| By Long Island Tennis Magazine Staff

Credit all photos to Troy Haas and Gabi Sklar

The third Annual Long Island Tennis Magazine KidsFest took place Saturday at the gorgeous Engineers Country Club in Roslyn as part of the 2016 Long Island Tennis Magazine Summer Series. The event saw plenty of smiles and a day of fun-filled activities. For some participants it was their first taste of tennis, while others just enjoyed extended time both on and off the court. 

Long Island Tennis Magazine put together tennis clinics for all ages both on full size courts and 10 and under courts. A DJ, dunk tank, face-painting and an array of prizes were all part of the fun available on this beautiful summer day.

Various courts were run by local pros from Sportime Roslyn which touched on basics and more advanced play. Sportime’s pros spread the kids out by skill level ensuring that each and every participant was getting the help and instruction they needed.

“This event is a wonderful way to get all the kids into tennis.” said Rich Farkis, a parent at the event.

Another parent, Rich Eisbrook added: “It’s a great event. My daughter got to try tennis for the first time and everyone here made her really enjoy it.”

There was something for everyone at KidsFest, as DJ Curtis kept everybody entertained with music, dancing and prizes, and for those who wanted to take a break from the tennis courts and dancing, a popular lawn game Cornhole was a great option, and you could even transform into a butterfly or lion at the face painting table.

“Any event where we can get kids into the game of tennis is a great event. It’s so great to see and this is a perfect example of just that.” said Emily Cicolli, whose child was enjoying aiming for prizes on one of the smaller nets which proved to be a popular game of the day.

The biggest attraction off the court was again the infamous dunk tank, which kept everybody laughing and smiling as staff from both Long Island Tennis Magazine and Engineers CC were dunked time and time again.

Director of Tennis Emilie Katz and the whole staff at Engineers CC were amazing hosts as always, collaborating with Long Island Tennis Magazine to get all the details right and Sportime Roslyn's pros work on court with the players and parents was outstanding.

Grassroots events like this continue to grow the sport within the community and Long Island Tennis Magazine will look to continue to do more of these events both this summer and in the future.

Click Here to see more photos from the third annual KidsFest.