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9 Family-Friendly Hiking Trails on Long Island

In addition to its vast waterways, one of Long Island's other treasures is an abundance of hiking trails. A family could spend a whole summer exploring trails in Nassau and Suffolk counties and still not hike them all.

Hiking is a great way to spend quality time together, and it's also great exercise. So pack up some snacks and drinks, strap on your hiking shoes, and bring the family along for one of these hiking adventures.

For more family-friendly activities this season, check our spring and summer fun guides.

Outdoor Classrooms Where Long Island Kids Will Love to Learn

Here on Long Island, kids who play outside also can learn outside. A number of venues in Nassau and Suffolk counties provide children with the opportunity to experience nature in an educational environment unrestrained by classroom doors.

For the most part developed by landscape architects, these nature-friendly learning areas encourage the use of the senses to help children develop a love of the outdoors. Access is generally FREE, but check websites to ensure that regular schedules are not interrupted by special programs.

Kids' Birthday Party Entertainers on Long Island That Come to You

Let's be honest, sometimes you can't bear the thought of planning another destination birthday party. So why not make it easier on yourself and plan one at home?

Don't let the home setting fool you—you and your little one have plenty of options from which to choose. From magicians to at-home spas and concerts in your living room, home birthday parties give parents and kids fabulous entertainment in comfortable setting. Not to mention it can be easier on mom and dad.

All of the options below service the entirety of Long Island. For more party planning help, check out our Long Island Party Guide.

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.

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.

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.

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