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January GoList: The Best Things To Do With Long Island Kids

Meteorologists tell us January is the coldest month on Long Island. It’s also one of the longest.

As we endure that seemingly endless run of Arctic days and nights, it might be natural to fall into a post-holidays depression. After all, once the tree comes down, what do we have to look forward to but three months of head colds and commuting headaches, right?

Nonsense. January is the ideal time to embrace a Long Island winter. Find a sledding hill and challenge the local powder. Indulge your inner Olympian with a day at a local ice rink. Stimulate young intellects with a trip to a nearby children’s museum. Our guide to indoor play spaces on Long Island will help keep cabin fever at bay.

It’s true, you might have to work harder here in January to find your entertainment than in, say, July. But with a little imagination, you’ll find plenty to do in our winter paradise.

That’s where we come in. Our January GoList is laced with events from New Year’s Day and Martin Luther King weekend right through to the end of the month. Our Long Island Events Calendar offers exciting family options as they develop throughout January.

December GoList: Things to Do with Long Island Kids This Month

No need to remind you of all that is going on this month. In fact, among our 12 monthly GoLists, it’s unlikely you’ll find one with more entertainment possibilities than December, assuming, of course that between shopping, and surfing (the Web), traveling, and organizing you have time to take advantage of them.

Our gift to you this holiday season is a month’s worth of opportunities. From light shows to train shows, tree and menorah lightings, Santa brunches, and more, we are committed this month to being your source for seasonal entertainment.

With so much to do, what’s the point of an extended introduction? Let’s move headfirst into the month’s must-do events. And for more great seasonal happenings, why not head to our Long Island guide to the holiday season or Long Island events calendar.  As always, best to you and all those who matter to you from your friends at Mommy Poppins. 

November GoList: The Best Things to Do with Long Island Kids

Say what you will about November, but few months are more, well, American. Our national celebration of thanks bonds citizens from Manhasset to Montauk, and from Rockville Centre to Riverhead.

Long Islanders this month will vote in local elections, honor our veterans, eat some turkey, maybe watch some football, and perhaps even engage in that all-American sport of Black Friday shopping. Who needs Amazon when you’ve got Roosevelt Field, right?

November heralds the arrival of the holiday season, but before rushing into Christmas, New Year’s, and the dead of winter, why not take a few moments to contemplate the majesty of the calendar’s 11th month. Grab a sweater, go for a hike, bear witness to the foliage, compete in a turkey trot, and remember all that we love about our overcrowded, traffic-strewn piece of New York State. We at Mommy Poppins will be right there with you.

Here are our picks for the best in family entertainment in November. Our Long Island Events Calendar offers exciting family options as they develop throughout the month, and you can always sign up for our FREE newsletters to get posts like this delivered to your inbox.

October GoList: Best Things To Do with Long Island Kids

Ironic isn’t it, that the final day of October always seem to get a month’s worth of attention from families on Long Island.

We here at Mommy Poppins love Halloween – who doesn’t? – but we also know there’s plenty more to October than costumes, candy, and neighborhood parades.

There’s Columbus Day weekend and all its fall festivities for starters. Dogs have their days at one of Long Island’s premier outdoor destinations. There are even Oktoberfest celebrations for those who want to add a little oom-pah-pah to their monthly routines.  Did we mention foliage viewing, or some other great day trip?

Halloween has morphed from a single day into an entire month, hasn't it? But while sweet tooths might disagree, we believe October is about more than just jack-o-lanterns and trick-or-treating. So put the costume-making down for a few days and enjoy this wonderful month, where the transition to autumn is seen in all its pageantry.    

Meanwhile, remember our Long Island Events Calendar offers exciting family options as they develop throughout the month. You can always sign up for our FREE newsletters to get posts like this delivered to your inbox.

Go-Kart and Slot Car Racing Destinations for LI Kids

Want to go for a spin? Then check out one of Long Island’s go-kart or slot car tracks.   

Parents of kids who love being in the driver’s seat will love what these high-speed destinations offer. Inexpensive and thrilling, they’re ideal for kids who refuse to take a back seat to anyone. Gentlemen (and ladies), start your engines. 

For more indoor fun, see our guide to play spaces and fun zones. If your kids prefer to pedal, our guide to Long Island biking trails offers great rides in Nassau, Suffolk, and the East End.

September GoList: Best Things to Do with Long Island Kids

We dare not say the words that are on every kid’s mind these days. Back to what? Where? Now?

It’s September, and that means summer games have run their course. It’s time to get serious again, at least Monday through Friday. And while we at Mommy Poppins embrace the value of learning, we also recognize that few times on finer on Long Island than September weekends.

The sun still shines brightly, and there’s plenty to do for Long Island families with a sense of adventure. The month opens with a great celebration of Native American culture on the East End, and continues with fishing derbies, museum holidays, nautical festivals, farm stand happenings, and more.

By the time September ends and we transition fully to autumn, kids won’t even remember this is the month they returned to, well, we won’t say. So enjoy September and all it brings. Here are our picks for the best in Long Island family entertainment this month.

Weekend Fun: Scottish Games, Ethnic Festivals, Train Time

Celebrate a bit of multicultural Long Island this weekend. From Scotland to Peru, Greece, and even the ancient kingdom of Persia, entertain your kids with a host of ethnic festivals.

Sample the haggis while enjoying a Highland fling; maybe even toss the caber at the Scottish Festival and Highland Games in Old Westbury. Treat your kids to ceviche and more at the SUMAQ Peruvian Food Festival in Garden City, or souvlaki and traditional dancing at Greekfest 2017 in Port Jefferson. In Port Washington, enjoy Persian pop with singer Sepideh.

Long Island's melting pot continues next weekend with the annual Shinnecock Powwow in Southampton. In the meantime, our Event Calendar is loaded with fun, daily happenings for Long Island kids. And our August GoList offers up more fun, family events for the final weekend of  the month.

Don't forget to check out our new local DEALS page, where you can score discounts on camps, classes, birthday party packages, and more for LI kids. Check back often as we're constantly adding more. Don't see a great event here? Add it to our calendar yourself.

Weekday Fun: Summer Fests, Sand Castles, Nature Hike

We may be counting down until a return to school, but there is still plenty of summer fun to be had on Long Island.

This week, families can enjoy street festivals, nature walks, movies nights, and more. So gather up your popcorn, blankets, beach chairs, even your dancing shoes, and celebrate all that August has to offer.

As always, check out August GoList and our Summer Fun Guide for the best in Long Island family fun. Our guides to Nassau and Suffolk counties and the East End offer the best in regional entertainment, and our Events Calendar is regularly updated with new and exciting events. Away we go.

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