Wood Kingdom of Brookhaven creates outdoor playsets, swings, and forts for clients' homes, and gives kids a chance to explore the creations at an indoor playground. Whether celebrating a birthday—replete with pizza and a treasure hunt—or just visiting for an open-play session, children have free reign over wooden playsets equipped with swings, slides, and platforms.
The man's smile stretches almost as wide as the giant striped bass in his right hand. A novice fisherman, he's snagged his very first catch aboard one of Celtic Quest Fishing's group boats. A crew member snaps a photograph of the triumphant moment. Although it depicts only a moment in time, that photo recounts a much larger story. The man can point to it when he tells friends how he grabbed hold of rod and reel, cast a line, and wrestled with a resilient foe—ultimately pulling the fish up onto the dock.
This sort of experience happens frequently aboard Celtic Quest Fishing's group-fishing boats, which can carry 70–100 people at a time. The company, founded by Port Jefferson native Captain Des O’Sullivan, maintains two of the giant vessels. They carry groups out in search of black fish, fluke, porgies, or any other species Poseidon sends out to defend his honor. Regardless of the targeted catch, Celtic Quest Fishing's expert crew members supply all necessary gear, and they happily teach newbies fishing basics.
Settle traffic arguments by challenging an opposing driver to a duel on Boomers!'s speedy go-carts. Or just cruise solo, banking curves and outdriving total strangers in a wild day of rubber-burning and dust-eating. For crashtastic thrills, climb aboard a bumper boat and drift on the waterscape, floating amok and gleefully broadsiding fellow captains. A bit of the briny seeps into Boomers!'s mini-golf range, where it creates a sparkling blue hazard to complement the verdant greens. Finish the day with a feeling of accomplishment that comes only from climbing Boomers!'s big, giant rock wall. The 32-foot climbing surface has a variety of handholds and different climbing options, so explore them all with the three climbs. Be sure to check Boomers! Medford's hours before heading out.
A new graduate of Martin van Breems' Basic Keelboat course out on his first sail was pounded by driving rain and battered by winds raging at almost 35 miles per hour, but he kept his cool. When his fellow sailors found him, his jib was rolled, his main was reefed, and Breems recalls that it, "felt pretty darn good to see him doing exactly what he should have done in difficult conditions, instead of panicking."
Founded in 1986, Sound Sailing Center’s expert sailors introduce students to the Sound during their professional-quality classes. Their instruction philosophy ensures the proper learning environment for each student with classes that span several days with fewer students per class and a fleet equipped for single-handed sailing. The center also offers a variety of membership options.
Sportime's expert instructors impart athletes of all skill sets with ball-swatting knowhow at a full-service tennis facility replete with a lounge area, pro shop, locker rooms for showering, and seasonal indoor and outdoor tennis courts. One-hour private tennis lessons––valid for either adults or juniors––assimilate swingers to the ways of the racquet in a friendly, individualized setting. A senior or staff pro instructor certified in tennis tutelage will guide students through tennis kinetics, Sportime's own accelerated tennis-teaching method that focuses on nurturing and refining forehands, honing backhands, and safely rescuing trapped dolphins from the net.
Players cross paths with obstacles that are both challenging and pleasant at Sayville Falls Mini Golf, from caves and aquatic life to a double-sided waterfall. The miniature links feature lighting throughout the grounds in order to host rounds even after the sun sets or runs out of batteries. Aside from its own amenities, the course's downtown location can be a draw as well: it sits directly behind the Long Island Sportsplex, where visitors can continue their sporting with games of basketball, lacrosse, soccer, and volleyball.
Gymboree offers a bevy of baby-engaging classes in which parents and wee ones work together to build the tot's creativity and encourage development through play. Weekly classes are available for the freshly born sapling to the 5-years-young wise wanderer. This deal is valid for rhythm-building music classes, imagination-expanding art classes, mobility-enhancing sports classes, Gymboree's most popular class, Play & Learn, plus all family classes. The month membership (usually $112, plus a $35 enrollment fee) allows you to take one class per week, with make-ups available during enrollment if you miss a class. This deal also includes unlimited attendance at Gymboree's open gym sessions (contact location for schedule), and you will receive a $25 discount on Gymboree clothing with a $50 purchase.