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Top Things to Do with Kids on Long Island in September

Top Things to Do with Kids on Long Island in September

Our calendar editors have hand-picked the best family events and activities happening on Long Island this September, in both Nassau County and Suffolk County.

Bethpage Polo at the Park
WHEN: Jul. 21 - Sep. 29, Sundays, 3pm
WHERE: Bethpage State Park, Plainview Road & Manchester Drive, Bethpage, NY
AGES: All
WHAT: Catch a live polo match this summer.
WHY WE LOVE IT: It's a relaxing way to wrap up a summer weekend as a family.
WANT TO GO? $15; $5 Senior Citizens, Active Military, College ID; see website for more options. http://bethpagepolo.com.

The Wiggles: Party Time Tour!
WHEN: Wednesday, Sep. 4, 11am
WHERE: NYCB Theatre at Westbury, 960 Brush Hollow Road, Westbury, NY
AGES: 3-8
WHAT: Join Emma as she performs Irish, ballet, and other bow-tiful dancing. Listen to Anthony play his guitar, banjo and bagpipes. Do the actions with Simon as he sings "Simon Says." And if Lachy falls asleep, call out "Wake up Lachy!"
WHY WE LOVE IT: You can sing and dance along to all your favorite classic Wiggles songs, as well as plenty of new favorites.
WANT TO GO? $40. 516-247-5200. thetheatreatwestbury.com.

September 11th Remembrance Ceremony FREE
WHEN: Thursday, Sep. 5, 7pm
WHERE: Tobay Beach Marina, Ocean Pkwy., West Gilgo Beach, NY
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WHAT: The ceremony includes a candlelight vigil, vocal performances, bagpipe music and religious readings, and the reading of the names of those that were lost that were connected to the town. 
WHY WE LOVE IT: It's a chance to come together and remember and honor those who were lost on September 11 and its aftermath.
WANT TO GO? 516-797-7900. http://oysterbaytown.com.

52nd Patchogue Italian Feast of Saint Liberata FREE
WHEN: Saturday, Sep. 7, 12-6pm
WHERE: Downtown Patchogue, Main Street, Patchogue, NY
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WHAT: Family-friendly festivities include children's karaoke, a magician, dunk tank, bounce houses, a zeppole eating contest, and live entertainment.
WHY WE LOVE IT: Take the stroller for a walk to view classic and Italian cars and to watch the annual bocce ball tournament.
WANT TO GO? Admission is free, prices vary for goods. 631-207-1000. https://facebook.com/events/2318052461740915/.

Village Day Fall Festival
WHEN: Sunday, Sep. 8, 12-4pm
WHERE: Sands Point Preserve, 127 Middle Neck Road, Sands Point, NY
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WHAT: Celebrate the autumn season with outdoor activities for children of all ages, including a petting zoo, pony rides, and hayrides.
WHY WE LOVE IT: Kids can paint pumpkins while parents peruse award-winning artisanal cheeses and farm picked vegetables.
WANT TO GO? $20 per car; $10 per car members. 516-571-7901. sandspointpreserve.org.

PEPPA PIG LIVE! PEPPA PIG'S ADVENTURE!
WHEN: Wednesday, Sep. 11, Doors: 4:30pm, Show: 6pm
WHERE: The Paramount, 370 New York Ave., Huntington, NY
AGES: Newborn-5
WHAT: Peppa Pig, George, and their friends are back with a brand new live show, Peppa Pig’s Adventure.
WHY WE LOVE IT: Bring younger siblings! Babies 1 year and under can sit on a lap for free.
WANT TO GO? $25.50 and up. 631-673-7300. paramountny.com.

Long Island Parents Day FREE
WHEN: Sunday, Sep. 15, 11am-3pm
WHERE: Long Island University, Pratt Recreation Center, 720 Northern Blvd., Brookville, NY
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WHAT: LI Parents Day is a fun day for the whole family. Kids can enjoy activities, classes, crafts, animals, sports, treats, and more while parents meet Back to School exhibitors, such as after-school classes and programs, birthday party venues, special needs providers, health and wellness professionals, local museums and day trip locations, and more!
WHY WE LOVE IT: Tip alert! Use code "NYMP1" to receive free tickets when registering online.
WANT TO GO? 646-736-3619. liparentsday.com.

27th Annual Italian Festival
WHEN: Sunday, Sep. 15, 11am-5pm
WHERE: Hofstra University, 235 Hofstra University, South Campus, Hempstead, NY
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WHAT: This popular tradition features a full itinerary of crafts, live entertainment, children’s activities, and food.
WHY WE LOVE IT: Expect a festive atmosphere with lots of music, dancing, and costumes.
WANT TO GO? $6; $5 for senior citizens; free for children younger than 12 . 516-463-6582. https://hofstra.edu/community/fest/fest_italian.html.

Long Island Fair
WHEN: Sep. 21 - 29, Weekends, 10am-5pm; Last admission is 3:30pm
WHERE: Old Bethpage Restoration Village, 1303 Round Swamp Road, Old Bethpage, NY
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WHAT: Families will enjoy pig racing, a high dive show, a bicycle stunt show, a petting zoo and camel rides, The Butterly Experience, musical performances, and magic shows.
WHY WE LOVE IT: Get a taste of history too with Teddy Roosevelt’s Rough Riders and The Old Bethpage Village Brass Band.
WANT TO GO? $15; $13 seniors older than 60 and children ages 5-12; free for children younger than 5. 516-572-8401. https://lifair.org/.

The Big Chocolate Show
WHEN: Sep. 21 - 22, daily, 10am-5pm
WHERE: Resorts World NYC, 110-00 Rockaway Blvd, Queens, NY
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WHAT: This family-friendly event features samples, chocolate tastings, live demonstrations, classes, and more. Families will enjoy the s'mores workshop, lollipop, truffle making, and cake decorating classes.
WHY WE LOVE IT: Indulge for a good cause! The show benefits Cookies for Kids Cancer, a national nonprofit committed to putting an end to pediatric cancers.
WANT TO GO? $15 and up. 800-630-4405. thebigchocolateshow.com.

Family Fall Festival FREE
WHEN: Sunday, Sep. 22, 1:30-3pm
WHERE: Floral Park Library, 17 Caroline Place, Floral Park, NY
AGES: All
WHAT: Enjoy fun activities, including playing with giant games, munching on delicious popcorn, and a visit to the famous pumpkin patch.
WHY WE LOVE IT: Every kid can pick and decorate a pumpkin!
WANT TO GO? 516-326-6330. floralparklibrary.org.

44th Annual West Islip Country Fair
WHEN: Sunday, Sep. 22, 10am-5pm
WHERE: West Islip Public Library Grounds, 3 Higbie Lane, West Islip, NY
AGES: All
WHAT: See live music on the stage and have fun in the children's area with bounce structures, a slide, a magician, face painting, and more.
WHY WE LOVE IT: The food options abound with Polish, Greek, crepes, Philly cheesesteaks, roasted corn, funnel cakes, and fried Oreos!  
WANT TO GO? Admission is free, prices vary for goods. 631-533-5403. https://westislipcountryfair.org/.

2019 Wildwood Fall Festival FREE
WHEN: Saturday, Sep. 28, 11am-4pm
WHERE: Wildwood State Park, Hulse Landing Road, Wading River, NY
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WHAT: The 26th Annual Fall Festival will showcase a variety of craft vendors as well as children's entertainment, pony rides, a petting zoo, food, and refreshments.
WHY WE LOVE IT: Show your friendly competitive side at the build a scarecrow and guess how much the pumpkin weighs contests. 
WANT TO GO? 631-321-3510. parks.ny.gov.

The 27th Annual Malverne Fall Festival & Classic Car Show
WHEN: Sunday, Sep. 29, 11am-4pm
WHERE: Malverne Village, Park and Lots surrounding Malverne Train Station, Malverne, NY
AGES: All
WHAT: The festival will feature a craft fair, live entertainment, inflatable kids' rides, dance and martial arts demos, and a pumpkin patch.
WHY WE LOVE IT: Stay for lunch with the delicious chili cook off.
WANT TO GO? Admission is free, prices vary for goods. https://lifairs.com/.

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