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7 Places to have Afternoon Tea with Long Island Kids

When the weather is cold and you need to stay indoors, enjoying a cup of tea with your favorite little person is a wonderful way to spend an afternoon. From sampling a variety of tea flavors to tasting yummy miniature sandwiches and scones, these Long Island tea rooms offer a warm welcome in an elegant setting. And for more indoor fun, take a look at our Inside Activity Guide.

Weekend Fun for LI Kids: Valentine's Day Cookies, Crafts, Feb. 13-14

Love is in the air this Valentine's Day weekend. Share it with your family with Valentine's Cookie Decorating, Heartfelt Messages or Sailor's Valentine Craft. Parents can also take the night off and drop the kiddies off at Key to My Art for Kid's Valentine Paint Night.

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Weekday Picks for LI Kids: Valentine's Fun, Darwin Day, Feb. 8-12

Celebrate Valentine's Day a few days early this week with a special storytime at Once Upon a Treetop and special Sweetheart Jump at Pump it Up. And be sure to check out other Valentine's Day actvities and crafts leading up to the big day. Kids can also drop in for some gym time and learn about Darwin Day. For more, check out our Long Island events calendar. You can also get the best events of the week sent directly to your inbox each week if you sign up for our newsletter.

Weekend Fun for LI Kids: Heart Beats, Junior Zookeepers, Feb. 6-7

Have a super time this Super Bowl weekend indoors or out on Long Island. Kids can get their fingers in the dirt with Children's Valentine's Planting at Hicks Nurseries. Get into the rhythm at a Heart Beats concert in Farmingdale. Or practice being a Junior Zookeeper at the Center for Science Teaching and Learning.

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Cross-Country Skiing Spots on Long Island

There's at least one good thing about a snow-filled winter: It gives us the chance to ski. And if cross-country, rather than downhill, is your family's preferred winter sport, you're in luck. Long Island boasts a number of great trails for locals from beginner spots best for younger kids to the more adventurous perhaps better appreciated by parents or experienced teens. In fact, many state parks open bright and early after a snowfall, so that skiers can hit the fresh powder.

Just be sure to call in advance to make sure the park or nature preserve is indeed open. And for more cold weather fun, check out our Skiing, Snowboarding & Snow Sports Guide.

February GoList: The Best Things to do with Long Island Kids this Month

It might be the shortest month of the year, but there's certainly no shortage of things to do on Long Island with the kids in February. From learning about animals and celebrating the history of video games to enjoying a Valentine's tea and maple sugaring, mom and dad can find plenty of events and activities to keep the kids occupied during the cold weather. So bundle up and enjoy!

And as always, be sure to check out our Long Island Events Calendar, which is constantly being updated with new and exciting activities throughout the month.

Weekend Fun for LI Kids: Seal Walk or Cruise, Animal Tracks, Jan. 30-31

There's plenty of nature to be discovered during the winter months on Long Island. Sail away on a Seal Cruise out of Freeport, discover animal Tracks & Traces at the Bayard Cutting Arboretum State Park in Great River or become a Deer Detective at Caleb Smith Park in Smithtown.

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Maple Sugaring on Long Island 2016

Nothing tops a pancake or waffle like that thick, amber-hued liquid, produced only here in the Northeast—maple syrup. Fortunately for Long Islanders, we don't need to travel to New Hampshire or Vermont to get a firsthand look at the process of converting maple sap into syrup and ultimately sugar. There are farms right here on the island that offer demonstrations and provide samples (yum!).

Weekday Picks for LI Kids: Groovy Groundhogs, Dino Love, Jan. 25-29

This week, there's lots going on at many of Long Island's libraries. Learn about groundhogs, get dirty with some sensory crafts and read about dinos. You can also get in touch with nature in Oakdale, as well as enjoy music and stories in Port Washington.

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Best Places to Go Sledding on Long Island

Snow is in the forecast for Long Island this winter. And while you're first instinct might be to hibernate indoors, instead bundle up the kids and take a ride down one of the many hills around the Island that's perfect for sledding. There's something about flying down a snow-covered hill that brings out the kids in all of us, so it's the perfect family activity.

Listed below are several places for an early morning or afternoon of fun in the snow. You can check out more winter fun in our Ski & Snow Guide. And for more family-friendly activities, be sure to look at our Long Island Events Calendar.

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