Long Island

The Best Animal Farms and Petting Zoos on Long Island

Whether you are looking for a low-key petting zoo or an exotic experience with wild animals, there's no shortage of places on Long Island where children can interact with nature's noble creatures. If they want to, Long Island kids can do everything from feed a giraffe to visit with an alpaca, and even ride a safari train. 

Be sure to check our directory of zoos and gardens on Long Island, and peruse our pick-your-own guide for more local farm fun. And, for more seasonal fun, be sure to check our event calendar

Life-Size Robot Dinos Roar at New Dinosaur Safari at the Bronx Zoo

They roar, brandish their teeth, and swing their tails and claws at you, but these prehistoric giants can't hurt anyone...we think. They’re all part of the new Dinosaur Safari opening at the Bronx Zoo on April 19, just in time for spring break.

Families board an open-air wagon to hit the trail in the Bronx for a ride through a prehistoric-themed display of 40 life-size, animatronic dinosaurs. Read on for all the details on this fun new attraction for kids at NYC’s largest zoo, including how to get tickets and must-know tips for families.

Easter Weekend Events: Egg Hunts, Brunches, Bunny Photos

Getting ready for Easter on Sunday? Hop over to our list of Easter Bunny breakfasts and brunches and egg hunts for holiday events all across Long Island. Or head out to a spring festival.

See our April GoList and events calendar for more weekend inspiration. Our Spring Fun Guide will keep you tuned in all season. With spring break looming, maybe it's time to consider a local camp destination

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Summer Camps on Long Island With Transportation for Kids

It's time to consider the best summer camp options for your children. While parents must weigh several factors before making that big decision, transportation to and from camp might be a significant consideration.

With that in mind, we've rounded up a half-dozen camps that offer the convenience of transportation to and from areas of Long Island. These camps, five of which are in Nassau County, provide the advantage of transportation to their facilities. 

You'll find these camps and more in our Long Island camp guide and directory, where you'll also find details on the best STEM-based camps for LI kids, our favorite Nassau County day camps, new camps for 2019, and more.

See National Parks for Free in 2019 on These Free Entrance Days

A trip to one of our nation's incredible national parks may already be on your family travel to-do list for 2019. Whether it is or not, you may want to check out the FREE admission days at some of the country's largest parks. Courtesy of the National Park Service, there are five FREE days in 2019, which all take place on easy-for-planning weekends or holiday Mondays, at national parks that typically charge an admission fee.

While many parks have free admission every day of the year, more than 100 of them, including some of the most popular destinations, charge $15 per person or more. Those waiving admission for these holidays include some of those iconic, bucket list spots like the Grand Canyon, Yosemite, Yellowstone, Acadia, Zion, Shenandoah, Joshua Tree, Glacier National Park, Death Valley, and the Cape Cod Seashore. The freebies also extend to a few historical sites under the National Park Service's purview, like the New York home of celebrated American president Franklin D. Roosevelt and national historic parks like Morristown National Historic Park, the scene of an American Revolutionary War battle.

27 Great Rainy-Day Activities for Long Island Kids

When it’s raining outside, it’s time for indoor fun. To get you started, Mommy Poppins Long Island has put together a list of rainy-day activities that will make everything seem a whole lot brighter. We’re talking Long Island’s coolest indoor play spaces, sports centers and fun zones; the latest museum exhibits, and the newest places to visit.

Of course, if you decide to just stay home, we’ve got you covered there, too, with plenty of creative indoor boredom busters.

Why Legoland Is My Favorite SoCal Theme Park

Southern California is blessed with some of the world's most famous theme parks; families travel from all over to experience Disneyland and the original Universal Studios Hollywood (including the Wizarding World of Harry Potter)—but just 90 miles to the south, in the San Diego suburb of Carlsbad, is a park that has at least as much to offer as the mouse and the wizard. There is a whole lot more to Legoland California than bricks, and truth be told I prefer a day there to any other major theme park.

Top Mother's Day Brunch Restaurants on Long Island

There’s no denying breakfast in bed can be sweet on Mother’s Day. But this year, why not suggest your family go out for a delicious brunch at a restaurant on Long Island? You can sip a mimosa or Bloody Mary, enjoy a scrumptious meal, and best of all, you won’t have to clean any dishes.

We’ve rounded up 20 restaurants across the Island that offer brunch options, from traditional omelets and pancakes to more creative dishes that feature local produce and international flair. Some spots offer more than just a meal, with free entertainment and activities for the whole family. Call ahead for reservations since destinations tend to book up quickly on this special day.

For other family-friendly happenings on Mother's Day weekend, check out our Event Calendar and Spring Guide. For more dining inspiration, see our guide to family-friendly restaurants on Long Island with tips on outdoor dining, great dessert destinations, and even places where kids can eat free

Weekend Events: Spring Festivals, Earth Day, Easter Egg Hunts

Touch a truck, enjoy a marine touch tank, explore a tiny house, and more this weekend at the Family Earth Day Expo at Heckscher Park. 

Celebrate Earth Day at Tackapausha Museum and Preserve with trail walks, animals presentations, science activities, a nature playground, crafts, and more. Sayville Spring Fest features a petting zoo, talent stage, a magician, arts, crafts, and more. Enjoy a spring festival in Stony Brook at The Ward Melville Heritage Organization with a petting zoo, balloon artists, dance performances and market.

Millions in Upgrades Planned for LI State Parks in 2019

If you have especially adventurous or nature-loving kiddos, it's time to grab your sunscreen and sturdy shoes because state parks on Long Island will be millions of dollars more exciting beginning this Memorial Day.

Jones Beach, Robert Moses, Sunken Meadow, Heckscher, and Wildwood state parks are welcoming upgrades this season that include cottages, marina access, an outdoor adventure area, and more sure to leave your family eager for outdoor excitement.

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