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Happy. Healthy. Loved. These are the dreams we have for our children. So we cherish the moments when little giggles fill the room, imaginations take us on great adventures, and when it seems our hearts could burst with pride and love. Here and now, we’d stop time if we could. Because when kids are being kids, we all feel better.

Let’s get every child covered. If your child needs health insurance, Fidelis Care is just a call, click, or visit away.

Call: 1-888-FIDELIS Click: fideliscare.org/everychildcovered Visit: A Fidelis Care community office near you. Search for locations at fideliscare.org/offices

1-888-FIDELIS • fideliscare.org (1-888-343-3547)

TTY: 711

To learn more about applying for health insurance, including Medicaid, Child Health Plus, Essential Plan, and Qualified Health Plans through NY State of Health, The Official Health Plan Marketplace, visit www.nystateofhealth.ny.gov or call 1-855-355-5777.


The Tooth Pillow Dentistry, specializes in dental services for children who cannot be treated in the typical dental chair setting due to age, behavior, or other factors that hinder treatment. . Our patient’s comfort is our top priority.  We go above and beyond to ensure your experience with us is exceptional.    Our team of doctors only treat patients under anesthesia, making us an outstanding option for your child’s dental needs.   Board certified pediatric dentists and dentist anesthesiologists.   Comprehensive dental treatment is completed in one visit.   Treatment plans tailored to fit your child’s dental needs.   Most insurance plans accepted.

Contact us to schedule a consultation for your child!

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Dr. Ester Levine Pincus Dr. Raquel Rozdolski

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contents table of

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all-in-one annual resource guide 11 Food & Health Directory

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13 Family Activities Directory 23 Bithday Party Directory 24 Special Needs Directory 39 Camp Directory

Seasonal Fun Guide

The top 20 things to do each season in your area

Family Activities Calendar

Find something to do every day this month!

39 Classes Directory 42 Education Directory

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48 Services Directory 48 Sports Directory

Fear Factor

Learn why this mother lets her son watch scary movies.

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things to do

checklists

6 Editor’s Note 8 New Places, New Programs 48 Meet the Health Care Professional 46 Professional Services 49 Advertisers’ Index 50 Fear Factor

14 Top 20 Things to do in the Summer

10 Your Hospital Go-Bag

16 Top 20 Things to do in the Fall

12 What to Ask When Choosing a Pediatrician

18 Top 20 Things to do in the Winter

22 Tips to Host a Birthday Party

20 Top 20 Things to do in the Spring

25 What to Do After Diagnosis

27 Family Activities Calendar

38 Camp Packing Lists 40 Make the Most of a Parent-Teacher Conference 41 The Essential College Visit and Interview Checklist 43 5 Time Management Tips for Kids 44 How to Treat Common Stains 45 8 Things to Do When You Move

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raising kids editor’s note

Your Year-Round, Go-To Resource

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ediatricians, schools, summer camps, tutors and test prep, orthodontists and dentists, and after-school classes and academic enrichment programs and sports and, and, and… It seems as though the list of resources we need to ensure our children are happy, healthy, and on the path to success goes on and on. Let’s not forget how much time you spend finding the perfect class, doctor, camp, or school for your child. We get it. Making choices for your children can be daunting: Is this the best class for my son? Will my daughter thrive at this camp? Will this school offer the right support for him? Does this doctor listen to my concerns? The solution to help you make the best decisions for your family is at your fingertips— literally! The Suffolk Parent Annual Resource Guide is full of the schools, camps, afterschool classes, health care providers, special needs services, and everything in between that you’re looking for year-round. What’s more, you’ll also find checklists and listicles full of tips to make life easier. Learn what to put in your go-bag if you’re having a baby soon (p. 10), what to send your child to camp with (p. 38), and what to do after your child’s diagnosed with special needs (p. 24). Other helpful advice includes time management tips for kids (p. 43), questions to ask during a parent-teacher conference (p. 40), what to ask on a college tour (p. 41), and easy ways to remove common stains from clothing (p. 44). Let’s not forget about the most important decisions, though: how to spend time together as a family. Enter the Seasonal Fun Guide (p. 14), full of the top 20 things to do in Suffolk County each season. Here’s to a relaxing summer full of fun camp days for your kids and spending time together as a family!

Katelin Walling Editorial Director Helping Parents Make Better Decisions

Keep in Touch: @nymetroparents nymetroparents.com editor@nymetroparents.com

JULY 2019 • Vol.11 • No.2

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YMCA of Huntington Welcomes Health Center

One of the main spaces in the Healthy Living Center at the Huntington YMCA will be convertible no matter what kind of class is taking place, with an instructional teaching kitchen at the center of it all.

Who: Huntington YMCA What’s New: Jorge Family Healthy Living Center, which is scheduled to open July 1. The center will host free or reduced-fee chronic disease prevention and recovery lifestyle-focused classes for all community members such as the LiveSTRONG cancer survivor program and the Moving for Better Balance program. The project came to life after the Y expanded with a new fitness building in 2010; members who were interested in healthy living programs asked for more space. The new center will offer more than 100 wellness classes throughout the week, included with a YMCA membership, such as yoga, indoor cycle, Pilates, meditation, and barre. It will have programs for youth, teens, adults, and seniors. Want More Info: 60 Main St., Huntington; 631-421-4242; ymcali.org

Saturday Program in Hempstead to Offer Photography and Computer Science Courtesy Hofstra Continuing Education

raising kids new places, new programs

Hofstra Continuing Education offers a variety of Saturday classes, including the new Computer Science Overview class that aims to allow students to explore the field before college.

Who: Hofstra Continuing Education Saturday Classes What’s New: Zoom In Digital Photography course and Computer Science Overview, both slated to begin July 6 Both courses are offered to students seventh through 12th grades. In Zoom In Digital Photography, students will learn how to properly use their smartphone or camera for photography, as well as concepts such as lighting, composition, controls of a camera, and photoshop. Computer Science Overview will teach students the basics of computer science including how data is entered, how people analyze data, the social and ethical implications of computers and software, and Java. The goal is to help students figure out if this is an area of interest by showing them what a college course might look like and to help them decide if it is something they want to pursue further. Want More Info: 255 Hofstra University, Hempstead; 516-463-7400; ce.hofstra.edu/youth

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Your Hospital Go-Bag It’s a daunting bag to pack—what will you need while you’re in labor? How about right after the baby is born? If you’ve never been through it before, your list may stall at onesies and completely neglect your partner’s inevitable need for Cheetos. Thankfully American Pregnancy, a national health organization committed to promoting reproductive and pregnancy wellness, has the lowdown on what should actually go into that hospital suitcase.

For Mom

m Paperwork and IDs: Don’t forget your health

insurance card and any pre-registration forms from the hospital. Bring them in a big folder that you can use to store other paperwork you acquire.

m Your baby’s going-home outfit: a onesie, hat, booties or socks, and mittens

m Receiving or swaddle blankets m Wipes for newborns or sensitive skin

m Breast-feeding support: nursing bras, breast pads, and a good sports bra—good for a water birth or suppressing lactation if you’re not breast-feeding

m Toiletries: Don’t forget a hair band or clip if you have long hair.

m Sleepwear comforts: nightgown and robe,

slippers (during early labor you may have to walk around), and socks (many women get literal cold feet during delivery)

m Your going-home outfit: Choose one that fit when you were 6 months pregnant.

m Pillow from home: Put a non-white pillow case on it to distinguish it from hospital pillows.

m Mouth refreshers: mints or breath strips (for

nausea) lollipops or hard candies (for dry mouth)

For Baby

m Infant car seat and infant head support: You will not be allowed to leave the hospital without one; make sure you bring the instructions.

For Partner

m Change of clothes and toiletries m Snacks, and maybe even a cooler filled with drinks and sandwiches so you can avoid the cafeteria

m Watch with a second hand to time contractions

m Portable speaker to play soothing music, which may help you and your partner relax both during and after labor

m Chargers for phones, tablets, laptops, and speakers

m Massage oils to help alleviate back labor m Take-out menus for nearby restaurants m Gift for a sibling, which will help little ones feel appreciated when they visit


Health

DENTISTS & DENTAL PROVIDERS

The Tooth Pillow Dentistry

775 Park Ave, Suite 340, Huntington 516-317-2476 toothpillowny.com The Tooth Pillow Dentistry is a group of board-certified pediatric dentists and dentist anesthesiologists that work together to safely provide dental treatment while your child “sleeps.” We provide this service for children who cannot be treated in the typical dental chair setting due to age, behavior, or other factors that hinder treatment.

DOCTORS & MEDICAL PROVIDERS Fidelis Care New York

888-FIDELIS (343-3547) fideliscare.org Fidelis Care is a mission-driven health plan offering quality, affordable coverage for children and adults of all ages and at all stages of life. With more than 1.7 million members statewide, Fidelis Care believes that all New Yorkers should have access to affordable, quality health insurance.

School Districts Consult Attorneys. Why Shouldn’t You?

School Districts ask their attorneys what is the minimum amount of services the law requires them to provide to special education students. Why shouldn’t you ask your attorney what are the maximum amount of services the law requires the School District to provide? Going for your child’s first Individualized Education Plan (IEP) and don’t know what to expect? I can give you the answers to those questions and many more. As your attorney, I solve problems.

Long Island Center for Speech and Myofunctional Therapy

Locations across Suffolk and Nassau: East Yaphank, Farmingville, Stony Brook, Commack, Jericho, Wantagh, and Lake Success Suffolk: 631-689-6858 Nassau: 516-216-1791 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 across Long Island, specializing in PROMPT, feeding, myofunctional therapy, voice disorders, fluency, augmentative communication, articulation, auditory processing disorders, expressive and receptive language disorders.

Pediatric Immediate Care

150 E. Sunrise Highway, Suite 105, North Lindenhurst 631-956-PEDS (7337) 1077 W. Jericho Turnpike, Smithtown 631-864-PEDS (7337) 698 Manhattan Ave., Brooklyn 718-389-PEDS (7337) pediatricimmediatecare.com Pediatric Immediate Care is a team of hearts where kids come first. State-of-the-art medical office equipment allows us to deliver your test results during your visit. Kid-friendly, walk-ins welcome, most insurance plans accepted. More than 30 years of dedication to our patients. We are open seven days-a-week, including holidays.

LICE Lice Clinics of America - Long Island

47 Jackson Ave., Syosset 516-336-4099 566 Merrick Road, Rockville Centre 401 Hawkins Avenue, Ronkonkoma liceclinicslongisland.com We remove lice in just one hour! All lice and eggs-even Super Lice-are eliminated in a single, one-hour treatment. Our treatments are affordable, starting at $99, and never more than $199. Gentle heated air treatment, no toxic chemicals! Call us 24/7. Appointments available seven days-a-week; we can even handle your after-hours emergency!

THERAPY & COUNSELORS

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Counselor at Law

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Glowing Energy

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Contact us: 631-475-0422 1 Division St. Patchogue, N Y 11772

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What to Ask When Choosing a Pediatrician Choosing a pediatrician is a challenge that parents face before their little ones are even born. With so many options available, it’s important to find a doctor that can accommodate your schedule, as well as your parenting philosophy. Lauren Levine, M.D., of Columbia Midtown Pediatrics in Manhattan, suggests questions parents should ask when looking for a pediatrician.

Does your practice see children who are unvaccinated?

With the recent outbreak of measles, it’s important that you and your pediatrician are on the same page about the potential risk of unvaccinated children sharing space with those who aren’t old enough for vaccines.

If there are multiple doctors in the practice, will I see the same doctor each time?

For some children, consistency is crucial. If your family prefers a more intimate relationship with health care professionals, seeing the same person each time might be a priority.

Are you willing to give parental advice in addition to medical advice?

For first time parents, having a second opinion on topics such as sleeping and eating can be invaluable.

How difficult is it to speak with the doctor?

What is the appointment system? Can you call or email with a quick question? Some offices offer nurse triage services and online portals to answer non-life-threatening questions.

What is your on-call service like?

In case of emergency, it’s important to know if and when your doctor will be available.

Do you see sick visits on the same day? How about weekends or evenings? This is especially important for working families and those with busy schedules.

Are you board-certified by the American Association of Pediatrics? Parents should always opt for a board-certified pediatrician.

What is your policy on antibiotics?

Whether you prefer to have a Z-pack for your child or firmly believe in toughing it out, you’ll want to make sure you and your doctor are on the same page.

What sort of accommodations do you make for patients with special needs?

It’s important to know that your pediatrician is adequately prepared in the case that your child is born with or develops special needs. Look for someone who is patient, has a subspecialty in special needs care, and is easy to talk to, according to Daniel Coury, M.D., medical director of the Autism Treatment Network at Autism Speaks.

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Family Activities AMUSEMENT PARKS & CAROUSELS

Patchogue Theatre for the Performing Arts

2549 Splish Splash Drive, Calverton 631-727-3600 splishsplashlongisland.com Splish Splash is one of the best places to visit on Long Island with kids and is voted one of the Best Water Parks in America by the Travel Channel! With 96 exciting acres of family fun, everywhere you turn you will discover another one-of-a-kind water attraction.

71 E. Main St., Patchogue 631-207-1313 patchoguetheatre.org Patchogue Theatre’s Kids Summer Film Series screens family favorite films on Wednesdays throughout the summer. Films are presented in both English and Spanish! To celebrate, our first film, Finding Nemo, is free for everyone and includes a pre-screening party in the lobby one hour before show time with snacks and activities.

INDOOR PLAY SPACES

TRAVEL & DESTINATIONS

Splish Splash

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, clean environment, incredible customer service, and non-stop excitement. We feature giant inflatable toys and a wide variety of activities, including basketball, boxing, obstacle courses, and slides.

Karts Indoor Amusement Center

701 Union Parkway, Ronkonkoma 631-737-5278 karts1.com; info@karts1.com Our indoor amusement center is fun for all with indoor go karts racing, bumper cars, Lazer Warz, a Frog Hopper ride, a mirror maze, The Launch (our lazer maze), roller bowling, and an arcade. Stop in and mention this listing for a free game of Lazer Warz.

MOVIES & THEATER The Gateway Performing Arts Center of Suffolk County

The Gateway School for the Performing Arts 215 S. Country Road, Bellport 631-286-1133, 631-286-0555, x5000 thegateway.org Since 1950, The Gateway has become Long Island’s home for Broadway-quality entertainment. What was once one of the top ten summer theatres-Robert Duvall and Gene Hackman began their careers here-has now expanded to include a five-show summer season of musicals, a summer Children’s Theatre series, winter holiday season, plus special events.

Long Island Ducks

Bethpage Ballpark 3 Court House Drive, Central Islip 631-940-DUCK (3825) liducks.com The Long Island Ducks are members of the Atlantic League of Professional Baseball and provide affordable family fun and entertainment. Have your kids come out on Sundays to run the bases or join us for a Fireworks Spectacular. The Ducks play their home games at v Bethpage Ballpark in Central Islip.

ZOOS & AQUARIUMS Cold Spring Harbor Fish Hatchery & Aquarium

1660 Route 25A, Cold Spring Harbor 516-692-6768 cshfishhatchery.org info@cshfishhatchery.org Dedicated to educating our visitors about the freshwater ecosystems of New York. We are proud to have the largest living collection of NYS freshwater reptiles, fishes, and amphibians. Visitors can tour our two aquarium buildings and eight outdoor ponds, feed the hungry trout, and try our “Catch and Keep” fishing.

Long Island Aquarium

431 E. Main St., Riverhead 631-208-9200 xH2O (426) or 631-208-9200 x125 longislandaquarium.com Come see one of the largest all-living coral reef displays, a 120,000-gallon shark tank, yearround sea lion shows, African penguins, touch tanks, and more than 100 exhibits including indoor gardens of the Butterflies, Bugs, and Birds habitat! Try an aquatic adventure like the Shark Dive, Penguin Encounter, or the Pirate Snorkel Adventure (seasonal).

NOT A GOOD SWIMMING BUDDY. . . UNLESS YOU'RE IN OUR STEEL CAGE! Get an up close look at our 10 circling Sharks with our Shark Dive Adventure! Scuba certification is NOT required, but you must be at least 12 years old to participate. An extreme adventure unlike any other!

Visit LongIslandAquarium.com

431 E. Main St., Riverhead, NY 631.208.9200, ext. 426 Restrictions apply for the Shark Dive program, see website for details. *Birthday Offer - Admission must be used within 7 days of your birthday. No exceptions and no refunds for previously purchased tickets. Valid ID is required. No ID no admittance. Offer cannot be combined with any other offer. Good for 2019.

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SEASONAL FUN!

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1. Waterfront Celebration

With so much handiwork, the HarborFest craft fair at the Town Dock in Port Washington in early June is the perfect place for a family looking to admire (and create) crafts alongside musical performances and a pretty park on the Manhasset Bay waterfront. Visit pwguide.com for details.

2. A Little Bit Country

Celebrate Long Island’s rich history and traditions at the Hallockville Museum Farm’s Country Fair and Craft Show in late August which includes demos on basket weaving, yarn spinning, woodworking, blacksmithing, and more, plus more than 50 craft vendors. See livestock displays, and farm animals including goats, horses, donkeys, and cows, farm machinery and tractor exhibits.

10. Celebrate Wellness

Typically held in early June, the Annual Day of Wellness at Camp Pa-Qua-Tuck in Center Moriches offers those who served and those who supported them an opportunity to achieve personal wellness in a rural and peaceful setting at atmosphere. Children can play and enjoy complimentary breakfast and lunch while listening to live jazz music. Visit dayofwellness.org to register.

11. Peconic Pioneers

Hop aboard the Atlantis Explorer and become Scientists for a Day at the Long Island Aquarium & Exhibition Center in Riverhead (nymetroparents. com/li-aquarium). Collect and analyze data on local marine wildlife, just like a real marine biologist would, throughout the summer.

3. Amityville Tradition

12. Beach Boys (and Girls)

4. Adventure Awaits

13. Peanuts and Quacker Jack

Amityville Historical Society’s Annual Heritage Fair in early-June is a celebration of the town’s long and surprising history. Bring the whole family and enjoy trolley rides, food, music, and a host of enlightening activities, including the Attic Treasures Sale. Visit facebook.com/ amityvillehistoricalsociety for more information. Celebrate the start of summer near the end of June as Long Islanders have done for decades: at Adventureland Amusement Park in Farmingdale. Ride roller coasters, play in bumper cars, get chills in the Mystery Mansion, and hang in the arcade. Find a full list of amusement parks in the area at nymetroparents.com/amusementparks.

5. Fore!

Go miniature golfing at Boomers Family Fun Center in Medford. Finish off the day racing go-karts, practicing your swing in the batting cages, battling it out in the game room, or jumping on one of the kiddie rides with the littlest member of your family. Find more miniature golf courses in the area at nymetroparents.com/minigolf.

6. Where the Pickin’s Good

Pick your own berries throughout the summer at Patty’s Berries & Bunches in Mattituck or another berry farm on Long Island (go to nymetroparents.com/berries for our guide). This fun (and healthy) outing will leave your kids wanting to grow their own.

7. Merry-Go-Riding

Take a spin on the historic Heckscher Carousel in Hempstead Lake State Park in West Hempstead. A timeless classic that only gets better with age, this carousel has a charm that families will find irresistibly fun. Get details and find more carousels in the area at nymetroparents.com/li-carousels.

8. A Horse, of Course

Catch a Long Island Ducks minor league baseball game at Bethpage Ballpark in Central Islip throughout the summer. With individual game tickets being very well-priced (up to $15 each), a Ducks game is an affordable way to enjoy America’s pasttime with the family. Plus, members of the Long Island Ducks’ Kids Club (for ages 14 and younger) are invited to Kids Club Day, when they can tour the ballpark, run the bases, and meet some of the Ducks as well as their mascot, QuackerJack. Find more minor league teams at nymetroparents.com/bball.

14. Critter Corral

What kid doesn’t like critters? At the Animal Farm Petting Zoo in Manorville, yours will love spending time with, feeding, and yes, petting exotic and barnyard buddies. Plus, kids’ pony rides are free with admission. Find even more furry and feathered friends at nymetroparents.com/zoos.

15. Down by the Bay

At the Great South Bay Music Festival (greatsouthbaymusicfestival.com), held over several days in Patchogue’s Shorefront Park in mid-July, there is something for everyone. With dozens of established and emerging performers, a kid zone, and other enticements, this festival is the place for music lovers of any age. Before you go, read about how to make the most of your child’s live music experience at nymetroparents.com/live-music.

16. Nothing Says Summer Like…

With a name like Summerfest, how could you not want to go? At the Sayville Summerfest in Downtown Sayville in early August, families will have a blast with live musical performances, international food, a car show, and much more. Check greatersayvillechamber.com for details.

Take a horseback riding lesson or pony ride at Island Hills Stables in Middle Island. Island Hills offers lessons that encourage children to build relationships with the ponies on-site. Visit nymetroparents.com/ horseback for details on more horse stables on Long Island.

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9. The Rockets’ Red Glare

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Get a front-row seat for the Fourth of July fireworks via the Freeport Water Taxis (freeportwatertaxi.com). The kids won’t soon forget seeing the night sky light up directly overhead, reflecting off the water.

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Head to a nearby beach (nymetroparents.com/beaches), soak up some rays, and enjoy the cool ocean (just don’t forget the SPF!). Jones Beach State Park in Wantagh offers 6½ miles of ocean beach and two swimming pools, perfect for relaxing and enjoying the precious summer months. Don’t go home without trying your hand at shuffleboard.

The Scottish Games at Old Westbury Gardens (nymetroparents.com/ owgardens) in late August is a great way to learn about Scottish culture. Enjoy pipe bands, taste shortbread, peruse vendors selling Scottish gifts and goods, and compete in highland games.

18. Turtles, Snakes, Trout—Oh My!

Many Long Island parents have fond memories of going to the Cold Spring Harbor Fish Hatchery and Aquarium in Cold Spring Harbor on a grade-school field trip. It’s still around, and more interactive, educational, and fun than ever.

19. We All Scream for…

A soft-serve cone is a staple of summer, and we think no place does it better than Marvel Frozen Dairy in Lido Beach. Perhaps the best part of this Long Island hot spot is its proximity to Lido Beach Town Park, so no seconds of summer sun will be wasted in grabbing a refreshing cone.

20. Down at the Powwow

Shinnecock Indian Nation Pow Wow, held at the Shinnecock Indian Reservation in Southampton, allows visitors to learn about the culture of Long Island’s Native Americans. Traditional dances and drum performance are only two of the entertaining, educational activities offered over the weekend-long festival, typically held in late August or early September. Visit nymetroparents.com/ festivals for details on this and more cultural celebrations in the area.

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1. Viva Italia!

Grande Festa Italiana, held annually in early September at North Hempstead Beach Park in Port Washington, is both the largest and oldest Italian feast on Long Island. Along with the rides, fireworks, and live music, kids can enjoy sampling a variety of Italian foods and watching cooking demonstrations. Get details at nymetroparents.com/festivals.

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Typically held in mid-September at Long Island University in Brookville, Long Island Parents Day is your one-stop shop. While your children are enjoying classes, games, and activities, you can meet with local vendors (think doctors, after-school programs, dentists, special needs services, and more) to find everything you need for the year. Visit longislandparentsday.com for more information.

3. Apples Abound

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Pick fresh apples (along with many other fruits and veggies) in September at Lewin Farms in Wading River. The first “pick your own” farm on Long Island, Lewin Farms is the place to make a childhood memory. Bake a pie with the bounty! And head to nymetroparents.com/apples for more picking places.

4. A Blast from the Past

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The iconic Long Island Fair at Old Bethpage Village Restoration has been going on since 1842 (yes, really!), making it the longest-running county fair in New York state. Happening in late September, the fair features traditional music, pony rides, farm animals, fair food, pig racing, circus shows, and more. More info at lifair.org.

5. Fall Fest

Southampton embraces fall with a full weekend of art, music, food, entertainment, and history near the end of September. The aptly named Southampton Septemberfest will provide fun all weekend in Agawam Park with a variety of activities such as the annual Chowder Contest, caricatures, face painting, food trucks, cornhole games, EMS Safety demonstrations, and a special KIDS ZONE with pumpkin decorating, hula hooping, and an interactive sports expo.

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Walk Now for Autism Speaks at Jones Beach in Wantagh in mid-October is an amazing way to raise money for this increasingly prevalent condition. Your whole family can do a good deed for a great cause—and get some exercise while you’re at it. Find more ways to get moving for a reason at nymetroparents.com/walks. The Rise of the Jack O’ Lanterns at Old Westbury Gardens, presented throughout October, showcases the amazing work of dozens of local artists. Spend an hour walking through the trail and see more than 5,000 hand-carved Jack O’Lanterns light up the night.

8. Gourds Galore

Pick your own pumpkins at Stakey’s Pumpkin Farm in Aquebogue and enjoy a brisk walk through the 26-acre pumpkin farm throughout October. With more than 18 varieties of pumpkins to choose from right off the vine, this pumpkin and gourd paradise is well worth the drive. Head to nymetroparents.com/pumpkins for details and to find more u-pick pumpkin farms in the area.

In early November, head to the free Celebrate! Party Showcase (celebrateshowcase.com) at the Melville Marriott in Melville to plan any and all milestone occasions you have coming up for the year. Whether it’s a special birthday party, bar/bat mitzvah, wedding, or any other special event, you’ll find more than 100 party specialists to help you plan it all in one place. Take a stroll through the 145 acres of fields, woods, and ponds at The Nassau County Museum of Art (nassaumuseum.org) in Roslyn Harbor and be amazed by the inspiring sculptures created by established artists. And if you’re looking to do some leaf peeping outside the area, head to nymetroparents.com/leaf for our suggested locations.

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9. A Community Celebration

Relax, sit back, and enjoy as the Ward Melville Heritage Organization’s Discovery boat takes you for a cruise through Long Island’s wetlands (offered select dates, May through October). Learn about the history, geology, and ecology of the gorgeous area we call home. The pontoon departs from Stony Brook Harbor and cruises through the organization’s 88-acre wetlands preserve for a 1½-hour tour. Go to wmho.org/education-programs/discovery-wetlands-cruise for details.

10. A Seaside Soiree

With the exception of pumpkin picking, nothing says fall like a romp in an old-fashioned corn maze. One of the bigger examples on the island is at Fairview Farm (fairviewfarmatmecox.com) in Bridgehampton. The site also has a corn cannon and yes, it is as cool as it sounds.

11. Oyster Overload

If your kids think cute and cuddly is boring, then Jungle Bob’s Reptile World (nymetroparents.com/jungle-bob) in Centereach is sure to please them. And the fact that there’s no charge for admission will please you! This unique showroom allows you to see unusual creatures living in their own habitats.

In Theodore Roosevelt Park in—where else?—Oyster Bay, you can shuck yourself silly (while the kiddos will find more kid-palatable fare) at the Oyster Festival (theoysterfestival.org). And it’s not just shellfish. Find pirate shows, tall ships, and midway rides in mid-October.

12. A Spooky Celebration

The Ghostly Gala Halloween party at Long Island Children’s Museum (licm. org) in late October is a fun, safe, and festive way to enjoy the holiday. With face painting, gallery trick-or-treating, and a costume party, this is one event you’ll remember well past the spooky season.

13. ’Tis the Season to Explore

Long Island has many beautiful hiking trails (nymetroparents.com/hike-li), and one of the best is Garvies Point Museum and Preserve in Glen Cove. Leading down to a quiet beach, this easy-for-kids trail is one of the most serene on the island.

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From visual, musical, and performing arts to community festivals and epicurean delights, the annual Arts Alive LI festival in October is a monthlong tribute to Long Island’s arts and entertainment world. It takes place on stages, in galleries, at film houses, and in neighborhood restaurants across the island. For a full calendar of events and to purchase tickets, visit artsaliveli.org.

20. Turkey Day Parade

Arguably the world’s most famous parade, Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade (macys.com/parade) boasts behemoth balloons, beautiful floats, and the biggest names in entertainment—and it all takes place a train ride away, in the heart of Manhattan.

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Captree State Park in Babylon celebrates the Dockside Family Festival in early September. Embrace your nautical side with family-friendly music, merchandise vendors, pony rides, and even crab races! For more events at Captree State Park, visit parks.ny.gov/parks/65.

17. The Best Way Out, Is Through

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The Long Island Fall Festival at Heckscher Park in Huntington is an ideal way to spend a sunny autumn afternoon. Held in early October, families come from all over the island for the carnival games, farmer’s market, old-time rides, and yummy homemade treats. For details, visit lifallfestival.com.

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1. Oh, Christmas Tree

Cut your own Christmas tree at Mike’s Christmas Tree Farm in Manorville, late November through Christmas Eve. Choose your favorite tree and chop it down yourself, making it feel like a country Christmas. Find details on Mike’s and more tree farms near you at nymetroparents.com/xmastrees.

2. Skate Date

Go ice-skating at Christopher Morley Park in Roslyn, voted best outdoor skating rink on Long Island by the viewers of News 12 Long Island. Enjoy the 200-foot rink, surrounded by forest, from November through March (weather pending). And find more indoor and outdoor rinks in the area at nymetroparents.com/ice-skating.

3. Dreams of Sugar Plums

It’s not hard to find performances of The Nutcracker in late November and early December (nymetroparents.com/li-nutcracker), but there’s only one version done by the Long Island Ballet Theatre. Savor the local spin on this classic ballet in Port Washington Thanksgiving weekend. Tickets are much less expensive than Lincoln Center, too!

4. Let There Be Light

Christmas tree lighting festivals, like the one at the Vanderbilt Museum (vanderbiltmuseum.org) in Centerport in late November, can make even the Scroogiest among us embrace the holidays. Enjoy cookies, hot chocolate, carolling, a visit from Santa and Mrs. Clause, and ornament making. The tree lighting will take place outdoors in the mansion courtyard.

5. Christmas Past

On select dates in late November and early December, the Hallockville Museum Farm in Riverhead will host their Country Parlor Holiday Folk Art Show. This is a holiday gift show with approximately 25 folk artists who are selling their merchandise in the historic Naugles Barn!

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Love the old-fashioned, understated look of a single candle lighting each of your home’s windows during the holidays? Head to Paint a Piece in Commack to create your choice of scented candle (the pottery and glass creations make great holiday gifts, too).

7. No Humbugs Here

The Dickens Festival in Port Jefferson in early December is a holiday treat that celebrates the author of A Christmas Carol. From costumed characters to Victorian entertainment and food, this event will surely bring out the Christmas spirit. Check portjeff.com for updates on the next festival.

8. Snow Day Solution

When the snowflakes fly, take advantage by going sledding. The hill in Eisenhower State Park in East Meadow is ideal because of its gentle slope and thrilling length—perfect for the littlest snow bunnies. Find more sledding spots at nymetroparents.com/sled-long-island.

9. On the Slopes

Head to a nearby mountain for skiing and snowboarding. Belleayre Mountain in Highmount is great for families because of its Learning Zone, a designated retreat for first-timers ages 8 to adult. Visit nymetroparents.com/ ski to find more nearby slopes.

10. Firefighters for a Day

Honor our everyday heroes (and learn essential fire safety) at the Nassau County Firefighters Museum and Education Center (ncfiremuseum.org) in Garden City. This destination teaches all about the work and sacrifices of firefighters by letting visitors put on actual firefighter uniforms and go through obstacle courses.

11. It’s Souper

You don’t need to know how to run or tackle to be part of Port Washington’s Souper Bowl. All you need to do is make a stop at each of the soup stations, taste as many different soups as you can—all of which are donated by participating Port Washington restaurants—and then vote for your favorite soup. The festival is held in late January or early February; check pwguide.com for details.

12. Cruising with Captain Lou

Seal Cruises in Freeport, aboard the Captain Lou Fleet, show families these beloved creatures in their natural habitat. Bundle up: January is when the sightings are best. Learn about the biology and behavior of seals and other marine life on this scenic junket. Cruises are presented by The Riverhead Foundation (riverheadfoundation.org) and board on select weekend dates through April.

13. Frosty Fête

The Harborfrost festival in Sag Harbor in early February is a celebration of winter in Sag Harbor highlighting fire and ice (sagharborchamber.com). There will be live ice carving demonstrations, ice sculptures, live music, and indoor children’s activities.

(longbeachpolarbears.org) raises money for charity. Maybe you’ll even want to join them!

15. Spa Party

Princesses-in-training can get pampered at Darlings & Divas (darlingsanddivas.com) in Amityville, which hosts special events throughout the year, including pampering parties near Valentine’s Day. Activities typically include manicures, glittery makeup, and dress up.

16. Lasers in Levittown

Any kid will say lasers are awesome. So Long Island Laser Bounce (lilaserbounce.com) in Levittown is a no-fail way to thrill the kids on cold winter days. The arcade includes a laser tag arena filled with glow-in-thedark obstacles and cool special effects lighting systems.

17. L.I.’s Air & Space Museum

Highlighting the island’s contributions to flight, which many people don’t know about, The Cradle of Aviation Museum (nymetroparents.com/aviationmuseum) in Garden City aims to get kids excited about the science and beauty of flying planes. Make a day of it by stopping by the nearby Long Island Children’s Museum and Historic Nunley’s Carousel.

18. Bouncing Off the Walls

By the time February rolls around, everyone is getting a case of cabin fever. Have the kids jump off the stir-crazies at Bounce! Trampoline Sports in Syosset (nymetroparents.com/bounce-syosset). Aside from plain old jumping, they can play trampoline basketball, dodgeball, and fly into ginormous foam pits. Talk about a cure for cabin fever!

19. Summer in Sight

A real eucalyptus tree brought in from California stands at a height of 18 feet in Once Upon A Treetop in Plainview (onceuponatreetop.com). Playing in the treehouse makes summer seem that much closer. Little ones can also roam around in a pint-size village complete with a train station, grocery store, and other interactive “stops.”

20. Puppet Play Time

The Long Island Puppet Theatre in Hicksville (lipuppet.com) gives your kids a taste of entertainment you probably enjoyed all the time as a kid. The shows use both marionettes and traditional hand puppets. Craft workshops are also available.

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1. Sweet Spot

Maple Sugaring Day at Benner’s Farm in East Setauket is an experience to remember for anyone with a sweet tooth. Nobody but Mother Nature knows exactly when the sap will run, but the four- to-six-week season typically starts in late February or early March. Learn how to make maple syrup, candy, and other sweets from the farm’s maple trees. Where else can you find the sweet stuff? Check nymetroparents.com/maple-sugaring.

2. Enjoy an Irish Jig!

Embrace Irish music on the luckiest day of the year at the annual Huntington St. Patrick’s Day Parade in early March. This parade is Long Island’s oldest and largest, and it features a variety of pipe bands, including some of the finest of the New York metro area.

3. Beachside Bunnies

Orient Beach State Park’s annual Easter Egg Hunt is worth the trip for the novelty of hunting seaside. The Big Rabbit himself will be there to greet the wee hunters, ready to hand out prizes for those who discover the special eggs at this event, which changes dates according to when the holiday falls; check nymetroparents.com/calendar for updates.

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The All Kids Fair (allkidsfair.com) at the Melville Marriott in April is half resource expo, half fun family outing that delivers a trove of educational vendors for parents. Kids get to enjoy balloontwisting clowns, face painting, a petting zoo, and magicians while you peruse the offerings.

5. Mother (Nature) Knows Best

The Arbor Day Family Festival in late April at Coe Hall Mansion in Planting Fields Arboretum State Historic Park (nymetroparents. com/planting-fields) in Oyster Bay is a combo of learning and fun. With plenty of space for wiggly kiddies to romp, they’ll go home happy and tired—and with a better understanding of the importance of trees.

6. The Chocolate Cure

April showers bring…a need for rainy-day ideas for kids. And what’s better than eating chocolate? Making your own fresh. Kron Chocolatier in Great Neck (kronchocolatier.com) allows you to do just that. From chocolate popcorn to chocolate truffles, a visit to this old-world candy crafter will satisfy the biggest sweet tooth.

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A calming and relaxing experience, visiting the Fire Island Lighthouse is a must for any Long Island family. Walk the scenic boardwalk, visit the museum, and climb to the top of the tower that’s become one of Long Island’s best-known symbols.

Huntington Tulip Festival at Heckscher Park (nymetroparents.com/ heckscher) in early May is a family-oriented, floral bonanza that showcases more than 20,000 tulips. Hands-on children’s activity booths, art exhibitions, and lectures and demonstrations are all featured among the blooms.

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The Mother’s Day Picnic at Belmont Park in Elmont over Mother’s Day weekend is a unique way to celebrate the special ladies in your life. Pack your own picnic and watch the horse races with Mom and Grandma before heading over to the playground and petting zoo. Check nyra.com for details on this event.

9. Toe Chic

Spring is the start of pedicure season! Looking for a bonding experience with your little girl? Lipstick & Lollipops (lipstick-andlollipops.com) has you covered. Located in Mount Sinai, this one-ofa-kind spa not only offers all the latest in nail styles, but glitter tattoos to show off with tank tops, too.

10. Steaming Up

Around mid-May, Long Island Live Steamers in Brookhaven kicks off its seasonal Public Run Days, when train lovers (aka kids) can catch a ride Harry Potter-style. Relive the glory days of the railroad as you chug along 8 acres of tracks. And in honor of National Train Day, which typically coincides with Mother’s Day weekend, check out our full list of train rides and exhibits in the area at nymetroparents.com/trains.

11. Konnichiwa, Spring!

The Sakura Matsuri Cherry Blossom Festival at the Charles B. Wang Center at Stony Brook University in May is a wonderful way to learn about Japanese culture. With workshops in origami, martial arts, taiko, dance, and painting, this fest will wow kids as well as grown-ups.

12. Street Strolling

As the weather warms, thoughts turn to strolling—and Downtown Glen Cove is a really good place to do just that. Meander past boutiques, restaurants, specialty food markets, a movie theater, and a marina. And don’t miss Justin’s Toys (justinstoys.com), a store that offers workshops in which kids create their own playthings.

13. Treetop Adventure

If your family is on the adventurous side, take a trip to The Adventure Park (nymetroparents.com/li-adventure-park) in Wheatley Heights. Consisting of eight different ropes courses amidst 5 acres of trees, this park will satisfy any andrenaline-fueled family.

Where can you find exotic animals, a fitness trail, an ecology center, a picnic area, and three pools? Only at the Town of Brookhaven’s Ecology Site, Park & Animal Preserve in Holtsville (brookhaven.org). Visit nymetroparents.com/brookhaven for more information.

16. Canine Capers

Sure to bring a smile to your child’s face, the Long Island Kennel Club Annual Dog Show in mid-May—recently relocated to Planting Fields Arboretum State Historic Park in Oyster Bay (nymetroparents.com/ planting-fields)—features a breed showcase and a “My Dog Can Do That” event. Bring your own talented pooch!

17. Homegrown Flora & Fauna

Theodore Roosevelt Sanctuary and Audubon Center in Oyster Bay (ny. audubon.org/trsanctuary) comes to life in spring. You’ll find birds of prey as well as reptiles and amphibians native to our area. Consider an Owl Prowl or other guided hike.

18. A Colorful Sight

The Bayard Cutting Arboretum in Great River is awash with color in May. Five different nature walks are available next to the Connetquot River. Kids will surely stop at the duck and chicken pens. Find more info on Bayard and other nearby nature centers at nymetroparents.com/zoos.

19. Round and Round We Go

Remember Nunley’s Carousel in Baldwin? A historic landmark and place of fondest childhood memories for many of us, the amusement park closed in 1995. But the cherished carousel continues to spin in a beautiful dedicated building at Museum Row in Garden City. Go to nymetroparents.com/carousels for more info.

20. Planes on Parade

The Bethpage Air Show, a Memorial Day staple at Jones Beach in Wantagh, is a can’t-miss Long Island event that showcases worldclass military and civilian fliers. Pack a lunch and some sunscreen, and witness the incredible feats of amazing pilots and parachuters (be sure to bring earplugs for the youngest in your brood and for kids with sensitivities).

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Tips to Host a Birthday Party Whether you’re throwing the bash of the year or taking a few friends to an amusement park, local moms reveal some helpful tips for planning a party for kids.

m Select the Right Date: Before setting a date,

ask about your kid’s close friends’ availability. If you know your child’s birthday falls near a classmate’s big day, ask the other child’s parents about their plans for celebrating. Send invites three weeks out.

m Guest List: For elementary schoolers, invite

either the whole class, less than half the class, or only your child’s closest friends. Ask about food allergies and get cellphone numbers if parents are dropping their kids off at the party.

m Activities: Set a schedule of events and alternate high-energy and low-energy activities. Also make sure there is an area designated for kids who may need a break from the stimulation.

m Get Help: Ask a friend or relative for help or hire a sitter for an extra pair of hands. Designate a photographer—someone who will make sure they get the important shots, so you don’t have to worry. Take some photos before the party begins.

m Choose a Theme: Let the birthday kid choose a theme—it makes all the other decisions (décor, invites, cake, etc.) much easier.

m Timing: Two hours is more than enough time for

a party. Schedule younger kid’s parties in the morning before nap time. For teens, set ending time earlier than needed to account for dawdling.

m Invites: Use an online invite such as Paperless Post

so you can track RSVPs. The invite should say what is needed (for example, towels for a pool party) and what will be offered (i.e. cake and pizza at 12pm.)

m Food and Drink: Make sure you have enough

for parents and younger siblings who stick around. Cut pizza slices in half. Make snacks and drinks simple and self-serve. Set out a large pitcher and cups for water.

m Balloons: Use a bike pump to blow up balloons; buy helium balloons the day of party.

m Party Favors: Order in bulk online or buy from dollar stores (no need to spend much money on these). Don’t personalize them—you never know who will or won’t show up.

m Gifts: Save gift-opening for after guests leave. If you must open them at the party, remind your child about the importance of being thankful—even for the unwanted gifts. Another option is to forgo gifts and use a service such as Share Your Wish where guests donate money to be split between the birthday kid and the charity of choice. Be sure to send thank-you notes (email is fine) so guests know their gift was received.

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Birthday Party BIRTHDAY PARTY PLACES 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. Private parties are meticulously planned and prepared by our knowledgeable staff, so parents can relax and enjoy themselves.

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, 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 cshfishhatchery.org info@cshfishhatchery.org Celebrate your child’s next birthday at the Cold Spring Harbor Fish Hatchery & Aquarium! See the Hatchery & Aquarium’s exciting live exhibits. Feed the hungry trout and learn about fish, reptiles, and amphibians with an up-close animal encounter. Fishing Parties are available too, (for children turning age 4 and older).

Gravity Vault Melville Indoor Rock Gym

40 Melville Park Road 516-777-9255 gravityvault.com/locations/melville-ny melville@gravityvault.com Host a birthday party with The Gravity Vault where ages 5 and older can come climb and have fun. Climbing is a great way to celebrate your birthday! Our awesome climbing parties give kids an exciting day they will never forget! Offering different party package options to accommodate your needs.

Great Strides Long Island

41 Coram-Swezeytown Road, Middle Island 631-786-9708 greatstridesli.org

julie@greatstridesli.org Lasso some birthday fun at Great Strides Long Island. We offer a relaxed picnic atmosphere (indoor facility is available), farm animals, and a horse ride-all for a reasonable price. Email julie@greatstridesli.org for more information.

Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum

Pier 86, W. 46th Street and Twelfth Avenue, Manhattan 646-381-5010 intrepidmuseum.org groupsales@intrepidmuseum.org Celebrate your child’s birthday with a oneof-a-kind party! The Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum captivates groups of all ages and interests. Choose from exciting themes, value packages, and customization options to create an original birthday adventure they’ll never forget. Packages start at $30 per person.

Karts Indoor Amusement Center

701 Union Parkway, Ronkonkoma 631-737-5278 karts1.com info@karts1.com Karts offers a variety of options for kids and adults starting at age 4 (40 inches tall). Whether it be racing, laser tag, or one of our other great activities, our unforgettable parties are loved by both kids and parents.

Key to My Art, Inc.

10 W. Oak St., Amityville 631-608-9048 131 Main St., East Rockaway 516-218-2920 keytomyart.com/nymetroparents.html info@keytomyart.com Celebrate your child’s birthday with us at Key to My Art! Your child chooses what the group paints. They can choose any theme, character, animal, or place. Parties include all supplies from aprons to easels, plus step-by-step instruction, pizza, and juice for all the children. Everyone leaves with a finished painting.

Long Island Aquarium

431 E. Main St., Riverhead 631-208-9200 xH2O (426) or 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 ice cream cake. All parties include a guided tour of the aquarium, special seating at the Sea Lion Show, and rides on the submarine simulator!

Long Island Ducks

Bethpage Ballpark 3 Court House Drive, Central Islip 631-940-DUCK (3825) liducks.com The perfect party for your sports fan! Imagine the excitement when your child stands on the dugout with QuackerJack while the crowd sings Happy Birthday! Their name will be displayed on the scoreboard and announced. Package includes box seats and meal. Guests will have fun in the kids zone inflatable area.

Long Island Explorium

101 E. Broadway, Port Jefferson 631-331-3277 longislandexplorium.org Celebrate your birthday at the LI Explorium. Enjoy 90 minutes to two hours of exciting, interactive activities. Select a theme from our four well-loved STEM challenges and give your friends the most memorable birthday party ever. Packages available. Call to reserve your best party today!

Long Island Nets

NYCB LIVE, home of the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum 1255 Hempstead Turnpike, Uniondale longisland.gleague.nba.com Long Island Nets birthday party packages are a great way to celebrate your next birthday. Receive exclusive gear and birthday shout outs.

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!

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Studio E Art Classes

7 Browns Road, Nesconset 631-406-7316 saf-t-swim.com A Saf-T-Swim pool party is a great way to celebrate yearround! You and 24 guests will enjoy two hours or more of fun in our 88-degree heated pools, followed by a celebration with pizza in your own private party room. Invitations, party host, lifeguard, and thank-you cards included.

Splish Splash

565 Route 25A, Miller Place 631-744-4001 studioeartclass.com/parties Studio E offers birthday party parties for 10 painters, with two hours of party time, art project of choice, two pizza pies, juice, water, homemade cupcakes, paper goods, and personalized invitations. The best party around for the best price around! For more information visit studioeartclass.com/parties or call 631-744-4001.

2549 Splish Splash Drive, Calverton 631-727-3600 splishsplashlongisland.com Planning a children’s birthday party this summer? Splish Splash makes party planning a piece of cake! Enjoy all day admission to the park and a birthday party lunch! Let our staff members take care of the planning so you can enjoy the day stress-free. Book your party today!

Thomas School of Horsemanship Riding Academy

250 Round Swamp Road, Melville 631-692-6840 tshcamp.com; tsh@tshcamp.com Birthdays are more fun with horses and friends! Ride, play, and have exclusive use of our party room! Children receive one hour of riding time taught by one of our certified ride instructors who will teach them a fun-filled beginner lesson. Our facilities allow parties to run rain or shine!

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Our calendar is full of great ideas. First, here are the 10 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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Huntington Summer Arts Festival Family Night FREE

WHEN: Tuesday, July 2, 6pm craft activity; 7pm show WHERE: Chapin Rainbow Stage, Heckscher Park, Huntington AGES: All WHAT: See Hot Peas ‘N Butter, a multicultural family music band that makes new friends everywhere they go. Arrive early for a craft. WHY WE LOVE IT: Kids love the band’s highly energetic and interactive musical style! WANT TO GO? 631-271-8423. huntingtonarts.org.

Long Island Summer Festival

WHEN: July 12-13, Friday, 5-11pm; Saturday, 2-11pm WHERE: Smith Haven Mall, 313 Smith Haven Mall, Lake Grove AGES: All WHAT: Enjoy local vendors, diverse food options, a carnival experience with tons of rides to choose from, and famous hot air balloons available for high-flying rides! Balloon rides must be purchased in advance. WHY WE LOVE IT: The balloons are just as fun to watch soar in the sky as they are to ride! WANT TO GO? $5; free for children younger than 12; prices vary for goods. 631-210-6711. longislandsummerfestival.com.

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KidFEST: Teatro SEA’s La Cucarachita Martina

WHEN: Wednesday, July 17, 5pm WHERE: Guild Hall of East Hampton, 158 Main St., East Hampton AGES: 3-12 WHAT: See this live-action Latin puppet show rock-n-roll musical mash

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up straight from NYC’s celebrated bilingual theater Teatro SEA. WHY WE LOVE IT: The performance is fun for kids as young as pre-K! WANT TO GO? $18; $16 members; $14 children; $12 children of members. 631-324-0806. guildhall.org/events/kidfest-teatro-seas-la-cucarachita-martina.

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SWEET CORN FESTIVAL FREE

WHEN: July 20-21, Saturday-Sunday, 10am-7pm WHERE: Harbes Family Farm, 715 Sound Ave., Mattituck AGES: All WHAT: Enjoy free live music in the courtyard/picnic area and delicious super-sweet corn. WHY WE LOVE IT: Don’t miss participating in one of the free. fun-filled roasted corn eating contests for all ages! WANT TO GO? Admission is free; prices vary for goods. 631-298-0800. harbesfamilyfarm.com.

Paper Heart Puppets present Cardboard Explosion FREE

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WHEN: Thursday, July 25, 4:30pm WHERE: Southampton Arts Center, 25 Jobs Lane, Southampton AGES: 3-12 WHAT: Get ready to outsmart dragons, choose your own superpower, and train adorable animal sidekicks in this fun, energetic show. WHY WE LOVE IT: Brad Shut uses tons of audience participation! WANT TO GO? 631-283-0967. southamptonartscenter.org/event/ paper-heart-puppets-present-cardboard-explosion.


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18th Century Fiddle Music and Amusements for Children FREE

WHEN: Saturday, July 27, 10am-1pm WHERE: Westhampton Beach Historical Historical Society, 101 Mill Road, Westhampton Beach AGES: All WHAT: A music historian will educate and entertain, employing a repertoire of more than 350 Early American tunes, all performed on an instrument constructed in 1850. Plus, enjoy playing with a cache of historic “amusements” including pig in a poke, quoits, thaumotrope, and whirlygig. WHY WE LOVE IT: Kids can even handcraft a toy of their own. WANT TO GO? 631-288-1139. whbhistorical.org.

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WHEN: Sunday, July 28, 10am, 12:30pm, and 3pm WHERE: Long Island Aquarium, 431 East Main St., Riverhead AGES: 3-8 WHAT: Your little princess will dance and sing with all of her favorite princesses and more. Formal white glove tea service (finger sandwiches and sweets!) will be served in the elegant Sea Star Ballroom. WHY WE LOVE IT: Little ones in princess attire will get half-price admission to the aquarium! WANT TO GO? $37.95; $33.95 kids 3-12; $5 kids 2 and younger. 631-208-9200. longislandaquarium.com.

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Nature and Collections Walk

WHEN: Monday, July 29, 10am-12pm WHERE: Vanderbilt Museum and Planetarium, 180 Little Neck Road, Centerport AGES: 5-8 WHAT: Explore the natural history collections and gardens around the mansion, record observations, and create a science journal to take along on nature walks. Advance registration is required. WHY WE LOVE IT: This workshop can ignite a love of the outdoors and inspire many more family nature walks! WANT TO GO? $20; $18 members. 631-854-5539. vanderbiltmuseum.org.

Kids Summer Movie Series

WHEN: July 10-Aug. 14, Wednesdays, 2pm WHERE: The Patchogue Theatre for the Performing Arts, 71 E. Main St., Patchogue AGES: All WHAT: Enjoy a showing of Finding Nemo, Cinderella, Monsters, Inc., The Little Mermaid, Cars, and The Incredibles throughout July and August. WHY WE LOVE IT: These Disney films are favorites of parents and kids alike! WANT TO GO? $7. 631-207-1313. patchoguetheatre.org.

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The Travelin’ Trunk Show

WHEN: July 7-Aug. 18, Sundays, 11am WHERE: ThinkBIG! Theater Arts, 42 South Ocean Ave., Patchogue AGES: All WHAT: Each week, Miss Heather returns from a trip around the world with a new story to share! Through music, sound effects, and costumed play, help create a delightful improvised performance that’s never the same show twice. WHY WE LOVE IT: This is Long Island’s only episodic children’s show, so you can see it each weekend for a new story with your favorite characters. WANT TO GO? $10 per adult/child; $5 additional adult. 631-307-4042. thinkbigtheaterarts.org.

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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. Peter Max Retrospective Exhibition Presents on Long Island FREE WHEN: Through July 7: Monday, 10am-6pm; Wednesday-Saturday, 10am-6pm; Sunday, 12-4pm WHERE: LaMantia Gallery, 127 Main St., Northport AGES: All WHAT: See the art of Peter Max. WANT TO GO? 631-754-8414. lamantiagallery.com.

Island Idol: One-on-One Coaching Experience FREE

WHEN: Monday, July 8, 6-8:30pm WHERE: Middle Country Library, 575 Middle Country Road, Selden AGES: 13-17 WHAT: Want to audition for this year’s talent competition? Get some personalized coaching on your performance piece before you audition with a professional music teacher. Register online. WANT TO GO? 631-585-9393. mcplibrary.org.

Wonderspark Puppets present Who Took the Cookie from the Cookie Jar? FREE

WHEN: Thursday, July 11, 4:30pm WHERE: Southampton Arts Center, 25 Jobs Lane, Southampton AGES: 3-8 WHAT: The audience will sing songs and call out to help Max find the missing cookies and solve the case! WANT TO GO? 631-283-0967. southamptonartscenter.org.

Family Fridays: Jester Jim FREE

WHEN: Friday, July 26, 6:30pm WHERE: The Common Ground, Rotary Park, between Gillette and Candee avenues, Sayville AGES: All WHAT: Have fun with Jester Jim—a juggler, beatboxer, comedian, and balloon artist. WANT TO GO? 631-664-4230. thecommonground.com.

Family Night Out FREE

WHEN: July 10-Aug. 28, Wednesdays, 7pm WHERE: Westhampton Free Library, 7 Library Ave., Westhampton Beach AGES: All WHAT: Enjoy some family fun every Wednesday night this summer. July is all about Phases of the Moon, Family Game Night, an Out of this World Party, and Family Movie Night. WANT TO GO? Westhampton Free Library Card required. 631-288-3335. westhamptonlibrary.net. ››

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Huntington Summer Arts Festival Family Night; David Gonzalez’s Cuentos: Tales of the Latin World FREE

WHEN: Wednesday, July 17, 6pm craft activity; 7pm show WHERE: Chapin Rainbow Stage, Heckscher Park, Huntington AGES: All WHAT: Experience vivid pictures of the people and rich cultures of the Spanish-speaking world. WANT TO GO? 631-271-8423. huntingtonarts.org

Tanglewood Marionettes’ ‘Sleeping Beauty’

WHEN: Thursday, July 18, 11am-12pm WHERE: Goat on a Boat Theater, 1 Bay St., Sag Harbor AGES: All WHAT: See Tanglewood Marionettes’ presentation of this beloved classic. WANT TO GO? $18; $15 in advance. 631-725-9500. baystreet.org.

‘Aladdin Jr.’

WHEN: July 12-20, see website for showtimes WHERE: Gateway Playhouse, 215 S. Country Road, Bellport AGES: All WHAT: Together with Jasmine and Aladdin embark on a musical adventure. WANT TO GO? $15-$25. 631-286-1133. TheGateway.org.

Huntington Summer Arts Festival Family Night: ‘The Little Mermaid’ FREE

SHOW TIME! Big Bubble Bonanza

WHEN: Tuesday, July 23, 6pm craft activity; 7pm show WHERE: Chapin Rainbow Stage, Heckscher Park, Huntington AGES: All WHAT: Journey “under the sea” with Ariel to a magical underwater kingdom. WANT TO GO? 631-271-8423. huntingtonarts.org.

WHEN: July 5-6, Friday-Saturday, 11am WHERE: Gateway Playhouse, 215 S. Country Road, Bellport AGES: All WHAT: Mixing comedy, music, and interactive bubble magic, Jeff Boyer engages and delights audiences of all ages. WANT TO GO? $15-$25. 631-286-1133. thegateway.org.

Sciencetellers: ‘Aliens Escape from Earth!’ FREE

‘A Year with Frog and Toad’

‘Dinosaurs’

Gary the Great FREE

Huntington Summer Arts Festival Family Night: Dirty Sock Funtime Band FREE

WHEN: Thursday, July 11, 7pm WHERE: Hither Hills State Park, 164 Old Montauk Highway, Montauk AGES: All WHAT: A high-energy blast of magic, comedy, and juggling. WANT TO GO? 631-668-2554. parks.ny.gov.

WHEN: Tuesday, July 30, 6pm craft activity; 7pm show WHERE: Chapin Rainbow Stage, Heckscher Park, Huntington AGES: All WHAT: A wild, technicolor musical adventure where anything can happen! WANT TO GO? 631-271-8423. huntingtonarts.org.

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The Wizard of Oz’

WHEN: Wednesday, July 10, 11am WHERE: YMCA Boulton Center, 37 W. Main St., Bay Shore AGES: All WHAT: See this live performance as it tells the story of a friendship that endures throughout the seasons, with a jazzy, upbeat score. WANT TO GO? $12. 631-969-1101. boultoncenter.org.

WHEN: Saturday, July 13, 2pm WHERE: Belmont Lake State Park, 625 Belmont Road, North Babylon AGES: All WHAT: Bring your chair and experience a delightful, magical time! WANT TO GO? FREE admission; $8 vehicle use fee. 631-667-5055. parks.ny.gov.

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WHEN: Friday, July 26, 6:45-7:45pm WHERE: Emma Clark Library, 120 Main St., Setauket AGES: 3-12 WHAT: An alien adventure that uses science experiments for special effects. WANT TO GO? 631-941-4080. emmaclark.org. WHEN: Saturday, July 27, 11am WHERE: Gateway Playhouse, 215 S Country Road, Bellport AGES: 5-12 WHAT: An engaging performance with dinosaurs, puppets, and music. WANT TO GO? $15-$25. 631-286-1133. thegateway.org.

WHEN: July 16, 10:15am; August 2, 10am WHERE: BayWay Arts Center, 265 E. Main St., East Islip AGES: All WHAT: Follow Dorothy and her friends as they venture to the Emerald City. WANT TO GO? $13; $11 in advance. 631-581-2700. broadhollow.org/ category/bayway-arts-center/bayway-childrens-theatre/.


‘Cinderella’

WHEN: July 6- Aug. 9, see website for schedule WHERE: Theatre Three, 412 Main St., Port Jefferson AGES: 3-8 WHAT: Don’t miss this musical enchantment for the entire family. WANT TO GO? $10. 631-9289100. theatrethree.com.

AGES: All WHAT: Bring a blanket or chair and enjoy a great family event in the park. Featured movies are The Incredibles 2 and Wreck it Ralph 2. WANT TO GO? 631-509-0882. msheritagetrust.org.

Pelculas Para Niños en Español

WHEN: July 10-Aug. 14, Wednesdays, 11am WHERE: The Patchogue Theatre for the Performing Arts, 71 E. Main St, Patchogue AGES: All

WHAT: See children’s movies in Spanish, including Finding Nemo, Cinderella, Monsters, Inc., The Little Mermaid, Cars, and The Incredibles. WANT TO GO? $7. 631-207-1313. patchoguetheatre.org. ››

‘Pinocchio’

WHEN: July 19- Aug. 10, see website for schedule WHERE: Theatre Three, 412 Main St., Port Jefferson AGES: 3-8 WHAT: Follow Pinocchio as he learns the importance of telling the truth. WANT TO GO? $10. 631-9289100. theatrethree.com.

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WHEN: Saturdays at 2 pm: July 13, 20 and August 3, 10; Sundays at 11am: July 14, 21, 28; August 4, 11, 18 WHERE: Smithtown Center for the Performing Arts, 2 E. Main St., Smithtown AGES: 3-8 WHAT: Ahrens and Flaherty’s “fractured fairytale” adds song, dance, and a castle full of characters to Hans Christian Andersen’s delightful fable. WANT TO GO? $18. 632-7243700. smithtownpac.org.

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Family Movie: ‘Lego Movie 2’ FREE

WHEN: Friday, July 5, 11:30am WHERE: Connetquot Public Library, 760 Ocean Ave., Bohemia AGES: 5-12, Adult WHAT: See what happens to your friends from the LEGO Movie in this sequel. WANT TO GO? 631-567-5079. connetquotlibrary.org.

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Red, White & Blue Week

WHEN: July 1-7, Monday-Wednesday and Friday-Sunday, 2-4pm WHERE: The Whaling Museum and Education Center, 301 Main St., Cold Spring Harbor AGES: All WHAT: Create patriotic crafts all week at self-serve stations. WANT TO GO? Free with admission: $6; $5 seniors 62 and older and children ages 4-18; free for members, children 3 and younger, and active military with ID. 631-387-3418. cshwhalingmuseum.org.

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WHEN: July 3-7, Wednesday and Friday-Sunday, 1-5pm WHERE: Long Island Explorium, 101 East Broadway, Port Jefferson AGES: All WHAT: Learn how make a good batch of sculpting and modeling clay. WANT TO GO? $5. 631-331-3277. longislandexplorium.org.

Clifford the Giraffe’s Birthday!

Historic Leather Working & Spinning FREE

WHEN: Saturday, July 6, 12pm WHERE: Long Island Game Farm, 489 Chapman Blvd., Manorville AGES: All WHAT: Celebrate Clifford the Giraffe’s birthday, sing happy birthday, and present him with his favorite “cake.” WANT TO GO? $18.95; $16.95 children 3-12, seniors 62 and older, and military personnel; free for children 2 and younger. 631-878-6644. longislandgamefarm.com.

Zoo Jersey Animals

WHEN: Saturday, July 6, 2pm WHERE: Heckscher State Park, 1 Heckscher State Parkway, East Islip AGES: All WHAT: Experience wildlife up close and personal with Zoo Jersey Animals. WANT TO GO? Free admission; $10 vehicle use fee. 631-581-2100. parks.ny.gov.

My Reptile Guys

WHEN: Saturday, July 20, 10am-1pm WHERE: Westhampton Beach Historical Society, 101 Mill Road, Westhampton Beach AGES: All WHAT: Learn how leather goods are made and make a bracelet. Plus, see the methods of carding, drafting, and spinning unprocessed fleece into yarn. WANT TO GO? 631-288-1139. whbhistorical.org.

Upcycled Cardboard Puppet People: Workshop with Heidi Lanino FREE WHEN: Thursday, July 25, 5:15pm WHERE: Southampton Arts Center, 25 Jobs Lane, Southampton AGES: 3-12 WHAT: The children will explore ways to create images out of simple shapes in 3-D using recycled materials. WANT TO GO? 631-283-0967. southamptonartscenter.org.

WHEN: Sunday, July 14, 2pm WHERE: Sunken Meadow State Park, 25A and Sunken Meadow Parkway, Kings Park AGES: All WHAT: My Reptile Guys bring the thrill of a safari to you! Bring your chair or blanket and camera and get ready for an amazing show. WANT TO GO? $10 vehicle use fee. 888-451-4948. parks.ny.gov.

Open Studio for Families

Your Wild Neighbors FREE

Superhero Week!

WHEN: Thursday, July 18, 7-8:30pm WHERE: Connetquot Public Library, 760 Ocean Ave., Bohemia AGES: 9 and older WHAT: Save the Animal Rescue Foundation will present a talk and a live introduction to some of the wild and useful animals in your backyard. WANT TO GO? 631-567-5079. connetquotlibrary.org.

Shark Invasion!

WHEN: Sunday, July 21, 11am-2pm WHERE: The Whaling Museum and Education Center, 301 Main St., Cold Spring Harbor AGES: All WHAT: It’s Shark Week and the museum is celebrating this apex predator with lots of hands-on activities. WANT TO GO? $12. 631-387-3418. cshwhalingmuseum.org. 32

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WHEN: July 13-27, Saturdays, 11am-12:30pm WHERE: Parrish Art Museum, 279 Montauk Highway, Water Mill AGES: All WHAT: Take a tour of the galleries and create art through hands-on activities. WANT TO GO? $12; $9 seniors; free for children younger than 18 and members. 631-283-2118. parrishart.org. WHEN: July 24-28, daily, 1-5pm WHERE: Long Island Explorium, 101 East Broadway, Port Jefferson AGES: 3-17 WHAT: Design your own superhero outfit and create a unique color. WANT TO GO? $5. 631-331-3277. longislandexplorium.org.

Summer Workshops for Kids

WHEN: July 10-Aug. 16, Wednesdays and Fridays, 10:15 sign up; 10:3011:30am workshop WHERE: Heckscher Museum of Art, 2 Prime Ave., Huntington AGES: 5-10 WHAT: Young artists will paint in an inspiring location in Heckscher Park or draw and collage in the museum. WANT TO GO? $5 per activity. 631-351-3250. heckscher.org. ››


LIU POST’S CENTER FOR GIFTED YOUTH

FALL 2019 AND SPRING 2020 SATURDAY PROGRAM

Are You the Parent of a Gifted Child? LIU Post’s Center for Gifted Youth announces its 40th annual summer program for gifted children. The fall program runs on Saturdays from Oct. 5th to

Dec. 14th, 2019 and the spring program runs on Saturdays from Feb. 1st to April 25th, 2020. The program is open to gifted children entering grades 2-8 in Sept. 2019. The program expands students’ knowledge,

develops creative and critical thinking skills, and offers children the opportunity to learn in an exciting and accepting environment.

INQUIRE ABOUT TRANSPORTATION!

Licensed Speech Pathologists & Myofunctional Therapists

Admission is highly selective and enrollment is limited.

Oct 5th - Dec 14th, 2019 & Feb 1st - April 25th, 2020 for students entering Kindergarten in September 2019

Specializing in the Treatment and Correction of: Language Disorders � Voice Disorders Memory & Auditory Processing Dif�iculties Tongue Thrust � Motor Planning Disorders Feeding & Swalling Problems/Aversions � Fluency Deviate Swallowing �Thumb and Finger Sucking Articulation Disorders � Oral Facial Muscle Weakness

For information call 516-299-2160 liu.edu/post/giftedyouth Now find us on Facebook

Janine Stiene, M.A., President

Specialized Therapy Approaches Including:

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LIU Post • College of Education, Information and Technology • 720 Northern Blvd. • Brookville, NY 11548-1300 liu.edu/post/giftedyouth • Dr. Lynne Manouvrier, Director

PROMPT Therapy � Individual Feeding Therapy Augmentative Communication Evaluations & Therapy

NOW HIRING!

Is your child GIFTED?

Speech Therapists, Clinical Fellows and Front Desk Receptionsits. Participating with most Major Health Insurance Companies

Village East Gifted (VEG), offers a highlycreative, academically-rigorous curriculum, for gifted students ages 2-15 with a strong emphasis on the perfection of the written word.

ENROLL TODAY!

Year Round Academic Enrichment All Subject Areas • Ages 2-15 • Nassau & Suffolk Locations

631-549-2313

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Bubblemania

WHEN: Saturday, July 13, 12-2pm WHERE: The Whaling Museum and Education Center, 301 Main St., Cold Spring Harbor AGES: All WHAT: Join this annual celebration of bubbles and explore the many ways creatures use bubbles in their environments. WANT TO GO? $12. 631-387-3418. cshwhalingmuseum.org.

Meet Our Robots!

WHEN: July 10-14, daily, 1-5pm WHERE: Long Island Explorium, 101 East Broadway, Port Jefferson AGES: 3-17 WHAT: Work together to get robots through the obstacle course. WANT TO GO? $5. 631-331-3277. longislandexplorium.org.

Jr. Lighthouse Keepers: The Ecosystem on Fire Island

SMARTY PANTS Science Saturday Workshop: Astronaut Academy

WHEN: Saturday, July 6, 2-3pm WHERE: Long Island Science Center, 11 W. Main St., Riverhead AGES: 5-12 WHAT: Learn about the moon and make your own moon rock WANT TO GO? $10 admission, plus $5 workshop fee; free for members. 631-208-8000. lisciencecenter.org.

Future Scientists: Junior Be a Botanist

WHEN: Wednesday, July 10, 2pm WHERE: Long Island Science Center, 11 W. Main St., Riverhead AGES: 3-5 WHAT: Little botanists will have a chance to learn about plants and seeds and even plant one of their own to take home and watch grow. WANT TO GO? $10 admission, plus $5 workshop fee; free for members. 631-208-8000. lisciencecenter.org.

WHEN: Wednesday, July 17, 10am-12pm WHERE: Fire Island Lighthouse, Robert Moses State Park parking field 5, Fire Island AGES: 7-12 WHAT: Learn about everything from the critical job beach grass has to the dangers of poison ivy. Registration required. WANT TO GO? $10. 631-661-4876. fireislandlighthouse.com.

Science Saturday Workshop: Bubble Mania

WHEN: Saturday, July 20, 2-3pm WHERE: Long Island Science Center, 11 W. Main St., Riverhead AGES: 5-12 WHAT: Learn about interesting science while making bubbles! WANT TO GO? $10 admission, plus $5 workshop fee; free for members. 631-208-8000. lisciencecenter.org.

Bridge Building!

WHEN: July 17-21, 1-5pm daily WHERE: Long Island Explorium, 101 East Broadway, Port Jefferson AGES: 3-17 WHAT: Build a structure that supports as much weight as possible. WANT TO GO? $5. 631-331-3277. longislandexplorium.org.

Fins, Scales, & Tails Workshop

Reptile Workshop

Astronomy in the Sun Workshop

Science Saturday Workshop: Force & Friction

WHEN: Thursday, July 11, 10am-12pm WHERE: Vanderbilt Museum and Planetarium, 180 Little Neck Road, Centerport AGES: 5-8 WHAT: Learn about the anatomy of fish, examine preserved specimens, and make a tee shirt inspired by Japanese Gyotaku prints. WANT TO GO? $20; $18 members. 631-854-5539. vanderbiltmuseum.org. WHEN: Thursday, July 11, 10am-12pm WHERE: Vanderbilt Museum and Planetarium, 180 Little Neck Road, Centerport AGES: 13-17 WHAT: Learn about our universe and black holes, create a scale model of the known universe, and make observations with a solar telescope. WANT TO GO? $25; $22.50 members. 631-854-5579. vanderbiltmuseum.org.

Science Saturday Workshop: Floating

WHEN: Saturday, July 13, 2pm WHERE: Long Island Science Center, 11 W. Main St., Riverhead AGES: 5-12 WHAT: Learn why ships float with hands-on activities using a water tank. WANT TO GO? $10 admission, plus $5 workshop fee; free for members. 631-208-8000. lisciencecenter.org.

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WHEN: Thursday, July 25, 10am-12pm WHERE: Vanderbilt Museum and Planetarium, 180 Little Neck Road, Centerport AGES: 5-8 WHAT: Learn about a variety of reptiles and create your favorite clay reptile and habitat. Advance registration required. WANT TO GO? $20; $18 members. 631-854-5579. vanderbiltmuseum.org. WHEN: Saturday, July 27, 2-3pm WHERE: Long Island Science Center, 11 W. Main St., Riverhead AGES: 5-12 WHAT: Experiment with carpet skates, rollercoaster tracks, and more to learn about force and friction. WANT TO GO? $10 admission, plus $5 workshop fee; free for members. 631-208-8000. lisciencecenter.org.

Sail the Seas with Mr. V

WHEN: Tuesday, July 30, 10am-12pm WHERE: Vanderbilt Museum and Planetarium, 180 Little Neck Road, Centerport AGES: 5-8 WHAT: Learn about William K. Vanderbilt’s boats and his adventures at sea, and create a model steamship. Advance registration is required. WANT TO GO? $20; $18 members. 631-854-5539. vanderbiltmuseum.org.


THE GREAT OUTDOORS HOLIDAY FUN Go Outside: Water! FREE

WHEN: Monday, July 1, 4-5pm WHERE: Middle Country Library, 101 Eastwood Blvd., Centereach AGES: 5-8 WHAT: These outdoor activities will encourage family exploration of nature. WANT TO GO? 631-462-0303. mcplibrary.org.

Jr. Lighthouse Keepers: Climbing the Lighthouse

WHEN: Wednesday, July 10, 10am WHERE: Fire Island Lighthouse, Robert Moses State Park parking field 5, Fire Island AGES: 7-12, adult WHAT: Learn the history behind the 168-foot-tall lighthouse and the jobs of a lighthouse keeper. Get a bird’s eye view from the top. Call to register. WANT TO GO? $10. 631-661-4876. fireislandlighthouse.com.

Middle Country Public Library: Gardening Crew FREE

WHEN: Through July 17: Wednesdays, 6-7:30pm WHERE: Bethel Hobbs Community Farm, 178 Oxhead Road, Centereach AGES: 13-17 WHAT: Learn the benefits of organic gardening and serve the community by planting, caring for, and harvesting the farm’s gardens. WANT TO GO? 631-585-9393. mcplibrary.org.

Touch-A-Tractor!

WHEN: July 20-21, Saturday-Sunday, 9am-6pm WHERE: Garden of Eve Farm, 4558 Sound Ave., Riverhead AGES: All WHAT: See and sit in some of Garden of Eve’s collection of tractors. WANT TO GO? $7.95 ages 2 and older. 631-722-8777. gardenofevefarm.com.

Olivia Forms a 4th of July Band FREE

WHEN: Tuesday, July 2, 1-1:45pm WHERE: Middle Country Public Library, 101 Eastwood Blvd., Centereach AGES: 4-7 WHAT: Listen to the story of Olivia Forms a Band then make yourself a festive headband to wear while you march in a parade. Register online. WANT TO GO? 631-585-9393. middlecountrypubliclibrary.org.

Fourth of July Fondue FREE

WHEN: Wednesday, July 3, 3pm and 4pm WHERE: Westhampton Free Library, 7 Library Ave., Westhampton Beach AGES: 9-12 WHAT: Celebrate the Fourth of July by making patriotic fondue. WANT TO GO? Westhampton Free Library Card required. 631-288-3335. westhamptonlibrary.net.

Connetquot River Fireworks FREE

WHEN: Wednesday, July 3, 9:15 pm WHERE: Snapper Inn, 500 Shore Drive, Oakdale AGES: All WHAT: View the fireworks from various locations around the Connetquot River, including Snapper Inn, View, Oakdale Yacht, and Nicoll’s Point Marina. WANT TO GO? connetquotriverfireworks.com.

Parade of American Flags FREE

WHEN: Thursday, July 4, 10am-4pm WHERE: Heritage Park, 633 Mount Sinai Coram Road, Mount Sinai AGES: All WHAT: Enjoy a walk through the history of our nation from flags WANT TO GO? 631-509-0882. msheritagetrust.org. ››

Green Teens

WHEN: July 9-25, Tuesday and Thursday, 11am-3pm WHERE: Long Island Children’s Museum, 11 Davis Ave., Garden City AGES: 3-12 WHAT: Dig deeper into the unknown through hands-on learning experiences on alternative energy, water, habitats, and more. WANT TO GO? $14 museum admission; $13 museum admission seniors 65 and older. 516-224-5800. licm.org.

Little Farmer Explorers

WHEN: July 6-27, Saturdays, 10-11am WHERE: Garden of Eve Farm, 4558 Sound Ave., Riverhead AGES: 3-12 WHAT: Tour the farm to see what’s growing, taste the fruits of the field, and learn about how the plants grow. WANT TO GO? $40 family of 4 and more; $15 child; $10 adult. 631-722-8777. gardenofevefarm.com.

Jr. Lighthouse Keeper’s: Great South Bay-Seining Day

WHEN: Wednesday, July 31, 10am-12pm WHERE: Fire Island Lighthouse, Robert Moses State Park parking field 5, Fire Island AGES: 7-12, adult WHAT: Families are invited to join two experts and sein in the bay just north of the lighthouse. Registration required. WANT TO GO? $10. 631-661-4876. fireislandlighthouse.com.

Sand Castle Contest FREE

WHEN: Through Aug. 29: Thursday, 9:30-10:30am WHERE: Hither Hills State park, 164 Old Montauk Highway, Montauk AGES: All WHAT: Each week, prizes will be awarded for the best sculptors and castles. WANT TO GO? 631-668-2554. parks.ny.gov.

SUMMER DANCE and CAMP REGISTRATION is happening NOW!! Jazz Hip Hop Ballet Tap Lyrical Character Acro Open/Contemporary Jumps & Turns Technique Intro to Dance Combo Music & Movement Break Dance Boys Hip Hop Special Needs

TJE Summer Dance 5 Week Program July 15th thru August 17th Plus, sign up for

TJE Summer Camp at our Holbrook Location!! Girls and Boys 4 years old and up! Monday thru Thursday 9:30 am – 12:30 pm Games * Dance * Crafts 5 Week Program Monday, July 15th thru Thursday, August 15th Pick any or all weeks you want!

Theater Camp at our Holbrook Location!

3 Week Program! Tues-Thurs. 1:00 pm -3:00 pm July 23rd thru August 8th www.tjedance.com

St. James 556 North Country Rd. 631-584-6888

TJE LOCATIONS Holbrook 310 Main St. 631-585-6900

Compe��on Center 1150-5 Lincoln Ave., Holbrook 631-256-3050

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Unleash the Creative Talents of your Children…

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Classes for Ages 5 and up Fine Art Technique, Creativity and Fun! No Experience Necessary Certified Art Teachers Inspiring Creativity for 45+ Years A 501 (c) (3) Not-For-Profit Arts Organization

Mills Pond Art Gallery Smithtown Township Arts Council

660 Route 25A, St. James, NY 11780 631-862-6575 www.millspondgallery.org

GLOWING ENERGY HOLISTIC HEALING

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MUSICIANS Huntington Summer Arts Festival Family Night: Big Bang Boom FREE

WHEN: Tuesday, July 9, 6pm craft activity; 7pm show WHERE: Chapin Rainbow Stage, Heckscher Park, Huntington AGES: All WHAT: See this kindie rock show and arrive early for a craft. WANT TO GO? 631-271-8423. huntingtonarts.org.

Family Fridays: Mermaids and Giants FREE

WHEN: Friday, July 12, 6:30pm WHERE: The Common Ground, Rotary Park, between Gillette and Candee avenues, Sayville AGES: All WHAT: This acoustic duo sings children’s songs for kids of all ages and their moms and dads. WANT TO GO? 631-664-4230. thecommonground.com.

We offer sessions for kids of all ages and abilities and for mom and dad too!

Bayport Blue Point Heritage Association Presents a Free Concert FREE WHEN: Friday, July 12, 6-8pm WHERE: Bayport’s Memorial Park, 11 Paulanna Ave., Bayport AGES: All WHAT: This evening concert will feature JK Hodge, a local Bayporter who plays the piano. WANT TO GO? bayportbluepointheritage.org.

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WHEN: Saturday, July 13, 8pm WHERE: Guild Hall of East Hampton, 158 Main St., East Hampton AGES: 9 and older WHAT: Enjoy an evening of chamber masterpieces played by musicians from one of the world’s most celebrated orchestras. WANT TO GO? $30 and up; $28 and up for members. 631-324-0806. guildhall.org.

Family Fridays: Darlene Graham Song and Dance FREE

WHEN: Friday, July 19, 6:30pm WHERE: The Common Ground, Rotary Park, between Gillette and Candee avenues, Sayville AGES: All WHAT: Darlene gets everyone up and dancing with her lively music. WANT TO GO? 631-664-4230. thecommonground.com.


Danny Weinkauf and the Red Pants Band

WHEN: Wednesday, July 24, 11:30am and 2pm WHERE: Long Island Children’s Museum, 11 Davis Ave., Garden City AGES: 3-12 WHAT: This brand of intelligent pop rock delights a range of generations. WANT TO GO? $14 museum admission, plus $9; $13 museum admission seniors 65 and older, plus $9; $12 theater ticket only; free admission for members, plus $7 ticket. 516-224-5800. licm.org.

Summer Concert Series FREE

WHEN: July 18-25, Thursday, 7-8:30pm WHERE: Smith Haven Mall, 313 Smith Haven Mall, Lake Grove AGES: All WHAT: Gather the family for free concerts at the mall. WANT TO GO? 631-724-8066. simon.com/mall/smith-haven-mall.

4558 Sound Ave., Riverhead AGES: All WHAT: Pick blueberries, go for a hayride, and check out the farm café. WANT TO GO? $7.95 ages 2 and older. 631-722-8777. gardenofevefarm.com.

The Great South Bay Music Festival

WHEN: July 18-21, Thursday, 3-10pm; Friday, 3-11pm; Saturday, 1-11pm; Sunday, 1:30-10pm WHERE: Shorefront Park, 49

Smith St., Patchogue Village AGES: All WHAT: The four-day festival will feature more than 75 performers, including the Imagination Movers, and a diverse food court. WANT TO GO? $45.50 and up. greatsouthbaymusicfestival.com.

Honey Bee Festival

WHEN: Saturday, July 27, 9am-6pm WHERE: Garden of Eve Farm, 4558 Sound Ave., Riverhead AGES: All

WHAT: Watch how real beekeepers tend hives and extract honey. Enjoy Honey Hayrides to fields of fresh sunflowers, friendly farm animals, the Pedal Kart Track, Hay Pyramid, spider web, and farm café. WANT TO GO? $15 Honey Bee Tour and Tasting Tickets; $7.95 admission ages 2 and older; 631722-8777. gardenofevefarm.com.

Providing Services For Over 45 Years

Princess Party Sing-Along

WHEN: Monday, July 29, 11am WHERE: YMCA Boulton Center, 37 West Main St., Bay Shore AGES: All WHAT: Dress in your fanciest royal costume sing with princesses WANT TO GO? $12. 631-969-1101. boultoncenter.org.

FUN FAIRS & FESTIVALS

The Hagedorn Little Village School, Jack Joel Center for Special Children (HLVS), is a not-for-profit program that provides services for infants and children up to 11 years of age with learning, language and social delays, motor Impairments and autism with no direct cost to families: • Evaluations • Early intervention (Birth–3) • SEIT • CSE Itinerant Services • ABA Home Programs

• Related Services: - Speech - OT/PT - Parent Training - Family Support Services

• Special Ed Classes: - Pre-School (3-5) - School-Age (5-11) - inclusion

First Fridays on Love Lane FREE

WHEN: Friday, July 5, 6-9pm WHERE: The Greater Mattituck Chamber of Commerce, Love Lane, Mattituck AGES: All WHAT: Love Lane is transformed to a pedestrian friendly block party, guests enjoy artisanal food, beverages, live music, and more. WANT TO GO? Admission is free; prices vary for goods. facebook.com/ FirstFridaysonLoveLane.

Blueberry Festival

WHEN: June 29-July 14, Saturday-Sunday, 9am-6pm WHERE: Garden of Eve Farm,

750 Hicksville Road Seaford, NY 11783 • 516-520-6000

www.littlevillage.org

Funded and Regulated by Nassau County (NCDOH) and Suffolk County (SCDOH) Departments of Health, NYS, NYS ED Department Early Intervention (EI) and Committee for Preschool Special Education (CPSE) services are for children who have or are suspected of having a developmental delay or disability. Evaluations must be referred by NCDOH/SCDOH for EI and/or to the local school district for CPSE. Services are provided based on an individual child’s eligibility as established by NYS DOH and/or NYS ED department and local government at no direct cost to parents. Parents are responsible for fees/costs associated with childcare.

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Camp Packing Lists Whether they are leaving home for the day or for the month, sending your little ones off to camp can be nerve-wracking. You want to give them every chance to stay safe, have fun, make friends and learn new skills. This starts with knowing what to pack in their camp bag.

Day Camp

Sleepaway Camp

Even though kids aren’t spending the night, they still need to be prepared for the elements. The following essentials should be packed in a durable backpack that has extra side pockets:

Your child’s sleepaway camp will provide a packing list, which will include the basics: shorts, T-shirts, towels, and flashlights. You should abide closely by that list. But what about those items that only experienced camp parents can recommend? We asked some sleepaway pros to reveal what off-list items they’ve learned are essential gear:

m Hat with visor for sun protection and to shield their eyes during outdoor activities

m Extra clothes—they will get dirty and wet m Plastic bags for wet swimsuit and clothes m Insect repellent wipes, which are easier for children to reapply

m A lunch that won’t melt (hint: no chocolate) packed in a thermal tote bag

m Small backpack for m Waterproof watch m Photographs of family mD  ecorations for the bunk

m A family picture to remind them of home

m Clip on fan

m Wet wipes

m Duct tape

m Waterproof sunscreen with 30 SPF or higher

m Head lamp

m Waterproof windbreaker or light jacket for

m Shower caddy and

rain or hikes

m Water shoes m A reusable water bottle

m Deck of cards

day trips

shower shoes

m Pre-addressed and stamped envelopes

m Extra batteries

mReusable water bottle m Washcloths m Baby wipes m An extra pair of eyeglasses

m A costume mA bunk organizer that hooks onto their bunk to hold flashlight, books, etc.

m Extra blankets m A letter from home m Floor mat to wipe their feet before getting into bed


Summer Camps DAY CAMPS Bulldog Ball Club

185 E. 85th St. 212-472-8344 bulldogballclub.com/summer

camp@bulldogballclub.com

Join the Bulldogs for summer camp in Manhattan or East Hampton! Campers ages 6-13 can choose baseball, multi-sports, or theater and arts. Camp runs from 9am-3pm. Use the coupon code ‘apple’ for $200 off your first week. Call or visit our website for more information!

DAY CAMPS YMCA of Long Island

855-2YMCALI (962254) Bay Shore, East Hampton, Glen Cove, Holtsville, Huntington, and Patchogue ymcali.org/camp; camp@ymcali.org YMCA Summer Day Camp offers the best of adventure, athletics, aquatics, creative arts, camp traditions, and summer learning. Children learn leadership skills and develop self-confidence in a safe, accepting, and stimulating environment. Our flexible programs, for ages 3-16, are designed to accommodate all families across Long Island.

SPECIALTY CAMPS Cold Spring Harbor Fish Hatchery & Aquarium

Nature Summer Camp 1660 Route 25A, Cold Spring Harbor 516-692-6768 cshfishhatchery.org info@cshfishhatchery.org Young explorers, grades pre-K12th, spend summer surrounded by nature. Encourage their love of science with hands-on activities, nature crafts, live animals, and outdoor adventure nature camps. Expeditions to nearby salt marsh, ponds, and woodlands. One-, to four-day camps available. Summer fun at a great price! Prepare to get wet and muddy!

Eglevsky Ballet

700 Hicksville Road, suite 102, Bethpage 516-746-1115 eglevskyballet.org Eglevsky Ballet provides professional caliber training for all ages and abilities. The July Summer Intensive is a full-day program for serious dancers, with classes in ballet, pointe, variations, modern, jazz, character, Pilates, and pas de deux.

The August Summer Intensive is a half-day program, Monday-Friday, focusing on ballet fundamentals.

Foxrun Farm

561-358-5539, Cutchogue foxrunfarmny.org foxrunfarmnofo@gmail.com Foxrun Farm is a full-service horse barn that offers horseback riding for all ages and abilities, Summer Pony Camp for boys and girls, and therapeutic riding for persons with disabilities. Our weekly Pony Camp runs July through Labor Day from 9am-12pm ($300 per week) or 9am-3pm ($600 per week). Call 561-358-5539, foxrunfarmny.org.

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 offers extraordinary teachers recruited from leading schools in the metropolitan area, and university-level facilities.

Mills Pond Art Gallery

660 Route 25A, St. James 631-862-6575 millspondgallery.org classes@stacarts.org

Art classes available year-round

for ages 5 and older. Offering small class sizes and certified instructors, our program stresses fine art technique, creativity, and fun to encourage children to stretch their imaginations, learn new skills, or expand what they know. Classes are noncompetitive, affordable, and fun. No prior art experience required!

Classes

ACADEMIC ENRICHMENT/ LANGUAGE

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 offers extraordinary teachers recruited from leading schools in the metropolitan area, and university-level facilities.

Sylvan Learning Centers of Mineola and Huntington

393 Jericho Turnpike, Mineola 516-743-9943 locations.sylvanlearning.com/us/mineola-ny 1160 E. Jericho Turnpike, Huntington 631-424-5600 locations.sylvanlearning.com/us/huntington-ny sylvanlearning@optonline.net Sylvan’s Personalized Tutoring programs in reading, writing, mathematics, 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.

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 (VEG), open seven days-a-week, offers a rigorous and highly-creative academic program, in all subject areas, to gifted students ages 2-16. Its CORE curriculum includes instructional writing/grammar, geography, global studies, STEAM, mathematics, Latin/Greek Etymology, SAT/ ACT vocabulary enrichment, business, anatomy/physiology, advanced study skills, and creative problem solving.

TJE Dance Force

556 North Country Road, St. James 631-584-6888 310 Main St., Holbrook 631-585-6900 tjedance.com info@tjedance.com Experience the finest, most talented, creative, award-winning staff that will motivate your child to do the best they can! Girls and boys age 4 and older are welcome. Camp is Monday-Thursday from 9:30am12:30pm. We will offer games, dance, and crafts. You choose onefive weeks of summer camp.

ART

Mills Pond Art Gallery

660 Route 25A, St. James 631-862-6575 millspondgallery.org; classes@stacarts.org Art classes available year-round for ages 5 and older. Offering small class sizes and certified instructors, our program stresses fine art technique, creativity, and fun to encourage children to stretch their imaginations, learn new skills, or expand what they know. Classes are noncompetitive, affordable, and fun. No prior art experience required!

Not Just Art

183 South St., Oyster Bay 516-922-8300 notjustart.com; create@notjustart.com Engaging natural curiosity and imagina-

tion is the heart of our Music Together, art, and science 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!

Studio E Art Classes

565 Route 25A, Miller Place 631-744-4001; studioeartclass.com Studio E is now accepting art class registrations. Studio E offers weekly pottery, ceramics, and painting classes for ages 5-17. Younger students love our Preschool Arts programs for ages 2-5. Studio E offers extensive pottery and painting programs for adults. Try out one of our nine high powered pottery wheels!

DANCE

Eglevsky Ballet

700 Hicksville Road Suite 102, Bethpage 516-746-1115; eglevskyballet.org Eglevsky Ballet, under the artistic direction of Maurice Brandon Curry, provides professional caliber training for students of all ages and abilities. Eglevsky presents an annual production of The Nutcracker, two summer intensives, master classes, performing opportunities, and community outreach. Classes are offered in ballet, pointe, modern, character, pilates, pre-ballet, and adult ballet.

TJE Dance Force

556 North Country Road, St. James 631-584-6888 310 Main St., Holbrook 631-585-6900 tjedance.com; info@tjedance.com Experience the finest, most talented, creative, award-winning staff that will motivate your child to do their best! The benefits your children will receive while dancing at TJE are focus, concentration, self-confidence, and self-esteem. They will make a ton of new friends and will have fun while learning the many forms of dance.

Not Just Art

MUSIC

183 South St., Oyster Bay 516-922-8300 notjustart.com; create@notjustart.com Engaging natural curiosity and imagination is the heart of our Music Together, art, and science 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!

THEATER The Gateway Performing Arts Center of Suffolk County

The Gateway School for the Performing Arts 215 S. Country Road, Bellport 631-286-1133; 631-286-0555 x5000 thegateway.org Gateway School for the Performing Arts Fall Session offers a 13- or 14-week program for students of all ages and levels, with popular acting technique and improvisation classes for youth, teen, and adult acting students. Join us for theater games courses, production-style classes, and courses for students with specific learning needs.

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Make the Most of a Parent-Teacher Conference A parent-teacher conference is an ideal opportunity to get the lowdown on your child’s academic life—but how do you maximize your limited time and get all the information you need? With the help of Dana Stahl, M.Ed., author of The ABCs of Learning Issues, Diane Marzitliano and Danielle Monick, sixth and eighth grade teachers at M.S. 137, and Allyson Moyal, an Old Westbury mother of three, we compiled a list of the most important questions to ask. Instead of focusing on your child’s grades, ask more probing questions:

mW  hat are my child’s strongest and weakest subjects?

m Is my child sought out during structured or unstructured time?

m Does my child have one or two friends with whom he feels comfortable?

m Is my child submitting homework on time?

m Is my child socially comfortable?

m What is the quality of my child’s homework? mC  an you provide examples of my child’s strengths and weaknesses?

One of the most important things to discuss is the child’s attention level:

m Is my child paying attention in class?

If your child’s teacher brings up any academic concerns, you may want to consider delving in deeper with questions like:

m Is my child engaged in lectures and assigned

mW  hat additional assistance or support do you

m Does my child appear to zone out? Is my child

recommend?

mD  oes a disparity exist between my child’s knowledge base in class and her performance on examinations? Social interactions at school can interfere with learning, so be sure to ask:

m Is my child getting along well with his peers?

tasks?

actively disruptive? If your child’s teacher confirms your child is struggling to pay attention, you may want to ask:

m Is your level of concern for my child’s attention issues sufficient to warrant a ‘Child Study Team’ meeting?

m Do you think an evaluation is warranted to understand why attention issues are present?

Remember, a parent-teacher conference is not only an opportunity for you to learn about your child, but an opportunity for his teacher to learn from you. Don’t forget to offer your own information—especially if there is a recent event (divorce, move, new sibling, etc.) that might be affecting your child.

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The Essential College Visit and Interview Checklist College visits and interviews are valuable for the college to get to know your son or daughter as more than just a file. To make the most of a college visit and college interview, Tony Di Giacomo, Ph.D., educator and founder of Novella Prep, a college planning service, shares tip to ensure the college visit and interview are a success. Pre-Visit

Before setting foot on campus:

m R eview the Office of Undergraduate Admissions page for application requirements

m Explore the undergraduate majors page and relevant departmental pages

The College Visit

The following questions will help you gain insight into the college, and whether it is a good fit: About the application:

mW  hat kind of characteristics are you looking for in an applicant?*

mH  ow much does GPA matter compared to standardized tests?

mH  ow important are SAT or ACT scores?

m How much weight is put on the college essay?

m What percent of students are admitted early decision vs. regular decision? How do these applicant populations vary?

m What does your college value in terms of extracurriculars?

About the college: mHow does class size vary by college within the university or by major?

m What types of activities are available for students to get to know their peers and participate in the college community?

m What kinds of social activities are available to students, in the first two years?*

m How competitive are students? How collaborative?*

m How does this college make a student feel at home or not overwhelmed?* About connecting college to career:

m Is there a formal process for career counseling providing support for students junior or senior year?

m What kinds of internships are available?*

m How active is the alumni network for supporting job placement or field interviews to learn more about potential career paths?*

The On-Campus Interview

Applicants who are able to request an on-campus interview, who are selected upon applying to

be interviewed, or who only have the choice for alumni interviews should take advantage of this opportunity to further personalize and showcase who you are. An on-campus interview by admissions staff member: In addition to asking the above questions marked with an asterisk (*), ask: About the application:

m What does your college value in a resume?

m How much does GPA or class difficulty matter in comparison to test scores? About me:

m Do you have any suggestions for me to improve my chances of admission?

The Alumni Interview

The alumni interview can include all of the on-campus interview questions, as well as:

m How did this college prepare you for your career path?

m What advice do you have for me as an applicant? In general?

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Education DAYCARE & CHILDCARE

Ivy Prep Early Learning Academy of Deer Park

80 W. Industry Court, Deer Park 631-667-3507 ivyprep.org/locations/deer-park deerpark@ivyprep.org Licensed daycare dedicated to providing a fun, safe, and enriching environment for the care of your young ones. Our dedicated staff work to get to know every child to develop a trusting bond. We strive to give the best possible care to all children ages 6 weeks to pre-K.

80 W. Industry Court, Deer Park 631-667-3507 ivyprep.org/locations/deer-park deerpark@ivyprep.org Ivy League Learning Academy Preschool Program is designed to allow children to grow and develop into lifelong learners. Our certified teachers and specialized curriculum embrace each child’s individuality. The pre-K program focus is on preparing children for kindergarten. We make sure all children are on track with developing socially, cognitively, communicatively, and physically.

PAROCHIAL SCHOOLS

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

Ivy Prep Early Learning Academy of Deer Park

Catholic Elementary Schools of Long Island

Diocese of Rockville Centre Multiple locations 516-280-2479 licatholicelementaryschools.org Long Island’s Catholic elementary schools are 43 unique and beautiful schools in Nassau and Suffolk counties that educate the whole child in the spirit of service and compassion. Coupled with God’s love, we strive to inspire each child to grow spiritually and academically in a diverse and challenging world.

Holy Angels Regional School

1 Division St., Patchogue 631-475-2641 holyangelsregional.org mconnell@holyangelsregional.org Since 1923, Holy Angels Regional School has illuminated hearts and minds of students through academic excellence and the values of Catholic faith. Our mission is to provide each student the opportunity to grow spiritually, intellectually, emotionally, socially, and physically in a safe and caring environment.

Long Island Lutheran Middle & High School

131 Brookville Road, Brookville 516-626-1700 x546 luhi.org admissions@luhi.org LuHi is a faith-based, college preparatory school serving students from sixth-12th grades and developing tomorrow’s leaders. We empower every member of our close-knit community to achieve and grow personally, academically, and spiritually. With an education at LuHi, students leave our campus fully prepared for the challenges of higher education.

PRESCHOOLS Building Blocks Developmental Preschool

29 Pinewood Drive, Commack 631-499-1237 bbdps.com Building Blocks Developmental Preschool is a NYS-approved provider of special education preschool services, serving Suffolk County for more than 35 years. Our special education classes follow NYS Learning Standards for preschool special education. The preschool curriculum encompasses pre-literacy activities, language development, math concepts, fine and gross motor activities, and peer socialization.

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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 villageeastgifted.com Village East Gifted (VEG) offers 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. An interview must be scheduled to determine academic readiness.

YMCA of Long Island

855-2YMCALI (962254) Bay Shore, East Hampton, Glen Cove, Holtsville, Huntington, and Patchogue ymcali.org; info@ymcali.org Enrolling now for preschool and school age childcare programs! At the YMCA of Long Island, we believe the values and skills learned at an early age are vital building blocks for quality of life and future success. Our programs provide an environment for children to learn and grow.

PRIVATE SCHOOLS Catholic Elementary Schools of Long Island

Diocese of Rockville Centre Multiple locations 516-280-2479 licatholicelementaryschools.org Long Island’s Catholic elementary schools are 43 unique and beautiful schools in Nassau and Suffolk counties that educate the whole child in the spirit of service and compassion. Coupled with God’s love, we strive to inspire each child to grow spiritually and academically in a diverse and challenging world.

Holy Angels Regional School

1 Division St., Patchogue 631-475-2641 holyangelsregional.org mconnell@holyangelsregional.org Since 1923, Holy Angels Regional School has illuminated hearts and minds of students through academic excellence and the values of Catholic faith. Our mission is to provide each student the opportunity to grow spiritually, intellectually, emotionally, socially, and physically in a safe and caring environment.

SPECIAL NEEDS Alternatives For Children

1116 Main Road, Aquebogue 631-722-2170 600 South Service Road, Dix Hills 631-271-0777 14 Research Way, East Setauket 631-331-6400 168 Hill St., Southampton 631-283-3272 alternatives4children.org Providing quality, affordable daycare and special education services since 1988. Creating a natural learning environment fostering each child’s development. Early Intervention and Preschool Special Education evaluation site and provider. Preschool special education, integrated classes, and daycare. Classes are taught by NYS special education and early childhood teachers and certified daycare staff.

Building Blocks Developmental Preschool

29 Pinewood Drive, Commack 631-499-1237 bbdps.com Building Blocks is an early childhood learning center focusing on the education of all young children. We offer parent and child groups, preschool classes, and childcare. As a New York state-accredited special education program for more than 35 years, we provide special instruction, ABA, speech, occupational, and physical therapy, psychological, and diagnostic services.

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 non-profit 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.

TUTORS & TEST PREP Sylvan Learning Centers of Mineola and Huntington

393 Jericho Turnpike, Mineola 516-743-9943 locations.sylvanlearning.com/us/mineola-ny 1160 E. Jericho Turnpike, Huntington 631-424-5600 locations.sylvanlearning.com/us/huntington-ny; sylvanlearning@optonline.net Sylvan’s Personalized Tutoring programs in reading, writing, mathematics, 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.


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5 Time Management Tips for Kids Do you have an elementary school student who is exploring all of her various interests in afterschool activities? Or is your high-schooler focused on band or soccer and working a part-time job? Whatever your child’s after-school schedule looks like, learning time management skills will set him up for a lifetime of success. (Don’t even get us started on college, when you have no control of her daily calendar!) Below, you’ll find tips for helping him think through tasks and commitments to ensure everything gets done.

Avoid overscheduling. It may be tempting to sign your child up for a different after-school class every day, but Melanie WilsonTaylor, M.D., F.A.A.P., of South Slope Pediatrics in Brooklyn, recommends choosing the one or two she is really excited about. Limiting the number of after-school activities will help prevent stress and anxiety that can come with overscheduling. Plus, while homework may seem easy in September, as the year progresses, the amount and complexity of homework increases as your child learns new material. You can always sign her up for more extracurriculars later in the year.

Use an assignment book. When it comes to keeping track of homework assignments, there’s nothing better than having one spot he can jot down tasks for each subject. Emily Levy, Ed.D., founder and director of EBL Coaching in Manhattan, recommends students create a five-column grid for each day. The first (and widest) column should be for Assignments, then have Estimated Time, Actual Time, Order, and Done. Once your child gets home, she should think through her assignments, write an estimate for how long each task will take, and decide an order to tackle the assignments. After each assignment is completed, he should mark how long it actually took to help him better gauge future assignments. An “x” should be put in the “done” column only when the homework is placed in her backpack to take to school.

Determine an after-school schedule. Pick up a dry-erase monthly calendar your child can use to note after-school activities, assignment due dates, sports games or other school activities, and work schedule (if you have a teen). Once the calendar is filled in with the extracurricular commitments, designate a block of time each day when homework will be done and stick to it, suggests Lisa Rappaport, Ph.D., a licensed psychologist in NYC. Will it be after dinner but before evening screen time? Will it be between when school gets out and dance class?

Designate a homework spot. Whether it’s at the kitchen counter, the dining room table, or a desk in the bedroom, having one spot where your child does his homework—that’s stocked with all the supplies he’ll need—will set him up for homework success.

Help assess larger assignments. Help your child break down projects and long-term tasks into smaller steps that she can write in the assignment book, Dr. Levy advises. Think about writing a research paper; he’ll need to create an outline, find sources, write the paper, compile a list of sources, and do final edits. With practice, she can use this strategy independently to successfully conquer bigger assignments.

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How to Treat Common Stains Who hasn’t come across a surprise stain while doing laundry? Mary Gagliardi (aka Dr. Laundry for Clorox) says the first step is to always read the care label. If the garment contains spandex, use a colorsafe bleach, such as Clorox 2, and avoid anything with sodium hydrochloride in it. Leather, suede, and silk should be treated professionally. For everything else, Dr. Laundry has the following advice:

If your clothing has these stains, replace the garment:

m Dried paint m Permanent marker An oil-based stain, such as pesto, marinara, or grease splatter from cooking: m T reat the oil first, then worry about the color stain.

m Apply liquid dish soap to stain on dry fabric, rub it in, wait 5 minutes, then rinse with warm water.

m Repeat if necessary. m Then, wash according to care label with detergent and appropriate bleach product to treat the color part of the stain.

Mechanical grease (bike chains or car oil) or set-in oil stains: m Lestoil Heavy-Duty Multi-Purpose Cleaner is a fabric-safe solvent that’s great for stripping oil.

m T o test if it’s safe for your fabric, apply a small amount to a hidden patch on the garment, wait a few minutes, and rinse.

mA  pply Lestoil to grease stain as pretreatment, let sit for a few minutes, then wash according to the care label.

Diaper explosions: m R inse away as much of the stain as you can with cool water.

mIf garment is white, wash in hot

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water with detergent and ½ cup of bleach.

m If garment has color, apply color-safe bleach as pretreatment and wash in hottest temperature possible.

Vomit or spit up: m P retreat stain with detergent and rinse; then pretreat with color-safe bleach and wash.

m F or cold-water washing, soak the item in a gallon of water with detergent for 30 minutes before washing.

Blood: m L iquid Clorox 2 works really well because the hydrogen peroxide in it breaks up the blood proteins.

m F or a fresh stain, apply pretreatment, let sit for 10 minutes, and rinse with cold water.

m F or dried on blood, do the pretreatment twice, then wash according to care label.

Grass and mud: m R inse off as much mud as possible, even if it’s already dry.

m P resoak the garment for 30 minutes in cool water mixed with powder detergent that includes an enzyme.

m P retreat with appropriate bleach product, then wash according to care label.

Non-oil-based food stains: m Pretreat with appropriate bleach product, then wash according to care label.

Red wine: m Pour club soda on stain, which will help rinse out the wine.

m Apply appropriate pretreatment and wash according to care label.

Sweat or pit stains: m If the shirt is white and 100-percent cotton, machine wash in hot water with regular bleach.

mIf not 100-percent cotton, pretreat with liquid detergent containing an enzyme or Clorox bleach pen gel.

m If neither works, experiment with a different deodorant.

Lipstick: m L ay out a washcloth on a table, place garment on top with stain facing the washcloth. Take another washcloth with liquid detergent on it and blot the stain, pushing detergent through fabric. This pushes the stain from the garment onto the washcloth.

m Repeat above step, moving washcloth on table around so you’re working on a clean spot.

m Once lipstick no longer transfers, apply appropriate pretreatment, then wash on hottest temperature possible.


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8 Things to Do When You Move Congrats! You just found a home to raise your children in! While moving can be overwhelming (especially with small children in the mix), there are some often-overlooked tasks you’ll want to tackle ASAP. On the other hand, there are also things you may think need to be done immediately that can be moved to your long-term to-do list. Sarah Fishburne, director of trend and design at Home Depot, weighs in on what to do before moving, on move-in day, and after moving to make the process a little easier.

Before Moving In Change the locks on external doors.

Nearly 37 percent of new movers don’t do this, according to a survey conducted by Home Depot. It’s easy to do, whether you tackle the project yourself or hire a locksmith. After all, you never know who might have keys to the old lock.

Replace the keypad if you have an automatic garage door opener.

The directions for resetting the pin probably got tossed long ago, so it may be easier to install a new one, Fishburne advises.

Fix any issues noted in the home inspection. In the home-buying process, you’ll want to have an inspector look through the house to ensure everything is up to code. If there is anything noted as an issue, it’s important to take care of that ASAP—especially since it could affect your homeowner’s insurance policy.

Get a homeowner’s insurance policy (or update your renter’s insurance).

Once you have these policies squared away, make hard copies and store them in a fireproof safe as well as in a secondary location should something happen to your home. Other documentation to keep in the fire-proof safe are birth and marriage certificates, bank statements, passports and driver’s licenses, health insurance, mortgage papers, social security cards, car titles and registrations, and legal documents.

Move-In Day Call utility companies to update your accounts. Cancel services at your old address. At the same

time, schedule appointments (if necessary) to set up services at your new home if you’re using the same company. Otherwise, set up accounts with new providers. While you’re at it, update your address with credit cards, bank statements, subscriptions, and friends and family.

Tackle unpacking rooms one by one.

It’s not realistic to get the whole house unpacked as soon as the last box is unloaded from the moving truck. Concentrate on getting the most-used rooms unpacked first (the kitchen, bedrooms, bathroom, and living room), then move on to play rooms, offices, etc., Fishburne advises.

After Moving In Check smoke and carbon monoxide detectors. If they’re old, you’ll want to install new ones, which have improved technology—and some have batteries that can last for 10 years, Fishburne says. At the very least, put fresh batteries in existing detectors.

Make small changes to personalize your home. Without committing to a total renovation, there are easy modifications you can make that will have a big impact. Change out the handles on doors and cabinets, replace towel bars and curtain rods in the bathrooms, and swap out old light fixtures, Fishburne recommends. Paint will become your best friend (or perhaps enemy) in making an old space feel new. Paint rooms, kitchen cabinets, your front door, and even the exterior of the house. And, of course, give your home some curb appeal with flowers, new numbers, and even a new mailbox.


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LEGAL SERVICES ANDREW COHEN, ESQ., LAW OFFICES OF ANDREW M. COHEN 250 West 57th St., Suite 1216, Manhattan 212-244-0595 1100 Franklin Ave., Suite 305, Garden City 516-877-0595 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.

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Celebrating Our 34th Anniversary

Building Blocks is an Early Intervention and Preschool Program dedicated to

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Great Strides believes in the magic of the horse-human experience. Beautiful 15 acre ranch, 3 outdoor rings and a heated indoor arena! We offer a warm, friendly and safe horse

Riding Lessons Summer Mini Camps Therapeutic Riding 

Mommy and Me Birthday Parties Scouting Activities

41 Coram-Swezeytown Road, Middle Island, NY 11953 631.786.9708 | greatstridesli.org | Julie@greatstridesli.org LIKE US ON FACEBOOK Great Strides Long Island at Saddle Rock Ranch

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Child Day Care Center

Early Intervention | Birth-3yrs Preschool Special Eduation | 3-5 yrs Integrated Nursery School Classes

Evaluations Birth-6yrs • Speech, Occupational & Physical Therapy • Service Coordination & Family Support Services • Developmentally Appropriate & Safe Playground • Full Time Nurse

Alternatives For Children

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Alternatives for Children is approved/licensed by the NYS DOH, NYSED, NYS OCFS, Nassau Suffolf County Divisions of Services for Children with Special Needs. To refer a child suspected of a developmental delay, call Suffolk or Nassau County DOH for children 0-3 yrs; or the child’s school district for children 3-5 yrs. Services for eligible children are provided at home, in the community, at daycare or at one of our locations as determined by the child’s IEP or IFSP, at no out-of-pocket cost to families. If services are delivered in a childcare/community setting that requires a fee, the family is responsible for any associated child care costs. Funding for these programs is through NYSED, NYS DOH, and Suffolk/Nassau DOH.

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Sports HORSEBACK RIDING Foxrun Farm

561-358-5539, Cutchogue foxrunfarmny.org foxrunfarmnofo@gmail.com Foxrun Farm is a full-service horse barn that offers horseback riding for all ages and abilities, Summer Pony Camp for boys and girls, and therapeutic riding for persons with disabilities. Our weekly Pony Camp runs July through Labor Day from 9am-12pm ($300 per week) or 9am-3pm ($600 per week). Call 561-358-5539, foxrunfarmny.org.

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PROGRAMS - MULTI-SPORTS Bulldog Ball Club

185 E. 85th St., Manhattan 212-472-8344 bulldogballclub.com/summer camp@bulldogballclub.com Join the Bulldogs for summer camp in Manhattan or East Hampton! Campers ages 6-13 can choose baseball, multi-sports, or theater and arts. Camp runs from 9am-3pm. Use the coupon code apple for $200 off your first week. Call or visit our website for more information!

Great Strides Long Island

41 Coram-Swezeytown Road, Middle Island 631-786-9708 greatstridesli.org julie@greatstridesli.org Great Strides offers equestrian activities for children and adults of all ages and abilities. Our equine friends can help us face all of life’s challenges with strength and confidence. Offering summer programs, a four-day introduction to horses in June, July, and August. Private lessons are available for English and Western students.

SWIMMING YMCA of Long Island

855-2YMCALI (962254) Bay Shore, East Hampton, Glen Cove, Holtsville, Huntington, and Patchogue ymcali.org The YMCA of Long Island’s new and improved swim lessons program focuses even more on keeping kids safe in and around the water with an emphasis on true progression of swimming. For more than 160 years, the YMCA has been a leading provider in swim lessons and water safety skills.

Services LEGAL SERVICES Andrew Cohen, Esq., Law Offices of Andrew M. Cohen

250 West 57th St., Suite 1216, Manhattan 212-244-0595 1100 Franklin Ave., Suite 305, Garden City 516-877-0595 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

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brad@specialedcounselor.com Brad H. Rosken is an experienced trial attorney. He is 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. He will guide you, decipher lingo, and develop effective strategies.

FINANCE & INSURANCE Fidelis Care New York

888-FIDELIS (343-3547) fideliscare.org Fidelis Care is a mission-driven health plan offering quality, affordable coverage for children and adults of all ages and at all stages of life. With more than 1.7 million members statewide, Fidelis Care believes that all New Yorkers should have access to affordable, quality health insurance.

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Health Care Professional

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 Suffolk: 631-689-6858 Nassau: 516-216-1791 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.

The Tooth Pillow Dentistry 775 Park Ave, Suite 340, Huntington 516-317-2476 toothpillowny.com The Tooth Pillow Dentistry is a group of board-certified pediatric dentists and dentist anesthesiologists that work together to safely provide dental treatment while your child “sleeps.” We provide this service for children who cannot be treated in the typical dental chair setting due to age, behavior, or other factors that hinder treatment. Your child will leave our office with all of their dental work completed, free from pain and bad memories. We will treat your child as if they were our own. Trust your child with the experts in pediatric dental sedation.

Building Blocks Developmental Preschool 29 Pinewood Drive, Commack 631-499-1237 bbdps.com Donna M. Charbonneau is the executive director of Building Blocks Developmental Preschool. BBDPS offers a range of programs and services to children from infancy through age 5. Currently staffed with more than 100 teachers, therapists, and paraprofessionals, including registered nurses as well as psychologists, speech and language pathologists, occupational therapists, a physical therapist, and a developmental pediatrician. Early Intervention services are provided for children under the age of 3, who have developmental delays. Building Blocks Developmental Preschool continues to ensure delivery of the highest quality educational services to all students. Pediatric Immediate Care 150 E. Sunrise Highway, Suite 105, North Lindenhurst 631-956-PEDS (7337) 1077 W. Jericho Turnpike, Smithtown 631-864-PEDS (7337) 698 Manhattan Ave., Brooklyn 718-389-PEDS (7337) pediatricimmediatecare.com Pediatric Immediate Care is a team of hearts where kids come first. State-of-the-art medical office equipment allows us to deliver your test results during your visit. Kid-friendly, walk-ins welcome, most insurance plans accepted. Complete pediatric and adolescent care, as well as baby, camp, school, and sports physicals. Certified urgent care recommended by Urgent Care Association of America. Thirty years of dedication to our patients. The offices are open seven days a week including holidays, 8am-11pm.


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Fear Factor

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I let my son watch scary movies—and we’re both happier.

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t started with Stranger Things. My husband, my son Henri, and I watched the first season together and loved it. I was terrified, but Henri was cool as a cucumber. He’s always loved scary stuff. Even as a toddler, he was never freaked out by gruesome Halloween costumes or macabre movies such as Coraline. There was only one occasion when he woke me up in the middle of the night from a nightmare. He was 4 years old at the time and he dreamed of a skeleton called Masterpiece. His retelling of it scared the bejeezus out of me, but he—having unloaded it all—managed to go right back to bed. When the second season of Stranger Things came out, Henri and a group of friends got together to binge-watch it. I know some other parents gave us the hairy eyeball for allowing our 11-year-old to watch it, and frankly, I also questioned the appropriateness. But then something magical happened. This pack of boys, who normally just played online, suddenly wanted to be like Mike, Dustin, Lucas, and Will—which meant riding their bikes to each other’s houses and going in search of adventures. It made my 1980s inner child sing with happiness. And it also made me realize that some scary things are okay. But then came It, the Stephen King movie. He wanted to see it and I wasn’t so sure. “Please, mom. I promise, it’s not too scary. Dad said it’s okay.” I wasn’t as concerned about the scariness as I was about the

By Patti Woods

violence and language—but I also knew he was already exposed to a lot of that. And honestly, I wanted a night to hang with my increasingly independent son. So, one Saturday night, I relented. My husband went to bed early, leaving Henri and me and a big bowl of popcorn. The previews alone had my heart thumping. “It’s not real, Mom,” he continually reminded me. I wrapped myself tightly in a blanket and white-knuckled it, trying not to scream. How could he be so calm? And then it happened. During the scene when Pennywise the Clown peeks out from the sewer, Henri reached out and grabbed my hand. This was a child who never wanted me to hold his hand—even when he was a little kid crossing the street or walking into the first day of school. So, when he tightly squeezed my fingers, Pennywise took a backseat to the utter joy glowing in me. He needed me! My tough tween son actually still could be vulnerable. I won’t go so far as to say he snuggled with me that night, but for two hours, we experienced something together. I’m still not a fan of scary movies, but I’m not against them either. Stranger Things helped him tighten the bonds of his friendships and It gave him a gentle reminder that it’s still okay to need your mom. Now I can’t wait to surprise him with a trip to the local haunted house.

Patti Woods is a freelance writer living in Connecticut. Her work has appeared in many places such as The Boston Globe, The Christian Science Monitor, Today’s Parent, The Week, and more. She is the author of Lost Restaurants of Fairfield (The History Press, 2015). 

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