Sitting on Santa’s lap is a holiday tradition for many families. There are a number of places on Long Island that offer the opportunity to meet St. Nick while also enjoying a yummy breakfast or brunch. Be sure to call your venue for reservations as many sell out. And for more seasonal fun, check out our guide to the holidays on Long Island and our events calendar.
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Ring in the holiday season by taking in a theatrical performance. Kids of all ages will enjoy the magic of music, storytelling, and dance in a classic performance of The Nutcracker or another holiday show.
Whether you're a seasoned runner or just looking for a fun run (or walk), a "turkey trot" is a great way to spend Thanksgiving morning. These road races, held in Nassau, Suffolk and the East End, are open to all ages and often feature a "fun run" just for kids.
If you are not trapped in the kitchen waiting for the bird to cook—or if you are, but want everyone out from under foot-—get the family to work off those calories in advance, making room for the feast to come. For more seasonal adventures, check out our Long Island Events Calendar and our November GoList.
Birthday parties at home are great when kids are tots and a few games in the backyard are all that you need. But as kids get older and invitations need to go out to all the kids in the class, a party venue makes things easier. Here then is our list of indoor party spots with the biggest and coolest play spaces sure to wow the birthday kid and the partygoers.
For more birthday party ideas, see our birthday party guide for Long Island kids.
A Thanksgiving feast is usually prepared and served in our homes. But sometimes it’s nice to take a break from tradition. Drop the daylong prep for Thanksgiving and head out to one of these Long Island restaurants serving up a traditional turkey dinner. Who knows, maybe you can enjoy a Thanksgiving run, volunteer, or (gasp!) relax a little.
For those who aren’t fans of turkey, many of these restaurants offer regular menu items. so everyone can have what they prefer. Just be sure to call ahead for reservations.
Have a happy Thanksgiving! And for more tips and activities this season, check out our Long Island Fall Fun Guide.
Halloween is October 31, and events are happening on Long Island all week leading up to that celebrated day. Here are some fun and FREE Halloween events in which the family can take part. Kids (and grown-ups) love dressing in costumes, so attend multiple events to get the best use out of them.
Don’t forget to check your local library for any FREE Halloween events it may be hosting. And for more seasonal fun, check out our Long Island Halloween Guide, our October GoList, and our compilation of the best fall fairs and festivals on Long Island.
There's nothing like trick-or-treating here on Long Island, where kids can head to their favorite downtowns to fill up on treats from local businesses. Or to their own neighborhoods, where they know how to traverse every nook and cranny. Plus, kids probably have a good idea which houses to avoid and which ones to knock on twice for those sweet rewards.
Camaraderie among neighbors gives you a sense of community. But sometimes change is good.
So which Long Island neighborhoods are best for trick-or-treating? We prefer those that have houses close together, merchants who participate, are well lit, and have minimal traffic. Read on for our list of favorites.
So, strap on your hiking shoes, pack a few snacks, and head out to one of these hiking destinations that offer fresh air and splendid fall oranges, reds and yellows. For more kid-friendly activities, be sure to check out our Fall Fun Guide.