Kids Culture 12.19.13

Y.M.C.A. Winter Camp

       The Y.M.C.A. East Hampton RECenter is offering a full-day winter vacation camp for 5 to 12-year-olds on Monday, next Thursday, and Friday, Dec. 27. The program will run from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day, and kids will do arts and crafts, play games, watch movies, and enjoy free play and other activities. The cost is $65 for one day, $124 for two, or $180 for all three. Advance registration is required.


Games, Stories, Workshops

       The Children’s Museum of the East End in Bridgehampton will host a morning drop-off program during the holiday break for 3 to 6-year-olds. Sessions, held Monday, next Thursday, Friday, Dec. 27, and Jan. 2 and 3 from 9:30 a.m. to noon, will include games, story time, and a workshop. The cost is $85 per day per child, or $75 for members of the museum.

       The museum is having a holiday cookie workshop for 2 to 6-year-olds on Saturday. It includes a story. The start time is 10:30 a.m. and the cost is $25, or $15 for members.

       The museum’s gingerbread house workshops originally scheduled for Dec. 14 were canceled because of snow and have been rescheduled for Sunday at 10 and 11 a.m., noon, and 1 p.m. The cost is $30 per house or $20 per house for members. Advance registration is required for all museum programs.


“The Night Before Christmas”

       The Goat on a Boat Puppet Theatre in Sag Harbor will present “The Night Before Christmas” on Saturday at 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. Tickets cost $12, $10 for members and grandparents, and $8 for siblings and children under 3.


Holiday Tree for Birds

       Families will decorate a holiday tree for birds on Saturday at 10 a.m. at the South Fork Natural History Museum in Bridgehampton. Using seeds, suet, and dried fruits, participants will also make holiday treats for birds that they can take home to their own outdoor trees. There is a $3 materials fee for the program, plus the cost of museum admission.

       Young scientists 8 to 11 can gain a deeper understanding of microbiology during a program on Sunday at 10 a.m. Lindsey Rohrbach will teach kids about the fascinating world of microorganisms — how they recycle waste, create food, and can be found in every part of our planet. All of the museum’s programs require registration in advance.


Loads to Do at Libraries

       Local libraries will have plenty to keep kids busy in the lead-up to Christmas and the days after it. The Amagansett Library will celebrate the arrival of winter with a Winter Festival story and craft time on Saturday at 3:30 p.m.

       A Winter Wonders family time with crafts, games, and other fun is on the schedule Saturday from 2:30 to 4 p.m. at the Montauk Library.

       At the Hampton Library in Bridgehampton kids of all ages can drop in anytime today or tomorrow to design their own wrapping paper. Tomorrow from 4 to 5:30 p.m. and Saturday between 11 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. kids can make winter ornaments. Movies and crafts for kids 4 and up are on tap at the library on Monday at 2 p.m. And starting next Thursday kids in seventh grade and above can stop by to make paper New Year’s wish fortune cookies.

       Joyce Raimondo will lead a Winter Wonderland art program for kids 4 and older next Thursday from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. at the East Hampton Library. On Friday, Dec. 27, kids 4 and older can make marshmallow wreaths there from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. Those under 7 should be accompanied by an adult. Reservations are a must for all programs.

       Kids 9 and older who want to spend some time delving into the world of Minecraft can do so on Friday, Dec. 27, at the John Jermain Memorial Library in Sag Harbor. From 10:30 a.m. to noon, all things Minecraft will be covered, with a discussion about the different choices and styles of this educational game and the computer as well as app editions to play. Early reservations have been suggested.