North Shore Towers Cinema projects an average of five first-run films daily across its spacious screen. Moviegoers sit back and relax in comfortable seating to watch as Hollywood megastars fall in love with comegastars, battle aliens, or try to understand the physics of cotton candy. With two admissions, the ticketholder can choose any movie and bring a date, a friend, or a Teddy Ruxpin with the batteries removed. Snacks and drinks are available for purchase in the theater’s polite vending machines.
Fun Station USA fills its indoor space with the scaled-down amenities of an amusement park, such as mechanical rides, a multileveled maze, and a large concession stand stocked with carnival cuisine. At all hours of operation, the air buzzes with excitement—a byproduct of jingle-jangling machines, flashing lights, and splashes of color at every corner. After acquiring tickets from myriad arcade games that include skee-ball and air-cannon shooting galleries, revelers head to the redemption counter to exchange their winnings for prizes and foreign currency.
The Alley Pond Environmental Center is a non-profit group dedicated to teaching children and adults about the natural world and protecting unadulterated environments from dastardly land poachers. Both membership levels give you discounts on programs at the center, discounted birdseed prices, reduced birthday party rates, and VIP access to teddy bear picnics. And for an additional fee, adults can take part in monthly astronomy workshops to view celestial bodies in skies free of ambiance-obstructing light pollution, while weekend sessions and after-school programs give kids an outdoors alternative to television absorption.
Clattering pins don't just echo across the half-century-old lanes of Woodmere Lanes during traditional open-bowl hours, but also during unique late-night events on weekend evenings. On Fridays, infectious tunes pulse from speakers to underscore X-Treme Bowling events that don't just tolerate post-strike break dances, they encourage them. Midnight Marathons on Saturday nights, otherwise, pit players against each other in a pin-crushing race for cash prizes. Tasty snacks and frothy suds from the concession stand are available all week, when players can cheer on their favorite adult or junior league.
Flanked by seven other aircraft, a Grumman F-11 hangs suspended in a shallow dive over the main entrance to Cradle of Aviation Museum’s four-story glass atrium. Three viewing levels on wraparound balconies afford views of the aircraft that only fellow pilots in close formation ever saw when it was in service. The 150,000-square foot facility’s eight exhibits grant similarly intimate glimpses of more than 75 aircraft and spacecrafts that trace the historic path of Long Island’s aviation contributions since 1870. Those artifacts include a replica of the Wright Brothers’ 1899 kite, five aircraft made in Long Island for World War II, and the Grumman Lunar Module LM-5 “Eagle”, which transported Neil Armstrong and Edwin Aldrin to that soundstage that looked like the moon.
Patrons also get a chance to soar skywar in the X-Ride Theater, a 30-seat motion simulator whose “Fly with the Blue Angels” film mimics the piloting of a U.S. Navy squadron jet. Over in the JetBlue Sky Theater Planetarium and the Leroy R. & Rose W. Grumman Dome Theater, screens show films on subjects such as Lewis and Clark and Ernest Shackleton’s famed Antarctic journey. To reenergize after touring the museum or riding the Historic Nunley's Carousel, which was built in 1912, guests can enjoy a meal in the Red Planet Cafe, whose space station décor evokes a Martian cafeteria in the year 2040.
For the tiniest tots, there are foam towers to topple in the Tot Spot and instruments with which to make rhythms in the mUSic area. Toddlers and preschoolers sift and shovel on the Sandy Island, and older children can use a penny to watch a 100-year-old Mutoscope silent movie or use the Bricks & Sticks wire spinner to design their own 3D shapes. Click here to see the museum’s activity gallery and plan out a day trip. Or, simply show up with plenty of energy and your favorite child to discover the museum together, and help him or her build vital skills in social interaction, education, and colored-block identification. Schoolchildren can bolster their studies without realizing they're learning by organizing games in the ClimbIt@LICM structure, or by comparing barometric readings in the Our Backyard outdoor area. Get today's Groupon to treat a special proto-adult to a day of horizon expansion, enjoyment, and giant bubbles.
Originally called the Austin, this vintage 1930s theater has seen several ups and downs in its history, from years as a second-run double-feature house to a red-tinted stint that got it shut down by the city. In its current incarnation, the Kew Gardens Cinemas flaunts restored art-deco flair alongside modern projectors and molar-rocking surround sound. Stadium seating and a fully stocked concession stand further complement current flicks by granting every set of eyes a great view and every set of dental braces something to hold during scary scenes. Swing by the theater with a friend to snack on your own small popcorns (a $5 value each) and sip sodas (a $3.50 value each) while enjoying a vintage movie-viewing experience that beats watching Betamax tapes on your Great Uncle Vinnie's 1978 Zenith.