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Kids Culture 08.19.21

Thu, 08/19/2021 - 08:23
Johnny Peers and the Muttville Comix will perform at CMEE on Wednesday.
Courtesy of Guild Hall

Family Films

The Sag Harbor Cinema is launching a new series of films for families and children, starting tomorrow with a one-week run of "The Little Fugitive," a 1953 classic of independent cinema lauded by, among others, the French New Wave film director Francois Truffaut.

Directed by Ruth Orkin, Morris Engel, and Ray Ashley, the film is the story of a 7-year-old boy who, tricked into believing he killed his older brother, runs away to Coney Island. Mary Engel, the daughter of Orkin and Engel, will discuss the film with Giulia D'Agnolo Vallan, the cinema's artistic director, after the 7 p.m. screening on Monday.

Future films in the series include "Peter Rabbit 2: The Runaway," "My Life as a Zucchini," "The Jungle Book," and "James and the Giant Peach."

More KidFest

Guild Hall will present Johnny Peers and the Muttville Comix, "a slapstick comedy dog show like no other," on Wednesday at the Children's Museum of the East End. The show features more than a dozen rescue dogs who have also performed their tricks at Disneyland, the Big Apple Circus, and even the White House. Show time is 6 p.m. and tickets are $20 for kids and $30 for adults. Everyone over the age of 2 is expected to wear a mask, regardless of vaccination status.

Giant Fun

The Giant Room, a New York City organization that helps kids find their passion and discover new interests, returns to the Southampton Arts Center next Thursday for a game carnival featuring activities that blend the worlds of science, technology, arts, engineering, and mathematics. The fun kicks off at 4 p.m. and admission is free, but advance registration is required at

In-Person With Project Most

This weekend's lineup of in-person activities features play-dough making at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday for children ages 3 and 4 and a STEAM activity on spirals at noon for kids entering kindergarten through third grade. 

Looking ahead to Aug. 28, there will be Double Dutch and jump-rope games on at 9 a.m. for children in kindergarten through the third grade and geometric collage art for kids ages 3 and 4 at 10:30 a.m. A sewing workshop for ages 6 and up is at 11 a.m., and a sand-and-sea jar activity is at 12:30 p.m. for kids in kindergarten through third.

All Project Most classes are at the East Hampton Neighborhood House. Class sizes are limited due to Covid-19 concerns, so advance registration is required. More information and sign-up is online at

Puppets, Stories, and More

Are two dinosaurs better than one? Inquiring minds can find out tomorrow at the East Hampton Library, where Anna Sobel from Talking Hands Theatre will perform a dinosaur-themed puppet show at 10:30 a.m. for all ages.

At 3 p.m. tomorrow, there will be a box-art workshop using upcycled materials for kids ages 6 to 9. There will also be a teen take-and-make art project this weekend, for which supplies can be picked up in the young adult room tomorrow from 3 to 5 p.m.

On Monday, story time for kids up to 3 years old will have a counting-sheep theme. The fun starts at 11:30 a.m., perhaps just in time for naps.

On Tuesday, babies up to 18 months old can boogie-down with Nicole Sparling's music appreciation program at 10:30 a.m. A version for toddlers up to 3 years old will be at 11:30 a.m., incorporating simple but fun musical instruments and props. Also on Tuesday, kids ages 3 to 5 can get super-silly with art activities inspired by music at 3 p.m.

A family dance workshop on Wednesday at 11 a.m. will feature Ariel Rivka's award-winning contemporary dance company. 

Next Thursday's toddler story and craft time at 10:30 a.m. will have a butterfly theme.

Advance sign-up for library programs is required and can be done at

Trivia Time

On Monday at 9 a.m., the Montauk Library will post a TV-themed trivia challenge online at Parents can snap a photo of their children's trivia responses to send in by email, and gift bags will be awarded to those who answer all the questions correctly.

Painting and Movie Night

The Hampton Library in Bridgehampton has a number of upcoming children's activities. Tomorrow at 4 p.m., kids ages 8 to 12 are invited to paint rocks to create a colorful rock garden at the library, and at 7:30 p.m., teens settle in for an outdoor showing of the movie "Love, Simon." Also for teens, there will be a Bob Ross-style painting class on Tuesday at 2:30 p.m. Advance registration is required online at by email to [email protected].


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