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Top 12 Things to Do with Long Island Kids This Holiday Season

The holiday season is upon us, and that means it’s time to start making plans for festive, family-friendly outings and events. Of course, there’s a list as long as Santa’s of places to go and things to do on Long Island this time of year, but we’ve whittled it down to a dozen of the very best for your family to enjoy.

From Thanksgiving runs to seasonal performances and holiday train rides, we’ve got just what you need to get your family into the spirit of the season. For more ways to celebrate, check out our Holiday Fun Guide and our Event Calendar.

‘Tis the season for making family memories.

Weekend Fun: Theater, Nature, Science, Disney

Be amazed and astounded, entertained, and enchanted this weekend. Skate over to Nassau Coliseum to watch the opening of the latest Disney on Ice show. Get the skinny on science at Mark Nizer's ScienceSplosion performance. Tumble to the Tilles Center to watch the National Acrobats and Martial Artists of Tianjin attempt aerial acts. Moooooove your way to the Adelphi PAC for an animated performance of Click Clack Moo

Pumpkins wasting away on the porch? Bring them to the Cradle of Aviation museum to drop them from the second floor and watch them splat.

With the ho-ho-holidays swiftly approaching, take a gander at our Holiday Guide. And don't forget that our Event Calendar is loaded with fun, daily happenings for Long Island kids. Our November GoList offers more great family events through the rest of the month. Don't see a great event here? Add it to our calendar yourself.

Holiday Volunteer Opportunities for Long Island Kids

No matter their ages, most kids (and adults) can’t help but get caught up in the gift-getting, list-making, shop-till-you-drop frenzy of the holidays. This year, why not show your children how rewarding it can be to donate to needy families or to help make a sick child’s holiday a little brighter simply by volunteering time?

From fundraising to food drives to helping make wishes come true, we’ve put together a list of organizations that are looking for volunteers this holiday season, as well as throughout the year. You can also check out the Long Island Volunteer Center, which is a great resource of nonprofits in your area. And don’t forget to check with your local houses of worship, which often need help with food pantries and soup kitchens; your child’s school or scouting group, and your local library.

The importance of giving back to those who need it most is a wonderful lesson to teach your children, especially during this time of year. 

The Best Indoor Ice Skating Rinks for Long Island Kids

When it’s too cold for little ones to skate outdoors—or not cold enough for the ice to stay frozen—an indoor ice rink is an ideal solution. Here on Long Island, there is no shortage of indoor rinks. So, whether your family is new to the sport or your child is interested in joining a hockey league or taking figure skating lessons, we have just the rink for you.

This roundup of the best local indoor skating rinks on Long Island features information on open-skate times,  group and private lessons, birthday parties, and sports leagues.  Of course, if your family prefers to do its skating outdoors, be sure to check out our guide to Long Island’s best outdoor rinks.

Most of these rinks offer skate rental, but note that some are run by local municipalities that offer discounted fees for residents.

Weekend Fun: Veterans Day for Kids, Parades, Magic, Willy Wonka

On this Veterans Day weekend, get your golden ticket to see Willy Wonka onstage in Bellmore. Be mystified by The Magic of Lin: Master Illusionist in Patchogue or The Amazing Louie in Farmingdale. Or break out your Halloween costume one more time for a march down Main Street in Farmingdale. 

We've even put together a list of fun things for the kids to do on Friday, November 10, when many schools close for Veterans Day.

Don't forget that our Event Calendar is loaded with fun, daily happenings for Long Island kids. And our November GoList offers more great family events through the rest of the month. Don't see a great event here? Add it to our calendar yourself.

2017 Long Island Bestie Guide

Long Island families, you have spoken! We asked you to weigh in on the Long Island's Besties—the best family businesses across 24 categories ranging from restaurants to party places, swim schools, and more. With all the great family fun experiences and resources on Long Island, it was hard to narrow down to just one winner per category, but you were up to the task. In the pages that follow, you will get to know our Besties, the most highly regarded Long Island businesses that live to serve, entertain, teach, and enrich the lives of your family.

We can't thank each of our 236 finalists and their fans enough for participating in our contest. We'd also like to extend a special thank you to our Besties Sponsors, and our congratulations to the four lucky voters who were picked at random to enjoy some amazing prizes. You made our contest awesome, and we love you.

And now, without further ado, Mommy Poppins proudly presents your guide to the best of family friendly Long Island, the 2017 Long Island Besties! Because 24 is a lot of winners, we've divided them into three groups: Family Fun, Parenting Resources, and Enrichment Programs. Enjoy!

Best Family Fun WinnersBest Parenting Resources Winners | Best Enrichment Programs Winners

'Magic of Lights' Holiday Celebration Returns to Jones Beach

Enjoy a luminescent holiday light show at Jones Beach State Park right from the comfort of your toasty car as Magic of Lights returns to Long Island's South Shore this season. 

The 2½-mile drive-through holiday light show illuminates the skies—and brings smiles to all those who visit. It last was staged on Long Island in 2015.

For more seasonal fun, check out our Long Island Events Calendar and Holiday Fun Guide.

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