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Weekend Fun: HarborFest, Strawberries, Art in the Park, Fairs

This weekend, channel your inner artist at The Art League of Long Island's annual Art in the Park festival. Or make seaworthy plans at the Boater's Maritime Festival in Port Jefferson or HarborFest in Port Washington. Hop on a sweet ride, then enjoy a sweet treat at the Nassau County Strawberry Festival.

Check out our June GoList for the best family events all month. For more seasonal activities, pop over to our Summer Fun Guide, our day trips guide, or our list of June fairs and festivals. For more family adventures, check out our Long Island playgrounds and amusement parks and water parks guides. 

Memorial Day Weekend for LI Kids: Air Show, Parades, Street Art

This Memorial Day weekend head over to the Bethpage Air Show at Jones Beach State Park, where you'll see an all-star lineup of civilian planes and the Air Force Thunderbirds. Farther east, the Community Mosaic Street Painting Festival in downtown Riverhead features a fine arts and crafts fair, live music, dance, theater, and more.

There are fireworks this weekend, loads of parades to recognize the fallen, and even family carnivals.

Celebrate the unofficial start of summer with our roundup of the best family beaches on Long Island. And if you're up for a little traveling time, see our day trip ideas for the holiday weekend.

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The Bestie Awards are coming to town and we need to know who you love. The Besties is a reader voting contest celebrating small local businesses that make parenting on Long Island awesome. Help us choose our finalists by shouting out your favorite places to make, do, eat, learn, and play. Nominate your Besties now.

Stunning Long Island Lighthouses Worth Visiting with Kids

Long Island lighthouses are a beacon into the past. To explore them is to immerse yourself in the history of the region, from the Revolutionary War to the whaling age, and the great steamship era of the 19th century.

The are about 20 lighthouses on Long Island, from New York Harbor to Montauk and the North Fork. Four—Bug Light, Fire Island, Horton Point and Montauk Point—are open for public exploration. A fifth, in Huntington Harbor, is closed indefinitely, but will reopen to visitors when renovations are complete.

So see the light at these four destinations. But a word of advice before you go: Limber up, as some of these lighthouses boast steep climbs. Don't fret because the panoramic views are worth the sweat. Here is our guide to four incredible lighthouses that are worth the trip. Have fun exploring.

Got the travel itch? Check out our Family Day Trips Guide

Weekend Fun for LI Kids: Science Expo, Fleece Fair, and Kite Flying

This weekend, Long Island families can participate in hands-on activities that promote imagination and creativity at SLIME—Students of Long Island Maker Expo. From recyclable crafts to robotics technology, enjoy an interactive day of making at the Cradle of Aviation in Nassau County.

Or set your sights high outdoors: Enjoy color on the ground and in the skies as Art in the Park and Kite Day converge at Heritage Park in Mount Sinai. Find more cool parks and playgrounds in our guide to Long Island's best. Old-world demonstrations collide with new-world creations at Hallockville Museum Farm's annual Fleece & Fiber Fair. Take in the picturesque campus and historic buildings that date back to 1765 while visiting with resident animals and enjoying farm-life games. 

By the way, the brand-new Mommy Poppins Bestie Awards are coming to town, and we need to know who you love! The Besties is a reader voting contest celebrating small local businesses that make parenting on Long Island awesome. Help us choose our finalists by shouting out your favorite places to make, do, eat, learn and play. Nominate your Besties now.

Check out our May GoList for the best family events all month. For more weekend activities, pop over to our Spring Fun Guide or perhaps our Day Trips Guide.

22 Great Mini-Golf Courses On Long Island

Miniature golf is one of those ideal outings the entire family can enjoy.  On Long Island, our picturesque mini-golf destinations alone make the trip worthwhile.

Some miniature golf venues on the Island are part of larger amusement parks, which offer water slides and other kid-friendly fun. Others are situated in county or state parks. Whatever the location, these courses offer a wonderful day (or night) of fun at minimal cost.  

If your family is ready to graduate to more advanced greens time, check out these par-3 golf courses on Long Island, where kids can learn the game. For more seasonal fun, be sure to check out our Spring Guide.

Mother's Day Weekend for LI Kids: Festivals, Nature Activities, Brunch

Celebrate all things mom, mommy, mama, and ma this weekend, including a Mother's Day festival at Harbes Farm and Vineyard, artsy dual-canvas paint creations at Pinot's Palette, and messages in a bottle just for mom at the Maritime Explorium. Maybe drop the kiddos off at the Center for Science Teaching & Learning for its junior zookeeper workshop and enjoy some YOU time, or catch a show together. Two of our favorite characters from prolific children's author Mo Willems, Elephant & Piggie, take to the stage in their typical enthusiastic and neurotic fashion!

Moms shouldn't slave over the stove this Sunday. Check out these Long Island Mother's Day brunch spots, or even restaurants where kids can eat free. That's more money for mimosas for mom.

If the weather holds, try one of these local hikes, or a new-to-you top Long Island playground. We recently rounded up our favorite playgrounds for the toddler crowd, too. There's also amusement park and petting zoo fun to be had. Rainy day? Try these 25 boredom busters and indoor play spots, or peruse our Indoor Family Fun Guide.

Remember, you can find even more options in our jam-packed Event Calendar and Spring Fun Guide. To receive our posts in your inbox, subscribe to our free newsletters.

Weekend Fun for LI Kids: Sakura Matsuri, Tulips, High School Musical

Get up and out this spring weekend with a host of outdoor celebrations and nature-related activities. Enjoy a Spring Celebration hosted by the Sands Points Preserve or celebrate Jewish culture at Israelfest in Port Washington. Marvel at the Cherry Blossom Festival on Stony Brook University's campus or the Tulip Festival in Huntington Village.

Check out our May GoList for the best family events all month. For more weekend activities, pop over to our Spring Fun Guide.  

Weekend Fun for LI Kids: Arbor Day, Kids Fest, Touch a Truck

Bid farewell to April this weekend with a family fun festival.

The Arbor Day Family Festival at Planting Fields Arboretum or the Spring Festival at The Common Ground in Sayville are all on the docket this weekend. Enjoy a fiesta at CMEE's Feria, a celebration of Latin culture. Stop by the weekend-long Kids Fest in Merrick. Rock out with Darlene Graham and friends at a family-friendly concert. Or ooh and ahh over the massive vehicles at Touch a Truck events in East Meadow and Middle Island. 

Check out our April GoList for the best family events all month. For more activities to fill the weekend, pop over to our Spring Fun Guide.