Latest posts by Felissa Allard
Few things are more satisfying for parents than introducing children to culture while also having some fun. Luckily, 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 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 and arts guide offers the complete lowdown on Long Island planetariums, science centers, historic sites, and more.
When the weather is cold, enjoying a warm cup of tea with your favorite little person is a wonderful way to spend an afternoon.
From sampling a variety of tea flavors to tasting yummy miniature sandwiches and scones, these Long Island tea rooms offer a warm welcome in an elegant setting just in time for Hot Tea Month in January.
For more delicious fun with your little ones, check out our list of the best Long Island brunch destinations for families, or treat yourself to our roundup of the Island's most decadent dessert spots.
Santa has the magical ability to be in several places at once, but often for only a few hours at a time.
To help you pin down St. Nick, here's a sample of fun venues where he will appear on a regular basis throughout the holiday season. Remember, though, Santa sometimes has to take a break for milk and cookies, so build a little extra time into your schedule. And while some winter wonderlands remain open after Christmas, Santa returns to the North Pole on Christmas Eve, December 24.
The Thanksgiving turkey has been consumed. You've completed your Black Friday and Cyber Monday shopping. Now it’s time for the next holiday ritual—finding the perfect Christmas tree.
From Cold Spring Harbor to Montauk, Long Island has close to a dozen tree farms, where enthusiastic families can cut a super-fresh spruce (or fir, or pine) at modest cost. These farms range from simple, roadside acreage to full-fledged holiday extravaganzas. So whether you prefer a quick tree-cutting errand or a day out in Santa’s wonderland, consider a visit to one of these outdoor emporiums.
Red, white and blue: check. Daytime BBQ: check. Evening fireworks: Hmm ...
On Fourth of July weekend, and before and after, families across Long Island gather for picnics, barbecues and, of course, fireworks. With that in mind, we've rounded up Independence Day fireworks happenings up and down Long Island, from Nassau to Suffolk counties and all the way to the East End. July 4 is a Wednesday this year, so fireworks celebrations begin as early as June 20 and continue past the weekend of July 7-8.
Our list of Long Island fireworks shows will make you want to go fourth beginning from almost the time school lets out. And for more kid-friendly activities, be sure to check out our Summer Fun Guide and our Event Calendar.
Ghosts, goblins, and witches…OH MY!
It’s Halloween week, and there are plenty of spooky (and not-so-spooky) fun times to be had on Long Island. And not just on Halloween Day itself. Our guide to Long Island-based's top Halloween events includes best neighborhoods for trick-or-treating, parades, costume contests, and more.
Now on to the spooky stuff.
But things still can seem overwhelming when you’re a new mom or dad. We here at Mommy Poppins can help make your life easier with some of our favorite insider tricks that every new parent on Long Island should add to his or her arsenal.