Long Island

Beauty and the Beast Aboard the Disney Dream: Cruising the Caribbean with Belle

Following last year's announcement of a Beauty and the Beast themed European river cruise, Disney Cruise Lines has opened a spectacular new stage production of Beauty and the Beast exclusively on the Disney Dream. I can’t recommend this show enough—it’s sure to be a highlight of anyone's vacation (maybe even more than the all-you-can-eat-soft-serve)—and who knew you could improve on a trip to the Bahamas?

The Best Bowling Alleys for Kids in Nassau County

Visiting a local play space or children's museum is a surefire bet for lonely winter days. But if you want to get all ages in on the action (parents, too), bowling is hard to beat. This great boredom-buster is loads of fun and no experience is necessary.

Long Island is loaded with family-friendly lanes, including some that offer bumper lanes, lighter balls for little hands, arcades, and family and teen nights. We've already updated our list of bowling alleys in Suffolk County, and now we're putting together a list of those in Nassau. One of the best things about bowling? It's often open on holidays when other fun and sport zones are closed.

Weekend Fun for LI Kids: Dinos, Nature, and Theater

Step back into the Jurassic Period this weekend with the Long Island Children's Museum's latest exhibit, Dinosaurs: Land of Fire & Ice. Dig a little deeper into dinos at the museum's I Dig It experiment.

While we are catching a break from freezing winter temps, head outdoors for a winter hike at the Center for Science Teaching & Learning. Or indulge in some culture as Pinocchio opens in Bellmore and Good Night Moon & the Runaway Bunny opens in Port Washington. Break out your dancing shows, because Laurie Berkner hits the Paramount stage this weekend.

Remember, you can always pop over to our January 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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Toys 'R' Us to Close 182 Stores Nationwide – See the Full List

On the heels of its bankruptcy filing last year, Toys "R" Us says it will close more than 180 stores nationwide, according to court documents submitted this week by the retailer. The restructing includes the closure of the Babies "R" Us in New York City's Union Square, the Toys "R" Us in the company's hometown of Wayne, New Jersey, more locations in the NYC suburbs of Westchester and Long Island, and across the country, including Massachusetts, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, Texas, and California.

10 of the Best Family-Friendly Museums on Long Island

Few things are better for parents than introducing children to culture while also having some fun. Luckily for us, Long Island is home to a host of museums that cater to a younger crowd. In fact, many of these sites offer hands-on, interactive exhibits and activities that can be enjoyed by children of all ages.

From air and space to science and trains, these spots offer special exhibits and programs to keep children engaged, entertained, and educated. So why not visit? In the meantime, scope out some more fun in our Guide to Indoor Play Spaces on Long Island as well as our Event Calendar. And our museums guide offers the complete lowdown on Long Island planetariums, science centers, historic sites, and more.

Ways to Meet Other Parents on Long Island

New to parenthood or to your neighborhood? Seeking to meet other parents like yourself? The winter months make it tough to get out and socialize. But don't worry, you don't need to take out a personal ad. Try these ideas to get up and out and meet new folks (and kids).

Remember, this list is a sampling of some of the largest groups, but certainly not exhaustive. If you don’t see your neighborhood on the list, search a Yahoo Groups directory for your area (or interest), adding “parents"  to the search. Also visit Meetup’s Parents and Family page.

For more creative play ideas ideas, check out our guide to indoors activities on Long Island.  

9 Best Florida Beach Vacation Destinations for Families

Sure, we all love a good spa resort or ski trip, but if the relentless winter has worn you down, know that there are balmy breezes, sandy beaches, and palm trees awaiting you in Florida

February's rounding the bend and spring is not quite ready to make an appearance; I can't think of a better time to the south for a fun family vacation—maybe for the kids' spring break from school. As a mother of two little ones living in Florida, I know the best spots for families on both coasts. Check out my favorite beach destinations for little and big (that means you!) kids alike.

Enjoy These Long Island Cafes With Kids' Play Spaces

A place for children to play and parents to connect with other moms and dads.

That’s exactly what Long Island play cafes offer. Enjoy these fun, safe venues for your child’s next play date: They'll have fun and explore, and you'll relax with a snack, catch up with your peers, or just relish some me time. Of course, parents are required to keep an eye on their children at all times.

For more seasonal fun ideas, check out our guide to indoor play spaces and our roundup of sensory play spaces on Long Island. And don’t forget our Winter Fun Guide for a host of ideas sure to keep your kids happily occupied during the winter months.

A New Indoor Water Park Is Coming to the Catskills

Families who'd rather swap their snowsuits for bathing suits will soon have one more option: the Kartrite Hotel & Indoor Waterpark, which will open in Monticello, New York, in early 2019.

The best part? It's located in Sullivan County, an easy family-friendly destination for both daytrippers and those in need of a weekend getaway.

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