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. 17 through Feb. 21 (not counting the weekends that fall before and after).
"The Cat In the Hat" at The Showplace
Plaza Theatrical Productions is putting on performances of "The Cat In the Hat" at The Showplace at Bellmore Movies (222 Pettit Ave., Bellmore) Feb. 16-21. Price: $12. For more information or to obtain a ticket, visit plazatheatrical.com or call 516-599-6870.
Coast above, or bounce around at Urban Air
Urban Air Lake Grove (3147 Middle Country Rd.; 631-861-4125, urbanairtrampolinepark.com) is offering extended hours during the 2020 winter break (11 a.m.-8 p.m. Mon-Thurs, 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Fri, 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Sat, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Sun), which will give both kids and adults (under 230 pounds) lots of extra time to tackle the amusement arena and trampoline park's indoor zipline-style "Sky Rider Coaster," obstacle course and arcade, among other things to try (participants must wear Urban Air socks, $3 a pair). COST Prices start at $19.99, $29.99 to include the Sky Rider Coaster, $37.99 for all access.
Craft bar and Winter Break Camp at Bubble
While school is out during Presidents' Week, youngsters can come to Bubble Learning's art space (15 E. Main St., Babylon; 631-587-0050, bubblebabylon.com) and create, including painting pieces available along its craft bar (pictured) 10 a.m.-5 p.m. daily (prices vary). Selling unique toys and some clothing, the venue will also be hosting a week-long Winter Break Camp Feb. 17-21 from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. daily (9 a.m.-noon half-days also available) at Bubble East (25 E. Main St.) that moves through a variety of educational and artsy program, starting off on that Monday with a day focused on the science of ice and snow. The next day is a "Frozen Fun" theme, followed by science experiments and sensory experiences on "Wacky Wednesday. Thursday will give guests a chance to make their own stuffed forest animal and a woodsy diorama involving the use of paint and clay before it all ends Friday with an exploration into the 3-D art process with inspiration via sweet treats. For ages 5-10; kids should bring a nut-free snack, lunch and water bottle. INFO Full day: $70, $130 for two children; half-day $45, $80 for two kids. Register in advance at bubblebabylon.com or call 631-587-0050 to sign up and for more details.
Winter Break party time at Pump It Up
Pump It Up of Great Neck (225 Community Dr., Suite 250; 516-466-7867, pumpitupparty.com) is offering several addition sessions between Feb. 17-21. Kids can play on inflatable obstacles, slides and tunnels for children as well as interactive games and a soft ball air cannon (children smaller than 35-inches in height can play in the "Tot Spot"). Offerings include bubble parties ($16.95), glow sessions ($16.95; add $3.95 for a food option), "pizza jumps" ($17.95; includes a pizza lunch), toddler get-togethers for kids ages five and under ($14.95) and open play ($16.95; add $3.95 for food option).
Presidents' Week at LI Science Center
The Long Island Science Center (40 Peconic Ave., Riverhead; 631-208-8000, sciencecenterli.org) is hosting a "Fun with Physics" version of its ongoing "MakerSpace" interactive experiment activity sessions 11:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Feb. 17-21 (included with admission), followed by an hour-long "Dino Detective" Science workshop 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 22, during which kids can learn how paleontologists figured out how dinosaurs moved, ate, and lived during their era. There will be a fossil impression craft session, and kids can take their creations home (workshop fee is $5; purchase tickets in advance on the LISC website). Museum admission is $10.
Take a food-making class at Baking Coach
President's Week at Baking Coach (320 Broadway-Greenlawn Rd., Huntington) has workshops daily Feb. 18-20 at 9 a.m.-11:45 a.m. and 1 p.m.-3:45 p.m., focused on a variety of food preparations and dessert decorating. Open to ages 7-15, $45 per class. To register, call 631-543-8608, email firstname.lastname@example.org or go to bakingcoach.com.
February Break workshops at ClayNation
Strictly for kiddies ages 6-12, ClayNation (38 Forest Ave., Glen Cove) is featuring a variety of drop-off crafting workshops for the Presidents Week break (10 a.m.-noon; Feb. 17-21). Scheduled classes include making a cupcake stand, string art and painting; advance registration is required, children should arrive with a snack and drink. INFO $30 per class per child; register online at claynationonline.com. Call 516-671-8788 for more information.
Early bowling hours at Bowlmor Long Island
Bowlmor Long Island (895 Walt Whitman Rd., Melville, 631-271-1180, bowlmor.com. is opening early all Presidents' Week weekdays, first at 10 a.m. Feb. 17 and then at 11 a.m. Feb. 18-21. (Call ahead for bowling and arcade prices).
Staycation week at LICM
Long Island Children's Museum (11 Davis Ave., Garden City; 516-224-5800) is holding a "What's Inside Your Lunchbox?" healthy eating-focused series 1 p.m.-4 p.m. Feb. 17-21 that educates about nutrition and good food choices while giving kids an opportunity to make their own paper lunchbox (free with admission). Resident artist Julie Peppito will also be holding several workshops during which attendees can use repurpose trash to make art (free with admission) and Mo Willems characters Elephant Gerald and Piggie will be represented onstage in "We Are In A Play" (pictured) Feb. 18-20 at 11:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. ($12 without museum access, $9 with; members pay $9); other events will also be taking place INFO $14, under one year old free; tickets available online at licm.org
Winter Camp at the Farm
The Suffolk County Farm and Education Center (350 Yaphank Ave., Yaphank; 631-852-4600) is hosting a Presidents' Week winter camp 9 a.m.-3 p.m. daily. Feb. 18-20. Events will include education about things like nutrition, animal science and agriculture (space is strictly limited to 30 spots). Price: $65 daily (due upon arrival; camp attendance is on a first come, first serve basis). More information available online at ccesuffolk.org.
Winter Break Workshops at WMHO
The Ward Mellville Heritage Organization's Educational and Cultural Center (97P Main St., Stony Brook) is hosting a three-day program Feb. 18-20 from 10 a.m.-11:30 a.m. Children ages 3-5 can take part in a "Music and Movement" program ($85, $30 for single days) featuring songs, music and stories led by Johnny Cuomo (pictured, playing music), while those ages 6-11 will have a chance to make a variety of puppets while working with puppeteer Liz Joyce ($100). Advance registration required; kids ages 3-5 must be accompanied. Visit stonybrookvillage.com or call 631-751-2244 to RSVP.
Paint at Pinot's Palette
Pinot's Palette art studio in Bay Shore (61 W. Main St.; 631-446-4777) is hosting a "Little Brushes: Kids Camp" noon-4 p.m. Feb. 18-21 for participants ages 6-15, which includes a snack and drink plus complimentary water (kids must bring bagged lunch; nut-free requested). Each day features craft-making, painting and a game; $200 for all four days. Register in advance at pinotspalette.com/bayshore. Meanwhile, the Pinot's Palette art studio in East Meadow (2557 Hempstead Tpke.; 516-390-8740) is hosting three Little Brushes sessions 3 p.m.-5 p.m. Feb. 19-21 for children ages five and older; admission is $35 each, register in advance at pinotspalette.com/eastmeadow.
"Chef Around the World Series" at A la Carte
The A la Carte culinary center (32 Atlantic Ave., Lynbrook; 516-599-2922) is offering "Chef Around the World Series" two-and-a-half-hour cooking classes daily 11 a.m. Feb. 17-21 designed to teach about both culinary technique and international dishes. Price: $70 for a single class, $325 for all five; register in advance online at alacartecs.com.
Go 'glow golfing' under the Roosevelt Field Mall
Glowgolf is a glow-in-the-dark mini-golf course under the Roosevelt Field Mall (630 Old Country Rd., Garden City) that opens daily when schools are closed. The course features 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. School break hours :10 a.m.-9:30 p.m. Monday-Saturday, 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Sunday (mall hours). To play through twice, the price is $12, $10 ages 5-12, $7 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 opryglowgolf.com.
Come down and bounce around
Bouncers and Slydos (1835 New Hwy., Farmingdale) is offering daily open play sessions for children ages 10 and younger 12:15 p.m.-2 p.m.) Monday, Feb. 17 and then both 10 a.m.-11:45 a.m. and noon-1:45 p.m. Feb. 18-21, and features an inflatable zipline and inflatable obstacle course; guests are asked to wear socks INFO $15 to bounce, add $3 to zipline; call 631-752-2324 for reservations or visit bouncersandslydos.com for more information.
Winter Break at the Vanderbilt Museum
The Vanderbilt Museum and Planetarium (180 Little Neck Rd., Centerport; vanderbiltmuseum.org) has five special two-hour winter break workshops 10 a.m.-noon Feb. 17-21 for children from preschool age through third grade that include educational tours and craft-making INFO $20, $18 members. You must register for all events by calling 631-854-5539.
Take a spin at spin-art
The Casa de Spin studio (81 Grand Ave., Massapequa) is hosting "Create a Giant SpinArt Painting" classes (with optional glitter) Feb. 17 (10 a.m., 1 p.m., 4 p.m.), Feb. 18-21 (11 a.m., 2 p.m.) Saturday, Feb. 22 at noon INFO $29, open to all ages (children under seven must have adult accompaniment when using SpinArt machines; adult helpers-only do not pay.) Pre-registration required through the website; visit casadespin.com or call 516-654-7746 for more information.
"Disney’s Frozen Jr.” at the Engeman Theater
The John W. Engeman Theater (250 Main Street) in Northport is performing the junior edition of "Disney's Frozen"--a staged version of the original hit animated story, and features all the songs that made the movie a modern classic. The show will take place Saturdays at 11 a.m. and Sundays at 10:30 a.m. (until March 1)--but during the President's Week break, there's 11 a.m. dates on Feb. 20-21. INFO $15. For more information, visit engemantheater.com.
“Glow in the (Not So) Dark” paint week at
Key to My Art (10 W. Oak St., Amityville) is holding a "Glow in the (Not So) Dark" drop-off week for kids ages 5-13 daily Feb. 17-20 at 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. and again 1:30 p.m.-3 p.m., during which attendees will use paint that glows under blacklight (room will be darkened; parents should not bring children who might be negatively affected); fee includes canvas, paint, and instruction. INFO $20 per class; advance registration is required. To RSVP and for more information, call 631-608-9048 or visit keytomyart.com.
"Vacation Camp" at Bay Street
Bay Street Theater (1 Bay St., Sag Harbor) is hosting its annual "Vacation Camp" 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Feb. 17-21 daily. Open to kids ages 7-17, participants will get to create a musical based on their own life stories while mixing in inspiration from classic myths and fairy tales--then present their work to friends and family on the final day. INFO $500; enroll online at baystreet.org; call 631-725-9500 for more information.
"Passport to Fun" series at Mini Monet Art Studio
Mini Monet Art Studio (64 Railroad Ave., Sayville) is hosting a "Passport to Fun" series Feb. 17-20 with sessions daily 10 a.m.-1 p.m. for grades K-5; students must bring bagged nut-free lunches and bottled water INFO $40 each; call 631-218-9797 or purchase tickets in advance at minimonetsayville.com.
Bounce! Trampoline Sports (310 Michael Dr., Syosset) feature its "Jump N' Glow" sessions 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays where kids 48-inches or taller can jump, bounce and play under black lights in a cool, glow-in-the-dark setting. Bounce! also features "Open Bounce" sessions daily INFO 60 minutes: $24.99; 120 minutes: $34.99; guests must wear mandatory bounce socks (available for $3; purchase once, keep for return visits). For more information, visit bouncesyosset.com.
Holiday workshops at SMLI
The Science Museum of Long Island (1526 N. Plandome Rd., Plandome) is hosting a Holiday Program featuring daily events 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Feb. 17-21, focused on subjects including how candy is made, the science behind invisible forces, a study of things considered icky, animal life and an outdoor maple sugaring review. INFO $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.
Tee up for indoor mini golf
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. INFO $12 adults, $11 children. For more information, call 631-940-8900 or visit monsterminigolf.com.
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) 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Feb. 18-19.
Other events that week include: Craft a melt-proof snow project (Monday, Feb. 17) and create gooey slime while finding out why it is important to some animals (Feb. 20-21). INFO $7 adults, $5 for children (ages 3-12), free ages 2 and younger. Visit cshfha.org 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 the "Winter Break Studio" daily from Feb. 17-20 (10 a.m.-11:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.-2 p.m.; $27) gives children ages 3 and older a chance to create wintry-themed concepts, while the "Musical Playalong" music classes (Feb. 17-20: 10:15 a.m.-11 a.m. and 11:30 p.m.-12:15 p.m.; $15 for one child, then $10 for each sibling, siblings under 9 months old are free) are good for ages infant to 4 years old. For more information or to register, call 516-922-8300 or visit notjustart.com.
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 2020 edition runs 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Feb. 18-21 daily, 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.-4 p.m. INFO general admission: $5, kids ages 5-12: $3; face-painting and crafts included in admission (except Friday, Feb. 21). For more information, visit garviespointmuseum.com.
Winter Wildlife Camp
Quogue Wildlife Refuge (3 Old Country Rd., Quogue) is holding a four-day camp from Feb. 18-21 (9 a.m.-noon, or until 3 p.m. for full day) that will include daily hikes, introductions to animals and craft-making. Advance registration and payment required; weather-appropriate clothing and a snack with drink are requested (or lunch for full-day participants). INFO $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.
School's Out! Winter Break Camp
Kids ages 5-12 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. 17-21 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 cstl.org; call 516-764-0045 for more information.
Long Island Aquarium's 'February Fun-cation'
The Long Island Aquarium & Exhibition Center (431 E. Main St., Riverhead) is offering its "February Fun-cation" program 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Feb. 17-21. Open to children ages 6-14, 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 other fun stuff. Price: $50 daily; $199 for the full week. Reservations required; to RSVP call 631-208-9200 (ext. 426). For more information, visit longislandaquarium.com.
Long Island Rough Riders soccer camp
This "Total Training Camp" for children ages 5-15 covers technical training and all the basic aspects of the game (including dribbling techniques, passing and scoring). The camp takes place from Feb. 17-21 (9 a.m.-4 p.m.) at the Globall Sports Centers facility (1 Charles Lindberg Blvd., Uniondale). Price: $425 for the week, $95 per day or $55 for morning or afternoon half-days; 516-622-3900, liroughriders.com.
United Skates of America
United Skates (276 Hicksville Rd.) in Seaford offers all sorts of events from Feb. 15-24, including all-you-can-eat pizza parties, a pajama party (Sunday, Feb. 17: 6 p.m.-9 p.m.), Early Bird cheap skating (Feb. 18, 20, 22: 9:30 a.m.-noon), theme events and late-night skating. For more information call 516-795-5474 or visit unitedskates.com.
Presidents Week at the Fire Island Lighthouse
Visiting the Fire Island Lighthouse in midwinter? You bet! On Monday, Feb. 17 through Friday, Feb. 21, 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. INFO $8, $4 children younger than 12. 631-661-4876, 1 Burma Rd., Captree Island; fireislandlighthouse.com