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Free (or cheap) for kids on Long Island

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 on Long Island.

The Travelin' Trunk Show

The Travelin' Trunk Show will take place every
Photo Credit: ThinkBIG! Theater Arts

The Travelin' Trunk Show will take place every Saturday and Sunday at 11 a.m. Sept. 16-Nov. 26 at ThinkBIG! Theater Arts (42 S. Ocean Ave., Patchogue). Each show stars "Ms. Heather," who uses improvisation, sound effects, music and costumes to describe her journeys around the world. Price: $10 per ticket for children; one accompanying adult or caregiver is free, $5 each additional. To buy tickets online, visit thinkbigtheaterarts.org; call 631-307-4042 for more information.

“Saturday Nature Explorers”

The Seatuck Environmental Association hosts its
Photo Credit: Ian J. Stark

The Seatuck Environmental Association hosts its "Saturday Nature Explorers" class weekly on Saturdays from 11 a.m.-noon at the Suffolk County Environmental Center (550 S. Bay Ave., Islip). The program is focused on what's currently happening in nature, and (weather-permitting) will take place outdoors; dress appropriately for the weather. Price: Free. Registration required; to RSVP visit seatuck.org. For more information, call 631-581-6908.

Free Ice Cream Wednesdays at Bay Burger

If you're in Sag Harbor on a Wednesday,
Photo Credit: Lily Landes

If you're in Sag Harbor on a Wednesday, you can swing by Bay Burger (1742 Sag Harbor Tpke.) for a free cup or cone of house-brand ice cream with the purchase of any entree item. Available all year; call 631-899-3915 or visit bayburger.com for more details.

The Parrish Art Museum

Featuring an evolving art collection of various media,
Photo Credit: Gordon M. Grant

Featuring an evolving art collection of various media, the Parrish Art Museum (279 Montauk Hwy., Water Mill) also hosts a calendar of events. Its pieces and parties range in appeal from easy and entertaining to high-end, conceptual and challenging--but the Parrish is accessible to all, as children under 18, students with ID and museum members are always admitted at no charge, and free to all on Wednesdays (otherwise $12 for adults, $9 for seniors, $5 for guests of members). For more information, call 631-283-2118 or visit parrishart.org.

'Kid’s Workshops' at The Home Depot

The Home Depot hosts its
Photo Credit: The Home Depot

The Home Depot hosts its "Kid's Workshops" on the first Saturday of every month from 9 a.m.-noon. Open to children of all ages and experience levels, the events are intended to provide hand-on learning, through instruction and demonstration. Price: free; for more information visit homedepot.com or call 800-466-3337.

The 'Living Planetarium' Project 2017

Open to all ages, this daily event held
Photo Credit: Warren Barlowe

Open to all ages, this daily event held in Northport Park (west end of Main St., Northport Village) always offers a lesson in astronomy, led by retired science teacher Warren Barlowe. Using a powerful telescope to view celestial objects, participants will learn why the Moon looks as it does, how to measure the sky and find planets like Saturn, Jupiter, Mars and Venus -- and even spot the International Space Station when it's overhead. Question asking is welcome; dress for cold temperatures. Price: Free. For more information (and updates on possible weather-related cancellations or location shifts) visit sites.google.com/site/sidewalktelescopeviewing.

Free Crafts for Kids

The Lakeshore Learning Center (2079 Hillside Ave., New
Photo Credit: Lakeshore Learning Center

The Lakeshore Learning Center (2079 Hillside Ave., New Hyde Park) offers its "Free Crafts for Kids" class every Saturday from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Participating children can create a basic craft; no registration required. Price: Free. For more information, call 516-616-9360 or visit lakeshorelearning.com.

Long Island Live Steamers

The miniature trains take passengers on a looped
Photo Credit: Yana Paskova

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.

Sculpture Art Caper and exploration backpacks

Pick up a backpack and solve an Art
Photo Credit: Hofstra University

Pick up a backpack and solve an Art Caper mystery while exploring the outdoor sculpture collection at the Emily Lowe Gallery at the Hofstra University Museum (112 Hofstra University, Hempstead; 516-463-5672) until 3 p.m. daily during the Lowe Gallery's open hours (Tues-Fri: 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sat-Sun: 1 p.m.-5 p.m.; Mon: closed). Children can explore the outdoor sculpture collection and take on solving an Art Caper mystery by looking for clues among the artwork. Price: Free. For more information, visit hofstra.edu.

Toddler Time at Book Revue

Book Revue (313 New York Ave., Huntington) hosts
Photo Credit: Book Revue

Book Revue (313 New York Ave., Huntington) hosts this weekly event (Thurs: 11 a.m.-noon) in its art-themed kids section, featuring a story reading, singing, dancing and craft-making, as well as monthly musical appearances by guitarist Jeff Sorg (June 21). Price: Free. For more information, visit bookrevue.com.

Kirk Park Beach

It can be downright expensive to park at
Photo Credit: Ian J. Stark

It can be downright expensive to park at a beach in the Hamptons, save for Kirk Park Beach (95 S. Emerson Ave., Montauk; 631-324-2417, montauk-online.com, which not only features access to the Atlantic Ocean and restrooms, but offers free parking, charges no entry fee and is located within walking distance of Montauk's village area. Lifeguards on duty daily during the summer season from 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

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