This is more than just an indoor playground. It’s a jungle gym, bouncy house, crawl and climb place all rolled into one. Kids from 12-months to 13 years can create their own adventures and open their imagination to a world of fun. Note that the price goes up on the weekends and slightly passes the $10 dollar range.
How Much: $10/child (ages 3-13) — $5/CHILD (ages 1 &2) – the tax is included
When: Weekdays, 10 am -8 pm
Where: 200 Wilson Street, Pt. Jefferson Station, NY 11776
Contact Info: 631-331-9000
Island Carousel & Train
For two dollars a ride your kids can “gallop” around on the merry-go-round or shout “all-aboard” on the mini train. The operating hours are while the mall is open and can be found on the lower lever by Old Navy.
How Much: $2/ride
When: Daily 9 am–8:45 pm
Where: The Source Mall, 1504 Old Country Road, Westbury, NY 11590
Contact Info: 516-228-2110
Mini Bowling at Coram Country Lanes
Think skee ball with bowling pins. Perfect for little hands or older kids who haven’t mastered the “real game” yet.
How Much: $2/game
When: Call for available days and time
Where: Coram Country Lanes at 615 Middle Country Road, Coram, NY 11727
Contact Info: 631-732-2022
Monster Mini Golf
This indoor glow-in-the-dark monster-themed mini golf is a great way to scare up some fun. However, as the name implies, “Monster” Mini Golf can be a bit frightening for younger children and is geared towards kids ages 5+. Two locations are available.
How Much: From $7.00-$8.00
When: Closed Mondays (Check website or call for specific times)
Where: 410-C Commack Road, Deer Park, NY 11729 and Sunshine Shopping Center, 700-47 Patchogue Yaphank Road, Medford, NY 11763
Contact Info: 631-940-8900/Deer Park, 631-775-8687/Medford
The Big Duck
Take a ride out east to see one of Long Island’s most famous landmarks that is sure to get a “quack” out of even the littlest members of the family.
How Much: Free
When: Open daily — the store is open from Memorial Day through Labor Day, 10:00 am – 5:00 pm.
Where: 1012 Flanders Rd, Flanders, NY 11901
Contact Info: 631-852-8292
The Holtsville Wildlife & Ecology Center
AKA the free Long Island zoo and SO much more! The park features buffalos, bobcats, eagles, and farm animals too.
How Much: Free
When: Open year round (give or take a few holidays) — hours vary by time of year.
Where: 249 Buckley Road, Holtsville, NY 11742
Contact Info: 631-758-9664
The Long Island Steamers
Calling all train lovers! The Long Island Steamers is one of the island’s best kept secrets…where else can visitors enjoy a ride on a true steam engine?
How Much: Free (donations accepted)
When: May through October — public run days are typically the second and last Sunday of the month.
Where: Southaven Park, Brookhaven, NY 11719
Contact Info: 631-345-0499
White Post Farms
This family friendly attraction is tops among kids of all ages. White Post plays home to a petting zoo and an animal farm. Kids can get up close and personal with goats, sheep, zebras, llamas, and even kangaroos. Plus, there are extensive play areas which include sand boxes, climb on wooden pirate ships and trains, a village of playhouses, and lots of slides, too.
How Much: $8.29 + tax (Discount coupons are available on their website)
When: Call or check website for available days and time
Where: 250 Old Country Road, Melville, NY 11747, off of Route 110
Contact Info: 631-351-9373
An indoor, bouncy house dream world! Located adjacent to their store which sells swing sets and other outdoor playsets, this venue has Open Play sessions and is perfect for kids ranging in age from “walkers” to 10. Three locations are available.
How Much: $6 to $8 per child
When: Check the website for the specific hours at each location
Where: 111 Milbar Boulevard Farmingdale, NY 11735, 3060 Route 112, Medford, NY 11763, and 544 Middle Country Rd, Coram, NY 11727
Contact Info: 631-845-3804/Farmingdale, 631-451-2200/Medford. 631-698-0212/Coram
With the Spring and Summer months moving in…so is the nice weather! Get outside and over to a local playground. Parents can find information on area parks and playgrounds on Long Island Township websites. These websites are also a great way of finding out what other FREE activities may be going on around town…so be sure to “bookmark” them under your computer favorites.
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By Kim Como