21 Mar A Parents’ Guide to Spring Break on the East End
Ready or not, spring break is around the corner and, if you aren’t planning a trip, you might be wondering how you are going to keep the kiddos busy all week. If you are planning a staycation in the Hamptons for the break, let this guide be your go-to for all things fun on the East End. From spring break camps to trampolines, the East End has everything you need to fill a spring break week with entertainment for the entire family.
Spring Break Day Camps
If your main priority is to keep the kids active this spring break, there are several sports camps running at various locations throughout the Hamptons.
Future Stars, one of the most popular summer camps on Long Island, will be holding a Spring Break Mini Camp (March 25 – 29) at their Southampton location. Throughout the week, campers will take part in numerous activities including soccer, kickball and flag football on their indoor turf field. Kids will also have the opportunity to work with a tennis pro in a small group lesson.
SPORTIME in Quogue will be offering a Spring Break Camp (April 22- 26). With a large indoor multi-sport court as well as indoor tennis courts, SPORTIME camps will keep the kids moving all day.
Southampton Youth Services (SYS) will also be holding a Spring Break Camp (April 22 -26). Campers will have the opportunity to enjoy a wide range of activities including soccer, dodgeball, floor hockey, gymnastics and much more.
In addition to sports camps, the East End offers numerous other camps with subjects ranging from art to wildlife.
Quogue Wildlife Refuge will be holding a Spring Wildlife Camp from April 22 – 26. Kids will enjoy a hike, arts and crafts and a chance to meet the animals each day.
Pawcasso in Westhampton Beach will be hosting a Spring Break Mini Art Camp with classes running every day, April 18 – 28. The camp will allow kids the opportunity to participate in many fun projects including beach art, pet portraits and egg decorating.
Bay Street Theater is hosting The Riotus Youth! Theatre Camp during the April break, April 22 – 26. Throughout the week, students will work together to learn and perform an adaptation of a Shakespeare comedy to be presented to friends and family on the final day of camp.
From zoos to aquariums, the East End is full of wildlife fun for the entire family. Spend a day petting stingrays and exploring exhibits of colorful marine life at the Long Island Aquarium in Riverhead or take a day trip to the Long Island Game Farm where the kids can feed a wide array of animals including a giraffe, deer and zebras. The Quogue Wildlife Refuge is also a great place to spend a day with the kids. Along seven miles of trails, visitors may see various native animals including ducks, geese, deer and turtles. Also visit the Refuge’s Outdoor Wildlife Complex which currently houses a bald eagle, owls, hawks, a red fox and chinchillas.
Children’s Play Centers
The East End is home to several kids’ play centers including the Children’s Museum of the East End (CMEE) in Bridgehampton and Safari Adventure in Riverhead.
With interactive, hands-on exhibits including a Fantasy Tree House, a seafaring ship and a community library, CMEE provides a fun and imaginative environment for younger children. The Museum also offers various educational classes and programs to inspire learning.
The fun never ends at Safari Adventure which features an indoor playground, inflatable obstacle course, arcade and so much more. With toddler areas as well, this indoor adventure park is perfect for children from ages 1 to 10.
Bowling, Mini Golf & Trampolines
When it comes to keeping the kids entertained, it never hurts to go with the classics. Activities such as bowling and mini golf are available throughout the East End. Locations for mini golf include Hamptons Mini Golf in Southampton, the Long Island Mini Golf Park in Calverton, and The Clubhouse in East Hampton, which has bowling as well. The All-Star in Riverhead is also a popular spot for bowling.
For an action-packed day, check out Flight Fit N Fun in Ronkonkoma with wall-to-wall trampolines, foam pits and a trampoline dodgeball court. Just a short drive from the Hamptons, Karts Indoor Raceway is another great “fun zone” for kids of all ages with go karts, laser tag and an arcade.
Keeping the kids busy during spring break doesn’t have to be stressful. The East End provides the perfect playground for kids of all ages. No matter what you decide to do this spring break, we hope you have a wonderful week!