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Free (or cheap!) for kids in June on Long Island

Children test their hoopsters in the park behind

Children test their hoopsters in the park behind the Maritime Explorium in Port Jefferson. Photo Credit: Maritime Explorium

Need weekend plans or something to do with the kids during the week? There are a ton of free children's events at local libraries, but we also found free and cheap things to do elsewhere this month. Whether you have one, two, three or more kids in tow, here's a roundup of fun, budget-friendly events in June.

Free

Arts In The Plaza at Long Beach City Hall (1 W. Chester St., Long Beach) on Saturdays in June from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Check out locally handcrafted art, musical performances and cultural arts, plus a kids art station with art supplies provided.

Sculpture Art Caper and Exploration Activity Backpack at Hofstra University's Emily Lowe Gallery (Hempstead Turnpike, Hempstead) running weekly throughout the year, ending Sunday, Dec. 21. Times vary. Pick up a backpack and solve an Art Caper mystery by unraveling clues found while exploring the outdoor sculpture collection. Appropriate for children ages 5 to 10.

Talmage Farm Agway Farm Days at Talmage Farm Agway (1122 Osborne Ave., Riverhead) on Saturday, June 7, from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Meet and learn about calves, llamas, baby goats, lambs, piglets, chicks and ducks. Plus, there's a petting zoo.

Cooking for Hope at Chabad Center for Jewish Life (2083 Seneca Gate, Merrick) on Tuesday, June 10, from 7-9 p.m. Teens ages 13-18 can learn to cook a variety of kosher dishes. Registration is required.

Port Jefferson Green Fest at Port Jefferson Village Center (101A E. Broadway, Port Jefferson) on Saturday, June 14, from 1-5 p.m. Join in for informative ways of having a green lifestyle, learn the latest green solutions with eco-friendly vendors, a farmers market, activities for children, live music and more.

Cheap

Sand Castle Contest at Hither Hills (164 Old Montauk Hwy., Montauk) on Thursdays in June from 9:30-10:30 a.m. Sculptors may use sand, water and any other natural materials native to the beach; registration required to enter the contest. Price: Free; $10 toll fee.

Children's Hands-on Milling at Water Mill Museum (41 Old Mill Rd., Water Mill) on Mondays and Thursdays in June, at 11:30 a.m. Kids will learn about the water-powered mill and its giant stone wheels and wooden gears that grind the grain. It's a free event but donations are accepted.

Star Gazing at Theodore Roosevelt Nature Center (Jones Beach State Park, Wantagh) on Friday, June 6, from 8:30-10 p.m. Bring telescopes or binoculars to observe the stars and constellations, registration is required. Price: $4, $10 parking fee.

How to Say "Communicate with me" in Nine Languages at Maritime Explorium (101 E. Broadway, Port Jefferson) on Saturday, June 7 and Sunday, June 8, from 1-5 p.m. Explore the International Code of Signals, design your own code to use with friends and send messages. Price: $5.

Fishing Frenzy at Long Island Science Center (11 W. Main St., Riverhead) on Saturday, June 7, from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Learn about local fish of the Peconic Estuary. Price: $5.

Hike in the Moonlight at Bayard Cutting Arboretum (440 Montauk Hwy., Great River) on Saturday, June 7, from 8-9:30 a.m. Take advantage of the fresh evening air with a walk along the moonlit trails of the arboretum. Reservation is required. Price: $4, $3 children, free for children ages 3 and younger.

Tiny Tots at Theodore Roosevelt Nature Center (Jones Beach State Park, Wantagh) on Tuesday, June 10 and 24 from 10:30-11:30 a.m. and 1:30-2:30 p.m. A program for children from ages 3 to 5 and their parents, which includes nature walks, animal visitors and crafts; registration is required. Price: $4, free for children under 3; $10 parking fee.

Family Adventures: Night of the Frogs at Connetquot River State Park Preserve (Sunrise Highway, Oakdale) on Friday, June 13, from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Join for a presentation about frogs, then walk through the preserve to hear the sounds of various frogs; reservations are required. Price: $4 adults, $3 children ages 3 and older; $8 parking fee.

Family Horeshoe Crab Walk at Maritime Explorium (101 E. Broadway, Port Jefferson) on Saturday, June 14 and 28, from 1-2 p.m. Learn about horseshoe crabs and why they might save your life. Look for spawning horseshoe crabs on a guided walk along the harbor. Price: $5; reservations are required.

Reptilian Neighbors at Sands Point Preserve (127 Middle Neck Rd., Sands Point) on Saturday, June 14, from 11 a.m. to noon. Get up close and personal with a variety of reptiles including snakes, lizards and turtles. Registration is recommended. Price: $10 per car.

Flag Day at Long Island Science Center (11 W. Main St., Riverhead) on Saturday, June 14 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Kids can participate in flag-related crafts and activities. Price: $5.

Wildlife and Craft Fair at Sweetbriar Nature Center (62 Eckernkamp Dr., Smithtown) on Saturday, June 14, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Check out craft vendors, games, face-painting, animal shows and a falconry demonstration with live birds of prey and a live wallaby, food and refreshments available. Price: $10 per family.

Father's Day in Flight at Maritime Explorium (101 E. Broadway, Port Jefferson) on Saturday, June 14 and Sunday, June 15, from 1-5 p.m. Construct and test hoopsters and gliders with dad. Price: $5.

Dolphin Dance Party at The Whaling Museum and Education Center (301 Main St., Cold Spring Harbor) on Saturday, June 21, from noon-3 p.m. Themed dance party featuring a DJ, dancing, face-painting, craft stations and more (dress like a sea creature for door prizes). Price: $6, $5 ages 4-18 and seniors, $20 families.

Solstice Celebration at Long Island Science Center (11 W. Main St., Riverhead) on Saturday, June 21 from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Learn about the seasons and why days get longer and shorter. Price: $5.

Family Adventures: Summer Solstice Stroll at Theodore Roosevelt Nature Center (Jones Beach State Park, Wantagh) on Saturday, June 21, from 9 a.m. to noon. Families can participate in a mile-long stroll through the west end, walking and water shoes recommended. Must register by June 7. Price: $4, free for children under 3; $10 parking fee.

Retrorocket Races at Maritime Explorium (101 E. Broadway, Port Jefferson) on Saturday, June 21 and Sunday, June 22, from 1-5 p.m. Build an air-powered rocket to race with a friend. Price: $5.

Who Eats What? at Sands Point Preserve (127 Middle Neck Rd., Sands Point) on Sunday, June 22, from 11 a.m. to noon. Learn all kinds of facts about water scorpions, dragonfly nymphs, beetles, fish and plants that feed the reptiles and amphibians. Registration is recommended. Price: $10 per car.

Long Island Karting Association at Nassau Coliseum (1255 Hempstead Tpke., Uniondale) on Sunday, June 22, from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. This family-oriented racing sport is run by the Long Island Karting Association's board of volunteers and many members of the club. Held in parking lot 8. Price: $5.

Frogs on the Preserve at Caleb Smith State Park Preserve (Jericho Turnpike, Smithtown) on Sunday, June 22 from 10-11 a.m. Discover what types of frogs live on the preserve and see tadpoles in various states of metamorphosis. Reservations are required. Price: $4 adults, $3 children, free for children 3 and younger.

Create a Piece of Colorful Firework Art at Maritime Explorium (101 E. Broadway, Port Jefferson) on Saturday, June 28 and Sunday, June 29, from 1-5 p.m. Just in time for July 4, see how colors blend together on paper, and then cut out your colorful designs to make a firework scene. Price: $5.

Family Adventure: Exploring Life in the River at Nissequogue River State Park (799 Saint Johnland Rd., Kings Park) on Sunday, June 29, from 1:30-3 p.m. Discover animals that live in the river. Wear sunscreen and water shoes; bring a towel. Reservations are required. Price: $4 adult, $3 children, free for children 3 and younger.

Melanie's Environmental Science Lab: Make a Water Filter at South Fork Natural History Museum and Nature Center (377 Bridgehampton / Sag Harbor Tpke., Bridgehampton) on Sunday, June 29 at 10 a.m. Children from ages 6 to 10 can design a filter of natural material that will clean rainwater the way the Earth does, by filtering it through plants and soil. Registration is required. Price: $7, $5 children ages 3 to 12, free ages 2 and younger.

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