Long Island

Long Island Weekend Round-Up of Events July 31st - August 1st

Here we are in the last weekend of July, with no shortage of family-friendly events in sight. Make art you can wear, learn about wildlife, attend a contemporary dance piece, and don't forget the kids! These are events that the whole family can enjoy. Many of them take place on park preserves and historic sites--which makes the whole outing special, as just the setting alone is a reason to make the trip. So get out there and take advantage of everything Long Island has to offer!

Long Island Weekend Round -Up of Events July 24th-25th

Whether you’re in the mood for surrounding yourself with nature or relaxing while watching a production, you’ll find great activities happening this weekend on Long Island. And if you want the best of both worlds you can gather the family and stake out a piece of grass to watch one of two productions while simultaneously enjoying the great outdoors.


Alice in Wonderland

The Vanderbilt Museum Carriage House
180 Little Neck Road
Saturday, July 24th and Sunday, July 25th, 2PM

Join Alice and the unusual creatures she encounters on her journey in Wonderland in this production by the Arena Players. Tickets are $10; Call in advance to reserve tickets.

Butterfly House Program
Sweetbriar Nature Center
62 Eckernkamp Drive
Saturday, July 24th, Sunday July 25th, 12PM-1PM

Surround yourself with over 200 butterflies and learn about the life cycle of these beautiful creatures. Children may participate in making a butterfly craft. The fee is $3 for adults and $2 for children.


Animal Olympics
Caleb Smith State Park Preserve Nature Museum
581 West Jericho Turnpike
Saturday, July 24th, 10AM-11:30AM

Compete by using skills that animals need to survive in the environment. The cost is $3 per child. As with all New York State Park events, there is a charge for parking.


Children’s Summer Theater – Suffolk County
Heckscher State Park
East Islip
Saturday, July 24th, 2PM

Make a run for a magical afternoon! This summer theater production features magician James Lazzarini in the “Magic of Amore.” Call for additional details. As with all New York State Park events, there is a charge for parking.


Moon River Walk
Connetquot River State Park Preserve
Box 505
Saturday, July 24th, 8PM-10PM

See the beauty of the preserve at night. All ages are invited to join in a 3 mile guided walk along trails in and along the Connetquot River. The fee for adults is $4 and $3 for children. As with all New York State Park events, there is a charge for parking.


Children’s Summer Theater – Nassau County
Hempstead Lake State Park
West Hempstead
Sunday, July 25th, 2PM

Bring your blankets and chairs! Watch as the traditional English puppet show, The Tragical Comedy of Punch and Judy is performed in a beautiful park environment. As with all New York State Park events, there is a charge for parking.



Summer Children's Theater on Long Island

There’s nothing better than live theater to ignite our children’s imaginations. Here on Long Island, we are lucky to have a wide variety of theater venues. During the summer, we also have the opportunity to enjoy some of this fine theater in the great outdoors. So grab a blanket, pack a snack, and have fun. The most difficult part, figuring out whether to watch the show, or watch your young one watching the show.

Long Island Weekend Round-Up of Events July 16th - 18th

Many outdoor activities are planned for this upcoming weekend.  There is a comedy show geared towards children taking place at Caumsett State Park.  Or you could enjoy one of the park offered nature-themed programs and explore the great outdoors.  And for those with a sweet tooth, try the annual Copenhagen Bakery Food Fest in the picturesque town of Northport on Long Island's North Shore.  Go for the pie and stay for the pie-eating contest!

Day Trippin': Visit a Long Island Farm

For many, Long Island conjures up images of beaches, malls and traffic and not much else.  But, Long Island is filled with hidden gems that have nothing to do with shopping or the sea (unfortunately traffic is always possible). Once a farming community, you can still find a lot of family farms throughout the Island and these days many have added pick-your-own fields, petting zoos, gourmet fresh markets, garden centers and kid activities. Each farm maintains its personal flavor, here are a few that are really worth the drive.

If you are looking to sink your hands into the soil or spend a day gorging on fruit, head to one of Long Islands many pick-your-own farms.

Free Tickets to New Family Film Standing Ovation

If your kids love High School Musical, Glee or American Idol or if they just love to sing and dance, then they might be interested in the new family film, Standing Ovation. Standing Ovation is about 5 friends who go against the odds to perform in a singing and dancing competition. The film is filled with original music and dance numbers. Read on to watch the trailer and find out how you can get free tickets to the movie before it comes out, just for our Long Island readers.

Long Island Weekend Events July 9-11: Toy Tech, Sunken Forest, Seaside Stories and More!

The theme for weekend activities seems to be outdoors, outdoors and more great outdoors! Your children can participate in several events on the Island while learning about the natural world around them or creating their own masterpiece. Explore the beauty of Fire Island or listen to stories that remind you of the seaside. Take a few steps back in time and watch an old fashioned baseball game. If you’ve got a future tech-guru on your hands, have them explore toys and try to make their own. There’s something for everyone this weekend. Find what’s perfect for you and your family in the seven events below.

Long Island Summer Program Round-Up

Summer is now in full swing, but do not despair, it's not too late to enjoy the summer programs that Long Island has to offer. There is still a variety of organized activities available to suit every age and topic of interest.  Take a look at the facilities below and their offerings!



July 4th Weekend Events on Long Island

The Fourth of July brings to mind fireworks, festivities and American traditions. Here's a sampling of places to visit to see fireworks and much more.  Happy Independence Day!

Weekend Activities for Kids on Long Island, June 25th - 27th

Summer vacation is upon us! This being the first official weekend of summer, there is a wide variety of family-friendly events. Saturday brings the first Children's Summer Theatre performance of the season, this one at Caumsett State Park. The shows will continue at various state parks all summer long. Also, camps begin as early as Monday. Below are all the details for the "Sea Stars Marine Camp" and the "Ocean Explorers" camp at the Cold Spring Harbor Whaling Museum. And if you're not camp bound, you could always check out the dragonflies and damselflies. We've got the details for you. And so the fun begins.


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