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Free (or cheap!) for kids on Long Island in November

Mackenzie, 5, and Emily Osterman, 4, of Levittown

Mackenzie, 5, and Emily Osterman, 4, of Levittown make clay pots at last year's Native American Feast at Garvies Point Museum and Preserve in Glen Cove. (Nov. 17, 2012) (Credit: Alexi Knock)

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 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 November.

Free

Brady Rymer in Concert at Buckley Country Day Camp (2 IU Willets Rd., Rosyln) on Saturday, Nov. 9 from 10:30 a.m. to noon. Brady Rymer and the Little Band That Could perform. Appropriate for kids ages 1 to 5.


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Gingerbread Competition at The Chocolate Duck (310 Main St., Farmingdale) on Saturday, Nov. 16 from noon to 5 p.m. See and vote for your favorite edible gingerbread house inspired by Long Island.

Holiday Shopping Fair and Fundraiser at Knights of Columbus (2333 Bellmore Ave, Bellmore) on Sunday, Nov. 17 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Features face painting, character appearances and more. A portion of the proceeds benefit the John Theissen Children's Foundation.

Craft Fair at William M. Gouse Jr. VFW Post (320 S. Broadway, Hicksville) on Saturday, Nov. 23 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Features pictures with Santa, gingerbread house decorating and more.

Tree Lighting at Vanderbuilt Museum and Planetarium (180 Little Neck Rd., Centerport) on Saturday, Nov. 30 at 4 p.m. Features carols, cookies, hot chocolate and more.

Cheap

Halloween Party at Lake Grove Village Hall (980 Hawkins Ave., Lake Grove) on Friday, Nov. 1 at 6:30 p.m. Kids can enjoy a movie, costume parade, coloring contest and more. Price: $1

Space Exploration at Long Island Science Center (11 W. Main St., Riverhead) on Saturday, Nov. 2 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Kids can learn about space travel, NASA and more. Price: $5

World of Turtles at Cold Spring Harbor Whaling Museum (301 Main St., Cold Spring Harbor) on Sunday, Nov. 3 at noon. Kids ages 5 to 12 can see turtles, touch turtle shells and make a turtle-themed craft. Price: Free with $20 admission per family.

Family Scout Night Hike at Center for Science Teaching and Learning (1 Tanglewood Rd., Rockville Centre) on Friday, Nov. 8 from 7:30 to 9 p.m. Families can explore the trails and visit with nighttime animals in the exhibit. Pre-registration is required. Price: $7

Second Saturdays: Build it! at the Hofstra University Museum Emily Lowe Gallery (Hempstead Tpke., Hempstead) on Saturday, Nov. 9 from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. Children ages 4-10 learn about American architects like Frank Lloyd Wright and Louis Kahn, then design and build their own structure. Price: $5

Veterans Appreciation Day at Long Island Science Center (11 W. Main St., Riverhead) on Saturday, Nov. 9 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Kids can learn about the scientific discoveries made by veterans during wartime. Price: $5, Free for veterans and their families.

Native American Feast at Garvies Point Museum and Preserve (50 Barry Dr., Glen Cove) on Saturday, Nov. 23 and Sunday, Nov. 24 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Learn about Native American traditions through hands-on activities appropriate for all ages. Price: $5

Menorah Workshop at Cold Spring Harbor Whaling Museum (301 Main St., Cold Spring Harbor) on Sunday, Nov. 24 at 2:30 p.m. Children learn about nature's best oil sources, then build their own menorah. Price: Free with $20 admission per family.

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