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Letter from the President

The importance of modeling good behaviors

Dear Friend,

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 after he had gone to the bathroom. (Why the wipes were there in the first place is a whole other story. As we learned several years ago when they wreaked havoc on the Children’s Museum’s septic system...wipes should never be flushed down the toilet.)

 

"I hope we're still scrappy..."

The Retreat's Executive Director, Loretta Davis, talks about the organization's founding and continuing mission

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. We recently spoke with Loretta Davis, the Retreat’s Executive Director, about the organization’s founding, their clients, and working with the Children’s Museum.
 

Member Appreciation Day

Sunday, October 9th @ 10am - noon

In recognition of the families who help make the Museum such a special place, we are absolutely thrilled to announce our first ever Member Appreciation Day! On Sunday, October 9th, Museum members are invited to join us for a celebration at the Children’s Museum. The morning will be filled with games, crafts, food, music, fun…and maybe a few special surprises. 

Ages: Kids of all ages!
Cost: Free for members.*

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

 
*Please Note: This event is open to Museum Members only. To join us and learn about the other incredible benefits of becoming a member, please visit our Membership Section.

"It was kind of accidental."

Speaking with Liz Joyce of Goat on a Boat at Bay Street

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 puppeteer, Goat on a Boat’s move to Bay Street, and offering Puppet Playgroups at the Children’s Museum this fall.
 

Family-Friendly Films at HIFF 2016

Our friends at the Hamptons International Film Festival have offered Museum supporters $8 tickets for their terrific lineup of family-friendly films:

AWAY WE GO! SHORTS FOR ALL AGES
Monday, October 10th @ 12pm, UA East Hampton Cinema


THE RED TURTLE
Monday, October 10th @ 2:45pm, UA East Hampton Cinema

To take advantage of this offer, simply enter "CMEEHIFF16" when prompted on the purchase page.

Fresh Fruit Parfaits With Nounós

Saturday, October 15th - All Day*

Enjoy a delicious and healthy snack courtesy of our friends at Nounós! Kids are invited to join us in the Museum lobby and make their own parfaits using fresh, local ingredients and yogurt provided by Southampton’s own Nounós Creamery.*

Ages: Kids of all ages!
Cost: Free for members, $12 for non-members (cost includes Museum admission).

*While supplies last.

Helping the underserved find a voice

Leah Oppenheimer, the Museum's Director of Community Outreach, on empowering families

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.
 

The Halloween Bash!

Friday, October 21st @ 4pm - 6pm

Unfurl those capes, shine your tiaras, and break out the facepaint…it’s time for the Children’s Museum’s annual Halloween Bash! On Friday, October 21st between 4pm and 6pm, families are invited to join us for a fun-filled evening of ghoulish games, trick or treating, creepy crafts, a costume parade and more! We traditionally sell out so sign up early! This year’s Halloween Bash is proudly sponsored by Dan’s Papers.

Ages: Kids of all ages!
Cost: Free for Museum Members, $12 for non-members (cost includes admission).*

Space is limited and pre-registration is strongly encouraged. To register, please call the Museum at 631.537.825 or sign up online.

 
*Please Note: Museum Members can register anytime. Non-member registration begins Friday, October 14th.
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