If you have a non-athletic child, you can still find ways to bond with him or her through non-competitive physical activities. We've compiled a guide to parks, rinks, and other sports centers in Nassau County, Long Island, that offer healthy and fun activities - like hiking, kayaking, and table tennis - for all ages.
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Active Kidz Long Island
East Hills; (516) 621-6600; www.activekidzlongisland.com
With a 3-level indoor Adventure Maze, rock-climbing, indoor gym, and laser tag (for birthday parties only), plus a snack bar for refueling, your kids will stay...well, active!
Once Upon a Treetop
Plainview; (516) 349-1140; www.onceuponatreetop.com
Kids engage in interactive play, take music and movement classes, and of course, climb through the facility's tree house play unit.
New York Table Tennis Club
Flushing; (718) 359-3272; www.nyttc.com
Table tennis facilities for players of all ages and skill sets. Lessons and kids' birthday parties also available.
Hempstead Lake State Park
West Hempstead; (516) 766-1029; www.nysparks.state.ny.us
In addition to its popular hiking area (three miles of trail surrounding Hempstead Lake), the park offers fishing ponds, tennis courts, bridle trails, playgrounds, and a historic carousel.
Island Park; (516) 889-8300; www.empirekayaks.com
Families of all experience levels may rent kayaks, with some basic instruction included. Single kayak rental, $15/hour; double kayaks, $25/hour.
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