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 skyward 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 National Geographic Dome Theater, the immersive screens bring to life subjects such as National Geographic's Mysteries of the Unseen World. After riding the Historic Nunley's Carousel, which was built in 1912, guests can reenergize over a meal in the Red Planet Cafe, whose space station d?cor evokes a Martian cafeteria in the year 2040.
An entire city can be built within Long Island Children's Museum. All it takes is a little imagination, and a basic understanding of architectural principles like balance and proportion. Luckily, the "Best of Long Island"-winning museum's Bricks & Sticks and Building Boom with KEVA exhibits teach those very concepts. Museum educators and interactive software provide inspiration as kids (and adults) design and shape skyscrapers, castles, bridges, and more out of blocks.
Those building activities are just two of the 14 hands-on exhibits that take families across the museum's grounds. The TotSpot area lets the youngest visitors slide and play on age-appropriate equipment, while other galleries let kids explore outdoor gardens, step inside giant bubbles, and film mock-newscasts, complete with hard-hitting expos?s on just who is the real John Jacob Jingleheimer Schmidt. Even the onsite theater has an interactive element. Here, actors and musicians often invite kids on stage to join in on the performance.
"You're up." At more than 200 AMF Bowling locations across the U.S., that message is passed between friends as they heft a ball, step to the line, and take aim. Now synonymous with bowling, the AMF Bowling Co. was founded in 1901 as American Machine and Foundry. It wasn't until 1946 that the company made a splash in the bowling world, when it introduced the automated pin spotter to the public.
Today, AMF's nationwide network of bowling centers is a source of year-round entertainment for people of all ages. Outfitted with a classic bowling alley design, the centers also feature advanced scoring systems, upgraded interiors, laneside video walls at select locations, and a delicious menu of traditional American dishes and snacks.
Baldwin Bowl's 28 well-polished lanes gleam like they did the day the bowling alley opened in 1960. Since then, plenty of things have changed, but the family-owned and operated bowling alley and its attentive staff remain dedicated to providing bowlers with the carefree, family-friendly bowling experiences. Equipped with state-of-the-art scoring technology and large TVs, each lane makes games easy and fun. In addition to drop-in games, Baldwin Bowl is home to extensive league play, with players joining parent-child leagues, vacation leagues, or adult leagues that compete for prizes.
When they're not playing, guests can relax in the plush leather seats of Baldwin Bowl's full bar, or grab bites to eat from the full-line snack bar. Baldwin Bowl party room frequently hosts birthdays, bachelorette parties, or bar/bat mitzvahs, but the bowling center is also equipped for work; corporate parties have access to projectors, high-speed WiFi, and private meeting spaces, making Baldwin Bowl an unconventional and memorable place to host team-building or charity events.
A rolling good time for bowlers of all ages and abilities, Rockville Centre Lanes is the ideal spot for families, parties, competitive bowlers, and even business outings. A number of bowling leagues cater to parent-child teams, or competitive adult teams that vie for prizes. Bowlers can celebrate a birthday with a cosmic bowling party on Friday night, which includes a party host, invitations, and horoscopes written on every paper plate. In the summer, groups can even rent a portable lane to host outdoor bowling soir?es.
At South Levittown Lanes, automatic scoring systems tabulate scores on flat-screen TVs as bowlers send orbs spinning down well-waxed lanes. Bowlers can keep one eye on the game and one eye on the projection screen suspended high above the lanes, or traipse to the lounge area to shoot some pool. Guests can also pop in on weekend nights for glow bowling, which transforms the alley into surreal arena of neon illumination, much like the White House after hours.