Indoor Places to Play to Beat Summer's Heat on Long Island

Sensory Beans in Wantagh is an ideal destination to keep toddlers engaged.
Sensory Beans in Wantagh is an ideal destination to keep toddlers engaged.
8/13/21 - By Gina Massaro

Summer on Long Island is the best time for splashing, surfing the waves, and laying by the pool. But sometimes the extreme heat can make it hard to do anything outside with kids. Thankfully, there are plenty of exciting things to do indoors. Here then are our top choices for Long Island indoor play spaces where families can beat the heat with kids of any age.

For all things summer, check out our Summer Fun Guide.

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Indoor Play Spaces on Long Island to Beat the Heat with Kids

1. AMF Lanes — Multiple Locations

AMF Lanes, Bowlero, and Bowlmor are all owned by Bowlero Corporation. In addition to traditional bowling, some alleys have blacklight bowling, arcades, billiards, and food. 


2. Children's Museum of the East End — Bridgehampton

Kids can take a walk down "Main Street." Run the soda shop, put out a fire, or check out the library. Crawl through the mouse hole to be transported into a tree house. Exhibits highlight imagination, science, art, and much more. 

3. The Children's Social Club — Rockville Centre

A giant ball pit is the highlight of this indoor play space. Small tikes can climb the CedarWorks play structure and slide into the pit while crawlers can safely play with baby toys. Parents can socialize and relax at the tables while kids run wild in the play area.

4. Cradle of Aviation Museum — Garden City

The Jet gallery alone is awe-inspiring and worth admission itself. Take in the impressive exhibits, from first flight to space exploration. Kids love playing with all the interactive features, from landing planes and exploring cockpits to the massive planetarium. Check your local library to see if it offers free museum passes. 

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Delight in the diversity of play options at the Long Island Children's Museum. Photo courtesy of the museum

5. Long Island Children's Museum — Garden City

There is so much to explore and play with at the Long Island Children's Museum. Little ones can play in the TotSpot and older kids can explore all the interactive exhibits. The News12 replica set is not to be missed.

6. Dave and Buster's — Westbury, Massapequa, Islandia

Pick your way to play at Dave and Buster's. Kids can play against each other in racing and sports games, or choose to rack up the tickets to exchange in the prize room. No need to pack lunch either as there are plenty of delicious options on the menu. 

7. GlowGolf — Garden City

The fun of mini-golf comes indoors at Roosevelt Field Mall. In addition to the 28 holes of blacklight mini-golf, there is also a laser maze for kids to contort through. 

8. High Score Pinball Arcade — Bay Shore

High Score Pinball Arcade focuses on the thrill of getting on the high-score board. Play sessions range from 15 minutes to all day, and you have access to all games. No quarters necessary.

9. Laser Bounce — Levittown

Different attractions at Laser Bounce include a bounce arena, arcade, bowling, and laser tag. Pricing is per attraction.

10. Liddle Bites Cafe — Long Beach

Imagination runs wild at this play space with its pastel kitchen, dress-up area, and construction table. It also offers classes

11. Long Island Explorium — Port Jefferson

Interactive exhibits including pulley telephones, a boat filled with sand and rice, and a magnetic wall allow kids to learn while playing.

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Tap into your child's inner creativity at Once Upon a Treetop. Photo courtesy of Once Upon a Treetop

12. Once Upon A Treetop — Syosset

Crawlers, toddlers and preschoolers can play dress up, build with blocks, ride cars and climb the namesake tree at Once Upon a Treetop. 

13. Main Street Board Game Cafe — Huntington

There are plenty of games to play, from party games to card games to strategy. Families with children of wide age ranges easily can find something to enjoy together. It also offers after-school classes and camps.

14. Monster Mini Golf — Deer Park

Glow-in-the-dark mini-golf, an arcade, and laser maze are some of the fun options at Monster Mini-Golf. A Garden City location is said to be opening soon

15. Planet Play — Bellmore

Older kids can traverse the jungle gym structure, play in the arcade or the bounce house, or try out virtual reality. Crawlers and new walkers can safely explore a gated off play area designed just for them.

16. Round 1 — Hicksville

Round 1 isn't just an arcade. It has bowling, billiards, ping pong, darts, and even private karaoke rooms. Come for the cool crane game prizes, stay for the sing-a-long.

17. Sensory Beans — Wantagh

Toddlers and preschoolers will love this sensory-driven play space at Sensory Beans. Kids love leaping into the foam pit.

18. Sippy Cups Cafe — Wantagh

Grab a snack and let the littles build, climb, and pretend at this indoor play space. 

19. Sky Zone — Deer Park, Mount Sinai

Tackle the boulder wall or warped wall, or fight it out in a game of tug of war or battle beam. New at the Mount Sinai location is the air court, where groups can play basketball, soccer, or dodge ball.

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There is plenty to explore at XPlore and Safari Adventure. Photo by Thien August

20. Xplore/Safari Adventure — Commack, Port Jefferson Station, Riverhead

Xplore and Safari Adventure are operated by the same company. Included are large jungle gyms with obstacle courses, bounce houses, a ropes course, arcade, and even a safe space for crawlers and toddlers to play.

21. Social Play Haus — Plainview

Parents can check out what's on tap or have a glass of wine while kids play on assorted structures in the play area. There are even board games to keep older kids entertained.

22. Urban Air — Lake Grove

Urban Air is perfect for preschoolers to teens. Ride the sky coaster, leap through a ninja course, or jump on the trampoline floors. Special Urban Air socks are required.

23. Wharf Sports — Port Washington

Sports simulations are the main attraction at Wharf Sports, which offers more than a dozen different sports, including golf, baseball, football, hockey, and soccer. 

24. The Kiddie Clubhouse — Syosset

Chalkboard walls and a bean bag wall toss help this indoor play space stand out from the rest. There is plenty of open space for kids to run free and babies to crawl.