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Gymnastics Classes for Kids on Long Island

Gymnastics is a multidimensional sport that improves endurance, strength, and flexibility, as well as grace and poise. Few sports challenge participants in so many areas.

A gymnastics class also helps a shy child to express him or herself in a whole new way. It's a great way for children to build confidence and overcome fears in a joyful and nurturing environment. There are many class options available, from mommy-and-me programs for younger kids to beginner and advanced instruction for older students.

For additional class suggestions, see our classes and activities guide for Long Island kids.

Indoor Swimming Lessons for Long Island Kids

Long Islanders often boast of long weekends at our family-friendly beaches and our opportunities for indoor aquatic activities. With proper swim instruction, children can be safe and have fun around our many waterways. From private swim classes to community pools, there are plenty of instruction destinations from which to choose. The great thing about these pools is when summer is gone, kids can continue classes and add to their skills. There are schools for those as young as 6 months, continuing through lifeguard training. 

In addition, Long Island has well-maintained outdoor pools for long days of family fun, including these on the East End. For even more outdoor adventures, see our guide to Long Island's best parks and playgrounds and our guide to LI's best amusement and water parks.

Sleepaway Summer Camps for Kids on Long Island

Long Island has a bounty of day camps in Nassau and Suffolk counties, but it's also got its share of great overnight camps. Sleepaway camps offer a range of programs and options, including horseback riding, swimming, rock climbing, wakeboarding, arts and crafts, and all kinds of sports activities. If your kids are ready and want some time away from home, but still be nearby, here is our list of sleepaway camps on Long Island that offer adventures and experiences sure to last for years to come. 

The camps below have options for one week and up to eight weeks, so choose the camp and length of time that fits best with your kids. Looking for more great summer camp ideas? Head over to our Long Island Summer Camp Guide and make this summer an awesome one.

10 Long Island Summer Camps for Preschoolers

Finding a fun, enriching summer camp close to home that is a good fit for your preschooler (or, soon-to-be preschooler) can be nerve-wracking. You want your child’s first camp experience to be safe and memorable, but not overwhelming. So where to begin?

Here’s a list of 11 Long Island preschool camps that offer a well-rounded summer experience filled with outdoor time, games, arts, sports, and socialization.  All offer summer experiences for kids of all ages, so check out their offerings for older children and teens as well.

Remember: Every camp has its own philosophy and program emphasis, so explore the camp’s websites, call the director and, if possible, attend an open house. Be sure to also explore our Long Island Summer Camp Guide, or browse through the listings in our Camp Directory.

Ways to Meet Other Parents on Long Island

New to parenthood or to your neighborhood? Seeking to meet other parents like yourself? The winter months make it tough to get out and socialize. But don't worry, you don't need to take out a personal ad. Try these ideas to get up and out and meet new folks (and kids).

Remember, this list is a sampling of some of the largest groups, but certainly not exhaustive. If you don’t see your neighborhood on the list, search a Yahoo Groups directory for your area (or interest), adding “parents"  to the search. Also visit Meetup’s Parents and Family page.

For more creative play ideas ideas, check out our guide to indoors activities on Long Island.  

15 Free Things to Do With Kids in January on Long Island

With the holiday season winding down, your family might find itself with some free time on its hands. And what better way to spend that time than by doing fun, family-friendly things that won’t cost you a thing.

To keep your kids and your wallet happy, we’ve come up with a list of 15 FREE things to do with kids this month, including train shows, mommy-and-me classes and storytimes, and even a summer camp open house.

For more things to do that won’t bust your budget, check out our roundup of free indoor play spaces on Long Island, our winter fun guide, and our list of free and inexpensive kids’ ski programs in the Northeast. And don’t forget our January GoList and our events calendar.

Christmas Eve and Christmas Day Activities for LI Kids

Christmas Eve and Christmas Day are among those rare times on Long Island when many family-friendly places are closed. But not everything is shut down.

As it turns out, there is quite a bit to do December 24-25. While some of your options are out of the house and may cost money, some free possibilities are listed in this roundup of activities the whole family can enjoy.

For more seasonal fun, be sure to check out our Long Island Events Calendar and Holiday Fun Guide. Plus, we have your best bets for things to do with kids over the holiday break, too.

Long Island Restaurants Open on Christmas Eve & Day 2018

The holidays are a joyous time ... unless you are the one cooking. It's a lot less fun if you're hustling in the kitchen while the rest of the family is celebrating.

If you’d rather enjoy a meal out than spend hours preparing one, some Long Island restaurants are open to serve dinner on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Some even have kid-friendly menus. So take a look at this list to see which spots have the right menu for you. Call ahead for reservations, and for more seasonal activities and events this month, check out our holiday guide and December GoList.

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