Kids Culture 07.25.13

Stages, a Children’s Theatre Workshop, will present a musical take on “Pippi Longstocking” this weekend.

“Pippi Longstocking”

    The young actors of Stages, a Children’s Theatre Workshop, will take the musical “Pippi Longstocking” to the stage at Pierson High School this weekend.

    The musical is an original script by Jerry Leonard based on the series of books by Astrid Lindgren about a brash girl who lives along with a monkey and a horse. Helene Leonard will direct the production and Amanda Jones and James Benard will provide musical accompaniment.

    Performances will be in the school auditorium tomorrow and Saturday at 7 p.m. and Sunday at 3. Tickets cost $15 and can be purchased in advance at

Stitched Fashion Camp

    Calling young fashion aficionados! The Stitched Fashion Camp, run by Joe Zee, the creative director of Elle magazine, and Rob Younkers, a fashion designer and adjunct professor at Parsons the New School for Design, will come to Guild Hall in East Hampton from Aug. 5 through 16.

    The camp, for boys and girls ages 10 to 14, will offer young fashion fans a first glimpse into this creative industry with instruction on everything from sewing, illustration, and construction to styling and visual merchandising.

    Participants will develop a concept, create inspiration boards, and illustrate a six-look collection for spring/summer 2014. The cost for the two week session, which runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day, is $1,850 and includes all materials. A one-week option is also available for the second week. Advance registration is required at

Amazing Universe

    From new solar systems to black holes to time travel, our understanding of the universe continues to expand. Tonight at 7 p.m. at the Amagansett Library, the Montauk Observatory will host a free lecture by Mike Inglis, a professor of astronomy and astrophysics. Anyone 9 to 90, or older, will be welcomed. Weather permitting, the group will use observatory telescopes for stargazing from 9 to 10 p.m.

    On Saturday afternoon the library has invited families to a parade and mask-themed story and craft time at 3:30 p.m. There’s a “dinosaur dig” on Wednesday at 3:30 p.m. with Cornell Cooperative Extension, giving kids the chance to learn more about these long-extinct creatures while also exploring clues they left behind not only in rocks, but in present-day wildlife as well.

    The library’s tween film night on Wednesday at 6 will feature “Hotel Transylvania.” The family film next Thursday at 3:30 p.m. is “Despicable Me.” The library will provide the snacks.

    Registration is requested for all programs.

Dig Into Clay and Go Green

    Joyce Raimondo will lead two art workshops at the Montauk Library tomorrow. In the first, from 4 to 4:45 p.m., kids will discover how famous artists transform earth into art, then make creatures from self-hardening clay and other natural materials. At 5 p.m., Ms. Raimondo will teach Go Green, a workshop on making art from recycled materials. Both events are free. Registration, while requested, is not required.

Recycled Raw Beads

    On Monday, July 29, the East Hampton Library will sponsor a recycled raw bead craft using beads made from magazines from 1 to 2 p.m. Ages 8 and above are welcome. Registration is required.

    Calling all entering seniors. The East Hampton Library is sponsoring a three-part series on college application essay writing for students beginning their senior year of high school this coming fall. The classes will cover such areas as topic selection, organization, finding voice, sentence structure, and revision. The three sessions will take place on July 29, July 31, and August 2 from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Linda Fuller, who formerly ran the English department at East Hampton High School, will teach the classes. Space is limited and registration is required.

    On Tuesday, July 30 from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m., the East Hampton Library will sponsor a printing event where children can explore different printing techniques and create a beautiful collage of their work. It will include bubble printing, wood block printing, and stamping. Ages 4 and up are welcome. Sign-up is required.

    Come make homemade dog treats at the East Hampton Library on Wednesday, July 31, from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. Children, ages 4 and up, can either make treats for their own pets or donate them to the local animal shelter. Sign-up is required.

    Next Friday, August 2, children ages 4 and up are invited to discover watercolor techniques to create special effects when painting outdoor scenes. The East Hampton Library is sponsoring the program from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. Children under seven must be accompanied by an adult. Sign-up is required.

Puppet Shows Galore

    Z Puppets Rosenschnoz, a Minneapolis puppet company, will present their show “A La Carte” at the Goat on a Boat Puppet Theatre in Sag Harbor today, tomorrow, and Saturday at 11 a.m.

    The show, set to accordion music, features a comic battle between a faux French chef and a wily lobster. It is recommended for children ages 3 and up. Tickets cost $12, $10 for members and grandparents, and $5 for kids under 3. Z Puppets will also perform a free show in Amagansett Square tomorrow at 5:30 p.m.

    Next Thursday, Friday, Aug. 2, and Aug. 3 All Hands Productions, an Atlanta puppet company, will present “The Reluctant Dragon” at the Sag Harbor theater, also at 11 a.m. Loosely based on Kenneth Grahame’s book of the same name, this production utilizes colorful rod puppets amd moving-mouth hand puppets to tell a story about friendship and understanding. All Hands will also take the show to Amagansett Square this coming Friday, Aug. 2, at 5:30 p.m.

    A rod puppet family workshop for kids 5 and up will be held at the theater today from 12:15-1:15 p.m. In next Thursday’s workshop, families will make a toy theater. The cost is $25 per family. Advance registration is requested.

    This afternoon, from 4 to 5, Goat on a Boat will present a puppet-making workshop at the Southampton Center on Job’s Lane. Children ages 4 and up are invited to create a miniature puppet theater using small cardboard boxes as stages and paper puppets as the stars. Next Thursday, Goat on a Boat will present a finger puppet workshop at Southampton Center. Youngsters 3 and up are invited to make finger puppets using felt, feathers, and other materials.

    Tonight and every Thursday, Peaceful Planet Yoga promises parents two hours of peace with drop-off programs for kids 4 to 10 at the puppet theater. The program runs from 6 to 8:15 p.m. and kids are encouraged to go in their pajamas. Pre-registration is required at The cost is $25 for one child, $15 for a sibling, and $10 for a second sibling.

Peter and the Wolf

    The Hampton Ballet Theatre School will present “Peter and the Wolf” with the Hampton Festival Orchestra tonight and Tuesday in Montauk and Bridgehampton.

    Tonight’s production is part of the Montauk Playhouse Community Center’s FamilyFest. It begins at 7 p.m. Tickets are $15.

    Tuesday, the musicians and dancers take their production to the Children’s Museum of the East End in Bridgehampton. Doors open at 5:30 for the outdoor performance, which will start at 6. Advance tickets are $17, $15 for members in advance or $20 at the door. In case of rain, the production will be staged on Wednesday.


    Guild Hall’s KidFest arts and crafts workshop on Wednesday will take kids 5 and up into the outdoor sculpture garden, where they’ll look at Joel Perlman’s work, and then create their own sculptures. The program runs from 4 to 4:45 p.m. The cost is $10, or $8 for members. Advance registration is suggested.

Animal Exploration

    On Saturday night the South Fork Natural History Museum in Bridgehampton will present “A Wild Night of Animals and Films” from 6:30 to 10. Co-sponsored by the Wildlife Conservation Film Festival and the Quogue Wildlife Refuge, the event will include an introduction to live birds of prey, reptiles, and amphibians. After the sun goes down, there will be wildlife films under the stars in the field behind the museum. The cost is $5 for children ages 8 to 12 and $15 for everyone else.

    Also on Saturday, Crystal Possehl, a nature educator, and her story-time puppet, Lodo the River Otter, will lead a story time at 10 a.m. featuring a tale about the different animals that live in or visit nearby ponds. After the story, children will visit the ponds behind the museum and make their own pond crafts There is a $3 material fee. Advance registration is requested.