Katrina Wells was frustrated. The new mother loved spending time with her child but still longed for a place to relax and sip coffee. Family-friendly play centers had been widespread when she lived in South Florida, but they seemed entirely absent from her new home in Long Island. Undeterred, Wells took initiative and designed a business that would cater to children and their parents.
Across Le Play Cafe Indoor Play Area & Coffee Lounge's 2,000 square feet, imaginations spring to life at performance stages, dress-up areas, and pretend kitchens. A climbable play structure helps little ones to develop gross motor skills, and age-appropriate toys delight toddlers. On the other side of the play center, scents of fresh roasted coffee fill the café as parents relax, socialize, and share photos of their baby dolls. In addition to cheering children and adults, Wells' brainchild also puts a smile on Mother Nature's vine-covered face. Her eco-friendly facility boasts LED lighting and oversize windows that help to reduce energy costs.
Within a 20,000-square-foot facility, Active Kidz hosts a panoply of interactive games and hands-on physical activities to excite, entertain, and exercise daring youngsters. Enter the 4,500-square-foot laser tag arena for a doubleheader of wave-particle conflict. Teams battle evil robots and each other in the setting of a post-apocalyptic future where only the strongest of vests survive. Alternately, exploring pairs climb into the adventure maze, a four-level labyrinth sporting tunnels, bridges, and a minotaur that has remained tangled in the web-climb for untold eons. More than 40 play elements exercise pint-sized imaginations, while two slides teach kids the thrill of gravitational velocity. Two $10 arcade cards give access to the non-redemption games in the room of digital diversions, and triumphs are toasted with bubbly sodas.
Bayville Adventure Park provides thrills and chills for visitors of all ages. Attractions such as a treetop adventure zone and rock climbing wall encourage healthy competition, while a pirate-themed miniature golf course invites guests to practice their short game and best parrot impression. The park also has an arcade and an ice-cream parlor.
Cables, wood, and rope snake throughout 5 acres of woodlands behind the Discovery Museum, forming the bridges, ropes, and ziplines that carry visitors on roaming wilderness adventures over the forest floor. The Adventure Park at the Discovery Museum challenges visitors as young as 7 years old with color-coded trails through the treetops, each ranging in difficulty from beginner to advanced. Adventurers discover their own routes between platforms, and each path presents a different challenge, which prompts climbers to balance on ropes or sneak past owls’ nests without waking them. Visitors must scale these courses before soaring down ziplines through wispy branches and dappled sunlight. Though the courses are designed to challenge minds and bodies, guides keep adventurers safe with a double-connected system of locked harnesses. Course designers Outdoor Venture Group eschew motors and electricity to stay environmentally friendly, and designed their course around trees to give each enough space to grow its own treehouse.