On Saturday, May 24, the Children’s Museum of the East End (CMEE) will officially open its new miniature golf course to the public, marking the first exhibit completed as part of the museum’s $2 million capital campaign.
The golf course is an innovative way to teach kids the basic concepts of physics from angles to slopes. The bright colors and winding obstacles will engage children and adults alike, while providing a unique and entertaining educational experience.
DansPapers.com received a special invitation to play the course before it opens to the public. Oliver, Brendan and myself headed out on Wednesday to try out the new course and see what the hype was about. After struggling on the first hole, Brendan dropped out, leaving the battle between Oliver and I to rage on. After nine, long, heavily contested holes of golf, I was the obvious victor.
While crushing Oliver’s dreams of becoming a professional golfer was great and all, in the end, the real winners are all the kids who will take advantage of what the course and CMEE have to offer. As a student of physics, I wish I had played the course earlier—maybe my grades would have been a bit higher. It is fun, exciting, engaging and a great addition to an already stellar museum.
The course—made possible through donations by the Clifford-Levy family and the Forbes family—is only the first exhibit to be completed as part of CMEE’s ongoing fundraising campaign. Other exhibits to be completed include a redesigned ship and a brand-new energy exhibition.
The official opening will take place at 10 a.m. Saturday at the museum. Museum executive director Stephen Long and CMEE Board of Trustees President Amy Tarr will attend, alongside elected officials, museum supporters and other members of the East End community. There will also be golf clinics led by Kate Tempesta’s Urban Golf Academy.
CMEE is located at 376 Bridghampton/Sag Harbor Turnpike, Bridgehampton. For more information about CMEE, visit cmee.org
Editor’s note: Murphy Siegel is a senior at Schrieber High School in Port Washington and a DansPapers.com intern.