When I was looking for a place to hold my son’s birthday party a few years ago, my sister recommended The Anderson Recreation Center in Rockville Centre. What a find! Not only did my little guy have an awesome party at a very affordable price, but I was amazed at all of the programs the Rec Center had for kids. Even better: You don’t need to be a resident to enjoy all it has to offer (although you will pay a bit more to use the facilities). This sent me on a mission to find other kid-friendly centers around me in Nassau County.
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Freeport Recreation Center
130 East Merrick Road, Freeport
The Rec Center offers a Triple/Double Play Program during school breaks, where for only $7 residents and non-residents can bring their children from 12:30pm to 4:30pm to enjoy a fun and fit day. Children have a chance to swim in the indoor heated pool, skate in an indoor ice rink, or participate in various sports in the large gymnasium. There are also regular classes in arts & crafts, sports, music and more.
The Anderson Recreation Center
111 Oceanside Road, Rockville Centre
Anderson has an array of activities for kids of all ages. In addition to an onsite nursery school, there are also afterschool and weekend programs for elementary and middle school kids. Birthday party options include arts & crafts, sports, mad science, Bricks 4 Kidz and cookie decorating themes. Baseballs and gymnastics school is also available.
15 Neil Court, Oceanside
The Friedberg Jewish Community Center in Oceanside has been a leading community center, hosting everything from camps to day trips, on Long Island for almost 50 years. After school and enrichment programs include sports, arts & crafts, computer lessons, swimming and more. There's also after school care for working parents, vacation camps, birthday parties and programs for kids with special needs.
Long Beach Recreation Center
700 Magnolia Boulevard, Long Beach
This Rec Center hosts a Pre-K program for little ones, as well as lacrosse, soccer, ice hockey, swimming lessons and summer camp. Little Yoga classes are for toddlers up to three years old, and ice skating, swimming and GaGa birthday parties are also available.
Mid-Island Y JCC
45 Manetto Hill Road, Plainview
Kids can enjoy everything from arts & crafts and sports to babysitting workshops and summer camp. Parents can also host birthday parties for their children onsite.
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