Open Play Places for Kids to Let Out Cooped Up Energy

This week is mid-winter recess for most kids, but no school doesn't mean they have to be bored at home everyday. Head out to one of the many open play places!

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A child plays on a toy boat.

Photo by: Wendy Lau

When school is in session, kids have other students to socialize with and they’re kept busy with activities and homework. When school is out and the outdoor temperatures are below freezing, the best place to head is an open play place.

Open play places make a great outlet to simply let kids be kids. They can jump, run, laugh and, most importantly, have fun!

Check out open play places over mid-winter recess or for weekends when it’s too cold to be playing outdoors.

  • @Play Amusements
    229 Broadhollow Road, Farmingdale, NY
    Phone: 631-815-5355
    Cost: $14-$20, depending on package and available discounts.

    Located on the former site of FunZone, @Play Amusements has been completely renovated to provide more fun for kids than ever!
  • Active Kidz
    200 Robbins Lane, Jericho, NY
    Phone: 516-621-6600
    Cost: $4 to $21 (depending on attraction and games)
    There are attractions here for all ages. Enjoy laser tag, an inflatable fun zone, rock wall climbing, arcades and so much more. Open play hours are available on its Events Calendar page or by calling.

  • Air Trampoline Sports
    1850 Lakeland Avenue, Ronkonkoma, NY
    Phone: 631-619-6000
    Cost: $15 For One Hour or pay more for longer play time
    Kids and adults can jump as high as they want in an open area! Also enjoy a three-lane foam pit, a basketball court, a dodgeball section and an arcade area.
  • Bouncers and Slydos
    1835 New Highway, Farmingdale, NY
    Phone: 631-752-2324
    Cost: $12

    If your kids enjoys obstacle courses, they’ll have a great time here with the over-sized inflatables set up along an exciting obstacle course complete with a sky-high slide, zip line and so much more! It offers exciting fun for kids 2 years old and up.
  • Bounce! Trampoline Sports
    310 Michael Drive, Syosset, NY
    Phone: 516-762-1300
    Cost: $10 for 30 minutes or pay more for longer play
    This indoor trampoline park is great for adults and kids to have fun together! Play indoor sports and working out together. They also have a separate zone called Bounce! Jr. for those 6 and under.

  • Laser Bounce
    2710 Hempstead Turnpike, Levittown, NY
    Phone: 516-342-1330
    Cost: $12.95 Per Session
    Like the place is called, it’s complete with laser tag fun and bounce houses.

  • Safari Adventure
    1074 Pulaski Street, Riverhead, NY
    Phone: 631-727-4386
    Cost: $14, $9.25 For Children Under 3 Years Old, Free for Infants and Adults
    This place is ideal for any child between the age of 1-10. There’s 4-level soft play structure playground, bouncers and arcade and skill games to enjoy.

  • TotSpot at Long Island Children’s Museum
    11 Davis Avenue, Garden City, NY
    Phone: 516-224-5800
    Cost: Sign up for free time ticket with museum admission purchase ($12, Free for Children Under 1)
    For those with toddlers and older kids, this makes a great indoor play place to entertain both. Kids can crawl, climb, jump, slide and do pretend play.


  • A child plays on a toy boat. Photo by: Wendy Lau

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