Long Island

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.

Museums of Oyster Bay

Oyster Bay is a historical treasure trove, and nowhere is that more evident than in its wealth of museums and historical sites. Spend a weekend day taking in all of Oyster Bay's museums with the kids;  you'll  find yourselves pleasantly surprised by how much you learn and how much you enjoy the learning. The good news is these museums are rarely crowded, do not require reservations, and are free or nearly free (Raynham Hall has a $5 fee for those over 6).

Long Island Kids' Activities March 10 and 11: More Purim Celebrations and a Circus Sneak Peek

The circus is coming to town! The circus is coming to town! In a couple of weeks the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus will be coming to Nassau Coliseum (check your Long Island newsletter this week for a chance to win tickets), but you can get a sneak peek this weekend at Long Island Children's Museum. There's also a Purim Carnival this weekend, a Fancy Nancy Mermaid Party, and a family scavenger hunt. Have a great weekend!

Oyster Bay for Kids and Families

This month we begin spotlighting different neighborhoods around the Island, and we're kicking it off with Oyster Bay. Steeped in history, teeming with activity, and loaded with natural beauty, the small hamlet of Oyster Bay is a true pearl of Long Island. Throughout March, we'll be focusing on all that Oyster Bay has to offer families. Whether you're a resident, or you're looking for something new to do on the Island, you'll find lots to do and see and eat in the neighborhood. Over the course of the month, we'll tell you about the museums; restaurants; shopping; parks, gardens, and nature preserves; and rich waterfront, jam-packed with events and activities to keep families busy. Read on. Later this week: museums.

Long Island Reading and Literacy Events

March brings us an abundance of opportunities to celebrate our love of books! Schools, libraries, and families across Long Island have kicked off the month by celebrating both the 108th birthday of Dr. Seuss and Read Across America Day. The celebration continues on into next week with some very special book-centered events. Check out these free or cheap activities sure to engage your little bookworm!

Long Island Kids' Activities February 25 and 26: Maple Sugaring Day, Waffle Day, Camellia Weekend, and Alec Baldwin Reads

You and your family are probably beat from all the winter break fun you had this past week, but this weekend is no time to kick back and relax: There's still so much to do! This weekend will afford us still more opportunities to get out and enjoy this beautiful winter weather we've been having, with lots of outdoor activities. There are also a few events for your budding reader. (Don't forget about Target's Read Across America event celebrating Dr. Seuss's birthday, with readings of The Lorax at all of its local stores.) Believe it or not, it's Maple Sugaring Day and Waffle Day (there's gotta be a way to combine the two!) Also, newsletter subscribers, be on the lookout for a giveaway coming up soon, exclusively for newsletter subscribers. If you haven't subscribed yet, now's the time....

Long Island Kids' Activities February 18 and 19, 2012: Who Done It? and Lots of Museum Activities

Long Island's museums provide lots of entertainment for the kids this weekend: At the Long Island Children's Museum, there's a puppet show and a great Black History Month program; the Children's Museum of the East End has its LEGO club; and the Nassau Museum of Art has its Family Sunday. There's also a fun program at the Sweetbriar Nature Center.

Long Island Kids' Activities February 11 and 12: Valentine's Activities, Concerts for Tots, and Stand Up 8

Valentine's activities are the order of the weekend! Your kid can make cards for their loved ones, or your little diva can indulge in a chocolate pedicure and facial while noshing on heart-shaped sandwiches and a sundae. Does your little one just wanna rock? Debbie and Friends will be performing "Story Songs" at the Long Island Children's Museum, and Brett for Kids is doing a free concert at Buckley Day Camp. For something a little different, circus troupe Stand Up 8 is performing at the Staller Center.

Things to do for Kids and Families on Long Island February 4 and 5: Nature Activities and All That Jazz!

How about this weather we've been having? This weekend is no time to stay cooped up in the house or at your local bounce-play place. Get out and enjoy the weather! There are lots of outdoor activities going on this weekend to enjoy, including a seal cruise and a few other nature-based activities, as well as some indoor events in case the weather turns or it rains, like a Black History Month celebration at the Children's Museum, a LEGO day at the Nassau County Museum, and a concert at the Suffolk Y JCC. Get out and have fun!

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