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Where to catch spring fever on Long Island this weekend

Adventureland in Farmingdale hosts opening-weekend egg hunts March

Adventureland in Farmingdale hosts opening-weekend egg hunts March 19 and 20 to let kids search the park for plastic eggs containing surprises. Credit: Adventureland

Awake from the winter doldrums and embrace the sprouting: Spring starts this weekend. Here are four ways to get into the swing of the new season:


After being closed for four months, Adventureland in Farmingdale will reopen its doors Saturday, kicking off its 2016 season. Because of the occasion and the upcoming Easter holiday, the 54-year-old amusement park will hold its second annual Egg Scramble for children of all ages. The event runs Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. or while supplies last.

“Kids get a sheet and they go egg hunting throughout the park at various stations,” says manager Steve Gentile. “Each plastic egg has a surprise inside.”

All 28 rides will be open (water rides depend on weather) and pay-one-price unlimited ride bracelets are buy one, get one free if you bring a nonperishable food donation.

Additionally, there will be two new features at the park: a sweet shop selling fresh fudge, ice cream and candy plus an outdoor food court serving upscale burgers, grilled chicken sandwiches and pizza.



Catch the last week of the Flower and Garden Show at Hicks Nurseries in Westbury, the largest garden center on Long Island.

“When people think about spring, they get excited,” says staffer Karen Musgrave. “They are ready to get out in their own yard and apply some of the ideas they learned here.”

On Saturday, you can go to free seminars on “Trees, Shrubs and Perennials” at 10 a.m., “Lawn Care Made Simple” at noon and “Hard to Kill House Plants” at 2 p.m. On Sunday, the seminars continue with “Pruning With Purpose” at 10 a.m., “Herb Gardening for Health” at noon and “Carnivores in Captivity” at 2 p.m.

Then venture into the four-part garden display called “Gardens in America.” Here you can view the Southwest Garden, which projects the lushness of New Orleans — or the Northeast Garden, which evokes a Hamptons cottage garden adorned with perennials.

“It’s about re-creating a vacation or favorite destination in your own Long Island garden,” says Musgrave.

There’s even a free pea-planting activity for kids where they can take home a pea seed in cup freshly planted with soil and water.

“We let them get their hands dirty,” says Musgrave. “Once they get their instructions, they can take it home and watch it grow.”

(516-334-0066, 100 Jericho Tpke., Westbury;


If you were ever interested in learning how to raise your own chickens, here’s your chance. Talmage Farm Agway Farm & Garden Center in Riverhead is bringing in experts from Suffolk County Farm for “Chick Days,” a free program 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday that focuses on raising chickens with livestock present.

“There’s a huge and growing interest in having a backyard poultry flock,” says general manager Bill Van Schaick. “People want to take more control about where their food comes from.”

Tiffany Wyman, sales manager from animal feed company Nutrena Feeds, will hold a 60-minute presentation called “Chicken Chat 101” at 11 a.m., 1 and 3 p.m. Reservations are requested.

Talmage sells baby chicks ($4.35 each; must buy a minimum of six chicks) as well as walking harnesses for chickens, chicken swings and custom-made jackets for chickens.

“This is something you can do with your kids that’s not digital,” says Van Schaick. “It’s a feel-good activity that’s earthy, green and organic.”

(631-727-3100, 1122 Osborn Ave., Riverhead;


Belmont Lake State Park in North Babylon hosts its 23rd annual Spring Egg Hunt Saturday from noon to 2 p.m. Every 15 minutes, children ages 2-9 can go on egg hunts in different age groups.

For more fun, there’s a petting zoo, pony rides, environmental crafts and even a visit from a surprise guest with big fluffy ears. The entire event is free.


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