Parrish Art Museum to offer family-friendly activities for February

Credit: Parrish Art Museum, courtesy

Credit: Parrish Art Museum, courtesy

Think there’s nothing to do with your kids here this winter?

Think again.

All month long, the Parrish Art Museum in Water Mill is presenting art shows and programs for the entire community during Family Month.

First up is the“2017 Student Art Exhibition” featuring work by more than 1,000 young artists from the East End in grades preschool through 12th grade. The show runs through February 26. On Saturday, February 11 from 3 to 5 p.m., distinguished students will be honored in the High School Awards Presentation and Reception.

A more than 60-year Parrish tradition that celebrates youthful creativity, this year the program is enhanced by five artist-in-residencies — Suzanne Anker, Anne Bae, Monica Banks, Ben Butler, and Saskia Friedrich — whose work was included in the recent exhibition “Artists Choose Artists.” Schools taking part in the show include: Bridgehampton, Bridgehampton Head Start, The Children’s School, Cutchogue East Elementary, East Hampton Home School Group, East Hampton Middle, East Quogue Elementary, Eastport South Manor Junior High, Greenport, Hampton Bays Middle, Hayground, John M. Marshall Elementary, New Suffolk School, Our Lady of the Hamptons, Oysterponds Elementary, Peconic Community School, Raynor Country Day, Ross Lower and Middle, Sag Harbor Elementary, Shelter Island Early Learning Center, Southampton Elementary, Southampton Intermediate, Southampton Montessori, and SCNY Homeschool Group.

In addition to the student exhibition, four engaging Friday evening programs for families are scheduled:

• “DoodleBots!” workshop for building robotic drawing machines on Friday, February 3 at 6 p.m.

Educators from the Art and Design Education program at Adelphi University lead this workshop where families work together to build their own drawing machine from found materials and a small electric motor. Once assembled, Doodle Bots generate abstract drawings by making dots and dashes as they jiggle across the paper.

• Screening of the documentary “ Underwater Dreams” on Friday, February 10 at 6 p.m. (for ages 10 and older).

This epic story is about the sons of undocumented Mexican immigrants who fashion a robot from Home Depot products and defeat engineering powerhouse M.I.T. in a NASA-sponsored robotics competition. This inspiring film, written and directed by Mary Mazzio and narrated by Michael Peña, is recommended for ages 10 and older.

• “Lasers in Space” on Friday, February 17 at 6 p.m.

Lasers are transforming the study of astronomy and space exploration. In this three-part program from Prismatic Magic, families discover lasers through a thrilling laser show with animation, engaging activities, and an entertaining, educational presentation.

• Screening of the film “The Iron Giant” on Friday, February 24 at 6 p.m.

Based on the poet Ted Hugh’s 1968 book “The Iron Man,” and set in 1957 during the Cold War, this 1999 film is directed by Brad Bird and it tells the story of a young boy who discovers a giant metallic robot that fell from space. The Parrish will screen a re-mastered version of the critically acclaimed animated classic, with two all-new scenes.

Reservations are recommended for the Friday evening programs , which are free for children and students under 18.

 In addition to the above activities, the Parrish is offering a week of children’s art workshops during the winter vacation, February 20 to 24, and open studios for families and teens. On Sunday, February 26, the Parrish will host the first of several Community Days with free admission and ongoing activities including extended open studios for families, tours, food, music, and more.

The Parrish Art Museum is located at 279 Montauk Highway in Water Mill. For details visit or call (631) 283-2118.

Whew…. With all this activity coming up in February, how can any kid out here possibly say they’re bored this winter?