Jaime Sumersille

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Family Memberships on Long Island Worth the Price

Skipping the line, early invites, and additional discounts on events, food and merchandise are some of the members-only perks families can gain when opting to purchase a membership to one of their local kid hot spots. Here on Long Island, there are plenty of educational and entertaining opportunities for families to take advantage of year-round, from museums to water parks. And if you're going to visit the same destination more than once, or several times, in a year, a membership might make financial sense, too, as it will often save you money in the long run. Not all will, though.

We've rounded up some of the top kid spots around Long Island and done the math on their memberships to find the ones that are most worth it for frequent visitors. Read on for these local deals, which will hopefully put a little more money back in your pocket for the new year, plus deliver your family to the front of the line—an almost invaluable perk on busy school holidays!

Find more ideas in our Classes and Enrichment Guide and Indoor Family Fun Guide, which is filled with play space reviews and more.

Bowling Alleys for Kids in Nassau County, Long Island

Visiting a local play space or children's museum is a surefire bet for cooped-up winter days, but if you want to get all ages in on the action (parents, too), bowling is hard to beat. The great boredom-buster is loads of fun and no experience is necessary.

Long Island is loaded with family-friendly lanes, some that offer bumper lanes, lighter balls for little hands, arcades, and family and teen nights. We've rounded up bowling alleys in Suffolk County, and now we're putting together a list of those in Nassau County. One of the best things about bowling? It's often open on holidays when other fun and sport zones are closed like Christmas Day and New Year's Day.

20 Free Things to Do with Long Island Kids This Winter

Wintertime in the Northeast means getting creative about keeping the kids entertained and engaged. But indoor play space and fun zones, museum admissions, and theater can all start to add up. So how to do it without breaking the bank? Lucky you. We've rounded up FREE events for Long Island kids and families happening this winter!

We found indoor STEAM events, outdoor hikes at the Fire Island seashore and Quogue Wildlife Refuge, hands-on workshops for little builders, and more special events. 

Remember, you can always check our Events Calendar for FREE events by using the "free" search filter. Be sure to also keep an eye on our Winter Fun Guide as we continue to update it with more season-specific ideas like sledding and winter walks.

Weekend Fun for LI Kids: Elmo Visits, Pinkalicious, DIY Toolbox

Start the new year off right with a family trip to local Long Island children's theater this January weekend to see Beauty & The Beast, Jr. or Pinkalicious live on stage. Or catch a FREE live Sesame Street show and meet and greet with favorite characters, Elmo and Abby Cadabby, as the preschooler show kicks off its new K is for Kindness Tour from Long Island.

You can also enjoy the fresh winter air with outdoor kid outings as a Wildlife Detective or on a beach hike. New year, new class? Our Long Island Classes Guide includes endless enrichment opportunities, and our Directory of local businesses even more.

There's plenty more on deck this month, so be sure to take a peek at our January GoList, rounding up more than a dozen of the best family events.

Find more weekend events in our Events Calendar or submit your own here

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.