By Mikaela Walker
Main Street in Smithtown has everything you need to spend a great morning or afternoon out with the kids or your girlfriends. You can have something to eat at a variety of restaurants, including Italian, Mexican, Seafood, Thai and Continental. There is also a diner where you can grab a quick breakfast, along with a frozen yogurt shop and a cupcake bakery where you can get dessert. Main Street also has a theater where you can take in a show, and a kid’s gym – where the little ones can learn new tricks, or just run around and have fun. The main branch of the Smithtown Library can also be found on Main Street.
Have something sweet to eat – Cupcake Couture
You’re probably thinking, “not another a cupcake shop,” but Cupcake Couture is truly something special. The cupcakes are amazingly moist and pack a lot of flavor. The prices are also not astronomical, like we have come to expect from cupcakeries. Cupcake Couture also sells mini cupcakes which have the same great flavor but are sized appropriately for kids or for adults who just want a small taste of something sweet. This is also a great place to hold a birthday party; kids get to make and decorate their own cupcakes. This small chain has 3 other locations, all in Texas.
Where: 91 East Main Street
Smithtown, NY 11787
Contact Info: 631-656-6400
Burn off some excess energy – The Little Gym of Smithtown
Large indoor space – check; bubbles – check; balls and hula-hoops – check; mats – check. The Little Gym has everything necessary to keep a child entertained for an hour, or three. They primarily run gym classes and offer packages from 10 weeks of classes up to one year. They also offer a terrific Parents Night Out, where you can drop the kids off for three hours; they get to explore the gym and play games, and you get a few hours out with your significant other, or the girls, or a shopping trip to the mall sans kids. There’s no need to worry that your kids won’t have fun; any place that has an indoor snowball fight is tops in our book. Plus, The Little Gym also does birthday parties.
Give your regards to Broadway – Smithtown Center for the Performing Arts
Smithtown Center for the Performing Arts is a year-round professional theater; even the all-children productions are performed by professionals. The theater is a smaller, more intimate theater, which means there really isn’t a bad seat in the house. The majority of the productions are for adults, but they put on a couple of shows targeted at children each season. Everyone entering the theater is required to have a ticket regardless of age, so this might be a good time to leave your younger child home with daddy and give your older child some alone time with mommy. If your child is a budding star, they also offer classes in acting, dancing and singing from October through May.
Where: 2 East Main Street,
Smithtown, NY 11787
Contact Info: (631) 724-3700
Get lost in a book – Smithtown Library
The Smithtown Library is currently closed for renovation, but when it reopens early 2012, it will be a bigger and better library. There will be a newer and larger Children’s department, as well as a Teen department. There will also be a Reading Room and additional meeting space. Earlier this year, the Smithtown Library had a variety of children’s programs to choose from both during the week and on the weekends, including: Pajama Storytime; Creation Station, where you can drop into the library on a Saturday and work on an arts & crafts project; Mother Goose Rhyme Time, which is to introduce early literacy to children from one to three years old. I am certain that when the library reopens it will continue to offer these programs, as well as additional ones for kids to enjoy.
Where: 1 North Country Rd.
Smithtown, New York 11787
Contact: (631)265-2072 *** Currently closed for renovation