With beautiful beaches, wonderful parks, farms and vineyards, places to play and historic sites to learn from, there are so many things to do with kids on Long Island. From New York City out to the East End find some family fun on Long Island for an hour, a day or a week-long family vacation.
My husband shows off his Green Lantern ring the way a newly engaged woman displays her engagement band. So it was no surprise that he was as excited about seeing Marvel Universe Live! as our nine-year-old daughter (she's also a superhero fan). While there were certainly a lot of families at this live-action superhero spectacle, which is hitting New Jersey, Brooklyn and Long Island on its arena tour, it was clearly created with fans of all ages in mind.
Spidey swinging, Black Widow kicking, Captain America motorcycling, the Hulk smashing—this Marvel mash-up has lots of awesome stunts to please even the littlest superhero lovers. However, there are potentially scary bits, too. Here's how my family fared at Marvel Universe Live!.
Even though summer is halfway over you still have plenty of time to frolic in a cool water theme park before school starts. While there are no full-fledged water theme parks in NYC (yet), you don't have to go too far to find some awesome ones. We've rounded up 12 of our favorites for kids in the tri-state area, mostly in New Jersey and Pennsylvania, and all less than a two-hour drive from midtown Manhattan. No two are alike: Each one offers different experiences and thrills.
Before you hop in the car, make sure to check the water parks' official websites to confirm hours and check prices (sometimes you'll even find online-only ticket specials). Also, if you plan to visit a particular park more than once during the summer, consider buying seasonal passes as that may be more economical. For more refreshing fun, be sure to check our Water Fun Guide, where you'll also find a roundup of indoor water parks that are open year-round.
In addition to being incredibly cool and thrilling (I’m not the only one sitting on the edge of her seat through most of the events, am I?), the Winter Olympics are a time to come together with family and friends, enjoy wintertime, and feel pride in our country's athletes. Most importantly, in the Olympic spirit, the Games are a time to connect with the other cultures of our small world. I say that calls for a celebration of Olympic proportions.
Here are party ideas for a kid-centered Winter Olympics hootenanny, whether it’s with just your immediate family or 50 of your closest friends. I’ve chosen simple, inexpensive, and fun ways to get together and celebrate the excitement of the Olympics, the season of light, cultural understanding, and family time.
One of my favorite holiday activities when I was a kid was going for an evening ride to look at the Christmas lights - and it remains one of my Christmastime pleasures to this day. If a drive in search of neighborhood lights doesn't fit your schedule this season (or even if it does) you may enjoy an armchair peek at some of the most extravagant holiday light displays around the nation - from New York to Los Angeles (with forays into Boston, Connecticut, and Orange County as well). Read on for some Christmas eye candy, featuring the most over-the-top light displays we know!
Looking to get spooked this Halloween? Long Island is home to many Haunted Houses up to the task, ranging from child-friendly to down-right creepy. We've rounded up a list of some places offering fairly child-friendly haunted houses for consideration. Keep in mind that even the tamest of these can sometimes be too much for an imaginative child, so always come prepared with a backup plan (or adult) if one child needs to leave quickly. Read on for more details and also check out our Halloween Guide for more seasonal fun.
It's back to school time, and if you anticipate busy days and busier mornings, we want to help remove one challenge from the list, lunch. We've gathered some easy and healthy lunch ideas here. And we've provided a few links to our sister sites to ensure that we cover any school lunch option that you may need. Happy back to school, here's to a great year.
Photo of the week: Brendan Fraser came to the hospital to premier his new movie, Furry Vengeance with the kids at the Cornell pediatrics unit. He actually sat through the whole thing with them, which was really quite an act of charity considering how sick he must be of seeing his butt getting kicked by animals over and over...and over...again. Good man!
Here's what you might have missed on the blog this week:
When you think of National Parks you probably think of places like the Grand Canyon, Yosemite, and other parklands out west. But did you know . there are actually 10 National Parks in New York City and Northern NJ, and over 30 historic sites, parks, monuments, trails, memorials, and heritage areas right here in New York State?
This week (to April 25) is National Park Week, and all 392 National Parks offer free admission in celebration of "America's Best Idea" so it's a perfect opportunity to check out some of these awesome destinations with your kids. (Tours and other fees may still apply).
Read on for everything you need to know for a family-friendly, historic, and beautiful visit to these local gems.
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