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SpringHampton – 10 Fun and Cheap Things To Do in The Hamptons With Kids

March 19th, 2011 · 2 Brilliant Opinions · Hamptons

  1. Children’s Museum of the East End (CMEE) – Interactive exhibits that are great for toddlers and young children.
  2. South Fork Natural History Museum & Nature Center (SOFO) – Check SOFO’s monthly calendar for nature walks,talks and  hikes around the East End.  My kids love the water tanks downstairs filled with starfish, snails, hermit crabs, and sea urchins. The staff is knowledgeable and will let the kids hold some of the creatures.  Most weekend activities require pre-registration.
  3. TJMaxx@Bridgehampton CommonsA great place to shop with kids, tweens and teens.  Discounted books, toys, DVDs and clothing.  I love East Hampton shopping but who needs a $200 teddy bear?
  4. Pizza at Conca d’Oro –  Main Street, Sag Harbor 631-725-3167
  5. Mashashimuet Park in Sag Harbor (Route 79 Bridgehampton Sag-Harbor Turnpike and Main Street) – Swings, slides, a rock wall, basketball  and tennis courts. Toddlers will love the wooden locomotive.
  6. Candy Kitchen – Main Street, Bridgehampton 631-537-9885 – Great for  pancakes or an old-fashioned ice cream soda. Not expensive but cash only.
  7. Miniature Golf @Whale’s Tales – 3 Ram Island Road, Shelter Island  631-749-1839 – Take the ferry from Sag Harbor to Shelter Island, it’s a mini-cruise  and golf outing for the family.
  8. Story Time at BookHampton – There are  locations in Amagansett, East Hampton, Southampton and Sag Harbor. Last month, young readers were treated to Alec Baldwin reading from Huckleberry Finn.
  9. Goat on a Boat Puppet Theatre – Sag Harbor 631-725-4193 – Puppet shows, puppet workshops and playgroups. Liz is an accomplished puppeteer and puts a joyful spin on traditional fairy tales.  Call ahead to reserve seats and for rainy day specials.
  10. Feed the Ducks – I’ve seen a few signs up near Otter Pond (across the street from Mashashimuet Park) in Sag Harbor asking that people NOT feed the ducks … so be sure to check first.  My kids love to do this.  Bring lots of muffin crumbs and plain white bread. East End ducks like to be well fed.  We made the mistake of not bringing enough once and the ducks literally followed us up the sidewalk!
  • Other Hamptons duck ponds include Agawam Park – Jobs Lane, Southampton
  • David’s Lane, East Hampton
  • Pussy’s Pond, Springs (behind the Springs Library)
  • Quogue Wildlife Refuge, South Country Road, Quogue

Spring in the Hamptons is beautiful.  If you have any fun things you do with your kids before the beaches open, please share in the comments section. Sharing is caring!

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2 Comments so far ↓

  • Calvin

    A walk on some of the area beaches can be quite nice on a balmy spring day, feeling the sand under your feet in anticipation of summer.

  • Ann

    The beaches don’t officially “open” until the end of June. There won’t be any lifeguards or services, but then again no parking worries either.

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