6 after-holiday activities on Long Island
Once Christmas Day is over, you've probably had enough. You cannot eat another gingerbread man, you're sick of hearing "Jingle Bells," burned out from watching holiday specials and the thought of another cup of eggnog turns your stomach.
Identify? It's official, you've got a Christmas hangover. No problem -- we've got the cure. Here are six nonholiday activities that will help you emerge from the yuletide.
1. ROLL ON
Turn back the clock to the '80s, strap on a pair of wheels and let it roll at Hot Skates in Lynbrook. Do laps around this 12,000-square-foot roller skating rink as top 40 music plays during afternoon all-ages sessions and soul/club music spins at night during the adult sessions (9p.m.-1 a.m. Thursday night, 10p.m.-3 a.m. Saturday). There's a snack bar and arcade games for in-between sessions; $10-$15 per session, $3 skate rental, 516-593-1300, hotskates.com
2. GET BEHIND THE WHEEL
If you have a NASCAR fantasy, have it come to fruition. Whip around an indoor 750-foot track in a timed race at Karts Indoor Raceway in Ronkonkoma. You'll even get printouts of your stats afterward. You must be 52 inches tall (average 9-year-old) to drive or 40 inches tall (average 5-year-old) to ride shotgun. Laser tag is available on the premises, and there's an on-site cafe for pizza, popcorn or ice cream; $9 first race, $7 each additional, 800-718-5278, karts1.com
3. CHASE YOUR FRIENDS
Forget paintball. Gamers know the action is in airsoft. At Strikeforce Sports in Deer Park, use semiautomatic AEGs -- airsoft electronic guns -- that shoot plastic BBs in a military-style battle between two teams. The playing field is a 40,000-square-foot facility complete with 26 free-standing buildings with windows, doorways and obstacles like a mock car or helicopter. Watch the action on eight HD flat screens from the lounge area, which includes a bar and restaurant. Sessions can range from three to seven hours. Gun rentals ($20 with unlimited ammunition) and mask rentals ($10) are available if you don't have your own gear; $25-$35 per session, 631-242- 1197, strikeforcesports.net
4. TASTE THE VINE
Take a trip out East, where you can partake in wine tastings at Martha Clara Vineyards in Riverhead. Choose a flight of wine, five one-ounce samples from the menu, and let the pourers explain each one while giving you a history of the vineyards. Then head to the Pavilion next door where you can enjoy live music 2-5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday and order wine by the bottle or carafe paired with tapas; $10-$13 perflight, 631-298-0075, marthaclaravineyards.com
5. LOVE A BEAST
A staged production of the Disney fairy tale "Beauty and the Beast" is running at the Patchogue Theatre for the Performing Arts through Sunday. Watch as a clock (Cogsworth), a candlestick (Lumière) and a teapot (Mrs. Potts) come to life at a castle that has been placed under a spell by a witch. Inside lives the Beast, who must win the heart of a young lady (Belle) to make them all human again. A special nighttime deal: With every adult ticket purchased, receive a free ticket for a child age 3-10; $25- $75, 631-286-1133, gatewayplayhouse.com
6. MEET A MONSTER
Get transported to prehistoric times at the Cradle of Aviation Museum's Dome Theater in Garden City with a screening of "Sea Monsters." You'll learn about exotic creatures like mosasaurs, long-necked plesiosaurs and flippered crocodiles that existed 82 million years ago deep in the ocean during this 40-minute National Geographic adventure film, narrated by Liev Schreiber. It plays at 2 p.m. daily Thursday-Tuesday. Tickets are $8 adults, $7 ages 2-12 and seniors, 516-572-4111, cradleofaviation.org