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Weekend Fun: Grandparents Day, Colonial Celebration, Apple Fest

With school in full swing, it's time once again to pack all that family fun into the weekend. We've rounded up festivals in Bay ShoreRidgeHicksville and elsewhere.

Celebrate Rosh Hashana at The Dolphin Bookshop with a free reading and more. Step back to Colonial times as Raynham Hall in Oyster Bay is filled with costumed Colonial adult and child re-enactors who bring the 18th century to life.

Visit our Fall Family Fun Guide and our September GoList for the best in seasonal entertainment, including day trip ideas, fall festivals and plenty of FREE events and activities. As always, our Event Calendar is loaded with fun, daily happenings for Long Island kids.

52 School Lunch Ideas for Lunches Kids Will Actually Eat

Chances are that by now you've had some healthy, well-packed lunches delivered back into your hands virtually untouched at the school end of the day. There should be a special name for the heartbreak one endures at the words "I told you I hate peanut-butter and jelly," when not only is this the first you're hearing of it, but you spent extra money on organic jelly and freshly ground peanut butter. And if not PBJ, then what? Well, we've got 52 answers to that question!

Best Fall Fairs and Festivals for Long Island Families

The leaves soon will turn and the smell of apple cider donuts and roasted corn will be in the air.

Soon, you’ll have to put on an extra layer to keep warm, but no one really will mind if it means enjoying a seasonal treat and spending some family time outside. It’s fall fairs and festivals season, and we’ve pulled together a list of some of the best this September and October, including a peek into Halloween fun. So grab a sweater and enjoy this in-between season before the real chill sets in.

 No matter where you live—Nassau, Suffolk, or the East End—fall on Long Island is beautiful, and there’s plenty of family fun to be had. Check out our fall fun guide for more ideas.

September GoList: Best Things to Do With Long Island Kids

Summer is wrapping up, the weather is starting to cool down, and, let’s face it, most kids are dreading the start of school. So why not make the transition to fall a bit easier by scheduling some fun, family events?

September weekends are the perfect time to take advantage of the many happenings around Long Island. Join in the celebrations of Native American culture and traditions and our famed maritime history; spend a day on the East End visiting the many farms; explore a museum; attend a fall festival; or discover the island’s natural beauty.

Whatever you choose, your family is bound to have fun, learn something different, and make new memories. Here is our list of some of the best ways to keep your family happily entertained this month.

Labor Day Weekend Fun: Powwow, Beaches, Nature

This Labor Day weekend, head to the East End for a festive dose of American Indian culture as the Shinnecock tribe hosts its annual powwow. Or ferry over to Shelter Island for its annual kids snapper derby. Then wind back around as you check out the rest of Long Island's East End.

There's still time to squeeze in some summer fun. Whether its beaches, pools or water fun, make your last summertime hurrah a fun one! And check out our bucket list of 25 things to do on LI before school starts.

In the meantime, our Event Calendar is loaded with fun, daily happenings for Long Island kids. And our September GoList offers up fun, family events for the entire month.

Don't see a great event here? Add it to our calendar yourself.

Top Free Events in September for Long Island Family Fun

After a summer of splurge, most Long Island families are falling back into routines and re-padding their pockets.

But events and activities for full-on family fun do not have to break the bank. We've rounded up a bunch for back-to-school month that pack a freebie punch.

For other free fun, check out our list of playgroundsboardwalks and fishing spots. Of course, admission fees at most Long Island beaches aren't collected after Labor Day. On any given day, peep our calendar for a list of updated events.

How to Pick a Daycare That You Actually Love

Whether it's your first child or your third, finding the best daycare option for your family comes with its share of challenges. Most parents are looking at factors like cost, hours, location, safety, and child-teacher ratio, but of course, another major requirement is an environment that's warm, inviting, and family-friendly. While trying to find the perfect daycare can make any parent anxious, the relationships and beautiful memories you'll create as a family will make all the effort worthwhile.

To help guide your search for the right daycare, we reached out to childcare program directors, Mommy Poppins editors, teachers, and professional moms to collect their stories and consolidate their advice. These daycare veterans have had time to reflect on their choices, and are ready to share their wisdom and lessons learned, which, together with your area's Daycare Listings, can help you pick a daycare that you actually love.

Pick Your Own Apple Farms for Families on Long Island

With summer winding down, it’s time to plan some fun fall activities you and your kids can do together. How about heading to the East End for a day of apple picking? 

From small farm stands to orchards with dwarf trees sized just right for little hands, to other family-friendly venues, there are plenty of places to choose from, and we've rounded them up for you.

Apple-picking season can begin as early as the end of August and continue through October. Be sure to check out each farm’s website for hours and bounty updates. Happy picking this fall.

Find more pick-your-own fun in our Long Island Farm Guide, including where to pick peaches or pumpkins, or feed the goats and sheep at area petting zoos and barnyards.

Marine Nature Study Area: An Outdoor Lab for Family Adventure

Explore the great outdoors at the Marine Nature Study Area in Oceanside, a South Shore seaside environment preserve ripe for a self-guided expedition.

The education and conservation of marine life have played such a large part in Long Island's past, and we are fortunate to have places such as the Long Island Aquarium, South Fork Natural History Museum, and Quogue Wildlife Preserve to help keep it alive in the present.

For more FREE fun, check out our list of playgrounds, boardwalks and fishing spots. After Labor Day, most beach fees on Long Island are not collected. Before heading out, peruse our calendar for a list of updated events.

Weekend Fun: Railroad Fest, Scottish Games, Bubble Palooza

Chug on down to the Railroad Musuem of Long Island in Riverhead for its annual festival this weekend. Hop aboard a miniature World's Fair train for a ride around the lawn. Then head east to the Harbes Family Farm Watermelon Festival

Celebrate the 80th anniversary of the fireboat docked in Greenport Harbor with activities scheduled all weekend long. Enjoy the Scottish Festival and Games, including a wee bit o' bagpipers, caber tossing, Highland games, and more. Enjoy a picturesque evening at North Hempstead Beach Park as the water becomes illuminated by beautiful lanterns

Explore outdoors at a boardwalkbeach, pool, sprinkler park, or perhaps cool off at a water park

Visit our Summer Family Fun Guide and our August GoList for the best in seasonal entertainment, including day trip ideas and plenty of FREE events and activities. As always, our Event Calendar is loaded with fun, daily happenings for Long Island kids. 

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