Feel Like a Kid Again on Long Island

Ah, those carefree days of childhood. Every day seemed like a new adventure and responsibilities were close to none. Relive the good old days—even if only for a few hours—with any of these fun activities on Long Island. Kids may join, but these places are equally adult approved.

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Race the clock

Add a little mystery to your day with escape rooms. Steadily growing in popularity, these fun spots require teamwork and reasoning. The theme changes depending on the place, but the idea is the same: finding a way out of a locked room only using clues and riddles. Get your team together and head to any of Long Island’s escape rooms, including Just Escape in Massapequa, Can You Escape? in Mineola, Know Escape in Port Jefferson and CryptIQ Inc. in Northport.

Climb to the top

Have fun and get in shape at the same time. It may not be the Adirondacks, but indoor rock climbing offers similar exhilaration. Island Rock in Plainview guarantees its facility is the “closest thing to real rock you can find without bringing the real thing inside.” The Gravity Vault in Melville offers more than 14,000-square-feet of climbing with various types of climbing walls. All ages are welcome to take the challenge.

Paint a masterpiece

Bring out your inner Picasso at paint studios across Long Island. There are several spots to choose from, including Muse Paintbar with locations in Great Neck, Woodbury, Garden City and Port Jefferson, Pinot’s Palette in Bay Shore and Wine & Design in Syosset. Even better? Wine is offered with every paint session, and experience isn’t necessary.

Jump high

Pencil in some time to jump around at indoor trampoline parks—and burn calories at the same time. Long Island centers offer different air activities like dodgeball trampoline courts and foam zones. Partake in the jumping excitement at Sky Zone Trampoline Park in Deer Park, Bounce! Trampoline Sports in Syosset or Air Trampoline Sports in Ronkonkoma.

Take your best swing

Perfect for date night or hanging out with friends, miniature golf can bring out the kid in anyone. Themed courses are spread throughout Nassau and Suffolk making the activity even more appealing. Opt for a waterfall escape at Sayville Falls Miniature Golf in Sayville, a treasure hunt at Bayville Adventure Park in Bayville or glow-in-the-dark fun at Monster Mini Golf in Deer Park. Either way, make sure to bring your A-game.

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Anna Halkidis is a senior web editor at Long Island Pulse. Feel free to reach out at anna@lipulse.com or on Twitter @annahalkidis.