Kids Culture 07.18.13

Pop Ups’ “Radio Jungle”

    “Prepare for an educational romp through time and space populated with mermaids, bananas, on-location-extreme-cooking shows, treasure maps, giant crayons, a sky full of glowing constellations, bilingual bats, and more,” the Pop Ups promise of their new show, “Radio Jungle,” which they will take to the Children’s Museum of the East End in Bridgehampton on Tuesday.
    The band, joined by a cast of puppets, will be the first performers in the museum’s Twirlygig Tuesdays series, presented outside at 6 p.m., with doors opening at 5:30. And what a start it is: The band was nominated for a Grammy last year for best children’s album. Advance tickets cost $17, or $15 for members. Tickets are $20 at the door. People have been invited to take chairs and a picnic dinner. The rain date is Wednesday.

Stomp and Wiggle

    The South Fork Natural History Museum will take a selection of live reptiles and amphibians to the Amagansett Library on Saturday at 3:30 p.m. Crystal Possehl, an educator from the museum, will talk about the creatures and explain some of their habits, such as the “turtle stomp” and “salamander wiggle.”  On Wednesday at 3:30 p.m., after listening to Eva Moore read from her new book, “Lucky Ducklings,” families can make their own duckling pop-up cards.  “Brave” will be on the screen for families this afternoon at 3:30. Next Thursday, it’s “Ice Age: Continental Drift.” The library will show “Paranorman” on Wednesday at 6 p.m. for kids 8 to 14. Snacks are provided. Advance registration has been requested for all library programs.

Chess Masters

    The chess masters of Chess NYC will be at Guild Hall in East Hampton this month and next to teach kids the game or turn them into serious competitors. An evening drop-off program, which will include dinner for young players, will be held on five Thursdays from 6 to 8 p.m. starting today. The cost is $395 for all five sessions or $99 apiece if space is available. Registration is at 212-475-8130 or info@chessnyc.com. Chess NYC will run a chess camp at Guild Hall from Aug. 19 through 23, with full and half-day options.

“Peter and the Wolf”

    The young dancers of the Hampton Ballet Theatre School in Bridgehampton will perform “Peter and the Wolf” at the Montauk Playhouse Community Center next Thursday at 7 p.m. as part of the center’s FamilyFest. Tickets cost $15.

Mr. Skip’s Moves and Grooves

    Mr. Skip will get young kids 2 to 6 “Movin’ and Groovin’ ” tomorrow at 11 a.m. at the East Hampton Library. Kids 4 and older can make cut-paper collages at the library tomorrow at 3:30 p.m. and plant their own herb gardens on Wednesday at 3:30.  On Monday at 1:30 p.m., Susan Verde, a yoga instructor and children’s book author, will lead a kids-only story time yoga session for those 5 and older. Those 8 and up can make cool rock-art characters at the library next Thursday at 2 p.m. Advance registration has been required for all programs.

Puppetry Galore

    The Goat on a Boat Puppet Theatre is spreading the word of puppetry far and wide with shows and programs at its East Union Street, Sag Harbor, theater and in Amagansett and Southampton this week.
    Puppets in Prague will present “Snow White” today, tomorrow, and Saturday at 11 a.m. in Sag Harbor. Tickets cost $12, $10 for members and grandparents, $5 for children under 3. Next Thursday, Friday, July 26, and July 27, Z Puppets Rosenschnoz will take their show “A La Carte” to the theater.
    “Snow White” will be presented for free in Amagansett Square tomorrow at 5:30 p.m. “A La Carte” will be the show on tap in the square on Friday, July 26.
    Puppets in Prague will lead a family puppetry workshop in Sag Harbor today at 12:15 p.m. for $25 per family. Kids should be 4 and older. A rod-puppet workshop is scheduled for next Thursday at the same time. Advance registration is required.
    Goat on a Boat will teach people to make a toy theater from a small cardboard box during a free workshop next Thursday at the Southampton Center on Job’s Lane at the former Parrish Art Museum building. The program runs from 4 to 5 p.m.

“The Fish Juggler”

    A summer picnic at noon on Saturday followed by a 2 p.m. performance of “The Fish Juggler” by the East End Special Players will help the Hampton Library in Bridgehampton kick off its summer reading program. The library will provide lunch and refreshments. The theme “dig into reading” is carried over to a number of programs at the library this summer. Among them is a fossil-making session on Friday, July 26, at 2 p.m. for kids 4 and up.
    Also at the library this week, Play With Your Food, a cooking program for kids 8 and older, continues tomorrow at 11 a.m., with tropical treats on the menu. On Friday, July 26, kids will make a happy-face healthy snack.
    Kids in grades six and up should take their own white T-shirt or tank top to a neon spray T-shirt design session on Tuesday at 3 p.m. That same age group can make zombie box heads any time during library hours from Saturday through July 27. Advance sign-up is a must for all programs.

Butterflies and Friends

    The “friendship” between butterflies and flowers will be the topic of a family program at the South Fork Natural History Museum on Saturday at 10 a.m. Families with kids 5 and older will explore the museum’s garden, learning about how to attract butterflies and how flowers and insects help each other. Seeds will be provided. There is a $3 materials fee, and reservations are required. The museum is on the Bridgehampton-Sag Harbor Turnpike in Bridgehampton.

Gaiman’s “Neverwhere”

    Teens who have read Neil Gaiman’s book “Neverwhere” have been invited to talk about it on Saturday at 3:30 p.m. at the John Jermain Memorial Library in Sag Harbor. Advance registration is a must.