Instagram-Worthy Moments from Kids' Activities & Programs on Long Island

Instagram-Worthy Moments from Kids' Activities & Programs on Long Island

We asked some of our Long Island partners to provide photos of the activities that go on in their walls. We posted the results to our Instagram stories (@NYMetroParents) and are publishing them below. What follows are beautiful, dynamic photos of a...

more »

Thanksgiving Activities for Kids on Long Island

Thanksgiving Activities for Kids on Long Island

Thanksgiving is all about spending time with loved ones and making memories and traditions that will last for years to come. We’ve rounded up a list of Thanksgiving activities for kids on Long Island's Nassau and Suffolk counties that the whole fam...

more »

Walt Whitman Shops Unveils New “Santa Set” for Families This Holiday Season

Walt Whitman Shops Unveils New “Santa Set” for Families This Holiday Season

Walt Whitman Shops has revealed that a brand-new Santa Set display will be part of this year’s holiday festivities that will allow families to have all kinds of fun while visiting with Santa throughout the season. The ‘Illuminated Holidays’ Santa S...

more »

Groups Launch #SaveCDPA Coalition to Preserve Program for New Yorkers with Special Needs

Groups Launch #SaveCDPA Coalition to Preserve Program for New Yorkers with Special Needs

More than a dozen New York organizations committed to preserving the Consumer Directed Personal Assistance Program, a Medicaid program that allows individuals with special needs receive care from family members, on the morning of October 23. Right ...

more »

3 Ways to Get Involved in Hindi’s Libraries and Give Back Through Books

3 Ways to Get Involved in Hindi’s Libraries and Give Back Through Books

Shortly after Hindi Kanarfogel passed away from complications of Crohn’s disease last year, her husband Dovid Kanarfogel and Leslie Gang teamed up to create Hindi’s Libraries and carry on Hindi’s book-loving, child-focused legacy. The nonprofit col...

more »

Stony Brook University's New Children's Hospital Is Complete

Stony Brook University's New Children's Hospital Is Complete

Stony Brook University celebrated the opening of the new Stony Brook Children’s Hospital on October 17 with a ribbon-cutting ceremony. This new hospital will expand Stony Brook’s capacity to meet kids’ health needs across Long Island. The hospital ...

more »

Montessori School in Centerport Adds Online Enrollment

Montessori School in Centerport Adds Online Enrollment

Love of Learning added a new online enrollment system this September as well as two new staff members to enhance the Montessori school's offerings.  Sawyer, the new system, has helped streamline the process of enrolling kids, according to outgoing ...

more »

Saturday Program to Offer STEM and Public Speaking Courses

Saturday Program to Offer STEM and Public Speaking Courses

Hofstra Continuing Education is back for the 2019 school year with a plethora of exciting programs and offerings including the STEM Engineering and Design program where students will learn the fundamentals of engineering design. A Public Speaking D...

more »

Children's Fitness Center Reopens in Suffolk with New Programs

Children's Fitness Center Reopens in Suffolk with New Programs

My Gym children's fitness center reopened its West Babylon location on Sept. 9 under the ownership of My Gym franchise veterans Debbie and Evan Greenberg. The newly renovated center now offers Ninja Training and Preschool Prep programs and will soo...

more »

Great South Bay YMCA Updates After-School Program

Great South Bay YMCA Updates After-School Program

Last month, homework help, an arts curriculum, and inclusion were added to the after-school care program at Great South Bay YMCA. Students attending the Before and After School programs for Bay Shore and Massapequa school districts can now receive ...

more »

Diocese of Rockville Centre to Hold Open Forum for Parents

Diocese of Rockville Centre to Hold Open Forum for Parents

The Diocese of Rockville Centre is hosting ‘Making Connections’ informal group meetings between parents, the Superintendent of Schools and selected staff members. They forums are regularly attended by 30-40 parents from Catholic schools all over Lo...

more »

Main St. Board Game Cafe in Huntington Unveils After School Program This Fall

Main St. Board Game Cafe in Huntington Unveils After School Program This Fall

If you're looking for a unique after-school activity for your kids this fall, Main St. Board Game Cafe is now unveiling Afternoon Board Game Club. The after school program is a 2-hour drop-off session that allows kids to learn a range of strategic ...

more »

Announcing the 2019 Cover Kids Grand-Prize Winners!

Announcing the 2019 Cover Kids Grand-Prize Winners!

It’s official: You, dear readers, have cute kids! We knew picking finalists wasn’t going to be easy. In fact, it wasn’t easy times 1,000—that’s how many children were entered. Well, 1,006 to be exact. Once our editors were done exclaiming, “I love ...

more »

Students at the Countryside Montessori School Enjoy a New Playground This Summer

Students at the Countryside Montessori School Enjoy a New Playground This Summer

This past spring, the Countryside Montessori School in Great Neck decided to give its playground a new look to be safer, more functional, and to help kids have more fun. The school replaced the playground’s previous wood chip flooring with green ru...

more »

Kehillath Shalom Synagogue Is Launching New Torah School This Fall

Kehillath Shalom Synagogue Is Launching New Torah School This Fall

This fall, Kehillath Shalom Synagogue in Cold Spring Harbor will launch its new youth education approach, The Torah School, for children in kindergarten through seventh grade and their families. This Reconstructionist synagogue, founded in 1969, re...

more »

Babylon's My Gym Children's Fitness Center is Reopening in September

Babylon's My Gym Children's Fitness Center is Reopening in September

My Gym Children’s Fitness Center is excited to announce the grand re-opening of its Babylon location in the Great South Bay Shopping Center. New owners Debbie and Evan Greenberg, who also own the My Gym locations in Huntington and Stony Brook, are ...

more »

Huntington YMCA Adds Healthy Living Center

Huntington YMCA Adds Healthy Living Center

The Huntington YMCA has been part of the Huntington community for more than 60 years, and just finished building the Jorge Family Healthy Living Center that will host free or reduced fee chronic disease prevention and recovery lifestyle-focused cla...

more »

Riverhead Foundation For Marine Research & Preservation Announces Name Change and Rebranding Initiative

Riverhead Foundation For Marine Research & Preservation Announces Name Change and Rebranding Initiative

Today, the Riverhead Foundation for Marine Research & Preservation (RFMRP) announced that it is shifting the focus of its mission by changing its name to the New York Marine Rescue Center (NYMRC). This name change will be effective and implemented ...

more »

Kids Ages 3-6 Can Now Have Fun Too at Adventure Park on Long Island

Kids Ages 3-6 Can Now Have Fun Too at Adventure Park on Long Island

Until now, kids ages 3-6 have not been allowed to experience the fun of Adventure Park in Wheatley Heights–the bridges and zip lines between trees that provide a challenging obstacle course for adults and older kids were off limits. However, the pa...

more »

75 New York Museums Will Offer Free Admission on Smithsonian’s Museum Day

75 New York Museums Will Offer Free Admission on Smithsonian’s Museum Day

Smithsonian Institutions in Washington, D.C. offer guests free admission year-round, and the Smithsonian invites other museums, zoos and cultural centers around the country to embody that same spirit every year on Museum Day. This year, Museum Day ...

more »

You Can Visit Bideawee's Pop-Up Adoption Shop in Westhampton Until September 1

You Can Visit Bideawee's Pop-Up Adoption Shop in Westhampton Until September 1

Bideawee on Main, the shelter’s first adoption pop-up location, will have dogs and cats available for adoption on Westhampton’s Main Street until September 1. If you visit Bideawee on Main and meet your new best friend, you can take them home almos...

more »

Sylvan Learning Center Now Offering Swim, Robotics, and Coding Programs

Sylvan Learning Center Now Offering Swim, Robotics, and Coding Programs

Sylvan Learning Center will be offering two new programs this summer in partnership with Goldfish Swim School and Code Ninjas. The Summer Learn & Swim Special at Goldfish Swim School in Farmingdale began on Wednesday, July 17 and will continue each...

more »

Teachers Get 15% Off at Target Nationwide Through July 20

Teachers Get 15% Off at Target Nationwide Through July 20

It’s never too early to start back to school shopping, and if you happen to be a teacher, you’re in luck! Target is offering 15% off select items for teachers nationwide in an effort to get them stocked up for the upcoming school year as part of th...

more »

John Cronin of John’s Crazy Socks Makes History As the First Person with Down Syndrome to Win Entrepreneur of the Year Award

John Cronin of John’s Crazy Socks Makes History As the First Person with Down Syndrome to Win Entrepreneur of the Year Award

23-year-old John Cronin, the founder and Chief Happiness Officer of John’s Crazy Socks, is the first person with Down syndrome to win an Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year award. John’s Crazy Socks offers customers a huge variety of fun, colo...

more »

East Woods School 8th Graders Choose to Support Pal-O-Mine in a Yearlong Leadership Project

East Woods School 8th Graders Choose to Support Pal-O-Mine in a Yearlong Leadership Project

East Woods School eighth graders chose Pal-O-Mine, which provides a comprehensive therapeutic equine program to children and adults in Islandia, as the organization they'd support in a yearlong project for their Leadership Program. The program was ...

more »

NBC Sports’ Liam McHugh to Instruct at Hofstra University’s Summer Sports Journalism and Broadcasting Program

NBC Sports’ Liam McHugh to Instruct at Hofstra University’s Summer Sports Journalism and Broadcasting Program

On July 2, NBC Sports’ Football Night in America host Liam McHugh will join the summer Sports Journalism and Broadcasting Program at Hofstra University where he’ll serve as an instructor along with an already impressive staff of industry profession...

more »

Park Shore Country Day Camp Will Host Dance Extravaganza for Rachel's Dance for a Cure Foundation

Park Shore Country Day Camp Will Host Dance Extravaganza for Rachel's Dance for a Cure Foundation

Rachel's Dance for a Cure Foundation will host its first annual Dance Extravaganza on July 27 at Park Shore Country Day Camp. The event will honor the memory of Rachel Antorino, who passed away in August 2018 after battling AML Leukemia for 20 mont...

more »

NYMetroParents 2019 Cover Kids Contest Finalists Announced

NYMetroParents 2019 Cover Kids Contest Finalists Announced

NYMetroParents is proud to announce the 10 finalists for the 2019 Cover Kids Contest, who will be photographed (decked out in clothing from Macy’s Backstage) at Sarah Merians Photography & Video Company in Midtown Manhattan later this month. More t...

more »

Child Behavior Consulting to Start Full-Time Services on July 1

Child Behavior Consulting to Start Full-Time Services on July 1

Child Behavior Consulting (CBC) of Suffolk County will transition into a full-time operation on July 1. President and founder of Child Behavior Consulting, Lisa Navarra, M.S. Ed. in Special Education, has facilitated a number of changes to CBC in t...

more »

John’s Crazy Socks, A Melville Company, Is a Finalist for the Entrepreneur of the Year Award

John’s Crazy Socks, A Melville Company, Is a Finalist for the Entrepreneur of the Year Award

John Lee Cronin, who has Down syndrome, and his father Mark Cronin founded John’s Crazy Socks in 2016–John’s last year of high school. John has always loved wearing fun, colorful socks, so the father-son team made it their mission to offer everyone...

more »

Kids Can Enjoy Sensory-Friendly “My Way Matinees” at Regal Cinemas All Summer

Kids Can Enjoy Sensory-Friendly “My Way Matinees” at Regal Cinemas All Summer

This summer Regal Cinemas is offering “My Way Matinees” for viewers of all ages who want to enjoy movies in a sensory-friendly, calmer environment. All “My Way Matinees” begin at 10:30am, and tickets can be purchased for the special price of $6.50....

more »

The School House is Now Open on Long Island

The School House is Now Open on Long Island

The School House’s American Emergent Curriculum is a multi-disciplinary approach to learning combining what we know works in education with what we love about American traditional schools, particularly sports and civics. Thoughtful environments...

more »

The Brooklyn Nets Will Hold Summer Basketball Camps for Kids Throughout NYC

The Brooklyn Nets Will Hold Summer Basketball Camps for Kids Throughout NYC

The Brooklyn Nets are in their offseason, but they’ll still be playing–by bringing basketball camps to New York City kids throughout the summer. Each camp will teach young basketball players the fundamentals of the game, as well as important skills...

more »

The 2019 Cover Kids Contest is Now Open!

The 2019 Cover Kids Contest is Now Open!

Our 2019 Cover Kids Contest is now open! Enter your child, ages 2-16, for a chance to see him or her on a cover of our magazines—and to win amazing prizes.

more »

Mr. Ratburn Married a Man in Arthur's 22nd Season Premiere

Mr. Ratburn Married a Man in Arthur's 22nd Season Premiere

On May 13, the 22nd season of Arthur, a kids’ favorite, aired on CBS with a deceptively simple plot: Mr. Ratburn, Arthur and his pals’ teacher, was going to get married. The characters couldn’t believe their teacher was getting married–and audience...

more »

Art Studio E Introduces New Summer Camps in July

Art Studio E Introduces New Summer Camps in July

This summer, from the first week of July through the last week of August, Art Studio E will be offering nine weeks of fine art camps for three different age groups from Tuesday-Friday. There will be three different camp sessions depending on age. C...

more »

Oasis Day Camp at LIU Post Offers New Junior Travel Program

Oasis Day Camp at LIU Post Offers New Junior Travel Program

Children entering sixth to 11th grade can join the Junior Travel Program at Oasis Day Camp at LIU Post in Greenvale beginning this summer. Students can enjoy swim, arts and crafts, coding, athletics, and other traditional camp activities three time...

more »

Marra & Glick ABA Announces a Book Signing Event Honoring First-Time Author Ben Blanchet

Marra & Glick ABA Announces a Book Signing Event Honoring First-Time Author Ben Blanchet

On Saturday, June 1 from 11am-1pm Marra & Glick ABA will host a Book Signing Event in honor of first-time author, Ben Blanchet. Ben’s authorial debut of Maybe Autism Is My Superpower, details a fascinating conversation between a mom and her son who...

more »

Winston Preparatory Hosts Annual Spring Benefit

Winston Preparatory Hosts Annual Spring Benefit

Winston Preparatory School held its spectacular 2019 Annual Spring Benefit, 500 Reasons Why, on Saturday, March 23rd with families, friends, and professionals from all five campuses across the tri-state area at Cipriani 42nd Street in NYC. It was a...

more »

The Empire State Fair Opens May 3 at NYCB LIVE Nassau Coliseum in Uniondale

The Empire State Fair Opens May 3 at NYCB LIVE Nassau Coliseum in Uniondale

Look no further for family-friendly, unforgettable fun on Long Island this weekend than NYCB LIVE Nassau Coliseum. The Empire State Fair will take place on select dates from May 3-19 and will offer a lineup of free attractions that will provide som...

more »

Bideawee’s Pet Therapy Program Introduces Therapy Dog Reading Program to Long Island Schools

Bideawee’s Pet Therapy Program Introduces Therapy Dog Reading Program to Long Island Schools

For some kids, learning to read, reading out loud, or spending time with dogs can be uncomfortable and scary experiences. To help children in their community with all three of these endeavors, Bideawee animal shelter sent five reading therapy dogs ...

more »

SYJCC Traveling Camps Will Help Expand Kids' Horizons

SYJCC Traveling Camps Will Help Expand Kids' Horizons

“A survey of almost 1,500 U.S.-based teachers, commissioned by the Student and Youth Travel Association (SYTA), found that 74 percent of educators believed that travel has “a very positive impact on students’ personal development.” A majority of te...

more »

Karts Indoor Raceway Is Now Karts Indoor Amusement Center

Karts Indoor Raceway Is Now Karts Indoor Amusement Center

On May 4th, 2019, Karts Indoor Raceway will have their official Grand Re-Opening of Karts Indoor Amusement Center. Come and celebrate with us with door prizes, giveaways, freebies and other fun surprises! After over 13 years in business, Karts wi...

more »

Kids Celebrated Cultural Diversity with Alternatives for Children

Kids Celebrated Cultural Diversity with Alternatives for Children

Alternatives For Children participated in the nationwide celebration of the Week of the Young Child from April 8th through April 12th. This was an opportunity for our school to be part of an annual event sponsored by the National Association for th...

more »

New Programs and Attractions Come to Kenwal Day Camp This Summer

New Programs and Attractions Come to Kenwal Day Camp This Summer

Kenwal Day Camp in Melville is adding some new and exciting features to its roster this summer: a coding and robotics program in partnership with Sylvan Learning, a kid-friendly amusement ride called Turtle Train, and additional day trips for campe...

more »

Knox School Summer Adventures Introduces New Classes for 4-Year-Olds and a Disc Golf Course

Knox School Summer Adventures Introduces New Classes for 4-Year-Olds and a Disc Golf Course

This summer, Knox School Summer Adventures, a day camp in St. James serving children ages 4-16, is welcoming a new age division to join their camp community. Children who are 4 years old by June 1 and are completely potty-trained are invited to joi...

more »

STEAM Program Expands at Thomas School of Horsemanship Summer Day Camp

STEAM Program Expands at Thomas School of Horsemanship Summer Day Camp

This summer, Thomas School of Horsemanship’s Summer Day Camp expands its STEAM program to get campers disconnected from technology and to think about creative ways to get things accomplished. The 2019 camp season begins in July and STEAM will be av...

more »

Researchers at Stony Brook University Seek Children Ages 12-16 For Mental Health Study

Researchers at Stony Brook University Seek Children Ages 12-16 For Mental Health Study

The Lab for Scalable Mental Health at Stony Brook University in Suffolk County is seeking approximately 200 tweens and teens (ages 12-16) to take part in a nine-month study to see how effective a technology-based, single-session intervention can be...

more »

Lanyard Ladies Hosts Slime-Making Contest Fundraiser for Child With Cancer

Lanyard Ladies Hosts Slime-Making Contest Fundraiser for Child With Cancer

The Lanyard Ladies, a unique children’s birthday party place located in Oceanside, will be hosting a fundraiser on March 31 for Taliyah Babtiste. Babtiste is a 9-year-old girl from Freeport, Long Island. She was diagnosed with a rare form of brain ...

more »

Sky Zone Deer Park Debuts 90-Day Pass

Sky Zone Deer Park Debuts 90-Day Pass

Sky Zone Deer Park has offered seasonal passes before, but starting this April, it’s new 90-day pass offers jumping-obsessed kids, weekend jumpers, and people who just love Sky Zone the opportunity to jump as much as they want within a 3-month peri...

more »