Top Things to Do with Kids on Long Island in October

Top Things to Do with Kids on Long Island in October

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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.

The Amazing Maize Maze Sponsored by Con Edison
WHEN: Sep. 23 - Oct. 29, daily, 11am-4:30pm
WHERE: Queens County Farm Museum, 73-50 Little Neck Parkway, Floral Park, NY
AGES: All
WHAT: Kids and adults alike will have fun finding their way out of this 3-acre corn labyrinth. The adventure begins with a "Stalk Talk" to prepare participants for the challenge of finding clues, solving puzzles, and making their way out of the maze.
WANT TO GO? $10; $5 children ages 4-11; free for children 3 and younger. 718-347-3276. queensfarm.org.

'Shopkins Live! Shop It Up!'
WHEN: Sunday, Oct. 1, 12:30pm and 5pm
WHERE: NYCB Theatre at Westbury, 960 Brush Hollow Road, Westbury, NY
AGES: 3-8
WHAT: The kid-friendly Shoppies make their theatrical debut in an original new live show featuring musical performances by Jessicake, Bubbleisha, Peppa-Mint, Rainbow Kate, Cocolette, Polli Polish, and more.
WHY WE LOVE IT: An ensemble cast of multi-talented performers brings the show to life on stage through urban style music, song, and dance.
WANT TO GO? $29 and up. 516-334-0800. thetheatreatwestbury.com.

The Travelin' Trunk Show
WHEN: Oct. 1 - 31, Saturday-Sunday, 11am
WHERE: ThinkBIG! Theater Arts, 42 S. Ocean Ave., Patchogue, NY
AGES: Newborn-5
WHAT: Through music, sound effects, and costumed play, help create a performance that's never the same show twice.
WHY WE LOVE IT: This is Long Island's only episodic children's show.
WANT TO GO? $10; $5 additional adult. 631-307-4042. thinkbigtheaterarts.org.

RISE of the Jack O'Lanterns: Garden of Gourds
WHEN: Oct. 6 - 29, see website for dates, 6-10:30pm
WHERE: Old Westbury Gardens, 71 Old Westbury Road, Old Westbury, NY
AGES: All
WHAT: Come see 5,000 hand-carved illuminated jack- o'-lanterns creatively arranged along a scenic walking path and set to a musical score designed to bring out the fall spirit in visitors of all ages.
WHY WE LOVE IT: It's artistically jaw-dropping and ghoulishly fun!
WANT TO GO? $26; $22 children ages 3-12 and seniors; free for children 2 and younger. 818-639-8981. therise.org.

'La Boheme'
WHEN: Oct. 7 - 8, Saturday, 7pm; Sunday, 3pm
WHERE: Madison Theatre at Molloy College, 1000 Hempstead Ave., Rockville Centre, NY
AGES: All
WHAT: La Boheme is the passionate, timeless, and indelible story of love amount young artists in Paris.
WHY WE LOVE IT: It can stake its claim as the world’s most popular opera.
WANT TO GO? $45 and up. 516-323-4444. madisontheatreny.org.

'Dream, Girl'
WHEN: Wednesday, Oct. 11, 7:30pm
WHERE: Cinema Arts Centre, 423 Park Ave., Huntington, NY
AGES: 5 and older
WHAT: The stories of powerful female entrepreneurs and the dreams that have propelled their business.
WHY WE LOVE IT: An inspiring film for girls.
WANT TO GO? $16. 631-423-7611. cinemaartscentre.org.

Twice Exceptional Children's Advocacy (TECA) Conference: Building 2e Awareness & Community
WHEN: Friday, Oct. 13, 8am-5:30pm
WHERE: The Madison Theatre/Public Square at Molloy College, 1000 Hempstead Ave., Rockville Centre, NY
AGES: 13 and older
WHAT: The day includes more than 20 informative workshops and panel discussions, community building activities, and networking opportunities.
WHY WE LOVE IT: If you know a child who is really bright, this is a conference you’ll want to attend.
WANT TO GO? $50 and up. 347-889-6333. teca2e.org.

'Squabble in the Castle'
WHEN: Oct. 14 - 28, Saturdays, 2pm
WHERE: BayWay Arts Center, 265 E. Main St., East Islip, NY
AGES: 3-12
WHAT: On Halloween night, a group of teenage friends travel to a Hollywood movie set haunted by three monsters intent on driving away the film’s stars.
WHY WE LOVE IT: This zany mystery has plenty of adventure and laughs.
WANT TO GO? $13. 631-581-2700. broadhollow.org.

'Flip Fabrique'
WHEN: Saturday, Oct. 14, 4pm
WHERE: Staller Center - Stony Brook University, 100 Nicolls Road, Stony Brook, NY
AGES: 5 and older
WHAT: These young acrobats learned their circus skills from Cirque du Soleil and Cirque Eloize.
WHY WE LOVE IT: Their tricks will take your breath away.
WANT TO GO? $20. 631-632-6000. stallercenter.com.

'Sue Ology and the (Possibly) Haunted House'
WHEN: Oct. 14 - 29, Saturdays, 3pm; Sundays, 1pm
WHERE: ThinkBIG! Theater Arts, 42 S. Ocean Ave., Patchogue, NY
AGES: 5-8
WHAT: When Sue Ology moves with her family into a supposedly haunted house, she must use her love of science to keep her kid brothers from getting scared
WHY WE LOVE IT: After each show, audience members can try out each of the science experiments that Sue uses during the show.
WANT TO GO? $15. 631-307-4042. thinkbigtheaterarts.org.

The Oyster Festival FREE
WHEN: Oct. 14 - 15, Saturday-Sunday, 11am-6pm
WHERE: Theodore Roosevelt Memorial Park, West End and Audrey avenues, Oyster Bay, NY
AGES: All
WHAT: This popular event will feature live entertainment, top-notch artisans, various shows, rides, and the iconic oyster eating and shucking contest, as well as a food court.
WHY WE LOVE IT: Shucks, could 200,000 annual visitors be wrong?
WANT TO GO? 516-628-1625. theoysterfestival.org.

Amusement Park FREE
WHEN: Monday, Oct. 16, 7-8pm
WHERE: Brentwood Public Library, 34 Second Ave., Brentwood, NY
AGES: 5-12
WHAT: Design your own amusement park using paper, plates, pom poms, and more.
WHY WE LOVE IT: A fun way to take on an engineering challenge.
WANT TO GO? 631-273-7883. brentwoodnylibrary.org.

Rock Hall Country Fair FREE
WHEN: Oct. 21 - 22, Saturday-Sunday, 11am-5pm
WHERE: Rock Hall Museum, 199 Broadway, Lawrence, NY
AGES: All
WHAT: Visit with colonial historians. Activities include harvest market, raffles, craft vendors, scarecrow making, pumpkin patch, food court, pony rides, animal farm, antique cars, and a craft area for children.
WHY WE LOVE IT: It's a weekend of country fun!
WANT TO GO? 516-239-1157. toh.li.

Pumpkin Carver at Stew Leonard's FREE
WHEN: Saturday, Oct. 21, 10am-4pm
WHERE: Stew Leonard's Farmingdale, 261 Airport Plaza, Farmingdale, NY
AGES: All
WHAT: Lenny Calvin, former contestant on season 6 of Food Network's Halloween Wars, creates spooky scenes on pumpkins.
WHY WE LOVE IT: You'll be amazed at elaborate carvings using clay tools and X-Acto knives.
WANT TO GO? 516-962-8210. stewleonards.com/farmingdale.

'Sleeping Beauty'
WHEN: Sunday, Oct. 22, 3pm
WHERE: Landmark on Main Street, 232 Main St., Suite 1, Port Washington, NY
AGES: 3-12
WHAT: In an exciting tale filled with music, you'll discover how this amazing story ends as the kingdom comes back to life.
WHY WE LOVE IT: A tale of a beautiful princess, a sleeping enchantment, and a handsome prince come to life.
WANT TO GO? $25. 516-767-6444. landmarkonmainstreet.org.

Fiddler on the Roof
WHEN: Oct. 22 - Nov. 5, Sundays, 2pm
WHERE: The Showplace at Bellmore Movies, 222 Pettit Ave., Bellmore, NY
AGES: 9 and older
WHAT: Tevye, the father of five daughters, attempts to maintain his Jewish religious and cultural traditions, as outside influences encroach upon the family’s lives.
WHY WE LOVE IT: "Fiddler" is a classic theatrical performance that points up some of the same struggles parents have today.
WANT TO GO? $12. 516-599-6870. plazatheatrical.com.

Bats, Barnacles & Broomsticks Halloween Party
WHEN: Saturday, Oct. 28, 10am-4pm
WHERE: Long Island Aquarium, 431 E. Main St., Riverhead, NY
AGES: All
WHAT: Children gather treats throughout the aquarium and can watch a costume parade for the penguins.
WHY WE LOVE IT: Children in costumes will get half off admission with a paying adult.
WANT TO GO? $29; $22 children ages 3-13; free for children younger than 3. 631-208-9200. longislandaquarium.com.

Haunted House
WHEN: Oct. 28 - 29, Saturday, 1-7pm; Sunday, 11am-7pm
WHERE: Queens County Farm Museum, 73-50 Little Neck Parkway, Floral Park, NY
AGES: 5 and older
WHAT: Prepare for a scare inside the haunted barn. Hayrides, mulled cider, Halloween treats, and apples will be sold. 
WHY WE LOVE IT: The perfect way to get into the Halloween spirit.
WANT TO GO? $4. 718-347-3276. queensfarm.org.

Rapunzel
WHEN: Oct. 28 - Nov. 4, Sundays, 2pm
WHERE: The Showplace at Bellmore Movies, 222 Pettit Ave., Bellmore, NY
AGES: 9 and older
WHAT: Based on the original Brothers Grimm classic fairytale, this original musical is a funny and touching version that is sure to please even the most TANGLED fans.
WHY WE LOVE IT: We love the new twists in the old hairy,fairy tale.
WANT TO GO? $12. 516-599-6870. plazatheatrical.com.

'Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood Live: King for a Day!'
WHEN: Sunday, Oct. 29, 4pm
WHERE: Tilles Center for the Performing Arts, 720 Northern Blvd., Brookville, NY
AGES: 3-8
WHAT: Daniel and all of his friends invite you for a brand-new adventure in the Neighborhood of Make-Believe where Daniel learns just what it takes to be King.
WHY WE LOVE IT: It’s an event filled with tigertastic fun, teaching the valuable lessons of kindness, helping others, and being a friend.
WANT TO GO? $28 and up. 516-299-3100. tillescenter.org.

27th Annual Halloween Festival FREE
WHEN: Tuesday, Oct. 31, 2pm
WHERE: Stony Brook Village, 111 Main St., Stony Brook, NY
AGES: All
WHAT: Activities include pumpkin painting, games, crafts, and a scarecrow competition.
WHY WE LOVE IT: Children can trick or treat in the shops.
WANT TO GO? 631-751-2244. stonybrookvillage.com.

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