Kids Culture 04.04.13

Egg Drop Challenge

    The Children’s Museum of the East End will hold an egg drop on Saturday at 11 a.m. and is challenging kids to design a battle-proof vessel that will keep a raw chicken egg intact when dropped from the plank of CMEE’s pirate ship.

    The containers cannot include liquids, glass, or helium or other gases lighter than air. They must weigh one pound or less and be no more than one foot square. Parachutes can be used, but they must deploy in the air. The containers cannot be built around the eggs, as participants will have to insert their eggs just before the drop. Contestants can build their containers at home or make them during a workshop at the museum at 10 that morning, before the big event. The cost is $4, $2 for museum members. Eggs will be provided.

    To get kids geared up for Saturday’s fun, the Bridgehampton museum’s Pizza and Pajama Night tomorrow will include a reading of Mini Grey’s “Egg Drop.” The fun starts at 6 and costs $10. Members get in free.

The Birds and the Bats

    Birds, bats, and spring peepers are on the agenda at the South Fork Natural History Museum this weekend. On Saturday at 10 a.m., families with children 8 and older can listen for the sounds of spring with Crystal Possehl, a nature educator, who will offer a slide show with recordings of spring peepers, wood frogs, red-winged blackbirds, Northern cardinals, Eastern bluebirds, and more. A walk in the field behind the museum will follow. Those who have binoculars should take them.

    Kids 8 and older will build bat houses on Sunday at 1 p.m. with Molly Adams. Because of increased development of wooded areas, bats, which can eat up to 1,000 mosquitoes in an hour, are having a harder time finding trees in which to roost and raise their young. Ms. Adams will teach kids about bats’ important role in the local ecosystem while they assemble the houses. There is a $15 materials fee.

    As space in both workshops is limited, advance registration is required. The museum is in Bridgehampton on the Bridgehampton-Sag Harbor Turnpike.