Jaime Sumersille

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The Nutcracker on Long Island

One of the most beloved stories ever told would have to be The Nutcracker, which is typically your child's first introduction to classical ballet. This fairy-tale about the beauty and magic of Christmas and the ways that love and joy can transform dreams into reality is always satisfying. This Tchaikovsky work of art is a lovely way to familiarize children to the delights of great theater and there’s no need to travel far to experience this wonderful and much-loved Christmas story. Here is a list of upcoming The Nutcracker performances on Long Island in 2015.

And be sure to take a look at our Long Island Holiday Fun Guide, including non-Nutcracker holiday shows.

Thanksgiving Weekend Fun for Long Island Kids 2016

Get ready to gobble, gobble your way into some serious family fun this Thanksgiving weekend. From Turkey Day Trots to an 1863 Thanksgiving Holiday and more, we are serving up several weekend activity options. And for more seasonal fun, be sure to check out our Long Island Holiday Guide.

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Weekend Fun for LI Kids: Model Trains, Christmas Carol, Nov. 19-20

Chug-a-choo-choo on over to the Nassau County Model Train Show for some full-steam-ahead fun this weekend on Long Island. Or enjoy a spoonful of sugar with the kids at a live performance of Mary Poppins. Have the kiddies polish their manners for the upcoming holiday season at Nanny Rose School of Etiquette for Children.

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Long Island Restaurants Open for Thanksgiving 2016

Thanksgiving is a feast usually prepared and served in our homes. But sometimes it is really lovely to take a break from the hot kitchen and let someone else do the cooking, cleaning and moving furniture around. Drop the day-long prep for Thanksgiving and head out to one to these Long Island restaurants that are serving up a turkey dinner. This way, you can maybe enjoy a Thanksgiving runvolunteer for those in need or (gasp!) relax a little.

Just be sure to call ahead for reservations and have a happy Thanksgiving! And for more tips and activities this season, check out our Long Island Holiday Guide.

Weekend for LI Kids: Starry, Starry Night, Dream Catchers November 12-13

Immerse your family in culture this weekend with a live performance of James and the Giant PeachThe Jungle BookA Christmas CarolAlice in Wonderland or JigSaw Jones and the Case of the Class Clown. Head to Jones Beach for some science and nature with an Owl Pellet Dissection. Or build your own Dream Catcher at Connetquot River State Park Preserve.

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Thanksgiving Day Runs on Long Island

Turkey trots are a great way to spend the morning on Thanksgiving, whether you're a seasoned runner or just looking to run (or walk) for fun. And most of them are open to all ages or feature a "fun run" just for tots. If you are not trapped in the kitchen waiting for the bird to cook--or if you are but want everyone else out from under foot--get the family out to work off those calories in advance to make room for the feast to come. And be sure to check out our Long Island Fun Guide for lots of other activities in the area, as well as our Long Island Events Calendar.

Weekend for LI Kids: Goodnight Moon, Sunday Science November 5-6

Now that the ghosts and ghouls have gone for the season, settle in for some family-friendly fall fun on Long Island. Catch a live performance of childhood favorite Goodnight Moon at the Long Island Children's Museum or be wowed by The Magic of Alexo in Port Jefferson. Collaborate on an art project during Heckscher Family Hour in Huntington or in Roslyn during Family Sundays at the Nassau County Museum of Art.

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