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The Best Fairs and Festivals for Long Island Families in June

June on Long Island is the unofficial kickoff of summer street fairs, festivals, and fun for the entire family. From food-focused events to arts and crafts, and nautical-themed festivals, there is plenty of fun to be found on the streets and in the parks of Nassau and Suffolk counties and on the East End in June. And, the best part: Admission to many of these events is FREE.

So check out our picks for the top June street fairs and festivals and be sure to mark them on your calendar. Click through the listings for locations, times, specific costs, potential weather postponements, and other information. As always, you’ll find more family-friendly things to do this summer in our June GoListSummer Fun Guide and our Long Island Events Calendar.

Family Getaway to Hershey, PA: Hersheypark, Chocolate World, Zoo

While there are plenty of family vacation options in our area, my family's destination of choice this year was Hershey, Pennsylvania. The town, smack dab in the center of the state, has been dubbed the Sweetest Place on Earth thanks to the region's namesake chocolate factory and iconic candy bar. 

The main attraction, Hersheypark, is the perfect short-week or long weekend getaway solution for kids who aren't ready for a long car, train, or plane trip. It’s just over three hours away from the New York City area and barely two hours from Philadelphia. (Tip: Leave before dawn and the kids will sleep through half of it).

I was hesitant that my 5- and 2-year-old boys would be too small to enjoy the trip, but Hershey offers much more than just roller coasters. There's water park fun, a zoo and gardens, chocolate galore, and plenty of great places to stay, including right on site with the treat-filled amusement park. There are even additional family sights in nearby Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.

Here is a breakdown of the top sights to see with kids.

12 Things To Do with Your Long Island Baby Before They Turn 1

Those long nine months finally are over and it's time to enjoy all the moments you dreamed about. Baby is here, which means there are many memorable firsts ahead.

No matter the season, there is always something new to experience with your little one on Long Island. Whether it's a trip to the ocean, or a visit to the pumpkin patch, the first year is full of milestones. Get your camera (or phone) ready, because this list is full of Kodak moments.

Weekend Fun: Festivals, Village Celebrations, HarborFest

Get juiced up for Saturday's Sensational Strawberries event at Benner's Farm and the weekend-long Nassau County Strawberry Festival in Bellmore.

Festival season is in full swing with family fairs taking place this weekend in IslipPort WashingtonHuntington, and New Hyde Park.

Hop over to our June GoList to find even more options for this weekend, including boardwalksbeaches, and theme park and water park fun.

Peruse our Spring Family Fun Guide for the best in seasonal entertainment, including day trip ideas, bountiful botanical gardens, and even biking and hiking trails. Of course, our Event Calendar is loaded with fun, daily happenings for Long Island kids.

Best Free Things to Do in June With Kids on Long Island

No, you’re not dreaming. It’s June already, and that signals the end of another school year. Kids across Long Island are already looking forward to some much-deserved time off from homework. Parents look forward to summer too, but with the expenses of end-of-year functions, camps, and vacations, June can start to really add up.

Fear not, you and the family can still enjoy this last month of school and stay on budget. We’ve rounded up a list of the best FREE things to do on Long Island in June. You won’t want to miss a close-up visit with wildlife, outdoor family yoga, amazing magic tricks, hunting for treasure, and more.

For more ways to enjoy early summer, check out our June GoList. 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.

50 Must-Do Activities on Cape Cod With Kids this Summer

Ahhh-The Cape. From the moment you cross over the Sagamore Bridge, you are on Cape Time. Say good-bye to stress and uncomfortable shoes and hello to family-time and flip flops! Cape Cod is famous for its legendary seafood, pristine beaches, charming main streets, and a seemingly endless supply of children's activities, making it a perfect family vacation destination. You can spend your days splashing in the water or building sandcastles, and your nights mini golfing with pirates or watching future major league baseball stars play. Or, you can head out on the open water to catch glimpses of astonishing sea life. I have spent just about every summer of my life here, forming some of my most enduring childhood memories. It's a tradition I am thrilled to carry on with my family. 

June GoList: Best Things To Do 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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Nickelodeon Punta Cana: All-Inclusive Caribbean Resort with a Side of Slime

If your dream vacation is one where the kids are out of their minds with fun, while you sip piña coladas by your private plunge pool, have I got a place for you. Nickelodeon Hotels & Resorts in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic, gives little ones all the fun of a theme park visit while providing adults with a luxurious, all-inclusive vacation that doesn’t leave you needing another getaway when you get back.

From the best rooms, pools, experiences, and eats, read on for our review of everything you need to know to enjoy your Caribbean family vacation at Nick Resort Punta Cana.

9 Super Fun Water Parks, Slides, and Pools on Long Island

Slip-slidin’ away!  There are few better ways to stay cool on Long Island this summer than by heading down a slippery water slide, splashing around in a refreshing swimming pool, or getting drenched at a water park. That's why we invite you to check out our list of the hottest spots on Long Island where kids and adults can stay cool, even on the most sweltering days. Check websites for rates and hours. Town pools are usually open to nonresidents, but they might have to pay a higher entry fee.

Find more fun in our guide to Long Island theme parks and our guide to the best parks and playgrounds for Long Island families.

Visiting Stony Brook: New England Charm in Suffolk County

For some, Stony Brook is synonymous with the sprawling campus of Long Island's largest state university. For others, it is is a quaint North Shore village that is home to historic sites, a beautiful harbor with a bustling village center, and plenty of family-friendly events and festivals all year round.

Known to locals as Stony Brook Village, it is technically a hamlet that is part of the Three Village area, along with Setauket and Old Field.  It is a coveted Suffolk County school district and a desirable area to live and work with its well-tended homes tucked back into groves of maple trees. It is also an ideal destination for a day trip or weekend getaway

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