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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

The Wonder: Inspired by the movie 'Alice in Wonderland'

WHEN: Apr. 1 - May. 15, Wednesdays and Thursdays, 6-8pm; Fridays, 6-10pm; Saturdays, 12-10pm; Sundays, 12-8pm
WHERE: The Wonder Pop Up , 300 Main Street, Farmingdale, NY
AGES: All
WHAT:

For those both curious and curiouser, Unique Social Events presents a whimsical wonderland pop up inspired by the movie Alice in Wonderland! Fall down the rabbit hole and through the looking glass with themed wonderland decor, whimsical cocktails and delightfully delicious food. BUT WAIT! Enjoy visits from Alice, The Mad Hatter and The Red Queen with table side interactions and photo opportunities (characters subject to change)

WANT TO GO? $27 sitting fee. 516-274-8586.
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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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Broadway Commons Carnival

WHEN: May. 5 - 15, Monday-Thursday, 5-10pm; Friday, 5-11pm; Saturday, 12-11pm; Sunday, 12-10pm
WHERE: Broadway Commons, 358 N. Broadway Commons, Hicksville, NY
AGES: All
WHAT: Enjoy rides and games for all ages and deep-fried treats, sweets and other carnival eats. WANT TO GO? Admission is free, prices vary for goods and rides. 866-666-3247.
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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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Valley Stream Carnival

WHEN: May. 12 - 15, Thursday, 5-10pm; Friday, 5-11pm; Saturday, 12-11pm; Sunday, 12-10pm
WHERE: Arthur J. Hendrickson Park & Pool, 123 W. Merrick Road, Valley Stream, NY
AGES: All
WHAT:

There's something for everyone at this family-fun event, from midway rides and games for all ages to fair food for every appetite. Carnival admission is free. Unlimited ride wristbands (for riders 36 inches and taller) are available on site while supplies last for $35 on Thurs., May 19 and are only valid that day. Ride tickets, valid every day, are $1.50 each, $30/20 tickets, or $60/50 tickets plus 1 free ride. (Rides take 2 or more tickets each.) Visit the website for coupon savings: $5 off regular-price ride wristbands, $5 off a 50-ticket Super Saver Family Pack, and $2 off a $10 food purchase. Parent/guardian supervision is required for ages 17 and younger. Please check the website for updates before attending the event. 

WANT TO GO? FREE admission. Ride cost varies.. 866-666-3247.
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Cradle-Con - A Comic, Collectible & Pop Culture Con

WHEN: May. 14 - 15, Saturday, 10am-7pm; Sunday, 10am-5pm
WHERE: Cradle of Aviation Museum, Charles Lindbergh Blvd. , Garden City, NY
AGES: All
WHAT: Meet and greet local comic book creators, find rare books and toys, show off your best cosplay and more! WANT TO GO? Day of event: $25; $12 kids; In advance: $20; $10 kids; $30 weekend pass. 516-572-4111.
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Spring Fling Art & Music Festival FREE

WHEN: Saturday, May. 14, 11am-6pm
WHERE: Babylon Village Chamber of Commerce, Deer Park Avenue, Babylon Village, NY
AGES: All
WHAT: Explore, Dine & Shop Downtown Babylon with live musical entertainment, Merchant Sidewalk Sale, Discounts & Incentives and more.  WANT TO GO?
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Festival on the Fairway: Putting the Country Back in Country Club

WHEN: Saturday, May. 14, 12-6pm
WHERE: Holbrook Country Club, 700 Patchogue-Holbrook Road, Holbrook, NY
AGES: All
WHAT:

The Town of Islip Department of Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs will host the first-ever Festival on the Fairway: Putting the Country Back in Country Club. The festival celebrating the 30th anniversary of the Holbrook Country Club will feature Food Trucks, craft beers, mini golf, farmers' market, petting zoo, LIVE music and more. 

WANT TO GO? Admission is free.. 631-595-3500.
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Bicycle Rodeo FREE

WHEN: Saturday, May. 14, 8am-12pm
WHERE: Safety Town, 249 Buckley Road, Holtsville, NY
AGES: All
WHAT: Learn how to safely ride their bikes in a mock-roadway, kid-sized setting. Participants of all ages will be evaluated and given feedback on their bicycle-handling abilities, after proper bicycle safety skills are demonstrated. WANT TO GO? 631-363-3770.
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Bethpage Street Fair

WHEN: Sunday, May. 15, 10am-5pm
WHERE: Nassau County Fairs, 356 Broadway, Bethpage, NY
AGES: All
WHAT: Live music, kiddies bounce houses and food trucks featuring plenty of great fun food! WANT TO GO? Admission is free, prices vary for goods. 516-442-6000.
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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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Disney’s High School Musical JR.

WHEN: Apr. 15 - May. 15, See website for schedule
WHERE: Smithtown Center for the Performing Arts, 2 East Main St., Smithtown, NY
AGES: All
WHAT: Disney Channel's smash hit musical comes to life on stage in Disney’s High School Musical JR. WANT TO GO? $25. 631-724-3700.
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Baby Animal Days

WHEN: Apr. 16 - May. 15, 10am-5pm, daily
WHERE: Garden of Eve Organic Farm & Market, 4558 Sound Ave., Riverhead, NY
AGES: All
WHAT: Visit and interact with their baby chicks, goats, sheep, ducks and pig. WANT TO GO? $10.95 weekends; $8.95 weekdays; free for children younger than 2. 631-722-8777.
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Long Island Tulip Festival

WHEN: Apr. 20 - May. 15, 9am-5pm, daily
WHERE: Waterdrinker Family Farm & Garden, 663 Wading River Road, Manorville, NY
AGES: All
WHAT: Tiptoe through the tulips, play a round of mini golf, visit the barnyard animals and more. WANT TO GO? $15. 631-878-8653.
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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.

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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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Scary Movie Night FREE

WHEN: Friday, May. 13, 6-8pm
WHERE: Carnegie Library, 54-60 East Main Street, Patchogue, NY
AGES: 13 and older
WHAT:

Celebrate Friday the 13th with a scary movie! Join us for a screening of "Blumhouse's Fantasy Island." Rated PG-13.

WANT TO GO? 631-654-4700.
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Reptiles Drive-Thru

WHEN: Saturday, May. 14, 10am-2pm
WHERE: Sport Fishing Education Center, Cedar Beach Marina, Babylon, NY
AGES: All
WHAT: Take a ride with your family to meet the Sea Explorers Reptiles and explore some of the local inhabitants that call Long Island beaches home! WANT TO GO? $25 per car. 631-587-2873.
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The Long Beach Centennial Scavenger Hunt

WHEN: Saturday, May. 14, 10:30am, orientation; 11:30am, hunt
WHERE: Long Beach Chamber of Commerce, Kennedy Plaza 1 West Chester Street, Long Beach, NY
AGES: All
WHAT:

The Long Beach Chamber of Commerce and City of Long Beach will host The Long Beach Centennial Scavenger Hunt, an adventure based Scavenger Hunt that will engage and challenge participants about Long Island’s “City by the Sea”.  Through a points based App, teams will visit various locations and earn points as they learn about and enjoy the City of Long Beach in a fun new way. Teams will consist of 4-6 people each.  Individual participants or teams of less than 4 will be joined together to form a team.  Team Captains will download the cityHUNT App (IPhone or Android).  Teams receive clues and try to solve as many clues as possible during the duration of the hunt.  Solving a clue is easy: once a team figures out the answer to the clue it captures the moment with your phone and upload the image using the mobile app.  Photos are worth different point values depending on how difficult and outrageous they are answered. Great prizes will be awarded to a number of teams for a variety of winning categories. Each team member must be paid and registered to take part in the event. To register and for more information, log on to TheLongBeachChamber.com. Uncover fun facts about the city by the sea while exploring local businesses, solve clues, complete challenges by visiting select restaurants for a delicious bite and a chance to win great prizes.

WANT TO GO? $12 per person. 516-432-6000.
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The Long Beach Centennial Scavenger Hunt

WHEN: Saturday, May. 14, 10:30am, orientation; 11:30am, hunt
WHERE: Long Beach Chamber of Commerce, Kennedy Plaza 1 West Chester Street, Long Beach, NY
AGES: All
WHAT:

The Long Beach Chamber of Commerce and City of Long Beach will host The Long Beach Centennial Scavenger Hunt, an adventure based Scavenger Hunt that will engage and challenge participants about Long Island’s “City by the Sea”.  Through a points based App, teams will visit various locations and earn points as they learn about and enjoy the City of Long Beach in a fun new way. Teams will consist of 4-6 people each.  Individual participants or teams of less than 4 will be joined together to form a team.  Team Captains will download the cityHUNT App (IPhone or Android).  Teams receive clues and try to solve as many clues as possible during the duration of the hunt.  Solving a clue is easy: once a team figures out the answer to the clue it captures the moment with your phone and upload the image using the mobile app.  Photos are worth different point values depending on how difficult and outrageous they are answered. Great prizes will be awarded to a number of teams for a variety of winning categories. Each team member must be paid and registered to take part in the event. To register and for more information, log on to TheLongBeachChamber.com. Uncover fun facts about the city by the sea while exploring local businesses, solve clues, complete challenges by visiting select restaurants for a delicious bite and a chance to win great prizes.

WANT TO GO? $12 per person. 516-432-6000.
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Spring into Summer Open House

WHEN: Sunday, May. 15, 12-4pm
WHERE: One River School of Art + Design, 150 Woodbury Rd. , Woodbury , NY
AGES: 3 and older
WHAT: During this event you'll have the opportunity to meet the school's educators, take a school tour, attend creative workshops, participate in fun art activities and more. WANT TO GO? $10. 516-268-3566.
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May OPEN HOUSE FREE

WHEN: Sunday, May. 15, 1-4pm
WHERE: Beth Sholom Day Camp, 401 Roslyn Road, Roslyn Heights, NY
AGES: All
WHAT:

Looking for a Summer Camp for your children? Schedule a tour at this Open House!

WANT TO GO? 516-621-9257.
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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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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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