Think of the Hamptons and many envision sandy beaches filled with Manhattanites visiting their weekend summer homes. Though the masses do visit in the summer in search of fun in the sun, plenty of activities exist indoors for families to enjoy when it is still too cold to frolic on the beach. Here’s a list of our ten favorites.
Bay Street Theater Picture Show
Families can watch classic films on the big screen at a discounted price. Movies include those featuring Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers, Shakespeare, and more. All shows start at 8 pm. The theater also offers kids camps and classes at various times throughout the year.
How Much: $5/ticket
Where: 1 Bay Street, Sag Harbor, NY
Contact Info: 631-725-9500
Children’s Museum of the East End
The Children’s Museum of the East End (CMEE) educates young kids in a fun way through playing. The museum hosts classes for kids year round. Interactive exhibits emphasize people and living creatures. A number of rotating exhibits are also scheduled. Read the full Long Island Mamas Review of the CMEE.
How Much: $9 non-members, members free.
Where: 376 County Road 79, Bridgehampton, NY 11932
Contact Info: 631-537-8250
Montauk Point Lighthouse
The Montauk Point Lighthouse is the oldest lighthouse in New York State and the 4th oldest working lighthouse in America. Construction began in 1796 and the lighthouse still serves as an aid to navigation. Families can visit the Conway Visitor Center and take a tour of the lighthouse. The minimum height requirement to climb the tower is 41″. Please visit website for dates and hours as they vary throughout the year.
How Much: $9 Adults, $8 Seniors, and $4 Children up to age 12. There is an $8 fee to park in the Montauk Point State Park parking lot from 8 AM to 4 PM.
Where: 2000 Montauk Highway, Montauk, NY 11954
Contact Info: 631-668-6424
Public Library Classes
Public libraries throughout the Hamptons offer free classes for children and adults. Participants must be library card patrons to access the classes. Registration for classes is recommended. Please visit libraries’ individual websites to view schedules of classes.
Where and Contact Info: To find a public library near you, please visit alpha2.suffolk.lib.ny.us and click on the drop down box for a list of locations.
Southampton Cultural Center
The Southampton Cultural Center is a unique arts center for education, display, and performance. The Center hold classes for kids and teens, displays art exhibits, schedules concerts in the park, and more.
How Much: Cost varies depending on the activity. Please see website for more details.
Where: Levitas Center For The Arts, 25 Pond Lane, Southampton, NY 11968
Contact Info: 631-287-4377
The Ant Farm
The Art Farm, based in Bridgehamptom with another site in NYC’s Upper East Side, offers programs for children to interact with live animals through hands on experience. Children are taught how to care for the planet, animals, create art, cook and more. The 100% eco-friendly facility generates electricity from solar panels.
How Much: Price varies depending on the program. Please visit the website to view programs and prices.
Where: 739 Butter Lane P.O. Box 1976, Bridgehampton, NY 11932
Contact Info: 631-537-1634
By Maria Wen Adcock