Messy Afternoons at Long Island Children's Museum
WHEN: June 16-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.
Father's Day Birdhouse Building
WHEN: Sunday, June 17, 10am and 12pm
WHERE: Sands Point Preserve, 127 Middle Neck Road, Sands Point
WHAT: Create your own birdhouse with step by step instructions from biologist Eric Powers to take home to your gardens.
WANT TO GO? $45. 516-571-7901. sandspointpreserve.org.
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: Sunday, June 17, 2:30-3:30pm
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: Sunday, June 17, 5:30pm
WHERE: Shelter Island, 33 N. Ferry Road, Shelter Island
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.
FREE Harbes Farm Father's Day Festival
WHEN: June 16-17, Saturday-Sunday, 10am-6pm
WHERE: Harbes Family Farm, 715 Sound Ave., Mattituck
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 17, 11am-5pm
WHERE: Whaling Museum and Education Center, 279 Main St., Cold Spring Harbor
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 17, 10am-5pm
WHERE: Cold Spring Harbor Fish Hatchery & Aquarium, 1660 Route 25A, Cold Spring Harbor
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.
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