Looking for something fun to enjoy with the kids or grandkids this winter break? We’ve found a bunch of local places and activities that the kids will love, with many specials available for the break!

Deer Park

Deer Park


Garden City
Flushing –

Lake Grove
Mt. Sinai

Port Jefferson  –
Port Washington
Riverhead –


Deer Park
Port Jefferson

9 Months in the womb. Follow us throughout Yolanda’s pregnancy.

Follow our Yolanda throughout her pregnancy as she talks about what she is experiencing. Here she talks about weeks 1 through 14. This is the start of the second trimester, where the pregnant mother may experience an increased appetite, varicose veins, and a stuffy nose.

Stay tuned for the second trimester!

-Dr. P

Christmas Tree Lightings all over the Island this weekend and next!

2019 Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree Lighting & Display

Rockefeller Center – TONIGHT
30 Rockefeller Plaza
New YorkNY 10012
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05:00 PM
Dec 04, 2019

Moriches’ 2019 Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony

at Center Square Shopping Center
552 Montauk Highway
Center Moriches, NY 11934
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07:00 PM
Fri, Dec 06, 2019

Tree Lighting Ceremony at Mary Jane Davies Green, Manhasset

at Mary Jane Davies Green
Plandome Road
Manhasset, NY 11030
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04:00 PM – 05:00 PM
Fri, Dec 06, 2019

Orient Beach State Park’s 2019 Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony

at Orient Beach State Park
40000 Main Road
Orient, NY 11957
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06:30 PM
Fri, Dec 06, 2019

Annual Brookhaven Town Tree Lighting, Holtsville

at Holtsville Ecology Site
249 Buckley Road
Holtsville, NY 11742
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06:00 PM – 07:00 PM
Fri, Dec 06, 2019

The Maidstone Hotel’s 2019 Tree Lighting Ceremony, East Hampton

at The Maidstone Hotel
207 Main St.
East Hampton, NY 11937
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05:00 PM – 07:00 PM
Sat, Dec 07, 2019

9th Annual Patriotic Holiday Tree Lighting, Nesconset

at 316 Smithtown Boulevard
Nesconset, NY
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05:00 PM
Sat, Dec 07, 2019

Kings Park’s 2019 Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony

at Kings Park Library
Main Street/Route 25A
Kings Park, NY 11754
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04:30 PM
Sat, Dec 07, 2019

Freeport Holiday Boat Parade & Tree Lighting

Woodcleft ave
Freeport, NY 11520
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05:00 PM – 11:00 PM
Sat, Dec 07, 2019

Grace Tree Lighting at Grace Episcopal Church, Massapequa

23 Cedar Shore Dr.
Massapequa, NY 11758
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05:00 PM
Sat, Dec 7, 2019

Annual Train Car Tree Lighting and Visit with Santa, Port Jefferson Station

Terryville Chamber Train Car Park
1003 Rt 112
Port Jefferson Station, NY 11776
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06:00 PM – 08:00 PM
Sat, Dec 07, 2019

2019 Christmas Tree Lighting at Deepwells, St. James

at Deepwells Farm County Park
Route 25A and Moriches Road
St. James, NY 11780
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04:30 PM
Sat, Dec 07, 2019

Belmont Lake State Park’s 2019 Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony, West Babylon

at Belmont Lake State Park
Southern State Parkway, Exit 38
West Babylon, NY 11703
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04:15 PM
Sat, Dec 07, 2019

Bellport Village’s 2019 Tree Lighting Ceremony

at Bellport Village
Bellport Lane
Bellport, NY 11713
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06:00 PM Sat
Dec 07, 2019

Cold Spring Harbor Fish Hatchery’s 2019 Tree Lighting Ceremony

at Cold Spring Harbor Fish Hatchery and Aquarium
1660 Route 25A
Cold Spring Harbor, NY 11724
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05:00 PM – 07:00 PM
Sat, Dec 07, 2019.

Nesconset’s 2019 Holiday Lighting – Christmas Tree and Menorah Lighting

at Gazebo Park
127 Smithtown Blvd
Nesconset, NY 11767
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02:00 PM – 04:30 PM
Sun, Dec 08, 2019

Medford’s 2019 Christmas Parade & Tree Lighting

at Medford Memorial Park
Route 112
Medford, NY 11763
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04:00 PM
Sun, Dec 08, 2019

Stony Brook Village’s 2019 Holiday Tree Lighting

at Stony Brook Village Center
111 Main Street
Stony Brook, NY 11790
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05:30 PM
Sun, Dec 08, 2019

OLA Knights of Columbus Children’s Christmas Parade, Copiague

at Great Neck Road/OLA
1400 Great Neck Road
Copiague, NY 11726
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06:00 PM – 10:00 PM
Fri, Dec 13, 2019

15th Annual Tree Lighting at Planting Fields, Oyster Bay

at Planting Fields Arboretum
1395 Planting Fields Rd.
Oyster Bay, NY 11771
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06:00 PM – 08:00 PM
Fri, Dec 13, 2019


-Dr. P

This, Not That, Thursday – Live Music

This week’s installment of This, Not That, Thursday, is about getting out of the habit of sitting at home watching TV after work. Instead of the boob tube, we’ve made a list of local, free live music to help get you started. Tonight is – Live at 5 in Patchogue & Music on Main in Farmingdale! Check it out

-Dr. P

This, Not That, Thursday – Sugary Drink Alternatives

Hi everyone! 
For this week’s “This, Not That, Thursday” we are looking at healthy alternatives to sugary drinks. Numerous studies have shown the negative health effects of drinking sugary drinks on your waistline and your teeth. It may have far more health risks than many of us may realize. Drinking sugary drinks can cause a decline in kidney function, an increase in your risk of diabetes, and can cause vascular issues. Sugary drinks also deplete your mineral levels and leave you dehydrated. Sugary drinks are also linked to dementia and cancer.

These are just a few of the negative health effects of sugary drinks. Help to cut the cola with these healthy and delicious sugary drink alternatives.

Tea – iced or hot-
With all the different ways to enjoy it hot or cold, tea is likely one of the best sugary drink substitutes on this list. Tea has an extensive variety of flavor profiles and caffeine levels. There’s a tea out there for everyone! Perfect for any season or time of day, tea is a versatile sugary drink substitute and easy way to enjoy flavored beverages with little to no calories. Herbal tea can be used to help you unwind, boost your immune system, or reduce pain or soreness.

Freshly-squeezed lemonade-
A classic summertime pick-me-up, fresh lemonade—maybe with a dash of cane sugar or agave nectar for a hint of sweetness—has enough citrusy flavor to help wash away those memories of your sugary drink guzzling days.

Sparkling water-
After decades of public health initiatives, consumers are leaving sugary drinks behind for its sleeker, healthier counterpart: flavored sparkling water. Nowadays, sparkling water makers are everywhere, from homes to offices, hotels to restaurants. Rather than buying bottles and cans, avid sparkling water drinkers often invest in carbonated water dispensers to mitigate the environmental impact of buying cases of fizzy water. Now that’s some savvy sipping!

Kombucha is a recent health trend that shows no signs of fizzling out. While its poignant flavor is not for everyone, Kombucha typically contains little to no sugar and is a potential source of probiotics, which are known to promote gut health. It contains antioxidants and may protect against cancer, heart disease, and diabetes.

Sparkling water with a splash of juice-
Perfect for brunch, sparkling water with a splash of pineapple, orange, cranberry, or mango juice is a great non-alcoholic, low-calorie alternative to sugary drinks or mimosas at brunch.

Fruit and herb infusions-
Infusions are a great way to use up any extra fruit and herbs in your fridge before they spoil. Simply chop whatever fruit and herbs you have, throw them in a pitcher or reusable water bottle, and you’ll be sipping on some fruity goodness in just a few hours. If you enjoy fruit flavors but don’t want the sugar rush of juice, infusions are the way to go!

Coconut water-
Like Kombucha, Coconut water is a health fad and popular healthy substitute for sugary drinks that’s been on the scene for a few years now. Not to be confused with coconut milk, coconut water is a natural source of potassium and electrolytes, making it the perfect tropical alternative to plain water.

Mineral water-
Mineral water contains zero calories and has the added nutritional benefit of minerals such as calcium, magnesium sulfate, and sodium sulfate. Mineral water is an everyday sugary drink substitute that’s sold at most grocery stores and online. It can help to lower blood pressure, regulate blood circulation, strengthen bones, and promote digestive health.

-Dr. P

Summer Bucket List for Long Island Kids

For our latest installment of “This, Not That, Thursday” we bring you Dr. Polcino’s “Summer Bucket List for LI kids.”
It features oodles of ideas when it comes to places to go, things to do, events, and activities to do with kids on Long Island! From toddlers to tweens, our Summer Bucket List has great ways to spend the days, and you’re sure to see a smile on everyone’s face.

-Dr. P

Getting ready for college life

It is already mid-August and many families with a college student are about to start on a new adventure. Whether the young adult is going to a commuter school and living at home or attending an away college and living in a dorm, there are many changes about to hit family dynamics and the college students lives. Long discussions should now begin about forming healthy habits that will be important for now, and more importantly, for the future. I always advise living the way your grandmother taught you. Here are some of Grandma MaryAnn’s suggestions.

Grandma MaryAnn says you must:

  • Get your sleep – It is important to get at least seven to eight hours of sleep every night. During sleep your body may be resting, but your brain is busy processing all the information it was exposed to during the day. Sleep helps your immune system to stay strong and prevent colds and other infections you are constantly exposed to. If possible, shut off all your electronic devices 30 to 40 minutes before going to sleep; the light from the screens can affect chemicals in your brain that enhance getting to sleep.
  • Eat well – Food is your body’s fuel. In order to work hard and think clearly, you need to eat the fruits, nuts and vegetables that we all know are the right stuff. Starting with a healthy breakfast will get the brain ready for the day. Healthy snacks are a must. The crash after the candy bar will be tough to handle.
  • Exercise – Exercise needs to be a part of your regular schedule because it decreases stress, keeps your mind sharp, and is fun. You should think of it as an investment in yourself.

I wish all the students a great year, and remember to call your Mom and Grandma as often as you can because with loving words from your biggest supporters, there is nothing you can’t handle.

A gentle way to remove a tick

We, here on the Island, are in the middle of tick season and it is reported that there is an above average tick infestation this year. If you do come in contact with a tick, there is always the time honored tweezer method to grasp and remove it.

Another method is to take a cotton ball and put a liberal amount of liquid soap on it. Cover the tick with the soap-soaked cotton ball. Rub for a few seconds and usually the tick will release and be attached to the ball. This simple method is perfect for children and upset adults.

As always, prevention is the best medicine. Please check out the 8 best ways to avoid being bitten by a tick.

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-Dr. P

Another reason to encourage weight control in adolescents


Obesity is a known risk for high blood pressure, diabetes, heart disease and colon cancer. A recent study out of Israel found that obese or overweight 17- and 18-year-olds can have an increased risk of developing colon and rectal cancer, and the risk may be increased as high as 50%! We now have another reason to encourage good eating and exercise habits for our children. The earlier these healthy life style habits begin, the better.

-Dr. P

Pokémon Go – What Is This Game Your Children Are Obsessed with All About?

pokemon-go-what-is-this-game-your-children-are-obsessed-with-all-about-1575834_1920As you know, Pokémon Go is a hot new game being played by countless people.  There have been mixed reviews on this augmented reality game from concerns about safety to praises about increasing physical activity.  I posted this video to give you a very detailed description about what your children are involved in, and I believe it is important to have a discussion with them about the possible dangers to look out for while playing a game like this.

For even more information about this game, the article connected to the video explains why the game is appealing, how it works, some history of the game, and how it relates to the original Pokémon craze:

-Dr. P