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Toddler and Preschool Birthday Party Venues and Ideas on LI

Toddler birthday parties are exciting. But for parents, it can be stressful planning that perfect party.

Finding a location or a unique idea is a challenge. But good news: Whether you're looking for an engaging indoor play space, an outdoor environment, or even a home party with entertainment, there are plenty of toddler-friendly options across Long Island that we have compiled for you here. As always, check out our Long Island Party Guide for more on planning the ideal party for a child of any age.

Easter Egg Hunts for Long Island Kids in 2018

This year Easter falls on Sunday, April 1–April Fool's Day–but we're not fooling you when we say we've rounded up the best Easter egg hunts and bunny visits on Long Island. With some venues preparing thousands of eggs, with the help of the Easter Bunny, of course, kids will delight in searching for and collecting every colorful, candy-filled egg.

We're glad to see so many venues have scheduled hunts by age, to give both little and big kids a fair shot at filling their baskets. Remember to bring a basket (or a bag) for the kids to hold their collected treasures, and pack your camera for Easter Bunny brunches and photo-ops. (If there's a threat of rain, be sure to give a call first.)

For more kid-friendly fun, check out our Long Island Events Calendar and March GoList.

St. Patrick's Day Events and Free Parades for Kids on Long Island

Few regions celebrate their Irish heritage better than Long Island.

From Rockville Centre to Montauk, from the first weekend of March till the last, Main Streets across the Island come alive with pipers, parade marchers, traditional food, music, dance, and more. Huntington itself swells with visitors on the second Sunday of March when one of the largest St. Patrick’s Day gatherings in New York State kicks off in the village downtown. That Huntington parade is dwarfed perhaps only by New York’s City’s celebration on the feast day itself, March 17.

We here at Mommy Poppins have all you need to get into the spirit of the season, beginning with the Kings Park parade on Saturday, March 3 and climaxing with Montauk’s on Sunday, March 25. Most of these events are low cost or FREE, ideal for families, and appropriate for first-generation Irish-Americans or those who are just Irish for a day.

Read on for our favorites from among the 20-plus parades that will take place in Patrick’s honor this month on the Island. Click through for details, including parade routes, dates, times, and more. As always see our Long Island Events Calendar and March GoList for the best in family entertainment all month long.

STEM and STEAM Summer Camps for Long Island Kids

If you have a child who wants to spend the summer building robots, learning to code, and launching rockets, you're in luck. Long Island has quite a few summer camps where kids can expand their knowledge of all things STEM and STEAM. At these places children can not only have fun and make new friends, but also learn new skills to help them thrive during the next school year.

If you didn't know, STEM is an acronym for Science, Technology, Engineering and Math. STEAM takes it one discipline further, adding an A for arts.

For additional info on summer programs across Long Island, be sure to check out our Summer Camp Guide.

Sleepaway Summer Camps for Kids 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. Sleepaway camps offer a range of programs and options, including horseback riding, swimming, rock climbing, wakeboarding, arts and crafts, and all kinds of sports activities. If your kids are ready and want some time away from home, but still be nearby, here is our list of sleepaway camps on Long Island that offer adventures and experiences sure to last for years to come. 

The camps below have options for one week and up to eight weeks, so choose the camp and length of time that fits best with your kids. Looking for more great summer camp ideas? Head over to our Long Island Summer Camp Guide and make this summer an awesome one.

10 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.

10 of the Best Family-Friendly Museums on Long Island

Few things are better for parents than introducing children to culture while also having some fun. Luckily for us, Long Island is home to a host of museums that cater to a younger crowd. In fact, many of these sites offer hands-on, interactive exhibits and activities that can be enjoyed by children of all ages.

From air and space to science and trains, these spots offer special exhibits and programs to keep children engaged, entertained, and educated. So why not visit? In the meantime, scope out some more fun in our Guide to Indoor Play Spaces on Long Island as well as our Event Calendar. And our museums guide offers the complete lowdown on Long Island planetariums, science centers, historic sites, and more.

Free Museum Passes and More Perks From Your LI Library Card

Unlike the other cards in your wallet, a library card doesn’t come with any fees or payment due dates. It does, however, come with a list of very cool, very FREE perks for the whole family, and we’re not just talking books.

Access to free museum passes from your local library is a huge perk for families, and one that not everyone knows about. We are here to spread the word. In addition, your library card gets you access to a variety of other freebies that will entertain the whole family, from toddlers to tweens and teens.

Take a look at our list of museums from which you can score free passes and our roundup of other cool perks available at libraries in Nassau and Suffolk counties. For more details, check individual library websites. And see our Winter Fun Guide and events calendar for more ways to keep your family busy this winter.

Outdoor Ice Rinks on Long Island for Family Skating

Sure it might be cold this time of year. But if your kids like the outdoors there’s no reason not to enjoy one of Long Island's many outdoor ice skating rinks this winter.

From Nassau County to the north shore of Suffolk and out to the East End, we've put together a list of the top outdoor skating venues on Long Island. Most are inexpensive and offer skate rentals, as well as lessons for those still mastering their steps and stops. Weather permitting, most of these rinks are open until the beginning of spring. All are open to the public without significant restrictions, but keep in mind admission can be higher for nonresidents.

There are also some indoor rinks across Long Island worth a try. So if the weather is nasty or it’s offseason, families can skate all year long, even during beach weather.

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

The holidays are done, but the winter is in full frozen swing, making it tricky to keep the kids entertained. Luckily, Long Island has plenty of museums, arts and crafts classes, indoor play venues in Nassau and Suffolk and children's theater. Keeping things indoors might seem restrictive, but winter-friendly (as in warm) can also mean fun.

We've put together a list of 50 fun things to do indoors with kids on Long Island. Be sure to check out our Winter Fun Guide and daily events calendar for more fun ideas.


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