March 2015 – LETTER FROM THE DIRECTOR

Dear Friend, What are you reading? I was asked this question recently during a party and responded, “Last night, I read The Big Red Barn and the night before, it was Corduroy.” Other than newspapers and the occasional magazine article, I only read “board books” these days. Since my son, Bennett, was born 11 months […]

February 2015 – LETTER FROM THE DIRECTOR

Dear Friend, This past week has been a somber one at CMEE. Sadly, Henry the Bunny has passed away. It’s strange to walk into the Museum and not see him relaxing in his hutch or munching on a snack that a family had brought in especially for him to eat. While we all really miss […]

January 2015 – LETTER FROM THE DIRECTOR

Dear Friend, Happy New Year! I hope your holidays were full of friends and family, joy and laughter. Is there any happier sound in the world than a child’s giggle? Nothing entertains me more than hearing my nine-month-old son, Bennett, let out a good laugh (especially if I’m the reason for it). He’ll often giggle […]

December 2014 – LETTER FROM THE DIRECTOR

Dear Friend, My favorite part of the day is first thing in the morning when I go into the room of my son, Bennett. He pokes his head up above the crib and flashes me a smile that just takes over his whole face! I also love when I pick him up; he drapes his […]

November 2014 – LETTER FROM THE DIRECTOR

Dear Friends, I am excited for Katharine Holabird’s—author of the wildly popular “Angelina Ballerina” series—return to CMEE later this month to read from her new book, “Twinkle!” We conducted a brief interview with Katharine that you can read here. One of the questions we asked was, “What is the best piece of parenting advice you […]

October 2014 – LETTER FROM THE DIRECTOR

Dear Friends, A few months ago, my wife, Gabrielle, asked me, “Where can I meet other new parents?” Her question caught me off guard. “Don’t you know where I work?” I responded. The exchange reminded me that while we focus on how children’s museums benefit kids, we also need to develop ways in which we […]

September 2014 – LETTER FROM THE DIRECTOR

Dear Friends, I became very excited this past month when my son Bennett first put his foot into his mouth. It was not because he said something inappropriate (he is only five months old, mind you) but because he reached a developmental milestone by playing with his toes and sticking them into his mouth. Like […]

August 2014 – LETTER FROM THE DIRECTOR

Dear Friends, I’m obsessed with sleep. “How are you sleeping?” is the #1 question I have been asked since my wife and I welcomed our baby, Bennett. Initially, the sleep deprivation wasn’t so bad, but now after four months, I daydream constantly about sleeping uninterrupted through the night. I haven’t participated in a meeting at […]

JULY 2014 – LETTER FROM THE DIRECTOR

Dear Friends, Three months ago, my wife and I were overjoyed to welcome our first baby, a boy named Bennett. Since I work at a children’s museum, I’ve been regularly bringing Bennett along with me to the office. Fortunately, I am lucky to work with an incredible group of colleagues who have welcomed his presence. […]

JUNE 2014 – LETTER FROM THE DIRECTOR

Dear Friends, What is centripetal force? This is one of many physics-related questions that players are asked on the exhibit panels that dot CMEE’s newly-opened miniature golf course. Rather than instantly providing the explanation, CMEE encourages children to deduce the answer by playing the hole. On the “Loop de Jour” hole, they discover that centripetal […]

MAY 2014 – LETTER FROM THE DIRECTOR

Dear Friends, Is there a “right” age range for CMEE to target? Since our audience is the defining characteristic of the Museum—more so than any collection or activity—and all of our programs and exhibits are in response to the needs of that audience, defining the “children” of the Children’s Museum is imperative for continued growth […]

APRIL 2014 – LETTER FROM THE DIRECTOR

Dear Friends, Can a visit to CMEE be therapeutic? Lois Silverman certainly suggests it should be in her book, The Social Work of Museums. “With their unique resources,” she writes, “museums have a powerful role to play as agents of social service. Social work is the profession that truly understands how to strengthen human relationships […]

March 2014 – LETTER FROM THE DIRECTOR

Dear Friends, On February 25, CMEE hosted its annual “CMEE in the City” fundraising dinner, which was attended by a capacity crowd of 180 people. With help from the honorary event chairs, Arlene and Alan Alda and Joy Behar, CMEE celebrated the work of three trailblazing former trustees, Beatrice Alda, Natalie Barth, and Vicky Graham. […]

February 2014 – LETTER FROM THE DIRECTOR

Dear Friends, Can you describe a parabola, define coefficients of friction, or explain how a gravity well works? If, like me, you’re a little fuzzy when it comes to physics, you’ll definitely want to play the new “putt-putt” golf course opening at CMEE on the Saturday before Memorial Day. At first, our exhibit team began […]

January 2014 – Letter from the Director

Dear Friends, Happy New Year! On December 31, hundreds of children and parents “rang in” 2014 at the stroke of noon during our 6th Annual New Year’s Eve Ball Drop. You can check out some of the photos from the Ball Drop in this month’s newsletter. Thank you to everyone who contributed to CMEE’s Annual […]