Kids Culture 02.20.14

Dance Party

       Families can get their groove on tomorrow when the Parrish Art Museum in Water Mill hosts a D.J. dance party for families from 5 to 7 p.m. The A&G Dance Company will teach hip-hop moves and give a performance to the music of Adam Baranello, and everybody will be invited to add their “tags” to a collaborative graffiti-style mural. Visitors can also tour the 2014 student exhibition, which is on view in the museum’s galleries. The evening is free with museum admission, but advance reservations at have been suggested.


Hao Bang Ah Horse!

       This is the Chinese Year of the Horse, and on Saturday at the Goat on a Boat Puppet Theatre in Sag Harbor, Chinese Theatre Works will introduce audiences to the horse and other animals of the Chinese zodiac, as well as some Chinese New Year customs in a show called “Hao Bang Ah Horse!”

       The show includes hand puppets based on popular Chinese songs or expressions. Hao bang ah, for example, means “great” or “well done.” Some parts of the program will be in Chinese with English translations. “Sing-alongs, games, and audience participation and post-show hands-on demonstrations make the Chinese cultural experience and language learning accessible to even the youngest audience members,” a release said. Performances will be at 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. Tickets cost $12, $10 for members and grandparents, and $8 for siblings or children under 3.


Plaster, Fossils, Clay

       Plaster casting, fossil making, and sawdust clay are on the schedule at the Children’s Museum of the East End in Bridgehampton this week. Tomorrow from 10 a.m. to noon, Roisin Bateman will work with 7 to 10-year-olds to make plaster hand casts, and then use those to make sculptures. The cost is $20, or $10 for members. Kids 6 to 10 can make their own “fossils” during a workshop on Saturday from 10 a.m. to noon. This one, too, is a drop-off class, and costs $15, $5 for members. Children 3 to 6 will make their own versions of Play-Doh with sawdust during a workshop on Saturday morning from 10:30 to 11:15. The cost is $18, $7 for members. Adult assistance will be required. Reservations are a must for all programs.


Nests for Bluebirds

       Visitors to the South Fork Natural History Museum in Bridgehampton will learn about birds and salamanders this weekend. On Saturday at 10 a.m., kids 7 to 12 can build a bluebird nest box with Nicole Cummings. Ms. Cummings will talk about why natural nesting sites for eastern bluebirds have been disappearing and tell kids what they can do to help. They will be able to take home their nesting boxes after the program, which includes a $10 materials fee in addition to the cost of museum entry.

       Andy Sabin will lead a family walk in search of the eastern tiger salamander on Saturday at 7:30 p.m. “Don’t miss a rare opportunity to see this salamander as it makes its way to the pond to mate and to lay its eggs,” the museum says. The walk is dependent on weather: Heavy rain is a must, and too much snow would cancel the event. Participants have been asked to wear rain boots and take a flashlight. Younger children will learn about winter birds and go outside to look for some during a program on Sunday at 10 a.m. with Lindsey Rohrbach. This is for 3 to 5-year-olds, who will make a craft, too. There is a $3 materials fee. Advance sign-up is required for all programs.


Pet Programs

       Pets will be the subject of a story and craft time at the Amagansett Library on Saturday at 3:30 p.m. At the East Hampton Library on Tuesday, kids 4 to 6 can turn their attention to dogs during a story and craft session from 4 to 5 p.m. Next Thursday, second through fourth graders can test their math skills during a math bee from 4 to 5 p.m. at the East Hampton Library. And a reminder: For kids looking to get out of the house today, Susan Verde will lead a yoga session at the library for children 5 and up (no adults) from 1:30 to 2:15 p.m.