Kids Culture 06.20.13

Puppets’ “Big Stink”

    Three native species band together to track down the source of a “malodorous substance” in “The Big Stink,” a children’s puppet show coming to Marders nursery in Bridgehampton this weekend. The production is the work of artists and puppeteers from Brooklyn and the East End and is, according to a release, “designed for a world where the average child can name more brand logos than animals living in their backyard.”

    The players and puppeteers include Christian Scheider, Britt Moseley, Nick Fusaro, and Tucker Marder, who also directed and produced the “The Big Stink.” Max Feldschuh will be on “vibes.” There will be free shows on Saturday and Sunday at 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. Marders is on Snake Hollow Road.

Czech and Slovak Folktales

    Vit Horejs, a master puppeteer, storyteller, and founding artistic director of the Czechoslovak-American Marionette Theatre, will bring Czech and Slovak folktales to life in a marionette show at the Montauk Library on Saturday.

    Mr. Horejs has written, translated, adapted, and directed a dozen plays for his theater. Among his many accolades was his recent Innovation Theatre Awards nomination for best director for his play “The Very Sad Story of Ethel and Julius” at Theater for the New City. He performs in films and on TV as well. The show in Montauk, which runs from 7:30 to 9 p.m., is for all ages and is free.

    Also at the Montauk Library, the Dig Into Reading summer reading club will start tomorrow. There will be clubs divided by age, including one for preschoolers and kids entering kindergarten in the fall. Readers can sign up between 11 a.m. and 6 p.m. A dinosaur-themed kickoff celebration will be held from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m.

Seashell Walk

    Ever wondered what kind of creature made its home in that cool shell you found on the beach? Frank Quevedo, director of the South Fork Natural History Museum in Bridgehampton, will provide some answers during a family seashell identification walk on Saturday at 1 p.m.

    He’ll talk about how shells form and the lives of their inhabitants. Those who want to share some treasures from their own collections have been invited to take them along. Reservations are required and can be made by calling the museum.

Musical Theater Camps

    Stages, a Children’s Theatre Workshop is registering kids 8 to 18 for its summer musical theater camps, from July 1 through July 28 or Aug. 1 through Aug. 25. The camps, which will involve rehearsing and performing a full-scale musical production, along with instruction in acting, singing, and dancing, will run from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, at the Southampton Town Recreation Center. Final performances will be on July 26, 27, and 28 and Aug. 23, 24, and 25 at Pierson High School in Sag Harbor.

    The cost is $2,450 per session, or $4,500 for a pair of siblings or a two-session package. Some scholarships and financial aid are available. Registration is through the director of Stages, Helene Leonard, at or online at

Lemonarf Stands

    The Animal Rescue Fund of the Hamptons is making its Lemonarf Stand starter kits available to kids who want to make philanthropy a part of their summer plans. The kit includes recipes for lemonade and cookies, a poster to let customers know the money raised will support ARF, a minibank to collect donations and keep them safe until they are taken back to ARF, and Lemonarf cups. The kits are available at the organization’s adoption center on Daniel’s Hole Road in East Hampton.

Safe Summer Evenings

    Southampton Town’s Safe Summer evening recreation program for teenagers will begin on Monday at Long Beach in Noyac. The program features supervised outdoor basketball, Ping-Pong, knock hockey, D.J. music, arts and crafts, a putting green, outdoor movies, football, soccer, and more on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday evenings from 8 to 11, with a number of special events planned throughout the summer. It is free and open to all kids 12 to 18 years old.