Families can race each other at the indoor go-kart track...

Families can race each other at the indoor go-kart track at RPM Raceway in Farmingdale. Credit: RPM Raceway

Ahh, winter wonderland. For families, it can feel more like winter, “wonder what to do.” Here are ideas for winter outings under $60, from indoor rope courses to roller skating to even spending some time frolicking on the beach:

Go surfing at Scott's Pointe

5835 Middle Country Rd., Calverton

Matt East, 35, of Medford, rides a wave in the...

Matt East, 35, of Medford, rides a wave in the surf pool at Scott’s Pointe in Calverton Nov. 11. Credit: Rick Kopstein

Head to this adventure park where you can hang 10 all year in the indoor surf pool. The waves are made by four pumps that are 180 horsepower apiece drawing water from a 100,000-gallon holding tank that sits in a 5-foot deep concrete pit underneath the pool. A stainless steel structure is built on top of the holding tank that shapes the wave and over that is 4 inches of waterproof matting covered by a pool liner. Participants must be 46 inches tall to body board and 52 inches to surf standing up. Visitors can also try laser tag, mini golf, ax-throwing, ninja warrior course and soft-play area.

Cost General admission is $37.50; There is an additional fee for the surf pool of $30 (beginner) or $45 (advanced) for 30-minutes

More info 631-953-2133, scottspointe.com

Hang at The Park at UBS Arena

2400 Hempstead Tpke., Elmont

A dunk tank carnival game is filled with foam at...

A dunk tank carnival game is filled with foam at The Park at UBS Arena, a new outdoor attraction in Elmont. Credit: Newsday/Thomas A. Ferrara

Two new outdoor ice-skating rinks at this park offer Long Islanders a place to chill. The rinks are the centerpiece of an open-air park that also offers a beer garden with picnic tables, lawn games such as corn hole, food trucks and grab-and-go snacks, multiple fire pits, carnival games including a dunk tank filled with foam cubes instead of water, an Islanders “Swag Shack” and VIP igloos. Of the two skating rinks, Northwell Pond is a covered rink made of natural ice; the other rink, UBS Pond, and is made from synthetic ice that isn’t cold to the touch. On game days, there's a session from 6 to 7:30 p.m. and skaters can reserve a spot online in advance. Play carnival games for an additional cost.

Cost Free entrance; ice skating $20 per session ($10 skate rental)

More info theparkatubsarena.com

Go ax- and paint-throwing at Axe & Smash

10095 Main Rd., Mattituck

People pose for the camera while taking part in the...

People pose for the camera while taking part in the Paint Smash room at Axe & Smash in Mattituck.  Credit: Marc LaMaina

Painters will be placed in a room with a 14-by-14-foot wall canvas and given squeezable paint bottles and mess-protective gear. Creators have 30 minutes to blast neon paint in any direction — at the canvas, the walls, floors and anyone in the room — and since the room uses black lights, it makes for a glowing experience. Participants can keep their canvas and a staffer is on hand to help with instruction or guidance in creating a piece of art.

Cost Sessions are $36 per person (which includes the canvas, three paint bottles, safety goggles, shoe covers and a poncho). Solo and group sessions are available.

More info 631-292-0020, axesmashli.com

Play games at Pinball Long Island

48 W. Main St., Patchogue

Brandon Baker, left, and Samantha Dillon, both from Medford, test their gaming...

Brandon Baker, left, and Samantha Dillon, both from Medford, test their gaming skills at Pinball Long Island in Patchogue. Credit: Rick Kopstein

With close to 100 games, this arcade has machines ranging in era from the '60s to today with themes focused on popular movies, bands and TV shows.

Cost $20; $10 for ages 10 and under covers an entire day of play

More info pinballlongisland.com

Try archery at Smith Point Archery

215 E. Main St., Patchogue

Noah Lyons shoots an arrow during youth archery league at...

Noah Lyons shoots an arrow during youth archery league at Smith Point Archery in Patchogue. Credit: Newsday/Steve Pfost

If you want to take up a new hobby, head over to this 39-lane indoor archery range. It’s kids night at 7 p.m. Mondays. An instructor leads children age 7 to 13 in target shooting and each child can take home their paper target showing where their arrows landed. There are also balloon games — kids try to pop balloons attached to the target.

Cost $40 cash per person for the hourlong session and includes all equipment. Call ahead to ensure the class is happening that week. The spot also offers private, group lessons and adult and youth leagues. Guests can play any day for $35 an hour.

More info 631-289-3399, smithpointarchery.com

Ride an indoor coaster at Urban Air Adventure Park

3147 Middle Country Rd., Lake Grove

Reese Coughlin on the Sky Rider Coaster at Urban Air...

Reese Coughlin on the Sky Rider Coaster at Urban Air Adventure Park in Lake Grove. Credit: Jeff Bachner

The Urban Air Sky Rider Indoor Coaster at Urban Air in Lake Grove follows a winding track flying along 30 feet in the air. The indoor adventure park also offers trampolines, high ropes course, bumper cars, virtual reality and more. 

Cost Admission starts at $19.99 for ages 5 and younger and ranges to $44.99 for all-day, all-access play. There’s no charge for spectating, and if a parent wants to play along they  get half off the child's price.

More info Reservations can be made up to two weeks in advance at urbanair.com.

Spray paint a masterpiece at Graff Lab Studio

1600 N. Ocean Ave., Holtsville and 12 Millers Lane, New Hyde Park

The studio specializes in family-friendly workshops where you can learn and practice the art of graffiti. Hosted by professional street artists, the 90-minute classes include over 100 stencils, more than 30 colors and participants will be given aprons and gloves to help stay paint-free.

Cost Public workshops starting at $60

More info 631-265-6508, grafflabstudio.com

Have a snow day at home 

Emily Kasel and her children Bobby, 4, and Mary Clare,...

Emily Kasel and her children Bobby, 4, and Mary Clare, 6, make play dough snow at home on Nov. 27. Credit: Howard Simmons

Kasel Krafts, a Garden City-based company, features sensory kits that inspire endless play and imagination. Founder Emily Kasel assembles each kit. It includes dough plus an innovative collection of themed figurines and cool crafts to build imaginary worlds. Kasel’s latest creation is the snow sensory play kit, available on the website. Kasel shares her recipe: ½ cup baby lotion or regular lotion, 1 cup cornstarch, 2-3 tablespoons glitter (optional) in the color of your choice; silver works well. In a large mixing bowl, mix the cornstarch and lotion until combined. Place it on wax or parchment paper. Knead the dough until it forms a dough-like consistency. It will feel sticky at first but keep at it. If after 10 minutes the dough feels too sticky, add a tablespoon of cornstarch. If it’s too crumbly, add a small amount of lotion at a time and knead it until it feels like snow. Add glitter to make it glisten.

Cost The snow kit costs $22. It includes a 5-ounce container of non-toxic sensory dough with snowflake charms and acrylic ice.

More info kaselkrafts.com 

Join the Polar Plunge in Long Beach

Riverside Boulevard, Long Beach

Brave the chilly temps on Feb. 11 for the annual plunge benefiting Make-A-Wish Foundation.

Cost Donations

More info 212-957-9474, ext. 4583, wish.org/newyork

Lace-up some roller skates at United Skates of America

1276 Hicksville Rd., Seaford

Ina Lupin uses a device to learn to roller skate...

Ina Lupin uses a device to learn to roller skate at United Skates of America in Seaford. Credit: Howard Simmons

The skate park offers two-hour family roller skating or in-line skating sessions Thursdays through Sundays.

Cost $15 and $7 fee to rent skates. 

More info 516-795-5474, unitedskates.com/seaford 

Play a new board game at Main Street Board Game Cafe

307 Main St., Huntington

Emeli Argueta, left, and Aliham Cakiralioglu, both of Lindenhurst, play...

Emeli Argueta, left, and Aliham Cakiralioglu, both of Lindenhurst, play Monopoly at Main Street Board Game Cafe in Huntington in November 2023. Credit: Rick Kopstein

There’s more to family competition than just Monopoly. Try some of the more than 300 games in the collection at Main Street Board Game Cafe in Huntington — staff members can teach your family how to play. Love the game? You can buy it and take it home. There is coffee, desserts and soft drinks for sale if you want to grab a bite. 

Cost A three-hour admission ticket is $15 and $10 ages 12 and younger.

More info 631-729-0060, mainstboardgamecafe.com 

Take to the ice at The Rinx

101-A E. Broadway, Port Jefferson Village

40 Station Dr., Wyandanch Plaza

Glide across the ice at The Rinx at Wyandanch Plaza.

Glide across the ice at The Rinx at Wyandanch Plaza. Credit: Bruce Gilbert

Glide along with the family at an outdoor ice-skating rink. Try skating on the harbor at The Rinx at Harborfront in Port Jefferson Village from noon to 8 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday-Sunday through March or The Rinx at Wyandanch Plaza from 4-8 p.m. Thursday-Friday, noon to 8 p.m. Saturday, noon to 6 p.m. Sunday through March.

Cost Port Jefferson Village: $13, $10 ages 11 and younger and skates rent for $7; Wyandanch: $8, $5 ages 17 and younger including skate rental.

More info Port Jefferson: 631-403-4357; Wyandanch: 631-643-2050, therinx.com 

Go for a swim at The Nassau County Aquatic Center at Eisenhower Park

Merrick Avenue, East Meadow

Just because it’s winter doesn’t mean you can’t go swimming. The pool is open 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday-Friday; 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays.

Cost For adults with a Nassau County Leisure Pass, the cost is $8 and $6 per child for ages 4-17. Children ages 13 and older must have their own Leisure Pass. For others, the cost is $22 and $14 ages 13 and younger. 

More info 516-572-0501, nassaucountyny.gov

Climb 182 steps at The Fire Island Lighthouse 

Robert Moses Causeway, Bay Shore

Farmingdale resident Jane Mercado, 42, visits the Fire Island Lighthouse...

Farmingdale resident Jane Mercado, 42, visits the Fire Island Lighthouse on Aug. 30. Credit: Newsday/J. Conrad Williams Jr.

The museum is open during the winter from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., with the tower open until 3:30 p.m. Climb the 182 steps and then explore the interactive museum and learn about the lighthouse’s history. The lighthouse is about a 15-minute, ¾ mile walk along a boardwalk from Field 5 of Robert Moses State Park.

Cost Climbing costs $10 per adult and $5 per child ages 12 and younger, with a 42-inch height requirement.

More info 631-583-5901, fireislandlighthouse.com 

Play mini-golf at Children’s Museum of the East End

376 Bridgehampton Tpke., Bridgehampton

A nine-hole miniature golf course that relates to physics and...

A nine-hole miniature golf course that relates to physics and math is an attraction at the Children's Museum of the East End. Credit: Newsday/Randee Daddona

The eight-hole, outdoor course is open year-round and its included in museum admission. Indoors, there’s an interactive fire truck, farm stand and ice cream parlor for imaginative family play.

Cost $19

More info 631-537-8250, cmee.org 

Go sledding at Bethpage State Park, Cedar Creek Park and Hempstead Lake State Park

99 Quaker Meeting House Rd., Farmingdale; 3340 Merrick Rd., Seaford; 1000 Lake Dr., West Hempstead

Jack Glatzerman, with his mom, Sue, and Sara Mecozzi, all...

Jack Glatzerman, with his mom, Sue, and Sara Mecozzi, all of Islip, sled down the hill at Bethpage State Park in Farmingdale. Credit: Marisol Diaz

What kid doesn’t want to grab a sled as soon as the first flakes start to fall? Popular parks for sledding include Bethpage State Park, Cedar Creek Park and Hempstead Lake State Park.

More info Farmingdale: 516-249-0701; Seaford: 516-571-7470; West Hempstead: 516-766-1029, parks.ny.gov 

Ready, set, race at RPM Raceway

40 Daniel St., Farmingdale

Families can race each other at the indoor go-kart track...

Families can race each other at the indoor go-kart track at RPM Raceway in Farmingdale. Credit: RPM Raceway/RPM Raceway

Get in gear and choose from 150 arcade games situated all around the racetrack featuring new innovative titles mixed in with old classics plus a racing simulator and virtual reality experiences. Throw in bowling and billiards for good measure to round out your day.

Cost Game cards can be purchased for multiple arcade plays

More info 631-752-7223, rpmraceway.com

Experience another type of skiing at Bethpage State Park and Blydenburgh County Park

99 Quaker Meetinghouse Rd., Farmingdale; Veterans Memorial Highway, Smithtown

So what if Long Island is flat? To try cross-country skiing, there’s no need for hills. At Bethpage State Park,, for example, cross-country skiing is permitted on the blue and yellow golf courses. In Suffolk, it’s permitted at Blydenburgh County Park dawn to dusk daily in Smithtown. It’s B.Y.O.E. — bring your own equipment. 

More info 516-249-0700 and 631-854-3712, parks.ny.govsuffolkcountyny.gov 

Go bowling at AMF Wantagh Lanes

1300 Wantagh Ave.

The bowling alley features 42 lanes and includes an arcade with games like Pac-Man, Super Mario Kart and basketball. Grab a bite at the restaurant and bar area where you'll find pizza, burgers, quesadillas and more.

Cost Single games are $6.99 per person on weekdays, $7.99 per person on weekends and $5.99 for shoe rentals. The bowling alley also offers specials like $29 unlimited bowling and shoe rental from 8 p.m. to midnight on Fridays; $17.49 for unlimited bowling, shoe rental and an arcade card ($5) from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Sundays.

More info 516-781-1460, amf.com/location/amf-wantagh-lanes

Hit the beach at Sunken Meadow State Park

Rte. 25A and Sunken Meadow Pkwy, Kings Park

Joggers and walkers get their exercise along the boardwalk at...

Joggers and walkers get their exercise along the boardwalk at Sunken Meadow State Park in Kings Park in March 2015. Credit: Joseph D. Sullivan

Every so often, there’s a mild winter day. Seize the opportunity to go to the beach. Sunken Meadow State Park allows for a stroll on the boardwalk and a chance for the kids to frolic on the sand. Open sunrise to sunset daily.

More info 631-269-4333, parks.ny.gov 

Take a spin on Nunley’s Carousel at Long Island Children’s Museum

11 Davis Ave., Uniondale

Discover the magic and take a ride on this iconic carousel, 12:30 to 3 p.m. Friday through Sunday.

Cost $4 with museum admission: $17

More info 516-224-5800, licm.org 

Root for the Islanders at UBS Arena

2400 Hempstead Turnpike, Elmont

Simon Holmstrom of the New York Islanders celebrates his game-winning...

Simon Holmstrom of the New York Islanders celebrates his game-winning shorthanded goal against the Anaheim Ducks at UBS Arena in Elmont on Dec. 13. Credit: Getty Images/Bruce Bennett

Don some home-team regalia and check out a hockey faceoff at the UBS Arena at Belmont Park. The arena also features concessions selling burgers, street food, popcorn, pretzels, ice cream and more. 

More info Tickets $40 and up; 516-460-8599, ubsarena.com 

Look up at Vanderbilt Museum and Planetarium

180 Little Neck Rd., Centerport

Visit the summer home of William K. Vanderbilt II that highlights Vanderbilt’s oceanic expeditions and circumnavigations of the globe. The property also includes a planetarium that offers a variety of shows for all ages, including a “Sesame Street”-themed show, a show that mimics the night-sky on Long Island led by an astronomy educator and Laser Taylor Swift. 

Cost $10, $7 younger than 12; planetarium tickets start at $10, $8 children ages 12 and younger

More info 631-854-5579, vanderbiltmuseum.org

See the sharks get fed at Long Island Aquarium

431 E. Main St., Riverhead

Lukas Gebel, 5, of East Patchogue, left, and his brother, Sebastian, watch the sharks in the Shark Habitat at the Long Island Aquarium in Riverhead. Credit: Debbie Egan-Chin

At 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, it’s mealtime for the sharks that live at the Long Island Aquarium in Riverhead, and an educator tells visitors about their lives. Some of the other fish that usually hide in that habitat may also make an appearance, lured by the food. The shark feeding is included with aquarium admission. Shark feedings also take place at 3:30 p.m. on Monday and Thursday.

Cost $45.99, $31.99  ages 3-12 

More info 631-208-9200 ext. 426, longislandaquarium.com

Enjoy live shows at Theatre Three

412 Main St., Port Jefferson

Theatre Three in Port Jefferson.

Theatre Three in Port Jefferson. Credit: Newsday/John Paraskevas

The children's series at Theatre Three in Port Jefferson (412 Main St.) continues, featuring a stage musical production of “Jack and the Beanstalk” for matinee and evening performances Jan. 20 through Feb. 3.

Cost Tickets are $12

More info 631-928-9100, theatrethree.com 

Glow for it at Pinot's Palette

2557 Hempstead Tpke., East Meadow

The two-hour instructor-led paint sessions happen under black light using fluorescent paint, 8:30 p.m. Fridays and 9 p.m. Saturdays in January. 

Cost Sessions are typically $47 per person

More info 516-390-8740, pinotspalette.com 

Fly a drone at Long Island Science Center

Tanger One, Suite 401, Riverhead

Families can fly a drone through an obstacle course inside a 10-foot-by-10-foot cage at this science center. The space also offers virtual reality headsets, a robot programming area and more STEM activities, where it will be operating 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily.

Cost $15 per person

More info 631-208-8000, sciencecenterli.org 

Search for seals at Cupsogue Beach

975 Dune Rd., Westhampton Beach

It's seal walk season at Cupsogue Beach in Westhampton Beach. 

It's seal walk season at Cupsogue Beach in Westhampton Beach.  Credit: Riverhead Foundation for Marine Research and Preservation

The Coastal Research and Education Society of Long Island boasts more than 28,500 seal encounters at Cupsogue Beach since 2006. Try one of the society’s seal walk excursions and your budding marine biologists may get lucky as well. Bring your cameras and binoculars for this 1.2-mile, 60- to 90-minute adventure. Hats, gloves and warm waterproof shoes are recommended as it can be windy by the water.

Cost Donation of $5 and $3 younger than 18.

More info 631-319-6003, cresli.org 

Learn about the Hubble Space Telescope at Cradle of Aviation Museum

Charles Lindbergh Blvd., Uniondale

A new, interactive exhibit called “New Views of the Universe” has opened at the museum. It explores how the Hubble Space Telescope works. It includes images from the telescope including other planets and galaxies. It also introduces visitors to the new James Webb Space Telescope. The traveling exhibit is at the museum through April. Free with admission.

Cost $18, $16 ages 2-12 

More info 516-572-4111, cradleofaviation.org

Go to an indoor play place

Multiple locations

One minute they're cooking up a meal in the pretend kitchenette, the next they're putting out a blaze in the fictional fire station before taking on a rock climbing challenge. It's all possible at indoor preschool play centers with recreational spaces, mini cafes and sensory stations geared toward toddlers.

More info Try Once Upon a Treetop in Plainview, where admission for two-hour open play is $20 walkers and $15 crawlers; or La La Land in Babylon, where a play cafe and vet center will entertain kids for a $25 90-minute session.

With Lynn Petry and Cathi Turow 

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