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 […]

SEPTEMBER 2016 – LETTER FROM THE PRESIDENT

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 […]

August 2016 – LETTER FROM THE PRESIDENT

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 […]

Speaking with Brigid Collins, co-founder of Katy’s Courage

Following the passing of their daughter, Katy, in 2011 from a rare form of pediatric liver cancer called hepatoblastoma, Brigid Collins and Jim Stewart started Katy’s Courage. In addition to funding local school scholarships and raising money for pediatric cancer research, the non-profit organization runs a children’s bereavement program called Katy’s Kids at the Children’s Museum on the 1st and 3rd Wednesday […]

SOLD OUT – Musikgarten: Dance With Me – October 3rd – December 19th @ 9:30am – 10:15am (Mondays)

This fall, join Marlene Markard from Markard Music for Musikgarten: Dance With Me! Through singing and rocking, rhythm exercises, traveling movement, active listening, instrument exploration, finger play, and other activities, the 12-week program is designed to prepare your little one for school and lay the foundation for music literacy, music aptitude, and a life-long love of music. […]

SOLD OUT – Musikgarten: Clap With Me – January 9th – April 3rd @ 9:30am – 10:15am (Mondays)

This winter, join Marlene Markard from Markard Music for Musikgarten: Clap With Me! Through singing and rocking, rhythm exercises, traveling movement, active listening, instrument exploration, finger play, and other activities, the 12-week program is designed to prepare your little one for school and lay the foundation for music literacy, music aptitude, and a life-long love of music. Every […]

SOLD OUT – Musikgarten: Play With Me – April 10th – June 5th @ 9:30am – 10:15am (Mondays)

This spring, join Marlene Markard from Markard Music for Musikgarten: Play With Me! Through singing and rocking, rhythm exercises, traveling movement, active listening, instrument exploration, finger play, and other activities, the 8-week program is designed to prepare your little one for school and lay the foundation for music literacy, music aptitude, and a life-long love of music. […]

Baby & Me – Tuesdays @ 11:30am – 12:30pm

“Baby & Me” is designed specifically for parents of infants. Moms, dads, and caregivers have the opportunity to meet other parents with children the same age. During the weekly session, led by Museum Educator Leah Oppenheimer, they can hear the latest news about early childhood parenting, discuss developmental milestones, sing to their babies and participate in […]

Q & A With Local Artist, Grant Haffner

Grant Haffner (left) with the Steve Long, the Museum’s President, during an Artist Reception and Family Workshop held earlier this summer. A resident of the East End for most of his life, Grant Haffner‘s work (a collection of which is currently on display at the Museum) is inspired by the country roads, local landmarks, and […]

Puppet Playgroups – February 1st – March 15th @ 9:45am – 10:30am (Wednesdays)

This winter, please join us for the return of the Puppet Playgroups! Led by Goat on a Boat at Bay Street‘s founder and master puppeteer, Liz Joyce, each class in the 5-week series features 45 minutes of songs, interactive games and a Minkie the Monkey puppet show! Dates/Time: February 1st – March 15th @ 9:45am – 10:30am (Wednesdays)* Ages: Parents […]

July 2016 – Letter From The President

Dear Friends, How do we encourage our young children to feel comfortable with life transitions? That’s a question I’ve been thinking about while my son, Bennett, attends Early Independence, a gentle separation program at the Museum. Like most parents, I was a little concerned he would get upset when left by himself. I also worried […]

Farewell Q&A With Karin Keane, the Museum’s Director of Operations

After spending the last fifteen years working at the Children’s Museum, Karin Keane is retiring at the end of the summer. She’ll be splitting her time between Sag Harbor and Cambridge, Massachusetts (where she’ll enjoy some much deserved time with family). During her tenure, Karin has seen the institution grow from a “museum without walls” to a thriving organization that not […]

Q & A With Raquel Barnes, Lead Teacher for Head Start at the Children’s Museum

Raquel Barnes, far right, during Head Start’s most recent graduation ceremony The Children’s Museum of the East End is one of two museums in the nation to host a Head Start classroom. Since Head Start’s mission is to provide “support for the whole child, the family and the community” and “ensure all vulnerable children and […]

Tot Spot – Thursdays @ 10:45am – 11:45am

Your “Baby and Me” grad is happiest when he or she is moving all about and exploring! Celebrate your child’s newfound abilities and their increasing independence with Tot Spot! Led by CMEE’s Education Coordinator, Liz Bard, this weekly program provides toddlers with opportunities to explore, observe, and get moving in a program designed to encourage social […]

After School Lego League – Thursdays @ 4pm – 5pm

Everything is awesome during our weekly After School Lego League! With instruction and guidance from a member of Museum’s Play Staff, kids attending this drop-off workshop will put their Lego skills to the test with a new challenge every week. From bridges to zip lines, this program is designed for builders looking to get a little more out […]