Long Island

Things to Do for Kids and Families on Long Island January 21 and 22: Dinosaur Petting Zoo and Winter Wildlife Safari

Happy Chinese New Year!

Nature and science activities abound this weekend, with a bird-watching walk, Family Science Saturday at the Long Island Science Center, a Wildlife Safari, and the Dinosaur Petting Zoo at the Tilles Center. There's also a Chinese New Year celebration at the Cold Spring Harbor Whaling Museum and Family Sundays at the Nassau Museum of Art.

Just because it's (literally) freezing outside, doesn't mean you have to keep the family inside this weekend. Get out, explore nature, and have fun! Gung hay fat choy!

MLK Day Events and Activities for Kids on Long Island 2012

The kids have an extra day off from school this weekend, and while they're looking forward to it, you're thinking, "What am I going to do with them?!" In addition to most indoor play spaces, bowling alleys, ice- and roller-skating rinks being open, there are several activities going on around town to keep your children busy, no matter their age. We've got you covered. Also, look to our guide to commemorative events and celebrations if you're looking to honor Dr. King's legacy with your children on this National Day of Service.

Things to Do for Kids and Families on Long Island January 14 and 15: MLK commemorative events & Jack Hanna's Into the Wild

It's a three day-weekend; but don't worry, there's lots going on around the Island to keep your kid busy. There are several MLK commemorative events going on, as well as some great skating activities, a Goldilocks and the Three Bears production, a winter art workshop, and Jack Hanna's Into the Wild. Also see our MLK commemorative events post for ways to honor Dr. King's legacy on MLK Day.


Things to Do for Kids and Families on Long Island January 7 and 8: Disney on Ice and Feasts for Beasts Opening Weekend

The holidays are over, the kids are back to school…everything is back to normal. Except now they're bored, suffering from postholiday letdown. How can you keep them entertained? We've got you covered. Disney on Ice is in town, the Long Island Children's Museum is opening a new exhibit and is presenting a fun performance in its theater, plus there are a couple of children's productions being put on around the Island.


Things to Do for Kids and Families on Long Island December 31 and January 1: New Year's Eve Parties and a Seal Cruise

     It's New Year's weekend! 

New Year's Eve celebrations dominate this weekend, so you'll find lots of NYE celebratory events for your family (see our New Year's Eve events roundup). For New Year's Day, it's time to get out and get in touch with nature with a New Year's Day hike and and a seal cruise.

Happy New Year!

Things to Do for Kids and Families on Long Island December 24 and 25: Skate with Santa, Christmas Shows, & Hanukkah Celebrations

Christmas weekend is finally here! While many will probably be caught up doing last-minute shopping and celebrating the holiday with family, of course, not everyone celebrates Christmas, and even those who do might be looking to get the kids out of the house for a few hours. Don't worry: The Island doesn't shut down for Christmas. We've found lots of activities going on for you and your family.

Things to Do for Kids and Families on Long Island December 10 and 11:

Yes, we're sure you've got lots of shopping still to do for the holidays, but you still have to keep the kiddies entertained. We've got you covered: There are Christmas and Hanukkah celebrations and shows (including several Nutcracker performances) around the Island, as well as a couple of seal hikes out east and a great garden-themed dance performance at the Tilles Center for young children. And there's still plenty of time to head to a Cut-Your-Own-Tree farm for your Christmas tree and to get your child's picture taken with Santa.


Things to Do for Kids and Families on Long Island December 3 & 4: Holiday Fun, a Dickens Festival and National Cookie Day

The holiday season is in full effect, and there are celebrations all over the Island: Christmas tree lightings, festivals, a LEGO-menorah-building event, shows--even a weekend-long Charles Dickens festival, complete with period costumes, horse-and-carriage rides, and, of course, productions of The Nutcracker and A Christmas Carol. And if you are ready for an outing to Cut Your Own Christmas Tree, we've got you covered. There are also some fun and educational non-holiday-oriented shows at the Long Island Children's Museum. And Saturday's National Cookie Day, don't you know? So cut the kids some slack this weekend, and while you're at it, take them to the Whaling Museum in Cold Spring Harbor for a Sea Cookie Workshop!

We've rounded up a list of the top events happening around the Island to suit whatever you're looking for--holiday themed or not.

And if you have a moment, check out the wonderful food drive that Mommy Poppins herself has spearheaded and Help Us Feed 10,000 NYC Children This Holiday Season. It's an easy process, and may be the start of an important discussion with your kids.


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