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Long Island’s 2018 Saint Patrick’s Day Celebrations

St. Patrick’s Day only comes around once a year, but there are celebrations all month long on Long Island including parades, bar crawls and other festivities where you can show your Irish pride. Here are some fun ways to get into the St. Patty’s Day spirit.

102.3 WBAB Presents Roger & JP’s 18th Annual Corned Beef & Chaos

Date/Time: Saturday, March 17th-1-5pm

Location: Stereo Garden

9 Railroad Avenue
Patchogue, NY 11772

Phone: 631-714-4486

Cost: Free Event

Join Roger & JP from WBAB as they host the 18th Annual Corned Beef and Chaos at Stereo Garden in Patchogue. Enjoy free corned beef and cabbage, limited edition t-shirts and Miller Lite for only $1.02. Rock out to the cover band 2U, play games and win fun prizes. Long Island’s own Scotty the Leprechaun will also be making an appearance.

 

St. Patrick’s Day Scavenger Hunt

Date/Time: Saturday, March 17th-10-2pm

Location: Suffolk County Farm and Education Center

350 Yaphank Avenue
Yaphank, NY 11980

Phone: 631-852-4600

Cost: $6

Get ready to hunt for the leprechaun’s pot of gold at the end of the rainbow! Go to the Suffolk Farm and Education Center’s for the annual Pot O’ Gold Hunt. The scavenger hunt also includes a wagon ride, refreshments and you can feed the animals on the farm. This is a fun way to celebrate St. Patty’s Day with the entire family.

 

Irish Comedy Night at Smithtown Center for the Performing Arts

Date/ Time: Saturday, March 17th- 8pm

Location: Smithtown Center for the Performing Arts

2 East Main Street
Smithtown, NY 11787

Phone: 631-724-3700
Cost: $40

Website: www.smithtownpac.org/theatre-schedule/special-events/irish-comedy

If you think leprechauns are funny, get ready to chuckle during Irish Comedy Night at the Smithtown Center for the Performing Arts. See some of the funniest comedians on Long Island this St. Patrick’s Day.

 

7-in-Heaven Spring Fling Dinner/Dance – St Patty’s Day

Date/Time: Saturday, March 17th-6:30-10:30pm

Location: Residence Marriot Inn (Terrace Room)

9 Gerhard Rd
Plainview, NY 11803

Phone: 631-592-9804

Cost: $44 in advance/ $49 at the door (*Cash Bar)

Long Island singles, don’t miss the Spring Fling dinner and dance on St. Patrick’s Day at the Plainview, Marriot. Enjoy a three course meal and green beer for toasting. Grooveline Entertainers will be playing upbeat, feel good songs so you can dance the night away.

 

LepreCon Long Island Irish Pride Bar Crawl in Farmingdale

Date/ Time: Saturday, March 3rd-12:00pm

Cost: $20 in advance/$25 at the door (this event is 21 and over)

Website: www.uniquebarcrawls.com/leprecon-long-island.html

Get ready for the hottest St. Patrick’s Day Bar Crawl on Long Island, Leprecon! Purchase a wristband and enjoy food and drink specials at the best bars and eateries on Main Street in Farmingdale. Locations include Library Café, Jade Palace, Croxley’s Ale House, Vintage Wine Bar, Blue Hawaiian Bar, Lithology Brewing, Daytona’s, Dark Horse Tavern and The Nutty Irishman. Proceeds benefit the Ashley Wade Foundation, a charity that raises money for children battling chronic illnesses. Admission will also get you into the after party and costume contest at The Nutty Irishman.

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Indoor Activities to Keep Kids from Bouncing off the Walls

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Is the cold weather keeping you cooped up? Have no fear, the cure for cabin fever is easier than you think. Indoor play can be as fun as you make it and a snowy day is a good excuse to use your imagination and try something new. Whether you enjoy getting crafty or you prefer something more physical–there’s a way to satisfy your inner boredom–no matter the size of your group. Here is a list of the best indoor winter activities for kids and families on Long Island.

Indoor Play Places

Sky Zone Trampoline Park

111 Rodeo Dr

Deer Park, NY 11717

(631) 392-2600

https://www.skyzone.com/deerpark

Sky Zone Trampoline Park is a place you will never stand still. Embrace your inner acrobat while freestyle jumping in the trampoline courts. Slam dunk like your favorite NBA basketball player inside the Sky Slam. Enter the ultimate dogeball championship with your friends. Show off your gymnastic skills flipping into a foam block pit. Whatever you decide, you will enjoy wall-to wall aerial action at Sky Zone Trampoline Park.

 

Air Trampoline Sports

1850 Lakeland Ave

Ronkonkoma, NY 11779

http://www.airtrampolinesports.com/

Air Trampoline Sports has something for everyone including aerobics, dodgeball and basketball. They has over 16,000 square feet including a foam pit, 3 dodgeball courts and 2 basketball slam dunk lanes, for hours of endless fun.

 

Kangaroo Kids Inflatable Party Center

1015 Grand Blvd

Deer Park, NY 11729

(631) 871-8762

http://www.kangarookidsparty.com/

Kangaroo Kids is a great place to bring kids if they have lots of energy to burn off. Live it up in an entertainment room filled with tunnels, slides and a bouncing room. Channel your competitive spirit with complimentary basketball shooting, foosball and air hockey.

 

Fun Station USA

40 Rocklyn Ave

Lynbrook, NY 11563

(516) 599-7757

http://funstationusa.com/
Fun Station USA is a place filled with a plethora of indoor fun including video games, laser tag, bumper cars, flight stimulators, roller coaster stimulators, a play maze and much more. This is great place if you can’t decide on just one indoor activity or if your kid usually gets bored after doing one thing.

 

Fun 4 All

200 Wilson St

Port Jefferson Station, NY 11776

(631) 331-9000

http://fun4allpark.com/home.html

Fun 4 All is a great indoor play place for the entire family. Families can explore different worlds through giant inflatable’s, creative and scientific displays and interactive games as well as slides, bouncers and game machines. There is also a climate-controlled all-age mega playground that has swirling slides, a 5-tier trampoline, tree house, tunnels, bouncers, and much more. Fun 4 All, is a great place to families to spend time together and play.

 

Safari Adventure

1074 Pulaski St

Riverhead, NY 11901

(631) 727-4386

https://www.thesafariadventure.com/

Safari Adventure is known for being one of the cleanest children’s play centers on Long Island. This four-level play area is filled with enormous bouncers and over 30 videos games. There is also a sensory calming spa which is great for hyperactive kids, children with anxiety or anyone looking to relax. Kilimanjaro, an African themed structure, is the softest play unit on the island. There are also cargo nets, tunnels and other fun obstacles to tackle at Safari Adventure.

 

The Sandbox Playspace

51 Gibson Ave,

Huntington, NY 11743

(631) 421-1600

http://www.sandboxplayspace.net/

The Sandbox believes play is the soul of childhood. The Sandbox Playspace is a great place to gather, play and connect. The play area has handcrafted toys made of natural materials such as wool, silk and wood. The Sandbox is perfect for young children, 5 years and younger.

 

Laser Bounce

2710 Hempstead Turnpike

Levittown, NY, 11756

516-342-1330

https://lilaserbounce.com/

Laser Bounce is an interactive play arena for kids. Enjoying bounce houses, obstacle courses, laser tag and a ball pit and games all under one roof.

 

Q-ZAR 

151 Voice Rd

Carle Place, NY 11514

(516) 877-7200

https://www.qzarny.com/

Qzar is known for being “the game that runs on adrenaline not batteries.” Enjoy an intense workout while listening to upbeat music while testing your laser skills in a 4,000 square foot battlefield. This game requires skill and strategy, just like a video game.

Museums

Long Island Children’s Museum

11 Davis Ave

Garden City, NY 11530

(516) 224-5800

https://www.licm.org/

Did you know that playing promotes healthy childhood development? Activities and programs at Long Island Children’s Museum help children master skills and discover new passions. Programs are available for children from pre-school to high school that teach how to craft, cook and dance.

 

Children’s Museum of the East End

376 Bridgehampton-Sag Harbor Turnpike

Bridgehampton, NY 11932

(631) 537-8250

https://www.cmee.org/

The Children’s Museum of the East End was started by 7 mothers who want to provide more educational opportunities for children on the East End of Long Island. The museum has educational exhibits and programs as well as other art and community workshops that foster learning and spark imagination.

 

Cooking Classes

Celebrations In the Kitchen

63 E Old Country Rd

Hicksville, NY 11801

http://www.celebrationsinthekitchen.com/

Cooking is an important life skill; it also teaches kids basic math skills through measuring and sequencing. With shows like “Chopped Junior”, “Kids Baking Championship” and “MasterChef Junior”, more kids are becoming interested in cooking and baking. Celebrations in the Kitchen, offers cooking, baking, and decorating classes for kids and adults. They are also allergy-friendly and can provide nut-free, dairy-free and egg-free parties.

 

Kitchen Time’s Party Place

691 Broadway

Massapequa, NY 11758  

(516) 795-4980

http://kitchentime.net/

Kitchen Time’s Party Place has been in operation over 30 years. They offer cooking parties for children, adult cooking classes and other special activities. They provide 2 hours of fun and instruction for all ages. Kids will love their Frozen themed baking parties and events.

Roller Skating

Hot Skates

14 Merrick Rd

Lynbrook, NY 11563

http://hotskates.com/

Hot Skates is a Long Island landmark since 1980. Enjoy gliding across the maple wood skating surface, while listening to music on a state-of-the-art sound system. They also have a professional grade video system, making it a great place to watch sporting events while skating.

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Five Clever Ideas for Organizing Your Home

An organized home is essential for maintaining a smooth daily routine. A cluttered environment is difficult to dust and clean and prolonged exposure to dirty and dusty living conditions can even affect your health. When you live an organized life, you will have less stress, get chores done quicker and have more time to do what you love. Organizing your home might seem like a chore, but once you discover these five clever hacks, it will quickly transform your life.

A makeover for your makeup

Looking for a great way to organize your makeup? A votive holder, vase and even a mason jar are great places to store makeup brushes and razors and are aesthetically pleasing. Fill your container with coffee beans; it will help to keep those brushes upright in the holder. Hanging shoe organizers also make great makeup holders. Hang your organizer behind a door for a plethora of storage and easy access.

Coffee that goes the distance

Before you throw out your old coffee canisters, give them good a wash so that they can be used to store items at home. You can also upcycle your coffee can by painting it or covering it with wallpaper. Coffee cans are a great way to organize nuts, bolts and nails in the garage, store items on the bathroom counter and hold kitchen utensils. They can even be used store pens, pencils and rulers on a desk as well as personal belongings on a dresser.

Spray bottles suspended to perfection

Looking to keep the area underneath the sink organized? Keep spray bottles off the ground by installing a tension rod under the sink or in a cabinet. A tension rod can be purchased at a local curtain store and will allow you to grab what you need when you need it, rather than having to dig through unnecessary items.

Magazine holders you were sure you’d never use

A magazine holder can be used for more than just storing magazines; it is a great kitchen hack. Place a magazine holder on its side for an easy way to stack frying pans or store rolls of aluminum foil and plastic wrap. Cutting boards and baking trays can also be kept in one place using a holder, genius!

Refrigerator storage at its finest

There are many ways that you can organize a refrigerator for more access and space. Try placing condiments and other items on a Lazy Susan (a rotating stationary dish) to make items easier to locate and reach. Kitchen organizer bins can be used in a pantry, refrigerator, freezer or storage cabinet. This is a great way to keep items neatly separated and returned to its original location. Another great way to create more room and store additional items is by adding a bonus shelf inside the refrigerator (a cooling rack would work great too.) This tip allows for items to be placed underneath and on top providing more vertical storage inside the refrigerator.