Fun family ideas for curing winter blues, from roller skating to mini golf

Winter can get dry and dull, but there are ways out of the silence. Here are five places on Long Island that can get the job done by injecting some afternoon family fun.


Check out the “Songs Without Words: The Art of Music” exhibit at the Nassau County Museum of Art in Roslyn Harbor, which features over 200 works on display in 11 different galleries.

“Some people come for rock & roll, and others come for high art. There’s something for everyone in this show,” says director Charles Riley. “We have everything from a video portrait of Lady Gaga to Niccolò Paganini’s violin to Keith Richards’ and Neil Young’s guitars.”

On Sundays, live concerts and artist discussions are held at 15.00 All guests are required to wear a mask.

WHEN | WHERE Tuesday-Sunday: 11.00-16.45; One Museum Drive, Roslyn Harbor

INFO 516-484-9338,

COST $ 15 ($ 10 for members), $ 10 for seniors, $ 5 for students


Put on clothes and stay physical with some laser mark or ax throw in the newly renovated Q-ZAR in Carle Place.

WHEN | WHERE Monday-Thursday: kl. 15-22, Friday: kl. 15.00-midnight, Saturday: kl. 11.00-midnight, Sunday: kl. 11.00-22.00; 151 Voice Road and Carle Place

INFO 516-877-7200,

COST Laser mark: $ 19.95 per. person, ax throw: $ 39.95 pr. person


Throw on a pair of skates and start rolling on United Skates of America, with a live DJ spinning Top 40 tunes while the rink lights up.

“Ice skating is great exercise and it is a binding activity that young and old can enjoy,” says sales and event manager Jennifer Simonetti. “The adults are there, they are not just sitting back and watching their children. It is a family event.”

Fill up on snacks in the café or enjoy a mix of new and old video games in the arcade to complete the experience.

WHEN | WHERE Thursday: 16.00-18.00, Friday: 19.00-21.00 (glow-in-the-dark session), Saturday: 12.30-14.30, 15.00-17.00, 17.30-19.30 and 8. -22.00 (hip-hop session), Sunday: dinner -14.00 (glow-in-the-dark session), 14.30-16.30 and 17.00-19.00 (hip-hop session); 1276 Hicksville Road in Seaford

INFO 516-795-5474,

COST $ 14 pr. session ($ 5 session on Thursday), $ 6 skate rental


Go ice skating overlooking the water at The Rinx at Harborfront Park in Port Jefferson.

“Ice skating gives people a chance to put the technology away and be outside,” says director Tom Palamara. “It’s a nice atmosphere.”

Walk-ins are welcome and no reservation is required. Most sessions last 90 minutes except Friday and Saturday nights, which are reserved for middle- and high school-aged children when they are two hours old. Masks must be worn while indoors, but they can be taken off on the outdoor rink.

WHEN | WHERE Monday-Thursday: noon-20, Friday: noon-22, Saturday: 10-22, Sunday: 10-18; 101 E. Broadway and Port Jefferson

INFO 631-403-4357,

COST Weekdays: $ 11 adults, $ 8.50 children (11 and under), weekends: $ 12 adults, $ 9.50 children (11 and under), Friday-Saturday night sessions: $ 13 per person, skate rental: $ 6


Play 18 holes at Monster Mini-Golf in Deer Park, which is in complete black light and lights-in-dark.

“When you come in, it’s like Halloween all year round,” says general manager John Arlo. “Each hole has a different animated monster. It’s a bit like living art.”

Side attractions include an arcade of 30 brand new games, including a virtual reality experience plus a laser maze. Masks are required.

WHEN | WHERE Monday-Friday: 14.00-22.00, Saturday-Sunday: kl. 12.00-22.00; 410-C Commack Road in Deer Park

INFO 631-940-8900,

COST $ 13 adults, $ 12 children (under 5 feet)


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