Drag Queen Story Hour
The Children’s Museum of the East End in Bridgehampton will host its first Drag Queen Story Hour on Saturday from 10 a.m. to noon, with Bella Noche reading and leading activities for children 3 and older. The national Drag Queen Story Hour organization promotes similar events across the country not only to inspire a love of reading but also to foster an appreciation for others and an open discussion about gender diversity. The event is free with museum admission, but advance registration is essential.
Lauren Gabrielson Design will lead a superhero costume crafting session for ages 4 to 7 at the museum on Tuesday from 11 a.m. to noon. Kids will learn some basic sewing techniques in this drop-off program. The cost is $45, or $30 for museum members. Admission to the museum’s play spaces is included.
Looking ahead, the museum will have a pirate party for young swashbucklers on Friday, Feb. 21, from 10 a.m. to noon. It is free with museum admission; registration ahead of time is not required.
Meet the Animals
Animals from the Quogue Wildlife Refuge will visit the Amagansett Library on Saturday at 11 a.m. Kids 4 and older will have a chance to meet a snake, a leopard gecko, owls, and other creatures, but space is limited so spots must be reserved in advance.
Kids who stop by the library tomorrow from 3 to 5 p.m. can learn how to make paper roses. Fun Aplenty in Sag Harbor The John Jermain Memorial Library in Sag Harbor has something on the calendar to keep kids busy almost every day during winter break.
Sixth through 12th graders can take in a screening of “Hidden Figures,” about three African-American women who worked for NASA in the early days of the space program, on Saturday at 2:30 p.m. Popcorn will be served.
Also this weekend, Wally the dog will be on hand to read with children on Saturday at 10 a.m. A book club for grades four through seven and a caregiver will meet on Sunday at 3 p.m. to discuss Raina Telgemeier’s “Drama” over cocoa and cookies.
Families have been invited to play board games at the library on Tuesday from 10 a.m. to noon, and from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. there will be a board game session for grades six and up. Retro video games are on tap for grades three through five next Thursday from 4 to 5:30 p.m. That day from 6 to 8 p.m., grades 6 through 12 can test their creative fashion design chops. Working alone or with others, they will get an hour to design and put together “runway-ready clothes” using recycled materials.
The library has invited second through fifth graders to pizza and a movie on its big screen on Friday, Feb. 21, from 1 to 3 p.m. Those who attend will vote on which movie to see. Parents need not watch, but they will be asked to stay in the library building while the movie is being shown.
Animé Fest Continues
The Hampton Library’s festival of animé movies by Hayao Miyazaki will continue today and next Thursday at 4 p.m. in Bridgehampton. Today’s showing will be “Nausicaa and the Valley of the Wind.” Next Thursday, it’ll be “Spirited Away.” The screenings are for kids 8 to 12.
This afternoon, kids in sixth grade and up can get guidance on making their own pop-up Valentine’s Day cards between 3:30 and 5. Tomorrow, there will be valentine crafts for all ages at 4 p.m., and a movie night at 6:30 for grades six and up will feature “The Sun Is Also a Star,” based on Nicola Yoon’s young-adult book by the same name.
A pajama story time on Saturday at 3:30 p.m. will have a fun twist. Kids have been invited to take along a stuffed animal that can have a sleepover at the library and be picked up the next day.
On Tuesday from 3:30 to 5 p.m., children in sixth grade and above can make their own designs with Perler beads, which meld together when ironed. The library’s animé club, for the same age group, will meet to watch and talk on Wednesday from 3 to 4:30 p.m. Snacks will be provided.
Two Animated Movies
The East Hampton Library will show “The Fox and the Hound” on Saturday at 1 p.m. and “The Lego Movie” next Thursday at 3 p.m.
On Tuesday Nina Ross, the author and illustrator of “Montauk Has a Very Hungry Shark,” will be at the library at 4 p.m. to read from her book and guide children 4 and older as they illustrate their own stories using drawing and collage. Kids that age will use salt and watercolors to create winter scenes in an art program on Wednesday at 2 p.m. And next Thursday from 3:30 to 5 p.m., high school students can stop in and play a few rounds of the new card game What Do You Meme?
Music and Munchies
Lori Hubbard will be at the Montauk Library on Saturday for two music and movement programs for little ones: at 10:30 a.m. for babies up to age 3 and at 11:30 for ages 3 to 6. That afternoon at 2 the library will show the movie “Abominable.” Next Thursday, kids 6 and older can make chocolate-covered pretzels at 1:30 p.m., and there’s a tech and pizza night for grades 6 and up on Friday, Feb. 21, at 5:30.
Fairy Gardens at Marders
At the Marders garden shop in Bridgehampton, kids can create fairy gardens and nature mandalas on Saturday. In sessions from 10 to 11:30 a.m. and from 1 to 2:30 p.m., children 5 and older will use flowers, leaves, seeds, and other natural materials to make special pieces they can take home to display. The cost is $35 including materials, and advance registration is required at 631-537-3700 or [email protected], as there is space for just 12 children.