Thousands of children enjoy the show

Optimum® Kids Day proved once again to be a huge hit at the 38th Hampton Classic Horse Show. More than 1,000 children, from Long Island and all around the New York metropolitan area, enjoyed pony rides, a petting zoo, wildlife exhibits and much more, just a few steps from the action in the Grand Prix Ring and in the hunter rings.

In addition to the free pony rides for children under 12, activities included The Pop Ups performing on stage, the Bellini Family Circus & Friends, magic by the Amazing Zola, face painting by Ruby, air-brush tattoos by Kathy, llamas and other production animals from the Long Island Livestock Company, a birds of prey demonstration from the Wildlife Center of the Hamptons, and crafts with the Children's Museum of the East End.

When they weren't performing, the Bellini Family Circus & Friends ran workshops to allow kids to learn to perform some of the acts and tricks that they saw.
Children's events at the Hampton Classic weren't limited to Optimum® Kids Day, though.

Throughout the week, the Long Island Livestock Company had llamas, alpacas, sheep, goats and Pansy the pig on display in the Kids Tent. They even gave shearing demonstrations on Wednesday and Thursday.

The Wolf Conservation Center brought Atka the wolf on Tuesday to help children learn about the reality and the mythology of wolves.

Authors read books and poetry throughout the week, and the Stony Brook Children's Hospital offered a variety of activities in the Kids Tent on Friday.

(PHOTO) Face painting and glitter tattoos were a popular attractions at Optimum® Kid's Day.