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Weekend family fun on Long Island: Watermelon Festival, Snapper Derby and more

A watermelon-eating contest at the annual Harbes Family

A watermelon-eating contest at the annual Harbes Family Farm Watermelon Festival in Mattituck on Aug 10, 2013. The festival returns this year. Credit: Newsday / Jeffrey Basinger

Looking for things to do with the kids this weekend? From the Watermelon Festival and Snapper Derby to "How I Became a Pirate" and more, there is plenty happening on Long Island. Here are my top five picks for family-friendly activities during the weekend:

Watermelon Festival at Harbes Family Farm and Vineyard (715 Sound Ave., Mattituck). The event features children's activities, singing hayrides, pony rides, a watermelon-eating contest, seed-spitting contests, watermelon-rolling races and more on Saturday and Sunday, from noon to 7 p.m. Price: Free, $5-$13 per activity.

Snapper Derby at Captree State Park (off Robert Moses Causeway, West Islip). On Saturday and Sunday, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., kids can participate in a fishing tournament with prizes awarded for each category: children ages 7 and younger, ages 8-12 and ages 13-16; no registration required. Price: Free, $8 parking fee.

Suburban Farming at Bayard Cutting Arboretum (440 Montauk Hwy., Great River). On Saturday, at 10:30 a.m., kids can learn how farmers grow vegetables and raise chickens; reservations are required. Price: $4, $3 children, free for ages 2 and younger.

Kidstock at North Hempstead Beach Park (West Shore Road, Port Washington). An open-air family festival featuring musical entertainment for kids and parents on Sunday, from 2 to 6 p.m. Price: $10 parking fee.

"How I Became a Pirate" at CM Performing Arts Center (931 Montauk Hwy., Oakdale). A children's pirate fantasy based on the book by Melinda Long on Friday, at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.; Saturday, at 2 p.m. Price: $12.


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