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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.

Saying Goodbye to Summer in Style for Adults

Summer is coming to an end, and all the adults out there should make sure they live it up to the fullest while they still can!

Top Car Trip Games to Keep Kids Busy While Driving to the East End

While driving out East, keep your kids busy and peaceful by introducing them to various car games and other distractors.

Awesome Apple Picking Places & Helpful Tips

Apples are in season and ripe for the picking! Head out to Long Island’s apple orchards and farms this September to enjoy freshly picked produce.

LongIsland.com’s September Family Fun Guide: Getting into the Fall Spirit with Festivals, Fairs, and Live Music!

School is officially back in session but that doesn’t make for a lack of fun things to do all throughout the month of September!

How to Safely Make Fruity and Phenomenal Grilled Desserts

Get the most out of your grill with these unique and delectable desserts!

Weather Watching For Labor Day Weekend Wash Out

With a rainy weather forecast ahead, you may need a backup plan for Labor Day Weekend.

Lovable Lunchbox Notes to Leave the Kids

Surprise the kids this year by leaving them cute little lunchbox notes!

Local Steals & Deals on Wholesome Meals for the Entire Family

If you've been grilling all summer long, it's time to check out these savings to wholesome home-cooked style meals. Find savings to Boston Market, Carrabba's and others!

Great Outdoor Games to Play With the Kids

Summer is coming to an end so make sure you get in lots of outdoor games and play while the weather is still nice and warm.

Back to School in Style with New Fall Trends

Lego and Frozen are still super popular, and also look for some classic, more adult styles, such as boho chic and leather jackets, to pop up with younger kids.

Unique Spots to Throw Your Kid's Next Birthday Bash

Don't know where to throw your kid's next birthday party? Looking for something different? Check out these exciting venues to hold your child's next party.

Saying Goodbye to Summer in Style for Kids

The summer is winding down which means it is time to say goodbye to summer, in style!

Give a Toast to the End of Summer with the Ultimate Labor Day BBQ

Throw the best Labor Day barbecue with these unique recipes and money-saving tips!

How Well Can Your Child Draw? It Can Be an Indicator for Later Intelligence

Take a closer look at the next drawing your child makes. It can be an indicator of intelligence at a later age.

Savor their Golden Years: Activities to Do with Grandparents and Seniors

National Senior Citizen Day is right around the corner, so plan something special with an older family member or friend.

Long Island’s Best Family Photo Ops for Shutterbugs of All Ability Levels

As summer winds down, capture the joy and fun of the past couple of months in a bright and cheerful family photo.

Get in the Back-to-School Mindset: Mentally Getting Ready for School

You may have all of the supplies, but are you mentally ready for back-to-school. Check out our tips on making sure you are mentally ready.

Lively Labor Day Weekend 2014 Festivals

There are lots of lively festivals going on this Labor Day Weekend for Long Islanders searching for something fun to do.

Planning the Perfect Movie Night In

Save money by inviting friends to a movie at your place, and show off your hosting skills by making stove-top popcorn, having movie theater candy at the ready, and setting an ambiance conducive to focusing on a ...

LongIsland.com’s 2014 Labor Day Weekend Fun Guide

Summer is drawing to an end, but that doesn’t mean the fun has to stop! Labor Day Weekend is right around the corner filled with plenty of fun activities for all.
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