20 Things To Do Over Columbus Day Weekend

by Maytal Wichman

1. Mill Neck

Mill Neck Manor Fall Harvest Festival

October 8 & 9, 2011, 9am-5pm
40 Frost Mill Road
Mill Neck, NY 11765
(516) 628-4243

The festival, which is celebrating its 50th anniversary, will feature children’s activities such as face painting, handmade country crafts, seasonal produce (including lots of apples), a variety of baked goods such as fudge, strudel and grilled bratwurst, along with many other anniversary activities. $5.00 per vehicle (suggested donation).

2. West Sayville

Country Fest at the Long Island Maritime Museum

October 8th & 9th, 2011
86 West Avenue,
West Sayville, NY 11796
This festival features live country music, BBQ and country food, craft & gift vendors and children’s activities, such as pony rides, petting zoo and pumpkin decorating. $10 at the door.

3. Old Bethpage

Carnevil at Old Bethpage Village Restoration

October 7-9, 2011
Fri & Sat: 7pm-11pm
Sun: 7pm-10pm
Old Bethpage Village Restoration
1303 Round Swamp Road
Old Bethpage, NY

This Halloween-themed carnival will feature haunted houses, a haunted hayride, all kinds of thrill rides and more! Chamber of Horrors: (haunted house) $13.00, Haunted Hayride $13.00, Monster Combo: $35.00, R.I.P. Pass: $48.00. Combo and Group Tix Available.

4. Baiting Hollow

13th Annual Fall Festival at Cooperage Inn

October 8-10
Cooperage Inn
2218 Sound Avenue
Baiting Hollow, NY

This festival features Elmo, pumpkin painting, pony rides, kid-friendly food, as well as bratwurst, autumn harvest clam chowder, chicken pot pie, just to name a few. There will also be Big Band music.

5. Melville

White Post Farms Fall Festival

October 8-10
Gates open 10am-4pm (you can stay until 6)
White Post Farms
250 Old Country Rd
Melville, NY

This festival features hayrides, pumpkin picking, kids shows, bouncer playgrounds, petting zoo, apple and pumpkin pies, roast corn, and more.

6. Riverhead

Visit Long Island Aquarium & Exhibition Center

431 East Main Street
Riverhead, NY 11901
Tel: 631.208.9200
Open year-round from 10am to 5pm. Closed December 25

7. Suffolk

Hit some Apple-Picking Farms

8. Levittown

Get active at Laser Bounce

2710 Hempstead Turnpike
Levittown, NY 11756

9. Suffolk

Enjoy the weather and take a hike.

10. Farmingdale

Have a blast at Bounce U Indoor Play

There are several locations in Long Island.

11. Bellmore

Relax with some coffee and watch your kids play at Le Play Cafe

2465 Merrick Road
Bellmore, NY 11710
(One block East of Newbridge Rd./Rt. 106)
Open Play: T-F 10-5pm
Saturdays 10-2pm

12. Nassau & Suffolk

Go bowling at AMF Bowling

13. Jericho

Have some indoor fun at Active Kidz

200 Robbins Lane
Jericho, NY 11753
(516) 621-6600

14. Centerport

Visit Vanderbilt Museum & Planetarium

180 Little Neck Road
Centerport New York 11721

15. East Meadow

Have a fun day outdoors at Eisenhower Park

Located in East Meadow along Merrick Avenue, between Stewart Avenue and Hempstead Turnpike

16. Nassau

Enjoy nature at Kid-Friendly Botanical Gardens

Various locations in Long Island.

17. Oyster Bay

Visit Teddy Roosevelt’s House at Sagamore Hill

12 Sagamore Hill Road

Oyster Bay, NY 11771

(516) 922-4788

18. Hike at Sands Point Preserve

Sands Point Preserve

19. Westbury

Visit the Fall Festival at Hicks Nursery –   Go on a hayrides, snack on roasted corn and fresh fudge, pick out a pumpkin, and see live animals & more! Available weekends through October. We grew up with Otto the Ghost, so we can recommend (for a non-scary time), their  animated children’s story, “Otto’s New Friend”.

Hicks Nurseries

20. Great Neck

Hit one of Great Neck’s fun little parks – the sprinklers will be off, but there’s some fun playgrounds

Jonathan L. Ielpi Firefighters Park

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