Kids Culture 11.29.18

Durell Godfrey

Gingerbread Time

It’s nearly December and the smell of gingerbread is in the air. 

Families can build and decorate gingerbread houses on Wednesday from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the John Jermain Memorial Library in Sag Harbor. Each family or group of four or fewer can reserve one house in this free program. The library provides all the materials. 

As of yesterday, space was still available in the Children’s Museum of the East End’s gingerbread house workshops in Bridgehampton on Dec. 8 at 10 and 11 a.m. The cost is $32 per house, $20 per house for members. Workshops on Saturday are sold out. 

Advance registration has also been advised for a gingerbread house workshop on Dec. 8 at Guild Hall in East Hampton. A team from Citarella will lead the fun and show off some special flourishes. The cost is $25, $20 for members. 


Let It Snow, Let It Snow

Snowmen, snowflakes, and snowstorms are in the forecast at the East Hampton Library this week. 

Off the theme, children 3 to 5 will make art inspired by masterpieces in workshops tomorrow and Tuesday. Tomorrow it’s Monet’s “Water Lilies” at 3:30 p.m., and on Wednesday Kandinsky’s “Several Circles” will be the inspiration at 4 p.m. Participants should dress to get messy. For kids 6 and older, “Water Lilies” will also be the inspiration in a program next Thursday at 4. Participants will explore the artist’s work through books and artwork.

On Monday, teens can earn community service credits making ornaments for the young-adult room tree from 4 to 6 p.m. Kids in sixth through eighth grade will rediscover the fun of making cut-paper snowflakes and learn some new techniques on Tuesday at 4 p.m. in the young-teen room. 

Snowman cake pops on a stick will be the project for children 4 and older on Wednesday at 4 p.m. Next Thursday, it’s Team Gingerbread Wars, a decorating competition for teams of two to three high school students from 4 to 6 p.m. 

Finally on Friday, Dec. 7, kids 8 to 11 will make snowstorms in a jar at 3:30 p.m. Advance registration is required for all programs. 


Rivers and Amphibians

Xylia Serafy will read “Over in a River: Flowing Out to the Sea” by Marianne Berkes to children 3 to 5 on Saturday at 10:30 a.m. at the South Fork Natural History Museum in Bridgehampton. The environmental educator will then work with children as they make their own portraits of the creatures that live in rivers. There is a $3 materials fee. 

Amphibians, and where they go in winter, will be the subject of an art workshop for kids 8 and older on Saturday at 1 p.m. Rachel Speckenbach leads this one, and she will introduce participants to some of SoFo’s resident amphibians while also discussing how warming temperatures are affecting them. Kids will finish up by drawing one of the animals. The materials fee is $2. 


Cards and Cookies

Children in second grade and above will make holiday cards and cookie mixes on Saturday at 2 p.m. at the Montauk Library. Holiday bow ties for shelter dogs and cats will be the craft that day at 3:15 p.m. Participants in fourth grade and up will learn to measure and work with fabric in the process. Registration ahead of time is required.


Printing for Kids

At the Golden Eagle in East Hampton, Kym Fulmer will lead printmaking workshops on Sunday from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. and again on Dec. 9 at the same time. In Sunday’s class, kids will make cards and wrapping paper using woodblocks. On Dec. 9, they will use a stencil-based printmaking technique called pochoir. No age range is given for this one, but X-Acto knives are involved. 

The cost for each class is $35. Registration is at or by calling 631-324-0603. The shop is at 144 North Main Street.