Top Things to Do with Kids on Long Island in October

Top Things to Do with Kids on Long Island in October

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

True Colors- Exhibition
WHEN: Sep. 9 - Dec. 30, 10am-4:45pm
WHERE: Nassau County Museum of Art, 1 Museum Drive, Roslyn Harbor, NY
WHAT: The full range of color’s magic is on display in this exuberant show of more than 100 works from the nineteenth-century to today.
WHY WE LOVE IT: It features a monumental painting by Titian, considered the original champion of color in art, in a dramatic installation.
WANT TO GO? $12; $8 seniors/student; $4 children. 516-484-9337.

The Amazing Maize
WHEN: Sep. 22 - Oct. 27, Weekends and Columbus Day, 11am-4:30pm
WHERE: Queens County Farm Museum, 73-50 Little Neck Parkway, Floral Park, NY
WHAT: Challenge yourself with finding clues, solving puzzles, and making your way out of the 3-acre maze.
WHY WE LOVE IT: Who knew getting lost could be so much fun?
WANT TO GO? $10 adult; $5 children ages 4-11; free for children ages 3 and younger. 718-347-3276.

Traveling Exhibit -TINKERTOY®: Build Your Imagination™
WHEN: Sep. 29 - Jan. 6, Tuesday-Sunday, 10am-5pm
WHERE: Long Island Children's Museum, 11 Davis Ave., Garden City, NY
WHAT: Visitors can explore a walk-in size replica of the canister, create their own designs, experiment with renewable energy and water filtration, and take part in a scavenger hunt.
WHY WE LOVE IT: A great way to introduce children to STEM concepts!
WANT TO GO? $13; free children younger than 1. 516-224-5800.

Deconstructing the Beatles: Deconstructing Abbey Road with Scott Freiman
WHEN: Thursday, Oct. 4, 7-10pm
WHERE: Cinema Arts Centre, 423 Park Ave., Huntington, NY
AGES: 9 and older
WHAT: Freiman  takes  the  audience  on  a  journey  track-by track  explaining  the  inspiration for  the  songs  and  their  evolution  in  the  studio.
WHY WE LOVE IT: This group continues to appeal to all ages.
WANT TO GO? $16. 631-423-7611.

Rise of the Jack O'Lanterns
WHEN: Oct. 5 - 29, check website for exact dates and times
WHERE: Old Westbury Gardens, 71 Old Westbury Road, Old Westbury, NY
WHAT: Some of the top pumpkin sculptors in the country will carve a dozen pumpkin sculptures!
WHY WE LOVE IT: The pumpkin trail is well lit to ensure that the experience is always safe and enjoyable for everyone.
WANT TO GO? $26; $22 children ages 3-17 and seniors; free for children 2 and younger. 818-639-8981.

Blood Manor- Crypts of the Coliseum
WHEN: Oct. 5 - Nov. 3, Check website
WHERE: NYCB LIVE, Home of The Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum, 1255 Hempstead Turnpike, Uniondale, NY
AGES: 13 and older
WHAT: Blood Manor is a haunted house comprised of approximately 5,000-square-feet of themed rooms, corridors, and a labyrinth of passageways.
WHY WE LOVE IT: Maximize your fear!
WANT TO GO? Check website. 516-231-4848 .

A Kooky Spooky Halloween
WHEN: Oct. 6 - 27, Saturdays, 11am; Sunday, 3pm; Sensory Sensitive Performance: Oct. 14, 11am
WHERE: Theatre Three, 412 Main St., Port Jefferson, NY
AGES: 3 and older
WHAT: A merry musical about a ghost who's afraid of the dark. 
WHY WE LOVE IT: Hilarious hijinks and a message of cooperation highlight this delightful musical.
WANT TO GO? $10. 631-928-9100.

WHEN: Sunday, Oct. 7, 7pm
WHERE: Patchogue Theater for Performing Arts, 71 E. Main St., Patchogue, NY
AGES: 5 and older
WHAT: Dancers work behind a screen to create shadow silhouettes of shapes from the world around us.
WHY WE LOVE IT: Bodies transform into a mountain, an elephant, even a helicopter.
WANT TO GO? $20-$45. 631-207-1313.

Spooky Fest
WHEN: Oct. 13 - 28, dates vary, 6:30-9:30pm
WHERE: Tanglewood Preserve, 1450 Tanglewood Road, Rockville Center, NY
WHAT: The preserve is decorated with both scary and friendly walks including haunted woods, a zombie maze, children's maze, and a friendly walk in the meadow.
WHY WE LOVE IT: Parents have the option of bringing all their kids and treating the little ones to the non-scary attractions.
WANT TO GO? $15; $10 children. 516-764-0045.

Deer Park Annual Fall Festival FREE
WHEN: Sunday, Oct. 14, 10am-5pm
WHERE: Geiger Lake Memorial Park, Grand Boulevard, Deer Park, NY
WHAT: There will be food trucks, entertainment, a car show, trunk or treat activity, and free pumpkin picking.
WHY WE LOVE IT: There will be a scarecrow and pie-eating contests!
WANT TO GO? 631-872-9764.

Hempstead Lake Fall Family Freshwater Fishing Festival FREE
WHEN: Saturday, Oct. 20, 10am-4pm
WHERE: Hempstead Lake State Park, Lake Side Drive, West Hempstead, New York
WHAT: This family-oriented annual fishing festival integrates fishing with fall activities, such as a casting for pumpkins contest and pumpkin decorating. 
WHY WE LOVE IT: Children can also enjoy an inflatable, pumpkin decorating, face painting and much more!
WANT TO GO? 516-766-1029.

Rock Hall Country Fair FREE
WHEN: Oct. 20 - 21, 11am-5pm
WHERE: Rock Hall Museum, 199 Broadway, Lawrence, NY
WHAT: Enjoy the harvest market, pumpkin patch, and children's craft area, as well as farm animals, pony rides, craft vendors, and antique cars. 
WHY WE LOVE IT: This 33-year-old fair gets better with age!
WANT TO GO? 516-239-1157.

Annual Halloween Bash
WHEN: Friday, Oct. 26, 4-6pm
WHERE: Children's Museum of the East End, 376 Bridgehampton-Sag Harbor Turnpike, Bridgehampton, NY
WHAT: Families are invited to join this fun-filled evening of ghoulish games, trick or treating, creepy crafts, and more.  
WHY WE LOVE IT: A costume parade is planned as well!
WANT TO GO? $12; free for children younger than 12. 631-537-8250.

Heritage Halloween
WHEN: Saturday, Oct. 27, 11am-12:30pm and 1:30-3pm
WHERE: Heritage Trust, 633 Mount Sinai Coram Road, Mount Sinai, NY
WHAT: There will be pumpkin decorating, Halloween games, a costume parade, and raffles.
WHY WE LOVE IT: The perfect way to get in the Halloween spirit!
WANT TO GO? $10. 631-509-0882.

Great Jack-O'-Lantern Spectacular Sail
WHEN: Saturday, Oct. 27, 3pm
WHERE: Belmont Lake State Park, 625 Belmont Road, North Babylon, NY
WHAT: Pumpkins are placed on flotation devices with candles inserted inside and sailed around the lake behind kayaks.
WHY WE LOVE IT: It's a beautiful sight!
WANT TO GO? 631-667-5055.

Ghostly Gala
WHEN: Saturday, Oct. 27, 6-9pm
WHERE: Long Island Children's Museum, 11 Davis Ave., Garden City, NY
WHAT: Celebrate Halloween in a fun, safe and spooky way! 
WHY WE LOVE IT: Kids get to make some cool and creepy craft projects!
WANT TO GO? $14; $13 seniors; free children younger than 1. 516-224-5800.

Haunted Wail-ing Boo-seum
WHEN: Sunday, Oct. 28, 11am–3pm
WHERE: The Whaling Museum & Education Center, 279 Main St., Cold Spring Harbor, NY
WHAT: See live critters in Dr. Gellerman’s Spooky Zoo, meet costumed characters, and go home with tons of spooky crafts.
WHY WE LOVE IT: This is 'not-so-scary'...just sheer fun!
WANT TO GO? $6; $12 children. 631-367-3418 .

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