2018 Top 20 Places to Take Kids in and around Long Island
Best Places for Kids on Long Island!
The best places to take kids on Long Island, based on KidsOutAndAbout's annual reader survey. But there is so much more to do beyond the favorite 20 places listed below: Take some time to explore our calendar and the rest of our lists, and then get out and about!
The Bronx Zoo is the world’s largest urban zoo, featuring more than 600 species. As part of the Wildlife Conservation Society, the Bronx Zoo Education Department offers programs for children, teens, and families to inspire people to value nature.
The Merrick Theatre and Center for the Arts
Merrick Theatre strives to encourage community based cultural development and creative expression, as well as to provide entertainment for the community as a whole.
Science Museum of Long Island
The Science Museum offers enrichment workshops for children on weekdays and during school vacations.
Valley Stream State Park
The park offers picnic areas with tables, fireplaces and grills; children's play areas; horseshoe, volleyball, basketball, ball fields, nature trails, and cross-country ski trails.
The Madison Theatre at Molloy College opened in the late fall of 2011. The 550-seat theatre hosts a variety of world-class performers from the world of theatre, music, dance, cabaret, comedy and more.
Merokee contains 25 acres of woods and wetlands located between Sunrise Highway and Merrick Road. Newbridge Creek splits into two channels as it enters the preserve, creating a small island in the middle. A nature trail is accessible by the entrance, one block south of Sunrise Highway.
Nickerson Beach Park
Recreational area offering half a mile of beach with pools, a playground & skate park, plus camping.
Long Island Children's Museum
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.
Great Neck Music Conservatory
The Great Neck Music Conservatory is committed to all students; whether you are an adult beginner, a very young child or one of our many students pursuing a career in music. As a modern conservatory, our curriculum embraces all styles of music.
New York Yankees
The New York Yankees are an American professional baseball team based in the New York City borough of the Bronx. The Yankees compete in Major League Baseball as a member club of the American League East division.
Nassau County Museum of Art
The Nassau County Museum of Art is located 20 miles east of New York City on the former Frick Estate, a 145-acre property in Roslyn Harbor in the heart of Long Island's Gold Coast.
Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum
The Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum is a nonprofit, educational institution featuring the legendary aircraft carrier Intrepid, the space shuttle Enterprise, the world’s fastest jets and a guided missile submarine.
Tanglewood Park and Preserve
An 11-acre park and preserve, Tanglewood provides a lovely nature trail and a beautifully renovated brick walkway surrounding a pond.
Bounce Trampoline Sports
Bounce! Trampoline Sports is the most exciting sports facility to come to Long Island! 25,000 square feet of interconnected trampolines! Slam dunk basketball, trampoline dodgeball, foam pit jumping, open jump, trampoline bungee jump and a Bounce! Jr. area.
Hudson River Museum
The Hudson River Museum is a multi-disciplinary complex and the oldest and largest cultural institution in Westchester. The Museum presents a variety of special exhibitions and programs that interpret and compliment its permanent collections, our interests and the interests of our communities.
Red Dragon Karate Studio
American Kenpo is a modern, practical, self-defense system that instills confidence and respect through discipline and hard work. We seek to develop each student into a physically, mentally, and spiritually strong martial artist.
A Step Above Performing Arts
Our mission is simple, it is to ensure that all of our students have a great experience while they learn new dance techniques, styles and gain self confidence. We will provide our students with a fun filled, warm and friendly atmosphere so they can achieve personal growth and success.
The New York Cosmos
The New York Cosmos are an American professional soccer club based in the New York City borough of Brooklyn that play in the North American Soccer League, the second division of North American soccer, since 2013.
Hempstead Lake State Park
Hempstead Lake State Park is a multi use facility. Included are 20 tennis courts, children's playgrounds, basketball courts, bridle trails for horse back riding, biking and hiking trails, shaded picnic areas and a historic hand carved wooden carousel.
Center for Science Teaching and Learning
The Center for Science Teaching and Learning (CSTL) organization dedicated to STEM education and science literacy.