Kids Culture 12.13.12

School notes

Can You Hear Me, Major Tom?
    Is there life on Mars? Joe Malave, a teacher and Mars researcher, will discuss NASA’s mission to the Red Planet with kids in third grade and above today at the Amagansett Library, then offer a look through the library’s telescope. The program will begin at 3:30 p.m. Hot chocolate and cookies will be served.
    Following a carousel story time on Saturday at 3:30 p.m., families will make their own carousel mobiles to take home. Reservations are required for both programs.

Consider Yourself
    Stages, a Children’s Theatre Workshop, will present “Oliver” on Saturday and Sunday at the Bay Street Theatre in Sag Harbor. The musical, based on the Charles Dickens classic, is directed and choreographed by Helene Leonard. Amanda Jones and James Benard provide musical accompaniment for the young actors.
    The play will be staged on Saturday at 2 and 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. Tickets cost $15 and can be purchased at the Bay Street box office or online at

Not Even a Mouse
    The Mouse family figures prominently in Liz Joyce’s adaptation of “The Night Before Christmas,” to be performed on Saturday at 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. at the Goat on a Boat Puppet Theatre in Sag Harbor. The 30-minute puppet show is aimed at kids 2 to 7 and includes some sing-along opportunities. Tickets cost $10, $9 for members and grandparents, $5 for children under 3. The theater is on East Union Street.

Gingerbread and Lollipops
    A veritable city of gingerbread houses will be made on Saturday during three workshops at the Children’s Museum of the East End in Bridgehampton. Children 4 and older and their families will decorate the delectable houses at 9:30 and 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. The cost is $38, which includes materials and museum admission, or $25 for members.
    Also that day, kids can make felt lollipop ornaments during workshops at 10:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m., and 2 p.m. The cost is $18, $5 for members. Reservations in advance have been requested for all programs.

Builders Wanted!
    Families have been invited to build their own gingerbread houses, with tips from some pros, on Saturday at noon at Guild Hall. The cost is $35 per house, or $30 for members. Advance registration is required, as space is limited.

Library Fun
    Local libraries are offering up a number of holiday craft programs this week, just in time to decorate the tree or make the house feel festive. In Sag Harbor on Saturday, the John Jermain Memorial Library will host a decoration workshop for kids of all ages at 10:30 a.m. Registration is not necessary.
    The East Hampton Library will have a holiday story time and craft program for children 4 to 6 with an adult on Monday from 4 to 5 p.m. Next Thursday, kids in kindergarten through second grade can enjoy hot cocoa while listening to a story and making penguin pals to take home. The program runs from 4 to 5 p.m. Advance registration has been requested for both events.
    On Tuesday from 5 to 6 p.m. at the Hampton Library in Bridgehampton, children 8 to 12 will make ornaments with a special paper that shrinks when baked. Advance registration has been requested.

Erosion Lab
    Why does the beach look different after a storm? Kids 6 to 8 can learn the answer and more during a sand and erosion lab on Saturday at 10 a.m. at the South Fork Natural History Museum in Bridgehampton.
    Also on Saturday at 10 a.m., Crystal Possehl will introduce kids 3 to 6 years old to local birds during a nature walk near the museum. Reservations are required for both programs.