The Island Today: The top events for kids for the coming week

Fall Festival

Saturday, Sept. 29, 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (rain date Oct. 6)

Celebrate the change of seasons at the 2018 Fall Festival that will include environmental exhibitions, live animal encounters, kids’ fishing, a petting zoo, a castle bouncer, games, refreshments, music and more.  Admission: $6 adults; $4 kids ages 3 to 12 and seniors 65 and up; members and children under age 3 are free.

Where: Cold Spring Harbor Fish Hatchery & Aquarium, 1660 Route 25A, Cold Spring Harbor Info: 631-692-6768 or

Wild Weather at Jones Beach

Saturday, Sept. 29, 10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Children ages 6 and up can join fun experiments and activities that demonstrate the power of lightning, tornados and hurricanes.  Registration required by calling 516-780-3295.

Where: Jones Beach State Park, Ocean Parkway, Wantagh
Info: 516-780-3295 or

Story Time and Activities featuring “I am Neil Armstrong”

Saturday, Sept. 29, 11 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Kids will learn about Neil Armstrong, the first man to walk on the moon, with this fun picture book series that focuses on the traits that make our heroes great. Join the story time and get a coupon from the Café for a grilled cheese sandwich with milk or juice for $4.

Where: Barnes and Noble, 1542 Northern Blvd., Manhasset
Info: 516-365-6723 or


Saturday, Sept. 29, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Enjoy a family-friendly afternoon of seaworthy crafts and demonstrations.  Be the first to see the new exhibit about whaling wives, Heroines at the Helm, try the art of candle-dipping, design and carve a scrimshaw box, and hear sea shanties by “Sampawam’s Creek.” 

Where: The Whaling Museum & Education Center, 279 Main St.,
Cold Spring Harbor / Info: 631-367-3418 or

Mary Poppins, Jr.

Saturday, Sept. 29, 2 p.m., and Sunday, Sept. 30, 11 a.m. (ongoing weekend performances through Oct. 28)

Based on one of the most popular Disney movies of all time and the Broadway musical that received multiple Tony Awards, this is the story of a nanny who takes two children on magical and memorable adventures while teaching the whole family how to value each other again.       

Where: Smithtown Center for the Performing Arts, 2 East Main St.,
Smithtown / Info & Tickets: 631-724-3700 or

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