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Weekend family fun on Long Island: Halloween galas, nature walks, trick-or-treating and more

Olivia Bouler, 11, has raised thousands of dollars

Olivia Bouler, 11, has raised thousands of dollars for the Gulf oil spill with her watercolor paintings of birds. She has lobbied congress, spoken at schools, and has now published a book that will be out in April. (Credit: Danielle Finkelstein)

Looking for things to do with the kids this weekend? From Halloween galas and spooky crafts to a fairy tale performance, nature walks and more, there's much to do on Long Island. Here are my top five picks for fun, family-friendly activities this weekend:

1. The Ghostly Gala at the Long Island Children's Museum (11 Davis Ave., Garden City) Come in costume and celebrate Halloween with trick-or-treating, crafts, live animals, face painting and more from 6 to 9 p.m. on Saturday. Tickets are $9; must reserve tickets ahead of time.

2. Trick or Tweet at the Theodore Roosevelt Sanctuary and Audubon Center (134 Cove Rd., Oyster Bay) On Saturday from 10:30 a.m. to noon and again from 1 to 2:30 p.m., take an adventure walk, make Halloween crafts and check out spooky animals. Price: $8 per child, $2 adult; rain date is Oct. 28.

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3. Drawing Birds with Olivia at Suffolk County Environmental Center (550 South Bay Ave., Islip) Learn how to draw owls, ravens and other spooky birds with Olivia Bouler, a 13-year-old author, illustrator and environmentalist, at 2 p.m. Saturday. Price: $8; event for children ages 5-10.

4. Sleeping Beauty at The Stage Theater in Merrick (222 Hewlett Ave., Merrick) This classic fairy tale comes to life as a beautiful princess awaits a kiss from a prince to wake her from eternal sleep. Performances are 2 p.m. Saturday, weekly through Nov. 13. Price: $9.

5. Enchanted Forest Trail at the Quogue Wildlife Refuge (3 Old Country Rd., Quogue) Enjoy a guided walk at noon Sunday, when you'll meet fun and educational characters, play games and engage in other activities. The event is $7 and best for children ages 2-7.

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