Super Cool Suffolk County Sprinkler Parks 250

When the Summer temperatures rise, we all look for ways to stay cool. For kids, there’s nothing like running through a sprinkler to cool off. Unlike pools and beaches, sprinkler parks typically have soft rubber-like surfaces and shallow pools which makes them great places for toddlers and young kids. Whether you are looking for just a little sprinkle or after making a bigger splash, Suffolk County has plenty of great sprinkler parks. Here are a few places where you can take the kids to get wet and cool down.

Centereach Pool — Centereach
286 Hawkins Road; 631.698.8663
The pool complex in Centereach has a big, twisting water slide and a large pool. The sprinkler area is perfect for younger children and includes arch sprayers, dumping buckets, and a tractor that spouts water. There are plenty of lounge chairs and a picnic area located in the pool area. The pool also has two lap lanes. Town of Brookhaven Resident Rates: Adult: $6.00; Child (2-15 years of age): $4.00; Handicapped/Senior citizen/Veterans: $3.00 Out of Town Resident Rates: Adult: $10.00, Child (2-15 years of age): $8.00, Handicapped/Senior citizen/Veterans: $8.00

 

Shipwreck Cove Spray Park — Bay Shore
139 S. Clinton Avenue; 631.224.5404
Located next to the marina, Shipwreck Cove Spray Park is an ideal place to cool off on a summer day. A large spray park with waterslides, overhead dump buckets a climbing area and water sprayers. A zero-depth entry pool makes it easy for small kids to play. There is also a small beach with dock space and a restaurant. FREE with a pool membership. $8 per person for Town of Islip residents with a recreation card or $12 per resident without a card. Nonresidents are $15.

 

Geiger Lake Memorial Park — Wyandanch
93 Grand Boulevard; 631.893.2100
One of the newer sprinkler parks on Long Island, Geiger Park’s sprinkler area features a tree-of-life theme with 25 different play elements. Two large, artificial trees are connected by bridges with three water slides, rope climbing nets and other climbing structures. There is plenty to keep kids entertained, including an area for smaller children. Entry limited to Town of Babylon residents with a pool plan or $5 resident entrance fee. Hours are 10am- 6pm daily.

 

Hoyt Farm Nature Preserve — Commack
200 New Highway; 631.543.7804
Hoyt Farm is perfectly nestled within a nature preserve that features many farm animals and walking trails. The sprinkler park has multiple sprayers, rainbow arches that kids can run through, and dumping buckets. It is next to both a sand playground and a rubber playground. Access is limited to Town of Smithtown residents with a residency sticker.

 

Phelps Lane Pool — North Babylon
151 Phelps Lane; 631.699.4654
There is a pool with two water slides, concession area, lounge chairs, and of course, a sprinkler pool. The interactive sprinkler pool has a rope bridge, water slide, dumping buckets and water guns. There is also an umbrella waterfall into a children’s pool for younger kids. Picnic tables and lounge chairs are available. Access is limited to Town of Babylon residents with a pool plan or a $7 entrance fee for residents without a pool plan.

 

Tanner Park — Copiague
Kerrigan Road; 631.893.2100
This small interactive sprinkler park is part of a larger complex right on Great South Bay. The sprinkler area has a round tree waterfall, mini water slide and water that sprouts from holes in the ground. The playground at Tanner Park also has slides and a climbing gym. Limited to Town of Babylon residents. Fees for residents without a recreation permit are $25 Friday through Sunday as well as holidays; $15 all other days. Hours are 10am-6om

 

Venetian Shores Park — Lindenhurst
Granada Parkway; 631.893.2100
This sprinkler park area is right by the beach so kids can enjoy the beach and sand as well as sprinklers on a hot summer day. Kids will love to splash around in the sprinkler park that has water cannons, a water-spraying octopus, dumping buckets, and a mushroom water fountain. There are also two playgrounds inside the park. Town of Babylon residents only with a recreation permit. Summer Hours are 10am – 6pm, Seven days a week

 

Splish Splash – Calverton
2549 Splish Splash Drive; 631.727.3600
Here you will find over 14 different water slides as well as a water coaster, two wave pools and a lazy river. Children will also love splashing their way through the four kiddie areas: Elephant Slide, Octopus Pool, Monsoon Lagoon, Yellow Submarine and Pirates Cove. Admission is $43.99; $33.99 for 48 inches and under or 60+; Parking is $15.

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Bellport High School Robotics Team Attends First LI TECH Challenge Qualifier 50

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

 

Raise Your Bar Serving These New Year’s Eve Cocktails 578

Blood Orange Gin Punch Recipe

Get the party started with this simple cocktail, this modern take on a classic screwdriver is an easy-drinking crowd-pleaser. To keep the party moving, put it in a punch bowl and let your guests serve themselves.

Recipe Serves 10

Shopping List
⅓ cup cane sugar
5 sprigs organic fresh rosemary
11 or 12 organic blood oranges
1¾ cups gin
1¼ cups prosecco
5 cups ice

Tools
Peeler, punch bowl, small sauce pot

1. Make the simple syrup
In a small sauce pot, combine 1½ cups water and sugar and cook over medium heat, stirring until the sugar dissolves. Add 3 rosemary sprigs and bring to a boil (set aside the remaining 2 sprigs for serving). Remove from the heat and let steep until cool, about 30 minutes.

Discard the rosemary. Measure ½ cup simple syrup; save any remaining simple syrup for another use.

2. Prep the orange wheels and twists; mix the cocktail

  • Cut 1 blood orange in half, then cut one half crosswise into thin slices. Do not remove the peel; discard any seeds. Reserve the other orange half for juicing.
  • Using a peeler, remove the zest in 2-inch-long strips from the blood oranges, being careful to remove only the outermost orange layer and leave behind the bitter white pith. You’ll want 1 strip per serving, or 8 to 10 total.
  • Juice enough oranges to measure 3¾ cups.
  • Cut the remaining rosemary sprigs into 1-inch pieces and set aside for garnish.
  • In a punch bowl, combine the orange juice, gin, prosecco, simple syrup, and 1 cup ice. Stir until well incorporated, then add blood orange rounds.

Serve
Set out rocks glasses and the remaining ice and invite everyone to make their own cocktail, garnishing with an orange twist and a rosemary sprig.

Tip: To save time, make the simple syrup the night before; let cool and refrigerate in an airtight glass jar. If you prefer a nonalcoholic cocktail, skip the gin and prosecco, increase the amount of orange juice, and add a splash of soda water or iced tea just before serving.

Recipe & Photo courtesy of SunBasket

 

Giggle Juice

Giggle Juice is delicious combination of moscato, lemonade, and vodka that is sure have all your family and friends laughing.

Recipe Serves 8

Shopping List

Ice
Lemons
Sugar
1 (750-ml) bottle moscato
3 c. pink lemonade
1 can lemon-lime soda
1 c. vodka
2 c. sliced strawberries

Tools
Pitcher, stirrer, glasses, knife, plate for sugar
1. Rim glasses with lemon wedge and dip in sugar.
2. In a large pitcher, stir together moscato, pink lemonade, soda, vodka, and fruit. Add ice and stir to combine.
3. Divide among glasses and serve
Recipe & Photo courtesy of Delish

 

Kombucha-Campari Spritz 

The fermented tea everyone’s drinking has recently made its debut as a cocktail mixer. When you think about, that makes a lot of sense. Kombucha is tart, fizzy, and a little bit funky, just the thing to mix with your favorite spirits. Here pair ginger kombucha with Campari for a low-alcohol drink you can sip all night.

Recipe Serves 2

 

Shopping List
1 organic lemon
2 ounces Campari
2 cups ice
4 ounces ginger kombucha

Tools
Cocktail shaker, medium frying pan

1. Char the lemon garnish
Cut the lemon in half crosswise, then cut half into thin rounds; save the remaining half for another use. In a dry medium frying pan over medium-high heat, add the lemon rounds and cook, turning once, until fragrant and lightly charred, 1 to 2 minutes. Transfer to a plate.

2. Make the Campari spritz 
In a cocktail shaker, add the Campari and half the ice. Shake well, about 30 seconds.

Serve
Fill two rocks glasses with the remaining ice. Strain the Campari into the glass and top off with as much kombucha as you like. Garnish each glass with a charred lemon slice and serve.

Recipe & Photo courtesy of SunBasket

 

Moscow Mule Recipe

A Moscow mule is actually very easy to make. It only has three ingredients: vodka, ginger beer, and lime. We like to garnish it with mint, but it’s not necessary.

Recipe Serves 2

 

Shopping List

Ice
2 oz. vodka
1 oz. fresh lime juice
1 oz. (12-oz.) can ginger beer
Lime wedges, for garnish
Mint (optional for additional garnish)

 

Tools
Cooper mugs, Stirrers, knife

1.Fill two copper mugs with ice. Pour 1 ounce vodka and 1/2 ounce lime juice over ice in each mug. Pour ginger beer into each cup until mostly full. Stir.
2. Garnish with mint and lime wedge to serve.

Throwing a Party and don’t want to play bartender all night?  Serve this Moscow Mule punch- which is basically one giant Moscow mule.

Shopping List
4 c. ice
4 c. ginger beer
3 c. vodka
1 c. freshly squeezed lime juice
1 c. mint leaves, plus more for garnish
limes, sliced, plus more for garnish
Tools
Punch bowl, Ladle, Cooper mugs, Stirrers, knife

1. In a large punch bowl, combine ice, ginger beer, vodka, lime juice, lime slices, and mint
2. Ladle punch into glasses or copper mugs and garnish with more mint.

Recipe & Photo courtesy of Delish

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