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Nassau County Summer Day Camps for Long Island Kids

It's never too early to think about summer plans. There are family vacations to organize, and then there's the issue of what to do with kids the rest of the time. Summer camp is an excellent option for many families, and day camps can be affordable and fun. 

Camps across Long Island are beginning to hold open houses, so it might be time to figure out where to send your little ones once school lets out. Looking for a general camp? How about one just for preschoolers? Or how about a camp for older children? Here we check out the best camps Nassau County has to offer.

From special events, programs that focus on art, sports or science, to field trips, these camps are sure to create fun experiences and great memories. Each camp below has its American Camp Association accreditation; for a comprehensive list, check out our Long Island Summer Camp Guide. A guide to Suffolk County camps can be found here

Why Sugarloaf Is My Family's Favorite Ski Resort

Nobody can deny that there are plenty of wonderful ski resorts in southern and central New England. That said, sometimes families want to branch out for something a little different (without going so far as to board a plane to do it). When my family goes skiing, we go to Sugarloaf. Now, look—I know what you’re thinking. Why in the name of all that is holy would we voluntarily drive all the way up to the heart of Maine with children just to go skiing? Let me explain.

Suffolk County Summer Day Camps for Long Island Kids

When school doors close, camp doors open wide, and kids across Long Island gear up for new adventures and experiences. Camp should be fun, and families have so many great choices in Suffolk County for summer day camps. Whether you have a first-timer or a seasoned camper, parents want to make the right choice for their kids, and we're here to help with our list of the best camps for canoeing, sports, art, learning, and most of all, having a blast. 

These camps offer activities and other events to keep kids happy all summer. Different camps offer different amenities and programs, including half- and full-day options, door-to-door transportation, and travel programs for older campers. Many camps hold open-house events and tours, so bring your kids and pick the one that suits your needs.

We've also got our picks for Nassau County summer camps. For more great summer camp ideas, check out our Long Island Summer Camps Guide

STEM and STEAM Summer Camps for Long Island Kids

If you have a child who wants to spend the summer building robots, learning to code, and launching rockets, you're in luck. Long Island has quite a few summer camps where kids can expand their knowledge of all things STEM and STEAM. At these places children can not only have fun and make new friends, but also learn new skills to help them thrive during the next school year.

If you didn't know, STEM is an acronym for Science, Technology, Engineering and Math. STEAM takes it one discipline further, adding an A for arts.

For additional info on summer programs across Long Island, be sure to check out our Summer Camp Guide.

Sleepaway Summer Camps for Kids on Long Island

Long Island has a bounty of day camps in Nassau and Suffolk counties, but it's also got its share of great overnight camps. Sleepaway camps offer a range of programs and options, including horseback riding, swimming, rock climbing, wakeboarding, arts and crafts, and all kinds of sports activities. If your kids are ready and want some time away from home, but still be nearby, here is our list of sleepaway camps on Long Island that offer adventures and experiences sure to last for years to come. 

The camps below have options for one week and up to eight weeks, so choose the camp and length of time that fits best with your kids. Looking for more great summer camp ideas? Head over to our Long Island Summer Camp Guide and make this summer an awesome one.

10 Long Island Summer Camps for Preschoolers

Finding a fun, enriching summer camp close to home that is a good fit for your preschooler (or, soon-to-be preschooler) can be nerve-wracking. You want your child’s first camp experience to be safe and memorable, but not overwhelming. So where to begin?

Here’s a list of 11 Long Island preschool camps that offer a well-rounded summer experience filled with outdoor time, games, arts, sports, and socialization.  All offer summer experiences for kids of all ages, so check out their offerings for older children and teens as well.

Remember: Every camp has its own philosophy and program emphasis, so explore the camp’s websites, call the director and, if possible, attend an open house. Be sure to also explore our Long Island Summer Camp Guide, or browse through the listings in our Camp Directory.

Weekend Fun for LI Kids: Winterfest, Super Bowl, Groundhog Day

We've heard rumblings of some sort of Super Bowl game going on this weekend. Oh, but that just takes care of Sunday night. What about the rest of the weekend?

We've got you covered. In fact, you can "kick off" the weekend at a Kids' Super Bowl Saturday event in Setauket. Or mark Groundhog Day the sciency way at the Maritime Explorium. Regardless of Holtsville Hal's prediction Friday, revel in all things chilly willy at the Sands Point Conservancy's Winterfest.

Remember, you can always pop over to our February GoList or Winter Fun Guide to find more seasonal fun. Mark your calendars this winter and complete some of our 50 great things to do indoors with Long Island kids.

Of course, our Event Calendar is loaded with fun daily events for Long Island kids. Don't see a great event listed here? Add it to our Event Calendar yourself. 

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Free Family Activities on Long Island in February

The bad news for some: It’s still winter. The good news: February is a short month. The even better news: There are plenty of things your family can do on Long Island this month that won’t cost you a penny.

Our roundup of FREE events for Long Island families in February has something for everyone. We’re talking story and craft times, an interactive art exhibit, Super Bowl-themed events, Lunar New Year, and more. If your family is willing to brave the cold, there are a couple of activities that take you outdoors to celebrate the winter season.

If you want still more to do this month, check out our February GoList and Winter Fun Guide, or our lists of great winter day trips and great indoor activities.

15 Ideas for a Fun Winter Olympics Party with Kids

In addition to being incredibly cool and thrilling—flips off the halfpipe! football-field-length ski jumps! a sport actually named skeleton!—the Winter Olympics are a time to come together with family and friends and feel pride in our country's athletes. Most importantly, in the Olympic spirit, the Games are a time to connect with the other cultures of our small world. I say that calls for a celebration of Olympic proportions! Here are 15 ideas for a kid-centered Winter Olympics party, whether it’s with just your immediate family or 50 of your closest friends. We’ve chosen simple, inexpensive, and fun ways to get together and celebrate the excitement of the Olympics, cultural understanding, wintertime, and family time.

February GoList: The Best Things to Do with Long Island Kids

Pity little February. If ever a month were deserving of an identity crisis, it would be the shortest month on our calendar. The holidays have passed, spring is at least a month away, and your kids are almost guaranteed to get sick.

There’s no denying it: Even at 28 days, February is the most tedious month of our 12. And every four years we even add a day just to make the monotony linger.

The good news is 2018 is not a leap year. But before we fast-forward into March, let’s think about all that February does offer Long Islanders.

  • There’s a weeklong school break right in the middle of the month.
  • A groundhog (really, a prairie dog) leads the celebration toward an early spring.
  • There’s even a football game on the first weekend that some consider Super.

February isn’t ideal. But we at Mommy Poppins recognize there’s still plenty to enjoy in these four weeks. You just have to look a bit more closely.

Winter festivals in Sands Point and Sag Harbor bookend the month. Lunar New Year brings cultural celebrations to Stony Brook and other destinations. Kids can celebrate the Winter Olympics in style this year in Port Jefferson, and even send their special Valentine (mom or dad?) some loving thoughts from Oyster Bay.

Of course, our Winter Fun Guide offers plenty of inspiration for Long Island families coping with February cabin fever. And our Long Island Events Calendar offers exciting family options as they develop throughout the month.

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