Enjoy Hands-On Learning at the Science Museum of Long Island

Located on picturesque Leeds Pond Preserve on Nassau County's North Shore, the Science Museum of Long Island, on the border of Manhasset and Plandome, boasts engaging, entertaining, and enriching workshops, camps, and year-round events for Long Island families.

Looking for more museum fun? Check out our list of some of the best family-friendly museums on Long Island. Our museums guide offers the complete lowdown on Long Island planetariumsscience centershistoric sites, and more.

Scope out more fun in our guide to indoor play spaces on Long Island as well as our event calendar

Jewelry Making & Fashion Classes for Long Island Kids

If your creative kid has moved on from Rainbow Loom, perhaps an organized jewelry making or fashion design class might be the best next step. From bead stringing and soldering to sketching and color theories, there are a few courses/workshops on Long Island where they learn skills and make wearable art. Your local school district's continuing education program or library might offer courses as well.

For more after-school classes, activities and programs for kids in the area, check out our Long Island Classes Guide.

Open Houses and Classes with Free Trials: After School Enrichment Options for Long Island Kids

So we're back in school. We're packing lunches, going to PTA meetings. and overseeing homework. And we're probably starting to wrap our minds around figuring out some enrichment classes to fill in the gaps and/or add some sparkle to the process. Your child might attend a school with a great onsite, low-cost after-school program, which takes care of half the question already; on the other hand you might be trying to figure out the shortest distance between your house and a place to constructively use those ballet shoes. Open houses and free trial classes make the hunt for great classes a little more do-able, which is why we offer this list of some great places that offer chances to try it out for free, either in the coming weeks or - in many cases - all year long.

Enrichment Classes for Long Island Kids to Prevent Summer Slide

A Long Island summer's in full swing; and while we definitely want our kids to have fun in the sun, many parents are concerned about their children losing all that they've learned over the school year. Fortunately, there are many enrichment programs across Long Island, all designed to avoid the dreaded "summer brain drain." Students can not only improve their reading, writing and math skills, but also explore interests in art, music, science, and more. And for other programs for kids, check out our Long Island Classes and Enrichment Guide.

9 Great Karate & Taekwondo Schools in Nassau County

When I was looking for a karate school for my (then) four year-old son, I made a point of looking at smaller businesses where I was hoping he'd get more personal attention. One year later, he's an orange belt and learning more than just how to do a mean back kick. Whether it's discovering how to handle bullies, improve fine and gross motor skills, or making sure your child is getting enough exercise each week, studying karate can benefit kids in many ways.

Here, a list of some of Nassau's best dojos where your child can start to study karate or Taekwondo. And be sure to check out our Inside Activity Guide for more indoor sports and events that kids can enjoy year-round.

Museum Sleepovers on Long Island

Do your kids love watching Night at the Museum? If so, they can enjoy the experience first-hand at five Long Island museums. While most are geared towards the Boys and Girls Scouts, there are opportunities for any child to participate with a parent. It's sure to be an experience you'll both be talking about for years to come. And don't forget to look into other Long Island museums your children will enjoy.

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