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:
Long Island Fall Festival at Heckscher Park (2 Prime Ave., Huntington). Enjoy a variety of outdoor activities, such as arts and crafts vendors, carnival rides and games, two food courts, pony rides, a petting zoo and more from 5 to 10 p.m. Friday, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday. Price: Free, fee for rides.
The Dees’ Frontier Family Fun at Dees' Nursery (69 Atlantic Ave., Oceanside) From 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday-Sunday (and every weekend through October), you'll find an interactive petting zoo, gem mining, pumpkin painting, pony rides, a trip through the "Spooky Walk" and more. Price: Free, small fee for some activities.
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: $24.75 Scream Park only, $31.75 for Scream Park and Adventure Park.
Madagascar Jr. at Smithtown Center for the Performing Arts (2 E. Main St., Smithtown). Based on the popular film series, families can see Alex the lion, Marty the zebra, Melman the giraffe and Gloria the hippo come to live on stage at 2 p.m. Saturday, 11 a.m. Sunday and 2 p.m. Monday. Price: $18.
Fall Festival Weekends at The Shoppes at East End (5768 Route 25A, Wading River). From 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, families will find pumpkins, a Farmer's Market, a bouncy house, wooden train, a carousel and more. Price: Free, small fees may apply.
Farmingdale Fire Dept. Colombus Fair and Carnival (Main Street, Farmingdale) Celebrate all weekend long with a carnival, kiddie rides, games, food, live entertainment and a parade. Carnival open Friday 5 p.m. to 11 p.m., Saturday and Sunday noon to 11 p.m. and Monday noon to 10 p.m. Price: free, fee for rides and games.
Build a Boat at The Whaling Museum and Education Center (279 Main St., Cold Spring Harbor). From noon to 2 p.m. Monday, kids can design and build their own boat from different wooden materials and hot glue guns. Price: $12 per participant.
Toy Story Breakfast at United Skates of America (1276 Hicksville Rd., Seaford). Kids can meet their favorite characters from the "Toy Story" movies, including Forkie, from the most recent film. This non-skating event features a full buffet breakfast, including scrambled eggs, bacon, bagels, pancakes, muffins, coffee, tea and fruit punch. Price: $20 adult, $15 child, free ages 2 and younger.
Story Time and Craft at Dolphin Bookshop (299 Main St., Port Washington). At 11:30 a.m. families can listen to a reading of "Dr. Seuss's Horse Museum" followed by a Seussical craft. Price: Free.
A Kooky Spooky Halloween at Theatre Three (412 Main St., Port Jefferson). A musical about a ghost who is afraid of the dark and is forced to leave his haunted home on a quest with his new friends. The show takes place at 3 p.m. Saturday. Price: $10.
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