Kids Culture 12.14.17

“Nutcracker” With a Twist

Studio 3, a dance company in Bridgehampton, will present “Mixed Nuts,” an original twist on “The Nutcracker” at the Bay Street Theater in Sag Harbor tomorrow and Saturday at 7 p.m. and Sunday at 1 p.m. 

Offering a new spin on the classic ballet has become the company’s holiday tradition. “Mixed Nuts” is the seventh variation and is a blend of “The Nutcracker” and “Beauty and the Beast.” While the storyline changes tracks several times between the two tales, it will feature a choreographed battle scene paralleling both the original ballet and storybook thread of good versus evil. Forty-five dancers will perform in this year’s production. Tickets are $20 in advance at, or $25 at the door.

“Holiday Spectacular”

The young dancers of the Creative Edge Dance Studio, directed by Laura Sisco, will present their annual “Holiday Spectacular” on Saturday at 11 a.m. in the East Hampton High School auditorium. This is the third year that the studio, which is based in Montauk, has presented a holiday show. It will feature dancers from ages 2 to 17 performing ballet, tap, jazz, hip-hop, and musical theater numbers. Tickets cost $10 at the door. 

Lots of Latkes at CMEE

The Children’s Museum of the East End and Chabad of the Hamptons will host a potato latke cooking workshop on Sunday at 10:45 a.m. Kids will measure and mix the ingredients, shape their potato pancakes, watch as a staff member cooks them up, and then eat them. Open to parents and caregivers with children 3 and up, the workshop costs $20 per child, $7 for members. 

Holiday Fun in East Hampton

High school students can enjoy hot chocolate, decorating cookies, and listening to music during the East Hampton Library’s young adult holiday party on Sunday from 2 to 4 p.m. 

On Monday from 4 to 5:30 p.m., high schoolers can take unwrapped gifts and wrap them with other teens while learning some tips. Paper will be provided, if needed.

And who said gingerbread houses were just for little kids? High school students can get in on the action in a two-part gingerbread house construction and decoration workshop on Tuesday and Wednesday from 3 to 4:30 p.m.

Kids 4 and up can make three reindeer-theme cupcakes on Tuesday from 4 to 5 p.m. Children under 7 must be accompanied by an adult. 

A holiday story time and craft-making session will be held on Wednesday from 4 to 5 p.m. for kids ages 4 to 6, accompanied by an adult.

Sixth through eighth graders can stop by next Thursday from 4 to 5 p.m. to personalize a mug using a dot-painting technique. The hand-decorated mug could be great as a gift or taken home and enjoyed with a favorite warm beverage.

Coding in Sag Harbor

Kids ages 7 to 12 can learn about coding on Saturday from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. at the John Jermain Memorial Library in Sag Harbor. Kids will work together using Legos to create moving models that are powered by coding on a computer. Although there is no charge to participate, registration is required.

Frosting and Frosty

Kids 4 and up can celebrate the holidays with cookie decorating at the Montauk Library on Saturday from 2 to 3 p.m. Kids can make hot chocolate cup cookies, polar bear cookies, and reindeer cookies using frosting, candy, and treats. Registration is required as space is limited.

A screening of the holiday movie “Frosty the Snowman” for ages 4 and older will be followed by a snowman ornament craft on Tuesday from 4 to 5 p.m. 

Harlem Comes to Canio’s 

On Saturday at 11 a.m., T.E. McMorrow, a Star reporter and children’s book author, will read from and sign copies of “The Nutcracker in Harlem” at Canio’s Books on Main Street in Sag Harbor. The book, illustrated by James Ransome, is a retelling of the holiday classic set during the Harlem Renaissance. The reading is open to all ages.

Wintertime Story and Craft

The South Fork Natural History Museum in Bridgehampton will host a reading of “Possum’s Harvest Moon” by Anne Hunter on Sunday at 10:30 a.m. Kids ages 3 to 5 can join Xylia Serafy, a SoFo nature educator, who will teach kids how forest animals prepare for the cold winter days and nights. After the story, kids will make a craft. There is a materials fee of $3, and reservations are requested.

Bulldogs Ball Clinics

The Bulldogs Ball Club, which runs a summer sports camp in East Hampton, will offer a winter series of sports clinics at the Springs School this month through March.

The first clinics will be on Saturday. Baseball instruction will run from 12:30 to 1:30 for ages 6 to 8 and from 1:30 to 2:30 for ages 9 to 12. A softball clinic for all ages runs from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m., and an open baseball clinic will run from 4 to 5 p.m.  

The cost is $10 per clinic, which benefits the Sag Harbor and East Hampton Little Leagues. Registration information is available at 212-472-8344.

Clinics will be repeated on Jan. 6, Feb. 10, and March 4. 

Cookies in Amagansett

A holiday cookie decorating party at the American Legion in Amagansett on Sunday will double as a coloring book and art supply drive, with the books to be donated to children who are hospitalized. 

Tory Story Time, which promotes learning, leadership, and literacy for children and teens, and Aesthetic Relieves Tension (A.R.T.) are spearheading the effort. They are looking for crayons, coloring books, pencils, and markers.

Cookie decorating will take place from noon to 3 p.m.