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Letter from the President

Helping children (and parents!) manage change

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 that he would try to run away from the group to play mini golf or ride the roller coaster (two of his favorite activities at the Children’s Museum).

Friday Night Drop-Off Dance Party

Friday, July 8th @ 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.

Summer Ladies Night and Auction

Wednesday, July 13th @ 6pm - 8pm

On Wednesday, July 13th, please join the Children’s Museum at The Greenwich in Watermill for our annual Summer Ladies Night and Auction. This year's auction features and incredible collection of handbags from designers including Gucci, Kate Spade, Lysa Lash, Phillip Lim, and Ralph Lauren, as well as fitness packages, spa treatments and accessories! Tickets begin at $75.

For more information, please contact Lara Sweeney at or 631.537.8250 x 212.

Head Start at the Children's Musuem

Speaking 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 families have what they need to succeed,” the partnership with the Museum is a perfect fit. We recently spoke with Raquel Barnes—the Lead Teacher since the Head Start preschool opened in 2011—and talked about how the partnership originated, the role it's played in her teaching, and the impact it's had on her students.

Pizza and Putt-Putt!

Wednesday, July 20th @ 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.

8th Annual Family Fair Fundraiser

Saturday, July 23rd @ 10:30am - 1:30pm

Purchase tickets by Friday, July 8 to be recognized in program
Please join us for our 8th Annual Family Fair Fundraiser: “CMEE Celebrates Heroes” on Saturday, July 23, 2016 held right here at the Museum. This year’s fundraiser welcomes a group of Honorary Co-Chairs including Mariska Hargitay and Peter Hermann, Neil Patrick Harris and David Burtka, Jane Krakowski, Katie Lee, Molly Sims, Tiffani Thiessen and Brady Smith. From 10:30am-1:30pm, families will enjoy super-powered games, crafts, rides, performances, food, and—most importantly—fun!

For more information, please contact Lara Sweeney at


A Fond Farewell

Karin Keane, the Museum's Operations Director, hangs up her tape measure

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 only welcomes over 65,000 visitors each year, but has become a vital part of the East End community. She was kind enough to sit down and recount some of her experiences from the Museum's early days, her role in helping to shape the exhibits, and the impact her time here has had on her life.

Peter and the Wolf

Tuesday, July 26th @ 6pm - 8pm (doors open at 5:30pm)

Young company members from “Miss Sara’s” Hampton Ballet Theatre will, once again, perform Prokofiev’s timelessly appealing and magical ballet in the CMEE amphitheater. The performance will be accompanied by the 25-piece Hampton Chamber Orchestra…an extra delight!

Don’t miss this special annual family event for all ages!

Doors open at 5:30pm, performance begins at 6pm. Rain Date is schedule for Wednesday,  July 27th.

Advance Tickets: $15 for members, $17 for non-members
At The Door: $20
A special thanks to our Business of the Month, Landscape Details:
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