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 LI-based indooor play spaces and fun centers.
Bounce! Trampoline Sports — Syosset
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
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
At the Cradle of Aviation Museum
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
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 discounted pass.
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Lolli Bop Cafe in Lawrence offers plenty to keep all ages, including toddlers, busy.
Lolli Bop Cafe & Play — Lawrence
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.
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Adventurous minds will delight in Once Upon a Treetop's multilevel play space.
Once Upon a Treetop — Plainview
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.
Pump It Up — Plainview
Little ones can get in on the inflatable bounce house fun, too. While Pump It Up might be known for its birthday parties, kids don't need to wait for a party to visit. In addition to regular open-play hours, Pump It Up holds special two-hour "Lil' Tike" sessions for children 18 months to 6 years old for just $10 per bouncer. Socks are required.
Sippy Cups Cafe — Seaford
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.
Adventure Kids — Sayville
Clean and organized, Adventure Kids has multiple play areas for toddlers and young children. Toddlers and crawlers alike can enjoy the front play area, where there are large building blocks, little-people play sets, and a kitchen. A water play table is too high for younger ones, but caregivers can easily pick them up so they can splash around with their hands. Through a hallway is a larger play area, with push cars, train sets, a faux store, and a large slide. Lego areas are separated into smaller enclosed areas, where there are also Duplo bins for toddler builders. Check its Facebook page for weekly open-play schedules and special events. Socks are required.
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Imaginative play is a priority at Sandbox Playspace in Huntington.
Sandbox Playspace — Huntington
This indoor 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.
Sky Zone — Deer Park, Mount Sinai
If your toddler loves to run and jump, Sky Zone will help expel some of that extra energy. Trampolines cover the floors and walls, as well a foam pit for brave leapers. For $14, kids younger than 5 can jump for up to two hours during scheduled toddler time. Toddlers can hop, jump, and leap, while parents can relax knowing little ones won't be run over by bigger kids or adults.
Wood Kingdom East / West — Coram, Farmingdale
What kid doesn't love to run, hide and climb on a swing set? Imagine an entire room full of them, and that's Wood Kingdom. In addition to wooden swing sets, these locations also have inflatables. While you can go there to make a new purchase for your backyard, both locations also offer open play time; times vary by location.
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Xplore Family Fun Center has a dedicated toddler play area. Photo by Thien Nguyen August
Xplore Family Fun Center — Port Jefferson Station
Replacing the former Fun 4 All, Xplore didn't just take over its rental space, but completely overhauled and updated it. With a designated toddler space, which includes a soft merry-go-round, as well as a large, multilevel climbing structure and arcade games, Xplore is a great spot for families of toddlers and elementary-age kids. Check out our review here. While it is owned by the folks behind Riverhead's Safari Adventure, Xplore seems to offer more for younger kids.
Photos courtesy of the facilities
A version of this article was originally posted in 2017. It was updated by writer Gina Massaro in January 2019.