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Headed out to the Hamptons with the kids and wondering what to do with them? Relax! The villages of the Hamptons are packed with family-friendly activities for all ages, even in the time of COVID-19 and New York’s cautious reopening. (Currently, the region is in Phase 3, with an eye on Phase 4 for July 8, so things are in a state of flux. Click here for the latest status.) Whether you’re there for a weekend or a few weeks, here are ways you can have fun with the kids in the Hamptons, both inside and out. (We’ve noted summer 2020 status below each item.) Looking for more indoor fun ideas? Click here for ongoing events and here for virtual summer camps for kids!
photo: courtesy CMEE
1. Learn, Play, and Create – Young minds can run wild at the Children’s Museum of the East End in Bridgehampton. The CMEE’s Long Island-themed indoor play space and an outdoor playground. CMEE also hosts a variety of toddler and kid classes including Baby & Me, Cooking, Chess, Sensory Play and Gardening.
Summer 2020: CMEE and its mini golf course are currently closed; you can access the museum’s online programming here.
photo: Cowfish Restaurant via Yelp
2. Eat Outside – A summer must-do, but now pretty much a must. (Although indoor dining is permitted during Phase 3.) We love Cowfish in Hampton Bays for an upscale meal waterside, Navy Beach in Montauk for stunning sunsets (reservations REQUIRED; call 631-668-6868), Lobster Roll AKA Lunch, also in Montauk, for the lobster roll and more casual fare, and La Fondita in Amagansett for authentic Mexican street food.
Summer 2020: Outdoor dining, pickup, delivery are all happening. Indoor dining possible soon.
3. Kid-approved Library programs – The physical buildings are closed, but area libraries are offering curbside pickup, as well as lots of additional online activities.
Summer 2020: Lots of digital programming (see below).
Summer 2020: Southampton Golf Range is open; Puff N Putt is only operating boat rentals as of late June; Whale’s Tale is closed.
photo: Johnson’s Corner Farm
5. Pick Some Berries – Yes, you can pick your own strawberries, blueberries, raspberries and more this summer! Two of our favorite in the Hamptons include Patty’s Berries & Bunches in Mattituck, and Lewin Farms in Calverton. (See all of our recs for NYC area farms for berry-picking here!)
Summer 2020: Many farms are open for picking, with safety measures in place.
6. Enjoy the Music – Take the kiddos to a concert series hosted by Southampton Cultural Center in Agawam Park and Cooper’s Beach in Southampton. Most concerts are held on Wednesdays and start at 6:30 PM. Concerts that are held on Saturdays start at 5:00 PM. Young ones can frolic and play as you relax on blankets listening to live music.
photo: Guari S. via Yelp
7. Cool Down with a Treat – Celeb fave BuddhaBerry in Sag Harbor offers serve your own fro-yo in flavors like caramel sea salt pretzel or sweet peach from Georgia, plus a endless toppings to choose from, such as dinosaur gummies. They’ll even offer you a large cookie to top off your fro-yo. Or, indulge the kids at the long time favorite Sip ‘n Soda in Southampton with old-fashioned root beer floats, banana splits and milkshakes.
Summer 2020: BuddhaBerry is open, with adjusted procedures for COVID. No mask, no entry; curbside pickup and delivery is available as well. Sip ‘n Soda is open for takeout.
8. Bond with Nature – Kids can learn all about living the farm life by visiting Amber Waves Farm in Amagansett, which hosts summer workshops and events, such as Farm Chores for Kids, Cooking Classes, Foraging at the Farm, and more. It’s the mission of Amber Waves farm to produce organic, healthy food for the local community and to reintroduce wheat to the local East End of Long Island food shed.
Summer 2020: Events are the farm are on hold but the market is open for shipping in person as well as curbside pickup.
Ryan D. via Yelp
9. Frolic in a Lavender Farm- Have a moment of Zen walking amongst the lavender bloom at Lavender By the Bay This massive farm grows English and French lavender and is selling timed tickets for 1 and 1/2-hour slots. Take a deep breath at the East Marion or Calverton Farm and then stop by the shop for some calming goods to take home!
Summer 2020: The farm recently began selling tickets for this season’s bloom.
10. Quack Like a Duck – Grab the cracked corn (it’s better for the ducks than bread) and head to the duck pond on David’s Lane in East Hampton. Located on the edge of a nature preserve, there are plenty of trails to explore here after you give the ducks a snack.
Summer 2020: The Nature Trail and pond are open.
11. Take a Spin – Take your soul to a new level and rent bikes for the whole family (including toddler seats and youth bikes) and roll around town. Check out Amagansett Beach & Bicycle Company, or Rotations Bicycle Center in Southampton. You’ll also find endless bike trails to explore; click here some some ideas on where to bike together.
Summer 2020: Stores are open and renting.
photo: Gemelli Gelato via Yelp
12. Get Some Ice Cream – There’s no shortage of ice cream in the Hamptons. We think the best can be found at Magic Fountain in Mattituck, Snowflake Ice Cream in Riverhead, John’s Drive-in in Montauk, Candy Kitchen in Bridgehampton and Gemelli Gelato in Hampton Bays, the last of which has a huge outdoor seating area.
Summer 2020: Stores are open and serving.
13. Act Out – Check out a family-friendly theatre performances at Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Center and weekly music theatre camp performances in which kids ages six to 16 become part of the show or work behind the scenes.
Summer 2020: Produced shows are cancelled for the season. Camps are taking place—many sold out—with final performances in-person or online. The Performing Arts Center will also be hosting a drive-in benefit concert on July 25 with Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes.
photo: courtesy Quogue Wildlife Refuge
14. Explore Long Island’s Nature – Learn about the local eco-system and touch amphibians and reptiles native to Long Island at the South Fork Natural History Museum and Nature Center. Meet owls, falcons, and eagles at the Quogue Wildlife Refuge.
Summer 2020: The South Fork Natural History Museum and Nature Center is closed but offering online activities. The Quogue Wildlife Refuge is open sunrise to sunset, but trails are one-way (couterclockwise). Restrooms, the Greenhouse and Nature Center are closed, as is the Fairy Dell Boardwalk.
15. Discover History – Visit Quogue’s oldest schoolhouse built in 1822 at the Old Schoolhouse Museum. Then tour the area’s oldest operating water mill and colonial crafts at the Water Mill Museum. Don’t miss Long Island’s whaling heritage displays of whale jaw bones and harpoons at The Sag Harbor Whaling & Historical Museum; explore the blacksmith and cobbler shops at the Southampton Historical Museum.
Summer 2020: Museums are generally closed, with assorted online programming. The Sag Harbor Whaling & Historical Museum has announced a tentative reopening date of July 8. The Southampton Historical Museum is closed until July 4 with reopening TBD.
Cristin M. via Yelp
17. Go on Safari – The largest combined children’s zoo and wildlife park on Long Island, the Long Island Game Farm in Manorville will entertain kiddos of any age with a giraffe, red kangaroos, lemurs, zebra, alligators and much more. Plus, “Old McDonald’s Farm Petting Zoo” lets kids reach out and touch furry friends.
photo: Peter Dowley via Flickr
18. Hit the Beach – Choose from the calm waters on the bay side or the roaring waves and white sands of the ocean side. (But be prepared to leave early to get a parking spot, and pay for it. Note that many beaches in the Hamptons are not public.) Try the low-key, family-friendly Indian Wells Beach in Amagansett with food trucks and restrooms, or the sprawling Cooper’s Beach in Southampton which has a concession stand, chair and umbrella rentals, bathrooms and fresh water showers. Little ones will appreciate the gentle waters at Foster Memorial Long Beach in Sag Harbor — it’s a little rocky but the waters are warmer and you won’t find waves here.
Here’s a master document with details on Hamptons beaches services and amenities, including lifeguard info (not all have them), parking availability, restrooms, concessions and more. And for more info on parking at Hamptons beaches, click here.
photo: Ibania C. via Yelp
19. See The Big Duck – A local landmark and piece of Americana since the 1930s, The Big Duck is located in Flanders, New York along Route 24 (just outside of Riverhead). Its belly holds a small museum and duck souvenirs, but its really about the exterior; drive by at night and the eyes—lights from a Model T—glow.
photo: courtesy Stony Hill Stables
20. Saddle Up – If you love horseback riding, you’ve come to the right place. Stony Hill Stables in Amagansett welcomes all ages for pony camp and competitions. For the Western experience, visit Deep Hollow Ranch, the oldest working cattle ranch in Montauk, which offers horseback riding and a petting zoo. Head to The Art Farm in Sagaponack for private riding lessons for kids ages three and up.
Summer 2020: Deep Hollow Ranch opened June 13 and is booking trail rides and The Art Farm is open and offering lessons. Stony Hill Stables is taking registration for camp but does not offer any COVID-19 information.
photo: Pollock-Krasner House and Study Center
21. See Where the Pollock-Krasner Magic Happened – You might say that visiting the home/workshop of one of America’s foremost abstract expressionists is a bit high-minded for kids, but we’re guessing that at some point your child has returned from school/a workshop/a camp with artwork inspired by Pollock’s splatter method. At the Pollock-Krasner House and Study Center you can see the preserved house where they lived, tour the grounds, and inhabit the actual workshop space where Pollock created his large-scale works.
Summer 2020: The museum is open from July to October, with visits by reservation only. You can book tickets here.
22. All Aboard – Make a stop at the Railroad Museum of Long Island, which has locations in both Riverhead and Greenport. Train-loving tots will freak over the model train exhibits, historic rail cars and locomotives.
Summer 2020: The museum will tentatively re-open in mid-July.
Summer 2020: East Hampton Sports Camp is open, with COVID-19 precautions; click here for registration info. The YMCA Summer Day Camp is operating, with COVID-19 safety measures in place. Click here for info. Super Soccer Stars is offering private classes and camps; click here for booking info.
photo: Adeel Anwer via Flickr
24. Build a Castle – Take part in weekly sand castle building contests at Hither Hills State Park in Montauk every Thursday morning. All ages build their best castle using sand, water, and natural materials found on the beach. State Park hosts additional family-friendly events like magic shows and musical performances. Check out the calendar here.
Summer 2020: No events are scheduled at this time.
25. Get Cultured at Guild Hall – East Hampton’s Guild Hall is an epicenter of arts of all disciplines for all ages, including free art exhibitions and installations throughout the year. Highlights for young ones usually include Kidfest Workshops (crafting all kinds of cool stuff); live shows, and theater and filmmaking camps for older kids. Click here for info on all its kids and family programming!
Summer 2020: Guild Hall reopens June 26. Click here for the latest on COVID-19 precautions and updates.
photo: Jeanine F. via Yelp
26. See Montauk via MonTiki- Tour The End of the island like you never have before via a catamaran crafted in the style of a Polynesian boat with Sailing Montauk. Do a simple day sail, sunset sail, sail & swim and more.
Summer 2020: As of late June, MonTiki was only booking private charters. Click here for info.
photo: Peter Bond via Flickr
27. Climb to the Top – Kids 41 inches and taller can climb the 137 iron steps to the top of the tower of the Montauk Point Lighthouse, the oldest lighthouse in New York State.
Summer 2020: The Montauk Point Lighthouse gift shop and grounds are open daily, 10: 30 a.m. tp 5:30 p.m.; the lighthouse itself is still closed as of late June.
28. Where Arts, Animals and Science Collide – Kids plus animals, need we say more? Check out The Art Farm in Bridgehampton for summer camps and classes for kids from six months to school age. Little animal lovers can get hands-on with furry friends, learn about nature, try cooking, play sports and enjoy water fun.
Summer 2020: Regular day camp is cancelled, but The Art Farm is booking private farm time, during which small groups can help feed animals, as well as riding lessons.
photo: courtesy Adventure Paddleboards and Kayaks
29. Grab a Paddle – Take the family on a stand up paddleboarding adventure with rentals from Adventure Paddleboards, Sag Harbor Sailing or Plaza Surf N Sports in Montauk. You can also rent paddleboards, canoes, kayaks, pedal boats at Puff ‘N’ Putt at Fort Pond in Montauk or from Main Beach Expeditions (MBX) on Georgica Pond in Wainscott.
Summer 2020: All businesses are open and booking and/or renting.
photo: Splish Splash via Yelp
30. Slip and Slide- If you prefer your water play with chlorine not salt, head to the the area’s popular waterpark Splish Splash for a totally tubular time. (Last season, the park added two new extreme slides, Bombs Away and Riptide Race!)
Summer 2020: Splish Splash remains closed for the 2020 season.
photo: Jim Richmond via Flickr
31. Watch Horses & High-profile Peeps – Head to the annual Hampton Classic Horse Show in Bridgehampton to see some stallions jumping and the rich and famous who make the scene (and hobnob in the VIP tent). Held in late August, it’s seven days of sport, shopping, and food.
Summer 2020: The Hampton Classic Horse Show has been cancelled.
32. See a Puppet Show – Put down the iPad and be entertained by The Wizard of Oz, Sleeping Beauty, and more playing at Goat on a Boat Puppet Theatre in Sag Harbor all summer long. Or check out free outdoor puppet shows hosted by Southampton Arts Center such as The Three Pigs.
Summer 2020: Goat on a Boat will be offering online puppet shows this season. Southampton Arts Center will not be hosting puppet shows, but galleries are open, masks required.
33. Park Playtime – Seems obvious, right?! Enjoy the great outdoors! Climb, swing and slide at the playgrounds at Herrick Park in East Hampton, Mashashimuet Park in Sag Harbor, Agawam Park in Southampton or Ria Del Bene playground in Westhampton.
photo: Ken Bosma via Flickr
34. Take in a Ballgame – Grab the crackerjacks and cheer for your local baseball team from the Montauk Mustangs to the Westhampton Aviators or Sag Harbor Whalers! The Hamptons Collegiate Baseball League features seven teams with college players from around the country. Most games take place nearly every evening at 5pm in July. Youth clinic also available this summer, held in Peconic Lake.
Summer 2020: The HCBL summer 2020 season has been cancelled.
—Ashley Grzyb & Mimi O’Connor