Kids Culture 12.05.13

Caring for Small Animals

       Thinking of getting a hamster or gerbil? Maybe a rabbit or a guinea pig? If so, you may want to stop in at the Amagansett Library on Saturday at 3:30 p.m., when Cornell Cooperative Extension educators visit with a variety of small animals kids might want as pets. The animals, what they need, and where they like to live will be discussed in this program for kids in kindergarten and above.

       Families have been invited to the library for a reading of Truman Capote’s “A Christmas Memory” on Sunday at 1:30 p.m.

       The library has a number of new weekly programs for children. Kids in kindergarten and above can play with Legos and other fun toys and games on Thursdays at 4 p.m. Sixth graders will be on hand as “play partners.” For preschoolers, there is Flash Story Time, with books and a quick craft, on Mondays at 2:15 p.m. Tot Hop, also for preschoolers, will get little ones moving with songs and rhyming games on Wednesdays at 2:15 p.m.

       Shake, Rattle, and Roll and First Story Time, both for toddlers up to age 3, will continue on Fridays at 10 a.m. and Tuesdays at 10:15, respectively.

       The library’s programs are free, but advance sign-up has been requested.


Tasty Houses, Snowy Globes

       Gingerbread and snow globes? It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas at the Children’s Museum of the East End in Bridgehampton. Kids can listen to a reading of Janet Squires’s “The Gingerbread Cowboy” during a pizza and pajama night tomorrow at 6. Afterward, they will help decorate a gingerbread model of the museum. The program costs $10 including museum admission and is free for members.

       Kids 2 to 6 years old will make snow globes to take home on Saturday following a 10:30 a.m. reading of David Soman and Jacky Davis’s “Ladybug Girl and the Big Snow.” Adult assistance will be required at this program, which costs $24, or $12 for members. Advance registration is required for both.

       Looking ahead, the museum will have gingerbread-decorating workshops for families on Dec. 14 at 10 and 11 a.m., noon, and 1 p.m. The cost is $30 per house, $20 for members, and reservations are a must.


Penguins and P.S.A.s

       The holidays are a source of inspiration for programs at the East Hampton Library this week. This afternoon from 4 to 5 there will be a penguin story and craft time for kids 4 to 6 with an adult.

       Young filmmakers in 6th through 12th grades have been invited to take their video cameras, smartphones, iPads, or Flip cameras to the library on Sunday at 1 p.m. to work independently or with others on a public service announcement promoting an upcoming library program. They can earn community service credits in the process.

       The library will smell particularly festive next Thursday from 4 to 5 p.m. when kids 7 and older make orange pomanders using citrus and cloves. The library has requested advance sign-up for all its programs.


Ornaments With Sprinkle

       Over at the Hampton Library in Bridgehampton, young adults can stop by anytime through Saturday during library hours to make their own sprinkle-filled ornaments.

       A holiday tree lighting and open house, with a visit from St. Nick, hot cider, and festive music by Bridgehampton students, is on the calendar for Saturday from 3 to 5 p.m. On Monday at 4 p.m., folks from the Horticultural Alliance of the Hamptons will help kids ages 5 to 9 plant amaryllis bulbs and offer some tips for taking care of the plants at home.

       Eight to 12-year-olds can make rubber-band bracelets at the library on Wednesday at 7 p.m. Reservations are required for all but the open house and drop-in programs.


The Goat’s Holiday Fair

       A St. Nicholas Holiday Faire at the Goat on a Boat Puppet Theatre in Sag Harbor on Saturday will offer crafts and gift ideas for the holidays from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. And, oh yeah, Santa will be there!