Juggling two children five and under while experiencing the busy Hamptons’ summers is not any easy task. Take it from me, who has been doing this full-time for many years. Even when my husband is home from work on select weekends, it can be tricky dining out, shopping, and participating in activities if they are not family friendly.
Follow my itinerary below for a seamless and fun day with your young ones, one that I follow during my non-work days.
Breakfast: Hampton Coffee Company, Water Mill
With plenty of seating and healthy food options, I love to bring my children here before or after meetings in the area. Both my son and daughter enjoy sharing their scrambled eggs and sliced avocado on the side with fresh fruit and toast. I get my coffee and eggs, and everyone is happy. Remember to leave your stroller in the car. There is some room to store it inside, just not at your table.
Mid-Morning: Children’s Museum of the East End, Bridgehampton
Let them have their time to run around, and so you can sit back and relax and watch them play. Time exclusively dedicated to them is important. My son loves the playroom and firetruck, whereas my daughter loves to play mini golf and create art. And if you so choose, enjoy a packed snack or lunch on-site either outside, sitting on one of the museum’s provided picnic blankets, or inside at one of the small tables.
You may even catch the ice cream truck rolling through. We have seen them there on Friday late afternoons. For a packed lunch on-the-go, we stop in at either L&W Market in Bridgehampton or Espresso da Asporto in Sag Harbor.
Lunch: Cittanuova, East Hampton
We pop in and either sit at the front or on the back patio area and split a pizza. My children love their Margherita and Funghi pizza and I am able to get my cappuccino. Easy and fun. They also have Wikki Stix activities that keep them occupied.
Mid Afternoon: The Clubhouse, East Hampton
One of my daughter’s favorite places and also a great option for lunch and dinner with the whole family. We get in an hour of bowling, and then we will head to the arcade. My son loves to play around near the corn holes and I love to teach him how to toss and introduce him to the game. Mini golf is outside, and if we have extra time, we will play a round. For a snack, my children love to split their enormous pretzel served with a sweet mustard and melted cheese on the side.
Dinner: Zakura, Amagansett
We have been dining at Zakura in Amagansett for many years and my children always love coming here, especially to sit in the booths or adjacent to its saltwater fish tank (my daughter has names for each of the fish). We order dumplings, sushi, and teriyaki. Zakura also sells Pocky snacks and Ramune soda, which are great treats. For dessert, we enjoy the fried ice cream and red bean ice cream. Stroller friendly on most occasions.
Dessert: Buddhaberry, Sag Harbor
Some of the healthiest options for dessert are found at Buddhaberry. After being a regular customer for more than five years, I think it is about time I opened a house account here. Buddhaberry has endless creations to top off your soft serve frozen yogurt. Though my children go for simpler options such as French Vanilla or Mexican Chocolate with rainbow sprinkles, I get a scoop of the Fudgy Quinoa with an array of exotic toppings.
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