Where to Celebrate Father's Day on Long Island
By NYMetroParents Calendar Editor

Where to Celebrate Father's Day on Long Island

June 7, 2016   |   Event Roundups  

UPDATED June 2017: Father's Day is on June 18 this year and there are lots of fun Father's Day events on Long Island. Celebrate the dads in your life at the racetrack or a museum, with some baseball, live music, or other fun activity. Show dad how much you care by taking him to one of these great Father's Day events in Nassau and Suffolk counties.

For more family fun we've gathered the best Father's Day activities in ManhattanBrooklyn, Queens, and in Westchester, Rockland, and Bergen counties.
 

Father's Day Events in Nassau County

Party at the Park at Belmont
WHEN: June 2-July 7, Gates open at 11:30am; Fridays except 6/9
WHERE: Belmont Park Racetrack, 2150 Hempstead Turnpike, Elmont
AGES: Teen, adult
WHAT: “Party at the Park” is a Friday feature at Belmont with a special first race post time of 3pm for fantastic twilight racing and a party that includes food and drink specials along with a live concert following the conclusion of live racing. 
WANT TO GO? Call for cost. 718-641-4700. nyra.com/belmont. 
 

Polo at Bethpage State Park
WHEN: June 4-Aug. 20, Sundays, 3pm
WHERE: Bethpage State Park, 99 Quaker Meeting House Road, Farmingdale
AGES: All
WHAT: Polo is a great completive sport. Come and enjoy an afternoon of excellent polo games at Bethpage State Park. A treat for the whole family.
WANT TO GO?  $5; $8 vehicle fee. 631-669-1000. bethpagepolo.com.
 

Historic Old Time Baseball Matches: 1864 Rules
WHEN: June 4-25, Sundays, 11am-3pm
WHERE: Old Bethpage Village Restoration, 1303 Round Swamp Road, Old Bethpage
AGES: All
WHAT: Watch as teams recreate how the 1864 League played base ball (as it was spelled then) following the rules and customs of the 19th century in vintage uniforms and old style bats and balls.
WANT TO GO? $10; $7 children ages 5-12 and seniors; free for children younger than 5. 516-572-8401. nymutuals.com.
 

FREE Cinema on the Bay: 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens'
WHEN: Saturday, June 17, 8pm
WHERE: Sunset Park, Lower Main Street, Port Washington
AGES: Al
WHAT: Come see Star Wars: The Force Awakens this Father's Day weekend.
WANT TO GO? 516-708-5819. northhempsteadny.gov.
 

Long Island Nets Fan Fest
WHEN: Saturday, June 17, 1-4pm
WHERE: NYCB Live, Home of the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum, 1255 Hempstead Turnpike, Uniondale
AGES: All
WHAT: The Long Island Nets are hosting a Fan Festival at NYCB Live, Home of the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum. Join the Nets for a day of fun. Fan Festival activities include: inflatables, face painting, music, a balloon artist, basketball, food court, and tours of NYCB Live.
WANT TO GO? 516-231-4848. linets.leagueapps.com.
 

FREE Dads and Donuts
WHEN: Saturday, June 17, 11am
WHERE: Mineola Public Library, 195 Marcellus Road, Mineola
AGES: Pre-school & younger, Young elementary, Adult
WHAT: Are you a dad? Do you like donuts? If you answered "yes" to both questions, then bring your little one down for stories, a craft, and some donuts. Grandpas, uncles, or any male father figures are welcome to attend this event.
WANT TO GO? 516-746-8488. mineolalibrary.info.
 

FREE Eisenhower Park Fair
WHEN: June 17-18, Saturday-Sunday, 10am-5pm
WHERE: Eisenhower Park, Field 8, Merrick and Stewart avenues, East Meadow
AGES: All
WHAT: Fun, games, crafts, gifts, activities, and great food. It's the perfect combination for families to have a great time at the fair.
WANT TO GO? 516-442-6000. nassaucountycraftshows.com.
 

Messy Afternoons at Long Island Children's Museum
WHEN: June 17-July 2, Saturday-Sunday, 3:30-5pm
WHERE: Long Island Children's Museum, 11 Davis Ave., Garden City
AGES: Pre-school & younger
WHAT: Kids will be up to their elbows in goop, guts, shaving cream, and Play-Doh. The afternoon will offer a variety of sensory activities for children.
WANT TO GO? $13; $12 seniors 65 and older; free for children younger than 1. 516-224-5800. licm.org.
 

Daddy & Me Rockets!
WHEN: Sunday, June 18, 10am-1pm
WHERE: Center for Science Teaching and Learning, 1450 Tanglewood Road, Rockville Centre
AGES: Pre-school & younger, Young elementary, adult
WHAT: Celebrate Father's Day by building a rocket and launching it with your child! Staff is available to assist in fabrication questions and to help you blast off. This popular program is great way to enjoy a day. Bring a camera.
WANT TO GO? $40. 516-764-0045. cstl.org.
 

FREE Father's Day Concert in the Park: The Hambones
WHEN: Sunday, June 18, 6-7:30pm
WHERE: Coe Hall-Planting Fields, 1395 Planting Fields Road, Oyster Bay
AGES: All
WHAT: Bring a chair, blanket, and an outdoor picnic to enjoy great upbeat music and the beauty at Planting Fields and exterior of Coe Hall. The Hambones play a merry mix of pop, blues, country & rockabilly from the Classic American Songbook. Dancing encouraged!
WANT TO GO? 516-922-8678. jlavella@plantingfields.org. plantingfields.org.
 

Cool Pop Father's Day Treat
WHEN: Sunday, June 18, 2-4pm
WHERE: Long Island Children's Museum, 11 Davis Ave., Garden City
AGES: Pre-school & younger, Young elementary
WHAT: Happy Father's Day! Come by our pop-up station to make a cheery Father's Day card for your dad! Paint a popsicle shape in bright fun colors to make "treat" stationery for your cool pop! This is a free drop in program. Stop by anytime between 2pm and 4pm. This craft takes approximately 10 minutes to complete and it's yours to keep!
WANT TO GO? $13; $12 seniors; free for children younger than 1. 516-224-5828. licm.org.
 

Father's Day: David Houston Performs 'The Sporting Life & Tales'
WHEN: Sunday, June 18, 2-3pm
WHERE: Coe Hall-Planting Fields, 1395 Planting Fields Road, Oyster Bay
AGES: Tween, Teen, Adult
WHAT: Miss those old radio dramas? This performance is written in the style of those exciting radio dramas.
WANT TO GO? $5; free for children younger than 12. jlavella@plantingfields.org. 516-922-8678. plantingfields.org.
 

Mounted Cowboy Shooting Match
WHEN: Sunday, June 18, 11:30am-1:30pm
WHERE: Old Bethpage Village Restoration Fairgrounds, 1303 Round Swamp Road, Old Bethpage
AGES: All
WHAT: Watch as New York’s original mounted shooting club The Island Long Riders, dressed in Old-West attire navigate a course on horseback while shooting targets. The show is based on the historical reenactment of shooting events held at Wild West Shows during the 19th century. 
WANT TO GO?  $10; $7 children ages 5-12; free for children younger than 5. 516-572-8400. islandlongriders.com. 
 

FREE Crafts For Kids: Father's Day
WHEN: Through June 24, Saturdays, 11am-3pm
WHERE: Lakeshore Learning Store, 2070 Hillside Ave., New Hyde Park
AGES: Pre-school & younger, Young elementary
WHAT: Kids will have a ball making exciting crafts that they can use or display. Every craft is educational and fun.
WANT TO GO? 516-616-9360. lakeshorelearning.com.

 

Father's Day Events in Suffolk County

Long Island FunFest
WHEN: June 15-25, Monday-Friday, 5-11pm; Saturday-Sunday, 12-11pm
WHERE: Suffolk County Community College – Brentwood, Crooked Hill Road, Brentwood 
AGES: Pre-school & younger, Young elementary, Tween, Teen, Adult
WHAT: The Second Annual Long Island FunFest offers Long Islanders an exciting 11-day festival experience. There will be live bands, 28 carnival rides, games, vendors, traditional fair food, and more. On June 18 dads of all ages get free admission when accompanied by a son or daughter. 
WANT TO GO?  $20 unlimited rides Thursdays; $5 Friday-Sunday; $2 Monday-Wednesday. longislandfunfest.com.
 

Father's Day Paint Event
WHEN: Saturday, June 17, 2:30-4pm
WHERE: Key to My Art, 10 West Oak St., Amityville
AGES: Young elementary, Tween, Teen, Adult
WHAT: Paint your own canvas, with the option to hang it together with dad's. Fee includes all supplies and instruction. If you have more than one child, please call the studio before you book to get a discount. This is a stay and paint with your child event. Registration required. 
WANT TO GO? $25. 631-608-9048. keytomyart.com.
 

38th Annual Shelter Island Run/Walk and Runner's Festival
WHEN: Saturday, June 17, 5:30pm
WHERE: Shelter Island, 33 N. Ferry Road, Shelter Island
AGES: All
WHAT: The 38th Annual Shelter Island 10K/5K Run/Walk, a USA track and field certified course is touted as the most scenic course by Runner’s World Magazine. the Runner’s Festival will be held following the race starting at 7pm at the Island Boatyard and Marina on Shelter Island. There will be dancing with DJ Twilo, local artisan food trucks, cash bar, local merchant shopping area, a photo booth, kids fun area, and amazing raffle prizes. For a full schedule of events throughout the weekend visit http://www.shelterislandrun.com/events.html.
WANT TO GO? See website for price, schedule, and to register. 631-774-9499. shelterislandrun.com.
 

Harbes Farm Father's Day Festival
WHEN: June 17-18, Saturday-Sunday, 10am-6pm
WHERE: Harbes Family Farm, 715 Sound Ave., Mattituck
AGES: All
WHAT: Dad's get free admission to Harbes Barnyard Adventure ALL weekend long. Dad will love the new "Sport Zone" with football and baseball tossing games. Plus there's new activities including "Jumbo Jumpers," huge inflatable bouncing pillows, and the new "Lil' Farmers PlayLand". There will also be farm animals, hosted kids activities, singing hayrides, pig races, wine tastings, and more.
WANT TO GO? Free admission; $14.95 to visit the barnyard; free for dads. 631-298-0800. harbesfamilyfarm.com.
 

Happy Father's Day!: Whaling Museum and Education Center
WHEN: Sunday, June 18, 11am-5pm
WHERE: Whaling Museum and Education Center, 279 Main St., Cold Spring Harbor
AGES: All
WHAT: Every whale of a dad gets in free with a paying guest.
WANT TO GO? $6; $5 children ages 4-18; free for children younger than 4 and dads. 631-367-3418. cshwhalingmuseum.org.
 

Father's Day: Cold Spring Harbor Fish Hatchery & Aquarium
WHEN: Sunday, June 18, 10am-5pm
WHERE: Cold Spring Harbor Fish Hatchery & Aquarium, 1660 Route 25A, Cold Spring Harbor
AGES: All
WHAT: Free admission for Father's only when accompanied by their children.
WANT TO GO? $6; $4 children ages 3-12; free for children younger than 3 and fathers. 516-692-6768. cshfha.org.
 

Father's Day: Long Island Game Farm Wildlife Park & Children's Zoo
WHEN: Sunday, June 18, 10am-6pm
WHERE: Long Island Game Farm Wildlife Park & Children's Zoo, 489 Chapman Blvd., Manorville
AGES: All
WHAT: Dads (grandpas, uncles, and other father-figures) can enjoy half-priced admission all day long, with the purchase of a full-priced adult or children's ticket.
WANT TO GO?  $16.95; $14.95 children ages 3-13; free for children younger than 3. 631-878-6644. longislandgamefarm.com.
 

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Main image: Celebrate Father's Day by building a rocket and launching it with your child at the Center for Science Teaching and Learning.
Courtesy Center for Science Teaching and Learning