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7 Places to Have Afternoon Tea with Long Island Kids

Did you know that January is Hot Tea Month? We didn't either, but it makes perfect sense.

When the weather is cold, enjoying a warm cup of tea with your favorite little person is a wonderful way to spend an afternoon. From sampling a variety of tea flavors to tasting yummy miniature sandwiches and scones, these Long Island tea rooms offer a warm welcome in an elegant setting. For more delicious fun with your little one, check out our guide to the best Long Island brunch destinations for families, or treat yourself to our roundup of the Island's most decadent dessert spots

Sippy Cups Cafe: A New Play Space with Snacktime

A play space where parents can grab a cup of joe— and drink it while it's still hot—with the kiddies exploring in plain sight? That's the setup at Sippy Cups Cafe in Seaford, a play space plus cafe for adults with children ages 6 and younger.

Looking for more inside fun this season? Check out our guide to Long Island's top indoor play spaces. If you have a younger child, you might want to see our list of the best indoor play spaces for LI toddlers. Enjoy.

25 Top Palm Springs Resorts, Attractions , & Things To Do for Families

No matter the season, you can always count on Palm Springs and the surrounding Coachella Valley for balmy weather and lots of fun in the sun. In fact, this glamorous resort area, only a two-hour drive from Los Angeles, is blessed with an average of 350 days of sunshine each year and is the ideal playground for countless family activities. Here are a few ideas on how to make the most of a vacation in the desert.

Weekend Fun: Holiday & Chocolate Festivals, Electric Parade

The sun will come out tomorrow! Or rather, all weekend long as the Engeman Theatre puts on a production of Annie. Throw on an apron and decorate a gingerbread house with mom or dad at Picasso Kidz. Catch the hijinx of Elf Jr. on stage in Oakdale. Step back into days of old at The Whaling Museum's Ye Olde Victorian Holiday Party.

Create a Google map and zigzag your way around Long Island, checking out these Long Island homes with spectacular light displays. Or hit the rails to peep these holiday train displays.

With the ho-ho-holidays swiftly approaching, take a gander at our Long Island Holiday Guide. And don't forget, our Event Calendar is loaded with fun, daily happenings for Long Island kids. Our December GoList offers more great family events through the rest of the month. Don't see a great event here? Add it to our calendar yourself.

Long Island Restaurants Open on Christmas Eve & Day 2017

The holidays are a joyous time ... unless you are the one cooking. It's a lot less fun if you're hustling in the kitchen while the rest of the family is celebrating.

If you’d rather enjoy a meal out than spend hours preparing one, some Long Island restaurants are open to serve dinner on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Some even have kid-friendly menus. So take a look at this list to see which spots have the right menu for you. Call ahead for reservations, and for more seasonal activities and events this month, check out our holiday guide and December GoList.

Free and Cheap Kids' Ski Programs in the Northeast This Winter

Let's face facts: No matter how exhilarating skiing and snowboarding are, they are also among the most expensive activities in which a family can participate—especially if your kids take a single run and spend the rest of the day sipping cocoa.

Thankfully, many nearby state ski associations offer free or mostly free lift tickets to grade-schoolers, even if you're not a resident of that state. Of course, there are hurdles to clear to get those benefits—kids need to be the appropriate age, apply online and, in some cases, be accompanied by a paying adult. There are also "processing fees" attached to several, but it breaks down to a very discounted ticket if you use it more than once. But for avid skiers and riders, or those who merely want to try out the sports, these programs can save you plenty of cash when skiing with the kids.

Read on for more information on how to ski for free in New York, Pennsylvania, Vermont, Massachusetts, and New Hampshire. (Note: Connecticut has a residents-only program for free ski passes for kids at Mohawk Mountain.)

Check our Ski and Snow Sports Guide for more fun on local hills and mountains.

20 Free Things to Do This Holiday Season with LI Kids

If your wallet is feeling the pinch from endless holiday spending (and, seriously, whose isn’t?) there are still plenty of things you can do with your family that won't cost you a thing.

From Christmas tree and menorah lightings to visits with Santa and holiday light displays, we’ve put together a list of our favorite FREE events that will keep your family entertained and you able to afford those last-minute gifts.

To find even more things to do, check out our guide to holiday fun on Long Island and our December GoList.

As always, happy holidays.

12 Hotels Around the World That Will Blow Your Kids' Minds

When planning a family getaway, where you stay can easily be as exciting as the vacation destination. Amazing hotel suites, bungalows, and villas abound, offering one-of-a-kind experiences for kids and families—they may even end up becoming the main attraction!

We've rounded up 11 splurge-worthy options from across the globe—and one more that's coming soon. These rooms are designed to spark imaginations and ignite adventure for kids of all ages, with plenty to offer for mom and dad, too. For more travel ideas, check out our Family Travel Guide.

Long Island Homes with Spectacular Holiday Light Displays for 2017

Entertaining the family during the holidays can be expensive, of course. Want an inexpensive option? Travel with the family to view some of Long Island's most-decorated holiday homes.

Chances are, wherever you are on Long Island—from Port Washington to Port Jefferson—you'll find neighbors going all out to show off their decorating skills. These nifty displays include lights, Nativity scenes, Santas, reindeer, misfit toys, and other beloved seasonal symbols.

We’ve traveled across Nassau and Suffolk to see what’s shining on local lawns, documenting for you our favorites for 2017. So get the family going, put the snacks in a sack, and be ready for some holiday music. Yes, some of these destinations offer seasonal tunes to get you and yours into the spirit. It's still early in the decorating season, so come back often to see what has been added to our gallery.

If holiday lights are your thing, check out these other spectacular LI displays. And for more seasonal fun, see our December GoList and Guide to Holiday Fun on Long Island, where you'll find information on brunches and pictures with Santa, holiday performances, and more.

Weekend Fun: Boat Parade, Dickens Fest, Menorah Workshop

Light up the night this weekend at the Holiday Light Spectacular at the Holtsville Ecology Site, choo-choo on down to the Nassau Lionel Operating Engineers open house or stroll along the "City by the Sea" to take in the Long Beach Boardwalk Lights

Spend the holiday season in days of old at the Dickens Festival in Port Jefferson or watch the South Shore waters glow at the Holiday Boat Parade in Freeport. Join the festival of lights at the Whaling Museum and Education Center in Cold Spring Harbor, where patrons are invited to build a menorah.

With the ho-ho-holidays swiftly approaching, take a gander at our Long Island Holiday Guide. And don't forget, our Event Calendar is loaded with fun, daily happenings for Long Island kids. Our December GoList offers more great family events through the rest of the month. Don't see a great event here? Add it to our calendar yourself.

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