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Our list of fun and low-cost things to do on Long Island this September includes fall fairs and festivals, kids shows, and more in Amityville, Centerport, East Hampton, East Meadow, Huntington, Old Westbury, Rockville Centre, Syosset, Uniondale, and beyond.
Vanderbilt Carriage House, CenterportAug. 31 – Oct. 6
The Headless Horseman haunts poor Ichabod Crane in The Ghost of Sleepy Hollow. In this version, the audience is invited to participate in Washington Irving’s classic tale.
Bounce! Trampoline Sports, SyossetSept. 7-8
The Bounce! Trampoline Sports Grand Opening Fundraiser gives families the opportunity to support two great causes and have fun at the same time. In celebration of its newest location in Syosset, Bounce! will bring families together to experience an hour of trampoline sports as they safely play, have fun, and get fit on spacious courts of interconnected trampolines. How about a game of trampoline dodgeball or slam-dunk basketball, inflatable obstacle courses, bungee jumping, or trampoline aerobics? Reserve your spot by calling 516-762-1300 or visiting the website. On Saturday, all proceeds will benefit the Nassau County Firefighter Burn Center Fund, and on Sunday all proceeds will be donated to the Nassau County Detectives’ Charitable Foundation.
Pollock-Krasner House and Study Center, East HamptonSept. 7 and 14
Jackson Pollock’s home on Long Island invites families to a Drip Painting Workshop. Families tour the Pollock-Krasner House and studio to learn about the late artist’s life and art. Afterward, children participate in a drip workshop. Register online.
East Meadow Fireman’s Benevolent Association, East MeadowSept. 8
New Beginnings, a nonprofit, international adoption agency, is hosting its Annual Family Fun Picnic & Fundraiser to celebrate more than 25 years of uniting families with children through adoption. Enjoy such outdoor delights as inflatable bounce houses, slides, a BBQ dinner, and music by a DJ, or test your luck in a variety of raffles and auctions. For even more fun, discover Mad Science, a live, educational performance featuring zany characters, steaming test tubes, and bubbling experiments (all in a safe and controlled environment, of course!).
Nassau Coliseum, UniondaleSept. 13-15
Do you remember your first friend? Kids will appreciate the friendships in their lives as they watch Sesame Street Live: Make a New Friend. The show offers a fun-filled, interactive learning experience, including up-close and furry interactions on the audience floor. The Sesame Street friends welcome Chamki, Grover’s friend from India, and together they explore friendship and celebrate cultural similarities, from singing and dancing to sharing cookies. Like television’s Sesame Street, this production features timeless tunes and lessons for all ages. Adults will appreciate the high-tech stagecraft, cleverly written script, and music they’ll recognize and enjoy sharing with their children, such as “Count Me In” and fun new parodies of “I Want Candy” and “Moves Like Jagger.”
Madison Theatre at Molloy College, Rockville CentreSept. 21
Cultural icon and one of history’s most celebrated artists, Paul Taylor, brings the Paul Taylor Dance Company to Molloy College’s Madison Theatre. Hailed as part of the pantheon that created American modern dance, the Paul Taylor Dance Company and Taylor 2 have traveled the globe many times over, bringing Taylor’s ever-burgeoning repertoire to theaters and venues of every size and description in cultural capitals, on college campuses, and in rural communities—and often to places modern dance had never been before. The company has performed in more than 520 cities in 62 countries, representing the United States at arts festivals in more than 40 countries and touring extensively.
Old Westbury Gardens, Old WestburySept. 22
Old Westbury Gardens’ Kidsfest is a family affair that will keep kids and parents engaged in an afternoon of fun and educational activities. These events are topped off with an amazing concert by The Not-Its!, a high-energy kids’ rock group who have as much fun as the kids they play to. The five performers, who have children of their own, certainly know how to entertain and will have everyone dancing in a matter of minutes.
Heckscher Museum of Art, HuntingtonSept. 22
Let your creative self run wild at Heckscher Museum of Art’s Draw Out! Artists of all ages and abilities use the museum’s exhibitions for inspirations then visit stations inside and outside the museum and in Heckscher Park where they can draw, paint, make collages, and join in building a collaborative sunflower garden. Materials will be available, but participants are welcome to bring their own as well. You can also experience Live Art Fusion, which combines music and art for an extraordinary performance featuring artists who speed-paint while listening to live music. FREE!
Darlings & Divas, AmityvilleSept. 23
Darlings & Divas isn’t just committed to making little visitors beautiful on the outside—it’s encouraging all visitors to let their inner beauty shine at its Make-A-Wish Fundraiser. Mini manicures and cupcakes are on the house, while sales of special merchandise and raffle tickets will be donated to the Make-A-Wish Foundation, which grants the wishes of children with life-threatening conditions. FREE!
Cinema Arts Centre, HuntingtonSept. 25
See The Sound of Music the way it was meant to be seen: on a large movie screen. This 1965 Academy Award-winning film features music by Rodgers and Hammerstein and stars Julie Andrews, Christopher Plummer, and the snow-capped mountains of Austria—who wouldn’t break into song with that backdrop!
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