Spring Outdoor Activities

Spring is in the air. As the weather gets warmer we all want to go outside and enjoy the fresh breezes.  Here are some amazing outdoor spring activities for the entire family to enjoy.

 

 

 

BIKE PATHS
As the weather gets warm the bikes come out of the garage. Here are a couple bike trails that are perfect for families.

Eisenhower Park
Einsenhower Park has several biking trials that are flat, safe and an easy ride for kids. Should you wish to stop biking there are playgrounds, a water area, tennis and basketball courts, a mini golf course, and restaurants.
Where: 1899 Hempstead Tpke
, East Meadow
, NY
Contact info: (516) 572-0348
www.nassaucountyny.gov/agencies/parks/wheretogo/active/eisenhower.html

Jones Beach
Jones Beach has a very family friendly bike trail. The trail is easy and flat. It is very safe and away from traffic. While you are there be sure to take advantage of all of the beach amenities.  Biking is only allowed thru April 30.
Where:
1 Ocean Parkway, Wantagh, NY
Contact info: (516) 785-1600
nysparks.com/parks/10/details.aspx

FARMS
Benners Farm
Benners Farm is offering many outdoor spring workshops. There are classes for every age.
Where:
56 Gnarled Hollow Road, E. Setauket, NY, 11733
Contact info:
(631) 689-8172
bennersfarm.com

Kidsdays Barnyard Babies (kids 3-6)
This popular introduction to new baby animals on the farm will run twice. Children will be introduced to all the baby animals and discover what they eat, how they grow, and how to take care of them.
When: April 14th or May 12th
Cost:
$35

Kidsdays Bunny Blast (kids 4-8)
This hands on bunny workshop allows children to hold and snuggle with some of the new baby bunnies. Children will learn about the care and feeding of rabbits, make a soft bunny craft, and more.
When: April 7th 10 am-12 pm
Cost: $35

Kidsdays Eat Dirt You Worm! (kids 5-9)
In this hands on workshop, children will learn about worms: what they eat, how they live, why they are important to us. They will study composting and make their own starter compost with real red wrigglers.
When: April 21st 10 am-12 pm
Cost: $35

Kidsdays Ready Set Grow I (kids 7-10)
First workshop in a series of two, children will discover how seeds germinate, the process of photosynthesis, and the importance of plants in our world. As soil sleuths kids will discover living organisms which help plants grow. Children will make several seed related projects.
When
: April 28th 10 am-12 pm
Cost:$35

Caterpillars and Critters (kids 7-10)
Make and take home a foot long caterpillar that will grow into a flower garden. Learn about the bugs and critters that live in the garden.
When
:
May 5th 10 am-12 pm
Cost:$35

Hoyt Farm
The Hoyt Farm Nature Center is an exciting and educational place. It has many live animals including snakes, frogs, slamanders, turtles, and fish. Educational displays describe life on Long island from the beaches to the trees. Don’t miss the Native American artifact collection. The nature center is open from Memorial day to Labor day from 1-4 pm daily. While there, take a short walk up to the restored Hoyt Playhouse (behind the nature center) and see where the Hoyt children played in the 1920’s.
Where:
200 New Highway Commack, NY 11725
Contact info: (631) 543-7804
www.smithtowninfo.com/HoytFarm/templateproc.cfm?PageID=346

HIKING
Now that the weather is warm, enjoy a hike with the family. There are several hiking trails on Long Island. Many are short enough that even the kids can finish without a problem.

Prosser Pines Loop Trail
This is a very easy trail. At only one mile long this is the perfect hike for families with young children. The trail takes less than an hour to complete.
Where: Middle Island, NY
www.estuary.cog.ny.us/access_guide/site37.html

Sunken Meadow
This is a beautiful trail with views of the ocean. It is a moderate level trail, more suited towards families with older children. It takes about two hours to complete.
Where: Kings Park, NY
nysparks.com/parks/37/details.aspx

To find a trail in Long Island, view this site.
www.trails.com/trails.aspx

PARKS
Diamond in the Pines

This park was rated by Long Island’s Stay at Home Mom Examiner as one of the top 5 playgrounds in Suffolk County as rated by the kids.  There are baseball and football fields and a huge playground which is fenced in.
Where:
1850 Route 112, Coram, NY 11727
Contact: 631-320-1003
www.longwoodtwisters.com/locations.php

Heritage Park
Situated on over seventeen acres, Heritage Park is a big hit with the local families.  It features separate playgrounds for children under five and children five and up as well as a brand new snack shack. The track is often filled with moms walking and children biking and skating. With its multiple ball fields families can be sure to catch a game. On two nights over the summer they host a Movies in the Moonlight event for families.
Where:
633 Mt Sinai Coram Rd, Mt Sinai, NY
Contact info: (631) 509-0882
www.msheritagetrust.org/Site/Home.html

By Tara Arichabala

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