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National Art Classes Offered in Suffolk County
National art education program Abrakadoodle now offers its classes at various locations in Suffolk County, taught by Lisa Albert. The art program also offers in-home birthday parties, with activities and lessons. (read the story...)

First Book Long Island Donates Thousands of Books to Kids
The Long Island chapter of First Book, a national nonprofit organization, has donated more than 150,000 books to schools and children's literacy organizations throughout the island all with the help and support of local families. (read the story...)

Third-Grader Wins Arts Alive Long Island Poster Contest
Nine-year-old Oroboghene (Orobo) Ogbovoh wins the grand prize in the Arts Alive Long Island Poster contest. (read the story...)

Rising Stars of the Press
Adelphi University students took home eight awards at the annual Press Club of Long Island Awards Dinner, including an award for the university's school newspaper The Delphian. (read the story...)

Safari Adventure and GymNation Partner for Summer Camp
Safari Adventure and GymNation have partnered this summer to offer a day camp for children in Riverhead. Campers will partake in gymnastics and fitness activities at GymNation in the morning, and then go next door to Safari Adventure for lunch and afternoon open play, arcade games, and craft activities. Half-day campers will only be at Safari Adventure for open play, lunch, and crafting. (read the story...)

Harbor Country Day School Summer Camp Appoints New Director
Harbor Country Day School Summer Camp & Workshops appointed David Romero as its new camp director earlier this year. Romero, who got his start as a camp counselor for Harbor Country Day School Summer Camp in high school, plans to expand the camp’s summer learning workshops. (read the story...)

1930s Suffolk Theater Reopens after Renovations
The Suffolk Theater in Riverhead recently held its grand opening after being closed for renovations. The theater now has a restaurant and two bars inside for the complete dinner and a show experience on Long Island. The Suffolk Theater also has three children’s theater events on the schedule for the summer. (read the story...)

Second Annual New York State Museum Week Begins in June
On May 31, assemblywoman Margaret M. Markey and the Queens Tourism Council at the New York Hall of Science kicked off New York State Museum Week, which will be from June 10-16. (read the story...)

Long Island Dad on Mission to Make Swim Time Safer for Kids
One Long Island dad is making it his mission to teach children about pool and swimming safety through the Long Island Drowning Prevention Task Force. (read the story...)

Talent Development Center Opens in Melville
Talent development center Tower Talent recently opened a location in Melville. The center scouts for and coaches aspiring actors, performers, and models to gain representation from an agency and book jobs. Tower Talent also brings industry representatives to Melville to interview its talent. (read the story...)

Catch Disney's Dusty of 'Planes' at NYC's Air Show at Jones Beach
Kids will delight when they see the surprise guest -- Dusty, the star of Disney's new movie "Planes" -- at this year's Bethpage Air Show at Jones Beach during Memorial Day weekend. (read the story...)

Sea Explorers Marine Camp Now Offers Camp for Ages 10-14
A new summer day camp for tweens and teens ages 10-14 will be offered as part of the Sea Explorers Marine Camp. The marine biology camp in Babylon offers all of the popular activities that are featured at the camp’s regular sessions, including voyages on the Yankee III and a trip to Atlantis Marine World Aquarium in Riverhead. (read the story...)

The Hospital for Special Surgery Opens Children's Pavilion
The Lerner Children’s Pavilion is a pediatric orthopedic hospital within The Hospital for Special Surgery, the No. 1 hospital for orthopedics in the country. The family-friendly hospital on the Upper East Side features private patient rooms with in-room family accommodations; safe play areas for patients and their siblings; and a nature-influenced design. (read the story...)

Long Island Teens Create Video Campaign on Texting and Driving
Long Island students create a video campaign on the dangers of texting and driving for the NYCM Insurance's Dangers of Distracted Driving contest, placing second overall. (read the story...)

Long Island Mom Inspired by Son to Compete in National EIB All Stars
Long Island mom Heidi Heckers, who entered the National EIB All Stars contest, drew inspiration from her son and is now a finalist in the competition. (read the story...)

Professor Pedals Teaches All Ages to Ride on Long Island
Professor Pedals, a father of two on Long Island, focuses on safety and cycling in his approach to teaching children to ride. (read the story...)

American Camp Association Grants Summer Camp Scholarships to Hurricane Sandy Victims
The American Camp Association of New York and New Jersey grant hundreds of summer camp scholarships to children affected by Hurricane Sandy. (read the story...)

New Summer Camp Teaches Children Extreme Sports
Camp Extreme, a new summer camp offers BMX bike, BMX dirt trail riding, skateboard, and surf lessons for children on Long Island. The extreme sports summer camp is designed so all campers learn and progress together. (read the story...)

Long Island Cheer Program Expands Summer Camp
Gravity Cheer now offers three- and five-day camp sessions for its summer camp. Campers in both sessions will learn a cheer routine, tumbling, and stunts and participate in an obstacle course. The camp also offers extended hour care before and after camp, as well as a sibling discount. (read the story...)

Long Island Family Opens Home to Offer Summer Fun for Inner City Kids
A Long Island family opens up their home each summer to host a Fresh Air child through The Fresh Air Fund, a nonprofit that provides free summer experiences to more than 1.7 million NYC children from low-income communities. (read the story...)

A Sweet Show of Support for Autism
The nonprofit ELIJA School and Foundation teams up with Brooklyn's Runner & Stone Bakery and Restaurant for the Champions of Hope Cookie Campaign, in honor of April's Autism Awareness Month. (read the story...)

Junior League of Long Island Hosts Healthy Living Event for Kids
The Junior League of Long Island hosted the Kids in the Kitchen event in Amityville on Long Island to help end childhood obesity. (read the story...)

PM Pediatrics Opens North Babylon Location
Children’s health care provider, PM Pediatrics, now has a location in North Babylon. The facility uses equipment and medical supplies that are designed for children of all ages and sizes and is open 365 days a year. The pediatric medical center in North Babylon treats an array of illnesses and injuries in a kid-friendly facility. (read the story...)

A Long Island Family's Mission to Bring Birthday Celebrations ot Homeless Children
A Long Island family dedicates time to bring happy birthday parties to the homeless children on Long Island through Birthday Wishes, a nonprofit organization founded in Massachusettes in 2002. (read the story...)

Homegrown Heroes: Making Waves
A couple on Long Island volunteers to teach children with autism how to surf through Surfers Healing, a daylong surfing camp for children with autism that was founded by former competitive surfer Israel "Izzy" Paskowitz and his wife Danielle. (read the story...)


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