Beat Winter Blues at These Indoor Play Venues 1299

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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Don’t Miss LI’s Winter Restaurant Week January 26th- February 2nd, 2020 1218

Long Island Restaurant Week Winter 2020

Join us for our Winter Long Island Restaurant Week January 26th – February 2nd, 2020. As always during restaurant week, participating restaurants will offer a $29.95 three-course prix fixe all night every night they are open from Sunday to Sunday, except Saturday when it only has to be offered until 7 p.m. 

There are new restaurants participating this winter. Why not take this opportunity to get out and try a new spot, or head back to some of your favorites. With so many different cuisines and options to choose from, you are sure to find something to suit your palate. Bon Appétit!

Here is the list of participating Suffolk County restaurants, click on the Restaurant name for menu options or to make a reservation :

Alexandros Kitchen and Bar (631) 979-9700  Suffolk – Smithtown, Mediterranean

Alexandros Restaurant (631) 928- 8600  Suffolk – Mount Sinai, Mediterranean

Athenian Greek Taverna  (631) 499-7660  Suffolk – Commack, Greek

Avino’s Italian Table (631) 803-6416  Suffolk – Bellport, Italian

Babylon Carriage House (631) 422-5161  Suffolk – Babylon, American

Barmani’s Kitchen and Bar (631) 659-3889  Suffolk – Huntington, Continental

Bella Vie  (631) 500-9045 Suffolk – Bay Shore, Italian

Besito Mexican  (516) 620-3222  Suffolk – West Islip, Mexican

Besito Mexican  (631) 549-0100  Suffolk – Huntington, Mexican

Bistro 25   (631) 589-7775  Suffolk – Sayville, New American

Bistro 58 (631) 881-6013  Suffolk – Islandia, American

Bistro Cassis Huntington (631) 881- 6013  Suffolk – Huntington, French

Café Buenos Aires (631) 603- 3600  Suffolk – Huntington, French

Cafe Havana Bar And Grill  (631) 670-6277  Suffolk – Smithtown, Cuban

Café Joelle (631) 589-4600  Suffolk – Sayville, American

Captain Bill’s  (631) 665-6262 Suffolk – Bay Shore, Seafood

Casa Rustica  (631) 265-9265  Suffolk – Smithtown, Italian

Chachama (631) 758-7640  Suffolk – East Patchogue, New American

Chop Shop Bar and Grill (631) 360-3380  Suffolk – Smithtown, American

Cinque Terre Ristorante  (631) 923-1255  Suffolk – Huntington Sta., Italian

Drift 82  (631) 714-4950  Suffolk – Patchogue, American

Garden Grill Restaurant  (631) 265-8771  Suffolk – Smithtown, American

George Martin’s Strip Steak (631) 650-6777  Suffolk – Great River, Steakhouse

H20 East Islip  (631) 277-4800  Suffolk – East Islip, Seafood

H20 Smithtown   (631) 361-6464  Suffolk – Smithtown, Seafood

Honu Kitchen & Cocktails  (631) 421-6900  Suffolk – Huntington, American

Imperial Meat Company (631) 824-6222  Suffolk – Huntington, Steakhouse

Irish Coffee Pub   (631) 277-0007  Suffolk – East Islip, Continental

ITA Kitchen (631) 267-5916  Suffolk – Bayshore, Italian

Jonathan’s Ristorante  (631) 549-0055  Suffolk – Huntington, Italian

Konoba Huntington (631) 824-7712  Suffolk – Huntington, Mediterranean

La Parma II Italian Restaurant (631) 367-6360  Suffolk – Huntington, Italian

LaTavola (631) 750-6900  Suffolk – Sayville, Italian

Le Soir Restaurant  (631) 472-9090  Suffolk – Bayport, French

Lombardi’s on the Bay (631) 654- 8970  Suffolk – Patchogue, Italian

Mac’s Steakhouse (631) 549-5300  Suffolk – Huntington, Steakhouse

Maria’s (631) 979-7724  Suffolk – Nesconset, Latin

Matteo’s of Huntington (631) 421- 6001  Suffolk – Huntington Station, Italian

Mirabelle Restaurant & Tavern (631) 751-0555 Suffolk – Stony Brook, French

Mission Taco (631) 614-8226 Suffolk – Huntington, Mexican

Monsoon   (631) 587-4400  Suffolk – Babylon, Asian

Nantuckets  (631) 509-4848  Suffolk – Port Jefferson, American

Orto  (631) 473-0014  Suffolk – Miller Place, Italian

Pasta Pasta  (631) 331-5335  Suffolk – Port Jefferson, Italian

Piccola Bussola Ristorante (631) 692- 6300  Suffolk – Huntington, Italian

Piccola Mondo (631) 462-0718 Suffolk – Huntington, Italian

Pietro Cucina Italiana (631) 862-6129  Suffolk – St. James, Italian

Pine Grove Inn Steakhouse & Seafood (732) 900-4978  Suffolk – East Patchogue, American

Raimo’s of Amityville (631) 608-3260  Suffolk – Amityville, Italian

Recipe Seven Cocktails and Kitchen (631) 331-5454 Suffolk – Miller Place, American

RHUM Island Inspired Cuisine & Rum Bar  (631) 569-5944  Suffolk – Patchogue, Eclectic

Ristegio’s (631) 731- 3663  Suffolk – Patchogue, American

Salt & Barrel  (631) 647-8818  Suffolk – BayShore, Seafood

Sandbar Restaurant (631) 498-6188  Suffolk – Cold Spring Harbor, American

Sea Basin Restaurant (631) 744-1643 Suffolk – Rocky Point, Seafood

Snapper Inn  (631) 589-0248  Suffolk – Oakdale, Seafood

Taormina Ristorante (631) 499-6900  Suffolk – Commack, Italian

The Blue (631) 446-4233  Suffolk – Islip, American

The Fish Store (631) 472-3018  Suffolk – Bayport, Seafood

The LakeHouse Restaurant (631) 666-0995  Suffolk – Bayshore, New American

The Main Event (631) 522-1030  Suffolk – Farmingdale, American

The Sayville Inn (631) 319- 6774  Suffolk – Sayville, American

Ting Restaurant (631) 425-7788  Suffolk – Huntington, Asian

Verace  (631) 277-3800  Suffolk – Islip, Italian

View Restaurant  (631) 589-2694  Suffolk – Oakdale, Seafood

Vittorio’s Italian Steakhouse (631) 264-3333  Suffolk – Amityville, Steakhouse

Wave Steakhouse and Seafood (631) 928-5200  Suffolk – Port Jefferson, American

Whalers (631) 647-9300 Suffolk – Bayshore, New American

Long Island Restaurant Week is a tri-annual event designed to garner positive publicity and additional business for the region’s restaurants. Since 2006, it has been an annual November promotion until the first spring Long Island Restaurant Week was launched in April 2011 and then winter was added in January of 2016, due to popular customer and restaurateur demand.  Don’t miss out, get out and be a part of this popular event!

 

Bellport High School Robotics Team Attends First LI TECH Challenge Qualifier 997

Bellport High School’s Bellport Clippers Team 12899 participated in the FIRST Long Island TECH Challenge qualifier, a robotics competition, held at William Floyd High School on Jan. 11. Under the direction of high school technology teacher Jaime Canjura and alumnus Brian Larkin, the 11-member robotics team competed against 21 Long Island teams from Suffolk and Nassau counties.

FIRST Tech Challenge teams are challenged to design, build, program and operate robots to compete in a head-to-head challenge each year. The team’s next competition will be held on Feb. 2 at the Long Island School for The Gifted in Huntington.

Since the 2018-19 school year, the team has doubled in size and hopes to continue growing due to the interest of incoming eighth grade students participating in the Bellport Middle School FIRST Lego League.

“The team’s philosophy is to inspire students to be and do their best,” Mr. Canjura explained. “We follow the concept of Gracious Professionalism, a way of doing things that encourages high-quality work, emphasizes the value of others, and respects individuals and the community.”

The South Country Central School District extends team members Joseph Balsamo (lead software engineer and programmer), Jake D’Esposito (programmer and IT), Robert Gronenthal (secretary and robot chassis designer), Isaiah James (team president and lead designer), Chris Lannon, Thomas Miller (treasurer), Ainesis Reid (media, marketing and programming), Soteria Reid (media and marketing specialist), Antonio Suarez (mechanical hardware technician and designer trainee), Jack Stark (mechanical hardware technician and designer trainee) and Michael Vengroski (team captain and lead designer) best wishes for success.

Photo caption: Members of Bellport High School’s Bellport Clippers Team 12899 held their robot designed for the FIRST robotics competitions.

Photo courtesy of the South Country Central School District

 

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