Long Island

Beach Clubs In or Near New York City with Kid-Friendly Vibes

One sure way to add more family-friendly fun to your summer staycation with the kids: Join a beach club. Beach clubs in and around New York all offer members similar amenities: massive swimming pools; organized kids' activities like sports and arts and crafts (and sometimes even a day camp); spas, restaurants, and lounges; and, of course, access to pristine private beaches, so you have plenty of space to spread out.

Beach clubs sell seasonal memberships from Memorial Day to Labor Day, which give you access to their facilities. Most also offer optional rental accommodations like bath cabins or cabanas. Many are on Long Island’s South Shore and easily accessible by car, but we also managed to find one in Brooklyn that NYC families can reach by subway.

The Best Pools on Long Island That Are Open to Everyone

Long Island families look to the beach and public pools to cool off in summertime. But when parents are tired of sand being dragged into the house and the kids are bored with the municipal pool down the street, maybe it's time to check out a pool in another community.

We’ve done the research and put together a list of family-friendly pools that anyone can visit, even if you’re not a resident of that municipality. Fees to enter the pools are often higher for nonresidents, but it might be worth it as a once-in-a-while boredom buster.

While you’re in a different area of Long Island, use our guides to Nassau, Suffolk, and the East End to find more fun things to do and make an adventure of it all. For more aquatic fun, check out our list of Long Island's best water parks and water slides. Remember, Long Island sprinkler parks are another great way to cool off. And don't forget our guide to summer fun for all the best things to do on Long Island during the school break.

9 Must-See Dinosaur Theme Parks and Attractions for Kids

If your kid is fascinated by dinosaurs, chances are everything in your home revolves around the prehistoric creatures, including your family vacations. Your nearby natural history or kids' science museum is a great bet for a quick trip to study major fossil displays. For an even bigger thrill, families might want to check out one of the many outdoor dinosaur parks, from full amusement parks to nature walks and mini fossil digs.

We've rounded up a list of 10 great places for dinosaur lovers across the country. These dinosaur-themed attractions offer up-close encounters with lifelike creatures, thrilling rides, impressive fossils, and more fun things to do and see for kids, including dino-theater.

For more family vacation ideas—that may, or may not, involve dinosaurs—check out our United States Family Travel Guide.

25 Things We Can't Wait To Do This Summer with LI Kids

It's what most of us have been waiting for all year: summer. At long last, it's nearly here. That means longer days, warmer weather, and plenty of time to take advantage of all Long Island has to offer families.

From swimming at beautiful beaches to taking a family-friendly road trip to the East End, to exploring local parks and playgrounds, there is no reason you should have to hear the words “I’m bored!” from your kids this summer. To help your family get the most out of the season, we’ve put together a list of 25 things we can’t wait to do with our kids, including great events.

From Fire Island to Shelter Island, Port Washington to Port Jefferson, and all points in between, here are our suggestions for the best ways to enjoy this unique island we call home. Or see how many of our top 100 things to do with Long Island kids you can complete before summer is out!

Plus, our event calendar is full of the best ideas for family fun, sorted by date and location. So here's to sunshine and family time.

Long Island Summer Camps With Availability — Yes, Even Now

If you haven't spent a minute thinking about summer camp this year, there's no need to panic. There are Long Island summer camp programs that have spaces available. Of course, if you've been too busy to book a camp for your kids, you might not have time to call around now. That's why we did the work for you. Here are several Long Island camps that as of early June still have spots for summer 2018.  There are over 20 locations across Long Island. To search by location, open the map at the bottom of the page. To find about more Long Island-based camps, check out our comprehensive Summer Camp Guide and Directory

Weekend Fun: Bavarian Fest, Pride Celebration, Maker Faire

Tinker around this weekend at the Eastern Long Island Mini Maker Fair at the Long Island Explorium. Catch some FREE fun at Belmont Lake State Park's fishing clinic. Time-travel to the Middle Ages at Medieval History Day in Farmingdale Village. Enjoy hands-on learning about hydrogen at the Center for Science Teaching & Learning.

It's also a berry good weekend to spend at Benner's Farm in East Setauket celebrating its annual Strawberry Fair. Or break out your lederhosen and party German-style at Plattdeutsch Park's Long Island Bavarian Festival. Head to the beach to celebrate the diversity of Long Island at Long Island Pride Weekend in Long Beach. Plan ahead for Father's Day weekend with these 20 activities for Long Island dads.

Hop over to our June GoList to find even more options for this weekend, including boardwalksbeaches, mini golf and theme park and water park fun.

Peruse our Spring Family Fun Guide for the best in seasonal entertainment, including day trip ideas, bountiful botanical gardens, and even biking and hiking trails. Of course, our Event Calendar is loaded with fun, daily happenings for Long Island kids.

Get a Free Chromebook 2GB for All your Summer Family Screen Time

Don't get us wrong. We're all about avoiding summer brain drain by keeping kiddos engaged with swim lessons, crafts, drama camps, and robotics clubs. But with all that busyness—plus parents' packed work and home calendars, which don't slow down just because it's school vacation—we'll take any opportunity to fit in some quality time with our kids. And what beats spending a sun-showery afternoon catching up on your family's favorite TV shows, or blasting the AC and curling up on the couch to watch a movie on a hot summer night? I doubt I'm the only one who has fond childhood memories of picking out a video tape and kicking back with the whole crew and some microwave popcorn...

Verizon Fios gets it. And that's exactly why they're sweetening the deal for anyone looking to make the switch before school lets out, by offering new customers a free Samsung Chromebook 3 (2GB) or $200 credit toward other Samsung tech, including all 2018 UDH TVs over 40" or 2018 Soundbars, select Samsung tablets, earbuds, fitness trackers, and more. For just $79.99 a month (plus taxes, equipment charges, and other fees with Auto Pay and paper-free billing) you'll get the super reliable Fios Gigabit Connection, a Custom TV package, and phone service for two years with a two-year agreement and price guarantee.

20 Father's Day Activities for Long Island Dads

For all the wonderful things dads do for their families, they definitely deserve some extra-special attention on Father’s Day. In case you haven’t made plans yet, we’ve put together a list of activities to do with dear old dad that will let him know how much he’s loved and appreciated.

So, whether he’s crazy for sports, loves to spend time outdoors, or enjoys creating things with his hands, we hope our roundup sparks some fun ideas to do on June 17. And for more family-friendly options this month, check out our JuneGoList and our Summer Fun Guide.

As always, check websites or call before heading out for potential weather-related cancellations. Happy Father's Day to all our dads and grandfathers.  

24 Great Mini-Golf Courses On Long Island

These courses may offer mini golf but deliver large fun! Miniature golf is one of those ideal outings the entire family can enjoy. On Long Island, our picturesque mini-golf destinations alone make the trip worthwhile. Stop putter-ing around and get on the green!

Some miniature golf venues on the Island are part of larger amusement parks, which 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. Looking for more active ideas? Peruse these family friendly biking and hiking trails.

If your family is ready to graduate to more advanced greens time, check out these par-3 golf courses on Long Island, where kids can learn the game. For more seasonal fun, be sure to check out our Outdoor Guide.

Outdoor Games and Toys to Make Your Kids' Summer a Hit for Cheap

When the temperatures soar and school lets out, it’s time to break out the outdoor games for the kids. Whether trying to keep them entertained at the beach, a backyard BBQ, or just at the park, parents everywhere know that an engaging outdoor toy for toddlers to teens can be the perfect antidote to the inevitable “We’re bored” summer refrain with which we’re all so familiar.

Unfortunately, just walking into your nearest retailer and grabbing the most interesting looking outdoor game off the shelf doesn’t always work out. It could end up overly complicated, not age-appropriate, break upon contact—or even worse: not hold their attention! So we at Mommy Poppins rounded up our favorite summer toys for kids from over the years, including water games, and even tested out new ones, to bring you this list of more than a dozen, inexpensive options to play with your kids this summer.

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