Kids Culture 07.19.18

Sharks and Gingerbread

Next week may be shark week, but Saturday at the Montauk Library it will be shark day, as a shark-attack survivor talks with kids in first grade and up about the fact and fiction surrounding sharks.

Scott Curatolo-Wagemann, a marine biologist who was bitten by a shark off a small island in the Bahamas while in college, now educates people about threats to sharks. Starting at 3 p.m., he’ll take a look at sharks in the news and touch on new research and conservation efforts. Kids will have a chance to touch shark jaws and teeth and to sit in on a “virtual shark dissection.”

Gingerbread houses in July? That’s what the Baking Coach will make with families on Tuesday at 3 p.m. at the library, but when it’s summer you don’t call them houses, you call them beach huts. The program is limited to 15 families, so advance sign-up is essential.

There’s a bilingual English-Spanish story time on Wednesday at 11:45 a.m. for young children who speak either language at home. Later that day, from 2 to 4 p.m., older kids can take part in a Wii gaming tournament. 


The Medium Is the Message

Wood art, faux glass art, and scratch art are all on the agenda this week at the East Hampton Library. 

Tomorrow, kids 4 and older can build whatever their imagination comes up with during a woodcraft program at 3 p.m. That same age group will learn about the history of techniques of glass art on Wednesday at 4 p.m., while also making their own faux glass designs to take home. On Friday, July 27, grades six through eight will be let loose on the scratch art paper as they create bookmarks from 3:30 to 4:30 in the young-adult room.

Little ones ages 2 to 5 can learn the differences and similarities among farm birds while meeting a real-life duck and chicken on Tuesday at 10:30 p.m.

This time of year, you’d be wise to register in advance for a spot in any program.


Dragonflies and Damselflies

Crystal Oakes of the South Fork Natural History Museum will lead a family exploration to the salt marsh at Munn Point Preserve in Southampton on Saturday at 6:15 p.m. Families will look out for herons, ospreys, and egrets, use two-person seine nets to examine some of the creatures of the water, and learn what it takes for animals to survive the extremes of a salt marsh. 

Dragonflies and damselflies will be the focus of a walk for adults and children 8 and older on Sunday at 10 a.m. with Annette DeGiovine Oliveira. Participants in this one will visit a local pond and should dress to get wet.


All That Jazz

Shenole Latimer, a jazz musician, will head up a jazz-appreciation program for kids 3 and up on Saturday at 3 p.m. at the Amagansett Library. Kids will play listening games and hear live music and stories in this interactive program. Advance registration is a must.


Swimming and Sailing

The next rounds of East Hampton Town’s summer sailing classes and free swim instruction will begin on Monday. Swim instruction for the next two weeks will be at East Lake Beach in Montauk, weekdays through Aug. 3 at 10 a.m. Registration is at the beach on the first day. Kids have been asked to take water shoes and swim goggles.

Sailing is for ages 12 and up and will take place at Fresh Pond in Amagansett, Mondays through Thursdays through Aug. 2. There’s a morning session from 9 to noon and an afternoon one from 12:30 to 3:30. The cost for each is $225, payable upon registration at the town’s Parks and Recreation Department offices behind Town Hall. 


“Human Architecture”

Acrobatics, physical comedy, out-of-the-box choreography, and “experiments in human architecture” have been promised for Wednesday when Galumpha performs at Guild Hall at 5 p.m. The trio won the Edinburgh Festival Critics’ Choice Award and the Moers International Comedy Arts Prize for its inventive performances. Tickets, which should be purchased in advance, cost $18 for adults, $14 for kids, with a $2 discount offered for Guild Hall members.