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Free (and cheap!) for kids on Long Island in September
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 ($10 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 September.
Grande Festa Italiana at North Hempstead Beach Park (West Shore Road off Roslyn Road, Port Washington) Wednesday-Friday, Sept. 4-6 from 6-11 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 7 from 2-11 p.m. and Sunday, Sept. 8 from 1:30-11 p.m. Kids and adults will enjoy rides, games, Italian food tent, live entertainment and more. $3 parking, $25 pay one price for rides 6-11 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 4, and Thursday, Sept. 5, and 12:30-4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 7; free rides Sunday, Sept. 8, 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. only. Fireworks at 9:30 p.m. Sunday.
East Northport Festival at John Walsh Park (Larkfield Road, East Northport) on Friday, Sept. 6 from 6-11 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 7 from 11 a.m.-11 p.m. and Sunday, Sept. 8 from 11 a.m.-6 p.m. The three-day festival features rides, games, food and more.
Walk in the Woods at The Farm at Oyster Bay (510 Split Rock Rd., Oyster Bay) on Saturday, Sept. 7 from 2-3:30 p.m. Join North Shore Land Alliance and local children’s book author Mollie Eckelberry as she reads her book "The Foxes at Kirby Hill." After the reading, kids can enjoy a walk among the Farm’s ponds and woodlands; registration is encouraged.
Nesconset Day Crafts and Street Fair at Nesconset Plaza (Smithtown Boulevard, Nesconset) on Sunday, Sept. 8 from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Families can check out 200 arts and crafts vendors, food, live music and entertainment, pony rides, a petting zoo, games and free rides for children; rain date Sept. 15.
Family Fun Day Open House at Cannan Lake Community Club (48 Green Ave., Patchogue) on Sunday, Sept. 15 from 1-5 p.m. Kids can enjoy a day of face painting, temporary tattoos, crafts, snacks, giveaways and more.
Children’s Hands-on Milling at Water Mill Museum (41 Old Mill Rd., Water Mill) on Monday, Sept. 16 and Monday, Sept. 23 at 11:30 a.m. Kids can learn about the water-powered mill and its giant stone wheels and wooden gears that grind the grain.
For the Kids of East Islip Carnival at Timber Point Elementary School (200 Timber Point Rd., East Islip) on Friday, Sept. 20 from 6-10 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 21 from 1-10 p.m. and Sunday, Sept. 22 from 1-5 p.m. Kids and families can enjoy rides, games and food.
Fall Festival at Hicks Nurseries (100 Jericho Tpke., Westbury) daily starting Saturday, Sept. 21 through Oct. 27 from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Take a picture with Otto the Ghost and a hayride down a decorated trail, visit farm animals and more. The animated children's story, featuring Otto the Ghost, is a new story on friendship, family and Halloween cheer. Fee for certain activities. Apples, fudge, roasted corn, popcorn, apple cider, candy apples and other fall treats are available for purchase.
Family Arts Festival (Audrey Avenue, Oyster Bay) on Sunday, Sept. 22 from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Children can check out crafts, storytime, dancing, animal presentations, water sports activities, pottery, knitting, cooking and more.
Blue Moon Fall Festival at the Unity Church of Healing Light (203 East Pulaski Rd., Huntington Station) on Saturday, Sept. 28 from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Along with vendors selling food, jewelry and more, there will be inflatable bouncers, face painting, scarecrow making and interactive games for kids. The first 100 visitors will receive a $15 Colby Kettle Corn gift card.
Arts in the Plaza at the Kennedy Plaza (Park Avenue, Long Beach) on Saturdays in September (through 10/26) from 9 a.m.- 4 p.m. This weekly event features photography, jewelry, paintings and more on display, plus a kids art station from 10 a.m.- noon. Live music is from 1 p.m.-4 p.m.
Family Festival By the Sea at Lido Beach (630 Lido Blvd., Lido Beach) on Saturday, Sept. 28 and Sunday, Sept. 29 from 11 a.m.-6:30 p.m. Check out live bands, food, inflatable bounce houses, children's shows, a petting zoo and more.
Nature Discoveries: Migrating Monarchs at Connetquot River State Park Preserve (Sunrise Highway, Oakdale) on Tuesday, Sept. 3 from 10-11 a.m. and 1:30-2:30 p.m. Children ages 3-5 and their parents will connect with the natural world through short walks, activities and crafts. Price: $4, $3 for children, free for ages 3 and younger; reservations are required.
Family Fall Festival at the Suffolk Y JCC (74 Hauppauge Rd., Commack) on Sunday, Sept. 15 from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Families can enjoy a petting zoo, bounce houses, parent/child softball game, parent/preschooler soccer game, toddler obstacle course, parent/child zumba class, entertainment and more. Price: $5 per family.
Nature Discoveries: Nature Tees at Connetquot River State Park Preserve (Sunrise Highway, Oakdale) on Tuesday, Sept. 17 from 10-11 a.m. and 1:30-2:30 p.m. Children ages 3-5 and their parents will create a natural craft and more. Price: $4, $3 for children, free for ages 3 and younger; registration is required.
Harvest and Seafood Festival at Captree State Park (off Robert Moses Causeway, West Islip) on Saturday, Sept. 21 and Sunday, Sept. 22 from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Families can enjoy local produce, boat rides, crab races, pony rides, inflatables, entertainment and more. Price: $8 parking fee.
Pickle Festival at John Gardiner Farm (900 Park Ave., Greenlawn) on Saturday, Sept. 21 from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Along with specialty pickles, jams, farm-grown veggies and more, kids can enjoy the lollipop farm train, a corn maze, hay rides and other family-friendly activities. The event is rain or shine. Price: $5 adult donation.
Fall Country Fair at Sands-Willets House (336 Port Washington Blvd., Port Washington) on Saturday, Sept. 21 from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Check out Civil War re-enactors, a petting zoo, music, crafts, pony rides, blacksmith, food and more. Price: $5, $2 children.
Fish Hatchery Fall Fair at Cold Spring Harbor Fish Hatchery and Aquarium (1660 Rte. 25 A, Cold Spring Harbor) on Saturday, Sept. 28 from 10-4:30 p.m. Check out exhibits, children's games, nature-themed crafts, fishing for children 12 and younger ($2 for 10 minutes) and more. Rain date: Oct. 5. Price: $6, $4 children ages 3-12.
Wildwood Fall Festival at Wildwood State Park (Hulse Landing Road, north of Sound Avenue, Wading River) on Saturday, Sept. 28 from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Wagon rides, pony rides, inflatables, funny photos, children's entertainment, pie-eating contest and more. Price: $8 parking fee.