While many indoor play destinations cater to a range of ages, some parents feel more comfortable when areas are designated for younger children. With that in mind, we've rounded up a list of fun and imaginative play spaces on Long Island geared to little ones.
At most of these locations, children ages 5 and younger are the primary focus and can play freely without being knocked down or bumped into by older crowds. They also offer age-appropriate equipment and activities for toddlers.
If your little one enjoys spending time at one of these venues, why not celebrate his or her special day there, too? Many of these destinations also host birthday parties.
For more seasonal fun ideas, check out our list of 50 things to do indoors with Long Island kids as well as our guide to play spaces and family fun centers.
Bounce! Trampoline Sports — Syosset
310 Michael Drive
This facility features a separate toddler area with small bounce houses. At Toddler Time, little ones ages 2-6 can jump and play without worry and look for guest appearances by their favorite characters. Be sure to wear or bring socks.
The ball pit thrills at Cup O' Fun Cafe in Valley Stream.
Cup O' Fun Cafe — Valley Stream
6 Rockaway Avenue
The open-play indoor area includes a multilevel climbing unit with slides, tunnels, a miniature rock wall, multisection block table, dress-up area, train table, doll house, infant area, and more. During open-play hours the cafe is open for adults to enjoy coffee or for children to enjoy a snack break. Cup O' Fun also hosts private parties.
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Your toddler can discover what it's like to be an astronaut at the Junior Jet Club in Garden City.
Junior Jet Club — Garden City
Cradle of Aviation Museum, Charles Lindbergh Boulevard
This is an interactive play area for children up to age 6. Young aviators can build, explore, and even settle down for a story in their book corner. The Junior Jet Club is included with museum admission or you can enjoy it minus the museum for a nominal fee per person. Enjoy a mock airplane cockpit, foam rockets, a Lego table, and more.
Liddle Bites Play Cafe — Long Beach
132 East Park Avenue
You'll feel as if you're inside a life-sized dollhouse at Liddle Bites. This indoor play space offers imaginative playhouses and shops. Pre-packaged snacks are available, as are merchandise and gifts. In addition to daily pricing, it offers a 20-visit season pass.
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Lolli Bop Cafe in Lawrence has plenty to keep all ages, including toddlers, busy.
Lolli Bop Cafe & Play — Lawrence
398 Central Avenue
This enormous play space boasts interactive and imaginative play, oversized Connect 4, a sand table, American Girl Doll vanity area, dress-up clothes station, a musical instrument section, a gigantic Lego wall, reading nook, separate baby crawl area, and more. Stay for lunch or enjoy a quick snack at the cafe. The menu includes salads, sandwiches, pizza, and more, including gluten-free options.
Adventurous minds will delight in Once Upon a Treetop's multilevel play space.
Once Upon a Treetop — Plainview
151 Dupont Street
This interactive city is designed for toddlers and preschoolers. Along the back wall is a multilevel indoor playground and climbing area for adventurous kids. Expect to pay different prices for walkers and crawlers; there is an area just for crawlers. No shoes are allowed, so remember to wear or bring socks. Parties, classes, sports, and more are offered. Check out our review.
Sippy Cups Cafe – Seaford
3890 Merrick Road
Littles ones ages 6 and younger can run and climb out all that energy on the cafe’s wooden climber, complete with slides and hiding spots. There is a big Lego table and areas for pretend play. When it’s time to settle down, there’s a reading nook with books and quiet toys. Adults will appreciate the selection of specialty coffees, as well as choices for lunch and snack.
Tots on Track — Bethpage
4290 Hicksville Road
Bubbles and parachute play accompany each visit, as well as gym time and other imaginative play. Check the schedule for weekly open-play times. Tots on Track offers drop-in events such as Princess Day, painting, and holiday-themed parties. Classes are age-specific from 3 months to 6 years.
Lyrical Children's Preschool Learning Center— Calverton
4492 Middle Country Road
Meet other parents with little ones ages 18 months to 5 years during open-play time. On Wednesday afternoons children can create art and engage in the play space. Seasonal activities are offered throughout the year. Call ahead to ensure open spots.
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Imaginative play is a priority at Sandbox Playspace in Huntington.
Sandbox Playspace — Huntington
51 Gibson Avenue
This indoor play space is designed for infants to age 5. Parents will find handcrafted toys made of natural materials, including wood, silk, and wool, to nourish little senses and inspire the play experience. Sandbox also offers private parties and concerts. Socks are required.
Top photo: Reach for the stars during Toddler Time at Bounce! Trampoline Sports. Photos courtesy of the facilities.