Beat Winter Blues at These Indoor Play Venues 513

The holidays are over, but winter has only really just begun.  It’s the time of year when your little ones might start to feel the effects of the cold weather and less outdoor play time.

Luckily for us, Long Island has plenty of indoor play venues.  Why not let them jump and run around at one of many indoor play spaces in Suffolk County.    Our list below has plenty of places to choose from, so get out there and melt the boredom away!

BounceU— 62 Lake Ave. South, Nesconset, NY 11767- (631) 265-5867

This nationwide chain features great rooms full of giant inflatables where even adults kids can bounce away. BounceU offers everything from open-bounce times to glow-in-the-dark Cosmic Bounce events, family events and even a Parents’ Night Out. Weekday and weekend sessions are available; be sure to call ahead or check the site as each location features slightly different hours, programs, and rates and reservations are required.


Flight N Fit Fun— 1850 Lakeland Avenue. Ronkonkoma, NY 11779-  (631) 619-6000

This indoor family entertainment facility offers 26,000 square feet of fun—including 16,000 square feet of wall-to-wall trampolines!  Daily open jumps at Flight N Fit feature dodgeball, foam pits, and slam dunk basketball. Kids can enjoy Flight N Fit workout classes that can be purchased individually or bought in sets of 10 classes for a discount. Kids 5 and younger jump for only $10 with one parent assisting. Flight Nights on the weekend for jumpers ages 12 and older are accompanied by black lights, laser lights, and music. Before you go, check their site-  discounts are often available.


Kangaroo Kids Inflatable Party Center— 1015 Grand Boulevard, Deer Park, NY 11729- (631) 871-8762

As you may know this indoor bounce space is mainly a birthday party venue, but it does offer occasional weekend and weekday two-hour, open-play sessions. The price is $10 for the first child and $7 for each additional child, with no charge for adults. Be sure to call ahead, as times and days vary and open play is not offered during special events.


LazerLand— 54A Motor Parkway, Commack, NY 11725- (631) 543-8300

Lazerland is Long Island’s family fun place for laser tag. In addition to its 5,500 square feet of space in a multilevel facility, this laser tag venue hosts dodgeball, gaga games, and open-play hours. Unlimited Play Blowouts every Friday and Saturday night from 7:30pm-11:30pm!! only $20 per person for unlimited laser tag and dodge ball! Open play on Saturdays and Sundays is from 7 to 11pm, and $25 includes unlimited laser tag and dogeball. Open-play hours vary on Sundays, so call before you go.


Safari Adventure— 1074 Pulaski Street, Riverhead, NY 11901- (631) 727-4386

One of the highlights of Safari Adventure is Kilimanjaro Soft Play, a four-level maze with tunnels, slides, balls, and cargo nets. The  huge 18 foot tall soft playground is for children to explore and have fun! Their equipment is great for children between the ages of 1 and 10. No schedules to check or time limitations to worry about since you can go anytime they are open – every day between 10 am and 7 pm, unless other wise posted. They also have giant inflatables, a hands on area, calming spa, plus over 30 video games and skill games to appeal to children of all ages. The children’s play center has a trading post, where children can trade the tickets they win at these games for all kinds of fun prizes! Become a member and you will get unlimited open play and $25 off a party package.


Sandbox Playspace 51 Gibson Avenue, Huntington, NY 11743- (631) 421-1600

This soothing space encourages open-ended, imaginative, unplugged play that nourishes the senses. It is an equally pleasant place for adults to unwind. Sandbox features handcrafted toys made of natural materials such as wood, silk, and wool, and is especially designed for kids from birth to 5 years There’s no worrying about your little ones getting overwhelmed. The space has a variety of play areas, including a kitchen, balance toys, slide, puzzles, trucks, a car track, and a super-cool tepee and campfire. Classes and birthday parties are offered. Socks are required.


StrikeForce Sports— 450 Commack Road, Deer Park, NY 11792- (631) 242-1197

Indoor airsoft is an exciting and fast-paced way to experience the sport.  At StrikeForce, children 10 and older a chance to play indoor airsoft games. They have airsoft parties that are for kids 10 and older and there are also Nerf parties available for kids 5-plus, and no-mess paintball for those 8 and older. Airsoft is a sport that involves propelling plastic spherical pellets at opponents from specially designed electric or gas powered replica guns. The sport is a competitive, head to head combat simulation that usually involves two teams working to complete a set of objectives in an allotted time period. Players should be prepared to be hit by pellets and must wear goggles and other protective clothing.  All gear can be rented on site.


Tumbling Tunes — 212 Laurel Road, East Northport , NY 11731- (631) 697-0140

Tumbling Tunes  offers weekly classes specializing in Music, Movement, Art, Mommy & Me & Gymnastics as well as Dickinson After School Gymnastics .  Children 6 months to 8 years will love this creative space that offers weekly music, gymnastics, movement, and art classes. Open-play sessions give kids access to an imaginative play area, book nook, baby corner, and craft table. Tumbling Tunes also offers two drop-off sessions—Drop & Shop and Parents’ Night Out (all ages)—as well as after-school care. Playtime/Drop off hours during the school year are Mon. – Fri. 9am – Noon & 3 – 6pm and Sat. 9am – Noon. Additional hours are be available during school breaks and closings.  Reservations are required. Enrollment is ongoing, and semesters are prorated from the time of registration.

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Town Receives Tree City Growth Award 46

Brookhaven Town Receives Tree City Growth Award from Arbor Day Foundation

Town has earned Tree City Designation for Four Consecutive Years

Farmingville, NY – Brookhaven Town has for the fourth consecutive year been designated a “Tree City USA” by the National Arbor Day Foundation, and in recognition of its ongoing successful tree programs, the Town has this year also earned the “Tree City Growth Award.” Brookhaven spends over $1.4 million per year on community forestry programs. Pictured left to right are New York State DEC Supervising Forester John D. Wernet; Councilman Kevin LaValle; Councilwoman Valerie M. Cartright; Councilwoman Jane Bonner; Supervisor Ed Romaine; Councilman Dan Panico; Councilman Neil Foley; Councilman Michael Loguercio; and Town Clerk Donna Lent.

Supervisor Romaine said, “I am proud to have the Town recognized as a Tree City USA. We have given away and planted thousands of trees and strictly controlled the clearing of trees across Brookhaven to help protect and preserve the environment. I thank the Arbor Day Foundation for honoring the Town and all the residents who have followed our lead to make Brookhaven a greener place to live.”

Superintendent of Highways Dan Losquadro said, “The preservation of healthy trees is a priority of the Brookhaven Highway Department. In instances when trees were planted too close to the Town Right-Of-Way (ROW) and roots were growing into the roadway, we remove the trees and replace them with street-friendly trees, planted the appropriate distance from the road.”

Tree City USA is a nationwide movement that provides the framework necessary for communities to manage and expand their public trees. According to the Arbor Day Foundation, benefits of a Tree City USA program include:

  • Reduce costs for energy, stormwater management, and erosion control
  • Cut energy consumption by up to 25%
  • Boost property values across your community
  • Build stronger ties to your neighborhood and community

Growth Award

The Tree City USA Growth Award is awarded by the Arbor Day Foundation to recognize higher levels of tree care by participating Tree City USA communities. The Growth Award highlights innovative programs and projects as well as increased commitment of resources for urban forestry. It also provides an opportunity to share new ideas and successes across the country. More information about the Arbor Day Foundation can be found at

Growth Awards are given to communities that have earned the Tree City designation for at least two consecutive years and:

  • Engage in education and public relations programs on the importance of planting trees in their community, and
  • Create partnerships with utilities, Green Industry Partners or other organizations
 Photo Courtesy of Town of Brookhaven

Brookhaven Animal Shelter- Free Adoptions April 15th – April 21st 136

Brookhaven Animal Shelter Celebrates “Spring Fling” with Free Adoptions from April 15 to April 21

Farmingville, NY – The Town of Brookhaven Animal Shelter and Adoption Center will celebrate “Spring Fling” with free adoptions from April 15 through April 21. The normal adoption fees of $137 for a dog and $125 for a cat will be waived and include free neuter or spay, vaccinations, microchip, license, heartworm test, flea and fecal. Pictured is “Tiger,” one of the adoptable dogs at the animal shelter.

Those who are interested in adopting a dog or cat should visit the Brookhaven Animal Shelter and Adoption Center located at 300 Horseblock Road in Brookhaven. It is open Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday from 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Thursday from 9:30 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and Sunday from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. For more information, please call 631-451-6950 or visit the Animal Shelter website at


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