August 2019 

Breathing New Life (and New Purpose) Into Our 100 Year Old Building
DID YOU KNOW: the Museum's site, the 1928 Art Deco-style building known as the Playland Bathhouse, was originally built as the changing rooms for Rye Beach? It was illegal to be seen walking around in a bathing suit other than on the beach, so beachgoers went into the Bathhouse, changed, then walked through a (now closed) underground tunnel directly onto Rye Beach. The Bathhouses went unused and unoccupied for nearly 50 years until the Westchester Children's Museum took over the North Bathhouse in 2016 to open the sunny, 6,000 sq. ft. Hoch Laager Boardwalk Galleries. We are now at work rejuvenating, renovating, and repurposing the remaining 16,000 sq ft for new galleries, offices, restrooms, gift shop and a spacious multi-use room for programs and birthday parties. Keep an eye out on our social media and website for updates about the opening scheduled for the Fall.  

Exploring Art Through Artists: A Special Series of Workshops Introducing Kids to Artists and Art Styles
Saturday, August 3, 11am - 12:30pm and again 1pm - 2:30pm
Each month, we will travel back in time to explore the work and style of new artists and their unique styles. Our special program will include hands on art making in the style of the featured artist.
Expect a lot of color, imagination, and some surprises as we can create our own masterpieces. 

Les Footballeurs (1993), Niki de St. Phalle (our August featured artist), The Olympic Museum, Lausanne

The Westchester Children's Museum's Exploring Art Through the Artists program, is made possible by ArtsWestchester with support from Westchester County Government.

August's Featured Artist:
Niki de St. Phalle

Niki de St. Phalle was a French-American sculptor, painter, and filmmaker.  Widely noted as one of the few female monumental sculptors, de Saint Phalle was also known for her social commitment and work.  Her Art evolved into Nanas, light-hearted, whimsical, colorful, large-scale sculptures of animals, monsters, and female figures. One critic said: "The French-born, American-raised artist is one of the most significant female and feminist artists of the 20th century".

Summer Literacy Learners
August 14-16 and August 21-23, 10am - 4pm
Join us for interactive literacy activities, such as read alouds, matching games, and word searches ideal for elementary school children. All activities are led by Eliza Fogel, a junior at Rye Country Day and with the support of the EE Ford Community Fellowship.
Included with Museum admission

Science Sunday: Stomp Rockets! 
Sunday, August 11, 11:30am and again at 1:30pm
DID YOU KNOW: Some rockets carry science tools - not only scientists - into space!?!
Scientists use many different kinds of spacecraft to make new discoveries.  Join us on Sunday, August 11th to create your very own stomp rocket, similar to the ones NASA scientists and engineers use to explore Earth, the solar system and beyond!
Part of the NISE Network Explore Science Program. 
Best for ages 7+
Sponsored by Con Edison and Woodard & Curran Foundation. 
Included with admission, space limited

This Month at the MakerSpace
Light and Sight
We'll explore prisms, rainbows, light and shadow, how we see and how animals and creatures around us see things differently from us
The MakerSpace is appropriate for all ages

• Museum will be OPEN ON LABOR DAY, 10AM - 4PM
• Rhyme & Read is CANCELLED for August to accommodate construction. But check out our Summer Literacy Learners program to dive into reading all summer long!
• Playland Park is Open which means that parking fees are in effect. But good news: Parking is included with most WCM Memberships.
Memberships purchased after **August 15th** will receive a 2020 Playland Summer Season parking pass - Get yours today! 

Visit our website to purchase or renew your membership now to get your summer parking passes

Consider Membership
A Museum membership offers a full year of free admission, parking, special events, and discounts at over 200 children's museums across the country (click here to see list)
Purchase Membership HERE

Summer Fun Photo Album

Photo credits: Martine De Matteo, Aileen Speight

Programs for Preschoolers through Middle Schoolers*

Young Discoverers
Museum Minis
Exploring Play
Science Sunday
Rhyme and Read
Good Deed of the Month Club
and more...
*all programs included in admission unless noted

Ask Us About...

Birthday Parties,
Field Trips
Group Visits,  

Westchester's Most Creative Place for Birthdays

Contact Us

Westchester Children's Museum
PO Box 397 100 Playland Parkway
Rye, New York 10580
(914) 421-5050