Kids Culture 04.19.12

Happenings for school aged children

A Mermaid Ballet
    Mermaids, seahorses, and other undersea denizens will rule the stage tomorrow night when the Hampton Ballet Theatre School presents “The Littlest Mermaid” at the John Drew Theater at Guild Hall in East Hampton.
    Choreographed and directed by Sara Jo Strickland, the director of the school, students will perform to the music of Alan Menken, who composed the score for Disney’s “The Little Mermaid.”
    The performances will be tomorrow and Saturday at 7 p.m., with a Sunday matinee at 2. Admission is $25 for adults and $15 for students under 12 at the door. Interested audience members can contact the Hampton Ballet Theatre School at 888-933-HBTS for tickets and further information.

Photography Contest
    The Southampton Youth Bureau is holding its eighth annual photography contest for students in middle school and high school.
    Entries are due by May 1, and three winners will receive prizes. Entries can be in black and white, color, or digitally remastered. They are to include the name of the entrant, grade, and necessary contact information, along with a brief explanation of why the image was chosen for submission.
    Only three photographs can be submitted per applicant. The winning photos will be showcased at Southampton Town Hall after being announced on June 4.
    Photos can be mailed to the Southampton Youth Bureau or e-mailed to More information is available through the Youth Bureau at 702-2421.

At the Library
    The East Hampton Library has kicked off drop-in chess on Tuesdays at 4 p.m. The non-instructional event is open to players of any age. Chess boards are provided, or players can bring their own.
    This afternoon, the library is offering a children’s workshop in kaleidoscope craft in honor of Earth Day. Kids 7 to 9 will be able to create the colorful tubes from 4 to 5 p.m.
    The book “Glamsters,” about — you guessed it — glamorous hamsters, will be celebrated on Saturday for the younger set at story time, followed by a chance to create butterfly wings from 10:45 to 11:15 a.m.
    To register for the workshop or reading, parents are asked to get in touch with the Children’s Room at the library.

We Got the Beat
    Drummers and stories about drums will be the focus at the Amagansett Library on Saturday. Families have been invited to come in at 3 p.m. to enjoy stories with a beat, and then to make a drum. Parents can call Jeanne McDermott to find out more.