Summer time can be fun filled with outdoor activities, but sometimes Mother Nature doesn’t always play nice on Long Island. When rainy days rear their gloomy heads, we have to think of things to do on Long Island to entertain our children and ourselves indoors.
Create a Treasure Hunt
Make up a treasure hint right inside your house. Make up a set of clues for each player, you know, each clue leads to the next clue and will eventually and finally land on the treasure! You can use envelopes to label the clues by number. The winner is the one who solves the most clues right and finds the treasure. The treasure prize is your choice; you could use anything such as play money, a toy or even a voucher for a movie or a video game.
Bake Some Goodies
Preheat the oven and get to baking. It is always fun to have the kids be helpers in the kitchen. There are so many fun-to-make delicious treats you can bake with the kids. Rice Krispie treats, chocolate chip cookies and brownies. For a variety of dessert recipes, you can look at http://allrecipes.com/recipes/79/desserts/.
Make your own Movie Theater
You can convert your living room or den to your very own movie theater. Let the kids select the feature films while you set up the couch as your stadium seats, pop the popcorn and set up all the fluffy pillows and cozy blankets. Turn the lights out and enjoy!
Make your own Day at the Spa
Create a spa day right in the house! Do manicures and pedicures on each other, you can wash and scrub your hands and feet, moisturize and paint just like you would at the spa. Try facials, almost everyone has a cucumber mask I their home, or something similar. Try out different hair styles, by using your curling irons, test out different braid ideas, or any new clip in hair colors.
Get to the Theater
If you have the opportunity to get outside of your house, there are a few indoor places you may enjoy. New York, mainly the city is known for their deep roots in the world of theater. But, believe it or not, Long Island is home to many performing arts centers across Suffolk and Nassau counties, showing both big and small productions. Creative Ministries Performing Arts Center is featuring “James and the Giant Peach,” through 8/20. Check out their website for other shows and times. The Gateway Performing Arts Center of Long Island is featuring “The Wizard of OZ” and the “Amazing Max” until the end of the summer. For directions and show times please visit https://thegateway.org/Online/.
Stay Cool Inside the Museums
The Cradle of Aviation Museum in Garden City offer s a wide variety in the way of science and technology. There is an aviation museum; a preservation of Long Island aerospace treasures. The Junior Jet Club is a hands on and interactive play area for children under the age of 6. They can explore the aerospace themed activities, climb, build with blocks and Legos, and there is even a little story book nook. Make some time to check out the Planetarium and Dome Theater presented by JetBlue Sky Theater; the state of the art high resolution system will take you on a space journey! Take a break and grab a bite at the Red Planet Café; the futuristic themed restaurant. Don’t forget to stop for a souvenir on your way out at the Museum Store which is full of cool items such as key chains, stuffed animals and tee shirts. The Museum is open 7 days per week for the summer, but for additional information on tickets and pricing please visit the website. The Long Island Children’s Museum in Garden City is the perfect interactive and creative environment for children to learn through exhibit and exploration. There are a variety of exhibits including the bubble room, the climbing section, building blocks, Sound Showers and the communication room. Presently the museum has an Andy Warhol exhibit that will last into October.