Kids Culture 03.22.12

Family Art Workshop
    The Parrish Art Museum in Southampton will host a family tour of the museum along with an art project on Sunday, in conjunction with its current show of contemporary California art. The exhibition, “E.S.T.-3: Southern California,” focuses on art that emerged from Los Angeles and surrounding areas between the end of World War II and 1995.

    Madolin Archer, an art educator, will conduct the gallery tour, and then families have been invited to the Carroll Petrie Center, next to the museum, to make paintings or collages inspired by the collection. The tour and workshop start at 2 p.m., are free and open to the public, and need no advance registration.    

Young Playwrights Festival
    The Young American Writers Project is back for another playwrights festival, featuring six short plays by East End middle school students performed this weekend. The project is sponsored by Stony Brook Southampton’s M.F.A. program in writing and literature.

    Almost 200 students participated in the playwriting residency over the winter, and the shows this weekend are the culmination of their efforts. The 10-minute one-act plays are staged by professional directors and drawn from the students’ own lives.

    A performance that is open to the public will be at 7 p.m. on Saturday in the Avram Theater of the Stony Brook Southampton campus. Admission is free.

Spring Break Theater Camp
    Spring vacation is coming up, and the Bay Street Theatre in Sag Harbor is offering a theater camp from April 9 through 13 for kids 8 to 12. The weeklong session, which will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. each day, includes lessons in acting, singing, dance, improvisation, and more. The students write and perform in their own original production.
    “The sheer fun of improv comedy and acting exercises, or learning a song or developing a short theater piece, engages children in problem solving, creative thinking, and collaboration,” Susan Galardi, who is running the program with Bethany Dellapolla, said. “Through simple character study, they walk in someone else’s shoes and gain insight into themselves and others.”
    The cost for one week is $375. To sign up, Mary Ellen DiPrisco at the Bay Street office is the contact.

“Raccoon Tales”
    The animals in the forest are always getting into trouble — will they ever learn their lessons? Audience members can find out when they watch “Raccoon Tales,” three humorous stories inspired by tales of the Seneca tribe, on Saturday at the Goat on a Boat Puppet Theatre in Sag Harbor. Brad Shur, the visiting artist, is known for high-energy shows.

    Performances are at 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. at the theater, which is on East Union Street. Ticket prices range from $5 to $10.

Gentlemen, Start Your Sneakers
    The Dance Away Cancer dance-a-thon is on. Tomorrow evening at the John M. Marshall Elementary School, families can kick up their heels for a minimum donation of $25 per dancer. Event T-shirts will be on sale for $10 a pop.

    Sponsored by the PTA, all proceeds from the dance will be donated to the American Cancer Society’s Suffolk County Relay for Life and to the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Pediatric Research Fund in memory of Katy Stewart. The event is to take place from 6 to 8 p.m.

Nutrition for Preschoolers
    A 14-week program teaching 3, 4, and 5-year-olds about the importance of healthful eating through food preparation and games is still accepting applications. The free program, run by Lisa Shaw, a family and consumer science teacher at East Hampton High School, has students studying child development and psychology work one on one with the wee ones.

    The deadline for applications is today, and the only requirement is a firm commitment to take accepted preschoolers to every session. The program runs from April 17 through May 31, from 1 to 2:25 p.m. Ms. Shaw can be reached at