Kids Culture 05.10.18

Saturday is Family Day at the LongHouse Reserve in East Hampton. Carissa Katz

Dude’s Films at Guild Hall

The first Dude’s Eye View Short Film Share, featuring short videos made by boys from East Hampton High School, will be on Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. in the John Drew Theater at Guild Hall in East Hampton.

The program will be presented by Kate Mueth and the Neo-Political Cowgirls in partnership with the Hamptons International Film Festival. The films are the culmination of a six-week pilot workshop designed to give high school boys a space to connect, share thoughts and ideas, and find the power in the creative outlet of expression through film and video.

Charlie Westfal, an actor who was most recently in Guild Hall’s “Romeo and Juliet,” led the workshop. Sawyer Spielberg, an actor, will lead a post-screening question-and-answer session with the participants on Tuesday.

The event is free and open to the public. 


Family Fun at the LongHouse

Saturday is Family Day at the LongHouse Reserve in East Hampton. From 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. families can enjoy free garden tours, activities, music, and nibbles. 

Kids can take part in an interactive treasure hunt through the gardens. The Evelyn Alexander Wildlife Rescue Center will be there with a red-tailed hawk and an eastern screech owl for all to meet. Gian Carlo Feleppa will also be there with instruments and props for music and movement. Bilingual tours will be offered at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.

Admission to the event is free.


Nipper Guard Evaluations

Free training, evaluations, and testing for East Hampton Town’s Nipper Guard program, a summer open-water swim program for children 6 through 8, began on Sunday at the Y.M.C.A. East Hampton RECenter and will continue weekly from 1 to 2 p.m. through June 24.

Similar to the town’s Junior Lifeguard program, which trains children 9 and older at ocean beaches, this program offers younger children a solid foundation of beach readiness and water safety awareness. Instruction by certified lifeguards is offered weekly from late June through early August — Tuesdays and Thursdays at Albert’s Landing Beach in Amagansett or Wednesdays and Fridays at the East Lake bay beach in Montauk, both from 9 to 10:30 a.m.

The training, evaluations, and testing at the RECenter is a prerequisite for participation in the summer program. Children need not attend every session. Returning Nippers will be tested, and if they pass swim tests, they will not need to take part in the training or further evaluations. Six-year-olds will be expected to swim two laps in two minutes or less; for 7-year-olds, the target time is two laps in one minute and 45 seconds, and for 8-year-olds, it’s two laps in one minute, 30 seconds. 

Children new to the program will be pre-tested on their first day. Instructors will evaluate their freestyle, backstroke, and breaststroke. Those who need additional work will be given basic instruction in subsequent Sunday sessions prior to testing. 

Registration begins at 12:30 p.m. 

The cost of the summer program, payable when registering at the bay beaches in June, is $60. 

Summer sessions include swimming, running, paddleboarding, and beach and marine educational activities. 


Sag Harbor in Focus

“Our Town: Sag Harbor in Focus,” a juried exhibition of photography by Pierson High School students, will be held from Saturday through May 20 at the Sag Harbor Whaling and Historical Museum.

The show is the culmination of the third annual photography competition focusing on the Village of Sag Harbor as seen through the eyes of 8th through 12th graders. The contest was judged by Michael Heller, an award-winning photographer whose work for The Sag Harbor Express recently won him the New York Press Association’s Photographer of the Year award, and Theo Gray, who teaches filmmaking at the Ross School. 

The show kicks off on Saturday with an opening reception from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., and will include an awards ceremony. It will close with a panel discussion on adversity, diversity, and change on May 19 at 4 p.m. at the museum.


Mindfulness, Mountains, and Slime

Children ages 5 to 9 can practice mindfulness at the Amagansett Library on Saturday from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Breathing exercises, simple yoga poses, and a progressive relaxation technique known as “melted butter” will leave them feeling relaxed and happy.

A book club for tweens meets monthly at the library to discuss new books, while snacking and socializing with friends. The next meeting, on Tuesday from 4 to 4:45 p.m., is open to third through sixth graders. Children ages 7 to 11 can make their own fluffy, colored slime on Wednesday from 4 to 4:45 p.m. at the Amagansett Library

At the East Hampton Library, kids 4 and older will create a freestanding 3-D mountain landscape on Wednesday from 4 to 5 p.m.

Kids in kindergarten and up can use terra-cotta flower pots to make bunnies during an art program at the Montauk Library on Saturday from 2 to 3 p.m.

At the Hampton Library in Bridgehampton, kids in sixth grade and up can put their taste buds to test during a taste test challenge on Tuesday from 3:30 to 5 p.m. They’ll try to discern the differences between different brands and different flavors. Can they tell? 


Jell-O, Jobs, and Jackson Pollock 

The Sag Harbor Chamber of Commerce and the John Jermain Memorial Library in Sag Harbor will host a job fair on Monday to connect high school students looking for summer or part-time work with potential employers. The fair will run from 6 to 8 p.m. 

The library’s STEAM Sundays programs for children ages 8 to 11 will continue this week at 3 p.m. with a Jell-O earthquake challenge. Kids will use dry spaghetti to construct towers that can survive a big quake.

On Wednesday from 3:45 to 4:45 p.m., sixth through twelfth graders can work with Joyce Raimondo, an artist from the Pollock-Krasner House and Study Center, to learn about Jackson Pollock’s techniques and create their own drip paintings to take home. Advance registration is required.


Nature’s Wonders at SoFo

Kids 6 and up will learn what it takes for trees to survive while playing a specially designed South Fork Natural History Museum game at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday.

Also for children ages 6 and up on Saturday at 2 p.m., Gregory Metzger, a chief field coordinator for the SoFo shark research and education program, will share fun facts about sharks while showing off the equipment he and his team of collaborators in the program use to catch and catalogue the sharks off Long Island.

On Sunday morning at 10:30, Eleni Nikolopoulos, a SoFo environmental educator, will teach kids ages 3 to 5 about the life and dietary habits of raccoons.