Kids Culture 07.26.12

Local events for children

“Peter” Times Two
    The young dancers of the Hampton Ballet Theatre School will stage two shows of “Peter and the Wolf” this week, with musical accompaniment by the Hampton Chamber Orchestra. The ballet will be performed tonight at 7 at the Montauk Playhouse Community Center, with narration by Melissa Errico, an actress, singer, and recording artist. Tickets cost $15.
    On Tuesday at 6 p.m., the show moves to the Children’s Museum of the East End in Bridgehampton, where Susan Galardi, a singer, songwriter, actor, and playwright, will be the guest narrator. Tickets cost $17 in advance, $15 for members, and $20 at the door.

Camp Shakespeare
    Shakespeare wrote that “All the world’s a stage,” and the Hamptons Shakespeare Festival will help children 8 to 15 prove him right during Camp Shakespeare, a theater program beginning on Monday at St. Michael’s Lutheran Church in Amagansett. The camp runs Monday to Friday through Aug. 10, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Children can enroll for one or two weeks; the cost is $400 per week.
    Campers will do acting, improvisation, movement, and voice exercises as well as theatrical arts and crafts. Each week will culminate in a performance for friends and family. Advance registration is required by phone at 267-0105 or by e-mail at

Oodles of Fables
    “Aesop Bops,” a funny, fast-paced collection of classic fables with plenty of audience participation, is the next offering in Guild Hall’s series of KidFest performances. The show, on Wednesday at 5 p.m., is ideal for all ages. In an arts and crafts workshop that day from 3:30 to 4:30, kids 5 and up will make edible art in the form of decorated cookies. The workshop costs $10, or $8 for members. The performance costs $16 for adults and $13 for kids, or $14 and $11 for Guild Hall members.

Free Swimming Classes
    Parents, mark your calendars, the East Hampton Town Recreation Department is offering free swimming classes for children 3 and older at Albert’s Landing beach in Amagansett from Aug. 6 through 17. Registration will take place at the beach that morning at 10. Parents have been asked to estimate their children’s swimming abilities, and children will be divided into classes based on that ability. Times vary throughout the day. Goggles and water shoes are required.
    On Mondays to Thursdays from Aug. 6 through 17, the department will offer sailing instruction at Fresh Pond in Amagansett for kids 12 and older and adults. Classes will run from 9 a.m. to noon or 12:30 to 3:30 p.m., with class size limited to 15 students. The cost is $200 per week. Advance registration is required at the Recreation Department, which is on Pantigo Road behind Town Hall.

Plover Day
    The Morton National Wildlife Refuge in Noyac is offering families a chance to learn about piping plovers and other endangered and threatened bird species on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. There will be free games, crafts, puzzles, and prizes for kids, and information for visitors young and old about the importance of protecting these birds and the role the United States Fish and Wildlife Service plays in doing so.