Kids Culture 02.16.17

A Whole Week of Fun

First a quick rundown of February break options for kids. Most have been mentioned in some detail in this column in the past, but if you missed them, take note.

The Y.M.C.A. East Hampton RECenter will run a daily camp Monday through Friday, Feb. 24, with swimming, arts and crafts, games, and other activities on the agenda. The camp runs from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and costs $32 per day; for an extra $10 kids can go as early as 8 a.m. and stay as late as 6. Advance registration is required.

The East Hampton Town Parks and Recreation Department offers a free morning recreation program for kids in kindergarten through sixth grade from Tuesday through Friday, Feb. 24, at the John M. Marshall Elementary School and the Montauk School. It goes from 9 a.m. to noon, with registration each morning at drop-off.

Camp SoulGrow will run free workshops all five days next week at Gurney’s Resort in Montauk. Morning workshops go from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., lunch is served from 12:30 to 1:30, and afternoon workshops run from 1:30 to 3. In the mornings, it’s boot camp on Monday, yoga on Tuesday, swimming on Wednesday, calisthenics next Thursday, and hip-hop on Friday, Feb. 24. Afternoon fun includes public speaking on Monday, sewing on Tuesday, target practice on Wednesday, papier-mâché next Thursday, and a Mardi Gras party on Friday, Feb. 24. Registration is via email to

Morning programs for all ages will be offered Monday through Friday, Feb. 24, from 10:30 to 11:30 at the South Fork Natural History Museum in Bridgehampton. The week kicks off with a walk in the field behind the museum. Backyard birds will be the focus on Tuesday, winter weather and snowflakes on Wednesday, winter tracks next Thursday, and winter plants and plant printmaking are the themes for Friday, Feb. 24. Also at the museum on Saturday at 2 p.m., kids 6 and older can take part in an art and science sculpture workshop dealing with the migration of the eastern tiger salamander. There is a $5 materials fee in addition to museum entry. Across the street at the Children’s Museum of the East End, there will be science-based activities in the lobby all day each weekday.

Space may still be available in winter break art workshops at the Parrish Art Museum in Water Mill. They meet Monday through Friday, Feb. 24, from 10 a.m. to noon for ages 4 to 6 and from 1 to 3 p.m. for ages 7 and up. The cost is $40 per day, $30 for members.


Dance-Theater Workshops

Participants in Young Cowgirls Make Waves, a theater workshop for girls 8 to 12, will create dance-theater pieces under the guidance of Kate Mueth and the Neo-Political Cowgirls between Feb. 28 and May 2. The workshop will be held at Guild Hall in East Hampton weekly from 4 to 5:30 p.m. The cost is $235, $220 for Guild Hall members. According to the museum, “the workshops are process-oriented and focused on empowering each participant’s authenticity through creative exploration.” Registration is with Jennifer Brondo at Guild Hall.


All About Lasers in Space

At the Parrish Art Museum, lasers will be the subject of a family program tomorrow from 6 to 8 p.m. Through animation and hands-on activities, Prismatic Magic, a team of teachers and laser scientists, will show how lasers transform space exploration and “why today’s most advanced space probes carry laser-powered instruments.” The program is free with museum admission, and at the Parrish students and kids always get in free.

Looking ahead, Wendy Gottlieb will teach a pottery workshop for ages 7 and older at the museum on Saturdays from March 4 through March 25. The class will meet from 1:30 to 3 p.m. The cost is $120, $90 for members. There is space for just nine students, so advance registration is a must.


Family Movies Galore

In the mood for a movie? Libraries here have plenty of family-friendly flicks on the schedule this week, and a few for teens, too. “Ghostbusters,” the 2016 remake, will be screened for teens tomorrow at 6 p.m. at the John Jermain Memorial Library in Sag Harbor.

The Montauk Library will show “Trolls,” a peppy animated feature, on Saturday at 2 p.m. “The BFG,” the story of a friendly giant based on the Roald Dahl book of the same name, will be shown at the Amagansett Library on Wednesday at 1:30 p.m. Next Thursday at that time, the library will offer up the 2016 remake of “Pete’s Dragon.”

A hot chocolate bar will accompany a 4 p.m. screening of “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” on Wednesday at the East Hampton Library. The movie is for grades six through eight. Next Thursday, the library has all-ages screenings of “Inside Out” at 1:30 p.m. and then “Zootopia” at 4. “Trolls” will be shown on Friday, Feb. 24, at 2 p.m.

In other East Hampton Library happenings in addition to the usual weekly story and play times, a teen writing and drawing group will meet on Sunday from 3 to 4 p.m.


Seeking Teen Techies

The John Jermain Memorial Library is seeking teen volunteers to teach older residents the basics of tablets and smartphones on Wednesday afternoon. Volunteers, who can receive community service credits, have been asked to show up at about 2:30 p.m. for a session that will run from 2:45 to 4:15.

On Sunday at John Jermain, children 6 to 10 can make their own kaleidoscopes from 2 to 3 p.m. Next Thursday, the library will test teenagers’ wits with an escape room challenge from 6 to 8:30 p.m., when they will compete in teams to solve a series of riddles and decipher clues to earn their key to “freedom.” Advance registration has been requested.