Long Island

Weekday Fun: Crafts, Outdoor Movies, and Street Festivals

Some kids might be in camp, but that doesn't mean the fun slows down here on Long Island.

From movies under the stars to foot-stomping musicals, there is plenty of kid- and adult-friendly fun happening all over the Island. For a more complete look at what's gong on this month, check out our July GoList or read through our list of 50 free things to do with kids this summer and our Summer Fun Guide.

Family-Friendly Boat Rides on Long Island

All aboard! Set sail this summer for sightseeing, whale watching, marine critter catching, or just a good time out on the water. Up and down the shores of Long Island, you can catch a variety of boat tours to take you on fabulous nautical adventures sure to create lasting memories.

Here are voyages we think are especially worthwhile. Prices are as of July 2017.

For more Long Island adventures, check out our guide to summer fun, our list of 100 things do with kids here, and even our guide to seasonal day trips from Long Island.  

Pocono Mountains with Kids: 61 Best Things To Do as a Family

Just two hours from New York City or Philadelphia, the Pocono Mountains offer pristine natural beauty mixed with enough family-friendly activities to fill a long weekend getaway or an entire summer vacation. Truly a four-season resort area, during the winter people flock to the region for skiing and other winter sports, and the cool lake-dotted mountains draw families for swimming, hiking, boating, horseback riding, and more in the summer. It's also loaded with great water parks, both indoor and outdoor.

We've rounded up dozens of the top family attractions in the Poconos into one mega list. Given that it's a fairly large region, we've separated the list by area or town to make it easier to find what's closest to where you and your family plan to visit. Staying longer? Hit all the regions!

Great Outdoor Dining Spots for Kids on Long Island

Feeding kids isn’t always a breeze. With such picky eaters, you just never know what’s going to happen.

So why not make life a bit easier by dining out? And why not choose a kid-friendly restaurant with outdoor seating, which just might entertain your little darlings.

Here are more than a dozen Long Island spots that serve up fabulous views along with great, kid-friendly meals. And if going out to a restaurant isn't your thing, check out these great places to picnic on Long Island.

If after dinner, your kids crave some sweets why not check out our list of old-time ice cream parlors on Long Island or traditional candy shops. Our guide to summer fun on Long Island offers great seasonal destinations and more. Enjoy.

Weekend Fun: Live Theater, Summer Concerts, Candy Making

Boogie down this weekend with some nature sounds as the Jungle Bungles animal show comes to the Tackapausha Museum and Preserve. Skip the trip to Broadway and enjoy family theater in Smithtown, Ronkonkoma or Port Jefferson.

Check out our July Go List for the best family events all month. For more seasonal activities, pop over to our Summer Fun Guide or our day trips guide. Check out our guides to Long Island playgrounds or amusement parks and water parks for the best in family adventures.

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

Summer Day Trips for Long Island Families

While there are plenty of things to do on Long Island during the summer months, sometimes it's nice to change your routine and explore a different area. And how lucky are we that there are so many kid-friendly destinations just a ferry, train, or car ride away? So families can spend the day exploring these locations and all they have to offer.

Here are a few of our favorite easy getaways from Long Island, including nearby Connecticut, New Jersey and Rhode Island, New York City, and New York State destinations.

And for what's happening back on Long Island, check out our Summer Fun Guide or our list of 50 FREE things to do with LI kids this summer.

Great Bike Trails for Long Island Families

If it’s been a few months since that bike saw the outside of your garage, why not tune it up and welcome the summer with a family bike ride?

Head outside to explore some of the many bike trails Long Island has to offer. If you’re not up for taking on a mountain bike trail, then pack a lunch, bring some water and head to one of the paved paths or boardwalks that offer an easy and enjoyable ride for even the youngest cyclist.

Here are our top picks for the most family-friendly trails on Long Island.  Depending on which trail you choose, it may be a good idea to bring along a first aid kit, a tire patch kit or extra tubes, and bug and tick spray. For more outdoor adventures, check out these LI hiking trails and our Summer Fun Guide. While you're at it, why not look into our 50 FREE things to do with kids on LI this summer or our top 100 things to do with LI kids. A good bike ride just might be on both lists.

Weekday Fun: Museums, Movies, Dancing, and Street Fairs

We’ve got plenty of things to do this week to keep your family busy and happy during the long summer days.

With temps in the 80s and 90s, now is the perfect time to check out our amusement and water parks guide. You’ll also find plenty of warm-weather activities in our Summer Fun Guide, and our July GoList is filled with new activities and exciting events the whole family will enjoy.

Here’s a roundup of our top picks for this week, including outdoor movies and street festivals.

50 Things to Do with Kids in the Hamptons and North Fork This Summer

So much to do, so little time.

That’s a popular refrain on Long Island’s East End, where vacationers and residents alike struggle to pack as much adventure as possible into the 60-some days between school years. Which is where we come in, of course.    

Our Mommy Poppins experts have updated their list of the best family entertainment opportunities on the North and South forks, ideally suited for July and August. We’ve researched family beaches, state and county parks, pools, and even indoor options just in case Mother Nature doesn’t cooperate.

So have a look, and while you’re at it check out our guide to this unique region, home to farms, museums, wineries, and even the trendy celebrity or two. Who knows: While you’re here, you might even scratch an item or two off our list of 100 must-do things with LI kids. Hurry, time’s a-wasting.

Top Beach Playgrounds on Long Island

Long Island beaches offer the opportunity for a host of memory-making experiences. Some of the best include those times spent frolicking on the playground to the soundtrack of crashing summer waves.

We've rounded up some of the best beach spots to play in Nassau, Suffolk and the East End, where playgrounds delight kids of all ages. So pack a lunch and plan to spend the day enjoying these locations. Make sure to snap pictures of the smiles from a fun day in the sun.

And remember Long Island has plenty of family-friendly beaches. While you're at it, why not tackle our 100 things with kids to do on Long Island, many of which, not surprisingly, involve the water. Enjoy.


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