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BACK-TO-SCHOOL OUTINGS ON LONG ISLAND

IDEAS FOR FAMILY DAY: LONG ISLAND AQUARIUM AND OTHER SPOTS

With most schools scheduled to recommence soon, the date is right around the corner for many families. Parents understand how precious their time with their children is, especially when school, sports, and homework can get in the way of quality family time once the new academic year begins.

Planning a family outing to celebrate the beginning of your kids’ new school year and send off the summer right is easy in a place as diverse as Long Island. The first step to planning the perfect day out together is to book a chauffeured vehicle to whisk you all from place to place. Not only will a chauffeured car remove the stresses of driving and navigating from your plate, it will also allow you to spend more time with your kids, without being distracted by having to find a parking spot.

After you’ve booked your car, the next step is to plan your activities for the day, whether it’s buying tickets to the Long Island Aquarium or taking your kids to a fun restaurant. Here are some of our suggestions for planning an incredible family day out for back-to-school.

LONG ISLAND AQUARIUM

Your family can experience great memories here. Watch sea lions leap and frolic in the water during a sea lion show, or take the kids to see the penguins. Indoor exhibits include animals ranging from the stingrays to the jellyfish to the birds in the aviary. Outdoors, you can explore areas like the ray bay, the ancient reptile ruins, and the otter falls. No matter whether you join a special tour or choose to explore on your own, the family is guaranteed to learn a lot when they visit one of the top aquariums in the country.

THE AMERICAN AIR POWER MUSEUM AT REPUBLIC AIRPORT

This museum is perfect for parents who are looking for something educational but also interesting to their children. The Republic Airport once served an important role in America’s involvement in World War II and many of the relics from that time period are perfectly preserved in the museum. Come see some of the most important fighter jets and other aircraft, some dating back as far as 1935. Tickets are $10.00 for adults and $5.00 up to 12 years old.

CENTER FOR SCIENCE, TEACHING AND LEARNING

Science is one of the most important subjects for young minds to be exposed to, and Long Island has one of the best science center museums in the country. Situated on a natural preserve in Rockwood, New York, the CSTL is committed to providing its visitors with exposure to science in all its forms, from the live animal exhibit to the various science stations throughout the center. Parents can enjoy the beauty and serenity of the exhibits while their children learn and engage with the world around them.

CHILDREN’S MUSEUM OF THE EAST END

This Sag Harbor museum was made especially for children, with the fascinating exhibits and activities that captivate the young mind and open doors for learning. Your children can experience an entirely different world, from the imitation treehouses, windmills, lighthouses and the musical forest to the drop-in art studio where children can create their own masterpieces. What better way to prepare your children for back to school than a museum that lets them explore in a world that is all their own?Admission is free for members and $10 for non-members.

LONG ISLAND CHILDREN’S MUSEUM

This Garden City staple is the perfect place for your kids to experience art, science, and wonder, from the various exhibits in the gallery to the activities available to them around every corner. Parents can enjoy exhibits from local artists and children can engage with different outlets for their imaginations, including stations for building, experimenting, and interacting with other children.

The back-to-school period is often a stressful time for parents and children, but with one last special outing, before the school year gets into full swing, you can make time for family and help your kids ease into their new schedules with love and support. Whatever you decide to do for your family day out, remember to book car service so that the stresses of driving don’t come between you and your family on your special day.

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