Long Island

A Tiny House Hotel Vacation Means Big Fun for Families

For traveling families, a tiny house rental can make the perfect hotel solution. It often comes with multiple beds without the cost of a pricey multiroom suite, as well as family-friendly amenities, such as stocked kitchens. It doesn't hurt that they're so very cute and often set among pretty landscapes, from beaches to forests and mountains. 

Tiny houses have grown in popularity in recent years as many of us try to reduce our footprint and that means a tiny house getaway is all the more accessible. There are now villages of tiny houses available for American vacationers. Tiny home resorts have cropped up, too, while some campgrounds and even urban areas have added a handful of rentable tiny homes to their grounds.

So pack light and check out these seven tiny house resorts that allow you and the kids to try on tiny living for size.

Best Long Island Beach Towns for Families That Aren't in the Hamptons

Long Island has some great beaches…and surrounding these beaches are some really great beach communities. And we’re not just talking about the HamptonsMontauk and the North Fork.

On both coasts of Nassau and western Suffolk counties, there are communities that boast gorgeous seashores and so much more. From bustling boardwalks and marinas to harborfront shopping ... from dining to playgrounds and parks with water views to free outdoor music and events, these beach towns are the perfect stay-cation spots for Long Island families looking for alternatives to the East End.

Fourth of July Weekend on Long Island: Fireworks, Festivals, and Parades

Start off the Fourth of July weekend with a bang at fireworks shows across Long Island. Spend Independence Day at one of Long Islands's lush parks or beaches before settling in for a barbecue and some lights in the sky. These are just a sample of some of the great family-friendly entertainment on Long Island this Fourth of July weekend.

Elsewhere, enjoy food and live music, and see who will be crowned Little Miss and Mr. Mattituck at Mattituck's Old Fashioned Street Fair. In honor of Independence Day, kids can create patriotic crafts at the Whaling Museum's self-serve stations all weekend long.

Maybe even take in a FREE outdoor community concert or movie. Whatever you choose, have a great Fourth of July

Top Mommy-and-Me Baby Classes on Long Island

We’ve rounded up some of the best mommy-and-me classes on Long Island, ideal if you want to to stay fit or learn a new craft. You and your baby will have fun, meet other moms and tots, and, most importantly, spend precious time together. 

From Zumba to yoga, cooking and art, there are plenty of ways to nurture your baby’s mind, body, and creative spirit. Not to mention your own. Of course, classes are open to dads, grandparents, and other caregivers. Be sure to check class websites for times, costs, and registration details.

Gymnastics Classes for Kids on Long Island

Gymnastics is a multidimensional sport that improves endurance, strength, and flexibility, as well as grace and poise. Few sports challenge participants in so many areas.

A gymnastics class also helps a shy child to express him or herself in a whole new way. It's a great way for children to build confidence and overcome fears in a joyful and nurturing environment. There are many class options available, from mommy-and-me programs for younger kids to beginner and advanced instruction for older students.

For additional class suggestions, see our Classes and Enrichment Guide for Long Island Kids.

9 Great Programs for Long Island Kids With Special Needs

There is no doubt that people who are challenged with special needs can experience sadness, insecurity, isolation, and exclusion. With increased attention paid to autism, cerebral palsy, dyslexia, and other conditions, research and resources seem to be increasing.

Unfortunately, some of these programs are not publicized sufficiently, even though many families would benefit tremendously from easy access to them. There are, however, several great programs for Long Island kids with special needs. And we’ve compiled a list just for you.

For more educational and developmental programs for Long Island kids, see our classes and enrichment guide or our Long Island Special Needs Guide.

The Best Cooking Schools for Kids on Long Island

If you can’t seem to fry up cutlets without a few mini-folks scrambling into the kitchen, you might have some teeny chefs on your hands.

Here are some of the best cooking schools for kids on Long Island, where little cooks can hone their skills under the direction of experts. And while you’re exploring creative corners, check out these 10 drop-in art locations for Long Island kids and our LI classes and enrichment guide.

Great STEM Classes for Long Island Kids

If science and technology are to continue to develop, the world would seem to need innovative minds that keep dreaming and creating. STEM and STEAM programs emphasize science, technology, engineering, art, and math to develop the brains of the future, our Long Island kids. More schools, camps, and museums across Long Island are offering classes and workshops with a focus on STEM education. Check out some of our favorite programs below.

Little engineers, rejoice. 

Best Fourth of July Activities for Kids That Aren't Fireworks

It's Fourth of July week, and the kids are itching for something fun to do before the big fireworks show. Keep them entertained with these Independence Day activities, including patriotic crafts, cooking projects, and even day trips.

We've rounded up plenty of kid-friendly things to do this Fourth of July, including for toddlers and preschoolers who might prefer to avoid those startling (and thunderous) sky explosions. But we didn't neglect the big kid and teen activities either.

Find more at-home activity ideas in our Boredom Busters for Kids guide, including 100 Awesome Crafts and the Ultimate Summer Play List.

Mommy Poppins Great Big Summer Giveaway!

Yes, Mommy Poppins is your go-to for fun all year round, but especially summertime – our Summer Guides and local family event calendars are jam packed with outings and activities galore. But we wanted to put a little extra sizzle in your season, so this summer we’re hosting our biggest giveaway ever! Each week, for the entire summer, we’re giving away a different awesome prize package.

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