Kids Culture 05.09.19

The LongHouse Reserve's Family Day on Saturday offers activities, tours, and fun for the whole family. Carissa Katz

Family Day at LongHouse

The LongHouse Reserve in East Hampton will open its gates to families for a free day of activities, tours, and other fun on Saturday starting at 10 a.m. 

The morning will be given over to children’s programming, including tattoo art at 10:30 and an introduction to local wildlife with Dell Cullum at 11. At 12:30 p.m., Gian Carlo Feleppa will play sitar and other instruments, and Mr. Cullum will lead a photography workshop for teens and adults at 1 p.m. A tour for Spanish speakers will happen at 10:30 a.m. A tour focusing on LongHouse’s art will begin at 2 p.m., and another with a horticultural focus sets off at 3. LongHouse will be open until 5. 


Dance, Dance, Dance

At Guild Hall’s John Drew Theater, the next three days will be all about dance. Tomorrow and Saturday at 7 p.m., Our Fabulous Variety Show will present a junior version of “Tap: An Evening of Rhythm,” with young dancers tap, tap, tapping to Broadway, film, and vaudeville classics. Tickets start at $15 and can be purchased in advance through 

On Sunday, the competition dancers from the Dancehampton studio in East Hampton will perform some of their award-winning routines in a showcase at 2 p.m. Tickets start at $12 and can be purchased online by searching “2019 Dancehampton Competition Showcase” at

A Night of Laser Tag

At the Children’s Museum of the East End in Bridgehampton, tomorrow will bring a night of laser tag, bubble soccer, and video game tournaments for third through sixth graders. The cost is $50 per child, $25 for additional siblings, and $40 for museum members. Pizza will be served. 

On Saturday, Karla Salinari, who developed a kid-friendly dessert baking kit called FlipBox, will be at the museum for a workshop hosted by Shine. The New York City company has classes and pop-up programs for kids in the greater New York City area and is at the museum once a month. On Saturday from 10 a.m. to noon, kids 4 to 9 will work with Ms. Salinari to bake nutritious treats for moms and create food-inspired art. The cost is $75 including all materials, and discounts are available for siblings. Registration is at 212-414-5427 or

Middle School Playwrights Fest

The Young Artists and Writers Project Middle School Playwrights Festival on Saturday at Stony Brook Southampton will include six plays by students from the Bridgehampton, Ross, Shelter Island, and Hampton Bays Schools. 

The plays are the culmination of the students’ work with theater and writing professionals affiliated with Stony Brook Southampton’s M.F.A. program in creative writing and literature, who visit classrooms over the course of two months in the spring and also head up a summer scriptwriting workshop. Kids learn the basics of dramatic writing and how to develop characters, themes, dialogues, and scenes. 

Ultimately, a single play from each school workshop is chosen to be staged in the festival. Student actors have the starring roles, with professional directors staging the works. 

The program’s executive director is Emma Walton Hamilton, a children’s book author, editor, and arts educator. She was a co-founder of Bay Street Theater and worked with it for 17 years as co-artistic director and later director of education and programming for young audiences. Will Chandler is the Young Artists and Writers Project’s program director. An American Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Nicholl Fellowship screenwriter, his résumé includes work as a story analyst and script doctor for ABC, CBS, NBC, Viacom, and HBO, among others.

  Admission to the festival is free. Show time is 7 p.m. at the Avram Theater in the campus’s fine arts building at 39 Tuckahoe Road. Tickets can be reserved by emailing

Scientists in Training

Children 6 to 8 will learn something about the patience, observation skills, and note taking required to study animals like a scientist during a program on Sunday at 10:30 a.m. at the South Fork Natural History Museum in Bridgehampton. 

Rachel Speckenbach will lead kids on an exploration of Vineyard Field behind the museum as they search out worms, robins, and other creatures. There is a $3 materials fee for the program, and registration ahead of time is required. 


Moms and More

With Mother’s Day on Sunday, moms will get a little extra attention at the John Jermain Memorial Library in Sag Harbor and the East Hampton Library. 

In Sag Harbor, children and their mothers have been invited to teatime on Saturday from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., with coffee, tea, juice, pastries, and a mother-child activity. 

In East Hampton this afternoon at 4, a Mother’s Day story time for ages 4 to 6 will be followed by a craft likely to yield something special for Sunday’s honoree. Also at the library this week, high schoolers can drop by for outdoor games of Uno on Tuesday from 3:30 to 5 p.m. And next Thursday, kids 4 and older will learn to make body lotions with natural oils and scents from 4 to 5 p.m. 

At John Jermain, the library will hold a kickoff party next Thursday for this summer’s Battle of the Books trivia competition for those entering sixth through eighth grade in the fall. From 5:15 to 6:15 p.m., participants will learn the titles of this year’s books over pizza and snacks. 

On Friday, May 17, 7th through 12th graders have been invited to check out John Jermain’s new Super Nintendo Classic for some retro gaming from 3:45 to 4:45 p.m.

Advance registration has been suggested for most library programs. 


Escape Challenge 

An Escape Room challenge is on the schedule for kids in sixth grade and up on Monday and Tuesday at 3:30 p.m. at the Hampton Library in Bridgehampton. 

Looking ahead to Friday, May 17, there will be a chance for kids 4 and older to make designs and pictures with melty Perler Beads at 4 p.m., and at 6:30 kids in sixth grade and up have been invited to a movie night featuring “Bohemian Rhapsody,” the Oscar winner about Freddy Mercury and Queen.