Rock Hunters, Pond Explorers
A rock-collecting beach treasure hunt run by the South Fork Natural History Museum will have kids 3 to 5 searching out special stones on the beach in Noyac on Saturday at 10 a.m. Collection bags and magnifying glasses will be provided for a $4 fee.
At 4 p.m. that day at the museum in Bridgehampton, George Held will read animal poems from his new book, “Neighbors: The Yard Critters Too.” The book was illustrated by Joung Un Kim, with art direction by Matteo Bologna. Those who attend will be invited to read a poem or chime in with some animal sounds. Mr. Held will sign copies of his book and there will be refreshments and complimentary print tattoos after the reading.
On Sunday at 10 a.m., 3 to 5-year-olds will use underwater viewers they’ll make with the help of an adult, magnifying glasses, and microscopes to examine the life in a pond. The program has a $3 materials fee.
Reservations have been requested for all programs.
Reptiles and Cave Paintings
The South Fork Natural History Museum will take its reptiles and amphibians to the East Hampton Library on Saturday at 11:30 a.m. for a visit with kids 4 and older. Kids will learn what the critters eat and why they’re an important part of the local ecosystem.
Cave boys and cave girls 4 and up can report to the library on Tuesday at 1:30 p.m. for a “prehistoric cave painting” session. They will grind chalk, berries, charcoal, and other materials to make their own paints, which they will use on their own clay tablets. Those with a berry allergy have been advised to avoid the class. That same age group will make their own checkerboards at the library on Wednesday at 3:30 p.m. Adults have been asked to accompany all children under 7, and reservations have been requested for all programs.
Pet the Cello, It Doesn’t Bite
A family concert at the Perlman Music Program’s Summer Music School on Shelter Island on Sunday will expose children to classical music and give them a hands-on introduction to string instruments. The program’s students and faculty will perform on cello, viola, violin, and bass and offer a musical skit. An instrument “petting zoo” following the performances will have them trying youth-size string instruments with supervision and coaching from the performers. The free event will begin at 11:30 a.m. in the program’s performance tent at 73 Shore Road.
Bugs, Museums, Movies
Creepy crawlies, awesome arachnids, lovely ladybugs, and all sorts of other insects will be the stars of an I Love Bugs family story and craft time at the Amagansett Library on Saturday at 3:30 p.m.
On Wednesday at the library, Susan Verde, the author of the children’s book “The Museum,” will read from it at 3:30 p.m. A collage-making session will follow. Those who attend will get a free family pass to the new Parrish Art Museum in Water Mill for Friday, July 19, including a tour at 5 p.m.
Wednesday at the library is also Tween Movie Night. This week’s flick, which starts at 6 p.m., will be “Iron Man 2.” The family movie, tomorrow at 3:30 p.m., will be “Brave.” Snacks will be provided. Advance registration has been requested for all library programs.
Families interested in the art of puppetry can learn some tricks of the trade during puppetry workshops this month at the Goat on a Boat Puppet Theatre in Sag Harbor.
The first will be today at 12:15 p.m. with Bonnie Duncan, who is presenting her show “Squirrel Stole My Underpants” at the theater today, tomorrow, and Saturday at 11 a.m. Next Thursday, Puppets in Prague will be in Sag Harbor to present “Snow White” at 11 a.m., then lead a family workshop on making Czech-style marionettes at 12:15. “Snow White” will also be presented on Friday, July 19, and July 20. Puppet show tickets cost $12, $10 for theater members and grandparents, and $5 for kids under 3. The puppetry workshops, which are best for kids 4 and older, cost $25 per family. Reservations have been requested.
Goat on a Boat will also give a free outdoor puppetry workshop at the Southampton Center on Job’s Lane next Thursday from 4 to 5 p.m. Workshops will continue each Thursday at the same time (weather permitting) through Aug. 8. The center is in the space formerly occupied by the Parrish Art Museum.
Tomorrow will mark the start of the Goat’s free Friday evening puppet shows in Amagansett Square. Ms. Duncan will take her show there tomorrow. Puppets in Prague will be there on Friday, July 19. Show time is 5:30 p.m.
New in Southampton
In addition to the puppet workshops mentioned above, the Southampton Center has a number of other free programs on tap for kids this summer. Puppet shows, presented in cooperation with Goat on a Boat, will be held every Sunday at 5 p.m. through Aug. 25. Also ahead are an animal visit courtesy of the Quogue Wildlife Refuge next Thursday, self-portraits with Marquis Studios on Aug. 11, and a Musicworks family concert on Aug. 25.
For Young Chefs
Cooking classes for kids 8 and older will continue at the Hampton Library in Bridgehampton tomorrow at 11 a.m. This week young chefs will make “the real potato head.” Next week at the same time, they’ll make tropical treats.
Kids entering sixth grade and above can apply temporary tattoos of their own creation on Saturday at 11 a.m. From Saturday through Friday, July 19, during library hours kids of all ages can drop in to make their own cave paintings at the library. Reservations are required for all but the drop-in craft program.