Kids Culture 03.29.18

Spring Into Art 

For the April school break, there’s something to do almost every day at the East Hampton Library. Tomorrow at 2 p.m., children ages 4 and up can draw inspiration from springtime colors to create an outdoor scene using tissue paper collage.

“The Incredibles,” Pixar’s animated story about a family of superheroes who are forced to hide their powers and live a quiet suburban life, will be screened on Saturday at 1:30 p.m. On Monday at 1 p.m., kids can watch “Coco,” which follows the story of a 12-year-old boy accidentally transported to the land of the dead; his deceased musician great-great-grandfather helps him return to his family among the living. Both movies are suitable for all ages.

On Tuesday from 2 to 3 p.m., kids ages 4 and up can make their own buffed copper relief sculpture as well as a frame in which to display their finished work. The craft on Wednesday at the same time is a soft-sculpture felt flower pillow. 

“Ferdinand,” the movie, will be screened next Thursday at 2 p.m. All ages can enjoy this story of a peace-loving bull who would rather smell flowers than fight in bullfights.

Kids 4 and up can help the environment on Friday, April 6, from 2 to 3 p.m. by decorating tote bags with recycled items such as beads, buttons, and bottle caps and then reusing them again and again. 


April Break Fun

The East Hampton Town Parks and Recreation Department will offer a free April break recreation program for students in kindergarten through sixth grade in Montauk and East Hampton.

Kids can burn off some energy, draw, or do crafts Monday through Wednesday from 9 a.m. to noon at the John M. Marshall Elementary School and Monday through next Thursday during the same hours at the Montauk School. Participants can register at the schools each morning.

At the Y.M.C.A.-East Hampton RECenter an April break camp will run from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, April 6. The cost is $32 per day with an extended day option, from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., for $42. Children must register in advance, as space is limited. 


On the Loose at BookHampton

Peter Hermann, an actor and the author of the children’s book “If the S in Moose Comes Loose,” will be at BookHampton in East Hampton on Saturday at 10:30 a.m. for a reading and signing of his entertaining story that has fun with the alphabet.

The event is free, but advance registration at has been requested.


Spring Break at SoFo

On Monday at 10:30 a.m. a family walk in the fields behind the South Fork Natural History Museum in Bridgehampton will turn into a fun scavenger hunt for kids who can look for early signs of spring.

Family programs at the museum continue each day of the week at the same time. On Tuesday at 10:30 a.m., Xylia Serafy, an environmental educator at the museum, will lead a fun and active game to help children learn about the hazards and helpers that migratory birds encounter on their long-distance journeys. Sneakers are suggested for this energetic activity.

On Wednesday, kids can learn about the osprey’s annual journey from South America to Long Island, and back south in the fall. Ashley Federici and Eleni Nikolopoulos, environmental educators, will demonstrate this migratory journey with the help of an interactive game.

It’s all about snapping turtles on Thursday when the challenges that young snapping turtles face on a daily basis will be demonstrated with a life-size obstacle course where kids pretend to be a baby snapping turtle emerging from its nest and facing its many obstacles.

On Friday, April 6, Taylor Ruhle, an environmental educator, will host a wild rascal relay to help children learn about predators, prey, and their importance in the wild.


Art at the Parrish

Children of all ages can celebrate spring break at the Parrish Art Museum in Water Mill with creative workshops all next week. Sessions run from 10 a.m. to noon for 5 and 6-year-olds, and from 1 to 3 p.m. for kids 7 and up. 

Children may register for a single day or all five sessions at a cost of $40 per session, $30 for members. 

Monday’s theme is landscape painting, Tuesday is sculpture, Wednesday is family portraits, Thursday is printmaking, and next Friday will explore the world of abstract mixed media. Each class will begin with a gallery tour.

A two-day stop-motion animation workshop for children 7 and older will be held next Thursday and Friday, April 6, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Laura Bellmont from the Little Animation Studio will deliver a crash course on stop-motion animation, which includes storyboarding, character creation, and set design and fabrication.

The cost is $250, $200 for members. Advance registration is required.


3-D, Movies, Henna

The Disney Pixar movie “Coco” will be screened Saturday at 2 p.m. at the Amagansett Library. Next Thursday from 2 to 3 p.m., kids 10 and up can try out 3-D pens at the library. 

On Wednesday at the Montauk Library, kids of all ages can learn about the ancient art of henna. Kindergartners through third graders can stop by from 2 to 3:30 p.m., followed by fourth graders and up from 3:30 to 5 p.m. Kids can choose a henna tattoo pattern, which will be painted on by an expert. 

A mini Harry Potter movie marathon begins Tuesday from 2 to 4:30 p.m. at the John Jermain Memorial Library in Sag Harbor, with the screening of “Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban,” rated PG. The next day at the same time, the library will show “Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire,” rated PG-13. Kids are encouraged to wear pajamas. Popcorn and drinks will be provided. The event is free but registration is required.


Earth Day at CMEE

Earth Day will be the theme of the next Pizza and Pajama Night, on Friday, April 6, at the Children’s Museum of the East End. The evening will kick off with a reading of “The Earth and I” by Frank Asch, followed by pizza, open play in the museum, and a chance to create an up-cycled plastic sculpture to bring attention to this year’s Earth Day pledge to end plastic pollution. There is a $5 cost for those who are not members. Members get in free. Advance registration is suggested for all.