Kids Culture 01.31.19

Clinics at Sportime

This week marks the beginning of volleyball, soccer, and inline skating clinics at the Sportime Arena on Abraham’s Path in Amagansett. 

A soccer clinic for ages 5 to 10 will be offered from 9 to 10 a.m. on Saturdays, this week through April 14. Roller hockey for 6 to 12-year-olds follows at 10. Equipment is required. Also at 10, there’s girls volleyball for fifth and sixth graders. A volleyball clinic for seventh and eighth graders starts at 11. 

Spaces may still be available in an inline skating clinic for ages 4 to 9 that started on Tuesday. It runs weekly from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. The cost for each clinic is $125 for East Hampton Town residents. Sessions will not be held during school breaks or on holidays.

Registration is at the Arena.

Valentines and Fortune Cookies

The sweet nothings of Valentine’s Day, a nod to the Chinese New Year, and the Japanese art of paper folding will keep kids entertained this week at the East Hampton Library.

On Tuesday, sixth through eighth graders will make felt fortune cookies from 4 to 5 p.m. Felt will also be the medium in a valentine pillow craft workshop the next day at 4 p.m. for ages 6 and up. Umbrellas will be the theme of a story and craft time for ages 4 to 6 next Thursday at 4 p.m. On Friday, Feb. 8, children 6 and older will learn about origami and then fold their own owl and monster bookmarks in a program that starts at 3:30 p.m.

This afternoon at 4, the library will show the movie “Happy Feet,” about a penguin who may not sing like his brethren but can dance like a champ.

Looking ahead to Feb. 9, the library will offer a free practice ACT exam for high school students from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Although open to all students, preference will be given to those who are residents of the East Hampton Library District, which includes the East Hampton, Springs, and Wainscott School Districts. 

Advance sign-up is required for most programs. 

Also at the Libraries

The Hampton Library in Bridgehampton will celebrate the Chinese New Year with a craft program for ages 4 and up tomorrow at 4 p.m. Tin can lanterns will be the craft in a workshop on Wednesday at 4 p.m. for ages 7 to 12. 

Kids in sixth grade and up will explore virtual worlds in a virtual reality session on Tuesday at 3:30 p.m. An animé and manga club for that same age group happens at the library next Thursday at 3 p.m. Snacks will be provided. 

The John Jermain Memorial Library in Sag Harbor will have kids in second through fifth grades getting an early start on Valentine’s Day with a card-making session on Saturday at 3 p.m. After school at 4 on Wednesday, kids of all ages can stop in to make their own hot cocoa mixes using toppings provided by the library. 

An after-hours teen movie and book trivia contest is scheduled for Friday, Feb. 8, at John Jermain. It will run from 5:30 to 7 p.m., and pizza will be served.

In Montauk, a dance-and-play session with a Valentine theme for ages 1 to 5 goes down on Saturday at 11 a.m. Kids in second grade and up can make “extreme” milkshakes with the Baking Coach on Saturday at 3 at the library.

Advance registration is required for most programs. 

February Theater Camp

Now is the time to plan for the February school break, and Bay Street Theater has just the thing for kids who love performing. The theater will host Mighty Myths and Legends: A Musical Theater Camp for ages 7 to 12 and 13 to 18 from Feb. 18 through 22. Both sections run from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Bethany Dellapolla will teach the younger group, and Allen O’Reilly will lead the older group. 

In each, the theater says, participants “will work independently to a musical based on their life stories, incorporating their favorite classic myths and fairy tales.” A performance for family and friends caps the week.

Mr. O’Reilly, an actor and educator, is the director of education at Bay Street. Ms. Dellapolla, an actress, teacher, director, choreographer, and competitive ballroom dancer, is a founder of the NexGen Youth Theatre in New York City. The cost for the week is $470. Registration is by phone, and forms can also be found online at