April 2014 Newsletter
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Summer Pop-Up Exhibits

May to September, 2014

On May 10th, Playland's opening day, the museum will offer a preview of its summer pop-up exhibit from 12-3 pm in the North Bathhouse at Playland. The exhibit will feature KEVA planks, thousands of small, uniform building planks that allow for endless building possibilities, incorporate elements of art and architecture, and offer great opportunities for communal interaction.  Hours are still being finalized for the remainder of May, with a fixed schedule starting June 1st.
We will also be adding a second exhibit titled "Build Your Own Roller Coaster" in June.  An interactive, hands-on experience that  involves the creation of your own roller coaster, from design to testing what makes the best design.  Where does the ball get its energy from?  How many different types of coasters can be built?  Visitors will have a chance to make discoveries about force and energy, friction and stability, while at the same time having fun.
The exhibits will run through September - please call for hours (914) 421-5050.  Hours will also be posted on our website and Facebook page once they are available.

Annual Spring Gala

Friday, May 9th at 7:00 pm

For the first time ever, the Westchester Children's Museum's annual gala will be held INSIDE the North Bathhouse at Playland, future home of the museum.  Experience the raw space converted into a beautiful cocktail reception before construction begins.  This event will feature cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, auction, raffle, interactive games, music and dancing, and more!

There are many exciting auction items, including:

  • Golf outings at Apawamis, Brae Burn, Fairview, Metropolis, Rockrimmon, Trump National, Willow Ridge, and more!
  • Tickets to Good Morning America, Late Night with Seth Meyers, Live with Kelly and Michael, The Today Show, The Tonight Show, Watch What Happens Live, Knicks, and Rangers.
  • Hotel stays at resorts in Antigua, Barbados, Jamaica, Panama, and St. Lucia.

And as a special incentive, the WCM board has issued a challenge to match, dollar for dollar, every dollar raised the night of the gala for up to $200,000!

Tickets are selling fast!  Click HERE to purchase yours today.

In The News

Journal News - Westchester Children's Museum Starting to Sprout

Westchester Business Journal - Children’s museum seeks $10M to open at Playland

Westchester Magazine - Westchester Children's Museum on Schedule Despite Playland Snags

The Rye Record - Children's Museum Ready to Grow


Museum Without Walls

Re-Creation Play Event at YMCA

Kids ages 6-12 at the White Plains YMCA's vacation camp explored, invented, and created with loads of recyclables provided by Museum Playworkers on Tuesday, April 15.  This unstructured play event encouraged the Y's students to make or do stuff on their own or with partners rather than relying on store-bought toys.  The resulting mess yielded hours of fun and cooperative learning.

And the Award Goes To...

The Milton A. Williams, Jr. Scholars in Education Award recognizes the invaluable role that educators play in the lives of children and honors recipients for their positive impact on education.  We are pleased to announce this year's winner, Beverly McAllister, for her outstanding work launching the Museum Without Walls program.  Since 2010, the Museum Without Walls has reached over 10,000 kids with hands-on lessons that inspire curiosity and a love of learning.

STEM Learning for All Ages

May 3, 2014
1pm to 5pm
Hommocks Middle School
Larchmont NY


The Westchester Children's Museum will be participating in this fabulous STEM-tastic event featuring professional exhibits, speakers, workshops, vendors, and lots of hands-on activities.

More information.

Founding Family Program

The Founding Family program is a meaningful way for families, parents, grandparents, organizations, and businesses to make a long-term impact on our community.  Click HERE to learn more.

Welcome to our newest Founding Families:
Christina and Jonathan Mohraz of Rye
Lori Rotskoff and Michael Canter of Larchmont
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