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Inclusive Activities and Events for Children with Special Needs on Long Island

Inclusive Activities and Events for Children with Special Needs on Long Island

Children with special needs can have fun and make friends with kids of all abilities with special programming, workshops, and kid-friendly events and activities on Long Island, including in Plainview, Great Neck, and East Meadow.

A Guide to Wheelchair Accessible Nature Trails on Long Island

A Guide to Wheelchair Accessible Nature Trails on Long Island

Take a stroll through the nature trails on Long Island, including in Massapequa, Wantagh, and Smithtown, that have been approved as wheelchair accessible by the nonprofit Rails-To-Trails Conservancy.

A Guide to Wheelchair Accessible Nature Trails in NYC

A Guide to Wheelchair Accessible Nature Trails in NYC

Enjoy the fresh air and nature around you at these nature trails in New York City, including parks in the Bronx, Manhattan, and Staten Island, that have been approved wheelchair accessible by the nonprofit Rails-To-Trails Conservancy.

A Guide to Wheelchair Accessible Nature Trails in the NYC Suburbs and Fairfield County in Connecticut

A Guide to Wheelchair Accessible Nature Trails in the NYC Suburbs and Fairfield County in Connecticut

Get outdoors and enjoy the fresh air and nature around you at these national parks in Fairfield, Westchester, and Rockland counties, including parks in Monroe, Nyack, and Yonkers, that have been approved wheelchair accessible by the nonprofit Rails-To-Trails Conservancy.

Where to Go Sledding on Long Island

Where to Go Sledding on Long Island

Looking for places to go sledding on Long Island? Here's a list of 5 official locations that allow sledding, including state parks in East Meadow, Farmingdale, Hewlett, Sayville, and Seaford.

7 Sledding Spots in Queens

7 Sledding Spots in Queens

UPDATED DECEMBER 2013: A guide to sledding in Queens, including official sledding locations in parks across the borough. Find sledding hills in Astoria, Cypress Hills, Flushing, Forest Hills, Fresh Meadows, Kew Gardens, Little Neck, Middle Village, and Woodhaven.

Sledding Spots in Brooklyn

Sledding Spots in Brooklyn

UPDATED DECEMBER 2013: A guide to official sledding locations in Brooklyn, including NYC parks that allow sledding and snow tubing in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn Heights, Brownsville, Clinton Hill, Crown Heights, Cypress Hills, Fort Greene, Prospect Park, and Sunset Park.

13 Free Admission Days at National Parks in 2013

13 Free Admission Days at National Parks in 2013

There will be 13 dates in 2013 when more than 2,000 national parks, forests, wildlife refuges, and other public lands will be open with free admission. These fee-free days include The 13 Fee Free Days in 2013 include Martin Luther King, Jr. Day (Jan. 21), National Public Lands Day (Sept. 28), and Veterans Day Weekend (Nov. 9-11).

Where to Go Sledding in Manhattan

Where to Go Sledding in Manhattan

A list of the 6 best hills for sledding in Manhattan, including three on the Upper East Side, two on the Upper West Side, and one in Hamilton Heights, all of which are overseen by the New York City Parks Department.

Free Admission to All National Parks on Veterans Day Weekend

Free Admission to All National Parks on Veterans Day Weekend

Almost 400 U.S. national parks will offer free admission to all visitors during Veterans Day weekend, and many will also host special events to commemorate the holiday.

Family Outing: Field Station: Dinosaurs

Family Outing: Field Station: Dinosaurs

Travel back a few eons in Earth's history with a visit to Field Station: Dinosaurs, a remarkable dino park nestled in the New Jersey Meadowlands just outside NYC.

Family Camping in NYC Parks

Family Camping in NYC Parks

Did you know many New York City parks host free Family Camping events in the summer? Get the details on those campouts here, including locations in Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, and Staten Island; 2012 dates; and how to register your family.

Travel Back in Time to Colonial Williamsburg

Travel Back in Time to Colonial Williamsburg

See what living during the colonial times was like with a visit to Colonial Williamsburg in Virginia, a family-friendly destination.

Leaf Peeping: A Fun Family Activity in the Fall

Leaf Peeping: A Fun Family Activity in the Fall

Whether you want a quick day trip with the kids or a long weekend getaway this fall, there are a plethora of options throughout NYC and the outskirts for leaf peeping. The entire state of New York boasts a wide selection of broad-leafed trees in the autumn, and there is a terrific pattern of brilliant red, orange, and yellow shades splattered across the landscape!

United Way of Westchester and Putnam Installs First Born Learning Trail in Westchester County

United Way of Westchester and Putnam Installs First Born Learning Trail in Westchester County

Westchester County's first Born Learning Trail, developed by the United way of Westchester and Putnam, has opened at the Kensico Dam, offering families a new educational outdoor activity in Tarrytown, New York.

City Parks Foundation Offers Free Golf Lessons in NYC Parks this August

City Parks Foundation Offers Free Golf Lessons in NYC Parks this August

The City Parks Foundation is offering free golf lessons to kids in New York City this August, at East River Park and Eugene McCabe Field in Manhattan.

Hiking and Nature Trails in Upstate New York

Hiking and Nature Trails in Upstate New York

Upstate New York is rife with mountains, forests, falls, state parks, nature preserves, sanctuaries, and conservation areas. Check out our list of these natural havens that include scenic hiking trails fit for all skill levels. So pack up the kids and spend the day or weekend reconnecting with nature in the great outdoors (and getting some great exercise!).

Hiking and Nature Trails Near NYC

Hiking and Nature Trails Near NYC

Check out these scenic outdoor hiking options near New York City, in Southeast New York's Westchester and Rockland Counties, on Long Island, and in nearby Fairfield County, Connecticut. The mountains, parks, and other nature areas listed here are all offer easy hiking and nature trails that kids and families of all skill levels can enjoy. So pack a picnic and get outdoors!

Family Outing: Wave Hill

Family Outing: Wave Hill

Wave Hill, an expansive public garden located in the Bronx along the scenic Hudson River, is easily accessible from the NYC area and a worthwhile family excursion in any season.

Fun, Creative, and Educational Summer Activities for Kids in the New York City Area

Fun, Creative, and Educational Summer Activities for Kids in the New York City Area

Once school lets out for the summer, kids are always looking for something fun, interesting, or creative to do. After all, there are only so many TV reruns to watch and video games to play before the "I’m bored!” cries begin. Even in the summer, parents still have time to encourage their kids to do something special (and maybe even a little educational) this year.

Celebrate Connecticut Trails Day in Fairfield County with Your Family

Celebrate Connecticut Trails Day in Fairfield County with Your Family

Connecticut Trails Day 2011, part of National Trails Day, will be celebrated June 4-5 this year. If you're in Fairfield County, CT that weekend, check out these kid-friendly outdoor activities and nature walks.

Best Playgrounds in the New York City Area

Best Playgrounds in the New York City Area

We've put together a list of the most family-friendly playgrounds throughout the New York City area, including in the city, on Long Island, and in the suburbs. Plus, we offer tips and advice for getting the most out of your visit.

Best Playgrounds in Fairfield County, CT

Best Playgrounds in Fairfield County, CT

From twisty slides to pedal-powered carousels, kids love to jump, climb, swing, and slide. Why not venture beyond your family’s go-to park for a change of pace? We’ve zeroed in on some of the best playgrounds for families in Fairfield County, Connecticut.

Best Playgrounds in Rockland County, NY

Best Playgrounds in Rockland County, NY

From twisty slides to pedal-powered carousels, kids love to jump, climb, swing, and slide. Why not venture beyond your family's go-to park for a change of pace? We've zeroed in on some of the best playgrounds in Rockland County, New York.

Best Playgrounds in Westchester County, NY

Best Playgrounds in Westchester County, NY

We consulted Arin Gornstein, mom and Rivertown Play Group co-founder, to pinpoint the most fun, kid-friendly playgrounds around Westchester County, NY.




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