Spring Festivals for Families on Long Island, 2018

Spring on Long Island means more pleasant weather, presumably. And that begins a series  of festivals to celebrate the arrival of this most colorful season.

So head outdoors to enjoy crafts, activities, science, and more family fun. Begin in late March and early April with Easter Bunny breakfasts and brunches. Later in the spring, enjoy nature festivals, and even the beginning of strawberry season. As always, check out our Spring Fun Guide and Long Island Events Calendar for more kid-friendly entertainment.

25 Spring Break Activities for Long Island Kids

If your family is planning a stay-cation here on Long Island during spring break and you’re searching for things to do, you’ve come to the right place.

For most public school students on Long Island spring break runs from Friday, March 29 to Friday, April 6. We’ve rounded up 25 fun activities that will keep your kids busy and happily entertained. From indoor events to outdoor excursions, there’s something for everyone. Try one or more of these activities, and we're confident you’ll never again hear those dreaded words: I’m bored (well, at least not during spring break, anyway).

As always, for more seasonal entertainment check out our Spring Fun Guide, and our Events Calendar. And here's to the arrival of spring.

Toddler and Preschool Birthday Party Venues and Ideas on LI

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

Finding a location or a unique idea 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. As always, check out our Long Island Party Guide for more on planning the ideal party for a child of any age.

Easter Egg Hunts for Long Island Kids in 2018

This year Easter falls on Sunday, April 1–April Fool's Day–but we're not fooling you when we say we've rounded up the best Easter egg hunts and bunny visits on Long Island. With some venues preparing thousands of eggs, with the help of the Easter Bunny, of course, kids will delight in searching for and collecting every colorful, candy-filled egg.

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 March GoList.

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.

St. Patrick's Day Events and Free Parades for Kids on Long Island

Few regions celebrate their Irish heritage better than Long Island.

From Rockville Centre to Montauk, from the first weekend of March till the last, Main Streets across the Island come alive with pipers, parade marchers, traditional food, music, dance, and more. Huntington itself swells with visitors on the second Sunday of March when one of the largest St. Patrick’s Day gatherings in New York State kicks off in the village downtown. That Huntington parade is dwarfed perhaps only by New York’s City’s celebration on the feast day itself, March 17.

We here at Mommy Poppins have all you need to get into the spirit of the season, beginning with the Kings Park parade on Saturday, March 3 and climaxing with Montauk’s on Sunday, March 25. Most of these events are low cost or FREE, ideal for families, and appropriate for first-generation Irish-Americans or those who are just Irish for a day.

Read on for our favorites from among the 20-plus parades that will take place in Patrick’s honor this month on the Island. Click through for details, including parade routes, dates, times, and more. As always see our Long Island Events Calendar and March GoList for the best in family entertainment all month long.

Best Bowling Alleys for Kids in Suffolk County

Sometimes even 100 things to do aren't enough to keep active kids entertained. If you're looking for a family-friendly activity but keep striking out, why not try your hand at bowling? It's a sport that's easy to learn for most age groups and there's something very satisfying about knocking things over.

A number of bowling centers across Suffolk County offer kid-friendly options such as lighter balls, ramps, and even leagues for little ones. Some alleys have options for adults to enjoy while their kids bowl. Order a pizza or one of the specials from the center's restaurant and make a night of it. And when the bowling shoes come off, a few of these centers even have arcades for more gaming fun. 

Check out our list of Suffolk bowling centers sure to bowl you over with fun. And if you're in Nassau County or on the East End, don't worry, we've rounded up a list of the best lanes for you.

Summer Sports Camps for Long Island Kids

There are plenty of summer camp options on Long Island, and choosing among them might be dizzying.

But if you have a budding athlete on your hands or one who is trying to improve his or her skills, you might want to consider a sports camp. We've rounded up a few for you. In addition to the camps listed below, check out your local YMCA, community center or township office for programs offered at reasonable prices. And be sure to check out our Long Island Summer Camps Guide for more camps in the area.

Suffolk County Summer Day Camps for Long Island Kids

When school doors close, camp doors open wide, and kids across Long Island gear up for new adventures and experiences. Camp should be fun, and families have so many great choices in Suffolk County for summer day camps. Whether you have a first-timer or a seasoned camper, parents want to make the right choice for their kids, and we're here to help with our list of the best camps for canoeing, sports, art, learning, and most of all, having a blast. 

These camps offer activities and other events to keep kids happy all summer. Different camps offer different amenities and programs, including half- and full-day options, door-to-door transportation, and travel programs for older campers. Many camps hold open-house events and tours, so bring your kids and pick the one that suits your needs.

We've also got our picks for Nassau County summer camps. For more great summer camp ideas, check out our Long Island Summer Camps Guide

STEM and STEAM Summer Camps for Long Island Kids

If you have a child who wants to spend the summer building robots, learning to code, and launching rockets, you're in luck. Long Island has quite a few summer camps where kids can expand their knowledge of all things STEM and STEAM. At these places children can not only have fun and make new friends, but also learn new skills to help them thrive during the next school year.

If you didn't know, STEM is an acronym for Science, Technology, Engineering and Math. STEAM takes it one discipline further, adding an A for arts.

For additional info on summer programs across Long Island, be sure to check out our Summer Camp Guide.


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