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Parenting on Long Island

Take it from me, Long Island is a GREAT place to be a kid.  Incidentally, that also makes it a great place to be a parent.  With so much to offer, from great schools, beautiful natural parks, beaches and waterway, and hundreds of other attractions, there’s plenty of family-fun activities to please both parent and child.  
Of course, being a parent anywhere can be tough.  But these useful resources just might make your life a little easier!  Check out the following lists of camps, child care, children’s entertainment and amusement parks, schools, colleges, beaches and parks, museums and theaters to plan for a rainy day oreveryday.
Long Island Camps
Give your child the opportunity to learn something new everyday at camp!  Summer camps are the best way to inspire and stimulate your child all summer long. The following is a list of summer camps on Long Island
Know of a camp that should be added to our list? Let us know!

Childcare on Long Island

Finding the right sitter or infant/toddler/child program is always difficult, especially when you have as much to choose from as you do on Long Island.  Here’s a list of child care providers on Long Island.
Children’s Entertainment and Amusement Parks on Long Island
Long Island is a breeding ground for cherished family memories, and amusement parks provide the perfect backdrop.  There are a handful of amusement parks and kids entertainment centers across Long Island.  Here’s a list of our recommended sites.  Follow the link below for a full list of amusement parks on Long Island.
  • Adventureland2245 Route 110, Farmingdale, NY 11735  631-694-6868
  • Boomers!655 Long Island Ave., Medford, NY 11763   631-475-1771
  • Dave & Busters - 1856 Veterans Memorial Hwy, Islandia, NY 11749, 631-582-6615
  • Fun Zone - 229 Route 110, Farmingdale, NY 11735   631-847-0100
  • Iceland Skating Rink - 3345 Hillside Ave, New Hyde Park, NY 11040   516-746-1100
  • Laser Zone - 134 Mastic Blvd, Shirley, NY 11967   631-395-1228
  • Long Island Game FarmChapman Boulevard, Manorville, NY 11949   631-878-6644
  • Paintball Arena - 400 Patton Avenue, West Babylon, NY 11704   631-694-2707
  • Splish Splash2549 Splish Splash Drive, Riverhead, NY 11901   631-727-3600
  • The Rinx660 Terry Road, Hauppauge, NY 11788   631-232-3222
  • Tiki Action Park1878 Middle Country Road,  Centereach, NY 11720   631-471-1267
  • Check out more Entertainment Centers and Amusement Parks on Long Island
Schools on Long Island
With 127 public school districts and nearly twice as many private schools in Nassau and Suffolk Counties, there is almost no limit to elementary and secondary education options on Long Island.  There are several well-reputed special education programs operating at public schools on Long Island, as well as nationally leading ESL and Bilingual education options.  It is estimated that nearly half a million students, instructed by approxiamtely 35,000 teachers, attend Long Island public and private schools, with the number growing each year.   Long Island is also home to the largest school districts in New York State outside of the New York City Public Schools system.  Read more about Schools on Long Island.

Long Island Colleges
A handful of prestigious colleges and universities call Long Island home.  These colleges include both private institutions and state schools, offering a wide range of tuition options as well as diverse programs.  Long Island Colleges also offer several youth camps and programs for younger Long Islanders.  Read more about colleges and universities on Long Island.

Long Island Beaches and Parks

Looking for an out-of-doors experience to share with your kids.  Long Island has spectacular scenic parks and waterways.  The following links will take you to our Parks and Beaches listings.
Long Island Museums and Theaters
Children love to be challenged and inspired, and there are no two better places than theaters and museums to do the job.  You’d be surprised at the number of performing arts theatres and museums on Long Island, so be sure to check out our listings by following the links below.