Long Island

20 Fun Things to Do in Killington, Vermont Without Skis

A family trip to Vermont in the winter months is like walking through a real-life winter wonderland. The natural beauty of the mountains and country terrain appeal to outdoor enthusiasts year-round, but when blanketed with a coat of snow, the Killington region really shines.

It isn't necessary to be an avid skier to enjoy this corner of New England come snowfall. The small villages and towns of central Vermont provide the perfect setting for winter activities for the kids and adults, both outdoor snow sports and even indoor arts and crafts. My family regularly visits the area, and though I hung up my skis some time ago, we're never bored. 

Winter Fun List: 50 Things to Do Indoors With Long Island Kids

The holiday bells have jingled past, but winter is still in full frozen swing. It's the time of year when your teeny angels might start to sing a twinkly tune called "I'm bored." 

Luckily, Long Island has plenty of museums, arts and crafts classes, indoor play venues in Nassau and Suffolk,  and children's theater. Our list of 50 fun things to do indoors on Long Island, below, has all that and plenty more.   

Still eager for seasonal entertainment? Check out our Winter Fun Guide and daily events calendar for more inspiration. While you're at it, why not sample a few of our 100 must-do things with kids on Long Island? And for daytime escapes or overnight excursions, you won't do much better than these winter days trips on LI and beyond.

Enjoy!  

Coding for Kids: Free Websites That Teach Kids Programming

Basic programming has become an essential skill for grown-ups and children alike. And the benefits of picking up this skill, especially for kids, are huge: Learning how to build simple websites and games helps kids refine their design, logic, and problem-solving abilities. It also allows them to express ideas and creativity in unique ways.

There are a number of FREE and low-cost websites that teach children how to play around with code. We've rounded up a dozen of our favorites below.

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Weekend Events: Trout Birthday Party, Theater, Museum Fun

Sail into 2019 this weekend with new adventures and activities. Lace up and balance your way into fun at these outdoor ice skating rinks. Or hit up these new entertainment hot spots across Long Island.

Children's theater continues after the holidays. Or take in a nature program or two. Cold Spring Harbor Fish Hatchery even hosts a birthday party and learning session for its newborn trout.  

If playing Santa has your pockets emptied, seek out some frugal family fun via our list of free things to do this month. Don’t forget to check out our January GoList and events calendar.

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Nassau County Summer Day Camps for Long Island Kids

It's never too early to think about summer. There are family vacations to organize, and then there's the issue of what to do with the rest of the time. Summer camp is an excellent option for many families, and day camps can be affordable and fun. 

Camps across Long Island are beginning to hold open houses, so it might be time to figure out where to send your little ones once school lets out. Looking for a general camp? How about one just for preschoolers? Or how about a camp for older children? Here we check out the best camps Nassau County has to offer.

From special events, programs that focus on art, sports, or science, to field trips, these camps are sure to create fun experiences and great memories. Each camp below has its American Camp Association accreditation; for a comprehensive list, check out our Long Island Camp Guide and our directory of camp listings. A guide to Suffolk County camps can be found here

Suffolk County Summer Day Camps for Long Island Kids

When school doors close for the summer, camp doors open wide, and kids across Long Island gear up for new adventures and experiences. Camp should be fun, and families have so many great choices in Suffolk County. Whether you have a first-timer or a seasoned camper, parents want to make the right choice for their kids. We're here to help with our list of the best camps for canoeing, sports, art, learning, and most of all, having a blast. 

These Suffolk camps offer activities and events to keep kids happy all summer. Different camps offer different amenities and programs, including half- and full-day options, door-to-door transportation, and travel programs for older campers. Many camps hold open-house events and tours, so bring your kids and pick the one that suits your needs.

We've also got our picks for great Nassau County summer camps. For more summer camp ideas, check out our Long Island Summer Camps Guide and our directory of LI camps

January GoList: The Best Things To Do With Long Island Kids

Meteorologists tell us January is the coldest month on Long Island. It’s also one of the longest.

As we endure a seemingly endless run of Arctic days and nights, it might be natural to fall into a post-holidays depression. After all, once the tree comes down, what do we have to look forward to but three months of head colds and commuting nightmares, right?

Not so fast. While January presents its challenges, parents with a little imagination can find plenty of ways to stave off cabin fever, which is where we come in.

Find a sledding hill and challenge the local powder. Indulge your inner Olympian with a day at a local ice rink. Stimulate young intellects with a trip to a nearby children’s museum. Our guide to indoor play spaces on Long Island can provide even more inspiration.

Our January GoList is laced with events from New Year’s Day and Martin Luther King weekend right through to the end of the month.

50 Things to Do in Washington, DC with Kids Before They Grow Up

Note: During the current government shutdown, the Smithsonian museum and the National Zoo are closed. But there's plenty of other great, kid-friendly things to do on the list below and don't forget to check out our event calendar to find fun things to do in DC!

The days are long but the years are short when it comes to raising kids, and for parents in and around the bustling hub of our nation's capital, the time can really speed by. Finding the best events and activities that will make the most of the precious time we have with our little ones is a top priority here at Mommy Poppins Washington, DC.

To help you sort through this ever-changing, ever-growing city that we love, we've compiled a list of the top 50 things to do with kids in the Washington, DC area before they grow up. With a city steeped in the sciences, from natural to political, culture, arts, and history, there's no better time to make the most of your time with your little ones. Get out, explore, and see just how many activities on our bucket list you can cross off before childhood whizzes by.

Free Things to Do With Kids in January on Long Island

With the holiday season winding down, your family might find itself with free time on its hands. And what better way to spend that time than by doing fun, family-friendly activities that won’t cost you a thing?

To keep your kids and your wallet happy, we’ve come up with a list of our favorite FREE things to do with kids in Janury 2019. Enjoy talent competitions, library activities, mother-daughter bonding timenature discoveries, and more.

And for more things to do that won’t bust your budget, check out our roundup of free indoor play spaces on Long Island, our winter fun guide, and even our list of free and inexpensive kids’ ski programs in the Northeast. Don’t forget our January GoList and events calendar.

New Year's Weekend Activities for Long Island Kids

Close out the year with some good old-fashioned family fun. There's still time to see Long Island homes with spectacular light displays

Clean out that playroom and donate old toys and gear at these Long Island charitable spots. Then torch some holiday calories at these indoor skating rinks.

Elsewhere this weekend, celebrate the Apollo mission, take in a family-friendly ball drop or perhaps a first-day nature hike. Holiday theater continues and artistic creativity flourishes. 

Take one last peek at our Long Island Holiday Guide as many seasonal activities are closing at the end of 2018. Don't see a great event here? Add it to our calendar yourself.

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