22 Great Mini-Golf Courses On Long Island

Miniature golf is one of those ideal outings the entire family can enjoy. On Long Island, our picturesque mini-golf destinations alone make the trip worthwhile.

Some miniature golf venues on the Island are part of larger amusement parks, which offer water slides and other kid-friendly fun. Others are situated in county or state parks. Whatever the location, these courses offer a wonderful day (or night) of fun at minimal cost.  

If your family is ready to graduate to more advanced greens time, check out these par-3 golf courses on Long Island, where kids can learn the game. For more seasonal fun, be sure to check out our Spring Guide.

Weekday Fun for NJ Kids: Pete the Cat, Jersey Shore Fest, Brown Bag Ballet

Celebrate mid-May with a week of festivities and fairs. Hit the rides and games at Church of the Assumption’s Spring Carnival, or head down to the beach for Jersey Shore Festival. And it’s always a party at Liberty Science Center, where this week's activities include Celebrate the Earth Storytime.

Plus, enjoy the theater this week at Bergen PAC’s performance of Pete the Cat and go behind the scenes with Roxey Ballet dancers at Brown Bag Ballet. Read on for our best children's events the week of May 15–19, and don’t forget to check out our Event Calendar and May GoList for even more May festivities.

Last but not least—help us choose our Besties and be entered to win one of two terrific prizes: a luxurious NYC getaway including a suite credit from Suiteness and a custom itinerary designed by Mommy Poppins herself, Anna Fader, or a two-night stay for four at the Great Wolf Lodge in the Pocono Mountains. Vote today! (The last day to vote is May 28.)

Weekday Picks for Philly Kids: Circus, Concerts, Festivals May 15-19

At times, running a household can feel like a circus act. Chasing toddlers, organizing car pools, and running errands can drain any Philly parent. Push the pause button this week to embrace some of the exciting and entertaining activities featured in our event calendar.

To start, head to Neshaminy Mall for rides, games, and carnival treats. Enjoy a visit to Kettle Kitchen Village for its Rhubarb Festival. Watch entertaining circus, theater, and musical performances at the Annenberg Center LIVE's Philadelphia International Children's Festival. Or, check out the family-friendly LuLu Shrine Circus as performers presents its 76th annual show. End the week with some meditative family yoga, relaxing jazz music, or an outdoor concert.

Be sure to browse our May GoList with amazing options for the entire family all month long. So, load the kids in the car and experience the fun that awaits.

Weekday Fun: Dragons Love Tacos 2, Fab Fridays, Free Events

Nothing but free events on tap for New York City kids during the week of May 15, from a magic show in Manhattan to a reading of Dragons Love Tacos 2 at a brand-new bookstore in Brooklyn. On Friday in Brooklyn, preschoolers can get moving at the first of the Fab Fridays outdoor music concerts in Clinton Hill, while older kids can head to Queens that night and investigate STEM college and internship opportunities at the New York Hall of Science.

Amid all the snowballing spring and summer events, Mommy Poppins has been doing some "life in New York City"-style research. See our nifty review of strollers for every NYC lifestyle, and then check out the results of our self-experimentation with that very new urban phenomenon: Meal Kits

Our May GoList continues to roll out this month's best fun, and our Spring Fun Guide remains ready for longer term planning, as does our continually updated Event Calendar.

And don't forget to get your tickets for our Summer Brain Game kickoff party at Luna Park next weekend.

Enjoy Free Boat Rides on New York Harbor at City of Water Day

We live in a city surrounded by water, but when's the last time you and your kids enjoyed a day out on New York Harbor? Taking a boat ride in NYC is fun and exciting, and gives you a fresh perspective on our city and its majestic waterfront. While there are lots of different kinds of NYC sightseeing cruises in summer, some may feel a bit touristy for us natives, and others cost a pirate's booty! That's why I always mark the annual City of Water Day on my calendar. It's one of the few times you can go on a New York Harbor boat tour for FREE.

This day-long celebration of our waterfront lands on Saturday, July 15, 2017 and features a slew of water-themed activities in and around Governors Island and other locations. As you can imagine, the FREE boat rides are extremely popular, so it can be tricky to snag tickets for them. We've got the scoop on what your family needs to do to enjoy a no-cost cruise and everything else you need to know about City of Water Day.

6 Parks in Westchester Great for Birthday Parties

The warm weather is here, which makes it a great time to host an outdoor birthday party. But what if you don’t want the inconvenience, or don’t have the space, to host a bunch of high-energy kids at your house? One of our local parks can be a great option.

Whether you’re looking to have a small party or a big bash, there are lots of parks in the area to accommodate your needs—and many have tons of fun amenities too, from splash pads to playgrounds to soccer fields. Here, we’ve rounded up six of our favorite.

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Pick Your Own Strawberry Farms and Festivals Near NYC

One of my favorite things about late spring and summer is the plethora of fruit in season, especially the berries. Picking your own makes it even sweeter. As we move into the height of strawberry season, there are a slew of festivals and farms with the fruit ripe for the picking. Many are just a short car ride away from New York City, making for a great day trip of strawberry picking and seasonal festival fun with additional perks for kids like carnival rides, petting zoos, and outdoor performances.

Read on to discover nearby strawberry fests and more than a dozen pick-your-own strawberry spots, all under two hours away.

For more day trip inspiration, check out our Family Getaways Guide, and find more local u-pick opportunities in our Farm Guide, or on our Long Island or New Jersey sites.

Pick Your Own Strawberry Farms and Festivals on Long Island

Long Island is ripe with places where families can pick their own strawberries. Deciding where to go can be a challenge, so we've handpicked a few of our favorites.

Harvesting your own fruit is not only fun, it connects you with the source of your food and supports local farmers. And it doesn't get fresher than picking fruit right off the vine. This is especially important for Long Island strawberries, which are sweeter and more delicate than most grocery-store varieties, and have a shorter shelf life.

Many of these farms are located on Long Island's East End, but there are a few festivals in Nassau or western Suffolk counties for families who don't to travel quite as far. Either way, call ahead or check the farms' websites to confirm that fields are open and the strawberries are ripe.

Check out our Farm Guide for more places where you can pick your own fruit and vegetables in the tristate area, or even meet some farm animals.

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