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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.

2465 Merrick Rd
Bellmore,
NY
US

EscapeMaker.com facilitates transit-friendly and sustainable excursions within 500 miles of New York City, Philadelphia, Boston, or DC with their online guide to the northeast United States. The staff reviews towns and plunges deep into popular regions to unearth the most compelling and budget-balancing activities around as well as intriguing sights. An EscapeMaker feature aids trip planning by custom aggregating each step of the trip into one handy document, ensuring that sojourners always have helpful info on hand, such as phone numbers, directions, and translations of campfire songs in local languages. In addition to their stalwart guidance, EscapeMaker.com also hosts weekly specials from bed and breakfasts, hotels, and other travel enterprises.

1 Hanson Place
New York,
NY
US

Destination Backcountry Adventures’ licensed guides help civilians explore the wilderness, providing remedies to nature deficit disorder with beginner-appropriate expeditions into the Catskill and Adirondack Mountain preserves. The guides lead adventurers through landscapes and waterfalls legally protected for more than a century, and along the way, they enlighten hikers with facts about the area’s natural history and ecology, and in some cases, the opportunity to pick wild berries. Tours are dog-friendly. All levels of nature enthusiasts from novice to expert, can challenge themselves with activity options such as hiking, backpacking, back country yoga, and many more activities for both single- and multi-day adventures in the authentic, challenging wilderness. Visitors can opt for single-day excursions, on which they summit a Catskills peak, or multi-night trips, during which they trek to higher peaks and spend the nights sleeping amid a tranquil forest. On all outings, hikers nosh on gourmet fare such as cheese and sausage plates and upscale trail mix, rather than the original trail mix, assorted gravel. The center also hosts in-store classes, workshops, and more to provide its future adventurers with all the tools necessary for an exciting expedition.

557 6th Ave #3R
Brooklyn,
NY
US

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.

200 Robbins Lane
Jericho,
NY
US

Seanna Sharpe's career has required her to hang suspended from scaffolding, forklifts, and bridges. At first glance, these credentials may sound like she's qualified to work construction or wash skyscraper windows, and as an aerialist, artist, director, dancer, and teacher, perhaps no task is too far removed from her wheelhouse.

At Katana Flight School, she and her staff teach guests of all ages and skill levels to perform acrobatic maneuvers using equipment such as aerial silks and the trapeze. Whether seeking exercise and fun or a serious career, attendees learn to spin, twirl, and twist as a means of artistic expression.

58 N 3rd St.
Brooklyn,
NY
US