Long Island offers a treasure trove of family entertainment year-round. And as temperatures drop and winter recess begins, incredible indoor entertainment awaits. Make the most of the school break whether your family is the active type, into crafts and creativity, museum lovers, or theatre-goers. We've gathered a diverse range of the best indoor family entertainment for winter recess, perfect for the whole family.
Indoor Action for the Whole Family
Come to X-Golf Commack and experience the most innovative and accurate golf simulator in the world! Play famous courses from all over the world while experiencing the full food menu and luxurious surroundings. Sharpen your competitive edge or kick back and relax with your friends or family of all ages.
Urban Air Adventure Park (Lake Grove)
Explore thrilling attractions, challenge your mind and body, and have a blast at Urban Air! Reserve your spot during the school break with attractions that cater to any level of adventurer at the ultimate indoor playground for the whole family. Practice your jumps and twists on the tumble track, ride on in the spin zone bumper cars, and get some extra hang time with gravity-defying obstacles on the ropes course.
GDC Skating Rink (Greenport)
Located in the heart of Greenport village, the 7,000 square foot indoor roller skate rink is newly refurbished with skate rentals and free instruction for beginners. Join the fun and roll into winter break with this family fun activity.
RPM Raceway (Farmingdale)
Guests will find a variety of indoor experiences at RPM Raceway in Farmingdale, ranging from European style high speed go-karting, a large arcade filled with machines and carnival-style games, and even a mini-bowling experience! With Italian-made go-karts, RPM challenges you to push your limits and fulfill your need for speed – each lap will have your adrenaline pumping and your heart racing.
OVERNIGHT STAY OPTION: Make it a weekend getaway by staying at the Homewood Suites by Hilton Long Island - Melville, the Hilton Garden Inn Melville, or the Courtyard by Marriott Republic Airport Long Island / Farmingdale.
Enjoy climate-controlled hitting bays for comfort in the winter with HD TVs in every bay and throughout the sports bar and restaurant. TopGolf provides complimentary clubs with all bay reservations, or you can bring your own; take aim at the giant outfield targets and the high-tech balls will score themselves.
Long Island Aquarium (Riverhead)
Where else could you swim with a mermaid, take a boat tour, and snorkel – all in the same place? The Long Island Aquarium in Riverhead offers stunning indoors exhibits, including a coral reef, a recreation of the Amazon Rainforest, and an indoor Lagoon. One of its biggest attractions is a 20,000-US-gallon coral reef display tank, which is one of the largest all-living coral displays in the Western Hemisphere!
OVERNIGHT STAY OPTION: Make it a weekend getaway by staying at Jedediah Hawkins Inn, Hyatt Place on Long Island/East End, Hotel Indigo Long Island – East End, Aqua by American Beech, or The Preston House.
Long Island Explorium (Port Jefferson)
Come exercise your mind at the Long Island Explorium this winter recess. Explore STEM through puzzles, play, games, and problem-solving challenges. Check out their winter break camp from February 20 to 24 with special STEM-focused fun and games.
Long Island Children’s Museum (Garden City)
The Long Island Children’s Museum is a learning space devoted to the busy work of play. The exhibits and programs spark creativity and collaboration to inspire millions of aha moments, including the bubble room, Sandy Island, and the indoor child-safe climbing exhibit. Stop by the iconic Nunley’s Carousel – ready to entertain riders, including a new generation ready to discover its magic. With fourteen highly interactive exhibits on display at any given time, including the new sensory garden, Pattern Studio, and more, a day at the LICM is fun for the whole family.
Havens for History Buffs (And More!)
Long Island Maritime Museum (West Sayville)
The Long Island Maritime Museum is committed to the research, preservation and interpretation of the region’s rich nautical heritage and the role of Long Island in our national maritime story. Whether it’s boat building, shipwrecks, shellfish harvesting or recreational boating, it’s all here under the roof, in the galleries and at the many events and programs. Discover the links between the Island’s maritime and natural histories and encounter some of the amazing creatures living in local waters.
Museum of American Armor (Bethpage)
Once visitors walk through the museum’s camouflaged front doors—which have been heavily sandbagged, like the way important bunkers were protected some 70 years ago—they are greeted by a stunning display of some 30 vehicles. In coordination with Old Bethpage Village Restoration programming, these vehicles are presented in the field throughout the year, or on the village’s country roads, as historians offer skilled demonstrations of WWII battle tactics.
Cradle of Aviation Museum (Garden City)
Did you know that six lunar modules from the Apollo Program still sit on the surface of the moon, each with a plate that says: “Made in Bethpage, NY”. Visit the Cradle of Aviation Museum in Garden City to explore over 100 years of Long Island’s aerospace heritage with replicas, real-life models, and interactive exhibits.
Long Island Museum (Stony Brook)
Discover a national treasure in historic Stony Brook – the LIM reopens on February 17 with all new exhibits! The nine acre park-life setting contains three exhibition buildings featuring changing exhibits in American art, history, and the finest collection of horse-drawn carriage sin the United States. Enjoy lovely gardens and a fountain framed by historic buildings.
Vanderbilt Museum (Centerport)
The Suffolk County Vanderbilt Museum is a unique combination of mansion, marine and natural museum, planetarium, and park. Many of its exhibits and themes focus on Long Island’s Gold Coast Era. This winter break, stop by the museum for the children’s arts and science workshops including a mixed media self-portrait workshop and bulb botany and winter blooms workshop.
Live Performances and Concerts
CM Performing Arts Center (Oakdale)
Avoid the winter chill at the CM Performing Arts Center – a quaint small theater with local performers, great acoustics, and stage presence. Catch their performance of Dolly Parton’s 9-5 The Music with music and lyrics by Dolly Parton running from February 25 to March 11.
John W. Engeman Theater (Northport)
The historic John W. Engeman Theater is a premier year-round professional theater, featuring state-of-the-art lighting and sound and a Lobby Bar and Lounge. Opening its doors in 2007, theater has produced over eighty Main Stage Productions of some of Broadway’s finest musicals and plays. The venue also produces various children’s theatrical productions, making it a perfect family spot. The theater is currently running the musical, “Dirty Rotten Scoundrels” on the Main Stage until March 5 and their current Children’s Theater show is Frozen Jr., running until March 5 as well.
Plaza’s Broadway (Elmont)
Broadway in Nassau County! In their new venue in a separate wing of the Elmont Public Library, Plaza’s Broadway Long Island features four fully staged Broadway musicals every season that run for three consecutive weeks, accompanied by a live orchestra. This winter recess, catch their Children’s Theatre production of Cinderella, running from February 20 to February 26.