Kids Culture 05.17.12

Happenings for school aged children

Ross Spring Musical

    Known as the Broadway musical that allowed Sid Caesar to portray a multitude of roles, “Little Me” is coming to Ross School this weekend. The Neil Simon comedy, which takes place partly in Southampton, will be presented at the school’s Center for Well-Being at 18 Goodfriend Drive in East Hampton.

     “I like how this musical touches on class issues, and it’s very funny,” said Gerard Doyle, the director. “It has a local connection, and it’s sophisticated in that the comedy has to be played very well in order for it to work.”  
    The first performance is tonight at 7, with two more shows tomorrow and Saturday also at 7 p.m. Tickets are available at the door — $20 for adults and $10 for students and senior citizens.

Flowers, Fitness, and More

    The Amagansett Library is hosting three programs for children and their families this weekend, starting with Shake, Rattle, and Roll tomorrow at 10 a.m., for parents and caregivers with toddlers up to 3 years old. During interactive play, there will also be a parent educator from the Cornell Cooperative Extension on hand to answer questions about child development.

    Tomorrow at 4 p.m., kids 5 and up and their families can indulge in nostalgic street games like hopscotch, red light-green light, hula-hooping, and mini basketball.

    And on Saturday at 3 p.m., attendees will celebrate this time of year with stories and crafts that honor the May flowers, which come after April showers, or in this year’s case, during the May showers.

In East Hampton

    Over at the East Hampton Library, there is plenty for kids to do throughout the week. On Saturday at 11 a.m., kids of all ages can pull in to the Creation Station to make projects of their own design using supplies from the library’s craft closet. Sunday story times for kids 3 and older are held 1:30 p.m. and there’s a “twinkle, twinkle, little toes” story time for toddlers on Mondays at 11:30 a.m.

    Most Tuesdays bring a “nursery rhyme time” at 10:30 a.m., and a parent and toddler workshop is offered on Wednesdays at 10 a.m. Finally, young ones can grab their teddy bears and head to the library for pajama story time on Wednesday evenings at 6.

Japanese Spring Fest

    The Hampton Library in Bridgehampton will celebrate the cultural traditions of Japan during a Japanese Spring Festival for families on Tuesday from 5 to 6:40 p.m. There will be Japanese stories and samples of the country’s cuisine, and people can also try their hands at writing a haiku or making a paper crane for good luck.

    In addition to regularly scheduled story and play times, this week at the library T will host a Sunday afternoon tea and story time for kids 4 and older from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m., and on Tuesday children 10 and older can play good old-fashioned board games from 3:30 and 4:30 p.m.