Long Island

Getting Ready for Hurricane Irene

Hurricane Irene is getting all the attention right now, and though we hate to overload you with hurricane news, we do want to make sure everyone is safe and sound. And once you are safe and sound, we would like you all to be sane, and maybe even entertained, while waiting for the storm to pass. Here are a few links to help:



Things for Kids and Families to Do on Long Island August 27-28: Festivals, Seashells, Trains and More!

News Update: Please call all venues ahead of time to verify that they are still occurring. There are many cancellations due to Hurricane Irene. Sure, the back to school sales have begun, but summer still reigns, and there is still a lot of kid energy to burn off. If your child is into trains, you won't want to miss the Riverhead Railroad Festival, and we found a museum overnight perfect for any wee pirate. We've also listed some museum and festival fun, from a Scottish celebration to an Annual Seafood Festival. Have a great weekend!

Things for Kids and Families to Do on Long Island August 13-14: Delightful Dragonflies, Butterflies and Bubble Mania!

Butterflies, dragonflies, bubbles and...tractors! Variety is definitely the theme of this weekend and we’ve got events to fit every member of the family. And if you haven't hit the golf course this summer, you can find a family golf outing in our coverage of 6 Great Mini Golf Courses on Long Island. Or if you are feeling the need to cool off, check out the Mommy Poppins NYC post on our very own Splish Splash Water Park. Have a great weekend!

Nature for NYC Kids: 20 Places Where Families Can Connect With Nature

Even though we're raising our families in the urban jungle, there are a multitude of ways to keep New York City kids connected to nature.

We've already written about many great outdoor activities you can do in the five boroughs, like bird-watching, hiking and gardening, and many items on our list of 100 Things to Do in NYC with Kids Before They Grow Up involve communing with Mother Nature.

Now we've rounded up our top 20 places in (or near) New York City where your family can marvel at, learn about and connect with nature. So before you plan your next trip to the country, check out our list. You may not need to rent a car after all.

Splish Splash Water Park on Long Island: Where Kids Can Cool Off and Have Fun

[UPDATED: August 1, 2012]

Cooling off in local sprinklers or pools is a rite of summer in the city. But nothing beats the fun of taking a day trip to a nearby water theme park, where families can spend the whole day getting wet and wild.

There are many water theme parks within driving distance of NYC. In fact, Splish Splash on Long Island—which is considered by many folks (including my son) to be one of the best water parks in the country—is just a 90-minute drive from midtown Manhattan. Bonus: You can see it from the the Long Island Expressway, so you can't get lost on the way there! 

The 96-acre park has two dozen rides, ranging from tame kiddie pools to dark tunnels of terror. Plus there are other attractions like two wave pools and a bird show.

In addition to being super-cool (in both senses of the word), Splish Splash is immaculately clean and comfortable. The water is pristine and there's a surprising amount of shade. My son and I recently went on our first trip there with a bunch of his friends, and to say we were impressed is an understatement. We closed the park, and my six-year-old and his pals have been begging to go back again before the season ends.

Things for Kids and Families to Do on Long Island August 6-7: Sandcastle Contest, 3D Art, 3 Legged Races and More

We’ve got some fun events to kick off your first weekend in August! Take part in storm exploring, see King Arthur acting silly or try some authentic Irish soda bread. Whatever you choose we want you to have an amazing weekend! Read on for our round up of fun, and don't forget to keep in mind the Summer Fairs and Festivals on Long Island, including the 32nd Annual Sayville Summerfest, which happens this weekend.

Outdoor Dining with Long Island Kids

Eat outside with your family, but let someone else take care of the food, and the dishes. Outdoor dining brings you and yours great views, excellent food and none of the work. We’ve got some great Long Island outdoor dining spots listed here that offer something for everyone.

Things to Do for Kids and Families: July 23-24: Sweet Corn Festival, Rockin' with the Recess Monkeys, Birds of Prey and More

Hot weather making you stay in? Or, loving the warmth the sun is bringing us right now and want to embrace it? Well this weekend, we’ve got fun and exciting indoor and outdoor events taking place. Read on to see where to have fun in the sun, or fun inside. Don't forget to check out our post about where you can Take a Dip in Long Island Pools.


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