If your family is planning a stay-cation here on Long Island during spring break and you’re searching for things to do, you’ve come to the right place.
For most public school students on Long Island spring break runs from Friday, March 29 to Friday, April 6. We’ve rounded up 25 fun activities that will keep your kids busy and happily entertained. From indoor events to outdoor excursions, there’s something for everyone. Try one or more of these activities, and we're confident you’ll never again hear those dreaded words: I’m bored (well, at least not during spring break, anyway).
As always, for more seasonal entertainment check out our Spring Fun Guide, and our Events Calendar. And here's to the arrival of spring.
1. So many spring break camps, so little time. No matter what your child is into—from theater to art to science, and everything in between—there is a camp perfect for him or her. A few worth trying are Ocean Explorers Camp, Spring Break Camp at the Farm, a Multi-Sport Fun Camp, Holiday Break Art Camp, or School Vacation Theater Camp.
The children's classic The Wizard of Oz returns to the Engeman Theater.
2. Take in a show. Live performances sure to charm younger ones as well as the adults include The Wizard of Oz at the John W. Engeman Theater in Northport. The performance on Friday, April 6 is a sensory-friendly show for kids with sensory sensitivities.
3. Take a trip to NYC. Manhattan has so much to offer kids, so hop on the LIRR and spend the day taking in the sites, including the Statue of Liberty and NYC’s many family-friendly museums, including the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum. The Liberty Science Center in nearby Jersey City is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year.
4. Speaking of museums, don’t forget to stop by your local library to get free museum passes for the whole family.
5. And speaking of libraries, there’s bound to be something going on for kids during spring break at your library, including storytime events for little ones and activities for teens and tweens. Most are FREE, of course.
6. Take a hike. Now that the weather is finally (hopefully) beginning to warm up, head outside for a nature hike on one of Long Island’s many family-friendly trails. Don’t forget binoculars and snacks.
7. Nassau and Suffolk county parks offer plenty to do and see, from playgrounds to boating, camping and much more.
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Create some tasty treats at Chocolate Works.
8. What could be sweeter than sampling some treats at one of Long Island’s delectable candy shops? For the ultimate experience, spend an afternoon learning how to make chocolate at Chocolate Works.
Enjoy a spirited game of mini-golf at Tiki Action Park in Centereach.
9. Tee off. Challenge your kids to a game of mini-golf, something the whole family can enjoy. Some miniature golf venues across Long Island offer amenities such as heated stations, snack bars, and gorgeous views, plus other activities, including go-karts, batting cages, arcades, and more.
10. Treat the family (and yourself). Hey, this is your vacation, too, so take the evening (or morning or afternoon) off and head to a family-friend restaurant...and don’t forget the one’s where kids eat free!
11. Lace up your skates. Whether your family enjoys roller skating or ice skating, there are indoor and outdoor rinks throughout Long Island just waiting for you.
12. Explore an art museum. The Nassau County Museum of Art, for example, has plenty of hands-on workshops, exhibits, events, and activities for your little artist, including Fri-Yay Art Day!, Studio Saturdays, and more.
13. Explore a science museum. Let your kids sharpen their STEM skills at one of the many science museums in Nassau and Suffolk counties, including the Science Museum of Long Island and Long Island Science Center.
14. Kids can explore both art and science at the Long Island Children’s Museum. Spring break programs include workshops, live performances, and the chance to meet a real-life paleontologist.
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Experience marine life and more at the Long Island Aquarium.
15. Under the sea. Your kids can spend a day or the whole week at the Long Island Aquarium during its Spring Fun-cation camp, which Includes movies, crafts, games, animal feedings, and more.
16. Prepare for rainy days. If the sun doesn't cooperate, it’s best to have a backup plan, such as one of these indoor play spaces around Long Island where your kids can run, jump, play, create art, and do so much more.
17. Relax a bit. Even moms and dads deserve a break. Check out these Long Island cafes with indoor play spaces. Let your kids can play while you sit back and sip a latte.
Thrill to the new Mystery Mansion Ride at Adventureland.
18. Go on an adventure. Adventureland opens March 24. If the weather is nice, head to Long Island’s popular amusement park for thrills, rides, and games. And be on the lookout for the opening of its newest ride, Mystery Mansion.
19. If you’ve got a little (or older) daredevil who loves to skateboard, roller skate, roller blade, or ride a BMX, take him or her to a Long Island skate park for an afternoon.
20. Take the family bowling. It's another great rainy-day activity, with or without bumpers. There are plenty of bowling alleys to choose from in Nassau and Suffolk counties. You’ll also find a few on the East End.
21. Get artsy. Long Island drop-in art classes offer kids the chance to learn a new medium and explore their creative side.
22. Your kids don’t have to wait to go swimming just because it’s not yet summer. Dive into one of these indoor pools across Long Island.
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Feed the piglets at the Animal Farm Petting Zoo and Park in Manorville.
23. Talk to the animals. And pet them, too. Many of Long Island’s animal farms and petting zoos are open this time of year.
24. Explore Xplore. Port Jefferson's newest indoor play space, Xplore Family Fun Center, is finally open, featuring huge inflatables, a 20-foot, dual-tower soft playground with slides, swing, bouncy web, zip line, and more.
Enjoy a hike around the presidential mansion at Sagamore Hill.
25. Take in some history. Learn all about Long Island’s rich history at one of its many family-friendly historic sites, including Sagamore Hill, the home of President Theodore Roosevelt. Upcoming activities include an Easter egg hunt and April Fools’ walk.
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