Today's Top 10: Indoor Play Areas

Indoor play areas are great on sweltering Summer days, rainy days or any day to beat the boredom blues.

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With rain in the forecast, parents will be looking for indoor activities to keep the kids entertained.  Indoor play areas are the perfect fun venue for preschoolers as well as parents.  Be sure to wear socks and get ready to slide,  jump and play.  Most places donot allow shoes, even for non-bouncing parents. (This is also great for a cleaner environment!)  The slides are sanitized and inspected for safe, good, clean fun.  Climb to the top of a giant inflatable and slide down.  Wiggle through an obstacle course, go through tunnels, climb cargo nets, play bouncy basketball or use ball cannons.  All of these activities are included in the session price.  There are usually sibling discounts as well as parents play for free.  Some places even offer themed bounces.  Wouldn't it be fun to wear glow in the dark accessories while bouncing in the dark?  This is geared for older kids.  Many of these are also party spaces.  Double check the open play schedules before heading out.  The staff are often teenagers who love interacting with the kids.  They seem to have almost as much fun as your children.   

Here are our favorite Indoor Play Areas for your family to bounce around.
  • Bounce U 
    Multiple locations in Farmingdale, Smithtown & Oceanside
    Your family will love to graduate from Bounce U!  Major in interactive games, giant inflatables, slides and obstacle courses.
  • Fun4All
    200 Wilson St. Port Jefferson Station (631) 331-9000
    The name says it all.  Play daily from 10 a.m. until 8 p.m.
  • Pump it Up
    135 Dupont Street, Plainview (516) 575-2300
    Their Pop-In Playtimes are great for the kids to jump around like crazy and for parents to make new friends.
  • Jump
    151 Dominion Boulevard, Ronkonkoma (631) 585-5867
    Non-stop fun in their two huge jump rooms.  They also feature a game room with simulator and sports games.
  • KZAM
    85 Sea Lane Farmingdale (631) 393-0801
    The grand play arena is on three levels.  Kids will love playing with the thousands of foam balls that move around and fall out of the giant basket.
  • Safari Adventure
    1074 Pulaski Street, Riverhead (631) 727-4386
    Your little adventurer will enjoy the four level ‘Kilimanjaro' playground.  
  • Laser Bounce
    2710 Hempstead Turnpike, Levittown (516) 342-1330
    Parents will enjoy Wifi while their kids are bouncing, playing laser tag, going to the Ballocity Arena or creating a stuff-a bear.
  • Active Kidz
    200 Robbins Lane, Jericho (516) 621-6600
    Toddlers have their own area while older kids will enjoy the adventure maze,  laser frenzy, rockclimbing wall and the cannonball blast.
  • Hop N' Bop
    975 West Jericho Turnpike, Smithtown (631) 265-2695
    Their famous Velcro Wall is a must do for everyone!  The double lane slide is great to race a friend.
  • The Children's Safari
    6 Rockaway Avenue, Valley Stream (516) 872-2600
    Children will enjoy playing in the 8,000 square feet of playspace.  You can also make a safari friend in the stuffing area.
The next time your kids ask, "what are we going to do today?"  wow them with one of these indoor play areas.  Bring along some friends or be ready to make some new ones while the kids are having fun.  Let us know about your favorite indoor play area on the Long forum!