There are a few places on Long Island that are still close to the hearts of kids who grew up in the early 2000s. Take a walk down memory lane and check out 14 beloved spots that are sure to evoke some nostalgia for millennials.
Chuck E. Cheese's
"Where A Kid Can Be A Kid," Chuck E. Cheese's is known for hosting children's birthday parties with pizza, soda, activities and tokens to a surplus of arcade games. Chuck E. Cheese himself even makes an appearance. There are still locations in Patchogue, West Islip and Hicksville.
Zany Brainy was a chain of educational toy stores founded in 1991 and had 187 locations by 2001. Toys sold included Beanie Babies, Legos, Crazy Bones and more. In late 2001, the toy chain was sold to Right Start, a former children's products retailer. Zany Brainy had a location in Greenvale.
A skating rink, arcade and cafe are all part of the experience at United Skates of America in Seaford. After skating to the tunes of a DJ, guests can enjoy pizza, play arcade games and cash in tickets for prizes during birthday parties or public skate nights.
Typically found in outlet centers or strip malls, the KB Toys chain had several locations across LI. It declared bankruptcy and "America's Toy Store" closed all of its shops in 2009.
Adventureland on Route 110 in Farmingdale is home to the former Hurricane rollercoaster, which had its final ride in 2014. Current attractions include a haunted house, log flume, pirate ship, ferris wheel, wave swing and more.
"Where ice cream makes the meal," Friendly's is home to the Fribble, Monster Mash, Dippin' Chicken and more. There are a bunch of locations that currently exist if you want to indulge in blue soda or the various signature sundaes.
Blockbuster used to be the spot to rent videos and buy popcorn and candy to accompany your VHS or DVD. Although this video store chain is basically obsolete, the excitement of going to the store to rent a new movie will never be forgotten.
Kitchen Times Party Place
In Massapequa, Kitchen Times was a popular spot for birthday parties and trips for Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts troops. It's still in operation after 30 years. Two-hour parties include making snacks or full meals and a cake-decorating session.
Featuring the LI-famous commercial, "Mom, I'm so bored." "Bored? I have something fun you can do. Hold on, kids!" Fun Zone on Route 110 in Farmingdale was the indoor amusement spot in the early 2000s for birthday parties or a day of fun.
Splish Splash in Calverton, the popular waterpark destination on LI, has 20 water slides, a lazy river, wave pool, kiddie area and more. Open since 1991, it's a classic day-trip spot for Long Islanders looking for some fun in the water.
Always an excitable place to visit for class field trips, this miniature town in Eisenhower Park teaches children about traffic safety and is operated by the Nassau County Police Department.
Since we now live in a digital world, it's normal to mourn the days of having to leave the house to purchase music. Tower Records, with several locations across LI, was just one of the places people went to buy albums in the early 2000s.
Darlings and Divas
Young divas of LI were -- and still are -- almost guaranteed to have a birthday party at Darlings and Divas in Amityville, where guests are styled, made up and dressed up. Photo shoots in costume make the perfect picture keepsake for little divas.
Laser Kingdom and Wood Kingdom
Growing up on Long Island, you know that only the cool kids have their birthday parties at Laser Kingdom or Wood Kingdom. Located in Farmingdale, these hot spots are home to laser tag and indoor playgrounds. There are also locations in Coram.