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Weekend Fun: LI Live Steamers, Sprinkler Dance Party, Legos

Chug-a-choo-choo out east to Southaven Park this weekend as the Long Island Live Steamers Club fires up the engines for a ride around the rails in a miniature train. Get more boom out of Independence Day with music and fireworks in Point Lookout. Or get wet and wild at The Whaling Center's sprinkler dance party

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

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

11 Family-Friendly Museums in the Hamptons and North Fork

For kids interested in science, nature, art, trains, or lighthouses, there is a family-friendly museum for everyone to discover in the Hamptons and North Fork.

With its rich history from the earliest days of colonial America and its important natural wildlife habitats, there's so much to learn about on the East End of Long Island. Ducking into a museum or art workshop is also a great activity for rainy vacation days, or just ducking out of the sun. Read on for our top picks of art museums, children's museums, and even nature centers for kids and families visiting or living in the area.

Free Outdoor Summer Concerts for Long Island Families

Not all summer entertainment on Long Island has to come with a hefty price tag. In fact, some shows don't come with a price tag at all.

We've rounded up a host of FREE local outdoor concerts—all parents need to do is grab a lawn chair or picnic blanket and get ready to shimmy, shake and smile with the little ones.

For more seasonal fun, be sure to check out our outdoor movie roundup, or perhaps our list of FREE summer activities for LI kids. Our Summer Fun Guide offers more ideas for getting the best out of the summer months.

July 4th Week on Long Island: Fireworks and More for Kids

It’s the first week of July. Besides saying Happy Birthday to America on Tuesday the Fourth, there is plenty of other family fun to be had this week, including eye-catching fireworks up and down Long Island.

Long Island is full of fabulous finds during the warm weather. Try a trip to a kid-friendly amusement park or an animal farm, but watch out for too much cotton candy. Or head to one of our famous beaches, on the North or South shores.

Perhaps try dining alfresco with a picnic at a state or county park, where your kids can explore nature and enjoy the fresh air. Or head out on a fun day trip to see more of what the Island has to offer. For even more ideas check out our Summer Fun Guide, our July GoList, or our list of 100 things to do with LI kids before they grow up.

July GoList: Best Things to Do With Long Island Kids This Month

We Long Islanders have always had an independent spirit. Self-sufficient from our Colonial days, we now ride commuter trains, endure traffic delays, and absorb all of Mother Nature’s body blows knowing there’s no place in the nation we’d rather be, in July, or anytime, than right where we are.

Long Islanders are also fiercely loyal to our country and that little slice of America that sits to the east of New York City. This month we’ll celebrate our independence from Manhasset to Montauk with parades, carnivals, fireworks shows, and more.

Perhaps even with a bit of reflection. Long Island has lighthouses commissioned by George Washington, villages named for Washington, Benjamin Franklin, and Thomas Jefferson, and, of course, was the center of the most successful spy ring of the Revolutionary War. (Give yourself a gold star if you can name the community named after Franklin. Answer below.)

Kids can learn plenty on Long Island this month. They can celebrate the holiday in 19th-century style at Old Bethpage Village; bond with ”President Theodore Roosevelt” and his family at Sagamore Hill; even marvel at Old Glory in a parade of our nation’s colors in Mount Sinai.

Later in the month, we’ll transition to more traditional activities, including street fairs, festivals like the North Sea Carnival and a North Fork street fair, and outdoor movie nights. School’s out, independence is in, and we’re into it.

And remember, our Long Island Events Calendar offers exciting family options as they develop throughout the month. Sign up for our FREE newsletters to get posts like this delivered to your inbox.

(And it’s Franklinville, of course, whose name since has changed to Laurel. Franklin visited the North Fork hamlet while postmaster general. Sorry for the trick question.)

Long Island Aquarium Offers Over 100 Exhibits and Interactive Adventures

With its fantastical Lost City of Atlantis theme, Long Island Aquarium combines myth and science to create an environment that's engaging for visitors of all ages. Located in downtown Riverhead, the Long Island Aquarium celebrates the Peconic River just outside its doors and the many creatures who call the water their home. From colorful fish in larger-than-life tanks to huge American alligators, the aquarium features more than one hundred exhibits, plus interactive experiences that will have kids and adults completely captivated. Dip your hand into one of the numerous touch tanks, get up close and personal with a penguin, or even snap a selfie with a sea lion. My family certainly couldn't get enough of the seemingly endless activities on our recent visit.

50 Things to Do on a Martha’s Vineyard Summer Family Vacation

Martha's Vineyard is a place out of time. Celebrities and presidents vacation alongside ordinary folks who populate the island year-round. Elegant boutiques share sidewalks with rusty bait shacks. You won't find water parks or go-karts, but there's still plenty to do with kids on this island off the coast of Cape Cod. Many of the highlights of your stay will be local fairs, parades, and even ball games that tend to bring the community together. Or you may just choose to lounge on the magnificent beaches and sample cold treats from the local ice cream stand. Every family will soak up the island culture in its own way, but here are 50 ways we're pretty sure you can't go wrong when vacationing on the Vineyard. 

Kayak, Canoe, and Paddle Board Rentals for Families in the Hamptons and North Fork

Scenic, protected waterways are abundant on eastern Long Island. It’s one of the reasons we love living or visiting there, especially in the summer.

If your family enjoys kayaking, canoeing, surfing, or paddle boarding, why not head to the East End, where there are plenty of bucolic spots to enjoy your favorite water sport. From Westhampton to Montauk and all over the North Fork, local shops rent gear and offer instruction. Always call ahead for availability and to make reservations.

For other suggestions on how to enjoy the East End this summer, check out our guide to the Hamptons and North Fork. Visit our Summer Fun Guide for more ways to celebrate the season, and if you're feeling especially ambitious take on a few of our 100 Things to Do With Kids on Long Island.

Great Summer Fairs and Festivals for Long Island Families

The smell of funnel cake is in the air as fairs and festivals kick off the summer season on Long Island. Summers are perfect for spending time outside with the family and getting to know your neighbors and community.

From old-fashioned street fairs to ethnic celebrations such as Native American powwows and the Highland Games, these family-friendly events are sure to leave everyone smiling. Festivals take place in Nassau and Suffolk counties and all the way to the East End. For more seasonal fun, be sure to check out our Summer Fun Guide.

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