Staycation ideas for kids during February break

Presidents week is coming soon, 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...

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Presidents week is coming soon, 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 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. 19 through Feb. 23 (not counting the weekends that fall before and after).

"Teepee Ted" at Ward Melville Heritage Organization

Open to kids ages 6-9, Teepee Ted of the Traveling Wilderness Museum will provide an educational experience at the Ward Melville Heritage Organization (97-P Main St., Stony Brook) over the Presidents' Week break (Feb. 20- 22, 10 a.m.-noon) 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,

February Vacation Camps at WHBPAC

The Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Center (76 Main St., Westhampton) is offering two " February Vacation Camps" daily Feb. 19-23 from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. for two different age groups. Children age 5-6 can take part in the "Musicals of the Magic Kingdom Camp," using Disney Broadway plays to teach acting, movement and singing, the wrapping with a showcase performance at the end of the week. Kids ages 7-11 will prepare for a week-ending play called "Prank Wars," all the while tuning up their theatrical chops--and as always, the experience will be enhanced by an ice cream party, a pizza party and theme days. Price: both are $450 each; call 631-288-1500 for more information and download registration forms at

Cupcake decorating at The Chocolate Duck

At The Chocolate Duck in Farmingdale, kids will learn to use buttercream icing to decorate cupcakes with 3-D forms such as flowers, puppies and clowns, 3 to 5 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 20, and Thursday, Feb. 22. Cake decoraging is an art form, says pastry chef Christina Bisbee. Each class is $55, and walk-ins are welcome. The shop is at 310 Main St. in Farmingdale. For more information, call 516-249-0887 or go to


Sewing classes at Craftree

Craftree (7 Green St., Huntington) is holding winter school break classes Feb. 20-22 (10 a.m.-11:30 a.m.) that will teach kids how to sew; projects will be a puppy pillow-making session (Tuesday, Feb. 20), a mini plush heart garland (Wednesday, Feb. 21) and a snack note on the final day (Thursday, Feb. 22). Price: $35 per day. Register online at

Baking at Celebrations in the Kitchen

Kids can learn to bake and then decorate their baked goods at Celebrations in the Kitchen (63 E. Old Country Rd., Hicksville) from noon to 1:30 Wednesday, Feb. 21, and from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 23. A cupcake class and a cookie class are offered on both days. In the cupcakes class, which is recommended for children ages 7 and up, participants will bake “triple chocolate fudge” cupcakes from scratch and then learn to decorate vanilla cupcakes using candy, icing and other sweets. In the cookies class, which is recommended for children ages 3 and up, participants will bake 15 to 20 cookies and use chocolate chips and colored sprinkles to decorate them. The cupcake class costs $39 plus tax; the cookies class costs $34.95 plus tax. Reservations are required by calling 516-396-2193; for more information, go to

"Engineers Week" at CMEE

The Children's Museum of the East End (376 Bridgehampton-Sag Harbor Tpke., Bridgehampton) is holding its annual "Engineers Week" over Winter Break, featuring different science-inspired activities daily; all ages are welcome, including parents. Price: $12 (includes the price of admission; members are in free); for more information call 631-537-8250.

"The Wizard of Oz" at The Showplace

Plaza Theatrical Productions is putting on a performance of "The Wizard of Oz" at The Showplace at Bellmore Movies (222 Pettit Ave., Bellmore) through Presidents' Week Feb. 17-22 at 11 a.m. (Sunday, Feb. 18 at noon). Price: $12. For more information or to obtain a ticket, visit or call 516-599-6870.

Paint at Pinot’s

Pinot's Palette art studio (61 W. Main St., Bay Shore; 631-446-4777) is hosting a family mural painting class on Monday, Feb. 19, as well as Open Studio events on Tuesday, Feb. 20 and Friday, Feb. 23 and a selection of themed-painting classes throughout the winter break week (Feb. 21-22, 24). Classes are mostly held from 1 p.m.-3 p.m. (Feb. 21 is 2 p.m.-4 p.m.) and vary in price ($30-$38). Register in advance at

Make a volcano cake at Baking Coach

Kids will assemble a chocolate cake that erupts with powdered sugar -- a so-called volcano cake -- from 10 a.m. to noon Monday, Feb. 19, at Baking Coach (320 Broadway-Greenlawn Rd., Huntington). From 1 to 3 p.m., they can learn to bake cookies and brownies from scratch. From 10 a.m. to noon Friday, Feb. 23, kids will learn to make fondant, color it and use it to decorate a cake with a 3-D winter wonderland scene or a penguin. Later that day, from 1 to 3 p.m., a cupcake-decorating workshop will have kids using pastry bags and tips to decorate six cupcakes. Kids can choose from among variety of themes, including unicorns. Workshops cost $45 per student, who must be in the first through eighth grades to participate. To register, call 631-543-8608, email or go to

Cooking classes at A la Carte

The A la Carte culinary center (32 Atlantic Ave., Lynbrook; 516-599-2922) is offering "Jr. Chef Winter Vacation" two-hour cooking classes daily Feb. 20-23 at 11 a.m. designed to teach cooking classes as well as to perform many other food-related functions for the trade. The 2018 Winter Break class menu will feature tutorials in preparing "Zoodles and Sauce" (Tuesday, Feb. 20), "Bacon and Cheddar Cheese Potato Soup" (Wednesday, Feb. 21), "Split Pea Soup with Bacon and Rosemary" (Thursday, Feb. 21) and "Air-Fried Chicken Fingers" (Friday, Feb. 22). Price: $65-$250, register in advance online at

Dollhouse Camp at Bubble Boutique

Bubble Boutique and Learning Center (15 E Main St., Babylon) is hosting a four-day "Dollhouse Camp" Feb. 19-23 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. daily. Start the week with blueprints, to painting, interior design and more. Price: $300 ($100 non-refundable sign-up deposit to reserve spot). Call 631-587-0050 to sign up or for more details.

Glowgolf, Garden City

Glowgolf, a glow-in-the-dark mini-golf course under the Roosevelt Field Mall in Garden City, will be open when schools are closed. 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. Open hours during the school break is 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, $7 for children ages four and younger. The Laser Maze Challenge is $3 for one game, $5 for two games and $10 for five. For more information, call 516-747-3682 or visit

Come down and bounce around

Bouncers and Slydos (1835 New Hwy., Farmingdale; 631-752-2324) is offering daily open play sessions for children ages 10 and younger Feb. 19-23 from 10 a.m.-11:45 a.m. plus a second session from noon-1:45 p.m. Featuring an indoor 90-foot inflatable zipline and an inflatable obstacle course that leads to either an air mattress jump or a slide. Price: $12 to bounce, $15 to bounce and zip line. For more information, visit

Bobsled craft-making at the Explorium

Families visiting the Maritime Explorium on Feb. 17-23 (from 1 p.m.-5 p.m.) can celebrate Presidents' Week -- and the Winter Olympics --by designing bobsled runs and then testing to see if the creations stay on the track. Price: $5. Call 631-331-3277 or visit for more information.

Winter Break at the 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. 19 (grades K-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. 20 (grades K-4) will feature an opportunity to learn about William K. Vanderbilt and his love for racing, including a visit to the museum's Vanderbilt Cup exhibit and a chance to craft a model race car, while Wednesday, Feb. 22 (ages 3 to 4, accompanied by an adult) is all about penguins, with a tour of the bird collection and an art-making opportunity. Price: $20, $18 members. You must register for all events by calling 631-854-5539.

Winter School Recess Programs at SOFO

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 include the " Sleeping Trees and Wandering Seeds with Xylia" (Monday, Feb. 19), " Sleeping Trees and Wandering Seeds with Xylia" (Tuesday, Feb. 20), " Sleepy Spiders and Other Snug Bugs with Melanie" (Wednesday, Feb. 21), " Snow Clues with Ashley" (Thursday, Feb. 22) and " Winter Weather and Snowflakes in Vineyard Field with Eleni" (Friday, Feb. 23). 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 or call 631-537-9735 for more information.

Take a spin at spin-art

The Casa de Spin studio (81 Grand Ave., Massapequa) is hosting a "Create a Giant SpinArt Painting" Feb. 19-23 daily at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Pre-registration required through the website; visit or call 516-654-7746 for more information.

"Dr. Seuss’s The Cat in the Hat"

"Dr. Seuss's The Cat in the Hat" at John W. Engeman Theater (250 Main St., Northport), based on the iconic Seuss character, tells the tale of a tricky kitty in a tall, striped chapeau who arrives in order to turn a rainy day into a fun adventure. The show will take place Saturdays at 11 a.m. and Sundays at 10:30 a.m. (until March 4). Price: $15. For more information, visit

Paint “Super Mario” and/or “Girly Girlz”

Key to My Art (10 W. Oak St., Amityville) is offering a pair of drop-off Winter Break events that gives kids two different creative opportunities daily Feb. 19-22, with a "Super Mario Brothers" theme gathering at 11 a.m. and a "Girly Girlz" class at 1:30 p.m. Recommended ages are five and older; fee includes canvas, paint, supplies and instruction. Price: $20 per class; advance registration is required. To RSVP and for more information, call 929-278-5397 or visit

Equestrian fun

Thomas School of Horsemanship Summer Day Camp & Riding School (250 Round Swamp Rd., Melville) is holding a Presidents' Week camp Feb. 20-23 from 9:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. daily. Open to children ages nine and older, each participant gets a horse for the day to groom and tack, and will receive riding and horse care lessons. Price: $380 for all four days; $99 per day. For more information, call 631-692-6840 or visit

“February Kids School Vacation Camp” at Bay Street Theater

Bay Street Theater (1 Bay St., Sag Harbor) is hosting its annual "February Kids School Vacation Camp" Feb. 19-23 daily from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Open to kids ages 8-12, it's designed to get participants working together to create, write and produce a musical while learning about theater arts. In addition, the kids will rehearse the music and steps necessary to take part on a performance to take place on the Bay Street Theater Mainstage for friends and family. Price: $470. Enroll online at; call 631-725-9500 for more information.

Tee up for indoor 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: $11 adults, $10 children. For more information, visit

Make your own ice cream

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. 20-21 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Other events that week include: Craft a melt-proof snowman in a bottle (Monday, Feb. 19) and create gooey slime while finding out why it is important to some animals (Feb. 22-23). Price: $6 adults, $4 for children (ages 3-12), free ages 2 and younger. Visit or call 516-692-6768 for more information.

"Winter Break Studio" at Not Just Art

Not Just Art (183 South St., Oyster Bay) is holding two events daily from Feb. 19-23. The " Winter Break Studio" (10 a.m.-11:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.-2 p.m.; $24) gives children ages 3 and older a chance to create wintry-themed concepts, while the "Musical Playalong" music classes (10:15 a.m.-11 a.m. and 11:30 p.m.-12:15 p.m.; $12) are good for ages infant to 4 years old. For more information or to register, call 516-922-8300 or visit

Compete in Native American games

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. The 2018 edition runs Feb. 20-23 daily from 10 a.m.-4 p.m., in which children of all ages can make Native American-inspired crafts and play in authentic games. Face-painting will be also available daily from 10 a.m.-noon and 1 p.m.-3 p.m.

Face-painting all days and 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

"Winter Seal Walk" at Jones Beach

Jones Beach State Park (1 Ocean Pkwy., Wantagh) is hosting a shoreline walk on Saturday, Feb. 24 (10 a.m.-11:30 a.m.) that will hopefully offer a look at some of the seals that drop by LI this time of the year. Advance registration is required; to RSVP or for more information, call 516-780-3295 or visit

Winter Wildlife Camp

Quogue Wildlife Refuge (3 Old Country Rd., Quogue) is holding a four-day camp from Feb. 20-23 (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

“Presidents Week” ice skating

Newbridge Arena (2600 Newbridge Rd., Bellmore) is featuring a "Presidents Week" schedule: Feb. 19-20 from 1 p.m.-3 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 21: 4:15 p.m.-6:15 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 22 8 a.m.-10 a.m. and 1 p.m.-3 p.m., Friday, Feb. 23: 8:30 a.m.-10:30 a.m., 1 p.m.-3 p.m., 4:30 p.m.-6:30 p.m., 8:30 p.m.-10:30 p.m., Feb. 24-25: 12:30 p.m.-2:30 p.m. and 2:45 p.m.-4:45 p.m. Price: general admission is $9; Town of Hempstead residents pay $7. Skate rentals are $4. For more information, call 516-783-6181 or visit

School's Out! Winter Camp

Kids ages 4-12 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 science experiments and staff-conducted demonstrations. The camp is from 9 a.m.- 4 p.m., Feb. 19-23 at the Center for Science Teaching & Learning (1 Tanglewood Rd., Rockville Centre). Price: $60 per day (cost increases to $70 starting 48 hours before the first day of the program). To register visit; call 516-764-0045 for more information.

Make a dream catcher, have a tea party

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. 21 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 to RSVP, for more about the Walt Whitman Birthplace visit

Long Island Aquarium 'February Fun-cation'

The Long Island Aquarium & Exhibition Center (431 E. Main St., Riverhead) is offering its "February Fun-cation" program on Feb. 19-23 from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Open to children ages 6-13, kids are to be dropped off for a daily schedule of scheduled activities including aquarium tours, the sea lion show, playing in the arcade and experiencing the "Butterflies, Bugs and Birds" exhibit, as well as craft-making and movie showings. Price: $50 daily; $199 for the full week. Reservations required; to RSVP call 631-208-9200 (ext. 426). For more information, visit

Check out an exhibit -- and create your own

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. 20 through Thursday, Feb. 22. 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

'Build a boat' and learn about arctic life

Kids interested in sea life can take part in the Cold Spring Harbor Whaling Museum & Education Center's "Arctic Adventures Camp," in which they'll learn about the culture and nature of the Arctic, go on scavenger hunts and make crafts, with a different theme daily. Taking place Feb. 20-23, it's held from 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m. for children ages K-3. Required pre-registration available online at Non-members pay $55 daily, $206 for all four days; members pay $50 daily, $188 for all four days.

Then again, the whole family can take part in the "Build-a-Boat Workshop" from 2 p.m.-4 p.m., on Tuesday, Feb. 20 and Thursday, Feb. 22. Guests ages four and older can craft a ship from wood from the materials provided; hot glue guns are used, so adult supervision is required. Participation is $12 each, in addition to museum admission.

Long Island Rough Riders soccer camp

This training camp for children ages 5-13 covers technical training and all the basic aspects of the game (including dribbling techniques, passing and scoring). The camp takes place from Feb. 19-23 (9 a.m.-3 p.m.) at the Globall Sports Centers facility (1 Charles Lindberg Blvd., Uniondale). Price: $450 for the week, $95 per day or $50 for morning or afternoon half-days; 516-622-3900,

United Skates of America

United Skates (276 Hicksville Rd.) in Seaford offers all sorts of events from Feb. 16-25, including all-you-can-eat pizza parties, a pajama party (Sunday, Feb. 18: 6 p.m.-9 p.m.), cheap skating, a "JoJo" party (Thursday, Feb. 22: 4 p.m.-6 p.m.), theme events and late-night skating. For more information call 516-795-5474 or visit

Presidents Week at the Fire Island Lighthouse

Visiting the Fire Island Lighthouse in midwinter? You bet! On Monday, Feb. 19 through Friday, Feb. 23, kids can visit the Fire Island Light Station Fresnel Lens Building, which houses the original first-order Fresnel lens, and view a collection at the Boat House detailing maritime history. Children's activities will be held daily from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. The tower will be open too, but only kids 42 inches tall and bigger can climb. Price: $7, $4 children younger than 12.