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From concerts and performances, to workshops and exhibits, plan your weekend with our round up of the best things to do with kids on Long Island this weekend, Sept. 23-24, 2017. Check out our picks for kids' activites in Nassau and Suffolk counties. Also see our guides for weekend fun in New York City and Westchester, Rockland, and Bergen counties.
FREE Smithsonian Day WHEN: Saturday, Sept. 23, 11am-4:45pmWHERE: Nassau County Museum of Art, 1 Museum Drive, Roslyn Harbor AGES: All WHAT: Nassau County Museum of Art is participating in the annual Smithsonian Day of free admission to museums across the country. Visit the website to obtain the Smithsonian's Museum Day Live! pass. WANT TO GO? 516-484-9338. nassaumuseum.org.
FREE AFRO-DYSIA-In Concert WHEN: Saturday, Sept. 23, 2pmWHERE: Roosevelt Public Library, 27 W. Fulton Ave., Roosevelt AGES: All WHAT: Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month with this high energy performance of Latin Jazz and Candombe. WANT TO GO? 516-378-0222. rooseveltlibrary.org.
Mozart Orchestra of New York WHEN: Saturday, Sept. 23, 8pmWHERE: Tilles Center for the Performing Arts, 720 Northern Blvd., Brookville AGES: All WHAT: This all Beethoven concert includes Coriolan Overture, Piano Concerto No. 5 (Emperor), and Symphony No. 2 with music director Gerard Schwarz and Vladimir Feltsman on piano. WANT TO GO? $40 and up. 516-299-3100. tillescenter.org.
Professional Bull Riders: Built Ford Tough Series WHEN: Sept. 23-24, Saturday, 6:45pm; Sunday, 1:45pmWHERE: NYCB LIVE, home of the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum Presented By New York Community Bank, 1255 Hempstead Turnpike, Uniondale AGES: All WHAT: Each event features epic battles of man vs. beast: a barrage of 8-second rides and jaw-dropping wrecks as cowboys risk it all against fearsome bovine opponents more than 10 times their size. The world’s 35 top cowboys will be confronting the best bulls in the business in epic showdowns to claim the Buck Off The Island title. WANT TO GO? $26 and up. 800-745-3000. nycblive.com.
Village Day Fall Festival WHEN: Sunday, Sept. 24, 12-4pmWHERE: Sands Point Preserve, 127 Middle Neck Road, Sands Point AGES: All WHAT: Celebrate the fall harvest season with outdoor activities for children of all ages, including a petting zoo; pumpkin painting for budding artists; award-winning artisanal cheeses; farm picked vegetables; and other fun events.WANT TO GO? $20 per car. 516-571-7901. thesandspointpreserve.com.
Long Island Fair WHEN: Through Sept. 24: Friday, 10am-4pm; Saturday-Sunday, 10am-5pmWHERE: Old Bethpage Village Restoration, 1303 Round Swamp Road, Old Bethpage AGES: All WHAT: Held each year at the historic Old Bethpage Village Restoration, the 175th edition of the Long Island Fair features family-friendly entertainment, arts and crafts displays, competitions, and educational exhibits.WANT TO GO? $10; $8 seniors and children ages 5-12; free for children younger than 5. 516-572-8400. lifair.org.
Neiman Marcus Family Sundays at the Museum WHEN: Through Sept. 24: Sundays, 1pmWHERE: Nassau County Museum of Art, 1 Museum Drive, Roslyn Harbor AGES: All WHAT: Be inspired by the works in the galleries, explore new art materials. Family Sundays allow children and the adults in their lives to take time to reconnect while talking about and making art together. WANT TO GO? $12; $8 seniors; $4 children ages 4-12; $2 weekend parking fee. 516-484-9338. nassaumuseum.org.
FREE Storytime & Craft with Author Billy Bloom: 'Walter & the Wallet' WHEN: Sunday, Sept. 24, 11:30amWHERE: The Dolphin Bookshop, 299 Main St., Port Washington AGES: 3-8 WHAT: Walter Whippingdale is having the worst day of his life. Walter spots a wallet lying in the street…a wallet bursting with cash. Suddenly, his terrible day is about to change. But how? WANT TO GO? 516-767-2650. thedolphinbookshop.com.
FREE Summer Art and Craft Fair WHEN: Through Sept. 24: Wednesday-Sunday, 10am-9pmWHERE: Broadway Mall, 358 N. Broadway Commons, Hicksville AGES: All WHAT: Explore the exhibitors' chock-full booths with local arts and craft fare at this mall-wide arts and crafts show. WANT TO GO? 718-241-4630. broadwaymall.com.
FREE Westbury Farmers and Artists Market WHEN: Through Sept. 24: Sundays, 9am-2pmWHERE: Piazza Ernesto Strada, Post and Maple Aves., Westbury AGES: All WHAT: Stock up on fresh produce, baked goods, pickles, breads, coffee, honey, and check out the crafts, original art, jewelry, music, from local artists and artisans! WANT TO GO? 516-400-2787. westburyarts.org.
Mini Maracas WHEN: Through Sept. 29: daily, 2:30-4pmWHERE: Long Island Children's Museum, 11 Davis Ave., Garden City AGES: All WHAT: A maraca is a percussion instrument, that when shaken, creates a rhythm that is used for many genres of Caribbean and Latin music. Shake, rattle, and roll your way to create your own colorful maraca to take home. WANT TO GO? $13; $12 seniors 65 and older; free for children younger than 1. 516-224-5800. licm.org.
Polo at Bethpage State Park WHEN: Through Oct. 8: Sundays, 3pmWHERE: Bethpage State Park, 99 Quaker Meeting House Road, Farmingdale AGES: All WHAT: 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.
Chess WHEN: Through Oct. 28: Saturdays, 10am-12WHERE: Island Trees Public Library, 38 Farmedge Road, Island Trees AGES: 5-17 WHAT: Learn to play chess from a member of the Long Island Industrial Chess League. Experienced players are also welcome. WANT TO GO? $8; $2 per drop-in session. 516-731-2211. islandtreespubliclibrary.org.
Yoga in the Gardens WHEN: Through Oct. 28: Thursdays and Saturdays, 11:15amWHERE: Old Westbury Gardens, 71 Old Westbury Road, Old Westbury AGES: 13 and older WHAT: Professional Kripalu Yoga instructor, Lorili Henry, will lead students through a dynamic, yet gentle, continuous flow of postures and conscious breathing. WANT TO GO? $18. 516-333-0048. oldwestburygardens.org.
Sensory Garden Sundays WHEN: Through Oct. 29: Sundays, 9am-5pmWHERE: Planting Fields Arboretum, Coe Hall, 1395 Planting Fields Road, Oyster Bay AGES: All WHAT: Exciting new programming for families where children will have the opportunity to see, taste, touch, smell and listen to the wonders of the Sensory Garden. WANT TO GO? $8 per car. 516-922-8668. plantingfields.org.
FREE 'Otto’s Special Pumpkin' - Animated Storytime WHEN: Through Oct. 31: daily, 8am-6pmWHERE: Hicks Nurseries, 100 Jericho Turnpike, Westbury AGES: All WHAT: The story explores Otto’s relationship with friends Spider and Bat and the importance of respecting each other’s differences. Please bring donations of non-perishable food items for Long Island Cares. WANT TO GO? 516-334-0066. hicksnurseries.com.
Mill Neck Manor House Tour WHEN: Through Nov. 5: Sundays, 11am-12:30pmWHERE: Mill Neck Manor House, 40 Frost Mill Road, Mill Neck AGES: 9 and older WHAT: Step back in time to experience and savor the mansion’s exquisite appointments and its 86-acre scenic estate overlooking the Long Island Sound. Learn about its history, the life of Lillian Sefton Dodge, and the Mill Neck Manor School for the Deaf. WANT TO GO? $25; $20 seniors; $15 students; $5 for children 12 and younger. 516-628-4243. millneckmanorhouse.org.
FREE Cunningham Park Farmers Market WHEN: Through Nov. 19: Sundays, 9am-2pmWHERE: Main Park House at Cunningham Park, 196-22 Union Turnpike, Fresh Meadows AGES: All WHAT: At this market attendees will be able to meet the farmers and purchase local dairy, vegetable, fruit, and meat products, as well as baked goods and drinks. WANT TO GO? nycgovparks.org.
FREE Crafts For Kids WHEN: Through Dec. 31: Saturday-Sunday, 11am-3pmWHERE: Lakeshore Learning Store, 2079 Hillside Ave., New Hyde Park AGES: 3-8 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.
Scrimshaw Carving Workshop WHEN: Saturday, Sept. 23, 1-2pmWHERE: Whaling Museum and Education Center, 279 Main St., Cold Spring Harbor AGES: 5 and older WHAT: See how whalers carved scrimshaw as a leisure activity during their global voyages. WANT TO GO? $12. 631-367-3418. cshwhalingmuseum.org.
Autumn Paint Event for Kids WHEN: Saturday, Sept. 23, 5-6:30pmWHERE: Key to My Art, 10 W. Oak St., Amityville AGES: 5-12 WHAT: Welcome the crisp, colorful season of autumn by painting a beautiful fall-themed painting. WANT TO GO? $20. 631-608-9048. keytomyart.com.
FREE 4th Annual Brookhaven Highway Safety Day WHEN: Saturday, Sept. 23, 8am-3pmWHERE: Safety Town, 249 Buckley Road, Holtsville AGES: All WHAT: Activities include free car seat inspections and a bicycle safety rodeo. WANT TO GO? 631-363-3770. brookhavenny.gov.
FREE Wildwood Fall Festival WHEN: Saturday, Sept. 23, 10am-4pmWHERE: Wildwood State Park, 790 Hulse Landing Road, Wading River AGES: All WHAT: Events include children’s games, wagon rides, pony rides, petting zoo, funny photos, inflatables, build a scarecrow contest, and more. WANT TO GO? 631-929-4314. nysparks.state.ny.
FREE Baby Gear Swap WHEN: Saturday, Sept. 23, 10am-2pmWHERE: Children's Museum of the East End, 376 Bridgehampton/Sag Harbor Turnpike, Bridgehampton AGES: Newborn-5 WHAT: New and expectant parents are invited to stock up on new and gently used clothing, cribs, strollers, and more. Early childhood educators and providers will also be on hand with information for new parents and parents-to-be. WANT TO GO? 631-537-8250. cmee.org.
FREE 'Big Words for Little Geniuses' Storytime WHEN: Saturday, Sept. 23, 11amWHERE: Barnes and Noble, 600 Smith Haven Mall, Lake Grove AGES: Newborn-5 WHAT: In this clever picture book by James and Sue Patterson, each letter of the alphabet provides an impressive new word for children to learn. WANT TO GO? 631-724-0341. barnesandnoble.com.
'Princesses United' WHEN: Through Sept. 23: Saturdays, 2pm; Sundays, 11:30amWHERE: BroadHollow Theatre, 265 E. Main St., East Islip AGES: 3-12 WHAT: Cinderella, Snow White, and Rapunzel band together for a common cause. WANT TO GO? $13. 631-581-2700. broadhollow.org.
Montauk Surf Fishing Classic WHEN: Sept. 22-24, Friday-Sunday, 12pmWHERE: Montauk Point State Park, 2000 Montauk Hwy., Montauk AGES: 13 and older WHAT: A fishing tournament for the largest striped bass, bluefish, and largest striped bass released. All fish must be hooked and landed from the beach, surf, jetty, bank, or pier. Registration required. WANT TO GO? $15. 631-668-3781. nysparks.com.
28th Annual East End Maritime Festival WHEN: Sept. 23-24, Saturday, 10am-5pm; Sunday, 9am-5pmWHERE: East End Seaport Museum and Marine Foundation, Third Street at the Shelter Island Ferry Dock, Greenport AGES: All WHAT: This weekend-long celebration of local maritime heritage benefits East End Seaport Museum & Marine Foundation. Activities take place throughout the town and include a parade, stories, exhibits, demonstrations, music, food, and more. WANT TO GO? 631-477-2100. eastendseaport.org.
The Science of the Harvest WHEN: Sept. 23-24, Saturday-Sunday, 1-5pmWHERE: Maritime Explorium, 101 E. Broadway, Port Jefferson AGES: Newborn-5 WHAT: Explore nature's abundant bounty in New York: apples. WANT TO GO? $5. 631-331-3277. maritimeexplorium.org.
FREE The Art of Chess with Ulysses Tapley WHEN: Sunday, Sept. 24, 2-5pmWHERE: Southampton Arts Center, 25 Jobs Lane, Southampton AGES: 5-17 WHAT: Whether you are a chess expert or new to the game, join coach Ulysses Tapley to play and learn chess. WANT TO GO? 631-283-0967. southamptonartscenter.org.
FREE DRAW OUT! at the Heckscher Museum of Art WHEN: Sunday, Sept. 24, 12-4pmWHERE: Heckscher Museum of Art, 2 Prime Ave., Huntington AGES: All WHAT: Artist demonstrations, performances, games, and hands-on activities will inspire the creative spirit. WANT TO GO? 631-351-3250. Heckscher.org.
Lego Club WHEN: Through Sept. 24: Sundays, 10am-12pmWHERE: Children's Museum of the East End, 376 Bridgehampton/Sag Harbor Turnpike, Bridgehampton AGES: 3-8 WHAT: Children are encouraged to create original designs and can leave their works-in-progress and plan future sessions with the staff. WANT TO GO? $12. 631-537-8250. cmee.org.
Open Studio for Families WHEN: Through Sept. 30: Saturdays, 11am-1pmWHERE: Parrish Art Museum, 279 Montauk Highway, Water Mill AGES: All WHAT: Explore the galleries and create art in the studio. Each month features different materials and techniques. WANT TO GO? $12; free for children younger than 18. 631-283-2118. parrishart.org.
5th Annual LEGO® Building Block Contest & Exhibit WHEN: Through Oct. 15: daily, 10am-5pmWHERE: Educational and Cultural Center, 111 Main St., Stony Brook AGES: All WHAT: Grab your family, friends, scout troop, church group, or school club and start building to win prizes. Teams may be individuals or groups up to five members. WANT TO GO? $4; $2 children younger than 12. 631-751-2244. wmho.org.
Guided Tours WHEN: Through Oct. 25: Saturday-Sunday, 12-4:30pmWHERE: Stony Brook Grist Mill, Harbor Road and Main Street, Stony Brook AGES: All WHAT: A “miller” dressed in period clothing will take you through the process of how grain was ground into flour in 1751. WANT TO GO? $2; $1 children. 631-751-2244. stonybrookvillage.com.
'Cinderella' WHEN: Sept. 23-Oct. 29, Saturdays, 11am; Sundays, 10:30amWHERE: John W. Engeman Theater, 250 Main St., Northport AGES: All WHAT: In the classic fairy tale, poor Cinderella is endlessly taunted by her wicked stepmother and stepsisters and not allowed to attend the Royal Ball. WANT TO GO? $15. 631-261-2900. engemantheater.com.
Disney's 'Beauty and the Beast Jr.' WHEN: Through Oct. 29: Saturdays, 2pm; Sundays, 11amWHERE: Smithtown Center for the Performing Arts, 2 E. Main St., Smithtown AGES: 5 and older WHAT: The award-winning animated film and stage play comes to life in this romantic and beloved take on the classic fairy tale. WANT TO GO? $15. 631-724-3700. smithtownpac.org.
Hunting the Whale: The Rise and Fall of a Southampton Industry WHEN: Through Dec. 30: Wednesday-Saturday, 11am-4pmWHERE: South Hampton Historical Museum, Rogers Mansion, 17 Meeting House Lane, Southampton AGES: All WHAT: Whaling tools, maps, illustrations, archival images, and text will be displayed with an eye toward making the exhibit accessible to audiences of varied interests and all ages. WANT TO GO? $4. 631-283-2494. southamptonhistoricalmuseum.org.
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