Long Island

Why Legoland Is My Favorite SoCal Theme Park

Southern California is blessed with some of the world's most famous theme parks; families travel from all over to experience Disneyland and the original Universal Studios Hollywood (including the Wizarding World of Harry Potter)—but just 90 miles to the south, in the San Diego suburb of Carlsbad, is a park that has at least as much to offer as the mouse and the wizard. There is a whole lot more to Legoland California than bricks, and truth be told I prefer a day there to any other major theme park.

Top Mother's Day Brunch Restaurants on Long Island

There’s no denying breakfast in bed can be sweet on Mother’s Day. But this year, why not suggest your family go out for a delicious brunch at a restaurant on Long Island? You can sip a mimosa or Bloody Mary, enjoy a scrumptious meal, and best of all, you won’t have to clean any dishes.

We’ve rounded up 20 restaurants across the Island that offer brunch options, from traditional omelets and pancakes to more creative dishes that feature local produce and international flair. Some spots offer more than just a meal, with free entertainment and activities for the whole family. Call ahead for reservations since destinations tend to book up quickly on this special day.

For other family-friendly happenings on Mother's Day weekend, check out our Event Calendar and Spring Guide. For more dining inspiration, see our guide to family-friendly restaurants on Long Island with tips on outdoor dining, great dessert destinations, and even places where kids can eat free

Weekend Events: Spring Festivals, Earth Day, Easter Egg Hunts

Touch a truck, enjoy a marine touch tank, explore a tiny house, and more this weekend at the Family Earth Day Expo at Heckscher Park. 

Celebrate Earth Day at Tackapausha Museum and Preserve with trail walks, animals presentations, science activities, a nature playground, crafts, and more. Sayville Spring Fest features a petting zoo, talent stage, a magician, arts, crafts, and more. Enjoy a spring festival in Stony Brook at The Ward Melville Heritage Organization with a petting zoo, balloon artists, dance performances and market.

Millions in Upgrades Planned for LI State Parks in 2019

If you have especially adventurous or nature-loving kiddos, it's time to grab your sunscreen and sturdy shoes because state parks on Long Island will be millions of dollars more exciting beginning this Memorial Day.

Jones Beach, Robert Moses, Sunken Meadow, Heckscher, and Wildwood state parks are welcoming upgrades this season that include cottages, marina access, an outdoor adventure area, and more sure to leave your family eager for outdoor excitement.

These STEM Summer Camps Are Creating a Generation of Inventors

Curiosity, critical thinking, and a collaborative attitude might be three attributes all parents aspire to see in their children. These are also traits fostered at STEM summer camps where the subjects of science, technology, engineering, and math are turned into hands-on group and individual projects. Whether your teen is itching to found the next hot tech startup or she’s just into robots or maybe biology, summer camp offers kids a great place to explore these subjects in-depth, away from the pressures of the classroom.

We’ve put together a list of some of the top science and tech camps that offer sessions in multiple cities and states across the country. Some offer programs for kids as young as 6; some are more focused on coding and computer science, while others include “STEAM” programming with design, music, writing, and other creative pursuits on the roster. All emphasize hands-on collaboration aimed at creating the next generation of engineers and inventors. In many camps, kids will also gain presentation skills, leadership traits, and most likely, the confidence to stick with these sometimes difficult subjects and tasks...even when they fail. 

25+ Great Spring Day Trips for Long Island Families

The winter cold has just turned, and summer break is still a few months away. But you are already itching to get out and get away, even if it’s just for a day.

Living on Long Island, we’re lucky to have so many amazing parks, attractions, and quaint seaside towns for springtime day-trip visits. We’re also lucky to be within driving or ferry distance of New York City, Connecticut, and New Jersey. These areas offer even more fun and exciting experiences for the whole family.

100 Things to Do in New England with Kids Before They Grow Up

No matter where you live, exploring New England with kids ought to be on your short list of family vacation goals. Steeped in history and natural beauty, the Northeast offers families a chance to learn about the earliest Americans, frolic on snow or sand, and enjoy all sorts of old-fashioned fun, from farm-fresh ice cream to vintage carousels.

Drawing from our carefully curated lists of the best things to do with children in Boston and Connecticut as well as the inside scoop from parents in Rhode Island, Vermont, New Hampshire, and Maine, we've come up with 100 things to see, do, and eat with kids in New England. It includes our favorite beaches, children's museums and amusement parks, charming New England towns with kid-friendly activities, ski and holiday trips, and top seasonal events and carnivals. One thing is for certain: You'll be wicked glad you visited Yankeeland.

The Best Children's Playgrounds on Long Island

An abundance of parks and playgrounds makes Long Island a wonderful place to raise a family. These destinations are, of course, great places for little ones to get valuable exercise and to have fun. They are also ideal places for parents to chat while kids play. Feel free to get in on the action because kids love it when parents get silly and have fun, too.

We’ve scouted the best playgrounds across the Island—in Nassau and Suffolk, and on the East End—where you’ll find plenty of space for you and your little ones. For more playground inspiration, check our guide to day trips to Long Island's top parks and playgrounds, including our top playgrounds for toddlers.

Target's Car Seat Trade-in Returns: Get the 2019 Details

Is it time to toss or upgrade your child's car seat? Beginning on April 22, Target will recycle your expired, damaged, or just yucky goldfish-crusted and stained one and help you to save on a new model through its popular car seat trade-in event. As if we needed another excuse to go to Target, right? 

Whether you're expecting a new baby, or simply sizing up, read on for all the details on this year's trade-in program.

Weekend Events: All Kids Fair, Easter Eggstravaganzas, Fishing Fest

Get hooked on fun at a family-oriented fishing festival at Belmont Lake State Park on Saturday. Watch engines roar at the TMB Model Train Club's open house. Or step back in time and make your way from Old Mastic House to Moriches Bay following roads well used by the Floyd family from the mid-1700s to the 1970s.

Getting ready for Easter? Hop over to peruse our list of Easter Bunny breakfasts and brunches and egg hunts for holiday events across Long Island. Or start planning for upcoming spring festivals.

See our April GoList and events calendar for more weekend inspiration. Our Spring Fun Guide will keep you tuned in all season. With spring break looming, maybe it's time to consider a local camp destination

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