Whether you have an only child or a group of three or more in tow, there are wonderful, free places to take your children in Nassau and Suffolk. Here's a sampling of some great free things to do with kids on Long Island.
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The Big Duck
Everyone's favorite "big bird," the Big Duck enchants young and old alike. Once a store that sold live Peking ducks, this whimsical building now functions as a "must see" gift shop featuring "duckabilia." The whimsical building is now on the National Register of Historic Places.
The big happily roosts in Flanders and you can bring the family for a view of the adorable avian any time, but if you want to go inside the bird to shop, call first to make sure they're open.
The Big Duck
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Children's Book Readings and Author Signings
Bookstores throughout Long Island, including Book Revue in Huntington, Barnes & Noble, and Borders, as well as local libraries regularly schedule free book readings and author signings and more.
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The Town of Brookhaven/Holtsville Ecology Site, Park & Animal Preserve includes a zoo with free admission. It's open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., seven days a week during most of the year, but the hours change with the seasons.
The Town of Brookhaven/Holtsville Ecology Site, Park & Animal Preserve
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This sprawling shopping center in Stony Brook often features free entertainment, including live music, art exhibits, seasonal fun and more. Visit the Stony Brook Village Center website for directions.
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From the sprawling expanses of Long Beach to the powder-fine sands of Jones Beach, the surfing mecca of Montauk and more, Long Island offers miles and miles of Atlantic seashore. (Please note that in season, if you're not a resident of some of the beach towns, you'll be asked to pay to enter.)
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Free Long Island Festivals
From the Fourth of July Festival at Sagamore Hill to the Oyster Bay Festival to the Cow Harbor Festival in Northport and more, Long Island offers some great outdoor events without an admission fee.Continue to 9 of 12 below.
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If you have a Bank of America or Merrill Lynch ATM, credit or check card, you can take advantage of the Museums on Us program. On the first full weekend of every month, just show your card for free general admission to over 100 museums across the country. On Long Island, you can visit a number of museums for free on select dates.
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With 6000 square feet of exhibit space, an auditorium, a cozy tea house, and even Eubie Blake's piano, the African American Museum of Nassau County highlights African American art and culture in a sunny space in Hempstead, NY. Kids can learn about their own culture or gain an appreciation of other cultures here, all for free.
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