East End Family Fun This Week: September 12–15, 2021

A monarch butterfly among the flowers is beautiful for the whole family
A monarch butterfly among the flowers
David Taylor

The East End has all sorts of exciting events and activities for kids and families. Find fun for all ages in the Hamptons and North Fork, September 12–16, 2021.

Top 5 Family Events to Check Out This Week

Summer Flowers & Insects
Sunday, September 12, 10:30 a.m.

Tots ages 2 to 5 will enjoy this interactive outdoor story time featuring wildlife in the flower garden. Advanced reservations are required and the event is dependent on the weather.
377 Bridgehampton-Sag Harbor Turnpike, Bridgehampton. 631-537-9735, sofo.org

Whimsical Wednesday at the Cutchogue New Suffolk Library
Wednesday, September 15, 10 a.m.

Little ones up to age 5 will enjoy this opportunity to explore stories, songs, crafts and fingerplay. Register online ahead of time.
27550 Main Road, Cutchogue. 631-734-6360, cutchoguelibrary.org

Kids/Youth Natural Dye Class
Wednesday, September 15, 10 a.m.

Explore creating color through natural materials. Be sure to bring clothing you don’t mind getting colorful. The cost is $25 for kids up to young adults.
410 Sound Avenue, Mattituck. 631-655-7996, pattysberriesandbunches.org

Crafts For Kids: Sunflowers
Wednesday, September 15, 4 p.m.

Children up to grade 5 can choose their own in-person craft. Be sure to register ahead of time and dress for a well-earned mess!
91 Coopers Farm Road, Southampton. 631-283-0774, myrml.org

Fall Stroller Strong Bootcamp in the Vines
Thursday, September 16, 9:30 a.m.

Kids of any age can join the parents in or out of a stroller while parents explore cardio and strength training in the beauty of the Terra Vite winery vines. When you’re done, stroller strong mamas and papas can enjoy a 15% discount at the winery.
250 Manor Lane, Jamesport. 631-722-3416, [email protected], terravitevineyard.com

A penguin at the Long Island Aquarium
A penguin at the Long Island AquariumCourtesy Long Island Aquarium

Family Fun Attractions

Bostwick’s Chowder House

If you’ve been looking for a great seafood house that you can bring your little guppies along to, have a seat under the colorful umbrellas at Bostwick’s Chowder House. Adults can enjoy things like steamed lobster and clams, and little ones will appreciate classics like chicken fingers and hot dogs.
277 Pantigo Road, East Hampton. bostwickschowderhouse.com

Children’s Museum of the East End

Learn about ships, windmills and creating your own farm at this favorite East End children’s destination. Mini golf is free with admission! You’ll need to call ahead of time to make a reservation.
376 Bridgehampton-Sag Harbor Turnpike, Bridgehampton. 631-537-8250, cmee.org

Harbes Farm

Barnyard animals, hayrides and apple picking are all part of the fall festivities at Harbes Family Farm. While you’re there, get some goodies to take home at the wine shop.
715 Sound Avenue, Mattituck. 631-482-7641, harbesfamilyfarm.com

John Papas Cafe

This classic luncheonette is a scrumptious choice when you’ve got little diners. Enjoy a tempting variety of Belgian waffles, pancakes and omelets for breakfast. Or splurge on tasty burgers or pita pizzas for lunch.
18 Park Place, East Hampton. 631-324-5400, johnpapascafe.net

Long Island Aquarium

Bring your little guppies by to explore the current exhibits, which include an Amazon rainforest, clownfish, birds and butterflies. You can purchase tickets ahead of time online, and be sure to take advantage of the discount for kiddos under 12.
431 East Main Street, Riverhead. 631-209-9200, longislandaquarium.com

Moo Moo’s East Hampton Ice Cream

Enjoy hand-dipped ice cream and whimsical toppings a this charming Hamptons family favorite. You can’t go wrong with flavors like caramel cheesecake and Cookie Monster.
69 North Main Street, East Hampton. 631-604-2382, easthamptonicecream.com


Hammocks, fire pits and lawn games all beg for families to come to visit. The menu frequently changes and includes things like artisan pizza and skirt steak.
161 Second House Road, Montauk. 631-288-2877, ruschmeyersmontauk.com

Seven Ponds Orchard

Enjoy a wide variety of apples and berries, as well as a fruit and veggie store. There’s even a playground for kids to romp on after they pick!
65 Seven Ponds Road, Water Mill. 631-726-8015

Tick Tock Mini Golf

This classic miniature golf course is located at the Drossos Motel, where kids can also enjoy a snack bar with classic American favorites. Parents can sample an Asian-American-style menu while they relax or get in on the fun with their junior swingers.
69125 Main Street, Greenport. 631-477-1334, drossosmotel.com

Whale’s Tale

The ferry ride to Shelter Island is an adventure in itself for some, but the Whale’s Tale is the perfect day trip for you and the kids. Enjoy an 18-hole mini golf course, indoor games and an ice cream shop. Parents can relax with espresso, chai tea or smoothies.
3 Ram Island Road, Shelter Island. shelterislandwhalestale.com

Find more exciting Hamptons, North Fork and family events happening this weekend and beyond (or list your own event) at DansPapers.com/Events.

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