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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.

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.

Nifty Nature Made Crafts For Kids

Going out to the craft store to purchase lots of supplies can get expensive. Why not use things around you in nature instead!

Hot Spots: Weekend Watch for Watermelon Festival, Disco Night and Music Concerts

Get out there and enjoy summer on Long Island with these hot spots!

Savings on Back-to-School Physicals, Dining at Applebee’s and Baby Travel Gear

Don't miss out on savings to youth physical checkups at Walgreens as well as gift card dining deals at Applebee's and a rebate offer on Graco baby travel gear in this week's edition of Local Steals & ...

How to Find Serious Back-to-School Savings at Your Local Thrift Shops

Save more this year by buying new-old clothes, backpacks, lunch bags, and more at your local thrift store.

Quirky Long Island Roadside Attractions

During your travels around Long Island keep your eyes out for cool, quirky, roadside attractions and landmarks.

Perfectly Practical Summer DIY Housewarming Gifts for Old Friends and New Neighbors

Put together the perfect gift for your friend or family member who has moved, or to your new neighbor to start a beautiful new friendship.

August 9th is Book Lover's Day: Long Island Events for Book Lovers

August 9th is a day for people to take a break and enjoy a book. In addition to enjoy a book, there are many book related events going on on the island not only the 9th, but ...

Planning a Summer Birthday Bash on a Budget

Trying to plan your summer birthday bash on a budget? Here are some inexpensive birthday plans to consider for your big day.

Bromance, Selfie, Hashtag among the 5,000 Words Added to Scrabble Dictionary

The last update was in 2005. Now Scrabble players can refer to 5,000 new words added to the latest edition of the game's dictionary to score.

Local Steals & Deals for Back-to-School Savings

Soon before you know it another school year is about to begin. Now's the time to stock up on school supplies with these great local steals & deals!

Surviving the Summer Doldrums: Ban Boredom with Some End-of-Summer Fun

You have gone on your vacation, had your fourth of July party, sent the kids to camp... now what? Here is a short guide to keeping busy for the last few weeks of summer.

Plan the Perfect Girls’ Outing for National Sisters’ Day

Remind your sister how much you appreciate her and care about her with these simple ideas.

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.
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