If you aren't headed off to somewhere warmer or snowier when school is out next week, there are quite a few things to keep the kids busy, engaged, and active during the break.
The Y.M.C.A. East Hampton RECenter will run a daily camp Monday through Friday, Feb. 24, with swimming, arts and crafts, games, and other activities on the agenda. The camp runs from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and costs $32 per day; for an extra $10 kids can go as early as 8 a.m. and stay as late as 6. Advance registration is required.
The East Hampton Town Parks and Recreation Department offers a free morning recreation program for kids in kindergarten through sixth grade from Tuesday through Friday, Feb. 24, at the John M. Marshall Elementary School in East Hampton and the Montauk School. It goes from 9 a.m. to noon, with registration each morning at drop-off.
Camp SoulGrow will run free workshops all five days next week at Gurney's Resort in Montauk. Morning workshops go from 11 a.m. to 12:30, lunch is served from 12:30 to 1:30, and afternoon workshops run from 1:30 to 3. In the mornings, it's boot camp on Monday, yoga on Tuesday, swimming on Wednesday, calisthenics next Thursday, and hip-hop on Friday, Feb. 24. Afternoon fun includes public speaking on Monday, sewing on Tuesday, target practice on Wednesday, papier-mache next Thursday, and a Mardi Gras party on Friday, Feb. 24. Registration is via email to email@example.com.
Morning programs for all ages will be offered Monday through Friday, Feb. 24, from 10:30 to 11:30 at the South Fork Natural History Museum in Bridgehampton. The week kicks off with a walk in the field behind the museum. Backyard birds will be the focus on Tuesday, winter weather and snowflakes on Wednesday, winter tracks next Thursday, and winter plants and plant printmaking will be the themes on Friday, Feb. 24. Also at the museum, on Saturday at 2 p.m. kids 6 and older can take part in an art and science sculpture workshop dealing with the migration of the eastern tiger salamander. There is a $5 materials fee in addition to museum entry.
Across the street at the Children's Museum of the East End, there will be science-based activities in the lobby all day each weekday.
Space may still be available in winter break art workshops at the Parrish Art Museum in Water Mill. They meet Monday through Friday, Feb. 24, from 10 a.m. to noon for ages 4 to 6 and from 1 to 3 p.m. for ages 7 and up. The cost is $40 per day, $30 for members.
There's also a chance you could squeak into a vacation theater camp for ages 8 to 12. My Life the Musical at Bay Street Theater in Sag Harbor will include acting, singing, dance, performance, and musical theater instruction 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Monday through Friday, Feb. 24. Students will learn songs and choreography and also have a chance to create their own original pieces. A performance for family and friends caps the week. The cost is $470 per person, and advance registration is a must.