Long Island

Enter to Win! Caillou and the Doodle Bops Musical Playdate Family Four-Pack Giveaway

Caillou and the Doodle Bops are coming to Long Island! Caillou is always up for an adventure and this energetic live show is no exception. Caillou and friends show off their fabulous footwork as they explore all kinds of wacky movements. The fun doesn’t stop there! Heeding the call of their legions of fans, rock stars (and siblings) DeeDee, Rooney, and Moe Doodlebop take the stage to sing their favorite songs, tell their zaniest jokes, and show off their funkiest dance moves.

More Outdoor Dining for Families on Long Island

(Photo courtesy of Bayside Clam Bar and Grill)

Last year we gave you a list of great places to eat outdoors with your kids. Here are still more great places:

One of the great pleasures of summer is eating alfresco, and Long Island has a plethora of options to fulfill that desire. I started out thinking I would include five of my favorite locations, but as I began talking with some of my mom friends, they all had suggestions that I felt deserved inclusion as well. All of these restaurants are family-friendly, and several also offer entertainment nearby or on site. The water is a common theme for most of these selections, as they feature gorgeous views, allowing you to feel like you’re on vacation, without having to travel.  

Long Island Kids' Activities July 28 and 29: Long Island Steam Trains Open House and LVIS East Hampton Fair,

If your kids love trains like mine do, take them to the Long Island Steamers' Open House this weekend. There's also a fair in East Hampton, Rapunzel, sponsored by Kids Club 13, in Northport, the National Circus Project at the Long Island Children's Museum, and "The Dirt about Dirt"--a fun investigation of soil--at the Center for Science Teaching and Learning, among so many other activities going on this weekend. For more ideas for what to do this weekend, check out our events calendar here.

Long Island Day Trips: Stony Brook

Nestled on the North Shore of Suffolk County, Stony Brook is home to the large university that bears its name, as well as the hospital affiliated with it. But the real fun is in the village on the harbor. It's a fun place for families to spend an afternoon or day exploring the island's heritage, soaking up the sun on the shore, watching the wildlife, shopping, and museum-hopping. My family loves to spend a few hours there just walking around together in this beautiful area. It's a great place to bring the grandparents too.

Long Island Kids' Activities July 21 and 22: CMEE's Family Fair, Brentwood's Puerto Rican Day Parade, the Laurie Berkner Band

(Photo: Teatro Yerbabruja)

The oppressive heat we've had this past week is breaking just in time to allow you to get out and enjoy the weekend—and there's some good stuff to enjoy.

The Children's Museum of the East End is having its Great Outdoors Family Fair, the Town of Babylon is holding its Splash Bash at the Phelps Lane Pool in North Babylon, and the Town of Oyster Bay is putting on its Children's Festival and Safety Day. There's also the Laurie Berkner Band at the Tilles Center and Brentwood's Puerto Rican Day Parade. And as always, you'll find lots more events for this weekend and all week long in our events calendar. Have a great weekend!

Geocaching! Finding Treasure on Long Island

Captain Kidd hid his treasure somewhere around Gardiners Bay, and modern-day treasures are still being hidden all across Long Island and indeed all around the world. Welcome to the game of geocaching, a modern-day treasure hunt where players hide and seek cached containers using GPS-enabled devices like smartphones or GPS navigators. There are almost certainly caches hidden in your neighborhood, probably more than one! And if your children are Scouts, they can even win a merit badge for hunting them.

Summer Children's Theater Performances on Long Island

(In photo:  Jake Sokoloff as The Mad Hatter and Jenna Kavaler as Alice
Photo Credit:  Peter Lanscombe, Theatre Three)

Children develop a personal connection to the characters they meet in fairy tales and story books.  They sympathize with Cinderella and Snow White in their plights with their wicked stepmothers, they relate to a child who can’t say no to just one more cupcake and they revel in the thought of a little boy who can fly. This summer children will be dazzled to see the beloved characters they’ve connected with in books come to life on stages across Long Island. We’ve rounded up some summer stage adaptations of popular children’s stories sure to entertain and likely to inspire even a reluctant reader to reread the story after the final bow.

13 Great Summer Art Classes on Long Island

If your child is a budding Picasso or simply loves crafts, an art class or camp might be an excellent way for her/him to spend time this summer.  Long Island has many options to explore with several art camps beginning this week or next.  Many programs have rolling admissions, or welcome walk-ins, so for those of you who prefer a less structured art experience, there are classes for you as well.

Long Island Kids' Activities July 14 and 15: Tractor Pull and Show at Hallockville, Willy Wonka Outdoor Movie, and Sharkfest

The Tractor Pull and Show, a favorite of some Mommy Poppins writers, is at Hallockville Farm this weekend. You and the kids can also enjoy a show from the National Circus Project at the Long Island Children's Museum, Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory at Country Fair Park in Medford, or Sharkfest at the Cold Spring Harbor Whaling Museum. For more ideas about what to do this weekend, or any time of the week, check out our events calendar all week long.

Take Them Out to the Ballgame: The Long Island Ducks

Grab your Quackers, folks, because it's time to root, root, root for our very own home team--the Long Island Ducks. On my mom's side, my family's got a long line of Yankee fan-atics, while my dad grew up in Brooklyn when the borough was having its love affair with the Dodgers. Needless to say, I grew up with a love of baseball. I have every intention of sharing the passion for the sport with my kids, but with Yankee Stadium's pricing out of the ballpark, it can be difficult to take a whole family out to the ballgame. The Ducks, on the other hand have family-friendly pricing and so much activity going on throughout the game that you and the kids may not even care if you ever get back.


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