Best Kids' Storytimes in the Hamptons & North Fork

Bookstores and libraries abound on the North and South Forks, and some of our country’s most popular writers have called the region home. But while our children may not yet be able to appreciate Truman Capote or Nelson DeMille, kids' storytime sessions offer them an introduction to age-appropriate literature—and a fun one at that. Almost every East End library hosts some manner of children’s storytime, but a handful offer their own unique approaches. We've rounded up our favorites. And for more activities in the area this summer, check out our Hamptons & North Fork Guide.

Surf NYC: Surfing Lessons for Kids at Rockaway Beach

Of all the cool things you can do in NYC, surfing is probably not the first one that comes to mind. But that's what we love about living in New York: It seems like you can do just about everything in some nook or cranny of the five boroughs, including catch a wave.

New York City actually offers 14 miles of beach, more than many more obvious beach destinations, and a population of surfers to rival any of them. While surfing is still illegal at most NYC beaches, thanks to an overturned law in 2005, Rockaway Beach has become the surfing mecca of the city.

Read on to find out where kids can take surfing lessons, rent equipment or sign up for surfing camp, plus learn the ever important Surfer's Code, without having to leave the five boroughs.

Sahara Sam's Oasis: New Jersey's Indoor Water Park

So, your kids are longing for swimsuits, sprinklers and slides. Make their dreams come true, whether the weather is cooperating or not. Load up the iPod, the towels and the kids and take a short road trip to Sahara Sam’s Oasis in West Berlin, N.J. This (mostly) indoor water park is less than two hours from New York City and the 286,000 gallons of water keep 11 rides and tons of kids wet and wildly entertained, rain or shine!

We traveled with four parents, three boys and three girls ranging from 2 to 8 years old, so believe me, the place was well-tested. The kids were awed into silence (SILENCE, I SAY ) as we stepped through the door. But after those two seconds, they immediately got busy.

Weekday Event Picks for LA Kids: Free Museums, Doughnuts, and LEGO, June 1-5

When a new month starts, chances are lots of things will be free. First Tuesdays, in particular, offer many gratis admissions. There is nothing wrong with paying for the activities we enjoy with our children; sometimes you have to, and sometimes it is truly worth it. Sometimes, though, if you plan well, it is possible to pay for nothing.

The library is almost always free and often has something fun scheduled, like the Pajama Storytime in Silver Lake on Monday. The first week of the month also brings no-cost LEGO fun and free admission to some of our fabulous museums, like The Huntington. Finally, and this only happens a few times a year: on Friday Krispy Kreme is giving away doughnuts. Believe it or not, this is a national and significant holiday. May the culture surpass the calories.

Weekday Event Picks for NJ Kids: Greek Festival, ArtFest, Superhero Masks, June 1-5

This week we give a warm, hot welcome to June with outdoor celebrations galore, including Junebug Artfest, the Big Greek Festival and Wonder’s Birthday Bash. Enjoy outdoor exploration with the preschool set at Terhune Orchards’ Read and Pick and Pyramid Mountain’s Summer Scavenger Hunt. And don’t forget to check out our Event Calendar for even more options!

5 Water Theme Parks In or Around CT

There’s just something about adding a slide to a pool that makes kids (and adults) go wild. We’re fortunate in Connecticut to have quite a few water park options nearby. A few of these locations are also full-size amusement parks. If you’re planning just a single day trip, you may just want to focus on the water area or otherwise you may become overwhelmed by the amount to do. A few of the parks have just water park admissions available. For more water fun check out our CT Beach and Water Fun Guide and the Mommy Poppins Theme and Water Park Guide.

Weekday Picks for LI Kids: Strawberries, Story Time, Suncatchers, June 1-5

June is here and the countdown to the end of school has begun. But you don't have to wait until summer vacation to have fun with the kids. This week, there are indoor and outdoor activities for everyone to enjoy. Families can roller-skate or sample fresh fruit at a strawberry festival. For some fun inside, make suncatchers or a tie-dye masterpiece.

For even more activities going on around LI, be sure to check our Event Calendar. Spending some time on the East End? Take a look at our Hamptons & North Fork Guide.


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