With Labor Day on the horizon, you might assume things would slow down a bit on the East End of Long Island this weekend. That assumption would be wrong.
This weekend, parents and kids can experience the glamor of the Hampton Classic Horse show, take a railroad trip back in time, catch some fish together and even race a rubber duck or two at the East End’s most recognized landmark, the Big Duck.
So start to get your last licks of summer fun this weekend. Check out our Hamptons and North Fork Family Guide for the best in local entertainment, and with back to school looming be sure to see our Long Island Classes Guide for the best in after-school programs Islandwide.
Hampton Classic Horse Show - Bridgehampton. The world’s top equestrians saddle up in one of the circuit’s most prestigious events.
Saturday, August 29-Sunday, August 30
Riverhead Railroad Festival - Riverhead. The 25th annual tribute to train travel features model trains, replica train cars, traditional railroad music and food.
Thursday, August 27-Saturday, August 29
“Lollipops for Breakfast” - Sag Harbor. Little Sylvie makes her own ideal lollipop from scratch in this children's puppet show.
Thursday, August 27
“Bug” Lighthouse Cruise - Greenport. Enjoy one of the few offshore lighthouses in the world open for public visit.
Town of Southampton Snapper Derby -Hampton Bays. There’s competition in four age groups for these crafty critters – juvenile bluefish that come of age in late August.
Life in Antarctica - Greenport. What’s life like at the bottom of the Earth? Here’s your child’s chance to learn.
Friday, August 28
Peconic River Moonlight Cruise -Riverhead. A 90-minute getaway for mommies and daddies. Enjoy wine, food and scenery.
Green Time and Family Time -Bridgehampton. Simple and creative ways to bring ecology into your child’s life.
Saturday, August 29
Big Duck Rubber Duck Race - Flanders. Prizes awarded to the first-, second-, and third-place finishers in the second annual celebration of the Big Duck.
Dig Into Geology - Bridgehampton. In this kids’ tour, volcanoes are cool.
Open Studio at Parrish Art Museum Water Mill. Tour the galleries and create art in a series of hands-on activities.
Sidewalk Art and Ice Pops -Montauk. Use sidewalk chalk for your own outdoor drawing, and cool off with an ice pop too.
Sturgeon Moon Hike -Bridgehampton. This Native American fishing tradition recalls the August full moon, when sturgeon were at their most plentiful.
Sunday, August 30
Narrow Lane Cleanup - Bridgehampton. Volunteer to help the Southampton Trails Preservation Society clean up its adopted road.
Garden Buds Nature Program - Riverhead. This garden program is rooted in imagination, exploration and discovery.
Photo: Hampton Classic Horse Show