Kids Culture 02.11.16

Valentine’s Day Cheer

The Amagansett Library will host Valentine’s Day activities at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. on Saturday, featuring crafts and stories about love, friendship, and hearts, and open to children of all ages.

 Also on Saturday, children 5 and up can make bouquets of tissue flowers and a papier-maché vase at the Children’s Museum of the East End in Bridgehampton. The event starts at 10 a.m. and costs $5 for members, $17 for non-members.

Meanwhile, Citarella will hold its annual Valentine cookie workshop at Guild Hall in East Hampton on Saturday at 1 p.m. The class is taught by a professional pastry chef; a $10 fee includes ingredients.

The Montauk Library will host a prekindergarten “Dance and Play” party to celebrate Valentine’s Day on Saturday from 1 to 2 p.m., featuring music and educational toys geared toward children ages 2 to 5.


Movement, Creativity, and Lunch

Camp SoulGrow will hold workshops for kids to get moving, be creative, and have some lunch next week while school is out. Three daily sessions for kids ages 7 and up will be held at Gurney’s in Montauk. The program will be broken into movement workshops from noon to 1:30 p.m., lunch from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m., and creative workshops from 2:30 to 4 p.m. Advance sign-up is required at The programs are free but a donation of $10 per program has been suggested.


Arts and Rec

The East Hampton Town Recreation Department will offer morning arts and crafts and recreational activities for kids in kindergarten through sixth grade Tuesday through Friday next week at the Montauk and John M. Marshall Elementary Schools. The program, which is free, will go from 9 a.m. to noon. Sign-up is at the schools each morning.


Cardboard Explosion

The Goat on a Boat Puppet Theater production at the Bay Street Theater in Sag Harbor on Saturday will be by Brad Shur of Puppet Showplace. It involves storytelling and audience participation using lots of cardboard. Kids will battle dragons, choose a super-power, and use cardboard props created right before their eyes. The program is recommended for kids ages 5 and up. Showtime is Saturday at 11 a.m. Tickets are $15 to $25 at the box office or online at


SoFo Fun

 An environmental educator will lead a search for animal tracks in snow — or mud — in the vineyard field at the South Fork Natural History Museum on Saturday at 10 a.m. Painting and printmaking will follow, and the event will be appropriate for all ages. SoFo has suggested that participants dress to get messy. Another SoFo event is a behind-the-scenes look at feeding the museum’s animals and learning the differences between carnivores, omnivores, and herbivores. It is set for Sunday at 10 a.m. for kids 9 to 12, with a repeat on Feb. 20 for younger children.


Lots of Movies

Bay Street Theater is offering a children’s movie series on Sundays at 2 p.m. This Sunday’s film is “Finding Nemo.” Admission is $5. The East Hampton Library will show several family-friendly movies in the coming week, including “Oz the Great and Powerful” today at 4:30 p.m., “Stuart Little” next Thursday at 1 p.m., and “Sleeping Beauty” next Thursday at 4:30 p.m. The Parrish Art Museum will screen “Song of the Sea,” a hand-drawn, animated movie about a “seal-child” and her brother, who take an epic journey. It will be shown on Friday, Feb. 19, at 5:30 p.m. and is free for students and children under 18.


Medieval Times

How did people create books before the printing press was invented? By hand, of course. A lesson and craft titled “Medieval Illuminations” will teach children about ancient manuscripts and give them the chance to draw and decorate their own using gold leaf. The activity is planned at the East Hampton Library on Wednesday at 1:30 p.m. for children at least 4 years old.

The East Hampton Library will also host a book club featuring cupcakes for students in grades six to eight on Wednesday at 4:45 p.m. New books will be the focus.


Tea at CMEE

Tea is one of the oldest beverages known, and there’s a science behind brewing the perfect cup. Kids will learn about this during a drop-off workshop for kids ages 5 and up on Saturday at 10 a.m. They will even have the chance to develop their very own tea flavor. The cost is $5 for members, $17 for non-members.



Art in Abundance

Kids who enjoy art are in luck this week, as projects and programs are plentiful. It’s Art Week at Guild Hall, which will feature a tour of the student art exhibitions and a different art project each day from Tuesday to Friday. The program runs from 10 to 11:30 a.m. and costs $10 per day. A “light painting” activity, in which kids will use glow sticks and flashlights to create designs through long-exposure photography, is planned at the John Jermain Memorial Library on Tuesday at 7 p.m. This is ideal for children ages 7 and up; advance registration is required. A workshop in making a musical gourd rattle is planned at the East Hampton Library on Friday, Feb. 19, at 1:30 p.m. Children ages 4 and up will be welcomed, but must be accompanied by an adult if under 7 years old.


Also at John Jermain

Nancy Remkus, a singer and songwriter, will offer an interactive show for kids ages 4 and up on Saturday at 11 a.m. Playing rhythm instruments, learning sign language, and dancing with scarves will be among the activities. Advance sign-up is required. Kids who love Play-Doh, and are between the ages of 3 and 9, can come to John Jermain on Wednesday at 11 a.m. to roll, smash, mold, and play with the stuff. No advance registration is necessary. For children 5 to 12, “Nature at Night” will bring the Cornell Cooperative Extension to the library on Friday, Feb. 19, at 11 a.m. for hands-on activities about nocturnal animals like bats, owls, and bugs. Sign-up is required.


Legos, of Course

Kids who love Legos can stop by the John Jermain Memorial Library or the Montauk Library next week. John Jermain’s Lego League is for ages 5 to 12 and features a “huge pile of Legos” on Tuesday from 11 a.m. to noon. The kids’ creations will be displayed at the library for a week afterward. The Montauk Library’s Lego Club will meet on Friday, Feb. 19, at 4:30 p.m., and student creations will also be displayed for a week.