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Thanksgiving Weekend Fun for Long Island Kids 2017

Get ready to gobble your way into some serious family fun this Thanksgiving weekend. Exercise before the feast in a Turkey Day trot. Be transported back to days of old at Old Bethpage Village Restoration's 1863 Thanksgiving Holiday. Marvel at the colorful Festival of Trees at the Cradle of Aviation Museum. 

For more seasonal fun, check out our Long Island Holiday Guide. Other Thanksgiving weekend activities can be found in our November GoList.

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All Aboard! LI Holiday Model Train Exhibits

If watching a miniature train make its way around a tiny Christmas village isn’t on your family’s list of holiday traditions, why not make it one this year?

We guarantee children and adults alike will gaze with wide-eyed wonder at the sights and sounds of the trains and the holiday-themed decorations of the towns through which they travel at one of the many model train exhibits on Long Island this holiday season. To get you going, we’ve put together a list of some of the best displays, sure to delight the entire family.

And if all this train watching makes your family eager to climb aboard a real caboose, check out our roundup of Polar Expresses and Santa Trains near NYC.

All aboard!

10 Best US Airports for Traveling with Kids

There are all sorts of things to look forward to when we travel, but the airport is not generally one of them. If flying with kids conjures up images of agonizing lines, stressful bathroom visits, and long walks down grimy hallways with cranky toddlers, maybe for your next trip you should try rerouting through one of the airports below. These 10 US hubs have all gone the extra mile to make an airport into a destination kids will remember as part of the adventure. If your trip starts, finishes, or lays over at one of our favorite kid-friendly terminals, you can look forward to play areas, interactive exhibits, rides, and more to keep ahead of the turbulence.

Spectacular Holiday Light Displays on Long Island

Watch your little ones' faces light up as they see the glow coming off these spectacular holiday light shows across Long Island. That's not all: Most are complete destination stops with hot cocoa, ice skating, and photo-ops with Santa.

For more seasonal fun, see our Long Island Holidays Guide. Our events calendar is packed with up-to-date holiday activities for kids of all ages, including the best places to dine with Santa this season.

Top 12 Things to Do with Long Island Kids This Holiday Season

The holiday season is upon us, and that means it’s time to start making plans for festive, family-friendly outings and events. Of course, there’s a list as long as Santa’s of places to go and things to do on Long Island this time of year, but we’ve whittled it down to a dozen of the very best for your family to enjoy.

From Thanksgiving runs to seasonal performances and holiday train rides, we’ve got just what you need to get your family into the spirit of the season. For more ways to celebrate, check out our Holiday Fun Guide and our Event Calendar.

‘Tis the season for making family memories.

Weekend Fun: Theater, Nature, Science, Disney

Be amazed and astounded, entertained, and enchanted this weekend. Skate over to Nassau Coliseum to watch the opening of the latest Disney on Ice show. Get the skinny on science at Mark Nizer's ScienceSplosion performance. Tumble to the Tilles Center to watch the National Acrobats and Martial Artists of Tianjin attempt aerial acts. Moooooove your way to the Adelphi PAC for an animated performance of Click Clack Moo

Pumpkins wasting away on the porch? Bring them to the Cradle of Aviation museum to drop them from the second floor and watch them splat.

With the ho-ho-holidays swiftly approaching, take a gander at our Holiday Guide. And don't forget that our Event Calendar is loaded with fun, daily happenings for Long Island kids. Our November GoList offers more great family events through the rest of the month. Don't see a great event here? Add it to our calendar yourself.

Holiday Volunteer Opportunities for Long Island Kids

No matter their ages, most kids (and adults) can’t help but get caught up in the gift-getting, list-making, shop-till-you-drop frenzy of the holidays. This year, why not show your children how rewarding it can be to donate to needy families or to help make a sick child’s holiday a little brighter simply by volunteering time?

From fundraising to food drives to helping make wishes come true, we’ve put together a list of organizations that are looking for volunteers this holiday season, as well as throughout the year. You can also check out the Long Island Volunteer Center, which is a great resource of nonprofits in your area. And don’t forget to check with your local houses of worship, which often need help with food pantries and soup kitchens; your child’s school or scouting group, and your local library.

The importance of giving back to those who need it most is a wonderful lesson to teach your children, especially during this time of year. 

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