School is almost out, and after being stuck in the house for most of the winter, we’re all excited to enjoy some fun in the sun. From riding roller coasters and running through sprinklers, to watching fireworks and learning to swim, there is plenty for kids to do on Long Island this season. I've come up with this list of must-dos for my boys. Have your own list? Share your ideas in the comments.
And for even more fun activities happening this season, check out our Summer Fun Guide and our Event Calendar.
Run through the sprinklers: We love to head down to the spray park at Tobay, but turning on the sprinklers in the backyard is always fun, too.
Watch fireworks: While the 4th of July is the big night for fireworks, many towns have other events throughout the summer that end with a bang. Check our calendar for updates.
Go down a wild water slide: Who doesn't love a little adrenaline rush--and this is a nice way to cool off on a hot, summer day. Pay a visit to Splish Splash or one of Long Island’s smaller water slides.
Take a drive to the East End: This summer, we plan on spending more time on the East End of Long Island. Whether it’s climbing up to the top of the Montauk Lighthouse or saying hi to the penguins at the LI Aquarium, there’s plenty for kids to do. Check out our Hamptons and North Fork for more activities.
Pick your own fruit: We finally made it strawberry picking this season, and my boys absolutely loved it. There are a slew of pick-your-own farms out east where kids can choose their own tasty treats.
Learn to swim: I really want my kids to become stronger swimmers this summer, so they’re signed up for lessons. Even if your child is super young, a parent & me class can help get them acclimated to the water—not a bad thing when you live on an island.
Ride roller coasters: My kids are finally tall enough to get on a few of the thrill rides that I love. LI has some super cool amusement parks that we want to visit this summer.
Get our hands dirty: We love the outdoor backyard at Long Island Children’s Museum, but there are other places on LI where kids can get their hands dirty this summer.
Shop at the farmer’s market: I have picky eaters, but this is the summer I am determined to introduce them to new foods. Maybe choosing their own fruits and veggies at the farmers market will do the trick?
Indulge in ice cream: And if they eat everything on their plates, we can definitely visit one of LI’s old-fashioned ice cream parlors.
Go to an outdoor concert: Tuesday is Kids Night at the Jones Beach Band Shell, while there are also outdoor concerts in Long Beach and at Eisenhower Park. Check our calendar for dates and times.
Watch a movie al fresco: While seeing a movie indoors is a great way to beat the heat, there’s something magical about watching a movie under the stars. There are plenty of Outdoor Movies showing around Long Island, so grab a blanket (and some bug spray) and go.
Read! It can’t be all fun and no work (although reading can definitely be tons of fun). We’ll be joining our local library’s reading program so neither of my kids suffers from summer brain drain. Both Nassau and Suffolk have libraries with a variety of kid-friendly programming.
See the races: The Belmont Stakes has passed, but families can still take a ride out to the raceway to cheer on the horses. Or for my race car loving older son, a trip to Riverhead Raceway is definitely in order.
Want more seasonal inspiration? Check out our list of 100 things to do with kids on LI.