Family-Friendly Museums, Aquariums, Zoos, Planetariums, Play Spaces, Amusement Parks, and Carousels on Long Island

Family-Friendly Museums, Aquariums, Zoos, Planetariums, Play Spaces, Amusement Parks, and Carousels on Long Island


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UPDATED June 2019: Looking for something fun to do with your kids on Long Island? We here at NYMetroParents pride ourselves on making sure you’re in the know about family activities in Nassau and Suffolk counties. Want to spend the day with your adventurous kids at an amusement park or ride a carousel? Or maybe you want to visit a museum or planetarium with your little smarty-pants. Or is your kid an animal-lover who loves seeing and learning about animals and marine life at nearby zoos and aquariums? Maybe you want to take a day trip and discover a venue in a whole new location nearby. Whatever family activity you’re looking to spend the day doing, we have you covered. You’ll find family activities on Long Island, including locations in Nassau and Suffolk counties, such as Farmingdale, Hempstead, Riverhead, Bellport, and Stony Brook.

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Amusement Parks & Carousels

SPLISH SPLASH
2549 Splish Splash Drive, Calverton
631-727-3600

Splish Splash is one of the best places to visit in Long Island with kids and is voted one of the Best Water Parks in America by the Travel Channel! With 96 exciting acres of family fun, everywhere you turn you will discover another one of a kind water attraction.

Indoor & Outdoor Play Spaces

@ PLAY AMUSEMENTS
229 NY-110 , Farmingdale
631-815-5355
Email info@playamusement.com

Visit the newly renovated @Play Amusement—Long Island’s favorite indoor amusement park! Children of all ages can explore 30,000-square-feet of safe, clean, climate-controlled fun. @Play provides your family with arcade games, inflatables, bumper cars, roller coaster, a carousel, disco room, and laser tag! Kids will never get bored as they enjoy going from one activity to the next. @Play is easily accessible from Nassau, Suffolk, and the five boroughs of New York.

BOUNCEU FARMINGDALE
101 Carolyn Blvd., Farmingdale
631-777-JUMP (5867)
Email farmingdale.ny@bounceu.com

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. We feature giant inflatable toys and a wide variety of activities for children and adults, including basketball, boxing, obstacle courses, and slides. We take pride in providing superior customer service. Visit us this summer for Open Bounce fun for all ages!

Movies & Theater

GATEWAY PERFORMING ARTS CENTER OF SUFFOLK COUNTY (THE)
215 S. Country Road, Bellport
631-286-1133, 631-286-0555, x5000

Since 1950, The Gateway has become Long Island's home for Broadway-quality entertainment. What was once one of the top ten summer theatres-Robert Duvall and Gene Hackman began their careers here-has now expanded to include a five-show summer season of musicals, a summer Children's Theatre series, winter holiday season, plus special events.

PATCHOGUE THEATRE FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS
71 E. Main St., Patchogue
631-207-1313

Patchogue Theatre's Kids Summer Film Series screens family favorite films on Wednesdays throughout the summer. Films are presented in both English and Spanish! To celebrate, our first film, Finding Nemo, is free for everyone and includes a pre-screening party in the lobby one hour before show time with snacks and activities.

STALLER CENTER FOR THE ARTS
100 Nicolls Road, Stony Brook

With exciting performances all season long at Staller Center, Stony Brook University’s arts center is a go-to resource for Long Island families. Introduce your children to inspiring dance troupes, a theatrical circus, and music of all kinds. Educational outreach is also part of Staller Center’s mission. The Instrument Petting Zoo, Orchestra to the Orchestra, and Art2Go all encourage a love of the arts. Visit stallercenter.com and stallercenter.com/outreach for more information.

Museums & Planetariums

HOFSTRA UNIVERSITY MUSEUM
112 Hofstra University, Hempstead
516-463-5672

Free family fun at the Hofstra University Museum! More than just a museum! Engage! Pick up an Art Quest in the exhibition, Romare Bearden: Storyteller and solve puzzles related to Bearden’s art. Discover! Borrow an activity-filled Let’s Explore Backpack to explore the outdoor sculpture and take home your own artwork. Funding provided by Bethpage Federal Credit Union. Enjoy! Become a detective and use The Great Art Caper to solve a mystery about the outdoor sculptures on campus. All activities are for children ages 5-12 with an adult companion.

Travel & Destinations

GREAT SOUTH BAY MUSIC FESTIVAL (THE)
James Faith,
631-331-0808
Email jamie@jfaith.com

The Great South Bay Music Festival is Long Island's largest, and longest running music festival. This year's event will take place from July 18-21. Join us for The Imagination Movers on Sunday, July 21 and an educational KidZone area on July 20 and 21.

Zoos & Aquariums

LONG ISLAND AQUARIUM
431 E. Main St., Riverhead
631-208-9200 xH2O (426) or 631-208-9200 x125

Featuring one of the largest all-living coral reef displays, a 120,000-gallon shark tank, year-round sea lion shows, African penguins, touch tanks, and more than 100 exhibits including indoor gardens of the Butterflies, Bugs, and Birds habitat! Try an aquatic adventure like the Shark Dive, Penguin Encounter, or the Pirate Snorkel Adventure (seasonal).


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