East Meadow offers a variety of indoor and outdoor activities for kids. Located in Nassau County, it’s not too far a drive for families in Queens and Suffolk County. Our local writer gives her inside scoop on things to do in East Meadow and its surrounding area with kids.
The NY Dance Studio has a wide array of classes for children age three and up. All classes are taught by teachers who have appeared in Broadway performances such as The Radio City Christmas Spectacular, Annie Get Your Gun, Bring in Da Noise Bring in Da Funk and more. Classes are held from Monday through Saturday. Little can learn to appreciate different types of dance in the Creative Combo class. When they turn five years old, classes are geared more toward a specific dance discipline. Offerings include Broadway jazz, hip-hop, ballet, modern, pointe and more. Classes go all the way up through the teenage level so students can spend their entire dancing career at this studio.
At The Dance Place in nearby Hicksville, children can take a large array of classes including ballet, hip hop, tap, creative movement, dance camp, musical theatre, all boys hip hop, two year old programs, three year old programs, pointe, contemporary, modern, lyrical, jazz, nutcracker camps, competition classes, acrobatics, zumba and private dance lessons. The Dance Place also offers special classes such as Mommy and Me Music, Musical Theatre, Glee singing classes starting at age five, Private Music Lessons in piano (ages three and up), saxophone, guitar, clarinet and voice.
Dance Obsession in Farmingdale just minutes away has been around for almost two decades and is owned by championship ballroom dancers. It boasts a wonderful reputation and offers dance instruction in a variety of styles including ballroom, rhythm, Latin, foxtrot, waltz, tango, quickstep, cha cha, swing, merengue and more. Whether a newbie or trying to perfect moves, Dance Obsession welcomes all. It also provides complementary private lessons for new students.
Laser Bounce in nearby Levittown is a play space offer bouncing, laser tag, an arcade, build-a-bear and laser bounce. It’s a blast for kids of all ages. For a party or just for fun any day of the week, it’s a super place to go offering active play. Open Bounce sessions are two hours long and cost $10 per child. It’s a great way to get the energy out of active kids, especially on long winter days!
C.A.P.E. (Creative Arts Program of East Meadow) is a fantastic creative arts program offered by the East Meadow School District that provides over 25 classes in the areas of crafts, physical exercise and education for children ages 4-12. The program runs for three months during the summer and three months during the winter. Examples of classes include tumbling, Jr. Chefs, karate, cupcake wars, Science Wonders and beginner keyboard. A summer camp program is offered three days a week from 9 a.m.-12 p.m. in which students can take three one-hour classes.
East Meadow Library offers a wide array of books and programs for children. The children’s room is spacious with tables and chairs in one area and large carpeted “steps” where children can lounge with a good book. The library also provides a variety of puzzles and toys to keep children busy and engaged. The children’s area also has a train table, magnetic board with letters and bead mazes that fascinate and amuse children of all ages. A favorite program on Fridays is Read To A Dog where children have their own private reading time in which they read to a real dog. All children can participate, and it is a wonderful way to build confidence in reading or pre-reading skills.
A 930-acre park of open space and recreation in the heart of Nassau County, Eisenhower Park is larger than Central Park and one of the largest public spaces in the New York metropolitan area.
The park offers a full range of family and athletic activities, including one of the finest swimming facilities in the U.S., a major golf facility, dozens of athletic fields and courts, picnic areas, summertime entertainment, three playgrounds, fitness trails and more. Free movies and events in the summer and a sledding hill for the winter, it’s a place to enjoy the outdoors and have fun anytime of the year.
Veteran’s Park (also known as Prospect Park) is especially fun during the summer months. This park has an Olympic-size pool, tennis courts, basketball courts and a playground set in sand. It’s a great place to meet and spend long summer days with friends and family.
Speno Park is another fun, family friendly park that offers a beautiful spot to enjoy the fresh air. It is host to two concerts each year as well as baseball league games and other outdoor activities. Children can enjoy the playground or run to their hearts’ content in the big open field right next to it.
Museum Row in nearby Garden City is another winning spot close to East Meadow that has plenty to offer. Children will enjoy exploring any one of the museums, such as Long Island Children’s Museum, Cradle of Aviation Museum and Firefighter’s Museum.
Disney On Ice, concerts, hockey games, Harlem Globetrotters…there is always something going on at Nassau Coliseum in Uniondale. Lucky for those in East Meadow, it is so close by. Any time of the year, there is surely something going on at the Nassau coliseum that the family will love.
For any time of year fun, use our insider’s guide for things to do in East Meadow and surrounding area with kids to find activities for the whole family.
By Danielle Klein