Does your daughter dream of being a princess or pop star for a day? When planning birthday parties, Long Island parents have a variety of choices to make a little girl's dreams come true. So we've rounded up a list of birthday party venues that offer everything a little girl can imagine.
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Nothing is quite like a visit to a local candy shop on Long Island. Whether you are preparing to fill Easter baskets with goodies or just looking for a fun place to satisfy your sweet tooth, feasting your eyes on the vibrant colors, smelling the familiar scent of sugar, and anticipating the first bite of a sweet treat brings out the child in everyone.
A visit to one of these 20-plus Long Island destinations gives yours kids a chance to sample treats, take tours, or even a attend candy-making class. These shops offer everything from hand-dipped truffles to old-fashioned penny candies.
Stretching along the north and south shores of Long Island are dazzling beaches known for their family-friendly vibes and natural beauty, and we don't mean just the Hamptons. Whether you have younger kids looking for tranquil shores or older kids looking to body surf, there is a Long Island beach for you. It's time to get ready for cool sea breezes and the feeling of sand between your toes.
At these Long Island's family beaches, you'll find picnic areas, swimming pools, and bathroom complexes along with food trucks and umbrella rentals. Use our guide to choose the best beach for your family's needs. These beaches are staffed from Memorial Day weekend to Labor Day, unless noted. Prices listed are for summer 2019.
If you're in the mood to travel, check out our list of the best family beaches near New York City or our guide to the Jersey Shore area. For more family fun, see our guide to Long Island amusement and water parks.
Toddlers seem to have endless energy and the power to play all day. They might want to do all that older kids can, but with wobbly legs and arms that can't quite reach, they require special playgrounds.
From Nassau to Suffolk counties and all the way to the East End, designers of Long Island's parks have been thoughtful in creating play spaces for our littlest residents. So as the weather gets warmer, why not take your toddlers to a spot designed with their needs in mind?
We have done the legwork and scouted out the top toddler playgrounds across Long Island. Be sure to check our full list of parks and playgrounds on Long Island, then get out there and enjoy these beautiful days.
It might please moms and dads to know the East End offers an assortment of family-friendly eateries. These spots offer everything from the traditional lobster roll to a "guppy" menu, ideal for young appetites.
Some of these locations even offer outdoor dining with stunning views, so it's a good idea to venture out early to avoid the crowds. We've rounded our favorite family-friendly locations, where you can sample the catch of the day (or most anything else) and eat with boats shimmering in the marina behind you. (Did we say summer photo-op?)
Before heading out to the East End, be sure to check our guide to the Hamptons and North Fork to help plan your visit. In addition, check out our list of 50 Things to Do with Kids in the Hamptons and North Fork. Bring your appetite, because delicious options are waiting.
Long Beach is a seaside gem. One of only two cities in Nassau County—Glen Cove is the other—it has a laid-back ocean vibe generally reserved for vacation towns.
Nicknamed the "City by the Sea," this bustling Long Island enclave offers beachgoers relaxation and fun. Teens can learn to ride the waves at one of the local surf schools; families can rent bikes to cruise the boardwalk; and kids of all ages can enjoy the sparkling ocean and sand. When you arrive you’ll spy kids and parents headed to the beach loaded with buckets and shovels, and see the excited faces of visitors thrilled by the promise of a sun-filled day.
Long Beach is one of many great Long Island beaches and day trips. There are plenty of other options for family fun, including day trips to Cold Spring Harbor, Stony Brook and Port Jefferson. If you fancy a trip farther east, be sure to check out our guide to the Hamptons and North Fork.
Kiddie Playland in Williston Park is a bright and cheerful addition to Nassau County’s collection of indoor play spaces for kids. Whether you are looking for open play on a rainy day or are interested in one of the many classes offered, this new spot has it all. Kiddie Playland is an ideal play space for kids ages up to age 6, and there are class offerings for those up to age 10.
Monday, March 20, as you know, is the first day of spring. As the weather warms up, there are plenty of fun activities for children all across Long Island. This week, enjoy a free ice cream cone, some March Madness-inspired crafts, science experiments, and even a jammin' family dance party.
Our top picks for the week: