Winter Fun List: 28 Things to Do With Long Island Kids
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.
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
4. Explore Underwater Treasures
Say hello to the penguins and the other "residents" at the Long Island Aquarium.
Enjoy a glow-in-the-dark golf experience at Monster Mini Golf. Photo courtesy of the venue
5. Try For a Hole In One
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.
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.
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
13. Indulge Your Sweet Tooth
14. See a Show
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
18. Get Inspired
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
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.