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Kids Culture 08.15.19

Thu, 08/15/2019 - 12:00
The South Fork Natural History Museum's Young Birders Club helps budding birders learn what to look for and where.
Max Philip Dobler

Meet the Animals

At the South Fork Natural History Museum in Bridgehampton, the Young Birders Club, for kids 8 to 18, meets on Saturday at 10 a.m. On Sunday, children 6 to 8 can get an up-close introduction to the museum’s reptiles and amphibians in a program at 10:30 a.m.

Puppets at Bay Street

The Goat on a Boat puppet show series at Bay Street Theater in Sag Harbor has two offerings on the schedule this week. On Saturday at 11 a.m., it’ll be Lanky Yankee Puppets’ “Jack’s in the Box,” a one-man show with three short tales each featuring a different type of puppetry. Next Thursday, Faye Dupras, a theater and visual artist and founder of the Foreign Landscapes Productions in Canada, will perform “I Spy Butterfly,” also at 11 a.m. Ms. Dupras’s website describes the show as a “delightful eco-story about how we all grow and change.” Tickets to each start at $15 at


Jolly Good Time

The Jolly Lollies will play a concert for kids on Tuesday at 6 p.m. at the Children’s Museum of the East End in Bridgehampton. The band, made up of Liz Corwin and Holly Johnson, who are singer-songwriters, is based in Charlotte, N.C., and tours up and down the East Coast. Tickets cost $20, $15 for museum members. Gates will open at 5 p.m.


Magic at Guild Hall

Jason Bishop will bring his brand of close-up magic to Guild Hall for KidFest shows at 1 and 5 p.m. on Wednesday. His “sleight of hand and projections on a huge movie screen meld with a totally modern energy and an outstanding rock and pop soundtrack,” according to Guild Hall. Tickets cost $18 for adults, $16 for children, $14 and $12 for museum members. Advance purchase has been suggested.


Birds and Bees, Literally

Bees, ducks, space, marshmallow pops, tie-dyeing, and even a puppet show are all on tap for kids and teens this week at the East Hampton Library.

On Friday, high school students can take a free practice SAT from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Preference for spots will be given to residents of the East Hampton, Springs, and Wainscott School Districts, but those in other areas can add their names to a waitlist.

The dye and the T-shirts will be supplied at a tie-dyeing session for high schoolers on Monday from 3 to 5 p.m. On Tuesday, the library will run a seashell frame workshop for high school students at 4 p.m.

A duck from the Cornell Cooperative Extension’s farm will visit on Tuesday at 10:30 a.m. during a story and craft time for kids 2 to 5. Later on Tuesday, at 4, ages 4 and older will learn how to make alien marshmallow chocolate pops, and they’ll get to take a few home.

How do bees communicate? It’s more than just buzzing, as kids 6 and older will find out on Wednesday at 2:30 p.m. in a program about bees and how important they are.

A STEM program for kids 3 to 7 next Thursday at 3 p.m. will combine movement with a lesson on our solar system. “Using their bodies, kids will learn how the earth, moon, and sun rotate and revolve,” the library website says. “They will also make moon craters and launch a shuttle to the moon.”

A second STEM program that day at 4 will have kids 6 to 12 building and launching a “space probe,” imagining what it’s like to live in zero gravity, and making a space snack.

Finally, on Friday, Aug. 23, Liz Joyce of A Couple of Puppets will perform “The Princess, the Frog, and the Pea” at 2 p.m.

Advance registration is required for all programs.


Party Time in Gansett

As the end of the summer break nears, the Amagansett Library will throw a party on Saturday at 2:30 p.m. for kids who took part in its summer reading club this year.

A story time and project for kids 4 to 7 based on the Universe of Stories summer reading theme will happen on Monday at 3 p.m. On Tuesday, an out-of-this-world musician, Gian Carlo Feleppa, will perform at the library at 2:30 p.m. Kids have been invited to read with Valentino, who has been certified as a Canine Good Citizen by the American Kennel Club, next Thursday at 11 a.m. Advance registration is a good idea for all library happenings.


Water Fight!

Teens and tweens in sixth grade and up will face off against librarians in a water war on Saturday at 2 p.m. at the Hampton Library in Bridgehampton.

Sculpey Clay key chains with a space theme will be the craft of the day at the library on Monday from 1 to 2:30 p.m. This one is also for grades six and up, as is an escape room challenge on Tuesday at 2 p.m. Another such challenge, with a spaceship theme, is on the calendar for next Thursday at 4 p.m.


Lost in Space

The John Jermain Memorial Library in Sag Harbor will show “Space Buddies,” a movie about dogs who get stranded on a shuttle and end up in an unanticipated adventure, on Saturday at 2 p.m. The library will serve popcorn.

On Sunday at 3:30, fifth through eighth graders will team up with kids 5 and older to help them make slime to take home.

Valerie diLorenzo and Amanda Borsack Jones will head up “House of Mouse,” a concert of Disney movie and musical hits for the whole family on Monday at 5:30 p.m. Kids (and adults) have been invited to dress as their favorite Disney characters.

The library is offering an introduction to dance for two age groups on Tuesday, with a class for ages 2 to 3 from 10:30 to 11 a.m. and one for ages 4 and 5 from 11 to 11:30. Participants should wear comfortable clothes, dancewear, and ballet shoes if they have them, but bare feet will work, too. Elementary-bound students up to fifth grade can take their school supplies to the library next Thursday at 3:30 p.m. to add a little pizzazz with materials provided by the library.


A Collage of Activities

The Magic of Amore’s “out of this universe” magic show for all ages will take place at the Montauk Library on Saturday at 5 p.m.

On Tuesday, animals of all sorts, from the furry to feathery to scaly, will be at the library at 2 p.m. courtesy of the Quogue Wildlife Refuge. The program is best for kids 5 and older.

A bilingual story time happens on Wednesday at 11:45, and next Thursday a collage workshop for ages 5 and up will take its inspiration from bowerbirds. Native to Australia and New Zealand, these birds make their own collage-like nests from unusual found items, and kids will do the same after listening to Susan L. Roth’s book “Birds of a Feather: Bowerbirds and Me.”

“Peter Rabbit” will be shown on Wednesday at 2:30 p.m., with light refreshments offered. On Friday, Aug. 23, families can book short virtual reality sessions between 5:30 to 7 p.m. for a taste of this immersive technology experience.

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