Below I have compiled a list of interesting summer programs that offer kids a unique experience in a limited amount of time. Most of the camps are week-long programs. With a little planning, your kids can have a fun, learning experience that they will always remember, and maybe you can actually enjoy a beach day with your friends.
This summer, like most of our summers went flying by entirely too fast. Most days I found myself overwhelmed with how many activities we had planned. Other days there wasn’t much to do. We caught a rare break this past week, my husband wasn’t traveling and the kids summer activities had just wrapped up. We thought it would be the perfect opportunity to pack the car and get away for a little bit.
About mid-summer, I started to notice that my kids didn’t run to the door every time I’d say, “Let’s go to the beach.” Even though they still seemed to be enjoying the summer, I felt like we needed something new and exciting to make the last few weeks special. What better way to add a little excitement to your summer than to visit an amusement park?
Now that school is out, we’re busy over here at We Know Stuff putting a fun summer learning plan into place! Our last few posts have brought attention to avoiding Summertime Blues and how to Keep Kids Learning this summer. This summer, we hope to provide you with some tips and tricks to keep your entire family happy and engaged while school is out.
Whether you’re a land lubber or a seadog, the Pirate Festival is full of whimsy, laughs and good times for the young, the old and everything in between. We’ve gone in the rain, and we’ve gone in the sun – and no matter what the weather, the pirates are always waiting for us. And, they’re always in jolly good spirits.
As their palettes and interest grow, our reasons for visiting the North Fork will diversify too, which sort of brings me back to the point of this post: the 59th Annual Mattituck Lions Club Strawberry Festival. This festival is held yearly and is one of my favorite weekends of the year. Why? Because it’s a day full of perfect Americana Family Fun and we go every single year – without fail.
Sometimes, however un-Long island it may seem, we’re just not in the mood to traipse through another pumpkin patch. This is where Gabrielsen’s Country Farm, in Jamesport, NY comes into play. It was exactly what we were looking for – it had a solid 11-acre cornmaze, some adorably clean barnyard animals, a great musician, unlimited hay rides through the “creepy forest”, a sensory corn crib, a bounce house, and…no “pick your own” pumpkin crowds. In my kids’ eyes, it was perfect. In our eyes, it was an ideal way to let them run free and inhale the fall air and all of its goodness.
On Long Island, September is ideal apple picking time. As soon as school is back in session, we get out our calendars and fill up our Saturdays with all of our favorite fall activities.
Over the years, we’ve learned (the hard way) that if you wait until October to go apple picking on Long Island, you may just find yourself empty handed. With this in mind, we headed “Out East” over the weekend and set our sights on an orchard that we’ve never tried before, Woodside Orchards, in Aquebogue, NY. T
Our kids love animals. They love seeing animals, playing with animals, sleeping with animals – you name it – if it has to do with animals, they’re game. So it’s not shocking that we spend a lot of time at the local game farms, zoos and aquariums on or near Long Island, NY.
One of our favorite places to visit is the New York Aquarium, in Brooklyn, NY. It’s a little bit of a hike for us, so we always head out early, but it’s well worth the trip – especially during the winter months when we’ve been cooped up inside for way-too-many days in a row.
It’s hard to believe that I’ve waited this long to write about The American Museum of Natural History, but after our most recent trip to the museum, I figured the time had come. I could probably spend all day writing about all of the fantastic exhibits at the museum, but instead, I’ll focus on what I’ve learned over the years about taking our children to the museum and how to have a stress-free visit! So, here’s the skinny…