Kids Culture 08.16.18

Sand and Dirt

The Perfect Earth Project, which promotes toxin-free landscapes and lawns, will offer kids 5 to 12 a closer look at the “world beneath their feet” in a workshop on soil on Saturday at 10:30 a.m. at the South Fork Natural History Museum in Bridgehampton.

Participants will examine soil under a microscope to discover its living properties and then make “soil food bombs” with compost and beneficial insects. 

On Sunday, littler kids, ages 3 to 5, will dig into sand as they create beach memory jars filled with shells, driftwood, and other things they’ve collected on the beach. Eleni Nikolopoulos, a SoFo nature educator, will lead this 9 a.m. program at the beach. 

Advance registration is required for both.


Images of Adolescence

MM Fine Art in Southampton will open “17,” an exhibition of photographs by Joey Farrell, with a reception tomorrow from 6 to 8 p.m. The show will remain on view through Sept. 3.

A high school senior, Mr. Farrell captures fleeting moments of his adolescence in his photographs. He is passionate about portraiture and feels “a physical action or expression is the most unique type of moment one can capture.”


Block Island Adventure

Camp SoulGrow in Montauk has a day trip to Block Island planned for kids 7 and older on Monday. Young adventurers will gather at the Viking Dock on West Lake Drive at 9:30 a.m., where they’ll collect their SoulGrow T-shirts, hats, and Block Island dogtags. The ferry departs at 10. On the island, they’ll visit Abram’s Farm, have lunch and ice cream, and explore the town before boarding a return ferry at 5 p.m. The boat arrives back in Montauk at 6:15. A $100 donation per kid is requested to cover costs for this nine-hour excursion, and advance registration is a must. 

On Wednesdays from 6 to 8 p.m., while Nancy Atlas plays at the Surf Lodge in Montauk, Camp SoulGrow leads arts and crafts sessions. Advance sign-up is not required.


Puppets in Sag

Goat on a Boat’s series of puppet shows continues at Bay Street Theater in Sag Harbor next Thursday at 11 a.m. when Liz Joyce and a Couple of Puppets present “The Doubtful Sprout.” 

This 35-minute show featuring hand, finger, and rod puppets, marionettes, and an animated segment is ideal for ages 3 to 8. Tickets start at $15.

On Sunday, Ms. Joyce will be at the John Jermain Memorial Library in Sag Harbor for a shadow puppet workshop with children 4 to 7 at 3 p.m. Kids will perform short vignettes. The program is free, but advance registration is required. 


Chess and Pizza

The Children’s Museum of the East End and Hamptons Chess will host the museum’s fourth annual Chessfest on Saturday from 10 a.m. The morning includes crafts, activities, and games for players of all levels. A group of kids will even challenge an internationally ranked grandmaster. Chessfest is free with museum admission.

On Wednesday, CMEE will team up with Amber Waves Farm in Amagansett for a pizza night at the farm. Those who attend will be able to pick their own toppings for wood-fired pizzas made as they wait. There will be crafts and games. The event runs from 5:30 to 7 p.m. and costs $50, $40 for members of Amber Waves or CMEE. Space is limited and should be reserved in advance.


At the East Hampton Library

Summer may be winding down, but the activities for kids at East Hampton Library are not. 

A practice SAT for high school students will be given on Saturday from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Priority will be given to residents of the East Hampton Library District, which includes the East Hampton, Springs, and Wainscott School Districts. 

Also for high school students, there will be a temporary-tattoo session next Thursday at 5 p.m. and a beach fire at Main Beach from 6 to 8 p.m. The library will supply ingredients for s’mores. 

Susan Verde returns to the library with a Storytime Yoga session for kids 5 and older on Tuesday at 11 a.m. As kids assume different poses, they will become part of the story. 

The ever-busy Liz Joyce will be at the library on Tuesday at 2 p.m. with her puppet show “Goldilocks and the Three Bears.”

For kids 4 and older, there is lots to do at the library this week. A tropical fish sculpture workshop happens on Wednesday at 4 p.m. and on Friday, Aug. 24, seashells will be the inspiration in an abstract watercolor class at 2 p.m. Next Thursday at 2 p.m., Erik the Reptile Guy will visit the library with replicas of a cobra, a crocodile, a python, and more, and an interactive presentation about their special qualities. 

Sixth through eighth graders will make beaded pets that can be used to decorate a locker or a backpack on Friday, Aug. 24, at 3:30 p.m. 

Family movies on the schedule this week are “Bee Movie” on Saturday at 1:30 p.m. and “Finding Nemo” next Thursday at 4.


Montauk Fun

Tonight will be all about bubbles and barbecue at the Montauk Playhouse Community Center. There will be crafts, games, and treats during a family picnic on the lawn, and then Just Fun for Kids will amaze with some giant bubble feats. The fun begins at 5 p.m. The cost is $10 per person or $35 for a family.

Recycled water bottles will become beautiful fish sculptures in a workshop for ages 7 and up on Saturday at the Montauk Library. Tonita Valderrama will lead the class, which runs from 3 to 4 p.m. 

Two bilingual happenings on Wednesday at the library will give children a chance to listen, learn, and play in English and Spanish. A bilingual story time happens at 11:45 p.m., and will include a reading of Jorge Argueta’s “Salsa” and a chance to make salsa. The program is set to be repeated later that day at 4 p.m.

A college essay workshop for high school juniors and seniors and their parents will be offered next Thursday at 6:30 p.m. at the library. The workshop will address what college admissions officials are looking for and offer prompts, brainstorming ideas, and a question-and-answer period. 


 Parrish Family Party

A summer family party at the Parrish Art Museum in Water Mill on Sunday will have kids making art, joining in an art scavenger hunt, and enjoying the museum grounds from 3 to 6 p.m. 

The artists Monica Banks, Eric Dever, Brian Farrell, Paton Miller, Bastienne Schmidt, and Almond Zigmund will lead workshops throughout the afternoon, and guests can also take part in a collaborative project. A buffet-style barbecue will be catered by the Golden Pear, and an ice cream truck will pay a visit, too. 

Inside, A Flippin’ Good Time will guide children as they make flipbooks. 

The party is a fund-raiser for the museum’s year-round programs. Tickets start at $125 for adults, $100 for children, $100 and $75 for museum members.