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With the holiday season winding down, your family might find itself with some free time on its hands. And what better way to spend that time than by doing fun, family-friendly things that won’t cost you a thing.
To keep your kids and your wallet happy, we’ve come up with a list of 15 FREE things to do with kids this month, including train shows, mommy-and-me classes and storytimes, and even a summer camp open house.
For more things to do that won’t bust your budget, check out our roundup of free indoor play spaces on Long Island, our winter fun guide, and our list of free and inexpensive kids’ ski programs in the Northeast. And don’t forget our January GoList and our events calendar.
Zip. Zilch. Zero. That’s exactly how much money you’ll shell out to keep your kids entertained this month if you stick to the list we've put together here.
The Long Island Children’s Museum, part of Nassau County’s famed Museum Row in Garden City, is dedicated to providing fun, educational exhibits, programs, and performances to children and their families. But with its vast open spaces—it’s housed in a converted airplane hangar—bright lights, noise, and overexcited visitors, for some children a visit can be overwhelming.
With the needs of those children in mind, the museum in October 2017 opened a new sensory room. The dedicated space is the latest component of LICM4all, an initiative that helps the museum better serve all children and families.
Who said nothing in life is free? Not us! In fact, we’ve come up with a list of more than 50 fun, family-friendly events happening all over Long Island during the next few weeks that won’t cost you a thing.
Of course, since it’s the season of ghosts and goblins, many of the happenings are Halloween-themed, including costume parades and trick-or-treating events. We've also included the many fabulous fall festivals going on this month, as well as story time and craft events, mommy-and-me classes, and more. And for added fun this season, check out our Halloween Guide and October Go List.
No matter what the season, and no matter where you live on Long Island, there’s a state park just waiting for you and your family.
From hiking in the fall to snow shoeing in the winter…from bird watching in the spring to camping in the summer, these gorgeous state parks have something special to offer Long Island families all year round.
To get you started, we’ve compiled a list of parks we believe are worth a visit. An Empire Pass gives you access to any New York state park for the year, but be sure to look at each park’s website for additional vehicle and/or entry fees and restrictions. Of course, Jones Beach and Robert Moses state parks are prime oceanside getaways in the summer; these parks offer year-round entertainment.
With its playgrounds and parks with harbor views, a walkable Main Street lined with kid-friendly restaurants and unique shops, and plenty of things to do year round for the whole family, Port Jefferson would seem to have it all.
Located on Long Island’s North Shore, Port Jefferson is about 50 miles east of Manhattan and its port welcomes daily ferries to and from Connecticut. Whether spending the day or planning a fun night on the town, this picturesque harborside village offers something for everyone. To help you get the most out of your visit, we’ve rounded up the best of Port Jeff for you and your family.
And for more family-friendly fun on Long Island, check out our list of great family day trips and our guides to Nassau and Suffolk counties, and the East End. Or why not hop the ferry at Port Jefferson and visit Connecticut for a day?