News 12 Long Island Kids’ Day Returns to the Hampton Classic Horse Show with Many Family-Friendly Delights
News 12 Long Island Kids’ Day returned to the Hampton Classic on Saturday with its usual delights and activities to entertain and educate kids of all ages. The morning’s beautiful weather allowed Kids’ Day to continue to be one of the show’s most popular days for families as competition in the rings ramped up toward the afternoon’s featured classes, the $74,000 Hampton Classic 2* Grand Prix and the $74,000 LONGINES Cup.
The Hampton Classic, August 28-September 4, is one of the world’s most prestigious horse shows, offering more than $1 million in prize money during a full schedule featuring competitors at every level from young children in leadline to Olympic, World, and World Cup Champions. The Classic also has competitions for riders with disabilities.
Children under 12 from Long Island and the New York metropolitan area enjoyed free admission, complimentary pony rides, and other activities including games, music, magic and crafts. News 12 Long Island also gave away colored pencils and Miller & Associates coloring books to everyone in attendance.
The Kids’ Area featured several family attractions throughout the week, such as pony rides courtesy of Steppin’ Out Ponies. Children could also visit the sheep, goats, chickens, ducks, rabbits and a mini cow in Steppin’ Out’s new petting zoo and get their faces painted with returning artists The Amazing Rubini and Kathy’s Fancy Faces.
On Saturday, kids of all ages enjoyed performances by Mr. Marc Music, the DJ and MC of this year’s hip hop dance party, as well as magic by the Amazing Zola, who has entertained audiences at the Hampton Classic for more than three decades. Jugglers, stilt walkers, hula hoopers and clowns also returned to the Classic with the Bellini Family Circus.
Scott’s Protein Balls provided samples of their delicious all-natural protein balls, and Macrae Skye was on hand with ping pong, cornhole and basketball games. Children could also learn about the Turtle Rescue of the Hamptons’ resident tortoise, Sullivan, with their coloring activities and help with the Cornell Cooperative Extension’s Marine Program integrative art project, learning about the local shellfish habitat and their role in keeping Long Island waters clean.
“Kids’ Day is such a staple for the Hampton Classic,” said Shanette Barth Cohen, the show’s Executive Director. “It’s amazing to have each year’s activities include new and returning faces. We never get tired of seeing the kids and their families smiling and having fun.”