Indoor places to play on Long Island
Whether it's too hot or too cold, if you want to take the kids somewhere to play indoors, we've got you covered.
For a modest fee, children can bounce, run, jump and slide, play games, drive go-karts and more at these local venues, all while parents relax and maybe even chat with one another.
Take a look at the many indoor places for kids to play in Nassau and Suffolk.
Active Kidz Long Island(Credit: Uli Seit)
This 20,000-square-foot family entertainment center in Jericho offers an interactive floor, laser game, inflatable fun zone, a climbing maze and more, with separate toddler area. Visit activekidzlongisland.com for more information.
Sandbox Playspace(Credit: Sandbox Playspace)
This drop-in play space in Huntington is geared toward babies, toddlers and preschoolers. Kids can roam the different stations, which include kitchen play, a hardware store, a teepee, a wood slide, a flower market, a dress-up area and more. For more information, visit sandboxplayspace.net.
Bounce Trampoline Sports(Credit: Uli Seit)
This indoor play space in Syosset features 10,000 square feet of interconnected trampolines, featuring trampoline dodgeball, volleyball, slam dunk basketball, open bounce time, gymnastics training, rope swings and fitness classes. Visit bouncesyosset.com for more information.
Pole Position Raceway(Credit: Steve Pfost)
Ten drivers at a time compete in side-by-side racing on two separate, quarter-mile tracks at Pole Position Raceway in Farmingdale. The go-karts can reach speeds of 45 miles per hour as the drivers negotiate straightaways and hairpin turns. For pricing and more information, visit polepositionraceway.com.
Bounce U(Credit: Julie Cappiello)
Bounce U in Farmingdale
Kids will enjoy the giant inflatables and slides, obstacle courses, interactive equipment, team parties, preschool play dates, family nights camp programs and more at Bounce U in Farmingdale. Visit bounceu.com for more information.
Bouncers and Slydos(Credit: Newsday / Alejandra Villa)
Kids ages 5 and younger can play on a 20-foot-high, bright yellow, red, blue and green slide and then climb eight stairs in the middle and ride down the chutes at Bouncers and Slydos in Farmingdale. There are nine inflatables in all during open play. Check out bouncersandslydos.com for the open play schedule and pricing.
Cup O'Fun Cafe(Credit: Candi Callahan)
An interactive indoor playground in Valley Stream for kids ages 12 and younger with arcade games, two play areas, a sand pit and a multilevel climbing unit comprised of slides and tunnels. There's also a miniature built-in rock climbing wall, animal stuffing room and more. Visit cupofuncafe.com.
Chuck E. Cheese's(Credit: Ian J. Stark)
This franchise arcade features mini kid-friendly rides, video games, skee ball, air hockey, a toddler zone and restaurant. Chuck E. Cheese's Long Island locations include Hicksville, Hempstead and West Islip. Check out chuckecheese.com for hours and pricing.
The Brick Center(Credit: The Brick Center)
Kids can unleash their creativity by building unique creations, playing games and more at The Brick Center (481 Johnson Ave.) in Bohemia simply by playing with Lego bricks. Programs are tailored to specific age groups and areas on interest. Choose one of their hour-long classes that explore architecture with themes such as space, famous buildings, natural disasters and more. Or, head there for open build on Monday and Friday from 6:30 to 8 p.m. and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., when kids can use and play with more than 1 million bricks at the center. They'll even store your project so that you can work on it during multiple sessions. Price: $18 for a 90-minute session; unlimited monthly pass $99. For more information, call 631-572-8801 or visit thebrickcenter.com.
Dave and Buster's(Credit: Newsday / Howard Schnapp)
Dave and Buster's, located in Islandia and Westbury, offers hundreds of arcade games, bowling lanes, basketball, racing games, a restaurant and more. For hours and pricing, visit daveandbusters.com.
Parents and their children can enjoy classes together at Dreamnastics in Great Neck. You'll find mats, toys, slides, trampolines, air logs and much more, as well as a baby zip line. For more information, visit dreamnastics.com.
Fit Fusion(Credit: Fit Fusion)
Classes for children and adults, or both at the same time, in karate, interactive gaming classes, competitions, interactive dance stations and more at Fit Fusion in Oyster Bay.
Fun Station USA(Credit: Newsday / Ana P. Gutierrez)
Little ones will enjoy a maze painted with jungle scenes with a kiddie train that chugs underneath at Fun Station USA in Lynbrook. Older kids should check out the MaxFlight, an orb that twists from side-to-side and rolls upside-down. You'll also find the latest video games, laser tag, bumper cars, a carousel and more. Visit funstationusa.com for more information.
Inline1 Sports Center(Credit: Jack Maggio)
Kids can jump, slide and play their way through an unending maze of inflatables including sports bouncers, giant slides, a Mickey Mouse adventure park, Disney-themed princess castle, a Jurassic Park adventure, a pirate ship, an obstacle course and more at Inline1 Sports Center in Mount Sinai.
Bowlmor Long Island(Credit: Bowlmor Long Island)
Bowlmor Long Island (895 Walt Whitman Rd.) in Melville opened a new arcade, adding more entertainment to its glow-in-the-dark bowling alley. There are 44 games including a giant Connect Four, Candy Crush, 4 Racer Mario Kart, skeeball and basketball hoops. You'll also find a glow-in-the-dark air hockey game with dozens of pucks used at once, a giant crane game packed with prizes and a photo booth. The price of the arcade games range from $1 to $4. For more information, visit bowlmor.com/long-island.
Jump(Credit: Newsday / Patrick Mullooly)
In addition to eight inflatables, JUMP in Ronkonkoma has a game room where kids use tokens to play Nintendo Wii and Guitar Hero for Xbox 360. There are also inflatable slides and mazes for the younger set. Visit airtrampolinesports.com for more information.
Kangaroo Kids in Deer Park
This indoor play space features inflatables, tricycles and other toys for children ages 10 and younger.
Karts Indoor Raceway(Credit: Kirsten Luce)
Drivers must be at least 54 inches tall to ride on the adult track (40 inches for junior track) at Karts Indoor Raceway in Ronkonkoma. The facility also has two miniature bowling alleys, a 25-game arcade, remote-control slot-car racing, a snack bar and more. Check out karts1.com for pricing and more information.
Kitchen Times Party Place(Credit: Ken Spencer)
Kids will measure ingredients, grate cheese and use pastry bags as well as learn to make cookies, pretzels, pizza and more at Kitchen Times Party Place in Massapequa. Each class includes the instruction, recipes and the resulting meal that will be eaten at the end of the session. To find a list of events, pricing and more, visit kitchentime.net.
Laser Kingdom(Credit: Laser Kingdom)
Unlimited laser tag and pizza nights occur the first Friday of every month for $16 at Laser Kingdom in Coram and Farmingdale. Monday-Thursday kids can enjoy two games for $5; Friday-Sunday two games for $8. Visit laserkingdoms.com for more information.
At Lazerland in Commack, kids can find indoor laser tag, dodgeball and an arcade room. Their new sports stadium allows players to play dodgeball, soccer, t-ball and more. To learn more, visit lazerlandofli.com.
Le Play Cafe(Credit: Estelle Lander)
Half of Le Play Cafe in Bellmore is a coffee cafe, the other half is a play area for kids. For the little ones, there are stations where they can climb, dress up, play instruments and pretend to bake or shop in a market. Visit leplaycafe.com for more information.
Laser Bounce(Credit: Laser Bounce)
You'll find laser tag with glow-in-the-dark and black-light obstacles, inflatable bouncers, a "Ballocity Arena" where kids can use blasters, vacuum cannons and buckets that propel, throw, raise and dump thousands of soft foam balls, a laser frenzy maze and an arcade at Long Island's Laser Bounce in Levittown. Visit lilaserbounce.com.
Sky Zone Indoor Trampoline Park(Credit: Sky Zone Indoor Trampoline Park)
The biggest indoor trampoline park on Long Island, Sky Zone Indoor Trampoline Park (111 Rodeo Dr., Deer Park) has over 21,000 square feet of trampoline space and the largest main court in the country. It includes SkySlam Court: a sports court with trampolines, four dodgeball and volleyball courts and a five-lane foam zone, where kids can run and jump on trampolines into large foam pits. In addition to its trampolines, Sky Zone also offers SkyRobotics Fitness classes, which put a new twist on working out. There is a viewing area with large flat-screen TVs. Sky Zone is opening a second location in Mount Sinai in October. Visit skyzone.com for more information.
Once Upon a Treetop(Credit: Once Upon a Treetop)
A real eucalyptus tree trucked in from California standing 18 feet high serves as an enchanting treehouse at Once Upon a Treetop in Plainview. Kids can also explore a village: train station, grocery store, schoolhouse, firehouse, bakery, pizza parlor and other rooms with interactive play. Visit onceuponatreetop.com for more information.
Q-Zar(Credit: Newsday / Alejandra Villa)
Q-Zar in Carle Place features indoor laser tag, games and contests in a Star Wars-type maze with glowing walls and starred carpeting. Go to qzarny.com for more information.
Safari Adventure(Credit: Randee Daddona)
You'll find inflatable bouncers, video games and a four-level playground boasting tubes, tunnels, slides and obstacle courses at Safari Adventure in Riverhead. The new Motion Commotion, powered by iPlay, features a projector mounted on the ceiling that projects 10 different computer-generated games onto the floor. Visit thesafariadventure.com for more information.
Turf Island Indoor Sports(Credit: Julie Cappiello)
The 20,000-square-foot indoor sports facility in Oceanside features two turf fields and scoreboards. Kids can play lacrosse, football, soccer, volleyball, dodgeball and more. For more information, visit turfisland.com.
Wood Kingdom(Credit: Wood Kingdom)
Kids can test ride all the Wood Kingdom West play sets in the showroom of the Farmingdale, Coram and Medford locations on weekdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.; kids can snack on free juice and cookies. Visit woodkingdomwest.com and woodkingdomeast.com for more information.
United Skates of America and Hot Skates(Credit: Daniel Brennan)
At United Skates of America (1276 Hicksville Rd.) in Seaford, families can lace up their roller skates every Friday from 6:30 to 9 p.m. and every Sunday from noon to 2:30 p.m. for Glow in the Dark Skate, where you can skate or rollerblade in the dark. Price: $11 per person, $5 skate rental. Every Tuesday from 5 to 7 p.m., admission is half price ($5.50 per person, $5 skate rental). For more information, visit unitedskates.com.
Hot Skates (14 Merrick Rd.) in Lynbrook also offers indoor roller skating for kids of all ages. The rink is open on Fridays from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. and 7 to 9:30 p.m.; Saturday from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m., 3 to 5 p.m. and 7 to 9:30 p.m.; Sunday from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. and 3 to 5:30 p.m. Price: $11, $12 Friday and Saturday 7 to 9:30 p.m. For more information, visit hotskates.com.