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Free (and cheap!) for kids on Long Island in May
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 ($5 or less) 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 in May.
Boater's Maritime Festival at Harborfront Park (101-A East Broadway Village Center, Port Jefferson) on Saturday, May 4 and Sunday, May 5 from 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Kids and parents alike will enjoy a boat show with water activities, boat building, a touch tank, food, entertainment and pirates.
Preview Day at Hofstra University Student Center (Hempstead Turnpike, Hempstead) on Saturday, May 4 from 9 a.m.-noon. High school sophomores can meet students, learn about the college, receive help on their search and learn to build a college list.
Mayfair Family Fun Day at Play Groups School (52 Old Post Rd., East Setauket) on Saturday, May 4 from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Kids ages 6 and younger can enjoy pony rides, arts and crafts, face painting and more.
The Golden Global Drum at Hofstra University Museum: Emily Lowe Gallery (Hempstead Turnpike, Hempstead) on Saturday, May 4 at 11 a.m. An interactive performance of music around the world that links drumming to different cultures through story and song. Price: $5 family of 4, $1 per additional attendee.
Peconic Family Fun Day at Children's Museum of the East End (376 Bridgehampton / Sag Harbor Tpke., Bridgehampton) on Saturday, May 4 from 10 a.m.-noon. Kids and adults alike can check out exhibit, workshops, activities and two easy-paced nature walks where you can check out birds, butterflies, frogs, turtles and more.
Family Nature: Who Lives in the Ground at Bailey Arboretum (194 Bayville Road and Feeks Lane, Lattingtown) on Sunday, May 5 at 2 p.m. Families can search for amphibians and other creatures in the forest.
Live Model Figure Drawing and Children's Art Activity at Heckscher Museum of Art (2 Prime Ave., Huntington) on Sunday, May 5 from noon-4 p.m. As part of the Tulip Festival, children are invited to design their own "art car" on the museum terrace.
Storytime at Downs Farm Preserve (County Route 25, Cutchogue) on Friday, May 10 at 10 a.m.. Children ages 2-5 can create a seasonal craft and listen to a nature-themed story; reservations are required.
Seaside Stories and Crafts at Fire Island National Seashore Visitor's Center (Watch Hill, Fire Island) on Saturday, May 18 at noon. Children ages 5-7 can listen to stories about horseshoe crabs and create a horseshoe crab craft.
Author Appearance and Book Signing: Lisa A. Dabrowski at Safari Adventure (1074 Pulaski St., Riverhead) on Sunday, May 19 from noon-3 p.m. East end author Lisa A. Dabrowski, author of "Mr. Woolly and Friends in How the Barn Was Painted Purple," will be signing copies of her new book. Copies available for purchase; if you want to play there will be a fee, but the event is free.
Extreme Rec Night at Southampton Town Recreation Center (1370A Majors Path, Southampton) on Friday, May 3 from 7:30-10 p.m. Children in grades 6-12 are invivde to participate in relay races, soccer, basketball, kickball, inflatable joust, a bungee run and more. Price: $5, $2 round-trip transportation.
Discovering Insects at Sands Point Preserve (127 Middle Neck Rd., Sands Point) on Sunday, May 5 from noon-1 p.m. Check out live and preserved insects and learn about the different types and their transformations. Price: $10 per car.
Communicate With Me in Nine Languages at Maritime Explorium (101 East Broadway, Port Jefferson) on Saturday, May 4 and Sunday, May 5 from 1-5 p.m. Explore the International Code of Signals, learn about communication and design your own code to send messages to friends. Price: $5.
Tiny Tots: Let's Discover Nature Hour at Caleb Smith State Park Preserve (Jericho Turnpike, Smithtown) on Thursday, May 2, 16 and 30. Children ages 3-5 with a parent can explore nature through hands-on activities. Price: $4, $3 children, free children ages 3 and younger.
Family Adventures: As Sly As a Fox at Connetquot River State Park Preserve (Sunrise Highway, Oakdale) on Friday, May 10 from 6-8 p.m. Look for fox activity around the park and learn about their habits and habitats. Price: $4, $3, free children 3 and younger.
Make a Mother's Day Message in a Bottle at Maritime Explorium (101 East Broadway, Port Jefferson) on Saturday, May 11 and Sunday, May 12 from 1-5 p.m. Kids can create a message in a bottle for someone special for Mother's Day. Price: $5.
Family Adventures: Amazing Adaptations at Connetquot River State Park Preserve (Sunrise Highway, Oakdale) on Saturday, May 11 at 1:30 p.m. Hands-on animal activities and learn how they adapt to nature, followed by a walk through the park. Price: $4, $3 children, free ages 3 and younger.
Mommy Appreciation at Long Island Science Center (11 W. Main St., Riverhead) on Saturday, May 11 from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Learn about the miracle of motherhood, a program suitable for kids and adults. Free admission for mother's. Price: $5.
Watercolor Wonders at Connetquot River State Park Preserve (Sunrise Highway, Oakdale) on Sunday, May 12 from 1:30-3 p.m. Create a watercolor collage using wildflowers and wildlife. Price: $4, $3 children, free ages 3 and younger; reservations required.
Shake, Rattle and Roll: Make Your Own Rainstick at Maritime Explorium on Saturday, May 18 and Sunday, May 19 from 1-5 p.m. Using natural and recycled materials, kids can create their own musical rain sticks. Price: $5.
Bird Festival at Long Island Science Center (11 W. Main St., Riverhead) on Saturday, May 18 at 10 a.m. Get the inside scoop migration, bird habitats, feeding and more. Family activities, crafts, vendors and a bird race are included. Price: $5.
Scavenger Hunt at Connetquot River State Park Preserve (Sunrise Highway, Oakdale) on Saturday, May 18 from 1:30-3 p.m. Use your five senses to find items that nature hides in plain sight. Price: $4, $3 children, free children ages 3 and younger.
Beautiful Butterflies at Sands Point Preserve (127 Middle Neck Rd., Sands Point) on Sunday, May 19 at 11 a.m. Learn all about butterflies and what you can do to attract them to your garden. Meet at the Phil Dejana Learning Center. Price: $10 per car.