Enjoy ice skating,  hot cocoa, and s'mores by the fire at Waterdrinker Family Farm. Photo courtesy of the farm
Enjoy ice skating, hot cocoa, and s'mores by the fire at Waterdrinker Family Farm. Photo courtesy of the farm

Things To Do on Long Island This Weekend & Beyond: Scavenger Hunts, DIY Sweets, and More

Outdoor fun is on the agenda this weekend. Long Island families can go on an outdoor adventure with Ranger Eric at the sprawling Sands Point Preserve or tackle a winter scavenger hunt at Sunken Meadow State Park. We have plenty of options to keep your squad entertained, energized, and enjoying the beauty of a Long Island winter. Speaking of which, we've found 15 spots to enjoy a winter walk, plus 18 spots to go cross-country skiing.

When you're done, reward yourselves—and your sweet tooth—at hands-on workshops at Carousel Bake Shop in Wading River or Stony Brook Chocolate.

If you'd rather stay in, we've got plenty of fun, interactive classes to choose from on our Poppins@Home site. Kids can learn to draw an iconic cartoon character or get their legs pumping with Happy Feet's online soccer series. Harry Potter fans are sure to enjoy a magic potions-inspired science class.

We've got more seasonal entertainment in our Winter Fun Guide, and our Event Calendar is, of course, updated daily with family-friendly fun.

Editor's note: While we are trying to promote safer activities that occur outdoors or with social distancing guidelines in place, please keep your family and others safe by always wearing a mask and maintaining appropriate social distancing. If you arrive at an event that appears too crowded, try using the “nearby” search feature on our Event Calendar to find something else to do.

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Caleb Smith State Park Preserve

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Hunter Mountain Ski Resort

Bear Creek Mountain Resort

Christopher Morley Park

Garvies Point Museum & Preserve

Muttontown Preserve

Trail View State Park

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Smith Point County Park - 5:00 PM Pick
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