Saturday, Oct. 6, 10:30 a.m.-noon: Plant beach grass at Orient Beach State Park, 40000 Main Road, Orient. Join Group for the East End for this educational event to help reduce beach erosion and create habitats for wildlife. Families welcome. Information/reservations: Anita Wright, 631-946-4630, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sunday, Sept. 9, 8 a.m.: 5K family walk-run to benefit Eastern Long Island Hospital, Orient Beach State Park, 40000 Main Road. Prizes awarded. Check in: 7:15-7:45 a.m. 8 a.m.: 5K walk/run; 8:30 a.m.: 1/2-mile kids fun run. Raffles, refreshments, kids’ activities; medals for all kids. Proceeds will benefit the hospital’s behavioral health services, Quannacut inpatient and outpatient addiction programs and the inpatient adult psychiatry program. Ages 13 and over: $30; ages 6-12: $10; ages 5 and under, free.
Jackson Parpan rides the slide at Veterans Beach Park. (Credit: Vera Chinese)
One day early this spring my two-year-old son Jackson woke up and asked me a question about how he was going to spend his day.
It was a Monday morning, so my wife and I were headed to work and him to daycare, but something else was on his mind.
“I go park?,” he asked, his voice quiet and optimistic.
“You have to go to school today,” I responded.
“NO,” he said loudly, and with concern. “I GO PARK.”
Playgrounds are the little man’s latest obsession, following in the footsteps of animated Disney films, binkies and Pirate’s Booty. When our boy is into something, he really goes all in. I once watched “The Incredibles” 10 times in a week.
With winter over and summer on the horizon, I recognize the television sets must be turned off. So we’ve started filling our time at the many great parks the North Fork has to offer. Jack can’t get enough. (more…)
Children race across the field in search of Easter eggs at the PBA hunt in Southold last year. (Credit: Katharine Schroeder)
What better way to burn off the sugar contained in a chickadee-shaped marshmallow than with a mad dash for Easter eggs?
Easter Sunday might be slightly early this year (the holiday falls on March 27), but there are still plenty of North Fork venues hosting outdoor egg hunts this March, with some also hosting their hunts indoors.
Here are nine egg hunts scheduled locally this season. If we missed any of your favorite Easter egg hunts, please tell us in the comments section below. (more…)