An unlikely victory for the Mexican army over French forces in the Battle of Puebla led to the celebration known as Cinco de Mayo (the 5th of May). Although not considered a major holiday in Mexico, it has become an extravagant affair in America. Check out this list of family-friendly events, restaurants and DIY options to celebrate this year. And take a look at our Long Island Calendar for more activities.
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There are several fun festivals this weekend sure to engage the whole family. The kids can also interact with various sea and land creatures at the Fish Hatchery Festival in Cold Spring Harbor, learn about chickens, farming and wool making at Chick-a-Palooza at Garden of Eve Farm in Aquebogue, check out the Arbor Day Festival in Oyster Bay, which will feature a kid's tree climb, planting clinics and other fun activities, or celebrate Earth Day at the Quogue Wildlife Refuge.
It's never too early to plan ahead for Mother's Day! Most restaurants are taking reservations, so check out our roundup of Mother's Day Brunches on Long Island.
It's here! It's here! Spring has sprung and the weather has finally been cooperative for consecutive days. Take advantage by heading outdoors to any of the several Easter Egg Hunts taking place this weekend. Or stay inside for some magical live performances, including The Musical Adventures of Flat Stanley, 101 Dalmatians, Alice in Wonderland Ballet or Seussical Jr.
Next week begins spring break for most schoolchildren on Long Island. If you're looking for camps or other program ideas, check out our Spring Break Camp Guide.
While we all thought the snow earlier this week was Mother Nature's April Fools's Day joke on us, at least she warmed things up so that we could enjoy some fun in the sun. If you still want to fool around, head to Oyster Bay for an April Fools' Hike at Sagamore Hill or to Islip for Gary Ferrar's magic show.
For those itching to get outdoors, Belmont State Park is hosting a free Spring Family Fishing Festival and a Family Seal Walk is being held at Montauk State Park. Easter Egg Hunts also begin across Long Island this weekend.
Let kids build some fun of their own one brick at a time at one of these Long Island's play places that specializes in Lego fun.
Kids of all ages get a chance to design and create their own masterpieces in a variety of classes, and there's also the chance to hold birthday parties and special events at certain locations. Also, check your local library listings for drop in clubs and open builds! For other extra curricular ideas, check out our Camps & Classes guide. And for more kid-friendly events and activities, check out our Long Island Calendar.
Spring is in the air and (weather permitting) it's a great time to get outdoors. Become closer to nature this weekend at the Annual Thar She Blows festival at The Whaling Museum or on a Family Seal Walk in Montauk. Or head out to the South Fork Natural History Museum to learn how ocean animals use light.
Another weekend to show off your Irish pride, as there are four St. Patrick's Day parades stepping off Saturday and Sunday. Pick your corner of Long Island: Montauk, Glen Cove, Farmingdale or Rockville Centre. Of course, there are also plenty of other kid-friendly activities across the Island, so be sure to check out this roundup for some of the best of the best on what's happening this weekend.
With the warmer weather descending upon us and St. Patrick's Day being celebrated across Long Island, it's the perfect opportunity to break free from the snow boots and down jackets and bask in the sunshine. Of course, if you're still waiting for the mercury to rise a bit more, there are plenty of indoor activities for the whole family as well, such as a LEGO sculpture event at the Heckscher Museum of Art or Incredible Kid Day at the Long Island Children's Museum.
Here's a guide for this weekend's happenings across Long Island. Don't see your event listed here? Add it to our events calendar. And if you don't already receive this post in your inbox, subscribe to our newsletter.