Long Island

Best Long Island Camping and RV Sites for Families and Kids

Families have for generations bonded over camping. On Long Island, where campgrounds offer oceanside views, hiking trails, historic landmarks, and lighthouses, experienced camping families or first-timers can enjoy roasting hot dogs and marshmallows, making shadow animals on tent walls, chasing after fireflies, and otherwise celebrating nature.

We've compiled a list of the best camping destinations in Nassau and Suffolk counties just waiting to host you and your family. Some are located in state or county parks, where residency restrictions might apply. Others are private or corporately run and open to all. Regardless, camping is especially popular on Long Island from May to October, so call ahead for availability and other essential information.

For tips on other LI outdoor activities, see our guide to Long Island playgrounds and parks. For exciting day trip possibilities and other nature-related activities, see our Long Island getaway guide.

Top New Amusement Parks and Rides Opening This Summer

The summer family vacation season is right around the corner, so it's never too early to start dreaming of your escape. Amusement parks, of course, are always top of mind for the kids come summer, so we've trekked up and down the eastern seaboard (virtually, anyway) to find the coolest new theme park attractions set to open this spring and summer.

There's a brand-new thrill ride at Six Flags New England, a pint-sized coaster at Sesame Place, a whole new Toy Story Land in Orlando, and Thomas Town opens near Pittsburgh with plenty of locomotive fun. Read on for more than a dozen new top attractions we're looking forward to checking out at amusement parks spanning from Massachusetts to Florida this summer.

Toddler and Preschool Birthday Party Venues and Ideas on LI

Toddler birthday parties are exciting. But for parents, it can be stressful planning that perfect party.

Finding a location or a unique idea is a challenge. But good news: Whether you're looking for an engaging indoor play space, an outdoor environment, or even a home party with entertainment, there are plenty of toddler-friendly options across Long Island that we have compiled for you here. As always, check out our Long Island Party Guide for more on planning the ideal party for a child of any age.

Weekend Fun for LI Kids: St. Patrick's Day Parades, Chocolate Fest

Everyone's Irish this weekend. Celebrate St. Patrick's Day across Long Island by participating in a wee bit o' crafting at the Long Island Explorium or the Long Island Children's Museum. March in St. Patty's Day parades in Patchogue or Glen Cove.

Remember, on this final weekend of winter, you can always pop over to our March GoList to find more seasonal entertainment. Mark your calendars and complete some of our 50 great things to do indoors with Long Island kids. Or pad your wallet with a list of FREE family activities this month.

Of course, our Event Calendar is loaded with fun, daily happenings for Long Island kids. Don't see a great event listed here? Add it to our Event Calendar yourself. 

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Mohonk Mountain House: A Favorite Hudson Valley Resort Reviewed

For a luxurious family getaway in the Hudson Valley, Mohonk Mountain House is a delicious splurge in any season. The historic Victorian castle, just 90 miles from New York City and North Jersey, is surrounded by thousands of acres of forest, miles of hiking trails and breathtaking mountain vistas. It attracts both locals and guests from around the country, including the tristate area.

Cozy guest rooms include fireplaces or rocking-chair balconies, but no televisions, so get ready for hours of family togetherness. Don't worry, there's a kids club, myriad indoor and outdoor activities, an award-winning spa, and decent wi-fi signal. We revisited the local family resort this winter for a long weekend getaway and are happy to share our review with Mommy Poppins readers.

Spring Break Camps for Long Island Kids, 2018

Long Island schools are closed for a whole week for spring break this year. With so much time to fill, why not check out these daily and weekly offerings?

Spring break begins for most school districts on Friday, March 30, continuing through Sunday, April 8. So whether you're entertaining a budding scientist, an aspiring artist, or a sports enthusiast, there's a camp to satisfy seemingly every interest. For more spring break ideas, be sure to check out our daily event calendar and our March GoList.

27 Great Rainy-Day Activities for Long Island Kids

When it’s raining outside, it’s time for indoor fun. To get you started, we’ve put together a list of rainy-day activities that will make everything seem a whole lot brighter. We’re talking Long Island’s coolest indoor play spaces, sports centers and fun zones, the latest museum exhibits, and the newest places to visit.

Of course, if you decide to just stay home, we’ve got you covered there, too, with plenty of creative indoor boredom busters..

For even more things to do, check out our Event Calendar, which is filled with plenty of fun, daily events.

Easter Egg Hunts for Long Island Kids in 2018

This year Easter falls on Sunday, April 1–April Fool's Day–but we're not fooling you when we say we've rounded up the best Easter egg hunts and bunny visits on Long Island. With some venues preparing thousands of eggs, with the help of the Easter Bunny, of course, kids will delight in searching for and collecting every colorful, candy-filled egg.

We're glad to see so many venues have scheduled hunts by age, to give both little and big kids a fair shot at filling their baskets. Remember to bring a basket (or a bag) for the kids to hold their collected treasures, and pack your camera for Easter Bunny brunches and photo-ops. (If there's a threat of rain, be sure to give a call first.)

For more kid-friendly fun, check out our Long Island Events Calendar and March GoList.

Big Bounce America Brings Inflatable Fun for Kids This Summer

Kids, grab your best pair of socks and your most breathable T-shirts, because you've got some bouncing to do. The Big Bounce America, billed as "50 percent activity, 50 percent dance party," is coming to a location near you this summer. 

Featuring 20,000-square-feet of inflatable fun, what's billed as the world's largest bounce house and its colorful surrounding village, offer something memorable and enticing for every age group. Besides the bouncing, there's even a water slide and a massive ball pit. It will hit a number of Mommy Poppins cities in the next few months, including Boston, the NYC suburbs, Philadelphia, Los Angeles, Houston, Texas, and even one of our favorite family vacation spots—Orlando.

We've got the scoop on what to expect, ticket info, and must-know info about this new family attraction.

Weekend Fun for LI Kids: St. Patrick's Day Parades, Charlie Brown

While the leprechaun's visit is a few weeks away, St. Patrick's Day festivities are abound this weekend across Long Island. Catch a big one at a trout fishing clinic at Caleb Smith Park. Or find your inner yogi at this family workshop at the Smithtown Historical Society. Hang out with the Peanuts gang at The Showplace to see You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown.

Remember, you can always pop over to our March GoList or Winter Fun Guide to find more seasonal entertainment. Mark your calendars this winter and complete some of our 50 great things to do indoors with Long Island kids. Or pad your wallet with a list of FREE family activities this month.

Of course, our Event Calendar is loaded with fun, daily happenings for Long Island kids. Don't see a great event listed here? Add it to our Event Calendar yourself. 

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