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Kids Culture 02.17.22

Thu, 02/17/2022 - 10:57
The East Hampton Library’s team of teen literary experts, dubbed “The Marvel Bunch,” took home third place and a best costume award in the advanced division of Battle of the Books, a countywide program.
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Spotlight on Black Writers

Teens have been invited to read stories, poems, and speeches written by Black authors at the East Hampton Library’s Black History Month read-in on Sunday from 3 to 4 p.m. Students can choose their own pieces, read selections provided by the librarians, or simply listen in. Sign-up can be done online at, by email to [email protected], or at 631-324-0222, extension 5.


A Classic Onstage

The sun will come out this weekend with the classic musical “Annie” at LTV Studios, produced by South Fork Performing Arts. Show times are tomorrow at 7 p.m. and Saturday at 2 and 7. Tickets start at $20 and can be bought online at Masks are required for audience members.


Exploring Nature

Kids ages 10 and up can become beginner naturalists by creating “explorer journals” with the South Fork Museum of Natural History on Saturday at 10:30 a.m. at the Sagg Swamp in Sagaponack. The cost is $15 for adults and $10 for children, including materials; museum members pay for materials only.

At 11 a.m., SoFo patrons of all ages can join a behind-the-scenes-tour of the Rescue Center Hospital at the New York Marine Rescue Center in Riverhead. Admission is $10. The event will be capped at 15 participants, so advance registration is a must.

SoFo’s Young Birders Club for kids ages 8 to 18 will meet on Sunday at 10 a.m. At 10:30, it’s feeding time at the museum, when visitors can learn about animals’ feeding habits. The birding program is free, and feeding time costs $15 for adults and $10 for children (members may attend for free).

Next week, for the school break, SoFo has lots of activities planned. There will be an all-ages scavenger hunt on Monday, and a program about year-round local animal inhabitants on Tuesday. A sensory walk on Wednesday will engage sight, sound, smell, and touch to explore the trails behind the museum. The theme next Thursday will be insects, and on Friday, Feb. 25, kids and teens can learn about animal tracks and other signs of nearby wildlife. All winter break activities start at 10:30 a.m.; the same admission rates apply.

Advance sign-up is required for SoFo events, and can be done by calling 631-537-9735 or emailing [email protected].


Set Sail at St. Luke’s

The Long Island Explorium will make a voyage to St. Luke’s Episcopal Church on Feb. 26, from 1 to 2 p.m. to show kids how to build a vehicle that can sail across the floor using wind. The engineering-based workshop is free, but is limited to 12 students in grades four to six. Registration can be done online via the “Fun for Kids” page at


Students Show Off

On Sunday, Our Fabulous Variety Show will present “Student Works,” a night of song, dance, and sketches created by the kids themselves. Doors open at 6 p.m. and the show starts at 7. General admission tickets are $10 and V.I.P. tickets, including premium parking and seating, cost $45. The show doubles as a fund-raiser for the O.F.V.S. tap company’s upcoming performance trip to Disney World.


For Kids, By Kids

Another upcoming chance for students to write and stage their own work will be through Hampton Youth Performing Arts at the Southampton Cultural Center. The free workshop series is for kids who are interested in performing, writing, designing scenery and costumes, and other aspects of producing a show from start to finish. Meeting times are Tuesdays from 3 to 5:30 p.m. and Saturdays from 2:30 to 5 p.m. from March 1 through the show date on May 22. Sign-up can be done by scanning the QR code at


Acting Intensive

The Hampton Ballet Theatre School has announced an acting conservatory program for teens ages 13 to 18, featuring eight weeks of intensive training in scene work, singing, movement, stage combat, and more. Led by industry professionals and well-known guest teachers, including Catherine Curtin, Florencia Lozano, Liz Larsen, Kate Mueth, and Josh Gladstone, the conservatory starts Monday, Feb. 28, and runs through April 18. Performers can register for an audition by calling 631-237-4810 or sending an email to [email protected]. Payment plans and scholarships are available.


Stories, Puzzles, Games, and Crafts

Calling all little “Frozen” fans: The East Hampton Library will have a “Frozen”-theme story time and snow-making activity for kids ages 3 to 6 today from 4 to 5 p.m. On Saturday, kids ages 6 to 10 are invited to read stories, do puzzles, play games, and do crafts with teen volunteers from 10 to 11:30 a.m.

For the teens themselves, there will be a 3-D printing workshop on Tuesday from 3 to 4:30 p.m. At 4 p.m., kids in grades six to eight can paint rocks with uplifting messages to leave around town and promote kindness. On Wednesday, high school students can make their own dry-erase boards — all materials supplied — from 3 to 4 p.m.

Also Wednesday, children ages 7 to 10 can make polar bears using recycled newspapers from 4 to 5 p.m.

All library programs require sign-up ahead of time. The library’s event calendar has more details.


Friends, and Friendly Competition

Tomorrow, for kids ages 1 to 4 are there’s a story time at the John Jermain Memorial Library with a “making friends” theme at 11 a.m. Later on, students in grades 6 to 12 can paint a wintertime bird scene.

Next week, daytime activities for kids and teens include a chess and checkers tournament on Wednesday and an Uno tournament on Friday, Feb. 25, both from noon to 2 p.m.

Participants must sign up ahead of time via the library’s website.


Art as Stress Relief

Project Hope will visit the Amagansett Library tomorrow and Friday, Feb. 25, from 3:45 to 5 p.m. for art workshops meant to promote relaxation. Registration details are on the library’s website.



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