UPDATED JANUARY 2017: If your kids are looking for a fun place to get the sillies out, don’t let the cold weather keep you home. There are plenty of enjoyable ways to keep children amused during the winter months. Check out our handy guide to boredom-busting indoor play spaces, bounce houses, and sports centers for kids in Nassau and Suffolk counties.
When you're looking to get out of the house but still stay warm, you can drop in at these places on a moment's notice, no reservation or membership required (but do check for their hours of open play!).
See our indoor play space guides for Rockland, Westchester, Bergen, and Fairfield counties, and New York City.
Indoor Play Spaces in Nassau County
Active Kidz Long Island
200 Robbins Lane, Jericho
This indoor play space includes mazes, laser tag, inflatables, and a ball pit and cannon area, which are sure to keep the kiddies entertained. For littler ones, the toddler center is a safe play space. Check the calendar for open play times, which occur almost daily.
BounceU of Oceanside
3495 Lawson Blvd., Oceanside
There are bouncy houses galore at this indoor play space. Open bounce is offered, as well as family night and preschool events for littler ones.
Waldbaums Shopping Center, 38 Great Neck Road, Great Neck
You little tumbler will love the open gym access, which includes play time on the balance beam, tunnels, trampolines, and slides. Open play is offered whenever there is no class. Check schedule to confirm.
Fun Station USA
40 Rocklyn Ave., Lynbrook
Fun Station USA offers video games, laser tag, bumper cars, a carousel, and a multi-level play maze to keep your child entertained. All-day play passes are available.
Great Play of Woodmere
1012 Railroad Ave., Woodmere
Featuring a one-of-a-kind Interactive Gym, this play space allows kids 10 and younger the opportunity to use technology during play time with games like limbo on the beach and jumping in snowy hills, along with classic sports like soccer, baseball, basketball, football, and hockey. The programs are tailored toward every age group, from toddlers to preschoolers and school age children.
Le Play Café
2465 Merrick Road, Bellmore
Ideal for kids 5 and younger, Le Play is an enclosed, supervised play space where mom or dad can also hang out and enjoy a cup of java. Children can play dress-up and try out a play on the stage, pretend to shop in the themed market place, or enjoy the building areas. Open play varies each week. Make sure to check the calendar to confirm.
Long Island Children's Museum
11 Davis Ave., Garden City
Admission to the museum includes the indoor play areas, Tot Spot and Climb It. At Tot Spot, kids can play pretend in the train, grocery store, or construction site, as well as wiggle, jump, and slide.
Long Island’s Laser Bounce
2710 Hempstead Turnpike, Levittown
Toddlers to tweens will enjoy this indoor play area. There are rooms filled with bouncers, a big ball-filled climbing area with ball cannons, a laser-tag arena, a full-size game arcade, and a stuff-a-bear station. Open play times are available on the website.
Once Upon a Treetop
151 Dupont St., Plainview
Let your imagination run wild at this pretend play space. Imaginative play areas such as a grocery store, a bakery, and a construction zone will surely captivate your kids. Along the back wall is a multi-tiered climbing structure for your little gymnast to explore. Admission is $12 for walkers, $6 for crawlers. Open play is Monday-Friday; check website for times.
Pump It Up
225 Community Drive, Suite 250, Great Neck
135 Dupont St., Plainview
This bouncy center franchise offers Pop-in Playtimes as well as bounce-and-art camps and structured play classes. With so many open play sessions, there’s sure to be one that’s a perfect fit for your family. Check the website for days and times.
Tots on Track
4871 Merrick Road, Massapequa
Kids can jump, climb, explore, and express themselves at this play space that caters to a younger crowd. The gym has an obstacle course and a large ball pit area. Make sure to call for the latest open play times.
111 Milbar Blvd., Farmingdale
Wood Kingdom is a huge indoor and outdoor yard-play and gardening store at which children can play on showroom samples. It also has rooms with inflatable bouncers and laser-tag areas. Open play is Monday-Friday, 10am-2pm.
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Indoor Play Spaces in Suffolk County
1850 Lakeland Ave., Ronkonkoma
Kids can jump on trampolines and play dodgeball, basketball slam dunk games, or dive into the foam pit. Open Jump times can be reserved by purchasing tickets online for either 1-, 1½-, or 2-hour play times. Adults and/or legal guardians must sign an online liability waiver before their children can participate, and must purchase Air Grip Socks for safety and hygiene precautions.
229 Broadhollow Road, Farmingdale
Featuring laser tag, bumper cars, arcade games, inflatables, and an indoor roller coaster, reserve packages for unlimited play for access to all attractions.
Farmingdale: 101 Carolyn Blvd., Farmingdale
Smithtown: 62 Lake Ave. S., Nesconset
Open Bounce is offered to children of all ages; days and times vary. You can reserve a spot online to play games and jump around. There are even Cosmic Open Bounces throughout the year, where kids can wear glow-in-the-dark accessories and jump under the colorful lights.
Fun 4 All
200 Wilson St., Port Jefferson Station
Open Play times allow kids to explore the Super Park playground with tunnels, a tree house, inflatable slides and bouncers, a moon room, and five-tier trampoline, along with an area of arcade games.
Kangaroo Kids Inflatable Party Center
1015 Grand Blvd., Deer Park
Call ahead to set up 2 hours of open play time with you and your child in the Fun Zone, which includes a bouncy obstacle course and slides, mini cars, a basketball shooting competition, and air hockey.
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Lazerland of Long Island
54A Motor Parkway, Commack
Play laser tag, dodgeball on the indoor turf field, and arcade games during Lazerland’s open play sessions. Call ahead to find out the days and times of open play, as they are based on the private event schedule.
4492 Middle Country Road, Calverton
Every Monday and Wednesday, children between 18 months and 5 years can come in for drop-in play times at the Play and Discovery Club, which includes exploring a sensory station, creating artwork, and other themed activities that change each month.
1074 Pulaski St., Riverhead
Open Play features a four-level playground, giant bouncy houses, climbing, slides, and more than 30 video games for children ages 1-10. The activity center has a trading post for kids to trade in tickets from the games for prizes. Open Play is offered every day from 10am-7pm.
51 Gibson Ave., Huntington
Handcrafted toys will be available for kids to play with Monday-Friday, 10am-5pm, and Saturdays, 10am-1pm for drop-in playtime. Adults and children must wear socks in the predominantly wooden playspace and is recommended for ages 5 and younger.
450 Commack Road, Deer Park
Kids ages 10 and older can play airsoft indoors during one of StrikeForce Sport’s public sessions, available every week. These range from 3-6 hours and cost $20-$35. The indoor arena has large overhead lights, a surround sound system for music, and realistic sound effects during the games.
212 Laurel Road, East Northport
Children ages 6 months-8 years old are invited for Open Play, when they can hone in on gymnastics skills and learn music fundamentals through rhythm, songs, chants, and finger plays. Kids will also have access to the Book Nook, Pretend Play area, baby corner, and craft table.
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