The Pirate Festival is an annual event at the Long Island Maritime Museum in West Sayville. This year's festival is this coming Saturday and Sunday. Admission is $8, and kids 5 and younger get in free.
People dress up like pirates, play games and eat great food. If you come dressed in your best pirate garb, you can win a prize. There's a contest for whoever has the best handcrafted pirate ship; it will be judged on creativity and must float. People also can buy crafts and treasures at the gift shop. There is a best-dressed princess and pirate contest for girls and boys, sword fights, cannon fire and a treasure hunt. Throughout the festival, there are bands playing and many more great things. There is something fun for everyone at the festival.
Want more information? Check thepiratefestival.org. The Long Island Maritime Museum is at 88 West Ave., West Sayville.
THE BUDDY WALK
The Buddy Walk is a walk for kids and adults with Down syndrome. Jenna's brother, Robbie, has Down syndrome and has participated in this event for the last six years. The Buddy Walk was started in 1955 by the National Down Syndrome Society. This year, the Long Island Buddy Walk is on Oct. 5 at Tanner Park in Copiague (ndss.org). It is a fun walk that raises money for adults and children with Down syndrome. Money is raised through donations; the walkers bring money and increase awareness by participating.
Chris Burke, an actor who starred in the ABC-TV show "Life Goes On," has Down syndrome and is involved with the Buddy Walk every year. He sings with his band.
-- JENNA GUERRA, DYLAN KRIMSKY AND ELIZABETH WHITE/Kidsday Reporters
REVIEW: 'THE PLATYPUS POLICE SQUAD'
Are you looking for a fun and exciting mystery book for kids? I think "Platypus Police Squad" by Jarrett J. Krosoczka is the right book for you.
Jarrett has been a storyteller since he was 8 and has 19 picture books and novels for kids, including the Lunch Lady series.
The story takes place in Kalamazoo, Mich.. It's about rookie detective Rick Zengo, who gets partnered with veteran detective Corey O'Mally. When somebody says there was an illegal fish trade and a missing teacher, they have to get along and solve the case, especially when clues point to Frank Pandini Jr., a highly respected businessman. I think this is a thrilling mystery that leaves you hanging. It's probably best for kids ages 8 to 12.
-- BRIAN TAVOULAREAS/Kidsday Reporter
CLASS OF THE WEEK Melinda Moran's fourth-grade class, LINCOLN AVENUE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL, Sayville