Have we ever been as excited to see spring arrive? Aside from the warmer weather, there are also an array of festivals taking place across Long Island to kick off the arrival of the season. So head outdoors to enjoy crafts, activities, science and family fun. You might also want to check out one of the many Easter Egg Hunts happening around the area, and of course, look at our Long Island Events Calendar for more kid-friendly fun.
Spring Festival at Sweetbriar Nature Center
62 Eckernkamp Drive, Smithtown
Saturday, March 26, 2016, 12pm-4pm
$10/child, $5/adult, no pre-registration required
Sweetbriar Nature Center welcomes the spring with a fun-filled day of face painting, games, stories, wildlife programs, animal presentations and even a guest appearance from the Easter Bunny. Call 631-979-6344 for details.
Spring Appreciation Day
Stony Brook Village Center, 111 Main St., Stony Brook
Saturday, April 16, 2016, 12-5pm
The afternoon will feature a petting zoo, a magician, live musical performances, balloon artist, Walkie Bear and WALK radio, special one-day sales at our retailers and a free art show at the Educational & Cultural Center. There will also be horse-drawn carriage rides available for $3 per person.
Spring Festival at The Common Ground
Gillette and Candee Avenues, Sayville
Saturday, April 23, 2016, 12pm-3pm
The Greater Sayville Chamber of Commerce presents the Spring Festival at The Common Ground. Rain or shine. Meet the Easter Bunny. Paint Ceramics, face painting, pony rides, petting zoo, magic show, treats and more.
Cold Spring Harbor Fish Hatchery Spring Festival
Cold Spring Harbor Fish Hatchery and Aquarium
1660 Route 25A, Cold Spring Harbor
Saturday, April 30, 2016, 10am-4:30pm (Rain Date: May 7)
Adults $6, children under 12, $4
Environmental exhibitions, petting zoo, castle bouncer, live animal encounters, games, food, music. Fishing for ages 12 and under with all gear provided. All included with paid admission. Call 516-692-6768.
Arbor Day Festival
Planting Fields Arboretum, 1395 Planting Fields Road, Oyster Bay
Saturday, April 23-Sunday, April 24, 2016, 10am-5pm
The 2016 Arbor Day Family Festival features live musical shows by the crowd’s favorites Peat Moss and the Fertilizers, performances by PLAY DATE, kid’s tree climb by Wonderland Tree Care, petting zoo, face painting, National Circus Project performances and workshops, TR Sanctuary, caricaturists, plant clinics, tree plantings with Smokey the Bear, free self-guided visits of Coe Hall. The festival is a collaborative effort between Planting Fields Foundation and the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation.
May Day Festival
56 Gnarled Hollow Road, East Setauket
Sunday, May 1, 2016, 12pm-4pm
Children and adults of all ages are invited to dance around the thirty-foot traditional May Pole, and return to a simpler time enjoying an afternoon of storytelling by Chief Running Water, who brings local Native American traditions of springtime, crafts demonstrations, live old-time music, good food and more.
Heckscher Park, Huntington
Sunday, May 1, 2016, 12-5pm
The free festival will have children’s activity booths, an art exhibit and live performances on the Chapin Rainbow stage, presented courtesy of the Huntington Arts Council.
Hofstra University Annual Dutch Festival
Hofstra University South Campus
Saturday, May 7, 2016, 11am-4pm
Admission is free
Hofstra's 33rd Annual Dutch Festival has a lineup that is sure to please the whole family. The festival includes swinging jazz music, tulips in bloom (weather permitting), face painting, craft vendors and authentic Dutch food and beverages. Children's activities include: bounce house, puppet show, face painting and magic show.
Theodore Roosevelt Sanctuary & Audubon Center
134 Cove Rd, Oyster Bay
Saturday, May 14, 2016, 1-4pm
Celebration of International Migratory Bird Day at Theodore Roosevelt Sanctuary & Audubon Center Celebrate spring at the Sanctuary with a festival honoring the return of our feathered friends. The afternoon of family fun includes migration games, crafts, a native plant sale, bird and plant walks, history tours, and tours to Sagamore Hill, refreshments and more.
Heckscher State Park
Field 1, Heckscher Pkwy, East Islip
Saturday, June 18, 2016, 11am-4pm
Free admission; vehicle use fee in effect
This family-oriented event, themed "Great Outdoors", will entertain and educate children of all ages. Various organizations will be onsite to promote outdoor recreation and also discuss environmental issues and concerns. Call 631-581-2100 for more information.
Photo Courtesy of Hofstra University
Originally published on 3/28/14