If you have an adventure loving kiddie on your hands, the usual bounce house birthday party might not quench their need for speed. Your thrill seeking boy or girl can have the time of their lives at one of these birthday spots on Long Island that will have you zipping, zooming, driving and diving. Be sure to call for up-to-date pricing and availability. And for more birthday party ideas, check out our Long Island Party Guide.
Island Fencing Academy
101 Dupont St., Plainview
This place offers fencing introduction and instruction in a safe environment. Participants will receive a crash course in fencing, followed by 10 to 15 minutes of dueling. Younger kids spar with plastic sabers; older kids get metal ones. Parents provide all food and party accessories.
229 Route 110, Farmingdale
Laser tag is just one activity offered at @Play Amusements. You and your guests can also enjoy an indoor roller coaster, bumper cars, carousel, bouncers, arcade games, play maze--and, of course, laser tag.
60 Skyline Drive, Plainview
For a Birthday party that really rocks, try Island Rock. This is a state-of-the art indoor climbing facility that offers the closest thing to real rock you can find. Island Rock has walls for anyone from first time climbers to the experienced expert. The Birthday Party Package includes one hour of supervised climbing (one instructor for every six guests), pizza, water, cupcakes and invitations and paper goods.
Oil City Skate Park
3565 Maple Ct., Oceanside
This indoor skate park - Long Island's only one - features a 12-foot vertical ramp, a 6-foot and a half-pipe and indoor street course. Skateboarding is not the only sport featured at Oil City; rollerblading and BMX Biking are available too. All parties include customized invitations, pizza, beverages and two hours in the skate park. Recommended for ages 5+.
The Adventure Park at Long Island
75 Colonial Springs Road, Wheatley Heights
This outdoor park offers 10 separate trails of climbing and ziplining, along with bridges that create over 140 challenges. Parties here include an option for two or three-hour climbing parties. Ideal for ages 8 and up food is not included in any package. Note: There is an additional 30-minute orientation/safety briefing.
Pole Position Raceway
40 Daniel Street, Farmingdale
This indoor go-kart racing park lets up to 10 children and adult drivers at a time compete in side-by-side racing on two separate, quarter-mile tracks. Kids must be at least 48 inches tall (usually 8 to 11 years old) to race. Pole Position races last about 10 minutes each.
Karts Indoor Raceway
701 Union Parkway, Ronkonkoma
This 27,000 square foot go-karting facility has two indoor tracks. The karts boast four different speeds. Drivers must be at least 54", however passengers can be 40-53". Lazer Warz, Rollerball, game room and cafe also on premise.
Photo: Island Rock