25 Exciting Things to Do with LI Preschoolers
Long Island is an awesome place to raise a family. From Nassau County to the East End and everywhere in between, there is no shortage of ways to entertain kids, including high-energy toddlers, so we’ve rounded up a list of 25 exciting things to do with Long Island preschoolers
Check out these fun activities around the Island that will keep little ones happily busy, including exploring the great outdoors, discovering something new in a museum, visiting a different playground or park, getting creative, and much, much more. We hope this list inspires you and your preschooler to take advantage of all Long Island has to offer families.
For more inspiration, check out our guide to entertaining your Long Island preschooler and our Events Calendar.
TotSpot at LICM celebrates the work people do in our communities. Photo ourtesy of LICM
1. Make learning fun with a visit to the Long Island Children’s Museum, with its many ongoing exhibits, including TotSpot, which is exclusively for the under 5 set, or the Children’s Museum of the East End, where playing mini-golf can be exciting and educational.
Treat your little one to a ride on Nunley's Carousel, a Long Island favorite. Photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons
4. When the temperatures rise, cool everyone off at a spray park.
Feed the "residents" of Manorville's Animal Farm Petting Zoo. Photo courtesy of Animal Farm Petting Zoo
7. From penguins to sharks, there’s so much to see and discover at the Long Island Aquarium in Riverhead.
12. Head to one of these Long Island cafes with play spaces, where kids can have fun and parents can relax.
13. When it’s too nice to be indoors, bring your little ones to one of Long Island’s fabulous playgrounds.
Feed the animals at White Post Farms. Photo courtesy fo the farm
14. Visit White Post Farms, where kid-friendly activities include pony rides, feeding the animals, mining for "gold," and more.
15. Nurture your child’s creative side with art classes and workshops for aspiring artists.
Learn fire safety and the history of LI's first responders at the Nassau County Firefighters Museum. Photo courtesy of the museum
17. There’s no better place to spend the day than at one of Long Island's many gorgeous, sandy beaches.
Have a picnic and celebrate nature at Nature Sundays at Planting Fields Arboretum. Photo courtesy of the arboretum
18. Celebrate spring with a picnic at Planting Fields Arboretum.
19. For some rainy-day fun, why not let your kids work off their energy at an indoor play area?
20. The whole family can "root, root, root for the home team" at a Long Island Ducks baseball game. Meanwhile, Hamptons Collegiate Baseball is a no-cost way to glimpse the talent of potential big-leaguers.
21. The Vanderbilt Museum and Planetarium has a host of activities geared to preschoolers, including numerous educational workshops throughout the year.
22. Bring your own pole or rent one. Either way, go fishing for trout at the Cold Spring Harbor Fish Hatchery & Aquarium.
23. If your child’s special day is coming up, it’s never too early to start planning the perfect birthday party.
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A version of this article was published in 2015. It was updated in February 2018.