25 Things to Do Over February Break With Long Island Kids
No matter what you call it: February Break, Midwinter Break, or Presidents Week, your kids will be home from school for a whole week, and you need ideas to keep them busy.
Well, we’ve got exactly what you need: A list of 25 family-friendly events happening across Long Island during the school break, which runs from Monday, February 15, through Friday, February 19. Of course, we think these events are timeless enough to be enjoyed whenever your children are home.
From one-day and week-long camps to outdoor ice skating, family-friendly museums, and aquarium events, our roundup of activities gets you up and out of the house. Of course, this year, we've found a few virtual activities, too.
For more ideas, check out our list of 25 fun things to do with Long Island kids this winter and our Winter Fun Guide.
Editor's note: While we are trying to promote safer activities that occur outdoors or with social distancing guidelines in place, please keep your family and others safe by always wearing a mask and maintaining an appropriate distance. If you arrive at a venue that appears too crowded, try using the “nearby” search feature on our Event Calendar to find something else to do. Keep in mind, many indoor attractions now require advance ticket purchases or timed-entry reservations, so plan accordingly.
Mask up and get a group of friends together for a private play session at the Long Island Explorium.
Indoor Entertainment For February Break
3. Get groovy at United Skates of America in Seaford, which offers roller skating fun for all ages.
Sharpen your putting skills under the lights at Glowgolf.
5. From movies to crafts and games to touring exhibits, there’s plenty to keep your kids busy at the Long Island Aquarium’s week-long camp. Kids ages 5-11 can attend for a single day or the whole week. Pre-registration is required.
6. Enroll in an arts-and-crafts half-day session As You Wish or check out these studios offering on-site classes, crafting, and take-home kits.
Meet the wildlife at the Center for Science Teaching and Learning.
7. Enjoy hands-on science experiments and more at the Center for Science Teaching and Learning’s winter break camp.
8. Move over, Willy Wonka! Learn how to decorate chocolate lollipops during a guided workshop at Stony Brook Chocolate.
Garvies Point Preserve boasts a natural shoreline, meadow, and woodland environments along Long Island's Gold Coast. Photo by Malena Hoefling
10. Explore the STEM-inspired fun at the Cradle of Aviation Museum and Education Center, which is even hosting a Mars rover landing watch party.
Kids can take an outdoor class at the Science Museum of Long Island.
11. Explore a new area of science, engineering, history, or nature during the Science Museum of Long Island's drop-off workshops during the winter break. This in-person series has a sweet ending: maple sugaring!
12. Whether you're craving a scoop, sundae, or shake, seek out an old-fashioned ice cream spot for a sweet treat.
Hit the ice at the Buckskill Rink.
Outdoor Things To Do For February Break
13. Take a spin on one of the outdoor ice skating rinks on Long Island open now.
14. Go for an artsy stroll through the outdoor sculpture exhibition at the Parrish Art Museum, which is laid out on 14 acres. Bonus: Leash dogs are welcome! We've found 11 other outdoor art destinations nearby, too.
15. Tour the aquariums, ponds, and other exhibits at the Cold Spring Harbor Fish Hatchery and Aquarium before checking out its catch-and-keep fishing program or drop a line at one of these other Long Island spots.
The igloos at Point Lookout's Buoy Bar seat 4-10 diners at a time.
16. Treat everyone (especially yourself) to a dinner at one of these restaurants offering creative outdoor dining.
17. Commune with nature at the Sweetbriar Nature Center's Winter Discovery Days, where kids ages 5-11 can attend a one-day camp or week-long camps.
18. Children get to explore the outdoors at the Quogue Wildlife Refuge’s Winter Wildlife Camp. They’ll take a hike, meet some animals, and create a craft. Be sure your child is dressed appropriately; this program is entirely outside.
Wander the trails at the lovely Sands Point Preserve.
19. Explore the Sands Point Preserve with its lush lawns, trails, and more. Seek out the Dino Trail and follow the footprints into the forest.
20. If we get snow during the week off, bundle up the kids and grab those sleds to hit one of the best family sledding spots on Long Island.
21. Ready for more outdoor winter fun? Try a winter walk or go cross-country skiing.
Discover both sea animals and land lovers at the Long Island Aquarium.
22. Visit the Long Island Aquarium for a day of fun exploring underwater creatures, petting penguins, and learning about the Amazon rainforest.
Virtual and At-Home Activities for Midwinter Break
23. Kids ages 7-12 can participate in Bay Street Theater's virtual My Life the Musical camp.
24. Geek out, have fun, and learn during the virtual STEM camp at the Long Island Explorium.
25. Stay inside and check off a few of these indoor activities.
This post was originally published in 2018 and is updated annually.
Unless noted, photos courtesy of the venues