May 2019 


Still time to get your tickets!
Building for the Future Spring Benefit
May 17, 2019

7 - 10pm, cocktails, hors d'oeuvres, auction, MakerSpace and exhibits open for play
We are delighted to announce that
County Executive George Latimer is our Co-Honoree with the Museum's former Board President Corinne Zola at the Building for the Future Benefit. The event honors their respective longtime commitments to the Museum and celebrates the architectural renovation of the Museum's historic landmark site. Dinner Chairs are Regina and David Jansky and Alix and Ruedi Laager

This special event will be held right in the midst of the space we are restoring, renovating and rejuvenating to expand the available operating space of the Westchester Children's Museum - Funds raised from this event do the important job of supporting the Museum’s operations, keeping admission costs low, adding new educational programs and exhibits, and ensuring that the Museum remains a vibrant and welcoming environment for all children in our region

Construction Underway to Expand the Operating Space of the Museum
Construction crews are on site and busy working to transform the remaining 16,000 square feet of unimproved space in our site (referred to as the historic Playland North Bathhouse) into operating space for new exhibits, an expanded makerspace gallery, gift shop, additional restrooms and support staff offices. In the photos here you see framing going up! The project is scheduled for completion in early July. We will maintain normal operating hours throughout construction, with one or two occasions when we may modify our schedule in order to facilitate elements of the project. Watch our website and facebook page for updates. We look forward to growing the Museum and appreciate your support throughout the process!

A Gift of $10,000 to the Westchester Children's Museum from SUEZ North America
The Museum is grateful to SUEZ North America for their generous donation and their recognition of the positive impact that the Westchester Children's Museum makes on the educational enrichment of all our children. "Suez values both the partnerships and communities that it serves. Our donation to the Westchester Children’s Museum aligns with our Company’s values and our mission to improve the communities that we serve," says Eric Gernath, Chief Executive Officer, SUEZ North America.

Shown in photos:
(l to r) Rich Henning, Senior Vice President, Communications, SUEZ North America; Tracy Kay, Executive Director, Westchester Children's Museum; Eric Gernath, Chief Executive Officer, SUEZ North America

(l to r) Rich Henning, Senior Vice President, Communications, SUEZ North America; Tracy Kay, Executive Director, Westchester Children's Museum; Regina Han Jansky, Board member, Westchester Children's Museum; Eric Gernath, Chief Executive Officer, SUEZ North America; Carolyn Carr Spencer, President, Westchester Children's Museum; Leta Wong, Operations Manager, Westchester Children's Museum

First Saturday Art Workshop: Colorful Clay for Mother's Day
Saturday, May 4, 11am - 3:00pm

Join our special Clay Workshop and learn rolling & cutting, texturing, layering and designing colorful life-like flowers, accessories and endless other decorative pieces.

All ages welcome, included with Museum admission

This Month at the MakerSpace

Think Spring! Flowers, bees, butterflies, and insects are visiting the MakerSpace this month...

We will learn about the parts of a flower, and have fun making any of three types of flowers:  a simple tissue paper flower, a daisy, and a hyacinth.  Take your flowers home, or hang them for display at the Museum.
We'll also learn about the life cycle of butterflies, moths, and other insects and you can try to make your own whacky insect with all the basic buggy parts!  

The MakerSpace is appropriate for all ages

Young Discoverers: Discovering the Colors of the Rainbow / Color Mixing 🌈
Every Wednesday, 11am -11:30
The children will have the opportunity to get to know “Roy G. Biv”! We will do an experiment with color mixing and become scientists while we observe what happens. After we sing a new song and read a story we will all take a turn looking through a kaleidoscope!!

Kaleidescope Krazy!

Exploring Play: Discovering the Colors of the Rainbow🌈
Every Friday, 11am - 11:30am
Let’s take a look at the colors of the rainbow! We can make “rainbow crowns” to take home and wear them while we sing “I see rainbows”.  The children will look through prisms and play a color matching game.  Come join the fun!

Young Discoverers and Exploring Play are designed for children age 2-5 with caregivers. Sign-up begins when Museum doors open at 10am. Limited to the first 12 participants. first come, first served.

Science Sunday: Paper Plane Palooza 
Sunday, May 12, 11:30am and 1:30pm

Let your imagination take flight as you learn to make both ordinary, and fanciful soaring creations!

Appropriate for ages 7+. Included with admission, space limited

Good Deed of the Month Club
May 25, 11am - 12pm

Join us in the Book Nook for our kindness-themed book reading and discussion followed by an art-educator led good deed project. Good Deed of the Month Club meets every 4th Saturday of the month

News and Notes:
Mothers and Grandmothers are FREE on Mother's Day, Sunday, May 12!

Playland Park Opens May 11th ( Weekends only)- Parking fees will be in effect at Playland. Parking is included with most WCM Memberships.
Visit our website to purchase or renew your membership now to get your summer parking passes

Museum Closed on May 17th in preparation for Gala!! 😊

Monday, May 27th – Memorial Day - Museum is open 10m – 4pm.

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A Look Back at Some of Our Fun from Last Month

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

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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