Kids Culture 12.21.17

Holiday Puppet Show

The Goat on a Boat puppet theater will bring the puppeteer Joshua Holden and “The Joyfully Jolly Jamboree” to the Bay Street Theater in Sag Harbor on Saturday at 11 a.m. The show, which is best for kids 3 and older, will include original holiday songs and some old classics. 

And for children who have not yet had an encounter with Santa, this could be their chance. St. Nick will be on hand to meet fans after the show. Admission is $15. 

Looking ahead, Gustafer Yellowgold, a multimedia production for kids, will be at Bay Street on Dec. 30, also at 11 a.m.  



Holiday Club, New Year’s Eve 

Kids might be off from school for the holidays but a special club for ages 4 to 7 at the Children’s Museum of the East End in Bridgehampton will ensure their vacation is enriching and fun. The program — from 9:30 a.m. to noon Tuesday through Friday, Dec. 29 — will be explore a different theme on each day. The mornings will include crafts and activities, a healthy snack, and playtime in the exhibits. The cost is $60 per day, $45 for members. Registration is required, as space is limited.

Looking ahead, CMEE is getting ready for the biggest family-friendly New Year’s Eve party on the East End, complete with a countdown and ball drop. Two sessions will be offered on Dec. 31 to accommodate as many revelers as possible, one from 10 a.m. to noon and another from 1 to 3 p.m. The cost is $14 per person, but members get in free. Advance registration is strongly recommended as this party often sells out. 


Film and Art 

The Parrish Art Museum in Water Mill will show the Oscar-nominated film “Into the Woods,” starring Meryl Streep, tomorrow at 6 p.m. The family screening ties into the museum’s exhibition “Into the Wood[s],” a selection of works from its permanent collection.

The museum will host a windmill-building workshop using Lego building blocks on Friday, Dec. 29, at 5:30 p.m. Both events are free for members, children, and students, and $12 each for adults who are not members. Advance registration is required.

The museum will host art workshops for kids 4 and up from Wednesday through Friday, Dec. 29. Participants will work on landscape painting on Wednesday, found-object sculpture next Thursday, and watercolor portraits on Friday, Dec. 29. Workshops run from 10 a.m. to noon for ages 4 to 8 and from 1 to 3 p.m. for children 7 and up. The cost is $40 per day, $30 for members, and advance registration is required. 



Films, Treats, Crafts at Libraries

Local libraries will keep kids busy before and after Christmas, with movie screenings, craft and treat workshops, and a dive into some new technology.

The East Hampton Library will screen “Cars 3” tomorrow at 2 p.m. On Tuesday at the same time, “Cinderella” will be shown, and on Wednesday at 2, it will be “Despicable Me 3.” High school students can stop by between 1 and 7 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday to learn all about green-screen technology and pose for selfies that can be customized with a variety of different backgrounds. 

Also in East Hampton, children 4 and up can join in a creative workshop using recycled holiday ribbons, wrapping papers, cards, and other festive materials, which will be provided by the library or can be taken from home. Finally, T.E. McMorrow, an East Hampton Star reporter and children’s book author, will read from and sign copies of his book, “The Nutcracker in Harlem,” next Thursday at the library from 3 to 3:30 p.m. The book is a retelling of the holiday classic set during the Harlem Renaissance. 

At the John Jermain Memorial Library in Sag Harbor, parents and kids of all ages can work together from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. Saturday making healthy winter-theme treats like Grinch grape kabobs and silly desserts including a melting snowman cookie.

Indoor snow is in the forecast during a craft program for ages 4 and up tomorrow at 4 p.m. at the Hampton Library in Bridgehampton. New Year’s poppers will be the project on Friday, Dec. 29, at the same time. Today and tomorrow, kids in sixth grade and above can drop by the library to make confetti mugs at any point in the day. From Tuesday through Friday, Dec. 29, New Year’s wish boxes will be the drop-in project.

Children ages 5 to 12 can create imaginative snow people, magical animals, festive decorations, and lots more with self-hardening clay, at the Montauk Library on Wednesday from 3 to 4 p.m. The library will screen “Despicable Me 3” next Thursday afternoon from 3 to 4:30. Popcorn and refreshments will be served; advance registration is not necessary.


Birds and Trivia at SoFo

Ashley Federici, a South Fork Natural History Museum nature educator, will be on hand on Saturday at 2 p.m. to teach children about the scarcity of bird food in the wintertime. Using recycled bottles and cardboard containers, kids will make feeders filled with birds’ favorite foods and then watch which ones come to feast. There is a $3 material fee.

Ms. Federici will also be there Wednesday and next Thursday from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. to lead kids in a nature trivia game. 



Holiday Art Camp

The Golden Eagle art store and studio in East Hampton will offer a mini art camp for ages 6 to 14 tomorrow and Wednesday though Friday, Dec. 29, from 10 a.m. to noon. Participants will work on a variety of projects including finger puppets, ornaments, and paintings inspired by “A Winter’s Tale.” The cost is $40 per session or $150 for all four days. Advance registration is required at


Holiday Sport Camp

Sportime in Amagansett will get kids moving on Tuesday through Friday, Dec. 29, with a sport camp that includes dodge ball, soccer, gaga ball, basketball, and an inflatable obstacle course. 

The camp, which runs from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., is open to ages 4 through 11. The cost is $85 per day, including lunch, with a 5-percent discount offered for siblings. Advance registration at is a must.  


Break Camp at the RECenter

For parents who have to work or kids who need a break from their break, the Y.M.C.A. East Hampton RECenter will run a day camp from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, Dec. 29. The cost is $32 per child per day. Registration is at the Y or via email to