Kids Culture 10.19.17

The Horticultural Alliance will begin making the rounds of local libraries to work with kids to plant amaryllis and teach them how to care for them at home. The bulbs should bloom by mid-December, making them a favorite holiday gift. Durell Godfrey

Short Films at the Playhouse

The Montauk Playhouse Community Center Foundation will screen short films from around the world in a family program tomorrow at 6:30 p.m. in the center’s gymnasium. Patti Greaney, an award-winning producer, selected the films. Tickets are $5 for children, $10 for adults, and $25 for a family. They can be purchased online at or at the door. 

Those who attend can enjoy popcorn, sweet treats, and games. Proceeds support the foundation’s effort to create ongoing cultural arts events in Montauk. People have been advised to take blankets or chairs to sit on. 


Scary Fun in East Hampton

High school students can get into the Halloween spirit in the East Hampton Library’s young adult room tomorrow from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. and make an autumn treat like candy apples. Or, they can stop by on Sunday for back-to-back scary movies: “Insidious” at 1 p.m. and “The Visit” at 3. Snacks will be provided.

Sixth through eighth graders can get their own scary movie fix on Tuesday from 4 to 6 p.m. with Tim Burton’s tamer “The Nightmare Before Christmas.” Snacks will be provided for this one, too.

For kids ages 4 to 6, and accompanied by an adult, there will be a Halloween story time with craft activities on Wednesday from 4 to 5 p.m.

Kids 4 and up can create a stacking, or nesting doll, monster family next Thursday from 4 to 5 p.m. Make it scary or cute, green or pink, for play or display.


Wally, Literacy, and Planting in Sag Harbor

On Saturday from 11 a.m. to noon, at the John Jermain Memorial Library in Sag Harbor, children ages 4 and up can meet Wally, a friendly dog who loves kids and listening to stories. Children are welcome to pet Wally while someone else reads, or they can choose a short book to read to Wally. Advance registration required.

A workshop series for teens on the basics of information literacy and research continues on Sunday at 1 p.m. for students in grades 7 to 12. Students may attend any number of workshops, but advance registration for each is suggested by emailing Snacks will be provided. Future dates are Oct. 29 and Nov. 5 from 1 to 2 p.m.

The Horticultural Alliance of the Hamptons will show kids 5 to 9 how to plant and care for an amaryllis bulb on Wednesday from 4 to 5 p.m. at the library. Each child will be able to take a planted bulb home to watch it grow.

Halloween Time in Montauk

Children 5 and up can decorate a spooky pumpkin at the Montauk Library on Saturday from 2 to 3 p.m. Children should come dressed to make a mess. 

There’s also an opportunity to learn how to make healthier versions of Halloween snacks on Tuesday from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. at the library. Reservations are required for both programs.


Nature Fun for the Family at SoFo

Xylia Serafy, a South Fork Natural History Museum nature educator, will lead a family walk through the museum’s Vineyard Field on Sunday at 10:30 a.m. to collect leaves and flowers. Participants will learn what different flower petals and leaves look like and the uses of the different parts of a flower and leaf. They have been asked to take a T-shirt, pillowcase, or any other piece of fabric to create a wonderful nature spray-dye masterpiece. There is a $5 materials fee for the program. 

On Sunday at 1 p.m. Ruby Jackson, an artist and educator, and Carol Crasson, SoFo’s education and communications director, will help children ages 6 and up create polymer clay animals and rocks. They will introduce kids to the colorful and fascinating world of this versatile medium. No experience is necessary. Sculpey clay and tools can be used for a $10 material fee, or participants can take their own.


Breakfast at the Farm

The Children’s Museum of the East End and Amber Waves Farm in Amagansett will team up for a breakfast at the farm on Sunday from 10 to 11. It will feature fresh eggs, fall veggies, Carissa’s Breads, freshly squeezed juice, and coffee for the grown-ups. Following breakfast, families will be invited to decorate and carve their very own jack-o-lantern. The cost is $30 per person, $25 for museum members. Advance registration is required and can be done by calling the museum or visiting its website, 


Ghoulish Fun at Bay Street

Stages, a Children’s Theatre Workshop will have a three-day run of its annual Halloween production, “Frankenstein’s Follies,” next week at the Bay Street Theater in Sag Harbor. Performances will be on Friday, Oct. 27, at 7:30 p.m., Oct. 28 at 2:30 and 7:30, and Oct. 29 at 2 p.m. 

The Halloween-themed musical review will feature monsters and ghouls with a cast of local young performers. Tickets are $15 and are available at the Bay Street Theater box office.