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Kids Culture 02.06.20

Wed, 02/05/2020 - 19:16

Improv at Bay Street

Bay Street Theater in Sag Harbor is offering an improv class for kids 13 to 18 on Saturday from 2 to 5 p.m. Participants will learn skills that apply not only to the stage, but also can help them “build confidence and handle stress.” They will be shown “how to articulate their viewpoints” and “accept ‘mistakes’ as gifts,” according to the theater. The instructor will be Scott Baker, an actor and comedian who also happens to be a former police officer and boxer. The cost is $125. 

For the February school break, Bay Street is running a performance camp for ages 7 to 17. Teresa DeBerry, a theater educator, actor, director, and choreographer, will lead the camp, titled Mighty Myths and Legends. It meets Feb. 17 trough 21 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and costs $500. Registration information is on the theater’s website. 

Valentines and Anti-Valentines

High school students who have had enough of all the hearts and roses and lovey-dovey sentiments might find themselves right at home at a program next Thursday that the East Hampton Library is calling “the anti-Valentine’s Day chocolate taste-testing challenge.” From 3:30 to 4:30 p.m., teens will taste various chocolates to see if they can tell the difference between them. 

Also at the library this week, there’s a beeswax candle-making class on Tuesday at 4 p.m. for grades six through eight, and a Valentine’s Day story time and craft for ages 4 to 6 on Wednesday at 4 p.m. 

A “Pete the Cat” story will inspire cupcake decorating in a program for ages 6 and up next Thursday at 4 p.m. On Valentine’s Day, Friday, Feb. 14, ages 6 and up can make pompom monsters at 3:30 p.m.

The library will give high school students three opportunities to earn community service credits this week: helping adults with their tech issues on Saturday from 10 a.m. to noon, designing a young-adult book display on Sunday at 4 p.m., or helping kids in kindergarten through fifth grade with their homework on Monday from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m.

Over at the Amagansett Library, teens can help decorate for Valentine’s Day and earn community service credits on Saturday from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. On Valentine’s Day, the library will provide materials and instructions for making paper roses from 3 to 5 p.m. 

Who knew that Saturday was Ice Cream for Breakfast Day? The folks at the Montauk Library did, and to celebrate they have invited kids 6 and up to make ice cream waffle sandwiches from 11 a.m. to noon. That afternoon from 1:30 to 3, the library will have extra-large games like giant checkers, giant Connect 4, and giant Jenga on hand for kids in second grade and above. Advance registration is required. 

Pizza and a Movie

Participants in the John Jermain Memorial Library’s Treasure Hunters winter reading club in Sag Harbor have been invited to a wrap-up celebration with a movie and pizza on Friday, Feb. 14, from 5 to 7 p.m. Permission slips must be dropped off at the library’s youth services desk beforehand.

Closing Ceremony

Guild Hall’s Student Art Festival will come to a close on Sunday with a high school awards ceremony at 2 p.m. This year’s juror, the artist Virva Hinnemo, selected the winners and will present the awards. A reception will follow with the student winners, Ms. Hinnemo, and other guest artists. 

Anime Film Fest Kickoff 

An anime film festival for ages 8 to 12 will kick off this afternoon at 4 at the Hampton Library in Bridgehampton. Each week, the library will show a different film by Hayao Miyazaki. Thursday's selection is “My Neighbor Totoro.” Next Thursday’s film will be “Nausicaa and the Valley of the Wind.” 

A story time with cookies for all ages happens on Sunday at 2:30 p.m. at the library. On Tuesday, kids in sixth grade and above can use a heat press to decorate tote bags in a program from 3:30 to 5 p.m. Valentine’s Day cards will be the project of the day for grades six and up next Thursday from 3:30 to 5 p.m., and the following afternoon kids of all ages can stop in at 4 for crafts and activities with a valentine theme.

On Friday, Feb. 14, the library will host a movie night for grades six and up starting at 6:30, when “The Sun Is Also a Star,” rated PG-13, will be screened. Based on the young-adult novel of the same name by Nicola Yoon, it tells the story of two teens who fall for each other over the course of a single day, while the family of one of them faces potential deportation. 

Interesting Insects

The South Fork Natural History Museum in Bridgehampton will introduce children to some of their interesting insect neighbors during an arts and crafts program on Sunday at 10:30 a.m. There is a $3 materials fee for the session, which is for ages 3 to 5. 

Creativity Pops Up

Shine, which offers pop-up creative classes for kids all over the New York metro area, will pop back to the Children’s Museum of the East End in Bridgehampton on Saturday from 10 a.m. to noon for a workshop for ages 4 to 10. The $75 fee includes materials. The cost for additional siblings is $37.50. Registration is at [email protected] or by calling 212-414-5427.

On Tuesday, the museum has invited parents and caregivers with babies 2 to 16 months old to celebrate Valentine’s Day a few days early at a free gathering that will include songs, dancing, games, a craft, and light refreshments. Advance sign-up has been requested. 

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