The Best Indoor Ice Skating Rinks for Long Island Kids

When it’s too cold for little ones to skate outdoors—or not cold enough for the ice to stay frozen—an indoor ice rink is an ideal solution. Here on Long Island, there is no shortage of indoor rinks. So, whether your family is new to the sport or your child is interested in joining a hockey league or taking figure skating lessons, we have just the rink for you.

This roundup of the best local indoor skating rinks on Long Island features information on open-skate times,  group and private lessons, birthday parties, and sports leagues.  Of course, if your family prefers to do its skating outdoors, be sure to check out our guide to Long Island’s best outdoor rinks.

Most of these rinks offer skate rental, but note that some are run by local municipalities that offer discounted fees for residents.

New Grammy Museum in NJ Offers Hands-on Musical Fun for Kids

Rocking out is encouraged at the new GRAMMY Museum Experience Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey. Strutting onstage, playing electronic instruments, and singing karaoke-style are part of the fun at this new museum celebrating pop music's biggest stars, including many with New Jersey roots. An electronic jam session may be the coolest way for kids to spend a rainy day

Veterans' Day Weekend Fun for CT Kids: Holiday Cards, Touch-a-Truck and a Jack Frost Bazaar, November 11-12

This weekend, we give thanks to the veterans in our lives who have given so much to our country. As a sign of appreciation, many family friendly venues across the state will offer free admission for veterans, including the CT Science Center, The Dinosaur Place, and Mystic Aquarium. In addition to free admission, other locations including the Maritime Aquarium, the New England Air Museum, and Stepping Stones Museum are offering special programming.  

Where To Have Breakfast with Santa in New Jersey

Ho, ho, ho! It’s that time of year when Santa Claus starts making his list and checking it twice. If your kids are looking to spend a little QT with the Big Guy, then a breakfast with Santa might be for you. At these events, kids can enjoy some delicious food and share their holiday wish lists with St. Nick. And of course, there will be time for photos, too. Read on for our roundup of breakfast events happening this season.

Want more time with Santa? Book your ticket on a Christmas train ride. And for more seasonal activities, check out our Holiday Fun Guide.

Roosevelt Island's Music and Play Station: Where Kids Groove

I'll never knock a good play space. Give my kids a ball pit, some climbing structures, foam blocks, and a clean area (maybe that's just for me)...and we're there. There are definitely neighborhoods overflowing with them—you could easily do a Brooklyn play space crawl, spending most of your time in Park Slope—so that's why I was excited to hear about a new one popping up on Roosevelt Island, the arts-and-movement-centered The Music & Play Station. The owners, Owen and Bridget Johnston, were gracious enough to give me the lowdown on the new space and what parents and kids can expect when they visit. Read on for more info.

2017 Long Island Bestie Guide

Long Island families, you have spoken! We asked you to weigh in on the Long Island's Besties—the best family businesses across 24 categories ranging from restaurants to party places, swim schools, and more. With all the great family fun experiences and resources on Long Island, it was hard to narrow down to just one winner per category, but you were up to the task. In the pages that follow, you will get to know our Besties, the most highly regarded Long Island businesses that live to serve, entertain, teach, and enrich the lives of your family.

We can't thank each of our 236 finalists and their fans enough for participating in our contest. We'd also like to extend a special thank you to our Besties Sponsors, and our congratulations to the four lucky voters who were picked at random to enjoy some amazing prizes. You made our contest awesome, and we love you.

And now, without further ado, Mommy Poppins proudly presents your guide to the best of family friendly Long Island, the 2017 Long Island Besties! Because 24 is a lot of winners, we've divided them into three groups: Family Fun, Parenting Resources, and Enrichment Programs. Enjoy!

Best Family Fun WinnersBest Parenting Resources Winners | Best Enrichment Programs Winners

Best High Tea Spots in NYC to Enjoy a Cup with Kids

Whether you're celebrating a special occasion or just looking for a memorable experience, afternoon tea—sometimes called high tea in New York City—can be a fun outing with kids. It's an especially great winter outing and particularly fitting during the holidays.

Several places serve high tea in New York City, with varying degrees of appropriateness for children. From the fancy Eloise Tea at the Plaza Hotel to the less frilly Russian Tea Room, there are teas—and the goodies that come along with them—for children of all ages and parents of all budgets. Here's our take on some of the best spots for an afternoon outing in NYC.

Weekend Fun: Open Cockpit, Mini Maker Faire, Santa Sightings

The second weekend of November brings more fall fun, and plenty of performances, too. You can take a guided hike at the Cora Hartshorn Arboretum in Short Hills or catch Stony Hill Farms' amazing sea turtle rescue–themed corn maze before it closes. Young crafters and builders can pick up some new ideas at Barnes & Noble's third annual Mini Maker Faire, and aviation enthusiasts can inspect antique aircraft at the final Open Cockpit Weekend of the year.

Characters coming to the stage this weekend include the Cat in the Hat and Junie B. Jones, as well as the talented critters of Popovich Comedy Pet Theater. And Santa kicks off the holiday season at Storybook Land at the annual Christmas Fantasy with Lights Parade.

Read on for more things to do this weekend, and be sure to check our Event Calendar for a full listing of happenings this weekend and beyond. 

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