They call them the dog days of August, when it might seem impossible to enjoy yourself in the hot and sticky outdoors of a Long Island summer.
Nonsense, we say. In fact, we here at Mommy Poppins think there’s plenty to bark about in the final full month of summer.
This month, we’re highlighting street fairs and summer festivals, children’s theater, and more. Children can frolic by the light of the full moon or in the darkness of a solar eclipse. Either way, cherish this month, because kids know what’s coming in September—back to school. This just may be your last chance to take advantage of these 50 FREE things to do with LI kids this summer.
And remember, our Long Island Events Calendar offers exciting family options as they develop throughout the month.
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Enjoy a carnival-like atmosphere at the Sayville Summerfest. Photo courtesy of Sayville Chamber of Commerce
Summerfest — Sayville
Friday, August 4 to Sunday, August 6
It’s carnival time in Sayville with thrill rides, kiddie rides, food, entertainment, and more. Free admission, but pay for rides. Pay-one-price bracelets are available on Friday night and a classic car show headlines Sunday.
The Frog Prince — Port Jefferson
Friday, August 4-Saturday, August 5 and Friday, August 11-Saturday, August 12
Prince Darnay learns lessons of life and love when he meets the smart, funny, and independent Princess Madrigal on the Theatre Three stage.
Garvies Point Day — Glen Cove
Saturday, August 5
Enjoy nature walks, garden tours, insect studies, nature crafts, and more at Glen Cove’s research facility and preserve.
Paumanauke Pow Wow – Lindenhurst
Saturday, August 5 to Sunday, August 6
Celebrate and learn about Native American culture through sampling traditional food, dance competitions and demonstrations, and music at this family-friendly powwow where kids under 12 are FREE.
Full Moon Hike — Quogue
Monday, August 7
Kids 10 and older will thrill to a walk in the woods under the full moon at Quogue Wildlife Refuge. Reservations are required.
Alive on 25 — Riverhead
Thursday, August 10, and Thursday, August 24
The community’s Main Street closes for a street fair featuring music, vendors, food, entertainment, and more. FREE admission
Snapper and Crab Fishing Derby — Bay Shore
Kids can bring their own equipment or rent on site at Captree State Park. Prizes are awarded in age categories 7 and younger; 8-12; and 13-16. FREE
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Ride a miniature train throughout Southaven County Park. Photo by Stuart Greenberg/courtesy of Long Island Live Steamers
Long Island Live Steamers — Brookhaven
Sunday, August 13, and Sunday, August 27
These dedicated train enthusiasts demonstrate their miniature steam engines at Southaven County Park. All aboard! Suggested donation
Beachfest — Port Washington
Enjoy fun and music on the water in North Hempstead Beach Park. FREE
TomatoFest — Riverhead
August 19 to Sunday, August 20
More than 20 different varieties of tomatoes are ripe for judging at Garden of Eve Organic Farm. Kids can enjoy hayrides, salsa making, and more. FREE
Spectacular Sand — Oyster Bay
Sunday, August 20
Discover the many properties of sand and create a sand craft at The Whaling Museum and Education Center.
Great North American Eclipse Viewing — Garden City, Southold
Celebrate the first solar eclipse on the entire continent in 100 years at the Cradle of Aviation. Make a pinhole camera to observe the eclipse; watch it in your own solar glasses; and create a time capsule to be opened during the next local eclipse, in seven years. East Enders can experience the eclipse at Custer Observatory.
Wet & Wild — Oakdale
No, it’s not a water park. It’s a tour of the marine ecosystem at Connetquot River State Park. Dress for wading, and bring sunscreen, a towel, and water shoes.
Back to School Bash — Lake Grove
Saturday, August 26
Kids won’t want to hear it, but it’s nearly that time again. Enjoy kids activities, face painting, and a chance to meet Long Island Ducks mascot Quacker Jack. FREE
Children’s Discovery Trail — Bethpage
Sunday, August 27
Explore the redesigned, self-guided trail at Bethpage State Park. Enjoy some exciting new stops and activities just for kids. FREE
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Wear your best to the children's Victorian tea party. Photo courtesy of Walt Whitman Birthplace State Historic Site
Children’s Victorian Tea Party — Melville
Wednesday, August 30
Kids can step back in time in a role-playing activity at the Walt Whitman Birthplace State Historic Site. Come in period costume if you like, but you must register in advance.