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 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 "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, 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, 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 "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 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 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 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 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 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 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.