The Best Indoor Play Spaces for Long Island Toddlers
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 for toddlers on Long Island.
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.
Editor's note: All the play spaces listed are adhering to COVID regulations, including mandatory mask wearing, temperature checks, hand washing, and additional cleaning and sanitizing measures. Given how quickly things are changing during this pandemic, be sure to check their websites or call to confirm pricing and availability. Please always keep your family and others safe by wearing a mask and practicing social distancing. Some photos in this post were taken before the pandemic.
Adventurous minds will delight in Once Upon a Treetop's multilevel play space.
Nassau County Play Spaces for Toddlers
Once Upon a Treetop – Plainview
2021 update: Open Play sessions are limited, and it's operating at 25% capacity. Masks must be worn at all times for any guest over the age of 2. Private play sessions are also available. Check out additional safety procedures here.
This interactive city is designed for toddlers and preschoolers. Along the back wall is a multi-level indoor playground and climbing area for adventurous kids. Expect to pay different prices for walkers and crawlers, who have their own separate area to play. No shoes are allowed, so remember to wear or bring socks. Parties, classes, sports, and more are offered.
Liddle Bites Play Cafe – Long Beach
2021 update: Enhanced safety measures are enforced, and private play sessions can be booked.
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 five- and 10-visit discounted punch cards.
Sensory play is front-and-center for children of all abilities at Sensory Beans.
Sensory Beans – Wantagh
2021 update: Masks and temperature checks are required for guests. Sensory Beans is operating at a reduced capacity, and reservations are required. Private play sessions can be booked.
Sensory Beans was created to cater to toddlers and preschoolers of all abilities. There are various climbing structures, slides, a foam pit, and lots of sensory activities. Kids can stomp on squishy mats to move the colored liquid around. Sensory boards can be found throughout the play area. The staff at Sensory Beans is truly wonderful, playing and interacting with all the children.
Lolli Bop Cafe & Play – Lawrence
2021 update: While the play space is currently closed, you can still support this local business by visiting its cafe to order food for takeout, delivery, and curbside pick up.
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.
Sippy Cups Cafe – Seaford
2021 update: Sippy Cups Cafe has updated its HVAC filters and added air purifiers. Masks are required for anyone over age 5, and temperatures are checked upon entry. Read all the safety protocols here. Private play dates can also be booked.
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, visit the reading nook, which is stocked with books and quiet toys. Adults appreciate the selection of specialty coffees, as well as choices for lunch and snacks.
Social Play Haus encourages drawing on tables. Photo by Jaime Sumersille
Social Play Haus – Plainview
2021 update: Playtime is by reservation only currently. Review all the health and safety protocols before visiting.
Parents can grab a pint, a glass of wine, or a cup of coffee while young ones climb, jump, and play in the designated indoor playground. The Cedar Works play structures are the perfect size for toddlers and their physical abilities. There is also a play kitchen, dress-up area, train table, and even board games for older siblings.
Long Island Children's Museum – Garden City
2021 update: Capacity is limited, and timed-entry tickets are required to visit. Review all the safety protocols before your visit.
Little ones will delight in all the exhibits at this kid-friendly museum, but of particular interest to toddlers are Tot Spot and Climb It. At Tot Spot, kids can play in the pretend train, grocery store, or construction areas, as well as wiggle, jump, slide, and play. In Climb It, geared toward ages 4+, they'll find two stories of crawling and climbing adventures.
Xplore Family Fun Center has a dedicated toddler play area. Photo by Thien Nguyen August
Suffolk County Play Spaces for Toddlers
Xplore Family Fun Center – Port Jefferson Station, Commack
2021 update: These play spaces are set to reopen on Friday, March 26.
With a designated toddler space, which includes a soft merry-go-round, as well as a large, multilevel climbing structure and arcade games, Xplore's Port Jefferson branch is a great spot for families of toddlers and elementary-age kids. Check out our full review of the Port Jefferson location. At the Commack location, find a toddler area stocked with soft playthings and limited to kids ages 3 and younger. A jungle gym with twisty slide lines one wall, too. While it is owned by the folks behind Riverhead's Safari Adventure, Xplore seems to offer more for younger kids.
A Latte Fun – Huntington
2021 update: Reservations are recommended, but walk-ins are allowed if space is available. View the safety guidelines before visiting.
Crawlers, toddlers, and older kids enjoy the large, enclosed play area while parents appreciate the full-service coffee bar. Founded by a local mom of two young ones, there's plenty of engaging playthings, and regular events, storytimes, and classes are hosted here. Light breakfast and lunch items are also available, along with its ‘not-so-hot’ hot chocolate for kids. Only one adult can accompany their child in the play area, but a second adult can wait in the cafe. Ample time is left between play sessions to sanitize and disinfect.
Children's Museum of the East End – Bridgehampton
2021 update: Reservations are required to visit. Please review the safety FAQs beforehand. Families who wish to use the Crawler Garden can request a special set of toys for use.
The Children's Museum of the East End caters to kids ages 2-7 and features several themed play spaces. Children can run a general store or soda fountain, enjoy a story inside an upside-down book, crawl through hollow logs and mouse holes, sail a ship, drive a fire truck or tractor, play nine-holes of mini-golf outside, and more. The museum's open arts-and-crafts studio features ongoing drop-in projects, and there is a special Crawler Garden for pre-walkers.
Sky Zone offers plenty of padded space to bounce the wiggles out, though it's currently closed.
Toddler-Friendly Play Spaces Temporarily Closed Due to COVID
Sky Zone – Multiple Locations
If your toddler loves to run and jump, Sky Zone helps expel some of that extra energy. Trampolines cover the floors and walls, and there's a foam pit for brave leapers. For $14, kids younger than 5 can jump for up to 2 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.
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.
Junior Jet Club – Garden City
Housed inside the Cradle of Aviation Museum, this interactive play area caters to children up to age 6. Young aviators can build, explore, and even settle down for a story in its book corner. The Junior Jet Club is included with museum admission, or you can enjoy it minus the museum for a nominal fee. Enjoy a mock airplane cockpit, foam rockets, a Lego table, and more.
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 playsets, 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 toddlers. Check its Facebook page for weekly open play schedules and special events. Socks are required.
Wood Kingdom East – Coram
What kid doesn't love to run, hide and climb on a swing set? Imagine an entire room full of playsets, and that's Wood Kingdom. In addition to wooden swing sets, this location also has inflatables. While you can go there to purchase a set for your backyard, it also offers open playtime on its equipment.
Unless noted, photos courtesy of the facilities
A version of this article was originally posted in 2017. It was updated by writer Gina Massaro in February 2021.