 631-861-4125.
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14th Annual Holy Family Festival

WHEN: Aug. 10 - 13, Wednesday and Thursday, 6-10pm; Friday and Saturday, 6-11pm
WHERE: Holy Family Catholic Church , 17 Fordham Ave., Hicksville, NY
AGES: All
WHAT:

Exciting carnival rides, fantastic live music, and delicious foods and drinks! Plus, Casino Games and raffles for the grown ups!

WANT TO GO? Ride bracelets start at $29.99 when purchased online; individual ride tickets available for purchase. 516-938-3846.
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Alive on 25 FREE

WHEN: Aug. 12 - 19, Fridays, 5-9:30pm
WHERE: Downtown Riverhead, East Main Street, Riverhead, NY
AGES: All
WHAT: Check out this poo-up summer street festival featuring live music, car show, local craft beverages, outdoor dining, Long Island artists, performers and street vendors. WANT TO GO? 631-405-3200.
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'Spoon Man' Family Show FREE

WHEN: Friday, Aug. 12, 4-5pm
WHERE: Emma Clark Library, 120 Main St., Setauket, NY
AGES: 3-12
WHAT:

The "Spoon Man" is a published author who offers a hilarious interactive comedy program for all ages. He has an audience sing-a-long competition and creates a Mountain Band out of members of the audience. It's a spoonful of family fun! No registration required. Please note: If rain, this event will be moved indoors.

WANT TO GO? 631-941-4080.
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Paper Quilling & Rug Hooking FREE

WHEN: Saturday, Aug. 13, 10am-1pm
WHERE: Westhampton Beach Historical Society, 101 Mill Road, Westhampton Beach, NY
AGES: All
WHAT: Learn all about the history of paper quilling and rug hooking and see demonstrations of these art forms. WANT TO GO? 631-288-1139.
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JCPenney's 120th Birthday Tour FREE

WHEN: Saturday, Aug. 13, 11:30am-3:30pm
WHERE: Roosevelt Field, 630 Old Country Road, Garden City, NY
AGES: All
WHAT:

JCPenney’s “Shopping is Back!” tour bus stops in Garden City outside of the JCPenney store at the Roosevelt Field Mall! Garden City is the final of 12 stops the bus is making on its cross-country tour this summer to salute JCPenney’s milestone and celebrate their customers in local communities coast-to-coast. The block party-style celebration will include: A mobile stage including live music from Finn Matthews, treats and refreshments, lawn-style games including corn hole, giant tic tac toe, and more. JCPenney Beauty station showcasing inclusive brands and sample products from partner Thirteen Lune Displays showcasing JCPenney’s on-trend summer and back-to-school fashion and home items Giveaways and photo moments Opportunities for special shopping discounts such as a $10 off $10 or more coupon (while supplies last) Plus, for those that aren’t a part of JCPenney’s rewards program, they can sign-up and receive a 30% off welcome offer. Attendees will have access to the Back to School Event, running until 8/14 offering 25% off any way you pay. 

WANT TO GO? 516-742-8001.
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The Little Mermen

WHEN: Saturday, Aug. 13, 4pm
WHERE: Patchogue Theatre for the Performing Arts, 71 E Main St., Patchogue, NY
AGES: All
WHAT: Dress in your Disney best for The Little Mermen - the ultimate Disney tribute concert for Disney fanatics of all ages covering 80+ years of the Disney canon, including favorites from The Little Mermaid, Mary Poppins, Frozen and Encanto.  WANT TO GO? $30; $20 child. 631-207-1313.
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Story Time: Stellaluna FREE

WHEN: Saturday, Aug. 13, 10-11am
WHERE: Wertheim National Wildlife Refuge, 340 Smith Rd., Shirley, NY
AGES: 3-8
WHAT:

Stellaluna is about a baby bat and her journey to fit in with her fellow baby birds. This book is about finding out who you are and friendship. Afterwards, participants will make bat hats to bring home. Best for families with children in kindergarten through third grade. *please register at Mastic-Moriches-Shirley Community Library starting August 6. Phone Number: 631-399-1511 ext. 260 Link: bit.ly/3FVAJAB

WANT TO GO? 631-286-0485.
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Empowers Africa: World Elephant & World Lion Day Film Festival

WHEN: Sunday, Aug. 14, 7:30pm
WHERE: Southampton Arts Center, 25 Jobs Lane, Southampton, NY
AGES: All
WHAT:

Please join Empowers Africa and Southampton Arts Center, in celebration of World Elephant & World Lion Day.

WANT TO GO? $10; free for members. 631-283-0967.
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Incredible Invertebrates

WHEN: Tuesday, Aug. 16, 11am-12pm and 2-3pm
WHERE: Garvies Point Museum, 50 Barry Drive, Glen Cove, NY
AGES: All
WHAT:

Explore field and garden environments in search of a variety of insects, butterflies & more! Learn about life cycles and why insects are so important to our ecosystem. Use bug catchers, magnifiers, nets, & field guides!

WANT TO GO? $5; $3 children 5-12 years. 516-571-8010.
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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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