Spring Break 2022: The Best Things To Do on Long Island With Kids on Vacation

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

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.

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See The Adventures of Peter Cottontail during spring break on Long Island
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.

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American Dream is a spring break destination for Long Islanders
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.

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

11. Visit a Playground or Two

Check out our list of the top playgrounds on Long Island. If you have a toddler or preschooler, there are plenty of playgrounds with equipment built just for them.

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

United Skates has indoor skating sessions; some even feature the Easter Bunny.

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.

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Adventureland is open for spring break fun
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

All aboard the LIRR for an NYC day trip. Take in a Broadway play, visit one of the top attractions, or indulge in a meal at an iconic eatery.

23. Have a Glass or Pint

Kids don't get to have all the fun at these family-friendly wineries and breweries on Long Island.

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

This post is updated annually.

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