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Weekend family fun on Long Island: Alex the Jester, Masked Marvels, leprechauns and more

Alex the Jester performs in the medieval tradition

Alex the Jester performs in the medieval tradition of fun and foolery, through body language and the gibberish jester language of Grammelot on Sunday, March 16 at 4 p.m. at the Staller Center for the Arts in Stony Brook. Credit: Staller Center

Looking for things to do with the kids this weekend? From pets and leprechauns to family-friendly performances and more, you can find plenty of activities happening on Long Island. Here are my top five picks for family-friendly activities this weekend:

Pet Care Day at the Long Island Science Center (11 W. Main St., Riverhead). Learn about our furry friends and meet adoptable animals from the North Fork Animal Welfare League on Saturday from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Price: $5.

Aesop's Fables at Long Island Children's Museum (11 Davis. Ave., Garden City). Children ages 3 and up can enjoy a live performance of Aesop's Fables by Mike Kenny on Saturday at 11:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. Price: $8 with museum admission ($12), $12 theater only.

Michael Cooper: Masked Marvels & Wondertales at Van Nostrand Theatre at Suffolk County Community College (Crooked Hill Road, Brentwood). On Saturday at 3 p.m., families will enjoy tales of thrilling adventures and silly antics such as dogs wearing hats, a giant nose that sneezes and more. Price: $8, $7 senior.

Build a Leprechaun Trap at the Maritime Explorium (101 E. Broadway, Port Jefferson). Use simple machines to create a trap to catch leprechauns on Saturday and Sunday from 1-5 p.m. Price: $5.

Not Just for Kids: Alex the Jester at Staller Center for the Arts (Stony Brook University, Nicolls Road, Stony Brook). Join the "court jester" for medieval traditions of fun and foolery through body language and the gibberish language of Grammelot on Sunday at 4 p.m. Price: $15.


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