We know what you’re thinking. You’re home for the week and so are they….but you haven’t made any plans. Sure, the iPad is available and there’s a list of apps they want. Search for some nearby vacation camps or clinics here, or you can try to make this staycation different….here’s a roundup of ideas near and far (but doable in a car) for you to try next week:
1. LAKE PLACID WINTER OLYMPIC VILLAGE & MUSEUM
REALLY. Because Lake Placid is the only North American city to have hosted TWO winter Olympics (it’s also the only Olympic museum in the United States). Ok, so seriously…you can visit the museum for 7 bucks (kids are $5) or you can purchase an Olympic Sites Passport for $35, which is so incredibly cool. Included in your passport is a museum tour, skating on the Olympics circle, discounts off of bobsled rides (usually around $90), spider experiences for kids 13 and older, and lots more. Oh and on February 24th, there’s a Winterfest with Team USA athletes. Yup, this is really cool.
As of today, rooms are available…..
2. NEW YORK HALL OF SCIENCE
What the heck is the New York Hall of Science doing on a youth sports blog? There are soooo many connections between sports and science, it’s not even funny. But if your kid’s one of those kids that absolutely “hates” science, then this exhibit may make them a bit more interested.
Cause the exhibit is —— BIONIC ME!!!
Highlights that WE can’t wait to try, like:
- Move a ball with your mind
- Manipulate a robot arm
- Race against a Paralympian (you think it’s easy? try it)
- Use night vision to see in the dark
- Test accessories in a wind tunnel
Get tickets $16 (adults) $13 (kids 2-17)
3. SKATING CAMP
For around $300, your kids can head over to many local ice skating rinks to learn how to skate, the foundation for sports like figure skating, ice dancing and hockey. Trust us, it’s easier to learn while your young so consider this an investment. As residents of Port Washington, we love our local rink (offering half day skating and hockey camp) but the one in Great Neck and New Hyde Park are terrific too. Search for a rink near you for more information.
4. LEARN A NEW SKILL OR GET BETTER AT A SPORT
Try a morning at Frozen Ropes to learn how to hit a baseball or an afternoon at Paul Riley’s Soccer camp. Or, take a dip at the Tully Pool and get some laps in before summer. Or, introduce your young one to sports in your backyard. Inexpensive sports equipment is available everywhere – from Rite Aid and CVS to Toys R Us and Craigslist, for a few bucks you can introduce your kid to a new sport. Best part, you don’t have to spend a lot of money to have a lot of fun. No pressure, just enjoy your time with your kid.
5. STAYCATION 70’S STYLE
No phone. No iPad. Send them out with some balls (or not) and let them entertain themselves….outside…without supervision. They set the rules, they decide the fouls, they have fun.
6. TAKE A BEHIND-THE-SCENES TOUR
Your kids ♥ the Yankees, Mets, Knicks, Nets, Rangers or Islanders? Take a backstage tour to see what most people don’t. Many of the tours include Locker Room visits and interesting facts that your kids will love. Take lots of pics!
7. NATIONAL BASEBALL HALL OF FAME AND MUSEUM
Sometimes you just need to get out of town. Cooperstown is a 5-hour drive from New York, but well worth it if your kid dreams of one day hitting one out of the park. the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum celebrates the sport, not just MLB. So your kids will also find information and artifacts representing the Negro League and the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League (remember “League of their own” – that’s them!)
The museum will be honoring Black History Month with’s theme for the week is Black History Month so kids can learn more about the history of African Americans in baseball. Kids under 12 can also enjoy The Sandlot, where they can measure up against famous players and discover artifacts.
Adults $25, Kids (7-12) $12, Kids 6 and under: Free.
Honestly, if you have the time and find yourself in the same room or area as your child, give them a hug and tell them how much you love them. Ask them what they want to do — the answers might surprise you. From building a fort to playing a board game, your kid(s) want to spend time with you. So, set aside YOUR electronics and be present. And grateful.
Enjoy the week!