Student Art Festival in Events for Kids

Student Art Festival

Guild Hall’s annual Student Art Festival, featuring the work of students from kindergarten through 12th grade, will open with a reception on Saturday from 2 to 4 p.m. and remain on view through Feb. 11.

The opening festivities will include performances by the Bridgehampton High School marimba ensemble, East Hampton High School and Middle School dance teams, the Amagansett School chorus, and Abigail Loos of the East Hampton home school group.

Guild Hall’s Teen Arts Council and curatorial department will recognize outstanding works by student-artists in the following categories: best photographic portrait, best painted or drawn portrait, best landscape, best photograph, best mixed-media work, best abstract work, best sculpture, and best print. Winners will receive certificates of creative excellence.

Every student attending Saturday’s opening reception will receive a Guild Hall Let Artists Lead the Way drawstring sports bag designed by Anna Rafferty, a student at East Hampton High School. The bags will also be for sale in the shop.


Movie Time, Chess 

The Montauk and Amagansett Libraries will show movies on Saturday. In Amagansett, “Moana” will be on the screen and in Montauk it will be “The Lego Ninjago Movie.” Show time is 2 p.m. for both movies, and popcorn and refreshments will be served. 

At the Hampton Library in Bridgehampton, a new Monday chess club for ages 7 and up with Hampton Chess will get underway this week from 4 to 5 p.m. Players at any level, from beginner to expert, will be welcomed. 

Advance registration is requested. 


Rubber Ducks and Legos

In case you missed National Rubber Duck Day last Saturday, it’s not too late to do something special. The Children’s Museum of the East End will celebrate on Saturday from 10 to 10:45 a.m. with a cookie workshop that will have kids 3 to 6 measuring, mixing, rolling dough, and shaping it with special rubber duck cookie cutters before a staff member does the baking. The fee is $17 per child, including museum admission, $5 for members.

CMEE is dedicating a week to Legos beginning on Monday and ending on Jan. 27. Parents and caregivers with children of all ages can stop by every day from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. to enjoy free play, guided activities, a pirate ship zip line, and even Lego cookies. There will be guided play on Tuesday and next Thursday from 3 to 5 p.m. The weeklong event is free with museum admission.


Summer Fun, Bird Feeders

High school students can enjoy summer in January with ice cream sundaes, seashell crafts, and summer tunes at the East Hampton Library on Sunday between 3 and 4:30 p.m.

On Tuesday, children 4 and up will make easy bird feeders at the library between 4 and 5 p.m. 

Seven sessions of a Snap Circuits electronics program will be offered for kids 7 and up beginning Wednesday from 4 to 5 p.m. Kids need not attend all sessions of the program. 

Middle schoolers can stop by next Thursday from 4 to 5 p.m. to make unique and customized bookmarks with beads.

Looking ahead to Jan. 27, the library will give a practice SAT for high school students from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The test and results are free, but space is limited, and registration is required. While library programs are open to all, priority in this case will be given to East Hampton Library district residents, including those from the East Hampton, Springs, and Wainscott School Districts. All others will be put on a waiting list and can attend if space is available.


SoFo Frogs and Winter Stories

Crystal Oakes, a South Fork Natural History Museum educator, will teach kids 8 and up all about South Fork frogs, toads, newts, and salamanders on Saturday at 10:30 a.m. After the presentation, the group will dissect a specially prepared frog to further understand how these creatures survive in aquatic and terrestrial environments. There is a materials fee of $15 per frog.

A nature story time for kids 3 to 5 on Sunday at 10:30 a.m. will have participants helping Eleni Nikolopoulos as she tells a story about animals that live in Vineyard Field behind the museum. 

On Sunday at 1 p.m., kids 10 and up can join Taylor Ruhle, another SoFo nature educator, to learn how various animals adapt to survive the winter. Following the discussion, children will paint a winter wonderland scene and sip hot cocoa. There is a materials fee of $5 per child.

Advance registration is required for all SoFo events.


STEAM Saturdays at the Y

On Saturdays through March, the Y.M.C.A. East Hampton RECenter will offer a series of free drop-in workshops for kids 4 to 13 exploring concepts in science, technology, engineering, arts, and math. The programs run from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and will feature different projects each week, subject to change. Icy salt paint and magic aqua sand are on this week’s schedule. On Jan. 27, it’s paper plate mazes. Other projects through March include lava lamps, crystal experiments, cardboard robots, wind chimes, and slime.