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30 Things to Do Over Holiday Break with Long Island Kids

We get it. School vacation is intimidating for many parents. The kids will be home all week and in need of entertainment. Yikes! 

Well, we're here to help. We've rounded 30 of our top December break activities for Long Island families—some FREE—from drop-in play to lingering holiday-themed events.

For most LI kids, holiday break runs from Monday, December 25 through Tuesday, January 2. For a full list of events and happenings on Long Island, check out our daily Events Calendar. And our December GoList has a number of fun activities for kids through the end of the month.

25 Free Things for Kids to Do in NYC on Winter Holiday Break

Students all over NYC either are officially on holiday break or just days from gleeful abandon until the new year. Time off from school means more time to entertain your brood.

While we recently offered a number of fun NYC options for your family to enjoy during break, we've rounded up even more great ideas. Our list of 25 FREE things to do with the kids during winter break offers ways to enjoy the school vacation without denting your budget. 

Need more local NYC inspiration? Check out our day trip guide, best indoor entertainment spots for rainy or chilly days, the Mommy Poppins kid-friendly restaurant guide, or explore a new neighborhood.

As always our daily Event Calendar is loaded with even more family activities happening all over the five boroughs.

25 Things to Do with New Jersey Kids Over Holiday Break

The lazy days of December break may be the best time to take part in New Jersey's family-friendly holiday activities—especially if you have visiting relatives to entertain. From spectacular light displays to cold-weather fun, there's plenty to do during the days off from school. 

Most New Jersey schools are closed from Friday, December 22 through Monday, January 1, allowing plenty of time to experience some of the holiday highlights you may have missed in the hectic run-up to Christmas. It's also the perfect time to check out an indoor play space, museum, or fun zone. In my family, ice skating and movies always top the December vacation must-do list.

Be sure to check out our December GoList and Holiday Fun Guide for more great ideas. Happy Holidays, NJ!

Don’t Visit Disney’s Aulani Resort in Hawaii without Reading This

Aulani Resort in Hawaii is a unique property in the Disney family, offering an absolutely luxurious resort vacation with enough family fun that parents can enjoy without feeling like they are vacationing in Romper Room. The property is designed with a big “H” and a small “d” to put the emphasis on being an authentically inspired Hawaiian experience with a touch of Disney magic. This balance is just another example of how well Disney knows how to please families.

Aulani is a wonderful resort by any standards. With upscale, but family friendly accommodations, a world-class spa, and plenty of activities, we spent an entire week there and never ran out of things to do. In fact, the resort has so much going on that it’s worth doing some planning before you start packing in order to make sure you get the most out of your stay. We sussed out all the ins and outs of the resort to provide you with what you need to know to get the most out of your Disney Aulani vacation, reduce stress, and even save some money.

CHILL at the Queen Mary: The Icy Holiday Tradition Is All New

Forget everything you think you know about CHILL, The Queen Mary's annual festival of ice in Long Beach. The shipside holiday extravaganza has been around for five years now, but has had a revamp this season that makes it completely unlike previous iterations. Whether or not you have visited in the past, you'll want to bundle up your warm blooded kids and take them down to CHILL Ice Adventure Park for a day's worth of ice themed activities, and a night's worth of lights and libation.

Guide to Seeing Blink! in Boston with Kids

What holiday show is blissfully brief, requires no reservations, allows spectators to jump around, and—best of all—free? Tailor-made for revelers with limited attention spans and a penchant for eye candy, Blink! is a growing Boston tradition that's splashier than ever this year with more colors and songs, and special events for kids. Centered around the 85-foot fir tree (the Northeast's largest) in the middle of the Faneuil Hall marketplace, Blink! is a light show incorporating some 350,000 LED bulbs set to flash in time to piped-in holiday music, from Mariah Carey to the Pops.

50 Things to Do with Westchester Kids this Winter

There’s a bite in the air that can only mean one thing—winter is (almost officially) here! We know how hard it is to keep little ones occupied once they start bouncing off the walls (or big ones for that matter), so we’ve gathered a ton of activities that you can do with your kids this season.

Whether you're looking to stay local or you're itching to explore beyond our borders, we have ideas that should suit every interest.

Looking for more ideas? Consult our Event Calendar and sign up for our newsletters to stay in the loop. We’ll keep you busy all winter long.

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