Dear Friends, Parents may be their child’s first teacher, but I often find it challenging to model good behaviors for my children. This was made abundantly clear last week when my two-year-old son, Bennett, asked me, “Daddy, why you say f#%k?” It was right after I had accidentally knocked a new container of wipes into […]

Q&A with the Museum’s Director of Community Outreach, Leah Oppenheimer

From her early days as a social worker in Chicago to, more recently, the Director of Community Outreach for the Museum, Leah Oppenheimer has spent most of her life working with the underserved. We recently spoke with Leah about her background, her outreach efforts with the East End’s Latino population, and her ever expanding role at the Museum. […]

Q & A with Loretta Davis of The Retreat

Every October, Domestic Violence Awareness Month is observed to shed light on an issue that affects our community in a staggering way—almost 75% of Americans personally know someone who is or has been abused. One long-time partner of the Museum, The Retreat, has worked to address this issue by providing safety, shelter and support for victims of domestic […]

Q & A with Liz Joyce, Founder of Goat on a Boat Puppet Theatre

Goat on a Boat Puppet Theatre has been a long-time fixture on the East End, entertaining parents and children alike since 2001. Originally intended for just the summer season, the non-profit quickly blossomed into a year-round institution offering puppet shows, playgroups, family workshops, and special events. We spoke with the organization’s founder, Liz Joyce, and […]


Dear Friends, Recently, I have received a series of wonderful invitations from my two-year-old son, Bennett. “Come play with me, daddy,” he says each morning just after waking up. “What would you like to play,” I ask. While he frequently wants us to build trains together using his Duplo Lego bricks, he sometimes insists that we […]

Q & A With Brooke Rose, Child Life Specialist at Stony Brook Hospital

The Children’s Museum of the East End recently partnered with the Child Life Services Department at Stony Brook Children’s Hospital to offer weekly programming for kids who have been hospitalized or are undergoing treatment. Stony Brook is the only hospital offering dedicated pediatric care in Eastern Long Island. An integral part of the hospital experience, […]

Q & A With Paul A. Johnson, the Museum’s Marketing Coordinator

If you’ve ever opened an e-mail from the Museum, taken home a flyer after visiting, received a letter with the CMEE logo on it, or followed us Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter, there’s a good chance that Paul A. Johnson has had a hand in it. Since joining the Museum in 2014, he’s been heading up the Museum’s marketing […]

Q & A with Marlene Markard of Markard Music

This fall, the Museum is thrilled to host Musikgarten: Dance With Me, a 12-week class designed to instill a lifelong love of music and provide a foundation for success in the classroom and beyond. Led by Marlene Markard, a professional musician and certified music teacher, Musikgarten promises to offer families the opportunity to experience one the the […]


A while back, an old friend referred to me as a “social media ghost.” He was playfully acknowledging the fact that I don’t have a Facebook, Twitter, or an Instagram account. The Museum has all three, but I’ve yet to make the leap. When I managed a fantasy football team using the Internet, I wasted […]

Meet the Museum’s new Director of Operations, Daphne Gil

Following a career writing plays, running day cares, and, most recently, managing Head Start centers throughout Long Island, Daphne Gill steps into the role as the Museum’s Director of Operations. She took a break during her first week on the job to chat with us about childhood education, her experience so far, and the impact […]