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8 Kid-Friendly LIRR Stops for a Fun Day Trip

Let’s face it. Traffic on Long Island is no picnic. In fact, sometimes the thought of taking a day trip to another part of this beautiful island makes us cringe when we think of the hours on the road and the challenge of keeping the kids in the backseat entertained.

But there is a another way to get from here to there…the LIRR! Taking the train is a convenient, fun way for families to get around the Island without the hassle of driving. From beach communities to charming downtowns to family-friendly museums, there are plenty of LIRR stops where families can hop off and explore the area for the day.

We’ve rounded up a few of our favorite family day trips reachable via the LIRR, highlighting the best attractions and sights in the area. All aboard!

Pop-Up Ice Skating Rinks in the Hamptons and North Fork

What’s better than gliding across a sheet of ice on a lovely winter day? How about doing it outdoors, where all of the season’s pageantry is on display?

Pop-up-ice rinks are popping up all over the East End of Long Island these days, from low-cost, low-frills facilities to high-end clubs that cater to every perk a skater could imagine.

We’ve got your winter entertainment covered here, with five seasonal rinks from Riverhead to East Hampton and Greenport. All are open to the public without residency restrictions but costs can be higher for nonresidents. For good measure, we’ve also included a pair of up-Island pop-up rinks just in case your seasonal shopping takes you off the East End.

As always, be advised these facilities are weather-dependent and opening and closing dates vary based on temperature, rainfall and patron interest. Prices are as of October 2016.

Last-Minute Childcare Options for Families in the Hamptons & North Fork

Your babysitter has bailed and your night out is in jeopardy. Fortunately on the East End of Long Island there are a number of emergency child care options that just might preserve that essential date night. Some are local companies whose sitters are known to other parents in the community, while others are parts of larger national companies with well-earned reputations for reliability and security.

Most require registration on the firm’s website. Be aware that most sitters are independent contractors and not employees of their firms. so company liability varies.

Still, with less than a day’s notice, these services offer experienced sitters with recommendations that can be accessed online or by email. Prices are as of summer 2015 and vary depending on time, distance and services provided. Cancellation policies also vary.

For other information on activities and events in the area, be sure to check out our Hamptons & North Fork Family Guide.

Spectator Sports Bargains for LI Families in the Hamptons & North Fork

Few things are as generational as baseball, especially on the East End of Long Island. Here, family traditions are born and potential major leaguers blossom amid the cornfields and pasture lands of both forks.

But where 60 years ago, Red Sox legend Carl Yastrzemski played on his father’s potato farm in Bridgehampton, now things aren’t as rustic. These days, Hamptons Collegiate Baseball offers some of the best summertime competition around on fields suitable for wannabe big-leaguers.

It’s ideal family entertainment, and just one of several spectator sports options for East End families on a budget. Love running? The Hamptons Marathon is considered a top prep race for the New York City Marathon. How about horses? Bridgehampton hosts one of the highest-profile equestrian meets In the world.

And if it’s a sport you like watching, chances are you can watch it here, at prices guaranteed not to pinch your pocket book.

Here are six of our favorite spectator options on the East End; And for other activities in the area, check out our Hamptons and North Fork Family Guide.

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