Kids Culture 10.18.18

Bringing a Book to Life

At the Children’s Museum of the East End in Bridgehampton on Saturday, families with 3 to 8-year-olds will be treated to an interactive reading of Odessa Arriola’s “The Art Inside.” Ms. Arriola will read from her book, which was inspired by her own childhood, and bring the story to life with puppets and other props. Afterward, children will make paper puppets and crafts. The program runs from 10:30 a.m. to noon and is free, but advance registration has been encouraged, as space is limited. 

That’s even more the case for the museum’s very popular Halloween bash on Friday, Oct. 26. The party, from 4 to 6 p.m., includes games, crafts, a costume parade, and treats, and it usually sells out early. The cost is $12, but members of the museum get in free. 


Young Birders Club

The South Fork Natural History Museum’s Young Birders Club for kids 8 to 18 will have its first meeting of the fall with a new leader, Miles Todaro, on Saturday at 10 a.m. in Bridgehampton. Participants have been asked to take binoculars if they have them. While Mr. Todaro will take the lead, he’ll be joined by two expert birders, Frank Quevedo, the museum’s director, and Barbara Blaisdell. The club meets on the third Saturday of each month.

Also on Saturday, at 10:30 a.m., families with children 6 and older can learn to make animal origami, from the simple to the complex, with the museum’s Crystal Oakes. There is a $3 materials fee. 

On Sunday at 10:30 a.m., little ones ages 3 to 5 have been invited to join museum educators as they feed the resident animals, and in the process they’ll learn about food webs and the difference between herbivores, carnivores, and omnivores. 

Advance registration has been requested for all programs. 


“Frankenstein Follies”

Stages, a Children’s Theatre Workshop, will present its annual Halloween show, “Frankenstein Follies,” at Bay Street Theater in Sag Harbor starting on Friday, Oct. 26. Show times are 7:30 on opening night, 2 and 7:30 p.m. on Oct. 27, and 2 p.m. on Oct. 28. Tickets cost $15. 


Halloween at the Libraries

Not surprisingly, there’s a decided Halloween bent in library programs this week, with monsters, bats, masks, and ghosts figuring prominently. 

The East Hampton Library will host a family screening of “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone” today at 4 p.m. On Wednesday at 4 p.m., a Halloween story time for 4 to 7-year-olds will be followed by a clothespin bat craft. Next Thursday, children have been invited to arrive in costume for a 4 p.m. session at which they will decorate trick-or-treat bags and paint pumpkins. 

Off the theme, sixth through eighth graders can use old CDs to make shiny works of art next Tuesday at 4 p.m. 

At the Hampton Library in Bridgehampton, a bat bookmark workshop for ages 4 and up will unfold tomorrow at 4 p.m. The Halloween classic “Beetlejuice” will be screened at a movie night for grades six and older tomorrow at 6:30. On Tuesday grades six and up can use old books to make spooky decorations from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. There will also be two opportunities for mask making next week: on Wednesday, when ages 7 to 12 can work on Mardi Gras-style masks, and at 4 p.m. and on Friday, Oct. 26, when those 4 and older can sink their teeth into monster masks. 

Another Halloween classic, “Hocus Pocus,” starring Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker, and Kathy Najimy, will be shown at the Montauk Library on Saturday at 2 p.m., and snacks will be available. All ages will be welcomed, and reservations are not required. Lori Hubbard will make Halloween the theme of her music and movement program for ages 1 to 5 next Thursday at 11:30 a.m. at the library. 

And while it’s not until the following weekend, teens and tweens may want to start brainstorming now for the Montauk Library’s own version of the popular “Chopped” TV cooking competition. This one, on Oct. 27 at 3 p.m., is called Chopped: Spooky Edition. Kids in third grade and above will use mystery ingredients to make tasty treats to wow the judges.