Long Island

Weekend Events for Kids on Long Island, August 7-9th: Celebrate LI Lighthouses, Chinese Boat Festival, and Sandcastle Contest

All of a sudden it seems like Summer is starting to wind down-but wait! This weekend, Long Island offers some of the best ways to get out and enjoy Summer Days, celebrations, and, of course, our beaches! Check out some of our recommendations for things to do with your kids this weekend on the Island-

National Lighthouse Day - Did you know that Friday is National Lighthouse Day? Well, no where can one celebrate lighthouses like we can on Long Island. And at the Fire Island Lighthouse at Robert Moses Beach, there is a special celebration planned. Actress and storyteller Vivian Farrell will present her book  "Robert's Tall Friend: A Story of the Fire Island Lighthouse" to an audience of children an their families at the lighthouse, and afterwards you can enjoy a tour of the famous lighthouse for a reduced rate of just $5. It isn't everyday that you can take your kids to the place they can read about in a book, right? And, depending on what show you catch, there should be plenty of time to play on the beach afterward. 

Fire Island Lighthouse

11am and 3pm

Friday, August 7

East of Field 5 

Robert Moses State Park


The Hong Kong Dragon Boat Festival in New York - Another boat race? Not quite-this weekend long festival is a celebration of culture and ethnic tradition. A regatta of sorts, the festival includes traditional Chinese boat races, but also has plenty of other exciting activities, like Lion dancers, dragon dancing, and king fu performances. And, brought especially for kids, a balloon twister and face painter will be on hand as well. Originated in a cool historical tale, dragon boat races are fun and exciting to watch, and the events surrounding the race make the festival a perfect family outing. Check out the website for an event schedule and more info!

Flushing Meadows State Park


Saturday, August 8-Sunday August 9


Smith Point County Park Sandcastle Contest - The weather for Saturday could be questionable, but with the sunshine back in the forecast for Sunday, you might want to hit the beach. A trip to Fire Island and hitting a cool Sandcastle contest sounds great to us, and might be the perfect way to end the weekend. Smith Point County Park is one of the greatest beaches on Fire Island, and, as a mom, I might think it is because the lifeguards there are some of the best in the country. But it is really beautiful and it offers alot of great amenities as well. This Sunday, they are holding the Annual Sandcastle Building Contest at 9am on the beach. It is really fun and it draws lots of talent and creativity. If you can, stay all day and stop in at The Beach Hut for dinner. There's great grown up food, but the kids will love their basket menu. PS-They sponser the sandcastle contest and depending on your schedule they offer great breakfast as well. 

Smith Point County Park


Sunday, August 9

Shirley, Fire Island



10 Things To Do With Kids in Montauk, NY

[UPDATED: September 11, 2012]

If you're heading to the beaches of Long Island, there's a great new site to check out. KidMontauk.com gives parents the inside skinny in everything you need to know to have a blast on and off the beach in Montauk, NY. Heather D'Agostino, the site's founder, offered to fill us in on her Top Ten Things to Do with Kids in Montauk. Thanks, Heather!

Sag Harbor: New York's Non-Hampton Family Beach Vacation

[UPDATED: September 12, 2012]

There is another great Summer vacation spot out East on Long Island, and it is a great place to visit for a weekend or a long day with your family. Thanks again to our friend Jill for sharing her ideas on the can't miss spots in Sag Harbor.

Sag Harbor is a great little Hampton town that doesn’t feel like you are in “the Hamptons”. It is an old whaling village that still retains its old style charm. Most of what you want to see is right on Main Street or on some of the smaller side streets – all within walking distance. It is best to find parking and just walk around. To me, the walk itself is very soothing as the town is so quaint it makes the perfect escape from bustling New York City. There are great stores to do some shopping ranging from clothing to toys to surf shops and book stores to antiques and even art galleries; Sag Harbor offers something for everyone.

Weekend Events for Kids on Long Island, July 24-26: Cool and Unusual Family Events: An Indian Pow-Wow, Family Barndance and more

We've been writing a lot about some of the great concerts and carnivals Long Island plays host to during the Summer months. Seems this weekend offers a break from tradition. We found some really unique ways for you to spend the weekend if you're out on the Island:

Being an Islander, chances are your kids are like mine and they love to watch boats. The 33rd Annual Around Long Island Regatta is being held this weekend. Whether you are a sailor or not, you might notice loads of sailboats off the coast  the South Shore if you visit Jones, Robert Moses or the Fire Island Beaches on Saturday.  The race starts Thursday evening and most boats finish sometime Sunday afternoon on the North Shore in Sea Cliff at the Sea Cliff Yacht Club. If you're not a member of the exclusive Yacht Club, one great place we've learned to watch the boats finish is The Sea Cliff Village Beach. Nestled up on the North Shore, the Village of Sea Cliff is really charming and makes a great day trip from just about anywhere on the Island or in the city.  Along the Boulevard, the Sea Cliff Village Beach is just steps away from the Yacht Club. For a daily beach fee, you can enjoy the view of the finishing boats and a day of beach play. There is a great snack shop which offers beachy food and drinks, and of course ice cream. If you can, stay for dinner and stroll through the Village afterwards. Click here for information on the Village Beach and fees. 


July 26th

Sea Cliff Village Beach

on the Boulevard, Sea Cliff, NY



On the West End, the Queens County Farm Museum is hosting the 31st Annual Thunderbird American Indian Mid-Summer Pow-Wow. Now, I've lived out in the Wild West and believe it or not, catching a pow-wow isn't all too uncommon, but if you've never seen one, you should check this out. A spectacle of colors, dance and native music, the kids will be engaged in History and Art. This happens to be NYC's oldest and largest pow-wow and includes art, crafts, and jewelrr for sale, not to mention some great foods. Their is a pow wow each say, but check the schedule for exact times. 

July 24, 25, and 26

Queens County Farm Museum

73-50 Little Neck Parkway

Floral Park, NY 



Out East, you can kick up your heels at a Barn Dance being held to support Suffolk County's 4-H programs. Cornell University's Suffolk County Branch is holding the dance in an actual barn and the night includes live square dance calling, games, crafts, wagon rides, and ice cream sundaes. The event is designed for the entire family, and if you show up as a family, it will save you money: $25 per family of 4, $10 per person. For more details, click here. 


Suffolk County Farm and Education Center

350 Yaphank Avenue

Yaphank, NY 


Hope you get a chance to enjoy some of these unique and cultural events! Happy Weekend! 






Kids Go Free to Cole Bros Circus Where Old Fashioned Circus Fun Meets Cirque Nouveau

Another circus is coming to Long Island, Brooklyn and Staten Island. We just heard about the Cole Bros. Circus – which is surprising since it has been around for 125 years. So we did a little research and found it's something you might want to check out.

Since this is their 125th Anniversary, they are celebrating with a special performance reprising legendary circus acts of the past along with showcasing the talents of cirque nouveau artists.  There is a 7-man pyramid on the high wire – these acts always amaze me as I really feel for the guy on the bottom holding all these people on a high wire no less; also gymnastic routines, circus daredevils (with “the Globe of Death and Giant Gyro Wheel”) and of course clowns for a little comic relief.  And,  no circus would be complete without the animals, and there are elephants, camels, dogs, ponies and a mule. It is a fast paced two hour show – with something for everyone.


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