Named for Huntington’s train station, the hamlet of Huntington Station has become a thriving center of culture, activities, and events. Huntington Station is the perfect place to spend a day with the family, for it provides activities for all ages and interests. Our local writer contributes an Insider’s Guide at the vast amount of things to do with children and families in Huntington Station.
For the athletic members of the family, they will love attending Go WEST (Winner’s Edge Sports Training) Sports, a 12,000 square foot indoor athletic training facility. Go WEST’’s mission is to provide personalized sports lessons for children at affordable prices. They offer baseball, softball, soccer, and lacrosse, as well as hosting private birthday parties. Every Friday night they host a dodgeball game from 7:30-9:00PM for ages 8-13. If you have a young child, than My Gym, Children’s Fitness Center is a perfect place to attend. My Gym begins classes at 4 months old, as well as hosting a camp (3-9 years old), and karate (4-14 years old). My Gym offers a free trial class, and if you pay a one-time fee to enroll, you are able to attend unlimited classes as well as unlimited free play.
However, if the whole family wants to engage in an activity together, your best bet is Station Sports, Family Fun Center. With activities such as mini golf, paintball, a batting cage, wiffle ball, and an indoor arcade, there is bound to be entertainment for every member of your family. Station Sports also hosts birthday parties, and is conveniently open during all school holidays and vacations.
There are a great number of creative and calm activities for all ages, as well. Balance Yoga and Healing has Toddler Yoga (2-4 years old), as well as a Kid’s Class (5-8 years old). In these classes, children learn basic yoga poses, play yoga-related games, and learn how to move their body and calm their mind. Huntington Station is also the home to a wonderful Winter Farmer’s Market from December through April; offering fruit, vegetables, locally baked pastries and coffee.
The Walt Whitman House, the birthplace of the poet, is a lovely historical attraction for all ages. They offer programs for children as young as pre-kindergarten; some of their events include a yearly young poets contest, a Victorian tea party, and a cornhusk doll making program. On a beautiful day, you can stop by the Whitman house, and then take a leisurely hike on the Walt Whitman Trail, which leads to Jayne’s Hill, the highest elevation on Long Island.
End your day with a visit to the newly renovated Walt Whitman Shops, where you can browse through the gorgeous Pottery Barn Kids. Enjoy dinner at the family friendly restaurants, Zinburger, The Cheesecake Factory, California Pizza Kitchen, or P.F. Changs. The Walt Whitman Shops also offer seasonal events, such as photographs with Santa or the Easter Bunny.
The South Huntington Public Library offers a wonderful opportunity to meet other families in the community. Their “drop in and play” time is open to anyone, you do not have to be a member of the SHPL. If you are a member of the library there is at least one activity/class occurring daily for all ages at the SHPL; be sure to check out their calendar and pre-register your spot. For your creative child, Michaels Crafts offers a ton of amazing courses. From knitting, to jewelry making, to cake design, there are classes for all ages, and some classes are as low as $2.
Huntington Station has an extensive amount of year-round activities and events for families. With the hiking in summer, the shopping in winter, and delicious meals anytime, Huntington Station is truly a family-friendly place to visit.
Post & Photos by: Olivia Howell