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all-in-one annual resource guide 31 Bithday Party Directory

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32 Camp Directory 34 Classes Directory 36 Food & Health Directory 37 Family Activities Directory

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BIRTHDAYS • CLASSES • SPORTS • EDUCATION • HEALTH • SPECIAL NEEDS • CAMPS

Planning a Perfect Party

A timeline checklist, from six months out to the day of the party, for planning your child’s next bash

Baby Proof ing Basics

Simple steps to make sure your home is as safe as possible for your little one

37 Services Directory 38 Education Directory

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39 Sports Directory 41 Special Needs Directory

July Family Activities Calendar

Find something to do with your kids every day, including July 4 celebrations, festivals, and movies

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6 Editor’s Note 8 New Places, New Programs 12 Car Seat Checkup 14 Babysitter 411 16 Planning a Perfect Party 18 Countdown to Camp 20 The New Back-to-School Rules 22 College Prep Pointers 42 Party Central 43 Meet the Doctor 44 Professional Services 46 Advertisers’ Index

25 Family Activities Calendar

10 Baby Proofing Basics

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JULY 2018 • Vol.10 • No.2

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EDITORIAL DIRECTOR: Deborah Skolnik MANAGING EDITOR: Katelin Walling ENGAGEMENT EDITOR: Samantha Neudorf ASSISTANT EDITOR: Melissa Wickes

A Go-To Guide for Get-It-Done Parents

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hen I was a teenager, I kept a button pinned to the corkboard above my desk: “IF I DON’T DO IT, IT DOESN’T GET DONE,” it read, above a picture of a weary-looking dog. Little did I know then that this is a more appropriate motto for parents than for children. After all, we moms and dads are our kids’ go-to people: They depend on us for everything from scheduling pediatrician appointments and finding the right reading tutor to nurturing their budding interests. Each day, we make myriad decisions about our children’s education, care, activities, and more. But who is in your corner when it comes to tackling this demanding agenda? The answer, I’m happy to say, is at your fingertips—literally. Our All-in-One Annual Resource Guide is designed with your complex life in mind. Leaf through and you’ll find easy-to-browse directories of Long Island businesses, professionals, and more, all ready, eager, and highly qualified to assist you with your major parenting decisions. Whether you’re trying to throw a great birthday party or figure out the best school for your child, your search can be swift and easy. (Ditto for finding drama classes, kids’ health care, and much more!) That’s right: No running from place to place, no frantically polling every other parent at the park and on social media—we’ve got an all-star lineup of resources right on these pages. With so much information from cover to cover, I’m confident you’ll want to keep this handy guidebook within reach all year long. While you’re organizing your kids’ lives, how about taking a few steps to make your own life a little easier, too? As you already know, a bit of planning can go a long way. That’s why we’ve included a special section of seven useful checklists at the front of this guidebook. Prepared with the help of top experts, they’ll walk you through some of parenthood’s trickiest passages at every stage: baby proofing (p. 10), installing car seats (p. 12), leaving the kids with a sitter (p. 14), planning a perfect party (p. 16), getting kids ready for camp (p. 18), preparing for back-to-school season (p. 20), and helping teens get set for college (p. 22). Add it all up, and what this guidebook equals is preparedness and peace of mind— something every parent I know could certainly use. Because, after all, it’s not just about getting things done; it’s about getting them done right. Wishing you the safest and happiest of summers! Deborah Skolnik Editorial Director

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Baby Proofing Basics Simple steps to make sure your home is as safe as possible for your little one

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Courtney Ilarraza, co-founder of Baby Bodyguards, a full-service baby and child safety company based in NYC, shares what you need to do before bringing home your bundle of joy. Remember: You don’t have to go crazy and baby proof the whole house; just focus on the rooms where your child will be. Additionally, purchase babyproofing items that are Juvenile Products Manufacturing Association-certified and don’t use hand-me-down products (you’ll want to register all baby-proofing items with the manufacturer to receive any recall notices). ❑ Secure furniture to the walls.

❑ Replace traditional outlet plates with sliding outlet plates. When

You might think heavy dressers can’t be tipped over, but once the drawers are pulled out, the weight is redistributed. When a toddler or child climbs into the drawers, the piece can topple.

an appliance is unplugged, the outlet cover automatically slides into place. It’s aesthetically pleasing, and the child can’t remove it.

❑ Put padding on sharp corners.

A lot of parents have the misconception that every edge should be padded, but it’s just the sharp corners that need it, as they could cause a laceration if a toddler were to fall on the corner.

❑ Anchor the TV, either to the wall or the media stand.

❑ Put coat hooks on the wall near the entryway, if you don’t have a coat closet. This keeps

coats and bags out of baby’s reach, preventing him from finding choking hazards or medications.

❑ Screw latches into drawers and cupboards that contain dangerous items, such as cleaning products and sharp objects. And leave one cupboard, like where you store Tupperware, accessible to your child to explore.

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❑ Run cables and cords through a cable management box. ❑ Set the hot water heater to 120 degrees or lower, if you have access, preventing your toddler from being badly burned if she can reach the hot-water faucet.

❑ Take an infant-child CPR and safety class with your partner.

❑ Put a child-proof knob cover on the bathroom door handle and any other off-limits rooms to prevent your toddler from entering unattended.

❑ Wrap shade blind cords around a blind cleat, if your shades have cords. ❑ Install hardware-mounted gates at the tops and bottoms of stairs; children can potentially fall through pressure-mounted gates.

❑ Stop using tablecloths when your toddler starts pulling himself up on things. If something is sitting on the table-clothed table and the child pulls himself up on the cloth, that item could fall on the child.

❑ Rearrange bookshelves, putting

heavier items on bottom shelves and lighter items on higher shelves.

❑ Install windows guards if your win-

dows can open more than 4 inches.

❑ Make sure bannister and balcony slats are no more than 4 inches apart. If they are, add slats in the spaces or install a guard on the inside of the slats, especially if the slats are horizontal, creating a ladder.

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Car Seat Checkup The proper car seat installation can save your child’s life.

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Car seat regulations are hard to keep up with and manage, especially because they constantly change and differ from state to state. Keep this checklist, compiled with the help of Shane Bland, certified car seat safety technician through Safe Kids Worldwide Westchester, and Greg Durocher, child passenger safety technician instructor at Safe Ride 4 Kids, wherever you will remember to reference it for properly installing and using a car seat. ❑ Read the owner’s manual. This

should be the first thing you do after purchasing the car seat. If you have questions the manual doesn’t answer, check the FAQ section on the manufacturer’s website.

❑ Check the expiration date,

especially if the car seat is a handme-down. The manufacturer lists this date, typically 6 years from when it was made, on the car seat.

❑ Look for recalls on the

National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s website, nhsta.gov.

❑ Find the best location. The safest

spot is in the middle rear seat, which protects the child from impact on any point on the car. If you have two car seats, put the youngest child closest to the driver.

❑ Determine the direction your child should face. Safe Kids

Worldwide recommends children stay rear facing as long as is comfortable. A rear-facing car seat protects the child in the case of a front-facing crash, and prevents whiplash in the case of a rear-end accident.

where the strap goes through on the back of the car seat should be at or below the child’s shoulders. This prevents the child from sliding up the back of the car seat in the event of a forward crash. In a forward-facing, five-point harness car seat, the strap should go through a hole that is at or above the child’s shoulders. This ensures your child will lean into the seatbelt in the event of a forward crash rather than having the seatbelt compress his spine.

Do you think your child is big enough to safely stop using a booster seat? Use the NHSTA’s fivepoint test to decide:

❑ Make sure your child’s back is touching the back of the seat.

❑ Check the car seat security after installing. Shake the seat with the strength of a firm handshake; the seat should move no more than 1 inch (measured at the seatbelt buckle) in each direction.

❑ Ensure your child is buckled in properly. In a rear-facing, fivepoint harness car seat, the hole

❑ Do her feet touch the floor? ❑ Do his knees bend comfortably at the edge of the seat?

❑ Does the seatbelt cross her shoulder and the lap belt sit low on her hips?

❑ Can he stay seated, comfortably, this way for the duration of the trip?

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Babysitter 411

The more information you give your sitter upfront, the fewer texts you’ll receive later on.

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Planning a Perfect Party

Follow this timeline to plan your child’s next birthday bash.

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Throwing a birthday party can seem daunting, but it doesn’t have to be—the key is to start early and create a timeline. Here are some tips to make sure your child’s next birthday party runs smoothly and seamlessly. Six Months Prior q Book a venue. Even if you don’t know other details, settling on a date and time will allow you to plan to what the venue okays.

Three Months Prior q Create a theme. This gives you an idea of what is needed for décor.

q Choose your entertainment. Secure a clown, magician, DJ, or character early to ensure your child’s day will be special.

Two Months Prior q Confirm dates with the venue. Take this opportunity to discuss logistics, such as whether there is a storage area for coats and presents.

q Create the guest list. Sit down with your child and go over who she would like to invite.

One Month Prior q Send out invitations once you settle on a guest list, and confirm RSVPs.

q Pick out the food, décor, and party favors (if you so choose). Make sure to note any food allergies.

Two Weeks Prior q Order the cake. If you’re baking the cake, be sure you have the ingredients. Don’t forget the candles!

q Follow up on unanswered invites. The earlier you find out about any last-minute guests, the better.

One Week Prior q Make goodie bags. If you plan to have party favors, make the bags in advance, and have extras, just in case.

The Day of the Party q Breathe and relax! Be in the moment with your child—after all, it’s his special day!

q Take note of the gifts. Before she rips open presents, jot down who gave each gift to write thank-you cards.

After the Party q Help your child write his thankyou notes—handwritten is always more thoughtful!

q Designate a photographer. You may be too busy hosting, so ask someone else to document the day. Make sure the camera or phone is fully charged!

q Confirm final details. Finalize lastminute details and make sure everything is squared away with the venue. Create a back-up plan, just in case.

q Create a checklist. Write down everything you will need to do the day of the party, and create a schedule for the party to ensure the day goes as planned.

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Countdown to Camp

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Getting ready throughout the year will help your child have a fantastic summer.

Kids go to camp in the summer, but selecting a camp and getting your child excited for it are tasks that should be on your radar during the entire year. Take these simple steps recommended by Renee Flax, director of camper placement for the American Camp Association, NYNJ: July q Tour prospective camps. q See if your child can attend a

December q Start attending local indoor camp fairs.

“rookie day” or overnight visit at each camp.

January q Attend local indoor camp fairs.

August q Assess whether your child’s current

q Review camp brochures, DVDs,

camp is still the right fit. What did she like and dislike?

September q Fill out any surveys your child’s camp sends.

q Share problems with the camp director and brainstorm solutions.

October q Attend camp fairs and open houses if you’re thinking about switching camps.

q Ask about early-bird discounts or payment plans.

November q Go to late-fall camp festivals and open houses.

q If you’ve decided on a camp for your child, begin talking it up to build excitement.

or other informational materials from fairs.

February q Continue reviewing informational materials.

q Get camp recommendations from other families.

March q Schedule a home visit from prospective camps’ directors.

q Schedule your child’s annual physical exam

May q Attend welcome events for new and returning campers.

q For overnight camp, make sure your child can wash his own hair, brush his teeth consistently, and make his bed.

q Order camp merchandise. q Pack overnight camp trunks. June q Pack day-camp backpacks. q Get your child a haircut. q Have your child checked for lice

q Let her start wearing her camp T-shirt to help her get excited.

q Put camp decals on your car to show your pride.

April q Attend camps’ spring festivals. q If your child will attend overnight camp, have him practice “sleeping out” at friends’ and relatives’ houses.

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The New

Back-to-School Rules Follow these expert-approved steps for an A+ transition to fall.

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Will your child’s first week of classes be calm or hectic? It depends on how you prepare in the month beforehand. Sheryl Ziegler, Psy.D., author of Mommy Burnout, and Fulvia Milite, M.D., director of the White Plains Hospital Sleep Center, share their top tips that will make going back to school a breeze. 4 Weeks Before School Starts q Make sure your child gets plenty of exercise. Make bedtime no later than 10pm, and set a no-eating rule for 2-3 hours beforehand. Stick to a set wake-up time.

q Check that your child’s immunizations are up to date, his medical forms are filed with school, and he’s lice-free.

q Start shopping for school supplies and clothes.

q Do an untimed dry run of a school morning.

q Create a countdown calendar and mark off the days until school starts.

3 Weeks Before School Starts q Begin pushing up bedtime by 15 minutes per night eventually reaching the time you’ll want your child to turn in on school nights. Kids ages 3-5 should get 10-13 hours of sleep; kids ages 6-12 should get 9-12 hours; and teens need 8-10 hours.

q Set up a designated area in your home where your child can do his homework.

q Install hooks where your child can hang knapsacks, coats, and other items.

2 Weeks Before School Starts q Continue pushing bedtime up by 15 minutes each night until the desired bedtime is achieved, or else push up your child’s bedtime cold turkey.

q Make sure backpacks are packed and by the door.

q Choose and set out school outfits.

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q Host a school supply swap. q Arrange carpools. 1 Week Before School Starts q Do a timed dry run of a school morning.

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These tips will help your teen feel less overwhelmed in planning for higher education. Starting the college planning process early can help your child be better organized, less stressed, make more informed decisions, and even get into a better school. Use this checklist from Tony Di Giacomo, Ph.D., founder of Novella Prep (novellaprep.com) to help get you started. 10th Grade:

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take his first SAT or ACT and how he plans to prepare for it.

q If she takes AP courses, have her q Help your child begin a onepage resume to document her accomplishments and skills. She will need this information for her college applications next year.

q Compile a list of prospective colleges, along with the schools’ admission requirements.

q Consider having your child take pre-college classes at a college this summer or next.

q Encourage her to work in a field of interest over the summer.

for your child, on campus if possible. Have him send thank-you notes.

q Along with your child, make a spreadsheet and schedule appointments for all important deadlines through the year’s end.

q Schedule college visits. q Figure out when your child will

q Discuss your child’s possible

q Schedule 1-on-1 college interviews

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q Have him follow up by phone or email to verify that each application is complete.

q Breathe! Encourage your child to

q Visit colleges. q Encourage him to finish all college

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Our calendar is full of great ideas. First, here are the six events we consider can’t-miss—the ones we’re taking our own kids to. Consider it your cheat sheet to the best of what’s great this month!

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Anything Goes: The Jazz Age Exhibition

WHEN: Through July 8: Tuesday-Sunday, 11am-4:45pm WHERE: Nassau County Museum of Art, 1 Museum Drive, Roslyn Harbor AGES: All WHAT: Explore the masterpieces and experiments of a generation that changed the history of Modernism. With paintings, sculptures, drawings, posters, sheet music, fashion, jewelry, furniture, and musical instruments, the exhibition brings the Jazz Age to life. WHY WE LOVE IT: We love all things jazz, and this exhibition has it all! WANT TO GO? $12; $8 seniors; $4 children ages 4-12; free for children 3 and younger. 516-484-9337. nassaumuseum.org.

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WHEN: Thursday, July 12, 11:30am and 2pm WHERE: Long Island Children’s Museum, 11 Davis Ave., Garden City AGES: 3 and older WHAT: The band has performed its fun and catchy pop rock everywhere from NYC parks and museums to Lollapalooza and all around the USA. WHY WE LOVE IT: We absolutely love Danny Weinkauf and the Red Pants Band…and the album No School Today! WANT TO GO? $9 with museum admission: $14; $13 seniors; free children younger than 1; $12 theater only. 516-224-5800. licm.org.

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‘Sister Act’ Presented by Plaza Theatrical FREE

WHEN: Friday, July 13, 6pm WHERE: Planting Fields Arboretum, 1395 Planting Fields Road, Oyster Bay AGES: All WHAT: The musical follows a woman hiding in a convent. As she helps her fellow sisters find their voices, she rediscovers her own. WHY WE LOVE IT: It’s hilarious! Is there a serious moment? Nun! WANT TO GO? 516-922-8678. plantingfields.org. 26

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In the Kitchen with the Roosevelts During Wartime FREE

WHEN: Wednesday, July 18, 10:30am WHERE: Sagamore Hill NHS, 20 Sagamore Hill Road, Oyster Bay AGES: 5-12 WHAT: Children are invited into the historic kitchen to compare contemporary kitchen gadgets with those that the Roosevelt family would have used in the early 20th century. Reservations required. WHY WE LOVE IT: We’ll get a taste of history. Yummy! WANT TO GO? 516-922-4788. nps.gov/sahi.

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WHEN: Tuesday, July 24, 11am WHERE: NYCB Theatre at Westbury, 960 Brush Hollow Road, Westbury AGES: All WHAT: Journey to Agrabah, City of Enchantment, with the fearless street rat Aladdin and discover, with a little help from his friends—Jasmine, Iago, Jafar, the Genie, and more—how dreams really can come true. WHY WE LOVE IT: The show’s got a magic lamp, and we get three wishes! WANT TO GO? $21 and up. 516-334-0800. thetheatreatwestbury.com.

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Music in the Garden: Hot Jazz Jumpers

WHEN: Friday, July 27, 7pm WHERE: Planting Fields Arboretum, 1395 Planting Fields Road, Oyster Bay AGES: All WHAT: Hot Jazz Jumpers performs music from the ’20s and ’30s, traditional jazz, music of New Orleans, blues, tin pan, ragtime, old timey, swing, world music, and dance. They play an eclectic mix of traditional genres, jazz, blues, Gullah/Geechee, R&B, and world music. WHY WE LOVE IT: The music is hot, and the audience will be jumpin’! WANT TO GO? $30. 516-922-8678. plantingfields.org.


WE CAN’T BELIEVE IT’S FREE

Think a freebie has to be ho-hum? Don’t let the price tag (or lack of one) fool you. Here are the five no-cost events we’re excited about now. You’re welcome. Drop in 4th of July Craft FREE

WHEN: Monday, July 2, 12-4pm WHERE: Floral Park Library, 17 Caroline Place, Floral Park AGES: 3-12 WHAT: Create a patriotic craft to celebrate America. WANT TO GO? 516-326-6330. floralparklibrary.org.

Summer Workshop For Teens: Computer Animation FREE WHEN: Monday, July 9, 6:30pm WHERE: Levittown Public Library, 1 Bluegrass Lane, Levittown AGES: 13-17 WHAT: Learn how to create web-based computer animation. WANT TO GO? 516-731-5728. levittownpl.org.

Crafts For Kids FREE

WHEN: Sunday, July 15, Saturday-Sunday, 11am-3pm WHERE: Lakeshore Learning Store, 2079 Hillside Ave., New Hyde Park AGES: 3-8 WHAT: Kids will make crafts they can use or display. WANT TO GO? 516-616-9360. lakeshorelearning.com.

STEMgineering Academy: Design for Sound (Make a Speaker for Your Smartphone) FREE

WHEN: Friday, July 20, 4pm WHERE: Mineola Memorial Library, 195 Marcellus Road, Mineola AGES: 9-17 WHAT: An instructor will show you how to have fun with six hands-on engineering design challenges this summer. WANT TO GO? 516-746-8488. mineolalibrary.info.

The Art of Sagamore Hill FREE

WHEN: Sunday, July 29, 11am WHERE: Sagamore Hill NHS, 20 Sagamore Hill Road, Oyster Bay AGES: All WHAT: Join a volunteer for a in-depth presentation on art inside the Roosevelt Home, as well as the artists who created them. WANT TO GO? 516-922-4788. nps.gov/sahi.

SPECIAL NEEDS Sensory Sensitive Sundays

WHEN: Sunday, July 1, 9-11am WHERE: Chuck E. Cheese’s, 162 Fulton Ave., Hempstead AGES: All WHAT: Chuck E. Cheese’s is open 2 hours early, specifically for children with special needs. WANT TO GO? Cost varies. 516-483-3166. chuckecheese.com.

Sensory Bounce

WHEN: Through Aug. 6: Mondays, 6-8pm WHERE: Bounce! Trampoline Sports, 310 Michael Drive, Syosset AGES: All WHAT: The Bounce! staff members have received sensitivity training and have experience working with children and adults with special needs. WANT TO GO? $12 per hour. 516-762-1300. bouncesyosset.com.

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MUSICIANS Music in the Garden: The Sidewinders

WHEN: Friday, July 6, 7pm WHERE: Planting Fields Arboretum, 1395 Planting Fields Road, Oyster Bay AGES: 13 and older WHAT: Specializing in jazz, oldies, Motown, and rock ‘n’ roll, The Sidewinders is an extensively versatile group of musicians. WANT TO GO? $30. 516-922-8678. plantingfields.org.

Picnic Pops Summer Concert Series

WHEN: Wednesday, July 11, 7pm WHERE: Old Westbury Gardens, 71 Old Westbury Road, Old Westbury AGES: All WHAT: Enjoy listening to music under the stars. Arrive early to picnic. WANT TO GO? $12; $10 seniors; free for children 17 and younger. 516-252-3392. oldwestburygardens.org.

Family Night: Darlene Graham and the Shade of Green Band FREE

WHEN: Monday, July 16, 7:30pm WHERE: Mary Jane Davies Green, Plandome Road, Manhasset AGES: All WHAT: Join Darlene Graham and her band for a delightful time of music and fun designed for the family, including the littlest ones. WANT TO GO? 516-225-6742. northhempsteadny.gov.

The Mambo King Steel Drums Workshop FREE

WHEN: Monday, July 16, 4pm WHERE: Mineola Memorial Library, 195 Marcellus Road, Mineola AGES: 3-12 WHAT: An instructor from the Long Island Children’s Museum will play songs of Tito Puente on the Cuban steel drums. WANT TO GO? 516-746-8488. mineolalibrary.info.

Raffi Froundjain and Just Sixties FREE

WHEN: Monday, July 23, 7:15pm WHERE: Mary Jane Davies Green, Plandome Road, Manhasset AGES: All WHAT: This band will take you back...way back! WANT TO GO? 516-225-6742. northhempsteadny.gov.

Free Summer Concerts FREE

WHEN: July 3-30, see website for dates, 8pm WHERE: Eisenhower Park Field 2, Park Boulevard, East Meadow AGES: All WHAT: Many tribute bands make up this concert line-up. WANT TO GO? 516-572-0200. nassaucountyny.gov/parks. ›› LongIslandParent 27


Think Up! Old Westbury Whodunits: Ecology A-Z

WHEN: Saturday, July 28, 12pm WHERE: Old Westbury Gardens, 71 Old Westbury Road, Old Westbury AGES: 5 and older WHAT: Investigate the wonders of nature and history’s mysteries. Fact finding hunts through Westbury House and gardens uncover clues. WANT TO GO? $12; $10 seniors; $7 children ages 7-17; free for children younger than 7. 516-252-3392. oldwestburygardens.org.

Kids & Family Programs: Imagination Station Sundays

SMARTY PANTS Polyglot Theatre Presents ‘Ants’

WHEN: July 1-5, Sunday-Tuesday and Thursday, see website for times WHERE: Long Island Children’s Museum, 11 Davis Ave., Garden City AGES: 3 and older WHAT: The roving “ants” scurry around the museum as they search for “food,” collect objects and make friends. WANT TO GO? $14; $13 seniors; free for children younger than 1. 516-224-5800. licm.org.

Calling Young Scientists: Wiggly Worms

WHEN: Monday, July 9, 11am and 12:15pm WHERE: Long Island Children’s Museum, 11 Davis Ave., Garden City AGES: 5 and older WHAT: Come learn how Red Wiggler Worms help you recycle your food scraps into compost as you set up your own compost bin to take home. WANT TO GO? $4 with museum admission: $14; $13 seniors; free for children younger than 1. 516-224-5800. licm.org.

Astronomy Program FREE

WHEN: Friday, July 13, 9pm WHERE: Sagamore Hill NHS, 20 Sagamore Hill Road, Oyster Bay AGES: All WHAT: View celestial bodies through telescopes. WANT TO GO? 516-922-4788. nps.gov/sahi.

Saturday Honeybee Workshops: Appreciating Apiculture

WHEN: Saturday, July 21, 10:30am WHERE: Sands Point Preserve, 127 Middle Neck Road, Sands Point AGES: 9 and older WHAT: The workshop includes a multi-media presentation in Castle Gould. WANT TO GO? Call for cost. 516-571-7901. sandspointpreserve.org.

Calling Young Scientists: Pollinator Pals

WHEN: Monday, July 23, 11am and 12:15pm WHERE: Long Island Children’s Museum, 11 Davis Ave., Garden City AGES: 5-12 WHAT: Learn about the role bees, butterflies, and birds play as pollintaors. WANT TO GO? $4 with museum admission: $14; $13 seniors; free for children younger than 1. 516-224-5800. licm.org.

Zooming with Color and Friction (Harley Davidson Series+)

WHEN: Tuesday, July 24, 2pm WHERE: Long Island Children’s Museum, 11 Davis Ave., Garden City AGES: 5 and older WHAT: Using ramps, different textures, and rolling objects experiment to see how friction works. WANT TO GO? $4 with museum admission: $14; $13 seniors; free for children younger than 1. 516-224-5800. licm.org. 28

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WHEN: July 1-Aug. 26, Sundays, 12-4pm WHERE: Old Westbury Gardens, 71 Old Westbury Road, Old Westbury AGES: All WHAT: This changing discovery space provides children with an opportunity to build, observe, ponder, and foster their young minds. WANT TO GO? 516-252-3392. oldwestburygardens.org.

Our Backyard - Seasonal Water Exhibit

WHEN: Through Aug. 31: Tuesday-Sunday, 10am-5pm WHERE: Long Island Children’s Museum, 11 Davis Ave., Garden City AGES: All WHAT: There are plenty of interactive elements including a pirate ship wheel, a hand pump to create summer showers on demand, a “fishing” setup, evaporation art, and even a boat race option. WANT TO GO? $13; $12 seniors; free for children younger than 1. 516-224-5800. licm.org.

Traveling Exhibit: Hands-On Harley-Davidson™

WHEN: Through Sept. 2: Tuesday-Sunday, 10am-5pm WHERE: Long Island Children’s Museum, 11 Davis Ave., Garden City AGES: All WHAT: Visitors can explore a pretend motorcycle dealership while learning about the people, places, and processes that make a community work. Using activities that promote STEM themes, this interactive exhibit provides hands-on opportunities to dream, build, and ride. WANT TO GO? $14; $13 seniors; free for children younger than 1. 516-224-5800. licm.org.

FUN FAIRS & FESTIVALS Independence Day Celebration FREE

WHEN: Wednesday, July 4, 11am-4pm WHERE: Sagamore Hill NHS, 20 Sagamore Hill Road, Oyster Bay AGES: All WHAT: July 4th was an important holiday for Theodore Roosevelt, who gathered his family and friends at Sagamore Hill for a celebration. WANT TO GO? 516-922-4788. nps.gov/sahi.

Summer Garden Festival

WHEN: Sunday, July 8, 11am WHERE: Planting Fields Arboretum, 1395 Planting Fields Road, Oyster Bay AGES: All WHAT: This festival features live music, a trackless train, and more. WANT TO GO? $20 per vehicle. 516-922-8678. plantingfields.org.

BeachFeast FREE

WHEN: July 17-18, Tuesday-Wednesday, 12pm WHERE: North Hempstead Beach Park, 175 W. Shore Road, Port Washington AGES: All WHAT: Enjoy two days of food and drinks on the beach. WANT TO GO? 516-869-6311. northhempsteadny.gov.


SHOW TIME! A Taste of Gospel

WHEN: Saturday, July 7, 7pm WHERE: Madison Theatre at Molloy College, 1000 Hempstead Ave., Rockville Centre AGES: All WHAT: Join us and see the ministry of gospel expressed through music, song, and dance with vocalist and host Veronica Mason. WANT TO GO? $35 and up. 516-323-4444. madisontheatreny.org.

Nassau’s Got Talent

WHEN: Saturday, July 14, 7pm WHERE: Madison Theatre at Molloy College, 1000 Hempstead Ave., Rockville Centre AGES: All WHAT: Come see all the talent that Long Island has to offer, from soloists to group numbers. WANT TO GO? See website for costs. 516-323-4444. madisontheatreny.org.

The Interactive Introverts: Dan & Phil 2018 World Tour

WHEN: Sunday, July 15, 7pm WHERE: NYCB LIVE, Home of The Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum, 1255 Hempstead Turnpike, Uniondale AGES: 9 and older WHAT: Two internet-dwelling, insecure nerds standing under the spotlight to give the people what they want: an epic interactive experience of rants, roasts, battles, stories, and surprises. WANT TO GO? $44 and up. 516-231-4848. nycblive.com.

‘Singin’ In The Rain’

WHEN: July 7-22, Saturdays, 8pm; Sundays, 2:30pm WHERE: BroadHollow Theatre at Elmont, 700 Hempstead Turnpike, Elmont AGES: 5 and older WHAT: Hilarious situations, snappy dialogue, and a hit-parade score of Hollywood standards make Singin’ In The Rain the perfect entertainment for any fan of the golden age of movie musicals. WANT TO GO? $29. 516-775-4420. broadhollow.org.

Endless Summer: A Tribute to the Beach Boys FREE

WHEN: Sunday, July 22, 1pm WHERE: North Hempstead Beach Park, 175 W. Shore Road, Port Washington AGES: All WHAT: This tribute band plays the songs of the Beach Boys. WANT TO GO? 516-869-6311. northhempsteadny.gov.

‘A Murder Mystery Theatre Adventure’

Johnny Cuomo, Musician and Storyteller FREE

WHEN: Sunday, July 29, 2pm WHERE: Sagamore Hill NHS, 20 Sagamore Hill Road, Oyster Bay AGES: All WHAT: Join us for an afternoon of songs and storytelling on the porch of the Roosevelt Home with musician Johnny Cuomo. WANT TO GO? 516-922-4788. nps.gov/sahi.

The Chiclettes FREE

WHEN: Sunday, July 29, 1pm WHERE: North Hempstead Beach Park, 175 W. Shore Road, Port Washington AGES: All WHAT: Listen to music from The Chiclettes and enjoy the great outdoors. WANT TO GO? 516-869-6311. northhempsteadny.gov.

‘Willy Wonka’

WHEN: Tuesday, July 31, 11am WHERE: NYCB Theatre at Westbury, 960 Brush Hollow Road, Westbury AGES: 3-12 WHAT: This delicious adventure will light up the stage in this captivating adaptation of Roald Dahl’s book. WANT TO GO? 516-334-0800. thetheatreatwestbury.com.

LITTLE FOODIES Eat Up! What’s Cooking in the Gardens: Berries

WHEN: Saturday, July 14, 12pm WHERE: Old Westbury Gardens, 71 Old Westbury Road, Old Westbury AGES: All WHAT: Discover tasty delights growing in the garden beds. Concoct and sample a simple recipe full of delicious seasonal flavors. WANT TO GO? $12; $10 seniors; $7 children ages 7-17; free for children younger than 7. 516-252-3392. oldwestburygardens.org.

Ice Cream’s Cool History

WHEN: Wednesday, July 18, 7pm WHERE: Rock Hall Museum, 199 Broadway, Lawrence AGES: 13 and older WHAT: Join television personality, award-winning cookbook author, and noted food historian Francine Segan as she shares the fascinating stories behind our favorite frozen treats. WANT TO GO? $10; $8 seniors. 516-239-1157. friendsofrockhall.org.

WHEN: Wednesday, July 25, 6-10pm WHERE: Madison Theatre at Molloy College, 1000 Hempstead Ave., Rockville Centre AGES: 9 and older WHAT: Every guest plays a part in the night’s events. Crimes may take place, murders might happen, but it’s up to you to solve the mystery. A family-style dinner will be served. WANT TO GO? $65. 516-323-4444. madisontheatreny.org.

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WHEN: July 6-27, Fridays, 1:30pm WHERE: Long Island Children’s Museum, 11 Davis Ave., Garden City AGES: 3-8 WHAT: Little chefs use real cooking tools (with some help from adults) as we make easy, yummy, kid-friendly snacks from start to finish. WANT TO GO? $13; free for children younger than 1. 516-224-5800. licm.org. ››

WHEN: Friday, July 27, 1:30pm WHERE: Rock Hall Museum, 199 Broadway, Lawrence AGES: All WHAT: Enjoy the side-splitting comedy, spell-binding magic, and spirited sing-alongs of a fun-filled Jim McClenahan performance. WANT TO GO? 516-239-1157. magicandcomedyofjim.com.

WHEN: July 10-24, Tuesdays, 3:15pm WHERE: Mineola Memorial Library, 195 Marcellus Road, Mineola AGES: 5-8 WHAT: Little chefs are paired with teen volunteers each week to listen to stories and make a simple, edible food craft together. WANT TO GO? 516-746-8488. mineolalibrary.info.

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Busy at the Bee Yard Maintenance Sessions

WHEN: Sunday, July 29, 10am WHERE: Sands Point Preserve, 127 Middle Neck Road, Sands Point AGES: 9 and older WHAT: These sessions involve hands-on participation on beekeeping techniques. Wear long sleeves, pants, closed shoes, and tie up long hair. Hats and gloves are recommended. WANT TO GO? $10 per car. 516-571-7901. sandspointpreserve.org.

Green Teens

WHEN: July 3-31, Tuesdays and Thursdays, 11am-3pm WHERE: Long Island Children’s Museum, 11 Davis Ave., Garden City AGES: 3 and older WHAT: Each week, dig deeper into the unknown through hands-on learning experiences on alternative energy, water, habitats, and more. WANT TO GO? $14; $13 seniors; free for children younger than 1. 516224-5800. licm.org.

THE GREAT OUTDOORS Spiders and Ants and Artists, Oh My!

WHEN: July 1-3, Sunday and Tuesday, 1-3pm WHERE: Long Island Children’s Museum, 11 Davis Ave., Garden City AGES: 3 and older WHAT: Learn about artist Louise Bourgeois and find out why she created larger-than-life sculptures of spiders and an eco-friendly sculpture of an ant. WANT TO GO? $14; $13 seniors; free for children younger than 1. 516-224-5800. licm.org.

Listen Up! Storybook Stroll: ‘Where the Wild Things Are’

WHEN: Saturday, July 7, 12pm WHERE: Old Westbury Gardens, 71 Old Westbury Road, Old Westbury AGES: 3-8 WHAT: Listen to classic and modern tales and create a take home craft. WANT TO GO? $12; $10 seniors; $7 children ages 7-17; free for children younger than 7. 516-252-3392. oldwestburygardens.org.

TR’s Laboratory Explorers FREE

CRAFTY KIDS Studio Saturdays

WHEN: Saturday, July 7, 11am-4pm WHERE: Nassau County Museum of Art, 1 Museum Drive, Roslyn Harbor AGES: All WHAT: Spend up to an hour exploring a range of materials and techniques. WANT TO GO? $12; $8 seniors; $4 students and children ages 4-12. 516-484-9337. nassaumuseum.org.

Ready Set GO!

WHEN: Friday, July 13, 2pm WHERE: Long Island Children’s Museum, 11 Davis Ave., Garden City AGES: 5-17 WHAT: Let your imagination go as you create a travel machine for the future. WANT TO GO? $4 with museum admission: $14; $13 seniors; free for children younger than 1. 516-224-5800. licm.org.

WHEN: Sunday, July 22, 11am WHERE: Sagamore Hill NHS, 20 Sagamore Hill Road, Oyster Bay AGES: 5-12 WHAT: Join a scientific expedition across the park to learn about the local flora, fauna, and bacteria and learn how to take samples. Wear high socks, long pants, and sturdy shoes. Registration required. WANT TO GO? 516-922-4788. nps.gov/sahi.

Build-Your-Own Motorcycle

Citizen Science: Monarch Larva Monitoring Project

Art in the Garden: Ribbons of Color

WHEN: July 11-25, Wednesdays, 11am WHERE: Long Island Children’s Museum, 11 Davis Ave., Garden City AGES: 3 and older WHAT: By measuring plants, rainfall, and monarch eggs you will be collecting real data that scientists at the University of Minnesota Monarch Lab can analyze. WANT TO GO? $14; $13 seniors; free for children younger than 1. 516224-5800. licm.org.

WHEN: Monday, July 16, 2-4pm WHERE: Long Island Children’s Museum, 11 Davis Ave., Garden City AGES: 3-17 WHAT: Customize your own motorcycle with paper, markers, and wheels. WANT TO GO? $14; $13 seniors; free for children younger than 1. 516-224-5800. licm.org. WHEN: July 11-27, Wednesday and Friday, 11am, 1pm and 3pm WHERE: Long Island Children’s Museum, 11 Davis Ave., Garden City AGES: All WHAT: Explore the work of Willem de Kooning and make art. WANT TO GO? $14; $13 seniors; free for children younger than 1. 516-224-5800. licm.org.

Nature Walk: Butterflies and Other Insects FREE

WHEN: Saturday, July 28, 11am WHERE: Sagamore Hill NHS, 20 Sagamore Hill Road, Oyster Bay AGES: All WHAT: Discover why butterflies and other insects are important. Join a naturalist on a moderate hike. Wear comfortable shoes and bring water. WANT TO GO? 516-922-4788. nps.gov/sahi. 30

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Coming up next month: AUG. 7: Pinocchio The Musical at NYCB Theatre at Westbury, Westbury AUG. 19: Dance Visions NY at Sands Point Preserve, Sands Point AUG. 3-19: Pippin! at Cultural Arts Playhouse, Syosset


Birthday Party BIRTHDAY PARTY ENTERTAINMENT

Clowns.com

Proudly serving Westchester, Long Island, Queens, Brooklyn, Manhattan, and the Bronx 516-577-0000; 718-971-5862 clowns.com At Clowns.com, our goal is to create an unforgettable and memorable party experience for you and your family. We provide the highest quality children’s entertainment and rental services in the industry. If you’re looking for a professional, dependable, and enthusiastic team, you’ve come to the right place! We are a family-owned and -operated entertainment company, offering a wide range of party and entertainment services including clowns, inflatable bounce houses, characters, magicians, princesses, magic shows, face painting, and party concession rentals.

Mad Science of Long Island

Call for locations throughout Long Island 855-264-1672 madscienceli.com; info@madscienceli.com For more than 30 years Mad Science has provided top-quality educational and fun science programs for children. Its handson, high-energy parties are performed by a trained Mad Scientist who brings all the necessary equipment to your home or location of your choice. All birthday party packages include Mad Science invitations and a take-home activity each child works on during the party. It also offers fantastic grand finales such as Bubbling Potions, Rocket Launching, and Science Goodie Bags.

Spin DJ Academy

202 Merrick Road, 2nd Floor, Rockville Centre 16 Broadway, Amityville 631-608-8858 spindjacademy.com Spin DJ Birthday Parties are a fun and personalized experience for your child! Partygoers get to be the life of the party and learn basic DJ skills with today’s top hits! Customize your DJ dance party with songs and instruments your child loves, then head to our playspace for food and fun! Add to the party with music videos, character appearance, glitter tattoos, party favors, and more! Spin DJ can bring the party to you! We’ll bring DJ equipment and instruments to create an experience to remember!

BIRTHDAY PARTY PLACES @Play Amusements

229 NY-110, Farmingdale 631-815-5355 atplayamusement.com info@playamusement.com Have your next party at the newly renovated @Play Amusements! It offers 40,000 square feet of fun ranging from arcade games, inflatables, and bumper cars, to a roller coaster, carousel, disco

room, and laser tag! It even provides all the paper goods, invites, thank-you notes, food, and private hostess! It features five glow-in-the-dark private party rooms that are sure to be a hit! The action-packed amusement center will make your child’s special day be one they will never forget! Fun for all ages!

BACH TO ROCK Music School

1015 Port Washington Blvd., Port Washington 516-441-5526 portwashington.bachtorock.com portwashington@bachtorock.com Be a STAR at B2R! At Bach To Rock music school, our Karaoke Party-Rock Star Party will have everyone recording in a state-of-the-art studio with pro engineers. Choose from current pop and classic rock tunes, then sing on the main stage and enjoy pizza and cake! Ages 7 to adult! Or plan a Rock City Party for your budding rock star ages 4-6! This action-packed party allows kids to explore rock ‘n’ roll instruments up close. If you want an amazing experience at a great price, call B2R at 516-441-5526.

BounceU Farmingdale

101 Carolyn Blvd., Farmingdale 631-777-JUMP (5867) bounceu.com/cities/farmingdale.ny farmingdale.ny@bounceu.com BounceU Farmingdale was voted “Best of Long Island” for Children’s Party Place and Family Amusement Center. We provide the ideal combination of inflatable structures, a clean environment, incredible customer service, and non-stop excitement in a private party atmosphere. We feature giant inflatable toys and a wide variety of activities for children and adults, including basketball and boxing, obstacle courses, and slides. We take pride in providing superior customer service. Private parties are meticulously planned and prepared by our knowledgeable staff, so parents can relax and enjoy themselves.

Cold Spring Harbor Fish Hatchery & Aquarium

1660 Route 25A, Cold Spring Harbor 516-692-6768 cshfishhatchery.org info@cshfishhatchery.org Celebrate your child’s next birthday at the Cold Spring Harbor Fish Hatchery & Aquarium! See the hatchery and aquarium’s exciting live exhibits. Feed the hungry trout and learn about fish, reptiles, and amphibians with an up-close animal encounter. For children turning ages 3 and older. Fishing Parties available too! Fishing partygoers will enjoy a 45-minute fishing bonanza. Fishing is catch-andrelease only. For children turning ages 4 and older. All parties will be followed by your desired festivities. Educational party hosts and goodie bags included.

Great Play of Syosset

180 Michael Drive, Syosset 516-364-1500 greatplay.com/syosset

info@syosset.greatplay.com Our award-winning, high-energy parties are truly spectacular events, and we make your child the star of the show! Your guests will have a blast and your child will receive All-Star treatment in our amazing Interactive Gym™. We offer customized parties for ages 1-10 and you start by picking one of our six great themes. Then you work with our party planner to customize the rest based on the interests of the party star.

Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum

Pier 86, West 46th Street and Twelfth Avenue, Manhattan 646-381-5010 intrepidmuseum.org groupsales@intrepidmuseum.org Celebrate your child’s birthday with a one-of-a-kind party! The Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum will captivate groups of all ages and interests. Choose from exciting themes, value packages, and customization options to create a birthday adventure they’ll remember forever. Packages start at $30 per person. Experience life aboard an aircraft carrier during Operation Slumber! Enjoy after-hours access to the ship and the Space Shuttle Pavilion as well as tours and activities. It’s ideal for scouts, students, and campers ages 6-17.

Key to My Art Inc.

10 W. Oak St., Amityville 631-608-9048 131 Main St., East Rockaway keytomyart.com/nymetroparents.html info@keytomyart.com Celebrate your child’s birthday or special occasion with us at Key to My Art! It’s a mini paint night for kids! Your child chooses what the group paints! They can choose any theme, character, animal, or place! Our children’s paint parties include all supplies from aprons to easels, plus step-bystep instruction, pizza, and juice for all the children! Everyone leaves with a finished painting they can proudly hang on their wall at home! Our paint events are also great for showers, Girl Scout troops, and fundraisers.

M.A.T.S.S. Kids’ Gym & Early Childcare Education Center A Rainbow Of Programs Under One Roof! 2629 Grand Ave., Bellmore 516-221-1330 171 Eileen Way, Syosset 516-496-7765 matsskidsgym.com M.A.T.S.S. Kids’ Gym offers a rainbow of themes and activities that will make your child’s next birthday party the ultimate celebration! From themed party games to music, make-your-own sundaes, or face painting, each party can be customized. Try an all-inclusive Princess Tea Party or Super Heroes theme party—add a moon-bouncer or inflatable. We tailor parties small or large in our spacious gyms. And the birthday child is always free! Visit our website or contact our party consultant

at the location nearest you. Enjoy your customized party; we’ll do the rest!

Mid-Island Y JCC

45 Manetto Hill Road, Plainview 516-822-3535 miyjcc.org; partycentral@miyjcc.org We create fun and memorable parties for children of all ages and interests, as well as customized celebrations for any special occasion. Party Central offers one-stop planning with our professional staff, and we do all the work—you simply relax and enjoy the fun! For ages 1-12. Choose from many themes, including Sports, Swim, Dance, and Move & Play. Contact our birthday party planner Drew Flynn Davis at 516-822-3535 x331 or partycentral@miyjcc.org.

Not Just Art

183 South St., Oyster Bay 516-922-8300 notjustart.com; create@notjustart.com Not Just Art has oodles of excellent music, art, and science parties for ages 1-12 and older. Choose from our treasury of super imaginative projects or use favorite themes and activities as a creative springboard. We customize the fun to your child’s interest! Each party is thoughtfully designed with variations and adaptations to make sure all children feel successful and included. Staffed by seasoned teachers and party helpers, our celebrations are unique and personalized experiences! Parties can be adapted for playgroups, scout troops, field trips, and other events.

Spin DJ Academy

202 Merrick Road, 2nd Floor, Rockville Centre 16 Broadway, Amityville 631-608-8858 spindjacademy.com Spin DJ Birthday Parties are a fun and personalized experience for your child! Partygoers get to be the life of the party and learn basic DJ skills with today’s top hits! Customize your DJ dance party with songs and instruments your child loves, then head to our playspace for food and fun! Add to the party with music videos, character appearance, glitter tattoos, party favors, and more! Spin DJ can bring the party to you! We’ll bring DJ equipment and instruments to create an experience to remember!

Thomas School of Horsemanship Riding Academy

250 Round Swamp Road, Melville 631-692-6840 tshcamp.com; tsh@tshcamp.com Birthday parties, scout parties, and class trips are always a blast at the Thomas School of Horsemanship. For groups of 14-18 children. They receive 1 hour of riding time taught by one of our certified ride instructors who will teach them a fun-filled beginner lesson. We provide the paper goods, the party room, playground, and party host, so you can focus on having fun. Scouts can earn their Horse Care and Riding badges. Call and speak with our party specialist to plan the perfect outing!

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Summer Camps DAY CAMPS Countryside Montessori School

354 Lakeville Road, Lower Level, Great Neck 516-466-8422 cmsgn.com; info@cmsgn.com Countryside Montessori school runs a summer camp during July and August for children ages 18 months to 6 years. Camp has weekly themes that revolve around the projects and discussions the children have. Toddlers have play-based mornings spent in our playground. Primary (ages 3 years and older) spends part of the mornings doing academics then spends afternoons in the playground while toddlers nap. Camp is a great way to acclimate your child to a school environment. Please contact us for information on enrollment at 516-466-8422 or info@cmsgn.com.

Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum Camp Intrepid

Pier 86, West 46th Street and Twelfth Avenue, Manhattan 646-381-5010 intrepidmuseum.org The Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum is an exciting destination for camp groups who want to learn about science, history, and innovation! Self-guided visits for outside groups can include private tours, scavenger hunts, lunch options, and souvenir packages. Group rates and services are only available with advance registration and the group minimum is 15 people. Contact our group sales professionals today to help tailor the ideal itinerary for your campers!

Kenwal Day Camp

100 Drexel Ave., Melville 631-694-3399 kenwaldaycamp.com Kenwal Day Camp, the “camp that cares,” fosters a positive attitude and high self-esteem in its campers, ages 3-15, who participate, have fun, and try their best. Situated on 20 magnificent acres, with nature trails, a man-made lake, and the finest facilities and equipment. Small group size ensures campers hours of exploration, excitement, and maximum attention from our staff. Activities include inflatable water park, mini golf, arts and crafts, sports, theater, dance, swimming, zip lines, go-karts, rope rappelling, and special events. We provide an atmosphere filled with memories your child will cherish forever.

Long Island Voyager’s Day Camp

516-238-4586 livoyagersdaycamp.com livoyagersdaycamp@gmail.com Long Island Voyager’s Day Camp is an exciting, action-packed, and safe summer experience, for boys and girls, ages 4-14. We offer activities that include swimming, sports, arts and crafts, rock climbing, gymnastics, talent shows, and special events, plus amazing adventure trips to Splish Splash, Adventureland, Boomers, museums, iMax theaters, Fire Island, Bayville Adventure Park, aquariums, and Chocolate Factory! Our staff is CPR-, first aid-, and AED-certified. Lifeguards and nurse on staff and licensed. CIT program is available. Free transportation in Suffolk and Nassau counties.

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M.A.T.S.S. Kids’ Gym & Early Childcare Education Center A Rainbow Of Programs Under One Roof!

2629 Grand Ave., Bellmore 516-221-1330 171 Eileen Way, Syosset 516-496-7765 matsskidsgym.com Infant, Toddler, and Separation classes bridge development to a comprehensive Early Childhood Education-Nursery School-Gym Program. After-school classes provide movement, gymnastics, sports, and enrichment instruction for on-site center children and community school-age children (7months to 12 years). Summer Day Camp, Holiday Mini-Camps, weekend birthday party, and Friday “Kids’ Night Out” events provide a year-round place to play and celebrate! Full day care available at our Syosset Center. Extended day available. Diapers welcome. Dedicated teachers and staff are NYS-, CPR-, and first aid-certified. Since 1985: A Rainbow of Programs to Play, Learn, and Grow!

Usdan Summer Camp for the Arts

185 Colonial Springs Road, Wheatley Heights 631-643-7900 usdan.org Usdan Summer Camp for the Arts, the nation’s pre-eminent arts day camp offers more than 70 programs of study in the arts—visual art, dance, music, theater, writing—and arts-related fields—nature, chess, and recreational arts. Each summer, more than 1,500 students ages 4-18 are immersed in art and nature and surrounded by friends who share their interests and enthusiasm. Transportation is provided in air-conditioned buses departing from throughout the New York metro and Long Island areas. Two-, three-, four-, and seven-week sessions are offered from June-August.

YMCA of Long Island

Locations: Bay Shore, East Hampton, Glen Cove, Holtsville, Huntington, and Patchogue 855-2YMCALI (296-2254) ymcali.org/summer-day-camp tamar.simpson@ymcali.org YMCA Summer Day Camp offers children positive developmental experiences and encourages them to forge bonds with each other and with staff, building confidence through skill-building activities suited to their age. Each of our Ys offers a robust and fun-filled summer day camp program. Please check your local branch for specific offerings and pricing. You can also view a camp brochure with full program descriptions at ymcali.org.

YMCA Summer Camps

ymcanyc.org/camp bit.ly/2FgUwLs rho@ymcanyc.org At YMCA Summer Camps, children learn leadership skills and develop self-confidence in a safe, accepting, and stimulating environment. They also build robots, go on field trips, shoot hoops, learn to swim, make new friends, and laugh all summer long! Our creative, educational camp programming—structured around the Y’s values of caring, honesty, respect, and responsibility—helps

campers reach their fullest potential, physically, mentally, and emotionally. With six locations in Manhattan and the Bronx, find the perfect camp for your child! Visit us at ymcanyc.org/camp to learn more today!

Young People’s Day Camps Nassau

516-650-1856 631-476-3330 ypdc.com Young People’s Day Camp of Nassau County, conveniently located in Hicksville, caters to children ages 4-15. We have been providing boys and girls with summer fun for more than 45 years! YPDC’s philosophy is to “grow” children intellectually, physically, and spiritually in a safe, fun environment! We offer two- to eight-week programs with exciting trips, arts and crafts, yoga, karate, carnivals, talent shows, special event days, instructional sports, and recreational and instructional swim. YPDC is family-owned and -operated and offers lunch for a nominal fee, and free door-to-door transportation to Nassau County.

SLEEPAWAY CAMPS Dorothy P. Flint 4-H Camp

3186 Sound Ave., Riverhead 516-433-7970 x11 ccenassau.org lfg38@cornell.edu Dorothy P. Flint 4-H Camp in Riverhead is a coed, recreational, eight-week sleepaway camp. A three-day, two-night “mini camp” is also offered. Stay-over weekends are available! We are located on 140 acres of woodland, farmland, and beachfront on the Long Island Sound. The location includes a 10-acre working farm, swimming, kayaking, adventure course, nature-science education center, horseback riding, archery, arts, and sports. The atmosphere fosters independence, leadership development, and self-esteem. We are a “cellphone-free” camp! Accredited by the American Camp Association and operated by Cornell Cooperative Extension of Nassau County.

SPECIALTY CAMPS Huntington Center for Performing Arts

310 New York Ave., Huntington 631-271-4626 huntingtoncenteronline.com huntingtoncenter@yahoo.com Huntington Center for Performing Arts is a special place to discover and develop the talent that all children possess. Summer Programs include Young Artists Program for ages 3-6 from 9:30am-12:30pm, beginning July 16. Experience the performing arts offered yearround in our air-conditioned facility. Suzuki violin, piano, musical theater, American Ballet Theatre ® National Training Curriculum ballet, and jazz, plus yoga, art, and theme days. Full days from 9:30am-3:30pm, ages 7-12 with a concentration in music, dance, or theater. Ballet Boot Camp for ages 7 and older: Aug. 21-23 and Aug. 28-30.


LIU Post Center for Gifted Youth

Dr. Lynne Manouvrier, director LIU Post, Brookville 516-299-2160 liu.edu/giftedyouth The Long Island University program for gifted children was established in 1979 in response to the recognition of society’s special responsibilities for children with demonstrably superior intellectual ability. The LIU Center for Gifted Youth brings together two important elements of education for the gifted: extraordinary teachers recruited from leading schools in the metropolitan area and university-level facilities. These factors, combined with an administrative and psychological team schooled in the needs of gifted children, give the program at LIU Post unique strengths in producing positive benefits for young people admitted to the program.

Usdan Summer Camp for the Arts

185 Colonial Springs Road, Wheatley Heights 631-643-7900; usdan.org Usdan Summer Camp for the Arts, the nation’s pre-eminent arts day camp offers more than 70 programs of study in the arts—visual art, dance, music, theater, writing—and arts-related fields—nature, chess, and recreational arts. Each summer, more than 1,500 students ages 4-18 are immersed in art and nature and surrounded by friends who share their interests and enthusiasm. Transportation is provided in air-conditioned buses departing from throughout the New York metro and Long Island areas. Two-, three-, four-, and seven-week sessions are offered from June-August.

TRAVEL Kenwal Day Camp

100 Drexel Ave., Melville 631-694-3399; kenwaldaycamp.com Kenwal’s “Extreme Teens Travel Program” is the perfect blend of outdoor camp activities, as well as overnight and local travel experiences. The program creates an opportunity for campers, seventh to 11th grades, to enjoy an unforgettable summer on the road with their peers. Additionally, “Extreme Teens” will enjoy the comforts of home during camp days and local day trips. Our Extreme Teen program is a chance for campers to be active, confident, and resilient; unplug from technology; develop lifelong skills; grow more independent; learn social skills; and make true friends.

Long Island Voyager’s Day Camp

516-238-4586 livoyagersdaycamp.com livoyagersdaycamp@gmail.com Long Island Voyager’s Day Camp is an exciting, action-packed, and safe summer experience, for boys and girls, ages 4-14. We offer activities that include swimming, sports, arts and crafts, rock climbing, gymnastics, talent shows, and special events, plus amazing adventure trips to Splish Splash, Adventureland, Boomers, museums, iMax theaters, Fire Island, Bayville Adventure Park, aquariums, and Chocolate Factory! Our staff is CPR-, first aid-, and AED-certified. Lifeguards and nurse on staff and licensed. CIT program is available. Free transportation in Suffolk and Nassau counties.

Long Island Aquarium

431 E. Main St., Riverhead 631-208-9200 xH2O (426) 631-208-9200 x125 longislandaquarium.com Our Summer Adventure Days Camp program adds interactive excitement to summer vacation. Children ages 2-14 explore the wonders of the marine environment through age-appropriate learning and activities. A tour boat adventure, close encounters with marine creatures, the chance to catch fish on a deserted island—just some of the fun for children ages 8 and younger. Older kids can collect and identify marine specimens on our tour boat, hike the Pine Barrens, climb a rock wall, go canoeing and kayaking, take a Shark Dive, or Snorkel Adventure. Call 631-208-9200 x426 for more details.

RoboMindTech S.T.E.M. Education Center Creativity, Science, Robotics & L-E-G-O Learning Fun

185-10 Union Turnpike, Fresh Meadows 718-264-ROBO (7626) Great Neck Kids Center 25 Cuttermill Road, #4, Great Neck 718-264-7626; 860-944-3654 robomindtech.com robomindtech@gmail.com Build Lego® amusement park ride 3-D models or a Mars rover to learn about space! Channel your child’s creative energy into exciting projects in STEM with our unique, hands-on curriculum. RoboMindTech is an award-winning STEM education center. From robotics, coding, and video game design to Lego® creative play, we offer a variety of immersive kindergarten-eighth grade STEM after-school and summer programs. Our experienced team works with schools and groups to create offsite STEM programs and in-house field trips. Home to NYC FIRST Lego® League and National World Robot Olympiad Champions.

Now offering Social Thinking Skills and Executive Function skills classes for all ages and skill sets. At Steps to Socialization, we can prepare your child to process social information through our specialized social learning program. Some must be taught to think socially. Step by Step. •••••••••••••••••••

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At Steps to Socialization, LLC our Executive Function classes are designed to explain and teach executive functions in a clear, understandable way and to help you pinpoint the struggles you or your child might experience. It¼s organized into three broad categories where executive skills come into play: learning; behavior and emotions; social situations and relationships.

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Classes ACADEMIC ENRICHMENT Act As If Etiquette & Protocol

718 Walt Whitman Road, Melville 561-889-4464 actasifetiquette.com A leader in teaching the social skills necessary to face everyday situations with grace, integrity, and confidence. We “partner with parents” who understand that in this highly competitive world, along with education, good manners are key to a child’s success. Offering fun, informative, engaging classes for children, teens, and young adults, with the content geared toward modern manners for modern times. Serving scout troops, libraries, after-school programs, camps, groups, and individuals throughout the LI community.

Eye Level Nassau

Eye Level Hicksville 760 S. Broadway, Hicksville 516-597 5300, Jyoti Dhingra Eye Level Williston Park 61 Hillside Ave., Williston Park 516-747-7700, Alida Vucemilovich Eye Level New Hyde Park Coming Soon! 1 Jericho Turnpike 516-775-1000, Min Bittaf myeyelevel.com Many parents today are facing educational challenges and looking for answers to help their children succeed academically. Whether the immediate goal is for early learning, remedial education, or academic advancement, Eye Level is the answer. Eye Level offers math and English programs for ages 3-14. Our instructors tailor a curriculum by understanding the learning abilities of the student. With ongoing guidance, each student will set attainable goals and learn at a comfortable pace. With each success, the student grows more self-confident, self-motivated, and self-directed in the quest for knowledge.

LIU Post Center for Gifted Youth

Dr. Lynne Manouvrier, director LIU Post, Brookville 516-299-2160 liu.edu/giftedyouth The Long Island University program for gifted children was established in 1979 in response to the recognition of society’s special responsibilities for children with demonstrably superior intellectual ability. The LIU Center for Gifted Youth brings together two important elements of education for the gifted: extraordinary teachers recruited from leading schools in the metropolitan area and university-level facilities. These factors,

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M.A.T.S.S. Kids’ Gym & Early Childcare Education Center A Rainbow Of Programs Under One Roof!

2629 Grand Ave., Bellmore 516-221-1330 171 Eileen Way, Syosset 516-496-7765 matsskidsgym.com Infant, Toddler, and Separation classes bridge development to a comprehensive Early Childhood Education-Nursery School-Gym Program. After-school classes provide movement, gymnastics, sports, and enrichment instruction for on-site center children and community school-age children (7 months to 12 years). Summer Day Camp, Holiday Mini-Camps, weekend birthday party, and Friday “Kids’ Night Out” events provide a year-round place to play and celebrate! Full day care available at our Syosset Center. Extended day available. Diapers welcome. Dedicated teachers and staff are NYS-, CPR-, and first aid-certified. Since 1985: A Rainbow of Programs to Play, Learn, and Grow!

Mathnasium Learning Centers

Five Towns 414 Central Ave., Cedarhurst 516-569-1500 11 Great Neck Road, Great Neck 516-482-MATH (6284) 381 Sunrise Highway, Lynbrook 516-881-7997 810 Jericho Turnpike, New Hyde Park 516-616-MATH (6284) Roslyn 217A Mineola Ave., Roslyn Heights 516-484-MATH (6284) mathnasium.com Mathnasium Learning Centers, the nation’s leading math-only learning center franchise with centers throughout Nassau County, specialize in teaching kids of all ages math in a way that makes sense to them. Students go to Mathnasium yearround to catch up, keep up, and get ahead in math. Our experienced math tutors utilize our proprietary teaching materials and techniques, The Mathnasium Method™, to deliver a customized learning plan designed to address each student’s needs. Our instructional approach goes beyond traditional math tutoring to develop understanding and build a love for math.

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RoboMindTech S.T.E.M. Education Center Creativity, Science, Robotics & L-E-G-O Learning Fun

185-10 Union Turnpike, Fresh Meadows 718-264-ROBO (7626) Great Neck Kids Center 25 Cuttermill Road, #4, Great Neck 718-264-7626; 860-944-3654 robomindtech.com robomindtech@gmail.com Build Lego® amusement park ride 3-D models or a Mars rover to learn about space! Channel your child’s creative energy into exciting projects in STEM with our unique, hands-on curriculum. RoboMindTech is an award-winning STEM education center. From robotics, coding, and video game design to Lego® creative play, we offer a variety of immersive kindergarten-eighth grade STEM after-school and summer programs. Our experienced team works with schools and groups to create off-site STEM programs and in-house field trips. Home to NYC FIRST Lego® League and National World Robot Olympiad Champions.

Steps to Socialization

13 S. Bayles Ave., Port Washington 516-767-0266 s2ny.com Steps to Socialization was created by Evelyn Kashinsky, a parent of children with special needs, to help children who have difficulty socializing. Steps to Socialization is more than just a social skills program. We teach children how to think socially, step by step. Working in small groups of three to four students, we cover a variety of topics, including how to establish and maintain friendships and initiating and maintaining conversations.

Sylvan Learning Centers of Mineola and Huntington

393 Jericho Turnpike, Mineola 516-743-9943 1160 E. Jericho Turnpike, Huntington 631-424-5600 sylvanlearning.com sylvanlearning@optonline.net At Sylvan of Huntington, every child’s learning plan is unique. Sylvan’s diagnostic assessments help us to uncover your child’s specific strengths and can enable us to create a plan just for them! If you are looking to enhance your child’s skills in reading, writing, mathematics, or STEM concepts, then Sylvan is here to help. Our certified teachers are able to challenge your child in a number of ways unique to their specific skill set. Enrichment enables children to explore their talents and build confidence!

TAS New York: Theory of Arts and Sciences

153 S. Broadway, Hicksville 1-888-827-8188 1915 Deer Park Ave., Deer Park tasnewyork.com Here education matters. The No. 1 learning center in New York. We offer after-school programs, private and group tutoring, kids and adult art classes, computer coding, SAT and ACT prep, Create and Meditate sessions, and summer camp! We believe that every student has a unique gift to share. Our classes are geared toward providing a friendly environment to learn and excel. We offer classes on creativity and art to all ages. Meditation is an important ingredient in our programs to creatively engage your mind and build a rewarding learning environment.

Temple Sinai of Roslyn Religious School

425 Roslyn Road, Roslyn Heights 516-621-8016 mysinai.org cantorelenaschwartz@mysinai.org Finally, a Religious School your children will love! Temple Sinai Religious School is committed to providing families with the richest, most creative Jewish learning opportunities, in ways that are relevant to today’s young learners! We offer flexible models that fit the needs of our families, including options for children with special needs. All our programs deliver the perfect combination of Jewish learning and fun. Under the direction of cantor-educator Elena Schwartz, Temple Sinai Religious School prepares children to take an active role in the future of the larger Jewish Community.

Village East Gifted: Enrichment Center for the Gifted Learner

Village East Gifted of Huntington 33 Walt Whitman Road, Huntington Station 631-549-2313 Village East Gifted of Roslyn 216 Willis Ave., Roslyn Heights 631-549-2313 villageeastgifted.com info@villageeastgifted.com Village East Gifted® offers a highly rigorous, academic enrichment program for gifted and talented students ages 2-16. Our curriculum is implemented using its patented teaching methodology with a strong emphasis on the perfection of the written word. VEG prepares its students at a very young age for the SAT, ACT, early college admissions, and accelerated degree


programs. Its curriculum includes vocabulary enrichment, etymology, Latin, writing and grammar, global studies, math, geography, study skills, STEAM, medical science, and creative problem solving. IQ scores of 130 or higher are required as well as teacher recommendations.

toddlers, pre-kindergarten, elementary, after-school, home-schoolers, scouts, parties, drop-in studio, school vacation camps, and workshops. Music Together® locations in Nassau and Suffolk.

YMCA of Long Island

Great Play of Syosset

Locations: Bay Shore, East Hampton, Glen Cove, Holtsville, Huntington, and Patchogue 855-2YMCALI (296-2254) ymcali.org tamar.simpson@ymcali.org YMCA of Long Island works daily to improve lives through youth development, healthy living, and social responsibility. Each year, we serve more than 65,000 people island-wide of all ages and backgrounds. Our locations in Bay Shore, East Hampton, Glen Cove, Huntington, Holtsville, and Patchogue provide programs and services for youth, teens, adults, and seniors including state-of-theart fitness centers, group exercise classes, youth and teen programs, pristine pools, family activities, preschool, before- and afterschool programs, and summer day camp for children ages 3-15 of all interests!

ART Hofstra University Museum

112 Hofstra University, Hempstead 516-463-5672 hofstra.edu/museum Free family fun at the Hofstra University Museum! More than just a museum! Engage! Pick up an Art Quest in the exhibition Romare Bearden: Storyteller and solve puzzles related to Bearden’s art. Discover! Borrow an activity-filled Let’s Explore Backpack to explore the outdoor sculptures and take home your own artwork. Funding provided by Bethpage Federal Credit Union. Enjoy! Become a detective and use The Great Art Caper to solve a mystery about the outdoor sculptures on campus. All activities are for children ages 5-12 with an adult companion.

MOMMY & ME 180 Michael Drive, Syosset 516-364-1500 greatplay.com/syosset info@syosset.greatplay.com Our mission is for every child to develop a love of physical activity that will lead to an active, healthy, and confident life. Starting with

our Great Start program (6 months to 3½ years). Through “directed play” children build confidence, self-esteem, and social skills, with a strong physical foundation, making them ready for our preschooler programs (ages 3½-5½). Through games and instruction, preschoolers develop fundamental motor skills, along with sport skills, giving them all they need to progress into our school-aged programs (ages 4½-10), which offer a full range of fun programs.

Green Vale School

250 Valentine’s Lane, Old Brookville 516-621-2420

greenvaleschool.org The Beginnings Class at Green Vale is a “Mommy & Me” experience. It offers the very young child (923 months) the opportunity for exploratory, interactive, and parallel play with their caregiver, a teacher, as well as peers. Parents and caregivers enjoy connecting with other adults as the children become more comfortable in the classroom and start to experience what school is all about. Beginnings is offered Monday-Thursday, 8:30-10am. Contact admissions to schedule a free drop-in class with your child any time. continued on next page ››

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Not Just Art

183 South St., Oyster Bay 516-922-8300 notjustart.com create@notjustart.com More than ever, children need places to wonder, discover, play, create, experience joy, and express ideas! Engaging natural curiosity and imagination is the heart of our Music Together® art, science, and story arts programs. Inclusive hands-on activities emphasize learning process over product and performance. Staffed with experienced teachers, classes are developmentally appropriate and thoughtfully designed to nurture children and their families at each age and stage! Infants and

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M.A.T.S.S. Kids’ Gym & Early Childcare Education Center A Rainbow Of Programs Under One Roof!

2629 Grand Ave., Bellmore 516-221-1330 171 Eileen Way, Syosset 516-496-7765 matsskidsgym.com Infant, Toddler, and Separation classes bridge development to a comprehensive Early Childhood Education-Nursery School-Gym Program. After-school classes provide movement, gymnastics, sports, and enrichment instruction for on-site center children and community school-age children (7months to 12 years). Summer Day Camp, Holiday Mini-Camps, weekend birthday party, and Friday “Kids’ Night Out” events provide a year-round place to play and celebrate! Full day care available at our Syosset Center. Extended day available. Diapers welcome. Dedicated teachers and staff are NYS-, CPR-, and first aid-certified. Since 1985: A Rainbow of Programs to Play, Learn, and Grow!

MUSIC BACH TO ROCK Music School

1015 Port Washington Blvd., Port Washington 516-441-5526 portwashington.bachtorock.com portwashington@bachtorock.com Be a STAR at B2R! Bach To Rock music school offers music education for all instruments, levels, and ages—from infants to adults—as well as adaptive lessons for students with special needs. Enjoy super fun birthday parties, rockin’ weekly summer camps, a state-of-the-art recording studio, and open jams for teens and adults!

Not Just Art

183 South St., Oyster Bay 516-922-8300 notjustart.com create@notjustart.com More than ever, children need places to wonder, discover, play, create, experience joy, and express ideas! Engaging natural curiosity and imagination is the heart of our Music Together® art, science, and story arts programs. Inclusive hands-on activities emphasize learning process over product and performance. Staffed with experienced teachers, classes are developmentally appropriate and thoughtfully designed to nurture children and their families at each age and stage! Infants and toddlers, pre-kindergarten, elementary, after-school, home-schoolers, scouts, parties, drop-in studio, school vacation camps, and workshops. Music Together® locations in Nassau and Suffolk.

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STEM Code Ninjas

613 Jericho Turnpike, Syosset 631-760-1335 codeninjas.com Ever feel like coding is boring? Sitting there listening on and on while someone else tells you what to do? Why not experience hands-on fun instead? Code Ninjas has different programs tailored to your interests. We have drones. We have beginning Javascript. We have Minecraft/Roblox world creation. We have game building sessions. And, best of all, our drop-in programs are yearround so no need to wait until the fall to join.

The Coder School Syosset

45 Ira Road, Syosset 516-584-4244 syosset.thecoderschool.com syosset@thecoderschool.com In our increasingly tech-driven world, knowing how to code is an invaluable skill. The Coder SchoolSyosset has weeklong summer camps as well as evening and weekend programs to get your kids learning how to code. Choose from a variety of levels and programs ranging from beginner to advanced. Silicon Valley’s No. 1 coding program is now Long Island’s No. 1 coding program! We are excited to announce our second location is opening in Roslyn this fall. If you would like to be part of our expanding team please contact us!

RoboMindTech S.T.E.M. Education Center Creativity, Science, Robotics & L-E-G-O Learning Fun

185-10 Union Turnpike, Fresh Meadows 718-264-ROBO (7626) Great Neck Kids Center 25 Cuttermill Road, #4, Great Neck 718-264-7626; 860-944-3654 robomindtech.com robomindtech@gmail.com Build Lego® amusement park ride 3-D models or a Mars rover to learn about space! Channel your child’s creative energy into exciting projects in STEM with our unique, hands-on curriculum. RoboMindTech is an award-winning STEM education center. From robotics, coding, and video game design to Lego ® creative play, we offer a variety of immersive kindergarten-eighth grade STEM after-school and summer programs. Our experienced team works with schools and groups to create offsite STEM programs and in-house field trips. Home to NYC FIRST Lego® League and National World Robot Olympiad Champions.

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Food & Health DENTISTS & DENTAL PROVIDERS

Ehrenman & Khan Pediatric Dentistry

959 Brush Hollow Road, Suite 101, Westbury 516-333-3033 pediatricdentistlongislandny.com kidsteethli@gmail.com Ehrenman & Khan Pediatric Dentistry cares for all of your child’s oral health needs in a fun, kid-friendly environment that includes iPads and chairside TV monitors. Drs. Ehrenman and Khan are dedicated and trained to ease dental anxieties for young children as well as patients with special needs. Their years of advanced training include hospital and sedation dentistry. Please visit kidsteeth4li.com to learn more about what Ehrenman & Khan Pediatric Dentistry has to offer!

Merrick Pediatric Dentistry

1756A Merrick Ave., Merrick 516-547-1997 merrickpediatricdentistry.com Dr. Rania Elbaz is a board-certified pediatric dentist. She earned her dental degree from Columbia University. She then completed her pediatric dental training at UMDNJ-New Jersey Dental School. Dr. Elbaz loves working with children and strives to create a warm and fun environment that children look forward to visiting. Dr. Elbaz sees every patient in order to ensure consistency that is so important to young children. The office welcomes and gives extra time and attention to patients with special needs. The office also participates with most major insurance plans.

Pediatric Dentistry of Nassau County

300 Garden City Plaza, Garden City 516-280-6734 supermolar.com Dr. Danielle Cooper received her degree in dental medicine and completed her two-year pediatric dental residency at the University of Pittsburgh School of Dental Medicine. She is a board-certified pediatric dentist specialized in treating children of all ages. She loves working with children every day and strives to make her patients feel comfortable, safe, and excited about their oral health. Her patients leaving with a smile is the best part of her day. In her free time, Dr. Cooper enjoys reading, movies, good food, and spending quality time with her friends and family.

DOCTORS & MEDICAL PROVIDERS Advantage Care Health Center

189 Wheatley Road, Brookville 516-686-4400 230 Hanse Ave., Freeport advantagecaredtc.org Advantage Care Health Centers and

The Fay J. Lindner Center are Long Island’s premier Federally Qualified Health Care Centers. We provide comprehensive medical, dental, mental, and behavioral health services to children and adults. Your health and well-being are the center’s top priority. We offer services to all members of the community with a commitment to those who might otherwise be excluded from the health care system, while still remaining cost-effective and efficient. The center specializes in providing services to individuals with autism, and intellectual and developmental disabilities. We accept Medicaid, Medicare, and Managed Care plans.

Long Island Center for Speech and Myofunctional Therapy

Locations across Suffolk and Nassau: East Yaphank, Farmingville, Stony Brook, Commack, Jericho, Wantagh, and Lake Success Nassau: 516-216-1791 Suffolk: 631-689-6858 Queens: 718-640-6767 lispeech.com Janine Stiene, speech-language pathologist, owns and operates Long Island Center for Speech and Myofunctional Therapy. With her group of therapists, she supports families and children across Long Island, specializing in PROMPT, feeding, myofunctional therapy, voice disorders, fluency, augmentative communication, articulation, auditory processing disorders, expressive and receptive language disorders (adults and children). Intensive feeding therapy for individuals who suffer from texture and consistency aversions, and FEES—Fiberoptic Endoscopic Evaluation of Swallowing—are also offered. Seven affiliated offices across Long Island participate with most health insurance and offer evening and Saturday hours.

LICE Lice Clinics of America - Long Island

47 Jackson Ave., Syosset 566 Merrick Road, Rockville Centre 516-336-4099 liceclinicslongisland.com Let us check your kids’ hair for critters when they get off the camp bus before they bring them into your home or back to school. We remove lice in just 1 hour! All lice and eggs—even Super Lice—are eliminated in a single, 1-hour treatment. No need for your child to sit still for 2-3 hours of combing or return for additional visits. Our treatments are affordable, starting at $99, and never more than $199. No toxic chemicals! Call us 24/7. Appointments available seven days a week; we can even handle your after-hours emergency!


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229 NY-110, Farmingdale 631-815-5355 atplayamusement.com; info@playamusement.com Visit the newly renovated @Play Amusement—Long Island’s favorite indoor amusement park! Children of all ages can explore 30,000 square feet of safe, clean, climate-controlled fun. @Play provides your family with arcade games, inflatables, bumper cars, roller coaster, a carousel, disco room, and laser tag! Kids will never get bored as they enjoy going from one activity to the next. @Play is easily accessible from Nassau, Suffolk, and the five boroughs of New York City.

BounceU Farmingdale

101 Carolyn Blvd., Farmingdale 631-777-JUMP (5867) bounceu.com/cities/farmingdale.ny; farmingdale.ny@bounceu.com BounceU Farmingdale was voted “Best of Long Island” for Children’s Party Place, Camp, and Family Amusement Center. We provide the ideal combination of inflatable structures, a clean environment, incredible customer service, and non-stop excitement. We feature giant inflatable toys and a wide variety of activities for children and adults, including basketball, boxing, obstacle courses, and slides. We take pride in providing superior customer service. Visit us this summer for Open Bounce fun for all ages!

MUSEUMS & PLANETARIUMS Hofstra University Museum

112 Hofstra University, Hempstead 516-463-5672 hofstra.edu/museum Free family fun at the Hofstra University Museum! More than just a museum! Engage! Pick up an Art Quest in the exhibition Romare Bearden: Storyteller and solve puzzles related to Bearden’s art. Discover! Borrow an activity-filled Let’s Explore Backpack to explore the outdoor sculptures and take home your own artwork. Funding provided by Bethpage Federal Credit Union. Enjoy! Become a detective and use The Great Art Caper to solve a mystery about the outdoor sculptures on campus. All activities are for children ages 5-12 with an adult companion.

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SHOPPING Once Upon A Child

1089 Hicksville Road, Seaford 516-579-4200 onceuponachildseaford.com kndkidsouac@aol.com We buy and sell gently used and new kids clothing, furniture, equipment, and toys! We pay cash for an array of gently used name-brand items. Each item brought into our store is individually examined and reviewed. We will purchase gently used and new items that meet current style and safety standards. As the safety of children is our first priority, the Once Upon a Child service team will inspect all equipment and toys for recalls. You will be offered payment on the spot for items that meet our standards.

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Education DAY CARE & CHILD CARE Good Shepherd Lutheran School

99 Central Park Road, Plainview 516-349-1966 gsplainview.org Good Shepherd Lutheran School is the leading Christian preschool in Plainview providing fully licensed year-round day care, school year, and summer camp programs for children ages 6 weeks through 5 years. Specific educational offerings include infant day care, toddler programs, nursery, and pre-kindergarten classes. We welcome children and families of all faiths and backgrounds. We offer a spacious and well-equipped Plainview facility with certified teachers. All staff members possess AED and first aid certification.

M.A.T.S.S. Kids’ Gym & Early Childcare Education Center A Rainbow Of Programs Under One Roof!

2629 Grand Ave., Bellmore 516-221-1330 171 Eileen Way, Syosset 516-496-7765 matsskidsgym.com Infant, Toddler, and Separation classes bridge development to a comprehensive Early Childhood Education-Nursery School-Gym Program. After-school classes provide movement, gymnastics, sports, and enrichment instruction for onsite center children and community school-age children (7months to 12 years). Summer Day Camp, Holiday Mini-Camps, weekend birthday party, and Friday “Kids’ Night Out” events provide a year-round place to play and celebrate! Full day care available at our Syosset Center. Extended day available. Diapers welcome. Dedicated teachers and staff are NYS-, CPR-, and first aid-certified. Since 1985: A Rainbow of Programs to Play, Learn, and Grow!

Variety Child Learning Center

47 Humphrey Drive, Syosset 516-921-7171 Variety Child Learning Center at the Gallow School 72 Farmedge Road, Levittown 516-490-3301 vclc.org Variety Child Learning Center operates a childcare center where “children play, learn, and grow together to become the best that they can be.” Licensed by the NYS Office of Children and Family Services for young children ages 6 weeks to 5 years at VCLC’s Levittown site at the Gallow School, the center is open year-round, except for designated time off, from 6:45am-7pm. Lead teachers are certified teachers. Registered nurse

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on premises from 8am-4pm. Email childcare@vclc.org or call 516-9217171 for additional information.

PAROCHIAL SCHOOLS Catholic Elementary Schools of Long Island Diocese of Rockville Centre

Multiple locations 516-678-5800 licatholicelementaryschools.org Long Island’s Catholic elementary schools are 43 unique and beautiful schools in Nassau and Suffolk counties. Academically, the expectations of each student are high and the historical performance has been exceptional. The schools are differentiated from their public counterparts by their integrated program of learning and living the Catholic faith and values. We help instill the moral values, self-respect, and study habits that go on to serve our students well as they continue their education, and for the rest of their lives.

Our Lady of Lourdes

76 Park Blvd., Malverne 516-599-7328 ollmalverne.org Nourishing hearts, minds, and souls. It’s more than religion classes. Our faith comes alive when we live it. OLL provides an opportunity for each child to grow in knowledge, friendship, and love of the Lord while aspiring to reach their full potential spiritually, academically, and socially. All classes have a special Saint they align with and each year has a unique theme. Each child is known by name and loved for their unique qualities. We offer nursery through eighth grade. After care is available. Please visit our website, ollmalverne.org.

Our Lady of Mercy

520 S. Oyster Bay Road, Hicksville 516-433-7040 olmshicks.org Our Lady of Mercy School strives in the spirit of service and love to inspire our students to grow spiritually, academically, and socially. Our goal is to enable all students to meet the challenges of the future through a strong faith-based academic program enhanced by extracurricular activities. A variety of early childhood classes, full-day kindergarten through eighth grade, before- and after-care programs are available. Weekday, evening, and weekend tours are available by appointment.

St. Elizabeth Ann Seton School

2341 Washington Ave., Bellmore 516-785-5709 steas.com St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Regional

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School is an AdvancED accredited parochial school for nursery through eighth grade children providing a top-quality education since 1992. We offer an early childhood program that consists of half-day nursery, half- and full-day pre-K and kindergarten, as well as Our Time, which is a transitional program for children age 2 with a parent. “SEAS” provides a comprehensive curriculum that includes language, music, art, computer technology, academic intervention services, sports, clubs, and after-school enrichment and care. At SEAS we learn and grow in respect, responsibility, and reverence.

Temple Sinai of Roslyn Religious School

425 Roslyn Road, Roslyn Heights 516-621-8016 mysinai.org cantorelenaschwartz@mysinai.org Finally, a religious school your children will love! Temple Sinai Religious School is committed to providing families with the richest, most creative Jewish learning opportunities, in ways that are relevant to today’s young learners! We offer flexible models that fit the needs of our families, including options for children with special needs. All our programs deliver the perfect combination of Jewish learning and fun. Under the direction of cantor-educator Elena Schwartz, Temple Sinai Religious School prepares children to take an active role in the future of the larger Jewish Community.

PRESCHOOLS Countryside Montessori School

354 Lakeville Road, Lower Level, Great Neck 516-466-8422 cmsgn.com; info@cmsgn.com Countryside Montessori School was founded in 1998. We were founded with the aim of providing a high quality early childhood education based on the philosophy, methods, and techniques developed 100 years ago by educational pioneer and Nobel prize nominee Dr. Maria Montessori. Our children become responsible for their own learning and their own behavior. They learn to respect themselves and others. Everything in our school is designed to encourage and aid the child’s natural curiosity.

M.A.T.S.S. Kids’ Gym & Early Childcare Education Center A Rainbow Of Programs Under One Roof! 2629 Grand Ave., Bellmore 516-221-1330 171 Eileen Way, Syosset 516-496-7765

matsskidsgym.com Infant, Toddler, and Separation classes bridge development to a comprehensive Early Childhood Education-Nursery School-Gym Program. After-school classes provide movement, gymnastics, sports, and enrichment instruction for onsite center children and community school-age children (7 months to 12 years). Summer Day Camp, Holiday Mini-Camps, weekend birthday party, and Friday “Kids’ Night Out” events provide a year-round place to play and celebrate! Full day care available at our Syosset Center. Extended day available. Diapers welcome. Dedicated teachers and staff are NYS-, CPR-, and first aid-certified. Since 1985: A Rainbow of Programs to Play, Learn, and Grow!

Village East Gifted Enrichment Center for the Gifted Learner Kindergarten and Preschool

Village East Gifted of Huntington 33 Walt Whitman Road, Huntington Station 631-549-2313 Village East Gifted of Roslyn 216 Willis Ave., Roslyn Heights 631-549-2313 villageeastgifted.com info@villageeastgifted.com The Village East Gifted® Preschool, Pre-K, and Kindergarten implement a “100-percent Academic” curriculum designed for young accelerated learners ages 2-5. The classes are small and lessons are differentiated to accommodate the highest level of comprehension in each class. Students are taught skills to prepare them for the VEG CORE after-school classes (kindergarten to 11th grades), which include Latin, writing and grammar, geography, global studies, SAT and ACT vocabulary, mathematics, living science, study skills, and creative problem solving. IQ scores are not required but an interview must be scheduled to determine academic readiness.

PRIVATE SCHOOLS Buckley Country Day School

2 I.U. Willets Road, Roslyn 516-627-1910 buckleycountryday.com Buckley Country Day School is an independent, coeducational day school providing a superior elementary education to an intellectually capable and diverse student body. Buckley provides the foundation that enables our students to achieve their full potential and excel as educated, ethical, and self-confident individuals. Our graduates are well prepared for secondary schools and beyond.


Catholic Elementary Schools of Long Island Diocese of Rockville Centre

Multiple locations 516-678-5800 licatholicelementaryschools.org Long Island’s Catholic elementary schools are 43 unique and beautiful schools in Nassau and Suffolk counties. Academically, the expectations of each student are high and the historical performance has been exceptional. The schools are differentiated from their public counterparts by their integrated program of learning and living the Catholic faith and values. We help instill the moral values, self-respect, and study habits that go on to serve our students well as they continue their education, and for the rest of their lives.

unique qualities. We offer nursery through eighth grade. After care is available. Please visit our website, ollmalverne.org.

St. Elizabeth Ann Seton School

2341 Washington Ave., Bellmore 516-785-5709 steas.com St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Regional School is an AdvancED accredited parochial school for nursery through eighth grade children providing a top-quality education since 1992. We offer an early childhood program that consists of half-day nursery, half- and full-day pre-K and kindergarten, as well as Our Time,

Good Shepherd Lutheran School

99 Central Park Road, Plainview 516-349-1966 gsplainview.org Good Shepherd Lutheran School is the leading Christian preschool in Plainview providing fully licensed year-round day care, school year, and summer camp programs for children ages 6 weeks through 5 years. Specific educational offerings include infant day care, toddler programs, nursery, and pre-kindergarten classes. We welcome children and families of all faiths and backgrounds. We offer a spacious and well-equipped Plainview facility with certified teachers. All staff members possess AED and first aid certification.

Green Vale School

250 Valentine’s Lane, Old Brookville 516-621-2420 greenvaleschool.org Green Vale is Long Island’s premier and largest coed, independent elementary school for pre-nursery through eighth grade. A program of exceptional academics and small class sizes is combined with an emphasis on athletics, visual and performing arts, and character education at every grade level. After a culminating experience in the middle school years (sixth-eighth grades), GVS graduates go on to excel at independent, public, and boarding secondary schools. Learn more at greenvaleschool.org.

which is a transitional program for children age 2 with a parent. “SEAS” provides a comprehensive curriculum that includes language, music, art, computer technology, academic intervention services, sports, clubs, and after-school enrichment and care. At SEAS we learn and grow in respect, responsibility, and reverence.

Winston Preparatory School

30 Deforest Road, Dix Hills 212-719-5598 x2213 winstonprep.edu/our-campuses/li liadmissions@winstonprep.edu Winston Preparatory School is a highly individualized and responsive

setting for students in third through 12th grades with learning differences. Our unique model of education for the individual provides intense skill remediation while encouraging students to build independence, resilience, responsibility, self-awareness, and self-advocacy. Winston Prep Long Island is currently accepting applications. For more information, or to sign up for an open house, contact Karen Preston, WPSLI admissions director at liadmissions@winstonprep.edu, or visit winstonprep.edu. continued on next page ››

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Our Lady of Lourdes

76 Park Blvd., Malverne 516-599-7328 ollmalverne.org Nourishing hearts, minds, and souls. It’s more than religion classes. Our faith comes alive when we live it. OLL provides an opportunity for each child to grow in knowledge, friendship, and love of the Lord while aspiring to reach their full potential spiritually, academically, and socially. All classes have a special Saint they align with and each year has a unique theme. Each child is known by name and loved for their

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Good Shepherd Lutheran School is the leading Christian preschool in Plainview providing fully licensed year-round day care and school programs for children aged six weeks through five years. Summer camp is provided for toddlers through age twelve. Educational offerings include infant and toddler programs, nursery and pre-kindergarten classes. We welcome families of all faiths and backgrounds. We offer a spacious and well-equipped facility with certified teachers. All staff members possess CPR/AED and First Aid certification.

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SPECIAL NEEDS Variety Child Learning Center Center Social Skills Training Programs for Children and Teens

47 Humphrey Drive, Syosset 516-921-7171 Variety Child Learning Center at the Gallow School 72 Farmedge Road, Levittown 516-490-3301 vclc.org Variety Child Learning Center offers social skills training groups for children and teens (4-16 years) who are experiencing difficulties in social situations and forming friendships, and Saturday enrichment groups, (Sparkling Artists and Movement), focused on social and emotional development for children ages 3-8 on Saturday mornings during summer, fall, winter and spring sessions. Call or email for additional information and fees: 516-921-7171 x2179 or ahamel@vclc.org.

Winston Preparatory School

Appointments available seven days a week; we can even handle your after hours emergency!

30 Deforest Road, Dix Hills 212-719-5598 x2213 winstonprep.edu/our-campuses/li liadmissions@winstonprep.edu Winston Preparatory School is a highly individualized and responsive setting for students in third through 12th grades with learning differences. Our unique model of education for the individual provides intense skill remediation while encouraging students to build independence, resilience, responsibility, self-awareness, and self-advocacy. Winston Prep Long Island is currently accepting applications. For more information or to sign up for an open house, contact Karen Preston, WPSLI admissions director, at liadmissions@winstonprep. edu, or visit winstonprep.edu.

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Eye Level Hicksville 760 S. Broadway, Hicksville 516-597 5300, Jyoti Dhingra Eye Level Williston Park 61 Hillside Ave., Williston Park 516-747-7700, Alida Vucemilovich Eye Level New Hyde Park Coming Soon! 1 Jericho Turnpike 516-775-1000, Min Bittaf myeyelevel.com Many parents today are facing educational challenges and looking for answers to help their children succeed academically. Whether the immediate goal is for early learning, remedial education, or academic advancement, Eye Level is the answer. Eye Level offers math and English programs for ages 3-14. Our instructors tailor a curriculum by understanding the learning abilities of the student. With ongoing guidance, each student will set attainable goals and learn at a comfortable pace. With each success, the student grows more self-confi-

dent, self-motivated, and self-directed in the quest for knowledge.

Mathnasium Learning Centers

Five Towns 414 Central Ave., Cedarhurst 516-569-1500 11 Great Neck Road, Great Neck 516-482-MATH (6284) 381 Sunrise Highway, Lynbrook 516-881-7997 810 Jericho Turnpike, New Hyde Park 516-616-MATH (6284) Roslyn 217A Mineola Ave., Roslyn Heights 516-484-MATH (6284) mathnasium.com Mathnasium Learning Centers, the nation’s leading math-only learning center franchise with centers throughout Nassau County, specializes in teaching kids of all ages math in a way that makes sense to them. Students go to Mathnasium year-round to catch up, keep up, and get ahead in math. Our experienced math tutors utilize our proprietary teaching materials and techniques, The Mathnasium Method™, to deliver a customized learning plan designed to address each student’s needs. Our instructional approach goes beyond traditional math tutoring to develop understanding and build a love for math.

Sylvan Learning Centers of Mineola and Huntington

393 Jericho Turnpike, Mineola 516-743-9943 1160 E. Jericho Turnpike, Huntington 631-424-5600 sylvanlearning.com sylvanlearning@optonline.net Sylvan’s Personalized Tutoring programs in reading, writing, mathematics, and SAT and ACT Prep will improve your child’s skills and confidence. We use a state-of-the-art assessment, personal learning plans, and certified teachers to ensure the high level of quality instruction and support that Sylvan prides itself on. Plus, our sessions are available in the afternoons, evenings, and on Saturdays, so that you can pick what works best with your busy schedule.

TAS New York: Theory of Arts and Sciences

153 S. Broadway, Hicksville 1915 Deer Park Ave., Deer Park 1-888-827-8188 tasnewyork.com Here education matters. The No. 1 learning center in New York. We offer after-school programs, private and group tutoring, kids and adult art classes, computer coding, SAT and ACT prep, Create and Meditate sessions, and summer camp! We believe that every student has a unique gift to share. Our classes are geared toward providing a friendly environment to learn and excel. We offer classes in creativity and art to all ages. Meditation is an important ingredient in our programs to creatively engage your mind and build a rewarding learning environment.


Special Needs CLASSES & FUN The Hagedorn Little Village School, Jack Joel Center for Special Children

750 Hicksville Road, Seaford 516-520-6000 littlevillage.org jon.feingold@littlevillage.org The Hagedorn Little Village School is a nonprofit school highly regarded for providing outstanding educational and therapeutic services for children with a wide range of developmental disabilities. HLVS provides year-round programs and services that include diagnostic evaluations and treatment, early intervention, a preschool, an elementary school, SEIT, and related services. Services provided on-site, and in homes, nursery schools, and day care centers include speech, feeding, occupational, physical, and movement therapy; behavior management or Applied Behavior Analysis; counseling; and support groups.

Steps to Socialization

13 S. Bayles Ave., Port Washington 516-767-0266 s2ny.com Steps to Socialization was created by Evelyn Kashinsky, a parent of children with special needs, to help children who have difficulty socializing. Steps to Socialization is more than just a social skills program. We teach children how to think socially, step by step. Working in small groups of three to four students, we cover a variety of topics, including how to establish and maintain friendships and initiating and maintaining conversations.

Variety Child Learning Center

47 Humphrey Drive, Syosset 516-921-7171 Variety Child Learning Center at the Gallow School 72 Farmedge Road, Levittown 516-490-3301 vclc.org Variety Child Learning Center provides programs and services to more than 750 children (ages newborn to 7) and their families annually, at two sites in Syosset and Levittown and off-site, including Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA Home Program); special education preschool and K-2; Early Intervention; Evaluation Center to determine eligibility; Special Classes in an Integrated Setting (SCIS); SEIT (Special Education Itinerant Teachers) at nursery schools, child care locations, and homes; Family Center Sunday Respite and Recreation Program; Social Skills Training Groups; Lufrano Training Program for early childhood personnel; and Saturday Enrichment Groups.

Variety Child Learning Center Center Social Skills Training Programs for Children and Teens 47 Humphrey Drive, Syosset 516-921-7171

Variety Child Learning Center at the Gallow School 72 Farmedge Road, Levittown 516-490-3301 vclc.org Variety Child Learning Center offers Social Skills Training Groups for children and teens (ages 4–16) who are experiencing difficulties in social situations and forming friendships. It also offers Saturday enrichment groups (Sparkling Artists and Movement) focused on social and emotional development, for children ages 3-8, on Saturday mornings during summer, fall, winter, and spring sessions. Call or email for additional information and fees: 516-921-7171 x2179 or ahamel@vclc.org.

MEDICAL PROVIDERS & DENTISTS

Advantage Care Health Center

189 Wheatley Road, Brookville 516-686-4400 230 Hanse Ave., Freeport advantagecaredtc.org Advantage Care Health Centers and The Fay J. Lindner Center are Long Island’s premier Federally Qualified Health Care Centers. We provide comprehensive medical, dental, mental, and behavioral health services to children and adults. Your health and well-being are the center’s top priority. We offer services to all members of the community with a commitment to those who might otherwise be excluded from the health care system, while still remaining cost-effective and efficient. The center specializes in providing services to individuals with autism, and intellectual and developmental disabilities. We accept Medicaid, Medicare, and Managed Care plans.

Long Island Center for Speech and Myofunctional Therapy

Locations across Suffolk and Nassau: East Yaphank, Farmingville, Stony Brook, Commack, Jericho, Wantagh, and Lake Success Nassau: 516-216-1791 Suffolk: 631-689-6858 Queens: 718-640-6767 lispeech.com Janine Stiene, speech-language pathologist, owns and operates Long Island Center for Speech and Myofunctional Therapy. With her group of therapists, she supports families and children across Long Island, specializing in PROMPT, feeding, myofunctional therapy, voice disorders, fluency, augmentative communication, articulation, auditory processing disorders, expressive and receptive language disorders (adults and children). Intensive feeding therapy for individuals who suffer from texture and consistency aversions, and FEES—Fiberoptic Endoscopic Evaluation of Swallowing—are also offered. Seven affiliated offices across Long Island participate with most

health insurance and offer evening and Saturday hours.

Pediatric Dentistry of Nassau County

300 Garden City Plaza, Garden City 516-280-6734 supermolar.com We know taking your child to the dentist can be a stressful experience. All of our staff at Pediatric Dentistry of Nassau County has extensive training and experience in treating children. We treat every child as if they are our own. From special needs to an everyday anxious child, our staff has experience to handle the most stressful moments. Our state-of-theart offices are equipped with digital X-rays, video games, themed treatment rooms, flat-screen televisions, and child-friendly staff to give your child a positive dental experience!

PROFESSIONAL SERVICES

Berkshire Farm Center & Services For Youth

535 Broad Hollow Road, Suite B30, Melville 631-420-4444 berkshirefarm.org Berkshire Farm Center & Services for Youth trains and supports foster parents throughout New York state. Each year Berkshire helps hundreds of children find safety and comfort in the homes of foster parents, but hundreds more are waiting for good foster homes. If you have love and patience, plus an extra bedroom, becoming a foster parent may be for you. Give us a call and allow us to answer your questions and provide you with free, no-obligation information. Become a foster parent and give the gift of family!

Law Offices of Brad H. Rosken, P.L.L.C.

534 Broadhollow Road, Suite 275, Melville 631-379-9569 specialedcounselor.com brad@specialedcounselor.com School districts consult their attorneys, why shouldn’t you? Brad H. Rosken is an experienced trial attorney. He’s also a parent of a child with special needs. He knows how far to push a school district to obtain the maximum your child is entitled to under law. He’ll guide you, decipher lingo, and develop effective strategies. He’s also a New York state-certified impartial hearing officer and is hearing Due Process Hearings in New York City.

ADVOCACY & SOCIAL SERVICES

Andrew Cohen, Esq. Law Offices of Andrew M. Cohen

1100 Franklin Ave., Suite 305, Garden City 516-877-0595 250 W. 57th St., Suite 1216, Manhattan 212-244-0595 amcohenlaw.com ac@amcohenlaw.com Andrew Cohen’s vast professional and personal experience has led him to be-

come an author and frequent lecturer on special needs planning. In order to legally protect loved ones with disabilities, a comprehensive estate plan must consider the following: eligibility for government benefits, a supplemental needs trust, guardianship proceedings, and the letter of intent. The Law Offices of Andrew M. Cohen helps you achieve your objectives through careful legal planning, regardless of the size of your estate. All clients are provided with high quality service at a reasonable cost.

Berkshire Farm Center & Services For Youth

535 Broad Hollow Road, Suite B30, Melville 631-420-4444 berkshirefarm.org Berkshire Farm Center & Services for Youth trains and supports foster parents throughout New York state. Each year Berkshire helps hundreds of children find safety and comfort in the homes of foster parents, but hundreds more are waiting for good foster homes. If you have love and patience, plus an extra bedroom, becoming a foster parent may be for you. Give us a call and allow us to answer your questions and provide you with free, no-obligation information. Become a foster parent and give the gift of family!

Laura Adler-Greene, Esq. Law Offices of Andrew M. Cohen

1100 Franklin Ave., Suite 305, Garden City 516-877-0595 amcohenlaw.com; lag@amcohenlaw.com Laura Adler-Greene is an experienced attorney who provides legal representation to students with disabilities throughout Long Island, and who offers training to school personnel, parents, and advocates on education law issues. She is also an adjunct professor at Touro College Jacob D. Fuchsberg Law Center. Ms. Adler-Greene is an associate at the Law Offices of Andrew M. Cohen, which also specializes in estate and special needs planning. The Law Offices of Andrew M. Cohen helps you achieve your objectives through careful legal planning and educational support for your child.

Law Offices of Brad H. Rosken, P.L.L.C.

534 Broadhollow Road, Suite 275, Melville 631-379-9569 specialedcounselor.com brad@specialedcounselor.com School districts consult their attorneys, why shouldn’t you? Brad H. Rosken is an experienced trial attorney. He’s also a parent of a child with special needs. He knows how far to push a school district to obtain the maximum your child is entitled to under law. He’ll guide you, decipher lingo, and develop effective strategies. He’s also a New York state-certified impartial hearing officer and is hearing Due Process Hearings in New York City.

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PartyCentral PARTY ENTERTAINMENT CLOWNS.COM Proudly serving Westchester, Long Island, Queens, Brooklyn, Manhattan, and the Bronx 516-577-0000 718-971-5862 clowns.com We are a family-owned and -operated entertainment company, offering a wide range of party and entertainment services including clowns, inflatable bounce houses, characters, magicians, princesses, magic shows, face painting, and party concession rentals.

THE FOOD WIZARD FOR KIDS

Serving all of Long Island 631-606-2680 thefoodwizardforkids.com info@thefoodwizardforkids.com Try a healthy twist on birthday parties! The Food Wizard for Kids provides birthday party workshops for younger children. Kids discover new foods through fun activities including taste tests and art projects. MAD SCIENCE OF LONG ISLAND Call for locations throughout Long Island: 855-264-1672 madscienceli.com info@madscienceli.com A Mad Scientist brings all the necessary equipment to you. Party packages include invitations and a take-home activity each child makes. Optional grand finales include Bubbling Potions, Rockets, and Cotton Candy. SPIN DJ ACADEMY 202 Merrick Road, 2nd Floor, Rockville Centre 16 Broadway, Amityville 631-608-8858 spindjacademy.com Put together a personalized DJ dance party in your home. We’ll bring kids DJ equipment and instruments to play and create an amazing experience for your child!

PARTY PLACES @ PLAY AMUSEMENTS 229 NY-110, Farmingdale 631-815-5355 atplayamusement.com info@playamusement.com Have your next party at the newly renovated @ Play Amusements! It offers 40,000 square feet of fun ranging from 92 arcade games, inflatables, and bumper cars, to a roller coaster, carousel, disco room, and laser tag! BACH TO ROCK MUSIC SCHOOL 1015 Port Washington Blvd., Port Washington 516-441-5526 portwashington.bachtorock.com portwashington@bachtorock.com Be a STAR at B2R! At Bach To Rock music school, our parties will have everyone recording in a state-of-the-art studio with pro engineers. Choose from current pop and classic rock tunes, then sing on the main stage and enjoy pizza and cake!

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BE THE BEST SPORT 30 Beechwood Ave., Port Washington 516-453-0990 bethebestsport.org info@bethebestsport.org Be The Best Sport provides sport birthday parties for children with special needs. Our qualified staff will make sure your son or daughter has a once in a lifetime experience! Please contact us to inquire about a birthday party! BOUNCEU FARMINGDALE 101 Carolyn Blvd., Farmingdale 631-777-JUMP (5867) bounceu.com/cities/farmingdale.ny farmingdale.ny@bounceu.com BounceU Farmingdale was voted “Best of Long Island” for Children’s Party Place and Family Amusement Center. We provide the ideal combination of inflatable structures, a clean environment, incredible customer service, and non-stop excitement in a private party atmosphere. CELEBRATIONS IN THE KITCHEN 63 E. Old Country Road, Hicksville 516-396-2193 celebrationsinthekitchen.com celebrationsinthekitchen@gmail.com The most unique, fun-filled, joyous event! We have created a true baking experience for everyone to enjoy, including sugar cookie baking, all about pizza, cupcakes from scratch, doughnuts, and chocolate and candy projects. Come in, call, or visit celebrationsinthekitchen.com for more information on parties. COLD SPRING HARBOR FISH HATCHERY & AQUARIUM 1660 Route 25A, Cold Spring Harbor 516-692-6768 cshfha.org steved@cshfha.org Celebrate your child’s next birthday at the Cold Spring Harbor Fish Hatchery & Aquarium! See the hatchery and aquarium’s exciting live exhibits. Feed the hungry trout and learn about fish, reptiles, and amphibians with an up-close animal encounter. GREAT PLAY OF SYOSSET 180 Michael Drive, Syosset 516-364-1500 greatplay.com/syosset info@syosset.greatplay.com We offer customized parties for ages 1-10. Your guests will have a blast and your child will receive All-Star treatment in our amazing Interactive Gym™. HUNTINGTON CENTER FOR PERFORMING ARTS 310 New York Ave., Huntington 631-271-4626 huntingtoncenteronline.com huntingtoncenter@yahoo.com Make your child’s birthday a memorable and creative event with our dance-themed birthday parties. As a special treat, a guest artist will come in costume to perform for your guests! INTREPID SEA, AIR & SPACE MUSEUM Pier 86, West 46th Street and Twelfth Avenue, Manhattan 646-381-5010 intrepidmuseum.org groupsales@intrepidmuseum.org

Celebrate your child’s birthday with a one-of-a-kind party! The Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum will captivate groups of all ages and interests. Choose from exciting themes, value packages, and customization options to create a birthday adventure they’ll remember forever! KEY TO MY ART INC. 10 W. Oak St., Amityville 131 Main St., East Rockaway 631-608-9048 keytomyart.com At Key to My Art, our children’s paint parties include all supplies from aprons to easels. The guest of honor picks the theme, we provide the instruction, and each guest leaves with a finished painting! THE LANYARD LADIES 433 Merrick Road, Oceanside 516-578-2248 thelanyardladies.com info@thelanyardladies.com The Lanyard Ladies friendship bracelet and lanyard birthday parties bring the party to you, or you can come to their brand-new party place! Many amazing themes and packages to choose from. THE LITTLE LADIES CLUB 246 W. Old Country Road, Hicksville 516-939-CLUB (2582) thelittleladiesclub.com party@thelittleladiesclub.com The Little Ladies Club has been providing glamorous makeover parties for girls since 1998! Her Majesty will be sure to receive the royal treatment! LONG ISLAND AQUARIUM 431 E. Main St., Riverhead 631-208-9200 xH2O (426); 631-208-9200 x125 longislandaquarium.com Have your child’s birthday party at the Long Island Aquarium. Party options include a choice of private rooms, select food items, and an ice cream cake. All parties get a guided tour, special seating at the Sea Lion Show, and rides on the submarine simulator! M.A.T.S.S. KID’S GYM & EARLY CHILDCARE EDUCATION CENTER A RAINBOW OF PROGRAMS UNDER ONE ROOF! 2629 Grand Ave., Bellmore 516-221-1330 171 Eileen Way, Syosset 516-496-7765 matsskidsgym.com corporate@matsskidsgym.com M.A.T.S.S. Kids’ Gym offers a rainbow of themes and activities that will make your child’s next birthday party the ultimate celebration of their special day! MID-ISLAND Y JCC 45 Manetto Hill Road, Plainview 516-822-3535 miyjcc.org partycentral@miyjcc.org We create fun and memorable parties for children of all ages and interests. Party Central offers one-stop planning with our professional staff, and we do all the work—you simply relax and enjoy the fun!


MY GYM CHILDREN’S FITNESS CENTER 1320 Stony Brook Road, Stony Brook 631-751-KIDS (5437) mygym.com/stonybrook 128 W. Jericho Turnpike, Huntington Station 631-427-GYMS (4967) mygym.com/huntingtonstation My Gym parties include exclusive use of the gym, including a zip line, rock wall, trampoline, trapeze, climbing structures, and slides. Instructors lead your guests through action-packed activities with theme options including Superheroes, Princesses, Mickey Mouse—any theme you want. NOT JUST ART 183 South St., Oyster Bay

516-922-8300 notjustart.com; create@notjust art.com Not Just Art has oodles of excellent music, art, and science parties for ages 1-12 and beyond. Choose from our treasury of super imaginative projects or use favorite themes and activities as a creative springboard. SPIN DJ ACADEMY 202 Merrick Road, 2nd Floor, Rockville Centre 16 Broadway, Amityville 631-608-8858

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Customize your own DJ dance party with songs and instruments your child loves. Than head to our playspace for play and pizza!

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Ehrenman & Khan Pediatric Dentistry 959 Brush Hollow Road, Suite #101, Westbury 516-333-3033 pediatricdentistlongislandny.com kidsteethli@gmail.com

Ehrenman & Khan Pediatric Dentistry cares for all of your child’s oral health needs in a fun, kid-friendly environment that includes iPads and chairside TV monitors. Drs. Ehrenman and Khan are dedicated and trained to ease dental anxieties for young children as well as patients with special needs. Their years of advanced training include hospital and sedation dentistry. Please visit kidsteeth4li.com to learn more about what Ehrenman & Khan Pediatric Dentistry has to offer!

Mesbah OB-GYN Women’s Health Care & Wellness 877 Stewart Ave., Suite 3, Garden City 516-794-1500 mesbahobgyn.com

Michael Mesbah, M.D., is board-certified with more than 20 years of private practice experience. His experience and expertise in obstetrics has made him one of the most respected physicians on Long Island. He has extensive training in gynecological surgery, and is a certified robotic surgeon. Karyn Wat, M.D., is multilingual in English, Spanish, and Chinese. She has been trained in general and high-risk obstetric care, as well as gynecological surgery. She is compassionate, dedicated, and knowledgeable in issues pertaining to teenagers, family planning, menstrual and hormonal abnormalities, and menopausal symptoms.

THOMAS SCHOOL OF HORSEMANSHIP RIDING ACADEMY 250 Round Swamp Road, Melville 631-692-6840 tshcamp.com tsh@tshcamp.com Birthday parties, scout parties, and class trips are always a blast at the Thomas School of Horsemanship. For groups of 14-18 children. They receive 1 hour of riding time. UNLIMITED SPORTS ACTION 30 Beechwood Ave., Port Washington 516-767-7675 unlimitedsportsaction.com info@unlimitedsportsaction.com Unlimited Sports Action offers sports birthdays for ages 2 and older. Our parties

offer 1 hour of sports and activities on a climate-controlled turf field, followed by 30 minutes of food, drinks, and birthday cake in a private room. WHAT’S COOKING? 30 E. Main St., Oyster Bay 516-922-COOK (2665) whatscookingny.com info@whatscookingny.com Martha Stewart, Newsday, and News 12 boast What’s Cooking? is a No. 1 Choice Birthday Party Place where children can explore their creativity in culinary arts. Funtastic cookie, cupcake, Cupcake Wars, chocolate, or pizza party can be customized in our spacious party room making your party memorable!

Merrick Pediatric Dentistry 1756A Merrick Ave., Merrick 516-547-1997 merrickpediatricdentistry.com

Dr. Rania Elbaz is a board-certified pediatric dentist. She earned her dental degree from Columbia University. She then completed her pediatric dental training at UMDNJ-New Jersey Dental School. Dr. Elbaz loves working with children and strives to create a warm and fun environment that children look forward to visiting. Dr. Elbaz sees every patient in order to ensure consistency that is so important to young children. The office welcomes and gives extra time and attention to patients with special needs. The office also participates with most major insurance plans.

Pediatric Dentistry of Nassau County 300 Garden City Plaza, Garden City 516-280-6734 supermolar.com

Dr. Danielle Cooper received her degree in dental medicine and completed her two-year pediatric dental residency at the University of Pittsburgh School of Dental Medicine. She is a board-certified pediatric dentist specialized in treating children of all ages. She loves working with children and strives to make her patients feel comfortable, safe, and excited about their oral health. Her patients leaving with a smile is the best part of her day. In her free time Dr. Cooper enjoys reading, movies, good food, and spending quality time with friends and family.

Long Island Center for Speech and Myofunctional Therapy Locations across Suffolk and Nassau: East Yaphank, Farmingville, Stony Brook, Commack, Jericho, Wantagh, and Lake Success lispeechandmyo.com Nassau: 516-216-1791 • Suffolk: 631-689-6858 • Queens: 718-640-6767 Janine Stiene, speech-language pathologist, owns and operates Long Island Center for Speech and Myofunctional Therapy. With her group of therapists, she supports families and children across Long Island, specializing in PROMPT, feeding, myofunctional therapy, voice disorders, fluency, augmentative communication, articulation, auditory processing disorders, expressive and receptive language disorders (adults and children). Intensive feeding therapy for individuals who suffer from texture and consistency aversions, and FEES—Fiberoptic Endoscopic Evaluation of Swallowing—are also offered. Seven affiliated offices across Long Island participate with most health insurance and offer evening and Saturday hours. LongIslandParent 43


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Your local guide to tutors, teachers, lawyers, financial planners, and other professionals. CHILD CARE ABSOLUTE BEST CARE 40 Underhill Blvd., Suite 2E, Syosset 516-802-3780 absolutebestcare.com tmurtagh@absolutebestcareli.com Absolute Best Care specializes in placing the most qualified baby nurses, nannies, housekeepers, and babysitters. It provides live-in, live-out, full-time, and part-time caregivers.

DENTISTS & DENTAL PROVIDERS CUMMINGS FAMILY DENTAL 42 High St., Huntington 631-425-1650 cummingsfamilydentistry.com cummingsfamilydentistry@aol.com At Cummings Family Dentistry, we believe that a dentist and patient become a team. We spend time listening to understand your concerns and responding with the best treatment options for you. EHRENMAN & KHAN PEDIATRIC DENTISTRY 959 Brush Hollow Road, Suite #101, Westbury 516-333-3033 pediatricdentistlongislandny.com kidsteethli@gmail.com Ehrenman & Khan Pediatric Dentistry cares for all of your child’s oral health needs in a fun, kid-friendly environment that includes iPads and chairside TV monitors. MERRICK PEDIATRIC DENTISTRY 1756A Merrick Ave., Merrick 516-547-1997 merrickpediatricdentistry.com Dr. Rania Elbaz is a board-certified pediatric dentist who loves working with children and strives to create a warm and fun environment that children look forward to visiting. PEDIATRIC DENTISTRY OF NASSAU COUNTY 300 Garden City Plaza, Garden City 516-280-6734 supermolar.com Dr. Danielle Cooper is a board-certified pediatric dentist specialized in treating children of all ages. She loves working with children every day and strives to make her patients feel comfortable, safe, and excited about their oral health.

DOCTORS & MEDICAL PROVIDERS 3D MATERNITY IMAGING 1300 Union Turnpike, New Hyde Park 516-326-0011

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3dmaternity.com We are committed to providing a memorable experience for expecting parents and their families. We take pride in knowing we produce quality 3-D images and capture amazing moments such as yawning, smiling, even thumb-sucking. ADVANTAGE CARE HEALTH CENTER 189 Wheatley Road, Brookville 230 Hanse Ave., Freeport 516-686-4400 advantagecaredtc.org Advantage Care Health Centers and The Fay J. Lindner Center are Long Island’s premier Federally Qualified Health Care Centers. We provide comprehensive medical, dental, and mental and behavioral health services to children and adults. LONG ISLAND CENTER FOR SPEECH AND MYOFUNCTIONAL THERAPY Locations across Suffolk and Nassau: East Yaphank, Farmingville, Stony Brook, Commack, Jericho, Wantagh, and Lake Success Nassau: 516-216-1791 Suffolk: 631-689-6858 Queens: 718-640-6767 lispeechandmyo.com Janine Stiene, speech-language pathologist, along with her group of therapists, supports families and children across Long Island, specializing in PROMPT, feeding, myofunctional therapy, voice disorders, fluency, augmentative communication, articulation, auditory processing disorders, and expressive and receptive language disorders.

FOOD & NUTRITION THE FOOD WIZARD FOR KIDS

SERVING ALL OF LONG ISLAND 631-606-2680 THEFOODWIZARDFORKIDS.COM

info@thefoodwizardforkids.com Making food and nutrition fun for the whole family. Available for speaking engagements. Also provides workshops for kids, family night dinners, and healthy weight counseling.

FOSTER CARE & ADOPTION BERKSHIRE FARM CENTER AND SERVICES FOR YOUTH 535 Broad Hollow Road, Suite B30, Melville 631-420-4444 berkshirefarm.org Berkshire Farm Center & Services for Youth helps children find safety and comfort in the homes of foster parents. Become a foster parent and give the gift of family!

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LEGAL SERVICES ANDREW COHEN, ESQ., LAW OFFICES OF ANDREW M. COHEN 1100 Franklin Ave., Suite 305, Garden City 516-877-0595 250 W. 57th St., Suite 1216, Manhattan 212-244-0595 amcohenlaw.com; ac@amcohenlaw.com The Law Offices of Andrew M. Cohen can help you achieve your objectives through careful special needs legal planning, regardless of the size of your estate. All clients are provided with high quality service at a reasonable cost. LAW OFFICES OF BRAD H. ROSKEN, P.L.L.C. 534 Broadhollow Road, Suite 275, Melville 631-379-9569 specialedcounselor.com brad@specialedcounselor.com Brad H. Rosken is an experienced trial attorney. He’s also a parent of a child with special needs. He knows how far to push a school district to obtain the maximum that your child is entitled to under law.

LICE FAIRY LICEMOTHERS 2463 S. Long Beach Road, Oceanside 866-561-0492 1755 Deer Park Ave., Deer Park 866-561-0492 679 Glen Cove Ave., Glen Head 866-561-0492 fairylicemothers.com fairylicemothers@gmail.com Our treatment centers are kid-friendly and our products are 100-percent non-toxic. Treatments include two free re-checks. Whether or not you use our service, we are here to help you. LICE CLINICS OF AMERICA - LONG ISLAND 47 Jackson Ave., Syosset 566 Merrick Road, Rockville Centre 516-336-4099 liceclinicslongisland.com Lice Clinics of America will remove lice in just 1 hour! All lice and eggs—even Super Lice— are eliminated in a single, 1-hour treatment. Affordable treatments, no toxic chemicals. LICE TAMERS INC. 900 Walt Whitman Road, Suite LL2, Melville 877-237-LICE (5423) licetamers.com licetamers@gmail.com Lice Tamers offers same-day lice treatment and head checks at our comfortable, child-friendly treatment center or in the

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SPECIAL NEEDS ANDREW COHEN, ESQ., LAW OFFICES OF ANDREW M. COHEN 1100 Franklin Ave., Suite 305, Garden City 516-877-0595 250 W. 57th St., Suite 1216, Manhattan 212-244-0595 amcohenlaw.com; ac@amcohenlaw.com The Law Offices of Andrew M. Cohen can help you achieve your objectives through careful special needs legal planning, regardless of the size of your estate. All clients are provided with high quality service at a reasonable cost. DR. ELLEN T RICHER, EDUCATION CLINICIAN & COUNSELOR Convenient Long Island locations 347-668-3676 etrdream@aol.com We co-develop strategies to improve executive functioning, sensory processing, and social cognition challenges, and provide enrichment opportunities to engage and motivate highly capable yet underachieving children. DR. STEVE IMBER, PSYCHOEDUCATIONAL CONSULTANTS Serving Nassau and Suffolk counties, as well as the five boroughs of NYC 61-43 186th St., Fresh Meadows, Queens 516-273-1961 Sprout Building 166 Valley St., Providence, RI 401-421-4004 dr-imber.com; scimber1@aol.com Dr. Imber has more than 40 years of experience consulting, evaluating, and advocating for children, adolescents, and adults with various disabilities including autism (e.g. Asperger’s syndrome), attention deficit disorders, intellectual disabilities, emotional and behavioral disorders, and learning disabilities. LAW OFFICES OF BRAD H. ROSKEN, P.L.L.C. 534 Broadhollow Road, Suite 275, Melville 631-379-9569 specialedcounselor.com brad@specialedcounselor.com Brad H. Rosken is an experienced trial attorney. He’s also a parent of a child with special needs. He knows how far to push a school district to obtain the maximum that your child is entitled to under law. LIFE’S WORC THE FAMILY CENTER FOR AUTISM 1501 Franklin Ave., Garden City 516-741-9000 familycenterforautism.org


The Family Center for Autism provides services and support for people with autism and their families. Programs include insurance services, birthday parties, art, music, sports and culinary classes, camps, parent and sibling programs, social events, vocational programs, and behavior intervention. LITTLE OPTICS INC. 192-07 Union Turnpike, Fresh Meadows, Queens 53-15 Roosevelt Ave., Woodside, Queens 718-468-7500; hablamos Español littleopticsinc@yahoo.com We provide eyeglasses and professional eye care for children, including infants, and young adults. We also alleviate any self-esteem issues associated with the stigma of wearing glasses. When your child leaves Little Optics, rest assured they will feel confident. LONG ISLAND CENTER FOR SPEECH AND MYOFUNCTIONAL THERAPY Locations across Suffolk and Nassau: East Yaphank, Farmingville, Stony Brook, Commack, Jericho, Wantagh, and Lake Success Nassau: 516-216-1791 Suffolk: 631-689-6858 Queens: 718-640-6767 lispeechandmyo.com Janine Stiene, speech-language pathologist, along with her group of therapists, supports families and children across Long Island, specializing in PROMPT, feeding, myofunctional therapy, voice disorders, fluency, augmentative communication, articulation, auditory processing disorders, and expressive and receptive language disorders. STEPS TO SOCIALIZATION 13 S. Bayles Ave., Port Washington 516-767-0266 Steps to Socialization was created to help children who have difficulty socializing. We teach children how to think socially, step by step. Working in small groups, we cover a variety of topics, including how to establish and maintain friendships and initiating and maintaining conversations.

THERAPY & COUNSELORS DR. ELLEN T RICHER, EDUCATION CLINICIAN & COUNSELOR Convenient Long Island locations 347-668-3676 etrdream@aol.com We co-develop strategies to improve executive functioning, sensory processing, and social cognition challenges, and provide enrichment opportunities to engage and motivate highly capable yet underachieving children.

TUTORS & TEST PREP EYE LEVEL NASSAU Eye Level Hicksville 760 S. Broadway, Hicksville 516-597 5300, Jyoti Dhingra Eye Level Williston Park 61 Hillside Ave., Williston Park 516-747-7700, Alida Vucemilovich Eye Level New Hyde Park-Coming Soon!

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