Long Island Weekend Round-Up of Events July 31st - August 1st

Things to do with Kids on Long Island

Here we are in the last weekend of July, with no shortage of family-friendly events in sight. Make art you can wear, learn about wildlife, attend a contemporary dance piece, and don't forget the kids! These are events that the whole family can enjoy. Many of them take place on park preserves and historic sites--which makes the whole outing special, as just the setting alone is a reason to make the trip. So get out there and take advantage of everything Long Island has to offer!

Saturday, July 31st

Wild Long Island
Broadway Mall Center Court
Route 106/107, Hicksville
Time: 3:30 – 4:30 p.m.
For all ages
Check out some of Long Island's resident wildlife. Your kids will be fascinated by the live animals, and will learn the importance of saving natural habitats. This event is held by the educators from the Theodore Roosevelt Sanctuary and Audubon Center.


Long Island Children's Museum
11 Davis Avenue
Garden City, NY 11530-6745<
(516) 224-5800
1:30 p.m.
3 and up
$4 with museum admission ($3 LICM members), $8 theater only
The Long Island Dance Visions Company will be performing an original work at the Long Island Children's Museum this Saturday. It's a multi-media, contemporary piece that uses gymnastics and classical dance (and some tap!) to explore the world of dreams.

Baby Animals
Connetquot River State Park Preserve
Bohemia, New York 11716
(631) 581-1072
9:30 - 11 a.m.
Ages 3 - 17 
$3 per child

Who doesn't love baby animals? The Connetquot River State Park Preserve, one of Long Island's amazing state parks (3,473 acres of animals, hiking, horseback riding and so much more!) is bringing in some domestic animals for you to interact with. You can learn the cool, unique denfenses that each animal has to help it survive. And did we mention the baby animals?
Caleb Smith State Park Preserve
Smithtown, New York 11787
(631) 265-1054
10 - 11 a.m.
$4.00 per adult, $3.00 per child.

Bring a light colored t-shirt to the undeveloped acres of Caleb Smith State Park Preserve and design your own 'nature shirt'. They are billing this as a paint-fest. So maybe bring a change of clothes? Either way be prepared to have fun, and enjoy your surroundings.


Sunday, August 1st

Paumanok Driving Club: Horse and Carriage Demonstration
Sagamore Hill National Historic Site
12 Sagamore Hill Road
Oyster Bay
(516) 922-4788
Time: 2 p.m.- 4 p.m.
For all ages
In 1985 a group of horse enthusiasts created the Paumanok Driving Club to promote horse drawn vehicle driving. They're coming out to show their stuff on Sunday. Check them out at Sagamore Hill.


Nassau County Museum of Art
1 Museum Drive
Roslyn, NY 11576-1138
(516) 484-9337
Adults $10.00
Seniors (62+) $8.00
Students $4.00
Children (4-12) $4.00
Museum Members Free
The Family Sunday program is offered every week at the Nassau County Museum of Art. The afternoon includes supervised art activities for children and their adults, family gallery talks and family-friendly gallery guides. The family tour is at 1 p.m., and art activities begin at 1:30 p.m. The program is free with museum admission. And don't overlook the outdoor sculpture garden, which is always fun for children to explore.
Connetquot River State Park Preserve
Bohemia, New York 11716
Phone: (631) 581-1072
9:30 -11 a.m.
All ages
$4 per adult/$3 per child.
Hide your fear, or share your fascination of spiders today. The Connetquot River State Park Preserve is hosting a chance to get close to arachnids. Check out the indoor living spider display, and then take a walk outside to explore.