Celebrating Father’s Day on Long Island

angFather’s Day is only a few days away which means thinking of ways to show Dad how much we appreciate him.  So in honor of all of those great Long Island dads out there, we’ve put together our list of ways to celebrate Father’s Day on Long Island.

Great Places to BBQ       Looking for a place to BBQ with the family? Here are some parks that allow barbecuing and have some other family amenities:  Belmont Lake State Park,  Heckscher State Park,  Hempstead Lake State ParkOrient Beach State ParkSunken Meadow State Park, Crab Meadow Beach (Huntington Town Beach), and Callahan’s Beach (Smithtown Town Beach/Park).  The parks have different requirements for entrance, so be sure to check with each location before heading out.

Activities to Do with Dad   Harbes Family Farm has a special Father’s Day Farm Fest, which includes activities for children, a variety of foods, live music, and more!  The Long Island Game Farm will also celebrate the “Big Guy” with fun filled activities including The One And Only Pekingese Dog Act Featuring Vanna The Baboon; plus all dads will be eligible for $4.00 off a regular admission price.

HatcheryPlaces with Free Admission for Dads   Sign up in advance on their website, and White Post Farms offers a coupon for free entrance fees for Fathers and Grandfathers to their petting zoo on Father’s Day. Both the Cold Spring Harbor Fish Hatchery and the Long Island Museum are offering free admission on Father’s Day as well.

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Gift Made from the Heart  Sometimes the most treasured gifts are the ones that are handmade. Let your little one(s) have fun making this gift for Dad!  Try this easy to make, Finger-Painted Picture Frame

Here’s what you need: A picture frame with mat,  some paint, a paint brush & most important a picture of Dad with child(ren)

Directions: Let your little one have fun creating a special gift for Dad! Using the paintbrush or even just little fingers, let your child use the paint to cover the picture frame mat. Once their artwork has dried completely, place the mat back in the picture frame with your favorite picture. This is one gift Dad is sure to treasure!

DadBooks Father’s Day Books    See if you can pick up one of these children’s books that talk about celebrating Dad’s and Father’s Day!  Father’s Day by Anne Rockwell,  Just Because You’re Mine by Sally Lloyd-Jones, OR Me and My Dad! by Alison Ritchie

Enjoy your time with your families & from all of us at the Long Island Mamas to all of those “Long Island Da-das” Happy Father’s Day!

Be sure to share your Father’s Day pictures with us: here, on Facebook, or on Twitter!

By: Janet Brandsema

Photo Credit: Janet Brandsema, Angela Schilling, & Flickr.com

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