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Kids Culture 06.27.19

Thu, 06/27/2019 - 10:29

Kids’ Nights Out

Teens and preteens entering 6th through 10th grades can once again enjoy fun on the beach three nights a week starting tomorrow at Long Beach in Noyac. Sponsored by the Youth Resource Center of Sag Harbor, the free program is open to young people no matter where they live and takes place on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. through Aug. 14.

Activities include basketball, beach volleyball, crafts, and special events like water slides and obstacle courses. Registration is required, and information can be found online at


Shark Tales

Nina Ross will read from her children’s book “Montauk Has a Very Hungry Shark” on Sunday at 3 p.m. at BookHampton in East Hampton. The book, which includes watercolor illustrations by Ms. Ross, tells the story of Mike the shark, who must go in disguise to search out the perfect ice cream sundae. The reading is free, but advance registration has been requested at


Camp SoulGrow Kickoff

Camp SoulGrow in Montauk will celebrate the beginning of summer with a Slip ’n’ Slide party at Third House at Montauk County Park tomorrow from 1 to 2:30 p.m. for kids 7 and older. A bathing suit and towel are musts.

There’s a lot on the SoulGrow schedule in the coming week. Monday brings running with London Rosiere, the camp’s founder and an 18-time marathoner, from 9:30 to 11 a.m., gardening with Groundworks from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., and painting with Andy Gallagher from 12:30 to 2 p.m., all at the Camp SoulGrow Studio at 7 the Plaza in downtown Montauk. On Friday, July 5, from 1:30 to 3 p.m., kids can learn some of the basics of surfing with Austin’s Surf Camp at Ditch Plain Beach.

Most programs are donation based and first come first served, with sign-up at

Every Wednesday night from 6 to 8, kids can make arts and crafts with Camp SoulGrow at the Surf Lodge while their adults listen to Nancy Atlas. Registration ahead of time is not required.


Library in High Gear

Now that school is finally out, the East Hampton Library’s programming for kids and teens is kicking into high gear, with movies, workshops, trivia contests, and more.

This afternoon at 3, the library will show the family movie “How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World.” “Wonder Park” will be on the screen on Tuesday, also at 3.

High school students will explore the village with Polaroid cameras during a workshop on Tuesday from 3:30 to 5 p.m. Cameras are not required. Also that day, at 4:30 p.m., teens who are quick with trivia have been invited to learn about joining the library’s team for the Suffolk County Library System’s first-ever teen trivia contest. Three meetings will precede the contest.

Outdoor games like badminton, whiffle ball, kickball, and croquet are on the schedule for teens on Wednesday from 5 to 7 p.m., weather permitting.

In keeping with the summer reading theme “a universe of stories,” the library will take kids 4 and older on an outer space art adventure on Friday, July 5, at 2:30 p.m., as they make collages of a fantasy journey into space.

Two summer-long offerings are beginning this week. On Tuesday, the first in a series of Playfit movement programs for 2 and 3-year-olds will happen at 10:30 a.m. Led by a personal trainer and youth fitness specialist, these will continue weekly through Aug. 13. Snap Circuits electronics workshops for kids will start up again on Wednesday at 3 p.m., with additional sessions planned for July 2 and 23 and Aug. 6 and 9 at 3 p.m. and July 12 at 2.

Looking ahead on July 6, the library will offer a free practice ACT from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. for students entering 9th through 12th grades in the fall. Preference will be given to residents of the East Hampton Library District, which includes the East Hampton, Springs, and Wainscott School Districts.


Planetarium Blastoff

The John Jermain Memorial Library in Sag Harbor is arranging a field trip to the planetarium at Southampton High School on Tuesday from 3:45 to 5 p.m. for kids of all ages. The cost is $5, and advance registration is required through the library. Participants will meet at the school.

John Jermain, also inspired by the summer reading theme, has a weekly art program for ages 2 to 5 and their adults called Blastoff to Art on Wednesdays at 10:45 a.m. Little ones will build fine motor skills while working with play dough, scribbling, and doing other hands-on activities.

Also on Wednesdays, the library will have new scavenger hunts each week at 10:30 a.m. for grades 7 through 12. For each correctly completed scavenger hunt, kids will get a summer reading club raffle ticket.


Jewelry and Glow Sticks

At the Amagansett Library, Vena Rico will lead a jewelry-making class for kids 8 to 12 on Saturday at 2:30 p.m. A story and craft time on Monday at 3 p.m. for kids 4 to 7 will focus on space. And on Tuesday, just in time for July 4th festivities, kids 8 to 12 can make glow-stick lanterns at 3 p.m. Advance registration has been requested for all library programs.


The Balloonatic

The Hampton Library in Bridgehampton will kick off the summer reading club with a visit from Nick the Balloonatic, who will make balloon art with a universe theme tomorrow at 4 p.m. Kids in sixth grade and up will head outside on Tuesday from 2 to 4 p.m. to create galaxy watercolors in the library’s backyard.


SoFo Scavenger Hunt

The folks at the Children’s Museum of the East End in Bridgehampton will lead a mini field trip across the street to the South Fork Natural History Museum on Saturday at 10 a.m. Families with children 3 to 5 can enjoy an interactive read-aloud and nature scavenger hunt in the museum’s butterfly garden. The cost is $5 per child, $2 for museum members. Families will gather at CMEE and go from there to SoFo.

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