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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.

Locals Enjoy Sunny Skies and Warm Weather on St. James Day

Despite the change of seasons St. James Day was graced by summery temperatures, making the annual festival all the more fun!

LongIsland.com’s 2014 October Family Fun Guide: Celebrate the Beginning of Fall With Festivals, Fairs, Concerts, and Other October Fun

October brings with it lots of festive fun! Check out this month’s fairs & festivals, Oktoberfest events, live musical performances, and other October fun you won’t want to miss.

Bayville ScreamPark: A Visit to the Terrifying Quintuple Threat Haunted Attraction

Bayville ScreamPark proves to be a terrifying quintuple threat haunted attraction.

Bay Street Theater Announces Children Auditions for to Kill a Mockingbird

The auditions will be held on October 6th.

Petting Zoo Fun and What You Need to Know about Staying Clean & Healthy

Before heading to the farms and petting zoos this fall, keep in mind how to stay clean and healthy, especially if you or the kids will be having fun with the farm animals.

The Holidays are Coming! Time to Start Thinking about Layaway

It may be early, but if you start putting holiday gifts on layaway now you will be sure to save time and money.

Must See 2014 Fall Theatre Productions

Get lost in a live performance and soak up some culture at a Long Island theater this Fall!

Indoor Play Places to Enjoy this Season

Cold weather is just around the corner, but check out these places where kids can stay warm and still have a great time.

An Autumn Day Scavenger Hunt

Have some fun as a family out in the cool, crisp Autumn weather as you hunt down the items on your list!

Art Classes for Kids: Let Your Little Artist Shine!

Enroll your little Van Gogh in a structured arts class, and prepare to be surprised by all that they will learn to do!

Hot Spots: Weekend Watch for Fun Festivals, Music Festivals, Dog Show & Other Entertainment

Get ready for a weekend packed with festivities, a dog show and other great entertainment on Long Island!

2014 Halloween Guide: Haunted Houses, Trick-or-Treating & Tons of Scary-Good Fun!

From evenings filled with terrifying thrills and chills to afternoons filled with family fun, there’s tons of Halloween Entertainment to enjoy this season!

Corn Mazes Across Long Island to Get Lost In this Fall

Fall is officially here! Spend some time enjoying the Fall atmosphere while solving one of Long Island's renowned corn mazes!

Update: West Islip High School Receives Third Threat of Violence in a Week

The West Islip High School went into lockdown after receiving its third threat of violence in the span of a week.

Visitors and Locals Have a Ball at the 2014 Greenport Maritime Festival

Plenty of maritime merriment was had this weekend at the Greenport Maritime Festival!

Commack School District Releases Statement on Student T-Shirt "Rape Joke"

The Commack School District has released the following statement.

Camping Underneath the Fall Foliage: Campsites that are Open Through Autumn

Campsites are still open, so take advantage of the slower season to spend a relaxing weekend camping on Long Island!

Where to Find Furry Friends to Pet This Fall

Have some fun down on the farm this Fall petting cute animals!

Designing Your Own One-of-a-Kind Scarecrow

Making a scarecrow is far more fun than buying one, and you can even style it exactly the way you want it!

Cases of Serious Respiratory Virus, EV-D68, Confirmed in Children in NY

In addition to the flu season coming upon us, parents and children also need to be vigilant of a serious respiratory virus, called EV-D68. Its spread is causing some children to be hospitalized.
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