Port Washington

8 Summer Day Camps Long Island Kids Will Love

Lucky for Long Island families, the area is practically a summer camp mecca. You don't need to go very far to find sprawling green campuses, on-site water parks, air-conditioned state-of-the-art athletic facilities, and Ninja Warrior-style obstacle courses. There are fun and enriching programs for kids of all ages, and plenty of flexible schedule options—like partial weeks and extended care—to keep busy parents happy, too.

With so many options, the search isn't easy. So, if you're seeking out a day camp for your LI kiddo this summer, take a look at some of these top picks from our camp partners below. You can also head to our Long Island Camp Guide or browse our Directory for even more options.

8 Kid-Friendly LIRR Stops for a Fun Day Trip

Let’s face it. Traffic on Long Island is no picnic. In fact, sometimes the thought of taking a day trip to another part of this beautiful island makes us cringe when we think of the hours on the road and the challenge of keeping the kids in the backseat entertained.

But there is a another way to get from here to there…the LIRR! Taking the train is a convenient, fun way for families to get around the Island without the hassle of driving. From beach communities to charming downtowns to family-friendly museums, there are plenty of LIRR stops where families can hop off and explore the area for the day.

We’ve rounded up a few of our favorite family day trips reachable via the LIRR, highlighting the best attractions and sights in the area. All aboard!

Exploring Sands Point Preserve: Dino Trail, Castles, and Hikes

Dare to compare footprints with fantastic beasts who roamed the Earth long before us at the Dino Trail at Sands Point Preserve.

It's one of six trails ripe for strolling, hiking, jogging and exploring at this sprawling Gold Coast estate turned public sanctuary. And that's not all: There's so much more to explore, including 200 acres of trails, a pond, beachfront, woods and native habitats.

There are so many sweet spots to soak up nature on Long Island. Get out and get exploring. Looking for more North Shore shenanigans? Check out our Mommy Poppins visitors guide to nearby Port Washington, a family-friendly Long Island destination.

Visit Port Washington: A Family-Friendly Long Island Haven

It sits on a harbor and is named after a president. But Port Washington is not Port Jefferson.

You won’t find in Port Washington ferry access to New England or a celebration of Charles Dickens each holiday season. Those belong to Port Jefferson, of course, the more popular tourist destination of Long Island’s two North Shore “ports.” But if you want a kid-friendly maritime lifestyle a half-hour or so from Manhattan, Port Washington is a Nassau County delight.

6 Top Long Island Day Camps for Toddlers Through Teens

From zip lining and miniature golf to preschooler programs and STEM classes, it kind of seems like day camps have got it all here in Long Island!

Traditional camps offer an all around experience with favorites like the boating, hiking, and arts and crafts we remember from our own summer camp days, but they're also adding robotics and heated swimming pools to the mix (not bad, right?). Meanwhile, specialty camps are giving kids the chance to focus on some of their favorite activities, like ballet, ice skating, and even cake baking.

Winter 2018 Classes That Long Island Kids of All Ages Will Want To Try

Baby, it's cold outside! And that means it's time to sign up for winter-worthy indoor activities. Luckily, Long Island serves up something for everyone, from infants to teens.

Warm up at a fitness class designed for new parents and their babies, or swim lessons in a heated aquatic center. Get kids moving and expressing their creativity with gym or art classes, or join a culturally rich sing-along for tots. The possibilities are seemingly endless. Search our Classes Guide and Directory Listings by type or location to help find the perfect fit.

Read on for some great options across Long Island that'll get you and the kids out of the house to have some serious fun. Snag a spot by enrolling now before the temperature drops any lower!

Music Together Sing Shalom, New Jewish Music Program For Long Island Families

For many moms and dads, Music Together® might as well be the official soundtrack to early parenthood. Even those who haven't taught their toddlers to shake a tambourine at one of the many classes available across Long Island are probably familiar with the much-loved program that brings kids and caregivers together through music and movement. And while Music Together has been a family favorite since it first launched in the eighties, its latest collaboration with The Jewish Education Project is a really exciting new addition to the already-popular offerings.

Free Outdoor Movies for Long Island Kids This Summer

This summer when the sun goes down, chances are a free, family-friendly movie will be playing outdoors somewhere on Long Island. It’s an ideal way to spend family time under the stars. So spread a blanket, bring a few lawn chairs, pack some snacks or perhaps a picnic dinner, and enjoy the show.

Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis, so it is best to arrive early. And be sure to check each venue’s website for up-to-date information on weather-related cancelations.

For more outdoor family activities, check out our roundups of the best places for a family picnic and the best beaches for families on Long Island. Plus, our Event Calendar and Summer Fun Guide are loaded with ideas for more seasonal fun for your family. Happy summer.

Rockin’ Music Classes in Nassau County

There's no denying the many benefits music has in a child's life, and studies show that learning how to play an instrument can not only help your child do better in school, but also relieve stress, boost self-esteem and teach discipline. There are plenty of places in Nassau County where kids can start to learn to play a variety of instruments. So whether your child wants to be the next John Mayer or Mozart, it's never too early to start.

My Spectrum School: Inspiring Long Island’s Youngest Gifted Students

Every one of our children is a remarkable little person with a variety of special gifts. Some parents begin to suspect early on that they are raising a child who has academic gifts beyond the ordinary; and, although official labels of "academically gifted" aren't generally offered until elementary school, few parents of a gifted child are surprised when the official assessment arrives. So, if you already have a hunch that your preschooler is headed down a gifted path, how can you step up the game early and choose the best school to inspire a lifelong love affair with education?

Our sponsor My Spectrum School in Port Washington has developed a program that aims to maximize a student's potential and foster the cognitive, emotional, social and physical growth of any child—but with particular emphasis on nurturing the learning styles of gifted students. From preschoolers enjoying their first academic experiences to elementary school students looking for after-school enrichment, the school has a variety of programs designed to inspire.

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