Kids Culture 02.01.2018

Parrish Student Exhibition

The Parrish Art Museum’s annual Student Exhibition, which opens on Saturday, will include the work of more than 1,000 young artists from across the East End. This year’s collection includes work created by students with Bastienne Schmidt of Bridgehampton, an artist in residence, at the museum. 

An opening reception for elementary artists will take place on Saturday from 1 to 3 p.m., and a second reception for high school artists is planned from 3 to 5 p.m. Refreshments from the Golden Pear Cafe will be served.

The show will be on view through Feb. 4. 

Cindy Pease Roe, an artist, will host a presentation and instructional workshop for families on art making with repurposed materials on Friday, Feb. 9, from 6 and 8 p.m. Participants will build their own heart-shaped Valentine’s sculpture out of collected marine debris and rope. There is a limit of one sculpture per person and registration is required. The workshop is free with museum admission. 


Something for Everyone in East Hampton

It may be quiet outside, but there is a busy week ahead at the East Hampton Library, beginning with a mini field trip for teens to see the third installment of “The Maze Runner” film series, this one called “The Death Cure,” at the East Hampton Cinema on Saturday at 1 p.m. Space is limited to just eight participants. Following the movie a conversation will be held at the library, with snacks provided. Those attending the movie must find their own way there and back to the library. 

The first in a month-long series of Snap Circuits electronics workshops will be on Tuesday from 4 to 5 p.m. for kids 7 and up. Additional workshops will be held at the same hours on Feb. 14, 21, and 28. Participants may join in as many workshops as they like.

Kids ages 4 and up can stop by the library on Wednesday at 4 p.m. to create a colorful still life painting and learn about female artists in history who broke through the male-dominated world of still-life art.

Middle schoolers can decorate a matchbox with festive duct tape and stickers next Thursday from 4 to 5 p.m. The box can then be filled with candy provided or a message for a special valentine.

Looking ahead to Feb. 10, high school students can take a practice ACT test in preparation for college admissions from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. While the test and results are free, space is limited and registration is required, with preference given to residents of the East Hampton, Springs, and Wainscott School Districts. 


Makers Club, Book Club

Middle school students can work with their peers on hands-on creative art and technology projects as part of a new Makers Club at the John Jermain Memorial Library in Sag Harbor. The first meeting is on Saturday from 2 to 3 p.m., with subsequent gatherings on Feb. 10, 17, and 24, and for four consecutive Saturdays every other month. In February students will have the opportunity to experiment with 3-D pens and printers. Advance registration is recommended. 

High schoolers can participate in a new monthly book club beginning Sunday at noon. Copies of the selected book are available at the teen desk.


Make a Valentine’s Gift

Kids ages 5 to 12 can get a head start on Valentine’s Day gifts on Saturday from 2 to 3 p.m. at the Montauk Library. Using soft sculpture felt techniques, children will create a one-of-a-kind heart-shaped pillow, which can be decorated with pompoms, ribbons, stickers, sequins, and more. Advance registration is requested. 


Octopus and Fish at SoFo

Children ages 5 and up will learn all about octopuses at the South Fork Natural History Museum in Bridgehampton on Saturday at 10:30 a.m. Ashley Federici, a SoFo nature educator, will begin by reading from the book “Octopus Escapes Again!” by Laurie Ellen Angus. The group will then do an experiment to see how octopuses use their ink and make an octopus craft to take home. There will be a material fee of $3.

On Sunday Melanie Meade, also a SoFo educator, will focus on fish in a family workshop at 10:30 a.m. After learning some fishy facts, kids will get to create their own zany aquatic creature with materials provided. The fee is $3 per child.