Beat Winter Blues at These Indoor Play Venues 425

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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Local Groundhogs Predict Early Spring 2019! 48

Happy Groundhog Day!  Rather than our traditional weathermen, today we turn the forecasting over to two resident Long Island Groundhogs – Malverne Mel, and Holtsville Hal for their Winter 2019 predictions.  We are happy to report that for the first time since 2016, both Holtsville Hal and Malverne Mel did not see their shadows this morning!  According to groundhog lore, that should mean we will be having an early spring this year.

It seems to be a unanimous decision this year, as America’s most famous groundhog, Punxsutawney Phil, as well as several other local groundhogs all predicted an early end to the polar vortex temperatures.  I addition to Mel, Hal, and Phil, Staten Island Chuck, upstate New York’s Dunkirk Dave, and Connecticut’s Chuckles all did not see their shadow early this morning.

The only dissenting groundhog this year seems to be Milltown Mel out of New Jersey, who DID see his shadow, and is predicting six-more weeks of Winter.  We will try to reach out for further comment.  However it is worth noting that human meteorologist, News 12’s Bruce Avery, agrees with Mel, saying he expects at least six more weeks of winter.

Whoever’s predictions you decide to believe, the Spring equinox is six weeks away on March 20th.

Brookhaven Town, Patchogue Village Form Joint Partnership in Seeking Additional Sewer Funds 56

Mastic Patchogue Sewers

Brookhaven Supervisor Ed Romaine and Patchogue Village Mayor Paul Pontieri today
were joined by county, town and village officials to lobby for $26.4 million in available funds to extend sewer
projects in Patchogue and in Mastic near the Forge River.

Romaine and Pontieri issued a joint letter to New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, thanking the Governor for his
leadership in providing funding for sewers to protect Long island’s groundwater and waterways and provide an
incentive for economic development. The two officials pointed out that while residents in Mastic and Babylon
approved a recent referendum for sewer projects in their communities, residents in Great River rejected a
similar plan for their area. Romaine and Pontieri wrote in their letter that the $26.4 million earmarked for Great
River could be reallocated to Patchogue and the Mastic project, expanding the environmental and economic
benefit for those areas. Pictured left to right are Patchogue Village Superintendent of Public Works Joe Dean;
Trustees Thomas Ferb and Joseph Keyes; Deputy Mayor Jack Krieger; Mayor Pontieri; Supervisor Romaine;
Deputy Supervisor, Councilmen Dan Panico and Councilman Neil Foley.

“An effective use of the $26.4 million in funds that were rejected by Great River voters would be to partially
fund Phase 3 of the Mastic/Forge River sewer project and to expand sewers in the Village of Patchogue. These
projects are already engineered. A site for a sewage treatment plant on Town of Brookhaven land is available
for the Forge River project. Patchogue has long had its own sewage treatment plant, and both the Mastic and
Patchogue communities (Mastic in a vote just this week), have shown their support for sewers,” they wrote in
the letter.

Supervisor Romaine said, “I commend the residents who voted overwhelmingly to fund Phase 1 and 2 of the
plan to sewer the Mastic Peninsula. But, we must look at the bigger picture to secure the money available that
will allow us to complete Phases 3 and 4 without over-burdening to the local taxpayers. I am confident that the
Governor, Mayor Pontieri and I share the same concerns about water quality and we all recognize Patchogue
Village as a model of how economic growth and protecting the environment can go hand-in-hand. This is a
game changer for the future of Mastic and the Forge river.”

Mayor Pontieri said, “Supervisor Romaine and I stand together in support of the reallocation of the sewer
funding. In the Village of Patchogue, we are currently in the planning stages to sewer over 500 homes located in
environmentally sensitive areas along the Patchogue River and Great South Bay. This will give us the
opportunity to sewer additional homes as well as move ahead with upgrades and future expansion of our sewer
plant. Local economic growth is tied directly into our sewer infrastructure and it is imperative that we continue
to make improvements to our system. I ask the Governor to consider our request, so we can move ahead with
these projects.”

Councilman Panico said, “Brookhaven and Patchogue have always shared a common vision for a cleaner
environment and vibrant economy. We are partners in this effort and value our strong relationship.”
Councilman Neil Foley said, “The Supervisor and Mayor have a history of cooperation to help make the Town
and Village better places to live. I am in full support of their request to the Governor and I expect that he will
give it serious consideration.”

County Legislator Sunderman said, “We are so happy the sewer referendum was successful. This will allow for
economic development in our area as well improve our environment. This was a once in a life time opportunity
and I am very excited to be part of this accomplishment. I’ve already requested to explore the connection of the
Mastic Beach Business District into phases 1 and 2 and have already requested grant funding for phases 3 and 4.
We are looking forward to the start of this project in 2020 and more to come in the future. It would be a great
opportunity to receive additional funding for our already designed project which was earmarked for use in
Suffolk County.

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