Spring Break 2022: The Best Things To Do on Long Island With Kids on Vacation
Spring break is on the horizon, so we've scoured Long Island for ideas to keep your family entertained and engaged during the spring break vacation. We've rounded up lots of outdoor activities, but also prepared for April showers with indoor options, too.
Most Long Island school kids are on break the weeks of April 11 or April 18. Some of our picks take place on specific days, and others are anytime activities. You can find more seasonal fun in our roundup of 25 fun spring activities and our Guide to Spring Activities on Long Island.
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1. Hunt for eggs
The Cold Spring Harbor Fish Hatchery hosts its annual Easter egg hunt on Friday, April 15, and Saturday, April 16. Children can collect as many eggs as possible in 20 minutes, then redeem them for a prize.
2. Get Lost
These family-friendly escape rooms provide out-of-the-ordinary fun for tweens and teens.
The Adventures of Peter Cottontail comes to life at Theater Three. Photo courtesy of the theatre
3. See a Live Show
There are plenty of kid-friendly plays and musicals being performed over spring break. The Adventures of Peter Cottontail, at Theater Three, is an adaptation of Beatrix Potter's beloved story. Sleeping Beauty is being performed at The Argyle Theater—though be forewarned, it does not follow Disney's storyline. A musical version of Cinderella plays at the Elmont Memorial Public Library on Monday, April 18. The Little Mermaid Jr., which features actors from Plaza Theatrical's Performing Academy, is based on Disney's Broadway show. A sensory friendly performance of B – The Underwater Bubble Show will be at The Tilles Center on April 20. A Year With Frog and Toad, The Wizard of Oz, and Madagascar are other options.
4. Sleep With the Fishes
Australian reptiles and bugs join you for an epic sleepover like no other at the Long Island Aquarium on Thursday, April 21. After meeting with the reptiles and bugs, you can participate in various craft stations and eat dinner, then roll out the sleeping bags and set up camp for the night next to the sharks or even an octopus. After waking up, enjoy a continental breakfast.
5. Plan an Overnight
You don't have to go far to find a cool family-friendly hotel for a staycation.
6. Grab Your Hiking Boots
Head outside for a nature hike on one of Long Island’s many family-friendly trails. Be sure to take along the binoculars and pack some snacks.
American Dream, in East Rutherford, New Jersey, packs in plenty of family attractions.
7. Enter a Dreamy Wonderland
Visit the American Dream Mall in East Rutherford, New Jersey. More than just a mall, it features North America's largest indoor water park, Nickelodeon Universe theme park, a Sea Life Aquarium, mini-golf, and even a Toys 'R' Us. Its brand new Dream Wheel—a giant observation wheel—opens on Wednesday, April 13, too.
8. Hit the Skatepark
Young daredevils can hone their skills on skateboards, rollerblades, and even bicycles at these Long Island skateparks.
9. Stop and Smell the Tulips
We're waiting on the official start date for Waterdrinker Farm's Tulip Festival, but expect the beauties to be blooming mid-month.
10. Go for a Stroll
If you’ve got a little one, head outdoors to enjoy one of Long Island’s great stroller-friendly park walks.
Check out the Woodland Playground at Sands Point Preserve.
11. Visit a Playground or Two
12. Explore a New-to-You Park
From our favorite state parks to local county parks from Nassau to Suffolk counties, these green spaces offer plenty to see and do, from hiking to playgrounds, boating, guided nature hikes, scavenger hunts, and more.
13. Hit the Roller Rink
14. Enjoy Food and Fun
These Long Island play cafes offer snacks and play spaces.
15. Stare at the Stars
Watch a show in the immersive, full-dome planetarium at the Cradle of Aviation and stick around afterward to explore the rest of the fun. Explore flying cars, stars, and Mars with the Cradle's three new exhibits, April 16-24.
16. Jump Around
Instead of the couch or the bed, let kids jump around at a trampoline park.
17. Go on Safari
Make a day trip to the Bronx Zoo where its popular Dinosaur Safari returns on Monday, April 11. The walk-through experience features 52 life-size dinosaurs. Young paleontologists will not want to miss it.
18. See Dinos Closer to Home
If you prefer prehistoric fun in your own backyard, LICM's Age of the Dinosaurs is a roaring good time. Or stomp along the dino-themed trail at Sands Point Preserve. Bring some dino fun into the kitchen with these Fossil Cookies!
19. Celebrate at a Spring Festival
There's plenty of fun blossoming at these spring festivals on Long Island.
Get ready for thrills and fun at Adventureland. Photo by the author
20. Hit the Theme Park
Local hot spot Adventureland is open daily throughout the entire spring break, from Thursday, April 14-Sunday, April 24.
21. See a Lighthouse
Climb 182 steps to reach the Fire Island Lighthouse observatory and enjoy a bird's eye view of the Great South Bay, or visit one of these other Long Island lighthouses.
22. Head to the City
23. Have a Glass or Pint
24. Explore the Shore
Whether you choose to visit the rocky shoreline for picturesque views of the Long Island Sound or head to the South Shore for smooth sand, here are our favorite beach walks for families.
25. Ride the Rails
Enjoy a cycling adventure on an abandoned rail trail in New York state, New Jersey, Connecticut, or Pennsylvania. Or check out miniature trains at the Springtime Model Train Show at the Cradle of Aviation from April 14-20.
Unless noted, photos courtesy of the venues
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