Kids Culture 06.05.14

An Afternoon With the Aztecs

Students in the Southampton Intermediate School’s seventh and eighth-grade dual-language program will offer a window into ancient Incan, Aztec, and Mayan civilizations at the Watermill Center on Saturday. The project is part of a partnership between the program and the center, and will include performances, food, crafts, and games from each of these indigenous Mexican, Central American, and South American cultures.

The students studied each culture in depth, then created original plays to teach others what they learned. They will work with visitors to make Incan pan pipes from bamboo and write their names in Mayan hieroglyphics. Those who studied the Aztecs will discuss the many uses of chocolate and introduce the ritual ball game tlachtli. The day begins at noon with tours of the center, which is on Water Mill Towd Road. Performances will start at 1 p.m., and food, crafts, and games will begin at 1:45. The event is free, but reservations have been requested through the center’s website,


Art Moves

The Studio 3 school will present “The Art of Dance,” a program of jazz, tap, ballet, hip-hop, contemporary, and lyrical dance inspired by great works of art on Saturday and Sunday at the Southampton High School theater. The production, choreographed by Diane Shumway, Meredith Shumway, Jenna Mazanowski, Liam Gifkins, and Thomas Gallo, will provide a showcase for over 150 dancers from Southampton to Montauk who attend the Studio 3 school in Bridgehampton.

Each of the school’s classes and levels has transformed a famous painting or sculpture into a dance piece. The production will be at 7 p.m. tomorrow and at 2 p.m. on Saturday. Tickets can be reserved by emailing or at 537-3008.


Can You Madoo?

The Children’s Museum of the East End will move its Pizza and Pajama Night to the Madoo Conservancy in Sagaponack tomorrow from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Kids can listen to a reading of Cicely Mary Barker’s “Magical Secret Garden” and then explore the magical gardens of Madoo, taking part in a scavenger hunt for its distinct sculptures, ponds, bridges, and more. Pizza will be served. The event is free for members, $10 for others. Reservations are required.

Back at the museum in Bridgehampton, Saturday will bring an “action painting” workshop with Roisin Bateman for kids 6 to 10. From 10 to 11:30 a.m., the Sag Harbor artist will have participants tracing their shadows in action, then drawing and painting in and around them to create large-scale works. The cost, which does not include museum admission, is $20, or $15 for museum members.