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Tween GoList: Amusement Parks, Water Parks, and More Things To Do With LI Kids

Bounce house boredom setting in? A tween eager for new interests and engagement offers parents exciting possibilities for family fun on Long Island. Here are some of our favorite destinations and activities for that hard-to-define age between young childhood and these teenage years.

Added bonus: These activities are guaranteed to get your tween off the couch and away from the electronics.

Weekend Events: Summerfest, Retro Gaming Expo, Boat Race

Join Planting Fields Arboretum for a relaxed Neighborhood Night this Saturday. Stroll around Sayville during its annual Summerfest or get into retro mode at the Long Island Retro Gaming Expo

The Westhampton Beach Historical Society hosts a free Revolutionary War Living History event on the Great Lawn in Westhampton Beach, complete with re-enactments, horses, cannons, and more. These are just some of the exciting events and activities going on for kids and families across Long Island this weekend.  

Thrill to Zip Line, Ropes Courses, and More at Jones Beach's New Adventure Park

WildPlay, an adventure park featuring ropes, bridges and tunnels, as well as a 700-foot zip line that runs parallel to the Atlantic Ocean, opened in July at Jones Beach State Park. Whether you're conquering your fear of heights or challenging your physical abilities, there's an activity for every level of intensity. In fact, the whole experience makes for a terrific parenting lesson. Read on for our review of Jones Beach's newest attraction.

There are plenty more thrill-seeking destinations on Long Island. Check out these spots for little (and big) adrenaline junkies in your house. Or visit another state park on Long Island and embark on an adventure of your own.

30 Things To Do in the Florida Keys with Kids: Dolphins Plus a Whole Lot More

When talking Florida Keys with kids, it's best to point straight at the dolphin in the room. Swimming with dolphins is without question one of the biggest draws in the Keys for families, and while the experience is not cheap, it is the stuff that bucket lists are made of. I confess that I grew up watching Flipper (I say "confess" because a few of you just worked out how old I am), and I've harbored a secret desire to catch a ride from a dolphin ever since. My kid got to live that dream a whole lot younger than I did when I discovered that Key Largo is barely an hour's drive from Miami and an easy add-on to a Florida vacation. Continuing to Key West adds another three hours along the Overseas Highway, a drive touted as one of the most beautiful in the country, stretching over water for seven straight miles at one point.

11 Top Hotels with Outdoor Water Parks for Families with Kids

Kids generally love the perks of staying at hotels but add on a water park and that regular family getaway suddenly hits thrilling new heights. Think of all the family fun: lazy rivers right outside the door, a room nearby for naptime, instant ways to cool down, and no time wasted stuck in traffic to the local pool or beach.

We've rounded up 11 top U.S. hotels and resorts with water parks where families can chill out and cool off at the same time. Find great places to stay (and play) in Florida, Texas, California, and the East Coast.

Final Summer Fun: 25 Things to Do on Long Island Before School Starts

Why whine about summer winding down when you can embrace it, filling these last few weeks with engaging and entertaining family fun? 

We've rounded up 25 of the best end-of-summer fun activities to do with kids on Long Island before they head back to school — from water playgrounds and outdoor pools to FREE music and movies.

Check out our August GoList for the best family events throughout the month, and peruse our Summer Fun Guide or guide to beaches, pools, and water fun for your last sticky summertime hurrah before school resumes. Of course, our Event Calendar is loaded with fun, daily happenings for Long Island kids.

Baby Shark Live! Tour Hits the Stage This Fall

Baby Shark Live!, a stage show based on that viral earworm of a song, is gearing up for a U.S. tour, hitting a city near your family this fall. Just in time for shark week, tickets for this fully-immersive concert are now on sale. We suspect seats will be going fast in cities such as Philadelphia, Boston, and NYC.

So what are you and your kiddos doo doo doo doo doo doo-ing this fall? The very first Baby Shark Live! tour will initially stop in over 30 cities and eventually 100. It's presented by the geniuses behind the sensational song, South Korean educational brand Pinkfong, and Round Room Live, the company behind Yo Gabba Gabba Live and PJ Masks Live. As if we all didn’t already have the insanely catchy song permanently stuck in our heads, there's definitely no hope for us now!

Weekend Fun: Museum Fun, Garvies Point Day, St. Rocco's Feast

Learn about Native American history and more at Garvies Point Museum Day. Watch as teams play "base ball" as it was played — and spelled — in 1864 at the Doc Adams Old Time Base Ball Festival. These are just some of the events sure to delight kids and families across Long Island this weekend.  

It's summer. So head outdoors to the boardwalkbeach, pools, sprinkler parks, or perhaps to cool off at a water park. Jones Beach even has a splash pad ideal for kids.

Free Things to Do With Kids on Long Island in August

Summer is winding down, and on Long Island the fun doesn't have to end, especially when it's FREE. August brings more excitement with FREE festivals, arts and crafts events, concerts, and more.

Grandparents can enjoy a day with their grandchildren at the Suffolk County Farm. Artists big and little can appreciate the Huntington Summer Arts Festival. Locomotive lovers can ride on a steam train. If you want to squeeze in more family fun before school starts, check out these FREE events below. 

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