Kids Culture 01.17.13

Student Art Extravaganza

    Artwork by thousands of kindergarten through eighth-grade students from across the South Fork and Shelter Island will be on display at Guild Hall starting on Saturday in the first part of the annual Student Art Festival.

    “This exhibition celebrates the artistic pursuits of young people by exhibiting their work in a museum environment and salutes their teachers who cultivate and inspire the creative process,” Ruth Appelhof, Guild Hall’s executive director, said in a release. Work by younger students will be on view through Feb. 24. There will be a reception with student performances in the John Drew Theater on Jan. 26.

    The second part of the festival, featuring work by high school students, runs from March 9 through April 14. Admission to the museum will be free during the festival. The museum is open Fridays and Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sundays from noon to 5.

    While the first part of the exhibition is on view, Guild Hall will host free open studio and craft projects for kids 4 to 10 all day on Saturdays and Sundays, except Jan. 27, with materials provided.


Monsters, Penguins, Books

    Kids in kindergarten through sixth grade can sharpen their library skills this afternoon as they team up to search out a “monster” in the Amagansett Library. They will use the card catalog, the Dewey Decimal System, and their own sleuthing powers starting at 2 p.m., and everyone will go home with a monster detective badge.

    On Saturday at 2 p.m., kids in third through sixth grade have been invited to a book conference at the library, where they can talk about their favorite books, series, and authors and pick up suggestions from fellow young readers. There will be prizes for participants and free advance copies of books not yet in print. Erica Farber, the author of the soon-to-be-published Fish Finelli books, will be on hand and snacks will be provided.

    That day at 3:30 p.m., families can drop by the library to hear a story about penguins and then make their own penguin pop-up cards. Reservations have been requested for all library programs.


Guest of a Goat

    Gustafer Yellowgold will stop in at the Goat on a Boat Puppet Theatre in Sag Harbor on Saturday to entertain kids with a multimedia performance of live music, animated illustrations, and storytelling in a style The New York Times described as a cross between “The Yellow Submarine” and Dr. Seuss. Shows will be at 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. Tickets cost $10, $9 for members and grandparents, and $5 for children under 3.


Move and Groove

    The Ellen Johansen Music Studio in East Hampton is offering two music and movement classes for babies and toddlers and their caregivers starting next Thursday. Both classes help develop listening, focused attention, imagination, creativity, and self-expression.

    The 15-week classes are part of the Musikgarten program and are meant for little ones up to age 3. Family Music for babies through 15 months will run from 9:30 to 10 a.m. Tuition costs $250 and includes a CD and parent guidebook to use at home and a stick, rattle, and scarf for the classroom.

    Family Music for toddlers 15 months to 3 years old follows from 10:30 to 11:05 a.m. Tuition is $265, which includes a CD, parent guide, and finger bells. Both classes will meet every Thursday through Memorial Day.

    Ms. Johansen, an early-childhood music and movement specialist, has taught Musikgarten for 20 years. Her studio is at 8 Stratton Square in the village. Spaces can be reserved by calling 324-9648 or online at ellenjohansenmusicstudio.com.