25 Things To Do on February Winter Break on Long Island

The Long Island Aquarium's Butterfly Garden is a beautiful and warm place to visit during winter break. Photo by Gina Massaro
The Long Island Aquarium's Butterfly Garden is a beautiful and warm place to visit during winter break. Photo by Gina Massaro
1/26/24 - By Jaime Sumersille

Winter break, February break, midwinter break, or Presidents Week—no matter what you call it, your Long Island kiddos will be home from school for a whole week, and you need ideas to keep them busy.

We’ve got exactly what you need: A list of 25 family-friendly events happening across Long Island during February's winter break, which runs from Monday, February 19-Friday, February 23, 2024. From one-day and week-long camps to outdoor ice skating and family-friendly museums, our roundup of activities gets you up and out of the house. 

For more ideas, check out our list of 24 fun things to do with Long Island kids this winter and our Winter Fun Guide.


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Indoor Things To Do on Long Island During Winter Break

1. Long Island Explorium

Long Island Explorium is holding a week-long Space Explorers Adventure Camp for kids in grades 3 to 6. Of course, this harbor-front museum is just a small part of bustling Port Jefferson, which is worth a visit on its own.

2. Bowling

Visit one of the bowling alleys in Nassau or Suffolk counties or on the East End.

3. Roller Skating

Get groovy at United Skates of America in Seaford, which offers roller skating fun for all ages.

RELATED: Winter Fun Guide for Long Island Families

February's winter break on Long Island: Glowgolf
Sharpen your putting skills under the lights at Glowgolf.

4. Glow-in-the-Dark Mini Golf

Enjoy a whole new spin on mini-golf at these glow-in-the-dark courses. Try Glowgolf in Garden City or Monster Mini Golf in Deer Park or take your game to the next level at Topgolf.

5. Jones Beach Energy and Nature Center

Discover how nature and energy collide at this FREE nature center. Interactive exhibits, an aquatic touch tank, a sand play station, plus a scavenger hunt complete with prizes await your visit. Be sure to arrive before 1pm to use the touch tank. 

6. Gymnastics Camps

Kids will flip for No Limit Ninja's School Break Camp

7. Long Island Aquarium 

From movies to crafts and games to touring exhibits, there’s plenty to keep your kids busy at the Long Island Aquarium’s weeklong camp. Kids ages 5-11 can attend for a single day or the whole week. Pre-registration is required.

8. Arts Camp

Gold Coast Art Center hosts a winter recess art camp. Students will enjoy art, dance, acting, and more fun activities. Note the camp only runs for 4 days during the break. 

9. Enjoy a Sweet Treat

Whether you're craving a scoop, sundae, or shake, seek out an old-fashioned ice cream spot for a sweet treat or check out a unique doughnut shop.

10. Visit CSTL

Try some science experiments and more at the Center for Science Teaching and Learning’s winter break camp.

11. The Whaling Museum

Celebrate World Whale Day on Tuesday, February 20, 2024. Explore the museum, touch real whale bones, and make a sensory jar with a clay whale inside. 

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Long Island Children's Museum
Check out the Long Island Children's Museum this winter break. Photo by Kristi Jan Hoover

12. Long Island Children's Museum

Check out the new Eric Carle exhibit at the Long Island Children's Museum, which is only on exhibition until May. 

13. Science Museum of Long Island

Sign up for the Science Museum of Long Island's drop-off workshops during the winter break. This in-person series has a sweet ending: maple sugaring!

14. Family-Friendly Theater Shows

Grab your little ones and check out Frederick at LICM or Disney's Frozen Jr. at The Engeman Theater.

Outdoor Things To Do on Long Island During February's Winter Break

15. Visit a Playground

Check out the swings and spinning discs at Garvies Point Playground and then explore the kid-friendly city of Glen Cove

16. Winter Walk

Walk around the outdoor sculpture exhibit at the Parrish Art Museum, which is laid out on 14 acres. We've found lots of other outdoor art destinations nearby, too.

17. Go Fishing

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.

18. Ice Skating

Take a spin on one of the outdoor ice skating rinks on Long Island open now.

19. Sweetbriar Nature Center

Visit Sweetbriar Nature Center's Winter Discovery Days, where kids ages 6-11 can attend 1-day or week-long camps.

20. Wildlife Camp

 At the Quogue Wildlife Refuge’s Winter Wildlife Camp, kids can take hikes, meet some animals, and create a craft. Be sure your child is dressed appropriately; this program is entirely outside.

RELATED: Nature Centers Sure to Delight Long Island Kids

February's winter break on Long Island: Sands Point Preserve
Wander the trails at the lovely Sands Point Preserve this February break.

21. Sands Point Preserve

Explore the Sands Point Preserve's lush lawns, trails, and more. Seek out the Dino Trail and follow the footprints into the forest.

22. Go Sledding

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.

23. Cross-Country Skiing

Ready for more outdoor winter fun? Try a winter walk or go cross-country skiing.

24. Suffolk County Farm and Education Center

This FREE farm is open year-round. It also offers a February break camp where kids get to see what life is like on a real working farm and interact with animals. 

25. Outdoor Adventure Camp at Turtleback Farm

Kids ages 7-14 will explore the outdoors, start fires, learn how to build a shelter, and much more. This camp in Cutchogue runs for 3 days during the break. 

This post was originally published in 2018 and is updated annually.

Unless noted, photos courtesy of the venues