Kids Culture 11.28.13

Turkeys and Other Birds

       Tomorrow, after the excitement of Thanksgiving, the family fun begins at the South Fork Museum of Natural History in Bridgehampton.

       With help from her story-time puppet, Lodo the River Otter, Crystal Possehl will read Cathryn Falwell’s “Gobble Gobble” at 10 a.m. and teach 3 to 5-year-olds more about the bird that could have been America’s national symbol. Then they’ll head into the field behind the museum to search for wild turkeys or signs of them before making their own turkey craft.

       There is a $3 materials fee for this program.

       Live birds of prey will be the draw at the museum on Saturday, when Lorrie Schumacher and Talon Skye offer programs at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m., with outdoor controlled-flight demonstrations at 11 and 2.

       The mother-daughter team will have European, barred, and barn owls; a Lanner falcon, a red-necked raven, and a Harris’s hawk with them.

       On Sunday at 10 a.m., families can help feed some of the museum’s many creatures while also learning about the animals, the food chain, and how habitat and food are connected.

       Reservations are requested for tomorrow’s and Sunday’s programs.


Hanukkah Fun

       It’s being called “Thanksgivukkah,” the merging of Thanksgiving Day and weekend with the early days of Hanukkah, but tomorrow morning at the Jewish Center of the Hamptons, it will be all about Hanukkah fun.

       There will be family programs starting at 10:30 a.m., including a visit from Jonathan Geffner, a ventriloquist, craft programs, games, and a latke lunch at noon.

       There is no charge for admission; the center has asked visitors to donate a new, unwrapped toy instead. The day’s fun is open to all, but reservations are requested by phone or through the center’s website,


Angelina and a Ballerina

       Angelina Ballerina will visit the Children’s Museum of the East End in Bridgehampton tomorrow . . . well, sort of.

       Katharine Holabird will offer a special reading of her popular children’s book “Angelina Ballerina” at 10:30 a.m., accompanied by Devon Friedman, a ballerina from the Hampton Ballet Theatre School. Quite a treat for little Angelina fans.

       The cost is $10, which includes admission to the museum. Members get in free.


Al E. Gator in Sag Harbor

       Puppet shows at the Goat on a Boat Puppet Theatre in Sag Harbor will resume on Saturday, when the Puppet Company presents “Al E. Gator and Friends” at 11 a.m. and 3 p.m.

       The marionette variety show includes a number of different acts performed by the sibling team of Steven Widerman and Susan Widerman Blog, master puppeteers and the company’s artistic and executive directors.

       Tickets to Saturday’s shows cost $12, $10 for members and grandparents, and $8 for second siblings and kids under 3.


Family Program at Parrish

       The day after Thanksgiving may be Black Friday to some, but at the Parrish Art Museum in Water Mill, it’s a family day.

       The museum will have special family tours and art projects tomorrow afternoon from noon to 3 p.m., and as a bonus for adults, its holiday pop-up market will be open at the same time.

       Family programs are free with museum admission. Advance registration is not required.


Action Figures, Monster Masks

       Local libraries also have some fun in store for kids over the Thanksgiving weekend.

       At the East Hampton Library tomorrow afternoon, Joyce Raimondo will talk with children 4 and older about how famous artists captured emotions and action in their work. Then she’ll help them create their own “action figures,” using plaster gauze. The workshop runs from 1:30 to 2:30. Reservations are requested.

       Scary monsters are the theme of a story and craft time on Saturday at 3:30 p.m. at the Amagansett Library. After listening to a monster story, kids will make their own monster masks. Advance sign-up is requested.

       The forecast is for snow at the John Jermain Memorial Library in Sag Harbor on Sunday, when kids of all ages are invited to create snowflake ornaments from pasta from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. Advance registration is a must.


Retreat Program for Teens

       The Retreat will hold a leadership program for teenagers focusing on how to prevent violence in teen relationships on Wednesday evening at the Hampton Library in Bridgehampton.

       Called “In Their Shoes,” the program will have teens role-playing as they learn about real-life situations involving abuse. The Retreat operates a shelter in East Hampton for victims of domestic abuse and also runs abuse prevention programs for young people.

       The program starts at 6 p.m.

       On a lighter note, the library is starting a Minecraft Club for 8 to 12-year-olds. Kids will gather at the library Wednesday at 7 p.m. to build, snack, and play.