Monday is Columbus Day, and that means the kids are off from school. Here are 10 fun events to keep your family entertained all weekend long:
Animated Children's Story featuring Otto the Ghost at Hicks Nurseries (100 Jericho Tpke., Westbury). Animated story for children titled, "Otto and the Pet Parade," please bring non-perishable food items to donate to Long Island Cares; daily from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Price: Free.
Ben Rudnick and Friends at the Long Island Children's Museum (11 Davis Ave., Garden City). Enjoy a family-friendly concert featuring some bluegrass music on Sunday and Monday at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Price: Free with museum admission ($12).
What's Older Than a Dinosaur? at Sands Point Preserve (127 Middle Neck Rd., Sands Point). On Monday from 11 a.m. to noon, families can watch an interactive presentation about Sands Point Preserve and then, step back in time and venture outdoors to find fossils, erratics and other ancient relics including two castles and giant boulders. Price: $15 per car.
Looking for Wildlife Great and Small at Downs Farm Preserve (23800 Country Rte. 25, Cutchogue). Take a short nature walk where you will keep an eye out for resident and migrating songbirds, look under logs for pill bugs and salamanders, and more on Monday from 10:30 to noon. Bring binoculars; reservations are required. Price: Free.
Long Island Fall Festival at Heckscher Park (2 Prime Ave., Huntington). On Friday from 5 to 9 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Monday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., head to a festival hosted by the Huntington Township Chamber of Commerce and the Town of Huntington. You'll find live entertainment, a carnival, hundreds of vendors, international food courts, a beer and wine tent, activities for young children and more. Price: Free.
Schmitt Family Farm Fall Festival (6 Bagatelle Rd., Dix Hills). The family festival includes pumpkin-picking, hayrides, an animal train ride, a pumpkin bounce house, a firetruck slide, haunted maze, a John Deere trike play area, duck races (new this year), roasted corn, apple cider and more on Saturday, Sunday and Monday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Price: Free admission, some fees may apply).
Not So Scary Days at Bayville Scream Park (8 Bayville Ave., Bayville). On Saturday, Sunday and Monday (and weekends through the end of October), from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., the scream park features less-scary versions of the haunted houses with no live actors. Families can enjoy Uncle Needles' Fun House and Mirror Maze, The Temple of Terror, a Pumpkin Bounce, a Halloween Express Train Ride, crafts, a pumpkin patch, Halloween storytelling, hermit crab races and more. Price: $22.75 Scream Park only, $31.75 for Scream Park and Adventure Park.
Mary Poppins Tea Time Spectacular at the Long Island Puppet Theater (10 Heitz Place, Hicksville). Families can meet Mary Poppins, dance and enjoy tea on Monday from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. Food and beverages will be served for children, complimentary tea and coffee for adults; reservations are required. Price: $34.99 per child, with one free adult admission; second child is $29.99, ages 3 to 7.
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