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Sat 03 Dec
St. Nicholas Day
Saturday, December 3, 2016 12:00 PM - 04:00 PM
Crailo State Historic Site
(518) 463-8738

Meet Sinterklaas, the Dutch St. Nicholas, who will be stopping by to see if you've been good or bad this year! Crailo's Marketplace Museum Shop will be offering unique gifts for the holidays. There will be crafts for the kids, refreshments and cooking demonstrations by the fire. The museum will be open for self-guided tours. Free!

Sat 29 Oct
Great Jack-O-Lantern Spectuacular Sail
Saturday, October 29, 2016 04:00 PM - 06:00 PM
Belmont Lake State Park
(631) 667-5055

Family-oriented Halloween event that includes balloon twisting, a children's spooky den, trick or treating, games, environmental crafts, and funny photos. The first 50 carved pumpkins received will be placed on flotation devices and lit with candles and then sailed, from the back of kayaks, around Belmont Lake at dusk.

Tue 25 Oct
Boo at the Zoo
Tuesday, October 25, 2016 10:30 AM - 03:00 PM
Bear Mountain State Park
(845) 786-2701

Rain date: Sunday, October 25th

Come to the Bear Den at 10:30 to make spooky snacks for the black bears. At 11:00, watch the zookeepers let the bears loose to enjoy the tasty Halloween decorations. Touch real animal skulls, see stuffed specimens in the Nature Study museums, make Autumn crafts and learn about bats and our not-so-scary owls and vultures. Lots of family-friendly fun and activities.

Sat 15 Oct
Fall Family Freshwater Fishing Festival
Saturday, October 15, 2016 10:00 AM - 04:00 PM
Hempstead Lake State Park
(516) 766-1029

Family-oriented annual fishing festival integrates fishing with fall activities, such as a casting for pumpkins contest and pumpkin decorating. The event also includes fly fishing instruction, demonstrations, and outdoor exhibits by local fishing clubs. Fishing equipment is not necessary. Loaner rods are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Children will also enjoy pony rides, face painting, and a magic show.

Sat 24 Sep
Fall Festival
Saturday, September 24, 2016 11:00 AM - 04:00 PM
Wildwood State Park
(631) 929-4314

Annual family-oriented fall festival that features carnival games, wagon rides, pony rides, funny photo area decorated with corn stalks and hay bales, environmental displays and crafts, magic show, and a children's donut eating contest, as well as craft vendors.

Sat 17 Sep
Biodiversity Celebration
Saturday, September 17, 2016 11:00 AM - 03:00 PM
Bear Mountain State Park
(845) 786-2701

Celebrate NYS native animals & plants! Enjoy nature crafts, games & activities. Visit the animals & museums & enjoy fall!

Sun 11 Sep
Remote Controlled Fall Aero Show
Sunday, September 11, 2016 10:00 AM - 05:00 PM
Sunken Meadow State Park (Governor Alfred E. Smith)
(631) 269-4333

Demonstrations of all types of miniature aircrafts (fixed wing, helicopters, gliders, electric)

Thu 30 Jun
2016 Sand Castle Contest
Thursday, June 30, 2016 until Thursday, August 25, 2016 09:30 AM - 10:30 PM
Hither Hills State Park
(631) 668-2554

Weekly Sand Castle contest open to all ages. Sand, water, and natural material native to the beach are used to create sculptures. Each week prizes will be awarded for the best sculptors and castles in several categories.