Long Island Weekend Events February 26-27: Maple Sugaring, Seal Spotting, Mad Hatter's Tea Party and More

Things to Do with Kids on Long Island

Run out of vacation activities yet? We've got some great weekend events for you. From outdoor activities like Maple Sugaring, Nature Strolls, and another chance to see those seals, to indoor fun, like African Dance, a Mad Hatter's Tea Party, and a reading of 'Philomena's Home Coming'-- the true story of a prairie dog abandoned on Fire Island. If you need to get out of the house, read on, we've got great choices for you here.
 

Maple Sugaring Day
Benner's Farm
East Setauket
Saturday, February 26, 12-4pm
$5 kids/$6 adults
For All ages
A super cool event at a real working farm, one of the originals of the Long Island farming community. Join them this Saturday as they demonstrate all phases of making maple syrup, from collecting the sap to boiling it down. You may even score a sweet treat or two in the process. This is an outdoor event, dress accordingly.


From Africa to America

Long Island Childrens Museum
Garden City
516-224-5800
Saturday, February 26, 1pm-2pm
Ages 3 and up
$4 with museum admission, $8 theater only
The Aspriring Young Artists of West Hempstead bring you a celebration of the roots of popular American dance. Dance styles from West Africa and the Caribbean will be performed.


Winter Seal Walk

Theodore Roosevelt Nature Center
Wantagh
516-780-3295
Saturday, February 26, 10:30am-12pm
$4 per person
We've mentioned this before, because it's such a cool event. Don't miss your chance to see the seals!


Mad Hatter's Tea Party

Coe Hall Mansion
Oyster Bay
516-922-8682
Saturday, February 26 & Sunday, February 27, 10am-4pm
Partake in a Mad Hatter's Tea Party this weekend with children's crafts and a caricaturist. This is part of the Camellia House Weekend events at Planting Fields Arboretum State Historic Park.


Seal Walk

Montauk Point State Park
Montauk
631-668-5000
Sunday, February 27, 9am
$5/adults, $3/children under 18
Take a 2-3 hour stroll led by a State Park naturalist to an area where you may see up to four species of seals. Registration required.


Winter Nature Walk

Caleb Smith State Park Preserve
Smithtown
631-265-1054
Sunday, February 27, 1:30pm-3pm
$3/child, $4/adults
Take a winter walk with your family at the beautiful Caleb Smith State Park Preserve. Find out who is out and about, and who is still taking cover this winter. Dress for the weather. Registration required.


Fire Island Philomena: A Prairie Dog Tale

Theodore Roosevelt Nature Center
Wantagh
516-780-3295
Sunday, February 27, 1:30pm-3pm
Hear the true story of 'Fire Island Philomena', a Black-tailed Prairie Dog who survived all alone on Fire Island for a year after her family abandoned her. Author Caryn Eve Murray will read her book, "Philomena's Home Coming", and there will be activities centered around the theme of good pet ownership. (There are two times noted on the website, I called to confirm the time.) Registration required. $4 per person.
 

Brrr! It's Cold in Here!
Long Island Children's Museum
Garden City
516-224-5800
Sunday, February 27, 2pm-4pm
All ages
Free with museum admission
Commemorate Black History Month by celebrating Frederick McKinley Jones, the inventor who came up with the refrigerating system. Learn about McKinley Jones and make a refrigerator magnet to bring home.