Explore the magic of Fire Island and climb the lighthouse stairs. Photo by the author
Explore the magic of Fire Island and climb the lighthouse stairs. Photo by the author

20 Spring Break Activities for Long Island Kids

Spring break is on the horizon, and life continues creeping toward pre-pandemic normalcy, so we've scoured Long Island for ideas to keep your family entertained and engaged during the time off from school.

In addition to our usual list of spring break activities for Long Island kids—filled with museum outings, visits to indoor play spaces, and spring break camps, we’ve also come up with lots of creative suggestions for boredom busters. Of course, if you're sticking to virtual interactions, Poppins@Home has you covered to keep your kids happy and engaged.

You'll find more seasonal fun in our roundup of 25 fun spring activities and our Spring 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 appropriate social distancing. If you arrive at an event that appears too crowded, try using the “nearby” search feature on our Event Calendar to find something else to do.

Child walking along Sunken Meadow Shoreline Spring Break Activities for Long Island Kids
Little ones can explore the wonders of Sunken Meadow's shoreline. Photo by Gina Massaro

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1. Check out our list of the best beach walks for Long Island families. A long stroll on a sandy beach is sure to soothe souls.

2. Head outside for a nature hike on one of Long Island’s many family-friendly trails. Don’t forget to practice social distancing, and take along the binoculars and some snacks.

3. Plan an overnight stay at one of these family-friendly hotels.

4. If you’ve got a little one, head outdoors to enjoy one of Long Island’s great stroller-friendly park walks.

RELATED: The Best Indoor Play Spaces for Long Island Toddlers

Woodland Playground at Sands Point Preserve Spring Break Activities for Long Island Kids
Check out the Woodland Playground at Sands Point Preserve.

5. The Sands Point Preserve's grounds are open to the public for hiking and nature walks. There are more than 200 acres with six marked trails to explore. Bring a picnic lunch, play catch, and monkey around at the Woodland Playground.

6. Pile in the minivan and drive along a 6-mile egg hunt trail that runs through Cold Spring Harbor and Centerport, all without leaving your car.

7. State parks and local county parks from Nassau to Suffolk offer plenty to see and do, from hiking to playgrounds, boating, guided nature hikes, scavenger hunts, and more.

8. Hit the rink for an indoor skating session at United Skates of America, where you can even meet the Trolls on Tuesday, March 30.

RELATED: Spring Break Camps for Long Island Kids in 2021

Easter Bunny Brunch Spring Break Activities for Long Island Kids
Enjoy brunch and a visit from the Easter Bunny at restaurants across Long Island.

9. The Easter Bunny is on his way, ready to pose for pictures, sit down to brunch, or even twirl alongside visitors at the local roller rink.

10. Take refuge at the peaceful, scenic Quogue Wildlife Refuge, which is open daily from sunrise to sunset. Family nature programs and a wildlife spring break camp fill the calendar.

11. The Vanderbilt Mansion hosts a special outdoor-only Vandy Land event throughout the spring break for families, complete with character visits, local food and craft vendors, live music, mini golf, and scavenger hunts.

12. Drive through this hippity hop Easter Bunny photo-op in Holtsville and pause for a pic with Mr. Bunny himself.

RELATED: Easter Bunny Pictures, Visits, and Brunches in Long Island for Spring 2021

cradle of aviation museum kid playing a video game Spring Break Activities for Long Island Kids
Get your game on at The Cradle of Aviation Museum.

13. Watch a show in the immersive, full-dome planetarium at the Cradle of Aviation. Then beep-boop-bop back in time at the Arcade Age Exhibit, where you can play retro games like Donkey Kong, Centipede, and more.

14. Party it up at these eggstravaganzas being held at Open Stage Works, A Latte Fun, the Cold Spring Harbor Fish Hatchery, Once Upon a Treetop, Xplore's Commack and Port Jefferson locations, plus The Shoppes at East Wind.

15. Climb 182 steps to reach the Fire Island lighthouse observatory and enjoy a bird's eye view of the Great South Bay.

16. Plan a family movie night (or day). Can’t decide which movie? No problem! Check out our picks of the top 50 movies for kids. Don’t forget the popcorn!

RELATED: The Best Museums for Kids on Long Island


Keeps kids busy at a camp at the Science Museum of Long Island.

17. If your spring break is extended through Monday, April 5, so are these camps at local YMCA locations, the Gold Coast Arts Center, and the Science Museum of Long Island.

18. Head to Adventureland to play its indoor arcade games; the full park opens Friday, April 9.

19. Stroll on the grounds of the Parrish Museum in Water Mill or the Nassau County Museum of Art in Roslyn and marvel at the enormous lawn sculptures.

20. These Long Island spaces offer private play dates for you and your squad to feel like real VIPs.

Unless noted, photos courtesy of the venues

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