Summer vacation is almost over, but it’s not too late to get in some quality time with the kids in your life before they’re donning backpacks and back to learning.
Here are five fun things to do with your kids before it’s back to school.
An aquatic adventure at Long Island Aquarium
Long Island Aquarium is open seven days and is a sight to behold for kids (and adults!) who love sea creatures big and small. There’s also the new Eye Opener, a giant treehouse adventure with rope bridges, slides, and a view of the Peconic River at the very top.
Long Island Aquarium, 431 East Main Street, Riverhead
Delectable local ice cream
Snowflake Ice Cream Shoppe in Riverhead has fan-favorite flavors like Cookie Monster, Birthday Cake and Banana Split, while Magic Fountain in Mattituck has a rotating roster of flavors like peanut butter fudge, the Northforker (blueberry ice cream with fresh lemon and cheesecake pieces) and butter pecan.
Snowflake Ice Cream Shoppe, 1148 W Main Road, Riverhead
Magic Fountain Ice Cream, 9825 Main Road, Mattituck
A toy store treat
Goldsmith’s Toys & Electronics in Greenport is the perfect place to find a nice end-of-summer toy. Whether the little one in your life likes sports, dolls, make-believe or even some educational STEM toys, you’ll find something fun here.
Goldsmith’s Toys & Electronics, 138 Main Street, Greenport
Browse for books at a local store
It’s never too early to get your kid lost in a good book. Find great children’s literature at local stores like A Book Place in Riverhead or Burton’s Bookstore in Greenport. Might we recommend the Montauk Mike books? These cute picture books portray the adventures of a very hungry — but friendly — shark in Montauk.
A Book Place, 469 E Main Street, Riverhead
Burton’s Bookstore, 43 Front Street, Greenport
A memorable carousel ride
The beautiful vintage carousel overlooking the water at Mitchell Park in Greenport is a great photo op. If you’re a little further west, head to the Shoppes at East Wind for another lovely carousel ride.
Mitchell Park, 115 Front Street, Greenport
The Shoppes at East Wind, 5768 NY-25A, Wading River