Long Island

Free Museum Passes and More Perks From Your LI Library Card

Unlike the other cards in your wallet, a library card doesn't come with fees or payment due dates. It does, however, come with a list of very cool, very FREE perks for the whole family, and we’re not just talking books.

Access to free museum passes from your local library is a huge perk for families, and one not everyone knows about: We are here to spread the word. In addition, your Long Island library card gets you access to a variety of other freebies that can entertain the whole family, from toddlers to tweens and teens.

Take a look at our list of museums from which you can score free passes and our roundup of other cool perks available at libraries in Nassau and Suffolk counties. For more details, check individual library websites. And see our seasonal fun guide and events calendar for more ways to keep your family busy this winter.

Presidents Week Camps and Classes for Long Island Kids

Presidents Week 2019 is approaching, leaving many parents wondering how to keep their kids occupied with school out. Chase away the winter blues and boredom cries with these classes, activities, and camps during the break.

From science experiments to jewelry making and sports skills, these Long Island camps have it all. Drop in for a day or the entire week.

For more activities during the week off, check out our Best of February Break list of events and activities, February GoList, or our daily events calendar.

You can always find more camps for kids in our Camps Guide and full directory of listings.

Weekend Events: Valentine's Crafts, Tennis Expo, Science

The New York Tennis Expo features a free day of family fun this weekend, including a kids’ zone with a bouncy house, face-painting, music, games, and, of course, tennis.

Head to the Sands Point Preserve for an hour of garden-themed crafts and activities. Families can experiment together and discover how scientists study the quality of the Long Island Sound at The Whaling Museum.

The bumbling Professor Hackensneeze makes a visit from Hogwarts Academy to teach kids and their parental Muggles the secret of magical powers. 

Check our February GoList and events calendar for more inspiration. Our Winter Fun Guide will keep you tuned in all season long.

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Cartoon Network Hotel to Open in Pennsylvania Dutch Country

Fans of Cartoon Network's Adventure Time, We Bare Bears, Ben 10, The Powerpuff Girls, and other programs are getting a treat this summer. The TV network and Palace Entertainment are working together to open the Cartoon Network Hotel, a kid-friendly resort steeped in the channel's animated world, for summer 2019.

The nine-acre, 165-room property will be located in central Pennsylvania's Lancaster County along Route 30. It will neighbor Dutch Wonderland Family Amusement Park, which is also owned by Palace Entertainment, so a family could easily enjoy both attractions in one trip. It is the Cartoon Network's first themed hotel.

Seems like there's one more reason to plan a Pennsylvania weekend getaway with the kids.

30 Things to Do Over February Break With Long Island Kids

No matter what you call it...February break, midwinter vacation, or Presidents Week, your kids will be home from school for a whole week and you need ideas to keep them busy.

Well, we’ve got exactly what you need: a list of 30 family-friendly events happening across Long Island during school break, February 18-22 (most private schools are also closed that week). Of course, we think these events are timeless enough to be enjoyed whenever your children are home.

From one-day and weeklong camps to outdoor ice skatingindoor swimmingmuseums, and aquarium events, our roundup of activities will get your kids up and out of the house. Some events might cost you, but plenty are FREE or low cost, so there’s no excuse to not try at least one.

And for more ideas, check out our list of camps and classes during February break as well as our February GoList and Winter Fun Guide.

Mall of America's Most Amazing Attractions for Kids of All Ages

Mall of America, located in the heart of the American Midwest in Bloomington, Minnesota, is nothing short of an indoor entertainment epicenter for kids. Sure, it has over 500 stores, but there’s way more to do than just go shopping at the country's largest mall (so big that it requires its own zip code: 55425).

From Chicago’s iconic Willis Tower to the Harley Davidson museum in Milwaukee, the Midwest is full of fun, interesting, and educational things that kids and their parents will love. Mall of America might possess a more commercial feel than some of the area's other travel destinations, but it also likely offers the most entertainment per square foot (5.4 million square feet to be exact) with some of the most popular kids' characters and brands on hand, including Lego, Nickelodeon, American Girl, and Paw Patrol. There's an indoor amusement park, aquarium, arcade, mini golf, and so much more, all within just a few minutes of the Minneapolis-St. Paul airport.

Read on to check out our list of the top 25 amazing things that kids of all ages can do at Mall of America.

Free Things to Do With Kids on Long Island in February

February is a short month, but it's filled with long winter days and weekends—not to mention a weeklong school break—when your kids will be looking for something to do. Luckily, there's no shortage of family-friendly activities on Long Island this month, and many of them won't cost you a penny.

We're talking library crafts and storytimes, fun events that celebrate Valentine's Day (including a kissing booth photo-op) and the Super Bowl, a tennis expo, and much more. To help you plan, we've rounded up some of the best no-cost-to-you activities that will keep the whole family entertained.

For more things to do that are both fun and free, check out our guides to free attractions for toddlers and babies and restaurants where kids eat free, and our roundup of great spots for long winter walks. And don't forget our events calendar and February GoList.

Free STEM Summer Camp from Girls Who Code Opens Registration

Looking for more than mindless hanging out and screentime for your teenage daughter this summer? Girls Who Code, a nonprofit that aims to increase the number of women in computer science fields, is once again offering its FREE summer immersion program for girls entering their junior or senior year of high school. The 7-week STEM summer camp offering FREE coding lessons and more crucial skills will take place in select cities across the country, including the NYC metro area, Los Angeles, Boston, Philadelphia, Houston, and Chicago.

Keep reading to find out who is eligible, how to apply, and when and where the program is happening in summer 2019. Hurry, because the early application period for this FREE summer program is already open!

Weekend Events: Lunar New Year, Groundhog Day, Super Bowl

Six more weeks of winter or an early spring? See what Holtsville Hal has to say this weekend during Groundhog Day festivities at the Holtsville Ecology Site. Ring in the Year of the Pig at The Landmark on Main Street's annual Lunar New Year Celebration or at the Ward Melville Heritage Organization

Check our February GoList and events calendar for more inspiration. Our Winter Fun Guide will keep you tuned in all season long.

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