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Letter from the President

Parenting in the age of social media

Dear Friends,

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 I can’t imagine how long I would spend trying to post photos on social media. The Internet has made a dramatic impact in how we communicate with friends and family, but, as evidenced by pictures of my sons completely covering one of the walls in my office, I still prefer print to pixels (although all the photos were taken with a digital camera).

Friday Night Drop-Off Dance Party

Friday, August 5th @ 5:30pm - 7:30pm

Everybody out of your seats and get ready to move during CMEE’s Friday Night Drop-Off Dance Parties this summer! While parents are enjoying a night to themselves, kids ages 3 and up are invited to join Museum staff for dinner and dancing under the disco ball.

Ages: 3+
Cost: $40 per child, $20 for each additional sibling for members/ $55 per child, $25 for each additional sibling for non-members.

Katy's Kids at the Children's Museum

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 every month. We recently spoke with Brigid about the program's beginnings, the importance of helping children cope with grief, and their future plans.

Pizza and Putt-Putt!

Wednesday, August 17th @ 5:30pm - 7pm

This summer, join us for Pizza and Putt-Putt Night at the Museum! During the special event, families will enjoy pizza and then hit the links for a round (or two) on our science-themed mini golf course.

Ages: Families with kids of all ages!
Cost: $5 for members; $15 for non-members.

Q&A with Local Artist, Grant Haffner

The celebrated landscape painter on becoming an artist, the East End's role in his work, and his creative process

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 until Labor Day) is inspired by the country roads, local landmarks, and breathtaking landscapes that make the area so unique. Using a bold—and sometimes neon—color palette, his images vibrantly re-imagine the rural roadways we travel every day. In between raising two toddlers with his wife and daily trips to his studio, he was kind enough to answer a few of our questions.

The 2nd Annual Chessfest!

Saturday, August 20th @ 10am - noon

On Saturday, August 20th, please join us for the 2nd Annual Chessfest! Brought to you by the Children’s Museum of the East End and Chess NYC, the family-friendly event promises a morning filled with crafts, activities, and games for players of all interests and skill levels. The morning will also feature a simultaneous match with a group of kids challenging an internationally ranked grandmaster!

Ages: Families with kids of all ages!
Cost: Free for members, $12 for non-members

Space is limited and pre-registration is strongly encouraged. For reservations, please call the Museum at 631.537.8250 or sign up online.

Shopping Night at J. Crew

Wednesday, August 24th @ 6pm - 8pm

The Children’s Museum of the East End is thrilled to once again partner with J. Crew for an evening of styling, shopping, and cocktails! From 6pm to 8pm on Wednesday, August 24th, Museum supporters will enjoy 20% off their purchases of $100 or more when shopping at J. Crew's East Hampton and Southampton locations. A portion of the evening’s proceeds will go towards the Museum.

To RSVP, please contact Lara Sweeney at or 631.537.8250.

Meet the Museum's new Director of Operations!

We are pleased to announce that Daphne Gil has joined the staff!

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 the Museum.

Pizza Night at Amber Waves Farm

Wednesday, August 30th @ 5:30pm - 7pm

We are thrilled to partner with our friends at Amber Waves Farm to celebrate the end of summer (and the start of the school year) with our first ever Pizza Night at the Farm! In addition to picking toppings for a personal pizza that will be cooked in their custom, wood-fired copper oven, families attending this special event will enjoy a tour of the farm, crafts, games, and cutting fresh flowers.

Ages: Families with kids of all ages!
Cost*: $25 for Museum and Amber Waves CSA members, $35 for non-members*

Space is limited and pre-registration is required. For reservations, please call the Museum at 631.537.8250 or sign up online.
*Please Note: The cost is per person (for both adults and children)

Super Soccer Stars at the Children's Museum

Join Super Soccer Stars for Mini Camp, right here at the Children's Museum!

All Super Soccer Stars classes are based on age-specific curricula created by a combination of early childhood, soccer, and behavioral specialists to guarantee that each child is learning and having a blast from the moment the whistle blows. Each day will feature 2.5 hours of soccer, arts & crafts and a snack. Don’t miss another goal and enroll today!

Ages: 2 1/2 – 5 years
Time: 9:45am – 12:15pm (extended day option available for ages 4-5 from 12:15pm – 2:15pm)
Dates: Monday – Friday, 8/1 – 9/2

For cost and to register, go to or call 212-877-7171.
A special thanks to our Business of the Month, The Greenwich:
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