Young paleontologists no longer have to trek into the city to get a dose of dinosaur. The Center for Science, Teaching and Learning in Rockville Center has a new exhibit featuring fossils, animatronic dinosaurs, and models. There are even live animals, so kids can learn about how dinosaurs are related to today's animals.
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The new year is upon us, but let's not forget all the fun and exciting openings and attractions that 2019 brought Long Island kids. In 2019, Jones Beach and other state parks continued part of their million-dollar upgrade. Jones Beach also made a new addition to its holiday light show. Meanwhile, multiple playgrounds had ribbon-cutting ceremonies, and indoor play spaces continued to see a boom. Whether you spend your time in Nassau or Suffolk, or prefer indoor or outdoor fun, 2020 is shaping up to be great for Long Island families.
There's nothing like trick-or-treating on Long Island. With its many kid-friendly downtowns and villages full of local businesses in the Halloween spirit. Or your very own neighborhood, where kids know how to navigate which houses are handing out pennies and which are doling out full-sized candy bars. Halloween is also a great time to explore new parts of Long Island.
We’ve compiled a list of the best Long Island Neighborhoods for trick-or-treating. We prefer those that have houses close together, merchants who participate, are well lit, and have minimal traffic. Read on for our list of favorites.
Check out our Halloween Guide for more Long Island trick-or-treating fun, including these top events for kids and not-too-scary haunted houses and walks. For more seasonal fun, see our October GoList and Fall Fun Guide.
Looking to get spooked this Halloween?
Long Island is home to many haunted houses up to the task, ranging from child-friendly to downright creepy. We've rounded up places offering child-friendly haunted houses and events for your consideration. But keep in mind that even the tamest of these can sometimes be too much for a more sensitive child, so come prepared with a backup plan (or adult) if your child needs to leave quickly.
If you're looking for something more low-key, there is plenty of Halloween-themed fun to be had on farms across the Island. For more seasonal fun, check out our Long Island Halloween Guide and October GoList, and don't forget to sign up for our weekly newsletter.
Sometimes, even the most dedicated parents need a break. Craft beer has become increasingly popular in the past decade, prompting a surge in the opening of local breweries, gastropubs and restaurants. These family-friendly breweries and restaurants are a great compromise. Parents can wind down without having to find a babysitter, and kids can have fun in an exciting, new atmosphere.
At these charming establishments, parents can enjoy a regular beer offering or a seasonal specialty. If wine is your drink of choice, however, don't miss our guide to kid-friendly wineries on the East End.
Throwing a birthday party is hard work. We all want our kids to feel special on their birthday, but feeding, entertaining, and mingling among your kid's adoring fans (and their parents) can seem like a job. Choosing a birthday party venue—as opposed to your home—can save you a whole a lot of stress, and you don't have to worry about cake on your carpets. In these indoor party spots, kids can run free in a safe environment, while parents mingle. Not to mention someone else does all the cleanup. Added bonus: You never have to worry about the weather with one of these mega indoor play spaces.
Birthdays: Our kids all have them. After deciding on the guest list comes the inevitable question of venues. Instead of heading to a party destination or organizing a party at home, did you ever consider a birthday party at a state, county, or community park?
It's true: Long Island is home to a host of beautiful and fun-filled parks that will make it a memorable day for your child whether you're planning a first birthday or a 13th.
And a party at a park means less cleaning for you, no worrying about how many people can fit in your house, or how to magically make it spotless.
So read on for our take on the best parks at which to host a birthday party, and for more birthday fun, check out our Long Island Birthday Party Guide.
If science and technology are to continue to develop, the world would seem to need innovative minds that keep dreaming and creating. STEM and STEAM programs emphasize science, technology, engineering, art, and math to develop the brains of the future, our Long Island kids. More schools, camps, and museums across Long Island are offering classes and workshops with a focus on STEM education. Check out some of our favorite programs below.
Little engineers, rejoice.