June GoList: Best Things To Do with Kids on Long Island

Enjoy These Great Things to Do in June, 2018 With Kids on Long Island

Did you ever wonder what it would be like to live in a perpetual state of June?

Think about it: In what other month on Long Island are the flowers blooming quite so brightly; is the sky a more colorful blue; are the temperatures quite so, temperate?   

June on Long Island is a month of transition—from spring to summer, from the end of the school year to the beginning of vacation time. But it also a month of remarkable possibilities, 30 days to celebrate all we love about life on our overcrowded, traffic-strewn stretch of real estate.

Four weeks remain in the school year. That’s plenty of time to cherish dad, enjoy a seasonal festival, tap into your inner STEM self, or even join in Triple Crown horse racing anticipation. Whatever your preference, there’s plenty to keep you and your kids engaged until the school year concludes.

A word of caution, however. Long Island is hosting two of the nation’s premier sporting events in June. Traffic might be heavy in Nassau County for the Belmont Stakes on June 9. And it certainly will be heavy on the East End on Father’s Day weekend with the U.S. Open golf championship being played in Southampton. Allow extra time if driving on either weekend.

Otherwise, away we go. Remember, our Long Island events calendar offers exciting family options as they develop throughout the month. You might also want to visit our guide to Long Island theme parks and water parks as the weather (hopefully) gets warmer.

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Astronomy Night at Sagamore Hill — Oyster Bay
Friday, June 1
The home of former president Theodore Roosevelt hosts a stargazing night for kids of all ages. Parents are asked to bring flashlights. FREE

Nassau County Strawberry Festival —Bellmore
Friday, June 1-Sunday, June 3
Enjoy carnival rides, music and a host of freshly made strawberry products. There’s even a pie-eating contest if you dare.

From kiddie rides to thrill rides, find your favorite attraction at the Herricks Community Center Carnival. Photo courtesy of Dreamland

Herricks Community Center Carnival — New Hyde Park
Friday, June 1-Sunday, June 3
Here the carnival rides range from delightful kiddie options to high-speed thrill rides. There is also plenty of carnival food and more to enjoy.

Garden City celebrates the nearby Belmont Stakes with a host of kids' activities the day before the race. Photo courtesy of the Garden City Chamber of Commerce

Belmont Stakes Festival — Garden City
Friday, June 8
Get into the spirit with pony rides, face painting, music, and more entertainment as Garden City preps for Justified’s run at the Triple Crown.

Celebrate the diversity of Long Island culture over three days in Long Beach. Photo courtesy of the event

Long Island Pride Weekend — Long Beach
Friday, June 8-Sunday, June 10
Celebrate the diversity of Long Island on the boardwalk at Long Beach. Enjoy live music all weekend, a carnival, family fun run on Saturday, and a parade on Sunday at noon.

Kids can channel their inner creative selves at the Eastern Long Island Mini Maker Faire. Photo courtesy of the event

Eastern Long Island Mini Maker Faire — Port Jefferson
Saturday, June 9
Calling all wannabe scientists: The ELIMMF is one of the region’s biggest gatherings of creators, innovators, and young entrepreneurs. Show off your latest project or experiment.

Mattituck Strawberry Festival fun continues into the evening. Photo courtesy of the festival

Lions Club Strawberry Festival — Mattituck
Thursday June 14-Sunday, June 17
The granddaddy of all strawberry pageants, where families from all across Long Island descend on the North Fork community for four days of shortcake, fireworks, carnival rides, and more. The event climaxes on Father’s Day; dads are admitted FREE when joined by a paying child.

Massapequa Strawberry Festival — Massapequa
Saturday, June 16
The Historical Society of the Massapequas sponsors this seasonal celebration featuring raffles, music, face painting, and, of course, strawberries.

SLIME Education Expo — Stony Brook
Saturday, June 16

Shine a light on innovation in technology education at the Students of Long Island Maker/STEAM Exposition at Stony Brook University. Learn about video game design, virtual reality, coding, and more.

Father’s Day Activities — Islandwide
Saturday, June 16-Sunday, June 17
Celebrate day with a host of activities across the Island. Join in an artwork project at Key to My Art in Amityville on Saturday. Or on Sunday, build a birdhouse at Sands Point Preserve or sample the Long Island Museum in Stony Brook, where dads are admitted FREE.

Long Island Comic Con — Nassau Coliseum, Uniondale
Saturday, June 16-Sunday, June 17
Wiliam Shatner from Star Trek headlines the list of celebrities at Long Island’s largest pop culture event of the year. Enjoy comic book talk, an art show, car show, children’s workshops, including a Star Wars Jedi academy, and more.

Enjoy one of the biggest bouncy houses in the nation when the Big Bounce America tour stops in Calverton. Photo courtesy of the venue

Big Bounce America — Calverton
Wednesday, June 27-Sunday, July 1
Enjoy bounce houses galore as well as a water slide, Ninja run, and more as this mobile extravaganza stops on the East End. Note: Tickets for Friday, June 22, Saturday, June 23, and Sunday, June 24 have sold out.

Peter Pan and Wendy — Syosset
Saturday, June 23
Enjoy a delightful retelling of the timeless classic at the Cultural Arts Playhouse.

Summer Sundae Kickoff — Amityville
Sunday, June 24
Get your little princess prepared for the summer at Darlings and Divas with mini pedicures, mini manicures, a pizza lunch, and, of course,  a make-your-own ice cream sundae.

Summer Movie Express — Deer Park
Tuesday, June 26-Wednesday, June 27
Take advantage of $1 admission to the Regal Deer Park Stadium 16 theater for Tuesday and Wednesday family movies all summer long. On June 26 and 27, enjoy Despicable Me 2 and How to Train Your Dragon 2. Both films play both days.

Jones Beach Movie Series Kids Night — Jones Beach Bandshell
Thursday, June 28
The annual family movies series begins with Coco. Enjoy a different movie each Thursday night until August 30.