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Best Indoor Play Spaces on Long Island: Nassau County

The chilly weather might force your little ones indoors, but they don't have to be confined to your living room all winter long.

After you've made your umpteenth fort and your kids are climbing the walls, get up and out with our list of play places across Nassau County. And don't forget to check out our rundown of Indoor Places in Suffolk County, as well as Play Cafes on Long Island.

Weekend Fun for LI Kids: Three Little Pigs, Madagascar, Deer Detectives

Hark! Who goes there? On January 21-22, the theater is calling. 

Catch The Three Little Pigs, Madagascar or Shrek, Jr. this weekend. Or decorate a kitty cat cake with your little chef at Bake Me A Cake in Lindenhurst. Meow — that sounds like delicious fun.

If you'd rather be outdoors, head to Connetquot River State Park Preserve for clues on how to become a deer detective, or search for seashells on the seashore on Fire Island. Say that three times fast.

For more activities to fill the weekend, pop over to our January GoList or Winter Fun Guide. And if you're keeping an eye on your wallet after the holidays, check out our list of 20 FREE Things to Do With Long Island Kids This Winter.

Of course, our Event Calendar is loaded with fun daily events for Long Island kids. Don't see a great event listed here? Add it to our Event Calendar yourself

The Best Family Sledding Spots on Long Island

Say it ain't snow. But it is. 

Parents with kids eager to brave the outdoors don't have to leave Long Island to find ideal sledding spots. We've rounded up a few places where you can hit the local powder for FREE. Safety first though, so be sure to check surroundings for sticks, rocks and more, and wear a helmet and proper snow gear to keep warm. Bring your own equipment to these snow-covered destinations and be ready for some fun.

Don't forget to check our January GoList and Event Calendar for more ideas on winter entertainment for your family, whether the weather outside is frightful, or delightful.

There's also plenty of seasonal fun in our Long Island Winter Fun Guide, from skiing to hot chocolate spots to FREE events all winter.

Family Memberships on Long Island Worth the Price

Skipping the line, early invites, and additional discounts on events, food and merchandise are some of the members-only perks families can gain when opting to purchase a membership to one of their local kid hot spots. Here on Long Island, there are plenty of educational and entertaining opportunities for families to take advantage of year-round, from museums to water parks. And if you're going to visit the same destination more than once, or several times, in a year, a membership might make financial sense, too, as it will often save you money in the long run. Not all will, though.

We've rounded up some of the top kid spots around Long Island and done the math on their memberships to find the ones that are most worth it for frequent visitors. Read on for these local deals, which will hopefully put a little more money back in your pocket for the new year, plus deliver your family to the front of the line—an almost invaluable perk on busy school holidays!

Find more ideas in our Classes and Enrichment Guide and Indoor Family Fun Guide, which is filled with play space reviews and more.

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.

20 Free Things to Do with Long Island Kids This Winter

Wintertime in the Northeast means getting creative about keeping the kids entertained and engaged. But indoor play space and fun zones, museum admissions, and theater can all start to add up. So how to do it without breaking the bank? Lucky you. We've rounded up FREE events for Long Island kids and families happening this winter!

We found indoor STEAM events, outdoor hikes at the Fire Island seashore and Quogue Wildlife Refuge, hands-on workshops for little builders, and more special events. 

Remember, you can always check our Events Calendar for FREE events by using the "free" search filter. Be sure to also keep an eye on our Winter Fun Guide as we continue to update it with more season-specific ideas like sledding and winter walks.

Weekend Fun for LI Kids: Elmo Visits, Pinkalicious, DIY Toolbox

Start the new year off right with a family trip to local Long Island children's theater this January weekend to see Beauty & The Beast, Jr. or Pinkalicious live on stage. Or catch a FREE live Sesame Street show and meet and greet with favorite characters, Elmo and Abby Cadabby, as the preschooler show kicks off its new K is for Kindness Tour from Long Island.

You can also enjoy the fresh winter air with outdoor kid outings as a Wildlife Detective or on a beach hike. New year, new class? Our Long Island Classes Guide includes endless enrichment opportunities, and our Directory of local businesses even more.

There's plenty more on deck this month, so be sure to take a peek at our January GoList, rounding up more than a dozen of the best family events.

Find more weekend events in our Events Calendar or submit your own here

January GoList: The Best Things To Do with Long Island Kids

With the holidays behind us, winter is suddenly becoming real! Don't fret. There are plenty of activities happening in January for Long Island families.

There's a new interactive (and full of sillies) exhibit headed to the Long Island Children's Museum, plenty of theater, including Beauty & The Beast Jr. and the The Snow Queen, a FREE live meet-and-greet and show with Sesame Street, plus the Lunar New Year and the year of the rooster is headed our way later this month.

Of course, for more things to do during the month, check out our Long Island Events Calendar and Indoor Family Fun Guide to keep cabin fever at bay and chase away the winter blues.