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Weekend family fun on Long Island: Summer solstice, dance parties and more

Experience an enchanted family evening during which the

Experience an enchanted family evening during which the Old Westbury gardens will be illuminated with lanterns. (Credit: Lori Belilove and The Isadora Du)

Looking for things to do with the kids this weekend? From summer solstice celebrations to dance parties, rocket races and more, there is plenty happening on Long Island. Here are my top five picks for family-friendly activities this weekend:

Dolphin Dance Party at The Whaling Museum and Education Center (301 Main St., Cold Spring Harbor) Saturday from noon-3 p.m., families can participate in a themed dance party featuring a DJ, dancing, face-painting, craft stations and more (dress like a sea creature for door prizes). Price: $6, $5 ages 4-18 and seniors, $20 families.

Midsummer Night: Weekend at Old Westbury Gardens (71 Old Westbury Rd., Westbury) Experience an enchanted family evening during which Old Westbury Gardens will be illuminated with lanterns on Saturday, from 6 to 9 p.m. Lori Belilove and the Isadora Duncan Dance Company will perform in various areas of the gardens; bring a picnic dinner and a blanket. There will also be a jazz concert on Friday, from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. and Rose & the Nightingale will perform on Sunday. Price: $15; free younger than 17. (Fairy wands and wings will be on sale for $2-$10.)

Retrorocket Races at Maritime Explorium (101 E. Broadway, Port Jefferson) Build an air-powered rocket to race with a friend on Saturday and Sunday, from 1-5 p.m. Price: $5.

Who Eats What? at Sands Point Preserve (127 Middle Neck Rd., Sands Point) On Sunday, from 11 a.m. to noon, kids can learn all kinds of facts about water scorpions, dragonfly nymphs, beetles, fish and plants that feed the reptiles and amphibians. Registration is recommended. Price: $10 per car.

Frogs on the Preserve at Caleb Smith State Park Preserve (Jericho Turnpike, Smithtown) Discover what types of frogs live on the preserve and see tadpoles in various states of metamorphosis on Sunday, from 10-11 a.m. Reservations are required. Price: $4 adults, $3 children, free for children 3 and younger.

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