Looking for things to do with the kids besides hitting the beach or heading to barbecues? From carnivals and crafts to performances, Fourth of July celebrations and more, there's much to do on Long Island. Here are 8 fun, family-friendly activities this weekend:
July Fourth Celebration at Pennysaver Amphitheater at Bald Hill (55 Bicycle Path, Farmingville). A July Fourth celebration featuring Captain Jack and Uncovered on Friday, at 5 p.m. with fireworks at 9:15 p.m. Price: Free. Check out our guide to find more firework shows on Long Island.
Explore the Science of Ice Cream at Maritime Explorium (101 E. Broadway, Port Jefferson). Explore the physics of phase transitions while making your own batch of ice cream on Saturday and Sunday, from 1 to 5 p.m. Price: $5.
Sprinkler Dance Party at The Whaling Museum and Education Center (301 Main St., Cold Spring Harbor). On Sunday, from noon to 5 p.m., enjoy a themed dance party featuring a DJ, dancing, face painting, craft stations and more (dress to get wet, free ice pops served). Price: $6, $5 ages 4-18 and seniors, $20 families.
"Disney's My Son Pinocchio, Jr." at CM Performing Arts Center (931 Montauk Hwy., Oakdale). On Saturday, at 2 p.m., watch a children's musical based on the classic tale of the toymaker Geppetto and his little wooden puppet. Price: $12.
Long Beach Summer Movie Nights: "Back to the Future" (Lafayette Boulevard, Long Beach). Bring a blanket or a chair and enjoy free popcorn for an outdoor viewing of this classic movie on Saturday, at 8:30 p.m. Price: Free.
"Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day" at John W. Engeman Theater (250 Main St., Northport). This funny musical follows Alexander during his very bad day: He wakes up with gum in his hair, his best friend abandons him on the playground and his mom forgets to pack dessert in his lunchbox. Check out a show on Saturday, at 11 a.m. and Sunday, at 10:30 a.m. Price: $15.
Alice in Wonderland Exhibit at the Long Island Children's Museum (11 Davis Ave., Garden City). Journey down the rabbit hole, "fall" through the earth (with both feet on the ground), test and experiment while at a Mad Tea Party, investigate geography in Digging to China and challenge Alice and the Queen to a game of Crazy Croquet on Saturday and Sunday, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Price: Free with museum admission ($12).
"The Wizard of Oz" at Carriage House Theater, Vanderbilt Mansion (180 Little Neck Rd., Centerport). A musical based on "The Wonderful Wizard of Oz" by L. Frank Baum, in which a young girl embarks on a quest to see the wizard who can help her return home, on Saturday and Sunday at 1 p.m. Price: $10, $8 children, free children ages 3 and younger.