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Kids Culture 08.08.19

Thu, 08/08/2019 - 14:47

Children’s Fair     

Nearly two dozen children’s book authors will be on hand Sunday at the East Hampton Library’s free Children’s Fair at Amagansett Farm. Among them will be Billy Baldwin with “Story Glass,” Adam Osterweil with “The Baseball Card Kid,” and Oksana and Julia Zbarsky with “Do You Know Where the Freckle Goes?”     The fair will also include games, rides, crafts, bounce houses, and live performances, all taking place from 2 to 5:30 p.m. Amagansett Farm is at 555 Montauk Highway.     

Back at the library itself, there’s a lot for kids to do this week. High school students can join in a walk to Main Beach and back on Monday from 3:30 to 5 p.m. Next Thursday, they can explore East Hampton with a camera during a Polaroid workshop at 3:30 p.m. Cameras will be provided by the library.     

Kids 4 and older will have an opportunity to make collages and unicorn pillows this week. Modern artists like Kandinsky and Picasso will serve as inspiration for a collage workshop on Tuesday at 3 p.m. On Friday, Aug. 16, at 2:30, the library will supply all the materials for sparkly decorative unicorn pillows. ­     

Next Thursday at 4 p.m., kids in sixth through eighth grade can enjoy a hot drink and cupcakes while decorating coffee mugs with Sharpies.  

Advance registration is required for all programs.     

This week’s family movies, for which registration is not mandatory, are “Alice in Wonderland” today at 3 p.m. and “Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie” next Thursday at the same time.

Puppets at Bay Street     

Goat on a Boat’s August puppet series at Bay Street Theater in Sag Harbor kicks off on Saturday at 11 a.m. with Mesner Puppets’ “The Cat Came Back,” based on a folk song popularized by Fred Penner. Tickets start at $15 in advance and can be bought at

Llama Time     

Llamas will be the big draw for kids at the Amagansett Library this week, although a story time and craft with a universe theme and a cardboard rocket project will also keep young patrons busy.     

The story time happens on Monday at 3 p.m. and will be geared toward kids 4 to 7 and their siblings. All ages will be welcomed on Tuesday at 2:30, when kids will use recycled cardboard to build rockets of their own design.     

The llamas will come from the Suffolk County Farm on Wednesday at 3 p.m., weather permitting. Representatives from Cornell Cooperative Extension, which manages the farm, will be on hand to teach families about these interesting animals. Registration ahead of time is required.

Across the Universe     

The space theme continues this week at the Hampton Library in Bridgehampton, with celestially-inspired Shrinky Dink jewelry, a “Star Wars” craft, planet painting, and galaxy cookie decorating.     

The jewelry program on Tuesday from 2 to 4 p.m. and the “Star Wars” craft and game time on Wednesday from 1 to 2:30 are for kids in sixth grade and up, while a planet painting session next Thursday at 4 p.m. is for ages 7 to 12.     

On Friday, Aug. 16, at noon, kids can listen to a story about the Milky Way galaxy and decorate a cookie as they do.

Escape From Space     

An escape room challenge with a space theme is on the agenda for families all afternoon at the John Jermain Memorial Library in Sag Harbor. Groups of up to six can book half-hour sessions at 1:15, 2, 2:45, 3:30, or 4:15 p.m.     

Next Thursday at 6 p.m., families have been invited to put their heads together for a trivia contest based on Kate DiCamillo’s book “The Magician’s Elephant.” Copies will be available at the circulation desk. Teams of up to five can register, or individuals can be placed on a team. Pizza will be served.     

Another trivia contest, this one for grades 7 to 12 on a variety of topics, will happen on Friday, Aug. 16, from 5 to 7 p.m. There will be pizza and snacks to keep minds sharp.

Pop Art, Babysitter Training     

Michael Albert, a Pop artist and author, will lead a cereal-box collage workshop at the Montauk Library on Saturday from 2 to 4 p.m. for families with children 5 and older. Participants can use boxes provided by Mr. Albert or supply their own printed product boxes of any sort.     

On Monday, children in second grade and above will learn a bit about Native American art and then make clay pinch pots in a workshop at 4:30 p.m.     

Sidewalk chalk and ice cream are the stuff of summer fun, and on Tuesday both will be on hand during an outdoor program at the library at 1 p.m.     

Future babysitters will want to mark their calendars for next Thursday, when the library offers the Cornell Cooperative Extension’s Getting Ready to Babysit workshop from 4 to 7 p.m. for tweens and teens in sixth through eighth grade. The course will cover child safety and age-appropriate activities, and participants will leave with a certificate proving they’ve completed this basic training.     

The family movie matinee on Wednesday at 2:30 p.m. will be “Lilo and Stitch.” Light refreshments will be served.     

Registration is required for most programs.

What Time Is It?     

In a workshop on Saturday at 2:30 p.m. at the South Fork Natural History Museum in Bridgehampton, families with children 6 and older will work with William Taylor of the Montauk Observatory to build their own sundials. After learning how they work, participants will use simple materials to design their own dials that will tell time. There is a $5 materials fee, and advance registration is required.

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