Kids Culture 07.19.12

Local School News
The cast of Shakespeare’s “The Taming of the Shrew,” which will be performed Wednesday at Guild Hall. Keri Lamparter

Ahoy, Matey!
    Whether it’s tying knots, singing a sea chantey, or reading a treasure map, pirate wannabes can learn the ropes (or walk the plank) at Pirate Summer Camp offered at the Sag Harbor Whaling Museum Monday through Friday, July 27, and again from Aug. 13 to 17, from 1 to 3 p.m.
    During the weeklong program, designed for Kidds 6 to 12, campers will also learn about Long Island’s maritime history and prepare to stage a maritime musical accompanied by a pirate feast. The cost is $150 per week. Reservations can be made through the museum.
Make a Movie, Tame a Shrew
    Budding young filmmakers can work on an original production of their own during two workshops at Guild Hall starting on Monday. An introduction to filmmaking for children 8 to 11 will be offered Monday through Friday, July 27, from noon to 3 p.m. Students will learn what it takes to make a film, from development and writing to acting, cinematography, and editing. The cost is $300, or $280 for members.
    Older kids 12 to 15 will have the chance to write, shoot, and edit a short film next week during a five-day afternoon session that runs from 4:30 to 7:30. The intermediate workshop costs $400, or $380 for members. Both programs will culminate with a screening for friends and family on July 28. Advance registration is required.
    On Wednesday, the Hamptons Shakespeare Festival will make its way to the John Drew stage for a condensed family-friendly version of “The Taming of the Shrew” from 5 to 6 p.m. The show is recommended for kids 6 and older. The performance, part of the KidFest series, costs $16 for adults and $13 for kids, or $14 and $11 for members. An arts and crafts workshop for kids 5 and up will be held before the show from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. The cost is $10, $8 for members.

At the Goat
    With releases like the blues CD “Mr. Diddie Wah Diddie,” Randy Kaplan plays music for kids that’s not just for kids, and today, tomorrow, and Saturday at 11 a.m. he’ll be doing his thing at the Goat on a Boat Puppet Theater in Sag Harbor. Tickets cost $10, $9 for members and grandparents, and $5 for kids under 3.
    Next Thursday, Friday, July 27, and July 28, puppets return to the theater for three performances of “Cinderella,” all at 11 a.m. The theater is on East Union Street next to Christ Episcopal Church.

Out of Your Gourd
    Sarah Shepherd, an herbalist, and Colette Gilbert, a storyteller and the curator of education for the East Hampton Historical Society, will help kids 5 to 10 years old make their own percussion instruments during Wednesday’s Fun on the Farm program at the Mulford Farm on James Lane. The program, which runs from 10 a.m. to noon, costs $20 per child. Advance registration has been requested.

Stimulating the Senses
    Jeff Negron, a gardener and educator, will head up a five-senses walk through Bridge Gardens in Bridgehampton for children ages 3 to 7 and their caregivers on Saturday from 9 to 10:30 p.m., weather permitting. Participants will taste, smell, and make dye from herbs, look for creatures that live in the garden, listen to the breeze rustling through the tall bamboo, and feel the many textures of the plants cultivated in the garden. There is a $5 fee for the program.

“Peter and the Wolf’”
    The young dancers of the Hampton Ballet Theatre School will be joined by the Hampton Chamber Orchestra when they present “Peter and the Wolf” at the Montauk Playhouse Community Center next Thursday and at the Children’s Museum of the East End in Bridgehampton on July 31. Melissa Errico, an actress, singer, and recording artist, will be the guest narrator for the Montauk performance, which will start at 7 p.m.
    Sara Jo Strickland, the school’s director, choreographed the ballet, and Yuka Silvera designed the costumes. Andrew Perea conducts the chamber orchestra. Tickets for next Thursday’s performance cost $15. For the CMEE show, tickets cost $17 in advance, $15 for members, and $20 at the door.

For Young Explorers
    Children who like exploring the natural world can indulge their curiosity during a series of nature safaris at the South Fork Natural History Museum in Bridgehampton starting today. A shorter program for kids 3 to 5 will be held today and tomorrow from 9 to 10:30 a.m. and on Aug. 2 and 3 at the same times.
    Participants will go into the field to observe the plant and animal worlds around the museum and then conduct hands-on science investigations. The three-day programs for older kids cost $80, $65 for museum members. The program for younger children costs $60, or $45 for members.
    On Saturday at noon, Frank Quevedo, the museum’s executive director, will lead kids 8 and older in dissecting a small shark called a spiny dogfish. Kids will learn how to identify the fish’s anatomical parts and how it eats, swims, and “breathes.” A $20 materials fee will cover tools, gloves, and eye protection. That afternoon at 3:30, Crystal Possehl will introduce kids 4 to 10 to the creatures and sounds of the summer night. Advance registration is required.

Movies and Masks
    Parents who remember “The Borrowers,” about a family of teeny tiny people who borrow what they need from big folk, might appreciate Tuesday’s family movie at the Amagansett Library, “The Secret World of Arrietty,” an animated film based on the “Borrowers” story. The film will be shown at 3:30 p.m.
    The library’s “tween” movie on Wednesday at 6 p.m. will be “Hugo,” the 2011 feature directed by Martin Scorcese about an orphaned boy who lives secretly in a train station and keeps its clocks running.
    Children 5 and older can take part in a mask-making session at the library on Wednesday at 3:30 p.m. Advance registration has been requested for most library programs.

Monster’s Lair
    Jason Edwards will lead kids 6 to 12 on a “monster hunt” through the John Jermain Memorial Library in Sag Harbor on Saturday morning from 10:30 to 11:45. Teams of hunters will use their library research skills to find hidden clues that will lead them to a monster lurking somewhere in the library. Advance registration is required.

CMEE Family Fair
    Kids can paint birdhouses, tackle a rock wall, plant a garden, bounce to their hearts’ delight, try out the water slide, go on a scavenger hunt, and hone their camping skills on Saturday at the Children’s Museum of the East End’s Great Outdoors Family Fair. The fund-raiser runs from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Tickets in advance start at $150 for adults and $100 for children. At the door, people will pay $25 more.
    Inside the museum will be closed on Saturday. In case of rain, the fair will be held on Sunday. An incorrect date for the fair ran in last week’s issue.