Labor Day weekend on the East End is full of family friendly events and activities that adults and kids will love. Take a look at our top five picks in the Hamptons and North Fork, as well as some local spots that are always open for a great time.
Top 5 Events to Check Out This Week
Swim with the Mermaids
Friday, September 3, 10:30 a.m.
Your little fish can guppy with a real live mermaid at the Long Island Aquarium, as long as you reserve your spot ahead of time. They will navigate through Shark Reef Lagoon and enjoy tropical fish from all over the world.
431 East Main Street, Riverhead. 631-209-9200, longislandaquarium.com.
Monday, September 6, 10:30 a.m.
Little ones ages 0–3 will effervesce for this opportunity to explore bubbles, stories and music. Early sign-up is required on the East Hampton Library website.
159 Main Street, East Hampton. 631-324-0222, easthamptonlibrary.org.
Art Through Nature
Wednesday, September 8, 10 a.m.
Kids can explore art through nature at Patti’s Berries and Bunches. The one-hour class is $25 and involves using natural materials and dyes. Register ahead of time and don’t forget to wear something you aren’t afraid to get new colors on!
410 Sound Avenue, Mattituck. 631-655-7996, pattysberriesandbunches.org.
Fresh Air Mommy (or Daddy) and Me Class with Little Barn
Tuesday, September 8, 9:30 a.m.
Tiny dancers up to age 4 will enjoy bopping along to classics like “Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star” with a musical theater twist. The cost is $50 per class and you can register ahead of time on the Children’s Museum of the East End website. While you’re there, little learners can enjoy learning about the world with their fingers at current exhibits that include a windmill and a seafaring ship.
376 Bridgehampton-Sag Harbor Turnpike. 631-537-8250, cmee.org.
Mommy and Me Music & Movement
Thursday, September 9, 9 a.m.
Teeny musicians ages 1–3 will love playing instruments and moving with their parents, classmates and talented instructor. The class focuses on developing motor skills and sensory awareness through music.
60 Millstone Road, Bridgehampton. 631-466-5298, icamp.com/icamp-hamptons.
Family Fun Attractions
Enjoy family fun in Greenport with this 100-year-old carousel for only $2 a ride. Through Labor Day weekend, you can visit the attraction every day from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.
115 Front Street, Greenport. 631-477-2200, villageofgreenport.org.
Little ones who love a good taco will enjoy the colorful, casual atmosphere at La Fondita. Enjoy options like quesadillas, burritos and homemade salsa. Weekend family specials are perfect for your little brood in the restaurant or to go.
74 Montauk Highway, Amagansett. 631-267-8800, lafondita.net.
A classic with Hamptons locals, LT Burger is especially well-known for its kid appeal. With video games, gumball machines and crayons at the ready, little ones can also choose from a fine selection of burgers and shakes. The eatery is open for lunch and dinner every day except Tuesday.
62 Main Street, Sag Harbor. 631-899-4646, ltburger.com.
Kids will go wild for this home-spun ice cream shop with friendly flavors like Cake Mix and Almond Joy, while parents might enjoy the uniquely vegan selection. You can also choose from colorful cakes and tasty toppings.
9825 Main Road, Mattituck. 631-298-4908, magicfountainlongisland.com.
Hamptons parents who love to eat clean will relish the opportunity to get some quality salads and acai bowls along with their little ones. The kids’ menu here includes options like brown rice bowls and monkey roll-ups with gluten-free options available. Delicious smoothies are also part of the fun.
207 Main Street, Amagansett. 631-527-7717, organickrush.com.
Little ones who love a unique gift will have a rocking good time at Petit Blue, where they can check out old-fashioned kiddie cars and a special selection of candy.
86 Park Place, East Hampton. 631-658-9222, petitblue.com.
Doughnuts, ice cream and doughnut-infused ice cream are all options at this dream-come-true shop in Hampton Bays. Or leave with a do-it-yourself decorating kit you can work on at home.
149 West Montauk Highway, Hampton Bays. 631-594-5092, sundaedonuts.com.
Southampton Golf Range
Check out this 18-hole mini-golf course complete with batting cages and a driving range. You can also stop by the snack bar for some classic burgers and fries.
699 County Road 39, Southampton. 631-283-2158, facebook.com/southamptongolfrange.
Known for its pristine sand and sapphire view, folks who visit Wiborg Beach with their families know they’ll be having a positive experience. Showers, restrooms and dressing rooms are available and going during midweek means you’ll have your pick of parking spots.
74 Highway Behind the Pond, East Hampton. 631-324-4150, easthamptonvillage.org.
Wickham’s Fruit Stand
Little ones who love to pick their own will relish this opportunity to pick local strawberries, raspberries and peaches. The farm is open Monday to Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
287 Main Road, Cutchogue. 631-734-6441, wickhamsfruitfarm.com.
Find more exciting Hamptons, North Fork and family events happening this weekend and beyond (or list your own event) at DansPapers.com/Events.