Kids Culture 06.14.12

Happenings for school aged children

Drop ’n’ Dine
    Every Wednesday from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m., parents can Drop ’n’ Dine at the Surf Lodge in Montauk. Children can engage in locally and globally themed art projects using a variety of mediums while their parents enjoy a quiet dinner together. The free program is for ages 4 and older and runs, rain or shine, through Labor Day. The number to call to reserve a spot is 347-391-4004.

Camp Shakespeare
    Camp Shakespeare will be at St. Michael’s Lutheran Church in Amagansett from July 30 through Aug. 10. Participants ages 8 to 15 will explore acting, improvisation, movement, and voice with trained theater educators. More information is online at hamptons-shakespeare.org/camp.

Video and Photo Awards
    The cable channel MSG Varsity has awarded Zoe Wang, Irene Chen, John Cheng, Chloe Wan, Han Jiang, and Candice Liu of the Ross School V-Award honorable mentions for their video short “Unfamiliar.” More than 2,100 submissions were received for the competition, which celebrates excellence in media productions by students and aims to encourage a new generation of broadcast professionals. For their accomplishment, the school will be given $1,000.
    Another Ross School student, Lea Winkler, won an honorable mention in the Southampton Youth Bureau’s contest “The Animals Around Us” for a photo she took at the Morton National Wildlife Refuge in Noyac. A display of all of the submissions is on view at Southampton Town Hall through July 15.

For Father’s Day
    Children ages 4 to 6 can make a gift for Dad at a Father’s Day story time today from 4 to 5 p.m. at the East Hampton Library. Registration by phone has been requested.
    Also in the children’s room, kids 4 and up can take part in a Day at the Beach art program tomorrow from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. They will make their own beach scenes with shells, rocks, and other shore finds.

FamilyFest’s Back
    The Montauk Playhouse Community Center Foundation is bringing back its summer FamilyFest series on July 12, when the Hamptons Shakespeare Festival’s kid-friendly “The Taming of the Shrew” will be the first of four programs.
    On July 26 there will be a performance of “Peter and the Wolf” by the Hampton Ballet Theater School and the Hampton Chamber Orchestra. The Jabali Acrobats will be on hand on Aug. 9, and on Aug. 23 the FreeCycle Action Sports Team will entertain with BMX, skateboarding, and street bike action.
    The Children’s Museum of the East End will hold classes for children ages 2 to 4 at the Montauk Playhouse on Mondays this summer. Classes are to include cooking, crafts, and gardening. More information is at CMEE’s Web site.