Summer Ladies Night and Auction – July 12 @ 6 – 8pm

On Wednesday, July 12th, please join the Children’s Museum for our Summer Ladies Night and Auction at Topping Rose House in Bridgehampton. In addition to a stellar collection of designer handbags, this year’s auction will feature accessories, spa treatments, fitness packages, and more! For more information, please contact Lara Sweeney at Lara@CMEE.org or 631.537.8250 x 212.

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“An Invitational @ the Children’s Museum” Artists’ Reception – Saturday, August 5 @ 6 – 8pm

Please join us for an artists’ reception to celebrate the opening of  “An Invitational @ the Children’s Museum” on Saturday, August 5 from 6 – 8pm. Curated by Kimberly Goff of the Elaine Benson Gallery, “An Invitational” features an incredible collection of work from more than fifty East End artists.

Featured Artists: Anneli Arms, Sarah Altagracia, Carolyn Beegan, Priscilla …

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May 2017 – Letter From The President

Dear friend,

Before coming to work this morning, my three-year-old son, Bennett asked if I wanted to watch a puppet show. Who could pass up such an offer!? “Of course,” I said as I helped him set up his puppet theater on a low table. He placed a chair behind the table and then pulled over a basket containing his …

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Q & A with the Peconic Land Trust’s Kathy Kennedy

The East End’s natural environment is perhaps one of the most important resources shared by all those who live in the community. One group ensuring that it will be enjoyed for generations to come is the Peconic Land Trust. Since 1983, the non-profit has been at the forefront of conserving both our natural lands and the area’s celebrated agricultural …

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Carol Burnett, Head Start’s Community Outreach and Recruitment Coordinator

Head Start has provided comprehensive early childhood education to low-income children and their families for more than 50 years. Since 2010, the Children’s Museum of the East End has been one of only two museums in the nation to host a Head Start center. With transportation issues still keeping many area families from visiting the Museum, we recently piloted a

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April 2017 – Letter From The President

Museum President, Steve Long, receiving his first haircut.

Dear friend,

While parents are supposed to give young children choices as a way to help them gain a sense of control over their lives, child development experts caution us to limit the options so that the child doesn’t become overwhelmed. However, what happens after you give your child a choice and …

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Spring Ladies Night @ The Hedges Inn – Wednesday, April 26th @ 6pm – 8pm

On Wednesday, April 26th, please join us for a rare peek inside the Historic Hedges Inn during our Spring Ladies Night! In addition to incredible cocktails and lively conversation, the night will feature a silent auction as well as a wonderful collection of raffle prizes from local businesses.

Don’t miss this opportunity to enjoy an amazing evening with friends

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Q & A with Barbara Blaisdell, Community Outreach Educator

After retiring from a teaching career spanning over three decades, Barbara Blaisdell shows no interest in slowing down. Since 2010, she’s been working with the Museum’s Director of Community Outreach, Leah Oppenheimer, to create and teach programming for Spanish-speaking families in the area. What started as a small early literacy class has blossomed into an after school science program that …

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March 2017 – Letter From The President

Dear friend,

“Look at the foil!” My two-year-old son and I were sitting at our dining table several months ago when he directed my attention outside. I had no idea what foil he was talking about. Was there aluminum foil in the yard? “The foil,” he repeated. I was completely confused. “What’s the foil?” I asked. ”THE FOIL!” he exclaimed. …

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Q&A with local artist, David Demers

As a long-time resident of East Hampton, much of David Demers‘ work (a collection of which is currently on display at the Museum) is inspired by the East End’s celebrated landscapes. From the oceans and beaches to the farms and fields, his abstract and colorful canvases emphasize flow, organic shapes and layering to evoke the area’s abundance of natural

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February 2017 – Letter From The President

Dear friend,

Watching my two boys interact has given me new appreciation for the challenges of being a younger sibling. I didn’t believe it growing up as the eldest in my family even though my sister regularly pointed it out. I always felt like she got special treatment. For example, the very first time I was allowed to stay up …

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Q & A with the Bridgehampton Child Care and Recreational Center’s Shanae Pritchard

The Children’s Museum recently began offering Science Connections at the Bridgehampton Child Care & Recreational Center. Designed with the next generation engineers, physicists, chemists, and computer programmers in mind, the weekly after school program promotes science education through fun, accessible projects. We spoke with Shanae Pritchard, the After School Director, to learn more about the Center, her role there, …

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January 2017 – Letter From The President


Dear friends,

Happy New Year! Have you made a New Year’s Resolution? We asked kids attending our New Year’s Eve Ball Drop to write down a resolution for 2017. You can see them displayed in the Museum’s lobby and posted on our Facebook page. Some of my favorites included “Eat more mac and cheese”,  “I will not suck my …

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Q & A with Karen Boorshtein of Family Service League

For the past several months, educators from the Children’s Museum have provided monthly programming to kids staying at Family Service League‘s South Shore shelter. We recently spoke with Karen Boorshtein, the organization’s president and CEO, about the origins of the Family Service League, the services they provide, and what the partnership means for families struggling with homelessness.

How did

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Volunteering With Katy’s Kids @ CMEE

In addition to greeting families, registering kids for our many workshops, and ensuring kids have the time of their lives whenever they visit the Museum, Kieran Barber also volunteers with Katy’s Kids, a family bereavement program that meets at the Museum twice a month. Mr. Barber was kind enough to share some of his experiences working with this vital resource …

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City Fête – Wednesday, March 8th @ 6pm

Please join the Children’s Museum of the East End on Wednesday, March 8 at the Bryant Park Grill to celebrate the incredible contributions of Abby Levy and Amy Tarr, longtime Board Directors, and Bryan Cho of Related Companies. Benefiting the Museum’s outreach to underserved communities on the East End, this festive evening event features cocktails, dinner, and a live auction.…

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December 2016 – Letter From The President

Dear friend,

2016 has been one of the most rewarding and exhausting years of my life. In March, my wife and I welcomed our second son, Grant. I was worried initially that our two-year-old might have trouble with the adjustment, but he’s turned out to be a very caring big brother. While we have certainly faced challenges and missed a …

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THE CHILDREN’S MUSEUM OF THE EAST END’S ANNUAL HOLIDAY DRIVE

This holiday season, the Museum staff invites friends, families, and local businesses to join us in our commitment to provide toys and winter clothing for over 100 kids involved with our community partner organizations.

New, unwrapped toys and books for 3- to 13-year-olds as well as new or gently worn winter clothing (including gloves, hats, and boots) in children’s sizes …

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“Science Connections” at Project Most

The Children’s Museum of the East End launched “Science Connections” at Project Most in East Hampton earlier this fall. Made possible with a grant from the Institute of Library and Museum Services, the after school, family program is designed to promote science literacy in a cross-cultural, interactive environment. We recently spoke with Project Most’s Kristin LaMonda Alversa and Malany …

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November 2016 – Letter From The President

Dear Friends,

Now that we have a baby named Grant at home, my wife was trying to encourage Bennett, our two-year-old to treat his brother gently because he’s much smaller. “What are some of the things your little brother can’t do that you can do?” she asked. I think she imagined he would say something like “he can’t stand up …

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OCTOBER 2016 – LETTER FROM THE PRESIDENT

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 the toilet while cleaning Bennett …

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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.

Can you

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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 abuse. …

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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 discussed how she became a …

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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 both wear hand puppets …

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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, Child Life Services is dedicated …

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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 …

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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 world’s leading …

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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 incalculable numbers of hours so …

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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 she hopes to make on …

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