Parents are always searching for family (and budget) friendly activities and places for the kiddies to blow off steam. Play places make for a good time--and so is the great outdoors (when it's warm enough)--but you can also find out-of-the-box fun at your local library. We looked into libraries across Nassau County that have over-the-top children's rooms and extraordinary activities to keep your family engaged and entertained. And don't worry about being silenced by the librarians here!
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With the cold weather upon us, any outdoor activities might seem like an impossible feat. But when the mercury hasn't dipped too low, you and the kids can work off some stir-craziness and winter blues with an outdoor exploration. Long Island is home to several parks, preserves and historic grounds that provide hiking trails, serene nature and breathtaking views--even in the middle of winter. So grab your warmest coats and boots and head for the hills (so to speak).
And don't forget to check out our calendar for more Long Island activities to get you through the winter months.
Most Long Island schoolchildren have nearly two weeks off from school for the holiday break, which means parents will be scrambling for activities that will keep the little ones occupied and engaged. So here's a roundup of day trips to the east end of Long Island. Whether your family loves the outdoors or rather stay toasty warm indoors, there's something here for everyone. And for more events this month, check out our Holiday Fun Guide.
As far back as I can remember, my mother would break out a series of crafting books and allow us to choose an afternoon activity. Pipe cleaners, egg cartons, pom poms and glue littered the table (and floor!). And while our handmade treasures weren't the most pleasing to the eye, my mother always put them on display. In fact, 30-plus years later, she still has them in storage totes in the basement.
With the holidays here, parents are thinking about what to give their children's teachers. Many of us opt for the gift card (it's definitely the easiest way to go!), but these past few years I've chosen to draw on my childhood experiences and give our gifts a more personal touch. If you'd like to give it a try, here is a roundup of ideas to get you started--and they're easy enough that the kids can help out. So break out those glue guns and glitter. And for more kid-friendly activities, be sure to check out our Holiday Guide.
This is the perfect time of year for an evening prowl. The air is cool and crisp, autumn leaves crunch underfoot, the sun sets early, and the moon shines brighter than any other month. Long Island offers a variety of seasonal woodland walks for families to enjoy. Some of our favorite nature centers and botanical gardens offer both spooky and not-so-spooky options. Read on for more details and also check out our Halloween Guide.