Weekend Fun: Long Island FunFest, Mud Day, Ice Cream

Things to Do with Kids on Long Island This Weekend, June 24-25

Rev up for some good times at Long Island FunFest, held on the sprawling campus of Suffolk County Community College. Investigate the wonders of nature as you enjoy Old Westbury Whodunits within the grounds of Old Westbury Gardens. Get as dirty as you can during Sweetbriar Nature Center's Mud Day.

Check out our June GoList for the best family events all month. For more seasonal activities, pop over to our Summer Fun Guide or our day trips guide. For more family adventures, check out our guides to Long Island playgrounds or amusement parks and water parks.

Of course, our Event Calendar is loaded with fun, daily happenings for Long Island kids. Don't see a great event here? Add it to our calendar yourself

All Weekend

Start your summer with rides, fireworks, food, and more at Long Island FunFest. Photo courtesy of the festival.

Long Island FunFest — Brentwood
Long Island FunFest kicks off the summer with concerts, entertainment, fair food, and rides for all ages. Enjoy kiddie rides and thrill rides, and on Saturday fireworks after dark at the Suffolk Community College campus.

The Science of Ice Cream — Port Jefferson
Explore the physics of phase transitions while making your own batch of ice cream at the Maritime Explorium.

Saturday, June 24

Birds of Prey — Montauk
Children can meet and learn about live birds of prey at Montauk Library, including the Quogue Wildlife Refuge's resident raptors.

Family Art Workshop — East Hampton
Kids and their adult companions can decorate a professional canvas board with the assistance of guides from the famous Pollock-Krasner House and Study Center.

Lollipops for Breakfast — Sag Harbor
Sylvie decides she’s going to break the "no candy for breakfast" rule, even if it means she has to make her own lollipop from scratch at Goat on a Boat Puppet Theater.

Movies on the Beach — Long Beach
Watch Mamma Mia! under the stars in the city by the sea. FREE viewing; bring a lawn chair or blanket.

National Day of Play — Islandwide
Join Gymboree Play and Music for a day of music, dancing, bubbles, raffles, and more. Gymboree has locations in Oceanside, Westbury, Woodbury, and East Northport.

RELATED: Best beaches for families on LI

Uncover clues and solve some of nature's riddles at Old Westbury Gardens. Photo courtesy of the gardens.

Think Up! Old Westbury Whodunits — Old Westbury
Investigate the wonders of nature and history’s mysteries. Fact-finding hunts through Old Westbury Gardens uncover clues and solve riddles. 

Water Wonders — Wantagh
Head to the Jones Beach State Park Nature Center and explore the secrets hidden in the water that surrounds our island.

See all Saturday events.

Sunday, June 25

Beach Stories — East Hampton
Join the South Fork Natural History Museum in a search for marine life at Northwest Landing beach. Create a beach memory jar to remember the day. Call to reserve.

Bug Bonanza — Garden City
Discover the lives and natural history of insects, spiders, and other crawling creatures at the Long Island Children's Museum. FREE with museum admission.

Family Sundays — Roslyn
Families can engage in conversation with a museum educator then explore new art materials, vocabulary, and ideas at the Nassau County Museum of Art.

RELATED: Pick-your-own berry farms on LI

Cook up some mud pies at Sweetbriar's Mud Day. Photo by Tramlines Festival/CC BY 2.0

Mud Day — Smithtown
Play in the water, mud, and other messy things at Sweetbriar Nature Center. Children make mud pies, magic mud, princess mud and slime, and more.

See all Sunday events.

Top photo: Enjoy the carnival atmosphere and more at Long Island FunFest. Photo courtesy of the festival.