New Places, New Programs for Kids in Suffolk County, Long Island - February 2010


Play N Trade Video Games, Long Island, NYGetting in the Game

   Play N Trade offers one-stop shopping for buying, selling, and trading new or used games and accessories. Games can be tested in the store to ensure satisfaction, and consoles and disks can be brought in for instant repair. Difficult to find old-school games such as Atari, Nintendo 64, Sega, and Super NES can also be purchased or traded. 

   Play N Trade hosts in-store tournaments and birthday parties for all ages. In addition, the iNsider Club (10-10-10) guarantees 10 percent off used games and accessories and 10 percent more on your trade-ins for a fee of $10 a year.

   Play N Trade is opening a new store in March at 1056 Old Country Road in Plainview. Other stores can be found in Smithtown, Stony Brook, Port Jefferson, Miller Place, Bayshore, and Sayville. Visit for store locations and information.


Play It Again Sports in East Northport, Long Island, NYFor the Sports Enthusiast...

   Play It Again Sports, new to East Northport, sells both new and used sporting goods. Although it specializes in team sports such as hockey, lacrosse, baseball, softball, figure skating, and other fitness equipment, customers can bring in their used equipment from any sport.

   There are three options when dealing with used goods. The first option is to sell the gear outright to Play It Again Sports for 30 percent of the retail price in cash. The second option is to trade the equipment for store credit worth 48 percent of the retail price that is applied to purchases made in the store. The last option is to place your items on consignment at the store; with this option the store pays you 60 percent of its retail price once the item sells.

   With one location in Carle Place, Play It Again Sports has just opened a new store at 1931 C Jericho Turnpike in East Northport. The new store's hours are Monday through Friday 10am to 8pm, Saturday 10am to 6pm, and Sunday 11am to 5pm. 631-499-4911.


Parisi Speed SchoolSchool With Speed

 With a mission to "deliver a positive training experience that improves speed of movement and strength in character regardless of ability or economic status," Parisi Speed School trains athletes from 7 years of age to the pros.

 The school allows athletes to improve their athletic performance and develop a higher level of self-confidence by using the Training Pyramid. Athletic foundation includes speed, strength, endurance, flexibility, balance, coordination, injury prevention, nutrition, and mental toughness. The size of the base of the pyramid determines the height that the pyramid can reach, so if the base is sound it will lead to a higher level of performance. It is proven that Active Dynamic Warm-Up helps to prevent ACL and other injuries, and the Parisi School believes that training is a year-round commitment. One-hour sessions can be scheduled any day of the week.

 Parisi Speed School can be found at Gold's Gym, 181 Freeman Avenue in Islip. 631-236-4670.


Party STarts Here, Long Island, Smithtown, NYLet's Get This Part Started!

   Boys and girls of all ages can enjoy parties featuring a variety of themes and innovative crafts at Smithtown's The Party Starts Here. Each party includes invitations, paper goods, pizza, choice of beverage, dessert, music, a special effects dance floor, and other crafts and games pertaining to the party theme.

   In addition, there is a new Mommy and Me Yogasize class beginning in April. Learn yoga positions and discuss healthy shopping, meal planning, and lifestyle choices by exchanging recipes and tips. Classes last one hour and run in six-week sessions. Classes are limited to first come, first serve.

   New party themes are also lined up for the spring. Come experience the Go Green Yoga Party and Family Dance Night every Friday beginning May 1st.

   The Party Starts Here is open seven days a week and can be found at 135 West Main Street in Smithtown. 631-724-5381.