There’s lots of indoor fun available in Long Island for kids of all ages.
When it comes to finding activities to do with the kids in the winter months, we’re always struggling to find nice and fun indoor places to go. Here are some great options on Long Island; Great Neck, and surrounding areas.
Great Neck is my hometown and will always have my heart. There are a few family friendly activities to do here, but a huge plus is that you have quite a few kosher food options to choose from, so you don’t have to worry about bringing food along (the restaurant stop is part of the day’s fun. You can either go out to eat, or even just go for an ice cream or coffee).
- Andrew Stergiopoulos Ice Rink –
This is an amazing Ice Rink, named after one of Great Neck’s very own brave volunteer firefighters, who lost his life helping on 9/11. It was also home to 2001 World bronze medalist in ladies’ singles and the 2002 Olympic Champion, Sarah Hughes. Be sure to check the website for the schedule for public sessions.
- Mudd Works
All ages, from young children to adults, can enjoy painting a nice piece of pottery. They also offer candle making, you can even create havdalah candles!
- Pump it Up – Let your kids get all their energy out jumping around in two rooms full of amazing inflatables. Be sure to check out the website for their open jump schedules, as it varies day to day. When you check in, you have the option of ordering a pizza lunch with a kosher option, which is delivered from one of the local Kosher pizza stores.
Garden City is about 20 minutes from Great Neck with so many fun family-friendly options. You don’t have the access to the surrounding kosher restaurants like in Great Neck , but these still make for some great day activities.
- Long Island Children’s Museum
As per their website, “The Long Island Children’s Museum offers 14 interactive exhibits plus live theater, art spaces and daily activities to provide hours of discovery for children of all ages.” Be sure to check out their website for their daily schedule of activities.
- Cradle of Aviation
Not far from the Long Island Children’s Museum, you have the Cradle of Aviation, also known as Long Island’s Air and Space Museum. “Explore over 150,000 square feet featuring 75 air and spacecraft from a hot air balloon to an actual Apollo Lunar Module and learn about Long Island’s role and why we are called the Cradle of Aviation. Our eight exhibit galleries are in chronological order and throughout the museum our volunteer docents are there to share their aerospace experience. There are over 30 hands-on exhibits, a half dozen cockpits to climb into and many short films throughout the exhibits.”
- Roosevelt Field Mall – The mall is always a great option. Mom and girls can go shopping and kids can enjoy in some great activities. For younger kids, there’s Build-A-Bear, or the Disney Store. For kids a bit older, you have a really exciting indoor glow-in-the-dark golf place called GlowGolf.
- Dave and Buster’s – Not far from Roosevelt Field, there’s another smaller mall with a Dave and Busters. Kids can enjoy playing arcade games or a few rounds of bowling. Be sure to check opening times before you go.
Both areas are about 20 minutes away from the Mall area, and about 12 minutes away from each other. You have one option for only younger kids, and another option which is inclusive for more ages. If you don’t want to worry about food either, you can either go to, or order from Hunki’s Kosher Pizza, in Plainview, to both locations..
- Once Upon a Treetop – If you’re looking to entertain mostly younger children (under eight) in a more relaxed and enjoyable atmosphere, this is a great choice. Located in Plainview, this place offers “an ideal playspace for children under eight… the largest imaginative indoor playground around! There is so much to do in our 8,200 square foot facility — play in our city, take an educational and Fun Parent & Me class, participate in a themed event, shop in our awesome toy boutique etc.” Be sure to check the schedule for open play times on the website.
- Bounce! Trampoline Sports
Located in Syosset, this place caters to all ages, from toddlers to adults. Bounce and jump around, enjoying their large area of high-quality trampolines, foam pits etc., and separate Bounce Jr. for children under 6, with their own trampoline court, foam pits, and inflatables. Be sure to check the website for the schedule.
Rivka Soleimani Bitton is a Great Neck native and a stay at home mom to her three children.