Outdoor Activities on Long Island this month

Outdoor Activities on Long Island this month

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This month, take the kids outside to explore tons of outdoor activities on Long Island, in both Nassau County and Suffolk County.

HeartBeet Farm Stand FREE
WHEN: May. 26 - Oct. 13, Saturdays, 10am-12pm
WHERE: Stony Brook Village Center, 111 Main St., Stony Brook, NY
AGES: All
WHAT: HeartBeet Farms produces fresh, organically grown fruits and vegetables with a focus on nourishing families.
WANT TO GO? 631-751-2244. stonybrookvillage.com.

Farmer's Market FREE
WHEN: Jun. 2 - Oct. 27, Saturdays, 10am–3pm
WHERE: Tanger Outlets – The Arches , 152 The Arches Circle , Deer Park, NY
AGES: All
WHAT: The market will feature Long Island’s local farms, wineries and bakers offering local fruits, vegetables, wines and more.
WANT TO GO? tangeroutlet.com.

Bird & Butterfly-Friendly Gardens
WHEN: Jun. 5 - Sep. 29, Tuesday-Saturday, 10am-4pm
WHERE: Garvies Point Museum, 50 Barry Drive, Glen Cove, NY
AGES: All
WHAT: Our gardens are full of mostly native flowers that attract pollinators, bees, butterflies, moths, hummingbirds, and songbirds. Make sure to visit the bird and butterfly-friendly gardens during the height of bloom.
WANT TO GO? $4; $2 for children younger than 12. 516-571-8010. garviespointmuseum.com.

Busy at the Bee Yard Maintenance Sessions
WHEN: Jun. 17 - Aug. 12, 10am; 3 sessions 6/12; 7/29; and 8/12
WHERE: Sands Point Preserve, 127 Middle Neck Road, Sands Point, NY
AGES: 9 and older
WHAT: These sessions involve hands-on participation on beekeeping techniques. As a precaution, wear long sleeves, long pants, closed shoes, and tie up long hair. Hats and gloves are recommended.
WANT TO GO? $10 per car. 516-571-7901. sandspointpreserve.org.

Sandcastle Contest
WHEN: Jun. 28 - Aug. 30, Thursdays, 9:30-10:30am
WHERE: Hither Hills State Park, 164 Old Montauk Hwy., Montauk, NY
AGES: All
WHAT: Sand, water, and natural materials native to the beach can be used to create sculptures. Prizes are provided by the Natural Heritage Trust.
WANT TO GO? $10 vehicle use fee. 631-668-2554. nysparks.com.

Lighthouse Open Late
WHEN: Jul. 1 - 31, Saturdays, 9:30am-8pm
WHERE: Fire Island Lighthouse, Robert Moses State Park parking field 5, Fire Island, NY
AGES: All
WHAT: Enjoy the early evening at the Lighthouse. Beat the parking fee after 6pm.
WANT TO GO? $8; $4 children younger than 13. 631-661-4876. fireislandlighthouse.com.

Spiders and Ants and Artists, Oh My!
WHEN: Jul. 1 - 3, Sunday and Tuesday, 1-3pm
WHERE: Long Island Children's Museum, 11 Davis Ave., Garden City, NY
AGES: 3 and older
WHAT: Come learn about artist Louise Bourgeois and find out why she created larger-than-life sculptures of spiders and an eco-friendly sculpture of an ant to coincide with this week’s  production of Ants.
WANT TO GO? $14; $13 seniors; free for children younger than 1. 516-224-5800. licm.org.

Summer Sunsational
WHEN: Jul. 1 - Aug. 31, Wednesday-Sunday, 10am-5pm
WHERE: White Post Farms, 250 Old Country Road, Melville, NY
AGES: All
WHAT: There will be water bouncers, a magic show, giraffe station, monkey barn, bird aviary, and friendly animals.
WANT TO GO? $18.95. 631-351-9373. whitepostfarms.com.

Green Teens
WHEN: Jul. 3 - 31, Tuesdays and Thursdays, 11am-3pm
WHERE: Long Island Children's Museum, 11 Davis Ave., Garden City, NY
AGES: 3 and older
WHAT: Explore the worlds of science and nature with the Green Teens this summer in Our Backyard. Each week, dig deeper into the unknown through hands-on learning experiences on alternative energy, water, habitats, and more.
WANT TO GO? $14; $13 seniors; free for children younger than 1. 516-224-5800. licm.org.

Listen Up! Storybook Stroll: 'Where the Wild Things Are' by Maurice Sendak
WHEN: Saturday, Jul. 7, 12pm
WHERE: Old Westbury Gardens, 71 Old Westbury Road, Old Westbury, NY
AGES: 3-8
WHAT: Open your ears to classic and modern tales as we stroll the gardens and, later, create a unique take home craft.
WANT TO GO? $12; $10 seniors; $7 children ages 7-17; free for children younger than 7. 516-252-3392. oldwestburygardens.org.

Citizen Science: Monarch Larva Monitoring Project
WHEN: Jul. 11 - 25, Wednesdays, 11am
WHERE: Long Island Children's Museum, 11 Davis Ave., Garden City, NY
AGES: 3 and older
WHAT: By measuring plants, rainfall, and monarch eggs you will be collecting real data that scientists at the University of Minnesota Monarch Lab can analyze. Your data will help them understand butterfly migration and will help conserve this threatened species.
WANT TO GO? $14; $13 seniors; free for children younger than 1. 516-224-5800. licm.org.

Wacky Water Wednesdays
WHEN: Jul. 11 - 25, Wednesdays, 11am-2pm
WHERE: Cold Spring Harbor Fish Hatchery & Aquarium, 1660 Route 25A, Cold Spring Harbor, NY
AGES: Newborn-5
WHAT: Kids can play games and go under sprinklers set up on Hatchery lawn. Bring a towel.
WANT TO GO? $6; $4 children ages 3-12; free for children younger than 3. 516-692-6768. cshfha.org.

Family Seaside Adventure
WHEN: Wednesday, Jul. 18, 10am-12pm
WHERE: Fire Island Lighthouse, Robert Moses State Park parking field 5, Fire Island, NY
AGES: 3-12
WHAT: Families are invited to join two experts and sein in the bay just north of the lighthouse. Bring bathing suits, water shoes, and a towel. Registration required.
WANT TO GO? $5. 631-661-4876. fireislandlighthouse.com.

Bait Your Hook!
WHEN: Jul. 18 - 22, Wednesday-Sunday, 1-5pm
WHERE: Maritime Explorium, 101 E. Broadway, Port Jefferson, NY
AGES: Newborn-5
WHAT: Design bait that attracts fish.
WANT TO GO? $5. 631-331-3277. maritimeexplorium.org.

Long Island's Wild Flowers
WHEN: Saturday, Jul. 21, 1-3pm
WHERE: Garvies Point Museum, 50 Barry Drive, Glen Cove, NY
AGES: All
WHAT: This slide-illustrated talk will feature Long Island's common native and introduced wildflower species. Focus will be on history and folklore as well as identification. Walk through preserve and gardens will follow.
WANT TO GO? $5 with museum admission: $4; $2 for children younger than 12. 516-571-8010. garviespointmuseum.com.

Sunflower Festival!
WHEN: Jul. 21 - 29, Saturday-Sunday, 10am-6pm
WHERE: Garden of Eve Farm, 4558 Sound Ave., Riverhead, NY
AGES: All
WHAT: Pick sunflowers, hide in the sunflower maze, enjoy a hayride through the sunflowers, taste sunflower oil, and sunflower seeds. Buy a fun pass for access to all activities, hayride farm animals, and more.
WANT TO GO? $5. 631-722-8777. gardenofevefarm.com.

Ships Ahoy!
WHEN: Jul. 25 - 29, 1-5pm
WHERE: Maritime Explorium, 101 E. Broadway , Port Jefferson, NY
AGES: Newborn-5
WHAT:  Design a rocky shoreline with a lighthouse to keep ships safe.
WANT TO GO? $5. 631-331-3277. maritimeexplorium.org.

Nature Walk: Butterflies and Other Insects FREE
WHEN: Saturday, Jul. 28, 11am
WHERE: Sagamore Hill NHS, 20 Sagamore Hill Road, Oyster Bay, NY
AGES: All
WHAT: Discover why butterflies and other insects are important pollinators, and learn to identify some common meadow insects. Join a volunteer naturalist on a moderate hike on Sagamore Hill's trails. Wear comfortable walking shoes and bring water.
WANT TO GO? 516-922-4788. nps.gov/sahi.

1970's Day
WHEN: Saturday, Jul. 28, 10am-5pm
WHERE: Long Island Game Farm, 489 Chapman Blvd., Manorville, NY
AGES: All
WHAT: The park will feature admissions prices from its first decade in business.
WANT TO GO? $3.90; $1.95 children. 631-878-6644. longislandgamefarm.com.

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