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 Bunny Breakfasts and Brunches happening around the area, and of course, check out our Long Island Events Calendar for more kid-friendly fun.
Spring Festival at Sweetbriar Nature Center — Smithtown
Saturday, April 15
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. Children of all ages are welcome to usher in spring at this nature center, which is rich with flora and wildlife.
Spring Fever Music and Arts Festival — Calverton
Saturday, April 22
Adults and children of all ages are welcome at this free music and arts event at Long Island Sports Park in Calverton, where seven bands will perform throughout the day and craft vendors and artists will be on hand to exhibit and sell their works. Spend the day dancing, singing, and appreciating art in the (hopefully) spring sunshine.
Spring Appreciation Day — Stony Brook
Saturday, April 22
The event will feature a petting zoo, a magician, live musical performances, balloon art by Thoroughly Modern Lilly, a dance performance by Roseland School of Dance, a free art show at the Educational & Cultural Center, and even kids crafts. Expect an entire afternoon dedicated to spring fun that is perfect for children of all ages.
Spring Festival at The Common Ground — Sayville
Saturday, April 29
The Greater Sayville Chamber of Commerce presents the Spring Festival at Gillette Park. Join in all of the fun, which will include a bouncy house, face painting, arts and crafts, a petting zoo, and unbelievable food like lobster rolls, hamburgers, shakes, ice cream, and apple puffs.
Arbor Day Festival — Oyster Bay
Saturday, April 29 and Sunday, April 30
The 2017 Arbor Day Family Festival at Planting Fields Arboretum features live musical performances, a kid’s tree climb by Wonderland Tree Care, petting zoo, face painting, National Circus Project performances and workshops, tree plantings with Smokey the Bear, and a number of other children's activities for kids of all ages. The festival is a collaborative effort between Planting Fields Foundation and the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation — rain or shine, you can expect a fun day for the entire family.
7th Annual All Kids Festival — Melville
Sunday, April 30
Huntington Hilton invites children of all ages to its annual All Kids Festival, which will feature a bounce house, petting zoo, face painting, cooking demos by kids Sophie Bravo and Ally Kustera from Food Network's Chopped Junior, and a special performance by 14-year-old singer Chloe Winger, who appeared on the Spanish version of The Voice Kids 2016. Children ages 2 and younger get in for free and exhibits and activities are geared toward toddlers through to high school age.
May Day Festival — East Setauket
Sunday, May 7
Children and adults of all ages are invited to dance around the thirty-foot traditional May Pole at Benner's Farm 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.
Tulip Festival — Huntington
Sunday, May 7
The free festival at Heckscher Park will have children’s activity booths, an art exhibit and live performances on the Chapin Rainbow stage, presented courtesy of the Huntington Arts Council. Expect to be amazed at the sight of 20,000 tulips in full blooms. Rain or shine.
Hofstra University Annual Dutch Festival — Hempstead
Sunday, May 7
Hofstra's 34th Annual Dutch Festival has a lineup that is sure to please the whole family. The festival includes two aboretum and outdoor sculpture tours and two landscape design lectures. Kids can enjoy a tulip tour and tea.
Feather Fest — Oyster Bay
Theodore Roosevelt Sanctuary & Audubon Center
Saturday, May 13
Celebrate International Migratory Bird Day at Theodore Roosevelt Sanctuary & Audubon Center and welcome spring 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.
Photo Courtesy of Hofstra University
Originally published on 3/28/14