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

Grace McQuade

Long Island Fun Fest 2019

Friday, June 21, 4 to 11 p.m., and Saturday, June 22 and Sunday, June 23, 12 to 11 p.m.

Long Island FunFest is the largest fair on the Island, bringing all the family fun of a state fair right to our backyard. Fun Fest is packed with free shows and entertainment, such as the amazing animals in the Eudora Farms Exotic Petting Zoo, thrilling midway rides, including the Super Cyclone Roller Coaster, exciting games and delicious fair food.

Where: Suffolk County Community College, 485 Wicks Road, Brentwood
Info: 866-666-3247 or

Eternal Con: The Long Island Comic Con

Saturday, June 22 and Sunday, June 23 at 10 a.m.

Eternal Con, Long Island’s premier comic book and cosplay convention, will return for its seventh season.  The two-day extravaganza will include exhibitors including Best Comics, Lost4toys, Lady Arrielle, Toytastic, Big Apple Con, Killer Kollectibles and more. 

Where: NYCB Live, Home of Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum, 1255 Hempstead Turnpike, Uniondale
Info & Tickets: 516-231-4848 or 800-745-3000 or

Children’s Workshop: Make Your Own Scrimshaw Candle

Sunday, June 23, 12 to 2 p.m.

Scrimshaw is one of the oldest American folk arts and served as a pastime for sailors on long voyages.  Children will make their own scrimshaw candle to take home. All supplies are provided. Parent supervision is required. $5 for non-members; free for members and children under 12.   

Where: Planting Fields Arboretum, 1395 Planting Fields Road, Oyster Bay
Info & Reservations: 516-922-8678 or

Fins & Scales at Jones Beach

Sunday, June 23, 1:30 to 3 p.m.

From salmon and flounder to trout and bass, fish come in all shapes and sizes. Children ages 7 and up can find out what makes them all tick. Through dissection, the group will explore the internal and external anatomy of fish. 

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

Jones Beach Bandshell

Tuesday, June 25 and Thursday, June 27 at 8 p.m.

The Jones Beach Bandshell returns to coincide with the start of summer. The hot lineup of concerts and events includes Kids’ Night School of Rock musical performances on Tuesday nights and Free Family Cinema Nights every Thursday, beginning with a screening of “Avengers: Infinity War” on June 27. 

Where: Jones Beach Bandshell, Field 4, Ocean Parkway, Wantagh
Info & Tickets: 866-558-8468 or


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