Long Island

Enter to Win an Outdoor Adventures Prize Pack

Get ready to explore the great outdoors with our week 5 Mommy Poppins Great Big Summer Giveaway Outdoor Adventures Prize Pack. We have everything you need to take your first step on a hiking trail or discover the wonders in your backyard. Two lucky winners will receive one PlayZoom smartwatch and a bundle of outdoor activity books. A third runner up will win a PlayZoom smartwatch. So, fill up your water bottles ‘cuz we’re going on an adventure.

Enter to Win Baby's First Summer Bundle

For our Week 4 prize for the Mommy Poppins Great Big Summer Giveaway we didn't want to forget about the littlest ones and their moms. Our Baby's First Summer Prize bundle includes loads of great items to make this summer easier from awesome skin care to fashionable cover-ups, toys, and, something to help with that most important of things, sleep! One winner will receive all of the below. One runner up will receive one Lulla Doll and one set of Edushape Water Toys. 

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 or 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 some great one-of-a-kind 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.

Weekend Events: Walt Whitman Birthday Celebration, Strawberry Fest

Soak in the sun—and culture—at the Art League of Long Island's annual Art in the Park event in Huntington this weekend. In addition to wood work, paintings, and ceramics, there will be hands-on activities for the whole family, live art demonstrations, and live music.

Enjoy carnival games, rides, live music, and all things strawberry at the Nassau County Strawberry Festival in Bellmore.

Enjoy performances, birthday parties for kids, and readings of the poet's most celebrated works as you celebrate Walt Whitman's bicentennial birthday at the Walt Whitman Birthplace State Historic Site.

Best Free Things to Do in June With Kids on Long Island

With school events and activities winding down, families have more time to spend together ahead of summer vacation. Of course, it's just the beginning of summertime fun, so we realized you don't want to be breaking the bank just yet.

Fear not, you and the family can still enjoy this last month of school — and stay on budget. We’ve rounded up a list of the best FREE things to do on Long Island in June. 

For more ways to enjoy early summer, check out our June GoList. Remember, our Long Island events calendar offers exciting family options as they develop throughout the month. You might also want to visit our guide to Long Island theme parks and water parks as the weather gets warmer.

June GoList: Best Things To Do with Kids on Long Island

Do you ever fantasize about living in a perpetual state of June?

Think about it: In what other month on Long Island are the flowers blooming so brightly; is the sky a more colorful blue; are the temperatures quite so, temperate?   

June on Long Island is a month of transition—from spring to summer, from the end of the school year to the beginning of vacation time. But it also a month of remarkable possibilities, 30 days to celebrate all we love about life on our overcrowded, traffic-strewn stretch of real estate.

At the start of the month, a mere four weeks remain in the school year. That’s still plenty of time to cherish dad, enjoy a seasonal festival, tap into your inner STEM self, or even join in the celebration of our most celebrated literary celebrity. Whatever your preference, there’s plenty to keep you and your kids engaged until the school year concludes.

25 Fun Things to Do in Buffalo, New York with Kids

In Western New York, hugging the shores of Lake Erie, awaits Buffalo, the second largest city in the Empire State. Famous for its spicy chicken wings, this vibrant area is also known for its history, art deco architecture, great restaurants, and plenty of family-friendly fun, indoors and out. The nearby Niagara Falls usually attracts the most tourist attention, but do not skip a visit to Buffalo, which makes the list for being one of our favorite family getaways in upstate New York.

Below are nearly two dozen suggestions of kid-friendly activities for a great family trip to Buffalo, New York.

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