Long Island Weekend Events: September 11th-12th, 2010

Things to Do with Kids on Long Island

Okay, we know that summer feels officially over, but even so, we still have some beautiful weather, perfect actually for some state park activities and some good beach time.  You can help feral quail return to the wild, attend a harvest and seafood festival, and everywhere you turn you are bound to bump into a great arts and crafts festival--the cool kind that cater to the whole family and include rides and fair food and cute animals. And if you are feeling hungry, check out the Granda Festa Italiana for some good eating and good fun. Have a great weekend.

Saturday, September 11th

Convey of Quail
Connetquot River State Park Preserve
All Ages
Adults $4, Kids $3
Help the Park Preserve reintroduce once wild quail to their former homes. Feed the temporarily caged quail and prepare them for their future meals of ticks. I'm not sure what this means, but the parks site clearly mentions ticks. Which sounds a little gross, but truly, I appreciate it nonetheless. I thank the quail of the world for taking care of ticks. And now you can help them do just that. 

Country Fair
Sands-Willets House
Port Washington
10am-5pm (raindate Sunday, September 12)
Adults $6, kids 6-12 $3, kids under 6 free
Don't miss the petting zoo (all the adorable baby animals), face painting, pony rides, a fire truck you can climb aboard and the usual guilty pleasure fair food--popcorn, hotdogs, cotton candy... There will also be a performance of an award winning musical (about the Revolutionary War debate), Civil War re-enactors (with fifes and drums!), and all manner of arts and crafts. A solid mix of fun and history for the whole family.


Saturday, September 11th, and Sunday, September 12th

Captree State Park Fall Harvest & Seafood Festival
Captree State Park
Saturday and Sunday
Boat rides, crab races, pony rides, a pirate show and scavenger hunt, entertainment and more at the Captree State Fall Harvest and Seafood Festival. Celebrate fall, celebrate the sea, and talk like a pirate. Argh.


Nassau County Craft and Gift Show
Saturday and Sunday
Here you'll find wonderful crafts and gifts, but they don't stop there. You'll also enjoy kids attractions, raffle prizes, live entertainment, a food court and a clam eating contest. The location is beautiful, overlooking Long Island Sound, but the crafts are rumored to compete with the view.

Grande Festa Italiana
Port Washington
 $3 per car
Saturday and Sunday
*on Sunday kids ride free from 12:30pm-1:30pm
This feast, which claims to be the largest and oldest on Long Island, features rides, games, lots of delicious food, music, and fireworks. All proceeds go to charity, so it's a win-win.


Sunday, September 12th

Beach Park Family Fest
North Hempstead Beach Park
Port Washington
$5 per car
You are on the beach, you are with your family and you are enjoying kayaking, sandcastle building, arts and crafts, circle drumming, kite flying, wildlife presentations, music, entertainment and great food. Did I mention you are on the beach? What a way to send off the summer.