Happy New Year!
Ten, nine, eight. . . . Children and their parents can do their own countdown to the new year 12 hours early when the Children’s Museum of the East End hosts a “ball drop” on Monday. To prepare, kids can make holiday noisemakers that day at 11:30 a.m. At noon partygoers will be showered with confetti and toast 2013 with sparkling juice. The event costs $10 and is free to CMEE members. The museum will close for the holiday at 1 p.m.
Parents looking to escape the house with the kids might find what they’re looking for during drop-in workshops at the museum today and tomorrow at 10 a.m. Today, children will make dog treats for animal visitors from the South Fork Animal Shelter. Tomorrow, they will create borax crystal snowflakes. The cost is $23, $10 for members. A solarplate printmaking class for kids 4 to 8 will be offered today and tomorrow, also at 10 a.m. It is free for members, $10 for others. Advance reservations are requested for all programs. The museum is on the Bridgehampton-Sag Harbor Turnpike in Bridgehampton.
The John Jermain Memorial Library in Sag Harbor will also help kids get into the New Year’s Eve spirit during an early countdown on Saturday at 11:30 a.m. There will be snacks and party games. Advance registration has been requested.
Lizards and Party Poppers
Reindeer are so two days ago. Now on to other exciting creatures.
On Saturday at the Hampton Library in Bridgehampton, kids of all ages can see, touch, and learn about snakes, lizards, turtles, tree frogs, toads, salamanders, and an American alligator, as well as several other species during “Erik’s Reptile Edventures Live Animal Show.” The one-hour show begins at 11 a.m. The library has asked for registration in advance. Children in seventh grade and above can try their hands at no-sew fleece pillow crafts through Monday during library hours. Tomorrow, from 11 a.m. to noon, kids 8 to 12 can get ready for New Year’s Eve by making party poppers.
Make Your Own
With no puppet shows at the Goat on a Boat Puppet Theatre in Sag Harbor until January, kids experiencing puppet withdrawal can make their own festive puppets tomorrow at the East Hampton Library. The program runs from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. Reservations have been requested.