Kids Culture 08.10.17

Library Children’s Fair

The East Hampton Library’s Children’s Fair will take place on Sunday from 2 to 5:30 p.m., with a host of free fun activities, carnival rides and games, and an opportunity to meet a number of children’s book authors.

Children can expect bounce houses, performers, magic, prizes, and treats, many with a book theme. Among the local authors who will be on hand with their books are T.E. McMorrow, a reporter for The East Hampton Star, with advance copies of “The Nutcracker in Harlem,” which will be published later this year, Doug Kuntz, a contributing photographer for The Star, with “Lost and Found Cat,” and Adam Osterweil, a Springs School teacher and author of several books, including, most recently, “Cooper and the Enchanted Metal Detector.” The fair will be held in a field off James Lane in East Hampton.

There’s plenty going on this week for kids at the library itself, too. Tomorrow, Jason Edwards will lead an interactive StoryPlay program in which 4 to 12-year-olds will help make up the lines and guide the plot of a fun adventure. The program runs from 2 to 3 p.m. Kids 4 and older will learn about Jacob Lawrence, an artist, storyteller, and teacher, and then make collages inspired by his work during a workshop on Monday at 1:30 p.m.

On Tuesday, those entering sixth through eighth grades can decorate stones and shells at 4:30 p.m. Beach finds, natural and not, will be the materials in a sculpture workshop for kids 4 and up on Wednesday at 4 p.m. Next Thursday’s family movie, at 2 p.m., will be “Boss Baby.”


“Animalia” at Guild Hall

Hobey Ford’s “Animalia,” a puppet show that takes over the entire theater, will do just that at Guild Hall in East Hampton on Wednesday at 5 p.m. The production, which is best for children 2 to 8, promises “a magnified look at butterfly and frog metamorphosis, the world of birds, his classic undersea ballet of whales, and frolicking dolphins and otters,” according to Guild Hall. Tickets cost $18 for adults and $14 for children, $16 and $12 for Guild Hall members. Before the performance, at 4 p.m., kids in that age range can make animal collages in a workshop with Alexandra McCourt. The cost is $10, $8 for members.


Weekend Art Workshops

The Golden Eagle art store’s Studio 144 on North Main Street in East Hampton has begun offering children’s art classes on Saturdays and Sundays from 10 to 11 a.m. Veronica Mezzina will be the teacher on Saturdays, and Virva Hinnemo will teach on Sundays. The cost is $25 per class or $175 for an eight-class card good for any $25 kids classes. Materials and smocks will be provided, but kids should wear clothes that can get messy. Advance registration is online at Studio 144 is next to Nick and Toni’s restaurant.


“Oz” at Bay Street

The Goat on a Boat series of puppet shows at Bay Street Theater in Sag Harbor continues next Thursday when Stevens Puppets presents “The Wizard of Oz” at 11 a.m. Stevens Puppets was founded in 1933 by Martin and Margi Stevens, and the show features original hand-carved wooden marionettes by the founders as well as new additions by Dan Raynor, who now own Stevens Puppets. Tickets cost $15.


Puppets in Southampton

The Goat on a Boat hits the road this afternoon at 4:30 to bring Lily Silly Puppets and its “Aunt Irene’s Puppet Talk Show” to the Southampton Arts Center on Job’s Lane. A variety show of sorts, the production features live music by Matthew Ocone, a classically trained guitarist, and songs in Spanish, English, Russian, and French. At 5:15 that day, kids can gather in the shade of a big tree for a free story time with a reader from the Rogers Memorial Library. Next Thursday, Stevens Puppets are back at the center with “Rumpelstiltskin,” also at 4:30 p.m. Then, at 5:15, a representative of the Quogue Wildlife Refuge will introduce kids to some birds of prey. Andrea Cote, an artist, will lead families as they create mythical creatures together during a workshop on Friday, Aug. 18, at 4:30 p.m. All events are free.


Parrish Family Party

Families will have a chance to work alongside professional artists, take part in a gallery scavenger hunt, and enjoy a barbecue on Sunday at the Parrish Art Museum’s annual summer family party from 3 to 6 p.m. in Water Mill. The artists Anne Bae, Brian Farrell, Sheree Hovsepian, Lynn Leff, Paton Miller, and Liz Sloan will be on hand to make art with guests young and old, and there will be other activities throughout the afternoon. Tickets cost $125 for adults and $100 for children, $100 and $75 for museum members.


For Young Builders

The work of Frank Lloyd Wright, one of this country’s most famous architects, will be the inspiration for an architecture program for kids on Saturday at the Montauk Library. From 3 to 4 p.m., participants in kindergarten and above will use natural materials to design and build a model they can take home. Next Thursday at 3:30 p.m., the library’s series of nutrition programs with the Wellness Foundation continues with a session on health boosters like flax seeds and goji berries. The classes are for kids 5 and older.

At the Amagansett Library, kids can be builders, too. There, children 7 and older will construct houses from cardboard and other recycled materials on Tuesday at 3 p.m. Advance registration has been requested for all programs.