Look up great summer activities for kids in Suffolk County, Long Island. NYMetroParents' guide helps you find kids classes, Nassau County summer camps, summer programs, activities near Nassau County, and family excursions close by. Find all of your summer activities for kids in Northport, Dix Hills, Commack, Sayville, Cold Spring Harbor, and more in Suffolk County, Long Island.
ACTIVITIES & EXCURSIONS
300 LONG ISLAND
895 Walt Whitman Road, Melville
It’s time to pack up those tents, put away the bug spray, and step into some bowling shoes. Come venture into the great indoors called 300 Long Island. With 49 state-of-the-art bowling lanes, comfy seating, and ceiling-to-floor video screens—not to mention air conditioning—you’ll hardly miss the old campgrounds. For more information on our great camp packages, contact our sales office at 631-271-0051 or check us out at 300longisland.com.
AAA NEW YORK
229 Seventh St., Garden City
729 Smithtown Bypass, Route 347, Smithtown
SeaWorld’s exclusive AAA ticket plus Meal Deal- food and fun - all in one! AAA members get all the fun and a meal for less than a day’s admission at SeaWorld Orlando or Busch Gardens. Meal Deal includes one entrée, accompanying side item, and regular non-alcoholic beverage. Tickets are available on AAA.com/Seaworld and in participating club branch offices. Offer is not valid at gate. Buy your AAA member exclusive Meal Deal today and experience unique attractions, exciting thrills and up-close animal encounters. Restrictions apply.
ANIMAL FARM PETTING ZOO & FAMILY PARK
296 Wading River Road, Manorville
This interactive park is the perfect place for children to meet animals - parrots, monkeys, camel, llamas, wallaby, reptiles, emu and other exotic animals to pet and feed. Lots of new babies to hand-feed, baby pigs and cows to bottle feed, free pony rides, Super Cow Musical Puppet Show, turtle train, playgrounds, and picnic areas. Safari tour train additional. Birthday party and group rates available. Hours are 10am-5pm daily, weekends 10am-6pm. Open April through October.
101 Carolyn Blvd., Farmingdale
BounceU Farmingdale was voted “Best of Long Island” for Children’s Party Place, Camp and Family Amusement Center. We provide the ideal combination of inflatable structures, a clean environment, incredible customer service and non-stop excitement in a private-party atmosphere. We feature giant inflatable toys and a wide variety of activities for children and adults, including basketball and boxing, obstacle courses and slides. We take pride in providing superior customer service. Private parties are meticulously planned and prepared by our knowledgeable staff, so parents can relax and enjoy themselves.
Ultimate video game party serving all of Long Island and NYC
The ultimate mobile video game party serving all of Long Island! Game Truck is a mobile video game theater that is completely self contained and all-weather. It is always 75 degrees and dry inside our custom game theater. Every Game Truck is equipped with 6 HD TVs inside our theater, as well as 2 HD TVs outside! We can accommodate up to 28 players all playing the latest multiplayer games on Xbox, PS3, Wii, and Wii U. Two game coaches manage the event while you sit back and relax or join the fun. Great for children ages 6 and older, and adults too! Game Truck is available to come to your family event, camp, and summer program.
HARBES BARNYARD ADVENTURE
715 Sound Ave., Mattituck
Join us at Harbes Barnyard Adventure for a birthday party of a lifetime or just spend the day with us. At the Harbes Barnyard you will discover pig races, animal shows, secret hedge maze, baby farm animals, bunnyville, pedal cart race track and much more. Let us take care of everything so you can enjoy the special day with your child. For more information please call 631-365-2937 or visit our website at harbesfamilyfarm.com.
For your summer getaway, only Hershey, PA offers a fun-filled family experience with more than 65 rides and attractions at Hersheypark including the all-new Skyrush, the tallest, fastest, and longest coaster in Hersheypark with one-of-a-kind winged outer seats! Stay over at The Hotel Hershey or Hershey Lodge and book the Kids Stay, Play & Eat Package, and enjoy the convenience of overnight accommodations and tickets to Hersheypark. See package details and book on-line at hersheypa.com.
HOTTI DOGS, LLC
Hotti Dogs, LLC, is a hot dog vending business. We cater parties and events. We offer: Hot dogs (with trimmings), hamburgers (with trimmings), cotton candy, soups, chips, soda, water, juices, and soft Jumbo NY-style pretzels. We do fundraisers, birthday parties, street fairs, festivals, block parties, parties in general, sports events, etc. Have us host your event. Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
HOWE CAVERNS ADVENTURE PARK
255 Discovery Drive, Howes Cave
Discover Howe Caverns, New York State’s second-most-visited natural attraction! Descend below the Earth’s surface to see the largest Show Cave in the Northeast. Enjoy comfortable guided tours of an underground cavern, a boat ride on the underground Lake of Venus, and historical exhibits. Our all-new Howe High Adventure Park offers a Ropes Course, Air Jumper, 4-Tower, 40-ft.-high Zip Line, and 26-ft. Rock Climbing Wall. Then climb into our New H2OGO Ball and take a wet and wild ride 1,100 feet down the beautiful Caverns Estate hillside. For more information visit howecaverns.com or call 518-296-8900.
54A Motor Parkway, Commack
Host the ultimate laser tag and dodge ball birthday party at Lazerland! We have the only two-level laser tag arena in New York! We have recently expanded and have four new party rooms, two sports stadiums, and our newest attraction, Laser Frenzy. Every Friday and Saturday night we offer unlimited laser tag and dodge ball for $20 per person from 7:30-11:30pm. It’s a great night out for the kids in a safe environment. Register for Camp Lazerland, at only $160 per week. Call 631-543-8300 or visit lazerlandofli.com for more information.
LONG ISLAND AQUARIUM & EXHIBITION CENTER
431 E. Main St., Riverhead
631-208-9200 xH20 (426)
Two great attractions in one fin-tastic destination - with more than 100 exhibits and interactive experiences, including Shark Dive, Penguin Encounter, Pirate Snorkel, the all-new Shark Keeper program, and more, the Aquarium and Exhibition Center is a great place to visit anytime of the year. Don’t miss the Exhibition Center’s Butterflies and Birds. Add to the fun with an overnight stay at the Hyatt Place East End & Resort Marina located adjacent to the property.
MONSTER JAM PATH OF DESTRUCTION
MetLife Stadium, East Rutherford
Mayhem returns to MetLife Stadium on Saturday, June 15, at Monster Jam Path of Destruction. Celebrating a decade of destruction with Tom Meents and Max-D—one of the most decorated World Finals champions of all time—again attempting to land a double backflip, Monster Jam features more than 4,000 tons of dirt, 50 crush cars, and 16 of the world’s most popular trucks competing in intense racing and freestyle competition. Affordably priced for families, starting at $35 for adults, $15 for kids. Visit monsterjam.com orticketmaster.com for ticket sales information.
NYCB THEATRE AT WESTBURY
960 Brush Hollow Road, Westbury
The NYCB Theatre at Westbury is pleased to announce the 2013 Children’s Summer Show Series. Tickets for each show are available for $14.95 each plus applicable charges. Groups of 11 or more save 30%. Purchase a package of 4 shows and also receive a discount. Snack and lunch packs available. Show lineup includes: 7/11 – Pinkalicious; 7/16 –The Wizard of OZ; 7/23 – Cinderella’s Wedding; 7/30 – Alice in Wonderland; 8/6 – Pinocchio; 8/13 – Beauty and the Beast; 8/20 – Peter Pan.
SMITHTOWN CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS
2 E. Main St., Smithtown
All our old friends, plus a few new ones, are here in this marvelous musical adaptation, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. We’ll meet the captivating Princess Snow White, the prince, the evil queen, and, of course, the seven mischievous dwarfs. There’s also a hilarious palace cat and an enchanted vixen— a fox, you could say! Following the traditional story line the fairy tale is brought to life with an eclectic score of toe-tapping tunes. The show runs June 8-23, Saturdays at 2pm and Sundays at 11am.
THE GATEWAY PERFORMING ARTS CENTER OF SUFFOLK COUNTY
215 S. Country Road, Bellport
Gateway’s Children’s Theatre series is a great way to give kids a fun and memorable arts experience. Summer shows start on June 28 with Jack and the Beanstalk, followed by Disney’s Winnie the Pooh Kids, Fridays and Saturdays, July 5-20. The fun continues with Seussical Jr., Fridays and Saturdays, July 26-Aug. 10. The summer wraps up with Jim West’s Dinosaurs, Aug. 23. Visit pacsc.org for pricing, show times and locations. Kids always come first – at The Gateway.
SUMMER FUN – PROGRAMS & CLASSES – PRINT GUIDE
ABILITIES, INC. AT THE VISCARDI CENTER
201 I.U. Willets Road, Albertson
The 2013 Abilities, Inc. Transition Services Summer Program focuses on three spheres of development and training: social, vocational, and leisure/recreational. The six-week program incorporates vocational instruction, work experience, community integration, and travel training. Each week also includes a recreational/educational trip to a local attraction. For more information, call Barry Tussman at 516-465-1529 or email email@example.com, or Jillian Bianco at 516-465-1423 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Abrakadoodle® is the country's largest art education program for children ages 2-12. Our lessons are always new and fun! We offer ARTrageous art classes and summer camps that are both fun and educational. Our birthday parties are a blast! Abrakadoodle Arty Parties™ are easy for parents and fun for kids. We plan a great art party around your party theme! Each party guest leaves with the best party favor ever -- their very own framed piece of original art! We love art and kids!
BRICKS 4 KIDZ
Bricks 4 Kidz Creativity Center, 49 Ira Road, Syosset
Off-site programs in Northport, Port Washington, and Dix Hills
Bricks 4 Kidz ™ summer camps provide a safe, relaxed learning environment where initiative is invited and self-expression is celebrated – all using LEGO® bricks. With themes including Space Adventures, Super Heroes, Mining and Crafting, and more for ages 6-9 and Introduction to Robotics and Movie Making for ages 9 and older, we offer a variety of unique proprietary model builds, themed games and activities that introduce STEM concepts to young children while they are having fun and socializing in a non-competitive environment. Camps are offered at our Creativity Center and off-site locations.
CAMPS 'R' US
Locations in Baldwin, Bellmore, Farmingdale, Hicksville, Northport, and Valley Stream,
At Camps ‘R’ Us, we provide families with the most safe, fun, and affordable summer day camp experience available. Our award-winning camp programs offer children ages 3-15 a diverse summer experience, including sports, arts and crafts, gaming, swimming, bowling, trips, special events, and much more. Our premier facilities, top-notch staff, and unique affordability have earned us the reputation as one of the best summer camps on Long Island.
COLD SPRING HARBOR LABORATORY
The DNA Learning Center of Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory is the world’s first science center devoted entirely to genetics education. The DNALC "invented" DNA camps in 1985; since then over 14,000 students have participated. This summer we are offering fun, challenging science camps at five locations, for science enthusiasts entering grades 6-12. Guided by experienced instructors, students use sophisticated laboratory and computer equipment to perform experiments several grade levels ahead of their peers.
Summer Day Camp Fun! Camp Locations in Garden City, Jericho, Manhasset, Merrick, Wantagh,
Destination Science kids, ages 5-11, enjoy those “aha!” moments! STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) learning is more important than ever before. In fact, it’s a national movement. Start your child’s journey this summer by heading toward Destination Science! 2013 topics: The Ultimate Survival Zone, Wacky Mega-Bot Tech, Astronaut Adventure Camp, and Crazy Coaster Science and Sea-fari Park! Special Offer: Save $10 per week when you use promo code NYParent. Offer expires 6/30/13.
2463 S. Long Beach Road, Oceanside
1775 Deer Park Ave., Deer Park
Deer Park, by appt. only
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FUTURE STARS DAY CAMPS
2350 Broadhollow Road, Farmingdale
546 Bedford Road, Armonk
Future Stars Summer Camps offer weekly sports and specialty day camps at Farmingdale State College. Summer 2013 camps run from June 24-Aug. 16. Programs are directed by experienced and qualified teachers and coaches who share a passion for working with children. Weekly programs are offered for boys and girls entering grades K-12. Stop by our regular on-campus open house events to view the facilities, meet the directors, and take advantage of enrollment savings.
91-1B Colin Drive, Holbrook
Gravity Cheer was established in 2000. It was the first All Star Cheer Gym on Long Island. Gravity Cheer offers classes for cheerleaders of every age and ability level. We have Try outs for the 2013-2014 season June 17-25. We offer classes in tumbling, cheerleading, dance, and aerobics in our 10,000-square-foot heated and air-conditioned facility. We have competitive teams for all and also offer summer camps, clinics, birthday parties, private lessons, tumbling classes for boys, and so much more. Our competitive teams have won many national and regional titles and compete all over the country.
JOHN W. ENGEMAN THEATRE AT NORTHPORT
250 Main St., Northport
Along with our Broadway quality shows the theater is also home to the John W. Engeman Studio of the Performing Arts. Sponsored by Bethpage Federal Credit Union, the Studio offers year-round classes and summer camp to children that focuses on singing, acting, dancing, and how to become a star. Full-time or part-time sessions available for ages 7-17. Summer camp begins June 24. Space is limited; session 1 and session 3 are still available.
KENWAL DAY CAMP
100 Drexel Ave., Melville
Kenwal Day Camp is situated on 20 magnificent acres, accented by many tree-shaded activity areas, wondrous nature trails, our half-acre man-made lake, and the finest facilities and equipment, to ensure every camper hours of fun, exploration, and excitement. The Camp Kenwal philosophy is based on a very simple yet profound statement made by one of our younger campers to his parent: "I didn't win, but I did my best." This positive attitude is exactly what Camp Kenwal is all about!
KIDDIE ACADEMY OF BRIGHTWATERS
225 Howells Road, Bay Shore
Kiddie Academy of Brightwaters provides quality child care programs for children 6 weeks to 12 years. We operate Monday-Friday, 6:30am-7pm, throughout the year while offering a variety of programs. Our academy strives to ensure all children’s nutritional needs are met by providing a variety of healthy meals and snacks. Kiddie Academy of Brightwaters is an active member of the community providing services that meet all of our families’ needs. Call to schedule an appointment to visit our facility and meet our amazing staff.
KIDOYO, A NOIZIVY.ORG PROJECT
kidOYO: Game Makers @ Stony Brook University: Don’t just be a video game player; be a video game maker. Learn to design and build interactive games and stories using object oriented programming and physical computing components. kidOYO: Robotics @ Stony Brook University: Learn to design, build, and program robotic systems using Lego Mindstorm NXT platform. Enter the world of engineering by building complex automated control systems with sensory tools and code blocks to accomplish advanced missions.
LONG ISLAND SCIENCE CENTER
11 West Main St., Riverhead
Enroll your child in Summer Science Laboratories at the LISC! Labs are offered every week this summer from July 9-Aug. 23. Labs run Tuesday-Friday from 9am-12pm. Drop off time is between 8:30-9am. Only $100 per child per week! Check our website for weekly laboratory themes. Just bring a bagged lunch, we supply the snacks! Make the most of your child’s summer and sign up for Summer Science Laboratories!
MAD SCIENCE OF LONG ISLAND
P.O. Box 401, Woodmere
Mad Science will have children experiencing science in a whole new light this summer with fun and interactive activities. The camps will be running throughout Long Island with weekly full- and half-day themed sessions such as Eureka!, Robots and Reactions, Robot Engineers, Advanced Robotics, Junior Robotics, Science in Motion, Flight Academy, Detective Academy, Forensic Science, Crazy Chemworks, NASA Space Explorers, Let’s Get Growing, and Junior Scientists. Mad Science programs are developed by a team of professional educators, scientists, and entertainers to ensure accuracy, education, and fun.
MATHNASIUM LEARNING CENTERS
217A Mineola Ave., Roslyn Heights
381 Sunrise Highway, Lynbrook
1003 Jericho Turnpike, New Hyde Park
110 Jackson Avenue, Syosset
11 Great Neck Road, Great Neck
3430 Sunrise Highway, Wantagh
414 Central Avenue, Cedarhurst
Do you want your child to avoid the “summer slide?” Summer is a great time to catch up on math and get ahead! In our relaxed, homework-free environment, Mathnasium enables kids to focus on sharpening their mental math skills. Instead of the dreaded “summer slide,” Mathnasium students develop and maintain the knowledge and confidence needed to hit the ground running when school begins in the fall. Mathnasium is a learning center where kids go to catch up, keep up, or get ahead in math. Programs run year-round for kids of all ages.
MINI MONET, INC. -- BETH BODENMILLER (FOUNDER)
19B Main St., Sayville
Allow your child to be creative this summer. Mini Monet, Sayville's premeire art studio offers summer programs for kids ages 18 months-5 years. Not to mention, we offer the ever popular “Moms night Out". We offer weekly sessions Mon-Fri. with themes including "Beachin' It," "Aloha Monets," and "Too Cool for School." Fashion, jewelry, storybook art, and sculpting are offered on a weekly basis. Go to minimonetny.com for info. Like us on Facebook for promotions and special events.
Locations in Bellmore, Carle Place, Commack, Great Neck, Levittown, Lindenhurst, Lynbrook, Maspeth, Park Slope, Syosset,
2459 Merrick Road, Bellmore
235 Glen Cove Road, Carle Place
6500 Jericho Turnpike, Commack
415 Northern Blvd., Great Neck
3276 Hempstead Turnpike, Levittown
656 North Wellwood Ave., Lindenhurst
585 Merrick Road, Lynbrook
74-25 Grand Ave., Maspeth
418 - 420 5th Ave., Park Slope
358 Jericho Turnpike, Syosset
At Premier Care, our highly trained and experienced emergency medicine doctors deliver expert care to you and your loved ones in a state-of-the-art, clean, and friendly environment. We work with your primary physician or pediatrician to help you or your child quickly get through any urgent medical need you may have. All our facilities have X-ray and laboratory services on site enabling us to diagnose and treat all urgent care medical conditions.
SAFARI ADVENTURE-CHILDREN'S ENTERTAINMENT CENTER
1074 Pulaski St., Riverhead
Gym Nation and Safari Adventure are teaming up offering a fantastic six-hour summer camp program! The day begins at Gym Nation for action-packed gymnastic fun. Gym Nation incorporates games and activities while offering instruction on Olympic apparatuses, in-ground tumble trax, trampoline, and foam pit. Midday, the children are escorted next door to Safari Adventure, checked-in by a Safari Counselor. Children will enjoy lunch, then climbing, bouncing, and sliding in open play area and tokens for games. The children will head to their assigned room for snacks and activities until pick up at 3:30pm.
SCHOOL OF ROCK, LLC
154 Mineola Ave., Roslyn Heights
540 Smith St., Farmingdale
We believe the best way to learn music is to play music. We take students from the lesson room to the stage, developing both their confidence and musicianship with programs designed for all skill levels. School of Rock teaches guitar, bass, vocals, keyboards, and drums, and combines weekly private music lessons and group band rehearsals to prepare students to take the stage in front of live audiences in an authentic concert setting. Our summer camp programs include Performance Camp, Recording and Performing, Woodstock, Modern vs. Classic, and more. See our website for complete details.
SPORTIME TENNIS & MULTI-SPORT CAMPS
Several locations throughout Long Island,
SPORTIME's Tennis, EXCEL Tennis and Multi-Sport summer camps offer children a great combination of sports instruction and games, swimming, arts and crafts, and exciting special events. Camp activities include tennis, soccer, softball, basketball, flag football, and floor hockey. Campers learn fundamental skills, participate in competitive drills and tournaments, learn game strategies, and receive individualized attention-all in a fun, safe, nurturing environment.
THE LONG ISLAND UNIVERSITY CENTER FOR GIFTED YOUTH
C.W. Post Campus, Brookville
The Center for Gifted Youth is a four-week, campus-based, non-residential summer program emphasizing hands-on academic activities. Opportunities are provided for individual and group work and productive learning experiences with special emphasis on higher order thinking skills, creativity, problem-solving, and leadership development. A supervised recreational program is offered at the end of each day. Students may participate in outdoor athletic activities, such as soccer and kickball, or take part in club-type activities, such as chess and group discussions.
THE PEDIATRIC CENTER AT GOOD SAMARITAN HOSPITAL MEDICAL CENTER
1000 Montauk Highway, West Islip
The Pediatric Center at Good Samaritan Hospital offers Think Smart™ concussion management program. The Center has been providing evaluations to post concussive, both high- and low-impact, middle and high school athletes using a team approach. The program features the expertise of ImPACT® trained physicians and care providers. ImPACT® provides computerized neurocognitive assessment tools and services that are used by medical doctors, psychologists, athletic trainers and other licensed health care professionals to assist them in determining an athlete's ability to return to play after suffering a concussion.
THE RINX/HIDDEN POND DAY CAMP
660 Terry Road, Hauppauge
Director Peter Trupia has been involved with children’s camps since 1971, along with Matt Pagliari, who has more than 20 years of camp experience and has been a camp director since 2007. Since 1992 HPDC campers have enjoyed our two NHL-sized indoor ice-skating rinks, heated Olympic-sized pool, and 97 acres of the great outdoors. Three-week minimum .Enjoy team sports, creative and performing arts, climbing wall, high ropes,go-carts, archery, gamers den, and special event days. Lunch and snack included. Ages 4-15; 9am-4pm. Extended hours available.
212 Laurel Road, East Northport
At Tumbling Tunes, we encourage high self-esteem through an energetic and fun, yet safe environment. We offer music classes, art classes, music for babies, and gymnastics for 3-6 year olds, as well as birthday parties, open play, and drop-off for children 6 months to 8 years old. During our summer session, we offer music, gymnastics, art, and science camps. Camps, for children 2½-8 years, can be reserved by the day or week. Sibling, Stroller Stride, and North Shore Mama discounts are available. All classes are led by NYS-certified early childhood education teacher Kerry Anastasi.
607 Middle Country Road, Coram
Children ages 3-12 will receive swimming lessons everyday followed by sports and fitness, arts and crafts, hands on science, additional pool time, lunch and much more! Campers get to experience fun and learning out in the sun with our friendly and experienced staff. We also offer a Counselor in Training Program for kids ages 13-15. Camp runs from July 1-Aug. 23, from 8:30am-3:30pm Mon.-Fri. with aftercare available until 6pm. Free 1 month family membership to gym with enrollment of 4 weeks of camp!
YOUNG PEOPLE'S DAY CAMPS SUFFOLK
Since 1972, our family-run camp has provided safe, fun summers for thousands of youngsters ages 4-15. YPDC is accredited by the ACA, the New York Camp Directors Association, and is supervised by licensed teachers and administrators. Our philosophy is to “grow” children intellectually, physically, and spiritually in a fun environment. Activities include swimming, sports, arts and crafts, music, dance, natural science, academics, educational and recreational field trips, and special events. Door-to-door transportation is available at no additional charge. Two- to eight-week sessions are available. Ask about special discounts.