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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.

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.