Kids Culture 09.14.17

Happy Birthday, H.A. Rey

Saturday marks the 119th birthday of H.A. Rey, creator of the beloved Curious George character. The Amagansett Library has invited children ages 3 to 8 (siblings and family members, too) to stop by between 3 and 4 p.m. Saturday, to celebrate with party hats, treats, and, of course, stories starring Curious George.

Musik and Big Trucks at CMEE

Kids will have the chance to explore and interact with some of the massive machines, such as emergency vehicles, construction and farming machines, that share our roads and keep the East End moving as well at the Children’s Museum of the East End’s third annual Big Truck Day on Saturday from 10 a.m. to noon. Admission is $14; members get in free. 

Marlene Markard from Markard Music for will lead a Musikgarten program for children 3 to 5 p.m. on Thursdays starting next week. The 12-week program uses music from around the world as a backdrop and cultivates music literacy through dance, movement, singing, instrument exploration, tonal and rhythmic patterns, active listening, and imaginative play. It will meet weekly from 3:45 to 4:30 p.m. and is for children and a caregiver. The cost is $310, $290 for museum members.

Parents with younger children between 3 months and 5 years old can join a 10-week Wiggle and Giggle program presented by Music Together by the Dunes on Fridays from 10:45 to 11:30 a.m., beginning Sept. 22. The program aims to provide a nurturing environment for children to learn basic music competence through play. It will run through Dec. 22. The cost is $250 for children under 5 and their parent or caregiver. A 40-percent sibling discount is offered. Registration is online at

Writing, Reading, Fun

The East Hampton Library will offer high school seniors free individual college essay help and feedback during writing conferences with an experienced tutor on Mondays through Oct. 2. Students can schedule half-hour sessions between 3 and 5 p.m. on those days. 

Joan Dupont, the author of the picture book “Philippe the Black Sheep,” and Ellen Shire, its illustrator, will do a dramatic reading from the book on Monday from 4 to 4:45 p.m. at the library. The book is described as the story of a lamb “with artistic ambitions.” 

Another round of Snap Circuits electronics programs for ages 7 and up will start on Tuesday from 4 to 5 p.m. Kids will construct circuits that light up, sound off, and power an accessory. Additional sessions will be on Oct. 3, Oct. 4, and Oct. 18. Participants need not attend all four. 

Children 4 and older can discover the art of Picasso and other painters who used facial features to create imaginative portraits and then create their own portrait collages in a program on Friday, Sept. 22, at 3:30 p.m. 

Advance registration is requested for all programs. 

Soccer, Tennis, or Basketball, Anyone?

Soccer players in first through sixth grades should grab their cleats and register for East Hampton Town’s upcoming youth season, which will run from Sept. 23 through Nov. 4. Saturday games are at 9 and 10:30 a.m., noon, and 1:15 p.m. at the Stephen Hand’s Path field in East Hampton. The cost is $45 for the season, and registation is at the field on Saturday from 10 a.m. to noon or at the East Hampton Town Parks and Recreation Department behind Town Hall weekdays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. 

Tennis clinics begin this week at the Youth Park on Abraham’s Path. Clinics for first through third grades will be on Tuesdays from 5 to 6 p.m. and for fourth through sixth graders on Fridays from 5 to 6 p.m. through Oct. 21. The cost is $45 for the season.

A free basketball clinic will be held at the Youth Park on Wednesdays from 4 to 5 p.m. for kindergarteners through third grade and from 5 to 6 p.m. for fourth through sixth graders. This weekly clinics begin next Thursday and end on Oct. 19.

Teen Ink in Sag Harbor

Eighth through 12th graders can explore writing outside of the classroom in a teen writing workshop at the John Jermain Memorial Library in Sag Harbor starting on Tuesday. Sessions will include writing prompts, discussion of craft and technique, and constructive group critique. Participants will develop a body of original work and will revise selected pieces for publication and performance. Free pizza will be included to keep the creativity flowing. Those interested have been asked to email Sessions run from 5:15 to 6:30 p.m. through Oct. 31.

Children ages 6 to 12 can meet real butterflies and learn about local species and their habitats at the library on Saturday from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m.

Ahoy, Montauk Mateys!

In celebration of Saturday’s International Talk Like a Pirate Day, kids can walk the plank at the Montauk Library for some pirate fun from 2 to 3 p.m. They will learn about Montauk’s historical connection to Captain Kidd, and pirates ages 5 and up can create their own treasure map and treasure chest and go on a treasure hunt for gold in the library. 

Next Thursday is World Peace Day and to help promote peace and kindness, crafty kids ages 4 and up can stop by between 4 and 5 p.m. to make dream catchers, kindness rocks, and recycled peace signs. Registration is required as space is limited.