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Free and Fun Things to Do with Long Island Kids in November

Before it's turkey time, there's plenty of fab, fun, and FREE events up for grabs this month. So get up and go — sans wallet!

For more FREE fun, check out our list of fall festivals and other autumn activities. Of course, you can visit our November GoList for a month's worth of entertainment options. Plus, on any given day check out our calendar for a list of updated events.

November GoList: The Best Things to Do with Long Island Kids

Say what you will about November, but few months are more, well, American. Our national celebration of thanks bonds citizens from Port Washington to Port Jefferson and from Manhasset to Montauk.

Long Islanders this month will vote in national elections, honor our veterans, eat some turkey, maybe watch some football, and perhaps even engage in that all-American sport of Black Friday shopping. Who needs Amazon when you’ve got Roosevelt Field, right?

November heralds the arrival of the holiday season, but before rushing into Christmas, New Year’s, and the dead of winter, why not take a few moments to contemplate the majesty of the calendar’s 11th month. Grab a sweater, go for a hike, bear witness to the foliage, compete in a turkey trot, and remember all that we love about our overcrowded, traffic-strewn piece of island real estate. We at Mommy Poppins will be right there with you.

Here are our picks for the best in family entertainment in November. Our Long Island Events Calendar offers exciting family options as they develop throughout the month, and our Fall Fun Guide will keep you and your family moving right up until that first day of winter.

Here we go.

Indoor Party Spots with Mega Play Spaces for LI Kids

Birthday parties at home are great when kids are tots and a few games in the backyard are all that is needed. But as kids get older and invitations need to go out, a party venue makes things easier. Here then is our list of indoor party spots with the biggest and coolest play spaces, sure to wow the birthday kid and the partygoers.

For more birthday party ideas, see our birthday party guide for Long Island kids, with recommendations on party spots for toddlers, tweens, and more.

Long Island Restaurants Open on Thanksgiving, 2018

Thanksgiving is a time for celebrating with loved ones while savoring hearty fare. While that might involve sliding an extra leaf into the dining room table, it could also mean a quick jaunt to a local restaurant, where basting and pot-scrubbing are taken care of, and your only concern is lively conversation.

For those who aren’t fans of turkey, many of the restaurants below offer regular menu items. Just be sure to call ahead to reserve a spot at these local bustling bistros. And for fabulous feasting with your little ones any time of year, check out our guide to Long Island restaurants with fun entertainment for kids and our Long-Island kid friendly restaurant guide.

Have a happy Thanksgiving! And for more tips and activities this season, check out our Long Island Fall Fun Guide. 

Halloween Weekend Fun: Jack-o'-Lanterns, Trick-or-Treating, Parades

Get ready for some ghoulish family fun this weekend. Our event lineup ensures no boos from your brood. 

Watch the Halloween-themed musical revue, Frankenstein Follies on the Bay Street Theater stage. Watch as pumpkins light up Belmont Lake at the Great Jack-o'-Lantern Sail. Or follow the Enchanted Forest Trail at Quogue Wildlife Refuge or the Enchanted Forest at the Nassau County Museum of Art. The Center for Science Teaching & LearningTackapausha Preserve and The Cold Spring Habor Fish Hatchery are also hosting hauntingly fun events.

Before listening to the unique Long Island Vegetable Orchestra perform, enjoy a nature walk at Sagamore Hill during Theodore Roosevelt's 160th birthday celebration. For more nature walks, peep our guide for the top spots to view the changing leaf colors. 

NOTE: Due to anticipated inclement weather this Saturyay, several events have been canceled or rescheduled. Please contact the venue ahead of visiting. 

See our Fall Family Fun Guide for the best in seasonal entertainment, including day trip ideas, fall festivals, corn mazes,  and plenty of FREE events and activities. As always, our Event Calendar and October GoList are loaded with fun, daily happenings for Long Island kids.

Dough Life's Edible Cookie Dough Is Catnip for Kids

There's nothing quite like taking a giant bite out of a roll of cookie dough. It's delicious, but not something you'd like to see you child doing. At least not until now.

While eating traditional raw cookie dough comes with health risks, including salmonella, Dough Life's cookie dough is completely edible. Kids, and cookie dough-loving adults, can comfortably indulge in what once was a guilty pleasure. Read on and see how the cookie dough craze has come to Long Island.

If your kids have a big sweet tooth, check out these decadent dessert spots or old-fashioned ice cream parlors on Long Island as well.

Easy Last-Minute Halloween Costumes for Kids

Maybe your daughter changed her mind about her Halloween costume for the bazillionth time. Or maybe your son got an invite to a last-minute Halloween party. Or maybe you're just a proud member of the Procrastination Club. Whatever your case may be, we’ve found the easiest Halloween costumes for kids that even a non-crafty mom or dad can pull together on the fly.

Most of the costumes on our list don't call for an arm's-length list of crafting supplies or Halloween props: Headbands, pom-poms, markers, solid t-shirts, and a glue gun can go a long way with a little imagination. In fact, these DIY kids' costumes are so easy, you might just have time to whip up a few frighteningly tasty Halloween treats, too.

Massapequa With Kids: Beaches, Parks, and Plenty More

Massapequa is massive. 

From its northernmost boundary at the Southern State Parkway (technically North Massapequa) to the waters of South Oyster Bay, this community within the Town of Oyster Bay extends through the village of Massapequa Park to the Suffolk County border at Amityville.

Residents boast of Massapequa's award-winning public schools. But also included is a bustling downtown along Park Boulevard and a thriving beach community on the South Shore, making Massapequa a jewel in Nassau County. Read on to see what makes this area attractive to families.

Birthday Freebies for Long Island Kids on Their Big Day

What kid doesn’t like special treats on his or her birthday? There are plenty of places on Long Island offering FREE meals and other goodies for your child on that special day. Many of these birthday treats can be cashed in anytime during the child’s birthday month, so the fun can be enjoyed before or after the birthday itself.

We love to support local small businesses when we can, but some chain-store birthday clubs are pretty sweet, too, and many have locations across Long Island: There's bound to be an outpost near you. Be sure to check out our Long Island Party Guide for more on how to make your child's birthday a day to remember, including information on venues, entertainers, and more.

Weekend Fun: Pumpkins, Halloween Spooktacular, Dog Days

Don't leave Fido pining at the front window as you set off on adventures this weekend. Have a tail-waggin' good time at DogFest at Tanger Outlets or Dog Days at Old Westbury Gardens.

Carve out some time to watch Lenny Calvin from Food Network's Halloween Wars as he bewitches Stew Leonard's shoppers with his pumpkin carving skills.

Halloween-themed evening events such as Sweetbriar Nature Center's Halloween Spooktacular, Merrick's Great Pumpkin Glow, and The Whaling Museum's Harbor Haunts Walking Tour are sure to be a smashing good time.

Peep our nature walk guide for the best spot to spot the changing leaf colors. 

See our Fall Family Fun Guide for the best in seasonal entertainment, including day trip ideas, fall festivals, corn mazes,  and plenty of FREE events and activities. As always, our Event Calendar and October GoList are loaded with fun, daily happenings for Long Island kids.

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