Kids’ Vacation Week? Some Ideas

Kids can get up close to a variety of marine life in an open aquarium at the South Fork Natural History Museum in Bridgehampton. Durell Godfrey

The school break may be a week and a half away, but now is the time to plan for it. There are a number of options for kids who are not heading out of town for the week.

Working parents in need of full-day activities and care for school-age children might look to the Y.M.C.A. East Hampton RECenter, which will offer a vacation camp for ages 4 to 14 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. from Feb. 19 through 23, with an extended-day option of 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. The cost is $32 per child, or $42 for an extended day. Registration is by email to

Young theater lovers can turn the everyday into something to sing about in Bay Street Theater’s My Life: The Musical vacation camp. Participants will get instruction in singing, acting, dance, and musical theater history from Bethany Dellapolla as they develop scripts for pieces to be staged for friends and family at the end of the week. The camp runs from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. from Feb. 19 through 23 and will be offered again from April 2 to 6, during spring break. The cost is $470 per child for a week, $825 for both weeks. Advance registration at is required. 

The East Hampton Town Parks and Recreation Department will oversee a free program of morning recreation and crafts at the John M. Marshall Elementary School in East Hampton and the Montauk School. From 9 a.m. to noon on Feb. 20 through 23, kids in kindergarten through sixth grade can burn off some physical and creative energy. Registration takes place at the schools each morning at drop-off. Participants need not be residents of East Hampton Town.

At the Children’s Museum of the East End in Bridgehampton, kids 4 to 7 can explore different themes each day during a Winter Kids Club that will run from 9:30 a.m. to noon, Feb. 19 through 23. The cost is $60 per day, $45 for museum members, and registration ahead of time has been suggested. 

Across the street at the South Fork Natural History Museum, nature will be the focus of hourlong programs beginning at 10:30 a.m. on Feb. 20 through the 24th. Each day will bring a different topic, from “sleeping trees and wandering seeds” to snowflakes to spiders. 

At the Parrish Art Museum in Water Mill, vacation art workshops from Feb. 10 to 23 will delve into weaving, abstract printmaking, Model Magic sculpture, portraits, and landscape painting. Workshops for 5 and 6-year-olds will be from 10 a.m. to noon; those for kids 7 and older will be from 1 to 3 p.m. All materials will be provided, and workshops will begin with a tour of the galleries. The cost is $40 per session, $30 for members of the museum, and advance registration at has been strongly suggested.