With the last days of school approaching, the East Hampton Town Parks and Recreation Department is gearing up for a summer full of activities for young people, from sailing and swimming lessons to games and crafts programs and tennis, soccer, volleyball, and basketball clinics. Most begin the week of June 30, and advance sign-up is required, as space is limited.
As an alternative to day camp, the town will offer games and crafts for kids 5 to 12 from Mondays through Fridays in full or half-day sessions at the Springs Youth building or the Montauk School. The program runs from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The cost is $85 per two-week session for half days, $135 for two children, or $185 for three. Double that for full days. The program continues through Aug. 22. Children should be registered in advance at the Parks and Recreation Department, behind Town Hall on Pantigo Road. Proof of age will be required for 5-year-olds.
The department also offers free swimming instruction in two-week sessions throughout the summer at various public bay beaches for children 4 and up at all skill levels. The first will be at Havens Beach in Sag Harbor, starting on June 30. Registration will be at the beach at 10 a.m. on the first day of class. Children will be separated by ability level and should bring along goggles and water shoes. Also planned, for later in the summer, are sessions at Maidstone Park in East Hampton from July 14 through July 25, East Lake Beach in Montauk from July 28 through Aug. 8, and Albert’s Landing in Amagansett from Aug. 11 through Aug. 22.
The first of the town’s summer sailing classes, for children 12 and up and adults, will start June 30 and run through July 10 at Fresh Pond in Amagansett. Instruction for beginning to advanced students will be from 9 a.m. to noon or 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. The cost is $200 per person; class size is limited to 15. There will be additional sessions from July 14 through July 24, July 28 through Aug. 7, and Aug. 11 through Aug. 21 at the same times. Registration is at the recreation department.
Also beginning June 30 are soccer clinics for kids entering first through sixth grades, to be offered Mondays and Tuesdays at the Stephen Hand’s Path field in East Hampton and Wednesdays and Thursdays at Lions Field in Montauk. Clinics on those days run from 6 to 7 p.m. for first through third grade and 7 to 8 p.m. for fourth through sixth grade.
Clinics will continue through Aug. 21. The cost per summer is $40 and participants can attend as many age-appropriate clinics per week as they wish. Registration is at the department or the Montauk Playhouse.
The town will hold tennis and basketball clinics at the Youth Park on Abraham’s Path in Amagansett, from June 30 to Aug. 14. Tennis clinics will be held Mondays and Wednesdays from 6 to 7 p.m. for second and third grade and from 7 to 8 p.m. for sixth grade and up. On Tuesdays and Thursdays, kindergarten and first-grade clinics are from 6 to 7 p.m. and clinics for fourth and fifth grades are from 7 to 8.
Basketball clinics will be Mondays and Wednesdays from 5 to 6 for kindergarten and first and from 6 to 8 for fourth and fifth. On Tuesdays and Thursdays, clinics are from 5 to 6 for second and third grade and from 6 to 8 for sixth grade and up. The cost for one summer-long clinic is $40 per child; the cost for both is $55. Registration is at the recreation department or the Playhouse.
The town’s junior tennis program for children in kindergarten and up will be held at Montauk Tennis in two sessions, from June 30 to July 24 or from July 28 through Aug. 21. Classes are Mondays and Wednesdays from 4:15 to 5 for kindergarten and first and from 5 to 6 for second and third; Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4 to 5 for third and fourth and from 5 to 6 for fifth and sixth grades. The cost for two days a week is $125, and advance registration is required at Montauk Tennis on South Fulton Drive.
Finally, the town will run a girls volleyball clinic at the Montauk Playhouse on Wednesdays from July 9 through Aug. 13. Sessions will be from 5 to 7 p.m. for fifth through eighth grades and from 7 to 9 for high schoolers. Registration is at the recreation department or the Playhouse.