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Long Island nature spots worth exploring with the kids

If it's that time of summer when the kids are getting restless and you’ve run out of things for them to do, you might want to explore some of Long Island's parks and nature preserves. Here are a few off-the-beaten spots that are definitely worth the trip. WHAT The preserve features a wide, circular 1.25-mile trail with grasses, marshes and a scenic overlook at the end to wetlands and Reynolds Channel. As part of the Atlantic flyway, the migratory route for birds heading south in the fall...

Ice cream, bonfires and other ways LI families mark the end of the school year

To mark the end of the school year, Wantagh's Katherine Schilling gathers her husband, John, 51, a road construction laborer, and their kids, John, 15, and Sarah, 13, and lights up the chiminea in their backyard. The fire does double duty. The family makes s'mores — then burns flyers and notices that have come home from school. After a year filled with lots of hard work, the ritual feels like a relief, says Schilling, 52, a phone company technician. Noting that she works from the 4-to-midnight...

Unique Long Island day trips for families

Start your day in this musical mecca at Music & Arts (30 W. Main St., Ste. 101, 631-727-2897, stores.musicarts.com/riverhead), which rents and sells instruments. "We've got guitars and amps, we have drums, we've got everything," says manager Don Norton. Kids can try out any instrument they'd like, says Norton. If it's Sunday, don't miss a stop at the aptly named Sunday Records (125 Roanoke Ave, 631-599-3918), where parents can turn their kids on to some of the favorite tunes from their youth...
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