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Fun Kid-Friendly Weekend Activities for Families in Suffolk County

Fun Kid-Friendly Weekend Activities for Families in Suffolk County

Plan your best weekend yet in Suffolk County.

Weekends are the best because you get to spend quality time with your kids, whether you are planning a day trip to a family-friendly spot nearby or are looking for things to do that are close to home on Long Island. There’s lots to do in Suffolk County this weekend with your family, from concerts and performances to museum exhibits, shows, crafts activities, seasonal events, parades, and more. You're sure to find something to do that keep the whole family having fun all weekend long. Look no further for ideas and plan your weekend on Long Island with our guide that highlights the best family-friendly events happening in and around Suffolk County, including family fun in Amagansett, Water Mill, Bohemia, Centerport, Cold Spring Harbor, Amityville, Sag Harbor, Southampton, East Islip, Port Jefferson, Huntington, Patchogue, Northport, Smithtown, and Deer Park.

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Park After Dark's 1st Annual Spooky Faire
WHEN: Friday, Oct. 18, 5:30-9:30pm
WHERE: Village of Amityville, Park Avenue, Between Greene Ave. and Ireland Ave., Amityville
AGES: All
WHAT: Enjoy crafts, pumpkins, food, music, face painting, gelato, tarot, and more.
WHY WE LOVE IT: It promises to be a spooky fun kick-off to the weekend!
WANT TO GO? Admission is free, prices vary for goods. 631-264-6000. amityville.com.

FREE Flicks and Food
WHEN: Friday, Oct. 18, 6:30-8:30pm
WHERE: Sayville Library, 88 Greene Ave., Sayville
AGES: 13-17
WHAT: Join the library for an evening of pizza and the movie Reach, which revolves around a bullied teenage boy. Reach deals with serious topics such as depression and suicide and is unrated. Please make sure it is appropriate for your child before signing up. Registration required.
WANT TO GO? 631-589-4440. sayvillelibrary.org.


Fall Films: Yesterday
WHEN: Friday, Oct. 18, 9:15-11pm
WHERE: Staller Center Main Stage, 100 Nicolls Road, Stony Brook
AGES: 13 and older
WHAT: A struggling musician realizes he's the only person on Earth who can remember The Beatles after waking up in an alternate timeline where they never existed.
WANT TO GO? $30. 631-632-2787. https://stallercenter.com/.


FREE Family Night Out: Secret Life of Pets 2
WHEN: Friday, Oct. 18, 6:30pm
WHERE: Brentwood Public Library, 34 Second Avenue, Brentwood
AGES: All
WHAT: Bring the whole family to spend an evening out at the movies! Snacks and drinks provided.
WANT TO GO? 631-273-7883. brentwoodnylibrary.org.

SPOOKTACULAR DANCE PARTY
WHEN: Friday, Oct. 18, 6-7:30pm
WHERE: STEW LEONARD'S, 1897 Front St, East Meadow
AGES: All
WHAT: Show off your costume and your best dance moves, enjoy brick oven pizza, apple cider donuts, and apple cider, and go home with a Halloween goodie bag. Registration required.
WANT TO GO? $12.99; $10.99 ages 11 and younger. 516-394-9001. stewleonards.com.

FREE Monster Brownies
WHEN: Friday, Oct. 18, 6-7:15pm
WHERE: Riverhead Free Library, 330 Court St., Riverhead
AGES: 5-12
WHAT: Join The Baking Coach to make monster brownies with candy, chocolate, and marshmallows. Registration is limited. For grades 2-6.
WANT TO GO? 631-727-3228. riverheadlibrary.org.

FREE Zombie Workshop
WHEN: Friday, Oct. 18, 5:30-7:30pm
WHERE: Riverhead Free Library, 330 Court St., Riverhead
AGES: 13-17
WHAT: Join artist Chris Vivas as he leads you through a step by step process to transform yourself into a zombie. Registration required.
WANT TO GO? 631-727-3228. riverheadlibrary.org.

FREE Gardening in the Park
WHEN: Oct. 5-19, 10/5 and 10/19, 9am-12pm
WHERE: The Common Ground, Rotary Park between Gillette and Candee Avenues, Sayville
AGES: All
WHAT: Join other dedicated volunteers to care for the beautiful gardens and grounds. Tools are provided.
WANT TO GO? 631-664-4230. thecommonground.com.

Harbor Haunts Tour
WHEN: Saturday, Oct. 19, 4:30pm amd 6:30pm
WHERE: The Whaling Museum and Education Center, 301 Main St., Cold Spring Harbor
AGES: All
WHAT: Explore Cold Spring Harbor’s ghostly side with fascinating tales of mishaps and historic hauntings on Main Street. Enjoy complimentary cider and snacks.
WANT TO GO? $12; $8 child; 2-for-1 admission for members + bring guest half off. . 631-387-3418. cshwhalingmuseum.org.

Arts & Crafts Guild Annual Show
WHEN: Saturday, Oct. 19, 9am-4pm
WHERE: The Village Green, 27320 Route 25, Cutchogue
AGES: All
WHAT: The show benefits Old Town Arts & Crafts Guild. Rain date Sunday, October 20.
WANT TO GO? Admission is free, prices vary for goods. 631-734-6382. https://cutchoguenewsuffolkhistory.org.

Protect the Bluffs Color Walk/Run
WHEN: Saturday, Oct. 19, 8am registration; 9:30-11:30am walk/run
WHERE: William T. Rogers Middle School, 97 Old Dock Road, Kings Park
AGES: All
WHAT: Walk or run with your family for a good cause and then enjoy music, food trucks, sponsor tables, and giveaways.
WANT TO GO? $50 family package for family of 4; $20 adults; $10 ages 13 and younger. https://sites.google.com/a/commackrotary.org/protect-the-bluff-color-run/.

FREE PLAY HOORAY BABIES & KIDS
WHEN: Saturday, Oct. 19, 10-10:45am
WHERE: South Huntington Public Library, 145 Pidgeon Hill Road, Huntington Station
AGES: Newborn-5
WHAT: Lively musical activities will have everyone up and moving to the beat! Incorporates fine and gross motor skill activities, nursery rhymes, books, rhythm sticks, hula hoops, dancing, hobby horses, parades, and more. Registration required.
WANT TO GO? 631-549-4411. shpl.info.

Science Saturday Workshop: Game Creators
WHEN: Saturday, Oct. 19, 2-3pm
WHERE: Long Island Science Center, 40 Peconic Ave, Riverhead
AGES: 5-12
WHAT: Learn the "science" behind a good game. Play some classic games and create a game to take home.
WANT TO GO? $10 admission plus $5 workshop fee; free for members. 631-208-8000. https://sciencecenterli.org/.

The Wizard of OZ
WHEN: Sept. 21- Oct. 20, Saturdays and Sundays, 10:30am
WHERE: The Argyle Theatre, 34 W. Main St., Babylon Village
AGES: All
WHAT: People of all ages will enjoy this colorful, classic fairy tale from somewhere over the rainbow.
WANT TO GO? $15. 631-230-3500. argyletheatre.com.

OKTOBERFEST
WHEN: Oct. 19-20, 10am-5pm
WHERE: Garden of Eve Organic Farm, 4558 Sound Avunue, Riverhead
AGES: All
WHAT: Spend a fun day outside with live music, vendors, hayrides, locally brewed beer, an Oktoberfest menu, the giant hay pyramid, farm animals, a bounce house, and more.
WANT TO GO? $7.95. 631-722-8777. http://gardenofevefarm.com/.

Pumpkin Park at Adventureland
WHEN: Oct. 19-20, 11am-5pm
WHERE: Adventureland, 2245 Broadhollow Road, Farmingdale
AGES: All
WHAT: Over 30 vendors set up throughout the park, giving out free giveaways to trick or treaters! Rides will be open at regular price.
WANT TO GO? Admission is free; POP Bands are $33.99 per person. 631-694-6868. adventureland.us.

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Halloween Family Day
WHEN: Sunday, Oct. 20, 1-3pm
WHERE: Walt Whitman Birthplace State Historic Site, 246 Old Walt Whitman Road, Huntington Station
AGES: All
WHAT: Have fun with spooky, not scary, games, Halloween crafts, a prize for best costume, guided tours of the Birthplace, and an interactive magic show.
WANT TO GO? $9 per child; chaperones FREE. 631-427-5240. http://waltwhitman.org.

Cirque Mei
WHEN: Sunday, Oct. 20, 6pm
WHERE: Tilles Center for the Performing Arts, LIU Post/720 Northern Blvd., Brookville
AGES: All
WHAT: A company of 40 Chinese artists and acrobats perform routines including hoop diving, contortion, and a ladder balancing act!
WANT TO GO? $36 and up. 516-299-3100. tillescenter.org.

FREE Portledge School Admissions Fall Open House
WHEN: Sunday, Oct. 20, 12-1:30pm
WHERE: Portledge School, 355 Duck Pond Road, Locust Valley
AGES: 9 and older
WHAT: Please join the Portledge School for an open classroom and information session. For grades 6-12.
WANT TO GO? 516-750-3239. http://portledge.org.

MET OPERA - LIVE IN HD - TURANDOT
WHEN: Sunday, Oct. 20, 12:55pm
WHERE: Staller Center Main Stage, 100 Nicolls Road, Stony Brook
AGES: All
WHAT: Two of opera’s most thrilling dramatic sopranos, Christine Goerke and Nina Stemme, reprise their fierce portrayals of the title princess.
WANT TO GO? $22; $20 seniors; $15 children and students. 631-632-2787. https://stallercenter.com/.

FREE Friday Storytime
WHEN: Oct. 4-25, Fridays, 10:15-11am
WHERE: Sayville Library, 88 Greene Ave., Sayville
AGES: 3-5
WHAT: Build your child’s early literacy skills in this program that incorporates Every Child Ready to Read initiatives. Registration required.
WANT TO GO? 631-589-4440. sayvillelibrary.org.

FREE HALLOWEEN HAY BALE THEATER
WHEN: Oct. 11-25, Fridays, 5:30pm; film starts at 6pm
WHERE: STEW LEONARD'S, 1897 Front St, East Meadow
AGES: All
WHAT: See a free children’s Halloween-themed movie with complimentary juice and popcorn. Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis.
WANT TO GO? 516-394-9001. stewleonards.com.

Splish Splash, Animal Baths
WHEN: Oct. 5-26, 10/5 and 10/26, 3-3:30pm
WHERE: Long Island Children's Museum, 11 Davis Avenue, Garden City
AGES: All
WHAT: Learn about what goes into the care of the museum's animals.
WANT TO GO? $14 museum admission; $13 museum admission seniors 65 and older. 516-224-5800. licm.org.

A Kooky Spooky Halloween
WHEN: Oct. 5-26, Saturdays, 11am; 10/20 at 3pm
WHERE: Theatre Three, 412 Main Street, Port Jefferson
AGES: 3-8
WHAT: Hilarious hijinks and a message of cooperation make this delightful musical for the entire family.
WANT TO GO? $10. 631-928-9100. https://theatrethree.com.

Learning to Launch Workshop
WHEN: Oct. 5-26, select Saturdays, see website for schedule
WHERE: Child Behavior Consulting, 10 Janet Court, Nesconset
AGES: 3-5, 5-8, Adult
WHAT: Learn and use strategies that help children and parents learn to listen to each other!
WANT TO GO? $25 for 1 parent and 1 child; $10 for each additional person. 631-617-1958. childbehaviorconsulting.com.

Dreamworks Madagascar a Musical Adventure, Jr.
WHEN: Sept. 14- Oct. 27, see website for showtimes
WHERE: Smithtown Center for the Performing Arts, 2 E. Main Strett, Smithtown
AGES: 3-5, 5-8, 9-12, Adult
WHAT: Follow all of your favorite friends as they escape from their home in New York’s Central Park Zoo and find themselves on an unexpected journey to the madcap world of King Julien’s Madagascar.
WANT TO GO? $18. 631-724-3700. smithtownpac.org.

Messy Afternoons
WHEN: Oct. 5-27, Saturdays and Sundays, 3:30-5pm **NO SESSION 10/26**
WHERE: Long Island Children's Museum, 11 Davis Avenue, Garden City
AGES: Newborn-5
WHAT: This is a free drop-in program for ages 18 months-4 years.
WANT TO GO? $14 museum admission; $13 museum admission seniors 65 and older. 516-224-5800. licm.org.

PUMPKIN & CRAFT BEER FESTIVAL
WHEN: Oct. 5-27, Weekends, 9am-6pm
WHERE: Garden of Eve Organic farm, 4558 Sound Avenue, RiverHead
AGES: All
WHAT: Enjoy roasted sweet corn and squash, fresh-squeezed lemonade, organic hot dogs, craft beer, and pumpkin everything.
WHY WE LOVE IT: The fun includes live music, a pedal kart track, a maze, a lavender labyrinth, and friendly farm animals.
WANT TO GO? $5. 631-722-8777. https://gardenofevefarm.com/kidsprograms/.

Gateway's Not So Scary Haunt for Kids
WHEN: Oct. 5-27, Saturdays and Sundays, 12-4pm
WHERE: Gateway's Haunted Playhouse, 215 South Country Rd, Bellport
AGES: 3-8
WHAT: Tickets include walk-thru, pumpkin bouncer, face painting, balloon creations, hay bale maze, coloring activities, and more.
WANT TO GO? $15. 631-286-1133. TheGateway.org.

Egg Taking Demonstrations
WHEN: Oct. 19-27, Saturdays and Sundays, 1pm and 3pm **no 3pm demonstration on 10/26**
WHERE: Cold Spring Harbor Fish Hatchery & Aquarium, 1660 Rte 25A, Cold Spring Harbor
AGES: All
WHAT: Witness the centuries old process of trout egg taking and fertilization.
WANT TO GO? $7; $6 Seniors 65 and older; $5 Kids ages 3-12; free for members. 516-692-6768. cshfishhatchery.org.

Boo at the Zoo Party
WHEN: Oct. 20-27, Sundays, 1-3pm
WHERE: Long Island Game Farm, 489 Chapman Blvd., Manorville
AGES: All
WHAT: Throw on your costumes for animal encounters, the Cookie Candy Craft–Snack Table, and more!
WANT TO GO? $18.95; $16.95 children 3-12, seniors 62 and older; free for children 2 and younger. 631-878-6644. longislandgamefarm.com/.

RISE of the Jack O'Lanterns
WHEN: Oct. 4-28, Please see website for schedule
WHERE: Old Westbury Gardens, 71 Old Westbury Road, Old Westbury
AGES: All
WHAT: See 5,000 hand-carved illuminated jack o’lanterns designed to bring out the fall spirit in visitors of all ages!
WHY WE LOVE IT: The event is a thrill for the whole family and set to a musical score to delight the senses.
WANT TO GO? $26; $22 ages 3-17; free for children 2 and younger. 516-252-3392. https://therise.org/location?eventID=32.

Spooky Spirits Rogers Mansion
WHEN: Oct. 2- Nov. 2, Wednesdays-Saturdays 11am-4pm
WHERE: Southampton Historical Museum, 17 Meeting House Ln., Southampton
AGES: All
WHAT: Explore the exhibits and learn about Southampton’s past, but be on the lookout for ghouls and ghosts of previous occupants.
WANT TO GO? $5; free for members and children 17 and younger. 631-283-2494. southamptonhistory.org.

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