Kids Culture 03.14.13

Super Happy Mega Blast

    “The Super Happy Fun Time Mega Blast Emerging Youth Artist Contest and Experience.” The title of this show, to be held on Saturday and Sunday at Ashawagh Hall in Springs, tells you a lot about what to expect. Organized by Hampton Photo Arts and Tonic Artspace and curated by Barbara Impereale of the Tuckahoe School, it will include work in a variety of mediums by artists ages 5 to 19. A reception will be held on Saturday from 5:30 to 10 p.m., and gallery hours will continue Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The registration deadline was Saturday, but there may be a few spots still available. Hampton Photo Arts in Bridgehampton can provide details for those looking to have their work included.

Keep the Goat Afloat

    Fans, or shall we say devotees, of the Goat on a Boat Puppet Theatre will want to mark their calendars for Saturday from 5 to 7 p.m., when the nonprofit children’s theater holds its annual Bambini Ball fund-raiser upstairs from its stage on East Union Street in Sag Harbor. Partygoers have been advised to wear their most fun and festive costumes for an evening that includes a light dinner, crafts, games, dancing, treats, a puppet show, and a special performance. Tickets cost $45, or $35 for members, and $10 or $8 for children. They can be purchased in advance online at Earlier on Saturday, the puppet theater’s founder, Liz Joyce, will present “Little Red Riding Hood,” at 11 a.m. Tickets cost $10, $9 for members and grandparents, and $5 for children under 3. There will be no 3 p.m. show.

St. Patrick’s Treasure Hunt

    Montauk’s St. Patrick’s Day events this weekend include one especially for kids on Saturday. A Pot o’ Gold Treasure Hunt for 6 to 11-year-olds will start at 1 p.m. and have kids searching individually or in teams for treasures throughout the hamlet. Captain Kid Toys will award prizes for all who find treasures, including one for the team that finishes the hunt first. Registration can be done in advance at the Montauk Chamber of Commerce offices on Main Street or by e-mailing


    An educator from the Long Island Science Center will be on hand at the Amagansett Library on Saturday to lead hands-on activities exploring the physics of toys. Using old-fashioned and more familiar toys, kids in kindergarten through sixth grade will learn about gravity, inertia, and kinetic and potential energy, then make a toy of their own. The program begins at 3:30 p.m. Space is limited and advance registration is required.

Why Is the Sky Blue?

    Children curious about the ways of the universe will find answers to some of their questions during a program about light and how it works on Saturday at 10 a.m. at the South Fork Natural History Museum in Bridgehampton. The program, for children 8 to 10 years old, will include scientific experiments that explain some basic concepts of light, how it bounces off or is absorbed by different surfaces, and what part of the spectrum the human eye can see. Enrollment is limited and advance registration is required.