A menagerie of creatures will visit the East Hampton Library this week to mark the end of summer and the end of the summer reading program. On Monday from 2 to 3 p.m., it’ll be Nature Nick with a porcupine, miniature kangaroo, squirrel monkey, armadillo, python, and more. On Tuesday at the same time, the folks from the Wildlife Rescue Center of the Hamptons will stop in with various birds of prey, including a great horned owl and red-tailed hawk. Tomorrow from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. little artists will take inspiration from Henri Matisse as they “draw with scissors” to make collages inspired by the famous artist. All programs are for children 4 and older.
Hands-On Music Jam
Jack Licitra will let kids try out a variety of instruments during a hands-on music jam at the Amagansett Library on Saturday at 3:30 p.m. He’ll not only teach kids what to do with the instruments in his collection, but educate them about the science of music. Reservations have been suggested.
Karen K and the Jitterbugs will get kids moving during the last of the Children’s Museum of the East End’s live family shows on Tuesday, playing what the band calls “kindie” rock for the young set. Advance tickets cost $17, or $15 for members; they are $20 at the door. Gates open at 5:30 p.m. and the music starts at 6. In case of rain, the show will be on Wednesday.
Family Film Fest
A family film festival sponsored by the Hamptons International Film Festival and the Southampton Arts Center is offering a weekend of movies for young audiences at the center and the Southampton Cinema. The festival kicks off tomorrow night with a free outdoor screening of Charlie Chaplin short films on the arts center’s lawn. Included in the lineup will be “The Tramp,” “The Rink,” “The Pawnshop,” and “The Adventurer,” all set to live piano music. The center is in the former Parrish Art Museum building on Job’s Lane.
On Saturday at the center, “Ernest & Celestine,” an animated tale about an artist mouse who befriends a bear troubadour, will be shown at 10:30 a.m. A program of seven short films follows at 2 p.m. “We Are the Best,” about three girls in 1980s Stockholm who form a punk band, will be shown for kids 13 and older at 7:30 p.m. Sunday will bring Disneynature’s “Bears” at 10:30 a.m. and “Ghost Dog,” for kids 10 and older, at 2 p.m., both at the center. The festival wraps up with “How to Train Your Dragon 2” in 3-D at the Southampton Cinema at 5 p.m. The organizers have suggested reservations for the free screening tomorrow night. Tickets for all other films are $12 for adults and $8 for children. A package of four tickets, which includes a gift bag, can be purchased for $35.
Take It From the Moon
Puppetkabob Productions will stop in at the Goat on a Boat Puppet Theatre in Sag Harbor today, tomorrow, and Saturday at 11 a.m. with “What the Moon Saw,” a show inspired by the tales of Hans Christian Andersen. Tickets cost $12, $10 for members and grandparents, and $8 for kids under 3 or a second child. Next Thursday and Friday, Aug. 29, A Couple of Puppets will present “The Story of King Midas.”