While relaxing on long summer days can be nice, parents are also looking for ways for kids to keep busy this summer on Long Island. From Western Nassau to Eastern Suffolk, Long Island offers many options both indoors and outside for families with children of all ages.
Pack lots of sunblock, towels, and sand toys because Family Friendly Beaches are always a great option for a day out. Other alternatives for water fun are Spray Parks or Public Pools. For families with kids that range in age, Splish Splash water park in the East End has something for everyone to enjoy. The little ones can enjoy the kiddie area, wave pool, and lazy river, while the older kids and adults can enjoy more adventurous attractions such as Dinosaur Falls, Abyss, and Cliff Diver.
On a super hot or rainy day, take the kids and head out to Museum Row where they can also enjoy a ride on Nunley’s Carousel. The Long Island Children’s Museum is another good option for families that have kids varying in age. Little ones as young as a year old can play in the Tot Spot, bubble area, and the blocks, bricks and sticks area. Older kids can hang out in the Communication Station where they can pretend to be a newscaster. There, they can also explore the Pattern Studio where they can create patterns as well as look through kaleidoscopes while they make new ones.
Other museums in Museum Row include the Cradle of Aviation Museum which teaches children and adults about airplanes and flight from the 1800’s through today. It also houses the Nassau County Firefighters Museum and Education Center where families can learn about the history of firefighting as well as important fire safety lessons such as Stop, Drop, and Roll and Home Escape Planning.
For a relaxing afternoon, pack a lunch and visit a kid friendly picnic area to enjoy it with the kids. Afterwards families can play a round or two of Mini Golf or enjoy the Animal Farm Petting Zoo in Manorville. Heading further east, there are 30 things to do with kids on the East End of Long Island including enjoying things to do on the twin forks in Montauk and Greenport.
For a more relaxing day, families can stay home and do arts and crafts or go out and create a pottery masterpiece. To end the perfect day, just grab a blanket and some chairs and spend an evening at an Outdoor Music Festival.
By Pamela Boccia