The East End has tons of fun activities for families with kids and teens of all ages. Here are this week’s top East End family events, plus other local places and attractions that are always fun for the whole family!
Top 5 family events to discover this week:
Harbes pig races
The racecourse? Harbes family farm in Mattituck. The competitors ? Five friendly farm pigs: Bonnie Blue, Gomer Green, Yellow Yanni, Ruby Red and Penelope Purple. The winner? Well you will have to see for yourself.
715, avenue du son, Mattituck. 631-482-7641, harbesfamilyfarm.com
Ocean-friendly gardens with Surfrider Long Island
Saturday June 19 noon.
Guild Hall, a popular East Hampton venue, hosts weekly family events on Saturdays, hosted by local educators. This week’s workshop focuses on how gardens can be used to prevent pollution from reaching the ocean.
158 Main Street, East Hampton. 631-324-0806, guildhall.org
Bug Light Cruise and Tour
Saturday June 19, 5 p.m.
One way to know this tour is an authentic way to learn the history of North Fork’s most famous lighthouse is that it is told by the great-grandson of William H. Follett, the last lighthouse keeper . The tour is organized by the East End Seaport Museum, a fun place to visit in its own right.
103 3rd Street, Greenport. 631-477-2100, eastendseaport.org
Family Power Pilates
Monday to June 28 at 10 a.m.
Families are invited to join instructor Leisa DeCarlo to learn the basics of Pilates through a series of exercises designed to work all major muscle groups. Pilates focuses on strengthening and lengthening as well as alignment and coordination. Registration for Zoom is free but compulsory.
Strawberry Full Moon Hike at the South Fork Natural History Museum
Thursday June 24, 8:30 p.m.
Hike open trails under the night sky and discover what the Algonquin tribe called the “strawberry moon”; supposedly because it directly precedes the summer strawberry season. Register on a first come, first serve basis by emailing the Friends of the Long Pond Greenbelt.
377 Bridgehampton / Sag Harbor Turnpike, Bridgehampton. 631-537-9735, [email protected], sofo.org
Fun family attractions to discover this week:
East End Children’s Museum (CMEE)
Interactive children’s programs and exhibits abound at this 7,000 square foot Bridgehampton museum.
376 Bridgehampton / Sag Harbor Turnpike, Bridgehampton. 631-537-8250, cmee.org
The All Star
Reserve a bowling alley, hit the arcade, play pool and dine at the on-site All Star Grill, all in this exciting entertainment venue.
96 Main Road, Riverhead. 631-998-3565, theallstar.com
The Hamptons Club House
With its 18-hole mini-golf course, arcades and bowling alleys, kids will love spending an evening at the Hamptons Clubhouse. Adults will appreciate its frequent concerts and outdoor bar. It’s also great for birthdays.
174 Daniels Hole Road, East Hampton. 631-537-2695, clubhousehamptons.com
Long Island Mini Golf Park
A well-built mini-golf course full of waterfalls, bunkers and ramps. The organizers often organize “putt-a-thons” and competitive tournaments for children and adults. The space can also be reserved for parties.
149 Edwards Avenue, Calverton. 516-978-0261, longislandminigolf.com
A newer-built mini-golf course that features Hamptons landmarks as obstacles to clear your way. A driving range and batting cages are also located on site.
668 County Road 39, Southampton. 631-283-2158, hamptonminigolf.com
Long Island Aquarium
All kinds of aquatic animals are on offer in this large aquarium. The indoor and outdoor exhibits are ideal to explore. Consider making a reservation online if you are really interested in seeing a certain animal (like, say, African penguins).
431 East Main Street, Riverhead. 631-208-9200, longislandaquarium.com
Sag Harbor Cinema
The recently reopened non-profit cinema is currently showcasing both new big-budget Hollywood productions, as well as older classics and independent films.
90 Main Street, Sag Harbor. 631-725-0010, sagharborcinema.org
East Hampton Historic Farm Museum
In this museum, visitors are taken back to the 19th century to discover how the Bonac families lived and prospered who farmed the lands of East Hampton. The exhibits are interactive and the space, a restored farmhouse, is great fun to explore.
131 North Main Street, East Hampton. 631-324-3892, ehhistoricalfarmmu.wixsite.com/ehhfm
Hither Hills State Park
A great place to jump into the ocean or play sports. The park includes fishing, a playground, volleyball courts and softball fields. You can even see some of Napeague Harbor’s famous ‘walking dunes’ at the park’s eastern border.
164 Old Montauk Highway, Montauk. 631-668-2554, parks.ny.gov/parks/hitherhills
Long Island Railway Museum
They are clearly passionate about what they do at the Railroad Museum of Long Island. The indoor exhibits feature dozens of artifacts from long forgotten metro stations. On the outside, however, this is where the real fun begins: 15 perfectly preserved railroad cars, each with a different story to learn.
416 Griffing Avenue, Riverhead. 631-727-7920, rmli.org
Find other exciting Hamptons, North Fork and family events happening this weekend and beyond (or list your own event) at DansPapers.com/Events.