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Weekend family fun on Long Island: Farm days, bottle rockets and more

Build a working rocket at 10 a.m. Saturday

Build a working rocket at 10 a.m. Saturday at the Cradle of Aviation Museum, Charles Lindbergh Blvd. in Garden City. Credit: Steven Sunshine

Looking for things to do with the kids this weekend? From a petting zoo and bottle rockets to "Alexander," hiking and more, there is plenty happening on Long Island. Here are my top five picks for family-friendly activities this weekend:

Talmage Farm Agway Farm Days at Talmage Farm Agway (1122 Osborne Ave., Riverhead). On Saturday 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. Price: Free.

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

Build a Working Rocket at Cradle of Aviation Museum (Charles Lindbergh Boulevard, Garden City). First add a parachute, streamers, wings or fins to keep the rocket aloft. Then, bottle rockets will be filled with water, attached to an air compressor and launched with guidance from museum staff. Price: Free with museum admission of $12 a child younger than 12, $14 for adults; register by Friday.

"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. Show times: Saturday at 11 a.m. and Sunday at 10:30 a.m. Price: $15.

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

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