As July draws to a close, we’re thrilled there’s still plenty of summer left to enjoy. This week, check out some hidden gems on the Island with your family and do a few things you haven’t tried before. Here’s our recommendations for you.
Thursday, July 26
Visit a Nature Center
Nature centers offer a wonderful opportunity for learning experiences, especially in the warmer months when it’s easy to explore the great outdoors.
• The Greenbelt Nature Center has programs for kids of all ages, even toddlers. They’re located at 700 Rockland Avenue.
• The Blue Heron Nature Center features a summer program, Nature Adventures, that runs Saturdays, Sundays, Thursdays and Fridays, at 1pm and at 3pm until August 18, where Adventure Guides lead free nature-related programs. The Blue Heron Nature Center is at 222 Poillon Avenue.
• The Interpretive Center at Clay Pit Ponds also hosts nature walks and programs for toddlers through adults, and often offers special family programs one or two Saturdays a month. Find them at 2351 Veteran’s Road West.
Visit our Family Calendar for all nature center events and programs in Staten Island.
Friday, July 27
Chocolate Factory Tour
You don’t need a Golden Ticket to tour a chocolate factory — there’s one right here on the Island! Supreme Chocolatier offers factory tours for just $4. Click here to learn more and schedule your tour. Supreme Chocolatier is at 1150 South Avenue.
Saturday, July 28
Special Trip Saturday – Ferry Ride to Manhattan
The Staten Island Ferry is one of the coolest free rides you might mot be using enough. Your kids should definitely try it at least once to experience the beautiful views and joy of a boat ride to the city. Plus, the possibilities are endless once you make it to the other side.
Sunday, July 29
Beach Scavenger Hunt
Take home some souvenirs from your beach day with a family scavenger hunt! Buggy and Buddy has a free printable for kids to check off as they go.
Monday, July 30
Make Seashell Windchimes
Don’t let the treasures from your beach scavenger hunt go to waste. Easily turn them into a set of adorable handmade wind chimes with the kids.
Tuesday, July 31
Family Movie Night
Choose one of the Top 50 Movies for Kids to Watch Before 12 for your family’s next movie might. We promise, your kids haven’t seen them all. Most likely, neither have you.
Wednesday, August 1
Host a Lemonade Stand
It’s August and the weather won’t be cooling off anytime soon. Encourage your kids to host a lemonade stand to help chill down the neighborhood — and make a pretty penny at the same time. Make it pretty with this free lemonade stand printable kit from She Saved.