With two weeks of school underway and sunny skies ahead, September is ripe with family-friendly activities. Arts are also on tap this weekend with a kiddie concert in Huntington, Family Hour at Heckscher and outdoor film in Long Beach. Fall fairs, festivals and feasts are also kicking off this weekend across Nassau and Suffolk, so check out our guide for where to go and when.
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While the kiddies all went back to school this week and the calendar turned to September, summer weather is still lingering. Take advantage of the warm temps and sunny days by heading outdoors this weekend.
Fall fairs start this weekend, such as the East Northport Festival and the Fiddle & Folk Festival in East Setauket, as do several other weekly activities, such as the Explorer Family Backpacks at Hofstra University, The Butterfly House in Smithtown and the Seatuck Family Nature Club in Islip.
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There's plenty to do and see on this island of ours, and just because summer has come to an end, the weather is still nice enough for a little day trip to the end of Long Island. No, we're not talking about Montauk. Orient Beach State Park is located on the eastern tip of the North Fork of Long Island and boasts sweeping views of Gardiner's Bay. From beach to boats, this park offers up day-long adventures and fun for the entire family. If you already have an Empire Pass, entry is free, otherwise there's a vehicle use fee. The park opens at 8am for you early risers.
With two weekends left in summer, Mommy Poppins has a family-friendly weekend round up that is sure to keep your brood in a good mood. Show off your ginormous homegrown tomatoes at Hicks in Westbury, yo-ho-ho along with some mateys at How I Became a Pirate or greet some turtles as they hatch at Cold Spring Harbor Fish Hatchery. And if you're looking to finish up some back to school shopping, check out our local guide.
There's no denying it--comic book heroes are all the rage right now thanks to such hits as The Avengers and Guardians of the Galaxy. If your child doesn't want to just watch their favorite caped crusader on the big screen (or dress up like them for Halloween), you might want to take a trip down to your local comic book store. Not only are many stocked with comics about a variety of characters (hey, it's reading!), they they also sell toys, trading cards and other collectibles. While comics, on average, are $2.99-$3.99 (double or special issues can a bit more pricey), most comic books shops have knowledgeable employees to point you in the right direction or make recommendations.
Whether your kid is an avid fan or a casual reader, Long Island has several stores that can cater to this fantasy-laden past time. Let those in the know help lead your little one into a new realm of reading. Check out these top shops for items, events, etc. that might interest your lil' Iron Man or wee Wonder Woman. And for more kid-friendly things to do, check out our Long Island Calendar.
Two weeks left of summer vacation--let's make them count! Head to the East End of Long Island for Harbes' Watermelon Festival or to Riverhead for the Polish Festival. Looking to experience some theater? Peter Pan, Pinocchio, How I Became a Pirate and The Little Mermaid JR. all have performances this weekend.
Don't shoot the messenger! The back to school ads and fliers have long-since hit your mailbox before we even mentioned it. Nevertheless, the kiddies are returning to school in a few short weeks and you want to get the shopping for all of the new fashion trends, gear and supplies over with. Instead of hitting the big box stores, why not try shopping at a few local spots? It's a great way to support small businesses on Long Island and still get everything you need for September.
And for other back to school inspiration, be sure to check out our After School Programs, Classes & Activities Guide for Long Island Kids.
The summer is whizzing by, but there's still a few weeks left in August to make it a good one. Take in some live children's theater in Garden City, Smithtown or Port Jefferson. Explore the great outdoors with Seatuck's free Family Nature Club on Sunday. Smell, eat, see and play with all things potato at the Long Island Potato Festival in Cutchogue (kids under age 12 are free).
And for those of you out on the East End, be sure to check out CMEE's Summer Concert Series every Tuesday this month. Mommy Poppins Hamptons and North Fork Family Guide is a proud sponsor and we'll be on hand each week with a new prize to give away!