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The Five-Point Weekend Escape Plan

Take the Kids to the Hamptons


3. What to Do

Kids can investigate storm-tossed starfish on Mike Bottini's guided Seal Walk (left), or design their own sock puppets at the Children’s Museum of the East End.  

Though it’s a long way from boogie-board season, there’s still plenty for kids to do in the Hamptons. The preferred winter hangout spot is the Buckskill Winter Club, an open-air ice-skating rink open seven days a week from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. through March. After skating, families relax fireside inside a little cabin with hot cocoa or bowls of homemade soup.

The Children’s Museum of the East End (CMEE) offers year-round programs that teach kids to stretch their imaginations. In March, a sixteen-foot inflatable planetarium lands here, beckoning parents and tykes inside to watch a movie about life on Earth in 2081.

The Hamptons are famous for their wild beauty, so spend a few hours outside with naturalist Mike Bottini. He’ll share interesting tidbits about sand dunes, piping plovers, and cranberry bog, and in March and April, he takes groups to Montauk for the popular three-mile Seal Walk.

Published on Feb 21, 2007 as a web exclusive.

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