Kids Culture 05.15.14

Stop-Motion Fun

An exploration of stop-motion animation will be the highlight of a Family Fun Night at the Parrish Art Museum in Water Mill tomorrow. Artists from the Good School, described as a “mobile arts education school” that teaches “commercial and traditional art-making skills and technological understanding via stop-motion filmmaking,” will head up the program.

Participants will make sets and have a chance to try out professional stop-motion software. Attendees can also visit a sort of animation photo booth and do other art projects inspired by works in the museum’s galleries. The fun goes down from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. and is free with museum admission.


Be the Solution

Turtles, pollution, and beachcombing are on the weekend’s agenda at the South Fork Natural History Museum in Bridgehampton. Children 3 to 5 will learn about the museum’s turtles, play a turtle game, and search out painted turtles in the pond out back on Saturday at 10 a.m.

At the same time, kids 12 and up can put their heads together in a Pollution Solution marine science lab with Melanie Meade. Young scientists will consider possible fixes for a hypothetical oil spill in a marine habitat, then take on the role of government officials and scientists as they work to clean up the mess. The program carries a $4 materials fee.

On Sunday, kids 5 and up will gather shells, feathers, and other beach finds and then cast them in plaster of paris. The program begins at 10 a.m. Reservations have been requested for all museum activities.


Frogs, Dogs, and Butterflies

As the weather warms, local libraries are turning their attention to the creatures we start to see again in springtime. The Cornell Cooperative Extension will bring some live butterflies to the Amagansett Library on Saturday at 3:30 p.m. to teach kindergartners through sixth graders about local butterfly species and habitats.

Next Thursday, the East Hampton Library will offer a butterfly story and craft time from 4 to 5 p.m. for kids 4 to 6.

Children 7 and older can learn to make origami frogs at a workshop on Sunday at 2:30 p.m. at the John Jermain Memorial Library in Sag Harbor. Also at John Jermain, but on Saturday, emerging readers age 6 to 10 can practice their skills by reading to Cody the dog. Five-minute sessions will be scheduled in advance between 10:30 and 11:15 a.m. The library can be called to book a slot.


Planting Time

The seedlings that have filled the entryway of the Children’s Museum of the East End in Bridgehampton will be moved to the museum’s garden on Saturday at 10:30 a.m., and families have been invited to help. In the process, they will learn some plant and gardening basics. The cost is $20, or $15 for members.


Author, Author!

McKenzie Willis, a children’s book author, will share his new book, “Tales of the Rainbow Forest,” with kids on Saturday at 2 p.m. at the Hampton Library in Bridgehampton in a program that includes songs, artwork, and a subtle lesson on bullying.

Looking ahead to Friday, May 23, at 4 p.m., another author, Victor Joseph, will read from “Danes Are Great” accompanied by his own Great Dane companions, Brando and Kruger. Reservations have been requested for both programs.


Helping Hands

Montauk middle schoolers looking to earn some community service hours can do so at the Montauk Library on Tuesday from 3:15 to 5:15 p.m. Students will help construct craft packets and update the children’s room puzzles. Permission slips are required for those who plan to take the bus from school to the library. Parents must pick up their children at the library.