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Kids Culture 01.09.20

Thu, 01/09/2020 - 12:54

Tap and Improv

Our Fabulous Variety Show, a nonprofit arts education organization that puts on improv, comedy, and performing arts productions starring children and adults, is offering a tap dance refresher workshop for kids from 6 to adulthood in preparation for a tap extravaganza at Guild Hall in May.

Workshops started on Tuesday and will continue on Tuesdays through March 3 from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. at AKT Studios in East Hampton. Students will be divided by age group. The cost is $200, with a discount offered to those who have previously taken part in the organization’s programs. Registration is at

Looking ahead, the Fabulous folks will host free open house workshops on the evening Jan. 27 — from 5:30 to 8 for ages 11 and under and from 7 to 8:30 for ages 12 and up — for acting improv classes that will begin on Feb. 3.

AKT is at 3 Railroad Avenue in East Hampton.


Girls’ Gaze Screenings

A selection of short films made by East Hampton High School girls will be screened at LTV Studios in Wainscott next Thursday at 6 p.m. The films were developed as part of a Girls’ Gaze pilot program at the school in the fall run by the Neo-Political Cowgirls and the Hamptons International Film Festival. Participants explored “using film and storytelling as an expressive coping mechanism and communication aid,” according to a release. A reception and question-and-answer session with the filmmakers will follow the screening.


After-School Art

The Parrish Art Museum in Water Mill will run free after-school art workshops for children in kindergarten through fifth grade on Mondays and Thursdays from 3:45 to 4:45 p.m. starting next week. Participants will learn about various artists and use the work of professionals as inspiration for their own artwork. Advance registration is required at

The museum will host free open studio sessions for families on Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. through the end of the month. 


Makers, Take Note

Shine, which offers classes and programming for kids in the New York area, will be at the Children’s Museum of the East End in Bridgehampton on Saturday for a creative workshop for ages 4 to 10. The cost of the workshop, which runs from 10 a.m. to noon, is $75 including all materials, and $37.50 for each additional sibling. Registration is at 212-414-5427 or [email protected].

On Sunday, the first in weekly series of iCamp programs happens from 10 to 11:30 a.m. at the museum. This STEAM program is designed to “develop campers into lifelong innovators” and to help kids 5 to 9 learn “the technical skills necessary to fill the growing demand in the technology industry” through lessons in coding, robotics, drones, 3-D printing, and virtual reality. The cost is $40 per class, and advance registration is required at 631-259-4113 or [email protected]. Classes continue through Feb. 3.

The museum’s after-school Art Party drop-off program for 3 to 5-year-olds will resume next Thursday at 4 p.m. In each workshop, kids will “explore art techniques through personal and collaborative projects,” according to the museum. The cost is $12, or $10 for CMEE members. Registration is through the museum’s website or by phone.


Life After School

Nicole Helf, a certified teacher and transition counselor, will talk with high school students at the East Hampton Library on Saturday about the options available to them postgraduation, how to match their interests with a potential career, and how to prepare for the next phase in their lives, whether it includes school, work, or the military. Ms. Helf will offer tips on putting together résumés, applying for jobs, and researching educational requirements for various jobs. The program runs from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

High school students can decorate gift totes using stencils and fabric markers on Tuesday from 3:30 to 5 p.m. in the library’s young-adult room, and next Thursday they can experiment with 3-D pens from 5 to 7 p.m.

The Japanese art of kirigami, which involves folding and cutting paper, will be explored in a workshop on Tuesday at 4 p.m. for kids in sixth through eighth grades.

Kids 5 and older can make lip balms in a workshop on Wednesday at 4 p.m., and next Thursday children 6 and older can choose a letter to wrap in colorful yarn as a room decoration in a workshop at 4 p.m. Registration ahead of time is required for most programs.

Over in Amagansett, on Saturday at 2 p.m. Erin O’Connor will lead a watercolor self-portrait workshop for ages 8 to 12 at the library. Reservations have been requested.


Escape, Unwind, Get Spooked

Kids in sixth grade and up can use their puzzle and riddle-solving skills in an escape room challenge at the Hampton Library in Bridgehampton on Tuesday from 3:30 to 5 p.m. Next Thursday afternoon at 4, younger kids age 8 to 12 will get their chance to plot an escape.

The library will show the 2019 live-action version of “Aladdin” on Friday, Jan. 17, at 4 p.m. for kids of all ages. A screening of “Captain Marvel” that evening at 6:30 is especially for grades six and up. Popcorn will be served at both screenings.

In Sag Harbor, at the John Jermain Memorial Library kids can unwind while coloring and enjoying hot cocoa on Saturday from 10 a.m. to noon.

Recycled puzzle picture frames will be the craft of the hour in a workshop on Monday at 4:30 p.m. for ages 7 to 11. If you have unwanted old puzzles, take them along, the library says. That same age group will make collages inspired by the life and legacy of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in a workshop on Wednesday at 4 p.m.

Kids in sixth grade and up have been invited to the library after hours next Thursday to tell ghost stories in the dark at 8. Popcorn and snacks will be served.


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