Kids Culture 03.01.18

Puppetry and Musicals

Goat on a Boat’s series of puppet shows returns to Bay Street Theater in Sag Harbor on Saturday at 11 a.m. when PuppetKabob prsents “The Snowflake Man,” inspired by Wilson Bentley, a self-educated farmer and scientist who attracted world attention when he became the first person to photograph a single snow crystal. The show will feature intricately designed Czech-style marionettes.

On Sunday Goat on a Boat’s annual family fund-raiser, the Bambini Ball, will be held at 3:30 p.m., also at Bay Street. Attendees have been encouraged to dress in their most festive attire for puppet making, a puppet show, a performance by Jester Jim, penny raffle items, and dancing.

Tickets are $15 for both events.

Looking ahead, NexGen Youth Theatre will host a musical workshop for kids 10 to 18 on March 11 from 9 a.m. to noon. This is a mixed-level, audition-style workshop. Participants will explore the musical “Matilda,” discussing themes, characters, and plot, and will receive coaching on individual scenes, as well as auditioning tips. Students will also learn a portion of the original Broadway choreography and explore two or three vocal numbers. The cost is $100, and registration is at


Calling All Engineers 

The Children’s Museum of the East End’s Engineer’s Club will gather for science, technology, engineering and math activities on Saturday from 10 to 11 a.m. The drop-off program is for children 5 to 9. The cost is $12, but members can take part today. 


Dungeons, Dragons, Lucky Leprechaun

High school students have been invited to join in a game of Dungeons and Dragons, a fantasy tabletop role-playing game, on Saturday between 2 and 5 p.m.

Teen tech week begins Monday and will offer high school students a chance to participate in various tech-related activities each day from 4 to 5 p.m. On Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday it will be 3-D printing. On Tuesday, students can learn to make connections and create machines with easy and swappable circuit boards, with kits provided. And on Wednesday from 5 to 6 p.m., they can experience the world of virtual reality with the Vive virtual reality system.

Children ages 7 and up can also experiment with electronics beginning Tuesday at 4 p.m. in yet another series of Snap Circuits workshops. Additional sessions will be next Thursday, March 13, March 16, March 23, and April 3 and 24. 

A St. Patrick’s Day story time and craft session will be held on Wednesday from 4 to 5 p.m., for ages 4 and up.

An awards presentation and screening of films made at the library for this year’s Teen Film Festival will take place next Thursday from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. Pizza will be served.

On Friday, March 9, at 3:30 p.m., kids ages 4 and up can create a life-size leprechaun using paper folding techniques.


Movie Time in Sag

On Saturday, families with children of all ages can enjoy an afternoon at the movies at the John Jermain Memorial Library in Sag Harbor. “Diary of a Wimpy Kid,” rated PG, will be screened at 1, and popcorn and drinks will be provided. The event is free but registration is required.


Workshops at the Parrish

The Parrish Art Museum in Water Mill will hold a family night workshop tomorrow from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Everyone in the family can create a unique work of art using the collagraph printmaking technique with items like cardboard and Styrofoam. The workshop is included in the price of admission but registration is required. 

A four-week pottery workshop for kids 7 or older starts on Saturday from 1:30 to 3 p.m. Wendy Gottlieb will teach the class, which offers students the opportunity to work on the potter’s wheel. In addition, they will study the history of ceramics and learn about pottery techniques. The workshop is limited to eight students at a cost of $120 for the series, or $90 for members.


Nature Walkabouts

Families with children 3 to 5 can join in a nature scavenger hunt on Saturday at 10:30 a.m. at the South Fork Natural History Museum in Bridgehampton. Taylor Ruhle, a SoFo nature educator, will take the children for a walk outside in Vineyard Field to look for Long Island’s native gems.

Later that evening at 7:30, and again on March 10, Andy Sabin, the president of SoFo’s board of directors, will lead a nighttime walk around Montauk’s vernal ponds where the blue-spotted salamander, in its purebred form, can be found. This walk is suitable for children over 6 and will take place only if there have been heavy rains. Participants should take a flashlight and wear boots.

On Sunday at 10:30 a.m., kids ages 6 to 8 can enjoy feeding time at the museum and learn who eats whom and what. Advance registration is required for all programs.