Now that my son is a toddler, we’ve been exploring new and exciting places to go on Long Island; pack the kids in the car and check out these family friendly places in the suburbs of Manhattan.
8 great places to go with babies on Long Island
Monday: Free play at Sandbox Playspace
Start out the week with some free play at The Sandbox Playspace. Located in the heart of Huntington village, The Sandbox, run by a husband and wife team, is a joy for kids through five years old, and quite relaxing for parents. With Jack Johnson on the stereo, your child in eye and ear shot, and no screens blasting out annoying cartoons, you can chat with other parents, and even head into their adorable snack room for a break. They also have a breastfeeding room which overlooks the play area! You can drop in and play for $15/child, from 10am-5pm.
Tuesday: Playing in Plainview
Head to the largest interactive, inside, playground on Long Island: Once Upon a Treetop in Plainview. Once Upon a Tree Top is an interactive city for kids; parents must supervise, but feel free to bring as many adults as you need to (they’re free), as well as any infants are free. With a cafe inside, and the option of bringing your own lunch, you can stay here all day long on a cold winter day, or a rainy summer day. Their open play time is Mondays and Thursdays, 10:00AM- 5:00pm, and Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, 10:00AM- 3:00PM.
Wednesday: Walk Cold Spring Harbor
Head over to Cold Spring Harbor and check out a few places: The Cold Spring Harbor Whaling Museum, The Fish Hatchery, and The Firehouse Museum. Stop at the Hatchery first, as it’s not within walking distance to the other two locations.Â Toddlers will love to see all the fish, and there are always events happening there. Head into Cold Spring Harbor, and park in the free lot.
The town is charming and walkable. The Whaling Museum is open Tuesday through Friday from 12:00PM-4:00PM in winter, and open daily 11:00AM-5:00PM from Memorial Day to Labor Day. With lots of fun boats to see, even toddlers will enjoy browsing; they often have toddler and kid craft time, as well. Walk over to the Firehouse Museum and see old fire trucks and gear. Toddlers will love to see the big trucks! Need a snack? Walk over to Sweetie Pies on Main for home baked treats and coffee for mama.
Thursday: Huntington for books and stories
Book Revue in Huntington has toddler time every ThursdayÂ at 11AM. Book Revue is family friendly, with accessible bathrooms, and a huge children’s section. When you’re done with toddler time, head over to their cafe for a snack and cup of coffee; they have high chairs, and room for strollers, too.
Friday: Long Island Aquarium
Gather the family up and head out East on the Island to The Long Island Aquarium; open Monday-Sunday, 10AM-5PM. The Aquarium has indoor and outdoor exhibits, as well as adventure and interactive experiences. Visit on your birthday week and get free admission, too! There is a cafe within the museum, as well as many restaurants in Riverhead.
Saturday: Garden City and the Children’s Museum
Get over to Garden City (mid-west-Island), for the Long Island Children’s Museum. They’re open Tuesday-Sunday, from 10AM-5PM. They have a ton of rotating exhibits and hands on activities for children; they also have a room just for toddlers! If your toddler can sit through a show, they have daily performances, as well.
Sunday: White Post Farms in Melville
Check out White Post Farms in Melville; featuring an animal farm and petting zoo, it’s a great way to expose your children to new animals. Dating back to 1886, this farm has a giant aviary (the largest on Long Island), and children can hand and bottle feed animals! It’s a great experience for the whole family. Their website often has coupons, so check in before you head there with the kids.
[All photos by Olivia Howell except the penguins from Long Island Aquarium]