Lisa Fogarty

Lisa Fogarty

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20 Spring Break Activities For Long Island Kids

Spring break is just around the corner – and so are two words parents know well: I'm bored.

A week-plus off can seem like a lifetime to children, which is why it helps to plan a few fun activities to keep brains active and hands and feet moving when kids are away from the classroom. Whether your child is into theater, the great outdoors, art, sports, or science, there's a great event, class, venue, or park, on Long Island during break week that is sure to delight.

Don't forget to check out our April GoListSpring Fun Guide and Long Island Events Calendar for more fantastic ideas. 

Spring Festivals for Families on Long Island, 2017

Spring on Long Island means more pleasant weather, of course. But there are also an array of festivals in the region to celebrate this most colorful season.

So head outdoors to enjoy crafts, activities, science, and more family fun. With Easter being celebrated on April 16, also check out one of the many Easter Bunny breakfasts and brunches in the area. Later in the season, enjoy a trio of strawberry festivals and, as always, check out our Long Island Events Calendar for more kid-friendly fun.

Easter Egg Hunts for Long Island Kids and Families, 2017

Easter soon will be here, and the Easter Bunny will be busy hopping through Long Island, hiding thousands of colorful, treat-filled eggs.

Both Eastern and Western Christian denominations this year celebrate Easter Sunday on April 16. We've rounded up egg hunts and bunny visits in some of our favorite spots.

We're glad to see so many venues have scheduled hunts by age to give both little and big kids a fair shot at filling their baskets. Remember to bring a basket (or a bag) for the kids to hold their collected treasures, and pack your camera for Easter Bunny brunches and photo-ops. (If there's a threat of rain, be sure to give a call first.)

For more kid-friendly fun, check out our Long Island Events Calendar and Spring Fun Guide.

Suffolk County Summer Day Camps

We profiled Nassau County day camps earlier. Now we turn the spotlight on camps in Suffolk County.

From swimming and sports to arts and crafts, each camp offers activities and other events to keep kids happy all summer. Since there are so many different camps in the county from which to choose, be sure to check out our Long Island Summer Camps Guide. Here are some of our favorite Suffolk County camps.

8 DIY Party Spots for Long Island Families

If you have a crafty kid, you already know his or her No. 1 birthday party wish probably involves pots, pans, paint, and pottery. DIY birthday parties are on the rise and proving to be a treat for children of all ages, who get an opportunity to learn a craft and take a project home with them. These eight party spots on Long Island either offer venues where kids can create and build or boast experts who come to your home to entertain guests with a special project. 

Don't forget to check our directory and Long Island Birthday Party Guide for more ideas. 

10 Full-Day Preschools on Long Island

If you have a little one about to enter preschool, you know how stressful it can be trying to find one that suits his or her needs and yours. Some preschools only offer half-day programs and the hours might conflict with your work schedule. Perhaps you prefer a full-day preschool to give your child a better opportunity to learn the skills he or she needs for kindergarten and beyond.

Whatever your reason, these 10 Long Island preschools give you the option of sending your child full time and/or taking advantage of an extended-hours programs. Check out our Guide to Long Island Summer Camps for Preschoolers and our full Preschool Guide and Directory of Schools for more ideas on keeping your preschooler active and engaged.

Weekday Events: Dr. Seuss Fun, Nature Walks, Wind Socks

We're just a few weeks from being able to escape the outdoors with our families. But for now, as kids return back to school, this week is the perfect time to take advantage of the many fun indoor options on Long Island. From open-play sessions and nature walks to events that celebrate Dr. Seuss week. you won't run out of amazing things to do. 

Check out our Events Guide and February and March GoLists for even more great ideas.

Enjoy These Long Island Cafes With Kids' Play Spaces

There are days when all you want to do is kick back and relax with a cup of coffee or tea and maybe even a sweet treat.

But enjoying quality Me Time gets tricky when your duties include making sure little ones are happy, engaged, and safe. Whether you're looking for a great place to spend your next play date — a venue that actually allows you to talk with other parents — or just wouldn't mind checking your email while your child is busy with imaginative play, these Long Island play cafes offer something for everyone.

Check out our Long Island play space guide and Winter Fun List for other great ideas on how to keep your kids occupied. 

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