Do you have a child who can't get enough of caped crusaders and masked avengers? If so, there are quite a few venues on Long Island that offer parties catering to the ever-popular superhero theme. Whether you’re looking for a costumed character to make an appearance or want to give guests the chance to dress up as their favorite heroes and try out their newfound superpowers, here are six Long Island spots that will make your own little hero very happy for their special day. For more party ideas, be sure to check out our Birthday Party Guide for Long Island Kids.
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If you have a child who loves to sing or play an instrument--or simply wants to spend the summer exploring the wonderful world of music--then one of these camps might be the perfect place for him or her to spend the summer. Beginners and more advanced musicians can expand their talents in a fun and nurturing environment, and some camps even have special performances where campers can show off their new skills. Be sure to contact the camps directly for open house dates and tuition info.
For kids who want to explore and expand their creativity, there are several art camps on Long Island that go beyond cutting and pasting. Whether your child is an experienced artist or a true beginner, you're sure to find a summer program that fits your needs. And for more camp options, be sure to check out our Long Island Summer & Vacation Camps Guide.
'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.
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. (OK, fine, sweets-baking is also fun for kids!) 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.