Kids Culture 07.05.18

Story times, art classes, and music programs for kids are on the schedule this summer at the Madoo Conservancy in Sagaponack. Durell Godfrey

At Madoo

The Madoo Conservancy in Sagaponack will play host to a variety of children’s happenings this summer. 

All summer long, the Hampton Library in Bridgehampton is taking a weekly story hour on the road to the conservancy on Mondays at 10 a.m., weather permitting. Families with children up to 5 have been invited to take a blanket and even pack a lunch to enjoy on the garden’s grounds afterward for this free offering. Before heading out when the weather is iffy, people have been advised to check with the library.

There may still be space in an art workshop for kids 9 and older with Karyn Mannix that takes place this evening and next Thursday from 5 to 6:15. This one, focusing on acrylics, will have participants working to recreate “Pink Field, White Field,” a 1965 painting by Robert Dash, the founder of Madoo. Students will concentrate on plein-air painting on July 19 and 26, and on Aug. 2 and 9, the focus will be on botanical illustration using ink and watercolor. Adults have been invited to take part, too. The cost is $80 for each two-class session, and registration is at 

Marlene Markard’s Nature’s Music program on Thursdays from 9:30 to 10:45 a.m. this month encourages an appreciation of both music and the outdoors. Geared toward children 16 months to 3 years old and their caregivers, it is part of the early childhood music education curriculum Musikgarten. The cost is $250, or $180 for members of the Children’s Museum of the East End. Instruments and a CD are included. 

On Wednesdays starting next week, the conservancy will offer Madoodles, an arts and crafts class for children 4 to 8 years old. Classes will run through Aug. 22 and cost $25 each or $20 for Madoo members, with a discount for those who sign up for all seven. 


Perlman Family Concert

The Perlman Music Program, which offers training to “young string players of rare and special talent,” according to its website, will hold a free family concert on Sunday at 11:30 a.m. at its Shelter Island campus.

Performers will include the cellist Merry Peckham, associate director of the summer music school, as well as other faculty, fellows, and students. It will give young audiences an introduction to classical music through songs, skits, and costumes. Afterward, children can try out some of the instruments they’ve heard at an “instrument petting zoo.” The Perlman campus is at 73 Shore Road in Shelter Island Heights. 


Theater Games

Kate Mueth of the Neo-Political Cowgirls, a theater educator whose workshops are well known to South Fork kids, will lead a weeklong theater games camp for kids 8 to 13 starting Monday at Guild Hall.

The games don’t just teach kids about acting, they also help with focus and communication skills and build confidence. Camp will meet daily through Friday, July 13, from 9:30 a.m. to noon, and will culminate with skits performed for family and friends. The cost is $250, $245 for Guild Hall members, and advance registration is required. 


Swimming and Sailing

The second sessions of two-week swimming and sailing classes offered by the Town of East Hampton will begin on Monday. The swimming classes, which are free, are for children 4 and older at all levels and will be at Maidstone Park Beach in Springs on Monday through Friday through July 20. Registration is at the beach on Monday at 10 a.m. Participants have been asked to take goggles and water shoes. 

Sailing instruction for ages 12 and up is at Fresh Pond in Amagansett on Mondays through Thursdays through July 19. There are morning sessions from 9 to noon and afternoon ones from 12:30 to 3:30. The cost is $225 per person, with registration in advance at the Parks and Recreation Department behind Town Hall, weekdays from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. 


At the Art Barge

Summer art classes for kids at the Victor D’Amico Institute of Art, a.k.a. the Art Barge, will begin on Monday. Virva Hinnemo, an artist and educator, will teach classes Monday through Friday from next week through Aug. 24, with a break the week of July 30. 

Students will experiment with painting, collage, and sculpture both in the studio and outside. Classes for kids 5 to 8 will be from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m.; those for kids 9 to 13 will run from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. The cost is $300 per week, or $275 for friends of the Art Barge. Materials are provided. 

Students in the East Hampton School District may also apply for tuition assistance, thanks to a grant from the Muchnic Foundation. Registration is at 631-267-3172 or online at The Art Barge is at 110 Napeague Meadow Road in Amagansett. 


In Amagansett and Montauk

This week’s schedule at the Amagansett Library sounded so good, we put it in the paper a week early by mistake. So if it sounds familiar, it is. 

On Saturday, kids 5 to 9 will learn about fluorescence and phosphorescence while making their own glow-in-the-dark rocks and capturing their shadows on a glow wall. Mary Riotto will head up this science program at 3 p.m. A Science Buddies program on Tuesday will give kids 6 and older a close-up look at chemistry at 4 p.m. There’s a story time for 3 and 4-year-olds at the library on Wednesday at 3 p.m., and next Thursday young readers can read aloud with an American Kennel Club-certified Canine Good Citizen, Valentino. The program runs from 11 to 11:45 a.m. 

At the Montauk Library, a bilingual story time on Wednesday at 11:45 a.m. will introduce children to the Spanish and English versions of the same stories through books, songs, and finger plays. Kids can continue in that vein later in the day at 4 p.m. when they enjoy a reading of Jorge Argueta’s “I Learn by Playing: Holy Guacamole!” (“Aprendo Jugando: Holy Guacamole!”) and then get to work making their own guacamole. There is space for just 10 kids. 

Next Thursday, Michael Albert, a pop artist and author, will take his cereal box collage workshop to the library from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Families with children 5 and older can take their own boxes to recycle into art or use ones provided by Mr. Albert. Advance registration has been requested for most library programs. 


Scream for Ice Cream!

Mr. Albert will be at the East Hampton Library earlier next Thursday, from 1 to 3 p.m., to lead the same workshop for kids 6 and older and their adults. 

Also at the library, Wednesday will mark the return of Mr. Skip, who leads the music and movement program Movin’ and Groovin’ With Mr. Skip at 10:30 a.m. for kids 2 and older. Kids 4 and older can use polka dot stickers to design their own artwork on Wednesday at 11 a.m. Homemade ice cream will be on the menu in a program for grades six through eight on Friday, July 13, at 3:30 p.m. The occasion? National Ice Cream Day. 

Family movies at the library this week are “Inside Out” today at 4 p.m. and “The BFG” next Thursday at 4. Registration ahead of time has been suggested for all programs, as space is limited.