Looking for places to stay and play with your little one without breaking the bank? There are destinations on Long Island that offer fun for all without a hefty price tag. Check out this list of local hot spots where babies ages 2 and younger are FREE.
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Birthday parties have morphed into an entity all their own. Each year's celebration has to be bigger and better than the last, but where to start?
Don’t worry—we’ve rounded up some of Long Island’s best venues for parties to please a variety of kids, from divas and princesses to tumbling tots and animal enthusiasts. These places make party planning easy, and almost all include a host, setup and cleanup, food, and other essentials. The only hard part is picking just one!
Be sure to check out our Birthday Party Guide for Long Island Kids for even more tips on planning the perfect party for your child. It has ideas specific to first birthdays, toddlers, active kids, and more.
A weekend of family holiday festivities is at your fingertips across Long Island.
Enjoy the final holiday light shows, including the Riverhead Holiday Light Show and Jones Beach Magic of Lights; a holiday model train display, or perhaps holiday theater, such as The Happy Elf in Babylon or Barnaby Saves Christmas in Port Jefferson. There are still plenty of spots to see Santa with the kids before the big day, or maybe get moving with some ice skating before you feast on Christmas goodies.
Looking ahead to the week-plus of school vacation this December break? We've rounded up more than 30 fun activities to keep Long Island kids busy all break. If the kids are bouncing off the walls, why not consider a day trip or drop in at an indoor play space?
For the most fun per square inch, check out the Mommy Poppins December GoList and Holiday Fun Guide. You can find more holiday weekend events in our Events Calendar, and, of course, Merry Christmas to you and yours.
Massapequa is massive.
From its northernmost boundary at the Southern State Parkway (technically North Massapequa) to the waters of South Oyster Bay, this community within the Town of Oyster Bay extends through the village of Massapequa Park to the Suffolk County border at Amityville.
Residents boast of Massapequa's award-winning public schools. But also included is a bustling downtown along Park Boulevard and a thriving beach community on the South Shore, making Massapequa a jewel in Nassau County. Read on to see what makes this area attractive to families.
The popular Long Island children's and adult theater in Port Jefferson, Theatre Three, suffered extensive damage and loss due to flooding from a rainstorm in late September.
Theatre Three has a full selection of live productions throughout the year, from musicals to comedy shows and concerts, contributing to the robust arts scene at Port Jefferson's harborfront.
An adventure course at Jones Beach State Park is scheduled to open at the beachfront attraction in 2019. WildPlay Element Parks will install the gravity-defying East Mall Adventure Course, facing the Atlantic Ocean.
There are plenty more thrill-seeking destinations on Long Island. Check out these spots for little (and big) adrenaline junkies in your house. Or visit another state park on Long Island and embark on an adventure of your own.
Are your kids using the couch as a jumping-off point for back flips? There are several spots in Nassau and Suffolk counties that offer obstacle training, where your little ninja can test his or her balance, vaulting, tumbling and more. Let the little daredevils try out these indoor courses while keeping your walls scuffmark-free.
In the meantime, check out our roundup of birthday party venues for active kids or open-play spaces for those seeking an adrenaline rush. For more indoor fun, especially for toddlers, see our list of the best indoor play spaces on Long Island.
The Quogue Wildlife Refuge is one of our favorite hidden Long Island gems. Set back from a curved road, the 300-acre nature preserve on the East End boasts FREE family fun via wildlife, water, and wonderment.
Continue to foster a love of learning outside with our favorite outdoor classrooms and nature centers. Looking for more ways to experience nature? How about a visit to one of our favorite places to interact with birds and butterflies on Long Island? Or consider our favorite family-friendly hiking trails and bikes trails for Long Island families. Of course, you can keep exploring with our guide to more day trips on and near Long Island.