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Keeping Busy Over the Break

Thu, 02/13/2020 - 09:09
Bay Street Theater's Mighty Myths and Legends performance camp all week during the school break; and a few spots were still available in it as of Friday.
Michael Heller

Schools may be closed next week, but that doesn’t mean parents get the week off. With that in mind, East Hampton Town, the Y.M.C.A. East Hampton RECenter, Project Most, and Bay Street Theater each have school break offerings to keep kids busy for at least part of the workday.     

In the mornings, the South Fork Natural History Museum in Bridgehampton will have programs each day exploring different aspects of the area’s flora and fauna, while in the afternoons, the Parrish Art Museum in Water Mill will offer art workshops for children 6 and older. And the Golden Eagle in East Hampton will hold a winter break camp for young artists from Monday through Saturday, Feb. 22.     

East Hampton Town’s free morning program of recreation and crafts for kids in kindergarten through sixth grade will run from Tuesday through Friday, Feb. 21, from 9 a.m. to noon at the John M. Marshall Elementary School and the Montauk School. The program is open to children from any school district. Sign-up is at drop-off each morning. Participants have been asked to take a snack.     

As a reminder for those who may have missed it here last week, Bay Street in Sag Harbor is running a weeklong performance camp starting on Monday for kids 7 to 17. Called Mighty Myths and Legends, it will be led by Teresa DeBerry from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. for five days. The cost is $500 and advance registration is required. Space was still available in the camp as of Friday.     

The Y.M.C.A.’s school break camp for ages 3 to 14 will run Monday through Friday, Feb. 21, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., with an extended day offered starting at 8 and ending at 6. The offerings include sports, arts and crafts, STEM activities, swimming, indoor and outdoor play, and games. The cost is $36 per day, or $46 for the extended day. Advance registration is with Sondra Vecchio at [email protected].     

Project Most will have morning and afternoon workshops at the Neighborhood House in East Hampton all week for kids 8 to 13. Morning choices, which run from 9 to noon, with an early drop-off option at 8:30, are Cooking Around the World with Rachel Webb and Shaina Preiss or an Art Adventure with Lorraine Pepper. Afternoons bring a choice between STEM projects with Jacqueline Gravina-Wohlleb or World Dance Shakedown with Charity Joy Robinson, each from 1 to 4, with a late pickup option at 5 p.m. The cost for the week is $280 for a full day, $160 for a half day, and advance registration is required by calling 631-655-4586 or emailing [email protected].     

At the South Fork Natural History Museum in Bridgehampton, all-ages programs planned from Monday through Friday, Feb. 21, at 10:30 a.m. will focus on winter weather on Monday, winter homes for bugs on Tuesday, evergreens on Wednesday, winter tracking and animal behavior next Thursday, and winter birding on Friday, Feb. 21. In a program on Wednesday at 1 p.m., children 7 and older will have a chance to learn more about owls and what they eat by examining owl pellets. There is a $3 materials fee for this one, and advance registration has been requested.     

On Saturday, SoFo’s Young Birders Club for ages 8 to 18 will meet at 10 a.m. at the museum.     

The Parrish Art Museum’s workshops run from 1 to 3 each afternoon next week, with a different activity each day: Model Magic sculpture on Monday, winter landscape painting on Tuesday, tissue paper sun catchers on Wednesday, mixed-media self-portraits next Thursday, and still-life flowers on Friday, Feb. 21. The cost is $40 per day, $30 for museum members, and advance registration is a must.     

At the Golden Eagle each day from 10 a.m. to noon, campers will work with a different medium or theme. Monday and Wednesday it will be printmaking, Tuesday, 3-D mixed-media collage, and next Thursday, mandalas. On Friday, Feb. 21, kids will make artwork that moves using recycled materials, and on Feb. 22, they’ll collaborate on a cardboard village.     

The camp is open to all ages, but children under 6 must be accompanied by a caregiver. The cost for the week is $250; registration is at The artists supply store is at 144 North Main Street. 

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