Kids Culture 08.01.13

Camp Shakespeare

    The Hamptons Shakespeare Festival’s Camp Shakespeare will run from Monday through Aug. 16, with one or two-week options available.

    Kids 8 to 16 will explore theater and Shakespeare by participating in activities involving acting, improvisation, movement, voice, theatrical arts, and crafts. The camp runs from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. each weekday and participants can sign up for one or both weeks. Each weeklong session culminates in a student performance for family and friends. The camp will be held on the grounds of St. Michael’s Lutheran Church in Amagansett. Tuition is $420 per week and financial aid is available. Registration is at 267-0105 or

Children’s Film Festival

    The Parrish Art Museum in Water Mill will team up with the New York International Children’s Film Festival on Saturday to present the best of short global cinema for young people, ages 3 to 18. Since its launch in 1997, the event has grown to become the largest festival for children and teens in North America. Short films for kids 3 to 6 will be shown at 11 a.m. A program for kids 5 to 10 starts at 1 p.m., and films for kids 8 to 14 will begin at 3.

    The cost, which includes museum admission, is $10, though the festival is free for members, children, and students. Space is limited; advance reservations are recommended.

Nature Exploration

    Aspiring female naturalists between the ages of 9 and 15 push up their sleeves, crouch in the dirt, chase insects, and peer through a microscope during a three-part series of programs, Girls Who Looked Under Rocks, at the South Fork Natural History Museum in Bridgehampton.

    Inspired by the Jeannine Atkin’s book by the same name, the programs are aimed at nurturing youngsters interested in nature. Crystal Possehl will lead them on Saturday, Aug. 10, and Aug. 17 from 10 to 11:30 a.m. In the first session, participants will focus on insects. The second and third sessions will explore the salt marsh and wildlife.

    Every child will go home with a copy of Ms. Atkins’s book. There is a one-time $5 material fee.

    On Sunday at 10 a.m., Lindsey Rohrbach will lead a beachcombing and sandcasting session for children 5 and up. During the workshop, participants will learn how to identify shells, feathers, seaweed, and other treasures of the natural world. The group will then use plaster of Paris to make seaside-themed works of art to take home. There is a $3 materials fee.

    Prior reservations are essential for both programs.


    The first of Guild Hall’s KidFest performances will feature BAM Percussion’s “Blue Barrel Show” on Wednesday at 1 and 5 p.m.

    “The BAM characters, who look like they walked straight out of a mad cartoon, speak a unique language: BAMspeach, spoken only by them, but understood by everyone from 3 to 83 years old,” according to a release. Tickets cost $16 for adults, $13 for kids, and $14 and $11 for Guild Hall members.

    At 4 p.m. that day, kids 5 and older will make art inspired by music during a craft program at the museum. The cost is $10 or $8 for members.

Carnival Time

    The Sag Harbor Fire Department Carnival will run from Tuesday through Aug. 10. The rides, games, and concession stands will be open from 5 to 10 p.m. each night, with fireworks planned for dusk on Friday, Aug. 9.

Paper Boat Regatta

    The Amagansett Library will host its fifth annual origami boat regatta on Saturday beginning at 3:30 p.m. Families are invited to make their best origami paper boats and race them in the water to see who wins.    

    On Wednesday, families can create mosaics made out of assorted bits and pieces. Starting at 3:30 p.m., shells, sea glass, and found objects will all be used to create unique mosaics that participants can take home.

    A tween film night Wednesday at 6 will feature “Frankenweenie,” with the library supplying snacks.

    This afternoon the library will show “Despicable Me” for families at 3:30. Next Thursday’s family film is “Wreck-It Ralph.”
    Advanced registration is required for all programs.

Puppets Everywhere

    All Hands Productions, an Atlanta puppet company, will present “The Reluctant Dragon” at the Goat on a Boat Puppet Theatre in Sag Harbor today, tomorrow, and Saturday at 11 a.m. The show is based on Kenneth Grahame’s book of the same name. Tickets cost $12, $10 for theater members and grandparents, and $5 for kids under 3.

    All Hands will also present a free show in the Amagansett Square tomorrow at 5:30 p.m.

    Families with kids 4 and older can make a toy puppet theater in Sag Harbor today at 12:15 p.m. during a family puppet workshop. The cost is $25 per family.

    Next Thursday, Nappy’s Puppets, a Connecticut puppet company, will present an hour-long shadow circus workshop at 12:15 p.m. at Goat on a Boat.

    Goat on a Boat will host free puppet workshops for families with kids 3 and older at the Southampton Center on Job’s Lane today and next Thursday from 4 to 5 p.m. Participants will make finger puppets today and assemble simple scarf marionettes next Thursday.

Twirlygig Pirates

     The Story Pirates, an arts education and media company, will present a sketch comedy musical based entirely on stories written by elementary school children on Tuesday at the Children’s Museum of the East End in Bridgehampton.

    The program will begin at 6 p.m. with doors opening at 5:30 p.m. It is part of the museum’s Twirlygig Tuesdays, and is offered outside. In case of rain, the show will be on Wednesday. The cost is $17 in advance and $20 at the door. Members pay $15 in advance.

Jewelry, Yoga, and More

    Kids 8 and older will make decoupage jewelry during a program this afternoon at 2 p.m. at the East Hampton Library.

    For kids 4 and older, with an adult, there is a watercolor art program tomorrow from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m., a camp-themed craft program on Wednesday at the same time, and a dinosaur-themed art program next Thursday from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. Participants will build a volcano that explodes, freeze their dinosaurs in an icy lake, and save them from terrifying quicksand pits.

    On Monday, children 5 and up are invited to story time yoga from 1:30 to 2:15 p.m. with Susan Verde, a certified kid’s yoga instructor and children’s book author. Sign-up is required for all programs.