Where to take dad this weekend for some family fun

Are you still wondering where to take dad in celebration of Father’s Day? Ponder no more, as some of our favorite Long Island attractions are offering events, held on either June 16 or 17, that are low-cost, no cost, or with free admission for dad.

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Sweetbriar’s Butterfly Garden re-opening and Wildlife and Craft Fair this Saturday

Alive with rich vegetation, delicate flowers and more than 20 species of native North American butterflies, the whimsical Butterfly Garden and House at Sweetbriar Nature Center opens for the summer season, on June 9, during Sweetbriar’s wildlife and craft fair. How sweet to be swept away into the world of graceful butterflies in the screen-enclosed garden, while also shop for handmade crafts and see the special guests – including a coyote – that Adirondack Wildlife Refuge has brought to the fair.

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Family-friendly spots set to offer free admission and specials for Mother’s Day

You’re in luck! To help you celebrate with mom, I’ve put together a list of some fun (and a few free-for-mom) activities, all of which take place on May 13.

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The best of Japanese culture highlighted at Sunday’s Cherry Blossom Festival in Stony Brook

Celebrate the season of the blooming cherry blossoms at the 18th annual Sakura Matsuri: Cherry Blossom Festival, on May 6, at the Charles B. Wang Center in Stony Brook. Co-produced by the Japan Center at Stony Brook University and the Ryu Shu Kan Japanese Arts Center, this fest boasts an eclectic – and long – list of activities to enjoy throughout the afternoon.

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Say hello to the Year of the Dog with a Lunar New Year Celebration at the Tilles Center

This Friday marks the beginning of the Lunar New Year and to ring it in, the Long Island Chinese American Association’s third annual Celebration, showcasing the diversity, splendor and richness of the Asian culture, is set to take place at Tilles Center for the Performing Arts at LIU Post, on Feb. 25.

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Craft beer fest and chocolate and wine pairing with sides of awesomeness

Tap into some new brews and sample some old favorites at this year’s Hops and Props Craft Beer Festival, held Feb. 10 at the NYCB Cradle of Aviation Museum in Garden City; and/or make reservations for ChocoVino, a chocolate and wine pairing, held Feb. 14, at Long Island Aquarium in Riverhead.

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