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Weekend Fun for LI Kids: Heart Beats, Junior Zookeepers, Feb. 6-7

Have a super time this Super Bowl weekend indoors or out on Long Island. Kids can get their fingers in the dirt with Children's Valentine's Planting at Hicks Nurseries. Get into the rhythm at a Heart Beats concert in Farmingdale. Or practice being a Junior Zookeeper at the Center for Science Teaching and Learning.

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Cross-Country Skiing Spots on Long Island

There's at least one good thing about a snow-filled winter: It gives us the chance to ski. And if cross-country, rather than downhill, is your family's preferred winter sport, you're in luck. Long Island boasts a number of great trails for locals from beginner spots best for younger kids to the more adventurous perhaps better appreciated by parents or experienced teens. In fact, many state parks open bright and early after a snowfall, so that skiers can hit the fresh powder.

Just be sure to call in advance to make sure the park or nature preserve is indeed open. And for more cold weather fun, check out our Skiing, Snowboarding & Snow Sports Guide.

February GoList: The Best Things to do with Long Island Kids this Month

It might be the shortest month of the year, but there's certainly no shortage of things to do on Long Island with the kids in February. From learning about animals and celebrating the history of video games to enjoying a Valentine's tea and maple sugaring, mom and dad can find plenty of events and activities to keep the kids occupied during the cold weather. So bundle up and enjoy!

And as always, be sure to check out our Long Island Events Calendar, which is constantly being updated with new and exciting activities throughout the month.

Weekend Fun for LI Kids: Seal Walk or Cruise, Animal Tracks, Jan. 30-31

There's plenty of nature to be discovered during the winter months on Long Island. Sail away on a Seal Cruise out of Freeport, discover animal Tracks & Traces at the Bayard Cutting Arboretum State Park in Great River or become a Deer Detective at Caleb Smith Park in Smithtown.

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Maple Sugaring on Long Island 2016

Nothing tops a pancake or waffle like that thick, amber-hued liquid, produced only here in the Northeast—maple syrup. Fortunately for Long Islanders, we don't need to travel to New Hampshire or Vermont to get a firsthand look at the process of converting maple sap into syrup and ultimately sugar. There are farms right here on the island that offer demonstrations and provide samples (yum!).

Weekday Picks for LI Kids: Groovy Groundhogs, Dino Love, Jan. 25-29

This week, there's lots going on at many of Long Island's libraries. Learn about groundhogs, get dirty with some sensory crafts and read about dinos. You can also get in touch with nature in Oakdale, as well as enjoy music and stories in Port Washington.

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Best Places to Go Sledding on Long Island

Snow is in the forecast for Long Island this winter. And while you're first instinct might be to hibernate indoors, instead bundle up the kids and take a ride down one of the many hills around the Island that's perfect for sledding. There's something about flying down a snow-covered hill that brings out the kids in all of us, so it's the perfect family activity.

Listed below are several places for an early morning or afternoon of fun in the snow. You can check out more winter fun in our Ski & Snow Guide. And for more family-friendly activities, be sure to look at our Long Island Events Calendar.

Weekend Fun for LI Kids: Paradise Weekend, Hands on Art Studios, Jan. 23-24

Head north to the Planting Fields Arboretum for Paradise Weekend. Adults can marvel at the tropical flora and kiddies will be thoroughly entertained by a caricaturist, sand art and mask-making.

Brave the winter weather for a family fun Let It Snow activity at the Center for Science Teaching & Learning or a Full Moon Night Hike at the Quogue Wildlife Refuge.

Feel like boogying? Get down and funky with The Not-Its at the Long Island Children's Museum.

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Open Houses for Long Island Summer Camps 2016

Believe it or not, summer camps are booking up fast. Luckily, there are plenty on Long Island that offer a variety of hours, activities and themes to keep almost every child happy in July and August. You can find a list of camps in Nassau and Suffolk Counties, as well as LI Sleepaway Camps. Many also host open houses so prospective campers and their parents can check out the camps and their individual programs, and we've compiled a list of a few of those upcoming events. If you don't see your camp's open house listed below, please feel free to add it to our Long Island Events Calendar

And also take a look at our Long Island Summer Camps Guide for more info on a variety of camps in the area.

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