Kids Culture 08.02.12

The Princess and the Racer

    Princess Katie and Racer Steve, who play “fun, witty music that parents can enjoy with their kids,” according to their Web site, will get kids moving at the Children’s Museum of the East End in Bridgehampton on Tuesday. The duo and their band offer up kid-friendly rock, swing, reggae, country, funk, dance, and rockabilly tunes.

    The gate opens at 6 p.m. for this outdoor concert, part of the museum’s Twirligig Tuesdays series. Tickets cost $17 in advance, $15 for members, and $20 at the door for everyone. In case of rain, the show will be on Wednesday night.

This Time, With a Frog

    Liz Joyce and a Couple of Puppets will perform “The Princess, the Frog, and the Pea,” today, tomorrow, and Saturday at 11 a.m. at the Goat on a Boat Puppet Theatre in Sag Harbor. The show, which is for all ages, features tabletop puppets made by Ms. Joyce telling stories that most kids know well.

    Next Thursday, Friday, Aug. 10, and Aug. 11 at the same time, Ms. Joyce and Abby Levin will bring “Puppets of the High Seas,” a tale about the importance of recycling, to the theater. Tickets to all shows cost $10, $9 for members and grandparents, and $5 for kids under 3. The theater is on East Union Street behind Christ Episcopal Church.

Congo Snake, Flamingo Limbo

    Jabali Acrobats, a team from Mombasa, Kenya, will show off their acrobatics, tumbling, human pyramids, contortions, and fantastic feats of chair balancing in a family program at the Montauk Playhouse Community Center next Thursday at 7 p.m.

    The audience has been advised to come ready to participate as the acrobats do the Congo Snake Dance, the Flaming Limbo Bar Dance, and Skip Rope Footwork. Tickets cost $15 and can be purchased in advance by calling the Playhouse or visiting its Web site,

Baby-Sitting 101
    Kids who have set their sights on baby-sitting as a way to raise some extra pocket money can learn some of the basic skills required for the job during a program at the Hampton Library in Bridgehampton on Saturday from 1 to 4 p.m.

    Taught by educators from the Cornell Cooperative Extension, the course will cover child safety, developmental stages, and planning age-appropriate activities for little ones. It is open to young people entering sixth grade and older. Advance registration is required with the library for this free course, which will run only if there are at least 10 participants registered.

    On Tuesday at the library, kids 5 to 8 can hear stories about the Tooth Fairy and make keepsake treasure boxes for their baby teeth from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Registration is required in advance.

Circus Acts

    Guild Hall in East Hampton has invited kids to “discover all the wow factor and star quality of the circus tent, concert hall, and Broadway stage in one fantastic show,” when “Cirquetacular!” comes to the John Drew Theater stage on Wednesday at 5 p.m.

    The aerial acrobatic variety show for children 4 and older features aerialists and acrobats, of course, as well as contortionists, illusionists, singers, dancers, and feats to boggle the imagination. Tickets cost $16 for adults, $13 for kids, and $14 and $11 for Guild Hall members.
    To gear up for the performance, kids 5 and older can make circus flipbooks during a workshop from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. The class costs $10, $8 for members.

Birdhouses, Pedicures, Pets

    The East Hampton Library is hosting a slew of special programs for kids in the lead-up to its annual Children’s Fair on Aug. 12. On Monday, kids 8 and older can paint and decorate their own birdhouses from 3 to 4 p.m.

    Children 11 and older will learn how to use household items for hand treatments and get instruction on basic nail care, filing, and “natural-look” polishing on Wednesday from 4 to 5 p.m. Next Thursday, educators from the Long Island Aquarium in Riverhead will talk with kids 4 and up about “good” and “bad” pets and introduce them to a few critters, too. The program runs from 3 to 4 p.m.

    In an art program on Friday, Aug. 10, from 3 to 4 p.m., children 4 and older will learn about the art of Max Ernst, who lived on the South Fork, and his technique of making rubbings of textured objects, and then they’ll try their hand at it with crayons. Advance registration is required for all programs.

Regatta Time

    Sailors (of small paper boats, that is) will show off their prowess at the Amagansett Library on Saturday at 3:30 p.m. when the library hosts its annual Paper Wishing Boat Regatta. The family event is free, although reservations would be appreciated.

Fan Fiction

    Matthew Miranda, who has published flash fiction, short fiction, memoir, poetry, and book reviews, will lead a class in fan fiction for teenagers at the John Jermain Memorial Library in Sag Harbor next Thursday and Aug. 16 at 5:15 p.m. Fan fiction, in which writers can elaborate on the stories of their favorite characters and worlds, offers a sort of built-in inspiration for aspiring scribes. Students will spend two sessions brainstorming and writing short pieces. They have been asked to bring a book or story they would like to work from. Advance registration is required.

At the Players Club

    Children and their parents have been invited to the Players Club, a restaurant on Montauk Highway in East Hampton, for an early evening of family activities, crafts, and food tonight from 5:30 to 7:30. Kids can make pipe cleaner crafts with Wendy the Pipe Cleaner Lady, and eat whole wheat pizza, pastas, and veggies, then finish the meal at a make-your-own-sundae station. The gathering includes a screening of “The Chipmunks: Chipwrecked.” The cost is $20 per child.

Future Phelpses

    Southampton Youth Services is offering semiprivate swimming classes for kids 3 and older. Swimmers will be divided by age and ability into groups of two to three. The cost is $45 for a 30-minute lesson or $35 for members of S.Y.S., which is on Majors Path. Private 30-minute lessons are also available for children and teenagers for $55, or $45 for members. Parents will not be permitted in the pool area during lessons.

    In East Hampton Town, the Recreation Department is offering free swimming classes Monday through Aug. 17 at Albert’s Landing Beach in Amagansett. Registration is at 10 a.m. Monday, at which time students will be divided into classes according to ability.