Pump It Up is a blissfully big space designed to help kids meet their needs for friendship, midair dance moves, and gravity defiance. Parents can watch as their bounce-prone descendants slide, scale, and moonwalk around Pump It Up’s inflatable arena. The bounce zone draws kids with its promise of afternoon hang time and offers a brief history lesson in its resemblance to King Louis XVI’s famous “jumpy castle.” Kids can bond with one another through the subtle physical fitness that comes with recreational jumping, and they’ll be glad to have a spot to discuss pressing kid-only issues, such as the superiority of the color blue to the color green.
The Long Island Maritime Museum records, restores, and displays the history and story of life on the water of Long Island. The main building of the campus occupies the former Meadow Edge estate, and other historical nautical buildings from around the island have been transplanted to its grounds. These structures include exhibits such as the Wrecks & Rescuers exhibit, based on the annals of the United States Life-Saving Service. They also contain the Edward Smith Library of local nautical history and a collection of 19th- and 20th-century boat-racing trophies.
The museum's prized possession does not reside on dry land, though. In the nearby harbor, a fully restored 1888 oyster sloop named Priscilla can still venture out into the bay for both public and private sails.
Deer Park Bowl sets an atmosphere of relaxed fun with its state-of-the-art lanes and onsite bar and grill. Patriotic stars and stripes adorn 16 gleaming Brunswick Pro Anvil synthetic lanes that also feature upfront ball returns, delivering balls back to players faster than it takes to memorize the 14 Eskimo words for “bowling.” Servers at the onsite Pinheads Bar & Grill dish up pizzas, fried fare, and Italian entrees as customers play darts, gaze at six plasma televisions, and swig from an extensive selection of cold bottles, tap beer, and top-shelf liquor. On weekend nights, neon lighting transforms the alley into a cosmic wonderland, accompanied by satellite radio and Saturday night.
Nicole Parisi forges interspecific bonds. At Major Expectations Riding and Training, she helps guests young and old get to know horses during lessons that run the gamut from simple horsemanship to jumping and show maneuvers. Alongside a packed curriculum of horseback sessions, Nicole can also corral a pile of ponies at a remote location for birthday parties or pony rides to celebrate a renewed mobile-phone contract.
Strikes and spares abound at Larkfield Lanes, where balls have tumbled down 20 lanes since 1949. The sport hasn’t changed much in the intervening years, though the alley certainly has. Every Friday and Saturday night, for instance, the house lights go down for glow bowling, where special-effect lighting and upbeat tunes turn the alley into a nightclub-style setting. Complimentary bumpers, meanwhile, ensure that balls never wander into gutters, and four-week Learn to Bowl classes ready kids for future bumper-free games. Once they have the basics down, youngsters can even enter one of Larkfield Lanes’ leagues, which the alley also hosts for adults and senior citizens.