Before our Thanksgiving turkey had time to hit the table, my children were already planning their Christmas sleepover at their cousin’s house. Every year on my wedding anniversary, my sister and her family plan an epic holiday sleepover for our children. It is a day filled with magic and wonder as they enjoy everything this wonderful season has to offer.
Their amazing day begins with carefully discussed, planned and executed designs for their uniquely decorated gingerbread houses. They spend the afternoon surrounded by sweet royal icing, brightly colored gumdrops and dense slabs of gingerbread. Each year, their creativity grows, and they try their best to top their previous gingerbread masterpieces.
After the North Pole, Bronx Zoo and Secret Gardens have been constructed, they bundle up and pack a picnic dinner for the car. Then they head out into the dark, to be dazzled by the brilliance of Long Island’s local light shows. Over the years they have been amazed by the Jones Beach Magic of Lights Show, the Girl Scouts of Suffolk County Holiday Lights Show and the Brookhaven Town Holiday Spectacular.
Afterwards, they return home and gather ‘round their adorable gingerbread houses. As they enjoy cookies and hot cocoa, they recall all of the highlights from their day. It’s a wonderful way to surround them with the spirit of Christmas and create memories they will cherish forever.
If you would like to start your own gingerbread house-making tradition, check out these fun Gingerbread Making Workshops!
Looking for a fun way to spend the afternoon with your kids? Bubble is running their Family Gingerbread House Decorating & Holiday Craft Bar event all weekend long! Not only can you decorate a gingerbread house with candy and icing—your family can also get creative at the craft bar. Paint a few thoughtful keepsakes for family and friends while you sip a cup of hot cocoa from the hot chocolate bar.
Bubble Boutique and Learning Center, 15 E Main St, Babylon, (631) 587-0050, Family Gingerbread Decorating, December 16 and 17, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
The Baking Coach
This baking entertainment company will ensure a fun experience for you and your family. You and your child will learn all the skills necessary to assemble and fully decorate your very own gingerbread house! Enjoy the irresistible aroma of nutmeg, cinnamon, and ginger as you follow step by step directions in the construction of your tasty little house.
The Baking Coach, 320 Broadway Greenlawn Road, Huntington, (631) 543-8608, Gingerbread House Workshop, December 9, 11:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.
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Honestly, the name says it all. It is the University of all things gingerbread! The gingerbread choices are endless, and your family can decorate cookies, houses and so much more. Breathe in the cozy scent of freshly baked gingerbread as you try to decide which gingerbread creation to choose!
Gingerbread University, 3225 Sound Ave, Riverhead, (631) 727-7309, Gingerbread University, Friday to Sunday 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Harbor Market and Kitchen
Are you heading out to the East End for a little holiday fun with the kids? If you are, make sure you enroll them in this neighborhood market’s Gingerbread House Workshop. Both adults and children will enjoy the warm, friendly and inviting atmosphere that Harbor Market and Kitchen offers!
Harbor Market and Kitchen, 184 Division St, Sag Harbor (631) 725-4433, Gingerbread House Workshop, December 13, 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
The Cupcake Girlz want to make everyone’s life a little sweeter, especially for the holidays. This Christmas season they have a yummy event planned for children of all ages! You and your child can enjoy some quality time together decorating your very special Gingerbread House. Enjoy hot chocolate and a snack as you decorate your heart out.
Cupcake Girlz, 769 Horseblock Rd, Farmingville, (631) 320-3172, Mommy/Daddy & Me Gingerbread House Decorating, December 13, 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.