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Kids Culture 01.16.20

Thu, 01/16/2020 - 10:12

Watermill Family Day     

A family day at the Watermill Center on Saturday will include an afternoon of theater workshops for kids 8 and older with Ali Bianchi, a New York City theater and performance artist who is an alumnus of the center’s international summer program.     

“You don’t need a written play or script to make theater,” the center says. “All you need is a body, voice, and imagination to begin creating stories, characters, and theatrical worlds.” Participants in the workshops, which run from 1 to 3, “will use simple prompts and exercises to begin creating together, immediately, collaboratively, and imaginatively.”     

The cost is $10 for children, $5 for adults. Reservations, which are required, can be made by searching “Watermill family day” at Children must be accompanied by at least one adult.

Character Development     

In Sag Harbor, a Bay Street Theater class for 7 to 10-year-olds on Wednesdays beginning Jan. 29 will focus on creating and bringing life to a character for the stage. Participants will work on projecting their voices, breathing, movement, and stage presence, all leading up to a performance for family and friends on March 11.     

Classes will run from 4 to 5:30 p.m. The cost is $300. Registration information is available at Additional classes for teens will be offered in February, and a musical performance camp for ages 7 to 17 is planned for the school break, from Feb. 17 through 21.

Sag Harbor Neighbors     

The Rev. Kimberly Quinn Johnson of the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of the South Fork in Bridgehampton will be the guest reader on Saturday at 11 a.m. in the first of a story time series called Sag Harbor Neighbors at the John Jermain Memorial Library.     

Also on Saturday, Wally the dog will be at the library to listen to kids reading from 10 to 11 a.m.     

As Monday is Martin Luther King’s Birthday, the library will take a page from his legacy when it hosts a “diverse book show-and-tell” on Sunday at 1:30 p.m. for all ages.     

In Bridgehampton, the Hampton Library will show the live-action version of “Aladdin” tomorrow at 4 p.m. for all ages. At 6, it will screen “Captain Marvel” for kids in sixth grade and up. Popcorn will be served at both.     

The library will break out the karaoke machine for kids in sixth grade and up on Tuesday from 3:30 to 5 p.m., and the animé club for the same age group will gather on Wednesday from 3 to 4:30 to watch and talk about animés and enjoy snacks.     

Children 8 to 12 can experiment with 3-D pens next Thursday at 4 p.m. at the library, and on Friday, Jan. 24, kids of any age can learn how to make decorative icicles out of tinfoil in a program at 4 p.m. Advance sign-up has been requested for most activities.  

Cooking and Art     

At the Children’s Museum of the East End in Bridgehampton on Saturday, 3 to 6-year-olds will roll out dough, mix their own fillings, and bake tasty empanadas in a cooking class at 10 a.m. The cost is $23, which includes admission to the museum. Museum members pay $10.     

A series of Thursday morning art-making classes for children 18 to 36 months old starts today from 9:45 to 10:15 and will continue on Thursdays through Feb. 20. Young children will not only experiment with different materials, they will build fine motor skills and have social opportunities. The classes cost $24 per day, including museum admission. Members can attend for free.       

Starting on Tuesday, the museum will launch Danceability, a new adaptive dance class for children with special needs. Adam and Gail Baranello of the A&G Dance Company designed and will teach the class, which will meet from 4 to 4:45 p.m. weekly through Feb. 26. The cost is $20 per class or $105 for the full session.

Movies and Dinosaurs     

The East Hampton Library will screen the live-action “The Lion King” from last year on Saturday at 2 p.m. On Tuesday, middle schoolers will color using clay pressed onto design boards during a program at 4 p.m.     

A winter story and craft time for ages 4 to 6 will happen at 4 p.m. on Wednesday, and next Thursday kids 4 and older can use white chocolate and colored fondant to make cake pop heads in a program at 4 p.m.     

Over at the Amagansett Library, Valentino, an American Kennel Club-certified canine good citizen will listen to kids read starting at 11 a.m. on Saturday. At 2 p.m. that day, Pia Leighton, a reiki practitioner who has been studying the art of Tibetan thangka painting, will teach the first of a two-session workshop on drawing the Buddha’s face. Open to kids 8 to 11, the workshop approaches drawing as a form of meditation. Registration ahead of time is required.     

Participants in a program tomorrow at 2 p.m. at the Montauk Library will discuss all things dinosaur, from what they ate to where and how they lived to the size of their eggs, teeth, and footprints. Then kids will do a fossil project.     

The library’s next tech and pizza night, with virtual reality and Wii gaming for grades six and up, will happen on Friday, Jan. 24, at 5:30 p.m. There is space for just 12 people, so advance registration has been suggested. 

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