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Weekend family fun on Long Island: Strawberry Festival, 'Alice' exhibit and more

An exhibit based on the Lewis Carroll classic,

An exhibit based on the Lewis Carroll classic, “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland” will take place weekly through Aug.31, 2014 from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. at the Long Island Children's Museum in Garden City. (Credit: Children's Discovery Museum of San Jose)

Looking for things to do with the kids this weekend? From the Strawberry Festival to Sci-Fi day, an "Alice in Wonderland" exhibit and more, there is plenty happening on Long Island. Here are my top five picks for family-friendly activities this weekend:

Nassau County Strawberry Festival at Nassau BOCES in Bellmore (2351 Jerusalem Ave., North Bellmore) Located on Newbridge Road in North Bellmore, the festival features rides, live entertainment and fresh strawberries, Beatles cover band "Strawberry Fields" perform live on Saturday at 7 p.m., crafts and free parking on Thursday from 6 to 10 p.m., Friday, from 6 to 11 p.m.; Saturday, from noon to 11 p.m. and Sunday, from noon to 6 p.m. Price: $2 admission Friday to Sunday, free for children younger than 5, fee for rides varies.

Family Adventures: World in a Bottle at Caleb Smith State Park Preserve (Jericho Turnpike, Smithtown) On Saturday, from 10-11 a.m., kids can make their own terrarium and watch as the plants grow within the ecosystem. Bring a clear, empty, 2-liter plastic bottle with a screw-on top for each person; reservations are required. Price: $4 adults, $3 children ages 3 and older; $8 parking fee.


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"Alice in Wonderland Exhibit" at the 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.” While you’re there, partake in a free drop-in workshop to make miniature tea cups with Alice, the Mad Hatter and the White Rabbit, on Saturday and Sunday, from 2-4 p.m. Price: $12, children ages 1 and younger are free.

Sci-Fi Festival at Long Island Science Center (11 W. Main St., Riverhead) On Saturday, from 11 a.m.-4 p.m., check out Sci-Fi day in celebration of Star Wars month. People with costumes enter free. Price: $5.

"Tilly the Trickster" at CM Performing Arts Center (931 Montauk Hwy., Oakdale) Adapted from the book by Molly Shannon, this children's musical is about a mischievous girl who loves nothing more than causing trouble on Saturday at 2 p.m. Price: $12.

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