Things to Do While the Kids Are Off From School

From the Three Village Patch Online Paper

Fun ideas for how to entertain the kids during the holiday break.

Brought to you by our series “100 Things to Do in Three Village,” here are some activities you can do and local places you can go while the kids are off from school – along with a few ideas for fun outside of Three Village, too.

#99 – Find a Good Book at Emma S. Clark Memorial Library. It’s got a huge children’s section, and beyond the books, the library has tons of movies to rent and programs to take part in.

#98 – Watch an Eagle Flap its Wings in Stony Brook. If you’ve never seen the mechanical eagle in the Stony Brook Village Center, now’s the time to go.

#91 – Walk the Labyrinth at Avalon Park. As long as the mild December weather holds up, check out this outdoor treasure.

#90 – Catch a Movie, Maybe Even for Free. There are plenty of children’s movies playing in the theaters right now, and the library often has free movie showings.

#89 – Visit the Long Island Museum of Art, History and Carriages. You don’t have to travel to New York City to find a cool museum – this one is a Smithsonian affiliate.

#74 – Visit an Historic Lighthouse. Read up on the history of the lighthouse before you go; the Village of Old Field has a good history on its website.

#68 – Learn the History of Hercules. Another fun outdoor activity to do as long as the weather stays mild.

#53 – Learn About the Setauket Spies. “Spies! How a Group of Long Island Patriots Helped George Washington Win the Revolution” at the Three Village Historical Society is all about the Culper Spy Ring of Setauket. Call ahead for hours.

#45 – Cheer on the Seawolves. Don’t even try to resist Wolfie’s charms. Check out the hoops action by visiting for the teams’ schedules.

#32 – A ‘Revolution’ in Video Gaming. The Revolution video game center opened in September in Stony Brook. Great for kids and teens.

Outside of Three Village:

Visit the Long Island Aquarium in Riverhead. With seasonal exhibits and both indoor and outdoor fun, it’s a not-to-be-missed Long Island attraction.

Head to Museum Row in Garden City. Three very different museums all in a row – the Long Island Children’s Museum, the Cradle of Aviation Museum, and the Nassau County Firefighter’s Museum and Education Center.

Chuck E. Cheese’s on Jericho Turnpike in Commack is a staple of children’s entertainment.

Check out the Port Jefferson Patch events calendar for children’s events, including maritime-themed fun, in downtown Port Jefferson.

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