Kids Culture 04.26.18

Big Fun in East Hampton

Tractor-trailer trucks, fire rescue vehicles, police vans, and SWAT trucks will fill the parking lot of the Y.M.C.A. East Hampton RECenter during what the Y and 104.7 WELJ are calling Big Rig Saturday.

The event is a fund-raiser for the Stony Brook University Hospital’s children’s division, and a $5 donation is suggested for the cause. 

Between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m., kids will have the chance to hop into some of the most unique vehicles on the East End. Food will be available for purchase alongside inflatable rides for younger children. The rain date is Sunday. 

The Y.M.C.A. parking lot will be closed for the event, but parking will be available in the large municipal lot on the opposite side of Lumber Lane.


Springtime Sounds and Kites 

Parents and caregivers with children of all ages can learn about the sounds of spring on Saturday at 10:30 a.m. at the South Fork Natural History Museum in Bridgehampton. Crystal Oakes, an environmental educator, will lead a family-friendly game to guess which birds, amphibians, and insects will be singing in the coming months. The group will then take a listening walk in Vineyard Field, behind the museum.

Children ages 8 and up can learn to make and fly a kite with Melanie Meade, a SoFo environmental educator, on Sunday at 10:30 a.m. There will be a materials fee of $5.

Advance registration is requested for both programs. 


Touch and Tech in Sag Harbor

A touch tank from the South Fork Natural History Museum will be at the John Jermain Memorial Library on Sunday from 3 to 4 p.m. Kids could get wet when they meet and hold saltwater creatures like long-legged spider crabs, whelks, sea stars, and hermit crabs, so short sleeves are recommended.

On Sunday from 1 to 2 p.m. families can stop by the children’s desk with their devices and questions to learn about the library’s online resources for children, including e-books and audiobooks that can be downloaded on phones, as well as free online tutoring and homework help.



Reptiles, Chicks, Wookies, and Pets

Kindergartners through sixth graders can meet reptiles and amphibians native to Long Island, courtesy of the South Fork Natural History Museum, tomorrow at 4 p.m. at the Montauk Library.

There’s a birthday party planned at the library on Saturday from 3 to 4 p.m. for baby chicks incubated there during the month of April. Kids in kindergarten and up can meet the chicks, give them names, make chick-theme desserts, and sing Happy Birthday before sending them off to be raised at Suffolk County Farm.

Friday, May 4, is Star Wars Day, and kids ages 8 and up can make Star Wars-theme Shrinky Dinks, which can be turned into a key chain or necklace, between 5:30 and 7:30 p.m. Pizza will be served.

Registration for all events is required as space is limited.

At the Hampton Library in Bridgehampton, children ages 4 and up will build miniature terrarium gardens to take home tomorrow at 4 p.m. 

Kids 5 to 8 can paint animals from the Animal Rescue Fund of the Hamptons and help them get adopted during a program tomorrow from 3 to 4 p.m. at the Amagansett Library.


Tennis, Anyone?

East Hampton Town tennis clinics for kids in kindergarten through sixth grade will begin next week at the Amagansett Youth Park on Abraham’s Path. 

Kindergarten and first grade will take to the courts on Wednesdays from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. Second and third grades take over from 5:30 to 6:30 on Wednesdays. A clinic for fourth through sixth grades will be offered on Fridays from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. The cost is $45 per person for an eight-week session. Registration is at the East Hampton Town Parks and Recreation Department behind Town Hall or at the Montauk Playhouse.