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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.

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!

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