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Long Island Weekend Events, December 11 & 12: Flying Santa, Trip to Oz, Meteor Shower and More!

Brrr! It is beginning to feel a lot like winter. Take a break from the holiday chaos, put down the garland, pause the shopping and head to a show or a home that has already decked its halls (no need for you to lift a finger). Celebrations and the holiday spirit are in full swing around the island. Willing to brave the brisk weather? Check out the 8th annual flying Santa on Fire Island or make your own nature-inspired wreath. Check out these six great events happening in your (very chilly) neck of the woods!

And for more cool events, check out our Mommy Poppins Holiday Guide.


Long Island Weekend Events, December 4 & 5: Hanukkah Fun, Santa Sightings, Train Displays and More

The pumpkins are disposed of, the Indian corn put away, and sadly, all Thanksgiving leftovers are gone. It's time to take a deep breath, pull those long johns out of storage and accept that the cold weather is here. And when you feel the early onset of cabin fever, perhaps even this weekend, check out one of the cool events we have listed for you here. From Hanukkah fun to train exhibits to early sightings of the man in the red suit, we've collected some great possibilities for your weekend. Happy Hanukkah.

And for more fantastic ideas for the holiday season, check out our Holiday Guide.

8 Holiday Shows That Suit Every Taste: The Nutcracker, Frosty, Sound of Music and More!

So you’re already sick of crowded stores and shopping-resistant children? Forget the mall!  Bring your kids to a wonderful performance this holiday season.  There really is something to satisfy every taste.  If you have young children, perhaps take in A Winnie the Pooh Christmas Tail or Frosty.  Older kids in your house? A Christmas Carol or the Sound of Music might be just the right fit.  When in doubt, there’s always The Nutcracker – a surefire hit.  Whatever you decide, here are eight great offerings to make your season merry and bright. 



Long Island Weekend Events November 20 & 21: Thanksgiving the Old Fashioned Way, Music, a Film Festival and a Pumpkin Smash

It would be nice to think that we aren't completely in prep mode quite yet, but you know better. I'll be doing anything I can this weekend to get ahead of the game for Thanksgiving. In between the grocery shopping and cleaning and searching for outfits to wear for the big feast, I have to get out and do something fun with my family. And we've rounded up some great options, so that you can do the same. Whether you want to see Thanksgiving prepared old school, attend a kid's film festival at Long Island Children's Museum, watch a beautiful and festive parade of boats or smash that pumpkin at the Cradle of Aviation Museum, we've got the info here for you.

5 Great Holiday Cooking Classes for Kids and Their Grown-Ups: Gingerbread, Cookies and More

It seems that each year the holiday decorations go up earlier and the trees get trimmed sooner.  If you’ve got kids or teens in your house who are ready to get a jumpstart on baking or cooking for the holidays, look into these great options that are well worth their time.  And you never know, perhaps you can put your feet up and let the kids do all the cooking next year!

Long Island Weekend Events November 6 & 7: Fall Colors, Cool Exhibits, Gustafer Yellowgold and Disgusting Things from the Deep

The holidays approach, can you feel it already? This may just be the last chance at a bit of normal, so grab the kids and have a great fall weekend. We've got nature walks, fall festivals, concerts, performances and exhibits for you here. And do not shy away from a disgusting, slimy in depth look at the ocean. Have a great weekend!



Toys: The Inside Story at the Long Island Children's Museum

Ever wonder just how that Hokey Pokey Elmo actually wiggles and dances?  No, it isn’t just the batteries.  The answer to this and many other toy functionality questions can be answered with a visit to the Long Island Children’s Museum where Toys: The Inside Story is currently on exhibit.  The exhibit is fun for parents, full of classic toys like Etch a Sketch, jacks in the box and other toys from our childhood as well as an engaging experience for kids where they can learn and experiment with gears, circuits and pulleys – all while playing with their favorite toys.  By the way, a rotating cam and follower makes Elmo dance.

Long Island Weekend Events October 30 & 31: Ghost Stories, Slime Making and Halloween Fun

Please note this is a post from 2010, for our weekend events post for 2011, see Things to Do for Kids and Families on Long Island October 29-30: Halloween Fun, More Fall Festivals and Fun in the Forest. Happy Halloween to all of your favorite ghosts and goblins!  There’s only so much costume wearing and candy collecting one can do, right?  I’m sure there are some little people in your house that may beg to differ!  Prepare for the spookiest holiday of the year by listening to ghost stories and legends, making slime, Native American masks or listening to stories read under the planetarium sky.  There’s much to do in between that trick-or-treating.  We've got great options for you here, and check out our Halloween Guide for more awesome ideas. Enjoy!

Long Island Weekend Events October 23 & 24: Family Fall Festivals, Old Time Halloween and Goofy Gourds

Halloween is nearly here. I'm holding out on buying the candy, the candy that I eat and replace many times over before the actual day. The costumes need tweaking, and I'm starting the search for gloves and hats. But this weekend, it's not quite Halloween yet. And this weekend it's still fall, not yet winter. If you want to grab a bit more of fall like I do, here are some great ways to do it. And if you are feeling a little Halloweenish, then you can check our Halloween Guide, and I've got some spooky options for your family here too.


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