What To Do With Kids This Weekend On Long Island

What To Do With Kids This Weekend On Long Island


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.

Nassau Weekend Activities

FREE Smithsonian Day
WHEN: Saturday, Sept. 23, 11am-4:45pm
WHERE: Nassau County Museum of Art, 1 Museum Drive, Roslyn Harbor
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.

WHEN: Saturday, Sept. 23, 2pm
WHERE: Roosevelt Public Library, 27 W. Fulton Ave., Roosevelt
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, 8pm
WHERE: Tilles Center for the Performing Arts, 720 Northern Blvd., Brookville
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, 1:45pm
WHERE: NYCB LIVE, home of the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum Presented By New York Community Bank, 1255 Hempstead Turnpike, Uniondale
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, 12-4pm
WHERE: Sands Point Preserve, 127 Middle Neck Road, Sands Point
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-5pm
WHERE: Old Bethpage Village Restoration, 1303 Round Swamp Road, Old Bethpage
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, 1pm
WHERE: Nassau County Museum of Art, 1 Museum Drive, Roslyn Harbor
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, 11:30am
WHERE: 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-9pm
WHERE: Broadway Mall, 358 N. Broadway Commons, Hicksville
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-2pm
WHERE: Piazza Ernesto Strada, Post and Maple Aves., Westbury
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, 2:30-4pm
WHERE: Long Island Children's Museum, 11 Davis Ave., Garden City
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, 3pm
WHERE: Bethpage State Park, 99 Quaker Meeting House Road, Farmingdale
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.

WHEN: Through Oct. 28: Saturdays, 10am-12
WHERE: 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, 11:15am
WHERE: 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-5pm
WHERE: Planting Fields Arboretum, Coe Hall, 1395 Planting Fields Road, Oyster Bay
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-6pm
WHERE: Hicks Nurseries, 100 Jericho Turnpike, Westbury
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-12:30pm
WHERE: 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-2pm
WHERE: Main Park House at Cunningham Park, 196-22 Union Turnpike, Fresh Meadows
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-3pm
WHERE: 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.

  RELATED: Our Guide to Raising Kids in Nassau County  

Suffolk Weekend Activities

Scrimshaw Carving Workshop
WHEN: Saturday, Sept. 23, 1-2pm
WHERE: 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, 5-6:30pm
WHERE: 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-3pm
WHERE: Safety Town, 249 Buckley Road, Holtsville
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-4pm
WHERE: Wildwood State Park, 790 Hulse Landing Road, Wading River
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-2pm
WHERE: 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, 11am
WHERE: 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, 11:30am
WHERE: 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, 12pm
WHERE: 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-5pm
WHERE: East End Seaport Museum and Marine Foundation, Third Street at the Shelter Island Ferry Dock, Greenport
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, 1-5pm
WHERE: 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, 2-5pm
WHERE: 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, 12-4pm
WHERE: Heckscher Museum of Art, 2 Prime Ave., Huntington
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-12pm
WHERE: 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-1pm
WHERE: Parrish Art Museum, 279 Montauk Highway, Water Mill
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-5pm
WHERE: Educational and Cultural Center, 111 Main St., Stony Brook
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, 12-4:30pm
WHERE: Stony Brook Grist Mill, Harbor Road and Main Street, Stony Brook
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.

WHEN: Sept. 23-Oct. 29, Saturdays, 11am; Sundays, 10:30am
WHERE: John W. Engeman Theater, 250 Main St., Northport
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, 11am
WHERE: 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-4pm
WHERE: South Hampton Historical Museum, Rogers Mansion, 17 Meeting House Lane, Southampton
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.

RELATED: Our Guide to Raising Kids in Suffolk County   Subscribe to our newsletter to find more events in your area