Slip-slidin’ away! There are few better ways to stay cool on Long Island this summer than by heading down a slippery water slide, splashing around in a refreshing swimming pool, or getting drenched at a water park. That's why we invite you to check out our list of the hottest spots on Long Island where kids and adults can stay cool, even on the most sweltering days. Check websites for rates and hours. Town pools are usually open to nonresidents, but they might have to pay a higher entry fee.
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Families have for generations bonded over camping. On Long Island, where campgrounds offer oceanside views, hiking trails, historic landmarks, and lighthouses, experienced camping families or first-timers can enjoy roasting hot dogs and marshmallows, making shadow animals on tent walls, chasing after fireflies, and otherwise celebrating nature.
We've compiled a list of the best camping destinations in Nassau and Suffolk counties just waiting to host you and your family. Some are located in state or county parks, where residency restrictions might apply. Others are private or corporately run and open to all. Regardless, camping is especially popular on Long Island from May to October, so call ahead for availability and other essential information.
For tips on other LI outdoor activities, see our guide to Long Island playgrounds and parks. For exciting day trip possibilities and other nature-related activities, see our Long Island getaway guide.
Whether you are looking for a low-key petting zoo or an 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.
When it’s raining outside, it’s time for indoor fun. To get you started, Mommy Poppins Long Island has put together a list of rainy-day activities that will make everything seem a whole lot brighter. We’re talking Long Island’s coolest indoor play spaces, sports centers and fun zones; the latest museum exhibits, and the newest places to visit.
Of course, if you decide to just stay home, we’ve got you covered there, too, with plenty of creative indoor boredom busters.
There’s no denying breakfast in bed can be sweet on Mother’s Day. But this year, why not suggest your family go out for a delicious brunch at a restaurant on Long Island? You can sip a mimosa or Bloody Mary, enjoy a scrumptious meal, and best of all, you won’t have to clean any dishes.
We’ve rounded up 20 restaurants across the Island that offer brunch options, from traditional omelets and pancakes to more creative dishes that feature local produce and international flair. Some spots offer more than just a meal, with free entertainment and activities for the whole family. Call ahead for reservations since destinations tend to book up quickly on this special day.
For other family-friendly happenings on Mother's Day weekend, check out our Event Calendar and Spring Guide. For more dining inspiration, see our guide to family-friendly restaurants on Long Island with tips on outdoor dining, great dessert destinations, and even places where kids can eat free.
After a long winter, spring arrives and colors burst all over Long Island. These are perfect days to explore some of the Island’s family-friendly gardens and state parks, where displays of vibrant, eye-popping cherry blossoms—along with a host of other springtime trees and flowers—are in full bloom.
From the Arbor Day Family Festival (April 27-28) at Planting Fields Arboretum to the annual Sakura Matsuri Cherry Blossom Festival (May 5) at Stony Brook University, your kids get to experience the natural beauty of the season, explore the outdoors, and even learn about different cultures.
If your family is planning a stay-cation here on Long Island during spring break and you’re searching for things to do, you’ve come to the right place.
For most public school students on Long Island, spring break runs from Friday, April 19 to Sunday, April 28. We’ve rounded up 25 fun activities that will keep your kids busy and happily entertained. Between day and weeklong camps, indoor events for rainy days and nature excursions that get your family outside, there’s something for everyone.Try one or more of these activities, and we're confident you’ll never again hear those dreaded words: "I’m bored " (Well, at least not during spring break, anyway).
Long Island schools are closed for a whole 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.