Play spaces made just for kids are our go-to during Long Island's wintertime, or anytime it's too cold, too wet, or even too hot out. So we've rounded up the best indoor play spaces in Suffolk County on Long Island, from bounce houses and indoor playgrounds, to more low-key spaces like a natural play room and spots for art. There are fun zones loaded with action sports and best for the big kids, and plenty more just right for toddlers and preschoolers.
Many also double as party spaces, so call ahead to make sure they're open for public play. And don’t forget your socks—many of these spaces do not allow shoes or bare feet, even for adults. Then get ready to let your kids loose to play at one of these 13 spots, instead of your living room.
Find more fun play spaces around Long Island with our Indoor Family Fun Guide.
Air Trampoline Sports — Ronkonkoma
1850 Lakeland Ave.
Air Trampoline Sports offers 16,000 square feet of trampolines divided into four spaces: a foam pit, a slam-dunk basketball court, freestyle and dodgeball sections, and an open trampoline-covered space for the main attraction: free bouncing! Air Trampoline Sports also hosts birthday parties, dedicated hours for kids with special needs, Toddler Air Time, Airobics, and After Dark sessions and features an arcade area and café. Weekday and weekend hours are available.
Bouncers and Slydos — Farmingdale
1835 New Hwy.
This 11,000-square-foot bouncy space for kids ages 2 and up is mainly a birthday party space but does host open bounce sessions during school breaks (reservations required), as well as weekday Toddler Time
sessions for children under 5 (no reservations necessary). Bouncers & Slydos also boasts the only indoor inflatable zip line on the East Coast. Weekday and weekend hours are available.
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It's hard to keep your feet on the ground at BounceU.
BounceU — Nesconset/Farmingdale/Oceanside
This popular nationwide chain features rooms full of giant inflatables where kids—and adults!—can bounce to their hearts' content. BounceU offers everything from all-ages open bounce times, family nights, and "preschool playdates" (ages 2 to 6) to glow-in-the-dark Cosmic Bounce events and even a Parents' Night Out, when you can drop off your kids (ages 4 to 11) while you go out on the town. Weekday and weekend sessions are available; each location features slightly different hours, programs, and rates, and spaces are often reserved for parties and groups, especially on weekends, so be sure to call ahead. Reservations are required.
The Children's Museum of the East End's art studio hosts ongoing drop-in activities, and kids will love exploring the museum's play village.
Children's Museum of the East End — Bridgehampton
376 Bridgehampton–Sag Harbor Turnpike
The Children's Museum of the East End features a number of themed play spaces: children can run a general store or a 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 mini-golf, and more. The museum's open arts-and-crafts studio features ongoing drop-in projects. Though the museum is aimed at kids ages 2 to 7, there is a special discovery area for pre-walking kids, and the museum also offers a wide array of children’s programming, performances, special events, and classes.
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Tubes, towers, tunnels, and trampolines: Fun 4 All's giant indoor playground has something for everyone.
Fun 4 All — Port Jefferson
200 Wilson St.
This mega-playground for kids ages 2 to 10 features giant slides, climbing towers and tunnels, a five-tier trampoline, inflatable bouncers, as well as arcade games, and a dedicated toddler area. There's even a room designed to look like the moon and an onsite café. Sneakers are required for play; socks are a must for the inflatable bouncers. Weekday and weekend hours are available.
Kangaroo Kids Inflatable Party Center — Deer Park
1015 Grand Blvd.
This indoor bounce space is mainly a birthday party space, but it does offer occasional weekend and weekday two-hour open-bounce play sessions geared for kids ages 2 to 10. Be sure to call ahead, as times and days vary.
LazerLand — Commack
54A Motor Pkwy.
In addition to providing 5,500-square-feet of space in its multi-level facility, this laser tag venue hosts dodgeball and gaga games and open play hours. Weekday and weekend hours are available; check the schedule in advance as hours vary.
Lyrical Children's Preschool and Learning Center — Calverton
4492 Middle Country Rd.
Though Lyrical Children offers a variety of ongoing classes for children of all ages, it also offers a weekly meet-up, Grown-up and Me Play and Explore, for kids 18 months to 4 years. Share time exploring a wide variety of hands-on manipulatives, creating art, pretending in the dramatic play, and more. Open on weekdays only; call in advance.
Safari Adventure — Riverhead
1074 Pulaski St.
One of the indisputable highlights of Safari Adventure is Kilimanjaro Soft Play, a four-level maze with tunnels, slides, balls, and cargo nets. There are also three giant inflatable bouncers and an arcade featuring 30 games, as well as a snack bar. For the younger set, there's a dedicated toddler zone and a sensory area with a sand table, train table, and small toys. If the kids get over-stimulated, retire to the "sensory calming spa" to wind down. Safari Adventures is geared for kids ages 1 to 10; there are no time limits or check-in times. Birthday parties and weekend and weekday hours are available.
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Sandbox is a low-key, aesthetically pleasing space where imaginative play takes precedence.
Sandbox Playspace — Huntington
51 Gibson Ave.
This soothing, Waldorf-inspired play space encourages open-ended, imaginative, unplugged play that nourishes the senses and is an equally pleasant place for adults to unwind. Sandbox features handcrafted toys made of natural materials such as wood, silk, and wool, and is specially designed for kids from birth to 5 years, so there's no worrying about your little one getting overwhelmed. The space has a variety of play areas, including a kitchen, balance toys, slide, puzzles, trucks, and a car track, and a super-cool tepee and campfire. Classes and birthday parties are also offered. Weekday and weekend hours are available; socks are required. Read our review of Sandbox here.
StrikeForce Sports — Deer Park
450 Commack Rd.
This facility gives children ages 10 and older a chance to play indoor airsoft games (airsoft play involves propelling plastic pellets at opponents from specially designed electric or gas-powered replica guns). Sessions are four to six hours long and include about seven games; kids should be prepared to be hit by BBs and must wear goggles and protective clothing. Guns and other gear can be rented on site. Weekday and weekend sessions are available.
Tumbling Tunes — East Northport
212 Laurel Rd.
Children ages 6 months to 8 years will love this creative play space offering weekly music, gymnastics, movement, and art classes. Open play sessions give kids access to an imaginative play area, book nook, baby corner, and craft table. Tumbling Tunes also offers two drop-off sessions: Drop & Shop and Parents' Night Out (all ages), as well as after-school care. Weekday and weekend hours are available, and reservations are required. Enrollment is ongoing and semesters are prorated from the time you register.
Wood Kingdom West — Farmingdale
Wood Kingdom East — Coram
Wood Kingdom is a giant yard-play-structure (and garden-structure) showroom that allow kids to try out the equipment themselves. It also features dedicated indoor play spaces with inflatable bouncers and multi-level climbing structures. The loosely affiliated Laser Kingdom laser-tag center shares a building with Wood Kingdom East and is two buildings away from Wood Kingdom West. Weekday and weekend open-play hours and toddler time are available, but call ahead for weekend hours, as birthday parties often take over the space.
Top photo: The indoor playground at Fun 4 All is always a hit. All photos courtesy of the venues.
A version of this article first published in 2014, but it is regularly updated.