Long Island

Weekend Events: Circus, Eco-Carnival, Spring Celebrations

The circus comes to town this weekend at the NYCB Theatre at Westbury. Or get a little closer and cuddle up with the baby animals at Garden of Eve farm. 

Get grounded at the Eco-Carnival in Islip while enjoying hands-on, nature-inspired activities and crafts. Enjoy rides, games and more at the Kids Fest in Merrick. 

See our events calendar for more weekend inspiration. Our Spring Fun Guide will keep you tuned in all season. 

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Mother's Day Freebies on Long Island

While moms should be honored every day, they all deserve to be extra spoiled on Mother's Day. And it just so happens, there are a few places on Long Island offering FREE items and/or admission to moms on this special day. Some even extend the courtesy all weekend, from Saturday, May 11 to Sunday, May 12. 

If you're looking to treat mom to a Mother's Day brunch, check out our roundup of select local restaurants, complete with kid-friendly menus.  Of course, if the outdoors is more mom's thing, check out our roundup of spring fairs and festivals. Either way, pamper mom on her special day. 

Best Long Island Camping and RV Sites for Families and Kids

Families have for generations bonded over camping. On Long Island, where campgrounds offer oceanside views, hiking trails, historic landmarks, and lighthouses, experienced camping families or first-timers can enjoy roasting hot dogs and marshmallows, making shadow animals on tent walls, chasing after fireflies, and otherwise celebrating nature.

We've compiled a list of the best camping destinations in Nassau and Suffolk counties just waiting to host you and your family. Some are located in state or county parks, where residency restrictions might apply. Others are private or corporately run and open to all. Regardless, camping is especially popular on Long Island from May to October, so call ahead for availability and other essential information.

For tips on other LI outdoor activities, see our guide to Long Island playgrounds and parks. For exciting day trip possibilities and other nature-related activities, see our Long Island getaway guide.

Orlando with Teens: Top 15 Things to Do at the Theme Parks and Beyond

I used to think of Orlando as a destination for little kids, but I discovered Orlando is even better with teens. Amusement parks are so much more fun when you can go on all the rides and don’t have to worry about the dreaded “theme park meltdowns.” My big kids were also able to pack in lots of other adventures and hipster shopping areas as we explored all the fun there is in Orlando beyond the theme parks.

We spent our recent spring break in Orlando with two teens and had a blast.

The Best Animal Farms and Petting Zoos on Long Island

Whether you are looking for a low-key petting zoo or an exotic experience with wild animals, there's no shortage of places on Long Island where children can interact with nature's noble creatures. If they want to, Long Island kids can do everything from feed a giraffe to visit with an alpaca, and even ride a safari train. 

Be sure to check our directory of zoos and gardens on Long Island, and peruse our pick-your-own guide for more local farm fun. And, for more seasonal fun, be sure to check our event calendar

Life-Size Robot Dinos Roar at New Dinosaur Safari at the Bronx Zoo

They roar, brandish their teeth, and swing their tails and claws at you, but these prehistoric giants can't hurt anyone...we think. They’re all part of the new Dinosaur Safari opening at the Bronx Zoo on April 19, just in time for spring break.

Families board an open-air wagon to hit the trail in the Bronx for a ride through a prehistoric-themed display of 40 life-size, animatronic dinosaurs. Read on for all the details on this fun new attraction for kids at NYC’s largest zoo, including how to get tickets and must-know tips for families.

Easter Weekend Events: Egg Hunts, Brunches, Bunny Photos

Getting ready for Easter on Sunday? Hop over to our list of Easter Bunny breakfasts and brunches and egg hunts for holiday events all across Long Island. Or head out to a spring festival.

See our April GoList and events calendar for more weekend inspiration. Our Spring Fun Guide will keep you tuned in all season. With spring break looming, maybe it's time to consider a local camp destination

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Summer Camps on Long Island With Transportation for Kids

It's time to consider the best summer camp options for your children. While parents must weigh several factors before making that big decision, transportation to and from camp might be a significant consideration.

With that in mind, we've rounded up a half-dozen camps that offer the convenience of transportation to and from areas of Long Island. These camps, five of which are in Nassau County, provide the advantage of transportation to their facilities. 

You'll find these camps and more in our Long Island camp guide and directory, where you'll also find details on the best STEM-based camps for LI kids, our favorite Nassau County day camps, new camps for 2019, and more.

See National Parks for Free in 2019 on These Free Entrance Days

A trip to one of our nation's incredible national parks may already be on your family travel to-do list for 2019. Whether it is or not, you may want to check out the FREE admission days at some of the country's largest parks. Courtesy of the National Park Service, there are five FREE days in 2019, which all take place on easy-for-planning weekends or holiday Mondays, at national parks that typically charge an admission fee.

While many parks have free admission every day of the year, more than 100 of them, including some of the most popular destinations, charge $15 per person or more. Those waiving admission for these holidays include some of those iconic, bucket list spots like the Grand Canyon, Yosemite, Yellowstone, Acadia, Zion, Shenandoah, Joshua Tree, Glacier National Park, Death Valley, and the Cape Cod Seashore. The freebies also extend to a few historical sites under the National Park Service's purview, like the New York home of celebrated American president Franklin D. Roosevelt and national historic parks like Morristown National Historic Park, the scene of an American Revolutionary War battle.

27 Great Rainy-Day Activities for Long Island Kids

When it’s raining outside, it’s time for indoor fun. To get you started, Mommy Poppins Long Island has put together a list of rainy-day activities that will make everything seem a whole lot brighter. We’re talking Long Island’s coolest indoor play spaces, sports centers and fun zones; the latest museum exhibits, and the newest places to visit.

Of course, if you decide to just stay home, we’ve got you covered there, too, with plenty of creative indoor boredom busters.

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