Staycation ideas for kids during February break
Presidents week is here, and for families with kids that means February winter break.
After the winter we've had so far, you may be looking to hightail it out of Long Island. But if you're staying local, you may be wondering what to do with your kids this week. For parents who have to work (or those who just want to make sure the little ones don't have too much time on their hands that week), there are plenty of camp activities to sign them up for. For working parents lucky enough to get time off, there are many events to be enjoyed by the whole family.
Take a look at the many camps, classes, performances and other interesting events to beat out boredom and keep everyone in your house entertained during winter break, which runs Feb. 20 through Feb. 24.
Glowgolf, Garden City(Credit: Glowgolf )
Glowgolf, a glow-in-the-dark mini-golf course, recently opened at Roosevelt Field in Garden City. The course features 27 unique holes using fluorescent golf balls and putters, along with obstacles and wall decor under black lights. The center also features multiple party rooms and a Laser Maze Challenge, where guests can work their way through a series of lasers while trying not to break the laser beams against the clock.The hours are 4-9:30 p.m. Monday-Friday; 10 a.m.-9:30 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Sunday. When school is out, the course will be open 10 a.m.-9:30 p.m. Monday-Saturday and 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Sunday. To play 54 holes (play through twice) the price is $12 adults, $10 kids ages 5-12. The Laser Maze Challenge is $3 for one game, $5 for two games. For more information, call 516-747-3682 or visit opryglowgolf.com.
'Madagascar' at The Showplace(Credit: Kaid Photography)
Plaza Theatrical Productions is putting on a performance of "Madagascar" at The Showplace at Bellmore Movies (222 Pettit Ave., Bellmore) through Presidents' Week on Feb. 18, 20-25 at 11 a.m. (Sunday, Feb. 19 and Sunday, Feb. 26, at noon). Price: $12. For more information or to obtain a ticket, visit plazatheatrical.com or call 516-292-9000 (ext. 7382).
Classes at Key to My Art(Credit: Riesa Fischer)
Key to My Art (10 W. Oak St., Amityville) is offering eight drop-off Spring Break events that gives kids two different creative opportunities daily (Feb. 20-23, at 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.) for children ages five and older, with such popular characters and themes as Shopkins, Star Wars, Trolls, Batman and more. Price: $25 each, advance registration is required. To RSVP and for more information, call 929-278-5397 or visit keytomyart.com.
Come down and bounce around(Credit: Bouncers and Slydos)
Bouncers and Slydos (1835 New Hwy., Farmingdale) is offering daily open play sessions for children ages 10 and younger Feb. 20-24 from 10 a.m.-noon plus a second session from noon-2 p.m. Featuring an indoor 90-foot inflatable zipline, guests can also leap 11 feet into a zero-gravity shock mattress. Price: $12 to bounce, $15 to bounce and zip line. For more information, visit bouncersandslydos.com.
Equestrian fun(Credit: BluFo)
Thomas School of Horsemanship Summer Day Camp & Riding School (250 Round Swamp Rd., Melville) is holding a Presidents' Week camp Feb. 21-24 from 9:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. daily. Open to children ages 9-18, each participant gets a horse for the day to groom and tack, and will receive riding lessons, horse care lessons and a lunch break. Price: $395 for all four days; $99 per day. For more information, call 631-692-6840 or visit tshcamp.com.
“Winter Animals" art camp(Credit: Amy Vail / Mini Monet Art Studio)
Mini Monet Art Studio (64 Railroad Ave., Sayville) is hosting a "Winter Animals Camp" Feb. 21-23, with sessions for ages 4-7 (10 a.m.-noon) and ages 7-12 (1 p.m.-4 p.m.) that will provide facts and project-making focused on polar bears, snowy owls and penguins. Price: $35 daily for ages 4-7, $45 for ages 7-12 (or $125 for all three). For more information or to register, call 631-218-9797 or visit minimonetsayville.com.
Bounce!(Credit: Bounce! Trampoline Sports)
Bounce! Trampoline Sports (310 Michael Dr., Syosset) will feature its "Jump N' Glow" Feb. 23-24 from 8 p.m.-10 p.m., where kids can jump, bounce and play under black lights in a cool, glow-in-the-dark setting. Price: 30 minutes: $17; 60 minutes: $22; 90 minutes: $27; 120 minutes: $32.
Bounce! will also feature "Open Bounce" sessions on Feb. 20-22 from 10 a.m.-10 p.m. and Feb. 23-24 from 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Price: 30 minutes: $15; 60 minutes: $20; 90 minutes: $25; 120 minutes: $30. Guests must wear mandatory bounce socks (available for $3; purchase once, keep for return visits). For more information, visit bouncesyosset.com.
Get crafty(Credit: Vanderbilt Museum )
Looking to get creative? The Vanderbilt Museum and Planetarium (180 Little Neck Rd., Centerport) has three special two-hour winter break workshops (10 a.m.-noon) scheduled for children from preschool age through fourth grade.
On Monday, Feb. 20 (grades 2-4), kids will learn about some of the portraits that adorn the walls of the mansion and then have fun creating their own self-portraits. Tuesday, Feb. 21 (grades 1-3) will feature an opportunity for children to learn about how animals contend with the cold by exploring animal dioramas and then create a mini-diorama snow globe, while Wednesday, Feb. 22 (ages 3 to 4, accompanied by an adult) is slated to offer a tour of the museum in order to learn about animals native to cold climates, and then participants will get a chance to build a polar bear print snow globe. Price: $20, $18 members. You must register for all events by calling 631-854-5539.
Shrek: The Musical, Jr.(Credit: Kelly Mucciolo)
Smithtown Performing Arts Center (2 E. Main St.) in Smithtown is presenting performances of "Shrek: The Musical, Jr." daily through Presidents' Week (Feb. 20-24) at 1 p.m. Price: $15 per person; 631-724-3700, smithtownpac.org.
Holiday program at SMLI(Credit: Science Museum of Long Island)
The Science Museum of Long Island (1526 N. Plandome Rd., Plandome) is hosting a Holiday Program featuring daily events from Feb. 20-24 from 10 a.m.-3 p.m., focused on subjects including science, animal life, the human body and space travel. Price: $75 for non-members, $65 for members; advance registration is required. To RSVP and for more information call 516-627-9400 or visit smli.org.
Kids Classes at Paint the Town Huntington(Credit: Paint The Town Studio)
Paint The Town (17 Green St., Huntington) is hosting three kids classes during Presidents' Week 2017: "Puppy Love" (Tuesday, Feb. 21; 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m.), "Dream Catcher" (Wednesday, Feb. 22; 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m.) and "Snowy Owl" (Saturday, Feb. 25; 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m.). Price: $25; classes are for children ages six and older (kids younger than seven must have adult accompaniment) and must be booked and paid for in advance. To register and for more information, call 631-683-5788 or visit paintthetownstudio.com.
Suffolk County Farm winter camp(Credit: Suffolk County Farm )
The Suffolk County Farm and Education Center (350 Yaphank Ave., Yaphank) is hosting a Presidents' Week winter camp from Feb. 20-24, 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m. daily. Events will include an introduction to nineteenth-century farming techniques (Feb. 20), a Minecraft-inspired planting, fishing and crafting day (Feb. 21-22, or substitute on Feb. 22 with morning yoga and dancing), a choice between a farm Pokemon adventure or fiber and fabric craft-making (Feb. 23) and a final day of either a day of chicken exploration or a return to Pokemon fun (Feb. 24). Price: $225 for the full week or $50 per day. Call 852-4600 to register with Visa/MasterCard; for more information visit ccesuffolk.org.
Tee up for indoor mini golf(Credit: Monster Mini Golf)
Mini golf isn't only a warm-weather sport. Monster Mini Golf (410-C Commack Rd., Deer Park) is an indoor amusement center featuring a monster-themed, 18-hole golf course with black lights and other fun effects. There's also a large arcade and more. Price: $9.99 adults, $8.99 children. For more information, visit monsterminigolf.com.
Family Favorites Film Series: 'Frozen'(Credit: AP)
The "Family Favorites Film Series," taking place through February at the three Long Island Showcase Cinemas Broadway Multiplex Cinemas: 955 Broadway Mall, Hicksville; Farmingdale Multiplex Cinemas: 1001 Broad Hollow Rd., Farmingdale; Island 16 Cinema de Lux: 185 Morris Ave., Holtsville). The theaters will feature "Frozen" on Feb. 17-20 with two showings daily (11 a.m.; 1:30 p.m.). Price: tickets are $6. For advance purchase or more information, visit showcasecinemas.com.
Make your own ice cream(Credit: Newsday / Karen Wiles Stabile)
At the Cold Spring Harbor Fish Hatchery and Aquarium (1660 Rte. 25A, Cold Spring Harbor), kids can make their own homemade ice-cream treat -- just be sure to bring warm gloves -- on Feb. 21-22 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Other events that week include: Make a melt-proof snowman in a bottle (Monday, Feb. 20) and create gooey slime while finding out why it is important to some animals (Feb. 23-24). Price: $6 adults, $4 for children (ages 3-12), free ages 2 and younger. Visit cshfha.org or call 516-692-6768 for more information.
'February Break Creativity' at Not Just Art(Credit: Heather Walsh)
Not Just Art (183 South St., Oyster Bay) is holding an "Art & Science Open Studio" twice daily from Feb. 20-23 (10 a.m.-11:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.-2 p.m.) and once on Friday, Feb. 24 (10 a.m.-11:30 a.m.) that will give children ages 3-10 a chance to enjoy wintry concoctions, Mardi Gras-inspired art activities, painting, sensory tubs and science explorations. Price: $24 first child, $18 sibling fee; some activities grouped by age.
Children ages infant to 4 years old can also come for fun, at the "Singalong Story Time," taking place daily Feb. 20-24 from 10:15 a.m.-11 a.m. Price: $12 first child; $10 sibling fee. For more information or to register, call 516-922-8300 or visit notjustart.com.
Compete in Native American games(Credit: Garvies Point)
The annual North American Native American Games event at Garvies Point Museum and Preserve (50 Barry Dr., Glen Cove) has been held during Presidents Day week since 1980. On Tuesday, Feb. 21 and Wednesday, Feb. 22 from 10 a.m.-noon and 1 p.m.-3 p.m., children of all ages can participate and play in authentic Native American games.
There will also be a Native American pottery-making meeting on Thursday, Feb. 23 and a Friday, Feb. 24 bird feeder building session -- all taking place between 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. each day. Craft price on Tuesday and Wednesday is included in the admission charge; an additional $5 will be charged Thursday and Friday. For more information, visit garviespointmuseum.com.
Learn about reptiles, birds and more(Credit: South Fork Natural History Museum)
The South Fork Natural History Museum (SoFo) (377 Bridgehampton/Sag Harbor Tpke., Bridgehampton) wants kids to have fun while learning about nature. Their all-ages winter school recess programs (all tied to the museum's Vineyard Field Preserve) include the "Winter Wonderland Walk" (Monday, Feb. 20), "Winter Backyard Birds" (Tuesday, Feb. 21), "Winter Weather & Snowflakes" (Wednesday, Feb. 22), "Winter Tracks & Snow Clues" (Thursday, Feb. 23) and a "Winter Plant Walk" with plant printmaking (Friday, Feb. 24). Price: $15, $10 children ages 3 to 12, 2 and younger are free (free for SoFo members). Fees include free admission; advanced reservations are required for all events. Visit sofo.org or call 631-537-9735 for more information.
Winter Wildlife Camp(Credit: Marisol Diaz)
Quogue Wildlife Refuge (3 Old Country Rd., Quogue) is holding a four-day camp from Feb. 21-24 (9 a.m.-3 p.m.) that will include daily hikes, introductions to animals and craft-making. Advance registration and payment is required; weather-appropriate clothing and a snack with drink are requested. Price: $330 for the full program; $90 daily (morning session only: $150 or $45 daily). For more information and RSVP details call 631-653-4771 or visit quoguewildliferefuge.org.
Try riding a horse(Credit: New York Equestrian Center)
Children ages 7 to 15 can use their staycation to get better acquainted with horses as the New York Equestrian Center (633 Eagle Ave., West Hempstead) is hosting a Winter Equine Camp daily Feb. 20-24 daily from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Activities will include tacking, grooming, barn chores, horse anatomy studies, equine lectures and group ring riding lessons. Price: $499.99 for the week. For more information, check out mynyec.com.
'Winter Vacation Workshops' at SAC(Credit: Roy MacNish)
Southampton Arts Center (25 Jobs Ln., Southampton) is offering "Winter Vacation Workshops" with Cornell Cooperative Extension of Suffolk County Marine Program for children ages 3-7 from Feb. 21-24 daily from 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.: "Marine Life Exploration" (Feb. 21), "Shorebirds of Long Island" (Feb. 22), "The Salt Marsh" (Feb. 23) and "Bivalves in our Bays" (Feb. 24). Price: free, but advance registration is required. For more information and to RSVP, call 631-283-0967 or visit southamptonartscenter.org.
Learn to sew(Credit: Craftree)
Craftree (7 Green St., Huntington) is holding winter school break classes Feb. 21-22 (10 a.m.-11:30 a.m.) that will teach kids ages 8 and older how to sew; projects will be determined by the overall sewing skill level of the group. There will also be an "American Girl Tea Party" on Thursday, Feb. 23 from 10 a.m.-11:30 a.m., giving American Girl doll owners an opportunity to enjoy biscuits and tea together (other 18" stuffie dolls are welcome too). Price: $35 per day. For more information, visit craftreeclasses.com.
Afterschool Ice Skating special(Credit: Kirsten Luce)
Newbridge Arena (2600 Newbridge Rd., Bellmore) will feature an Afterschool Public Skating special on Wednesdays and Fridays until the summer of 2017. Price: general admission is $6; Town of Hempstead residents pay $4. Children ages four and younger are free (with paid adult) and skate rentals are $4. For more information, call 516-783-6181 or visit newbridgearena.com.
School's Out! Winter Camp(Credit: Steven Sunshine)
Kids ages 4 to 12 can visit animals in exhibits and go for walks in the preserves, the woods and around the ponds. They also can participate in hands-on activities inside, including experiments in building, engineering and chemistry. The camp is from 9 a.m.- 4 p.m., Feb. 20-24 at the Center for Science Teaching & Learning (1 Tanglewood Rd., Rockville Centre). Price: $55 per day (cost increases to $65 starting 48 hours before the first day of the program). To register visit cstl.org; call 516-764-0045 for more information.
'The Snow Queen'(Credit: John W. Engeman Theater)
"The Snow Queen" at John W. Engeman Theater (250 Main St., Northport), based on the story by Hans Christian Anderson, tells the tale of Gerda, who tries to rescue a friend from the icy castle of the Snow Queen. The show will take place Saturdays at 11 a.m. and Sundays at 10:30 a.m. (until March 5). Price: $15. For more information, visit engemantheater.com.
Make a dream catcher, have a tea party(Credit: Carolyn Diglio | Walt Whitman Birthplace State Historic Site)
Walt Whitman Birthplace State Historic Site (246 Old Walt Whitman Rd., Huntington Station) is hosting a pair of Presidents' Week staycation events on Wednesday, Feb. 22 at 1 p.m. with a dream catcher-making session, followed by a "Victorian Tea Party" at 2:30 p.m. that will focus on building social skills; favorite dolls are welcome to attend. Price: $20 for both programs or $12 for one; programs include a guided tour of the Whitman Birthplace. Pre-registration and pre-payment are required; call 631-427-5240 (ext. 113) or email email@example.com to RSVP, for more about the Walt Whitman Birthplace visit waltwhitman.org.
Long Island Aquarium 'February Fun-cation'(Credit: Joseph D. Sullivan)
The Long Island Aquarium & Exhibition Center (431 E. Main St., Riverhead) is offering its "February Fun-cation" program on Feb. 20-24 from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Open to children ages 6-14, kids are to be dropped off for a daily schedule of activities that are scheduled to include play in the arcade, a visit to the Butterflies, Bugs & Birds exhibit, movies, a sea lion show and sting ray feeding. Price: $50 daily; $199 for the full week. Reservations required; to RSVP call 631-208-9200 (ext. 426). For more information, visit longislandaquarium.com.
Check out an exhibit -- and create your own(Credit: Nassau Museum of Art)
Drop into the Nassau County Museum of Art (1 Museum Dr., Roslyn Harbor) during the winter break, from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 21 through Thursday, Feb. 23. Kids will have a chance to tour the gallery and then create art inspired by the photography exhibitions currently on display. A different project will be offered daily and is open to children of all ages. Price: Museum admission is $$12 (Children ages 4 to 12: $4; seniors: $8; students: $4; members: free) plus an added $10 per family materials fee. For more information, visit nassaumuseum.org.
'Build a boat' and learn about marine life(Credit: The Whaling Museum and Education Center of Cold Spring Harbor)
Kids interested in sea life can take part in the Cold Spring Harbor Whaling Museum & Education Center's annual Ocean Explorers Camp, where they can participate in craft-making, games and science experiments that deal with the lives of whales, octopuses and more. Taking place Feb. 16 to 19, it's held from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. for children ages K-3. Registration is available online at cshwhalingmuseum.org.
Then again, the whole family can take part in the "Build-a-Boat Workshop," held at the Museum's Bedlam Street Workshop from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., also Feb. 16 to 19. Guests can craft a ship from wood from the materials provided; hot glue guns are used, so adult supervision is required. Hulls are $8, in addition to museum admission (members pay $5, plus free admission).
Soccer camp(Credit: Long Island Rough Riders)
This training camp for children ages 5-13 covers technical training and all the basic aspects of the game (including dribbling techniques, passing and finishing). The camp takes place from Feb. 20-24 (9 a.m.-3 p.m.) at Long Island Rough Riders (1425 Old Country Rd., Plainview). Price: $450 for the week, $95 per day or $50 for morning or afternoon half-days; 516-622-3900, liroughriders.com.
Explore beachside nature(Credit: Ian J. Stark)
The Theodore Roosevelt Nature Center at Jones Beach State Park (1 Ocean Pkwy., Wantagh) is offering wildlife education events Feb. 22-24 daily from 10:30 a.m.-noon. Gatherings include "Marine Mammals" (Wednesday, Feb. 22), "It's A Cold Blooded Life" (Thursday, Feb. 23) and "Owl Pellet Dissection" (Friday, Feb. 24).
The center will also host a seal walk on Sunday, Feb. 26 from 1:30 p.m.-3 p.m. All events are $4 each (children 2 and younger are free). Reservations are required for all programs; to RSVP call 516-780-3295.
School Vacation Musical Theatre Camp(Credit: Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Center)
The Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Center (76 Main St., Westhampton) is offering a "School Vacation Musical Theatre Camp" daily for children ages 5-14 on February 20-24 from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Campers will practice Missoula Children's Theatre's Treasure Island and then perform in a full-scale production complete with costumes and sets on the last day (Feb. 24) at 7 p.m. Instruction will also include classes in improvisation, movement and theatre, and the experience will be enhanced by an ice cream party, a pizza party and theme days. Price: $450; call 631-288-1500 for more information and download registration forms at whbpac.org.
Toothpalooza(Credit: Gordon M. Grant)
Finish off the school break by meeting the Tooth Fairy, touching a whale tooth and hunting for shark teeth. The Whaling Museum & Education Center (301 Main St.) in Cold Spring Harbor is putting on the all-ages event as part of National Children's Dental Health Month. Children will also create a keepsake box for their baby teeth (if the Tooth Fairy left any behind by accident). The event will take place on Sunday, Feb. 26 from noon-3 p.m. Price: $10 per child, adults pay the regular $6 admission; face-painting is an additional $4; 631-367-3418, cshwhalingmuseum.org.
United Skates of America(Credit: Daniel Brennan)
United Skates (276 Hicksville Rd.) in Seaford offers all sorts of events this week, including pizza parties, glow-in-the-dark skating, cheap skating and late-night skating. For more information call 516-795-5474 or visit unitedskates.com.
'Connecting Kids to Nature'(Credit: Johnny Cuomo)
Children ages 3- 9 will get a chance to connect with nature through music, stories, play and crafts at Ward Melville Heritage Organization (97-P Main St., Stony Brook) over the Presidents' Week break. The first opportunity, "Connecting Kids to Nature: Morning of Nature, Music and Storytelling," is open to children ages 3-5 on Feb. 20-21 (10 a.m.-11:30 a.m.) and will feature musician Johnny "Mr. C" Cuomo pictured, center) leading two days of singing, dancing and movement activities designed to appeal to children of all abilities. Price: $65, or $35 for a single day.
The second gathering, "Connecting Kids to Nature: Teepee Ted of the Traveling Wilderness Museum," open to kids ages 6-9, taking place on Feb. 21- 23 (10 a.m.-noon) will provide an educational experience focused on wilderness and how Native Americans lived on Long Island; the event will also include craft-making. Price: $90, or $35 for a single day. For more information, call 631-751-2244, wmho.org.
'Emoji Fun' and 'Snowflake!' kids art classes(Credit: Paint The Town Studio)
Paint The Town (73 N Ocean Ave., Patchogue) is hosting two kids classes during Presidents' Week 2017: "Emoji Fun" (Tuesday, Feb. 21; 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m.) and "Snowflake!" (Thursday, Feb. 23; 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m.). Price: $25; classes are for children ages six and older (kids younger than seven must have adult accompaniment) and must be paid for in advance. To register and for more information, call 631-307-9889 or visit patchogue.paintthetownstudio.com.
Tour the lighthouse(Credit: Marlo Jappen)
Visiting the Fire Island Lighthouse in midwinter? You bet! On Monday, Feb. 20 through Friday, Feb. 24, kids can participate in a scavenger hunt and make crafts and more from 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
You'll also be able to visit the Fire Island Light Station Fresnel Lens Building, which houses the original first-order Fresnel lens, and view a collection at the boathouse detailing maritime history. Price: $7 adults, $4 children younger than 12 (must be 42 inches tall to climb).