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Dowling College Graduates Wonder If They’ll Ever Get Their Diplomas

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Dowling College in Oakdale (Long Island Press photo)

By Lynne Viccaro O’Leary

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An institution of higher learning for over 40 years, Dowling College gained a reputation as a solid liberal arts and aviation school set against the backdrop of the former Vanderbilt mansion on the banks of the Connetquot River. In its heyday, Dowling enjoyed a reputation for providing students with one-on-one attention, and for keeping Long Island’s schools well stocked with capable and talented educators. While some say that its decline was a long time coming, I don’t think too many observers would have predicted that Dowling would crash and burn so monumentally this spring, taking hundreds upon hundreds of faculty, staff and students along with it. It is almost as if the administration followed the playbook of what NOT to do, and followed it to a T.

How could a governing body composed of the school’s president and board of trustees—educated and accomplished professionals from across Long Island—have allowed things to get to this point? What were they doing while the college was racking up $54 million of long-term debt? Where did all of that money go? Who was signing off on the books every fiscal year? Where was the oversight?

Not only are these questions troubling, the lack of clarity regarding Dowling’s demise is beyond appalling. The complete and utter chaos, the dearth of communication, and the disregard for the faculty, staff and students is almost sociopathic.

As a recent graduate from Dowling’s MBA program, I completed my studies literally under the wire as the institution spiraled downward. It took two years of hard work, involving studying nights and weekends to fulfill my longtime dream of earning my master’s degree. Choosing Dowling was easy, because my company had a corporate partnership with them, which let me defer billing via their tuition reimbursement program. The rush from my academic success getting my MBA ended abruptly, when years of fiscal mismanagement suddenly came to a head.

First and foremost, the faculty and staff were wonderful. I learned a great deal, and found the academic process extremely gratifying. While completing the capstone class, I met a fantastic group of professionals from all different backgrounds as we collaborated on our final project. It was exhilarating to reach this significant goal collectively as we celebrated our graduation on May 21 with our families and friends.

That great feeling of accomplishment lasted about a week. The bottom fell out on May 31, when the administration made the first of many convoluted and panic-inducing announcements.

The illustrious leadership said that Dowling College was closing and students had one week to get their transcripts, or be faced with the prospect of finding them in the black hole of the state’s education department. Students and staff faced five- to six-hour long lines as they waited desperately to get some proof of their degrees and coursework so they could plan their futures. Then came the reprieves from the administration, claiming they’d made deals in the 11th hour to save the school. The news prompted the Dowling Alumni Association to go cyberbegging, urging the faculty and staff to return to work after they’d been terminated with little notice. These last-minute machinations were almost surreal.

As the final closure approached, things got worse. Along with my fellow graduates, we paid the requisite $150 graduation dues, which were to include a printed diploma. I went back to the campus at the end of June to pick up my transcripts. I found beleaguered staff left to fend for themselves against an angry and confused mob. The college was basically holding our transcripts for ransom until every cent of any outstanding tuition bill was paid then and there.

I happened to run into Dowling College President Albert Inserra in the hallway and asked him point-blank if we would get our degrees mailed to us. With a smile, he assured me that they would be in the mail in July. Now August rolls around, and we hear that this is not happening due to Dowling’s failure to both pay the printing company and send them the names of the graduates. It would seem that the college was unduly enriched by accepting those graduation dues and failing to provide degrees. We paid our money in good faith for the privilege of obtaining physical evidence of the degrees we all had worked so hard for—and we were let down yet again in every way imaginable.

As for Dowling’s failure of leadership, there has been nothing but radio silence from the Board of Trustees. Apparently they’re too busy with their summer plans and their day-to-day lives to care about the faculty, staff and students scrambling to find viable employment or search for places that will accept the educational credits that they had paid Dowling top dollars for, only to have that tuition money squandered, thrown into the gaping hole of the massive debt that was allowed to fester for years without end.

At the very least, Dowling’s Board of Trustees should pass around the collection plate to pay for printing those diplomas for those of us whose degrees are now, for better or for worse, tainted by this fiscal debacle. On behalf of the 300-plus graduates who stood on that football field at Dowling’s Brookhaven campus on May 21, I implore the Board of Trustees to listen to their consciences and not let our lasting impression be that Dowling cheated us from what was rightfully ours. Only then will they gain a glimmer of redemption in this dark chapter of Long Island’s history of higher education.

Lynne Viccaro O’Leary is an award-winning marketing and communications strategist and is vice president of marketing at a financial services organization on Long Island. She writes on marketing and management strategies and can be found on Twitter @MktgDriveThru or on Linkedin at linkedin.com/in/marketingdrivethru.

What Would Donald Trump Do To The White House?

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Would Donald Trump redecorate the White House in the styles of his hotels and casinos should he be elected president?

By Sandy McIntosh

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The three of us—Albert, Tom and me—were seated on the steps of the Academic Building at New York Military Academy, reminiscing about our school days there in Cornwall 50 years ago and our friendship with Donald Trump. In the shade of the summer sun, we speculated about the possible near-future, when Donald might win the presidency and take up residence in the White House.

“When we were in school,” Tom said, “John F. Kennedy had just been elected president. There was a big to-do about the transformation of the White House from Eisenhower’s day.”

“When Ike and Mamie were there,” Albert said, “the high point of their day seems to have been TV dinners on little trays in front of the television.”

“But when the Kennedys arrived, that changed,” I said. “They called the Kennedy White House ‘Camelot.'”

“Jackie Kennedy could speak French, I think.”

“She hired museum people to redecorate the White House.”

“The place was full of culture.”

“But then Kennedy died and Johnson set up a spit in the Oval Office and roasted a hog. Didn’t he?”

We didn’t think so. Not quite.

“So what will the Trumps do when they’re in the White House?” I asked.

“First thing, they’ll put up the big TRUMP sign on the White House roof, right? So big and shiny you’ll be able to read it from Mars!”

“I don’t think they’ll let him do that.”

We sat for a while, the sun slowly setting behind us.

“You don’t think he’ll try to redecorate the White House in the style of his casinos? Faux Greek statuary everywhere, and everything made of gold?”

We groaned.

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“Maybe they’ll work at creating a Trump Camelot. I mean, JFK had his famous PT-109 rescue, and his book, Profiles In Courage, to build on.”

“But what does Donald have to build a myth on?”

“Mar-e-Lago, Maureen Dowd said. That’s not in bankruptcy yet.”

“But that’s slim pickings, for a myth, I mean.”

“Let’s think about it. He’s still a handsome guy, hair and tan aside. And his family is beautiful!”

“I saw a picture of them at a Sunday dinner in his condo. All of them dressed to the nines. The kids so neat. It took me back to our family dinners in the 1960s. Something so retro.”

“And they all have such white teeth.”

“Yes. Shining. Reflecting the sunlight.”

“Perfection!”

“Don’t get carried away,” said Albert.

“Well, Trump’s White House won’t be Camelot,” I said.

“What will it be?” said Albert.

“I got it,” said Tom, clearing his throat. “Not Camelot. More like Ken and Barbie’s Dream Castle!”

“Ah!” one of us sighed. But we all saw the vision: the little plastic people on the White House lawn. And Vladimir Putin, perhaps, a snotty kid sitting there kicking the pieces around, creating his own little dream worlds, showing us how it’s supposed to be done.

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Sandy McIntosh first met Donald Trump at the Atlantic Beach Club in 1961. They spent the next four years together as military school cadets. He’s written about these formative experiences for the Long Island Press and The Daily Beast, and subsequently been interviewed by Le Figaro (France), Die Zeit and Zeitungsverlag (Germany), Jyllands-Posten (Denmark), Politico and The Washington Post, as well as Israel’s Channel 10, German Public Television’s ZDF, and for an upcoming Frontline program set to air on PBS Sept. 29, 2016. He is the author of 13 books. He has taught creative writing at Hofstra University and Long Island University. His A Hole In the Ocean: A Hamptons’ Apprenticeship was published in February 2016 by Marsh Hawk Press.

Do This: Long Island Concerts & Events August 4–10

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Brad Paisley
Possibly one of the most recognizable modern country singers, Brad Paisley has sold more than 12 million albums, won three Grammy Awards, 14 CMA Awards and has become a registered member of the Grand Ole Opry. Paisley set a record back in ’09 for most consecutive singles reaching the top spot in his genre. If that doesn’t impress you, take a listen to his ’05 classic, “She’s Everything.” Warming up the crowd is Tyler Farr, an up-and-coming country singer, and Maddie And Tae, whose single, “Girl In A Country Song,” went platinum. Jones Beach Theatre, Jones Beach, Ocean Parkway, Wantagh. jonesbeach.com $30.25-$90.25. 7:30 p.m. Aug. 4.

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Marshall Crenshaw
Born in Detroit, Marshall Crenshaw grew up when Motor City was hot and happening. He’s drawn upon his roots to carve out a unique career that evokes echoes of Buddy Holly—especially when he hits those high notes and his fingers are flinging out chords faster than a Ford Thunderbolt. He’s also a great songwriter with an ironic twist that he’s deployed to full effect as he chronicles the human condition of our time. And as fans of his WFUV-FM show “The Bottomless Pit” know well, Crenshaw’s record library rivals the Smithsonian. This uncompromising musician is the real deal. “Someday, Someway” simply has to be heard live. The Stephen Talkhouse, 161 Main St. Amagansset. stephentalkhouse.com$25-$40. 7 p.m. Aug. 5.

Sarah McLachlan
You probably recognize Sarah McLachlan’s voice from the animal cruelty commercial that makes you cry like a baby, but now you can experience that emotion by seeing her live on Long Island! The “Angel” singer is currently on tour promoting her latest album, Shine On, as well as gracing the audience with some of her classics from past albums. Her angelic, mesmerizing voice and emotional ballads are both significant factors to her enormous success. She has sold over 40 million albums worldwide, won three Grammys and four Juno awards. She also has a spot on Canada’s Walk of Fame. Get ready for an emotional, but uplifting night. You might bawl your eyes out, but it will be worth it—trust me. Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Center, 76 Main St., Westhampton Beach. whbpac.org $195-$300. 8 p.m. Aug. 5.

Hot Tuna (Electric)
Jefferson Airplane essentially split into two different bands after 1972 to form Hot Tuna and Jefferson Starship. Also performing will be Leftover Salmon. The Space at Westbury, 250 Post Ave., Westbury. thespaceatwestbury.com $45-$85. 8 p.m. Aug. 5.

Gil Parris
This is a rare chance to experience American Grammy Award-nominated guitarist Gil Parris, recognized by many as a killer jazz, rock and bluesman, in an intimate setting, surrounded by your friends and loved ones, enjoying a delicious and refreshing beverage and occasionally, uncontrollably, getting up out your seat, shaking your money maker, and howling “Hell yes!” Treme Blues and Jazz Club, 553 Main St., Islip. tremeislip.com $10. 8 p.m. Aug. 5.

Legends of Rock
Everybody knows that when the Jefferson Airplane shed its wings in the 1970s, the Starship took off into the pop stratosphere with a stellar overdrive fueled by arena rock blasted at full throttle. The ole hippie-dippy psychedelic sound wasn’t quite left behind in the rush from its San Francisco roots, but the band headed in a different direction that had harder metallic edges than it ever had. Climb on board and listen to the music of the stars, plus Mark Farner, Rick Derringer, Mitch Ryder & the Detroit Wheels NYCB Theatre at Westbury, 960 Brush Hollow Rd., Westburyvenue.thetheatreatwestbury.com $39.50-$89.50. 8 p.m. Aug. 5.

Randy Jackson of Zebra
Superhuman guitar virtuosity of the beloved Randy Jackson, frontman for Long Island’s own legendary saviors and purveyors of rock (via Louisiana), Zebra, will be performing a solo acoustic set. YMCA Boulton Center for the Performing Arts, 37 West Main St., Bay Shore. boultoncenter.org Free. 7 p.m. Aug. 6.

Yes
In 1968 the band Yes formed in London by singer Jon Anderson and bassist Chris Squire. The group is best known for its unique blend of progressive, art, and symphonic rock music. Nine of their 21 albums were top ten albums in either the UK or the US. The band has sold 13.5 million records in the United States. They’ll be performing the album, DRAMA, in full, plus Tales From Topographic Oceans sides 1 & 4 and a selection of their Greatest Hits. NYCB Theatre at Westbury, 960 Brush Hollow Rd., Westbury venue.thetheatreatwestbury.com  $59.50-$109.50. 8 p.m. Aug. 6.

Dave Attell
“You know, men and women are a lot alike in certain situations. Like when they’re on fire–they’re exactly alike.” If these wise words from comedic icon Dave Attell made you giggle, or you’re in the mood to have good laugh, you won’t want to miss Attell on Long Island. Most recognizable as the host of Comedy Central’s Insomniac, Attell has also worked on The Gong Show in addition to writing with Amy Schumer for the 2015 comedy film, Trainwreck. Attell gains inspiration from various sources, including Richard Pryor and Bill Hicks, but his uniqueness of situational comedy and sharp wit is what separates him from the rest. Attell’s most recent show, Road Work, received high reviews after it’s recent Netflix release. McGuires Comedy Club, 1627 Smithtown Ave., Bohemia. mcguires.govs.com $34. 7, 10 p.m. Aug. 6.

truTV Impractical Jokers
You know these guys from their hit show TruTV’s Impractical Jokers. Staten Island natives Sal Vulcano, Joe Gatto, James Murray and Brian Quinn delight fans with their improvised comedy sketches. The premise is as simple as the childhood games of truth or dare you used to play—but the dares dreamed up by these four childhood friends are both hilarious and excruciatingly embarrassing. No matter, it’s their infectious laughter that causes audiences to roar along with them whether they complete the dares or not. Fans can expect new videos and never-before-seen footage from their show. “Santiago Sent Us” Tour Starring The Tenderloins The Paramount, 370 New York Ave., Huntington. paramountny.com $49.50-$149.50. 7, 10 p.m. Aug. 5-6; 5, 8 p.m. August 7.

Fear Factory
This LA-based industrial metal quintet will play fan favorites, including “Linchpin,” “Replica” and “Shock.” Warming up the crowd will be Vibrater, The Hard Way, Anubis and Black Dawn. Revolution Bar and Music Hall, 140 Merrick Rd., Amityville. revolutionli.com $20, $24 DOS. 7 p.m. Aug. 7.

David Cassidy
David Cassidy is most recognizable as playing Keith in the 1970s TV series The Partridge Family, but he certainly has a good amount of performance under his belt. Even at 66, Cassidy is not afraid to hit high notes in his songs such as, “Cherish” and “I Think I Love You,” which hit Billboard Top lists after his involvement in The Partridge Family. Since the television series was created for his step-mother Shirley, Cassidy inevitably got involved in the entertainment business since his father was engaged to Shirley at the time. Since then, Cassidy has been a pop music icon, making crowds smile with his performances of “C’mon Get Happy.” Suffolk Theater, 118 E Main St., Riverhead. suffolktheater.com $60. 7:30 p.m. Aug. 7.

Chinese American Night
Songs! Dances! Joy! Part of the Nassau County International Music Nights Concert Series dedicated to music and culture, this free night of mesmerizing music is bound to satisfy the soul and inspire those dancin’ feet! Harry Chapin Lakeside Theatre, Eisenhower Park, East Meadow. Free. 8 p.m. Aug. 7.

Peter Pan
Take a trip to Neverland and be a kid again with J.M. Barrie’s magical children’s story, “Peter Pan,” now being performed for all ages on Long Island. Join the adventure to this enchanted realm, where you and Peter Pan will encounter mermaids, fairies, lost boys and the evil Captain Hook. This journey will make young audience members never want to grow up, and although that may seem impossible, just remember all one needs is “faith, trust and a little pixie dust.” NYCB Theatre at Westbury, 960 Brush Hollow Rd., Westburyvenue.thetheatreatwestbury.com  $19.50. 11 a.m. Aug. 9.

Michael Bolton
If you can remember when Michael Bolton’s curly gold locks flowed down to his shoulders, then you know how long this quintessential American performer has been crooning—and grooming—since he started singing in New Haven’s seedier bars as a teenage heartthrob. These days, some 53 million album sales later, he’s a little more close-cropped, but his booming voice can still blow the roof off any concert hall. The guy’s got some pipes that others can only dream about. How does he do it? He tells all in his new memoir, The Soul of It All: My Music, My Life. When you come to think of it, MB and his music are truly inseparable. You can’t have one, without the other.  The Paramount, 370 New York Ave., Huntington. paramountny.com $39.50-$110.50. 8 p.m. Aug. 9.

Snoop Dogg, Wiz Khalifa
The Snoop D-Oh-double-G, a.k.a. Snoop Lion, and the like-mindedly good time rapper Wiz Khalifa are taking “The High Road” tour, presented by none other than Mary Jane, for a day at the beach. Don’t be surprised to find a large cloud of smoke wafting over the venue for this one. It could get kind of hazy, even if the night starts out clear. Warming up the crowd will be Jhene Aiko, Kevin Gates, DJ Drama and Casey Veggies. Nikon at Jones Beach Theater, Jones Beach, Ocean Parkway, Wantagh. jonesbeach.com $25.75-$150. 7 p.m. Aug. 9.

William Handwerker
This author is the grandson of Nathan Handwerker, founder of America’s favorite frankfurter company. He will be speaking and signing copies of his new book, Nathan’s Famous. Book Revue, 313 New York Ave., Huntington.bookrevue.com Free with purchase of book. 7 p.m. Aug. 10.

–Compiled by Kate Nalepinski, Ana Borruto, Leo Capobianco & Timothy Bolger

Best Long Island Moms Groups & Dads Groups on Facebook – Resource Guide

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Long Island Mom & Dad Parenting Groups are helpful online resources and communities for mothers and fathers to interact, share tips and ideas, buy, sell, and trade clothing and toys, arrange playdates, shop, advertise services, and overall, simply help each other out.

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Having children is a blessing. But parenting isn’t easy. Nothing quite saps your energy and emotional resources the way children do, causing you to question your decisions like virtually nothing else on Earth. It can also be an isolating experience, especially if your pre-child friends are on a different baby-making schedule than you are.

For these reasons, parenting groups can be life-changing. You can meet people with whom you will immediately share something vitally important. They can answer your questions, concerns, and share in the unique joys and hardships that parents face. Social media, such as Facebook, has made it that much easier for like-minded mothers and fathers to find each other.

Located right here on Long Island, the groups included on this list can help identify quality local services and products—such as “Where is the best playground on Long Island?” and “Who can recommend an orthodontist?”—as well as organize meetups and play dates.

Have a stroller you are looking to unload? Barely worn baby clothes (or onesies that your baby grew out of before he/she could wear them)? Join a buy/sell/trade group. There are local groups whose main objective is coordinating and organizing playdates and outings. Groups that share ethnicities or religions. Or moms and dads who like to cook, read, or exercise.

You name it, there’s a Long Island mom (and dad) group for it.

Below is a compilation of the best Facebook Mommy & Daddy Parenting groups to get you to wine o’clock, subdivided into: COMMUNITY GROUPS; ACTIVITY GROUPS; HEALTH-RELATED GROUPS; REGIONAL GROUPS; RELIGION & CULTURAL GROUPS; BUSINESS GROUPS; BUY, SELL, TRADE, SWAP GROUPS; PLAYGROUPS/EVENTS; DADDY GROUPS; & EDUCATION GROUPS; along with their posted descriptions (and any associated rules).

This is very much a work in progress, as new groups are being created all the time, so if we missed any of your favorites, please let us know and we’ll be sure to add them! Thanks!

These are online networks where moms can share advice, jokes, and experiences, ask questions, and offer support. Friendships are often born here, with moms connecting over their collective bond of raising children on this fair island.

Some of these online families are formed around a commonality, such as breastfeeding, cloth diapers, language, or circumstance. Some are common to region. Others to sexual orientation or marital status. No matter the group dynamics, they all share one thing in common: their love—and frustration—of being a parent.

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LONG ISLAND MOMS

Remember when mornings were lazy, relaxing, and borderline fun? Yeah, me neither. Now mornings start as soon as the sun is up with a 6 year old shoving a tablet in your face. GET ME COFFEE!! This group is for YOU to read, relax, & connect with other local moms, whenever you have a free moment, may that be at 6 a.m. or 11 p.m. We’re a group of Moms, Mamas, Mommys and HEY MA’s. But we’re also wives, career women, partners, friends, teachers and many times, therapists. Sometimes we’re a B+ in the Mom category and that’s more than OK. B+ is fabulous!

But a few rules: 1) Buying/Selling belongs to the countless groups that specialize in it. 2) Advertising may only be posted on Small Business Saturdays. Do not post your business links on any other day of the week, they will be deleted. Do not bump your posts, they will be deleted. If someone seeks business recommendations, feel free to respond to their posts at any time. If you are a business and wish to host a Long Island Moms Facebook giveaway, please reach out to [the group’s administrator] to discuss the parameters.


LONG ISLAND MOMMIES

Rules are there are no rules… You can post things for sale, items you’re searching for, local business shout outs, questions about mommies or babies. Only rule is not to post anything rude or you’ll be delete!


LONG ISLAND MOMS GROUP

Place for referrals, advice and information about what’s going on on Long Island. NO ADVERTISING!


LONG ISLAND TODDLER AND PRESCHOOL MOMS

This group is for moms living on Long Island with children under the age of 5. Members can post baby & toddler items they would like to sell, share age appropriate events, deals & coupons, etc…


MOMEE FRIENDS OF LONG ISLAND

Momee Friends is all about Long Island and all things local with the focus on family. More: momeefriendsli.com


multitasking momLONG ISLAND MOMS OF NASSAU COUNTY

Hi ladies, this group is for moms to mingle, chat, ask recommendations, post questions or just vent. Because many were posting direct sales and advertising their business constantly, I am limiting it to Tuesdays only. The post will be deleted on any other day. The only post I will allow daily is help wanted for actual positions not direct sales or business ads. There are many other groups that allow this. Thank you.


LONG ISLAND, NY MOMS

This group for Moms and Dads of Long Island, New York. Use this group to discuss what’s happening on the island. Let’s talk about great restaurants, family fun spots to visit and places to shop, etcetera. Use this group to get advice on various topics, ask for recommendations/referrals or even just post for support. Rules to follow: No Advertising. Do not create a file/document without asking admin first. Respect each other. No selling of items/services.


MOM 2 MOM – LONG ISLAND NY

For moms across the Long Island area to chat, give advice, arrange play dates, & vent in a supportive setting.


MOMS FOR MOMS LONG ISLAND

A place for Moms of Long Island, NY to go for advice, networking, info on local events and so much more. Please feel free to spread the word and invite other Long Island Moms. Moms only please. Each visitor to this group takes responsibility themselves for verifying the validity of posts and to make safe and responsible choices before using someone who offers a product or service. While the Administrators make every effort to confirm validity of a member before approval it is each members responsibility to confirm a posters true validity. Always use common sense and cautiousness especially when it involves your children. Thank you.


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MOMS ON LONG ISLAND

Hi All, I figured I would create a page for Moms on Long Island. It’s nice to chat with local moms, ask questions, post ideas, offer up unwanted baby items that you don’t need anymore, or items you may be looking for, make possible new friends, set up a play date or two, or anything else that I forgot to add. I am a part of another Mom’s group on FB, but I don’t think it’s just for Long Island. I like the fact that everyone who joins will be from the local area. Hope you all enjoy, I know I will.


LONG ISLAND MOM AND DAD BLOGGERS

This group is for Long Island Mom and Dad Bloggers, public relations, media and other business owners/managers that offer the public blogs or opportunities for bloggers to work together to bring more to Long Island.


LONG ISLAND MOMS AND DADS

A place for all LI’ers to share info as Moms and Dads!


LONG ISLAND MOM W/ TEENS

Welcome to Long Island Moms with Teens. A place for FRIENDLY discussions. Any topic is open for discussion. We are not here to judge or argue. We would love to hear about “teenage issues” (school, sports, teen attitudes, college entrance, anything.) We all have them whether they are good or bad! This page is open for brags, rants, questions, or anything else all I ask is be nice! Just remember we are all moms, doing our best with what we have, we are not experts. Simple Rules… Do not sell here it will be deleted. Do not recruit for your direct sales job, it will be deleted. Anyone who is judging or arguing can be removed.


LONG ISLAND MOM’S CONNECT

Connect, share, inspire! Any negativity will be blocked!


LONG ISLAND SINGLE MOM AND DAD PAGE

A place to meet and support other single PARENTS.


LONG ISLAND CLOTH DIAPER MOMS (AND DADS)

A group where local families can discuss all things cloth diapering. Open to those who cloth diaper, are considering cloth, or just want to learn more. We can talk about our faves, post our concerns or issues, ask any questions, set up swaps or sales, and discuss anything else about our squishy bummed babes. Please keep conversations cloth diaper related. Non-CD Ads and spam will be deleted and members removed. Thanks!


LONG ISLAND MOMS WITH TWINS

Looking to meet other moms and their kids for outings. Walks/ park/ etc.


LONG ISLAND MOMS HELPING MOMS

This group is for Moms helping other moms who are not as fortunate. Donating or requesting items that a mother no longer needs, and is willing to part with that item to help moms with their babies and kids. Life is a struggle for parents, especially when you’re economically challenged. No receiving items then turning around selling it on one of these sites for a profit. That will get you removed from the group. No second chances! Let’s help each other out. How you exchange or donate is the same, you meet or attend to each other’s home.


LONG ISLAND AND CITY MOMS

This group is to connect the mothers I know in the area together. Feel free to invite more mommy friends you know as well! This group will give us the chance to get advice from each other and plan fun age appropriate play groups and activities for our little ones.


LONG ISLAND LGBT MOMS AND DADS

Would love to meet other same-sex parents and their kiddos!! Love makes a family!!!


LONG ISLAND GAY AND LESBIAN MOMS AND DADS

A page for LGBT Moms and Dads to ask questions, find answers and support each other as parents along with giving back to our community! All are welcome and I hope we can help each other and learn from one another


LONG ISLAND TULA MOMS UNCENSORED

Long Island Tula Moms Uncensored is a group specifically designed for parents to show their Tula/babywearing love! We can include ALL of Suffolk and Nassau Counties! 🙂 Local B/S/T is allowed and encouraged as we want everyone to know the awesomeness of Tula’s. This is a fun group, so let’s keep sharing the baby wearing love!!! There will be cursing, and rants…..if you are opposed to this, well then. you know the drill.


YOUNG MOMS OF LONG ISLAND

A place where young mothers can meet other young mothers from Long Island. *Please no selling or advertising.


STAY AT HOME MOMS LONG ISLAND

This group is for SAHMs of Long Island. It’s a place to share to joys and struggles of staying home with our little ones, support each other, and vent. Feel free to ask questions about times and dates of events, community activities around the island, favorite restaurants, vacation ideas, home repairs, etc. Feel free to set up playdates or get-togethers. Have a fun activity you’ve done with your kiddos? Share it here. Please DO NOT use this page to advertise your business. Please DO NOT list items for sale on this page. Anyone who does so will be removed. Let this be a fact-sharing page. Any offensive opinions or members can be removed as the administrators see fit. Any questions feel free to PM me. Thanks, Geralyn.


MOMS CLUB OF LONG ISLAND

Welcome to Mom’s Club of Long Island!!!! It’s a network for Long Island Moms!! Feel free to invite new moms to our group… This is a great way for us to ask questions, get advice, share info/alerts and communicate as to where/when we’ll meet up for *Park play dates, *Picnic dates, *Fun events, *Rollerskating events, *Bowling events, *Movie dates, *Halloween events, and much much more… Moms need to stick together as our children are growing up!! The more the circle grows…the more informative we can all be to each other so we can better protect our children!! Hope to see you at the next play date!!! Xoxoxo ***** We understand you may want to promote your business, however multiple posts in a short period of time will cause us to delete you. This group is not intended for that****


SUPPORTIVE SINGLE MOMS OF LONG ISLAND

This is a group of Single Moms, not just through divorce, who want to find new friends to help them along this journey and find support and advice. There will be no haters in this group and if become one, you will be deleted. Life is hard enough, so let’s be there for one another and not bring any drama. This is a place to be yourself, vent, ask for help and set up playdates etc…


YOUNG MOMS AND DADS OF LONG ISLAND

A group to help, support and make friends for young parents 🙂 Invite all your mommy and daddy friends!


PARENTING ON LONG ISLAND

This Group is created for parents to get together and discuss strategies to help their children with everyday life, school, focus, discipline, and a healthy lifestyle.


LONG ISLAND PARENTS GROUP

Welcome to the newest LI parents group. Where we can get any information needed from other parents. Give referrals to anything and everything needed. Discuss whatever you want. Rules: No bashing each other. Business posts: You can NOW ONLY POST ON THE 15th, unless someone is asking for your type of business then you can post on that thread! Thanks everyone!


STRONG ISLAND MOM SQUAD

Long Island has so much to offer and we are here to take advantage of it. We plan weekly events around the island to meet up and hang out and blow off steam. (Suggestions always welcome!) We are also here to support one another, vent, bitch, whine, and show solidarity and compassion when we need it. Your admins are: Vanessa Dees Longobardi & Alej Andra. General guidelines and squad goals: Please do not advertise your business or enterprise here without PMing an admin first. Please do not post pictures of your childs’ diaper rash/genitalia asking for medical advice, for their protection. It is a closed group but it is also the internet. These may evolve over time, but basically, have fun!


BABYWEARING INTERNATIONAL OF LONG ISLAND

Welcome! We are Babywearing International’s Long Island chapter. We have frequent free educational meet-ups lead by our Babywearing educators. Our meet-ups are listed in the event section. We also have a carrier/wraps lending library available to all dues paying members. Please look at the pinned post for more details. If you would like to join our discussion chatter group please send a PM for further details.


CHILDCARE ON LONG ISLAND

Nannies/ Babysitters Looking For Jobs Or Families That Need Childcare on Long Island.


LONG ISLAND PARENTS

Long Island Parents comes to you from longislandparents.com a website for Long Island families and more to get information such as local businesses, events, articles, local news, weather and more! Join us here to get updates, find out who your local businesses are, what specials they may have, and meet your local families.


DIVORCED LONG ISLAND PARENTS

A group to provide support, advice and friendship


LONG ISLAND CHILDCARE – NASSAUchildcare

Please specify your location, description of position and preferences. This page is for families looking for babysitters, nannies and mother’s helpers. Agencies & DayCare Centers are not Permitted. Please DO NOT post your care.com or sittercity links on this page or your posts will be deleted without further notice. It is not fair to others when you post repeatedly. Please BUMP up your posts rather than reposting them (which clogs up the newsfeed).


HUMANS WEARING BABY HUMANS LONG ISLAND

We are Humans. We all come from different places. We have different histories and different challenges. We are faced with different trials and different hurdles. We celebrate different victories and different triumphs. We are all on our own parenting journeys. There are times when our paths cross, but then often they diverge again. We make our own choices based on our own knowledge and our own beliefs. There is so much that separates us from one another, but there is also so much that brings us together. We give our everything to our children and loved ones. We do what needs to be done to help nourish and bring up our little ones and get through each day. We believe that all people deserve an equal amount of respect, kindness, and love, and strive to be that example for our children. Sometimes we fail and sometimes we soar, but we do it with support, kindness, and love, no matter what our differences are. We are mothers. We are fathers. We are caregivers. We are carriers. We are Humans Wearing Baby Humans.


LONG ISLAND PARENTS OF AN ONLY CHILD

A place to discuss your concerns, ask questions, etc. with parents who have similar challenges.


SINGLE PARENTS ON LONG ISLAND

Single parent families on Long Island coming together for activities, friendship and support.


TATTOOED PARENTS ON LONG ISLAND

This group is for all tattooed parents (or tattoo enthusiast parents) on the island to have a place to post questions, photos, events, etc. If you use profanity or are excessively rude you will be banned from the group. Be nice & have fun. Your admins are Ginamarie Galluccio & Cici Cole.


LONG ISLAND GAY AND LESBIAN MOMS AND DADS

A page for LGBT Moms and Dads to ask questions, find answers and support each other as parents along with giving back to our community! All are welcome and I hope we can help each other and learn from one another.


LONG ISLAND PARENT COMMUNITY

Long Island Parents gather in this group to connect. We trade word-of-mouth referrals, get advice, ask question and find answers. We support and encourage each other. We only ask that: 1) Posts are kept on topic (i.e. no random advertisements unless they are somehow relevant to parents of Long Island). Keep it relevant and productive. 2) Be Civil. Remember the “Golden Rule” (If you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say anything at all). Members are welcome to add or approve new members, but please take this task seriously. Check out the applicants’ profile. If an applicant does not have a clear connection to Long Island, please do not admit them.


LONG ISLAND NY PARENTS AND GRANDPARENTS

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SINGLE PARENT SUPPORT OF LONG ISLAND

For Single Mothers and Fathers, those who know of, or just want to share their support and love! I would also like to use this group to help families in need, whether it be children’s clothing, toys, etc.! ALL donations will go to my local church, OR a specific family that we know of! Please Post or if you want to be discrete, send me a private message.

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Shopping for the best deals and prices, preparing family meals, ensuring the kids are ready for school, etcetera, etcetera, etcetera—it often feels like there are simply not enough hours in a day to get everything done, and definitely not enough time to exercise, workout, or even a relaxing walk through the neighborhood before dinner.

You’ve got a lot on your shoulders, there’s no question, and your family is definitely relying on you to make everything happen. We know you’ve heard this before, but it really is imperative you take it to heart: You need to take care of yourself. You are perhaps the most important member of the family. If you are not well, then no one else will be well. You need to exercise. You need to be in tip-tip shape. You need to make time.

The following activity groups help you to do just that, make some friends and have some fun along the way. (Remember that? FUN!)


NO EXCUSE MOM NASSAU COUNTY LONG ISLAND

Our goal is to encourage health, friendship and community. We believe strongly that health starts at home and begins with parents as a child’s first role model. Most of all, we believe in the importance of prioritizing your personal health. Despite the stress, fatigue and chaos in a mom’s day–we believe that you should make NO EXCUSES for not prioritizing your health. We will provide you with knowledge, tools and inspiration to find what healthy means for you and your family. We are the guide on this journey. You will get workouts, healthy eating information, plus a healthy dose of motivation from our website. We will help you connect with other moms and know that you are not alone in your struggles. We are all in this together. Join us in the No Excuse Mom movement that is sweeping the world!


NOEXCUSEMOM CENTRAL

We are the Central Long Island No Excuse Mom Group. We aim to inspire, connect and motivate our community to be healthier. This is a private group and must request to join.


LONG ISLAND HOCKEY MOMS

A place where we can discuss ice hockey, share information and support one another throughout the season and off season.


LONG ISLAND MOMS COOKING CLUB

Hi Ladies I started this group for us all to share dinner ideas. I have seen a lot of woman doing a week’s worth a meals in a day. So I figured let’s start a page and do it together.


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This group is for all of us who use coupons on daily basis to save money and get the best deals and discounts. This group is also for FREE items and giveaways to the moms in need. All the coupons and items posted must be for FREE. You are free to offer, search or exchange. If you have product samples you CAN post it in this group. (Baby Formula Samples, Shampoo, conditioner etc.) and any household samples are welcome to be shared in this group. They all must be factory sealed. Sealed food samples can be posted and expiration date MUST be stated on the original post. If you have FREE items that you want to donate to needy moms please post FREE items only. (Ex. Baby items, clothes, appliances, pottery, decorations, china etc.) If you have gift cards that you would like to sell please feel free to do so at the same or lower price the gift card is value at. You must state pick up location on your post. First person who comments Interested gets the coupon. If a person is tagged it is considered countable. Comment ONLY to the main post please, it will create confusion and dispute if you comment on a photo inside the post. Cross posting is not allowed. Go by the 12 hour rule. When someone is interested please get in touch via private message to arrange pick up. Posting your personal address and phone number is strictly prohibited. If the person did not show up to pick up the coupon please follow up before you move on to the next person in line. Be respectful to each other when posting or “buying.” If you are a “buyer,” make sure you let your “seller” know if you can’t make it for the pickup, and reschedule accordingly. If you are a coupon addict and you have valuable tips on how to save and get the best deals, you are welcome to share it with this group. Thank you and happy coupon clipping!

LONG ISLAND DANCE MOMS

Moms of daughters that are in dance competitions. Ask Questions, give tips, get how-tos, and advice.


DANCE MOMS OF LONG ISLAND

Dance Moms only… No Kids… Ask your questions… Post a quote, Sell an item, share your stories… No mention of Dance schools Allowed; post will be deleted… If you want to talk about dance schools please private message each other. Thank you. Enjoy!


WORKOUT MOMS OF LONG ISLAND

Are you a mom in Long Island and looking to lose that baby fat? Let’s build a team of moms to workout. Here you will find exercise, challenges, weight goals and a chance to connect with moms from long Island.


THRIFTY MOMS_LONG ISLAND

For Long Islanders who are looking to buy/sell items, who are in search of items (ISO), who are announcing an event, a garage/estate sale, who would like to advertise their small businesses or services or who would like to open up a discussion. We welcome new members and encourage you to join and feel free to add your “friends” to this group as well.


LIT~CHICKS / LI MOMS BOOK CLUB

A group for LI moms who love to read, because what else should we do while putting our kids to sleep 😉 Post recommendations, reviews, read-a-longs & discussions! *don’t forget to list SPOILER ALERTS. Post local book events or create your own! There is an option for “group chats” for those who are reading the same books together! Happy reading lit-chicks!! 📖🍷


BEAUTY PAGEANT MOMS/LONG ISLAND, NY

All about Beauty Pageants: Upcoming Beauty Pageants, Pageant Coaches, Pageant Photographers, Pageant Dresses, etc.


CREATIVE MOMS OF LONG ISLAND

Are you a creative mom of Long Island, then this is a group for you. You can add posts of your crafts, or if you’re looking for ideas, you will find them here.


LONG ISLAND PARENTS FOR SOCIAL JUSTICE

A place for parents on Long Island to discuss both parenting, social justice issues, and anything that falls in between. Topics will include modern race issues, feminism/feminist parenting, LGBTQ topics, wealth distribution, and environmental justice, as well as typical parenting stuff. We plan on holding both mommy and me and play date style events, as well as more political events, rallies, showings of social justice centered films, and community service projects. This is a safe space for POC, LGBQT, and non-binary individuals. It is also a space for people with various privilege to unpack and learn about the issues that have put them in a dominant position within our society.


HIKE IT BABY SUFFOLK, LONG ISLAND & HIKE IT BABY – NASSAU, LONG ISLAND

Change your world one little hike at a time. hikeitbaby.com HIKE IT BABY MISSION: We believe that our world would be a better place if all parents stepped outside at least once a week for a walk in nature with their baby. It’s Hike it Baby’s goal to support you and your family in doing that. We promise to provide a minimum of ONE HIKE PER WEEK throughout the cities we are located in and chances are there will be more.

WHAT IS HIKE IT BABY? Hike it Baby is a parent group focused on getting families outside together enjoying nature in a safe and supported way. By joining our community you will: •Greatly minimize the feelings of “baby blues” and post-partum depression. •Find a new group of friends who will always have your back (no hiker left behind). •Discover parts of your city you have never seen before! •Help your child understand the importance of nature in his/her life. •Find a strength in yourself you never knew you had. Our number one rule is to LEAVE NO HIKER BEHIND. If you have a blow out, need to feed your baby/child, have a fussy toddler, we are here for you. We have all been there, or are there now, or know it’s coming. Whether you were active before your baby came into your life or you just feel like it’s time to get out there, we are here to help jumpstart you back on that road to being active in a safe and supportive group. It’s also our mission to open you up to a new community of friends who may be your neighbors, live across town, or across the nation. Our focus is you, your family, and your baby all appreciating and exploring nature with a diverse group of people.

OUR FACEBOOK POLICIES: •Keep all posts on the Facebook page hiking/outdoor related. •Keep all discussions friendly and positive. •This is a judgment-free zone. •We hope that “Blocking” a member is never warranted, but Admins must not be blocked – it’s important for all to be able to communicate.

Long Island parenting groups

Whether you have a child with autistic needs or peanut allergies, questions about breastfeeding, nutrition, specific schools for special needs children, or even if you just want to talk with other parents who are dealing with similar issues, have similar questions, share similar experiences, the following health-related groups provide much-needed forums and support for mothers and fathers navigating these oft-confusing areas.


LONG ISLAND BREASTFEEDING MOMS

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NO NUTS MOMS GROUP OF LONG ISLAND, NY

This is a peanut and tree-nut free group for all ages. The group will meet up for indoor and outdoor events. We also have adult only outings and are open to any other suggestions. If you are a working or a stay at home mother who has a child with a life threatening allergy, please join us. This is a chance for you and your child to develop a lifelong friendship with someone you both can relate to. Our Main Website: nonutsmomsgroup.weebly.com We also have a Support Group and Forum for all Food Allergic Families: NO NUTS MOMS GROUP SUPPORT GROUP & FORUM


LONG ISLAND ABA AUTISM MOMS

I’ve been seeing tons of posts on several different groups asking for transition advice and info, cpse meetings, EI services, developmental pediatricians, evaluation scores, diet and healthcare for Autism, reading data sheets, and so much more. I thought creating a page like this may help parents with newly diagnosed children go through the process, and help share valuable information between concerned parents as we move forward. A great place to ask questions, toss ideas around, share what works for your family, or just simply share or vent in a safe place where people actually “get it.” Let’s see how this works…


FOOD ALLERGY MOMS OF LONG ISLAND

This board is for parents of children with food allergies. The purpose of this group is to connect with other local Long Island parents of children with all types of food allergies. We can share tips, snacks and other great finds with other parents in the same situation! Our only request is that you do not advertise in here. We are all looking for suggestions and advice, so please do not solicit parents here. Thank you!!!


LONG ISLAND MOMS GETTING HEALTHY

This group is for Long Island moms who are looking for support as they get healthy and lose weight.


PARENTS OF SPECIAL NEEDS GROUP-LONG ISLAND

A place where parents with Children that have special needs can come here to vent, get information and find friends in our community.


LONG ISLAND SPEECH THERAPY PARENTS

This group is facilitated by Little Angels Center with offices in Blue Point, Medford, Commack and East Islip and Port Jefferson Station. We can’t answer child specific questions, but we can help explain the availability of different services, be a resource on general speech and language development and provide resources for speech and language home carryover.


LONG ISLAND PARENTS OF LEGALLY BLIND CHILDREN

Simply put, this is a place to share our information, our love, our frustrations, our achievements, our setbacks, and everything else in between.


LONG ISLAND VEGAN PREGNANCY AND PARENTING

If you’re a vegan mommy or a vegan mommy-to-be (pregnant now or planning a vegan pregnancy in the future) you came to the right place! This group is a place for vegan women to share their pregnancy and parenting experience, give each other support and maybe make new friendships.


LONG ISLAND ATTACHMENT PARENTING

This is a group that helps parents share experience, exchange ideas and learn new ways to raise our children with love and compassion. We are an eclectic group of parents and children with one thing in common; a desire to parent naturally and from the heart. We know that what our culture has accepted as “normal” are parenting methods that increasingly feel “detached” from what children really need. Don’t let the main stream bring you down. You know what’s best for your children and in our group you can discuss it without fear of judgment…or strange looks!

Are you tired of searching for other families who breastfeed beyond the “minimum”? Are you sick of people saying things like “He doesn’t sleep through the night yet?” or “You keep your baby in the room/bed with you!?!” Well, you’ve come to the right place! Whether supporters of child Led Weaning, gentile discipline, homeschooling, Baby-wearing, bed-sharing or co-sleeping all are welcome here!


HOLISTIC PARENTS OF LONG ISLAND

This group is for Holistic-minded parents looking for support and advice, or for those seeking to switch to alternative/holistic medicine and parenting. This group is NOT for people who 100% only believe in modern medicine and parenting. Please feel free to share products, doctors, parenting techniques, etc. that you have found success with. Please add like-minded friends/family. All member request will be screened and need to be approved, as this page is not for people to say negative comments/trash talk this way of life. Please see description below to decide if this group is for you (adapted from holistic moms group):

People in this group should believe in the following practices. While you do not have to follow every one of these practices, you should feel comfortable considering and listening to those who do. If these practices make you uncomfortable, this group is not for you. 1. Making informed and educated parenting decisions around pivotal issues such as childbirth, breastfeeding, wellness, vaccination, circumcision, nutrition, interpersonal communication, discipline, and education, among others. Parents need to be aware of alternative and holistic options that may differ from conventional choices in order to make an informed choice that best suits their family and their personal values. 2. Seeking respectful and nurturing relationships with others, imparting the values of empathy, love, and compassion to our children, and embracing attachment parenting techniques (including baby-wearing, extended breastfeeding, co-sleeping, and positive discipline). 3. Actively participating in our own healing process when we’re out of balance; using minimally invasive healthcare modalities to help the body and spirit heal while respecting the many paths to healing, both holistic and conventional. 4. Balancing and integrating the physical, emotional, and spiritual aspects of being into everyday life; using the principles of wholeness – healthy eating, regular exercise, natural healing, stress reduction, non-violent communication – to create a balanced life for the entire family. 5. Teaching our children to respect and care about the natural world by actively providing opportunities for them to be in nature, and teaching them about how they can protect our environment. 6. Limiting our children’s exposure to advertising, marketing, and a consumer-driven culture that is creating rampant materialism, disconnecting them from nature and healthy social interactions. 7. Living more simply and consuming less in an effort to reduce our impact on the environment and to emphasize non-material values.

Long Island

Communities are ultra-tight units of people who live in the same geographic area who share a ton. They live on the same block. Their children attend the same schools. They shop in the same stores, deal with the same utility companies, go to the same post office.

Communities are comprised of friends and families, school districts, parishes and congregations. They are neighbors, confidantes, a unique network of parents who are all in it, together. Individually, members of a specific community may be strong, but united, well, Look Out!

As such, a community’s shared experiences are also its greatest strength. Members are therefore the best to turn to when there’s an issue that simply no other collection of people will understand. Or there’s an event or special occasion to celebrate. Community members are in it for the long haul, since they literally live there. They’re in it. They get it. And they can be your best ally, to share ideas with, receive advice from, or help tackle any number of challenges. These are the people you live with. These are the people who will help mold you and your family and your children’s lives, simply by sharing so much of life with one another.

The following are online community groups who’ve bonded together to better the lives of not just their own families, but their neighborhoods where they live, as a whole.


PATCHOGUE MOMS

Welcome to Patchogue moms! This group is for posting community events, information and recommendations that are relevant to moms in the area. There is no advertising in this group unless an admin designates a specific post to that. Any advertising posts will be deleted without warning and you might be removed from the group as well. There is a search option for the group if you have a question that you think was asked already or if you are searching for an old post. If you’re on your phone, you need to enter in “Patchogue moms (insert what you’re looking for.) If you have things for sale please post them in this group: THINGS FOR SALE IN PATCHOGUE-MEDFORD NEW YORK Please remember to be nice=)


SOUTH SHORE LONG ISLAND MOMS

This is a FB group for “South Shore” residents to communicate, interact and share ideas. It’s a great place to exchange tips, local events and advice. Please be respectful, no spamming for sole purpose of business and remember the printed word doesn’t always come across the way it would if you said it over a nice glass of Chardonnay. We LOVE our local businesses and are proud and honored to support them, so we ask that you ONLY post on “Wacky Wednesdays” which are now the third Wednesday of every month from 8:00am ~ 8:00pm. *see schedule below* No exceptions will be made. If you have a community based event, fair or a community based activity you wish to post, you must submit it to an SSLI Moms admin for approval. You may post a link once a week for another Facebook group, but it may not be “business” based. This group is a fantastic forum for referrals, discussions and fun information, but as it has grown we had to curtail the advertising activity. We support our local Long Island businesses, but the constant flood of ads get overwhelming and drown out the regular conversations. If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to contact one of us, we’re here to help. You’re all terrific and a fun group!!! Thank you for your continued support.


SUFFOLK COUNTY MOMS

Moms that live in Suffolk County-here is your place to share, support, ask questions, and advertise any local business run by mom’s. If you kids needs votes for a contest, POST! If you love a locally female run business, tell us about it? Have mom questions, get answers from other moms. Be KIND, Be supportive! I am way too busy to monitor this thing; I have kids to raise, money to make, and toilets to clean. LIKE ALL MOMS! Have fun ladies and I hope that this forum is a happy and safe place without BIG BROTHER watching or some cyberbully admin’s telling you what you can and cannot post. Let’s keep it real ladies! If you are not a mom and just want to follow! Feel Free! Together we are stronger!


NORTH SHORE LONG ISLAND MOMS

This is a FB group for “North Shore” residents to communicate, interact and share ideas. It’s a great place to exchange tips, local events and advice. Just one request, NO DRAMA (LOL). Please be respectful and remember the printed word doesn’t always come across the way it would if you said it over a nice glass of Chardonnay. We LOVE our local businesses and are proud and honored to support them, so please see the pinned posts for the schedule of dates for advertising. Let’s try and limit our activity to mainly the North Shore of Long Island. Thank you for your participation, have fun and enjoy North Shore Long Island Moms!!!!


NORTH SHORE MOMS CHAT

YOU BELONG HERE because: •You are a North Shore LONG ISLAND MOM; • You want the warmth of girlfriends without immature BS; • You have been dying to have friends to laugh and talk to; • You feel alone and wonder if anyone else understands and feels the way you do; • Sometimes you really need to just vent a little and get it off your chest; • Some days you want to connect but don’t want to get out of your PJs; • You believe that women are not destined to be the bitch and backstabber stereotype; • You know you have a lot to offer; • You want to reclaim your sense of humor and laugh out loud every day; • No one is happy if mama isn’t happy; • It is time you nurture yourself and who you are; • You are making a choice to get out and involved!


MASSAPEQUA MOMS GROUP

A page for MOMS (and dads) to ask questions and find answers about what is going on in Massapequa and how to give back to the community. REMINDER… MMG is not a place to advertise. I ask that you create documents in files so our board does not get clogged. I am also implementing a new rule that you please edit the file you already have instead of creating new files. Also, updating must not exceed every two weeks. I have no problem with you jumping in on a thread that your specific business is being requested, but please be respectful to each other and each other’s businesses. When in doubt, private message is always best. Please do not create events in our group. If there is something you would like to promote or if you are having a party, kindly contact me. Our events are created by administrators. As adults, we are to maintain a level of respect towards other members, local businesses, and our community. If I feel that level has been crossed, you post will be deleted. Thank you, Dawn. MMG IS NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR ANY POSTS OR COMMENTS MADE BY ITS MEMBERS & IS FOR ENTERTAINMENT PURPOSES! PRESS INQUIRIES CONTACT [email protected]


OCEANSIDE LONG ISLAND MOMS

A group for Oceanside moms to discuss area events and happenings in Oceanside.

Mom and dad parenting groups

Every religion shares their own set of beliefs, and so too does every culture share its own core of traditions. Whether that’s a recipe handed down through several generations, or the sacred customs performed at a special ceremony or familial occasion, such as a wedding, all these help define not just those individual members of said religious sect or community, but the congregation or ethnicity as a whole.

The following groups are comprised of caring individuals and families who share religious and cultural beliefs and traditions, and in bonding together, have created online families unto their own.


LONG ISLAND JEWISH MOMS

Shalom! This Moms group is for all Jewish moms and their little ones in the Nassau/Suffolk Long Island areas. Your spouse can be non-Jewish. If you are a Jewish mom looking to join a group of other Jewish mommies, this is the place for you. We have Mommies Night Out, playdates, outings, family days, chatting/message board, etc. As of now there is no Advertising. We will pick a day once a month starting March. You may create a file and update every two weeks. Any events must be approved by admins. We look forward to meeting you and your little ones.


JEWISH MOMS LONG ISLAND NY

We highly recommend NYC Party Masters for all your party needs, they are amazing!! nycpartymasters.com


LONG ISLAND ITALIAN MOMS GROUP

Thank you for joining our site for Long Island Italian Moms (and Dads are welcome, too!). On our site, please share your favorite recipes, pictures of your Sunday dinners, tell stories about how your family came to America, maybe some photos of family when they arrived here. Where is your family from in Italy? Hey, you may find some long lost relatives!! Post Italian Feasts, Restaurants, etc. Welcome!!


LONG ISLAND MOCHA MOMS

If you’re a stay-at-home mom, or work part-time, full-time, etc. mom of color living on Long Island, a new chapter of Mocha Moms is forming. This is an amazing support group for moms just like you (and me) who are making things work for themselves, families, and communities. Join us!


LONG ISLAND ASIAN PARENTS

Is it just me or do Asian cultures have some wild and interesting believes and techniques when it comes to child rearing (or even life in general)? Let’s share stories, ideas, experiences, and even recipes to connect with each other and build a strong network of support and knowledge to keep our roots and cultures alive :)!


POLISH PARENTS ON LONG ISLAND

A place where parents can meet and discuss topics that affect us and our kids.


RUSSIAN PARENTS ON LONG ISLAND

This group is designed for Russian speaking parents to share their concerns, ideas on raising kids on Long Island. Please share the EVENTS that you think other parents can benefit from Business owners, feel free to share your ads if they relate to children/family, BUT we strongly ask you NOT to exceed 1 posting a week (after all it is free for you).

Long Island parenting groups

Do you specialize in custom-designed arts and crafts for children? Make jewelry? Are you a stay-at-home mom who possesses an amazing gift for baking the most amazing cookies and muffins and rugelach? A photographer? Do you sell all-natural baby products? Are you looking to network with other professional parents? These groups are resources for those looking to market their products and services, connect with other working mothers, and expand their businesses. They’re also great resources for shoppers who are interested in supporting other Long Islanders.

Browse, chat, and leave your digital business card. You never know where it might lead!


LONG ISLAND MOMS PROFESSIONAL NETWORKING

Mom’s Personal and Career Group – Buy, Sell, Trade


LONG ISLAND MOMS AND PHOTOGRAPHERS GROUP

This is a group, place, board, and community, where moms and professional photographers can come together and talk about all things photography, and be a meeting of the minds. Once people stop playing nice this board will be shut down. I am not sure that it will work the way it is intended do, but there are so many discussions in other Facebook groups/Moms groups, about photography, why not come here. We can discuss with a high degree of professionalism, anything related to the field. If you are looking for a photographer, want to understand something about photography sessions, etc. This is NOT a place for complaining, bashing, demeaning, or criticizing, nor is it a place to drill professionals with questions about technical questions. I hope we can make this a fun and informational place for moms and professional photographers to come together. Enjoy and introduce yourself, I am so glad you are here. If you are looking for a photographer, let us know what you are looking for, if there is a date in mind or an event date, and your budget. Photographers who may be able to meet your needs are welcome to respond with links to their pages so you may see their work etc. If you’ve had a great experience with someone, share. Share who it was and what made your experience special and meaningful. THAT is what it’s all about.

Photographers: please no posting of ads. If you are responding as a professional photographer, you should be in business for a minimum of 2 years, have a registered business name and tax ID number, carry liability insurance, and conduct yourself in a professional manner at all times. If you do not meet these requirements and proceed with responding as such, you will be removed from the group.


CANDY APPLE JEWELRY

This little New York-based jewelry company has been lucky enough to have its jewelry worn by models and actresses worldwide, including the cast of The Vampire Diaries. Every piece is handmade to order. Custom jewelry orders are always welcomed! More: candyappleny.com

PASS THE BUCK

Need something or need to sell something? All parents know that raising kids comes with a lot of stuff: strollers, baby furniture, wipe warmers, clothes. These items are quickly outgrown. Clothes are often grown out of before we can even get them on our infants and toddlers.

Never fear! These groups are here to offer their “overstock” to interested parties. These are great resources for gently used items, or sometimes, those new, with tags items that you and your loved ones may need. And when your children outgrow them, these groups provide the perfect forums to pay it forward.


LONG ISLAND MOMS WHO LOVE TO SHOP/BUY/SELL

This group is for Long Island moms who love to shop and sell.


FREE MOM SWAP – LONG ISLAND

A place for local moms to help each other out in an economy where many of us can’t or don’t want to spend money on all the things we need or want. Are you done using your baby clothes, toys, stroller, furniture, etc.? Offer it up to someone who wants it! Looking for gently used toys? Don’t want to buy new ice skates, soccer cleats or ballet shoes just so your child can try an activity? Need a second high chair for grandma’s house? Just ask! ALL ITEMS OFFERED MUST BE FREE!!!!! (Mom Swap is not responsible for the condition or recall status of any items exchanged.)


LONG ISLAND MULTIPLE MOMS BUY/SELL

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LONG ISLAND MOMS PROFESSIONAL NETWORKING GROUP BUY, SELL, TRADE GROUP

Long Island MOMS Professional Networking – Mom’s Personal and Career Group


LONG ISLAND PARENTS ISO, FREE, SWAP, TRADE, FOR SALE… ETC.

Parents helping parents… PLEASE no hate mail or talking trash… This is a group for advice, free items, for sale or notice of fairs or listing other great resources. If you receive anything and you can recycle it that would be great. )


MOMMY TRADE BUY LI

DESCRIPTION: NO Drama. NO foul language. **Please remember to delete the post after the position is filled. ***Invite all your friends and family. **** **** NO BASHING of any kind. Absolutely NO asking for money EVER. If anyone has Any issues or needs to talk to me for any reason, please message me at any time.*** Don’t block admin or you will be deleted from the group. *** Admins please message me if you’re interested.***

Long Island parent groups

Looking to meet up with other moms? Being a new mom can be isolating. It can be difficult to meet other parents with children who are your children’s age. These groups provide an easy way for moms to connect to share experiences, new places, and events together. Some of the closest relationships in parents’ lives are those forged with other parents. When the children form friendships, parents often bond along with them.

Looking to go on an adventure with your little ones?

Here are some places for some company:


LONG ISLAND MOMS AND TOTS PLAYGROUP

This is a playgroup for moms and dads on Long Island…. You have been added by me if you have attended one of my playdates or have shown interest in attending one. I would like this group to run smooth and stress free…. Feel free to post a playdate that you’d like to “host” or a meetup if you will be at a local park or place and would like to have some mommy friends to keep you company. I would also encourage moms and dads to help each other out… If you have a question or need help… Ask away… I only have three rules: Treat others like you would like to be treated. Please let me know if you are adding a friend. I’d like to keep this group a safe place. Please only add someone if you personally know them. Absolutely no advertising of any kind.


LONG ISLAND MOMS GET TOGETHER

Hi Moms, This group was created to help Moms meet other Moms (or Dads)! If you are going somewhere or doing something that you think other families would enjoy, post here! For example, walk in a park, playing at a playground, or going to a wine bar. With or without kids!


LONG ISLAND MOMS PLAY DATES

For mommies: to meet, set up play dates for their little ones or older kids, network and chat about any and everything moms encounter in their day.


MOMMY POPPINS LONG ISLAND

Get more out of Long Island at longisland.mommypoppins.com


BABYLON MOMMIES & TODDLERS ACTIVITY GROUP

IF IT IS NOT CLEAR IN YOUR PUBLIC PROFILE that you live on Long Island (NEW YORK, USA) and have a child under the age of 5, you must contact the lead admin by PM to be added to this group. It can be hard for new moms (or not so new moms) to find other local moms with kids the same age… and it can be hard to fit in time to plan activities for the little ones! This group is STRICTLY for networking with moms of children under age 5, in and around the Town of Babylon, Long Island, NY; organizing local play dates, and discussing local toddler/family events and resources. No selling stuff or advertising anything. Thanks! ***Please read our pinned Group Information post as soon as you are added to our group.*** Long Island Moms outside Babylon, especially Eastern Nassau and Western Suffolk County, are welcome, with the understanding that we focus on local Babylon area resources and activities.


LONG ISLAND KIDS AND FAMILY EVENTS

This group is to learn about upcoming events for kids and families on Long Island. If you’re hosting or know of an event, you can post the info to this group (one post per event per day, please). If you’re looking for something specific, ask and someone here might have an answer. And don’t forget to invite other local parents to the group! Enjoy!

Long Island parent groups

Online parenting groups are not just for mommies. Dads have questions, concerns, jokes, and great ideas for fun things to do with the kids, too. If you’re a dad looking for a Long Island online community, here’s where to find it. There are dads who work from home, divorced dads, and dads looking for adventure. All of these groups share the same commonality: love for their children.


LONG ISLAND DADS GROUP

Long Island Dads… This group is for you! Discuss life, work, promote your business or whatever is on your mind. Please share this group with your friends.


MOMS AND DADS LONG ISLAND

Post recommendations and information a great forum to seek highly recommended businesses, companies, & professionals throughout Long Island.


LONG ISLAND HOME BIRTH DADS

Whether you are planning, have already had, or are uncertain about home birth, you are among other dads and partners that are going through or have gone through the same experience. There are some women in this group; other mothers, midwives, doulas, etc. that can help to answer any questions.


MUSLIM DADS OF LONG ISLAND

This group is dedicated to planning outings and meet-ups for Muslim Dads and kids on a monthly basis on weekends and holidays. Sports (soccer, basketball, football, cricket), parks, trips, movies, organized sports activities etc. This group is an outlet for Dads to connect and collaboratively plan activities for our kids.


YOUNG MOMS AND DADS OF LONG ISLAND

A group to help, support and make friends for young parents 🙂 Invite all your mommy and daddy friends!


LONG ISLAND SINGLE MOM AND DAD PAGE

A place to meet and support other single PARENTS.

Long Island Education Groups

Looking for information on a specific private school? Curious about Common Core and the Opt-Out Movement on Long Island? Do you have a question about fifth grade homework? Wondering who is running for the local board of education—or thinking of running yourself?

These groups provide a great resource for information about schools on Long Island, and school-related issues.


LONG ISLAND OPT-OUT INFO

This is a group page to share information about our public schools, high-stakes testing, APPR, data mining, common core and opting out. Feel free to ask questions, post links, and share your experiences with your school when this information is being discussed! Thank you for joining – Let’s Do This!!!


LONG ISLAND PARENTS EDUCATION RESOURCE

Long Island Parents Education Resource provides free resources, advice, and discussions about school and education. This group is meant for discussing studying, organization, specific topics and concepts, and the school environment. This is not a group for advertising. Any post or comment that advertises a product or service will be removed.

Rules and Regulations: By joining and participating in the Long Island Moms Education Resource Group, you agree to comply with Facebook’s Terms and Conditions (facebook.com/legal/terms). Any content that is a violation of these terms or is contrary to our company policies will be deleted.

Margot Enterprises will not tolerate the following postings in the group: • Abusive, harassing, stalking, threatening or personally attacking others; • Defamatory, offensive, obscene, or vulgar comments; • Hateful in language targeting race/ethnicity, religion, gender, nationality or political beliefs; • Spamming in nature; • Direct or indirect solicitation of goods or services; • Posting of any personal information including, but not limited to, email address, phone number, and/or address. Margot Enterprises reserves the right to remove any post that doesn’t adhere to our guidelines as listed above. We also reserve the right to remove any member who violates these guidelines from the group. Posts made in this group do not reflect the views of Margot Enterprises. Margot Enterprises is not liable for any posts made by group members. Please be aware that any information posts by members can be inaccurate or misleading. Following advice from a member is done at your own risk. This group is managed by Margot Enterprises. All resources are intended for individual use only and are not allowed to be sold. All Q and A sessions are organized by Margot Enterprises. All raffle and contest prizes are donated by Margot Enterprises. If you have any questions please send us an email at [email protected]


LONG ISLAND PARENTS FOR PUBLIC EDUCATION

Long Island Parents for Public Education is a place for parents to stay informed with FACTS and to raise awareness to support public education. Check back to stay informed about local events and forums. Please be respectful in posts and comments. Any offensive, inappropriate, or inaccurate content will be deleted. Thank you.


Long Island parent special education Facebook groupLONG ISLAND SPECIAL EDUCATION PARENT NETWORK

This group has been created as a support group for any parent with a special needs child. It is a place that you can hear about what is going on around Long Island in the special needs community as well as ask questions and seek help. If you know of any great groups for special needs kids please let us know.


LONG ISLAND EDUCATION EXCHANGE

WELCOME! Long Island Education Exchange is a page for Long Island-based educators (teachers, aides, administrators) and parents interested in participating in an exchange of ideas, news and events pertaining to education issues in our area. This page is a resource for educators and parents to freely exchange ideas and provide information for those who seek it. The admins will allow advertising of education-related goods and services that will be of benefit to educators and parents. Any posting that advertises products/goods/services that do not comply will be removed. This is not a forum for airing grievances or complaints against any individual or educational institution. Any such posting violates our rules and the member will be removed immediately. This page can be a valuable resource if used correctly. Enjoy. *Please see complete page rules under “Files.”


PARENTS OF LONG ISLAND CATHOLIC SCHOOLS

Welcome. This group is for parents who have children in a Long Island Catholic Elementary or High School. We created it as a positive and supportive place to share information and get ideas from other Catholic school parents.


PROGRESSIVE SCHOOL OF LONG ISLAND PARENTS

DESCRIPTION: The Progressive Parents Page is a forum to allow parents to share information of any good news going on in the Progressive World. 🙂 We’re not here for complaining but for sharing events, activities and other good news. This is not run by the school in any way.


PARENTS OF LONG ISLAND STUDENTS

This group is a place for Long Island parents of school aged children (k-12) to share info, ask questions and seek advice about their kids’ education/school. This group was created by two long island moms & teachers and we hope parents in the surrounding Long Island communities can benefit from this page! This is not a place to advertise, such will be deleted:-)

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Long Island Mom & Dad Parenting Groups are helpful online resources and communities for mothers and fathers to interact, share tips and ideas, buy, sell, and trade clothing and toys, arrange playdates, shop, advertise services, and overall, simply help each other out.

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Having children is a blessing. But parenting isn’t easy. Nothing quite saps your energy and emotional resources the way children do, causing you to question your decisions like virtually nothing else on Earth. It can also be an isolating experience, especially if your pre-child friends are on a different baby-making schedule than you are.

For these reasons, parenting groups can be life-changing. You can meet people with whom you will immediately share something vitally important. They can answer your questions, concerns, and share in the unique joys and hardships that parents face. Social media, such as Facebook, has made it that much easier for like-minded mothers and fathers to find each other.

Located right here on Long Island, the groups included on this list can help identify quality local services and products—such as “Where is the best playground on Long Island?” and “Who can recommend an orthodontist?”—as well as organize meetups and play dates.

Have a stroller you are looking to unload? Barely worn baby clothes (or onesies that your baby grew out of before he/she could wear them)? Join a buy/sell/trade group. There are local groups whose main objective is coordinating and organizing playdates and outings. Groups that share ethnicities or religions. Or moms and dads who like to cook, read, or exercise.

You name it, there’s a Long Island mom (and dad) group for it.

Below is a compilation of the best Facebook Mommy & Daddy Parenting groups to get you to wine o’clock, subdivided into: COMMUNITY GROUPS; ACTIVITY GROUPS; HEALTH-RELATED GROUPS; REGIONAL GROUPS; RELIGION & CULTURAL GROUPS; BUSINESS GROUPS; BUY, SELL, TRADE, SWAP GROUPS; PLAYGROUPS/EVENTS; DADDY GROUPS; & EDUCATION GROUPS; along with their posted descriptions (and any associated rules).

This is very much a work in progress, as new groups are being created all the time, so if we missed any of your favorites, please let us know and we’ll be sure to add them! Thanks!

These are online networks where moms can share advice, jokes, and experiences, ask questions, and offer support. Friendships are often born here, with moms connecting over their collective bond of raising children on this fair island.

Some of these online families are formed around a commonality, such as breastfeeding, cloth diapers, language, or circumstance. Some are common to region. Others to sexual orientation or marital status. No matter the group dynamics, they all share one thing in common: their love—and frustration—of being a parent.

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LONG ISLAND MOMS

Remember when mornings were lazy, relaxing, and borderline fun? Yeah, me neither. Now mornings start as soon as the sun is up with a 6 year old shoving a tablet in your face. GET ME COFFEE!! This group is for YOU to read, relax, & connect with other local moms, whenever you have a free moment, may that be at 6 a.m. or 11 p.m. We’re a group of Moms, Mamas, Mommys and HEY MA’s. But we’re also wives, career women, partners, friends, teachers and many times, therapists. Sometimes we’re a B+ in the Mom category and that’s more than OK. B+ is fabulous!

But a few rules: 1) Buying/Selling belongs to the countless groups that specialize in it. 2) Advertising may only be posted on Small Business Saturdays. Do not post your business links on any other day of the week, they will be deleted. Do not bump your posts, they will be deleted. If someone seeks business recommendations, feel free to respond to their posts at any time. If you are a business and wish to host a Long Island Moms Facebook giveaway, please reach out to [the group’s administrator] to discuss the parameters.


LONG ISLAND MOMMIES

Rules are there are no rules… You can post things for sale, items you’re searching for, local business shout outs, questions about mommies or babies. Only rule is not to post anything rude or you’ll be delete!


LONG ISLAND MOMS GROUP

Place for referrals, advice and information about what’s going on on Long Island. NO ADVERTISING!


LONG ISLAND TODDLER AND PRESCHOOL MOMS

This group is for moms living on Long Island with children under the age of 5. Members can post baby & toddler items they would like to sell, share age appropriate events, deals & coupons, etc…


MOMEE FRIENDS OF LONG ISLAND

Momee Friends is all about Long Island and all things local with the focus on family. More: momeefriendsli.com


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Hi ladies, this group is for moms to mingle, chat, ask recommendations, post questions or just vent. Because many were posting direct sales and advertising their business constantly, I am limiting it to Tuesdays only. The post will be deleted on any other day. The only post I will allow daily is help wanted for actual positions not direct sales or business ads. There are many other groups that allow this. Thank you.


LONG ISLAND, NY MOMS

This group for Moms and Dads of Long Island, New York. Use this group to discuss what’s happening on the island. Let’s talk about great restaurants, family fun spots to visit and places to shop, etcetera. Use this group to get advice on various topics, ask for recommendations/referrals or even just post for support. Rules to follow: No Advertising. Do not create a file/document without asking admin first. Respect each other. No selling of items/services.


MOM 2 MOM – LONG ISLAND NY

For moms across the Long Island area to chat, give advice, arrange play dates, & vent in a supportive setting.


MOMS FOR MOMS LONG ISLAND

A place for Moms of Long Island, NY to go for advice, networking, info on local events and so much more. Please feel free to spread the word and invite other Long Island Moms. Moms only please. Each visitor to this group takes responsibility themselves for verifying the validity of posts and to make safe and responsible choices before using someone who offers a product or service. While the Administrators make every effort to confirm validity of a member before approval it is each members responsibility to confirm a posters true validity. Always use common sense and cautiousness especially when it involves your children. Thank you.


THE REAL LONG ISLAND MOMS CHAT

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MOMS ON LONG ISLAND

Hi All, I figured I would create a page for Moms on Long Island. It’s nice to chat with local moms, ask questions, post ideas, offer up unwanted baby items that you don’t need anymore, or items you may be looking for, make possible new friends, set up a play date or two, or anything else that I forgot to add. I am a part of another Mom’s group on FB, but I don’t think it’s just for Long Island. I like the fact that everyone who joins will be from the local area. Hope you all enjoy, I know I will.


LONG ISLAND MOM AND DAD BLOGGERS

This group is for Long Island Mom and Dad Bloggers, public relations, media and other business owners/managers that offer the public blogs or opportunities for bloggers to work together to bring more to Long Island.


LONG ISLAND MOMS AND DADS

A place for all LI’ers to share info as Moms and Dads!


LONG ISLAND MOM W/ TEENS

Welcome to Long Island Moms with Teens. A place for FRIENDLY discussions. Any topic is open for discussion. We are not here to judge or argue. We would love to hear about “teenage issues” (school, sports, teen attitudes, college entrance, anything.) We all have them whether they are good or bad! This page is open for brags, rants, questions, or anything else all I ask is be nice! Just remember we are all moms, doing our best with what we have, we are not experts. Simple Rules… Do not sell here it will be deleted. Do not recruit for your direct sales job, it will be deleted. Anyone who is judging or arguing can be removed.


LONG ISLAND MOM’S CONNECT

Connect, share, inspire! Any negativity will be blocked!


LONG ISLAND SINGLE MOM AND DAD PAGE

A place to meet and support other single PARENTS.


LONG ISLAND CLOTH DIAPER MOMS (AND DADS)

A group where local families can discuss all things cloth diapering. Open to those who cloth diaper, are considering cloth, or just want to learn more. We can talk about our faves, post our concerns or issues, ask any questions, set up swaps or sales, and discuss anything else about our squishy bummed babes. Please keep conversations cloth diaper related. Non-CD Ads and spam will be deleted and members removed. Thanks!


LONG ISLAND MOMS WITH TWINS

Looking to meet other moms and their kids for outings. Walks/ park/ etc.


LONG ISLAND MOMS HELPING MOMS

This group is for Moms helping other moms who are not as fortunate. Donating or requesting items that a mother no longer needs, and is willing to part with that item to help moms with their babies and kids. Life is a struggle for parents, especially when you’re economically challenged. No receiving items then turning around selling it on one of these sites for a profit. That will get you removed from the group. No second chances! Let’s help each other out. How you exchange or donate is the same, you meet or attend to each other’s home.


LONG ISLAND AND CITY MOMS

This group is to connect the mothers I know in the area together. Feel free to invite more mommy friends you know as well! This group will give us the chance to get advice from each other and plan fun age appropriate play groups and activities for our little ones.


LONG ISLAND LGBT MOMS AND DADS

Would love to meet other same-sex parents and their kiddos!! Love makes a family!!!


LONG ISLAND GAY AND LESBIAN MOMS AND DADS

A page for LGBT Moms and Dads to ask questions, find answers and support each other as parents along with giving back to our community! All are welcome and I hope we can help each other and learn from one another


LONG ISLAND TULA MOMS UNCENSORED

Long Island Tula Moms Uncensored is a group specifically designed for parents to show their Tula/babywearing love! We can include ALL of Suffolk and Nassau Counties! 🙂 Local B/S/T is allowed and encouraged as we want everyone to know the awesomeness of Tula’s. This is a fun group, so let’s keep sharing the baby wearing love!!! There will be cursing, and rants…..if you are opposed to this, well then. you know the drill.


YOUNG MOMS OF LONG ISLAND

A place where young mothers can meet other young mothers from Long Island. *Please no selling or advertising.


STAY AT HOME MOMS LONG ISLAND

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This group is for SAHMs of Long Island. It’s a place to share to joys and struggles of staying home with our little ones, support each other, and vent. Feel free to ask questions about times and dates of events, community activities around the island, favorite restaurants, vacation ideas, home repairs, etc. Feel free to set up playdates or get-togethers. Have a fun activity you’ve done with your kiddos? Share it here. Please DO NOT use this page to advertise your business. Please DO NOT list items for sale on this page. Anyone who does so will be removed. Let this be a fact-sharing page. Any offensive opinions or members can be removed as the administrators see fit. Any questions feel free to PM me. Thanks, Geralyn.


MOMS CLUB OF LONG ISLAND

Welcome to Mom’s Club of Long Island!!!! It’s a network for Long Island Moms!! Feel free to invite new moms to our group… This is a great way for us to ask questions, get advice, share info/alerts and communicate as to where/when we’ll meet up for *Park play dates, *Picnic dates, *Fun events, *Rollerskating events, *Bowling events, *Movie dates, *Halloween events, and much much more… Moms need to stick together as our children are growing up!! The more the circle grows…the more informative we can all be to each other so we can better protect our children!! Hope to see you at the next play date!!! Xoxoxo ***** We understand you may want to promote your business, however multiple posts in a short period of time will cause us to delete you. This group is not intended for that****


SUPPORTIVE SINGLE MOMS OF LONG ISLAND

This is a group of Single Moms, not just through divorce, who want to find new friends to help them along this journey and find support and advice. There will be no haters in this group and if become one, you will be deleted. Life is hard enough, so let’s be there for one another and not bring any drama. This is a place to be yourself, vent, ask for help and set up playdates etc…


YOUNG MOMS AND DADS OF LONG ISLAND

A group to help, support and make friends for young parents 🙂 Invite all your mommy and daddy friends!


PARENTING ON LONG ISLAND

This Group is created for parents to get together and discuss strategies to help their children with everyday life, school, focus, discipline, and a healthy lifestyle.


LONG ISLAND PARENTS GROUP

Welcome to the newest LI parents group. Where we can get any information needed from other parents. Give referrals to anything and everything needed. Discuss whatever you want. Rules: No bashing each other. Business posts: You can NOW ONLY POST ON THE 15th, unless someone is asking for your type of business then you can post on that thread! Thanks everyone!


STRONG ISLAND MOM SQUAD

Long Island has so much to offer and we are here to take advantage of it. We plan weekly events around the island to meet up and hang out and blow off steam. (Suggestions always welcome!) We are also here to support one another, vent, bitch, whine, and show solidarity and compassion when we need it. Your admins are: Vanessa Dees Longobardi & Alej Andra. General guidelines and squad goals: Please do not advertise your business or enterprise here without PMing an admin first. Please do not post pictures of your childs’ diaper rash/genitalia asking for medical advice, for their protection. It is a closed group but it is also the internet. These may evolve over time, but basically, have fun!


BABYWEARING INTERNATIONAL OF LONG ISLAND

Welcome! We are Babywearing International’s Long Island chapter. We have frequent free educational meet-ups lead by our Babywearing educators. Our meet-ups are listed in the event section. We also have a carrier/wraps lending library available to all dues paying members. Please look at the pinned post for more details. If you would like to join our discussion chatter group please send a PM for further details.


CHILDCARE ON LONG ISLAND

Nannies/ Babysitters Looking For Jobs Or Families That Need Childcare on Long Island.


LONG ISLAND PARENTS

Long Island Parents comes to you from longislandparents.com a website for Long Island families and more to get information such as local businesses, events, articles, local news, weather and more! Join us here to get updates, find out who your local businesses are, what specials they may have, and meet your local families.


DIVORCED LONG ISLAND PARENTS

A group to provide support, advice and friendship


LONG ISLAND CHILDCARE – NASSAUchildcare

Please specify your location, description of position and preferences. This page is for families looking for babysitters, nannies and mother’s helpers. Agencies & DayCare Centers are not Permitted. Please DO NOT post your care.com or sittercity links on this page or your posts will be deleted without further notice. It is not fair to others when you post repeatedly. Please BUMP up your posts rather than reposting them (which clogs up the newsfeed).


HUMANS WEARING BABY HUMANS LONG ISLAND

We are Humans. We all come from different places. We have different histories and different challenges. We are faced with different trials and different hurdles. We celebrate different victories and different triumphs. We are all on our own parenting journeys. There are times when our paths cross, but then often they diverge again. We make our own choices based on our own knowledge and our own beliefs. There is so much that separates us from one another, but there is also so much that brings us together. We give our everything to our children and loved ones. We do what needs to be done to help nourish and bring up our little ones and get through each day. We believe that all people deserve an equal amount of respect, kindness, and love, and strive to be that example for our children. Sometimes we fail and sometimes we soar, but we do it with support, kindness, and love, no matter what our differences are. We are mothers. We are fathers. We are caregivers. We are carriers. We are Humans Wearing Baby Humans.


LONG ISLAND PARENTS OF AN ONLY CHILD

A place to discuss your concerns, ask questions, etc. with parents who have similar challenges.


SINGLE PARENTS ON LONG ISLAND

Single parent families on Long Island coming together for activities, friendship and support.


TATTOOED PARENTS ON LONG ISLAND

This group is for all tattooed parents (or tattoo enthusiast parents) on the island to have a place to post questions, photos, events, etc. If you use profanity or are excessively rude you will be banned from the group. Be nice & have fun. Your admins are Ginamarie Galluccio & Cici Cole.


LONG ISLAND GAY AND LESBIAN MOMS AND DADS

A page for LGBT Moms and Dads to ask questions, find answers and support each other as parents along with giving back to our community! All are welcome and I hope we can help each other and learn from one another.


LONG ISLAND PARENT COMMUNITY

Long Island Parents gather in this group to connect. We trade word-of-mouth referrals, get advice, ask question and find answers. We support and encourage each other. We only ask that: 1) Posts are kept on topic (i.e. no random advertisements unless they are somehow relevant to parents of Long Island). Keep it relevant and productive. 2) Be Civil. Remember the “Golden Rule” (If you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say anything at all). Members are welcome to add or approve new members, but please take this task seriously. Check out the applicants’ profile. If an applicant does not have a clear connection to Long Island, please do not admit them.


LONG ISLAND NY PARENTS AND GRANDPARENTS

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SINGLE PARENT SUPPORT OF LONG ISLAND

For Single Mothers and Fathers, those who know of, or just want to share their support and love! I would also like to use this group to help families in need, whether it be children’s clothing, toys, etc.! ALL donations will go to my local church, OR a specific family that we know of! Please Post or if you want to be discrete, send me a private message.

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Shopping for the best deals and prices, preparing family meals, ensuring the kids are ready for school, etcetera, etcetera, etcetera—it often feels like there are simply not enough hours in a day to get everything done, and definitely not enough time to exercise, workout, or even a relaxing walk through the neighborhood before dinner.

You’ve got a lot on your shoulders, there’s no question, and your family is definitely relying on you to make everything happen. We know you’ve heard this before, but it really is imperative you take it to heart: You need to take care of yourself. You are perhaps the most important member of the family. If you are not well, then no one else will be well. You need to exercise. You need to be in tip-tip shape. You need to make time.

The following activity groups help you to do just that, make some friends and have some fun along the way. (Remember that? FUN!)


NO EXCUSE MOM NASSAU COUNTY LONG ISLAND

Our goal is to encourage health, friendship and community. We believe strongly that health starts at home and begins with parents as a child’s first role model. Most of all, we believe in the importance of prioritizing your personal health. Despite the stress, fatigue and chaos in a mom’s day–we believe that you should make NO EXCUSES for not prioritizing your health. We will provide you with knowledge, tools and inspiration to find what healthy means for you and your family. We are the guide on this journey. You will get workouts, healthy eating information, plus a healthy dose of motivation from our website. We will help you connect with other moms and know that you are not alone in your struggles. We are all in this together. Join us in the No Excuse Mom movement that is sweeping the world!


NOEXCUSEMOM CENTRAL

We are the Central Long Island No Excuse Mom Group. We aim to inspire, connect and motivate our community to be healthier. This is a private group and must request to join.


LONG ISLAND HOCKEY MOMS

A place where we can discuss ice hockey, share information and support one another throughout the season and off season.


LONG ISLAND MOMS COOKING CLUB

Hi Ladies I started this group for us all to share dinner ideas. I have seen a lot of woman doing a week’s worth a meals in a day. So I figured let’s start a page and do it together.


LONG ISLAND COUPON MOMS

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This group is for all of us who use coupons on daily basis to save money and get the best deals and discounts. This group is also for FREE items and giveaways to the moms in need. All the coupons and items posted must be for FREE. You are free to offer, search or exchange. If you have product samples you CAN post it in this group. (Baby Formula Samples, Shampoo, conditioner etc.) and any household samples are welcome to be shared in this group. They all must be factory sealed. Sealed food samples can be posted and expiration date MUST be stated on the original post. If you have FREE items that you want to donate to needy moms please post FREE items only. (Ex. Baby items, clothes, appliances, pottery, decorations, china etc.) If you have gift cards that you would like to sell please feel free to do so at the same or lower price the gift card is value at. You must state pick up location on your post. First person who comments Interested gets the coupon. If a person is tagged it is considered countable. Comment ONLY to the main post please, it will create confusion and dispute if you comment on a photo inside the post. Cross posting is not allowed. Go by the 12 hour rule. When someone is interested please get in touch via private message to arrange pick up. Posting your personal address and phone number is strictly prohibited. If the person did not show up to pick up the coupon please follow up before you move on to the next person in line. Be respectful to each other when posting or “buying.” If you are a “buyer,” make sure you let your “seller” know if you can’t make it for the pickup, and reschedule accordingly. If you are a coupon addict and you have valuable tips on how to save and get the best deals, you are welcome to share it with this group. Thank you and happy coupon clipping!


LONG ISLAND DANCE MOMS

Moms of daughters that are in dance competitions. Ask Questions, give tips, get how-tos, and advice.


DANCE MOMS OF LONG ISLAND

Dance Moms only… No Kids… Ask your questions… Post a quote, Sell an item, share your stories… No mention of Dance schools Allowed; post will be deleted… If you want to talk about dance schools please private message each other. Thank you. Enjoy!


WORKOUT MOMS OF LONG ISLAND

Are you a mom in Long Island and looking to lose that baby fat? Let’s build a team of moms to workout. Here you will find exercise, challenges, weight goals and a chance to connect with moms from long Island.


THRIFTY MOMS_LONG ISLAND

For Long Islanders who are looking to buy/sell items, who are in search of items (ISO), who are announcing an event, a garage/estate sale, who would like to advertise their small businesses or services or who would like to open up a discussion. We welcome new members and encourage you to join and feel free to add your “friends” to this group as well.


LIT~CHICKS / LI MOMS BOOK CLUB

A group for LI moms who love to read, because what else should we do while putting our kids to sleep 😉 Post recommendations, reviews, read-a-longs & discussions! *don’t forget to list SPOILER ALERTS. Post local book events or create your own! There is an option for “group chats” for those who are reading the same books together! Happy reading lit-chicks!! 📖🍷


BEAUTY PAGEANT MOMS/LONG ISLAND, NY

All about Beauty Pageants: Upcoming Beauty Pageants, Pageant Coaches, Pageant Photographers, Pageant Dresses, etc.


CREATIVE MOMS OF LONG ISLAND

Are you a creative mom of Long Island, then this is a group for you. You can add posts of your crafts, or if you’re looking for ideas, you will find them here.


LONG ISLAND PARENTS FOR SOCIAL JUSTICE

A place for parents on Long Island to discuss both parenting, social justice issues, and anything that falls in between. Topics will include modern race issues, feminism/feminist parenting, LGBTQ topics, wealth distribution, and environmental justice, as well as typical parenting stuff. We plan on holding both mommy and me and play date style events, as well as more political events, rallies, showings of social justice centered films, and community service projects. This is a safe space for POC, LGBQT, and non-binary individuals. It is also a space for people with various privilege to unpack and learn about the issues that have put them in a dominant position within our society.


HIKE IT BABY SUFFOLK, LONG ISLAND & HIKE IT BABY – NASSAU, LONG ISLAND

Change your world one little hike at a time. hikeitbaby.com HIKE IT BABY MISSION: We believe that our world would be a better place if all parents stepped outside at least once a week for a walk in nature with their baby. It’s Hike it Baby’s goal to support you and your family in doing that. We promise to provide a minimum of ONE HIKE PER WEEK throughout the cities we are located in and chances are there will be more.

WHAT IS HIKE IT BABY? Hike it Baby is a parent group focused on getting families outside together enjoying nature in a safe and supported way. By joining our community you will: •Greatly minimize the feelings of “baby blues” and post-partum depression. •Find a new group of friends who will always have your back (no hiker left behind). •Discover parts of your city you have never seen before! •Help your child understand the importance of nature in his/her life. •Find a strength in yourself you never knew you had. Our number one rule is to LEAVE NO HIKER BEHIND. If you have a blow out, need to feed your baby/child, have a fussy toddler, we are here for you. We have all been there, or are there now, or know it’s coming. Whether you were active before your baby came into your life or you just feel like it’s time to get out there, we are here to help jumpstart you back on that road to being active in a safe and supportive group. It’s also our mission to open you up to a new community of friends who may be your neighbors, live across town, or across the nation. Our focus is you, your family, and your baby all appreciating and exploring nature with a diverse group of people.

OUR FACEBOOK POLICIES: •Keep all posts on the Facebook page hiking/outdoor related. •Keep all discussions friendly and positive. •This is a judgment-free zone. •We hope that “Blocking” a member is never warranted, but Admins must not be blocked – it’s important for all to be able to communicate.

Long Island parenting groups

Whether you have a child with autistic needs or peanut allergies, questions about breastfeeding, nutrition, specific schools for special needs children, or even if you just want to talk with other parents who are dealing with similar issues, have similar questions, share similar experiences, the following health-related groups provide much-needed forums and support for mothers and fathers navigating these oft-confusing areas.


LONG ISLAND BREASTFEEDING MOMS

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NO NUTS MOMS GROUP OF LONG ISLAND, NY

This is a peanut and tree-nut free group for all ages. The group will meet up for indoor and outdoor events. We also have adult only outings and are open to any other suggestions. If you are a working or a stay at home mother who has a child with a life threatening allergy, please join us. This is a chance for you and your child to develop a lifelong friendship with someone you both can relate to. Our Main Website: nonutsmomsgroup.weebly.com We also have a Support Group and Forum for all Food Allergic Families: NO NUTS MOMS GROUP SUPPORT GROUP & FORUM


LONG ISLAND ABA AUTISM MOMS

I’ve been seeing tons of posts on several different groups asking for transition advice and info, cpse meetings, EI services, developmental pediatricians, evaluation scores, diet and healthcare for Autism, reading data sheets, and so much more. I thought creating a page like this may help parents with newly diagnosed children go through the process, and help share valuable information between concerned parents as we move forward. A great place to ask questions, toss ideas around, share what works for your family, or just simply share or vent in a safe place where people actually “get it.” Let’s see how this works…


FOOD ALLERGY MOMS OF LONG ISLAND

This board is for parents of children with food allergies. The purpose of this group is to connect with other local Long Island parents of children with all types of food allergies. We can share tips, snacks and other great finds with other parents in the same situation! Our only request is that you do not advertise in here. We are all looking for suggestions and advice, so please do not solicit parents here. Thank you!!!


LONG ISLAND MOMS GETTING HEALTHY

This group is for Long Island moms who are looking for support as they get healthy and lose weight.


PARENTS OF SPECIAL NEEDS GROUP-LONG ISLAND

A place where parents with Children that have special needs can come here to vent, get information and find friends in our community.


LONG ISLAND SPEECH THERAPY PARENTS

This group is facilitated by Little Angels Center with offices in Blue Point, Medford, Commack and East Islip and Port Jefferson Station. We can’t answer child specific questions, but we can help explain the availability of different services, be a resource on general speech and language development and provide resources for speech and language home carryover.


LONG ISLAND PARENTS OF LEGALLY BLIND CHILDREN

Simply put, this is a place to share our information, our love, our frustrations, our achievements, our setbacks, and everything else in between.


LONG ISLAND VEGAN PREGNANCY AND PARENTING

If you’re a vegan mommy or a vegan mommy-to-be (pregnant now or planning a vegan pregnancy in the future) you came to the right place! This group is a place for vegan women to share their pregnancy and parenting experience, give each other support and maybe make new friendships.


LONG ISLAND ATTACHMENT PARENTING

This is a group that helps parents share experience, exchange ideas and learn new ways to raise our children with love and compassion. We are an eclectic group of parents and children with one thing in common; a desire to parent naturally and from the heart. We know that what our culture has accepted as “normal” are parenting methods that increasingly feel “detached” from what children really need. Don’t let the main stream bring you down. You know what’s best for your children and in our group you can discuss it without fear of judgment…or strange looks!

Are you tired of searching for other families who breastfeed beyond the “minimum”? Are you sick of people saying things like “He doesn’t sleep through the night yet?” or “You keep your baby in the room/bed with you!?!” Well, you’ve come to the right place! Whether supporters of child Led Weaning, gentile discipline, homeschooling, Baby-wearing, bed-sharing or co-sleeping all are welcome here!


HOLISTIC PARENTS OF LONG ISLAND

This group is for Holistic-minded parents looking for support and advice, or for those seeking to switch to alternative/holistic medicine and parenting. This group is NOT for people who 100% only believe in modern medicine and parenting. Please feel free to share products, doctors, parenting techniques, etc. that you have found success with. Please add like-minded friends/family. All member request will be screened and need to be approved, as this page is not for people to say negative comments/trash talk this way of life. Please see description below to decide if this group is for you (adapted from holistic moms group):

People in this group should believe in the following practices. While you do not have to follow every one of these practices, you should feel comfortable considering and listening to those who do. If these practices make you uncomfortable, this group is not for you. 1. Making informed and educated parenting decisions around pivotal issues such as childbirth, breastfeeding, wellness, vaccination, circumcision, nutrition, interpersonal communication, discipline, and education, among others. Parents need to be aware of alternative and holistic options that may differ from conventional choices in order to make an informed choice that best suits their family and their personal values. 2. Seeking respectful and nurturing relationships with others, imparting the values of empathy, love, and compassion to our children, and embracing attachment parenting techniques (including baby-wearing, extended breastfeeding, co-sleeping, and positive discipline). 3. Actively participating in our own healing process when we’re out of balance; using minimally invasive healthcare modalities to help the body and spirit heal while respecting the many paths to healing, both holistic and conventional. 4. Balancing and integrating the physical, emotional, and spiritual aspects of being into everyday life; using the principles of wholeness – healthy eating, regular exercise, natural healing, stress reduction, non-violent communication – to create a balanced life for the entire family. 5. Teaching our children to respect and care about the natural world by actively providing opportunities for them to be in nature, and teaching them about how they can protect our environment. 6. Limiting our children’s exposure to advertising, marketing, and a consumer-driven culture that is creating rampant materialism, disconnecting them from nature and healthy social interactions. 7. Living more simply and consuming less in an effort to reduce our impact on the environment and to emphasize non-material values.

Long Island

Communities are ultra-tight units of people who live in the same geographic area who share a ton. They live on the same block. Their children attend the same schools. They shop in the same stores, deal with the same utility companies, go to the same post office.

Communities are comprised of friends and families, school districts, parishes and congregations. They are neighbors, confidantes, a unique network of parents who are all in it, together. Individually, members of a specific community may be strong, but united, well, Look Out!

As such, a community’s shared experiences are also its greatest strength. Members are therefore the best to turn to when there’s an issue that simply no other collection of people will understand. Or there’s an event or special occasion to celebrate. Community members are in it for the long haul, since they literally live there. They’re in it. They get it. And they can be your best ally, to share ideas with, receive advice from, or help tackle any number of challenges. These are the people you live with. These are the people who will help mold you and your family and your children’s lives, simply by sharing so much of life with one another.

The following are online community groups who’ve bonded together to better the lives of not just their own families, but their neighborhoods where they live, as a whole.


PATCHOGUE MOMS

Welcome to Patchogue moms! This group is for posting community events, information and recommendations that are relevant to moms in the area. There is no advertising in this group unless an admin designates a specific post to that. Any advertising posts will be deleted without warning and you might be removed from the group as well. There is a search option for the group if you have a question that you think was asked already or if you are searching for an old post. If you’re on your phone, you need to enter in “Patchogue moms (insert what you’re looking for.) If you have things for sale please post them in this group: THINGS FOR SALE IN PATCHOGUE-MEDFORD NEW YORK Please remember to be nice=)


SOUTH SHORE LONG ISLAND MOMS

This is a FB group for “South Shore” residents to communicate, interact and share ideas. It’s a great place to exchange tips, local events and advice. Please be respectful, no spamming for sole purpose of business and remember the printed word doesn’t always come across the way it would if you said it over a nice glass of Chardonnay. We LOVE our local businesses and are proud and honored to support them, so we ask that you ONLY post on “Wacky Wednesdays” which are now the third Wednesday of every month from 8:00am ~ 8:00pm. *see schedule below* No exceptions will be made. If you have a community based event, fair or a community based activity you wish to post, you must submit it to an SSLI Moms admin for approval. You may post a link once a week for another Facebook group, but it may not be “business” based. This group is a fantastic forum for referrals, discussions and fun information, but as it has grown we had to curtail the advertising activity. We support our local Long Island businesses, but the constant flood of ads get overwhelming and drown out the regular conversations. If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to contact one of us, we’re here to help. You’re all terrific and a fun group!!! Thank you for your continued support.


SUFFOLK COUNTY MOMS

Moms that live in Suffolk County-here is your place to share, support, ask questions, and advertise any local business run by mom’s. If you kids needs votes for a contest, POST! If you love a locally female run business, tell us about it? Have mom questions, get answers from other moms. Be KIND, Be supportive! I am way too busy to monitor this thing; I have kids to raise, money to make, and toilets to clean. LIKE ALL MOMS! Have fun ladies and I hope that this forum is a happy and safe place without BIG BROTHER watching or some cyberbully admin’s telling you what you can and cannot post. Let’s keep it real ladies! If you are not a mom and just want to follow! Feel Free! Together we are stronger!


NORTH SHORE LONG ISLAND MOMS

This is a FB group for “North Shore” residents to communicate, interact and share ideas. It’s a great place to exchange tips, local events and advice. Just one request, NO DRAMA (LOL). Please be respectful and remember the printed word doesn’t always come across the way it would if you said it over a nice glass of Chardonnay. We LOVE our local businesses and are proud and honored to support them, so please see the pinned posts for the schedule of dates for advertising. Let’s try and limit our activity to mainly the North Shore of Long Island. Thank you for your participation, have fun and enjoy North Shore Long Island Moms!!!!


NORTH SHORE MOMS CHAT

YOU BELONG HERE because: •You are a North Shore LONG ISLAND MOM; • You want the warmth of girlfriends without immature BS; • You have been dying to have friends to laugh and talk to; • You feel alone and wonder if anyone else understands and feels the way you do; • Sometimes you really need to just vent a little and get it off your chest; • Some days you want to connect but don’t want to get out of your PJs; • You believe that women are not destined to be the bitch and backstabber stereotype; • You know you have a lot to offer; • You want to reclaim your sense of humor and laugh out loud every day; • No one is happy if mama isn’t happy; • It is time you nurture yourself and who you are; • You are making a choice to get out and involved!


MASSAPEQUA MOMS GROUP

A page for MOMS (and dads) to ask questions and find answers about what is going on in Massapequa and how to give back to the community. REMINDER… MMG is not a place to advertise. I ask that you create documents in files so our board does not get clogged. I am also implementing a new rule that you please edit the file you already have instead of creating new files. Also, updating must not exceed every two weeks. I have no problem with you jumping in on a thread that your specific business is being requested, but please be respectful to each other and each other’s businesses. When in doubt, private message is always best. Please do not create events in our group. If there is something you would like to promote or if you are having a party, kindly contact me. Our events are created by administrators. As adults, we are to maintain a level of respect towards other members, local businesses, and our community. If I feel that level has been crossed, you post will be deleted. Thank you, Dawn. MMG IS NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR ANY POSTS OR COMMENTS MADE BY ITS MEMBERS & IS FOR ENTERTAINMENT PURPOSES! PRESS INQUIRIES CONTACT [email protected]


OCEANSIDE LONG ISLAND MOMS

A group for Oceanside moms to discuss area events and happenings in Oceanside.

Mom and dad parenting groups

Every religion shares their own set of beliefs, and so too does every culture share its own core of traditions. Whether that’s a recipe handed down through several generations, or the sacred customs performed at a special ceremony or familial occasion, such as a wedding, all these help define not just those individual members of said religious sect or community, but the congregation or ethnicity as a whole.

The following groups are comprised of caring individuals and families who share religious and cultural beliefs and traditions, and in bonding together, have created online families unto their own.


LONG ISLAND JEWISH MOMS

Shalom! This Moms group is for all Jewish moms and their little ones in the Nassau/Suffolk Long Island areas. Your spouse can be non-Jewish. If you are a Jewish mom looking to join a group of other Jewish mommies, this is the place for you. We have Mommies Night Out, playdates, outings, family days, chatting/message board, etc. As of now there is no Advertising. We will pick a day once a month starting March. You may create a file and update every two weeks. Any events must be approved by admins. We look forward to meeting you and your little ones.


JEWISH MOMS LONG ISLAND NY

We highly recommend NYC Party Masters for all your party needs, they are amazing!! nycpartymasters.com


LONG ISLAND ITALIAN MOMS GROUP

Thank you for joining our site for Long Island Italian Moms (and Dads are welcome, too!). On our site, please share your favorite recipes, pictures of your Sunday dinners, tell stories about how your family came to America, maybe some photos of family when they arrived here. Where is your family from in Italy? Hey, you may find some long lost relatives!! Post Italian Feasts, Restaurants, etc. Welcome!!


LONG ISLAND MOCHA MOMS

If you’re a stay-at-home mom, or work part-time, full-time, etc. mom of color living on Long Island, a new chapter of Mocha Moms is forming. This is an amazing support group for moms just like you (and me) who are making things work for themselves, families, and communities. Join us!


LONG ISLAND ASIAN PARENTS

Is it just me or do Asian cultures have some wild and interesting believes and techniques when it comes to child rearing (or even life in general)? Let’s share stories, ideas, experiences, and even recipes to connect with each other and build a strong network of support and knowledge to keep our roots and cultures alive :)!


POLISH PARENTS ON LONG ISLAND

A place where parents can meet and discuss topics that affect us and our kids.


RUSSIAN PARENTS ON LONG ISLAND

This group is designed for Russian speaking parents to share their concerns, ideas on raising kids on Long Island. Please share the EVENTS that you think other parents can benefit from Business owners, feel free to share your ads if they relate to children/family, BUT we strongly ask you NOT to exceed 1 posting a week (after all it is free for you).

Long Island parenting groups

Do you specialize in custom-designed arts and crafts for children? Make jewelry? Are you a stay-at-home mom who possesses an amazing gift for baking the most amazing cookies and muffins and rugelach? A photographer? Do you sell all-natural baby products? Are you looking to network with other professional parents? These groups are resources for those looking to market their products and services, connect with other working mothers, and expand their businesses. They’re also great resources for shoppers who are interested in supporting other Long Islanders.

Browse, chat, and leave your digital business card. You never know where it might lead!


LONG ISLAND MOMS PROFESSIONAL NETWORKING

Mom’s Personal and Career Group – Buy, Sell, Trade


LONG ISLAND MOMS AND PHOTOGRAPHERS GROUP

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This is a group, place, board, and community, where moms and professional photographers can come together and talk about all things photography, and be a meeting of the minds. Once people stop playing nice this board will be shut down. I am not sure that it will work the way it is intended do, but there are so many discussions in other Facebook groups/Moms groups, about photography, why not come here. We can discuss with a high degree of professionalism, anything related to the field. If you are looking for a photographer, want to understand something about photography sessions, etc. This is NOT a place for complaining, bashing, demeaning, or criticizing, nor is it a place to drill professionals with questions about technical questions. I hope we can make this a fun and informational place for moms and professional photographers to come together. Enjoy and introduce yourself, I am so glad you are here. If you are looking for a photographer, let us know what you are looking for, if there is a date in mind or an event date, and your budget. Photographers who may be able to meet your needs are welcome to respond with links to their pages so you may see their work etc. If you’ve had a great experience with someone, share. Share who it was and what made your experience special and meaningful. THAT is what it’s all about.

Photographers: please no posting of ads. If you are responding as a professional photographer, you should be in business for a minimum of 2 years, have a registered business name and tax ID number, carry liability insurance, and conduct yourself in a professional manner at all times. If you do not meet these requirements and proceed with responding as such, you will be removed from the group.


CANDY APPLE JEWELRY

This little New York-based jewelry company has been lucky enough to have its jewelry worn by models and actresses worldwide, including the cast of The Vampire Diaries. Every piece is handmade to order. Custom jewelry orders are always welcomed! More: candyappleny.com

PASS THE BUCK

Need something or need to sell something? All parents know that raising kids comes with a lot of stuff: strollers, baby furniture, wipe warmers, clothes. These items are quickly outgrown. Clothes are often grown out of before we can even get them on our infants and toddlers.

Never fear! These groups are here to offer their “overstock” to interested parties. These are great resources for gently used items, or sometimes, those new, with tags items that you and your loved ones may need. And when your children outgrow them, these groups provide the perfect forums to pay it forward.


LONG ISLAND MOMS WHO LOVE TO SHOP/BUY/SELL

This group is for Long Island moms who love to shop and sell.


FREE MOM SWAP – LONG ISLAND

A place for local moms to help each other out in an economy where many of us can’t or don’t want to spend money on all the things we need or want. Are you done using your baby clothes, toys, stroller, furniture, etc.? Offer it up to someone who wants it! Looking for gently used toys? Don’t want to buy new ice skates, soccer cleats or ballet shoes just so your child can try an activity? Need a second high chair for grandma’s house? Just ask! ALL ITEMS OFFERED MUST BE FREE!!!!! (Mom Swap is not responsible for the condition or recall status of any items exchanged.)


LONG ISLAND MULTIPLE MOMS BUY/SELL

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LONG ISLAND MOMS PROFESSIONAL NETWORKING GROUP BUY, SELL, TRADE GROUP

Long Island MOMS Professional Networking – Mom’s Personal and Career Group


LONG ISLAND PARENTS ISO, FREE, SWAP, TRADE, FOR SALE… ETC.

Parents helping parents… PLEASE no hate mail or talking trash… This is a group for advice, free items, for sale or notice of fairs or listing other great resources. If you receive anything and you can recycle it that would be great. )


MOMMY TRADE BUY LI

DESCRIPTION: NO Drama. NO foul language. **Please remember to delete the post after the position is filled. ***Invite all your friends and family. **** **** NO BASHING of any kind. Absolutely NO asking for money EVER. If anyone has Any issues or needs to talk to me for any reason, please message me at any time.*** Don’t block admin or you will be deleted from the group. *** Admins please message me if you’re interested.***

Long Island parent groups

Looking to meet up with other moms? Being a new mom can be isolating. It can be difficult to meet other parents with children who are your children’s age. These groups provide an easy way for moms to connect to share experiences, new places, and events together. Some of the closest relationships in parents’ lives are those forged with other parents. When the children form friendships, parents often bond along with them.

Looking to go on an adventure with your little ones?

Here are some places for some company:


LONG ISLAND MOMS AND TOTS PLAYGROUP

This is a playgroup for moms and dads on Long Island…. You have been added by me if you have attended one of my playdates or have shown interest in attending one. I would like this group to run smooth and stress free…. Feel free to post a playdate that you’d like to “host” or a meetup if you will be at a local park or place and would like to have some mommy friends to keep you company. I would also encourage moms and dads to help each other out… If you have a question or need help… Ask away… I only have three rules: Treat others like you would like to be treated. Please let me know if you are adding a friend. I’d like to keep this group a safe place. Please only add someone if you personally know them. Absolutely no advertising of any kind.


LONG ISLAND MOMS GET TOGETHER

Hi Moms, This group was created to help Moms meet other Moms (or Dads)! If you are going somewhere or doing something that you think other families would enjoy, post here! For example, walk in a park, playing at a playground, or going to a wine bar. With or without kids!


LONG ISLAND MOMS PLAY DATES

For mommies: to meet, set up play dates for their little ones or older kids, network and chat about any and everything moms encounter in their day.


MOMMY POPPINS LONG ISLAND

Get more out of Long Island at longisland.mommypoppins.com


BABYLON MOMMIES & TODDLERS ACTIVITY GROUP

IF IT IS NOT CLEAR IN YOUR PUBLIC PROFILE that you live on Long Island (NEW YORK, USA) and have a child under the age of 5, you must contact the lead admin by PM to be added to this group. It can be hard for new moms (or not so new moms) to find other local moms with kids the same age… and it can be hard to fit in time to plan activities for the little ones! This group is STRICTLY for networking with moms of children under age 5, in and around the Town of Babylon, Long Island, NY; organizing local play dates, and discussing local toddler/family events and resources. No selling stuff or advertising anything. Thanks! ***Please read our pinned Group Information post as soon as you are added to our group.*** Long Island Moms outside Babylon, especially Eastern Nassau and Western Suffolk County, are welcome, with the understanding that we focus on local Babylon area resources and activities.


LONG ISLAND KIDS AND FAMILY EVENTS

This group is to learn about upcoming events for kids and families on Long Island. If you’re hosting or know of an event, you can post the info to this group (one post per event per day, please). If you’re looking for something specific, ask and someone here might have an answer. And don’t forget to invite other local parents to the group! Enjoy!

Long Island parent groups

Online parenting groups are not just for mommies. Dads have questions, concerns, jokes, and great ideas for fun things to do with the kids, too. If you’re a dad looking for a Long Island online community, here’s where to find it. There are dads who work from home, divorced dads, and dads looking for adventure. All of these groups share the same commonality: love for their children.


LONG ISLAND DADS GROUP

Long Island Dads… This group is for you! Discuss life, work, promote your business or whatever is on your mind. Please share this group with your friends.


MOMS AND DADS LONG ISLAND

Post recommendations and information a great forum to seek highly recommended businesses, companies, & professionals throughout Long Island.


LONG ISLAND HOME BIRTH DADS

Whether you are planning, have already had, or are uncertain about home birth, you are among other dads and partners that are going through or have gone through the same experience. There are some women in this group; other mothers, midwives, doulas, etc. that can help to answer any questions.


MUSLIM DADS OF LONG ISLAND

This group is dedicated to planning outings and meet-ups for Muslim Dads and kids on a monthly basis on weekends and holidays. Sports (soccer, basketball, football, cricket), parks, trips, movies, organized sports activities etc. This group is an outlet for Dads to connect and collaboratively plan activities for our kids.


YOUNG MOMS AND DADS OF LONG ISLAND

A group to help, support and make friends for young parents 🙂 Invite all your mommy and daddy friends!


LONG ISLAND SINGLE MOM AND DAD PAGE

A place to meet and support other single PARENTS.

Long Island Education Groups

Looking for information on a specific private school? Curious about Common Core and the Opt-Out Movement on Long Island? Do you have a question about fifth grade homework? Wondering who is running for the local board of education—or thinking of running yourself?

These groups provide a great resource for information about schools on Long Island, and school-related issues.


LONG ISLAND OPT-OUT INFO

This is a group page to share information about our public schools, high-stakes testing, APPR, data mining, common core and opting out. Feel free to ask questions, post links, and share your experiences with your school when this information is being discussed! Thank you for joining – Let’s Do This!!!


LONG ISLAND PARENTS EDUCATION RESOURCE

Long Island Parents Education Resource provides free resources, advice, and discussions about school and education. This group is meant for discussing studying, organization, specific topics and concepts, and the school environment. This is not a group for advertising. Any post or comment that advertises a product or service will be removed.

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Do This: Long Island Concerts & Events July 28–August 3

Joan Jett & The Blackhearts
LI's own Rock & Roll Hall of Famer Joan Jett & The Blackhearts

Heart / Joan Jett & the Black Hearts / Cheap Trick
This insane combo of rock and roll legends is one of the strongest lineups out there this summer, and a gig that’s just simply not to be missed. Dubbed the “Roll Hall Three For All!” tour, expect timeless rock hit after hit, with a hefty dose of several absolutely unforgettable anthems sprinkled throughout: “Bad Reputation,” “I Love Rock and Roll,” “I Want You To Want Me” and “Barracuda” surely among them. Will local hellraiser Jett break out fan favorite “Crimson & Clover” so we can all raise our smartphones up, our collective “Flashlight” apps glowing and swaying along to the timeless tunes of these salvationary rock gods, the moonlit ocean, the raging, healing sea? Only one way to find out! [Read: “Joan Jett & The Blackhearts Rock Eisenhower Park” “Cheap Trick Slays The Paramount” Concert Reviews] Nikon at Jones Beach Theatre, Jones Beach, Ocean Parkway, Wantagh. jonesbeach.com $31-$175. 7 p.m. July 28.

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Twist of Lemmon
Just back from his triumphant London West End debut, Chris Lemmon becomes his legendary father Jack Lemmon in his acclaimed multimedia play featuring live piano and an irresistible re-creation of their complex-but-loving relationship, all couched in the lore of Hollywood’s Golden Age. Includes post-show Q&A with Chris Lemmon, plus reception with Jazz guitarist Mike Soloway. Not to be missed. Cinema Arts Centre, 423 Park Ave., Huntington. cinemaartscentre.org $38 members, $46 public. 7 p.m. July 28.

Summer Southern Jam
Get ready to get out on that dance floor, raise that cup of beverage high into the air, and shout “Long live rock and roll!” Yes, this night is going to be that electric, that special. These mesmerizing tributes to Southern rock legends The Allman Bros. and Lynyrd Skynyrd, featuring The Allmost Brothers Band and Freebird, have that type of effect on audiences. Expect to hear “Whipping Post,” “Sweet Home Alabama,” and all those classic tunes that made these guitar-heavy heroes so beloved! Wow. The Paramount, 370 New York Ave., Huntington. paramountny.com $10-$30. 8 p.m. July 28.

Concert Against Long Island Heroin Epidemic
Heroin has been tightening its lethal grip on our youth in neighborhoods and communities across the country, and nowhere else is this deadly, life-shattering drug’s wrath felt worse than right here on Long Island. It’s been claiming the lives of our children and destroying families at a horrifying rate, and no matter how many resources we’ve been pouring into fighting its scourge, one thing is horrifyingly apparent: We need to amplify the battle. [Read: “How Long Island Is Losing Its War On Heroin“] This concert signifies that special power of music and self-expression, to unite, and to translate our emotions and determination into a just cause that possesses the fire to make significant impacts, and most importantly, save lives. Proceeds from this concert will help fund Suffolk County Crime Stoppers fight the Long Island heroin epidemic. Performers include Led Zeppelin tribute band Zofolk and Big Shot, the only Billy Joel tribute band featuring musicians, namely Mike DelGuidice, who have actually shared a stage with the most famous Long Islander, The Piano Man himself. Come on out to support music’s extraordinary gift of instilling hope and change. Come on out to support the countless victims of this dastardly drug, and their families. Come on out to make a difference. The Emporium, 9 Railroad Ave., Patchogue. theemporiumny.com $35. 8 p.m. July 28.

Sugar Hill Gang
The Sugar Hill Gang is considered to be hip-hop royalty. Their first hit, “Rappers Delight,” was the first hip-hop track to be a top 40 hit on the Billboard top 100. The Englewood natives never had another hit after their 1979 single, but the group is credited with paving the way for future hip-hop artists and helping bring the genre to mainstream audiences. This is your chance to experience these living legends, live, in an intimate setting, and experience for yourself the birth of this transcendental musical genre. Hip hop in tha house! Not to be missed. Suffolk Theater, 118 E Main St., Riverhead. suffolktheater.com $10. 8:30 p.m. July 28.

Long Island Puppet Theatre Grand Reopening
Long Island’s only puppet theatre was recently closed for renovations, but now it’s back. This celebration will include magician and balloon artist John Reid, party clown Rich Fober, music from children’s musician Keri Wirth, award-winning picture books and gifts from Diane Bauman and Kidz Entertainment, raffles, a chinese auction, food & refreshments from Tocolo Cantina and Texas Taco food truck, and more! Puppets, food, and song?! Yes, yes, yes! Long Island Puppet Theatre, 10 Heitz Pl., Hicksville. lipuppet.com 11 a.m.-3 p.m. July 29.

Linda Fairstein
This author will be speaking and signing copies of her new thriller Killer Look (An Alexandra Cooper Novel). Meet this gifted storyteller and tell her exactly how much you appreciate her prose, appreciate her craft, and just how petrified you were when you first read those opening chapters! Yikes! Book Revue, 313 New York Ave., Huntington. bookrevue.com Free with purchase of book. 7 p.m. July 29.

Rodney Atkins
Do you like country like we like country? Of course you do! So strap on them cowgirl boots and that 10-gallon hat and strut on out onto that dance floor, because this is going to be one epic country fest. Atkins clinched won the Top New Male Vocalist Award from the Academy of Country Music in 2006, and since then has been nominated for seven other awards from the Academy of Country Music and the Country Music Association. Head on down and see what makes audiences swoon for this guy. (Hint: He sure knows how to move up there on that there stage!) Mulcahy’s Pub and Concert Hall, 3232 Railroad Ave., Wantagh. muls.com $32-$36. 8 p.m. July 29.

Dion
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame member Dion will be making his way to Long Island this week. Originally a member of Dion and The Belmonts (named after Belmont Street in the Bronx), Dion has been taking his act solo for the last 40 years across the country. His more famous songs include “Runaround Sue,” which was voted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 2002, and “Lonely Teenager.” Dion, an ageless wonder who made most of his bread performing rock tunes, has his talents span across multiple genres of music. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1989, and brings his timeless tunes to this very special evening of rock! Get ready to have a fantastic time! NYCB Theatre at Westbury, 960 Brush Hollow Rd., Westbury venue.thetheatreatwestbury.com $54.50-$99.50. 8 p.m. July 29.

Grateful Overkill
Jerry Garcia might be up there in the heavens singing along with Pigpen, Janis, Jimi and the Lizard King himself, but his spirit and music are being kept very much alive down here among us Dead Heads as well. This rockin’ gig includes Grateful Dead tribute band Half-Step and The Rumble, a band known for fusing rip-out-my-heart blues and get-up-out-the-chair-and-sing-sing-sing soul. Half-Step consists of dedicated students and fans of the Grateful Dead, attempting to capture the spirit and emulate the original band’s music, while The Rumble plays gritty, infectious original songs. Scarlet Begonias indeed! The Paramount, 370 New York Ave., Huntington. paramountny.com $10-$30. 8 p.m. July 29.

The Drifters
These doo-wop blues legends have been around since the ’50s, and helped to form soul music with their infectiously inspiring gospel-style vocals. Each group of The Drifters varies in members, but all reflect the same passionate R&B music we know and love. Beginning with the classic drifter Clyde McPhatter, all the way up to the current Damien Charles, the group has had more than 60 different musicians join its ranks. According to the Vocal Group Hall of Fame, the dramatic changes of The Drifters managed to set music trends, in addition to giving the public 13 chart-topping hits. Opening the show is Shirley Alston Reeves, the orig lead singer of Shirelles. Oh hells yes. Suffolk Theater, 118 E Main St., Riverhead. suffolktheater.com $49-$60. 8 p.m. July 29.

Meek Mill
This Philly raised hip-hop artist has worked with artists including Akon, Waka Flocka Flame, Rick Ross, and others, released his second studio album, Dreams Worth More Than Money, in June 2015, and cracked the Billboard Top 200. His “All Eyes On You,” which features Chris Brown and Nicki Minaj, reached #21 on the Billboard Hot list with the album’s release. Mill, who has been dating rap queen Minaj since 2015, sticks to lyrics that target poverty, racism, and religion. Though he is frequently compared to Drake, Mill stands out uniquely through his serious lyrics and emotionally-intense sound.  His new album, DC4, is rumored to drop later this year. The Emporium, 9 Railroad Ave., Patchogue. theemporiumny.com $40-$50. 10 p.m. July 29.

Laced Up – The Long Island Sneaker Convention
We’ve all been there: Jazzin’ home-slice style in our dapper new kicks, struttin’ em out to the par-tee, jivin’ and groovin’ and bumpin’ out those smooth soles with our friends and loved ones and holdin’ our heads high. This is the local gathering for sneaker enthusiasts to buy, sell, restore, trade and customize kicks, plus much more! Exclusive raffles for rare sneakers will be held, along with auctions for sneakers, battles and the best custom sneaker competition, all to the sounds of DJ Scoota! Experience the sneaker culture at its finest! Wow. Cradle of Aviation, Charles Lindbergh Blvd., Garden City. cradleofaviation.org $12-$20. 5 p.m. July 30.

Disturbed / Breaking Benjamin / Alter Bridge / Saint Asonia
The latest album from Disturbed, Immortalized, was an automatic fan favorite, but the heavy metal monsters have been wowing audiences with their raw voices and aggressive nature since ’94, when they were originally called “Brawl.” Breaking Benjamin co-headlines this tour, whose new record, Dark Before Dawn, hit No. 1 on the Billboard Top 100 charts. This is an amazing chance to experience all their crushingly fantastic tunes live, with opening acts Alter Bridge and Saint Asonia, as the sea rages in the background and the moon melts the waves. Yeah. Nikon at Jones Beach Theatre, Jones Beach, Ocean Parkway, Wantagh. jonesbeach.com $29.95-$79.95. 6:30 p.m. July 30.

Parachute
This trio, most recognizable for their singles “She Is Love” and “Can’t Help,” just dropped their fourth studio release, Wide Awake, this past March. Their soulful, passionate sound combined with romantic and swingy lyrics, is perfect for the summer season, and they’ve been wowing crowds alongside Kelly Clarkson as well as Gavin DeGraw, and selling out three headlining tours around the country. Wide Awake’s opening track, “Without You,” hints at what the group is all about, cheerful, peppy, and soaring to popularity, with more than 50,000 views on YouTube since its June release. With supporting act Brynn Elliott, this gig is not to be missed. The Space at Westbury, 250 Post Ave., Westbury. thespaceatwestbury.com $25-$35. 7:30 p.m. July 30.

Film Festival Shorts
This is a film lover’s dream: Eight short documentaries made by local filmmakers will be screened at this one-night-only event. To kick off the evening, Direct Cinema pioneer D.A. Pennebaker will be presenting his debut short, Daybreak Express. The film festival will focus on telling fascinating stories while giving the audience an opportunity to get a feel for the different styles these local filmmakers have to offer. Action! Sag Harbor Whaling Museum, 200 Main St., Sag Harbor. sagharborwhalingmuseum.org 7:30 p.m. July 30.

French Cookin’ Blues Band
These New York-based bluesmen meld renditions of timeless classics and original songs into a wide variety of soul-soothing treats, all with a solid bedrock in the blues. Guitarists Doc French and Josh Goldberg set the tone with their skills on the chords, while Bassist Bobby Day brings the deep, heavy blues with his bass. Glen “Bob” Allen weaves it all together on the skins for a gig you won’t soon forget. These four have been teaming up across the region for years to deliver a deep-South feel blues show. Whether you’re a lifelong fan of the blues or not, you won’t want to miss this one! Hot damn! Treme Blues and Jazz Club, 553 Main St., Islip. tremeislip.com $10. 8 p.m. July 30.

Vic DiBitetto
Whenever there’s a blizzard, you’ve heard his now-infamous expression. Hell, whenever there’s even a hint of a snowflake even remotely predicted to fall, you’ve heard it. Why? Because it’s so hilariously true! This is the “Bread and Milk” guy! His oft-quoted rant has more than 14 million views on YouTube, and you won’t believe how funny he is live. Bring some bread and milk for the fella, we’re sure he’ll get a kick out of it, and we’re pretty positive you won’t be the only one! This guy is hilarious! NYCB Theatre at Westbury, 960 Brush Hollow Rd., Westbury. venue.thetheatreatwestbury.com $39-$69. 8 p.m. July 30.

Colin Jost
From staff writer on Saturday Night Live to co-anchor on the late-night show’s Weekend Update, Colin Jost has moved his way up the comedic latter. Now he’s bringing his humor to Long Island for a night of hilarious, seam-splitting stand-up. Jost is from Staten Island and attended Harvard University, where he was president of the Ivy League’s humor publication, the Harvard Lampoon. He began his career in comedy as a staff writer at SNL in 2005 and served as co-head writer from 2012 to 2015. He is currently bringing viewers the night’s top stories with co-anchor, Michael Ché, for the wildly popular Weekend Update. Jost has garnered five Emmy Award nominations, two Writers’ Guild Awards, and a Peabody Award, which shows his genius doesn’t go unrecognized. His delivery, punchlines, and boyish charm all mashed together into a monstrous, glowing orb of hilarity will leave the audience laughing the whole night through, and into the following weeks, we’re sure. Yowzler, indeed. Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Center, 76 Main St., Westhampton Beach. whbpac.org $45-$65. 8 p.m. July 30.

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Release Party
Based on an original new story by J.K. Rowling, Jack Thorne and John Tiffany, and a new play by Jack Thorne, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is the eighth story in the Harry Potter series and the first to be presented onstage. Its world premiere is in London’s West End on the same day that the script book will be released. Hogwarts! Book Revue, 313 New York Ave., Huntington. bookrevue.com Free with purchase of book. 9 p.m. July 30.

Automat, by Berenice Abbott, 1936
Automat, by Berenice Abbott, 1936

A Feast for the Eyes
This sweeping, two-floor exhibition focused on food and dining in art, features works by an array of artists, including Audrey Flack, Red Grooms, George Grosz, Henri Matisse, Claes Oldenberg, Cindy Sherman and Andy Warhol, among many others. Drawn from a wide variety of media, the exhibition offers viewers eclectic portrayals of feasts, eateries, restaurants, cafés, groceries, and table settings. In conjunction with the exhibition, the Nassau County Museum of Art will also be offering public programs for adults and family groups. Well now we’re hungry. And cultured, perhaps, somehow. Wow. Nassau County Museum of Art, One Museum Dr., Roslyn Harbor. nassaumuseum.org $10 adults, $8 seniors, $ students and kids ages 4-12. July 30-Nov. 6.

Counting Crows / Rob Thomas
If you can sing every lyric to “Accidentally In Love,” or even if you just enjoy a talented classic rock band, don’t miss out on seeing Counting Crows and Rob Thomas perform live. Rob Thomas is not only famous for his prior role as the lead singer of Matchbox 20, but he also worked with Santana on one of the most recognizable rock songs to date, “Smooth.” Check out our recent interview with Adam Duritz, lead singer of Counting Crows, and get ready to sing your heart out to all those infectious hits! Nikon at Jones Beach Theatre, Jones Beach, Ocean Parkway, Wantagh. jonesbeach.com  $26-$80.50. 6:45 p.m. July 31.

Paul Anka
He’s done it his way, thank you very much, and he’s even got a book, My Way, An Autobiography, to prove it. He tells stories about his personal encounters with the likes of Elizabeth Taylor, Dodi Fayed, Michael Jackson, Little Richard and Tom Jones, to name a few. His new album features duets with Willie Nelson, Dolly Parton, Michael Buble, Celine Dion and more. Anka’s been doing it “his way” for five decades and counting. Hard to believe this pop music legend started in Ottawa with his own vocal group, the Bobbysoxers, when he was only 13. Soon enough he had his first number one hit, “Diana,” and then he was on the road with Jerry Lee Lewis, Buddy Holly and Chuck Berry. This singer-songwriter once popped up in Sinatra’s Rat Pack and more recently as a co-writer of Michael Jackson’s posthumous worldwide hit, “This Is it,” cementing Anka’s stature as one of the most prolific and versatile songwriters of his generation. This is your chance to experience this living legend in an intimate setting, close to home. Magical. Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Center, 76 Main St., Westhampton Beach. whbpac.org $165-$225. 8 p.m. July 31.

Punjabi American Night
Songs! Dances! Joy! Part of the Nassau County International Music Nights Concert Series dedicated to music and culture, this free night of mesmerizing music is bound to satisfy the soul and inspire those dancin’ feet! Harry Chapin Lakeside Theatre, Eisenhower Park, East Meadow. Free. 8 p.m. July 31.

Irish American Night
Do you like to eat bangers and mash? Enjoy drinking ale? Love to prance ’round the room with your friends and do the jig!? Of course you do. Part of the Nassau County International Music Nights Concert Series dedicated to music and culture, this free night of mesmerizing music and exuberant dance is guaranteed to leave you and all those in attendance with huge smiles on their faces and a whole lotta laughs. Oh, what an amazin’ celebration! Harry Chapin Lakeside Theatre, Eisenhower Park, East Meadow. Free. 8 p.m. Aug. 1.

Donavon Frankenreiter
To create his fifth full-length album Start Livin’, Hawaii-based singer/guitarist/songwriter Donavon Frankenreiter holed up in a southern California studio for seven days with his longtime bassist Matt Grundy—and no one else. Just a dedicated duo doing what they do best. The follow-up to 2010′s Glow, Start Livin’ is a nine-track selection of folk-infused songs that sweetly reflect the simplicity of their recording. With its smooth showcasing of Frankenreiter’s rich, honey-thick vocals and masterful guitar work, Start Livin’ bears all the intimacy of an impromptu back-porch performance and the tenderness of a treasured love letter. Don’t miss this gig. The Stephen Talkhouse, 161 Main St. Amagansset. stephentalkhouse.com $50. 6:30, 9:30 p.m. Aug. 1.

Alice In Wonderland
Don’t be late for this very important date! Lewis Carroll’s magical tale is being brought to life by Long Island’s youngest actors. This timeless children’s story follows Alice down the rabbit hole into her journey through a mysterious and unfamiliar realm. Along the way, she encounters a very special rabbit, the Mad Hatter, a Cheshire cat, twins named Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dumb, and a Queen of Hearts. Join the adventure, remain curiouser and curiouser, and all along the way, be sure to remember Carroll’s immortal words: “Imagination is the only weapon in a war against reality.” NYCB Theatre at Westbury, 960 Brush Hollow Rd., Westbury venue.thetheatreatwestbury.com $19.50. 11 a.m. Aug. 2.

Gemini Syndrome
These L.A.-bred alt-metal hellraisers dropped their debut, Lux, in 2013, and since then have been compared to fellow archangels Five Finger Death Punch, Tool, and Mudvayne. Their second firebomb, Memento Mori, will be unleashed August 19th. Opening the show is Stitched Up Heart, 9 Electric, Brand Of Julez, In Dead Silence and Symfinity. Don’t miss this insane lineup, or the chaos that is sure to ensue! Revolution Bar and Music Hall, 140 Merrick Rd., Amityville. revolutionli.com $16, 18 DOS. 6:30 p.m. Aug. 2.

Chevelle
This trio’s stage chemistry is something that’s drawn praise from audiences the world over. “Where did this special rock and roll magic originate?” you might ask. It happened a long time ago, as each of the three original band members are brothers. Pete Loeffler is the lead singer and guitarist, Sam is on the skins, and Joe played bass until he left the band in 2005 and was replaced by Dean Bernardini, the brothers’ brother-in-law! Ha! Say that three time fast! Talk about a family affair! They hail from Chicago, where they first started hammering out their aggressive 21st century rock tunes (think Tool, just louder), and now invade The Mountler for a night of sonic fury not soon to be forgotten. Opening the show is Black Map. Damn. The Paramount, 370 New York Ave., Huntington. paramountny.com $25-$60. 8 p.m. Aug. 2.

Seaton Smith
Although this funnyman hasn’t been in the business for too long, S-Squared (See what we did there?) is already becoming familiar. Smith’s energetic presence and crude humor leaves crowds roaring with laughter and splitting the seams of their pants. Hailing from Washington, D.C., Smith’s interest in comedy was sparked when he was just 10 years old. Later, he attended Howard University to study film, where he dreamed of producing a action-comedy. In 2011, he moved to Brooklyn, and three years later, his career skyrocketed. He landed the role of “Motif” on fellow comedian, John Mulaney’s, television show Mulaney. In 2015, he appeared on Late Night With Seth Meyers, Inside Amy Schumer, and the Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore. He also appeared in HBO’s Girls and Hulu’s Difficult People. Now, he is touring and performing stand-up in New York, North Carolina, Ohio and Iowa. RSVP and get your tickets now, you don’t want to miss this hilarious night. Damn this guy is funny! Governor’s Comedy Club, 90 Division Ave., Levittown. govs.govs.com $20-$50. 8 p.m. Aug. 3.

Long Beach International Film Festival
Celebrating its fifth anniversary, this year’s lineup boasts more than 30 feature films, shorts and documentaries, including independent and studio films, as well as American and international movies—even animated flicks. The festival will feature a ton of special events, such as red carpet premieres, celebrations, filmmaker receptions, awards and musical performances. The special programs planned for this year include: Shorts On The Beach series, Taste On The Beach, and the Joan Jett Music film series. Don’t miss this amazing celebration of cinematic nirvana! Long Beach Cinema 4, 179 E. Park Ave., Long Beach. longbeachfilm.com Aug. 3-5.

–Compiled by Kate Nalepinski, Ana Borruto & Timothy Bolger (With Zachary B. Tirana III

15 Reasons Why There’s No Place Like Long Island

Long Islanders love to be reminded how much Long Island rocks. Sure, there’s no place like home. We here at the Press prefer this sweet saying: “There’s no place like Long Island.”

Why does Long Island rock? We’ll tell ya.

 

1. Beaches

Where else did you think we’d start with this list? Wherever you live on Long Island, you’re at most 30 minutes from a beach. Whether it’s located off a state park or it’s one of the Island’s many local getaways, this place is beach heaven from the Sound to the Atlantic Ocean.

New York City

 

2. New York City is so damn close

Hop on a train and you’ll likely be in the best city in the world in an hour’s time. Of course, those who live out east will have a longer trek but that’s okay. People travel long distances to visit our dear metropolis, so we can deal with sitting in a train for a little while. Besides, if you’re not slouched on the train, how else will you enjoy the spectacle of our own drunk hooligans flirting, screaming, nodding off and hugging the LIRR toilet like their life depends upon it?

Fire Island

 

3. Islands off the Island

Long Beach, that’s a barrier Island. Fire Island, yep another Island. Plum Island? Well, you technically can’t go there…but you get the point. We can hop from one island to the next via ferry or car to bask in the joy of life by the waterfront. Seriously, it doesn’t get any better than that.

Chicken souvlaki from the incomparable It's Greek to Me in Syosset.
Chicken souvlaki from the incomparable It’s Greek to Me in Syosset.(Christopher Twarowski/Long Island Press)

 

4. Food

Admittedly, we nearly dubbed No. 4 on this oh-so-important listicle “Diners.” But then we thought about how the Island has become a culinary playground and we realized it’s probably unfair to pigeonhole the region as simply the place for cheese fries and greasy omelettes. Instead, let’s highlight what we do best: Pizza? Check. Italian? Check. Spanish? Check. Cuban? Check. Japanese? Check. Chinese? Check. Greek? CHECK! CHECK! CHECK! Afghan? Check. We’d continue but we just dunked our faces in a plate of tzatziki-slathered chicken souvlaki with a side of kebabs, chicken parm, thin-crust pizza, wings, a lobster roll and some pad thai. [Read: “It’s Greek To Me: Syosset’s Mediterranean Masterpiece“]

Barrage Brewing Company
Barrage Brewing Company’s take on the popular “Black and Tan” beer, featuring YadaYadaYada and The Clancy. (Barrage Brewing Co./Facebook)

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5. Craft Beer

This goes without saying. More than five years ago, the craft beer revolution invaded Long Island and ever since the number of microbreweries in Nassau and Suffolk counties has tripled. Blue Point Brewing Company in Patchogue may be the most famous but there are many smaller breweries producing mouth-watering ales, lagers, stouts, IPAs and more. You can’t go wrong with Long Island craft beer.

Long Island wine

 

6. Vineyards

Since we’re on the subject of food and drinks, let’s talk Long Island wine. Like beer, the wine industry has taken root on LI and thrived. The East End is now flooded with real and imagined wine connoisseurs who want to indulge in the incredible reds and whites produced to perfection by our local vineyards.

Greenport's downtown has been lively since the LIRR first stopped there in the 19th century. (photo credit: Joe Shlabotnik/Flickr)
Greenport’s downtown has been lively since the LIRR first stopped there in the 19th century. (photo credit: Joe Shlabotnik/Flickr)

 

7. Downtowns

There’s nothing quite like living in a place with a vibrant downtown dotted with restaurants, mom-and-pop shops, craft beer bars and a decades-old movie theater yet to be taken over by corporate overlords. From Babylon, Huntington and Greenport to Port Washington and Bay Shore, LI’s downtowns are the reason we never want to leave.

Long Island daycation

 

8. Daycations

Face it, vacations are a lot of money. So why spend an exorbitant amount of cash traveling to a far-away land when you can pack the car and spend a weekend, or longer, along the waterfront or at a bed and breakfast in an idyllic East End town? Go to Greenport, let’s say, and you get to enjoy some damn good seafood, knock back a few brews at Greenport Brewing Co., head to nearby Jamesport for some vineyard action or take the ferry to Shelter Island and visit the historic Sylvester Manor. Don’t overlook the treasures we have right here at home.

Farm

 

9. Farms

Some western Nassau County residents are often shocked to discover that there are indeed farms on Long Island. Seriously, they can’t believe it. Head out any time of the year and pick up some fresh veggies and pies from eastern Long Island farm stands. Or visit Suffolk’s farm havens during the fall for some of the best autumn festivals around. Speaking of fall…

Apple Picking on Long Island
(Photo credit: John Phelan/Wikimedia Commons)

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10. Apple Picking

If it weren’t for apple picking, we don’t know how we’d get over our end of summer doldrums. There’s something about returning home with a bucket full of fresh apples that makes the transition to cooler weather easier to endure. But make sure you don’t wait too late because these apples disappear fast.

Ralph's Italian Ice in Freeport (Photo: Joe Mabel/Wikimedia Commons)
Ralph’s Italian Ice in Freeport (Photo: Joe Mabel/Wikimedia Commons)

 

11. Ralph’s

We tried hard not to single out any specific businesses but we would be derelict and morally irresponsible if we didn’t mention Ralph’s. There’s not one Long Islander who hasn’t enjoyed this Italian ice shop’s tantalizing menu of frozen treats. Indeed, you can go a whole summer without trying all its flavors. Now that we mention it, there’s one right across the street…

The 1975 took The Paramount in Huntington by storm on Dec. 9, 2014. (Photo by Kafel Benn)
The 1975 took The Paramount in Huntington by storm on Dec. 9, 2014. (Photo by Kafel Benn)

 

12. Awesome Music Venues

From the Nikon Theater at Jones Beach to The Paramount in Huntington and a handful of other great entertainment spaces, Long Island plays host to a number of intimate music venues. Each one has its own charm and welcomes hundreds of acts every year. Nassau Coliseum may be unavailable for shows for the foreseeable future, but once its renovation is done Long Island’s music venues will be hard to beat.

Montauk Air Force Station (Wikimedia Commons)
Montauk Air Force Station (Wikimedia Commons)

 

13. Weird Shit

Montauk Monster. Whatever went on at Camp Hero in Montauk. (Time travel, interdimensional espionage, psychokinetic torture.) Nikola Tesla’s experiments at his Wardenclyffe laboratory in Shoreham. The Big Duck. Alec Baldwin. Lindsay Lohan. Reptillinoids.

Massapequa Preserve (Rashed Mian/Long Island Press)
Massapequa Preserve (Rashed Mian/Long Island Press)

 

14. Hiking

The knock on us Long Islanders is that we are not much for walking. Instead of using our feet to go to the supermarket a half-mile away, we insist on getting into our four-wheel gas guzzlers. Fair enough. But that’s only because we like to save our energy for taking long hikes at one of our many preserves or state parks. There’s nothing quite like a stroll through the Massapequa Preserve or Caumsett State Park on a pleasant summer day.

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Shoppers sort through assorted random second-hand household items during a garage sale.

 

15. Garage Sales

Garage sales—or yard sales—are so ubiquitous on Long Island that there’s actually a website dedicated to tracking them. No matter where you live on LI, you’ll no doubt find a garage sale near you. And who knows what kind of treasures you’ll come across? It’s a veritable consumer paradise!

Meet the Two Long Island Pitchers Drafted by the Mets

Mets Long Island draft picks

By John Dundon

Look out, Long Island, the Mets are poaching our young baseball players right out from under us.

With their first two picks in this June’s Major League Baseball draft, the reigning National League champs drafted a pair of LI natives. The Mets selected Boston College right-handed pitcher and Freeport native Justin Dunn with the 19th overall pick, and promptly used their 31st selection to acquire lefty Anthony Kay of Stony Brook, who played college ball at the University of Connecticut.

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They both inked million-dollar-plus contracts before the signing deadline.

If all goes according to plan, the Mets’ pitching staff, if not its starting rotation, could one day feature a trio of hometown heroes. For Long Islanders, their dream roster would also include Stony Brook-native Steven Matz, who contributed immediately after being called up by the organization late last season.

But a lot has to happen before they take the mound.

Dunn, 20, and Kay, 21, were never teammates but they share similar qualities, according to their respective youth coaches and family members interviewed by the Press. On the diamond they exhibited strong, youthful arms, their coaches said. Off the field Dunn and Kay endeared themselves to teammates and friends, despite their star status. But do they have what it takes to make the majors and be successful? Those close to the hurlers will tell you the answer is a resounding “yes!”

Homegrown

“[Kay’s] not fazed by anything; the bigger the game, the better he pitches. It’ll be a quick rise to the big leagues,” Ward Melville High School head baseball coach Lou Petrucci told the Press about his former pupil.

Petrucci is no stranger to big arms, having also coached the lefty Matz. The Mets promoted Matz, then 24, to the majors last June, and the organization—and the fans—could not have been more thrilled. Matz contributed immediately, posting a 4-0 record and earning a spot in the playoff rotation. Not to forget his hitting a two-run double his first at-bat in the first game he pitched at Citi Field. Which he also won.

Kay will most certainly draw comparisons to Matz.

“They both possess elite mechanics, competitive drive and God-given ability,” Petrucci said. “Those are three things you need to succeed at the next level.”

Of the two, Petrucci added, Kay had a more distinguished high school baseball career.

Matz has become an idol to Long Island ball players of late. Like Kay, Matz doesn’t possess an over-powering arm. He instead relies on a precise fastball and off-speed pitches that tend to make batters look silly at the plate.

Although Matz and Kay didn’t attend high school at the same time, the imprint left behind by the current Mets pitcher through the halls of Ward Melville High School has been long lasting.

Justin Dunn Mets
Justin Dunn, who was selected by the Mets with the 19th pick in the draft, during his time at Boston College. (Photo credit: BC Athletics/John Quackenbos)

“We’re pretty friendly,” Kay said of Matz during a conference call with reporters after he was drafted. “We talk all the time. We go back in the winter all the time to high school (for clinics). It will be really cool to work with him.”

Kay signed a lower than expected deal this month after a post-draft physical prompted concerns about his elbow, according to reports. The pitcher has not yet been assigned to a minor league affiliate.

Ready for the bright lights

Like Kay, Dunn also played ball in Connecticut.

While he was born and raised in Freeport, Dunn attended high school at The Gunnery, a co-ed private school in Washington, Conn.

Dunn’s coach at The Gunnery, Jeff Trundy, said the pitcher is an “outgoing kid” who was beloved by everyone on campus. He sounded confident that Dunn’s skills will translate to the majors.

“It was pleasing to watch Justin’s growth during his time at the Gunnery,” Trundy told the Press. “He developed tremendously both on the ball field and socially.”

Dunn’s diminutive frame as a freshman—5-feet, 5-inches tall and weighing in at 110-pounds—was not a deterrent on the mound. (Dunn was listed at 6-feet, 2-inches tall this past season at Boston College.)

“Even though he was tiny and shy,” Trundy said, “he never lacked confidence on the baseball field.”

According to the people who know them best, both Dunn and Kay are outstanding.

“Justin has a very intense internal drive, but he’s always put his teammates before himself,” Trundy said. “That right there shows who Justin is and shows why the New York fans are going to love him so much.”

What about Kay?

“He was the first guy out of the dugout to embrace the guys after an inning, or when someone made a big play,” said Petrucci, Kay’s high school coach. “That’s the kind of kid he is. One of the highest character individuals I ever coached.”

This past season at Boston College, Dunn posted an ERA of 2.06 and struck out 72 batters in 65.2 innings pitched. A coach’s decision moved Dunn from the bullpen to a starting role midway through last season. That’s when he took off.

“All he cares about is helping the team win,” said Mike Gambino, his coach at BC.

Anthony Kay Mets
Anthony Kay celebrates a big out. (Photo credit: UCONN Athletics)

A baseball ‘hotbed’

During his own conference call with reporters, Dunn spoke about Long Island as a baseball hotbed for talent.

“A lot of people think Long Island can’t play baseball, but look at the track record. You have Marcus [Stroman], and then you have Steven Matz, and they’re doing pretty well in the league,” Dunn said. Stroman, who was raised in Medford, was drafted with the 22nd pick by the Toronto Blue Jays in the 2012 draft. He is considered a future ace.

“You have guys like Keith Osik that have played, and other guys,” Dunn added, referring to the former MLB catcher. “This is something that should be known—that Long Island can play. I’m just happy to have my little part of it.”

Ed Dunn, Justin’s father, shares that sentiment. He had high praise for Long Island’s little league and travel baseball systems.

“What you’re seeing now with more kids playing is the culmination of the year-round travel programs, the coaches who are some of the best in the country,” the senior Dunn said. “Long Island can produce.”

Ed Dunn, a lifelong Yankees fan, was obviously ecstatic to see his son drafted, even if it was to the crosstown rival.

“I prepared myself for it. We knew they (the Mets) had interest,” Dunn recalled. “At the end of the day, it’s awesome no matter what.”

Dunn made his first professional start with the Mets’ minor league affiliate, the Brooklyn Cyclones, on July 23.

Now the hard work begins.

43 Fun Things To Do With Your Kids On Long Island

By Michael Harris

Growing up on Long Island, many children enjoy spending time at the beach, but since kids tend to get bored quickly, they often look for new and exciting things to do.

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For parents, keeping their kids entertained—and not by just letting them waste their days playing video games or watching TV—can be a full-time job.

But since parents and kids often disagree about what constitutes fun, here are some ideas for family friendly things to do on Long Island.

PETTING ZOO

PET, FEED AND SEE THE ANIMALS

It’s a rare kid who doesn’t like going to the zoo. Although Long Island doesn’t have a full-fledged zoo, it offers petting zoos, fish hatcheries and an aquarium. Here are seven:

1. Long Island Aquarium
This aquarium is home to many fascinating living things and awesome attractions. Among these are the Lost City of Atlantis Shark Exhibit, which lets visitors dive into the tank and swim with the sharks with the protection of a steel shark cage. Visitors can also see penguins, seals, gators, sting rays, sea lions and other marine wildlife. 431 Main St., Riverhead. longislandaquarium.com

2. White Post Farms
This warm and welcoming farm in Huntington has been around for more than 130 years. White Post Farms is as kid-friendly as it can be. Whether bouncing on the bouncy castle or petting zebras at the petting zoo (yes, they have zebras), riding a pony or experiencing the action-packed bird sanctuary, there’s no shortage of fun. They also have a mini-train, tiny houses for kids to play in and, of course, a farm stand. 250 Old Country Rd., Melville. whitepostfarms.com

3. Long Island Animal Farm Petting Zoo
From petting zoo animals such as goats and pigs to watching more exotic creatures such as monkeys and cougars, this petting zoo has almost anything a child could dream of for a day of animal-filled fun. There’s even a puppet theater, a picnic area and a playground. 296 Wading River Rd., Manorville. afpz.org

4. Cold Spring Harbor Fish Hatchery
Children of all ages will love these outdoor exhibits such as fish ponds, turtle ponds and trout pools. The hatchery is also home to an aquarium that contains more than 30 different species of fish. They regularly host various educational programs for kids. 1660 Route 25A, Cold Spring Harbor. cshfishhatchery.org

5. Jungle Bob’s Reptile World
As the name suggests, Jungle Bob’s Reptile World is far and away one of the most fascinating places on Long Island. The shop is the largest reptile-only pet store in New York with more than 100 animals on display. Jungle Bob’s is also a worthwhile destination for kids to spend some time because it boasts an outdoor educational nature center. Jungle Bob invites Long Islanders of all ages to come and learn about reptiles of all shapes and sizes. 2536 Middle Country Rd., Centereach. junglebobsreptileworld.com

6. Holtsville Wildlife and Ecology Center
Home to bears, foxes, bald eagles and more, the Holtsville Wildlife and Ecology Center offers visitors the chance to see animals that cannot be found anywhere else on Long Island. At the center there are gardens, pools and picnic grounds. 249 Buckley Rd., Holtsville,
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7. Seal Tours
It’s one thing to see animals in a zoo, but it’s quite another to see them in their own habitat. Many people may not realize that the waters surrounding Long Island are full of marine life, including seals. Several groups offer tours of local seal hot spots around our shores where seals congregate. Here are a few outfits that offer seal tours on foot and by boat: Coastal Research and Education Society of Long Island, Riverhead Foundation for Marine Research and Preservation and Captain Lou Fleet. ADVENTURELAND

HAVE AN ADVENTURE

We may not have our own Six Flags Great Adventure, but Long Island’s amusement parks guarantee a great family outing. Here are four:

8. Adventureland
A staple of Long Island entertainment for decades, Adventureland still stands as one of the top attractions in our area. They have rides and roller coasters big and small, dozens of games as well as an arcade. Open spring through fall. 2245 Broad Hollow Rd., Farmingdale. adventureland.us

9. Splish Splash
From eight-story-tall water slides ending in splash pools, to smaller children’s lagoons, Splish Splash provides a super-soaked day of excitement for all ages. They have more than a dozen rides, slides and wave pools. Open during summer only. 2549 Splish Splash Dr., Calverton. splishsplash.com

10. Bayville Adventure Park
This waterfront destination is one of the most complete attractions on Long Island. The park is equipped with a pirate-themed miniature golf course, indoor rock climbing, bumper boats and much more. It converts to a giant haunted house for Halloween and a North Pole theme park for Christmas. 8 Bayville Ave., Bayville. bayvilleadventurepark.com

11. Long Island Adventure Park
Zip lines, rope bridges, hiking trails and more, Long Island Adventure Park offers the perfect opportunity to venture outdoors and enjoy a full day of fun for the entire family. 75 Colonial Springs Rd., Wheatley Heights. longislandadventurepark.org LONG ISLAND DUCKS

TAKE THEM OUT TO THE BALLGAME

So what if Long Island doesn’t have a major league sports team anymore? Sports fans can still support three local top-notch professional sports teams, including the New York Lizards, the Long Island Ducks and the New York Cosmos. Each team provides fan-friendly amenities and affordable family-ticket packages.

12. New York Lizards
The Lizards are one of nine participants in Major League Lacrosse. The club plays its home games at Hofstra University in Hempstead, with single game or season tickets available. Last year, the team acquired lacrosse legend Paul Rabil, who racked up 29 goals in his first year with the Lizards. nylizards.com

13. Long Island Ducks
The three-time Atlantic League champion Long Island Ducks have a plethora of former MLB big leaguers on the roster. In the past, stars such as Dontrelle Willis, Lew Ford, Trayvon Robinson, Blake Tekotte and Kevin Baez have donned the Ducks uniform. Kids can joing team mascot QuackerJack to root for the club to bring the Atlantic League title back to Bethpage Ballpark in Central Islip. It’s a great venue for enjoying America’s pastime. liducks.com/home

14. New York Cosmos
The newly revived Cosmos are hoping to return to the top of the North American Soccer League. Like the Lizards, the Cosmos also call Hofstra University in Hempstead home. The club features players from all over the world, including Carlos Mendes of Mineola. nycosmos.com

15. Belmont Race Track
OK, so this is a sporting event that lacks a team and a ball, but Belmont Racetrack in Elmont offers family fun days, breakfast buffets and a children’s playground. Not to mention the excitement of cheering on your favorite horse from the grandstand. Win or lose, it’s a sure bet they’ll have a day they’ll long remember.
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16. Riverhead Raceway
Don’t think auto-racing is a sport? Tell it to the drivers white-knuckling it with the petal to the metal as they speed around this quarter-mile track. They do it all, from monster truck rallies to stock car races, figure-eight races and demolition derbies. It isn’t the Indy 500, but it still gets spectators’ engines revving. riverheadraceway.com dad

ENJOY THE GREAT OUTDOORS

No better way to channel children’s seemingly boundless energy than by getting them involved in some good old fashioned outdoor physical activity.

17. Surf School
Since this is an oceanfront island, Long Island is home to a number of surfing schools. What better way to spend a summer afternoon than learning to take advantage of this perk? Some of LI’s many surfing instructors include Bunger Surf Camp, Skudin Surf School, Surf 2 Live, Island Surf School and Flying Point Surf School.

18. Fishing
Whether chasing snappers in the bay or hooking big game fish in the ocean, a day spent fishing is a great way to bond with any child. With more than 1,600 miles of shoreline, there are more places to drop a line in Long Island waters than we can list here. But popular choices include taking a charter with the Captree Fleet, Captain Lou’s in Freeport, Montauk’s many fishing boats for hire, or those operating in the Long Island Sound. As for freshwater fish, trout is a big draw in Connetquot River.

19. Kayak tours
Kayaking allows paddlers to take in the beauty of Long Island from the water. It’s guaranteed to provide as much fun as beautiful scenery. Some local kayak rental companies include Long Island Kayak Rentals, Nissequogue River Canoe and Kayak Rentals, JK Kayak and Shelter Island Kayak Tours.

20. Ice Skating
There are more than a dozen ice rinks across Long Island. But whether it be indoors or outdoors, winter or summer, ice skating is always a good time. Some of the best ice skating rinks on LI include Christopher Morley Park Ice Rink in Roslyn, Superior Ice Rink in Kings Park and The Rinx in Port Jefferson.

21. Roller Skating
Few things provide the simple joy of strapping on a pair of roller skates or roller blades and cruising around a roller skating rink. The look on those kids faces while they’re freewheeling with their friends says it all. Where better to go skating than United Skates of America in Seaford or Hot Skates in Lynbrook? LONG ISLAND CHILDRENS MUSEUM

DAY AT THE MUSEUM

When kids hear they’re being taken to a museum, some balk at the thought of some dusty old boring building full of ancient artifacts. But if you take them to these three local museums, they’ll want to return again and again!

22. Long Island Children’s Museum
This museum takes seriously the business of making learning fun. Aside from their hands-on permanent educational exhibits, they also have rotating art exhibits, live performances in their theater and a slew of other things to do. Bonus: LICM is located on Museum Row next to the Cradle of Aviation Museum, the Nassau County Firefighters Museum and the Nunley’s Carousel. 11 Davis Ave., Garden City. licm.org

23. Children’s Museum of the East End
This museum offers educational fun for children of all ages. CMEE states its mission is “to spark imagination and foster learning for children of all backgrounds and abilities, and to build strong connections within the East End community by providing playful experiences.” What’s not to like? 376 Bridgehampton/Sag Harbor Tpke., Bridgehampton. cmee.org

24. Vanderbilt Museum
Besides a museum that has the only Egyptian mummy displayed on Long Island, this fabled Gold Coast estate also boasts a phenomenal planetarium, which was recently renovated. The Vanderbilt gives kids the chance to gaze into the universe and learn about the solar system with a variety of compelling programs. There’s also an observatory on the roof that visitors can check out, weather permitting. Families can tour the mansion to see how the other half once lived, and check out the 32-foot-long whale shark in the Habitat Room. 180 Little Neck Rd., Centerport. vanderbiltmuseum.org

Related: “Exclusive: The Strange Case of Long Island’s Stolen Mummy Head”

The 30,000 acres of Pine Barrens in Suffolk were preserved 20 years ago to protect Long Island's drinking water supply from pollution.
The 30,000 acres of Pine Barrens in Suffolk were preserved 20 years ago to protect Long Island’s drinking water supply from pollution.

UNPLUG

Since we’re a website, it’s safe to assume you’re reading this on your laptop, smartphone or tablet. Odds are your kids and significant other are also face-down in a screen. The best cure for this rampant Internet addiction? The healing powers of spending time in nature.

25. Muttontown Preserve
This “Mystery Trail” offers the chance for hikers of all levels to take in gorgeous scenic views of Long Island, including the ruins of the late former Albanian King Zog’s mansion. Good luck finding it. But press on! The 2.9 mile trail is located near Syosset. Muttontown Lane, East Norwich. nassaucountyny.gov

26. Otis Pike Fire Island High Dunes Wilderness
This eight-mile stretch of all-natural barrier beach offers a glimpse of what Long Island’s outer beaches used to look like before they were developed. Aside from hiking, backpackers can also go camping in the 1,380 acres of the only federally designated wilderness preserve in New York State. It’s named after Long Island Congressman Otis Pike, who served nine terms. Accessible via Watch Hill on Fire Island and Smith Point County Park. nps.gov/fiis

27. Theodore Roosevelt Sanctuary & Audubon Center
Home to a wide range of bird species from egrets to red-tailed hawks and a plethora of songbirds because it’s part of the Atlantic flyway, the Theodore Roosevelt Sanctuary offers a wonderful learning environment for all ages. The center aims to create the best hands-on experience for all audiences to foster a deeper appreciation of the natural world. 134 Cove Rd., Oyster Bay. ny.audubon.org

28. Long Island Pine Barrens
This 100,000-acre stretch of protected wilderness in the middle of Suffolk County was designed to prevent the pollution of the underground aquifers that supply our drinking water, but the preserve is also open to hiking. There are various entry points including Manorville, Rocky Point and Quogue. pinebarrens.org

29. Caumsett State Historic Park Preserve
This waterfront park on a peninsula jutting into Long Island Sound offers some great fishing spots, scenic hiking and biking trails as well as lush gardens. It’s easy to get lost in the natural beauty here. 25 Lloyd Harbor Rd., Huntington. nysparks.com

30. Aboretoreums
Long Island, like most suburbs, is known for having well-manicured lawns, shrubs and gardens. But these arboretums take visitors to another world full of beautiful flowers, huggable trees and other plants that aren’t grown at typical homes. LI’s top arboretums include Planting Fields Arboretum State Historic Park in Great River, Bayard Cutting Arboretum State Park in Oyster Bay, Bailey Arboretum in Lattingtown, Bridge Gardens in Bridgehampton, Old Westbury Gardens and the Clark Botanic Garden in Albertson.

The William Floyd Estate in Mastic, as taken by Long Island artist/photographer Xiomaro, who was commissioned by the National Park Service to document the historic site. His photos will be on display July 4 through Aug. 17, 2014 at the Patchogue Watch Hill Terminal.
The William Floyd Estate in Mastic, as taken by Long Island artist/photographer Xiomaro, who was commissioned by the National Park Service to document the historic site. His photos were on display July 4 through Aug. 17, 2014 at the Patchogue Watch Hill Terminal.

TAKE A TRIP DOWN MEMORY LANE

From the Island’s role in the Revolutionary War when the Culper Spy Ring worked behind enemy lines to help Gen. George Washington defeat the British, to being home to Teddy Roosevelt, one of our most beloved presidents, it’s often lost on the locals just how much Long Island is steeped in American history. The best way to make the past come alive is taking a family trip to these sites:

31. Sagamore Hill National Historic Site
The former residence of Theodore Roosevelt, Sagamore Hill is one of the most historic sites on the island. During TR’s time as president, Sagamore Hill was declared his Summer White House. After a recent renovation, many more rooms are now open to the public than ever before. 20 Sagamore Hill Rd., Oyster Bay. nps.gov

32. Fire Island Lighthouse
Shedding light on what nautical life was like before ships had wireless communication and radar that made lighthouses obsolete, the Fire Island Lighthouse is a must-see. Aside from being extremely illuminating, the views on the boardwalk and from the top of the lighthouse can’t be beat. You can see for miles. Maybe you’ll spot a whale or two. East of Robert Moses State Park Field 5. fireislandlighthouse.com

Related: “A Beginner’s Guide To Summer On Fire Island”

33. Old Bethpage Village Restoration
Like a living time capsule, this collection of 19th-century houses painstakingly preserved in their original condition lets visitors wander freely through our country’s past while park staff play the part by dressing up in old timey clothing. They also regularly host Revolutionary and Civil War re-enactments, play old-fashionedbaseball games and present a slew of other events that show how Long Islanders lived in the 1800s. Also on the grounds is the Restoration Farm, which offers organic vegetables, berries, herbs, flowers, eggs and poultry at its farm stand. 1303 Round Swamp Rd., Old Bethpage.  nassaucountyny.gov

34. William Floyd Estate
The Mastic Beach home of this Revolutionary War general and signer of the Declaration of Independence is open for a guided tour of the grounds, a wildlife exhibit and an educational program. Few places on the island offer 250 years of history so well preserved. And no other place still standing on Long Island can say it once hosted both Thomas Jefferson and James Madison. 245 Park Dr, Mastic Beach. nps.gov

35. Sands Point Preserve
In the heart of the Gold Coast is this preserve epitomizing the Gilded Era mansions described so well by F. Scott Fitzgerald in The Great Gatsby. The former Guggenheim Estate features the opulent Hempstead House as well as Castle Gould, which was modeled after Kilkenny Castle in Ireland, and the Falaise Museum. 127 Middle Neck Road, Sands Point. sandspointpreserveconservancy.org

36. The Big Duck
It’s a giant duck-shaped store, one of Long Island’s most recognizable iconic oddities and a national historic landmark. What’s not to love? Every Long Island kid should see the Big Duck at least once in their life. Once upon a time duck farms ruled the roost. 1012 Flanders Rd., Flanders. bigduck.org laser tag

MIX IT UP

We would be remiss if this list didn’t include some of the traditional kid-friendly things to do on Long Island. But we can get a little more creative than Chuck E. Cheese’s and Dave and Busters.

37. Bounce, BounceU
Life may have its ups and downs, but Bounce and BounceU create an exhilarating experience for children to literally bounce for hours. Bounce features a trampoline park and BounceU has a bounce house arena. Both are can’t-miss, gravity-defying attractions on Long Island.

38. Monster Mini-Golf
There are dozens of mini-golf courses on LI so we can’t list them all for you here. But for those looking for a twist when they want to putter around, check out one of the most unique courses going: Monster Mini-Golf, an imaginative indoor, glow-in-the dark venue. 410-C Commack Rd., Deer Park. monsterminigolf.com

39. Go Karts
There are few more entertaining things to do as a kid than race go-karts. Granting children the best chance to channel their inner Dale Ernhardt Jr. are these three tracks: Pole Position Raceway in Farmingdale, Tiki Action Park in Centereach and Karts Indoor Raceway in Ronkonkoma.

40. Long Island Puppet Theatre
The Long Island Puppet Theatre offers parties, events and puppetry workshops. It is a lock for an afternoon or an evening of laughs and smiles. 10 Heitz Pl, Hicksville. lipuppet.com

41. Laser Tag
This is good for kids hooked on video games. It’s like they’ve entered a live-action, first-person shooter game! And no one gets hurt in this adrenaline rush. Some fun places to get in on the action include Q-Zar in Carle Place, Laserland of Long Island in Commack and Laser Kingdom in Farmingdale and Coram.

42. Build-A-Bear Workshop
Kids love stuffed animals. They also love things that are hands-on. Build-A-Bear Workshop encourages kids to customize their own stuffed animals from beginning to end. They have locations at Roosevelt Field Mall in Garden City and Smith Haven Mall in Lake Grove.

43. Take an Art Class
There’s only so much you can do to keep the kids from getting bored. And if they do, they might just end up coloring your walls–or driving you up one out of frustration. Here’s a way to let their creative juices flow in a controlled environment. There are several kid-friendly paint classes aimed at teaching children to make art creatively and imaginatively. Two art studios that come to mind are Picasso Kidz in Greenlawn and Not Just Art in Oyster Bay.

Do This: Long Island Concerts & Events July 21–27

Gwen Stefani
Gwen Stefani rocks Nikon at Jones Beach Theater with Eve on July 21!

Gwen Stefani & Eve
There’s “No Doubt” Gwen Stefani (see what we did there?) will put on an incredible performance with Eve, despite enduring the emotional aftermath of her recent divorce that got so much attention in the tabloids. Gavin Rossdale’s loss, seriously. In her “This Is What The Truth Feels Like” tour, Stefani plays new and old hits, so anticipate hearing “Make Me Like You,” as well as “The Sweet Escape.” Rapper and hip-hop artist, Eve, who hails from Philly, opens the show. Want to see what the platinum superstar songstress looks like on stage? Here’s your chance. And, by the way, Eve just might steal the show herself–or maybe these two ladies will make an amazing duo! Nikon at Jones Beach, Ocean Parkway, Wantagh. jonesbeach.com $29.95-$179. 7 p.m. July 21.

Robert Craig Baum
This local author will be speaking about and signing copies of his new book thoughtRAVE: An Interdimensional Conversation with Lady Gaga. Get ya paws up, people! Book Revue, 313 New York Ave., Huntington. bookrevue.com Free with purchase of book. 7 p.m. July 21.

Tiberius
Performing for nearly 23 years, this incredible tribute band has a wide repertoire of the best rock bands of all time, from the Rolling Stones to the Beatles to their favorite, the Grateful Dead. Fans of these great bands as well as anyone who just enjoys rock music performed live are in for a treat. The Space at Westbury, 250 Post Ave., Westbury.thespaceatwestbury.com $10. 8 p.m. July 21.

Gin Blossoms
Formed in 1987 in Tempe, Arizona, the Gin Blossoms first came into the public consciousness with their hit “Hey Jealousy.” After earning a Grammy Award nomination for Best Performance by a Duo or Group, their album, Congratulations I’m Sorry, sky-rocketed into Billboard’s Top 10. Will they play their fans’ favorite “Until I Fall Away”? Only one way to find out. Opening the show is The Adam Ezra Group. [Read Press music critic Zack “The B-Man” Tirana’s take on The Adam Ezra Group’s stellar opening for Doors legend Robbie Krieger HERE] The Paramount, 370 New York Ave., Huntington. paramountny.com $20-$60. 8 p.m. July 21.

Bobby Katz
Saxophonist Bobby Katz. (Photo credit: Bobby Katz/Facebook)

Bobby Katz Quintet
This quintet was the brainchild of Port Washington native Bobby Katz, who has been playing the saxophone for a decade. It consists of four other talented artists: Michael Rodriguez on trumpet, pianist Manuel Schmiedel, bassist Adrian Moring, and Tim Rachbach on the skins. While Katz has played with each of these individuals in different settings, the show at the Sands Point Preserve Conservatory marks the first time that the quintet will play together. The quintet’s first performance will likely be nothing short of superb, and they will be premiering Katz’s “Still Searching Suite” composition. We can’t think of anything better than listening to live jazz while sipping great wine. Sands Point Preserve Conservancy, 127 Middle Neck Rd., Sands Point. sandspointpreserveconservancy.org $20. 8 p.m. July 21.

Mamma Mia!
“Mamma Mia!” Here we go again. My, my, you cannot resist the music, the story and characters of this hit Broadway show. Now, Long Island fans can relive the enjoyable experience at the John W. Engeman Theater. If you haven’t seen this timeless tale, it’s a story of love and friendship as a daughter secretly invites three men from her mother’s past to her wedding in hopes of finally meeting her father and having him walk her down the aisle. You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, you’ll have ABBA songs stuck in your head for a week. But trust us, it’ll be worth it. John W. Engeman Theater, 250 Main St., Northport. engemantheater.com
$71-$76. 8 p.m. July 21-Sept. 11.

Moose Blood
This event is comprised of various segments. To get in, people must first pre-order the band’s new album Blush, then witness a live performance by the band, and afterwards get a free poster signed by the members themselves. A live concert and a free autographed poster? Sounds like a good way to spend a Friday. Count us in! Looney Tunes, 31 Brookvale Ave., West Babylon. ltcds.com $13.99-$20.99. 1 p.m. July 22.

Josh Groban-Sarah McLachlan Tour
Josh Groban teams up with Sarah McLachlan. (Photo credit: Josh Groban/Facebook)

Josh Groban and Sarah McLachlan
Josh Groban has released four solo albums that went platinum and has earned a number of Grammy Award nominations, with the most recent coming this year for his hit album Stages. Sultry siren Sarah McLachlan joins Groban on their “Stages Shine On” tour, where she’s sure to please with her emotional artistic ballads and her clouds-high vocal range. Nikon at Jones Beach, Ocean Parkway, Wantagh. jonesbeach.com $32.50-$170. 7:30 p.m. July 22.

Video Games Live
Do you ever fantasize of actually jumping inside your favorite video game? With Video Games Live, now you can. Since 2002, this spectacular interactive show has been combining video game music and a symphony orchestra to create the ultimate, multi-sensory experience. As audience members listen to the soundtracks of Zelda, Grand Theft Auto, Super Mario Brothers and more, they see the video game acted out in front of them. Creator Tommy Tallarico pays homage to history’s most-cherished video games while bringing hard-core players together. Get ready to be taken to a whole different level! NYCB Theatre at Westbury, 960 Brush Hollow Rd., Westbury venue.thetheatreatwestbury.com $39.50-$99.50. 8 p.m. July 22.

Summerland Tour 2016
This smorgasbord of ’90s pop heroes light up the stage once again on their annual, must-see, must-smile, must-dance tour. Groove to all the hits that made these bands so insanely popular and so insanely amazin! Among them: Sugar Ray, Everclear, Sponge and Lit. The Paramount, 370 New York Ave., Huntington. paramountny.com $29.50-$99.50. 8 p.m. July 22.

Jay & The Americans
Known for their hits “Tonight” from the Broadway Musical “West Side Story,” “Only in America” and “This Magic Moment,” these Top 40 legends are bound to astound on this one-night-only performance! Suffolk Theater, 118 E Main St., Riverhead. suffolktheater.com $49-$60. 8 p.m. July 22.

Annie Lederman
Accomplished stand-up comedian-turned-TV personality Annie Lederman will be bringing her act to Long Island this week. It’s sure to be a long night of laughs delivered by the talented Pennsylvania native. Lederman is best known for recent appearances on MTV’s hit show Girl Code and Comedy Central’s Chelsey Lately, and ever since then she’s become an Internet star on Twitter and Instagram. Her act usually combines 21st century pop culture humor with poignant references to real-world social dilemmas to deliver a performance that is both relevant and laugh-out-loud hilarious. You won’t want to miss this rising star when she stops in Bellmore! The Brokerage Comedy Club, 2797 Merrick Rd., Bellmore. brokerage.govs.com $22. 8 p.m. July 22.

David Bromberg Quintet
The Godfather of Americana mixes blues, bluegrass, gospel, folk, Irish fiddle tunes, pop and English drinking songs until they’re happily coexisting as they can only do on a Bromberg album. Newcomers will be introduced to an astonishing performer whose range and musical depth have delighted audiences for more than 40 years. Did we say Bob Dylan is one of his biggest fans? Not-to-be-missed! The Stephen Talkhouse, 161 Main St. Amagansset. stephentalkhouse.com $80. 8 p.m. July 22.

John Coltrane

Coltrane Day
From jazz to funk, blues to soul and hip-hop to reggae, the John Coltrane Jazz Festival will satisfy all ears as music lovers come together to honor the jazz legend’s iconic album, A Love Supreme. Fifty years ago, Coltrane had a spark of inspiration while living in his Dix Hills home on Long Island, and with this breakthrough, he created one of the greatest albums of all time. Now, fans want to honor the saxophonist’s artistry by gathering the community together to enjoy his music, and that of other jazz musicians. Celebrities like famous drummer, Roy Haynes, Grammy-Award winning trumpeter and composer, Randy Brecker and New Orleans saxophonist, Charles Neville are just among the few who are expected to make an appearance. The festival’s proceeds will be used towards restoring the home of the critically-acclaimed artist. Listening to a wide range of talent and having the opportunity to take music workshops make this festival a once in a lifetime experience. Heckscher Park, 100 Main St., Huntington. thecoltranehome.org 12-10:30 p.m. July 23.

Laid Back Festival
The second year of this annual country outing features legend Gregg Allman, the former leader of Southern-rock stalwarts, the Allman Brothers. The other members at this year’s Laid Back Festival just so happen to be the Allman Brother’s group of close friends, including Jason Isbell, America, The Marshall Tucker Band and many more. If you love the Allman Brothers as much as you should, you’ll be jazzed that Warren Haynes will also be joining this insane lineup. Wow! Nikon at Jones Beach, Ocean Parkway, Wantagh. jonesbeach.com $20-$125. 4 p.m. July 23.

Stephanie Mills
This native New Yorker and Grammy Award-winner’s infectious R&B tunes have been on repeat for more than three decades. Mills burst onto the scene on Broadway, where she starred in “The Wiz” in the late ’70s. Her voice, tailored for soul music, earned her a chance in the music industry. Perhaps her best-known song, “Home,” pushed all the way to the No. 6 slot of Billboard’s top-100. Mills’ 1980 song “Never Knew Love Like This Before” captured the Grammy Award for best R&B vocal performance. You won’t want to miss this timeless legend! NYCB Theatre at Westbury, 960 Brush Hollow Rd., Westbury. venue.thetheatreatwestbury.com $40-$149.50. 8 p.m. July 23.

Purple Xperience I Prince Tribute
The recent death of Prince shocked and saddened the nation, but his music continues to live on and shall never die. The Purple Xperience, a five-piece tribute band from Minnesota, emulates Prince’s talent, fashion and charisma to keep his memory alive. Three-time Grammy Award-winner Matt Fink was an original member of the band, Prince and the Revolution, from 1978 to 1991. Now, he produces the most authentic re-creation of Prince’s legendary performances. Marshall Charloff is Prince personified; his voice, stage presence and multi-instrumental capability are uncanny. He is considered to be one of the best Prince imitators in the nation. In other words, a Purple Majesty. With Don’t Believe in Ghosts. The Paramount, 370 New York Ave., Huntington. paramountny.com $15-$40. 8 p.m. July 23.

Certain Moves
Southampton-based Certain Moves is a jazz band at heart, known for mixing in some killer R&B, too. These smooth musicians consist of saxophonist Charles Certain, keyboard player Billy Gaines, guitar player Abdul Zuhri, drummer Randy London, and bass player Wayne Hart. Known as an interactive group, they are very open to taking suggestions from the crowd and deliver absolutely mind-blowing live performances. Not-to-be-missed! Treme Blues and Jazz Club, 553 Main St., Islip. tremeislip.com $10. 8 p.m. July 23.

Sutton Foster
Sutton, cute as a button, has clearly fostered her own talent from the moment she stepped onstage. The versatile Tony Award-winning actress, singer and dancer performed in 11 Broadway shows, starred in several television spots, such as Bunheads, Psych and Law and Order SVU. She has brought her artistry to crowds all over the world. Not too shabby. Currently starring in TVLand’s new series Younger, created by Darren Star, Sutton will knock your socks off like nothin’ you’ve ever seen before. Don’t miss her for an incredible night! Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Center, 76 Main St., Westhampton Beach. whbpac.org $70-$120. 8 p.m. July 23.

Louis Prima Jr. & The Witnesses
Not content with simply resting on his father’s legacy, Louis Prima Jr. and the Witnesses continue to wail, Prima-style, attempting to both stay true to Prima Sr.’s boisterous jazz, as well as put their own unique soul into their music. Since their first performance at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, the band has released two critically acclaimed albums, Return of the Wildest and BLOW, which are both full of original and eclectic wall-shaking jazz. YMCA Boulton Center for the Performing Arts, 37 West Main St., Bay Shore. boultoncenter.org $40-$45. 7 p.m. July 24.

Valy Hedjasi
Afghan pop singer Valy Hedjasi was classically trained in Indian, Arabic and Persian music. His career evolved when he connected with Iranian-American label Avang Music, releasing his debut hit single “Bia Tu” and eventually producing his first album, After Love, gaining him immense fame in Afghanistan and Iran, especially. His first tour was in 2007, spanning Canada and the U.S., followed by the release of his second album, Crazy in Love, in 2011, and another international tour. He continues to find fame with his latest song “Setarah,” which is a mix of Persian and Pashto. NYCB Theatre at Westbury, 960 Brush Hollow Rd., Westbury. venue.thetheatreatwestbury.com $45-$150. 7 p.m. July 24.

Darius Rucker
As the former leader of Hootie & the Blowfish, Darius Rucker has found much success as a country singer. His first three solo albums—Learn To Live, Charleston, SC 1966 and True Believers—all topped the Billboard Country album charts before he dropped his latest, Southern Style, last year. Opening the show is the fun trio, Dan + Shay & Michael Ray, adding a country-blues touch to the “Good For a Good Time” tour. Nikon at Jones Beach, Ocean Parkway, Wantagh. jonesbeach.com $32-$51.75. 7 p.m. July 24.

Dick Morris
This bestselling author, who once made “triangulating” the operative word heard round the White House during the first Clinton administration, will be speaking and signing copies of his new book Armageddon: How Trump Can Beat Hillary. Oh boy. If anyone should know how to hasten the end times, it might as well be Dick. Book Revue, 313 New York Ave., Huntington. bookrevue.com Free with purchase of book. 7 p.m. July 25.

Lukas Graham & Bebe Rexha
Lukas Graham’s songwriting talent manifested in his 2012 self-titled album, which went quadruple platinum in Denmark, had 40 million collective streams over the Internet, and yielded chart-topping hits: “Better Than Yourself” (which reached No. 1), “Ordinary Things” (No. 2), and “Drunk In the Morning.” Meanwhile, Albanian singer/songwriter Bebe Rexha has gained 800 million Spotify streams and 10 million overall single sales, in part due to her smash hit “No Broken Hearts” featuring Nicki Minaj, co-authorship of No. 1 hit song “The Monster” by Eminem featuring Rihanna, and featuring in “Hey Mama” by David Guetta and G-Eazy’s “Me, Myself, and I.” These two power figures in the music industry come together to create a unique and powerful sound, presented by 106.1 BLI by popular demand. Viva la Tirana! The Paramount, 370 New York Ave., Huntington. paramountny.com $19.50- $49.50. 8 p.m. July 25.

Beauty and the Beast
The whole family is sure to have an amazing time enjoying this live performance of a “Tale as Old as Time.” Regarded as one of Disney’s ultimate greats, the beloved film includes some of the most lovable children’s movie and theater characters of all time, such as Belle, Mrs. Potts, Chip, and the Beast. Don’t miss this great live performance of a classic fairytale! NYCB Theatre at Westbury, 960 Brush Hollow Rd., Westbury. venue.thetheatreatwestbury.com  $19.50. 11 a.m. July 26.

Justina Valentine
Eclectic, raspy, and redheaded, Justina Valentine’s hip hop-and-soul-infused sound has gained her a variety of musical accolades, with such chart-topping collections as “Valentine,” “Red Velvet” and “Scarlet Letter.” Teaming up with big names such as Fetty Wap and Nick Cannon, her recent hit singles include “Candy Land,” “All the Way” and “Muse.” Her music has also been used in NBC Steven Spielberg hit Smash, VH1’s Mobwives, MTV’s True Life, Oxygen Network’s Running Russell Simmons, among other networks, and she has teamed up with rapper Mike Stud for two tours. Opening the show are CuzOH, Sarkazm, Truth, Scotty Mac, Long Island Sound and Eight Immortals. Revolution Bar and Music Hall, 140 Merrick Rd., Amityville. revolutionli.com $12, $14 DOS. 7 p.m. July 27.

–Compiled by Luis Centeno, John Dundon, Ellie Schoeffel, Zack Tirana and Timothy Bolger

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