It’s summertime and the livin’ is easy…until you are stuck at home on a rainy day with a house full of bored kids. Breathe easy. Here are some great places on Long Island where you can take your children, no matter what the weather. These boredom-busting ideas will keep your kids engaged so you can keep your sanity.
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The Gateway, Bellport
This non-profit performing arts center which is celebrating its 70th anniversary brings Broadway-quality shows to Bellport. Check out the upcoming schedule of kid-friendly productions such as Dinosaurs and Frozen Jr.
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The Gravity Vault, Melville
Kids driving you up the walls? Bring them to The Gravity Vault and they can climb its walls, safely! This indoor rock climbing gym has instructors who will show your kids the ropes and provide all the equipment needed to take their fitness – and fun – to new heights.
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Simplay is Long Island’s only multi-sport simulator facility. Using advanced simulator technology you and the kids can play a variety of sports from golf and football to basketball and even zombie dodge-ball on giant 16-foot screens. Visit the website for pricing and reservation information.
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Puzzle Break LI, Syosset
You and the kids are locked in a room. You have 60 minutes to escape and the clock is ticking. Can you get out? At Puzzle Break LI you'll have a lot of fun trying! Puzzle Break is America's oldest and most well-known real-life escape room facility. Work as a team to search for clues, solve puzzles, decode the locks and work your way out of an underwater laboratory, the Grimm forest, a Lost Temple or a midnight carnival...before it's too late. Visit the website to view availability and to purchase tickets. Use code SAVE4ALL which is good for $3 off per player.
Long Island Science Center, Riverhead
The Long Island Science Center is a Learning Museum focused on STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics). Through interactive exhibits kids – and parents!—will have a blast exploring augmented reality, virtual reality, 3D printing and much more. There are also special Science Saturday Workshops.
Long Island Children’s Museum, Garden City
The Long Island Children’s Museum features 14 interactive exhibits, live shows and endless opportunities for children to explore the worlds of science, art, math and much more. After a day of doing everything from climbing to creating, chances are your kids will fall fast asleep on the ride home.
Of course, your local library is also a wonderful and free resource for educational, kid-friendly fun. Enjoy your summer!