Beat Winter Blues at These Indoor Play Venues 688

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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National Night Out Draws Over 1000 People 159

 On August 6th, Supervisor Ed Romaine, Councilwoman Jane Bonner and Councilman Michael Loguercio co-hosted the annual National Night Out at Fireman’s Park in Ridge. This free, annual event promotes police-community relationships and neighborhood camaraderie. It encourages adults and children to interact with members of law enforcement to help create a true sense of community. Over 1000 people joined in to play games, win prizes and interact with vendors, organizations and members of the Suffolk County Sheriff and Police Departments, firefighters and first responders. Pictured at left are (left to right) Supervisor Ed Romaine, Suffolk County Sheriff Errol Toulon, former New York Rangers hockey star Ron Duguay and Councilwoman Jane Bonner. Pictured at right are Supervisor Ed Romaine (left) and Councilman Michael Loguercio (center) with Deputies from the Suffolk County Sheriff’s Department.

Supervisor Romaine said, “I look forward to National Night Out every year. Most people don’t get to have personal contact with law enforcement, and this is a unique opportunity for them to do so in a relaxed and fun environment. I thank everyone who had a hand is organizing this event and all the residents who came out to enjoy it.”

Sheriff Toulon said, “National Night Out is one of my favorite events of the year because it highlights the ways that communities and law enforcement work together to keep our neighborhoods safe.  This year, we were so fortunate to partner with Councilwoman Jane Bonner to bring National Night Out to Fireman’s Park in Ridge, and along with Supervisor Ed Romaine and Councilman Mike Loguercio, we welcomed nearly 1000 residents of all ages.  I believe everyone had a great time and I look forward to organizing this event in Brookhaven for years to come.”

Councilwoman Bonner said, “National Night Out in the Town of Brookhaven is a great tradition and I was happy to join with Sheriff Toulon to help make this event such a big success in Ridge. It’s important that residents and law enforcement become familiar with each other so we can all work together to make Brookhaven a better place to live.”

Councilman Loguercio said, “As a member of the Ridge Fire Department myself, I understand how important it is for adults and children to get to know and trust those who are out there working every day to save lives. National Night Out is an ideal opportunity for residents to have fun and learn how they can keep themselves and their families out of harm’s way, and I look forward to coming back next year.”



Dress for Success 2nd Annual Pop-Up Sale- August 9th, 10th & 11th 108

Dress for Success Brookhaven will hold its second annual Pop-Up sale on August 9th, 10th and 11th at 70 North Main Street in Sayville during the village’s Summerfest 2019. The first Pop-Up Sale, which was held in August 2018 in Patchogue, was very successful and created more awareness for the Dress for Success programs. On sale at the Dress for Success Brookhaven Pop Up Sale will be excess inventory, including many new items of clothing, jewelry, handbags accessories and more. The sale will start with a preview sale on Friday, August 9 from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm. It will continue Saturday, August 10 from 11:00 am to 8:00 pm and Sunday, August 11 from 11:00 am to 7:00 pm. All proceeds from the sale go directly to Dress for Success Brookhaven programs. The mission of these programs is to empower women to achieve economic independence by providing a network of support, professional attire and the development tools necessary to help women thrive in work and in life. The Dress for Success Brookhaven Pop-Up Sale is sponsored by California Closets.

About Dress for Success

Founded in New York City in 1997, Dress for Success is an international not-for-profit organization offering services designed to help clients find jobs and remain employed. Each Dress for Success client receives one suit when she has a job interview and can return when she finds work to receive a week’s worth of clothing. Brookhaven was the first affiliate to be established as part of the worldwide non-profit organization. The women we serve come from across Long Island. They are job ready women who have been referred by over 250 local non-profit organizations, including domestic violence agencies, veterans’ organizations, homeless shelters and job training programs.

Our mission is to promote the economic independence of disadvantaged women by providing attire, a network of support and the career development tools to help women thrive in work and in life. Dress for Success Brookhaven is sponsored by the Town of Brookhaven Department of Housing and Human Services, Division of Women’s Services.

The Dress for Success Boutique is located at Brookhaven Town Hall, One Independence Hill in Farmingville. It is open Monday through Friday from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. and on selected Saturdays from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.  All client visits are by appointment only. Donations of clothing and other items can be made on Mondays from 10:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. and on the third Saturday of every month from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. For more information about Dress for Success, please call 631- 451-9127 or visit

About California Closets

California Closets of Suffolk County, NY is honored to be hosting the 2019 Dress for Success Pop Up Sale inside of our new, flagship showroom in Sayville, NY. California Closets and Dress for Success have created a successful partnership over the last 20 years to empower woman back into the workplace. Through the generous donations of California Closets clients, over 2000 pairs of professional shoes have been donated to DFS Brookhaven. California Closets designers and installers have renovated the DFS Boutique inside of the Brookhaven Town hall. The team at California Closets provided logistics support and casework to the 2018 DFS Pop Up in a space provided by Toast Coffee House in Patchogue.

Our goal at California Closets is to create a boutique shopping experience inside of our client’s homes. By teaming up with Dress for Success, shoppers will have the opportunity to browse selections of designer clothes, jewelry, handbags and accessories inside of beautiful displays of reach-in and walk-in California Closets, providing this experience to the Long Island public for the first time!   We at California Closets are excited to have you visit us, learn about our brand and products and join us in our support of Dress for Success, Brookhaven.

California Closets of Suffolk County, NY is an independently owned and operated business that has been serving Suffolk County for 34 years. California Closets is the industry innovator and leader in creating custom storage solutions for every room of the home.







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