With the kids home for the summer months, everything tends to get more expensive! Vacations, parks, shopping, movies, eating out … it all adds up (and drains our wallets)! So if you’re looking for some low-cost (or even free!) things to do, the Long Island Mamas has you covered with our list of fun summer activities for the kids that you can find right here at home!
Shipwreck Cove, Bay Shore. A great place to play and cool off! The Cove has larger spaces for big kids as well as smaller spaces for the younger kids. Cost: $7 per person with Town of Islip card, $12 per person for Non-Resident.
Wood Kingdom, Farmingdale. Wood Kingdom has open play on their play equipment during the day. Cost: $10 per child.
Junior Jet Club at the Cradle of Aviation, Garden City. A fun, interactive, indoor play area, geared towards kids up to age 6. With many hands-on spaces, a book nook, and many aerospace themed activities, it’s difficult to try out everything in one day! Cost: $2.50 per person.
Nunley’s Carousel, Garden City. Take a ride on this historic carousel, right in the heart of Museum Row! Cost: $2 per rider.
Holtsville Ecology Center, Holtsville. Boasting a zoo, nature walks, playgrounds, picnic areas, and Brookhaven Town pools, it will be easy to spend the entire day here! Cost: Free, $5 to park.
Imaginations at Play, Ronkonkoma. This facility has many hands on educational play options. Costs for 3 hour open play session: Under 6 months, free. 6 months-2 years, $6 per child. 3 years-12 years, $10 per child. Up to 2 adults free with paid child.
Check your local….
Barnes and Noble: Check out your local Barnes and Noble for kids book readings on Tuesdays and Saturdays. Cost: Free!
Fireman’s Fairs: Check with your local fire department – many on Long Island host their own Fireman’s Fairs over the summer months. Come out to support your local department and fun with all the games, rides and food! Cost: Varies
Library Programs: Check out your local library for an abundance of free programs for kids of all ages during the summer months. Be sure to check the schedule early, as many programs need to have prior registration and spots can fill up quickly! Cost: Free!
Pottery Barn Kids: Locate your nearest Pottery Barn Kids for Story Time and lots of other fun activities for kids! Cost: Free!
Know of other fun free (or low cost) options for the summer months on Long Island? Let us know by leaving your ideas in the comments!
By: Shannon Ofsharick
Photos credit: Jennie Eckhaus-Katz of Jennie Bean Photography, Yelp.com, LongIsland.about.com, & Shannon Ofsharick