Kids Culture 07.04.13

St. Luke’s Family Fair

    Pony rides, face painting, a dunk tank, a fun house, and more are in store for kids at the St. Luke’s Episcopal Church’s Summer Family Fair on Saturday. Entry to the fair is free. The church is on James Lane in East Hampton.

Hedgehog on the Go

    The Amagansett Library will launch its summer reading program on Saturday at 11 a.m. with the help of some unusual animals, including a hedgehog. A petting zoo will also feature frogs, bugs, ducks, and bunnies, among other animals. Afterward, kids can sign up for the library’s reading program. More creatures, of the marine variety, will visit the library on Wednesday at 3:30 p.m. during the Cornell Cooperative Extension’s Seahorse See and Touch Safari program for families.

    This week at Amagansett also marks the beginning of Tween Movie Night on Wednesday at 6 p.m. when “Oz the Great and Powerful” will be screened for kids 8 to 14. Family movies will be shown at the library on Thursdays at 3:30 p.m., starting next week with “Monsters Inc.” Registration is requested for all programs.

Creatures for Petting

    A hedgehog will make an appearance in Bridgehampton on Saturday, as well, visiting the Hampton Library at 2:30 p.m. along with other pettable creatures.

    Tomorrow at 11 a.m., the library begins a Friday series of cooking classes for kids 8 and older. This week they’ll make “worms and dirt,” and next week it’s the “real potato head.”

Kids Cartooning Camp

    Peter Spacek, an artist and cartoonist who does The Star’s weekly editorial cartoons, will be the instructor during a kids cartooning camp in Bridgehampton Monday through next Thursday, and again Aug. 19 through 22.

    The camp, for kids of all ages who love to draw, is sponsored by the Bridgehampton Museum and the Tee and Charles Addams Foundation. It will run from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. each day with kids divided by age group. Participants will sketch their ideas, then use pen and ink to create finished cartoons. They will also make illustrations based on descriptions of Charles Addams’s cartoons, and then see his originals at the end of the week. An exhibit of student work will happen on the final day of each program.

    Workshops will take place at the museum’s archives building at 2539A Montauk Highway. The cost is $200 per student. Space is limited. Advance registration is a must and can be done via e-mail to or by calling the Bridgehampton Historical Society.

Roller Breakdancing

    BreakSk8, a breakdancing group that performs on roller skates, will bring their moves to the Montauk Playhouse Community Center next Thursday at 7 p.m. during the first of the Playhouse’s FamilyFest performances.

    Tickets are $15 per person or $50 for a package of four performance tickets plus a ticket to an Aug. 9 circus workshop. Also coming to the Playhouse for FamilyFest are the Hampton Ballet Theatre School performing “Peter and the Wolf” on July 25, the National Circus Project on Aug. 9, and the Harlem Hoopsters on Aug. 23.

Youngsters Yoga, Bubble Blowers

    This week brings loads of fun for kids at the East Hampton Library, from calming activities like yoga to music, painting, and hat making.

    Story time for kids 5 and older on Monday from 1:30 to 2:15 p.m. will come with yoga. Susan Verde, a children’s book author and yoga instructor, will help make kids part of the story as they pose, move, and breathe through different yoga postures. This is a program for children only, while parents run an errand or browse in the library.

    Kids 4 and older can learn about the shapes, sizes, and colors of bubbles and build their own bubble blowers, which they will use to make unusual paintings, on Tuesday from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. On Wednesday, they can make their own sun hats from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m., and next Thursday from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. they’ll combine science and art to make their own paints with household materials. Children under 7 must be accompanied by adults for these programs.

    For littler ones ages 1 to 3 and their parents, a Music Together session next Thursday from 10:30 to 11:15 a.m. will mix songs, movement, and instruments for 45 minutes of lively fun.

    Sign-up is at the library’s children’s desk and is required for all programs.

Puppets, Pigs, Peace

    These are busy days for the Goat on a Boat Puppet Theatre. In addition to its regular puppet shows in Sag Harbor, it will offer shows in Amagansett Square next week and inaugurate a series of family puppet workshops.

    The show this week at the theater on East Union Street in Sag Harbor will be “The Three Little Pigs,” performed tomorrow and Saturday at 11 a.m. Next Thursday, Friday, July 12, and July 13 at the same time, Bonnie Duncan will present “Squirrel Stole My Underpants.” Tickets are $12, $10 for member and grandparents, $8 for siblings, and $5 for kids under 3.

    Ms. Duncan will lead a puppetry workshop for families with kids 5 and older next Thursday from 12:15 to 1:15 p.m. She will cover how to tell stories using your whole body and talk about how she puts together and performs her shows using mime, puppetry, and dance. The cost is $25 per family. A July 18 family puppet workshop will be led by Puppets of Prague.

    On Friday, July 12, at 5:30 p.m., Ms. Duncan will bring “Squirrel Stole My Underpants” to Amagansett Square. Her show will be the first of a free Friday evening series offered by the Goat in Amagansett.

    Peaceful Planet Yoga aims to give parents a little peace next Thursday from 6 to 8:15 p.m., when they can drop off their little ones ages 4 to 10 at the puppet theater in Sag Harbor for an evening of yoga-style fun and games, ending in “sleepy yoga mist, soothing, sparkly meditation balm, a yoga rest, and relaxation” to get them ready for dreamland. Kids can attend in pajamas. The cost is $25, $15 for an additional sibling, and $10 for a second sibling. Advance registration is required at

KidFest Crafts

    Kids can practice their action painting on Wednesday during the first of Guild Hall’s KidFest craft workshops. Children 5 and older will make flat paintings or 3D sculptures in the style of Jackson Pollock from 4 to 4:45 p.m. The cost is $10, $8 for members. KidFest craft programs will be held every Wednesday through Aug. 28.

Music Theater Camps

    Eight to 12-year-olds who love to sing, dance, and perform onstage can practice all three and more during three weeklong music theater camps run by the Bay Street Theatre this summer, from July 22 to 26, Aug. 5 through 9, and Aug. 12 through 16.

    Each week will include improv, vocal and dance instruction, and other theater activities. The camps run from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Students can sign up for one, two, or all three sessions. The cost is $425 per week, $800 for two weeks, or $1,100 for all three. Karen Peele Hochstedler, a performer and musical director who has taught music and movement, acting, scriptwriting, and improvisation to children and adults, will teach the first and third sessions.

    The camps will be held at Studio 3 in Bridgehampton, with size limited to 20 students per session. Advance registration is required through Bay Street’s administration office or online at

Art for the Young

    At the John Jermain Memorial Library in Sag Harbor, Joyce Raimondo will teach a series of youth art programs for kids 6 and older starting next Thursday at 3:30 p.m. The classes, which are free, will feature a different theme each week. Next week, young artists will use self-hardening clay and found objects to make sculptures. Advance registration is required.