Winter Fun List: 50 Things to Do Indoors with Long Island Kids

With the holidays behind us and a long, cold winter ahead of us, now is the time to get creative when it comes to keeping your kids entertained. Your local playground may be frozen over, but Long Island is home to some truly amazing museums, arts and crafts classes (also here), indoor play venues (see here and here), and children's theater experiences. You might miss being outside in the fresh air, but you won't struggle to find exciting activities and interesting, winter-friendly (meaning: warm and cozy!) places to explore.

We've created a list of 50 fun things to do indoors with kids on Long Island. Be sure to check out our January GoList and Winter Fun Guide for more fun ideas.

Bowling Alleys for Kids in Nassau County, Long Island

Visiting a local play space or children's museum is a surefire bet for cooped-up winter days, but if you want to get all ages in on the action (parents, too), bowling is hard to beat. The great boredom-buster is loads of fun and no experience is necessary.

Long Island is loaded with family-friendly lanes, some that offer bumper lanes, lighter balls for little hands, arcades, and family and teen nights. We've rounded up bowling alleys in Suffolk County, and now we're putting together a list of those in Nassau County. One of the best things about bowling? It's often open on holidays when other fun and sport zones are closed like Christmas Day and New Year's Day.

New Year's Day 2017 Activities for Long Island Kids

New Year's Day is generally a quiet one on Long Island, but that doesn't mean you need to stay home. Chances are you've spent the winter holiday break taking in shows, ice skating, and even crafting at home. Well, if the kids are starting to hang from the rafters, you may want to head back out for some final holiday fun before school starts back up on Tuesday, January 3.

We rounded up more than a dozen of the top kid-friendly Long Island destinations that are open on New Year's Day like the aquarium, Bayville Winter Wonderland, museums, and even trampoline and indoor fun zones to help the whole family bid a sweet farewell to the holiday break.

Be sure to check out our events calendar for more fun ideas and our best family event picks for the New Year's Weekend and New Year's Eve celebrations.

12 Things to Do on Christmas Eve with Long Island Kids

Need to distract the kids Christmas Eve from the big day to come, or while you do a little last-minute wrapping? Luckily, there's plenty open come December 24 on Long Island that's family friendly.

To keep everyone busy and entertained, while they anxiously await Santa's arrival, we've rounded up a dozen family activities. Some are holiday-themed, while others are fun no matter what your affiliation.

Take your pick and enjoy this special time with your family. And for more seasonal fun, be sure to check out our Holiday Guide. Or if you're celebrating the first night of Hanukkah on December 24, check out these local Festival of Lights events and menorah lightings.

New Party Spots on Long Island for Kids' Birthdays

Oh, birthday parties! Kids adore them; parents usually dread them—whether it's for your own child or someone else's. If you're tired of the usual circuit of cold pizza, warm soda, and fill-in-the-blank main activity—or if you don't have the space or time to organize a party in your own home—we've rounded up half a dozen new Long Island kids' hot spots that offer something a little different.

Most new(ish), in a new location, or have recently added birthday parties to their repertoire, and all offer solid basics like a private party space, food and drink, staff hosts, and favors and invitations (sometimes for an additional fee). From science to sewing, yoga to trampolines, laser tag to frolicking with dogs (and, yes, there are some bouncy castles and pottery painting, too), we're pretty sure there's something here to delight everyone on your child's guest list—and to help keep parents and adults guests relaxed and happy, too.

Find even more birthday party inspiration in our Long Island Party Guide for Kids.

Indoor Ice Skating Rinks on Long Island for Families

Long Islanders usually don't let the snow and cold temperatures keep them from their winter fun. But for those really blustery, frigid days, we've rounded up the many local indoor ice skating rinks so you can glide for hours without worrying about pink cheeks and numb toes. 

Most of these rinks offer skate rentals, group and private lessons, free-skate times, and are available to rent for birthday parties. Many also host hockey and figure skating leagues and special events if your kid gets serious about the sport.

If your family likes to pair skating with fresh air, be sure to check out our list of Long Island's many outdoor rinks.

Hanukkah Fun and Menorah Lightings for Long Island Families

Hanukkah festivities, crafts, and activities are underway across Long Island. Giant menorahs will be lit, dreidels spun, and latkes devoured.

You'll also find car parades, fire jugglers, ice skating events, and more. Here are some of the most fun Festival of Lights events for local families. Be sure to check out our Holiday Fun Guide for more events this month, and of course, the daily Event Calendar. Happy Hanukkah!

Long Island Restaurants Open on Christmas Eve & Day 2016

Hosting a holiday takes much preparation and energy. From shopping to cooking to staging, being a hostess is a daunting task. If you're looking for a break from slaving over the stove and cleaning dirty dishes, we've compiled a list of local restaurants that will serve you this Christmas, and even have some with kid-friendly menus, too. Please be sure to call ahead for reservations. And for more activities and events this month, check out our Holiday Guide.

The Most Spectacular Holiday Light Displays on Long Island

Watch your little ones' faces light up as they see the glow coming off these spectacular holiday light shows across Long Island. That's not all! Most are full-on destination stops with hot cocoa, ice skating and photo ops with Santa and more.

And don't forget to also check out some of the Long Island homes with awesome holiday lights displays, as well as our Long Island Holiday Fun Guide.

Christmas Tree Lightings on Long Island

The holiday season inspires many of us to take in a holiday show, shop for gifts and drink hot cocoa, and, of course, attend a tree lighting ceremony to kick off the season the right way. Rockefeller Center may only be a train ride away, but there are plenty of festive and spectacular tree lighting ceremonies right on Long Island. Here are 11 tree lighting events that are taking place across Nassau and Suffolk counties this season.

Find more seasonal fun in our Holiday Guide for Long Island families.


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