Kids Culture 08.09.12

Local events for children

At the Library
    The East Hampton Library will hold its annual Children’s Fair at the Gardiner Farm on James Lane on Sunday from 2 to 5:30 p.m. This year’s pirate-themed spree will inspire literacy and the love of reading through a host of fun “bookaneer” activities including pirate chanteys by Bradley True, illusions by Magic Al, and a special performance by the Story Pirates, a nationally recognized educational sketch comedy troupe that will enact winning stories from the Young Author Search writing contest.

    Tomorrow, kids 4 and older will get a lesson in Max Ernst’s “frottage” (French for “rubbing”) technique from 3 to 4 p.m. Monday at 3 p.m., kids 8 and up will learn how to make their own macramé pieces. Older kids can hone their writing skills at a college application essay workshop on Tuesday from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Next Thursday, kids age 3 to 5 can make their own silly slime to take home, from 11 a.m. to noon. Finally, there’s more goo to be had in “It’s About Slime,” next Thursday from 3 to 4 p.m., where kids 6 and older will learn the difference between solids and liquids, as well as create quicksand and slippery ooze to take home.

Laughing Pizza!
    Guild Hall will host a hands-on arts and crafts workshop, at which kids age 5 and up can create their own musical instruments, Wednesday from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. The cost is $10, $8 for members.

    Then, at 5 p.m., families can put on their dancing shoes for Laughing Pizza, a mom, dad, and daughter band that writes and performs energetic, interactive, dance-filled shows for all ages. Their music videos can be seen on PBS stations and TV on demand. They’ve played at music festivals, schools, theaters, museums, and even the White House. Tickets are $16 for adults, $14 for members; kids’ admission is $13, and $11 for members.

At the Water Mill Center
    International artists working at the Water Mill Center will offer a children’s art workshop on Sunday as part of a free community tour of the art and performance center from 3 to 6 p.m.

    Artists from over 25 countries are participating in this summer’s international program at the center. Adults will have a chance to tour the center and see some of the installations and performances created for its annual benefit last month.

Monkeying Around
    Bridgehampton’s Children’s Museum of the East End’s weekly Twirligig Tuesdays this week will feature Meredith LeVande, an acclaimed children’s music performer who appears regularly on PBS as part of Monkey Monkey Music. Ms. LeVande plays songs about bubbles, belly buttons, and opposites. The concert begins at 6 p.m., and costs $17 in advance, $15 for members, and $20 at the door. The rain date is Wednesday.

Wicked Scenes
    A Class Act NY, a Manhattan acting studio for kids and teens, is coming to Pierson High School in Sag Harbor for a one-day workshop based on the musical “Wicked” on Aug. 18.

    The workshop, from 1 to 5 p.m., will give budding thespians the chance to work with Lauren Gibbs, an actor in the Broadway show, and a musical director. Kids 7 to 17 will practice scenes, songs, and dances from the show. The cost is $150. Advance registration is required by e-mailing
Go Fish
    The Montauk Chamber of Commerce will sponsor free educational fishing expeditions aboard local charter boats for kids ages 6 to 18, Tuesday, Wednesday, and next Thursday from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Fishing equipment and life vests will be supplied; adults must accompany children and will be charged $10 per group. Availability is quickly dwindling, so make haste to sign up at the chamber office.

Puppetry on the Sea
    Goat on a Boat Puppet Theatre will welcome “Puppets of the High Seas,” presented by Liz Joyce and Abby Levin this week. The show is a musical adventure that features hand puppets and costumed characters as they hit the high seas in search of the creatures of No Footprint Island. Performances are at 11 a.m. Admission is $10, $9 for members and grandparents, $5 for children under 3.

Sounds of the World
    The Ross School’s summer camp is offering a music and movement program for campers ages 2 and under. Both caregivers and little ones will listen to the sounds of the world, through which they discover multicultural musical traditions, instruments, singing, and movement. Besides building a larger understanding of the world, each class is constructed to foster motor development in infants and toddlers. Classes are $120, and will be held through next Thursday, on Tuesdays and Thursdays, from 10 to 11 a.m.

Sketchy Tour
    Janet Sygar, an architectural educator and tour director, will lead a walking and sketching tour of historic Sag Harbor for 8 to 12-year-olds. Kids will take an educational and lively stroll through the town’s most interesting streets, starting at the Sag Harbor Custom House.

    Ms. Sygar will provide sketching materials and teach kids how to observe architectural details on Sag Harbor’s most prominent buildings. Although the tour will be held Aug. 20, from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., it is has been requested that those interested make reservations as soon as possible. The cost is $10 per child. The Society for the Preservation of Long Island Antiquities is sponsoring the tour; more information can be found at its Web site,