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Things to Do with Kids on Long Island this Weekend

Things to Do with Kids on Long Island this Weekend

Fill your weekend with family fun in Nassau and Suffolk counties!


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St. Marks Egyptian Festival

WHEN: Sep. 17 - 26, Fridays, 6-9pm; Saturdays, 12-9pm; Sundays, 12-6pm
WHERE: St. Marks Coptic Church, 90 Woodbury Road, Woodbury, NY
AGES: All
WHAT: Explore a variety of interactive cultural displays as well as traditional live Egyptian entertainment. WANT TO GO? Admission is free. 516-367-1328.
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Fall Festival

WHEN: Sep. 18 - Oct. 24, Saturdays, Sundays, and Columbus Day 10am-6pm with last admission at 4pm; After 10/9 gates open at 9am
WHERE: White Post Farms, 250 Old Country Road, Melville, NY
AGES: All
WHAT: Enjoy unlimited hayrides, hay activity, family shows, and more! WANT TO GO? $32.95. 631-351-9373.
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Blaze: Long Island

WHEN: Sep. 22 - Nov. 7, Wednesdays-Sundays and October 11, see website for exact times
WHERE: Old Bethpage Restoration Village, 1303 Round Swamp Road, Old Bethpage, NY
AGES: All
WHAT: Elaborate displays and thousands of pumpkins enchant at this 19th-century village. WANT TO GO? $32-$44; $24-$36 ages 3-17. 914-366-6900.
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Greek Festival on the Harbor

WHEN: Sep. 24 - 26, Friday, 4-11pm; Saturday, 12-11pm; Sunday, 12-8pm
WHERE: North Hempstead Beach Park, 175 West Shore Road, Port Washington, NY
AGES: All
WHAT:

This weekend-long festival features live music and entertainment, a midway with carnival rides and games for all ages, fantastic food including a wide selection of Greek specialties, craft and retail vendors, flea market, fireworks on Saturday night, and much more! Free parking.

WANT TO GO? Admission is free, prices vary for goods and rides. 516-944-3180.
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Longwood Fair

WHEN: Sep. 25 - 26, 10am-5pm
WHERE: Longwood Estate, Longwood Road and Smith Road Ridge, Ridge, NY
AGES: All
WHAT: With children's activities, pet shows, historical re-enactments, live music and more, there will be something for everyone! WANT TO GO? $5; free for children 12 and younger. 631-924-1820.
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DATE CHANGE: Jurassic Park Outdoor Movie Night

WHEN: Saturday, Sep. 25, 5:30-9pm; 6:45pm, film begins
WHERE: Science Museum Of Long Island, 1526 N Plandome Road, Manhasset, NY
AGES: All
WHAT: Spend a dino themed evening with activities, food trucks, and screening of Jurassic Park.  WANT TO GO? $15 per child; $10 adults; $5 members. 516-627-9400.
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Wildwood Fall Festival FREE

WHEN: Saturday, Sep. 25, 11am-4pm
WHERE: Wildwood State Park, 790 Hulse Landing Road, Wading River, NY
AGES: All
WHAT: Check out local craft vendors and free activities which include family entertainment, inflatables (weather permitting) and much more! WANT TO GO? 631-929-4314.
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Westbury Street Fair

WHEN: Saturday, Sep. 25, 10am-5pm
WHERE: Westbury Chamber of Commerce, 200 Post Avenue, Westbury, NY
AGES: All
WHAT:

Westbury Street Fair offers shopping for the whole family, plus live entertainment, kiddies bounce houses and plenty of great fun food!

WANT TO GO? Admission is free, prices vary for goods. 516-442-6000.
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Pumpkin Harvest

WHEN: Sep. 25 - 26, 10am-6pm
WHERE: Harbes Family Farm, 715 Sound Ave., GPS: 25 Sound Avenue, Mattituck, Mattituck, NY
AGES: All
WHAT: Pick your own pumpkins, listen to live music, and more! WANT TO GO? FREE admission to the farm; $21.95 admission to Barnyard Adventure. 631-298-0800.
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Surfer's Guide to Waves and Tides

WHEN: Sunday, Sep. 26, 1:30-3pm
WHERE: Jones Beach Energy & Nature Center, West End 2 - 150 Bay Parkway, Wantagh, NY
AGES: All
WHAT:

Learn about the waves and tides at Jones Beach where they'll teach you everything you need to know about going out on the water! Please wear closed toed shoes as this program involves an interactive "surfing on land" balancing activity. *No swimming will be involved in this program* *Please note - This is an RSVP only. All programs require an in-person payment of $4 per person prior to the start of the program. Change is available at the Center. Checks payable to "NYS Parks".

WANT TO GO? $4 per person. 516-809-8222.
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Draw Out! Arts Festival FREE

WHEN: Sunday, Sep. 26, 12-5pm
WHERE: Heckscher Museum of Art, 2 Prime Ave., Huntington, NY
AGES: All
WHAT: Enjoy a broad array of activities designed for all ages, including watercolor painting, collage, and more. WANT TO GO? 631-351-3250.
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Even More Weekend Fun

Westhampton Beach Farmers' Market

WHEN: May. 1 - Nov. 20, Saturdays, 9am-1pm
WHERE: The Village Green, Mill Road and Main Street, Westhampton Beach, NY
AGES: All
WHAT: Shop over 60 vendors, growers and producers providing locally grown, caught and homemade items. WANT TO GO? Admission is free, prices vary for goods. 631-288-3337.
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Arts In The Plaza FREE

WHEN: Jun. 12 - Oct. 30, Saturdays, 10am-3pm
WHERE: Kennedy Plaza, 1 W Chester St., Long Beach, NY
AGES: All
WHAT: Visit Arts in the Plaza for handcrafted art by Long Island artists, live music and cultural performances. WANT TO GO? 516-507-8383.
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Firepit Fridays

WHEN: Jun. 18 - Nov. 5, Fridays, 6-10pm
WHERE: The Adventure Park at Long Island, 75 Colonial Springs Rd , Gate 3, Wheatley Heights, NY
AGES: All
WHAT: Climb for 2 hours and then get cozy by the fire every Friday night! WANT TO GO? $48. 631-983-3844.
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Glow in the Park

WHEN: Jun. 19 - Nov. 7, Thursdays and Saturdays, 6-10pm
WHERE: The Adventure Park at Long Island, 75 Colonial Springs Rd Gate 3, Wheatley Heights, NY
AGES: 5-8, 13-17, Adult
WHAT: Zipline through trees lit up by glow attire, colored lights, music and more! WANT TO GO? $54. 631-983-3844.
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ROBERT LONGO: A House Divided FREE

WHEN: Aug. 7 - Oct. 17, Fridays-Sundays, 12-5pm
WHERE: Guild Hall of East Hampton, 158 Main St., East Hampton, NY
AGES: All
WHAT:

A House Divided is a two part exhibition featuring images that represent both how America was once perceived––as a country at the peak of its power and influence–– and images that echo its current state of chaos and conflict. In a restaged version of Longo’s 2014 Gang of Cosmos presentation at Metro Pictures, the first part of the exhibition recalls an America of the past and includes large-scale charcoal drawings of well-known Abstract Expressionist paintings. It focuses on the historical magnitude of the period, in both art historical and cultural contexts—specifically the shift in political and cultural dominance from Europe to the United States in the years following the Second World War. Considered the most advanced American art at the time, it was championed for being uniquely American in spirit – monumental in scale, romantic in mood, and expressive of freedom. In contrast, the 2nd part of the exhibition features work from Longo’s “Destroyer Cycle,” a series that focuses on the indelible imagery generated by the current politics of power, greed, aggression, and inhumanity. Large-scale hyperrealist works that reflect the fraught events dominating the current U.S. news cycle, such as the opioid epidemic, California wildfires and protesters at the 2016 Women’s March. For over 30 years Robert Longo has been a prominent figure in New York’s cultural scene. His artworks, music performances, films and videos invent, cull, and recycle iconographic images from an expansive cultural visual cache to comment on ideas surrounding image potency, production and circulation. He was among the five artists included in the seminal 1977 Artists Space exhibition “Pictures” and is a key figure of the subsequently named Pictures Generation. TIMED TICKETS AND VISITOR INFORMATION To ensure the health and safety of its visitors in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Guild Hall has instituted the following measures: Reservations to visit the Museum are recommended. You can reserve timed tickets online or by calling 631-324-0806 Thursday-Monday, 12-5 p.m. Drop-ins are also welcome! Visitors are asked to be on time for their appointment. Visits are for a maximum of one hour and no more than 50 people will be allowed in the museum galleries at a time. Visitors should enter through the left most front door of the building and check in with the Receptionist at the box office. A one-way footpath proceeds throughout the museum. Masks are required in the building for all patrons over the age of 2. Social distancing of at least 6 feet is encouraged in the museum galleries and lobby.

WANT TO GO? 631-324-0806.
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The Discovery Pontoon Cruise

WHEN: Aug. 10 - Oct. 27, daily departures, time depending on tide
WHERE: Ward Melville Heritage Organization, 51 Shore Road , Stony Brook , NY
AGES: All
WHAT: Cruise through beautiful West Meadow Creek where a naturalist will explain and highlight the wildlife along the 88-acre wetlands preserve, and narrate the natural and human history of the area! WANT TO GO? $35; $25 per child aged 3-6; $5 per child aged 2 and younger when purchased in advance. 631-751-2244.
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Grist Mill Tours & Country Store

WHEN: Aug. 15 - Oct. 24, Sundays, 1-4:30pm
WHERE: The Stony Brook Grist Mill (c. 1751), 100 Harbor Road , Stony Brook, NY
AGES: All
WHAT: Take a tour of Long Island's most complete working mill and learn about it's role in the community over the past 300 years.  WANT TO GO? $3; $2 children. 631-751-2244.
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Art Foray

WHEN: Aug. 20 - Oct. 9, 12:30-5pm
WHERE: LongHouse Reserve, 133 Hands Creek Road, East Hampton, NY
AGES: All
WHAT: Search for art hidden withing the 16-acre grounds of LongHouse Reserve.  WANT TO GO? $20; free for members. 631-329-3568.
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Choice for All Presents: Hempstead Youth-Run Farmers Market

WHEN: Aug. 28 - Nov. 13, Saturdays, 11:30am-4pm
WHERE: Village of Hempstead Village Hall Parking Lot, 99 James A. Garner Way, Hempstead, NY
AGES: All
WHAT: Come out and support this youth run farmers market.  WANT TO GO? Admission is free, prices vary for goods. 516-489-3400.
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September 2001: The Day that Changed the World FREE

WHEN: Sep. 1 - 30, Mondays-Fridays, 9am-9pm; Saturdays, 9am-5pm; Sundays, 1-5pm
WHERE: Huntington Public Library, 338 Main Street, Huntington, NY
AGES: All
WHAT:

This educational exhibition recounts the events of September 11, 2001, through the personal stories of those who witnessed and survived the attacks. Told across 14 posters, this exhibition includes archival photographs and images of artifacts from the Museum's permanent collection. This poster exhibition was developed by the 9/11 Memorial & Museum and has been made possible in part by the National Endowment for the Humanities: Democracy Demands Wisdom.

WANT TO GO? 631-427-5165.
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Community of Hearts: an art exhibit in remembrance of 9/11 FREE

WHEN: Sep. 1 - 30, Mondays-Fridays, 9am-9pm; Saturdays, 9am-5pm; Closed for Holidays
WHERE: Northport-East Northport Public Library, 151 Laurel Avenue, Northport, NY
AGES: All
WHAT:

In recognition of the many lives impacted 20 years ago on September 11, the Library organized a community art exhibit featuring hearts painted on canvases. As a Library and community, we have come together with our “hearts” to remember and reflect upon the events of that tragic day. The “Community of Hearts” art exhibit will open on September 1 at both library buildings and remain on display for the entire month. Please stop by and enjoy the paintings. Note: Artists whose last names begin with A-K will have their pieces displayed at the Northport building. Artists whose last names begin with L-Z will have their pieces displayed at the East Northport building. In the Northport Display Case: Hearts by Robert Nock For the September display, artist Robert Nock shares a number of the beautiful hearts he has crafted out of a variety of exotic woods from around the country. What started as a simple handmade gift for his wife many years ago has turned into a creative passion.



WANT TO GO? 631-261-6930.
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Fairview Farm MAiZE

WHEN: Sep. 4 - Nov. 7, Saturdays, Sundays, and Columbus Day, 10am-6pm
WHERE: Fairview Farm, 69 Horsemill Lane, for GPS use WATER MILL 11976, Bridgehampton, NY
AGES: All
WHAT: Enjoy the beauty of eight acres of corn ten feet tall, pick pumpkins, and more.  WANT TO GO? $12; $10 ages 11 and younger; free for children 3 and younger. 631-537-6154.
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Fall Festival

WHEN: Sep. 11 - Oct. 31, Saturdays and Sundays, 10am-5pm
WHERE: Fink's Country Farm, 6242 Middle Country Road, Wading River, NY
AGES: All
WHAT: Come out for hay rides, corn maze, U-pick pumpkins, kiddy train ride, combine slide and much more!  WANT TO GO? $18; $15 seniors 65 and older, members of the military, law enforcement, fire department; free for children younger than 3. 631-886-2272.
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Fall at Hicks Nurseries

WHEN: Sep. 18 - Oct. 31, See schedule below
WHERE: Hicks Nurseries, 100 Jericho Turnpike, Westbury, NY
AGES: All
WHAT: See the all-new animated story titled, “Otto’s Sweet Journey” and on weekends take photos with Otto and try delicious fall favorites! WANT TO GO? Admission is free, prices vary for goods. 516-334-0066.
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My Octopus Teacher Panel + Film FREE

WHEN: Friday, Sep. 24, 7pm
WHERE: Southampton Arts Center, 25 Jobs Lane, Southampton, NY
AGES: All
WHAT:

My Octopus Teacher is a 2020 Netflix Original documentary film directed by Pippa Ehrlich and James Reed, which documents a year spent by filmmaker Craig Foster forging a relationship with a wild common octopus in a South African kelp forest. At the 93rd Academy Awards, it won the award for Best Documentary Feature. Cinematography by Roger Horrocks.

WANT TO GO? 631-283-0967.
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Autumn Hike

WHEN: Friday, Sep. 24, 4:30pm
WHERE: Westhampton Free Library, 7 Library Ave., Westhampton Beach, NY
AGES: All
WHAT:

Bring your family on a guided hike at the Quogue Wildlife Refuge. (Registration required).

WANT TO GO? FREE with Westhampton FREE Library Card . 631-288-3335.
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Leaf Print Scarves

WHEN: Friday, Sep. 24, 5pm
WHERE: Westhampton Free Library, 7 Library Ave., Westhampton Beach, NY
AGES: 9-17
WHAT:

Use fabric paint and real leaves to decorate a scarf for the fall. (Registration required).

WANT TO GO? FREE with Westhampton FREE Library Card . 631-288-3335.
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Outdoor Adventure with Ranger Eric

WHEN: Saturday, Sep. 25, 10-11:30am
WHERE: Sands Point Preserve, 127 Middle Neck Road, Sands Point, NY
AGES: All
WHAT:

Biologist and ranger Eric Powers knows the Preserve’s wildlife and landscape like the back of his hand after years of leading marvelous nature programs, including the popular Owl Prowl, Pond Exploration, and the fantastic Overnight Wilderness Survival courses. He was just named Long Island Sierra Club Environmentalist of the Year! Ranger Eric will lead visitors of all ages on monthly exploratory walks across the Preserve’s grounds. Each walk is unique. The Preserve will reveal itself throughout the seasons, and your expert guide will share a wealth of information about nature’s wonders.

Register at the Gatehouse and meet at Castle Gould’s Clock Tower. Face masks and social distancing are required.

WANT TO GO? $16; $6 per child; $12 members; $2 members per child. 516-571-7901.
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OKTOBERFEST + Reflextions Art in the Park FREE

WHEN: Saturday, Sep. 25, 12-8pm
WHERE: Grangabel Park, Peconic Ave, Riverhead, NY
AGES: All
WHAT:

Don your dirndl and lace up your lederhosen for the 1st Annual Oktoberfest during Reflextions Riverhead on September 25th! Live entertainment, contests, food, and beer from our local craft breweries. This is a family-friendly event that is free to attend. Details will be posted on: reflextionsriverhead.com Rain date - Sept 26th 

WANT TO GO? 631-440-1350.
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Spookley The Square Pumpkin: The Musical

WHEN: Sep. 25 - Oct. 31, See website for schedule
WHERE: Smithtown Center for the Performing Arts at the Smithtown Historical Society, 239 East Main St., Smithtown, NY
AGES: All
WHAT: Watch as Spookley helps all the pumpkins in the patch learn that the things that make you different make you special. WANT TO GO? $18. 631-724-3700.
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Raptor Day

WHEN: Saturday, Sep. 25, 11am-1pm; 1- 3pm; 3-5pm
WHERE: Vanderbilt Museum and Planetarium, 180 Little Neck Road, Centerport, NY
AGES: All
WHAT: Get an up close and personal with raptors that can no longer be released into the wild, crafts, face painting and more.  WANT TO GO? $20; $10 members; kids free with $7 general admission. 631-854-5579.
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Rapunzel

WHEN: Sep. 25 - Oct. 31, Saturdays, 11am; Sunday, 10:30am **NO PERFORMANCE ON 10/9**
WHERE: John W. Engeman Theater, 250 Main St., Northport, NY
AGES: All
WHAT: See the story of Rapunzel come alive on stage! WANT TO GO? $20. 631-261-2900.
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Arts On Terry - Coming Of Age 2021 FREE

WHEN: Sunday, Sep. 26, 1-5pm
WHERE: Patchogue-Medford Library, 54-60 East Main Street, Patchogue, NY
AGES: All
WHAT:

Celebrate Patchogue Arts Council's annual art fair! Make a fun craft and get up close and personal with some cool critters provided by The Center for Environmental Education & Discovery (CEED).

WANT TO GO? 631-654-4700.
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Panambi Vera FREE

WHEN: Sunday, Sep. 26, 3pm
WHERE: Landmark on Main Street - Jeanne Rimsky Theater, 232 Main Street, Suite 1, Port Washington, NY
AGES: All
WHAT: Traditional Paraguayan dance ensemble includes the traditional bottle dance and other pieces. WANT TO GO? 516-767-6444.
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River Walk - Celebrate World Rivers Day!

WHEN: Sunday, Sep. 26, 1:30-3:30pm
WHERE: Connetquot River State Park Preserve, Sunrise Highway, Bohemia, NY
AGES: 5 and older
WHAT: Celebrate "World River Day" and take a walk along a river while learning about the creatures that call it home. WANT TO GO? $4; $8 parking fee. 631-581-1072.
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Stenciled Leaf Mug (Virtual)

WHEN: Sunday, Sep. 26, 6pm
WHERE: Westhampton Free Library, 7 Library Ave., Westhampton Beach, NY
AGES: 9-17
WHAT:

Design you very own mug for hot chocolate for a cold night. (Registration required).

WANT TO GO? FREE with Westhampton FREE Library Card . 631-288-3335.
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Family Fun Fall Festival FREE

WHEN: Sunday, Sep. 26, 11am-3pm
WHERE: The Suffolk Y Jewish Community Center Inc, 74 Hauppauge Rd, Commack, NY
AGES: All
WHAT:

Join The Suffolk Y Jewish Community Center Inc for a FREE Family Fun Fall Festival. This is open to the community and surrounding areas. The event will be outdoors and taking all COVID-19 precautions. The JJC wants to bring the community together and what better way than a fun Sunday with inflatables, DJ, activities, raffles, treats, and MORE!

WANT TO GO? 631-462-9800.
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Huntington Environmental Festival FREE

WHEN: Sunday, Sep. 26, 1-4pm
WHERE: Kehillath Shalom Synagogue, 58 Goose Hill Road, Cold Spring Harbor, NY
AGES: All
WHAT: Learn about Long Island's environment and ecology while participating in activities for all ages.  WANT TO GO? 631-213-1927.
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Pet Food Drive

WHEN: Sep. 27 - Oct. 16, Monday-Friday, 9:30am-9pm; Saturday, 9am-5pm; Sunday, 10am-5pm
WHERE: Emma Clark Library, 120 Main St., Setauket, NY
AGES: All
WHAT:

Emma Clark Library is once again participating in the The Great Give Back, a Suffolk Cooperative Library System initiative to provide opportunities for library patrons to participate in meaningful, service-oriented activities. This year, they're doing a Pet theme! Help support our furry friends! The library is collecting new, unopened pet food (both canned and dry) in the Library lobby. All are welcome to donate (residents or non-residents) during Library hours. 

WANT TO GO? Donations Accepted . 631-941-4080.
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Motion in the Ocean

WHEN: Wednesday, Sep. 29, 10:30am-12pm
WHERE: Jones Beach Energy & Nature Center, West End 2 - 150 Bay Parkway, Wantagh, NY
AGES: 3-8
WHAT:

Get ready to move and groove like your favorite ocean animals! Find out how energy moves through the food web and how marine animals use their energy through music and dance.

WANT TO GO? $4 per child. 516-80-98222.
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Looking for more events in your area? Search our comprehensive events calendar.

Looking to plan an awesome weekend on Long Island packed with fun for the whole family? Whether you are planning a day trip in close to the New York metro area or are looking for kid-friendly fun that's close to home, we've got you covered! There’s a lot of kid-friendly family fun planned for this weekend right here in Nassau and Suffolk counties. From storytimes and concerts to museum exhibits, crafts activities, seasonal events, and more, you'll find something to do that keeps the whole family having fun! Plan your weekend on Long Island with our guide that highlights the best family-friendly (vritual and in-person) events happening throughout Long Island. And check out our ManhattanBrooklynQueensWestchester, and Rockland weekend roundups for more fun inspiration!

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