Amid its 25,000 square feet of climate-controlled indoor turf, Long Island Sports Complex treats up to 15 birthday celebrants to one hour of motion-based merriment, followed by a half-hour of pizza, cake, drinks, and party goods. The facility takes care of all the food, decorations and invitations, so parents can spend more time knitting the perfect birthday gift or reanimating it during an electrical storm. Sports-party revelers get to release excess energy with their choice of soccer, baseball, softball, football, or lacrosse without the outdoor inconveniences of grass stains or slingshotted acorns from territorial squirrels. Two to four sport-savvy supervisors will be on hand to make sure that everyone has a safe time.
Though it doesn?t have its own zip code, yet, Kidville is a sought-after destination for youngsters. The bustling children?s center pulsates with activities designed to cultivate youngsters? social and developmental skills, such as classes in music, dance, and cooking. Art classes foster creativity and self-expression, and a play space helps children unleash pent-up energy more effectively than journaling on the living room wall in permanent marker. The fun zone also hosts birthday parties in various themes?including railroad, racecar, fairy princess, and superhero?in which the staff takes care of the details, setup, and cleanup, allowing parents to join in on the fun.
For more than a decade, campers ages 4-13 have whiled away their summers and holidays at Woodmont, but more importantly, they've made memories and friends to last a lifetime. Entertaining youngsters with sports, art, theater, music, and dance, days are packed with activities that keep kids engaged.
The Long Island Athletics Baseball program does its part to replenish the sport's stock of future talent, fostering youngsters under the trained eyes of a dedicated, experienced staff. During clinics, which are available for various aspects of the game including batting, base running, and sunflower-seed spitting, small groups gather on the diamond to field advice and recommendations from the program's coaches. The across-the-board emphasis on individualized instruction, as well as hard work, passion, and unselfish play, has helped many former players springboard to the next level of competition, specifically at the collegiate level.
Gleaning attention from media outlets such as Sports Illustrated, ESPN Radio, and the Washington Post, not to mention endorsements from major-league players such as Mariano Rivera, Manny Ramirez, and Mike Bordick, Frozen Ropes has gained a nationwide reputation thanks largely to its unique training model. Coaches from all baseball and softball backgrounds integrate instructional elements ranging from basic strength conditioning to biomechanics and sports psychology, helping students build their skills the same way dentists do—through a scientific approach to relentless drilling. Since 1989, the program has been used to help novices and professional-level players produce more of the company's namesake, the “frozen rope”—slang for a hard-hit line drive or a strong throw. At each of the company's nationwide facilities, instructors must complete Frozen Ropes' comprehensive curriculum—including hours of classroom instruction, shadowing, and mock lessons—before they can even begin teaching students the proper way to eat sunflower seeds.
Seven days a week, crowds gather at Batter up & Bethpage Mini Golf to sink winding putts and take mighty cuts, thanks to a 18-hole mini-golf course and a row of baseball and softball batting cages. The cages are open for solo swingers, but whole teams are also welcome to reserve several pitching machines at once to practice syncing their swings for the seventh-inning stretch's big dance number. Team training is also available through the Batter Up Academy, which seeks to kick-start diamond dynasties via lessons in hitting, pitching, and catching. Next to the cages, a mini-golf course winds along a verdant landscape decorated with shrubs and flowers.