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Letter from the President

Introducing choice to children

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 he changes his mind?


Summer @ the Children's Museum

From Kids Club to Early Independence to an incredible lineup of family workshops and more...this summer's programming offers something for every member of the family! For more information, please contact the Museum's Education Coordinator, Liz Bard, at 631.537.8250.

Let's Get This Garden Started!

Saturday, April 15th @ 10am - noon*

Spring may only be a few weeks old, but we’re already thinking about summer and the Museum’s community garden. First things first, though…we need a little help getting started. Join us along with our friends from Amber Waves Farm during our annual seed planting party! Kids (and grownups!) attending this event will learn about garden preparation, how to transfer a plant, and what you need to do to make sure it remains healthy and strong. Families will also be given their own plant to care for at home.

Ages: Families with kids of all ages!
Cost: $2 for Museum Members, $15 for non-members (includes admission to the Museum)

*While supplies last.

Speaking With 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 program—Play Practice—with the help of a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services. The outreach program brings Museum programming (as well as professional development) to other Head Start centers in the East End. We spoke with Carol Burnett, Head Start’s Community Outreach and Recruitment Coordinator, about her longtime role with the organization, the incredible need for its services, and the reception of this new program.


April 20th - June 8th @ 10:30am - 11:30am

Every Thursday this spring, families meet outdoors to connect and learn through play. In a 5-part class each week, Tinkergarten Leader, Jennie Skilbred, will facilitate an expert-designed play scenario, allowing children of various ages and needs to explore, problem solve, communicate, collaborate, and create together. Parents and caregivers learn, too, as we’ll share insight into your child’s development. The program progresses to meet each child’s need season after season.

Dates/Time: April 20th – June 8th @ 10:30am – 11:30am (Thursdays)
Ages: Parents with children 18 months to 5 years
Cost (8-week series): $200/child (50% for each additional sibling)

Peaceful Planet Playgroups

April 21st - June 2nd @ 9:30am - 10:15am*

This spring, families are invited to join us for a kid-friendly yoga-style playgroup led by Peaceful Planet Yoga‘s Kristin Davey. Through animated games and songs, kids will enhance their listening, concentration, and cooperation skills while developing coordination, balance, and verbal abilities. Playful props such as scarves, pom-poms, yoga blocks and bells are incorporated to explore yoga poses in fun, challenging, and accessible ways. Each class ends with breath-work, simple meditations and savasana.

Dates/Time: April 21st – June 2nd @ 9:30am – 10:15am (Fridays)
Ages: Walkers to 3 years
Cost (6-week series): $90 for Museum Members, $110 for non-members

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

*Please Note: There will be no playgroup on May 19th.

Pet Appreciation Day

Saturday, April 22nd @ 10am - noon

Join the Children’s Museum for a celebration of our furry, four-legged companions! Kids will decorate homemade dog treats generously donated by the Mill House Inn and maybe even meet a few charismatic canines looking for forever homes. Kids can choose to share their creations with the pups visiting the Museum that day or save them and surprise the family pet with a special treat later on.

Ages: Families with kids of all ages! Cookie Decorating
Cost: $3 for Museum Members, $4 for non-members (does not include Museum admission)

*While supplies last.

Ladies Night at 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 while supporting the Museum and the vital work we do throughout the East End community!

For more information, please contact Lara Sweeney at or 631-537-8250 ext. 212.


The CMEE Feria!

Saturday, April 29th @ 12:30pm - 2:30pm

Join us for a celebration of East End Latino culture on Saturday, April 29th from 12:30 – 2:30pm (rain or shine!) at the third annual CMEE FERIA! It will be a day of traditional cuisine, music, art, and—most importantly—fun for the entire family.

Ages: All Ages!
Cost: Free for everyone!
Tasting Ticket (available day of the event): $5


Cultivating Mindfulness In Children

Sunday, May 7th @ 1pm - 3pm

During a recent staff meeting, we discussed the topic of mindfulness and its value in early childhood development and education. Studies have demonstrated the incredible benefits of the practice, specifically in school age children.  Next month, our friends at the Jewish Center of the Hamptons along with world-renowned Mindfulness in Education teacher, Dr. Nimrod Sheinman, will host a workshop dedicated to learning about and cultivating this invaluable practice.

For more information or to register, please call 631.324.9858 or e-mail
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