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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.

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.

Christmas Tree Lightings on Long Island

The holiday season inspires many of us to take in a holiday show, shop for gifts and drink hot cocoa, and, of course, attend a tree lighting ceremony to kick off the season the right way. Rockefeller Center may only be a train ride away, but there are plenty of festive and spectacular tree lighting ceremonies right on Long Island. Here are 11 tree lighting events that are taking place across Nassau and Suffolk counties this season.

Find more seasonal fun in our Holiday Guide for Long Island families.

Top Places to See Santa on Long Island

Santa has the magical ability to be in several places at once and often for only a few hours. To help you pin St. Nick down, here is a selection of fun venues where he will appear on a regular basis throughout the holiday season. Do remember, though, that Santa sometimes has to take a break for milk and cookies, so build a little extra time into your schedule. And while some of the winter wonderlands are still open after Christmas, Santa always returns to the North Pole on December 24th. And for more fun this month, check out our Holiday Guide.

Cut-Your-Own-Christmas-Tree Farms on Long Island

The Thanksgiving turkey has been consumed. Maybe you’ve started your Black Friday or Cyber Monday shopping. Now it’s time for the next holiday ritual—finding the perfect Christmas tree.

From Amityville to Montauk, Long Island has about a dozen tree farms, where enthusiastic families can cut a super-fresh spruce (or fir, or pine) at a modest cost. These farms range from simple, roadside acreage to full-fledged holiday extravaganzas. So whether you prefer a quick tree-cutting errand or a day out in Santa’s wonderland, consider a visit to one of these outdoor emporiums.

These farms are all located in Suffolk County, where farmland is more abundant, and are listed below by town. As always, find more ways to celebrate in our Holiday Fun Guide.

Long Island Restaurants Open for Thanksgiving 2016

Thanksgiving is a feast usually prepared and served in our homes. But sometimes it is really lovely to take a break from the hot kitchen and let someone else do the cooking, cleaning and moving furniture around. Drop the day-long prep for Thanksgiving and head out to one to these Long Island restaurants that are serving up a turkey dinner. This way, you can maybe enjoy a Thanksgiving runvolunteer for those in need or (gasp!) relax a little.

Just be sure to call ahead for reservations and have a happy Thanksgiving! And for more tips and activities this season, check out our Long Island Holiday Guide.

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