Long Island

Long Island Staycations: Montauk

Summertime's here, and thoughts are turning to vacation plans. But there's no reason to leave the Island for summer fun. Long Island is where it's at come summer. So all summer long, we'll be spotlighting great Long Island towns for staycations. First up: Montauk.

Since the 1970s I've been visiting Montauk. My dad is a fisherman there and we all just love it . Known as "the fishing capital of the world," Montauk is just that and so much more. It's the place to savor the splendor of the sea and the pristine natural beauty of the East End. Every summer, as my family makes the drive to Montauk, mile by mile, I shed my worries and stress and feel my whole body relaxing. The road becomes surrounded by the dense wild greens of the island, the blue sea comes into view, and all is well in the world. By the time we arrive, I'm feeling like I'm in another country and the fresh air and wide-open spaces are both invigorating and relaxing at the same time. My kids are yearning to get out of the car and run!

The area is a nature lover's delight with 5,000 acres of parkland and wildlife to explore and much more. From rolling dunes, hiking trails, and horseback riding, to world-class entertainment, spas, shopping, and activities for the family, Montauk has it all and then some.

Long Island Kids' Activities June 2 and 3: Strawberry Festivals, Fairs, Blues Clues, and Summer Celebration

Photo: Long Island Children's Museum

Happy June! There are lots of festivals and fairs around the island this weekend to keep you busy, including a strawberry festival in Bellmore, a Nature and Craft Fair at Sweetbriar Nature Center, and the Brookhaven Fair in Farmingville continues. Plus Long Island Children's Museum is putting on a Blue's Clues production and having a summer celebration in its outdoor space, "Our Backyard."

Family Movie Programs On Long Island

There’s nothing like a summer movie to give families refuge from the heat, a break from the beach, or the opportunity to just sit still for two whole hours. Summer schedules afford us the opportunity to catch all of the latest flicks, but let’s face it, a trip to the theater and the concession stand really adds up. We’ve rounded up Long Island movie theaters with affordable movie programs for the whole family. Whether it’s just mommy and baby or the entire family, there are baby-friendly theaters, matinees screening the biggest blockbusters of the summer, and theaters showing some oldies but goodies. Sit back, relax, and enjoy the show,

8 Great Yoga Studios for Kids on Long Island

(Photo courtesy of Breathe N Flow Yoga)

You can probably imagine the benefits kids receive from practicing yoga even if you have never taken a class yourself (or hijacked the kids’ Wii for some Wii Fit Yoga!). Physically, yoga improves kids’ strength, flexibility, coordination, balance, posture, and the list goes on.  Beyond the physical benefits are the mental benefits. Yoga teaches children self-awareness, self-respect, and most important in the eyes of this mom, self-relaxation skills that do not require the use of a remote control, game controller, snack, or couch.

We’ve rounded up Long Island yoga studios that offer a wide range of classes and services for kids sure to educate and entertain your children and develop skills and practices they will employ for life.

Long Island Kids' Activities May 19 and 20: Bugs Bonanza, Kids Fest at 300 Bowling, Raptors & S'mores, and More

(Photo: Hallockville Museum Farm)

Happy weekend to you! I think we’ve finally hit or spring-into-summer stride with the weather, and it looks like it’s gonna be a good one! As always, Long Island has lots to offer this weekend, both indoors and out. There’s a boaters’ safety event at Tanner Park in Copiague, Maccabiah Youth Sports Day in Port Washington, and several camps are having open houses. Plus 300 Long Island is having a Kids Fest this weekend, where kids get to bowl for free, there’s a Bug Bonanza going on at the Long Island Children’s Museum, and “Raptors & S’mores” at the Theodore Roosevelt Sanctuary and Audubon Center.

Have a great weekend!

Pick Your Own at Long Island's Fruit and Vegetable Farms

We recently brought you a round-up of Long Island Farmers’ Markets sure to inspire even the pickiest eater to eat a crisp, fresh market veggie. The next stop on your kid’s nutritious, culinary adventure is a visit to the actual farms where many of the fruits and veggies sold at the markets are grown. Many of these farms offer families the opportunity to “pick-your-own” fruits and vegetables which is yet another great way to inspire your kids to appreciate the delicious and nutritious fruits and veggies grown right here on Long Island.

Long Island Kids' Activities May 12 and 13: Mother's Day Events, More Spring Celebrations, and Dreamland Amusements Fair

(Photo courtesy of Harbes Family Farm and Vineyard)

Sun! After a cool, dreary weekend and week all last week, Bill Korbel promises sun and warmth this weekend. Perfect weather for celebrating Mom. This weekend, there are lots of events to help you fete mom (see our Mother's Day Brunch guide as well). There are also some nature activities, and it's the last weekend of the Dreamland Amusements Fair. Happy Mother's Day!

Long Island Kids' Activities May 5 and 6: Cinco de Mayo Celebrations, Spring Festivals, Peconic Family Fun Day, and More!

(Photo courtesy of Benner's Farm)

Hold on to your sombreros! This weekend is chock-full of events for kids and families. There are Cinco de Mayo events (don't forget to enter for a chance to win a family four-pack of tickets to WBLI's Family Fiesta), Huntington's Tulip Festival, Hofstra's Dutch Festival, and Peconic Family Fun Day at the Children's Museum of the East End. Both Suffolk County Farm and Hallockville Farm are also having special spring celebrations, there's a fair at South Shore mall, and Saturday is I Love My Park Day: Take the family to Hempstead Lake Park, put on some gloves and help clean it up. Whew! Good luck choosing which events to attend!

Long Island Kids' Activities April 28 and 29: Spring Festivals, Arbor Day Celebrations, and Gustafer Yellowgold

(Image courtesy of Cinema Arts Centre.)

Long Island is celebrating Spring and Arbor Day this weekend (let's hope the weather holds up...). Heckscher Park will be holding its Spring Festival, there's a Spring Fair at the Cold Spring Harbor Fish Hatchery, and Stony Brook is having a Spring Appreciation Day. The Planting Fields Arboretum is having an Arbor Day Family Festival, and Old Westbury Gardens and Bates House in Setauket are also celebrating Arbor Day. Also, Gustafer Yellowgold will be at the Cinema Arts Centre in Huntington. Have a great weekend!

Cold Spring Harbor: The Whaling Museum, DNA Lab and Firehouse Museum

Each of Cold Spring Harbor's sites that we've chosen to feature here have managed to weave the village's rich past into its present. For example, the Whaling Museum features exhibits on whaling history and it also stresses the importance of present-day conservation. The Cold Spring Harbor Lab provides walking tours where visitors can learn about the history of DNA discovery, as well as the lab's Nobel legacy in that discovery. Lastly, the Firehouse Museum teaches fire prevention while demonstrating to visitors just how complicated battling a blaze was in the early 1900s with a hand-drawn Phoenix pump.    

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