May GoList: Best Things To Do with Long Island Kids This Month

April showers bring May flowers, so it's no surprise that there are plenty of outdoor activities happening all over Long Island this month. From Huntington's annual Tulip Festival and a May Day celebration, to Hofstra's annual Dutch Festival and celebrating turtles, it's time to enjoy everything Long Island has to offer this season. And don't forget to take a look at the other Spring Festivals happening this month, as well as our Event Calendar for other family-friendly activities throughout May. Have fun!

12 Things to Do with Your NYC Baby Before They Turn 1

The whole "New York City is a terrible place to raise babies" debate seems to continue, especially in conversations on local parenting groups. But as a mom of three who had all my babies right here in NYC, I disagree. Yes, it can be a nuisance to find subway stations with working elevators and contend with tiny spaces and noisy neighbors, but there are so many enriching first-time experiences to share with your baby in the city that make it worth muddling through the inconveniences.

So stock your diaper bag, strap your infant into a stroller or carrier and try these 12 things to do with your baby before age 1—one "first" per month before toddlerhood.

7 Must-Do Long Island Day Trip Ideas for Families

For those of us lucky enough to live on Long Island (especially during the summer months), there’s plenty of time to explore everything our beautiful home has to offer. But for families who might be coming in for just a few days, it's essential to make the most of your time here. With that in mind, we’ve come up with our top seven must-see locations for those taking a quick trip to Long Island.

Exploring these places—and we've included both indoor and outdoor fun so you don't have to worry about the weather—will leave you making plans for another visit ASAP. And for more to do in the area, be sure to check out our Events Calendar and Long Island Spring Fun Guide.

Mother's Day Brunch on Long Island

We think it should be a rule that mom doesn't have to cook on Mother's Day. With that in mind, there are several restaurants and inns on Long Island serving holiday brunches that include separate prices and menus for kids. Some even offer moms free goodies. Be sure to call ahead for reservations since these places tend to book up quickly! For other family-friendly fun happening Mother's Day weekend, check out our Event Calendar.

NYC 'Burbs That Will Make You Forget You're Not in the City

Making the big move to the suburbs from the city is something many New Yorkers contemplate at some point. One major reason they decide to make the leap to the ‘burbs often has a lot to do with kids. While raising a baby in the city is pretty Instagram-worthy, reality sets in when it’s time to enroll for kindergarten. But, moving to the suburbs doesn’t have to mean a stripping of your hip urban identity anymore. Oh no, you wild thang you, relax, you can have your brunch and picket fence, too.

My family and I moved to Northern Westchester recently, and, while I was a bit nervous about losing my identity and having to join endless mom groups and book clubs, I was in for a surprise. The ‘burbs have life! There is no shortage of brunching, shopping, kid events and art. While people move out of the city for the space and good schools, there are lots of surprises in store that make it almost like the city, without the crowded subways.

Our sponsor Houlihan Lawrence invited us to share some of the awesome things about life in the towns, villages and hamlets north of New York City. So come on up and start exploring. Here are 10 ways you’ll find we’re rocking your urban lifestyle up here.

Weekday Picks: Full Moon Hike, Astronomy Night, April 18-22

Celebrate Earth Day this week by creating a special flower pot at Once Upon a Treetop, exploring nature at Tiny Tots or with a evening hike at Quogue Wildlife Refuge and learning about the stars and planets that surround us at Astronomy Night at CSTL. Of course, this is just a sampling of what's going on this week, so be sure to check out our Long Island events calendar and our Spring Fun Guide. You can also get the best events of the week sent directly to your inbox each week if you sign up for our newsletter.

11 Favorite Baby and Toddler Classes in Queens

Looking for a great Queens baby and me class to take with your infant, crawler or toddler? This diverse and family-friendly NYC borough has plenty of mommy and me options, as these classes are sometimes called, from sports to music to pre-preschool enrichment programs.

We've rounded up some of the most popular and unique baby and toddler classes in Queens, including an outdoor nature program and an infant movement session. If you're a Queens resident, check out these classes, and find one that works best for you (or your caretaker) and your child. And don't forget to check out our just released list of parent-child swim classes as many learn-to-swim programs are on offer in the "Q" borough.

Need more inspiration? Check out our NYC Baby Guide or directory of classes across NYC.

Why Painter's Tape Is Your Friend and 133 More Parent Hacks

Do automatic-flush toilets scare your preschooler? Do you always forget to put a spare onesie in the diaper bag? Do you go crazy trying to get the crumbs out of your car’s cup holders? These are the types of real problems parents face every day. Who would know the solutions better than other parents? The just released book Parent Hacks: 134 Genius Shortcuts for Life with Kids written by Asha Dornfest, founder of the Parent Hacks website, and her community of parent hackers has the answer to these issues and, well, 131 more.

Parent Hacks is a decade of the cumulative knowledge of sleep-deprived parents. What I love about it is its down-to-earth take on everyday frustrations and issues. Because the advice comes from real parents, many of the solutions rely on clever tricks using everyday things you find around the house, rather than pricey products. It's frugal, real advice—and often hilarious, including the fun illustrations by Craighton Berman. There are a lot of hacks dealing with poop and other gross situations parents find themselves in, making it a great choice for those with babies, toddlers and preschoolers.

We love this book so much that Mommy Poppins is helping to throw it a party. Read on to find out more about probably the most useful new parenting book around and how you can join us for a fun celebration if you are in NYC.

Weekday Picks: Jester Jim, Explore Nature, April 11-15

Some of the fun on hand this week includes building Lego masterpieces in Montauk, enjoying a Jester Jim show in Hauppauge and exploring nature at the South Shore Nature Center. Of course, this is just a sampling of what's going on this week, so be sure to check out our Long Island events calendar and our Spring Fun Guide. You can also get the best events of the week sent directly to your inbox each week if you sign up for our newsletter.

Earth Day Events & Activities for Long Island Kids 2016

While Earth Day officially falls on April 22, celebrations are being held throughout the month. Children and adults can get into an Earth-friendly mindset—kids can even learn ecological values and practices that will last a lifetime. We've rounded up several Earth Day events and activities across Long Island.

For other happenings around the area, be sure to check out our Event Calendar.


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