Five Things to Do Before Going Back to School

Before the warm weather fades, piles of homework begin and the groovy feelings of summer fade away, consider these five great, close-to-home activities to usher summer out with a bang and keep kids smiling!

The Long Island Aquarium and Exhibition Center

Spend a day exploring the world beneath us as an underwater adventure like no other awaits!  Get up close and personal with some penguins, kiss a seal lion, and even take take a shark dive (yep, with real sharks).   Prepare to get wet and have an amazing hands-on experience. There is so much to do and a variety of wonderful activities for kids who want to stay dry and above ground as well.  Check it all out at Long Island Aquarium.

The Queens Zoo Mini Camp

With summer camp over and school right around the corner, August 22-August 26 is the perfect time to experience summer camp at the Queens Zoo.  Open to children ages 8-12, kids will have the opportunity to become “Junior Naturalists” with this hands-on program dedicated to teaching the wonderful diversity of our American wildlife.  Kids will participate in live animals observation, games, science exploration and more.  See Queens Zoo Summer Program for details.

Hop On Board a Fireworks Cruise

The Friday night before school starts is the perfect time to keep kids up late and take a spectacular fireworks cruise from Rockaway Beach in Queens to Coney Island in Brooklyn.  A great activity for the whole family, kids will love the ride, light show and snacks on board.  See details and departures at Fireworks Cruise.

Splish Splash Water Park

The great water playgrounds of Queens have served us well all summer, but with the cool air moving in, go big before school starts and visit Splish Splash.  Located in Long Island, and only 70 minutes outside of Queens, this water park has every ride, slide and wave rider your little fishes could ask for.  Visit Splish Splash to check out all the action.

Berry Picking

With loads of beautiful orchards located just over an hour outside of Queens, berry picking is a great and affordable family fun activity.  With blueberries, raspberries and blackberries in or coming into season in the next couple of weeks, it is a fun way to relax in the country and get some great fruit for a family baking activity.  Most farms also have great playgrounds and petting zoos to keep kids busy.  For a list of locations visit Pick Your Own.


Jennie Abrams-Rosenberg