Long Island

Weekday Events: Backyard Fun, Dickens Casting Call

This week we bid goodbye to summer vacation and say hello to the new school year.

But there are still plenty of activities for Long Island kids to get excited about. The Labor Day holiday is Monday, September 4 and promises a number of exciting events, including closing day of the Shinnecock Powwow. Of course, check out our September GoList for things to do throughout the entire month. Our Classes and Enrichment Guide offers fresh ideas for intellectual stimulation on topics ranging from STEM to the arts.

Best Fall Fairs and Festivals for Long Island Families

The leaves soon will turn and the smell of apple cider donuts and roasted corn will be in the air. Soon, you’ll have to put on an extra layer to keep warm, but no one really mind if it means enjoying a seasonal treat and spending some family time outside. It’s fall fairs and festivals season, and we’ve pulled together a list of some of the best this September and October, including a peek into Halloween fun. So grab a sweater and enjoy this in-between season before the real chill sets in.

 No matter where you live—Nassau, Suffolk, or the East End—fall on Long Island is beautiful, and there’s plenty of family fun to be had. Check out our fall fun guide for more ideas.

Best of Port Jefferson for Kids: Playgrounds, Eats, Toy Stores

With its playgrounds and parks with harbor views, a walkable Main Street lined with kid-friendly restaurants and unique shops, and plenty of things to do year round for the whole family, Port Jefferson would seem to have it all.

Located on Long Island’s North Shore, Port Jefferson is about 50 miles east of Manhattan and its port welcomes daily ferries to and from Connecticut. Whether spending the day or planning a fun night on the town, this picturesque harborside village offers something for everyone. To help you get the most out of your visit, we’ve rounded up the best of Port Jeff for you and your family.

And for more family-friendly fun on Long Island, check out our list of great family day trips and our guides to Nassau and Suffolk counties, and the East End. Or why not hop the ferry at Port Jefferson and visit Connecticut for a day?

Music Together Sing Shalom, New Jewish Music Program For Long Island Families

For many moms and dads, Music Together® might as well be the official soundtrack to early parenthood. Even those who haven't taught their toddlers to shake a tambourine at one of the many classes available across Long Island are probably familiar with the much-loved program that brings kids and caregivers together through music and movement. And while Music Together has been a family favorite since it first launched in the eighties, its latest collaboration with The Jewish Education Project is a really exciting new addition to the already-popular offerings.

Labor Day Weekend for LI Kids: Powwow, Cirque, Beaches, Fests

This Labor Day weekend, head to the East End for a festive dose of American Indian culture as the Shinnecock tribe hosts its annual powwow. Or ferry over to Shelter Island for its annual kids snapper derby. Meanwhile, newly renovated Nassau Coliseum hosts Cirque du Soleil's latest acrobatic performance, OVO.

There's still time to squeeze in some summer fun. Check out our bucket list of 25 things to do on LI before school starts.

In the meantime, our Event Calendar is loaded with fun, daily happenings for Long Island kids. And our September GoList offers up fun, family events for the entire month.

Don't forget to check out our local DEALS page, where you can score discounts on camps, classes, birthday party packages, and more for LI kids. Check back often as we're constantly adding more.

Don't see a great event here? Add it to our calendar yourself.

After Hurricane Harvey: How to Help & Get Help After the Storm

You don't need us to tell you Hurricane Harvey has devastated Houston. The Bayou City has quickly become just that—a submerged metropolis where people have been pushed from their homes, from hospitals, and from entire communities. While this historic storm has wrecked our home, good Samaritans have emerged from all corners of the Greater Houston area to help those in need.

Here are some ways anyone can help families and individuals affected by the storm, as well as ways for locals to search for help. Send us a note at houstoneditor@mommypoppins.com if you have any resources we do not have listed, and we can add them here. Stay safe, Houston. Together, we will pull through. #HoustonStrong

September GoList: Best Things to Do with Long Island Kids

We dare not say the words that are on every kid’s mind these days. Back to what? Where? Now?

It’s September, and that means summer games have run their course. It’s time to get serious again, at least Monday through Friday. And while we at Mommy Poppins embrace the value of learning, we also recognize that few times on finer on Long Island than September weekends.

The sun still shines brightly, and there’s plenty to do for Long Island families with a sense of adventure. The month opens with a great celebration of Native American culture on the East End, and continues with fishing derbies, museum holidays, nautical festivals, farm stand happenings, and more.

By the time September ends and we transition fully to autumn, kids won’t even remember this is the month they returned to, well, we won’t say. So enjoy September and all it brings. Here are our picks for the best in Long Island family entertainment this month.

AMC Returns Favorite Disney Princess Movies to Theaters

Disney and AMC Theatres have joined forces to return some of the most popular princess-themed movies of years past to the theater this fall, including the original Beauty and the Beast from (gasp) 1991, and slightly more recent faves like the fiery, bow-and-arrow wielding redhead from Brave (2012).

If you have a gown-loving, but rambunctious little kid in your life, she or he may already know these flicks inside and out, but they were probably too young to catch them on the big screen. Tickets are already on sale for this princess movie fest featuring a diverse set of heroines, which will play in September and October at select AMC theaters across the country, so grab them while you can.

Read on for more info on how you can catch these six fairy tale heroes this fall. 

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