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Where to See Cherry Blossoms and More on Long Island

After a dreary winter, spring arrives and colors burst all over Long Island. Now is the perfect time to explore some of the Island’s family-friendly gardens and state parks, where displays of vibrant, eye-popping, cherry blossoms—along with a host of other springtime trees and flowers—are all in full bloom.

From the annual Sakura Matsuri Cherry Blossom Festival (May 7) at Stony Brook University to the Arbor Day Family Festival (April 29-30) at Planting Fields Arboretum, your kids get to experience the natural beauty of the season, explore the outdoors, and even learn about different cultures. 

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.

Best Children's Playgrounds on Long Island

One feature that makes Long Island a wonderful place to raise a family is an abundance of parks and playgrounds. They are, of course, great places for little ones to get valuable exercise (and have fun), but are also ideal places for parents to chat while their kids play.

We’ve scouted the best playgrounds across the Island—in Nassau, Suffolk and on the East End—where you’ll find plenty of space for you and your little ones to enjoy. For more playground inspiration, check our guide to day trips to Long Island's top parks.

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.

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