It's Fourth of July week, and although fireworks and parades are canceled in many towns this year, kids can still have plenty of patriotic fun. Keep everyone from preschoolers to teenagers entertained with these Fourth of July desserts, Independence Day crafts, virtual celebrations, and more. Even if there are some fireworks in your area, families can complement the holiday with these quieter, craftier Fourth of July activities that many children appreciate more than big booms.
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Thanksgiving is a time for celebrating with loved ones while savoring hearty fare. While that might involve sliding an extra leaf into the dining room table, it could also mean a quick jaunt to a local restaurant, where basting and pot-scrubbing are taken care of, and your only concern is a lively conversation.
For those who aren’t fans of turkey, many of the restaurants below offer regular menu items. Just be sure to call ahead to reserve a spot at these local bustling bistros. And for fabulous feasting with your little ones any time of year, check out our guide to Long Island restaurants with fun entertainment for kids and our Long-Island kid-friendly restaurant guide.
Have a happy Thanksgiving! And for more tips and activities this season, check out our Long Island Fall Fun Guide.
The best hayrides for Long Island kids feature more than just straw and wagon wheels. Characters, pumpkin-picking, and scrumptious treats like warm apple cider and warm cinnamon doughnuts will delight your senses as you roll through colorful autumn wonderlands with your toddlers and big kids. There are even haunted hayrides on Long Island for the tweens and teens!
For more fall festi-fall-ing, check out our Fall Fairs and Festivals and our Top Pumpkin Patches and Farms For Long Island Kids.
Even the most creative parents on Long Island know the value of quality after-school classes. Kids learn valuable skills, social tools, and critical thinking under the supervision of caring, qualified adults. Here are some of our favorite affordable after-school programs for kids on Long Island. You might be surprised to learn that many of these classes and programs fall within a conservative budget.
If you can’t seem to fry up cutlets without a few mini-folks scrambling into the kitchen, you might have some teeny chefs on your hands.
Here are some of the best cooking schools for kids on Long Island, where little cooks can hone their skills under the direction of experts. And while you’re exploring creative corners, check out these 10 drop-in art locations for Long Island kids and our LI classes and enrichment guide.
Parents with active tots know the value of outdoor play. It helps children gain self-confidence, develop muscle coordination, and burn calories. It also serves as a creative and stimulating outlet for their energy.
This would seem to be especially true for children with special needs. With that in mind, Greenlawn has welcomed a new, inclusive playground to Pickle Park. It makes running, playing, and generally having a good time easy and fun for children of all abilities.
If you have especially adventurous or nature-loving kiddos, it's time to grab your sunscreen and sturdy shoes because state parks on Long Island will be millions of dollars more exciting beginning this Memorial Day.
Jones Beach, Robert Moses, Sunken Meadow, Heckscher, and Wildwood state parks are welcoming upgrades this season that include cottages, marina access, an outdoor adventure area, and more sure to leave your family eager for outdoor excitement.
If your family is in the market for a new kitty or just looking for the purr-fect way to spend an afternoon, you are in for a furry good time. The Shabby Tabby, Long Island's first cat cafe, is waiting for you to frolic and munch with some new feline friends.
Make an hourlong reservation at the cafe in Sayville and enjoy some cuddly time with your favorite fur-balls while enjoying a complimentary beverage and tasty pastries. All of the cats are spayed/neutered, vaccinated, microchipped, and ready for adoption.
What's more, a second cat cafe, A Kitten Kaboodle, plans to open in Selden in June, offering more fun for animal-lovin' tots. In the meantime, check out our list of the best animal farms and petting zoos on Long Island and our roundup of animal encounter birthday party destinations for Long Island kids.