Long Island

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!

Party Like an Animal with 5 New York City Birthday Party Ideas

Every parent wants his or her child's birthday party to be a special and memorable experience. One way to insure that your child's party will be one that he or she will remember for years to come is to invite some animals, and I don't mean those boys in their class. Kids love animals and there are some really cool birthday party ideas that you can have right in New York City with live animals in attendance.

While some of these parties are admittedly exorbitant, you'll be surprised at a few options that are on par with other birthday parties in New York and won't break the bank. Check out these animal parties that kids will be "eternally" grateful for (for at least a couple of days):  

"Feasts for Beasts" at the Long Island Children's Museum

Order up!  Today's menu includes pigs, ants, tree bark, and a very popular side dish of mice. Visitors to the Long Island Children's Museum's new permanent exhibit, "Feasts for Beasts," are invited to become servers at this child-size diner, where a raccoon, bear, beaver, snake, and leopard have come to feast. Give them the wrong food and a sugar container will light up "no," while the right food will generate a "yes."  

Things to Do for Kids and Families on Long Island January 28 and 29: Family Adventures and a Chinese New Year Celebration

Science and nature are the name of the game again this weekend, with Science Saturday at the Long Island Science Center, and A Nature Clue for You and Creature Creations at a couple of Long Island state parks. You'll also find a Chinese New Year celebration in Stony Brook, both a chocolate workshop (!) and an activity about eating right for and taking good care of your teeth at the Long Island Children's Museum, and an Alice in Wonderland ballet at the Tilles Center.


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