Now that school is nearly over, the kids are beyond ready to get out on the weekends and enjoy the fresh air and feel the sand between their toes. But spending the day outside doesn’t have to only be fun for the kids—Long Islanders big and small can all find a way to have a good time while they soak up the sun on the Nassau County beach of their choice! Check out these great local events in the Long Beach/Jones Beach area for fun ways to spend your weekends!
On Saturdays from 9a-2p, head on down to Kennedy Plaza in Long Beach for a wonderful Farmers’ Market! We all know that Long Island produces an overwhelming abundance of a variety of foods, but most of that happens out East. Do you really want to trek all the way out to the East End to get the best fruit, seafood, and artisanal goods that our area has to offer? Now you don’t have to—just go to Long Beach! Farmers from all over the island meet up there every Saturday and Wednesday (10a-4p) to set up shop.
Arts in the Plaza
The Farmers’ Market isn’t the only thing that’s livening up Kennedy Plaza on the weekends! Arts in the Plaza is an opportunity to be inspired by local arts and music. From 10a-4p, enjoy some true Long Island culture—peruse handmade art and crafts, dance to live music performances, and let your kids get creative at the kids’ art station! There’s always something fun to see and do in the Plaza, whether you’re hula hooping, petting cute dogs, or buying cool stuff. Check out their Facebook for a ton of photos of weekends past.
photo by Carolyn Watson Photography
Movie Night on the Beach
The Beach Park in Long Beach officially opens for the season on Saturday, June 28th. The Park is open from 9a-6p. After spending the day on the beach, grab some dinner at a local restaurant, and head back for Movie Night on the Beach at 8:15! Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory will be screening on Virginia Beach—be sure to bring your beach chairs!
Jones Beach State Park Events
The State Park at Jones Beach offers a ton of activities for nature lovers. Here’s a rundown of the June calendar!
Saturday, June 14, 9a-2p: Plover Hike
Join the park staff as they take a walk down the shore to get acquainted with the plover visiting the Jones Beach shores. Afterward, join them for a poetry-writing session about what you just experienced.
Saturday, June 21, 9a-2p: Summer Solstice Stroll
This is the longest day of the whole year! What better way to spend it than taking a mile-long stroll through Long Beach’s beautiful West End? Don’t forget to wear shoes that are good for both walking and water.
Sunday, June 22, 1:30p-3p: Nature Investigators
Calling all detectives in the “Case of the Missing Plover Eggs!” The Park staff have some suspects and a collection of clues, but it’s up to you to crack the case! They need you!
Tuesday, June 24, 10:30a-11:30a and 1:30p-2:30p: Tiny Tots – Horseshoe Crabs
This program connects children and their parents with local nature through short walks, animal visitors, and crafts. It’s for designed for children ages 3-5 to explore the natural world around us.
*Note: All activities at the Jones Beach State Park require registration before you arrive. For more information on making your reservation, visit the NYS Parks website.
We hope you have an incredible time this June! If you hear about any other local events that you think we should shout out, let us know on Facebook! And if you need a ride to any of your chosen destinations, remember that All Island Transportation is your premier choice for Long Island travel! Call us today for a reservation at (516) 742-2222!