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Raising a family in New York has its own set of advantages and trials, and our Family & Parenting section can help to provide you with tips and tricks from other local Long Island parents. From keeping the kids quiet on long car rides, to the best recreation spots, we've got you covered with insights on the topics that matter most to parents.

Keeping Sunny Spirits Up: Rainy Day Fun

Don’t let rain put a damper on your day! There are plenty of fun things to do on Long Island, rain or shine.

Putting A Creative Spin on the Ice Cream Sandwich

Make your own ice cream sandwich with ingredients ranging from pineapple slices to Pop Tarts!

LongIsland.com’s 2014 August Family Fun Guide: Concerts, Festivals & Preparing for School!

August is the start of the dog days of summer. It is the hottest time of year and also the time of year where kids are starting to get ready for back to school. But there is ...

Adopt Your Best Friend: July 31st is Mutt's Day

A cute dog or cat can make a family or home complete. Instead of buying your friend or new family member, adopt an animal from one of the many animal organizations on the island! Support Long Island ...

Promotion on Hot Wings, Starbucks Cold Beverage and Effort to Fight Child Hunger

We're nearly half way through summer, but there's still plenty of summer deals to enjoy from KFC, Starbucks and IKEA!

Lessons at Sea: Sailing, Swimming, Kayak, and Canoe Classes on Long Island

Explore the water by learning a new sport that can literally take you to new places!

New Year's Resolution Checkpoint: Halfway Through the Year, How are You Doing?

Half of 2014 has come and gone - where are you as far as the goals and resolutions you set at the beginning of the year?

Selfless Summer Volunteer Opportunities

Use your free time this summer for good by getting in on local Long Island volunteer opportunities!

Totally Terrific Tie Dye Projects

Looking for a great, token summer craft to do? Why not go retro style and try some totally terrific tie dye projects!

Let Your Kitchen Cool Off by Slow Cooking this Summer

Enjoy a cooler kitchen by pulling out your slow cooker and making these one-pot meals and sides that are sure to be a hit at dinner.

Putt Your Way to a Hole-in-One at LI’s Challenging Mini Golf Courses

Relax and practice your putting technique with friends or kids at these indoor and outdoor mini golf locations.

Enjoy an Outdoor Movie this Summer - Watch a Film Under the Stars!

Why sit in a crowded theater when you can watch a movie under the stars?

Sand, Sun, & Fun: Beach Playgrounds on Long Island

Kids like the beach. Kids also like playgrounds. Finding both is actually very easy on Long Island! Your kids will have a great time enjoying a playground with the beach in the background.

Throw an Amazingly Awesome Backyard Luau

Say aloha to throwing a fabulous backyard luau bash!

Beach Themed & Underwater Inspired Crafts For Kids

Celebrate summer with the kids by making some underwater and beach themed crafts!

Wet & Wild Sprinkler Parks on Long Island

Summer is hot and kids need a safe place to cool off. Check out the various sprinkler or spray parks on Long Island!

Nickel Exposure through Electronic Devices May Be Cause for Rash

Coming up with a skin rash? It may be due to nickel exposure from contact with electronic devices you're using everyday.

Savings on Kids Apparel, Cold Shake and Get Cash for Unwanted Electronic Devices

Planning to see 'Planes: Fire and Rescue' with the kids this Friday? Find out how the movie stub can save you $10 at Kohl's. Also, don't miss an offer on a cold shake and how to turn ...

Super Star Gazing Spots

Visit one of Long Island’s observatories, or grab a blanket and lay outside on a clear night, and gaze up at the night’s sky to take in some star gazing.

Cool Off at a Public Pool This Summer

As it is getting hotter and hotter, many Long Islanders like to take a dip in the pool. Some Long Islanders have pools, but for others, it is not possible. So, check out all the public pools ...
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