Water rides, free shows, museum exhibits and more summer fun for families on Long Island

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Flip-flops. Lazy beach days. Ice cream. Whether your kids are heading to summer camp or you're looking for things to do, no matter where you live on Long Island, there are vast resources for you to tap into for some fun, from an adventurous afternoon to family-friendly performances.

We rounded up some of the new attractions or updated events that have popped up on Long Island this year. From free concerts at beaches and parks to water rides, zip lines and more, check out fun things to do with your kids this summer.

Try zip-lining

At the Adventure Park (75 Colonial Springs Rd.,
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At the Adventure Park (75 Colonial Springs Rd., Wheatley Heights), kids ages 7 and older can test their climbing ability along several rope courses. There are eight zip-line trails, ranging from beginner to advanced; climbers must be at least 15 to try the hardest, double-black course dubbed Commando. Climbers must tackle what the park calls the elements that connect tree to tree, for example, balance or strength. For further details, visit longislandadventurepark.org.

Ride the rails

The miniature trains take passengers on a looped
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The miniature trains take passengers on a looped journey around Southaven County Park in Brookhaven every other Sunday through the end of October. All aboard begins at 10:30 a.m. with the last departure leaving the station at 3 p.m. Price: Donations accepted. For more information, call 631-345-0499 or visit lilivesteam.org.

Catch a fish at Captree State Park

At Captree State Park, there are two fishing
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At Captree State Park, there are two fishing piers and a marina where you can set sail on fishing excursions, plus there's a snack bar, playground and picnic area. For more information, visit Captree State Park.

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The Amazing Max

On Aug. 11 at 11 a.m. and 2
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On Aug. 11 at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m., see this high-energy, silly show that features magician Max Darwin, who returns to the Patchogue Theatre each summer (71 E. Main St., Patchogue); presented by The Gateway. Price: $15-$25; 631-207-1313; patchoguetheatre.org

Rent paddleboats at Belmont Lake State Park

Colorful paddleboats are a hit with kids, who
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Colorful paddleboats are a hit with kids, who may have an easier time working their feet than they would rowing a boat with oars. The paddleboats at Belmont Lake State Park in Babylon can fit a family of four, two paddling and two who can sit back and relax. Boats are available to rent for $15 (for up to 90 minutes). Renters must be at least 18 years of age; life preservers must be worn at all times. For more details, visit nysparks.com.

Ride bumper boats at Boomers Family Fun Center

Families can take a spin and get (a
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Families can take a spin and get (a little) wet on the bumper boats at Boomers Family Fun Center in Medford. Drivers need to be at least 44 inches tall (passengers must be at least 40 inches tall; $7). The park also has a carousel, roller coaster, go-karts, a 20-foot rock-climbing wall, miniature golf and batting cages. For more information, visit boomerslongisland.com.

Cirque Eloize iD

An urban, hip-hop take on a Cirque du
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An urban, hip-hop take on a Cirque du Soleil-style show by performers from Canada at 8 p.m. Aug. 9, 10, 11, 2 p.m. Aug. 10 and 13, 3 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. Aug. 12, 7 p.m. Aug. 13; at Patchogue Theatre, 71 E. Main St., Patchogue; presented by The Gateway. Price: $29.50 to $89; 631-207-1313; patchoguetheatre.org

Enjoy old-fashioned ice cream

It's not summer without some ice cream. Old-fashioned
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It's not summer without some ice cream. Old-fashioned homemade hard ice cream has been scooped since the 1950s at Snowflake in Riverhead, where flavors range from plain ol' vanilla to the more-inventive Peconic Swamp Thing. For more information, visit snowflakeicecream.com.

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"The Frog Prince"

Pompous Prince Darnay crosses an enchantress who turns
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Pompous Prince Darnay crosses an enchantress who turns him into a frog; he's saved by Princess Madrigal at 11 a.m. Aug. 4, 5, 11 and 12; 2 p.m. Aug. 5 and 12 at Theatre Three, 412 Main St., Port Jefferson. Price: $10; 631-928-9100; theatrethree.com

Bow Tie Cinemas’ Summer Kids Series

Bow Tie Cinemas (989 Hempstead Tpke., Franklin Square;
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Bow Tie Cinemas (989 Hempstead Tpke., Franklin Square; 516-775-3257 and 116 Main St., Port Washington; 516-944-6200) are hosting "Summer Kids Series 2017" Tuesdays and Wednesdays at 10 a.m. until Wednesday, Aug. 16 (not including Tuesday, July 4), featuring free family movies. For more information, visit bowtiecinemas.com.

"Shrek: The Musical"

On Aug. 1 at 11 a.m., watch the
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On Aug. 1 at 11 a.m., watch the ogre from the swamp who meets his match when he tries to rescue Princess Fiona at NYCB Theatre at Westbury, 960 Brush Hollow Rd. Price: $19.50; 800-745-3000; thetheatreatwestbury.com

Ride the ‘Turbulence’ coaster at Adventureland

Adventureland in Farmingdale debuted the spinning roller coaster
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Adventureland in Farmingdale debuted the spinning roller coaster named Turbulence in 2015, which replaced the popular Hurricane coaster. Each car on the coaster spins freely, so riders will experience a unique ride every time. Along with the new coaster, families can enjoy dozens of rides such as a log flume, swings, haunted mansion and many more rides for kids. For ticket prices and more information, visit adventureland.us.

"Cinderella"

The classic fairy tale comes to the stage,
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The classic fairy tale comes to the stage, featuring Prince Charming, the wicked stepmother and all the other characters at 11 a.m. on July 18 at NYCB Theatre at Westbury, 960 Brush Hollow Rd. Price: $19.50; 800-745-3000; thetheatreatwestbury.com

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Get roasted corn at a farm stand

In late August, sweet corn is ripe for
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In late August, sweet corn is ripe for taking at farm stands throughout the North Fork. Many of the farm stands offer other locally grown, fresh items, such as in-season fruits and vegetables, flowers and more. Some farm include Harbes Western Farm Stand in Jamesport, Harbes Family Farm in Mattituck, Lewin Farms in Wading River and Albert H. Schmitt Family Farms in Dix Hills.

Join Aladdin as he teams up with an
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Join Aladdin as he teams up with an outrageous genie to win the hand of a princess at Theatre Three, 412 Main St., Port Jefferson at 11 a.m. July 7, 8, 14, 15, 21, 22, 28, 29 and Aug. 10; 1:30 p.m. Aug. 4; sensory sensitive performance 11 a.m. July 9, Price: $10; 631-928-9100; theatrethree.com

Long Island Live Steamers

Did you know there is a train station
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Did you know there is a train station on Long Island just for kids? At Southaven County Park in Brookhaven, kids and adults can take a ride with the Long Island Live Steamers, a small engine train that loops from "Southaven Station" to "Jamaica Station." The steamers run eight or more trains at once on four different tracks, including both "local" and "express" trains. Kids can ride the rails 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. on the second and last Sundays of the month from May through October. The train ride is free, but a $1-$2 donation is suggested. For more information, visit longislandlivesteamers.org.

This summer, Regal Entertainment Group is kicking off
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This summer, Regal Entertainment Group is kicking off its Summer Movie Express with $1 admission to see a selection of family-friendly films on Tuesdays and Wednesdays at 10 a.m. Each week two movies will play on both days. A portion of the proceeds benefits the Will Rogers Institute. The two Long Island theaters participating include Regal Deer Park Stadium 16 IMAX & RPX in Deer Park and UA Hampton Bays 5 in Hampton Bays. View the full schedule of movies here.

Play mini-golf by day or night

The outdoor, nine-hole miniature golf course at the
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The outdoor, nine-hole miniature golf course at the Children's Museum of the East End (376 Bridgehampton/Sag Harbor Tpke., Bridgehampton) keeps with the museum's mission by incorporating play with teaching kids basic principles of physics. Each hole has an informational sign that asks the golfer a question meant to teach a lesson specific to that hole. Mini-golf is open daily, except Tuesdays, from 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. for $5 per person. Check out dozens of other places to play mini-golf on Long Island.

Go to a Long Island Ducks game

Take your kids out to a Long Island
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Take your kids out to a Long Island Ducks ball game and root for your home team at Bethpage Ballpark (3 Court House Dr., Central Islip). Saturday night games typically end with a fireworks show. During the baseball season, ticket prices start at $12. For more information, visit liducks.com.

"Animaniacs LIVE!"

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"Animaniacs LIVE!" is a musical revue starring original cast members of the 1990s animated TV series and incorporating clips from the program. Cast includes Rob Paulsen (Yakko, and Pinky from "Pinky and the Brain"), accompanied by Emmy-winning composer Randy Rogel, who wrote and created songs for the series. The show takes place at 7:30 p.m. at Tilles Center for the Performing Arts, LIU Post, 720 Northern Blvd., Brookville. Price: $35-$115; 516-299-3100; tillescenter.org

Long Beach summer movie nights on the beach

Watching movies on the beach this summer? You
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Watching movies on the beach this summer? You bet! The Civic Associations in Long Beach recently announced the free 2017 Saturday Nights on the Beach, featuring kid-friendly movie nights. Some of the movies include "Mama Mia" on June 24 at 8:15 p.m. (Lincoln Blvd.), "Rogue One" on July 8 at 8:15 p.m. (Grand Blvd.), "Jaws" on July 22 at 8:15 p.m. (Edwards Blvd.), "Sing" on Aug. 5 at 7:45 p.m. (Riverside Blvd.), "Rocky Horror" on Aug. 19 at 7:30 p.m. (Grand Blvd.) and "Moana" on Sept. 2 at 7:15 p.m. (Edwards Blvd.). Be sure to bring blankets and chairs.

Head to Bayville Adventure Park

Visit Bayville Adventure Park and enjoy a pirate-themed
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Visit Bayville Adventure Park and enjoy a pirate-themed fun park with bumper boats, indoor rock climbing, miniature golf, ropes course, bungee bounce, train ride, 3-D Fun House, maze, video arcade and ice cream parlor. ($31.75 for a one-day unlimited pass. For more information, call 516-624-4678 or visit bayvilleadventurepark.com.

Feed a giraffe at the Long Island Game Farm

At the Long Island Game Farm in Manorville,
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At the Long Island Game Farm in Manorville, kids can bottle-feed baby animals, hand-feed a giraffe and see kangaroos, buffalos, ostriches, zebras and more. For more information and tickets, visit longislandgamefarm.com.

Fire Island's Sunken Forest brings you deep into the greens of the island.

Take a stroll though the Sunken Forest within
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Take a stroll though the Sunken Forest within the Fire Island National Seashore, notable -- and quite rare, per the New York National Heritage Program -- for the canopied holly trees that result from being surrounded by salt water. The boardwalk makes for easy traveling through the forest, within a 50-acre preserve that also includes beach and dunes. Free guided tours are available through October from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays and 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. on weekends.

Take a riverboat tour

Learn about the North Shore's wetlands ecosystem aboard
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Learn about the North Shore's wetlands ecosystem aboard the Discovery in Stony Brook. The 90-minute sightseeing tours aboard a 27-passenger pontoon boat are led by a naturalist. Trips leave morning, midday and at sunset. Visit Discovery Cruise for more information.

Go berry-picking on the East End

There are about a dozen U-pick farms that
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There are about a dozen U-pick farms that welcome the public to wander the rows and pile their baskets full of strawberries throughout the summer. Patty's Berries and Bunches in Mattituck (pictured) is open from June through October and offers U-pick raspberries, blackberries, blueberries as well as strawberries.

"Pinkalicious"

Pinkalicious can't stop eating pink cupcakes. Her pink
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Pinkalicious can't stop eating pink cupcakes. Her pink indulgence lands her in the doctor's office -- she's turning pink. The show is based on the children's book of the same name. It takes place 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. at Patchogue Theatre, 71 E. Main St., Patchogue; presented by The Gateway. Price: $15-$25; 631-286-1133; thegateway.org
 

"Madagascar: A Musical Adventure"

See the animals escape from the Bronx Zoo
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See the animals escape from the Bronx Zoo and travel home to an island off the coast of Africa in this show based on the movie of the same name. The show takes place 11:30 a.m. July 11 and 13; 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. on July 20; 9:30 a.m. on Aug. 10 and 10:30 a.m. on Aug. 17 at BroadHollow at Elmont, 700 Hempstead Tpke.; 10:30 a.m. July 21 and 31; 2 p.m. Aug. 2 at BayWay Arts Centre, 265 E. Main St., East Islip. Price: $11 in advance, $13 at the door; 516-775-4420 Elmont; 631-581-2700 BayWay; broadhollow.org

"You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown"

Charlie Brown and friends come to life in
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Charlie Brown and friends come to life in this musical -- including bossy Lucy, piano-playing Schroeder, blanket-toting Linus and, of course, Snoopy at 11 a.m. Aug. 5, 12 and 19 at Noel S. Ruiz Theater at the CM Performing Arts Center, 931 Montauk Highway, Oakdale. Plus sensory-friendly performances at 11 a.m. July 29 and 7 p.m. Aug. 6 (the Aug. 6 performance also has a sign language interpreter). Price: $12; 631-218-2810; cmpac.com

Dive into a pool

Dive into one of the six pools at
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Dive into one of the six pools at Wantagh Park. You'll find a swimming complex featuring an Olympic-sized, diving, kiddie, training, slide and interactive pool (children ages 5 to 12). There's also a fishing pier, tennis courts, a game area with chess and checkers, a playground with swings, slides and a maze. Call for fees; 516-571-7460.

Skate with your family for $1

Lace up your roller skates and head to
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Lace up your roller skates and head to United Skates of America in Seaford for a fun night out with your family. Kicking off Tuesday, June 27 and every Tuesday throughout the summer from 6:30-9:30 p.m., families can enjoy $1 admission and $5 roller skate or rollerblade rentals. Also this year, kicking off Thursday, June 28 and every Thursday this summer, families can skate for $2 and $5 roller skate rental from 6:30-9:30 p.m. For more information, visit unitedskates.com.

"Freckleface Strawberry: The Musical"

Freckleface Strawberry will do anything to get rid
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Freckleface Strawberry will do anything to get rid of her freckles -- she'll even wear a ski mask to school. With the help of her school friends, Freckleface learns that everyone is different and special. See it at 11 a.m. Saturdays, 10:30 a.m. Sundays July 22 to Aug. 27 at John W. Engeman Theater, 250 Main St., Northport. Price: $15; 631-261-2900; engemantheater.com

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