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Holidays in the Hamptons – 5 Great Things to See and Do With Kids

December 20th, 2011 · 2 Brilliant Opinions · Hamptons, Travel Tips

Every winter, I’m amazed at how many people are still visiting the Hamptons.  Although the Hamptons is known as a summer beach resort community – over the years the amount of  winter activities has increased tremendously.  I still think its great to enjoy the stillness of the winter and snuggle in front of a warm fireplace with some hot chocolate, but here are a few events I’m hoping to enjoy over the Christmas season.

The Reason for the Season

  1. Public skating at Buckskill.  The Buckskill Tennis Club in East Hampton becomes a full fledged skating center in December. Skate rentals and a fully stocked snack bar should make this a delightful outing for the family.
  2. Toys, Toys, Toys.  The Southampton Historical Museum hosts an exhibit of toys from the late 19th and early 20th centuries until Saturday December 31, 2011.  Great for kids and  ‘kids at heart ” who love seeing historical dolls, dollhouses, metal and wooden toys.  $4 for non-members. Members and children 17 and under – Free
  3. View a variety of creative Menorahs on display from local synagogues at Vered Art Gallery 68 Park Place, East Hampton. Saturday, December 24, 2011 at 6:00 pm.   Sponsored by Chabad of East Hampton.
  4. Feed the body and the soul. Check out the Fair Food Market – held at Bay Burger Restaurant 1742 Bridgehampton-Sag Harbor Turnpike (Free – until you buy the yummy baked goods, veggies, cheeses and sauces).  Don’t forget a number of local churches have Christmas Eve and Christmas Day Worship services where all are welcome.
  5. If you are looking for family fun on New Year’s Eve – check out the Fishes and Wishes New Year’s Event at the Long Island Aquarium  being held December 31, 2011 6:30PM – 11:00PM.  The Long Island Aquarium  is located in Riverhead (30-45 minutes from the Hamptons) adjacent to the new Hyatt East End.
    There will be plenty of great food and great fun.  Kids are invited to their very own Winter Wonderland, which includes unlimited Submarine Simulator rides, animal encounters, Ray Bay feeding, face painting, crafts, and much more! You’ll ring in the New Year in spectacular fashion with an evening that includes: • Champagne & Sparkling Cider Greeting • Cocktail Hour • Dinner Buffet (Beer & Wine included) • Dessert & Ice Cream Bar • Mock-Midnight Champagne & Cider Toast • Live DJ & Entertainment Price: Children 3-12 & Seniors 62+: $49 ($39 for Aquarium Members) Adults: $85 ($75 for Aquarium Members) Children 2 & Under: Free 20% Off for Tables of 10 or More!
    If you want to extend your stay, add $159 to ticket purchase,  and receive: • 1 Night at Hyatt Place East End • Bottle of Champagne to Ring in the New Year • Continental Breakfast • Complimentary Overnight Parking • Indoor Swimming Pool/Fitness Center • Late Check Out Long Island Aquarium & Exhibition Center 431 East Main Street, Riverhead, NY 11901 631.208.9200, ext. H2O (426) www.longislandaquarium.com
    If you know of any other great activities in the Hamptons over the   Christmas, Chanukah, Kwanza season … hollaback!

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2 Comments so far ↓

  • curtis

    Thank you for that post. I have noticed that the Hamptons tends to stay busy all year round now so getting some timely reminders as to what’s going on is great.

  • Ann

    I’m still looking for the Hamptons version of the New Year’s Eve “Ball Drop”. Thanks for stopping by my blog.

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