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25 Rainy Day Activities for Long Island Kids

Rainy days can be good excuses to stay at home and chill out, but there are only so many stories to read and cartoons to watch before restlessness sets in, and we’re just not talking about kids. 

There’s plenty to do on Long Island at indoor venues to help kids blow off steam, get creative, and even learn a thing or two. Here are 25 rainy-day adventures, including a few you can have at home. Check out the guide to indoor play spaces for more ideas, including top places to play indoors in Nassau County and in Suffolk County.

50 Indoor Activities for Kids on a Rainy Day

When rain or cold weather keeps kids inside, it can be hard to keep everyone entertained. Of course, NYC offers plenty of amazing children's museums and exhibitsindoor play spaces, and classes and activities where families can take shelter when bad weather arrives, but sometimes staying home can be just as much fun—if you know the right games.

Whatever the reason you're staying put, try one of these 50 indoor, boredom-busting games, crafts, and other things to do with kids to turn a rainy day into a memorable one. 

The Best Annual Family Festivals for NYC Kids

There are certain New York City celebrations we love so much, my daughter and I go every year, like the interactive art-filled Figment on Governors Island, the incredible (and educational) World Maker Faire New York, and Street Games, the Parks Department's tribute to old-school pastimes.

I know I'm not the only mom out there who likes to plan ahead, and since the festival season kicks into high gear this month, we figured it was a great time to round up our top annual festivals for families. Every single pick on our list is either an event my family or one of our writers has been to personally, or an annual favorite endorsed by our friends and readers. In other words, they're really worth your time and money—even better, in many cases they don't cost a penny.

Check out our Annual GoList for even more great happenings and new openings for NYC families in 2017.

Spring Break in NYC: 50 Fun Things to Do with Kids

Worried about keeping the kids entertained over NYC's 11-day spring break? We know it's daunting, but we've also got it covered for you.

If you're sticking around the city, there's plenty to keep 'em busy at every age group. From interactive exhibits and hands-on museum programs to cool circus and family theater shows, parks, playgrounds, and indoor play spaces, we've rounded up 50 things to do with kids in New York City during the break. Some of our picks only take place on specific dates; others run the entire duration, but all are engaging ways to get out and celebrate spring

If you're thinking of heading out of town for a last-minute vacation, or just a day trip or two during the break, which technically runs from runs from Monday, April 10 to Tuesday, April 18, you can find great nearby getaways in our Day Trips Guide and more far-flung destinations in our Regional Travel Guide. We've even rounded up a collection of discounts on water park deals.

20 Spring Break Activities For Long Island Kids

Spring break is just around the corner – and so are two words parents know well: I'm bored.

A week-plus off can seem like a lifetime to children, which is why it helps to plan a few fun activities to keep brains active and hands and feet moving when kids are away from the classroom. Whether your child is into theater, the great outdoors, art, sports, or science, there's a great event, class, venue, or park, on Long Island during break week that is sure to delight.

Don't forget to check out our April GoListSpring Fun Guide and Long Island Events Calendar for more fantastic ideas. 

40 Things To Do on a NYC Staycation with Kids

With spring in the air and NYC public school spring break on the horizon, many parents may be dreaming of a far-flung destination. But bank accounts or scheduling constraints could mean local family outings are more palatable.

Luckily, we've pulled together a gold mine of activities for families looking to keep busy during spring break—or anytime in the Big Apple. The only fare we'll be paying is to the MTA, although even that hurts with the recent fare increases.

Looking for year-round fun things to do in the cty? Check out our 100 Things to Do with Kids in NYC, and of course, our always packed Event Calendar. Don't forget to peruse our NYC Museum Guide to learn about all the latest exhibits and children's museums, and wrap up your day with our guide to family-friendly city restaurants.

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