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January GoList: The Best Things To Do with Long Island Kids

With the holidays behind us, winter is suddenly becoming real! Don't fret. There are plenty of activities happening in January for Long Island families.

There's a new interactive (and full of sillies) exhibit headed to the Long Island Children's Museum, plenty of theater, including Beauty & The Beast Jr. and the The Snow Queen, a FREE live meet-and-greet and show with Sesame Street, plus the Lunar New Year and the year of the rooster is headed our way later this month.

Of course, for more things to do during the month, check out our Long Island Events Calendar and Indoor Family Fun Guide to keep cabin fever at bay and chase away the winter blues.

New Year's Eve 2017 Celebrations for Long Island Kids

Break out the noisemakers and ring in 2017 with the family. Just do it a few hours earlier, so the kids can partake, too. There are lots of family-friendly New Year's Eve events around Long Island. Head to a museum, enjoy a roller skating party, fireworks, or celebrate with dinner and dancing. Best of all? No cleanup required.

We've rounded up a dozen great options for the big night, which you'll find below. 

Don't forget to check out our list of 30 fun things to do over the school holiday break to keep the kids busy all week. More family fun can always be found in our events calendar, and don't forget to check out our family event picks for the long weekend, including New Year's Day.

Christmas and Hanukkah Weekend Activities for Long Island Kids

Christmas and Hanukkah collide this weekend with celebrations galore. Chug-a-chug to the Holiday Model Train Display in Babylon. Celebrate the first night of Hanukkah with a menorah lighting, crafts, magic show, latkes, and more in Long Beach. Take a stroll along the sea to marvel at the Boardwalk Lights, too. Get out on the ice in Port Washington for an added holiday skating session.

We've also rounded up a dozen great activities for Christmas Eve, and kids can also enjoy Hanukkah fetes this weekend, including The Chanukah Experience in Merrick. There are also holiday light shows and local homes lit up with holiday cheer, inflatables, and synchronized Christmas tunes. Christmas Day is pretty quiet across the island, but that also means it's great day for family time. Check out these 10 suggestions of things to do with the kids on December 25.

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!

For the most fun per square inch, check the Mommy Poppins December GoList and Holiday Fun Guide. And don't forget to book those Christmas Eve and day feasts at these family-friendly Long Island restaurants! Find more weekend events in our Events Calendar.

Indoor Ice Skating Rinks on Long Island for Families

Long Islanders usually don't let the snow and cold temperatures keep them from their winter fun. But for those really blustery, frigid days, we've rounded up the many local indoor ice skating rinks so you can glide for hours without worrying about pink cheeks and numb toes. 

Most of these rinks offer skate rentals, group and private lessons, free-skate times, and are available to rent for birthday parties. Many also host hockey and figure skating leagues and special events if your kid gets serious about the sport.

If your family likes to pair skating with fresh air, be sure to check out our list of Long Island's many outdoor rinks.

Weekend Fun for LI Kids: Santa Brunch, Ice Show, Hanukkah

Celebrate this December weekend with the Holiday Classic Ice Showa Winter Wonderland Party, or the Whaling Center's Yankee Whaler Holiday Party for throwback fun. Shake a tail feather with Joanie Leeds and the Nightlights at the Long Island Children's Museum, or head out for some children's theater like Mary PoppinsMadagascar, and these pretty Nutcrackers.

There are also holiday light shows and local homes lit up with holiday cheer, inflatables, and synchronized Christmas tunes. There's still time to visit a LI tree farm to cut down your own Christmas tree, and you can catch Santa at breakfasts all over Long Island or at these photo-op spots. Kids can also enjoy the kickoff of Hanukkah fetes and crafts this weekend.

Wallet feeling the pinch from all that holiday fun (and gift giving)? Check out these deals for hot kid destinations and services like the Rockettes and Sahara Sam's indoor water park. Warning: Many expire soon!

For the most fun per square inch, check the Mommy Poppins December GoList and Holiday Fun Guide. And don't forget to book those Christmas Eve and day feasts at these family-friendly Long Island restaurants!

Hanukkah Fun and Menorah Lightings for Long Island Families

Hanukkah festivities, crafts, and activities are underway across Long Island. Giant menorahs will be lit, dreidels spun, and latkes devoured.

You'll also find car parades, fire jugglers, ice skating events, and more. Here are some of the most fun Festival of Lights events for local families. Be sure to check out our Holiday Fun Guide for more events this month, and of course, the daily Event Calendar. Happy Hanukkah!

Long Island Restaurants Open on Christmas Eve & Day 2016

Hosting a holiday takes much preparation and energy. From shopping to cooking to staging, being a hostess is a daunting task. If you're looking for a break from slaving over the stove and cleaning dirty dishes, we've compiled a list of local restaurants that will serve you this Christmas, and even have some with kid-friendly menus, too. Please be sure to call ahead for reservations. And for more activities and events this month, check out our Holiday Guide.

Weekend Fun for LI Kids: Holiday Spectacular, West End Electric Light Parade, Dec. 10-11

Animals, lights, a snow globe and a life-sized Operation game are all part of the Holiday Spectacular at Plainview Hospital this weekend. Have a bright night at the West End Electric Light Parade in Long Beach. 

Winter is the perfect time to indulge in some theater. Take in a live performance of In the Nicholas of Time!FrostyThe Nutcracker or Scrooge.

And for the most fun per square inch, check the Mommy Poppins December GoList and the events calendar daily. 

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