James Smith

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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.

August GoList: Best Things to Do with Long Island Kids

They call them the dog days of August, when it might seem impossible to enjoy yourself in the hot and sticky outdoors of a Long Island summer

Nonsense, we say. In fact, we here at Mommy Poppins think there’s plenty to bark about in the final full month of summer.

This month, we’re highlighting street fairs and summer festivals, children’s theater, and more. Children can frolic by the light of the full moon or in the darkness of a solar eclipse. Either way, cherish this month, because kids know what’s coming in September—back to school. This just may be your last chance to take advantage of these 50 FREE things to do with LI kids this summer.

And remember, our Long Island Events Calendar offers exciting family options as they develop throughout the month.

Top 25 Rainy-Day Activities in the Hamptons & North Fork

Not every summer day is perfect on Long Island’s East End. In fact, there are those days in July and August when Mother Nature just refuses to cooperate.

When those moments occur, parents have to get more creative in minding the little ones. The good news is that as the Hamptons and North Fork have become more year-round destinations, the entertainment options for children have grown.

It’s true: Even in the summer, the East End isn’t just about beaches and playgrounds. We have museums, art galleries, indoor play spaces, and more. So with that in mind, here are 25 ways to stave off rainy-day fever on the East End. And here’s hoping the clouds don’t linger too long.

By the way, paring this list down is no easy task. For more inspiration, see our comprehensive guide to the East End and our list of 50 things to do with kids on the East End this summer. If you need accommodations, see our list of the top kid-friendly hotels in the region.

50 Things to Do with Kids in the Hamptons and North Fork This Summer

So much to do, so little time.

That’s a popular refrain on Long Island’s East End, where vacationers and residents alike struggle to pack as much adventure as possible into the 60-some days between school years. Which is where we come in, of course.    

Our Mommy Poppins experts have updated their list of the best family entertainment opportunities on the North and South forks, ideally suited for July and August. We’ve researched family beaches, state and county parks, pools, and even indoor options just in case Mother Nature doesn’t cooperate.

So have a look, and while you’re at it check out our guide to this unique region, home to farms, museums, wineries, and even the trendy celebrity or two. Who knows: While you’re here, you might even scratch an item or two off our list of 100 must-do things with LI kids. Hurry, time’s a-wasting.

July GoList: Best Things to Do With Long Island Kids This Month

We Long Islanders have always had an independent spirit. Self-sufficient from our Colonial days, we now ride commuter trains, endure traffic delays, and absorb all of Mother Nature’s body blows knowing there’s no place in the nation we’d rather be, in July, or anytime, than right where we are.

Long Islanders are also fiercely loyal to our country and that little slice of America that sits to the east of New York City. This month we’ll celebrate our independence from Manhasset to Montauk with parades, carnivals, fireworks shows, and more.

Perhaps even with a bit of reflection. Long Island has lighthouses commissioned by George Washington, villages named for Washington, Benjamin Franklin, and Thomas Jefferson, and, of course, was the center of the most successful spy ring of the Revolutionary War. (Give yourself a gold star if you can name the community named after Franklin. Answer below.)

Kids can learn plenty on Long Island this month. They can celebrate the holiday in 19th-century style at Old Bethpage Village; bond with ”President Theodore Roosevelt” and his family at Sagamore Hill; even marvel at Old Glory in a parade of our nation’s colors in Mount Sinai.

Later in the month, we’ll transition to more traditional activities, including street fairs, festivals like the North Sea Carnival and a North Fork street fair, and outdoor movie nights. School’s out, independence is in, and we’re into it.

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

(And it’s Franklinville, of course, whose name since has changed to Laurel. Franklin visited the North Fork hamlet while postmaster general. Sorry for the trick question.)