25 Fun Spring Activities for Long Island Kids

Explore the magnificent 216-acre Sands Point Preserve. Photo by Jaime Sumersille
Explore the magnificent 216-acre Sands Point Preserve. Photo by Jaime Sumersille

It’s been a long, snowy winter, but it's time to put away those scarves and mittens and start planning some springtime fun. Here is our roundup of 25 great spring activities for Long Island kids.

Our picks range from spring break camps to fun in our favorite playgrounds and parks and even some quick day trips and getaways.

April showers? No problem. We've included plenty of indoor and virtual activities as well. You can find more seasonal happenings in our Spring Fun Guide or our always updated Event Calendar.

Editor's note: While we are trying to promote safer activities that occur outdoors or with social distancing guidelines in place, please keep your family and others safe by always wearing a mask and maintaining appropriate social distancing. If you arrive at an event that appears too crowded, try using the “nearby” search feature on our Event Calendar to find something else to do.

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Explore the tranquil Fire Island and climb the stairs of the Fire Island Lighthouse. Photo courtesy of the Fire Island National Seashore

Outdoor Spring Adventures on Long Island

1. Visitors 42 inches and taller can climb the steps of the Fire Island Lighthouse and tour the grounds and keeper’s quarters.

2. There’s still time to grab your binoculars and go seal watching. Families can take a guided walk or hop on a boat to spot these lovely creatures all along Long Island’s beaches and shorelines.

3. Take a hike, literally. The scenic paths and trails of Long Island’s many beautiful state parks and county parks are perfect spots for discovering nature.

4. For more fun outdoors, visit Caleb Smith State Park Preserve, which has several wonderful educational nature programs for kids all year long.

5. Each month, Ranger Eric takes families on outdoor adventures at the Sands Point Preserve to explore the many seasonal wonders of nature.

6. Adventureland has been bringing joy to Long Island kids for generations. The Iconic amusement park opens on weekends starting Saturday, March 27.

7. Center for Science Teaching and Learning educators host themed Tiny Tots Workshops each week. Classes are held outdoors if weather permits.

Spring Getaways for Long Island Families

8. Searching for a quick escape? Look no further than our roundup of family day trips and weekend getaways.

9. New York City makes for an easy weekend trip, and there are plenty of family-friendly hotels to choose from.

10. If your brood is more at home in the country, take a drive out east and spend a day in the lovely village of Greenport.

11. There are many other charming villages to explore on Long Island, including Glen Cove, Port Jefferson, and Northport, to name just a few.

12. Take a leisurely ride out east and stop at one of the many family-friendly wineries that dot Long Island’s east end. But please do be responsible if you're driving.

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Fill 'er up at the Long Island Children's Museum. Photo courtesy of the Museum

Indoor Fun for Long Island Kids This Spring

13. Head to the Long Island Children’s Museum, where there is always something new to see and oodles to explore.

14. Celebrate the Easter holiday with brunch at the Milleridge Inn or lunch at Eric’s Italian Bistro.

15. How about a game of miniature golf? You’ll find fun courses throughout Long Island. Two—Monster Mini Golf and Glowgolf—are indoors for those rainy spring days.

16. If penguins are your thing, plan a visit to the Long Island Aquarium to see those adorable aquatic animals and lots of other sea creatures.

13. Lace up your skates and go roller skating at United Skates of America. For a special treat, the Easter Bunny will be there on Saturday, April 3.

18. Spend an afternoon or evening at a kid-friendly bowling alley for some indoor action the whole family can enjoy.

19. Sign up for a mommy-and-me class for some special one-on-one time with your little one.

20. These indoor play spaces for toddlers are a great option for safe and imaginative playtime for little ones.

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Challenge a sibling to a game of chess. Photo by Sara M

At-Home and Virtual Activities for Springtime Fun

21. Go green and have some fun celebrating all things Irish with silly leprechaun tricks and traps this St. Patrick’s Day.

22. Friday nights in March just got more fun. The whole family can wear their pjs, pop some popcorn, and watch fascinating Long Island nature videos, courtesy of the Long Island Nature Organization and SOFO.

23. Calling all shipbuilders: Enter the Los Angeles Museum’s Lego Shipbuilding Contest, which is virtual this year. It’s FREE and open to all ages. Online entries are accepted through Thursday, April 1.

24. Register for a special Passover celebration via Zoom with NYC’s Jewish Museum; families explore art and creatively designed Seder plates. Kids then create their own unique Passover scene.

25. Has your kid been bitten by the chess bug? There are plenty of sites and apps that will help them master the game.

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