Long Island

Berry Farms on Long Island for Picking Your Own Blueberries, Blackberries, and More

Summer is a great time for berry picking on Long Island. Bushes are low to the ground, and berries are small enough for little fingers to grasp. It's a great activity for kids of all ages, and, really, who can resist a bowl of fresh berries and cream?

Late July is peak season for blueberries and raspberries. Blackberries ripen in August. Be sure to call the farms before heading out to confirm picking hours and berry availability. Don't forget to check out our Pick Your Own Guide for more fruit-picking options in the tristate area.

50 Fun Things to Do on Cape Cod with Kids this Summer

Looking for fun things to do in Cape Cod, Massachusetts, with the kids? We're regulars to the beautiful Cape Cod area and are happy to share our favorite family attractions. Known for its pristine beaches, legendary seafood, charming main streets, and a seemingly endless supply of kids activities, the Cape makes an ideal family vacation destination.

Of course, a trip to Cape Cod usually means a focus on low-key activities to wipe the school-year stress away with those sea breezes. Don't fret. From the moment you cross over the Sagamore Bridge, you are on Cape Time. Say goodbye to schedules and uncomfortable shoes and hello to family-time and flip-flops. Spend the day splashing in the water or building sandcastles. Try out mini golf after a leisurely dinner feast of lobster rolls.

July GoList: Best Things to Do With Long Island Kids This Month

Independently minded almost from our inception, we Long Islanders have come to appreciate the month of July. After a lengthy winter and a dreary spring, it’s an annual call to celebrate all we cherish about our country and our Island.

And yes, we will celebrate this year, with a thank-you to the 2019 calendar, which placed July 4 near the end of the work week. With school out and the holiday on a Thursday, we have the benefit of an extra-long Fourth of July weekend. That gives us plenty of time for fireworks, barbecues, beach days, and parades. What a great way to usher in a month chock full of family fun. 

Mini-Golf Courses on Long Island for Great Family Fun

Miniature golf courses on Long Island might be small. but they deliver large-size fun. On Long Island, our picturesque mini-golf destinations make the trip worthwhile. So stop putter-ing around and get on the green.

Miniature golf is one of those ideal outings the entire family can enjoy. Some Long Island venues are part of larger amusement parks that also offer water slides and other kid-friendly fun such as arcades. Others are situated in county or state parks or beaches. Whatever the location, these courses offer a wonderful day (or night) of fun at minimal cost.

Weekend Events: Beach Carnival, Fireworks, Salute to Veterans

Start your Fourth of July fireworks season early at Eisenhower Park in East Meadow or at a veterans celebration at Town Park in Lido Beach on Saturday night.  At Caleb Smith State Park Preserve, take a look at some of the many creatures that blow bubbles to survive. These are just a sample of some of the great family-friendly entertainment on Long Island this weekend.

50 Fun Summer Things to Do with Kids and Families in the Hamptons and North Fork

So much to do, so little time. That’s a popular refrain on Long Island’s East End, where vacationers and residents alike struggle to pack as much adventure as possible into the 80-some days of summer. Which is where we come in, of course. Our Mommy Poppins experts have updated their list of the best fun things to do this summer with great family-friendly events in the Hamptons and North Fork. We’ve researched family beaches, state and county parks, pools, and even indoor options just in case Mother Nature doesn’t cooperate.

So if you're visiting the East End, have a look at this kid-friendly list of great summer activities. While you’re at it, check out our guide to this unique region, home to farms, museums, wineries, and even the trendy celebrity or two. Who knows: While you’re here, you might even scratch an item or two off our list of 100 must-do things with LI kids. Hurry, time’s a-wasting.

Weekend Getaway: Make a Splash at Great Wolf Lodge, Poconos

At Great Wolf Lodge in the Poconos, families can enjoy an indoor water park that is a balmy 84 degrees every day, even in the middle of winter. The resort appeals to families with toddlers to teens for a quick weekend getaway or school vacation trip. Who needs to splurge on a flight to the Caribbean, eh?

The Poconos family resort's location just completed its first phase of a $15 million renovation that included updating its rooms and adding in new kid-friendly programming. We returned for a visit to get the scoop on all the new attractions, including a Summer Camp-In event offered through Labor Day. Great Wolf Lodge didn't forget about mom and dad when adding new upgrades. The Pennsylvania hotel and resort now offers a "Wine Down" service for parents after a long day at the indoor water park.

Guide to Fourth of July Fireworks on Long Island

It's almost the Fourth of July here on Long Island, and we're all excited for the fireworks. Summer has arrived, and we've rounded up some of the most spectacular Fourth of July fireworks shows on Long Island, from Nassau to Suffolk and the East End; from June and past Independence Day in July. 

So don your red. white, and blue and after your park barbecue or visit to the beach, grab the kids and head out for some Fourth of July pageantry and activities at Jones Beach, Eisenhower Park, and elsewhere. And for the record, the fun doesn't end on July 4th on Long Island; fireworks shows continue through mid-July. Check out our Event Calendar for other fireworks spectaculars or use it to plan a summer day trip

Maybe even take in a FREE outdoor community concert or movie. Whatever you choose, have a great 4th of July. 

Free Outdoor Summer Music Concerts and Shows for Kids and Families on Long Island

Not all summer entertainment on Long Island comes with a hefty price tag. In fact, some music shows and outdoor concerts don't come with a price tag at all.

We've rounded up a host of FREE summer outdoor community concerts ideal for kids and families: All parents need is to grab a lawn chair or picnic blanket and get ready to shimmy, shake, smile, and sing with the little ones.

Outdoor concerts are a Long Island summer tradition. And for more seasonal fun, check out our ideas for outdoor summer games and our picks for the best beaches for Long Island families. Our summer fun guide offers more ideas for getting the best out of the warm-weather months. Enjoy. ​

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24 Summer Camp Snacks for Kids That Aren't Boring

Packing for summer camp means gathering up the towels, swimsuits, water bottles—labeling everything!—and finally, ensuring your kid has a healthy snack to power them through an action-packed day.

After a year of making school lunches for kids, it might feel overwhelming to come up with creative summer camp snacks, especially if you have a picky eater who turns up their nose at the likes of a cheese stick or tube of yogurt. So we came up with two dozen camp snack foods to woo both kids and parents with cooling, energizing, and (mostly) healthy snacks.

We separated the list into four handy sections: high-protein snacks, fruit snacks, no-refrigeration required, and allergy-aware and nut-free snacks for kids. Some might be more suited to a post-camp nosh but most can be packed up and sent out the door to summer camp with your kid.

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