Top Things to Do with Kids on Long Island in August

Top Things to Do with Kids on Long Island in August

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

International Concert Series FREE
WHEN: Jul. 1 - Aug. 5, see website for dates, 8pm
WHERE: Eisenhower Park, Eisenhower Park, Parking Field 6/6A, East Meadow, NY
WHAT: Presented by the Nassau County Department of Parks, Recreation and Museums in recognition of the county’s ethnic diversity, this month's theme is Chinese-American Night. Bring a folding chair or blanket.
WHY WE LOVE IT: It's like having a round trip ticket to concerts around the world!
WANT TO GO? 516-572-0200.

'Freckleface Strawberry: The Musical'
WHEN: Jul. 10 - Aug. 8, See website for exact days and times
WHERE: BroadHollow Theatre, 700 Hempstead Turnpike, Elmont, NY
WHAT: Based on the beloved New York Times best-selling book, this is a fun and touching musical specifically created to perform for young audiences. 
WHY WE LOVE IT: A great way to teach kids to "love the skin they're in!"
WANT TO GO? $11-$13. 631-581-2700.

Ice Skating FREE
WHEN: Jul. 11 - Aug. 15, 12-1pm
WHERE: Newbridge Road Park (Arena), 2600 Newbridge Road, Bellmore, NY
AGES: 5-17
WHAT: Youngsters can enjoy free ice-skating and free skate rentals.   
WHY WE LOVE IT: It's a chill way to cool off on a hot day!
WANT TO GO? 516-783-6181.

The Jim Jester Show FREE
WHEN: Friday, Aug. 3, 10:30am
WHERE: Rock Hall Museum, 199 Broadway, Lawrence, NY
WHAT: With a trunk full of props and a looping ma­chine, Jester Jim takes the stage and starts his show. Young and old will be glued to his every sound as he performs his amazing beatbox intro.
WHY WE LOVE IT: This is not your ordinary juggling show! It's magic, it's comedy, it's out of this world!
WANT TO GO? 516-239-1157.

Civil War Living History FREE
WHEN: Saturday, Aug. 4, 10am-4pm 
WHERE: Westhampton Beach Historical Society, 101 Mill Road, Westhampton Beach, NY
WHAT: Witness demonstrations of firearms, military drills, canon firing, cooking over open fire, and other typical camp activities all done in authentic military dress.
WHY WE LOVE IT: Important history for the entire family!
WANT TO GO? 631-288-1139.

Pastry Wars FREE
WHEN: Wednesday, Aug. 8, 6:30pm or 7:30pm
WHERE: Westhampton Free Library, 7 Library Ave., Westhampton Beach, NY
AGES: 5 and older
WHAT: Families will decorate a pastry similar to ones served at five-star restaurants. Chef Rob Scott will select a winner at the end of each session.
WHY WE LOVE IT: This is the best kind of edible one!
WANT TO GO? 631-288-3335.

WHEN: Aug. 10 - 19, Friday, 7pm; Saturday-Sunday, 11:30am and 2pm
WHERE: Long Island Children's Museum, 11 Davis Ave., Garden City, NY
WHAT: Follow all of your favorite crack-a-lackin’ friends as they escape from their home in New York’s Central Park Zoo and find themselves on an unexpected journey to the madcap world of King Julien’s Madagascar.    
WHY WE LOVE IT: This is absolutely the musical adventure of a lifetime!
WANT TO GO? $12. 516-224-5800.

2018 Snapper and Crab Derby Fishing Tournament  
WHEN: Aug. 11 - 12, Saturday-Sunday, 10am-2pm
WHERE: Captree State Park, 3500 Ocean Parkway, Babylon, NY
AGES: 5-17
WHAT: The Snapper Derby is held to encourage children to fish numerous fishing locations throughout Captree State Park.
WHY WE LOVE IT: Children learn a Long Island tradition.
WANT TO GO? $8 vehicle use fee. 631-669-0449.

WHEN: Saturday, Aug. 11, 11am
WHERE: Goat on a Boat @ Bay Street, 1 Bay St., Sag Harbor, NY
AGES: 3-8
WHAT: A peppy interpretation of the classic story in which Cinderella is helped by her fairy godmother and the clock at the top of the castle tower. 
WHY WE LOVE IT: This elaborate production features a clever set and detailed marionettes.
WANT TO GO? $18. 631-725-9500.

Movies on the Great Lawn: 'Pitch Perfect' FREE
WHEN: Monday, Aug. 13, 7:50pm
WHERE: Westhampton Free Library, 7 Library Ave., Westhampton Beach, NY
AGES: 9 and older
WHAT: Enjoy an movie outdoors plus a Cup Song lesson and Pitch Perfect soundtrack karaoke.
WHY WE LOVE IT: Singing in the great outdoors—it's pitch perfect!
WANT TO GO? 631-288-3335.

Danny Weinkauf & His Red Pants Band
WHEN: Thursday, Aug. 16, 11:30am and 2pm
WHERE: Long Island Children's Museum, 11 Davis Ave., Garden City, NY
WHAT: Rock out with Grammy-winning They Might Be Giants bassist Danny Weinkauf and his Red Pants Band as they perform their fun repertoire that is sure to please both young and old.
WHY WE LOVE IT: The band has performed its fun and catchy brand of intelligent pop rock everywhere from NYC parks and museums to Lollapalooza and all around the USA.
WANT TO GO? $9 with museum admission: $13; free children younger than 1. 516-224-5800.

Dance Visions NY
WHEN: Sunday, Aug. 19, 2pm
WHERE: Sands Point Preserve, 127 Middle Neck Road, Sands Point, NY
WHAT: The company of 16 dancers will perform a combination ofchoreographer Isadora Duncan’s works as well as original site-specific contemporary works.
WANT TO GO? $15 per car. 516-571-7901.

Elephant & Piggie's 'We Are in a Play!'
WHEN: Aug. 22 - 31, See website for select times; no performances Aug. 26-27
WHERE: Long Island Children's Museum, 11 Davis Ave., Garden City, NY
WHAT: Elephant and Piggie storm the stage in a rollicking musical romp filled with plenty of pachydermal peril and swiney suspense perfect for young audiences.
WHY WE LOVE IT: Carefully cautious Gerald and spirited playful Piggie share a day where anything is possible in an imaginative exploration of the meaning of friendship.
WANT TO GO? $9 with museum admission: $13; free children younger than 1. 516-224-5800.

Family Fridays: National Circus Project FREE
WHEN: Friday, Aug. 24, 6:30-7:30pm
WHERE: The Common Ground, Rotary Park, between Gillette and Candee avenues, Sayville, NY
WHAT: A panoramic presentation of circus skills as a sensational comedy-variety show with lots of audience participation.
WHY WE LOVE IT: This is good, old-fashioned family fun!
WANT TO GO? 631-664-4230.

SUMAQ Peruvian Food Festival
WHEN: Aug. 25 - 26, 11am-8pm
WHERE: Cradle of Aviation Museum, Charles Lindbergh Boulevard, Garden City, NY
WHAT: SUMAQ Peruvian Food Festival has become one of the most anticipated culinary events of the year, attracting food enthusiasts from all over the tri-state area! More than 20 food vendors, a mixture of local and award-winning chefs from Peru, will be participating in this year’s festival. 
WHY WE LOVE IT: You have the opportunity to learn cooking techniques from top chefs while sampling the best of Peruvian cuisine.
WANT TO GO? $15; $7 children younger than 13. 516-572-4111.

58th Annual Scottish Festival and Highland Games
WHEN: Saturday, Aug. 25, 8am-5pm
WHERE: Old Westbury Gardens, 71 Old Westbury Road, Old Westbury, NY
WHAT: It is believed that the games were begun by the ancient highland chieftains to help them select the strongest men for their armies. Don't miss the Grand Opening Ceremony at 12:30pm as the bagpipers march down the North Lawn to open the games. 
WHY WE LOVE IT: Frankly, we can't get enough of highland dancing, kilts, and bagpipes! Who could ask for anything more?
WANT TO GO? $20; $18 seniors; $10 children 7-17; free children 6 and younger. 516-252-3392.

Harbes Watermelon Festival FREE
WHEN: Aug. 25 - 26, 10am-7pm
WHERE: Harbes Family Farm, 715 Sound Ave., Mattituck, NY
WHAT: Enjoy two fun-filled Watermelon Eating Contests twice daily at Harbes Watermelon Festival! 
WHY WE LOVE IT: Pig races, singing hayrides, and bounce pillows are all part of the fun.
WANT TO GO? 631-298-0800.

'Flashdance: the Musical'
WHEN: Aug. 29 - Sep. 15, Check the website for specific dates and times
WHERE: Patchogue Theater for Performing Arts, 71 E. Main St., Patchogue, NY
AGES: 5 and older
WHAT: The story of 18-year-old Alex, a welder by day and "flashdancer" by night and her dreams of becoming a professional dancer.
WHY WE LOVE IT: Long Island native Julia Macchio, daughter of Ralph Macchio, stars.
WANT TO GO? $59-$89. 631-207-1313.

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