Stunning Long Island Lighthouses Worth Visiting with Kids

Long Island lighthouses are a beacon into the past. To explore them is to immerse yourself in the history of the region, from the Revolutionary War to the whaling age, and the great steamship era of the 19th century.

The are about 20 lighthouses on Long Island, from New York Harbor to Montauk and the North Fork. Four—Bug Light, Fire Island, Horton Point and Montauk Point—are open for public exploration. A fifth, in Huntington Harbor, is closed indefinitely, but will reopen to visitors when renovations are complete.

So see the light at these four destinations. But a word of advice before you go: Limber up, as some of these lighthouses boast steep climbs. Don't fret because the panoramic views are worth the sweat. Here is our guide to four incredible lighthouses that are worth the trip. Have fun exploring.

Got the travel itch? Check out our Family Day Trips Guide

Socrates Sculpture Park: A Hidden (and Free) Gem in Queens

It’s a total cliché to say something is a hidden gem, but in the case of Socrates Sculpture Park in Long Island City, Queens, it’s hard to find a description that’s more apt. For four years, I constantly drove past the park, which is somewhat concealed behind a tall fence on Vernon Boulevard and Broadway, on the way to my daughter's school. Finally, my family decided to investigate.

We weren’t expecting to find a five-acre, open-air art park with amazing views of the East River and Manhattan. It was built on a landfill and unofficial dumping ground 30 years ago and has a free-wheeling bohemian vibe reminiscent of the '60s or '70s. Artwork changes regularly, but the people who visit are invariably engaged in the same activities: wandering among the sculptures, sunbathing, reading, taking in the city views or gardens, or just having old-fashioned conversation. (In all seriousness, it's one of the few places I can think of where I rarely see someone absorbed in a cell phone.)

Our Visit to Kidcity in Middletown

Before you set foot in Kidcity, you'll most likely have already heard about it from moms who have gone or plan to go. Kidcity Children's Museum in Middletown is a one-of-a kind destination designed for little ones ages 7 and under to explore, socialize and probably learn something along the way. Director Jen Alexander, founder and creator behind Kidcity, wants little children to come and navigate their way through the three floors of fun and be free to experience it any way they like to - whether that is skipping from room to room or spending the entire time in one fascinating place.

This Weekend's Fun for LA Kids: Bug Fair, JPL, Strawberries, & Roses

Things are looking up, my friends. Like, way up—astronomically, even. Especially if you are among the lucky few who managed to snatch up a golden ticket to this weekend's free open house at JPL. (Either way, we hope our heads-up helped you try!) You'll get to see actual star destroyers satellites and other spacecraft, talk to scientists whose work peers into the far reaches and very beginnings of our universe, and maybe operate a rover. But if this one passed you by, no worries: the weekend is full of tasty thingsFragrant thingsCreepy, crawly, serve 'em on a cracker things! You can relive one of the greatest conflicts in our country's history (but rest easy knowing the outcome). Need a little brushing up on your civics lessons? Learn them the cartoon way! Not into conflict? Well, fiddle-dee-dee, you can strum along with that tomorrow!

Other highlights this week are a city's centennial, a fare thee well to a favored faire, a festive fling, and a bicycle blowout. And next weekend is Memorial Day, so you know what that means: Summer is coming!  Prepare to shine.

Keep reading for our most optimistic events for this weekend...

Weekend Fun for Philly Kids: Italian Market Festival, Strawberries, History, May 20-21

During this May weekend, Philly parents can find many ways to spend quality family time together. For starters, there are quite a few springtime festivals to enjoy. Eat delicious Italian foods in South Philly, appreciate the beauty and splendor of the Asian culture in Franklin Square, nibble on strawberry treats at Peddlers' Village, delight in children's entertainment at Annenberg Center Live, or applaud children's authors and literature at Big Blue Bookstore's Literary Festival.

After festival fun, spend some one-on-one time making art at Exton Square Mall, learning about weather at Fairmount Water Works, or trying a mindfulness class at Ahimsa House. Or, consider stepping back in time to simpler days where children can learn how soap is made at Newlin Grist Mill, wool is spun at the Thompson-Neely House, and horseshoes are created at Merion Friends Meeting House.

Don't forget to browse through our entire event calendar. With all of these options, be sure to use the filtering options to help narrow down events by age, location, and tags. Now continue reading for our top weekend picks.

Weekend Fun for Westchester Kids: UFO Fair, Arts Bash, Cupcake Festival

Oh, to be a kid in Westchester and the Hudson Valley this weekend! So many fun, family-friendly events abound, be forewarned: The task of picking and choosing may be difficult. This weekend garnered the most mentions in our May GoList—and for good reason.

The previous tradition of the annual Pinkster festival has been revamped and renamed Djembes and Dance, a festival celebrating African influences on American culture, including drumming, dancing, cooking and more. This isn’t the only cultural festival on tap. The Asian-American Festival is of similar intent with the focus on Eastern influences and hands-on workshops and entertaining performances. But for out-of-this-world fun, resistance is futile at the annual UFO Fair (or, for that matter, at the tantalizing Gardiner Cupcake Festival). For a robust agenda of hands-on art fun using assorted media—including chocolate!—don’t miss the annual Family Arts Bash.

Read on for our top weekend picks and click each listing for full details. Consult our guide to spring fun and our Event Calendar for even more resources. Stay in the know by signing up for our newsletters!

Help us choose our Besties and be entered to win one of two terrific prizes: a  a two night stay for four at the Great Wolf Lodge in the Pocono Mountains or a family four-pack of admission tickets to Quassy Amusement Park and Waterpark in Middlebury, Connecticut.  Vote today!

Weekend Fun: Fairs, Festivals, Parades, and Block Parties

Weekend events for New York City kids might finally see the sun! The current forecast for the weekend of May 20 and 21 includes warmth, too, perfect for special stuff like the 11th Annual Dance Parade and Festival 2017 in Manhattan, The Fabulous Fifth Avenue Street Fair in Park Slope, and the Summer Brain Quest Kickoff Party at Luna Park with Mommy Poppins.

There's no lack of indoor fun, should the weather turn, from Florine Stettheimer Family Day at the Jewish Museum to a kids' kimchi workshop at the Museum of Food and Drink. In fact, see our full lowdown on New York City chefs dishing up cooking and cultural lessons

Planning to drive out of the city? If so, and you love strawberries, see our guide to strawberry farms and festivals near NYC, or consider one of these cool zip line and adventure parks that have just opened for the season.

Meanwhile, our May GoList is not winding down by any measure, with the first big three-day weekend of the spring/summer coming up. Our Spring Fun Guide also continues to provide all the fun that's fit to do, and our events calendar can tell you what's up on almost any day in the upcoming months.

Weekend Fun for Houston Kids: Children's Art Fest, Strawberry Fest & Greek Fest, May 20-21

The end of the school year is near and with this weather, it surely feels like summer is right around the corner. This weekend enjoy many of the festivals going on around Houston. Participate with your kids in the many art-making workshops at the Children's Art Festival at Bayou Bend, snap a photo of the world largest strawberry shortcake at the famous Strawberry Festival in Pasadena or enjoy some yummy food and fun music at the Greek Fest in West Houston

Did you know that Mommy Poppins is teaming up with Brain Quest and Chick-fil-A for a summer kickoff party on June 3? Get your tickets now to secure a copy of the brand new Summer Brain Quest book and tons of goodies courtesy of Chick-fil-A! 

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