'Tis the season for tons of family-friendly events and activities. From holiday light displays and breakfast with Santa to watching The Nutcracker and ringing in the New Year, there is something merry and bright going on practically every day of the week this month on Long Island. So bundle the kids up and enjoy everything the season has to offer.
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Ready or not, the cooler weather is coming. One of my family’s favorite ways to warm up is by enjoying a big cup of hot chocolate. And while you can make it at home, it’s always nice to get out of the house with the kids—after all, it can help squash any cabin fever the kids might be experiencing and there’s no cleanup for you. Here are seven places that serve up delicious hot chocolate and other yummy treats. For more cool weather fun, check out our Fall Fun Guide.
It’s never too early to teach kids the importance of eating healthy, and what better way to do that then also showing them how to cook nutritious meals. Not only will they master some important kitchen skills, but it can also improve their fine motor skills, boost math comprehension (thanks to all that measuring), and encourage them to try new foods. We’ve rounded up 10 places that offer cooking and baking classes on Long Island, so go ahead and encourage your future Emeril or Giada to get cooking! And for more enrichment programs, check out our Classes Guide.
There are many levels of pumpkin carving. There's picking up a pumpkin at the grocery store and stabbing a crooked smile onto it. There's downloading a stencil and spending an afternoon with a $5 carving kit creating Jack Skellington. And then there's taking 5,000 fresh pumpkins per week and turning them into multi-gourd masterpieces never before conceived out of fruit. That last thing? That's Rise of the Jack O'Lanterns.
Halloween enthusiasts on Long Island have long enjoyed this gloriously over the top pumpkin extravaganza, but it is still relatively new to Los Angeles area families, and completely new this season to our readers in New Jersey and Boston. That's a whole lot more families getting to experience the glowing, walk-through exhibit, that brings out the Halloween spirit in visitors of all ages. Read on to find out all about this amazing spectacle and get a Mommy Poppins promo code!
August usually brings high temps and plenty of humidity, leaving Long Island families scrambling to find ways to cool off. Whether you want to enjoy the sunshine or retreat indoors to central AC, there are plenty of options in both Nassau and Suffolk counties to help you beat the heat--and all are guaranteed fun for every age. After all, you want to enjoy these last bits of summer before school begins. For more to do this month, check out our Summer Fun Guide.
Long Island is definitely an expensive place to live, so when parents find ways to save money on their kids’ activities and experiences (or even better, do them for free), we jump at it. But there are a few things to do this summer that are worth that extra splurge. And for more ideas on what to do before school is back in session, check out our Summer Fun Guide.
As we enter August, there is still plenty of summertime fun to enjoy for Long Island families. Watch a live performance at the Long Island Children's Museum or a outdoor movie in Syosset. Kids can also learn what it was like to be a kid in the 1800s in Old Bethpage, listen to myth and folktales during arts and crafts at Not Just Art, and explore Olympic stations at the Whaling Museum.
And there's even more going on this week, so be sure to take a look at our Long Island events calendar and our Summer Fun Guide. You can also get the best events of the week sent directly to your inbox each week if you sign up for our newsletter.
We're heading into the last month of summer, but there is still plenty of fun to be had on Long Island. From an outdoor entertainment and nature programs to beach parties and a free Friday Night Promenade, parents can keep their kids occupied with a different activity almost every day before school starts. In fact, all you have to do is check out our Long Island Events Calendar for inspiration, along with this list of some of the best events and activities happening throughout the area. And don't forget to also take a look at our Summer Fun Guide to make the most out of this month. Enjoy!