Winter Break, Time to Play


Holiday Lights Spectacular at Jones Beach
Holiday Lights Spectacular at Jones Beach

Don’t let the winter weather keep you indoors. Grab the kids, get out of the house and take advantage of the holiday fun Long Island has to offer. Here’s your 2015 winter break activity guide that the whole family can enjoy.

The Holiday Lights Spectacular at Jones Beach
1000 Ocean Parkway, Wantagh
Through Jan. 3
Monday-Thursday, Dusk-10 p.m.; Friday-Sunday, Dusk-11 p.m.
$20 per vehicle, $25 on holidays and weekends. Tickets must be purchased ahead of time at
After a seven-year hiatus from 2008 to 2014, the light show at the beach returned last year. The 2.5-mile drive will feature more than 150 animated and synchronized light displays and a new themed display section throughout the park with an expanded holiday village featuring an ice skating rink.

Bayvlle Adventure Park's Winter Wonderland
Bayvlle Adventure Park’s Winter Wonderland

Bayville Adventure Park’s Winter Wonderland
8 Bayville Ave., Bayville
Through Jan. 3
$22 per person, includes all offered activities
Bayville Adventure Park has transformed into a winter wonderland just in time for the holidays. Bring the kids to enjoy a spectacular animated holiday light show, tour Santa’s Toy Factory in 3D and get into the season with ice-skating. You can also catch a ride on the Holiday Express Train, meet Santa, challenge yourself with indoor rock climbing, play games at the arcade and chill out at the Beaches and Cream Soda Shoppe. For hours, tickets and additional information, visit the Bayville Winter Wonderland website at

Theatre Three Christmas Shows
A Christmas Carol– Through Dec. 27. See website for fees and times.
Barnaby Saves Christmas– $10 tickets, Saturdays, Through Dec. 26, 11 a.m; Thursday, Dec. 24 at 11 a.m.
Located in Port Jefferson, Theatre Three hosts a variety of programming year-round.
Geared toward adults, the theater hosts seven main stage productions annually, including four musicals, two plays and a seasonal production of A Christmas Carol.However venue also stages children’s theatrical productions, featuring Barnaby Saves Christmas. For more information on Theatre Three and all of their shows and events, visit

Candlelight Evenings and Holiday Gift Show
Old Bethpage Village Restoration
1303 Round Swamp Rd., Old Bethpage
Dec.17-19, 5 to 9:30 p.m.
$10 Adults, $7 Seniors/Children, Children under 5 are free
Bring the family and loved ones to experience the village of Old Bethpage as it was in the 1860s during the holiday season. Nights will entail caroling, music, bonfires and hot apple cider. See for more.

Frosty the Snowman: A Stage Play
John W. Engeman Theater
250 Main Street, Northport
Through Jan. 3, daily (See or call 631-261-2900 for ticket prices and show times.)
Take the kids to visit Jenny and Frosty on their adventure to save the town of Chillsville from the evil Ethel Pierport and her snow-melting machine. Tickets start at $15.

Vanderbilt Museum
Vanderbilt Museum

Vanderbilt Mansion Twilight Tours
180 Little Neck Rd., Centerport
Dec. 26-27, 7-9 p.m.
$10 Adults, $9 Students and seniors, $5 Children 12 and under
Visitors can experience a once a year special holiday treat by taking a Christmas tour of the mansion. These annual tours are only offered the two days after Christmas so be sure not to miss the opportunity of the beautifully decorated grounds. It is the only time of the year when the Vanderbilt family’s private living quarters can be viewed at night. Admission includes hot chocolate and cookies. If you can’t make those two days, it will also be open Dec. 28-30 from noon to 4 p.m. The mansion is closed on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day. Visit for more information.

Twin Rinks Ice Center at Eisenhower Park
200 Merrick Ave., East Meadow
Open rinks Fri-Sun for month of Dec. (See schedule on website)
$11 Adults, $9 Children (6-12 years old), $5 Seniors/Military, $5 Skate Rental, (Free admission ages 5 and under.)
Now owned by the New York Islanders, Twin Rinks is a 165,000 square-foot, world-class facility consisting of two indoor, NHL-sized skating rinks. They host a multitude of youth and adult hockey tournaments, figure skating competitions, curling events, speed-skating competitions and non-skating entertainment events. For a more relaxed day over break, take the kids to open skate sessions every weekend throughout the month of December. Check the schedule at

Long Island Children’s Museum
11 Davis Ave., Garden City
LICM winter events calendar can be found on
Throughout December, LICM will be hosting various winter fun and activities for kids of all ages. Some include, “Smiling Snowpeople,” “Winter Wonderland Globes” and “Do You Want to Build a Snowman.”
The museum offers 14 interactive galleries including hands-on displays on topics of bubbles, art, carpentry, construction, television broadcasts and animation. The theatre seats 145 people where families are invited to enjoy musical acts, jugglers and theatrical performances. For more info call 516-224-5800 or visit


Bounce! Trampoline Sports
310 Michael Drive, Syosset
Let the kids bounce off the walls outside of your home. Guests can enjoy open jump time, trampoline dodge ball, slam-dunk basketball on dual lanes, foam-pit jumping, and an arcade. Party rooms are available as well as a Wi-Fi lounge, and a separate Bounce! Jr. Zone for kids ages 6 and younger. Check out their website for holiday hours at or call 516-762-1300.

Turf Time at Unlimited Sports Action
30 Beechwood Ave., Port Washington
Ages 3-10
Vacation camps are offered half-day and full day when school is not in session. Turf Time is a multi-sport program where the athletes are broken down by age. Age appropriate games will be played including baseball, basketball, dodge ball, obstacle courses, parachute games, playground games, soccer and more. Turf Time is offered on any day off from school year-round. Lunch is included for extended half-day and full-day campers. See www.unlimited or call 516-767-7675 for times and prices.

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