The Children’s Museum of the East End (CMEE) is where learning begins with play. This year-round museum in Bridgehampton has been an invaluable piece of our community for over a decade, as they uphold their mission “to spark imagination and foster learning for children of all backgrounds and abilities and to build strong connections within the East End community by providing playful experiences.” Their summer schedule has something for all kids—and even parents. Support CMEE—and therefore your community—by stopping by for a visit, taking part in any of their awesome summer programming and/or becoming a member (it’s tax deductible!).
CMEE’s Summer Kids Club has two sessions (7/3–7/28; 7/31–8/25) that meet from 9:15 a.m. until noon for kids ages 3 and 4. Led by educators with Master’s degrees in Early Childhood Education and facilitated by college students pursuing degrees in the arts, Kids Club is designed to ensure that kids are engaged, active and getting the most out of their summer. The groups are kept small—each has a 4:1 child to Museum Educator ratio—to foster an atmosphere and environment that’s ideal for emotional, social and intellectual growth. Kids in this daily drop-off program participate in a variety of creative activities including arts, outdoor play, music and movement, cooking and baking, group games and free play all while learning to cooperate and share in an informal, yet structured environment. $575 for a week or $2,100 for the full session for CMEE members; $645 and $2360 for non-members.
Designed with the Museum’s younger fans in mind, the Early Independence drop-off program fosters self-confidence in 2-year-olds as they gain autonomy in a safe, stimulating and structured environment. Led by educators with Master’s degrees in Early Childhood Education, kids will develop a sense of individuality and independence through games, songs and age-appropriate arts and science. This program also meets 9:15 a.m. until noon with two sessions 7/3–7/28 and 7/31–8/25. $500 per week for CMEE members; $580 for non-members.
Led by Marlene Markard of Markard Music, the Nature’s Music family program is designed to instill a lifelong love of both music and the outdoors. While exploring a different nature theme each week, children will sing, dance, move, play instruments, tell stories, create crafts and play music games. This program is open to parents with children 0–4 and meets Mondays from 9:30–10:45 a.m. $180 per session for CMEE members; $250 for non-members.
Shari’s Little Learners—Toddler Time meets Mondays from 9:30–11 a.m. It’s a 90-minute program developed to introduce early concepts of cognitive, emotional, social and language skills to children 21 to 30 months, and is filled with energetic multisensory activities highlighting all the skills necessary to facilitate a lifetime love of learning. There’s also an opportunity for separation and parent discussions. This program’s first session meets July 10, 17, 24 and 31. The second sessions meets August 7, 14, 21, and 28. For more information or to register,
call 516-242-1871 or visit sharislittlelearners.com. $400 per child per session.
Baby & Me is a program designed specifically for parents of infants (2–16 months). Moms, dads, and caregivers have the opportunity to meet other parents with children the same age. During the sessions, they hear the latest news about early childhood parenting, discuss developmental milestones, sing to their babies and participate in a variety of activities. Session 1 meets July 4, 11, 18 and 25. Session 2 meets August 1, 8, 15 and 22. Both sessions meet from 9:30–10:30 a.m. $90 per session for CMEE members; $170 for non-members.
CMEE partnered with Bridge Gardens and the Peconic Land Trust again this summer for In the Garden! During this farm-to-table program, parents with children ages 2–4 will be introduced to the plant life cycle and other basic elements of sustainable gardening. Each week, families will meet at Bridge Gardens in Bridgehampton where they will enjoy songs and stories and work on projects related to gardening. Session 1 meets July 4, 11, 18 and 25. Session 2 meets August 1, 8, 15 and 22. Both sessions meet from 9:15–10 a.m. $190 per session for CMEE Members; $260 for non-members.
In the Kitchen is a fun, hands-on workshop designed to provide parents and children 2–4 with fun, quality time, as well as the opportunity to create delicious, healthy recipes. Using seasonal, organic produce donated by local farms, children practice a variety of fine motor skills such as mixing, measuring, pouring, weighing, stirring and mashing while learning about nutrition, making new friends and experiencing new tastes. This programs meets Wednesdays from 9–9:45 a.m. or 10:15–11 a.m. Session 1 meets July 5, 12, 19 and 26. Session 2 meets August 2, 9, 16 and 23. $180 per session for CMEE members; $250 for non-members.
With guidance from a Lego-loving member of the Museum’s Play Staff, kids attending the weekly drop-off Afternoon Lego League on Wednesdays from 4–5 p.m. will put their engineering skills to the test with a new challenge every week. From catapults to bridges to zip lines and more, this program is designed for builders looking to get a little more out of their Legos. Session 1 meets July 5, 12, 19 and 26. Session 2 meets August 2, 9, 16 and 23. $90 per session for CMEE member; $170 for non-members.
With the guidance of an experienced potter, parents and children ages 2–4 will explore the possibilities of working with clay at Clay Play, which meets Thursdays from 10:15–11 a.m. Using their hands and basic pottery tools, they’ll design, shape and glaze a variety of different projects. Finished projects will be professionally fired in a kiln and kids will bring home their creations for the family to enjoy for years to come. Session 1 meets July 6, 13, 20 and 27. Session 2 meets August 3, 10, 17 and 24. $180 per session for CMEE members; $250 for non-members.
In the Studio is a weekly family class all about creative discovery and introducing children ages 2–4 to basic visual concepts such as line, shape, color and texture. During each session, kids practice tearing, cutting, mixing, pouring, pinching and more as they make original pieces with varied media and everyday objects. Activities will include watercolor exploration, mixed media collage, sand arts, clay & shell creations and more! In addition, each class includes story time and creative movement. This program meets Fridays from 10:15–11 a.m. Session 1 meets July 7, 14, 21 and 28. Session 2 meets August 4, 11, 18 and 25. $180 per session for CMEE member; $250 for non-members.
If you’re just looking for a one-off family fun evening event, CMEE has you covered. Friday, July 7 and Friday, August 4 CMEE invites you to get out of your seats and get ready to move during the Friday Night Drop-Off Dance Parties! While parents are enjoying a night to themselves, kids ages 3 and up are invited to join Museum staff for dinner and dancing under the disco ball from 5:30–8 p.m. $40 per child, $20 for each additional sibling for CMEE members; $55 per child, $25 for each additional sibling for non-members. Space is limited and pre-registration is strongly encouraged. To register, call the CMEE or sign up online.
Tuesday, August 1 from 5:30–8 p.m. young company members from the Hampton Ballet Theatre School will, once again, perform Prokofiev’s timelessly appealing and magical ballet, Peter & the Wolf, in the CMEE’s amphitheater. The performance will be accompanied by the 25-piece Hampton Chamber Orchestra. Advance tickets are $15 for CMEE members, $17 for non-members; $20 at the door.
Join CMEE for Pizza and Putt-Putt Night Wednesday July 19 and Wednesday, August 16 from 5:50–8 p.m.! During the special event, kids will enjoy pizza and then hit the links for a round (or two) on our science-themed mini golf course. All ages are welcome. $5 for CMEE member; $20 for non-members. Space is limited and pre-registration is strongly encouraged. To register, please call the CMEE or sign up online.
CMEE is at 376 Bridgehampton-Sag Harbor Turnpike, Bridgehampton, 631-537-8250, cmee.org