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Dec 3 Best Family-Friendly Things to Do This Winter

The frosty, cold temperatures make the perfect backdrop for these family-friendly wintertime activities on Long Island’s East End. Escape the cold or embrace it with these timeless activities:

Visit the Children’s Museum

The idea for this museum originated around a kitchen table when 7 East End moms decided they wanted an accessible space where children could learn about the world in a fun, interactive way. Its first exhibit was built with the help of local businesses, families and volunteer carpenters, artists, and educators among others. Today it’s a successful museums where children can learn about physics and math on a 9-hole mini-golf course, make a masterpiece in their art studio or enjoy a book in their reading room. It is open Sunday – Monday: 9am – 5pm and Wednesday – Saturday: 9am – 5pm. It only costs $12 to enter and best suite for kids ages 2-10.

See the Aquarium

See Long Island’s only aquarium, right here in Riverhead. The “Lost City of Atlantis Shark Exhibit” is currently on view, where kids can get up close and personal with sand tiger sharks, nurse sharks and a gaping moray eel all with the backdrop of Poseidon’s 12-foot trident, pillars, and other pieces of the Lost City. Get an even closer look at these majestic creatures by making a reservation for a Shark Dive. You’ll be put in a cage and dipped into the aquarium’s shark exhibit. However, that experience is not for the young–participants must be older than 12 and those 12 -17 must be accompanied by an adult.

Skate in the Buckskill Ice Rink

Ice skate under the stars at the rink at the Buckskill Winter Club in East Hampton. It offers public ice skating every day of the week, just check their schedules for times. They have skates available for rental as well as skate sharpening for those who have already have them. If you have novice skaters with you, the rink offers “Helping Hand” skaters to help children 10 and under skate around the rink. Or consider signing up for a skills clinic where instructions will teach basic skills to more advanced moves.

When you’re done exploring the East End, spend the night at the Hotel Indigo Long Island – East End. Make a reservation for a stay between today and Thursday, 12/22 and you’ll get a $20 gift card to Tanger Outlets and a $10 gift card to our restaurant Bistro 72*. Call (631) 369-2200 ext 0 to make your reservation.

*Valid any day, limit one per table. Cannot be combined with any other discounts or special offers.