Ian Stark

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Outdoor Ice Rinks on Long Island for Family Skating

Sure it might be cold this time of year. But if your kids like the outdoors there’s no reason not to enjoy one of Long Island's many outdoor ice skating rinks this winter.

From Nassau County to the north shore of Suffolk and out to the East End, we've put together a list of the top outdoor skating venues on Long Island. Most are inexpensive and offer skate rentals, as well as lessons for those still mastering their steps and stops. Weather permitting, most of these rinks are open until the beginning of spring. All are open to the public without significant restrictions, but keep in mind admission can be higher for nonresidents.

There are also some indoor rinks across Long Island worth a try. So if the weather is nasty or it’s offseason, families can skate all year long, even during beach weather.

The Best New Birthday Party Spots for Long Island Kids

Face it parents ... at some point, your children will require a celebration of their advancing ages. There are dozens of places you can reserve, but perhaps you feel as if you’ve seen all that Long Island venues offer? If so, here are eight new spots you might not have tried yet.

These venues range from simple and classic to trendy and challenging. The good news is that with these fresh options adult guests can graduate from simply standing by and supervising to getting in on the fun. (Of course, you're still supervising—you are still the parent, after all).

Find even more birthday party inspiration in our Long Island Party Guide for Kids. Or have an entertainer come to you for a memorable party experience.

Winter Fun List: 50 Things to Do Indoors With Long Island Kids

The holidays are done, but the winter is in full frozen swing, making it tricky to keep the kids entertained. Luckily, Long Island has plenty of museums, arts and crafts classes, indoor play venues in Nassau and Suffolk and children's theater. Keeping things indoors might seem restrictive, but winter-friendly (as in warm) can also mean fun.

We've put together a list of 50 fun things to do indoors with kids on Long Island. Be sure to check out our Winter Fun Guide and daily events calendar for more fun ideas.

The Best Family Sledding Spots on Long Island

Say it ain't snow. But it is.

Parents with kids eager to brave the outdoors don't have to leave Long Island to find ideal sledding spots. We've rounded up a host of places where you can challenge the local powder for FREE. Safety first though, so be sure to check surroundings for sticks, rocks, and more, and wear a helmet and proper snow gear to keep warm. Bring your own equipment to these snow-covered destinations and be ready for some fun.

Don't forget to check our January GoList and Event Calendar for more ideas on winter entertainment for your family, whether the weather outside is frightful, or delightful.

There's also plenty of seasonal fun in our Long Island Winter Fun Guide , from skiing to hot chocolate spots to FREE events all winter.

Christmas Eve and Christmas Day Activities for LI Kids

Christmas Eve and Christmas Day are among those rare times on Long Island when many family-friendly places are closed. But not everything is shut down.

As it turns out, there is quite a bit to do December 24-25. While some of your options are out of the house and may cost money, some free possibilities are listed in this roundup of activities the whole family can enjoy.

For more seasonal fun, be sure to check out our Long Island Events Calendar and Holiday Fun Guide. Plus, we have your best bets for things to do with kids over the holiday break, too.

30 Things to Do Over Holiday Break with Long Island Kids

We get it. School vacation is intimidating for many parents. The kids will be home all week and in need of entertainment. Yikes! 

Well, we're here to help. We've rounded 30 of our top December break activities for Long Island families—some FREE—from drop-in play to lingering holiday-themed events.

For most LI kids, holiday break runs from Monday, December 25 through Tuesday, January 2. For a full list of events and happenings on Long Island, check out our daily Events Calendar. And our December GoList has a number of fun activities for kids through the end of the month.

Long Island Restaurants Open on Christmas Eve & Day 2017

The holidays are a joyous time ... unless you are the one cooking. It's a lot less fun if you're hustling in the kitchen while the rest of the family is celebrating.

If you’d rather enjoy a meal out than spend hours preparing one, some Long Island restaurants are open to serve dinner on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Some even have kid-friendly menus. So take a look at this list to see which spots have the right menu for you. Call ahead for reservations, and for more seasonal activities and events this month, check out our holiday guide and December GoList.

Long Island Homes with Spectacular Holiday Light Displays for 2017

Entertaining the family during the holidays can be expensive, of course. Want an inexpensive option? Travel with the family to view some of Long Island's most-decorated holiday homes.

Chances are, wherever you are on Long Island—from Port Washington to Port Jefferson—you'll find neighbors going all out to show off their decorating skills. These nifty displays include lights, Nativity scenes, Santas, reindeer, misfit toys, and other beloved seasonal symbols.

We’ve traveled across Nassau and Suffolk to see what’s shining on local lawns, documenting for you our favorites for 2017. So get the family going, put the snacks in a sack, and be ready for some holiday music. Yes, some of these destinations offer seasonal tunes to get you and yours into the spirit. It's still early in the decorating season, so come back often to see what has been added to our gallery.

If holiday lights are your thing, check out these other spectacular LI displays. And for more seasonal fun, see our December GoList and Guide to Holiday Fun on Long Island, where you'll find information on brunches and pictures with Santa, holiday performances, and more.