Kids Culture 07.10.14

Local school notes

Jazz for Young People
Jazz at Lincoln Center will head east on Saturday to present “Jazz and the Harlem Renaissance,” a free concert for young people, at the Southampton Arts Center on Job’s Lane. The concert will “focus on the innovations and achievements of this era and the importance of Harlem in the development of jazz,” according to the center’s website. It will feature Camille Thurman on saxophone and vocals, Sam Reider on piano, Noah Garabedian on bass, Justin Poindexter on guitar, and Evan Hughes on drums. The show will start at 5 p.m.

Insect World
Jan Porinchak will lead kids on an exploration of the wonderful world of insects on Saturday at 10 a.m. at the South Fork Natural History Museum in Bridgehampton. Kids will meet live insects, then construct and paint their own insect to take home. A smock or cover-up has been recommended. There is a $5 materials fee for the workshop.

On Sunday, Crystal Possehl heads out to the salt marsh in Southampton on a backpack adventure for kids 5 to 7 starting at 10 a.m. Participants will borrow a SoFo backpack filled with magnifiers, binoculars, a compass, and other tools.

Enrollment in both programs is limited and advance registration is required.

Build Your Own Sculpture
Kids 4 and older can learn about the giant sculptures built by artists like Alexander Calder and David Smith and then make a sculpture of their own using cardboard, sticks, straws, and other things during an art program tomorrow from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. at the East Hampton Library.

Susan Verde’s Storytime Yoga session for kids 5 and older will have young yoginis trying various poses and movements to become a part of the story on Tuesday from 11 to 11:45 a.m. This program may sound like fun for the whole family, but it’s for kids only, no adults.

Participants in a fizzy bath bombs craft session on Wednesday at 4 p.m. at the library will use simple science and household ingredients to make a soap that will jazz up the bath. Advance registration has been requested for all programs.

Celebrating Firefighters
While the Amagansett Fire Department celebrates its 100th anniversary on Saturday, the Amagansett Library will celebrate firefighters and all they do for the community during a story and craft time for families at 3:30 p.m.

Films at the library this week include “Despicable Me 2,” for families, today at 3:30 p.m., and the family film “Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs” next Thursday at the same time. For teens, the library will show “Mortal Instruments: City of Bone” on Wednesday at 6 p.m. Snacks will be provided. Reservations have been requested.

Awesome Eruptions
The children’s offerings at the John Jermain Memorial Library in Sag Harbor this week begin with an Awesome Eruptions chemistry workshop with Joyce Raimondo this afternoon at 3:30. Kids in kindergarten through sixth grade will take an imaginary trip to see some of the world’s most amazing volcanoes and sculpt their own Mount Vesuvius.

The library is running a Minecraft camp for kids 6 to 12 on Saturdays this summer from 3 to 4 p.m. The library has Minecraft on two PCs and six children’s iPads, but those with their own devices may want to take them along.

“The Wampum Exchange”
With all the summer traffic, it might be hard to imagine a time before cars, before computers, even before the Postal Service. Rosemary McKinley, a children’s book author, will evoke the colonial period, offering a glimpse into the life of a child in 1650, as she tells the story from her book “The Wampum Exchange” of a 12-year-old who had a chance encounter with a Native American boy. It happens on Saturday at the Children’s Museum of the East End in Bridgehampton, where she will show some Native American artifacts and lead kids 6 to 10 in a craft. The program runs from 10:30 to 11:15 a.m. and is free with museum admission.

On Sunday, Sima will be back at CMEE for a free story time for all ages at 11:30 a.m.