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Weekday Picks for LI Kids: Valentine's Day Crafts, Global Exploring and More

Valentine's Day is just around the corner and kids on Long Island have a number of opportunities this week to create arts and crafts and get into the spirit of spreading love.

Whether you set off for an outing with books and hot cocoa or get your yoga on together, with plenty to do this week there is no excuse to be house-bound. There are open-play sessions each day and countless opportunities to engage in imaginative fun.

As always, check out our February GoList and Winter Fun Guide for great ideas on how to beat the winter blues. 

11 Long Island Summer Camps for Preschoolers

Finding a fun, enriching summer camp close to home that is a good fit for your preschooler (or, soon-to-be preschooler) can be nerve-wracking. You want your child’s first camp experience to be safe and memorable, but not overwhelming. So where to begin?

Here’s a list of 11 Long Island preschool camps that offer a well-rounded summer experience filled with outdoor time, games, arts, sports, and socialization.  All offer summer experiences for kids of all ages, so check out their offerings for older children and teens as well.

Remember: Every camp has its own philosophy and program emphasis, so explore the camp’s websites, call the director and, if possible, attend an open house. Be sure to also explore our Long Island Summer Camp Guide, or browse through the listings in our Camp Directory.

Outdoor Ice Rinks on Long Island for Family Skating

Moms and dads, button your overcoats and grab your hats, because it’s time for outdoor ice skating. Enjoy the crisp winter air and a delicious cup of hot chocolate as you take part in a fantastic activity with the entire family. 

From Roslyn all the way to the East End, we've compiled a list of the best outdoor skating rinks on Long Island. Most are inexpensive, offer simple amenities, including skate rentals and snacks, and lessons for toddlers through adults. Weather permitting, most of these rinks open in late November and remain operational until mid-March. They are all open to the public without residency restrictions, but admission can be higher for nonresidents.

There are also quite a few indoor rinks across Long Island, so if the weather is too cold or wet or if it's the offseason, families still can strap on skates and have fun.

Winter Fun List: 50 Things to Do Indoors with Long Island Kids

With the holidays behind us and a long, cold winter ahead of us, now is the time to get creative when it comes to keeping your kids entertained. Your local playground may be frozen over, but Long Island is home to some truly amazing museums, arts and crafts classes (also here), indoor play venues (see here and here), and children's theater experiences. You might miss being outside in the fresh air, but you won't struggle to find exciting activities and interesting, winter-friendly (meaning: warm and cozy!) places to explore.

We've created a list of 50 fun things to do indoors with kids on Long Island. Be sure to check out our January GoList and Winter Fun Guide for more fun ideas.

Six Sleepaway Camps on Long Island

Long Island has a bounty of day camps in Nassau and Suffolk Counties, but it's also got its share of great overnight camps out east that offer a wide range of programs and options, including horseback riding, swimming, rock climbing, canoeing and kayaking, arts and crafts, and all kinds of sports and activities. If your kids want to get away for a couple of weeks (or you want them to go away!), but still be nearby, here are six sleepaway camps on Long Island.

New Year's Day 2017 Activities for Long Island Kids

New Year's Day is generally a quiet one on Long Island, but that doesn't mean you need to stay home. Chances are you've spent the winter holiday break taking in shows, ice skating, and even crafting at home. Well, if the kids are starting to hang from the rafters, you may want to head back out for some final holiday fun before school starts back up on Tuesday, January 3.

We rounded up more than a dozen of the top kid-friendly Long Island destinations that are open on New Year's Day like the aquarium, Bayville Winter Wonderland, museums, and even trampoline and indoor fun zones to help the whole family bid a sweet farewell to the holiday break.

Be sure to check out our events calendar for more fun ideas and our best family event picks for the New Year's Weekend and New Year's Eve celebrations.

12 Things to Do on Christmas Eve with Long Island Kids

Need to distract the kids Christmas Eve from the big day to come, or while you do a little last-minute wrapping? Luckily, there's plenty open come December 24 on Long Island that's family friendly.

To keep everyone busy and entertained, while they anxiously await Santa's arrival, we've rounded up a dozen family activities. Some are holiday-themed, while others are fun no matter what your affiliation.

Take your pick and enjoy this special time with your family. And for more seasonal fun, be sure to check out our Holiday Guide. Or if you're celebrating the first night of Hanukkah on December 24, check out these local Festival of Lights events and menorah lightings.

Hanukkah Fun and Menorah Lightings for Long Island Families

Hanukkah festivities, crafts, and activities are underway across Long Island. Giant menorahs will be lit, dreidels spun, and latkes devoured.

You'll also find car parades, fire jugglers, ice skating events, and more. Here are some of the most fun Festival of Lights events for local families. Be sure to check out our Holiday Fun Guide for more events this month, and of course, the daily Event Calendar. Happy Hanukkah!

Long Island Restaurants Open on Christmas Eve & Day 2016

Hosting a holiday takes much preparation and energy. From shopping to cooking to staging, being a hostess is a daunting task. If you're looking for a break from slaving over the stove and cleaning dirty dishes, we've compiled a list of local restaurants that will serve you this Christmas, and even have some with kid-friendly menus, too. Please be sure to call ahead for reservations. And for more activities and events this month, check out our Holiday Guide.

The Most 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 full-on destination stops with hot cocoa, ice skating and photo ops with Santa and more.

And don't forget to also check out some of the Long Island homes with awesome holiday lights displays, as well as our Long Island Holiday Fun Guide.

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