This spring we will be so busy with the kids’ sports (baseball and golf), special occasions (Communion, Mother’s Day, family birthdays) and end of school events. I literally just sat down with my Cozi app, school calendar and sports schedules to see if I could get ahead of the game! So this upcoming week, when the kids are off for Easter and Passover, I am super excited (although a tad nervous) to have whole days available to plan fun local outings!
LONG ISLAND MUST-DO SPRING BREAK ACTIVITIES
We have been on the go all winter. A weekend in Atlantic City, two trips to Florida, Naples and Orlando, a stop at Disney, two days at Legoland, some time in North Carolina and a big birthday trip to Italy. I am so glad to be spending this break mostly close to home. We have an overnight to Rhode Island planned, and we are hosting Easter so that will structure our week. But here is a list of the activities we are planning to do. Even if you are not a local reader, you can take some inspiration for spring activities in your area! And as always, check Groupon and online (I like to Google the name of the place + “discount”) to try to save money on admission. Especially at this time of year you can often get good deals on places that are more traditionally summer venues (mini-golf, amusement parks, etc).
NY Hall of Science – we used to live 10 minutes from this museum, and for many years had an annual pass, but we haven’t visited in a while. This is a great place to visit in the spring because there are some outdoor activities (mini-golf and the science playground) but there is plenty to see and do indoors. I am looking forward to returning here now that we can check out the bigger kid exhibits and activities, although their Preschool Playplace is awesome for kids 3 and under!
Heartland Driving Range and Mini-Golf – My kids are starting up their next season of golf lessons and I know they want to practice. Heartland is our favorite golf facility in the area. Its big, clean and we can hit balls on the driving range and then play a round of mini-golf all in the same place! Plus they have automatic ball teeing on the range (downstairs only) and who doesn’t love that?
Adventureland – This is the activity my kids are most excited to do. We have our eye on the weather forecast and are planning this for the warmest day of the week. My kids love Adventureland and we will spend an entire day riding all of the rides! We visit this amusement park often, and I have found that spring and fall are the best times to avoid the crowds! The park is open each day April 8 -16 so get a jump start on your 2017 theme park fun!
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Lego Discovery Center Westchester – You all know we loved visiting Legoland Florida this winter, well the Discovery Center is a smaller, indoor version of the theme park. There are two rides, a play structure, a 3-D movie, a mini-land and lots of opportunities to build with legos. The last time we visited, about two years ago, baby girl was still too small for the bigger play structure and ride, so we are excited to return when she can do bigger kid stuff! This center is located in Westchester, about an hour from the south shore of Long Island, traffic dependent, but worth the trip!
Museum of Math – We are planning a day trip to NYC, taking the train, visiting daddy’s office and then I am dying to check out this museum. I am a math teacher, after all! I have heard great things about this place, and I know my kids are going to love it! I will definitely give a full review after our visit. This museum is located in midtown and we are planning a lunch at Eataly after! I love Eataly, but my kids have never been. I think they are going to be so excited for the gelateria and I can’t wait to get a real Italian café!
UPDATE: Read our review of the Museum of Mathematics HERE, and check out our photos from Eataly!
Long Beach Boardwalk – I wrote about how much we love this boardwalk in my Fall Activities post, and I am sure we will pop down there for walking and biking this break. This is a great place to fit in a little exercise during school vacation. In addition to the Boardwalk, the kids love the playground at Magnolia Boulevard. Maybe it will even be warm enough to play around in the sand? We also are overdue for a meal at Diner by the Sea. If you haven’t been to this diner, put it on your Long Island to-do list ASAP! The milkshakes there are amazing and worth the trip (and wait!).
When the kids were smaller I used to dread these weeks off, but now that they really can enjoy these fun activities, and our normal life is so busy, I am excited about this upcoming break. What do you have planned this spring vacation?
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