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National Geographic's Interactive Ocean Odyssey Makes Waves in Times Square

A new experience is making a major splash in Times Square. National Geographic Encounter: Ocean Odyssey takes visitors on a virtual underwater journey beneath the Pacific Ocean, unlike anything we've ever seen before. Using breathtaking state-of-the-art technology, lighting, and audio effects, the self-guided walk-through journey explores different areas of a wondrous undersea world including coral reefs, kelp forests, and open ocean expanses.

Ocean Odyssey opened in mid-October, and my family and I couldn't wait to go. The visit left us awestruck and eager to return. It's a fantastic destination for all ages, filled with stunning visuals and interesting facts about ocean wildlife and habitats, human impact, and what each of us can do to help keep our oceans beautiful and clean—all without getting wet! Read on for more about this amazing new experience, plus what you need to know before visiting with kids.

Best Things to Do on Election Day with Long Island Kids

Can't decide what to do on Election Day when the kids are off from school? Put it to a vote!

There are FREE events for all to enjoy on Tuesday, November 7, as well as drop-off camps for kids to explore. Most museums are open for perusing and playing. Or rev up some fun at these kids' sports centers and fun stations.

Staying home? Check out these bordeom-busting ideas. Our Fall Fun Guide and November GoLIst also have some family-friendly suggestions.

Thanksgiving Day Runs for Long Island Families

Whether you're a seasoned runner or just looking for a fun run (or walk), a "turkey trot" is a great way to spend Thanksgiving morning. These road races, held in Nassau, Suffolk and the East End, are open to all ages and often feature a "fun run" just for kids.

If you are not trapped in the kitchen waiting for the bird to cook—or if you are, but want everyone out from under foot-—get the family to work off those calories in advance, making room for the feast to come. For more seasonal adventures, check out our Long Island Events Calendar and our November GoList.

Weekend Fun: Chocolate Fest, Rapunzel, Nature

Chocolate lovers rejoice: This weekend it's all things cocoa as Old Bethpage Village Restoration hosts the I Love Chocolate Fest. Audience participation is encouraged at the Long Island Children's Museum theater for the weekend-long production of Mouse on the Move. Shimmy along to the sounds of the Brett Band concert at Sid Jacobson JCC. Engage in Native American game-playing at Caleb Smith State Park Preserve.

Our Event Calendar is loaded with fun, daily happenings for Long Island kids. And our November GoList offers other fun, family events through the rest of the month. Don't see a great event here? Add it to our calendar yourself.

Weekday Events for LI Kids: Spooky Fun, Halloween and Legos

Ghosts, goblins, and witches…OH MY!

It’s Halloween week, and there are plenty of spooky (and not-so-spooky) fun times to be had on Long Island. And not just on Halloween Day itself. Our guide to Long Island-based's top Halloween events includes best neighborhoods for trick-or-treating, parades, costume contests, and more.

And keep an eye out for our November GoList along with our Fall Fun Guide. For even more seasonal activities, check out our daily events calendar.

Now on to the spooky stuff.

November GoList: The Best Things to Do with Long Island Kids

Say what you will about November, but few months are more, well, American. Our national celebration of thanks bonds citizens from Manhasset to Montauk, and from Rockville Centre to Riverhead.

Long Islanders this month will vote in local elections, honor our veterans, eat some turkey, maybe watch some football, and perhaps even engage in that all-American sport of Black Friday shopping. Who needs Amazon when you’ve got Roosevelt Field, right?

November heralds the arrival of the holiday season, but before rushing into Christmas, New Year’s, and the dead of winter, why not take a few moments to contemplate the majesty of the calendar’s 11th month. Grab a sweater, go for a hike, bear witness to the foliage, compete in a turkey trot, and remember all that we love about our overcrowded, traffic-strewn piece of New York State. We at Mommy Poppins will be right there with you.

Here are our picks for the best in family entertainment in November. Our Long Island Events Calendar offers exciting family options as they develop throughout the month, and you can always sign up for our FREE newsletters to get posts like this delivered to your inbox.

Sweet Ways to Donate Your Halloween Haul to Those in Need

Got a Halloween candy hangover? Come November 1, parents across the country are wondering how they're going to get rid of all the candy their kids brought home. Some of it will be eaten, sure, but just one look at the amount of calories in an average Halloween haul and you'll want to make sure the bulk of it goes anywhere besides your family's stomachs.

There are a number of creative ways to get rid of Halloween candy, like using it for crafts or science experiments, having the Switch Witch take it in exchange for a small toy, or, you know, saving it until Easter and throwing it in the basket. (Hey, it's only six months away—how stale can that candy get?) But perhaps the best thing to do with Halloween candy is donate it. That way your kids can enjoy a truly special treat: The feeling of helping others. Here are eight charitable organizations who accept donations of unopened candy.

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