A celebration of the Long Pond Greenbelt on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. behind the South Fork Natural History Museum means guided walks, birding, games, live animal visits, a reptile search, and even free ice cream.
The event begins with birding in Vineyard Field, behind the museum, which is in Bridgehampton, at 10. Quogue Wildlife Refuge staff will introduce families to some of its rescued animals at 11, and at noon Chris Chapin will lead a search for native reptiles. Ice cream and refreshments will be free throughout the day. This 21st celebration of the greenbelt is a joint endeavor of SoFo, Friends of the Long Pond Greenbelt, and the Peconic Land Trust. Representatives from a range of other environmental and community organizations will be on hand with activities and information about what they do.
Those who plan to attend are asked to call Friends of the Long Pond Greenbelt at 631-745-0689.
Welcome to the Parrish
Families take note: At the first of three Welcome Days at the Parrish on Monday in Water Mill, admission to the Parrish Art Museum will be free all day and there will be art workshops, activities, and gallery tours open to all ages from noon to 3 p.m.
Docents will lead tours of the exhibitions in English, and there will be a prerecorded tour option in Spanish. Family tours and workshops on Monday will explore and be inspired by the current exhibition "Tomashi Jackson: Land Claim," which addresses "past and present experiences of communities of color on Long Island's East End" through painting, sound, photography, and archival materials, according to the museum.
Welcome Days are also scheduled for Oct. 17 and Oct. 23. Masks are required and will be provided to those who arrive without them.
Sensory Friendly Day
Families with children on the autism spectrum or with sensory processing disorders have been invited to visit the Children's Museum of the East End in Bridgehampton early on Saturday for a free Sensory Friendly Morning from 9:30 to 11:30. Lights will be dimmed, noises will be at a minimum, and there will be quiet rooms to set families at ease as they enjoy the museum.
Looking ahead to Oct. 16, CMEE will host a visit to the Milk Pail's U-Pick Farm for apple and pumpkin picking followed by a story time, scavenger hunt, and cider and doughnuts. There are outings at 10 and 11 a.m. at the farm, which is at 50 Horsemill Lane in Water Mill. The cost is $10 per child and advance sign-up is a must.
Still Time to Dance
Dancehampton's classes at its East Hampton studio are up and running, but there is still space in some of them.
For young ones ages 2 to 4, there's a ballet and tap combo offered on Tuesdays at 3:30 p.m. Dancers in kindergarten through second grade can join a ballet and tap class on Fridays from 4 to 4:50 p.m. For children in third through fifth grade there's ballet on Mondays at 4 and lyrical dance on Wednesdays at 4. A jazz class for third through eighth graders happens on Wednesdays at 5 p.m.
Those at the next level, generally in sixth through eighth grades, can take ballet on Mondays at 5 p.m., jazz and musical theater on Mondays at 6, lyrical on Wednesdays at 6, and on Thursday evenings tap at 6 or hip-hop at 7.
More advanced dancers in high school have their choice of jazz and musical theater on Mondays at 8 p.m., ballet on Tuesdays at 7 or lyrical on Tuesdays at 8, and hip-hop on Wednesdays at 8.
Classes run weekly through June with tuition starting at $800 for those taking one class a week; installment payment options are offered. Registration is at dancehampton.com.
A party at Harbor Bistro in Springs on Monday from 5 to 8 p.m. will help the studio's company dancers raise money for an upcoming competition trip to Disney World. Tickets cost $40 in advance through [email protected] or $50 at the door and include a drink and appetizers. There will be live music, and attendees will have a chance to try their luck on a range of raffle items.
Project Most Classes
Project Most's new classes at the Neighborhood House in East Hampton this week are ideal for young crafters and builders. Kids 4 to 8 taking part in creative crafts sessions on Fridays at 1:30 p.m., starting tomorrow, will use a range of techniques and materials over four weeks. The cost is $80 for the series, and class size is limited to eight students.
On Saturday it'll be fruit and vegetable stamping for 3 and 4-year-olds at 9:30 a.m. and building with PlusPlus blocks for kindergarten through third grade at 11. The cost for each is $20. Advance registration is required at projectmost.org.
At the East Hampton Library
The East Hampton Library has a lot going on this week for kids and teens. A folded-paper sunflower craft is on the schedule on Tuesday at 4 p.m. for ages 7 to 10. Also on Tuesday, at 5 p.m., kids of all ages can use the library's materials or some of their own to create a craft in the outdoor courtyard from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Wednesday's project for ages 3 to 6: a Q-Tip skeleton at 5 p.m. And on Friday, Oct. 15, a librarian will lead a superhero story and craft time for ages 4 to 6 at 3:30 p.m. Advance sign-up is required by phone or on the library's website.
For high school students, tomorrow's take-home D.I.Y. craft kit will include everything needed to make a seashell picture frame. Kits are available on a first-come-first-served basis between 3 and 5 p.m.
High school seniors who need help with their college essays can get it on Thursdays this month. Half-hour appointments for one-on-one tutoring sessions are available between 3 and 5 p.m. by calling 631-324-0222, extension 5.
Slime and Candy Apples
At the Hampton Library in Bridgehampton, Halloween slime will be the project du jour for kids 8 to 12 tomorrow at 4 p.m. On Tuesday, kids in sixth grade and above can make their own crowns with fall flowers from 3:30 to 5 p.m.
Next Thursday at 4, it'll be time to get moving with a Zumba Jr. class for ages 4 to 7, and on Friday, Oct. 15, also at 4, kids 8 to 12 can make and decorate candy apples. The library asks that people sign up ahead of time and wear masks for all programs.
What better time for a good mystery than October? Next Thursday, the John Jermain Memorial Library in Sag Harbor will host a teen mystery game for kids in sixth through 12th grades. The premise: Oakley Starr is hosting a scary movie night and has invited friends for a night of popcorn, games, and thrills. "This is where the story begins," the library says, and only those who attend the 6 to 8 p.m. session will find out where it goes from there.
Also next Thursday, at 2 p.m., there will be a fall story time outside in the library's courtyard for children accompanied by an adult. Advance registration is required.