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Get Ready: New York State's Biggest Indoor Water Park Opens in April

The Kartrite Resort & Indoor Waterpark—billed as the biggest indoor water park in New York state—is finally opening this spring!

Since we first learned about this exciting new indoor water park in the Catskills over a year ago, we’ve been eagerly anticipating its grand opening. Originally scheduled for April 5, the resort has announced that the opening will now take place Friday, April 19, 2019

Located about 2 hours from midtown Manhattan in Monticello, NY, the Kartrite is an exciting alternative to farther-afield indoor water parks in the NYC area. Reservations are now open for April and beyond—perfect for spring break, a weekend away, or your family's summer vacation. Read on for more details, plus a peek inside the space.

Weekend Events: Irish Dance, Chocolate Expo, Read Across America

Move over Willy Wonka, The Chocolate Expo is returning to the Cradle of Aviation Museum this Sunday. 

Celebrate Read Across America, a nationwide reading celebration held annually on the birthday of beloved children’s author Dr. Seuss, at the Long Island Children's Museum. Enjoy a celebration and performance of Irish dancing at the Walt Whitman Birthplace State Historic Site.

Check our March GoList and events calendar for even more weekend inspiration. Our Winter Fun Guide will keep you tuned in through the end of the season.

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March GoList: Best Things to Do with Long Island Kids This Month

Congratulations. You’ve made it to March, Mother Nature’s transition month. Soon we will close the book on winter fun and “spring” ahead to a season of rejuvenation and cultural celebration.

No sooner does March receive the seasonal baton from February than we on Long Island begin the countdown to the official arrival of spring, which, for the record, is 5:58pm on Wednesday, March 20. Not soon enough?

You have to admit: It's been a mild winter. But we Long Islanders also remember five nor'easters in March 2018, which made the days leading to an early Easter seem interminable. Easter is nearly a month later in 2019, which means those egg hunts and bunny sightings probably won't be done in the slush. 

Weather permitting, what we do have in March is four weekends worth of outdoor St. Patrick’s Day celebrations, the start of nature's rebirth, and even a space-based chocolate festival sure to delight the sweetest tooth. And while you might be eager for outdoor entertainment, we remind you there are still plenty of indoor alternatives should the weather necessitate an extended bit of cabin fever.

So here are our picks for the best family entertainment options in this final month of winter. As always, check out our events calendar for more opportunities as they emerge.

The Best Places for Pancake Breakfasts on Long Island

Nothing would seem to get kids more excited about breakfast than pancakes. Thin, fluffy, smothered, or sugared, this delectable treat delivers a sense of warmth and hominess that can’t be topped.

So with National Pancake Day looming (March 12), we've rounded up our favorite pancake destinations in Nassau and Suffolk counties, and even one worth a journey to the East End.  While you’re sampling these scrumptious local bites, check out our guide to kid-friendly restaurants, including LI's best ice cream parlorscandy shops, and places where kids can eat FREE.

Weekend Events: HarborFrost, Maple Sugaring, Toothpalooza

Ice sculptures, live music, food and wine pairings, children's activities, fire juggling, and fireworks are all part of this weekend's Sag Habor's HarborFrost celebration.

Visit dunes, swales, and shore habitats during a winter botany walk along barrier Fire Island. Or visit with the animals at Benner's Farm, help gather sap in the woods, and see how trees are tapped during the maple sugaring demonstration.

Touch whale teeth, hunt for shark teeth, meet the Tooth Fairy, and design a box for your baby teeth at The Whaling Museum during Toothapalooza.

Check our February GoList and events calendar for even more inspiration. Our Winter Fun Guide will keep you tuned in all season long.

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Review: I Heart Mac and Cheese Is a Tasty Addition to Patchogue

Comfort food lovers have a new reason to lace up their sneakers: I Heart Mac and Cheese has made a cozy home on Long Island.

Soft and melty pasta can warm your tummy at the new location in The Village Green in Patchogue, with additional locations expected to open soon in Syosset and Bayside, Queens. The chain, with stores and food trucks in Florida and Georgia, is known for its healthy and zesty twists on the classic baked delight.

For more fun Long Island dining with your littles, check out our roundup of Long Island restaurants where kids can eat free, part of our Long Island kid-friendly restaurant guide.

21 Wacky Ways to Celebrate Dr. Seuss' Birthday with Kids

“If we didn’t have birthdays, you wouldn’t be you. If you’d never been born, well then what would you do?” Thank goodness Dr. Seuss’ birthday comes once a year—and it always gives us great reason to cheer!

On March 2, we’ll celebrate literacy and Seuss with fun crafts, treats, and other activities in honor of the literary rhyming master. Dr. Seuss’ birthday kicks off a nationwide reading celebration known as Read Across America Day. Schools, libraries, and community centers across the country observe the day with read-alouds, crafts, and Seuss-a-rific treats!

Use this list of 21 zany activities to commemorate the day at home with the kids. Whether you want to start it off with some green eggs and ham or plan your next family vacation to the birthplace of Dr. Seuss himself, there is something for everyone on this list of Dr. Seuss-themed crafts, recipes, and activities—no matter how small. 

13 of the Best Family-Friendly Museums on Long Island

Few things are more satisfying for parents than introducing children to culture while also having some fun. Luckily, Long Island is home to a host of museums that cater to a younger crowd. In fact, many of these sites offer hands-on, interactive activities that can be enjoyed by children of all ages.

From air and space to science and trains, these spots offer special exhibits and programs to keep children engaged, entertained, and educated. So why not visit? In the meantime, scope out some more fun in our guide to indoor play spaces on Long Island as well as our event calendar. And our museums and arts guide offers the complete lowdown on Long Island planetariums, science centers, historic sites, and more.

Top Mommy-and-Me Baby Classes on Long Island

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.

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.

Of course, classes are open to dads, grandparents, and other caregivers. Be sure to check class websites for times, costs, and registration details.

For more suggestions on inexpensive ways to entertain your kids, check out our guide to FREE activities on Long Island. Our classes and enrichment guide also offers a host of ideas to stimulate your child's learning.

Have fun.

The Frozen 2 Trailer Is Out and We Are So Here for It

Elsa and Anna are BACK! Disney just released a Frozen 2 trailer, the sequel to the Let It Go fever that swept up both parents and kids a few years ago.

When Frozen debuted back in 2013, I had an instantly obsessed 4-year-old Elsa wannabe. We knew, like so many other families with young kids, that this Disney musical franchise was going to be a mainstay in our home. Catchy songs and strong, independent princesses, what's not to love?

Fast-forward to 2019, and that obsessed 4-year-old's baby sister is now a kindergartner pining to see the Broadway iteration of Frozen.

All three of us were thrilled to watch the Frozen 2 teaser together. Take a peek to see what you think! My girls are already making me promise we'll see the flick this fall.


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