An Insider’s Guide to Commack

Commack is a town in Suffolk County that has a lot to offer families and children of all ages. Long Island Mamas has compiled a guide of things to do with kids in the Commack area, with options for all seasons. Take a look for some indoor activities to help alleviate cabin fever, and plan ahead for some great outdoor fun for when warmer weather arrives.

kidville-orng1Kidville:  A newly opened entertainment space for young children has locations around the country, and is now offering children ages newborn to 6 in the Commack area a variety of classes, programs, and play opportunities. Their schedule includes gym, music, art, and dance
programming. They have a “house band”, the Rockin’ Railroad, that entertains and engages children in musical activities at their developmental level. Children who are registered for a class can take advantage of unlimited open play sessions, which are currently offered 2 hours a day during different time slots Monday through Friday. They have mommy and me classes for infants and young toddlers, and begin with partial separation programs around 2 years old. Kidville also hosts birthday parties for children up to age 6. You can try a free class by calling them at (631) 462-0001.

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Plaster Funcraft A longtime arts and crafts staple in the Commack community, Plaster Funcraft offers a variety of art activities for children and adults alike. Open 7 days a week, their painting studio has a wide selection of plaster figurines that you can paint and take home that day. Walk-ins are accepted any time they are open, so it’s great for a last minute idea on a rainy or wintry day. If you feel like staying in, you can pick up kits to paint at home too. In addition to plaster, they also offer weekly specialized art activities, such as sand-art, stuff-a-pet, and painting on canvas. During the week, children have the option of enjoying some free play time from 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm in the party room, which features activities like laser light shows, music, and video games. You can view their party options and pricing right on their website.

AMF Commack Vet Lanes: A classic activity for any time of the year, bowling remains a family favorite. The recently
renovated Commack Vet Lanes features 40 lanes of bowling, large flat screen TVs, a full menu, and arcade games. They periodically offer deals such as their “Sunday Funday” special, which gets you 2 hours of bowling for $7 per person (plus shoe rental) after 3 pm. They have a variety of options for children’s parties as well.

header_image3Commack Public Library:  The Commack Public Library offers a variety of engaging activities for children and teenagers. Toddlers and young children can enjoy programs such as Music and Movement and Kidsercise classes, as well as toddler toy time. Elementary aged children can participate in a Lego Club and Animal Paddle Ball games, as well as a constantly changing repertoire of arts and crafts activities that often incorporate upcoming holidays. The library also offers pizza and movie nights, baking classes and volunteering opportunities for middle/high school students. If you’re looking to venture out on an excursion, card holders can take advantage of their Museum Pass Program, which allows you to borrow free passes for fourteen museums within the Long Island – NYC area. Unless otherwise noted, activities are free of charge for library card holders.

Sunshine Acres Park: Sunshine Acres Park offers a great, gated playground with swings, slides and climbing
structures for children. It also has a baseball field and restroom facilities, as well as paved trails at the top of the hill. Best of all, you do not have to wait for warm weather to enjoy the park…it has long been a favorite local spot for sledding!! !

14340571237_709232bb3d_zHoyt Farm The Hoyt Farm Nature Preserve is an absolute treasure within the Commack community. It offers two levels of playgrounds, a picnic area, baseball fields, a museum, farm animals, and beautiful nature trails. Families or groups can rent out the picnic space for parties, and let children enjoy the adjacent playground. One of the most exciting additions in recent years is a water park for young children that is open 7 days a week from 11:00 am – 4:00 pm Memorial Day through Labor Day. Their nature center is open the same time of year from 1:00 – 4:00 pm daily, and boasts live animals, educational displays, and Native American artifacts. The Hoyt House Museum is open on weekends only from 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm during their summer season. In the summer, you can enjoy musical performances at Hoyt Farm on Sundays. Parking is only open to Smithtown residents, although non-residents can pay a $12 parking fee to enjoy the facilities when a guest of a resident. (*Insider tip: if you’re planning on doing a family photo shoot, Hoyt Farm makes for a beautiful backdrop, with its barns, trails, and gorgeous scenery!!)

And don’t forget, if you have a favorite place or activity in Commack to add to our list, let us know!!

By: Nicole Vidiri Silva!
Photos Courtesy of: Kidville, Flickr.com, Commack Public Library, and Plaster Funcraft!

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