Things to do on Long Island with babies and toddlers

Now that my son is a toddler, we’ve been exploring new and exciting places to go on Long Island; pack the kids in the car and check out these family friendly places in the suburbs of Manhattan.

Monday: Free play
Start out the week with some free play at The Sandbox Playspace. Located in the heart of Huntington village, The Sandbox, run by a husband and wife team, is a joy for kids through five years old, and quite relaxing for parents. With Jack Johnson on the stereo, your child in eye and ear shot, and no screens blasting out annoying cartoons, you can chat with other parents, and even head into their adorable snack room for a break. They also have a breastfeeding room which overlooks the play area! You can drop in and play for $12/child, from 10am-5pm.

Where to take your toddler on Long Island: Sandbox Playspace

Tuesday: Huntington for books
Book Revue in Huntington has toddler time every Tuesday at 11AM. Once a month they have Jeff Sorg, a children’s musician, come in for circle time. Book Revue is family friendly, with accessible bathrooms, and a huge children’s section. When you’re done with toddler time, head over to their cafe for a snack and cup of coffee; they have high chairs, and room for strollers, too. (more…)

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