Jaime Sumersille

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Riverhead Day Trip: The Best of This East End Town for Kids

Whether you're day tripping or hunkering down for a few days, Riverhead, on Long Island's East End, offers plenty to do and see for all. From farms to sporting venues, visitors can enjoy a quaint Main Street feel or a rustic farm experience

Located at the end of the Long Island Expressway, the community of Riverhead boasts family-friendly wineries, vintage ice cream parlors, Long Island Sound beaches, and plenty more to entertain your kids. Long Island's largest water park, Splish Splash, is technically in Calverton, part of the larger town of Riverhead, but not a part of the village.

For more fun expeditions, check out our guide to day trips on Long Island. Keep up to date with East End happenings with our Hamptons & North Fork Guide.

Weekend Fun: Mini Maker Faire, Medieval Fest, Duck Derby

Indulge in festivals this weekend from Bavarian to medieval, strawberry and more. Head to Port Jefferson's waterfront for the Eastern Long Island Mini Maker Faire or splash around at the Long Island Children's Museum's seasonal water-based exhibit Our Backyard.

Check out our June GoList for the best family events all month. For more seasonal activities, pop over to our Summer Fun Guide, our day trips guide, or our list of June fairs and festivals. For more family adventures, check out our guides to Long Island playgrounds and amusement parks and water parks.

Long Island Summer Camps With Availability — Yes, Even Now

If you haven't spent a minute thinking about summer camp this year, there's no need to panic. There are Long Island programs, particularly in Nassau County, that still have spaces available.

Of course, if you've been too busy to book a camp for your kids, you might not have time to call around now. That's why we did the work for you. Here are several Long Island camps that as of early June still have spots for summer 2017. Some even are offering special discounts for Mommy Poppins readers. To find about more Long Island-based camps, check out our comprehensive Summer Camp Guide.

Weekend Fun: HarborFest, Strawberries, Art in the Park, Fairs

This weekend, channel your inner artist at The Art League of Long Island's annual Art in the Park festival. Or make seaworthy plans at the Boater's Maritime Festival in Port Jefferson or HarborFest in Port Washington. Hop on a sweet ride, then enjoy a sweet treat at the Nassau County Strawberry Festival.

Check out our June GoList for the best family events all month. For more seasonal activities, pop over to our Summer Fun Guide, our day trips guide, or our list of June fairs and festivals. For more family adventures, check out our Long Island playgrounds and amusement parks and water parks guides. 

Memorial Day Weekend for LI Kids: Air Show, Parades, Street Art

This Memorial Day weekend head over to the Bethpage Air Show at Jones Beach State Park, where you'll see an all-star lineup of civilian planes and the Air Force Thunderbirds. Farther east, the Community Mosaic Street Painting Festival in downtown Riverhead features a fine arts and crafts fair, live music, dance, theater, and more.

There are fireworks this weekend, loads of parades to recognize the fallen, and even family carnivals.

Celebrate the unofficial start of summer with our roundup of the best family beaches on Long Island. And if you're up for a little traveling time, see our day trip ideas for the holiday weekend.

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The Bestie Awards are coming to town and we need to know who you love. The Besties is a reader voting contest celebrating small local businesses that make parenting on Long Island awesome. Help us choose our finalists by shouting out your favorite places to make, do, eat, learn, and play. Nominate your Besties now.

Stunning Long Island Lighthouses Worth Visiting with Kids

Long Island lighthouses are a beacon into the past. To explore them is to immerse yourself in the history of the region, from the Revolutionary War to the whaling age, and the great steamship era of the 19th century.

The are about 20 lighthouses on Long Island, from New York Harbor to Montauk and the North Fork. Four—Bug Light, Fire Island, Horton Point and Montauk Point—are open for public exploration. A fifth, in Huntington Harbor, is closed indefinitely, but will reopen to visitors when renovations are complete.

So see the light at these four destinations. But a word of advice before you go: Limber up, as some of these lighthouses boast steep climbs. Don't fret because the panoramic views are worth the sweat. Here is our guide to four incredible lighthouses that are worth the trip. Have fun exploring.

Got the travel itch? Check out our Family Day Trips Guide

Weekend Fun for LI Kids: Science Expo, Fleece Fair, and Kite Flying

This weekend, Long Island families can participate in hands-on activities that promote imagination and creativity at SLIME—Students of Long Island Maker Expo. From recyclable crafts to robotics technology, enjoy an interactive day of making at the Cradle of Aviation in Nassau County.

Or set your sights high outdoors: Enjoy color on the ground and in the skies as Art in the Park and Kite Day converge at Heritage Park in Mount Sinai. Find more cool parks and playgrounds in our guide to Long Island's best. Old-world demonstrations collide with new-world creations at Hallockville Museum Farm's annual Fleece & Fiber Fair. Take in the picturesque campus and historic buildings that date back to 1765 while visiting with resident animals and enjoying farm-life games. 

By the way, the brand-new Mommy Poppins Bestie Awards are coming to town, and we need to know who you love! The Besties is a reader voting contest celebrating small local businesses that make parenting on Long Island awesome. Help us choose our finalists by shouting out your favorite places to make, do, eat, learn and play. Nominate your Besties now.

Check out our May GoList for the best family events all month. For more weekend activities, pop over to our Spring Fun Guide or perhaps our Day Trips Guide.

22 Great Mini-Golf Courses On Long Island

Miniature golf is one of those ideal outings the entire family can enjoy.  On Long Island, our picturesque mini-golf destinations alone make the trip worthwhile.

Some miniature golf venues on the Island are part of larger amusement parks, which offer water slides and other kid-friendly fun. Others are situated in county or state parks. Whatever the location, these courses offer a wonderful day (or night) of fun at minimal cost.  

If your family is ready to graduate to more advanced greens time, check out these par-3 golf courses on Long Island, where kids can learn the game. For more seasonal fun, be sure to check out our Spring Guide.

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