Kids Culture 05.09.13

Decoupage Book Collage

    On Wednesday from 4 to 5 p.m., kids can celebrate Children’s Book Week by creating tributes to their favorite books at the East Hampton Library. Children can either take their own picture books or pick one from the library to make collages. The event is open to 4-year-olds and up; those under 7 must be accompanied by an adult. Children ages 4 and up have been invited to build sculptures with cardboard shapes, sticks, beads, and other fun stuff on Friday, May 17, from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. at the library. Creativity will be sparked as kids figure out how to join materials together without using glue.

“Martha Speaks”

    The Children’s Museum of the East End and the Bay Street Theatre in Sag Harbor will jointly present a performance of “Martha Speaks” at the theater on Saturday at 11 a.m. The new musical is based on a series of books and a PBS television series of the same name. The show, which runs about an hour, is recommended for children 5 to 9. Reserved seats cost $15; same-day tickets cost $20.

Bee Themes and Beach Time

    Crystal Possehl, a nature educator, and Lodo the River Otter, her puppet, have invited kids to the South Fork Natural History Museum in Bridgehampton on Saturday at 1 p.m. for a story about what baby bees look like, how they work together, and what life is like inside a hive. Afterward, children will make their own model bees and take a short nature walk in search of spring blooms. There is a $3 materials fee. Also at the museum, 2 to 4-year-olds can sing and dance to the sounds of the beach to help them heighten their awareness of nature’s own music. On Sunday at 10 a.m., Lindsey Rohrbach will lead children in exploring a beach in East Hampton, where they’ll practice making nature sounds. A story time will complement the morning’s adventure. Enrollment is limited; reservations are required.

Mom Crafts, Authors Panel

    Families will be welcomed at a Mother’s Day-themed story and craft time at the Amagansett Library on Saturday at 3:30 p.m. Children can also make decoupage boxes for their mothers. At 6 p.m. that day, in honor of Children’s Book Week, ages 9 to 90 have been invited to a panel discussion at which authors and illustrators of children’s books will describe how curiosity drives their research and inspires their creativity — whether in nonfiction or fiction. The panelists, all with local ties, include Melvin and Gilda Berger, authors of the Scholastic Question and Answer series; Kate and Jim McMullan, the authors of “I Stink!” and “I’m Bad!”; Erica Farber of the “Fish Finelli” series of mystery books set in East Hampton, and Maureen Sherry, whose debut novel, “Walls Within Walls,” is a middle-grade tale of a treasure hunt set in New York City. Those interested in attending have been asked to register in advance.