Kids Culture 06.21.18

Reptiles, Henna, Paddington

There’s a lot going on at the local libraries this week, and summer is only just beginning. 

In Montauk, the Quogue Wildlife Refuge will take a variety of snakes, turtles, and tortoises to the library on Saturday at 3 p.m. This program is appropriate for all ages but registration is required.

On Tuesday at 4 p.m., the South Fork Natural History Museum will have sea stars, sea urchins, hermit crabs, spider crabs, and sea snails at the Montauk Library in a program for kids 5 and up. 

There’s a bilingual story time at the library next Thursday at 11:45 a.m., and that day at 3:30 p.m., kids ages 9 and up can learn about the latest technology in 3-D printing and 3-D pens.

Children of all ages can decorate “buggy” cupcakes with candy and cookies on Saturday from 3 to 4 p.m. at the Amagansett Library, with help from the Baking Coach. On Tuesday at 4 p.m., kids ages 5 and up can create marshmallow and toothpick structures, build straw bridges, and see how many pennies they will hold. “Smurfs: the Lost Village” will be shown in Amagansett on Friday, June 29, at 3 p.m.

Family movies playing this week at the East Hampton Library are “Paddington 2,” tomorrow at 2 p.m.; “Toy Story,” next Thursday at 2 p.m., and “Wall-E,” Friday, June 29, at 2 p.m.

A henna art session for teens will be held Tuesday, 2 p.m., at the Hampton Library in Bridgehampton. Kids ages 7 to 12 can participate in the Escape Room Challenge, a dice game with prizes, on Tuesday at 6 p.m. and Wednesday at 2 p.m. A teen version will be held next Thursday from 7 to 9 p.m.

The John Jermain Memorial Library’s graphic novel club for fourth through sixth graders will consider Victoria Jamieson’s “All’s Fair in Middle School” on Sunday at 12:30 p.m. Copies of this and future books to be discussed are available at the circulation desk. On Sunday from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m., kids ages 5 to 9 can take seashells to decorate while listening to stories.


Outdoors and In at SoFo

Children ages 6 to 12 can sign up for an introduction to drawing class on Saturday at 11 a.m. at the South Fork Natural History Museum, at which the emphasis will be on using nature as inspiration.

Children ages 8 and older will learn about the nocturnal insects of the South Fork on Saturday at 3 p.m. with Crystal Oakes, a SoFo environmental educator.

On Sunday at 10:30 a.m. there’s a nature-inspired art workshop for the entire family for a fee of $3 per participant.


Summer Camps at Bay Street

Summer theater camps at Bay Street Theater begin next month, but the time to sign up is now. 

Offerings include My Life: The Musical, in which kids create and perform their own musical. For children ages 9 to 12, the camp will be held from July 9 to 13 and Aug. 13 to 17. For children ages 7 to 9, the camp will run from July 16 to 20 and Aug. 6 to 10. Kristin Poulakis will teach all but the Aug. 13 through 17 camp. Lisa Engellis takes over for that one.

There’s also a Greek mythology camp for kids ages 4 to 7 that will be held from July 23 through July 27, 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. 

A Shakespeare camp for kids ages 7 to 9 runs from July 30 to Aug. 3, and will be taught by Bethany Dellapolla, an actress, teacher, director, and choreographer.

The cost is $475 for one week, $850 for two, and $1,200 for three. All run Mondays through Fridays, 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. 

Teen master classes will be held all summer long. Beginning July 10, the focus will be on musical theater auditions and students will learn how to prepare and present themselves for auditions. Classes run from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the cost of $135 for one class, $250 for two classes, and $350 for three. Complete details on all summer camps can be found on the Bay Street website.


Camp Invention!

Registration is underway for Camp Invention, a program for kindergarten through sixth grade that will be offered this year at both the John M. Marshall Elementary School and the Springs School. 

This year’s curriculum includes video challenges from National Inventors Hall of Fame inductees. Campers will create self-driving robots, care for an ailing robotic puppy, design their own smart home, and invent solutions to real-world challenges. The Springs School program costs $250 and will run from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. from July 23 through 27. The John Marshall Camp Invention will run from Aug. 13 through 16. The cost is $300. Registration is online at