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Par-3 Golf Courses on Long Island Where Kids Can Learn the Game

Have a wannabe tour pro on your hands? Or maybe you just want to introduce your son or daughter to golf minus the windmills.

There are five par-3 golf courses on Long Island that offer young players a chance to experience the game with more than just a putter. For less than $20 per round on average, beginners can manage their way around with a light bag, a few balls, tees, and plenty of enthusiasm.

More experienced players will enjoy the opportunity to enhance their short-game precision. Either way, it’s a great opportunity for parent-child bonding over one of Long Island’s signature activities.

So tee it high and let it fly. All five of these courses are in Suffolk County; a few short-length courses exist in Nassau, but some of their par-4 holes might be unreachable for young players. Note: Most par-3 courses require adult supervision of pre-teen players. All players should practice on-course etiquette, including allowing faster groups to play through.

Awesome Arcades for Long Island Kids

Get your little gamers off the couch and out of the house at these awesome arcades on Long Island. As a bonus, most arcades are located at party places or sports complexes. Get the whole family (and friends) together for some bowling, laser tag or mini-golf, and cap off your trip with ticket-winning arcade games for a chance to win some valuable prizes.

Get more ideas on what to do inside with kids in our Indoor Play Spaces Guide or Kids' Sports Centers Guide. And for even more kid-friendly activities, check out our Long Island Events Calendar.

The Best Animal Farms and Petting Zoos on Long Island

Whether you are looking for a low-key petting zoo or an exotic experience with wild animals, there's no shortage of places on Long Island where children can interact with nature's noble creatures. If they want to, Long Island kids can do everything from feed a giraffe to visit with an alpaca, and even ride a safari train. 

Be sure to check out our directory of zoos and gardens on Long Island, and peruse our Pick Your Own Guide to more local farm fun. Kids of every age will be delighted by these opportunities.

Toddler and Preschool Birthday Party Venues on Long Island

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

Finding a location 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. And check out our Long Island Party Guide for more on planning the perfect party for a child of any age.

20 Spring Break Activities For Long Island Kids

Spring break is just around the corner – and so are two words parents know well: I'm bored.

A week-plus off can seem like a lifetime to children, which is why it helps to plan a few fun activities to keep brains active and hands and feet moving when kids are away from the classroom. Whether your child is into theater, the great outdoors, art, sports, or science, there's a great event, class, venue, or park, on Long Island during break week that is sure to delight.

Don't forget to check out our April GoListSpring Fun Guide and Long Island Events Calendar for more fantastic ideas. 

Spring Festivals for Families on Long Island, 2017

Spring on Long Island means more pleasant weather, of course. But there are also an array of festivals in the region to celebrate this most colorful season.

So head outdoors to enjoy crafts, activities, science, and more family fun. With Easter being celebrated on April 16, also check out one of the many Easter Bunny breakfasts and brunches in the area. Later in the season, enjoy a trio of strawberry festivals and, as always, check out our Long Island Events Calendar for more kid-friendly fun.

Easter Egg Hunts for Long Island Kids and Families, 2017

Easter soon will be here, and the Easter Bunny will be busy hopping through Long Island, hiding thousands of colorful, treat-filled eggs.

Both Eastern and Western Christian denominations this year celebrate Easter Sunday on April 16. We've rounded up egg hunts and bunny visits in some of our favorite spots.

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 Spring Fun Guide.

Candy Shops on Long Island: Satisfy Your Sweet Tooth

Whether you are preparing to fill Easter baskets with goodies or just looking for a fun place to take the kids, nothing is quite like a visit to a local candy shop. Feasting your eyes on the vibrant colors, smelling the familiar scent of sugar, and anticipating the first bite of a sweet treat brings out the child in everyone.

Long Island candy shops offer everything from hand-dipped truffles to old-fashioned penny candies. Visit these 20 destinations with your kids to sample treats, take tours, or even a attend candy-making class. And for more seasonal fun, don’t forget to check out our guide to Easter bunny brunches and egg hunts.

8 DIY Party Spots for Long Island Families

If you have a crafty kid, you already know his or her No. 1 birthday party wish probably involves pots, pans, paint, and pottery. DIY birthday parties are on the rise and proving to be a treat for children of all ages, who get an opportunity to learn a craft and take a project home with them. These eight party spots on Long Island either offer venues where kids can create and build or boast experts who come to your home to entertain guests with a special project. 

Don't forget to check our directory and Long Island Birthday Party Guide for more ideas. 

10 Full-Day Preschools on Long Island

If you have a little one about to enter preschool, you know how stressful it can be trying to find one that suits his or her needs and yours. Some preschools only offer half-day programs and the hours might conflict with your work schedule. Perhaps you prefer a full-day preschool to give your child a better opportunity to learn the skills he or she needs for kindergarten and beyond.

Whatever your reason, these 10 Long Island preschools give you the option of sending your child full time and/or taking advantage of an extended-hours programs. Check out our Guide to Long Island Summer Camps for Preschoolers and our full Preschool Guide and Directory of Schools for more ideas on keeping your preschooler active and engaged.

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