Kids Culture 04.25.13

    Young dancers from the Hampton Ballet Theatre School will take the stage tomorrow, Saturday, and Sunday to present two new spring ballets at Guild Hall’s John Drew Theater.
    “The Graduation Ball” and “Carnival of the Animals” were choreographed by the school’s director, Sara Jo Strickland, and feature costumes by Yuka Silver and lighting by Sebastian Paczynski. The first, with a score by Johann Strauss Jr., is about students from a boys military school attending a dance at an all-girls school. Camille Saint-Saens did the score for “Carnival of the Animals,” a whimsical romp of wild, barnyard, and zoo animals.
    Performances will be tomorrow and Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. Tickets cost $25 in advance for adults, $20 for children under 12, and can be purchased at 888-933-4287 or online at hamptonballettheatreschool.com.

Daddy and Me
    Dads who want to get in the groove with their little ones will have a chance at a special Daddy and Me class offered by Music Together by the Dunes on Sunday at the Children’s Museum of the East End in Bridgehampton. Fathers and children from newborn to age 5 will sing, dance, do rhythmic chants, play instruments, and move together in the class, which starts at 11 a.m. The cost is $10. Advance registration is at mtbythedunes.com.

Libros y Peliculas
    Tuesday, or Martes, will be el Dia de los Ninos and el Dia de los Libros at the East Hampton Library. The celebration of children, books, and reading from 4 to 5 p.m. will include stories in English and Spanish for kids 4 and older and a craft session. Advance registration has been requested.
    Teenagers who took part in the library’s annual teen film contest, a monthlong filmmaking effort, will show their films on Wednesday from 5 to 6 p.m. Awards will be presented in a range of categories, including a People’s Choice Award. Refreshments will be served.

Terrariums and Sandcasts
    As the larger outside habitats wake from their winter slumber, kids 7 to 15 will have a chance on Saturday to make their own microcosms during a terrarium workshop at the South Fork Natural History Museum in Bridgehampton. Crystal Possehl, a nature educator at the museum, will use the terrarium project to teach participants about the water, carbon, and nitrogen cycles, and how air, soil, and water work together to “keep life in balance.” The workshop starts at 10 a.m.
    On Sunday at the same time, Lindsey Rohrbach will lead kids 5 and older in a beachcombing and sandcasting workshop, sharing tips about identifying shells and other beach treasures, collecting them, and using plaster of Paris to cast them. There will be a $3 materials fee.
    Advance reservations are required for both programs.

Author, Author!
    The Hampton Library in Bridgehampton is running a bus trip for teens to the Authors Unlimited event at St. Joseph’s College in Patchogue on Saturday, where kids will have a chance to meet young-adult authors, talk about their books, even get autographs. The trip is open to younger children as well, but teens will get preferred seating on the bus, which will leave the library at 8 a.m. and head home from the college at 4 p.m. Those under 14 must be accompanied by an adult.