Winter Fun List: 28 Things To Do with Long Island Kids

The Long Island Aquarium is a great all-seasons destination. Photo courtesy of the aquarium
The Long Island Aquarium is a great all-seasons destination. Photo courtesy of the aquarium

The holiday bells have jingled, but winter is far from over. As temperatures dip on Long Island, it can be harder to keep the kiddos entertained.

Have no fear; you can get through this winter without too many boredom-induced tantrums. So do a little planning, arm yourself with a mask and some hand-sanitizer, and fill your days with these seasonal picks. We've found 28 ways to beat the winter blues, ranging from visits to our favorite museums to winter sports, outdoor adventures, and more.

Still eager for seasonal entertainment? Check out our Winter Fun Guide and Event Calendar for more inspiration.

Be sure to check with each venue for its COVID guidelines and requirements before heading out to any event, and read more about local public safety protocols here. Some events are getting canceled or postponed at the last minute due to the latest COVID surge, so always confirm details before departing.

Book a private play experience at A Latte Fun in South Huntington. Photo courtesy of the venue

Indoor Destinations for Winter Fun on Long Island

1. Schedule a VIP Playdate

For $30 per child, you can rent out A Latte Fun in South Huntington for two hours. Play dates require a minimum of six children and come with pizza and a juice box.

2. Get Interactive

The Long Island Children's Museum continues to engage children of all ages with its kid-focused exhibits and activities.

3. Lace Up Your Bowling Shoes

Find the perfect sparkly ball and engage in some good, old-fashioned family competition at one of Nassau or Suffolk County's premier bowling alleys.

4. Explore Underwater Treasures

Say hello to the penguins and the other "residents" at the Long Island Aquarium

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Monster Mini Golf offers an escape from the elements for winter fun
Enjoy a glow-in-the-dark golf experience at Monster Mini Golf. Photo courtesy of the venue

5. Try For a Hole In One

Believe it or not, some of Long Island's best mini-golf venues are indoors, including Monster Mini Golf in Deer Park and Glowgolf at Roosevelt Field Mall in Garden City.

6. Glide Along the Ice

Visit one of Long Island's many indoor skating rinks, where kids can learn the basics or progress toward an Olympic medal.  

7. Roll Around The Rink

Done enough ice skating? Try roller skating at United Skates of America in Seaford. 

8. Have Some Hands-On Fun

At the Children's Museum of the East End, kids can learn to sail, meet some special hand-puppets, score a hole-in-one on the mini-golf course, or play chef at the CMEE Food Truck.

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Enjoy some science-inspired winter fun at the Science Museum of Long Island
Say hello to the "residents" at the Science Museum of Long Island. Photo courtesy of the museum

9. Take a Science Class

The Science Museum of Long Island in Plandome boasts after-school workshops, STEM-based events, and even nursery science programs.

10. Instill a Love of Reading

Enjoy a toddler storytime paired with a sensory activity at The Nesting Place's Saturday series.

11. Delight Your Wannabe Firefighter

Learn about the history of firefighting and take part in hands-on exhibits at the Nassau County Firefighters Museum and Education Center.

RELATED: Our Guide to Long Island Museums and the Arts

Aspiring aviators love the life-size planes at the Cradle of Aviation Museum. Photo courtesy of the museum

12. Learn About America's Aviation History

With more than 75 examples of aircraft and spacecraft and a planetarium, you'll find plenty to do and lots to learn at the Cradle of Aviation Museum, which welcomes back its Arcade Age exhibit.

13. Indulge Your Sweet Tooth

Visit a local dessert shop or take a special trip to a newly opened cereal and ice cream shop in Huntington.

14. See a Show

Check out a production from one of the many children's theater companies or perhaps Disney on Icewhich is playing at the UBS Arena this winter.

Outdoor Destinations for Winter Fun on Long Island 

15. Perfect Your Figure-8s

Enjoy the day at a local outdoor skating rink. Many offer lessons for those just starting out and remain open until March depending on weather conditions. 

16. Get Close To Nature

 Visit one of these local nature centers that offer plenty of trails to explore, critters to meet, and more all-seasons fun.

17. Explore Your Favorite Shore

See the environment in a whole new way via one of these local beach walks or the new Coastal Greenway near Jones Beach.

18. Get Inspired

See grand works of art outdoors at the Nassau County Museum of Art or at one of these other outdoor art destinations nearby.

RELATED: Our Guide to Snow Sports for Long Island Families 

Enjoy some old-fashioned winter fun on Long Island's sledding hills
It’s a steep, but worthwhile climb up the sledding hills at Cedar Creek Park. Photo by Dara Addonizio.

19. Grab Your Sled

Hit one of these local kid-friendly hills the next time the flakes fly.

20. Get Close and Personal with Animals

Enjoy the adorable farm creatures at these local farms and petting zoos, many of which remain open all year round. 

21. Take a Hike

Get close to nature and stretch your legs via one of these winter walks.

22. Support Local Businesses

Explore one of the many kid-friendly towns on Long Island like Huntington, Glen Cove, Sayville, and Port Washington.

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A hot chocolate bomb is the essence of winter fun
Enjoy some hot chocolate bombs with our simple recipe. Photo by Ally Noel

At-Home Activities for Winter Fun

23. Get Crafty in the Kitchen

Whip up a batch of homemade hot cocoa bombs to enjoy when the flakes start to fly.

24. Set Up Shop Inside for the Day

Rally the troops to build an epic indoor fort.  

25. Make a Lego Masterpiece

Pull out the mismatched bricks and try one of these 100 projects.

26. Give Your Brain a Workout

Try one or more of these 64 science experiments that use common, everyday supplies.

27. Play in the Yard

Build an igloo, paint the snow, or try one of these other outdoor snow day activities.

28. Bust Boredom

Cold have you shut in? Cross off a few of these indoor snow day boredom busters from our list.

This post, originally published in January 2016, was updated in January 2021.

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