Family Day Trips Over Holiday Break

The kids will be home and ready to celebrate the holiday. Long Island Mamas found some fun day trips over holiday break to keep the kids entertained while they’re off from school.  Check out our ideas if staying on Long Island during the week of Christmas.

Monday December 24th

Take a day trip to the quaint village of Port Jefferson. Walk along the streets and take in the breathtaking water views and the beautiful Christmas decor.

Head over to Theatre Three for an 11 am showing of Barnaby Saves Christmas at 412 Main Street. Theatre Three invites visitors to join Santa, Barnaby, Franklynne and all of their friends for a wonderful holiday treat and learn the true meaning of Christmas, Hanukkah and the holiday season. Call ahead at  (631) 928-9100 or book tickets online at theaterthree.com‎. Tickets are $10 each.

After the show head over to Harborfront Park for some fun while ice skating at the Rinx. The rink will be open from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

When the family is tired from all the skating, sit down for a relaxing Christmas eve dinner at Schafers located at 111 West Broadway. Call 631-473-8300 for reservations.

Tuesday December 25th

Most places are closed on Christmas. Enjoy the day indoors relaxing or celebrating with family. Want some fresh air? Bundle up and head to a local park to let out some energy or check local movie theater listings for showtimes.

Wednesday December 26th

Little princesses will love the Winter Princess Tea Party, presented by Ballet Long Island. Cinderella, Snow White, Sleeping Beauty, The Little Mermaid and other princesses will be performing live on stage. After the show children can pose for pictures with the princesses. Showtimes are 1 p.m., 2 p.m. and 3 p.m. at Ballet Long Island, 1863 Pond Road in Ronkonkoma. Cost of $18 per guest/$30 for 2 guests includes: performance, take-your-own-photos with princesses, cupcakes, cookies, iced tea, lemonade, water, coffee and tea. Call 631-737-1964 for tickets.

If parents prefer the more active route, pack up the family and head over to Boomers Winter Wonderland where visitors will see the park decorated in holiday lights. Kids can write letters to Santa, take pictures with the mascot, view holiday displays and enjoy many games and attractions. Boomers is located on 655 Long Island Ave. in Medford.

After the show or day at Boomers, head south to Bayport. Here visitors will see a beautiful Holiday Light Show put on by the Girl Scouts of Suffolk County Drive through Camp Edey. It’s an amazing winter experience.

Thursday December 27th

Start the day with a trip to the John W Engeman Theater at Northport, located at 250 Main Street, to see a showing of Rudolph The Red-Nose Reindeer. Showtimes are 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Call 631-261-2900 for tickets which are $15 each.

After the show head over to AMF Commack Vet Lanes located at 2183 Jericho Turnpike in Commack to enjoy family time bowling or playing air hockey and arcade games.

Friday December 28th

Take the family to the Snowman Craft Day at The Cupcake Corner at 61 New Hyde Park Road, Garden City from 10:30 a.m. – 1:25 p.m. Kids will make three snowman crafts and enjoy a pizza lunch with apple slices and mini cupcakes. They will watch Frosty The Snowman and play fun games. Cost is $55 per child. Call 516-328-2253 for reservations; pre-payment required.

After the kids have finished the crafts and enjoyed the fun at The Cupcake Corner, head over to the Long Island Children’s Museum on 11 Davis Avenue in Garden City. The kids will love this museum and all of its hands-on displays.

For weekend ideas, check out our Things to Do on Long Island with kids weekend guide published every Thursday.


Article and Photos by Tara Arichabala


 

 

 

 

 

 


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