Whether you are looking for a low-key petting zoo near you or a more exotic experience with wild animals, there's no shortage of places on Long Island where children can interact with nature's noble creatures. If they want to, Long Island kids can do everything from feed a giraffe to visit with an alpaca, and even ride a safari train.
Latest posts by Lisa Mancuso
With so many wineries on the East End now welcoming children, Long Island wine country has become a huge destination not just for couples and bachelorette parties, but for families with kids, too.
From picnic areas to live music, and annual events, we’ve rounded up a host of kid-friendly wineries on Long Island's East End—many of which are family-owned and operated—offering the best experiences for little visitors. In addition to wine, most tasting rooms offer light snacks and nonalcoholic beverages, and some allow outside food and drink in designated picnic areas. Of course, kids must be supervised and any pets must be on leashes. Be sure to check individual websites for specific rules. And be responsible if you're driving.
Long Island schools are closed for more than a week for spring break this year. With so much time to fill, why not check out these daily and weekly camp options?
Spring break begins for most school districts after school on Thursday, April 9, continuing through Sunday, April 19. So, whether you're entertaining a budding scientist, aspiring artist, or a sports enthusiast, there's a camp to satisfy seemingly every interest. For more spring break entertainment ideas, be sure to check out our daily event calendar.
Well, we’ve got exactly what you need: a list of 30 family-friendly events happening across Long Island during school break, February 17-21 (most private schools are also closed that week). Of course, we think these events are timeless enough to be enjoyed whenever your children are home.
From one-day and week-long camps to outdoor ice skating, indoor swimming, museums, and aquarium events, our roundup of activities will get your kids up and out of the house. Some events might cost you, but plenty are FREE or low cost, so there’s no excuse to not try at least one.
A place for children to play and parents to connect with other moms and dads.
That’s exactly what Long Island cafes with kids’ play spaces offer. Enjoy these fun, safe venues for your child’s next play date: They'll have fun and explore, and you'll relax with a latte, catch up with your peers, or just relish some me time. Of course, parents are required to keep an eye on their children at all times.
For more seasonal fun ideas, check out our guide to indoor play spaces and our roundup of sensory play spaces on Long Island. And don’t forget our Winter Fun Guide for a host of ideas sure to keep your kids happily occupied during the winter months.
Unlike the other cards in your wallet, a library card doesn't come with fees or payment due dates. It does, however, come with a list of very cool, very FREE perks for the whole family, and we’re not just talking books.
Access to free museum passes from your local library is a huge perk for families, and one not everyone knows about: We are here to spread the word. In addition, your Long Island library card gets you access to a variety of other freebies that can entertain the whole family, from toddlers to tweens and teens.
Take a look at our list of museums from which you can score free passes and our roundup of other cool perks available at libraries in Nassau and Suffolk counties and on the East End. For more details, check individual library websites. And see our seasonal fun guide and events calendar for more ways to keep your family busy this winter.
Who says nothing is for free anymore? Not these kid-friendly Long Island restaurants, where kids can eat FREE and you can relax. It's ideal for families with picky—or not-so-picky—eaters who want to enjoy a nice meal without the aggravation of paying for food that goes untouched.
From pizza to pasta, fast food to waitress service, and pub fare to ethnic dishes, check out these locations in Nassau and Suffolk counties the next time your family is looking for a stress-free dinner. Promotions change, so be sure to check first before you go.
There’s no reason to stay home just because the colder weather is upon us.
All across Long Island, there are play spaces and indoor playgrounds to keep your kids happily occupied. In fact, some of them are hiding in plain sight. And better yet, many of these kid-friendly spots are FREE. From malls to bookstores and libraries, there is plenty of FREE fun to be had for Long Island kids.
Enjoy these unique play destinations, but remember at most venues a parent/adult must be present to supervise children.