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Kid-friendly places with power open on Long Island this weekend
Officials are encouraging the public to stay home but we understand you and your kids may need a break for some air to escape, unwind and recharge.
Fortunately, there are many family-friendly places and events open this weekend, welcoming Long Island families to warm up and have some fun.
So if you live close to these destinations, here's a rundown of what's open this weekend:
Dix Hills Indoor Skating Rink (575 Vanderbilt Pkwy., Dix Hills; 631-462-5883). Skate for free from 10 a.m.-8 p.m. all weekend and feel free to bring your electronics to recharge. The snack bar will be open if you're looking to purchase food.
Maritime Explorium (101 East Broadway, Port Jefferson; 631-331-3277). Explore the exhibits at the museum from 1-5 p.m. tomorrow and Sunday.
Gymboree Play & Music (510 B-Larkfield Rd., East Northport; 631-368-2059). While regular classes are canceled, there's open gym from 12-3 p.m. today and tomorrow 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m. for family gym, music and open gym. Free for members; nonmembers and siblings can purchase a $12 day pass per child ages newborn through 5. Members from all Gymboree locations are welcome. Call ahead for availability. The Woodbury location is now open with classes and open gym from 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. on Saturday.
Long Island Children's Museum (11 Davis. Ave., Garden City; 516-224-5800). Today they will be open until 5 p.m., Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. They are experiencing phone and Internet issues but mention on a recording that they are open.
Le Play Cafe (2465 Merrick Rd., Bellmore; 516-308-7053). Enjoy open play and a hot cup of coffee today until 5 p.m., tomorrow from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. and Sunday 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Price: $12 for two hours; free adults and caregivers.
Hop n' Bop (975 Jericho Tpke., Smithtown; 631-265-2695). Indoor play and inflatables will be open from 12-2 p.m. and 2-4 p.m. today and 3-5 p.m. tomorrow. Call ahead for Sunday hours. You're also welcome to recharge your mobile devices.
Q-Zar (151 Voice Rd., Carle Place; 516-877-7200). Laser tag, games and more will be open from 10 a.m.-10 p.m. but please call ahead.
Dreamnastics (38 Great Neck Rd., Great Neck; 516-829-8099). Open play today from 3-5 p.m.; please call ahead.
Kids missed out on trick-or-treating? Here are two events in Nassau and Suffolk.
Nassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano invites parents with children to the "Hurricane Sandy Trick-or-Treat Halloween Party" from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. tomorrow at the Theodore Roosevelt Executive and Legislative Building (1550 Franklin Ave., Mineola). It will be decorated as a haunted house and free candy will be handed out at various offices throughout the building. Best costume wins a prize!
Enjoy Trunk Trick-or-Treating at Fireman's Park in Lindenhurst at 2 p.m. tomorrow. Decorate your trunk or car, wear costumes and bring candy for kids to have a safe postponed Halloween. Call the Village Hall or fire department for more details.