Kids Culture 11.16.17

Family Adventures

The South Fork Natural History Museum in Bridgehampton has two family adventures planned for this weekend. On Saturday, families with children 3 and older will head to the Walking Dunes on Napeague, where they will use binoculars to search for birds, learn to read animal tracks, make leaf rubbings, practice using a compass, and study things up close through magnifiers. The outing begins at 10:30 a.m. There is a $2 materials fee for journals. 

Salamanders and how they hibernate will be the focus of a program on Sunday at 10:30 a.m. at the museum. Families with kids 5 and older will learn about the amphibians in the museum’s collection and then head outside to the field to search for some good hibernation spots. 

Reservations are requested for both programs, as space is limited. 


Babysitting Course

There’s a lot more to babysitting than sitting, as anyone who has done it will tell you. On Saturday at the East Hampton Library would-be babysitters in sixth through eighth grade can get a crash course in what it takes to do the job well. There will be hands-on activities and a course certification for those who attend the 1 to 4 p.m. program. 

A fall lantern workshop for high school students on Sunday at 3:30 p.m. could help them make the perfect decoration for next week’s Thanksgiving table. On Tuesday at 4 p.m., younger children ages 4 to 6 will listen to a Thanksgiving story and then make a Thanksgiving craft. Gobble, gobble!

With school out for many on Wednesday, the library will screen the family movie “Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul,” about a family road trip adventure gone mostly wrong. Show time is 2 p.m. On Friday, Nov. 24, another family film, “Leap,” will be shown, also at 2.

That same day at 1 p.m., the energetic beat-boxing Jester Jim will return to the library with his prop-filled show for all ages. 

Advance registration is required for all but the Jester Jim show. 


Making Muffins

Kids can spend time in the kitchen and on the dance floor this week at the Children’s Museum of the East End in Bridgehampton. A cornbread muffin-making session that was to have happened last weekend was rescheduled for this Saturday at 10 a.m. Kids 3 and up can measure, mix, and pour as they learn to make this favorite fall treat from 10 to 10:45 a.m. The cost is $19, including museum admission, or $5 for museum members. 

On Friday, Nov. 24, the museum will give families a chance to shake off the holiday meal at a family disco dance party from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Requests are being taken in advance and can be emailed to The party costs $15 per person, $5 for members. 

Looking ahead to Nov. 25, Katharine Holabird, the creator of the Angelina Ballerina and Twinkle series of children’s books, will be at the museum for her annual Thanksgiving weekend reading at 10 a.m. The cost is $15; members get in free. 

Advance registration is suggested for all events, as some sell out. 


Musical Petting Zoo

Libraries in Sag Harbor, Montauk, and Amagansett also have some fun planned for the week ahead. 

Young readers can practice reading aloud with Wally, a therapy dog, on Saturday from 11 a.m. to noon at the John Jermain Memorial Library in Sag Harbor. Wally will be back at the library on Dec. 16. Kids can listen as someone else reads to Wally or call the library to reserve a spot to read. 

Professional musicians from Stony Brook University will play and talk about their instruments on Sunday as John Jermain sets up an “instrument petting zoo” for kids 3 to 7. Children will get the chance to hold and play the instruments and will leave with a musical gift, the library promises. The program begins at 2:30 p.m.

At the Montauk Library, Saturday is Turkey Time, with Thanksgiving stories, crafts, and a visit with a real turkey. A session for little ones ages 2 to 5 will run from 2 to 3 p.m. Kids in first through fifth grades will take over from 3 to 4 p.m. 

At the Amagansett Library, kids 5 to 12 can explore the world through stories on Saturday at 3 p.m. and map their adventures on their own globes and as part of a collaborative mapping project. 

Advance sign-up is requested for all library programs.