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UPDATED October 2017: Find the best summer activities for kids on Long Island. NYMetroParents' guide helps you find kids classes, Long Island summer camps, summer programs, activities and family excursions in Nassau County, including Port Washington, Hicksville, Great Neck, Merrick, and Suffolk County, including Northport, Dix Hills, Commack, Sayville, Cold Spring Harbor, and more in Suffolk County, Long Island.
Summer Activities & Excursions
EMPIRE STATE FAIR
1255 Hempstead Turnpike , Uniondale
Welcome to Empire State Fair at NYCB Live at the Nassau Coliseum. We invite you to join us for 11 days of action-packed fun for the entire family, July 20-30, 2017. Our new 25-acre fairgrounds debuts with more than 100 attractions featuring electrifying rides for all ages including the largest Kiddieland on Long Island and the world’s largest portable Ferris wheel–all the way from Holland. There is plenty of exciting free entertainment, scrumptious food, and fun games to keep you and your family coming back for more!
GATEWAY PERFORMING ARTS CENTER OF SUFFOLK COUNTY (THE)
215 S. Country Road, Bellport
Since 1950, The Gateway has become Long Island’s home for Broadway-quality entertainment. What was once one of the top ten summer theatres-Robert Duvall and Gene Hackman began their careers here-has now expanded to include a five-show summer season of musicals, a summer Children’s Theatre series, a winter holiday season–plus special events throughout the year. Shows are presented at the 500-seat Gateway Playhouse in Bellport and at the 1200-seat Patchogue Theatre. Additionally, more than 300 students each year–from Montauk to Manhattan–receive professional-level training at The Gateway School for the Performing Arts.
The Great South Bay Music Festival, Long Island’s largest and longest running “family-themed” music and art’s fest is back for its 11th year, at Patchogue’s beautiful Shorefront Park, July 13-16. Four days and more than 65 performers including artisan and craftspeople, a pirate encampment, stilt-walkers, live-art, and a fun “KidZone Tent & Stage,” featuring educational children’s entertainers, performing all day Saturday and Sunday! A highlight for children is Special Sunday Morning Concert with Emmy Award winning “Imagination Movers.” For tickets and information, go to greatsouthbaymusicfestival.com or call 631-331-0808.
LONG ISLAND AQUARIUM & EXHIBITION CENTER
431 E. Main St., Riverhead
631-208-9200 xH2O (426) / for birthdays: 631-208-9200 x186
This FINtastic destination features one of the largest all-living coral reef displays in this hemisphere, a 120,000-gallon shark tank, year-round sea lion shows, penguins, numerous touch tanks and more than 100 exhibits and interactive experiences, including Butterflies, Bugs and Birds, Shark Dive, Penguin Encounter, and Snorkel Adventure! There are plenty of special events on the calendar, for guests of all ages. Check our website for a full listing of the great activities you won’t want to miss.
Summer Programs & Classes
HUNTINGTON LEARNING CENTERS (LI)
656 Sunrise Highway, Baldwin
607 E. Main St., Bay Shore
79-81 Westbury Ave., Carle Place
Elwood Shopping Center
1928B Jericho Turnpike, East Northport
639 Sunrise Highway, Lynbrook
1506 Northern Blvd., Manhasset
South Gate Shopping Center
49-34 Merrick Road, Massapequa Park
499-5 Sunrise Highway, Patchogue
443 South Oyster Bay Road, Suite B, 2nd floor
Smithtown Shopping Center
8 Miller Place, Smithtown
Huntington Learning Center’s Summer Learning Programs. Research shows that students take steps backwards in knowledge and skills over summer break. RAND Education’s 2011 study shows that summer learning programs mitigate summer learning loss and lead to achievement gains. Huntington offers two summer programs. Our Summer Advantage Program helps students (grades third-seventh) build skills in writing, math, and effective studying. Our Advanced Study Skills Program gives students (eighth grade and higher) strategies necessary for effective studying; including time management, organization, goal setting, and writing college essays. Call 1-800-CAN-LEARN to learn more, or visit huntingtonhelps.com.