Long Island

Cold Spring Harbor for Kids and Families

As we continue featuring some of our favorite Long Island towns to visit, this month we're spotlighting Cold Spring Harbor. Located on the North Shore, just across the Suffolk border, CSH is about as charming and delightful as any small town can be. Don't be fooled by its size, though; this town, famous for its rich whaling past, has an equally rich present. With its diversity of shops, magnificent coastline and world-class science exhibits, there's more than enough here to keep an inquisitive family busy for days. We've got you covered with all the best ways to take it all in for a fantastic spring outing.   

Long Island Kids' Activities April 14 and 15: Ants Alive! and Celebrate Spring!

This weekend, Long Island is celebrating spring with lots of outdoor activities (and we're finally supposed to have beautiful weekend weather as well). Long Island state parks are offering lots of spring activities this weekend: Take the kids fishing at Caleb Smith or Belmont parks, or celebrate spring at Nissequogue Park. Or you can check out the Ants Alive exhibit at Garvies Point Museum and Preserve. Whatever you do, get out and celebrate spring!

Celebrate National Poetry Month with NYC Kids

April is National Poetry Month (bet you didn't know that). Even if the last time you picked up a collection of adult poems was Sylvia Plath in college, chances are you read your kids rhyming stanzas by the likes of Dr. Seuss, Margaret Wise Brown or Shel Silverstein on a more regular basis. Little ones really respond to poetry; the rhymes help them learn to read, and older kids get into rap and slam poetry.

There are lots of special kid-friendly events going on in honor of National Poetry Month, including free poetry writing workshops, poetry slams and the annual Poem in Your Pocket day. But we've also got ways your family can celebrate the art of poetry year-round in New York City.

Classes for Kids in Oyster Bay

Now that we've introduced you to all the fun things for families in Oyster Bay, we figured it might be time to let the kids enjoy some art, dance, cooking, or fitness, while you enjoy some free time for shopping, dining, a little seaside R and R, or even enjoy a workout. At any of these featured sites, kids can drop in for a workshop without making a commitment, join a seasonal class, or host a birthday party. 

Long Island Kids' Activities March 31 and April 1: Easter Egg Hunts, The Flying Model Expo, and Opening Day of Trout Season!

 (Photo courtesy of PartyRockers.)

If the sun comes out this weekend, get out your Easter baskets, put the kids in the car, and drive just about anywhere on the Island to find an egg hunt, cuz they're everywhere this weekend. PartyRockers has also got an Easter-themed party for you. If egg hunting isn't your thing, it's the opening day of trout season, and the Cold Spring Fish Hatchery is offering free fishing-rod rentals to celebrate. Or go on an April Fool's Hike, or check out the Flying Model Expo at the Cradle of Aviation Museum. Check out our calendar for even more weekend events. There's plenty to do out there this weekend. Get out and do it!

Spring Break Long Island Staycations: Fire Island, Shelter Island, and Hamptons

Spring break is right around the corner, and Long Island is the perfect place to spend a staycation. While some will flock to Florida, California, or various other places for a spring break vacation, Long Island and its surrounding areas have some of the nation’s best attractions, making it the perfect destination. And we’ve got a guide for you to have one of the best spring breaks in your own backyard.

 

Oyster Bay's Waterfront: Ballfields, Playgrounds, Sailing, and more

With the dog days of summer still a few months ahead, spring is the ideal time to enjoy the beach!  Fly a kite, play some tennis, handball, basketball, or rollerblade.  Comb the tide lines for crabs and seashells, greet a fisherman, and scan the shore for wildlife. With its ample grassy areas, ballfields and playgrounds the Theodore Roosevelt Memorial Park, in Oyster Bay is the place to play, with free parking (until Memorial Day), to boot.

Long Island Kids' Activities March 24 and 25: Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Presents "Dragons"

The Ringling Bros. circus is in town this weekend. My family got a chance to attend opening night, and my husband (who's a pretty tough critic) and I both agreed that this was really the most entertaining circus we've been to. If you get a chance this weekend, go! If the circus isn't your thing, there's lots more going on around the Island for the weekend. The Easter Bunny hits town a little early for breakfast with the tots, it's Waffle Day at the Children's Museum of the East End, the Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Center is putting on Rainbow Fish, and the Community Synagogue in Port Washington is having a Woodstock-themed family day. Have a great weekend!

Nature, Hiking, and Wildlife in Oyster Bay

It's time to grab those hiking shoes or a good pair of sneakers and prepare to go a little wild this week, as we show you plenty of opportunities to enjoy the great outdoors in and around Oyster Bay. You and your family can hike at Muttontown Preserve, where you'll likely see people on horseback as you visit the ruins of King Zog, the last Albanian monarch's castle. Shu Swamp (try saying that three times fast!) has a lovely toddler-friendly loop trail with a pond where you can feed the brown trout, sticklebacks and other fish. Plant lovers will enjoy the grounds at Planting Fields with two indoor greenhouses and outdoor specimen plantings. Birds of prey, snakes, and lizards, both captive and wild can be seen up close at the Theodore Roosevelt Sanctuary. Enjoy!  

Coming up next week; we'll show you some exceptional places to sign the kids up for classes in Oyster Bay.

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