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10 Labor Day activities for kids on Long Island

Devan Kicknosway of Ottawa, Canada, who is Mohawk

Devan Kicknosway of Ottawa, Canada, who is Mohawk and Potowatomi, performs during the Shinnecock Pow-Wow on the Shinnecock Indian reservation in Southampton on Sept. 4, 2011. (Credit: Newsday / Thomas A. Ferrara)

If you're looking to take a break from the beach or barbecues this weekend, there are many fun Labor Day events for families. From children's performances to exploring nature, horses, cultural entertainment, art and more, there's so much to do on Long Island.

The Hampton Classic horse show at (240 Snake Hollow Rd., Bridgehampton). Along with more than 1,600 horses as well as hunter, jumper and equitation competitions, families can enjoy an international food court, pony rides, a petting zoo and other special attractions Friday through Sunday, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Price: Kids free on Saturday, otherwise $10, $20 carload, free ages 6 and younger.

Shinnecock Powwow at the Shinnecock Powwow Grounds (Westgate Road, Southampton). Kids and adults alike will enjoy storytelling, crafts, native foods, tribal dances and more on Friday, from 3 to 10 p.m., Saturday and Sunday, from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Monday, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Price: $15, $10 ages 6-12, free ages 5 and younger.


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The Butterfly House at Sweetbriar Nature Center (62 Eckernkamp Dr., Smithtown). Learn the various stages of the butterfly's life cycle, view butterflies, search for clues of the butterfly life cycle and color a butterfly craft to take home on Friday through Monday, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Price: $5, $3 ages 11 and younger.

Long Island Ducks vs. Camden Riversharks at Bethpage Ballpark (3 Court House Dr., Central Islip). Cheer on your favorite local team at a baseball game on Friday and Saturday, at 7:05 p.m., Sunday, at 5:05 p.m. and Monday, at 6:35 p.m. Price: $11-$15.

Mother Cabrini Italian Feast at Suffolk County Community College, Grant Campus (1001 Crooked Hill Rd., Brentwood). Rides, Italian food specialties and entertainment on Friday, from 6 to 11 p.m., Saturday through Monday, from 4 to 11 p.m.; zeppoli-eating contest on Saturday. Price: Free, fees for food and rides.

Nature's Nighttime Noises at Old Westbury Gardens (71 Old Westbury Rd.). Children ages 7-17 can take a guided walk through the gardens at night with Tamson Yeh, an entomologist, who will decipher the sounds on Saturday, at 7:30 p.m. Price: $5 adults, $3 children.

Turtles, Snakes and Frogs, Oh My! at Connetquot River State Park Preserve (Sunrise Highway, Oakdale). Learn about turtles, snakes and frogs, meet Myrtle the Turtle, as well as a hike to explore the habitats; recommended for kids ages 5 and older on Saturday, from 1:30 to 3 p.m. Price: $4 adults, $3 children, $8 parking fee; reservations are required.

Sculpture Art Caper and Exploration Activity Backpack at Hofstra University's Emily Lowe Gallery (Hempstead Turnpike, Hempstead) running weekly throughout the year, ending Sunday, Dec. 21. Times vary. Pick up a backpack and solve an Art Caper mystery by unraveling clues found while exploring the outdoor sculpture collection. Appropriate for children ages 5 to 10. Price: Free.

David Rosaire and His Perky Pekes Show at Long Island Game Farm Wildlife Park and Children's Zoo (Chapman Boulveard, Manorville). A family-friendly show featuring entertaining dogs and more Friday through Monday, at 3 p.m. Price: Free with farm admission ($18.95, $16.95 children ages 3 to 12).

Alice in Wonderland Exhibit at Long Island Children's Museum (11 Davis Ave., Garden City). Journey down the rabbit hole for a hands-on experience that introduces math and science for children using the characters and themes from the Lewis Carroll classic, “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland" on Friday through Sunday, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Price: $12, free ages 1 and younger.

For more family fun ideas, check out 100 things every kid should do on Long Island.

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